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Rihanna and Drake Team up for New Single – WORK!

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Bad Girl RiRi is at it again! She is working it, this time with Drake on a new single that is burning up the charts!

Rihanna just debuted her new single, “Work,” featuring Drake on all iHeartRadio stations across the country. This latest connection between Drake and RiRi has also been rumored for a little bit now, as footage of them shooting a video for the song at a mall in California surfaced earlier this month, according to ComPlex.

“Work” has a nice beat and is not the typical Rihanna upbeat dance grove song, but still she brings it with her amazing vocals. Drake adds his power vocals to the track and the two sound dynamic as they go back and forth. It’s a thrill ride for sure. The song is produced by Boi-1da.

Listen to the song via Tidal here. The single is also available to purchase on iTunes here.

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Donna Langley, Chairman of Universal Pictures, Named 2016 Pioneer of the Year

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Donna Langley, Chairman of Universal Pictures, Named 2016 Pioneer of the Year! (PRNewsFoto/Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation)

The Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation announced today that Donna Langley, Chairman of Universal Pictures, will receive the 2016 Pioneer of the Year honor on April 13th at CinemaCon in Las Vegas.

Since starting with Universal Pictures 15 years ago, Langley is now in her third year as the sole chairman of the film studio. She oversees all aspects of Universal’s production and marketing operations worldwide, including the international production and acquisitions arm as well as the studio’s specialty division, Focus Features. Under Langley’s leadership, 2015 marked the highest-grossing domestic, international and worldwide box-office years, ever, in any studio’s history.

Langley has worked on some of the biggest hits ever to be released by Universal, including many of its franchises—the latest entries of which include Jurassic World, which had the second-biggest worldwide opening weekend in history and is currently the fourth-highest-grossing movie of all time, and Furious 7, which stands as the sixth-highest-grossing movie ever. 2015 also marked the first time any studio tallied three films to cross a billion dollars at the worldwide box office, with Furious 7, Jurassic World and Minions all reaching that milestone.

During her tenure with Universal, Langley has been a driving force behind some of the studio’s biggest hits, including Fifty Shades of Grey, Unbroken, Neighbors, the Academy Award®-winning Les Misérables, Pitch Perfect, Ted, Bridesmaids, Mamma Mia!, Knocked Up and Wanted, among others. Langley is credited with reinvigorating and growing some of Universal’s most lucrative and popular franchises including the Fast & Furious series, which has grossed more than $3.9 billion, and Bourne series.

Langley was named The Hollywood Reporter‘s Executive of the Year in 2015 and has been regularly featured in its Top 100 Women in Entertainment issue. She has also been featured on Forbes “World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” list.

The Pioneer of the Year dinner, an industry tradition for over 70 years, honors leaders of the motion picture industry and within the philanthropic community. Past honorees include Cecil B. DeMille, Jack Warner, Darryl F. Zanuck, Jack Valenti, Terry Semel, Sumner Redstone, Sherry Lansing, Alan Horn, Kathleen Kennedy, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Tom Sherak and the 2015 honoree, Jim Gianopulos. Proceeds from the event benefit the Pioneers Assistance Fund (PAF), an industry charity that helps individuals who work in theatrical entertainment, who are encountering an illness, injury or life-changing event.

The Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation operates the PAF. For more information about the Pioneer of the Year Dinner or the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation, please visit www.wrpioneers.org.

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Rihanna Posts The Cutest Picture Ever on Twitter

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Glam Odyssey! Rihanna just posted the cutest picture ever on Twitter. The green-eyed beauty is gearing up for the upcoming release of her new album “ANTI,” rumored to be releasing next week. The platinum selling singer looks to be in deep thought as she listens to her music in her gold princess-like headphones.

