JENNIFER LOPEZ TO HEADLINE ‘DICK CLARK’S NEW YEAR’S ROCKIN’ EVE’ – (12/16/2020)
Jennifer Lopez will headline Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2021.
Lopez will be joined by additional performers Billy Porter, Cyndi Lauper and Jimmie Allen. Porter and Lauper, who worked together on the Broadway hit “Kinky Boots,” will also reunite for a duet performance.
The 49th-annual Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve airs LIVE December 31th at 8 pm ET/PT on ABC.
HBO FOLLOWS NETFLIX’S LEAD AND REMOVES DAVE CHAPPELLE’S SHOW FROM AIR – (12/16/2020)
HBO Max is following Netflix’s lead and abiding by Dave Chapelle’s request to remove Chappelle’s Show from its rotation. Casey Bloys, chief content officer for HBO, told Variety: “We had a conversation with Dave. I won’t get into it, but it’s very clear that it’s a very unique and specific and emotional issue he’s got. So at the end of the year, at the end of this year, December 31st, we’re going to honor his request and take the show down.”
Previously, Chappelle said that he doesn’t receive any compensation for the show when ViacomCBS licenses it to stream.
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U.K. GOVERNMENT CRACKS DOWN ON NETFLIX’S ‘THE CROWN’ – (12/16/2020)
The U.K. government is not relenting in its battle with Netflix, despite the streamer’s repeated denial of requests to clarify The Crown’s status as a drama. The Crown focuses on the lives of the Royal Family, but in the current season, its focus on modern events has made several members of the family uncomfortable, according to reports.
Season 4 covers events in Prince Charles’ courtship with and marriage to the late Princess Diana, mother of Princes Harry and William. It also covers his alleged affair with the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla, whom he is now married to; while they did reportedly conduct an affair for part of Charles and Diana’s marriage, the show dramatizes and lengthens their relationship.
Since the show began airing, Camilla and Charles have come under so much fire on social media, they’ve turned off comments on their Twitter feed.
Culture minister John Whittingdale told a parliamentary committee on Tuesday that it “does no harm” for Netflix to make explicit to subscribers that The Crown, although pegged to real events, is Peter Morgan’s “speculation or imagination as to what might have happened.”
Last month, culture secretary Oliver Dowden wrote to Netflix asking the streamer to warn viewers that the show is a work of fiction. Netflix denied the request, saying: “We have every confidence our members understand it’s a work of fiction that’s broadly based on historical events.”
Whittingdale said: “These are events that are quite raw and controversial, and they involve people such as the existing Prince of Wales and his sons. It does no harm, particularly because those events did generate strong views and emotions on both sides. It is not unhelpful to remind people… that this is not based on any insider knowledge, but is a dramatization of somebody’s speculation or imagination as to what might have happened.”
He warned that if Netflix does not cooperate, there could be consequences: “UK traditional broadcasters are subject to quite stringent requirements… and then you have the video on demand services, which are really subject to no regulation or requirements at all. That is something that is quite a stark difference. Whether or not we would want to look at having some kind of basic requirements on the video on demand services is something which I think the government might well think about.”
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CARTER RUBIN WINS ‘THE VOICE’ – (12/16/2020)
Carter Rubin has won The Voice
The 15-year-old Shoreham, New York native beat out team John Legend’s John Holiday, Team Kelly Clarkson’s Desz and team Blake Shelton’s Jim Ranger and Ian Flanigan.
His victory gives Gwen Stefani her first-ever win.
In addition to crowning a winner, The Voice finale featured special performances by Shelton and Stefani, Dan + Shay, Lauren Daigle, Keith Urban, Pink, Lewis Capaldi, Florida Georgia Line, Nelly, Jason Derulo, 24kGoldn, Iann Dior, Julia Michaels and JP Saxe.
TAYLOR SWIFT RELEASES SECOND ‘WILLOW’ REMIX – (12/16/2020)
Taylor Swift has released a second remix of “Willow,” dubbed the “Lonely Witch” version.
The singer wrote on social media, “Ever find yourself waiting for the signal & meeting someone after dark & happening upon a majestic coven in the woods? Me neither but do you want your Multiple musical notes to make you FEEL like that? Then the ‘willow moonlit witch version’ is for you.”
This is the second remix the singer has released since “Willow’s” debut on December 11th. A “Dancing Witch” version of the song remixed by Swedish producer Elvira was released on Swift’s birthday on December 13th.
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