New this week: Shania, 'Princess Power' and Pamela Anderson
This week’s new entertainment releases include a fresh album from Shania Twain, the megahit film “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” lands on Disney+ and a new PBS “Frontline” documentary delves into Russian President Vladimir Putin’s interaction with the last five U.S. presidents.
Online fall Broadway play revivals attract starry casts
NEW YORK – Broadway theaters may be dark, but there will be plenty of new online productions of some of classic plays this fall with some starry self-isolating actors, including Matthew Broderick, Morgan Freeman, Patti LuPone, Laura Linney and David Alan Grier. Producer Jeffrey Richards on Wednesday unveiled a weekly play run of livestreamed works to benefit The Actors Fund. They will stream on Broadway’s Best Shows and ticket buyers can access the events through TodayTix starting at $5. David Mamet’s ”Race" is up on Oct. 29, starring David Alan Grier and Ed O’Neill. Mamet’s “Boston Marriage” is slated for Nov. 12 with Patti LuPone and Rebecca Pidgeon.
WATCH LIVE: Virginia Graduates Together
ROANOKE, Va. – Not being able to have a traditional graduation, Virginia is getting creative to celebrate the Class of 2020. Virginians are invited to join Gov. Ralph Northam and First Lady Pamela Northam in honoring the graduates during a statewide virtual celebration at 5 p.m. on FridayProminent Virginians appearing in the program include former Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer, University of Virginia’s men’s basketball coach Tony Bennett, Indianapolis Colts tight end Mo Alie-Cox, Denver Nuggets guard Troy Daniels, NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin, ESPN SportsCenter anchor Jay Harris, United States Senator Tim Kaine, Los Angeles Rams linebacker Micah Kiser, musician Dave Matthews, comedian Jay Pharoah, Virginia Beach Councilman Aaron Rouse, Miss America 2020 Camille Schrier, Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander, New York Liberty forward Megan Walker, United States Senator Mark Warner, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, actress Constance Wu, and World Series Champion Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman.
'Fresh Off the Boat' leaving indelible mark on TV landscape
This undated photo made available by ABC shows Randall Park, left, and Hudson Yang in the Jan. 31, 2020 television episode of "Fresh Off the Boat." "I take representing my experience as an Asian American in this country very seriously," Huang said in an interview in January. But because of “Fresh Off the Boat,” there's already hope that Asian American-led successors will no longer be seen as out of the ordinary. “It helped redefined a space that will help all creative Asian American media, producers and artists.”As a young Asian American actor, Yang said it's been exciting to see how much the landscape has already changed in six years. “It's been a focus of mine tell more stories from an Asian American perspective.”Park also recently was in a position to direct.
Lizzo named The Associated Press' Entertainer of the Year
FILE - This Nov. 24, 2019 file photo shows Lizzo performing "Jerome" at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles. Lizzo has been named Entertainer of the Year by The Associated Press. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, FIle)NEW YORK, NY – Breakthrough singer-rapper Lizzo has been named Entertainer of the Year by The Associated Press. She performed with Prince on his 2014 “Plectrumelectrum” album, released two years before his death. Lizzo was also named Entertainer of the Year by Time magazine.