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Clear your schedule music lovers because Saturday night just got a lot more exciting. The 2016 Global Citizen Festival is back again and some of the biggest names in music are coming to New York City's Central Park for the star-studded charity event. Broadcast live on MSNBC and online through the cable network's video player above, fans are able to watch Demi Lovato, Kendrick Lamar and Rihanna perform live in concert. And before Usher heads to the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas, the "Yeah!" singer will also make a surprise appearance for fans both in the Big Apple and at home across the country. "Lets work together and help end global poverty," he shared with his social media »
Exclusive: As the film prepares to go into production, principal cast has been set for The Firm’s drama Burden, with Garrett Hedlund in the title role joined by Oscar winner Forest Whitaker, Oscar nominees Tom Wilkinson and Tess Harper and Hands of Stone‘s Usher Raymond IV. Written and directed by Andrew Heckler and inspired by true events, the film follows Mike Burden (Hedlund), an orphan raised within the Ku Klux Klan who attempts to break away when the girl he falls in… »
Usher is releasing his brand new album, Hard II Love, this Friday, but if you’re a Tidal subscriber, you’ve got the opportunity to stream it on the service right now. Hard II Love is the R&B crooner’s eighth overall record, and fans haven’t gotten an album from him in over four years since he came out with Looking 4 Myself in 2012.
Though it’s been a long time coming, all is forgiven if Hard II Love turns out to be a great album, so was it worth the four year wait? So far, it’s shaping up to be worth it, as over the past few months we’ve got the chance to hear album tracks such as the beat-driven “Rivals,” the groovy club-bumper “No Limit,” and the R&B throwback, “Missin U.” Additionally, the Latin-influenced “Champions” and the Future-assisted “Rivals” show that no one track is the same, »
- Joe DeAndrea
Usher had two very special guests at his Hollywood Walk of Fame star ceremony in La on Wednesday afternoon: his two sons, 7-year-old Naviyd and 8-year-old Usher Raymond V. The R&B singer was honored with the 2,588th star for being "one of the most successful artists of our modern music world," but it was his kids, whom he shares with ex-wife Tameka Foster, who ended up stealing the show. After receiving his star, Usher celebrated his accomplishment by showering Naviyd and little Usher with kisses and posing for pictures together. At one point, his boys got silly and held up bunny ears over their dad's head. Over the weekend, Usher attended Beyoncé's Soul Train-themed 35th birthday party along with Serena Williams, Alicia Keys, and Destiny's Child members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. Fortunately, he was kind enough to record the adorable moment when Beyoncé and Jay Z's daughter, »
- Monica Sisavat
President Barack Obama's star-studded 55th birthday party at the White House last month was such a private affair that even the most famous guests were asked to check their cell phones at the door. But now Selma director Ava DuVernay is spilling some details from the "top-secret" bash. During an appearance on The Late Show Tuesday night, DuVernay chatted with host and fellow partygoer Stephen Colbert about a "dance battle" that broke out between Usher and Janelle Monae. "And you're watching and you're thinking, 'Can this be?' " DuVernay said. "And so they're dancing … and I'm like, 'It can't get better than this. »
- Tierney McAfee, @tierneymcafee
Demi Lovato will join the A-list lineup of Global Citizen Festival headliners after Selena Gomez announced a break to focus on her health, People can exclusively confirm. "The Global Citizen Festival combines music and activism in a way that inspires and affects millions around the world. I am proud to support this amazing organization's ongoing efforts to improve global healthcare and to end extreme poverty," said Lovato, 24, whose addition to the bill comes as she and longtime pal Nick Jonas travel the U.S. on their Future Now Tour. This is the fifth year Global Citizen will host its annual advocacy show, »
- Jeff Nelson, @nelson_jeff
It was an exciting weekend for Beyoncé! The superstar turned 35 on Sept. 4 and she celebrated with all of her close friends and family. After attending the Made in America Festival on Sunday, Beyoncé threw a Soul Train-themed birthday party Monday evening. Beyoncé wore a sequined ensemble at the bash where she partied with her husband Jay Z, her sister Solange Knowles and tons of celeb guests, including Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams, Usher and Serena Williams. Beyoncé and Jay Z's daughter Blue Ivy Carter was also at the party and gave her mom a sweet birthday shout-out during the celebration. Take a look at the E! News video above to get more scoop on »
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It centers on the legendary Panamanian boxer Roberto Duran, has a stellar cast, and comes from a time in history that's so recent that the film's central figure is still alive today. For advocates of diversity, you have the talented Edgar Ramirez starring as Duran, you have pop music megastar Usher Raymond as the iconic pugilist "Sugar" Ray Leonard, and a supporting cast littered with hispanic performers like Rubén Blades, Ana de Armas, and Yancey Arias.