In a twitter post, the “Shine Bright A Diamond” singer posted the cute image with the caption:

listening to ANTI 🎈-Rihanna (@rihanna) January 25, 2016

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John Paul DeJoria and Buzz Aldrin to be honored at 2016 City Gala Fundraiser

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The City Gala Fundraiser (http://www.CityGala.org) honors former astronaut Buzz Aldrin and American businessman and philanthropist John Paul DeJoria (co-founder, Paul Mitchell, John Paul Pet, ROK Mobile, and The Patron Spirits Company) at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles, immediately following The 58th Annual GRAMMYs® on Monday, February 15, 2016. City Gala 2016 benefits Community Inspiring Today’s Youth (CITY), a non-profit organization that supports and mentors underserved teens and young adults in developing their own start-up businesses in Los Angeles. Keynote speaker is entrepreneur and philanthropist Sir Richard Branson (founder, Virgin Group).

Aldrin, an American engineer, former astronaut and the second person to walk on the moon, has supported charitable and philanthropic efforts through Buzz Aldrin’s Share Space Foundation. At the event, The City Gala will present Aldrin with the City Gala Lifetime Achievement Award.

Aldrin, age 86, says, “Well, I guess you could say that I’ve worked a lifetime to earn this award, and I’m blessed to receive it on such a beautiful charitable night, alongside some of the most brilliant minds of our time.”

DeJoria, a member of The Giving Pledge, has supported charitable and philanthropic efforts through his Peace, Love and Happiness Foundation for over a decade. At the event, The City Gala will present DeJoria the Legacy of Inspiration Award. The honor is meant to inspire other high net worth individuals to tell the story of their rise to success, their challenges, and ultimately their accomplishment of being able to give forward.

DeJoria says, “On the music industry’s biggest night, it is exciting to know that we have such an esteemed group of individuals coming together to celebrate and support CITY’s young entrepreneurs. Being honored by the organization supporting these kids is a reminder that we all had to start somewhere, and in the beginning, someone gave us a chance to succeed.”

Emcee for the night is Jeff Timmons of the Grammy-nominated pop group 98 Degrees. The event is an exclusive invitation-only black tie fundraiser featuring an open bar, open buffet, honor ceremonies, live musical entertainment, a charitable poker tournament, tours of the Playboy Mansion grounds, celebrity meet and greets, a fashion show, as well as a live and silent auction.

Sponsors include JetSmarter, Seed Invest, BELLA Magazine, OK! TV, Modern Luxury Angeleno, Hemp Blue, Imbue Model Management and AirVuz.

Funds raised at the charity gala will support CITY and its non-profit programs for LA youth, as well From the Heart Productions, Fire Life Foundation, The Scheer Foundation and Supporting Our Servicemen (SOS).

The first City Gala took place on Oscars night in 2014, featuring keynote speaker James Cameron and special guests Charlize Theron, Sean Penn, Halle Berry, Tyrese Gibson, Gene Simmons and Paris Hilton, as well as live musical entertainment provided by Ne-Yo. The event raised over $350,000 for charitable causes.

About CITY, the Host Foundation
Founded by Chandra Stovall in 2013, Community Inspiring Today’s Youth (CITY) is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization based in Los Angeles, California. The organization provides structured business development programs and technical support to at-risk and underserved teens and young adults throughout Los Angeles, resulting in the establishment of their own small businesses. CITY’s students launch fully functioning businesses through its 46-week micro-entrepreneurship program, illustrating how CITY students graduate as well-trained entrepreneurs with a positive mindset for business.

About From the Heart Productions, the Fiscal Sponsor
From the Heart Productions, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is the fiscal sponsor for the CITY Gala 2016. Founder and president Carole Dean created the Roy W. Dean Grant in 1992. The grant awards cash, goods, and film services to financially struggling filmmakers who need help completing unique films that make a contribution to society. Donations to From the Heart support their initiatives to assist independent filmmakers, which include not only the grant, but also their fiscal sponsorship program that allows donors to films to get tax deductions, and the Intentional Filmmaking Class which teaches filmmakers the fine art of fundraising.

For more information visit http://citygala.org/

Source: CITY/The Burgett Group, Inc.

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Straight Outta Compton and The Walking Dead’s Corey Hawkins Cast As Male Lead in 24: Legacy

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Corey Hawkins knows how to keep it moving.

