Hollywood Happenings

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This week in Hollywood brings new Disney+ release dates, birth announcements and single releases. Here’s the latest out of the entertainment industry.

Monday, March 22

  • According to Variety, DC Films has hired “Promising Young Woman” director Emerald Fennell to write the script for an upcoming film adaptation for comic hero “Zatanna.” 

  • Marvel’s new series “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” has become Disney+’s most watched series premiere to date. According to Marvel’s website, “... ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ joins the premieres of Marvel Studios’ first live-action series, WandaVision, and the season two premiere of The Mandalorian from Lucasfilm as the three most-watched Disney+ Original series opening weekends to-date.”

  • Actor and director Clint Eastwood’s new film “Cry Macho” is set to make its theatrical and HBO Max debuts on Oct. 22. According to a tweet by Fandango, Eastwood is also set to star in the film.

Tuesday, March 23

  • Video tech conference VidCon, which takes place at the Anaheim Convention Center in Los Angeles, has announced its dates for 2021 via Instagram and Twitter. The convention is set to take place Oct. 22 to 24 and is planning on following safety protocols so attendees can have a “safe and enjoyable experience.”  

  • Variety has reported that actor David Thewlis, best known for his role as Remus Lupin in the “Harry Potter” films, has signed on to join HBO’s “Landscapers.” The limited series also stars Academy Award-winning actor Olivia Colman.

  • Disney announced Marvel’s highly anticipated film “Black Widow” will be available for streaming on Disney+ for an additional $30 the same day it releases in theaters, July 9. According to Variety, Disney also plans on releasing “Cruella” in theaters and on Disney+ May 28, while upcoming Pixar film “Luca” will be released exclusively on the streaming platform June 18.

  • E! Online has reported “The Nanny” will be available to stream on HBO Max April 1. Actor Fran Drescher, who stars in the sitcom, confirmed the news on Twitter by reposting the article.

  • According to The Hollywood Reporter, DC’s upcoming “Shazam” sequel “Shazam: Fury of the Gods,” has cast actor Helen Mirren as its main villain, Hespera.

  • Actor George Segal died Tuesday at 87 from complications of bypass surgery, according to Deadline. Segal was best known for his roles in “Fun with Dick and Jane” and most recently “The Goldbergs.”

  • Deadline has reported actor Evan Peters, best known for his role in “American Horror Story,” is set to play serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in Ryan Murphy’s upcoming Netflix film “Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.” 

  • The final season of Netflix’s “The Kominsky Method” is set to premiere on the streaming platform May 28, according to Variety.

Wednesday, March 24

  • Actor Jessica Alba revealed why she took a step back from her acting career in an interview with parenting website Romper. Alba stated after the birth of her first child in 2008 that “I couldn't go back to what I was doing before and be authentic. I just couldn't. I didn't care about it the same way.” She also touched on how she wanted to use her platform in a way that was meaningful. 

  • It has been reported by The Hollywood Reporter that actor Pierce Brosnan has been cast in DC’s upcoming film “Black Adam” as Dr. Fate. The film also stars actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as the titular anti-hero.

  • Actor and singer Ashley Tisdale announced the birth of her first child, Jupiter Iris French, with her husband, musician Christopher French, on Instagram and Twitter Wednesday.

Thursday, March 25

  • According to Rolling Stone, singer Alanis Morisette, R&B group Black Pumas and rock band Dawes are set to perform at a virtual charity concert benefiting Backline, a nonprofit organization which advocates for mental health in the music industry.

  • Actor Jessica Walter died at the age of 80 on Thursday. Walter was best known for her role as Lucille Bluth on “Arrested Development.”

  • Model and “Lip Sync Battle” host Chrissy Teigen announced her departure from Twitter Thursday in an Instagram post. Teigen explained that the platform was no longer a positive experience for her and that it wasn’t the platform nor the bullying’s fault that she decided to leave.

  • Singer Demi Lovato released the titular single “Dancing with the Devil” off her upcoming album “Dancing with the Devil … The Art of Starting Over.”

  • Singer Taylor Swift released “You All Over Me,” her new single from the vault, which features backing vocals from singer Maren Morris.

  • Singer Lil Nas X has released a new single titled “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name).”

  • Country singer Carrie Underwood has released her new gospel album “My Savior.” The album consists of 13 songs and features a collaboration with singer CeCe Winans.

Friday, March 26

  • Bindi Irwin, the daughter of the late Steve Irwin, announced the birth of her first child with husband Chandler Powell on Twitter and Instagram. Their daughter, whose name is Grace Warrior Irwin Powell, was born Thursday, March 25.

  • People magazine reported talk show host Sharon Osborne has left “The Talk” after coming to the defense of talk show host Piers Morgan after he made comments regarding Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s interview with Oprah March 7. A statement put out by CBS stated that “The events of the March 10 broadcast were upsetting to everyone involved, including the audience watching at home. As part of our review, we concluded that Sharon's behavior toward her co-hosts during the March 10 episode did not align with our values for a respectful workplace.” It’s currently unclear if CBS plans on replacing Osborne.

  • Author Beverly Cleary, best known for writing “Beezus and Ramona” and “Henry and Ribsy,” died at 104 years old Friday. The Associated Press reported that no cause of death was given when publisher HarperCollins confirmed the news of Cleary’s death.

  • The first trailer for director James Gunn’s “The Suicide Squad” was released Saturday. The film is set to be released Aug. 6 and stars actors Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, Viola Davis, Pete Davidson, John Cena and others.

  • Actor Frankie Muniz, best known for his role in “Malcolm in the Middle,” and wife Paige Price announced the birth of their son Mauz on Instagram Friday.

Saturday, March 27

  • The late Chadwick Boseman was honored with the award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture at the NAACP Image Awards on Saturday. His widow Simone Leward Boseman accepted the award on his behalf during the ceremony.

  • Actor and singer Hilary Duff announced the birth of her third child, her second with husband Matthew Koma, on Instagram Saturday.

Sunday, March 28

  • Actor Dwyane “The Rock” Johnson revealed the release date for his upcoming DC film “Black Adam,” which is set to be released July 29, 2022, in an advertisement prior to the NCAA March Madness between UCLA and Alabama.

  • Singer Jason Derulo announced on Instagram that he and girlfriend Jena Frumes are expecting their first child. 

Award show update: NAACP Image Awards

  • Entertainer of the Year: D-Nice

  • Outstanding Motion Picture: “Bad Boys for Life”

  • Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture: Chadwick Boseman (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”)

  • Outstanding New Artist: Doja Cat (“Say So”)

  • Outstanding Male Artist: Drake (“Laugh Now, Cry Later”)

  • Outstanding Female Artist: Beyoncé (“Black Parade”)

A full list of categories and winners can be found on Variety’s website.