Anderson .Paak and Justin Timberlake have released a new video for their absurdly feel-good track, “Don’t Slack” that’ll appear in the forthcoming Trolls World Tourmovie and on its soundtrack. Anna Kendrick appears in the visual and gets happily haunted by the two cheery imaginary guys, eventually making her be just as excited for the day as they are. If you’re watching this from your bed, you’ll want to get up.
Kendrick wakes up and gets a couple of texts before getting her dental floss out. Ugh. It’s time to get started with a long and boring day. That’s before it turns into a great one when .Paak pops up in her flower to carol “Don’t Slack” to her with a bouquet of fresh flowers to turn her frown upside down. When she gets startled at .Paak’s performance, she wanders outside and sees Timberlake singing to her as his legs dance faster than the speed of light. Clearly, she’s tripping out.
She heads to the kitchen to get something to drink and when she opens the fridge, she sees .Paak inside singing who then hands her a fresh, lemon-squeezed cup of juice. When she turns around, she sees Timberlake sitting in a comfy set of pajamas, trying to get her attention.
Leaving the kitchen, she wanders into her living room where Timberlake and .Paak are dressed in snazzy suits while they’re performing. Finally convinced of what they’re singing about, she begins to jump around in excitement, finally with the energy to get going with her day. It ends with her smiling from ear to ear.
“Don’t Slack” is the second single released from the Trolls World Tour soundtrack after “The Other Side” by SZA and Timberlake that dropped in February. The latter song, about appreciating what you have because life will get better in due time, came with a glittery visual featuring futuristic landscapes made of silver. The entire soundtrack came out last month and it features appearances from James Corden, Mary J. Blige, and more.
Trolls World Tour is set to come out on April 10 in theaters. Due to the global coronavirus pandemic, it’ll also be available as a digital rental on the same day.
The couple posted their final IG message last week as they begin their official transition out of working royal life. They’ve also, notably, disabled comments on all their previous posts.
Given the mean-spirited vitriol on social media that often surrounds the couple, particularly Markle, it’s not surprising they would shut down the comments section, especially if they’re no longer monitoring the account full-time. We don’t yet know what’s next for Team Sussex and the charitable organization they’re starting, but it’s not a leap to assume they’ll be back on the ‘Gram (from a new account that’s not associated with the word “royal”) to promote it. After all, Meghan Markle was quite the influencer in her pre-Harry days with her lifestyle blog, The Tig, and also had an active social media presence.
“What’s most important right now is the health and wellbeing of everyone across the globe and finding solutions for the many issues that have presented themselves as a result of this pandemic,” the couple wrote in their final post. “As we all find the part we are to play in this global shift and changing of habits, we are focusing this new chapter to understand how we can best contribute. While you may not see us here, the work continues. Thank you to this community – for the support, the inspiration and the shared commitment to the good in the world. We look forward to reconnecting with you soon. You’ve been great! Until then, please take good care of yourselves, and of one another.” They signed the message simply, “Harry and Meghan.”
Martin Lawrence, on the other hand, is semi-retired at this point. He’ll maybe take a movie or TV project a year if he’s really feeling like it, but he didn’t star in anything beyond a video short between 2014’s Partners and 2019’s The Beach Bum. So I just picture him hanging out at his house and occasionally fielding calls from Will Smith about maybe eventually getting the gang back together.
So what is Quibi, you ask? Designed for mobile devices, Quibi offers short, 10-minute (or less) episodes of brand new TV shows and movie chapters (a.k.a “quick bites”). It’s the ideal way to stream for people who find themselves falling down YouTube holes or fans of apps like Vine and TikTok. In fact, consider Quibi an elevated TikTok: It’s quickness mixed with high-quality, HBO-style content. There isn’t a better way to pass the time, if you ask me.
Quibi officially launches today, April 6, and with it comes a slew of new TV shows and movies starring many of your faves—including Liam Hemsworth and Sophie Turner. Here are the best ones to watch.
Available April 6
Most Dangerous Game: Liam Hemsworth and Christoph Waltz star in this nail-biting thriller about a man (Hemsworth) who agrees to a game in which he’s hunted by killers in order to secure $24.5 million. The stakes are high because Hemsworth’s character is dying from a terminal illness and wants to win the money to make sure his wife and their baby on the way are taken care of. Think The Box meets The Hunger Games (which is fitting, seeing as how Hemsworth starred in that franchise for years).
