Katy Perry has been named by Britain’s Prince Charles as an ambassador of the British Asian Trust charity. Perry was announced as ambassador at the charity’s annual dinner in London.
The trust, founded by Prince Charles, is an international development charity that tackles poverty and inequality in South Asia. Perry’s appointment comes after she met the prince in Mumbai last year and learned about the British Asian Trust’s work. She will support the charity’s work to reduce child trafficking and abuse in India.
Perry said in a statement that India had “long held a special place” in her heart, adding that she was honored “to be a part of finding solutions to child trafficking.” Perry, who is also a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations’ children’s agency, UNICEF, added: “Children are vulnerable and innocent and have to be protected.”
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Actress Lucy Boynton will star in the biopic Faithfull, portraying British singer Marianne Faithfull. Boynton, who starred in Bohemian Rhapsody and Netflix’s The Politician, shared the news on social media with a black and white photo of Faithfull and the caption: “Cannot wait #Faithfull #MarianneFaithfull.”
The biopic, to be directed by Ian Bonhôte, is set in mid-1960’s London and will chronicle the highs and lows of Faithfull’s rise to the top. Fans can expect to see her discovered as a convent schoolgirl at the age of 17, finding fame as a pop idol, and living through her tumultuous romance with Mick Jagger, and being a homeless drug addict in Soho. Casting is still underway to find the actor who’ll play Jagger.
Boynton will not only star, but will serve as executive producer along with Julia Taylor-Stanley, Colin Vaines, and Andee Ryder. Faithfull said in a statement, “I am delighted that my story is finally being made with my dream team of Lucy, Julia and Ian.” The film will begin shooting this fall.
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Showtime has canceled the long-running crime drama Ray Donovan, starring Liev Schreiber, which recently concluded its seventh season. The network said in a statement, “after seven incredible seasons, Ray Donovan has concluded its run on Showtime. We are proud that the series ended amid such strong viewership and on such a powerful note. Our deepest thanks go to Liev Schreiber, Jon Voight, showrunner David Hollander, and the entire cast and crew, past and present, for their dedicated work.”
Liev thanked fans for their support back in January after the Season 7 finale, and urged them to reach out to Showtime for an eighth season, saying at the time: “Either way it’s been an amazing ride and we have all of you to thank for it.”
Ray Donovan premiered in 2013 and followed Schreiber’s title character, a fixer for the rich and famous. The show was nominated for multiple Emmys and Golden Globes during its run. Voight won a Golden Globe for his work as Ray’s criminal father, Mickey, and Hank Azaria took home an Emmy in 2016 for a guest role.
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27-year-old Selena Gomez announced her plans to launch her own beauty brand with a brief video on her Instagram feed.
Gomez captioned the Instagram post: “Guys, I’ve been working on this special project for two years and can officially say Rare Beauty is launching in @sephora stores in North America this summer! Follow @rarebeauty and become part of our beautiful community. Here’s a tiny sneak. There’s more to share AND I can’t wait.”
In the video set to the song “Rare” from her new album of the same name, Gomez tests different shades of lipsticks, talks with her team about being “so nervous” of the endeavor and brainstorms product ideas with large mood boards.
“Being rare is about being comfortable with yourself. I’ve stopped trying to be perfect. I just want to be me,” Gomez said in the video.
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In an interview with ABC News that aired Tuesday morning on Good Morning America, actress Shannen Doherty revealed that her cancer has returned. Doherty, 48, opened up about the return of her breast cancer after announcing that she was in remission in 2017.
“It’s going to come out in a matter of days or a week that I’m stage 4. So my cancer came back, and that’s why I’m here,” Doherty said. “I don’t think I’ve processed it. It’s a bitter pill to swallow in a lot of ways.”
Doherty, known for prominent TV roles in shows like Charmed and Beverly Hills, 90210, was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015.
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Dancing with the Stars alumnus Derek Hough announced that he will begin a new limited-run residency in June at the Flamingo Las Vegas. The d34-year-old dancer/choreographer will perform Derek Hough: No Limit, five days a week.
The new show, which will be held in the same theater that housed Donny and Marie Osmond‘s long-running residency, will be a fusion of dance and music.
Tickets for the show go on sale to the public Friday. Caesars Rewards members, Caesars Entertainment’s loyalty program, as well as Ticketmaster customers will have access to a pre-sale on Thursday. The show premieres on June 2.
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Disney+ revealed three of its most anticipated Marvel series with a sneak peak during the Super Bowl. The new streaming service offered up a brief look at The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, WandaVision and Loki. The 30-second trailer teased the return of Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.
The trailer also featured footage from WandaVision, a sitcom series centered around Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff and Paul Bettany’s Vision.
Loki, WandaVision, What If and Hawkeye are all set for release on Disney+ in 2021. The Falcon and The Winter Soldier is set to drop this fall.
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Disney will bring a “live-capture” film of Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s Hamilton to theaters next year, featuring the inaugural Broadway cast. The film version of Hamilton will not be an adaptation of the Broadway show, rather a filmed performance featuring the original cast
In addition to Miranda’s starring role as American Founding Father and first Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton, the original cast includes Leslie Odom Jr., Renée Elise Goldsberry, and Daveed Diggs — all of whom won Tony Awards for their portrayals of Hamilton’s duel adversary Aaron Burr, Hamilton’s sister-in-law Angelica Schuyler, and the dual role of Hamilton’s French ally Marquis de Lafayette and American rival Thomas Jefferson. Anthony Ramos, who will soon be starring in In the Heights, portrayed the dual role of Hamilton’s best friend John Laurens and son Philip in the original cast. Jasmine Cephas Jones plays Peggy Schuyler and Hamilton’s mistress Maria Reynolds. Rounding out the cast is Christopher Jackson as George Washington, Philippa Soo as Hamilton’s wife, Eliza Schuyler, Okieriete Onaodowan as spy Hercules Mulligan and Jefferson ally James Madison, and Jonathan Groff as King George III.
Hamilton will hit theaters on Oct. 15, 2021.
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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are turning to their faith in God to show their support for the families and loved ones of basketball legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna Bryant and seven other passengers aboard a helicopter that were killed in a tragic accident.
Kim took to Instagram to show footage of a somber Sunday Service in honor of the athlete and the others who were killed in the accident. In attendance was Gospel musician Kirk Franklin and Chance the Rapper. Kim posted a video of Kirk praying with the caption, “Midnight Sunday Service. I needed to hear this.” Kanye also took the stage to lead his choir in gospel songs and paying tribute to those lost.
For videos from the Sunday Service honoring Bryant, click the link below.
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British actress Imelda Staunton will play an older Queen Elizabeth in the final season of “The Crown,” the show’s creator said. The Netflix series about the British royal family will end after five seasons rather than the six seasons originally planned. Executive producer Peter Morgan said, “At the outset I had imagined ‘The Crown’ running for six seasons but now that we have begun work on the stories for season five it has become clear to me that this is the perfect time and place to stop.”
Staunton, best known for playing the the Ministry of Magic official Dolores Umbridge in the “Harry Potter” movies, will take over from Olivia Colman, who is playing the Queen in middle age in season three and the yet-to-be-released fourth season of “The Crown.”
“The Crown” dramatizes key events in the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth, the world’s longest-serving monarch. Claire Foy, as the young queen, and Colman both won Golden Globes for their performances and the series has won multiple awards since it launched in 2016.
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