OLIVIA RODRIGO BREAKS ‘BILLBOARD’ RECORD WITH ‘DEJA VU’ – (04/13/2021)
Olivia Rodrigo has made Billboard history with the debut of her single “Déjà Vu”. The 18-year-old singer is the first artist to have her first two singles debut in the Top 10 of the Hot 100.
The High School Musical: The Musical: The Series star currently has both songs placing in the Top 10 with “Drivers License” sitting at No. 5 and “Déjà Vu” at No. 8.
Rodrigo celebrated on social media by writing, “ahhhh dl and deja vu on there!!!! screaming and crying!!!! thank u so much!!!!!!”
BLACKPINK is officially the biggest girl group on YouTube. PopCrave reports that the K-Pop stars have reached 60 million subscribers on the video sharing platform. They are the first female act in history to achieve this.
OSCARS ASSEMBLE CAST OF 15 STARS – (04/13/2021)
The producers of the 93rd annual Academy Awards have promised an epic film-style production amid waning interest in awards shows and an incredible strange and stressful year for the movie industry.
On Monday, producers announced an ensemble “cast” of 15 stars to handle all of the presentation duties, in lieu of a host. Among the line-up are all four acting winners from the previous year to present four acting categories: Joaquin Phoenix, Renee Zellweger, Brad Pitt and Laura Dern. Last year’s Best Director winner Bong Joon Ho will also present. Other names include: Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Don Cheadle, Bryan Cranston, Harrison Ford, Regina King, Marlee Matlin, Rita Moreno, Reese Witherspoon and Zendaya.
“In keeping with our awards-show-as-a-movie approach, we’ve assembled a truly stellar cast of stars,” said producers Jesse Collins, Stacey Sher and Steven Soderbergh. “There’s so much wattage here, sunglasses may be required.”
Additional talent to appear on the April 25th broadcast will be announced later. Deadline reports that word is all the nominated songs will be performed for the first time on the pre-show.
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DWAYNE JOHNSON WILL RUN FOR PRESIDENT AFTER ALL, MAYBE – (04/13/2021)
In a teaser of an upcoming Sunday Today with Willie Geist interview, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson said that he will run for president if that’s what people want. The 48-year-old is responding to a poll released last week that found 45% of Americans support stars like Johnson and Matthew McConaughey in their rumored political aspirations.
Johnson said: “So I do have that goal to unite our country. And I also feel that if this is what the people want then I will do that. But I am passionate about making sure that our country is united. Because a united country, as we know, is its strongest and I want to see that for our country.”
Johnson previously gave a similar remark in February saying a presidential bid by him “would be up to the people.”
In his new semi-autobiographical sitcom on NBC, Young Rock, Johnson is seen running for president. He has flirted with Republicans and Democrats, speaking at the Republican National Convention in 2000 and endorsing then-Democratic candidate Joe Biden in 2020.
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DID RENE-JEAN PAGE LEAVE ‘BRIDGERTON’ OVER CREATIVE DIFFERENCES? – (04/13/2021)
Regé-Jean Page left the mega-hit Bridgerton because he did not like what the creative team had planned for his character, the Duke of Hastings.
“Regé is not coming back to Bridgerton because of creative differences with [executive producer] Shonda Rhimes and her team,” a Hollywood source told Page Six.
The source added, “He wasn’t happy with what was planned for his character for Season 2, which would have kept him a player but not the focal point of the show.”
Also: “Regé has been inundated with offers for other interesting and challenging leading roles.”
The source continued, “If you look at all the big names who have left [Rhimes’ hit show] Grey’s Anatomy in the past, you see you don’t disagree with Shonda, nobody is bigger than the show,” adding that Page is leaving on good terms despite the “creative differences.”
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TODAY’S CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS:
- Max Weinberg (musician, drummer for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, was the bandleader on Late Night With Conan O’Brien) (70)
- Al Green (R&B singer, “Let’s Stay Together,” “Take Me To The River”) (75)
- Peabo Bryson (R&B singer) (70)
- Rick Schroder (actor, NYPD Blue, Silver Spoons) (51)
- Caroline Rhea (actress-comedienne, Sabrina The Teenage Witch) (57, disputed)
- Ron Perlman (actor, Sons of Anarchy, Hellboy, Beauty And The Beast) (71)
- Allison Williams (actress, Girls, Get Out) (33)