Rap rivals Nicki Minaj and Cardi B have been tapped to headline two separate star-studded shows in Los Angeles in the lead up to the 2019 BET Awards. The Anaconda hitmaker will hit the Staples Center stage with her Young Money Entertainment label boss Lil Wayne, alongside Tory Lanez, Trippie Redd, and Bri Steves for the 21 June (19) event, held as part of the seventh annual BET Experience at L.A. LIVE concert series. Cardi will then step into the spotlight at the same venue the following day, sharing the bill with her husband Offset's band Migos, Lil Yachty, City Girls, and Lil Baby. The events will culminate with the 2019 BET Awards on 23 June (19). It's not yet known if Nicki and Cardi will both be attending the prizegiving, but the ladies haven't been under the same roof since September (18), when the Bodak Yellow star physically attacked Nicki and hurled a shoe at her while they were both guests at the Harper's Bazaar Icons Party during New York Fashion Week. They subsequently agreed to call a truce in their war of words, which had been brewing for months after they both featured on Migos' 2017 hit MotorSport. Meanwhile, Cardi is joining forces with Nicki's ex, Meek Mill, to perform at a private party on the eve of the Super Bowl this weekend. The two artists have been booked for the invite-only Fanatics bash at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday (02Feb19), when they are reportedly set to team up for a rendition of their 2018 collaboration On Me.
Christina Aguilera is joining the residency stars in Las Vegas. The Genie in a Bottle singer is to headline a "multi-sensory escape" in the theatre Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez previously called home this summer (19). "It's been in talks for a few years now," Christina tells talk show host Ellen DeGeneres. "I'm going to do a residency in Vegas!" The star admits the new gig is perfect for her life as a mother-of-two, adding, "It will be a little easier with the kids. It's less full-on travel." Aguilera is mum to four-year-old daughter Summer and son Max, 11. The singer also announced her new gig, which will begin on 31 May (19) at the Planet Hollywood Resort's Zappos Theater, on Instagram, writing: "Welcome to #TheXperience... a multisensory escape to a world of magic and total freedom." In total, Christina will play an initial run of 16 shows in May, June, September, and October, and tickets go on sale from Friday (01Feb19). "The Xperience is going to be my most ambitious show yet," Christina adds in a press release. "Getting to perform in this adult playground we call Las Vegas is inspiring me to bring forth all of my talents in a mind-blowing theatrical experience - song, dance, visuals and uninterrupted high energy. "For years I have been collecting ideas and concepts that have yet to be implemented on my stages, and Las Vegas is the perfect opportunity for me to collectively showcase my artistry. I cannot wait to bring you into The Xperience."
America's most lovable James Corden learned the hard way that not everything is a laughing matter. On Friday night The Late Late Show star hosted a glittering star-studded amfAR Los Angeles Gala honoring Julia Roberts—and while captaining the charity event, the funnyman couldn't help but to throw a few jabs at disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of both assault and rape. But many people of the Internet didn't think his words were so funny and the entertainer faced some serious online backlash for his remarks. The Brit took to Twitter on Sunday to apologize, writing, "To be clear, sexual assault is no laughing matter. I was not trying to make light of Harvey’s inexcusable behavior, but to shame him, the abuser, not his victims. I am truly sorry for anyone offended, that was never my intention."
Casting for Walt Disney Pictures‘ live-action The Lion King continues today as reports confirm that John Oliver is set to voice Zazu. Oliver, who is best known for hosting HBO‘s Last Week Tonight, joins a cast that includes Donald Glover as Simba, Billy Eichner as Timon, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and James Earl Jones reprising his animated role as Mufasa. Although still unconfirmed, director Jon Favreau has stated that Beyonce is his top choice to voice Nala. Favreau, who previously launched the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Iron Man, is bringing to The Lion King the same level of photo-real effects he brought to The Jungle Book. Look for The Lion King to hit the big screen July 19, 2019.

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