Hollywood Happenings

Illustration by Madison Cohen

Monday 2/22

  • French EDM group Daft Punk retired after 28 years. The pair announced their retirement on YouTube, in which they posted an almost eight-minute video titled “Epilogue.” The helmeted duo is best known for their electronic music, as well as collaborations with The Weeknd on “I Feel It Coming” and “Starboy” and Pharrell Williams with “Lose Yourself to Dance” and “Get Lucky.”

  • Actor Shailene Woodley of the “Divergent” trilogy and “The Fault in Our Stars,” confirmed her engagement to Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers during an interview on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”

Tuesday 2/23

  • Singer Ellie Goulding announced she’s 30-weeks pregnant with her first child with her husband Caspar Jopling. The announcement was made in an interview with British Vogue in which she detailed how her and her husband found out she was pregnant, as well as how the journey has been for her so far.

  • Actor and singer Mandy Moore, known for her role on “This Is Us,” announced the birth of her son August Harrison Goldsmith on Tuesday via Instagram

  • Actors Tom Holland, Zendaya and Jacob Batalon, the cast of Marvel’s “Spider-Man” films, each teased the title of the third installment on their social media accounts Tuesday. Each of them posted different titles, Holland’s being “Spider-Man: Phone Home,” with Zendaya and Batalon’s being “Spider-Man: Home Slice” and “Spider-Man: Home-Wrecker,” respectively. 

Wednesday 2/24

  • The official title of Marvel Studio’s next “Spider-Man” film was announced Wednesday. The third installment of Holland’s “Spider-Man” films will be called “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” and is set to be released Dec. 17. 

  • Disneyland’s California Adventure park is offering a new ticket event called “A Touch of Disney.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, tickets to the event are limited and will give guests the opportunity to experience California Adventure’s shops and restaurants, meet characters and take photos, despite the theme park’s rides remaining closed. Tickets go on sale March 4, and the event is set to take place March 18 to April 5.

  • Marvel Studios announced an upcoming Disney+ series called “Loki” will be released on the streaming platform June 11. The series is set to follow the God of Mischief after he reacquired the tesseract in “Avengers: Endgame” and stars actor Tom Hiddleston. 

  • Disney+ announced the release date for season two of “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” which is set to begin streaming May 14.

  • Lucasfilm announced the release date for its second Disney+ original series, “The Bad Batch.” The show is set to premiere May 4, aka Star Wars day, and will follow the troopers of Clone Force 99, who were introduced in the animated series “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.” 

  • Tom Holland revealed he won’t be under contract after “Spider-Man: No Way Home” is released Dec. 17. The actor revealed in an interview with USA Today that he will be taking time off to travel and experience things he wasn’t able to prior due to safety concerns while filming. Holland has played the web-slinger since “Captain America: Civil War” in 2016 and has appeared in four Marvel films since, along with numerous other projects.

  • Singer Katharine McPhee and her husband David Foster are now parents to a baby boy. According to People magazine, a representative for the couple confirmed the news Wednesday.

  • Nickelodeon announced a live-action “The Fairly OddParents” is in the works, as well as a reboot of the “Rugrats” with the original voice cast. Both of these shows will be available on the streaming service Paramount+. It also announced the launch of Avatar Studios, which will expand the “Avatar: The Last Airbender” universe with the production of series and films.

  • Singer and actor Lady Gaga’s dog walker was shot Wednesday night while out walking the singer’s three dogs Gustav, Koji and Miss Asia. The gunmen then proceeded to take Gustav and Koji, while authorities were able to find Miss Asia. The condition of the dog walker is currently unknown, according to BBC. Gaga offered a $500,000 reward for the return of her dogs. The singer is currently in Italy to film Ridley Scott’s new film “House of Gucci” alongside Adam Driver, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Jared Leto.

  • R&B sister duo Chloe x Halle released their highly anticipated music video for their sophomore album’s title track “Ungodly Hour” Wednesday night during “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”

Thursday 2/25

  • Actor Ronald Pickup, known for his roles in “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” “The Darkest Hour” and “The Crown” has died at the age of 80. According to a statement made by his agent, which was obtained by BBC, Pickup “passed away peacefully [Feb. 24] after a long illness surrounded by his wife and family. He will be deeply missed.”

  • Singer Nick Jonas announced his third solo album “Spaceman,” which will be released March 12 and will have 15 songs. He also released the title track as a single on Thursday. 

  • Actor Rachel Zegler is set to join the cast of DC Films’ “Shazam: Fury of the Gods.” While the specifics about who Zegler is playing remain under wraps, she tweeted shortly after the news broke, thus confirming her involvement in the film.

  • Singer and actor Selena Gomez and DJ Snake announced their collaboration “Selfish Love” will be released March 4. The pair previously collaborated on 2018’s “Taki Taki,” which featured Ozuna and Cardi B. 

  • Prince Harry made a guest appearance on “The Late Late Show with James Corden” Thursday. The talk show host took the prince on a double-decker bus tour of Los Angeles, which featured a visit to “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” house before Corden challenged him to a military-style obstacle course. 

Friday 2/26

  • Singer Justin Bieber announced his sixth studio album “Justice,” which will be released March 19. Bieber said in a series of tweets that his goal for this album “is to make music that will provide comfort, to make songs that people can relate to and connect to so they feel less alone.” 

  • Warner Bros. announced a new Superman movie is in the works and will be produced by JJ Abrams (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” “Super 8”) and written by Ta-Nehisi Coates. However, it is currently unknown if actor Henry Cavill is set to return to his role as Superman.

  • Singer Billie Eilish released her documentary “The World’s a Little Blurry” on Apple TV. It was directed by R.J. Cutler and is only available to stream with an Apple TV+ subscription.

  • Episode eight of “WandaVision” was released Friday and is the second to last episode of the series, which follows Avengers Wanda Maximoff and Vision post “Avengers: Endgame” and stars actors Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany.

  • Singer Taylor Swift announced the cancellation of her previously postponed “Lover Fest” tour dates via a statement made on her Twitter account and Instagram story.

  • Lady Gaga’s dogs Gustav and Koji were returned to the singer’s team after a woman brought them to the police station. Gaga’s dog walker is currently in stable condition, according to a statement made by the Los Angeles Police Department via Twitter.