Welcome back, everyone! February has come and gone, leaving in its path a slew of entertainment news stories we can’t wait to cover. With two of Hollywood’s biggest award shows, a new Bachelorette, and the new king of Pride Rock, let’s jump in to this month’s Entertainment Roundup.
He Just Can’t Wait To Be King
It was announced earlier this month that media giant, Disney, will create a live-action version of it’s increasingly popular animated film, The Lion King. Upon the announcement, fans of the 1994-release were pleased to learn of its new stars: Donald Glover will appear as Simba, and James Earl Jones returns as Mufasa (Jones previously voiced Mufasa in the animated film). The highly-anticipated project will be directed by actor/director, Jon Favreau, the man behind films such as Elf, Chef, and Disney’s live-action The Jungle Book. While there has been no official response from Glover, he’s had an exciting year thus far. Fans can also see the Atlanta actor appear as Lando Calrissian in Disney’s new Han Solo-focused Star Wars film.
The first major award show of the month happened to be the biggest night in music. The GRAMMYs were loaded with talking points this year, with stellar performances from Beyoncé, Adele, A Tribe Called Quest, and so many more. While Adele paid tribute to the late George Michael, starting over halfway through the performance due to technical issues. Meanwhile, Bruno Mars tipped his hat to the late Prince, and took the stage to perform in front of a Purple Rain first avenue set, with all the gumption one would expect from a SuperBowl half-time performer. Lady Gaga and Metallica’s mashup performance suffered quite a bit, as the mic for front man, James Hetfield, was turned off for the first portion of the performance, not to mention, there was no inclusion of Gaga’s work in the duet. Chance the Rapper was one of the night’s big winners, taking home Best New Artist, Best Rap Album, and Best Rap Performance. While, disappointingly, Beyoncé was snubbed for Album of the Year, she did take home Best Music Video for her track “Formation,” and Best Urban Contemporary Album for Lemonade. Adele won the night’s top honor with Album of the Year for her 2016 effort, 25. But even Adele was surprised by the win, as her acceptance speech was riddled with her proclamation of love for Beyoncé and Lemonade, tearfully saying, “I can’t possibly accept this award. And I’m very humbled and grateful and gracious but the artist of my life is Beyoncé.” Whether you agree with the winners or not, congrats to all the nominees of the night!
Will You Accept This Rose?
This season of ABC’s The Bachelor has been interesting to say the least. If you’ve been watching the show, you know The Bachelor, aka Nick Viall, has previously appeared on The Bachelorette in two different seasons, as well as the spinoff show Bachelor in Paradise. The season has seen Viall tear up in nearly every episode, with breakdowns about making sure he’s following his heart and making the right decisions. While Corinne may have been a controversial contestant-turned-fan-favorite, it was announced (or possibly leaked) this month that contestant Rachel Lindsay would appear as the next Bachelorette. Rachel, an attorney, stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live to make the announcement official this month. It comes as a surprise to many, considering Rachel is still currently on the show. In usual Bachelor fashion, the Bachelor/Bachelorette for the upcoming season is typically announced after the previous show has completely aired. Fans of the long-running reality show were ecstatic upon hearing the news, as Rachel has been a fan-favorite the entire season. She will also be the first black Bachelorette for the show. Congrats to Rachel, we can’t wait to watch you find love!
And The Oscar Goes To….Just Kidding
If that wasn’t the most dramatic and confusing Oscars show you’ve seen, then by all means, let us know which one was. The night started off with a great performance from nominee Justin Timberlake, as he performed the song “Can’t Stop The Feeling” from his animated film, Trolls. It continued on with many jokes from the night’s host, Jimmy Kimmel. Kimmel also appeased the hungry audience by dropping candy, cookies, and donuts from the ceiling throughout the night. His top moments, however, consisted of tourists, unknowingly, dropping by the show to meet some of the favorite actors in person, and his continued “beef” with actor Matt Damon. Some of the night’s winners included Casey Affleck, Viola Davis, Zooptopia, and Mahershala Ali.
The main talking point from the night, however, were the monstrous snafus from the awards show. In case you missed it, during the presentation of the award for Best Picture, actors Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty were handed a card from which they announced the winner. The problem? It was the wrong card. Beatty confusingly looked around the stage while reading the card, before Dunaway grabbed it and read La La Land as the winner. As the cast and crew made their way to the stage and gave most of their acceptance speech, stagehands could be seen running chaotically behind them. It was then announced by one of the show’s producers that the real winner of the award was in fact Moonlight, and Dunaway and Beatty had somehow been given the card for Best Actress, instead. Beatty attempted to explain the mistake, but left many confused when Emma Stone, one of the stars of La La Land, was speaking with the press and stated she, in fact, had her Best Actress card with her the entire time. It was later revealed that the Academy makes two sets of winning cards for each side of the stage. Beatty and Dunaway had been, mistakenly, given the card for the previously announced award. It certainly was an Oscars performance to remember.
Dramatic, huh? That’s all we have this month, but check back at the end of March for the next installment of Entertainment Roundup! Be sure to follow us on Twitter and “like” us on Facebook for more stories just like this!