Fresh off his arc on the hugely popular AMC series The Walking Dead and as Dr. Dre in the blockbuster film Straight Outta Compton, the star just inked a deal as the male lead in 24: Legacy.

The new Fox show is a reboot of the previous 24, but with new faces and characters led by Eric Carter (Hawkins), reports Deadline.

24: Legacy, directed by Stephen Hopkins (who worked on the original 24 pilot), and written by 24 veterans Manny Coto and Evan Katz. The new 24: Legacy centers on military hero Eric Carter (Hawkins) and chronicles his return to the U.S. and the trouble that follows him back – compelling him to ask CTU for help in saving his life, and stopping what potentially could be one of the largest-scale terror attacks on American soil.

Earlier this month, FOX ordered a pilot for 24: Legacy. Legacy will retain 24’s signature one episode and one hour format. Dana Walden said “never say never” to appearances from the original series’ characters.

The Juilliard graduate will next be seen in Legendary’s Kong: Skull Island.

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Kocktails With Khloé Premiere Breaks Record

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Khloé Kardashian’s primetime talk show Kocktails With Khloé logged record ratings for FYI. The network’s first live-to-tape talk show with the host posted triple digit gains in Live+3 across key demos, becoming the network’s most-watched series premiere ever, FYI says.

The hourlong series premiere on January 20th delivered 496,000 total viewers.  In addition, it was FYI’s second most-watched program launch, with 291,000 viewers, according to FYI and Nielsen.

Kocktails With Khloé is produced for FYI by Pilgrim Media Group. Craig Piligian and Derek W. Wan are executive producers for Pilgrim. Khloé Kardashian also serves as executive producer.

In each episode, celebrity guests, friends and family join Kardashian in the kitchen and around the table to dish on their lives, pop culture, fashion, celebrity gossip and more. First show guests included Kardashian’s sister Kendall Jenner, Rap mogul Snoop Dogg, The Talk co-host Aisha Tyler, Brandi Glanville (The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills) and Kym Whitley (Raising Whitley, Young & Hungry).

 

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Judith Hill To Perform at Grammy Museum LA February 22nd

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GRAMMY-winning soul singer/songwriter Judith Hill has shared her musical gifts in a variety of ways.

The Los Angeles native has been a background singer for such legends as Stevie Wonder, Ringo Starr, and the late Michael Jackson, serving as the latter’s duet partner on the classic ballad, “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” which later became a highlight of Jackson’s posthumously released film This Is It. She also appeared in the Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet From Stardom, which earned her a GRAMMY for Best Music Film.

Hill subsequently appeared on The Voice, where she began to cement her identity as a solo artist with a series of knockout performances that showcased her ability to put her own unique spin on familiar songs. After seeing an interview with Hill, during which the singer expressed her desire to collaborate with Prince, the GRAMMY-winning artist called Hill personally and said he’d love to work with her.

Prince played on and co-produced (with Hill) Judith’s debut solo album, Back in Time, which showcases Hill’s soulful, powerhouse voice and considerable songwriting prowess, with smart, deeply felt songs about racial injustice and overcoming struggle, nestled comfortably alongside supremely funky party jams that Hill says are a celebration of music, community, and family.

Following her captivating performance at the “Earth in Concert: Protecting the Planet Through Music” benefit in November 2015, the GRAMMY Museum is excited to welcome back Judith Hill to the Clive Davis Theater for a special night of music and conversation.

Hill is set to perform on Feb. 22nd at the Grammy Museum LA, which is located at 800 W OLYMPIC BLVD, LOS ANGELES, CA at 8 p.m.

For more information visit http://www.grammymuseum.org

Source: Grammy Museum

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Oscars Make Plans to increase diversity

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The Oscars are trying to turn things around, in the wake of this year’s nominations where no actor of color was recognized in any of the four acting categories.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced Friday, it will add three seats to its 51-person board in an effort to double the number of minorities and women in the Academy by 2020, according to Variety.

It also met with African-American host Chris Rock to make sure he’s still on board. Rock, has been under pressure to drop out as host from many credible people of power in the entertainment industry as the fall-out continues.