When the Streetlights Go On: A murder of a young girl shakes a suburban town to its very core. With a full-fledged investigation underway, the girl’s sister and friends try to make sense of their new normal. Kristine Froseth (Looking for Alaska, The Society) and Queen Latifah star alongside Chosen Jacobs, Sophie Thatcher, Sam Strike, David Lewis, and Mark Duplass.
Survive: Game of Thrones fans, I have a surprise for you. Your queen Sansa Stark, a.k.a Sophie Turner, stars in this survivalist drama about a young woman who ends up in a plane crash. She makes it out alive but finds herself in the middle of the wilderness with just one other survivor (Corey Hawkins). That’s when the fight for their lives really begins.
I Promise: Quibi’s official description for this documentary series reads, “Executive produced by Lebron James, I Promise is an original documentary series featuring an in-depth look at the first academic year inside the groundbreaking I Promise School that opened its doors in 2018. I Promise tells the story of LeBron James’ efforts to close the achievement gap in his hometown of Akron, Ohio through the eyes of the inspiring students who are resetting expectations of their futures. The series will explore the day-to-day trials, triumphs, and life-changing impact of the school staff, students and families working together in a unique, family-first educational environment that embraces the trauma and challenges many face in Akron.”
Thanks a Million: Jennifer Lopez executive produced this inspiring series about public figures who kickstart a campaign to award a deserving person $100,000. That person then must pick someone else to pay it forward to, and the chain continues until $1,000,000 is given away. Celebrities who appear include Jennifer Lopez, Kristen Bell, Nick Jonas, Tracy Morgan, Aaron Rodgers, Yara Shahidi, Gabriel Iglesias, Anthony Davis, Kevin Hart and Karlie Kloss.
&MUSIC: Music nerds will get a kick out of this docuseries, which offers fans behind-the-scenes access to the people who work closely alongside their favorite artists. Choreographers. lighting designers, audio engineers—these are the folks who work en tandem with superstars to make the albums, concerts, and music videos you love.
Singled Out: Keke Palmer and Joel Kim Booster host this new dating series in which a suitor is connected to a pool of diverse singles (all sexualities are represented) through social media. Think The Circle meets The Bachelor but even more fun and hilarious because Keke Palmer is one of the co-hosts.
Chrissy’s Court: Chrissy Teigen plays Judge Judy in this quirky reality series where she makes verdicts on real people’s small claim cases. The best part? Teigen’s mom, Pepper Thai, is the “bailiff” in the courtroom. Here’s hoping John Legend and/or their children, Luna and Miles, make some cameo appearances. I (do not) object!
Gayme Show!: Quibi’s official description for this series reads, “Hosted by comedians Matt Rogers and Dave Mizzoni, Gayme Show! is a comedic competition show that uplifts and celebrates the LGBTQ+ community and its allies. In each episode, two straight contestants are paired with a celebrity “life partner” as they battle head to head in physical, mental, and even emotional challenges for the title of ‘Queen of the Straights.'”
NightGowns: A new, eight-part docu-series in which RuPaul’s Drag Race vet Sasha Velour transforms her critically-praised Brooklyn drag revue show into a full-fledged production. If you’re a fan of major lip-sync moments, then this is the show for you. I need to see this drag revue IRL!
Available April 13
50 States of Fright: These are truly some American horror stories. Each episode of 50 States of Fright (a scripted series based on real events) explores a freaky urban myth in one of the states. Actors who appear include Rachel Brosnahan, Travis Fimmel, John Marshall Jones, Ming-Na Wen, Karen Allen, James Ransone, Emily Hampshire, Asa Butterfield, Alex Fitzalan, Danay Garcia, and Greyston Holt.
The Stranger: If you’re an avid rideshare user, maybe avoid this one. But the premise does sound good: A driver is catapulted into a terrifying came of cat and mouse after a mysterious stranger gets in the backseat and makes her explore the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles. Maika Monroe, Dane DeHaan, and Avan Jogia star.
Fight Like a Girl: An uplifting docuseries in which women are paired with real female WWE Superstars to help them overcome an issue that’s been holding them back. Sasha Banks, Brie Bella, Nikki Bella, Alexa Bliss, Sonya Deville, Charlotte Flair, Nia Jax, Becky Lynch and Natalya are some of the wrestling legends slated to appear.
