Katy Perry Stars In Jeremy Zag-directed Animated Musical ‘Melody – Singer/songwriter Katy Perry will star as the title character in Melody, an animated musical feature created, directed and produced by Jeremy Zag. Cross Creek’s Tyler Thompson will produce alongside Perry, Zag and Michael Gracey, The Greatest Showman director who helmed the upcoming big budget animated film Ladybug & Cat Noir Awakening, done by Zag’s Zagtoons. In this musical adventure, Melody is a kind-hearted, insecure singer who must overcome the evil plans of Rose Stellar, a jealous wicked pop queen who has vowed to destroy her. – Read more at Deadline
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Brandon Silverstein’s S10 Films Partners With Simon Fuller – Brandon Silverstein, the founder and CEO of S10 Entertainment, is partnering with Simon Fuller for scripted and unscripted projects across film, television, documentary and audio mediums under the S10 Films banner. Fuller, the founder of XIX Entertainment and creator of the “American Idol” format, and Silverstein will develop new entertainment content together, and the partnership also opens up a pipeline to S10 clients — which include Anitta and Normani as well as business and publishing ventures with Ryan Tedder, Harv and Max Matsuura — and access to additional film and television opportunities. – Read more at Variety.com
‘American Idol’ top 5 prep for semi-finals, face tough competition and COVID – Judge Katy Perry has one key piece of advice for the semi-finalists. – “If you’ve got any more aces up your sleeve, pull them out! Pull them out!” said Perry. The Top 5 includes Fritz Hager, Huntergirl, Leah Marlene, Nicolina and Noah Thompson. When they sing, Perry is often silently coaching from her judges’ chair. “Sometimes, I’m at the desk looking at them going ‘draw it out!’ I’m such a stage mom,” said Perry. Fellow judge Lionel Richie says these final singers all share one thing in common: Real talent! “I mean, from here on out, it’s not about coaching. It’s really about improving,” said Richie. “We’re throwing off amazing people now to the point where it sickens me.” – Read more at ABC7.com
Noah Thompson Says Chris Stapleton Is His Dream Duet Partner: “I Feel Like He’s One Of A Kind” – When asked who he’d love to collaborate with Thompson was quick to name Stapleton. “Probably Chris Stapleton because he’s kind of a hometown boy,” Thompson said. “He’s not far from me and I feel like Chris is really… I feel like he’s more of my type of person, I guess you’d say. I don’t know because we kind of come from the same area in Kentucky and I just love his voice. I love his style. I love his songs. I just like everything about that dude. I feel like he’s one of a kind,” he added. – Read more at Music Mayhem Magazine
Carrie Underwood Trains Intensely to Prep for Her ‘Physical’ Concerts: ‘I Have to Keep Up with Myself’ – “I’m a very physical performer in that I feel like I use my whole body to sing. I don’t sing easy songs, and I don’t want to. So I have to keep up with myself,” she says. “I’m 39 years old now,” Underwood, who is also a spokesperson for all-natural sports drink BODYARMOR, continues. “I have to make sure that I can give the fans the best show that I possibly can and feel good doing it. I don’t want to feel exhausted when I get off stage … I want to be ready for it, and I want to be able to give it my all.” – Read more at People.com
Catching up with David Foster and Katharine McPhee about music, touring, and more – Musicians David Foster and Katharine McPhee sit down with FOX 5’s Holly Morris to talk about several topics including their upcoming show in Alexandria and what it’s like being on tour. The couple also discussed how both of them being musicians impacts their marriage.
‘Fast X’: ‘Jack Reacher’ Star Alan Ritchson Joins Next Installment In ‘Fast & Furious’ Franchise – Remember Alan Ritchson flirting with Paula Abdul on American Idol years ago? He’s been cast in the latest installment of the Fast and Furious franchise. Fast X, the 10th installment in the Fast and Furious franchise, looks to have rounded out its all-star cast with Alan Ritchson, the breakout star of the new Jack Reacher series from Amazon Prime Video. Ritchson joins as the pic just set Louis Letterier to replace Justin Lin as director. The film is in production with Vin Diesel and the core Fast cast returning alongside franchise newcomers Jason Momoa and Brie Larson. – Read more at Deadline