Variety points out that, of 305 eligible films this year, only a handful were made by minority directors, and fewer were directed by women.

Beginning later in 2016, new member’s voting rights will last 10 years and be renewed only if that member has been active in film. Members will get lifetime voting rights after three 10-year-terms, or if they’ve been nominated for an Oscar, the report revealed.

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In this Jan. 14, 2016 file photo, John Krasinski, left, and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announce the Academy Awards nominations for best performance by an actor in a leading role at the 88th Academy Awards nomination ceremony in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs said, “The Academy is going to lead and not wait for the industry to catch up. These new measures regarding governance and voting will have an immediate impact and begin the process of significantly changing our membership composition.”

The board made the changes in an emergency meeting Thursday night, as an undeniable response to the controversy over the Oscar nominations being so white. The Academy will also launch a new campaign aimed at increasing diversity.

Power players Jada Pinkett Smith, and honorary Oscar Winner Spike Lee have posted on social media that they will not be attending this year’s ceremony.

 

 

 

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Beyonce Bringing New Music Soon

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The “Halo” singer is rumored to be ready to surprise the masses by releasing her sixth album. According to The Sun, the only thing that’s been holding Mrs. Carter back from dropping the record is Adele, because the two have great respect for each other, Queen Bey is reportedly letting 25 run it’s course in the spotlight.

An industry source told the newspaper: ‘Beyonce has totally relaxed her schedule and pushed back her album, which is now complete and ready to go. It was wrapped up at the end of 2015 but she held off on a release as a code of honor to Adele, so their records didn’t clash.’

‘Beyonce doesn’t have the pressure of releasing an album and is doing bits here and there because she and her team know it is Adele’s time to shine. The last few months have been all about her comeback.’

The Texas native is scheduled to join Coldplay at Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco on February 7th.

Beyonce released her self-titled album in December, along with themed music videos. The album was the fastest-selling to ever hit iTunes and sold 617,213 copies domestically.

 

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LL Cool J Hollywood Walk of Fame Exclusive

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Some of the biggest names in show business came out to support LL Cool J who was honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Thursday in Hollywood. Top names in entertainment were on hand to offer their congrats to the New York native including business moguls Sean “Diddy” Combs, Dana Owens – known professionally as Queen Latifah, Earvin “Magic” Johnson Jr., and Russell Simmons, along with CBS executives and many others from the entertainment and television industries.

Simmons, who is the founder of Def Jam Recordings, worked closely with LL early in career and the two have remained friends over the years. The two-time Grammy Award winner is one of the few entertainers who can count being equally successful in music as well as television, and his friends were there to provide good wishes to the Grammy Awards host, musician, and actor.

Several people we spoke with said they were there to pay tribute to his [LL’s] place in the hip hop dynasty as well as on television.

We caught up with LL’s wife Simone on the red carpet. In an exclusive interview, she said “I’m so proud of my husband, he is a good man – a God fearing man who always puts his family first.” In speaking with Johnson in a star-studded space at the Hard Rock in Hollywood, LL smiled and said “God is good.”

 

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Magic Johnson, Queen Latifah, LL Cool J, and Diddy at LL Cool J’s Walk of Fame reception in Hollywood

 

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Queen Latifah and Diddy show love to LL Cool J at his Walk of Fame reception

 

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Longtime friends LL Cool J and Queen Latifah embrace at LL Cool J’s Walk of Fame reception

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LL Cool J gives Queen Latifah a kiss as she arrives to his Walk of Fame reception

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Queen Latifah and Diddy share some laughs at LL Cool J’s Walk of Fame reception

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Russell Simmons and LL Cool J embrace each other at his Walk of Fame reception

 

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Def Jam Founder Russell Simmons was on hand to support LL Cool J

 

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Earvin “Magic” Johnson goes in for the big hug to honor LL Cool J at his Walk of Fame reception

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Earvin “Magic” Johnson and wife Cookie Johnson attend LL Cool J’s reception for Hollywood Walk of Fame honor

 

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