- Mario-Francisco Robles
The year isn't over yet, but we're already convinced that Beyoncé threw the best birthday party of 2016. The "Formation" singer kicked off celebrations for her 35th year of being an earthbound goddess by attending Budweiser's Made in America Festival in Philadelphia on Sunday, where she spent quality time with former president Bill Clinton and Chance the Rapper. The next day, she made her way back to NYC to host one seriously funky, Soul Train-themed bash with guests like Serena Williams, Usher, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, and Destiny's Child members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. Beyoncé and hubby Jay Z (who was dressed as Jimi Hendrix, by the way) burned up the dance floor, and Usher was kind enough to record the adorable moment when their daughter, 4-year-old Blue Ivy, said, "Happy birthday, mommy!" into the microphone via Snapchat. The festivities reportedly didn't end until 5 a.m. »
- Quinn Keaney
Beyoncé was feeling funky Monday night. As E! News exclusively reported last week, the "Hold Up" singer wanted to throw a Soul Train-themed party for her 35th birthday—and that's exactly what she did. Destiny's Child members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams dressed up as disco divas, as did Solange Knowles. Other partygoers included June Ambrose, Carmelo Anthony, Lala Anthony, Swizz Beatz, Cassie, Chance the Rapper, Sean "Diddy" Combs, The-Dream, Jourdan Dunn, Chanel Iman, Alicia Keys, Kendrick Lamar, Joan Smalls and Usher. The party, hosted in New York City, ended at 5 a.m. Tuesday. Beyoncé wore a sequined outfit and hit the dance floor with her husband, Jay »
Usher is going all out when it comes to promoting his upcoming album, Hard II Love, as the singer has revealed numerous songs and videos to hype the public up. His latest hype attempt, the music video for the new track, “Rivals,” is premiering exclusively on Tidal.
“Rivals” sports a guest spot from rapper Future, which means that it’s going to be an essential club jam from the start. The video clip shows the duo partying it up together, while the song is slow, sensual, and probably has the coolest verse from Future that we’ve heard in a good while. You can check out the video here if you’re a Tidal subscriber and a thirty second clip if you aren’t a part of the service.
- Joe DeAndrea
Chance the Rapper is living out his dreams. The independent hip-hop artist from Chicago released his third mix tape, Coloring Book, this past May to critical acclaim. The album, which features a blend of gospel and hip-hop, was streamed 57.3 million times on Apple Music in its first week and is considered a strong contender for Grammy nominations in 2017. At just 23 years old, Chance has already garnered a legion of fans and performed at sold-out shows across the country. Keep reading to discover 14 fun facts that might kick-start your own obsession with the rapper. Chance is a shortened version of his first name, Chancelor. Chance refuses to sign with a record label. He earns most of his money from touring, streaming, and other business ventures. In September 2015, Chance welcomed his first child, daughter Kinsley. #familymatterstour backstage with Beyoncé, Jay-z and Usher. Yall should really catch a show #Angels #thirdmixtape A photo »
- Terry Carter
Roberto Duran is definitely one of the greatest boxing legends who stepped into the ring.
The story follows the boxer growing up in Panama and training at a young early age. He falls in love with a young woman and later adopts a well-known boxing training in New York City for the next stages of boxing championships and greatness. The movie also shows the building rivalry between himself and Sugar Ray Leonard to the ultimate showdown at the No Mas Fight.
Lrm had a sit-down interview with Jonathan Jakubowicz at a press day in Beverly Hills earlier this month. He talked about Roberto Duran, his two actors’ transformations of Edgar Ramirez and Usher Raymond III, and creating Latino hero movies.
- Gig Patta
Thanks to his role in Martin Scorsese’s immortal 1980 classic Raging Bull, Robert De Niro will forever be linked to the sport of boxing in the minds of moviegoers. For the last couple decades, the Oscar-winning actor has been heavily riffing on his past roles for comedic effect in releases like Analyze This, Meet the Parents and Grudge Match, all of which saw De Niro poke fun at his own tough-guy persona and the various archetypes he’s known for. Now he’s back in the world of boxing again – though with a decidedly more dramatic goal in mind – as a key supporting character in writer/director Jonathan Jakubowicz’s Hands of Stone.
The film stars Edgar Ramírez (Joy) as Panamanian boxer Roberto Durán, who rose to prominence in the early 1970s, but rather than focus solely on his rise and fall (and rise again), Hands of Stone also takes »
- Robert Yaniz Jr.
