Hollywood Happenings

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This week in Hollywood brings news regarding Broadway shows, Netflix deals and award show winners. Here’s the latest out of the entertainment industry.

Monday, March 29

  • Entertainment website Deadline reported actor Russell Crowe has been cast in Marvel’s upcoming “Thor: Love and Thunder,” which is currently being filmed in Australia. 

  • According to Variety, the popular Starz show “American Gods” has been canceled after only three seasons. 

  • Entertainment Weekly reported actor Amanda Seyfried, best known for her role in “Mamma Mia!” has replaced comedian and actor Kate McKinnon in Hulu’s upcoming series “The Dropout.”

Tuesday, March 30

  • The Broadway musical “Diana,” which chronicles the life of the late Princess Diana, is making its way to Netflix, according to Deadline. The show is set for an Oct. 1 release, prior to reopening on Broadway in December.

  • Actor Jordan Fisher has been cast in The CW’s series “The Flash,” according to Variety. Fisher will portray DC comics hero Bart Allen, aka Impulse.

  • Actor Kirsten Dunst revealed she’s expecting her second child with fiance Jesse Plemons in a cover shoot for W magazine’s Director’s Issue, which also features actor Elle Fanning and director Rashida Jones.

  • A new trailer for Disney+’s upcoming original “Star Wars'' series “The Bad Batch” was released. The show is set to air on the streaming service May 4.

  • The trailer for season 4 of Hulu’s adaptation of “The Handmaid’s Tale” was released. The new season is set to begin streaming April 28.

Wednesday, March 31

  • Variety reported Netflix has bought director Rian Johnson’s anticipated “Knives Out” sequels for $450 million, in which actor Daniel Craig is expected to reprise his role as detective Benoit Blanc.

  • Music and arts festival Bonnaroo, which takes place in Manchester, Tennessee, announced its 2021 lineup on Twitter and Instagram. The festival is set to take place Sept. 2-5 and features headliners like the Foo Fighters, Megan Thee Stallion, Lizzo and Tame Impala.

  • The Recording Academy announced on Instagram and Twitter that the 2022 Grammy Awards will take place Jan. 31, 2022 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

  • Director Adam Wingard’s “Godzilla vs Kong” was released on HBO Max and in theaters.

  • Nominations for the BRIT Awards were announced and include singers, such as Billie Eilish, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus and The Weeknd. The full list of nominees can be found on the BRIT Awards website.

Thursday, April 1

  • Singer and actor Olivia Rodrigo released her new song “Deja Vu” and announced in a tweet that she has completed her debut album.

  • Actor Chris Evans, producer Mark Kassen and tech entrepreneur Joe Kiani’s civic engagement platform A Starting Point has partnered with Newsweek “to create a cross-platform series exploring Gen Z’s impact on American politics,” Deadline reported. Evans confirmed the news through quoting the tweet from Deadline containing the article with the caption “Very excited about this!”

Friday, April 2

  • Netflix’s latest hit show “Bridgerton,” which was created by producer Shonda Rimes, announced via its Instagram and Twitter accounts that breakout star, actor Regé-Jean Page, who played the Duke of Hastings, won’t be returning for season two of the show. Page also confirmed the news with a post on Instagram.

  • Singer Demi Lovato released her new album “Dancing with the Devil … the Art of Starting Over.” The album consists of 19 songs and includes features from singers Ariana Grande, Noah Cyrus, Sam Fischer and rapper Saweetie.

Saturday, April 3

  • Marvel released a new trailer for its upcoming film “Black Widow,” which will follow the Black Widow herself, Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), during the time in between “Captain America: Civil War” and “Avengers: Infinity War.” The film is currently set to arrive in theaters and Disney+ July 9.

  • Billboard reported that musician B.B. Dickerson, founding member, bassist and vocalist of the band War, died at 71 years old. A representative confirmed the news to the outlet stating that Dickerson died “after a long, undisclosed illness.”

  • Entertainment Weekly reported Emmy-winning actor Zendaya will voice Lola Bunny in the upcoming film “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” which also stars NBA player LeBron James. The news of Zendaya’s casting comes after the first trailer for the film was released Saturday morning.

  • CNN has reported that rapper DMX has been hospitalized after having a heart attack. DMX’s attorney Murray Richman confirmed to the outlet that he “was taken via ambulance to a local hospital, where he remains on a ventilator,” as well as that the heart attack’s cause is currently unknown.  

Sunday, April 4

  • Singer ROSÉ of the popular K-pop group Blackpink released the music video for her song “Gone”. 

  • AMC’s hit show “The Walking Dead” announced on its Twitter and Instagram accounts that its final season will air Aug. 22.

  • The Hollywood Reporter reported actor Gloria Henry, best known for her role as Alice Mitchell on the sitcom “Dennis the Menace,” died at 98 years old.

Award show update: Screen actors guild (SAG) Awards

  • Outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role: Chadwick Boseman (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”)

  • Outstanding performance by a female actor in a leading role: Viola Davis (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”)

  • Outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture: “The Trial of the Chicago 7”

  • Outstanding performance by a male actor in a supporting role: Daniel Kaluuya (“Judas and the Black Messiah”)

  • Outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role: Yuh-Jung Youn (“Minari”)

A full list of winners of the 27th annual SAG Awards can be found on its website.

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