Available April 20
Dummy: Anna Kendrick stars in this quirky comedy-drama about a woman who befriends her boyfriend’s sex doll, and together they take on the world. So is this doll…alive? How does Kendrick’s character communicate with her? Who knows, but colored me intrigued. Kendrick co-stars alongside Cody Heller and Tricia Brock.
Available April 27
Cup of Joe: Joe Jonas stars in this new, eight-part travel docuseries in which we get to see the pop superstar travel the world while on his Happiness Begins Tour with brothers Kevin and Nick. In each one of their tour stops, Jonas links up with a celebrity friend, and together they go sight-seeing. Sounds like the ideal thing to watch while you’re stuck at home, right?
This is no doubt why Cathy Yan chose Ivy as the character she’d most like to introduce in a possible Birds of Prey sequel. The first movie paired Margot Robbie’s character with mostly heroes, so it would be exciting to see her with another villain on the second go around. And considering how complicated Ivy and Harley’s dynamic in the comics is, there’s a ton of narrative threads to pull from.
On the plus side, it’s nice that everybody is keeping their sense of humor under these trying circumstances. This is an unprecedented situation, and we’re all probably going a bit stir crazy at this point. We’re finding new ways to keep ourselves and each other entertained. Whether it’s a livestream event from the living room or a simple image, we’re finding fun wherever we can. Even if, that fun comes in the form of a popular horror story.
Aside from her connection with Jaws and projects related to the movies, Fierro enjoyed teaching the craft of acting and did so on Martha’s Vineyard for more than 40 years. Kevin Ryan, who believes Fierro mentored more than 1,000 students in her lifetime, spoke highly of his late teacher and friend, stressing how she was always and dedicated worker with a willingness to help others:
This may come as a surprise, but The Social Network will be ten years old this year. It feels like just yesterday that everyone was obsessed with the biographical drama about the founding of Facebook and the people behind the creation of the world’s largest social media network. With David Fincher behind the camera, Aaron Sorkin writing the biting dialogue, the score from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, and the insane cast, it’s no surprise. Speaking of The Social Network cast, it’s insane to look back on a movie the included Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake, Andrew Garfield, Brenda Song, and a who’s who of young Hollywood talent.
This weekend, a video allegedly showing Flash actor Ezra Miller choking a woman and pushing her to the ground emerged. In the clip, a woman, who initially appears relaxed, steps forward to a person many are identifying as the actor. The figure that’s allegedly Miller then says, “Did you wanna fight? Is that the deal?” before grabbing her by the neck. It initially appears as if it’s a joke, but as she’s taken to the ground, the guy filming grows very concerned and says, “Bro” several times as the camera starts getting shaky. The clip then abruptly ends.
Although Lady Gaga‘s new album Chromaticahas been postponed, the singer has given everyone a taste of what to expect with its bold new cover art. Part Mad Max, Mortal Kombat, and cyber-punk fantasy, it’s just the explosive creative touch that certifies that whenever the LP comes out, it’ll torch streaming services with a terrifying mechanical laser beam.
Gaga’s Chromatica cover takes quarantining to a new level: she’s welded to one spot forever. With monstrous black talons and prickly boots that could slay dragons with one cartwheel into their appendixes (assuming that dragons have appendixes), she appears to be trapped for the good of the world outside of wherever she is. The fierce look on her face lets you know that if she slips out of this trap, she’ll make whoever put her there pay dearly.
The nightmarish cyborg aesthetic of Gaga’s cover art looks similar to how she appeared on her Paper magazine cover that dropped last March. In that cover story, she revealed that Chromatica will be a record “that forces people to rejoice even in their saddest moments.” Additionally, she relayed that Chromatica is like a place in her heart. “I might sound silly, but I’m on it right now — I’m not on another planet. If you see and listen to Chromatica, and you want to live there too, you’re invited.”
When Gaga announced that Chromatica was postponed, she explained on Twitter that it’s bigger than just wanting another release date. “This is such a hectic and scary time for all of us, and while I believe art is one of the strongest things we have to provide joy and healing to each other during times like this, it just doesn’t feel right to me to release this album with all that is going on during this global pandemic,” she wrote. Also, she hoped that fans were “staying safe” and practicing social distancing.
So we’ll have to wait a bit longer to hear “Stupid Love“‘s companion tunes, but that’s okay. At least we have this haunting, futuristic cover to let us know what the fashion is like on planet Chromatica.