Hollywood Happenings

Illustration by Madison Cohen

This week in Hollywood brings a plethora of new music, casting news and death announcements. Here’s the latest from the entertainment industry.

Monday, April 5

  • Marvel released the new trailer for its upcoming Disney+ series “Loki.” The show is set to begin streaming June 11 and stars actor Tom Hiddleston.

  • Variety reported actor John de Lancie is returning to his “Star Trek” role as Q in season two of Paramount+’s series “Star Trek: Picard,” which is set to air in 2022.

  • Netflix announced via Twitter that season two of “Selena: The series” is set to air May 4 and released its trailer on the same post.

Tuesday, April 6

  • The first trailer for the upcoming Netflix film “Monster,” which stars Jennifer Hudson, John David Washington, Jeffrey Wright, Kelvin Harrison Jr. and rapper A$AP Rocky was published on Twitter. The film is set to release on the streaming platform May 7.

  • E! Online reported actor Paul Ritter, best known for his roles in “Chernobyl,” “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” and “Friday Night Dinner,” died at 54-years-old from a brain tumor.

  • Forbes reported social media mogul Kim Kardashian West is officially a billionaire. The magazine “estimates that Kardashian West is now worth $1 billion, up from $780 million in October, thanks to two lucrative businesses — KKW Beauty and Skims — as well as cash from reality television and endorsement deals, and a number of smaller investments.”

  • Rock band Paramore announced on Twitter and Instagram that its second album, 2007’s “RIOT!” is being rereleased on silver vinyl to celebrate record label Fueled by Ramen’s 25th anniversary.

  • Actor Thandie Newton is reclaiming the original spelling of her name: Thandiwe. According to an interview between Newton and British Vogue, “All her future films will be credited with Thandiwe Newton, after the W was carelessly missed out from her first credit.”

Wednesday, April 7

  • Netflix and Musicares released its documentary concert film “Dolly Parton: A Musicares Tribute” on the streaming platform. According to the Recording Academy, it was filmed in 2019 when the country singer was honored with MusiCare’s Person of the Year.

  • Pop duo Twenty One Pilots announced on Twitter and Instagram that its sixth album “Scaled and Icy” will be released May 21.

  • Singer Taylor Swift released a new song from the vault titled “Mr. Perfectly Fine,” which will be included on the album “Fearless (Taylor’s Version).” 

  • Singer Ashe announced on Twitter and Instagram that her debut album “Ashlyn” will be released May 7.

  • Entertainment Weekly reported CBS’s hit show “MacGyver,” which stars actor Lucas Till, has been canceled after five seasons on the network.

  • The Hollywood Reporter reported actor Walter Olkewicz, best known for his role on “Twin Peaks” and “Grace Under Fire,” died at the age of 72. 

  • Netflix released the first trailer for its new show “Jupiter’s Legacy.” The series is set to be released on the streaming service May 7.

  • According to Variety, season five of “The Crown” will begin filming in July. The show is set to star actors Elizabeth Debicki (Princess Diana), Dominic West (Prince Charles), Imelda Staunton (Queen Elizabeth) and Lesley Manville (Princess Margaret).

  • Variety reported director and producer Tyler Perry is creating a prequel series with Showtime about his hit character Madea.

Thursday, April 8

  • The first trailer for season two of Disney+’s original series “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” was published on YouTube. The show is set to be released on the streaming platform May 14.

  • Taylor Swift released her highly anticipated album “Fearless (Taylor’s Version).”

  • Singer Troye Sivan announced the release of his new single “You” on Twitter and Instagram. It is set to be released April 16. 

  • Singers Khalid and J Balvin released their collaboration “Otra Noche Sin Ti.”

  • Disneyland announced its new attraction “Avengers Campus,” which will be located in California Adventure Park, and will open June 4.

  • Singer Doja Cat released her new single “Kiss Me More,” which is a collaboration with singer SZA. 

  • The estate of the late singer Prince released a new song called “Welcome to America.”

  • Singer Miguel released a new EP titled “Art Dealer Chic 4.”

  • The band BROCKHAMPTON released its new album “ROADRUNNER: NEW LIGHT, NEW MACHINE.”

  • Pop-sister duo Aly & AJ released a new single called “Symptom of Your Touch.”

  • According to Deadline, actor Tom Holland was cast in Apple TV’s new series “The Crowded Room.”

Friday, April 9

  • Rapper DMX died at 50-years-old after having a heart attack April 2. His family confirmed the news to People magazine in a statement, saying “Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end. He loved his family with all of his heart and we cherish the times we spent with him. Earl's music inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever.”

  • Disney announced on its Twitter and Instagram that actor Phoebe Waller-Bridge was cast in its new “Indiana Jones” film, which is set to be released July 29, 2022 and stars Harrison Ford.

  • Deadline reported actor Robyn Lively will play Sara Bellum in the CW’s live-action “The Power Puff Girls” reboot, as well as actor Tom Kenny repeating his role as narrator.

Saturday, April 10

  • K-pop group BTS announced on Twitter and Instagram that its annual two-day concert series Bang Bang Con will take place virtually April 17 on the group’s YouTube channel.

Sunday, April 11

K-pop girl group ITZY released the tracklist for its upcoming EP “Guess Who,” which is set to be released April 30.