X-Tina & Demi Lovato Just Dropped This Duet

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Christina Aguilera has just released the third single off of her new album Liberation. So far, she’s give us “Accelerate,” featuring Ty Dolla $ign and 2 Chainz, as well as the stripped down “Twice.”

The new song is called “Fall In Line” and features Demi Lovato – both songstresses teased lyrics alongside photos of themselves as children this morning.

 

 

We won’t have to wait long to see the track performed live: the two will debut it onstage this weekend at the Billboard Music Awards.

In a recent interview with BillboardAguilera explained how she chose Lovato to join her on the track: “We went through a few names of women. I needed a belty singer, and she took it to the next level. I almost cried when I first heard her on the record.”

 

Childish Gambino’s ‘This Is America’ Video is Chilling, Necessary Viewing

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Childish Gambino, the Grammy-winning musical alter ego of actor Donald Glover, dropped a new song and video over the weekend, the same day he hosted and performed songs on Saturday Night Live. 

The new track is titled “This Is America,” and the video, which is shot in almost a single take, takes the viewer on a frightening journey that at first seems to be just involve choreography, before Glover turns and begins shooting his fellow dancers with assault weapons at random.

It’s Gambino’s first release since the 2016 album Awaken, My Love!, which was nominated for a Grammy for Album of the Year. He’s also said his next album as Childish Gambino will be his last under the moniker.

Take a look at America below.

 

Hulu Renews ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ For Third Season

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Fresh off the launch of its second season, Hulu has renewed the multi-award-winning drama The Handmaid’s Tale for a third, Deadline reports.

The series, based on Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel, is a certified critical darling, having picked up 8 Emmys this year, including for Best Drama, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Writing. The audience for the show has already more than doubled from its debut.

The second season, naturally, expands the scope of the corrupt nation of Gilead, to which we were introduced in season one.

In other Hulu news, the streaming service has also inked a deal with DreamWorks animation, in addition to ordering several new original series, including Four Weddings and a Funeral, Ramy,  Castle Rock, Catch-22, and Little Fires Everywhere.

Ryan Murphy Wants to Make a #MeToo Anthology Series

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Ryan Murphy would love to make an anthology-style series inspired by the #MeToo movement, according to a new profile in The New Yorker

The interview goes in-depth behind the talented producer’s big move to Netflix from FX, where he’d helmed such shows as American Horror Story and American Crime Story. With his new parent company, Murphy explained that he intends to create a show inspired by #MeToo where, “every episode would explore a different story, starting with an insidery account of the Weinstein Company.”

There would also be an episode about Kevin Spacey, and one about “an ambiguous he-said-she-said encounter.” Different directorial teams would take the reigns of each iteration of the anthology, which would be done in the tone of Black Mirror. The show’s working title is Consent. 

In addition, Murphy talked about other possible programs he wants to get off the ground, mentioning he’s been “talking to Julianne Moore” and that he wants to work with Gwenyth Paltrow on a wellness-style show.

Troye Sivan Teases New Song & Video ‘Bloom’

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Troye Sivan has released a teaser and music video for his new single “Bloom.”

In the new clip, Sivan sits in bed, looks over his shoulder at a slumbering boy, then turns to the camera and says, deadpan, “It’s about flowers.” Thought we’re guessing it’s about a little more than daffodils.

Sivan’s new song will reportedly drop tomorrow, May 2, at 9 PM PST. His new album, meanwhile, is on the horizon, according to a recent tweet reading: “Working hard to make sure everything that comes out over the next while is the best I can make it. Promise there’s not too long to wait!! Stay tuned.”

Take a look at the teaser below.

 

‘Mean Girls’ & ‘SpongeBob’ Lead the Tony Nominations This Year

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Mean Girls and SpongeBob Squarepants: The Musical top the list of most Tony-nominated shows this year, with 12 apiece, Vulture reports.

The nominees were announced this morning by Smash duo Leslie Odom Jr. and Katharine McPhee. Mean Girls and SpongeBob both picked up nominations for top honors including Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book, and Best Director. The Band’s Visit came in close behind them with 11 nominations total, as did the revival of Angels in America. Rounding out the top contenders is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, with 10.

Big film industry imports like Andrew Garfield, Amy Schumer, Michael Cera, and Denzel Washington all received nominations, while legends like Nathan Lane and Laurie Metcalf also received their due. Tina Fey scored a nom for Best Book.