In a Thn exclusive, Scott J. Davis speaks to Canadian singer-songwriter Brooke Turner who has had her music recorded and mixed at Record Plant Studios, home to Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Chris Brown and many others. The talented artist has also seen her music featured in the film Wedding Bells and TV show Degrassi.
Sjd: How have your family reacted to your career choice and your successes in the entertainment industry in Canada and beyond?
My family has always been very supportive of my career choice, and of course with every success the support grows. I don’t remember a time when my parents haven’t been supportive of me actually, as they believe that you must always follow your dreams to be happy, and being happy is really the only important thing in life. I am very fortunate in this way, actually, I can’t imagine trying to get through »
- Scott J. Davis
How to Strike Fear in E-Sport Athletes On the eve of the U.S. Open, the Williams sisters sported non-traditional court attire at Rafael Nadal’s “Virtual Tennis Tournament,” playing doubles against a digital screen on Thursday night in New York. The final grand slam of the 2016 tennis season begins on Monday at Flushing Meadows. In the Blue Corner Usher was thrilled to have America’s second couple — Beyonce and Jay Z — in his corner for Monday night’s premiere of The Weinstein Company’s boxing drama “Hands of Stone.” The “Caught Up” singer and “The Voice” coach posted the »
- Mikey Glazer
Usher is in the middle of a promotional run for his upcoming film, Hands of Stone, but he’s still finding time to get stuff done on the music side of things, too. The R&B star has revealed that his eighth full-length record, Hard II Love, will be released on September 16th through RCA Records.
Hard II Love was originally known to fans as Flawed for a while, but Usher spoke back in June to note that the title wasn’t final. The fifteen track album is now available for pre-order on digital outlets and includes instant downloads of the four songs released thus far: “Missin U,” “No Limit,” “Crash,” and “Champions.”
- Joe DeAndrea
As the Summer starts to fade, the multiplex looks again to sports films, those (like the “sport” of movie viewing) which are set indoors, away from the harsh cold winds. We’re not talking hockey or basketball, but rather the “mano y mano” battle that seems almost tailor-made for movies, boxing. Of course, there are many times when the boxing flick has been mixed with other genres. Just last year we had a boxing/ family tear-jerker with Southpaw and a boxing/ fantasy/ franchise-reboot Creed (it squeezed a few tears from audiences, too). This time out (perhaps to be an early Oscar contender), we’re seeing a pugilistic biography, a mix that goes back to the dawn of cinema. The 1940’s had Gentleman Jim, and the 50’s had Paul Newman as Rocky Marciano in Somebody Up There Likes Me. The greatest true-life boxing biopic may be 1980’s Raging Bull with an Oscar-winning turn by Robert DeNiro. »
- Jim Batts
Saturday Am Update: With an estimated $10 million on Friday, Screen Gems' Don't Breathe took the #1 spot with ease and will breeze through to a weekend win around $22 million. Meanwhile, Jason Statham's Mechanic: Resurrection pulled in an estimated $2.6 million on Friday and is expected to bring in $6.5-7 million for the three-day weekend. Roadside and Miramar's Southside with You brought in approximately $1 million on Friday and is expected to bring in $2.6-3 million for the weekend while the Weinstein's Hands of Stone brought in an estimated $624k and should finish right around $1.5-1.8 for the three day. You can check out our chart of Friday estimates right here and we'll be back tomorrow morning with a full recap of the weekend. Friday Am Update: Screen Gems and Stage 6 Films' Don't Breathe brought in $1.875 million from Thursday night screenings in ~2,500 theaters. This is just ahead of the $1.8 million Lights Out »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
One of the biggest disservices a biopic can do to its audience is to rubber-stamp public perceptions of historical events. These films often revolve around that person’s defining moment, the first line in their obituary. In trying to squeeze a half-dozen life stories into its running time, “Hands of Stone,” the new film about legendary Panamanian boxer Roberto Durán, magnifies that disappointing mistake.
Durán, played here by Édgar Ramírez, rose to prominence in the late 1960s, after his fighting ability caught the attention of patrons within the country and trainers from without. From Durán’s childhood days through the heights of his professional career, “Hands of Stone” drags in a bevy of supporting players meant to buttress the boxer’s complicated arc, but instead pull focus at each successive turn.
Both friend and foil to Durán, down-and-out trainer Ray Arcel (Robert DeNiro) is painted as a sage dispenser of pugilistic truths. »
- Steve Greene
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