The Tonys will take place June 10 at 8 PM EST on CBS, and will be hosted by Sarah Bareilles and Josh Groban.

Best Book of a Musical

The Band’s Visit, Itamar Moses
Frozen, Jennifer Lee
Mean Girls, Tina Fey
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical, Kyle Jarrow

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

Angels in America, Music: Adrian Sutton
The Band’s Visit, Music & Lyrics: David Yazbek
Frozen, Music & Lyrics: Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
Mean Girls, Music: Jeff Richmond; Lyrics: Nell Benjamin
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical, Music & Lyrics: Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler & Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper & Rob Hyman, John Legend, Panic! at the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, T.I., Domani & Lil’C

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play

Andrew Garfield, Angels in America
Tom Hollander, Travesties
Jamie Parker, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Mark Rylance, Farinelli and The King
Denzel Washington, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play

Glenda Jackson, Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women
Condola Rashad, Saint Joan
Lauren Ridloff, Children of a Lesser God
Amy Schumer, Meteor Shower

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

Harry Hadden-Paton, My Fair Lady
Joshua Henry, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
Tony Shalhoub, The Band’s Visit
Ethan Slater, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Lauren Ambrose, My Fair Lady
Hailey Kilgore, Once On This Island
LaChanze, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
Katrina Lenk, The Band’s Visit
Taylor Louderman, Mean Girls
Jessie Mueller, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play

Anthony Boyle, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Michael Cera, Lobby Hero
Brian Tyree Henry, Lobby Hero
Nathan Lane, Angels in America
David Morse, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play

Susan Brown, Angels in America
Noma Dumezweni, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Deborah Findlay, The Children
Denise Gough, Angels in America
Laurie Metcalf, Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical

Norbert Leo Butz, My Fair Lady
Alexander Gemignani, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
Grey Henson, Mean Girls
Gavin Lee, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Ari’el Stachel, The Band’s Visit

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

Ariana DeBose, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
Renée Fleming, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
Lindsay Mendez, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
Ashley Park, Mean Girls
Diana Rigg, My Fair Lady

Best Scenic Design of a Play

Miriam Buether, Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women
Jonathan Fensom, Farinelli and The King
Christine Jones, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Santo Loquasto, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh
Ian MacNeil and Edward Pierce, Angels in America

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Dane Laffrey, Once On This Island
Scott Pask, The Band’s Visit
Scott Pask, Finn Ross & Adam Young, Mean Girls
Michael Yeargan, My Fair Lady
David Zinn, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical

Best Costume Design of a Play

Jonathan Fensom, Farinelli and The King
Nicky Gillibrand, Angels in America
Katrina Lindsay, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Ann Roth, Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women
Ann Roth, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh

Best Costume Design of a Musical

Gregg Barnes, Mean Girls
Clint Ramos, Once On This Island
Ann Roth, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
David Zinn, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Catherine Zuber, My Fair Lady

Best Lighting Design of a Play

Neil Austin, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Paule Constable, Angels in America
Jules Fisher + Peggy Eisenhauer, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh
Paul Russell, Farinelli and The King
Ben Stanton, Junk

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Kevin Adams, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Jules Fisher + Peggy Eisenhauer, Once On This Island
Donald Holder, My Fair Lady
Brian MacDevitt, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
Tyler Micoleau, The Band’s Visit

Best Sound Design of a Play

Adam Cork, Travesties
Ian Dickinson for Autograph, Angels in America
Gareth Fry, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Tom Gibbons, 1984
Dan Moses Schreier, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh

Best Sound Design of a Musical

Kai Harada, The Band’s Visit
Peter Hylenski, Once On This Island
Scott Lehrer, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
Brian Ronan, Mean Girls
Walter Trarbach and Mike Dobson, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical

Best Direction of a Play

Marianne Elliott, Angels in America
Joe Mantello, Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women
Patrick Marber, Travesties
John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
George C. Wolfe, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh

Best Direction of a Musical

Michael Arden, Once On This Island
David Cromer, The Band’s Visit
Tina Landau, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Casey Nicholaw, Mean Girls
Bartlett Sher, My Fair Lady

Best Choreography

Christopher Gattelli, My Fair Lady
Christopher Gattelli, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Steven Hoggett, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Casey Nicholaw, Mean Girls
Justin Peck, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel

Best Orchestrations

John Clancy, Mean Girls
Tom Kitt, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Annmarie Milazzo & Michael Starobin, Once On This Island
Jamshied Sharifi, The Band’s Visit
Jonathan Tunick, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel

Best Play

The Children
Farinelli and The King
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Junk
Latin History for Morons

Best Musical

The Band’s Visit
Frozen
Mean Girls
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical

Best Revival of a Play

Angels in America
Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women
Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh
Lobby Hero

Travesties

Best Revival of a Musical

My Fair Lady
Once On This Island
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel

Special Tony Awards for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre

Chita Rivera
Andrew Lloyd Webber

Special Tony Awards

John Leguizamo
Bruce Springsteen

Regional Theatre Tony Award

La MaMa E.T.C., New York City

Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award

Nick Scandalios

Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre

Sara Krulwich
Bessie Nelson
Ernest Winzer Cleaners

Princess Nokia Drops New ‘Emo’ Mixtape & Music Video

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NYC rapper Princess Nokia has today dropped her latest mixtape, A Girl Cried Red, along with the accompanying music video for lead single “Your Eyes Are Bleeding.”

Nokia describes the new work as an “emo mixtape” – in the video, we see her dressed mostly in black with studded bracelets a la Hot Topic. It’s the followup to 2017’s acclaimed record 1992 Deluxe. 

The new music comes as Nokia prepares to perform this weekend at Coachella, before embarking on an international tour in support of A Girl Cried Red, which will take her across America and Europe.

Take a listen to the mixtape and watch the video for “Your Eyes Are Bleeding” below.

 

alexa BlackBook: IKEA Fever

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IKEA has long been a staple for both bargain hunters and streamline-design lovers. Now, fashion kings like Virgil Abloh (just named Louis Vuitton’s new menswear designer) are repurposing the store’s iconic blue-and-yellow logo on inventive streetwear. 
 In honor of the Swedish fever, we asked three creatives for their takes on Ikea’s iconic “Frakta” bag.

 

Brooklyn garden whiz Brook Klausing recycled his “Frakta” bag as a pretty planter.

 

Brook Klausing, a garden designer and owner of Brooklyn’s Brook Landscape, elected to use his “Frakta” bag as a flower planter, putting his own spin on eco-upscaling. “We drew inspiration from fast fashion and fast furniture to create our own version: fast foliage,” he tells Alexa.

 

LA artist Neil Raitt adorned the trusty tote with his own palm print.

 

Los Angeles-based artist Neil Raitt (who points to Bob Ross’ kitschy 1980s TV program “The Joy of Painting” as an inspiration for his repetitive landscapes — on exhibit at LA’s Anat Ebgi gallery and this year’s NYC Armory Show) also took a crack at the big blue bag. He inlaid a palm-tree print, which he originally created in 2016 for an exhibition at Mon Chéri gallery in Brussels, to create a portable piece of art.

“When you look at an Ikea bag, with its blue plastic and yellow lettering, it’s immediately recognizable,” he says. “So, I wanted to bring in something equally accessible, like a palm tree.”

 

Interior designer Ryan Korban stitched a kitschy pillow — complete with Ikea trim.

 

And finally, New York-based interior designer Ryan Korban (who’s created eye-catching spaces for all manner of high-end fashion labels, including Alexander Wang’s NYC flagship and Balenciaga stores across the globe) dreamed up a DIY Ikea throw pillow. It’s the perfect spot to rest your head after putting together all that furniture.

 

Photos by Lizzy Snaps Sullivan; Tamara Beckwith; Courtesy of Neil Raitt and Anat Ebgi.

 

‘Beetlejuice’ is Coming to Broadway

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Tim Burton’s 1988 gothic comedy Beetlejuice will be coming to Broadway, baby.

A musical stage version of the film will have a pre-Broadway run in Washington, D.C. next October before coming to New York City, Deadline reports.

The original Beetlejuice featured Michael Keaton in the title role as a ghost come to haunt a couple and their daughter, Lydia, played by Winona Ryder. Catherine O’Hara, Jeffrey Jones, Alec Baldwin, and Geena Davis all also starred.

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson’s Alex Timbers is set to direct – he’s also the creator of Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle. Broad City‘s Scott Brown and Anthony King will handle the writing duties, along with Eddie Perfect, who is also working on the upcoming King Kong musical. The rest of the creative team includes talent from Hamilton to Frozen to The Lion King to Kinky Boots to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. No casting announcements have yet been made.

A sequel film, Beetlejuice 2, is also in the works at Warner Bros, pending rewrites.