Queen's 1975 hit Bohemian Rhapsody has become the first pre-1990s music video to reach one billion plays on YouTube. The six-minute long promo, which is often hailed as a pioneering example of the music video, hit the milestone over the weekend. YouTube bosses claim it is the first song released before the 1990s to make the milestone. To celebrate, the band is releasing a newly remastered high definition version of the clip on their YouTube channel on Monday and are also launching a project titled You Are the Champions, allowing fans the opportunity to take part in three new user-generated videos. "We are honoured that Bohemian Rhapsody has just hit one billion views on YouTube," bandmates Brian May and Roger Taylor said in a statement posted on their website. Inviting fans to take part in their new project, they added: "We want to thank you all and celebrate with our amazing fans all around the world by creating three new music videos to our songs, all featuring you! Whether you are a musician, singer, dancer, visual artist or you just want to have some fun. Go to www.youarethechampions.com to find out more and we'll see you on the road somewhere." Their initiative allows singers and instrumentalists to submit their take on Bohemian Rhapsody, dancers can work on a video for Don't Stop Me Now, and visual artists have been asked to design any word or phrase from the lyrics to A Kind of Magic. Queen's YouTube channel will feature the finished fan videos later this year. The band's already immense popularity received a boost following the success of their biopic, also titled Bohemian Rhapsody, which debuted last October, made more than $900 million (£720 million) at the box office and won four Oscars, including a Best Actor prize for Rami Malek's portrayal of frontman Freddie Mercury.
Medical drama Grey's Anatomy has broken television records after landing a 16th and 17th season. The series will run for another two years, with star Ellen Pompeo committed for the long run. This year, Grey's Anatomy, which was created by Shonda Rhimes, passed ER as the longest-running primetime medical drama in TV history with the most episodes, and now it will also become the longest-running medical drama outright, with 17 seasons, compared to ER's 15. Grey's Anatomy, which first aired in 2005, follows Pompeo's character, Meredith Grey, and a team of doctors at Grey Sloan Memorial, as they tackle life-or-death experiences on a daily basis. ABC TV bosses have also renewed two more hit Rhimes series - Grey’s Anatomy spin-off Station 19 for a third season and How to Get Away with Murder for a sixth season. Announcing the news in a joint statement with producing partner Betsy Beers on Friday (10May19), Rhimes revealed executive producer Krista Vernoff will "oversee" Station 19 when the drama returns, adding, "The creativity she brings to the Grey’s Anatomy universe continues a tradition of storytelling we hold dear." Meanwhile, actors Chris Carmack, Jake Borelli and Greg Germann have all been promoted to series regulars for the 16th season of Grey's Anatomy. Germann and Borelli have been recurring on the show for the past two seasons, while Carmack joined at the beginning of the current 15th season. "Chris, Jake, and Greg have been recurring for us as guest stars and have popped as fan favorites," Vernoff explains. "We are excited to continue revealing their characters and we are beyond thrilled to welcome them to the Grey’s Anatomy family."
If Hollywood salaries were report cards, Emma Stone would earn an easy A. The 28-year-old star claimed the top spot in Forbes’ annual list of Tinseltown’s highest-paid actresses, taking in a cool $26 million for projects like “La La Land” over the 12-month period considered by the outlet. Stone’s starring turn as aspiring actress Mia in the Los Angeles–set movie musical helped propel the 2016 film’s domestic gross to $151 million. Next in line on Forbes’ list are Jennifer Aniston, who pulled in $25.5 million, and Jennifer Lawrence, who earned $24 million.
Kevin Hart left his team stunned when he splashed out on eight classic cars for them to celebrate the end of his tour. The 39-year-old actor has been working hard in recent months on his Irresponsible tour. The jaunt came to an end earlier this month (Dec18) and to mark a successful run, Kevin decided to show his appreciation for his workmates with an extravagant gift. Taking to Instagram on Saturday (29Dec18), the Night School star told fans he had purchased eight classic cars for his colleagues, including a yellow VW and a cream Mustang. "So the tour is over, and I told my guys I was going to do something special for them. They had no idea what it was. I just surprised my whole team with old schools," Kevin said in a video, before panning over to the vehicles. "I mean it when I say I love my team, I would not be where I am or who I am today if it wasn't for my team. We're celebrating, and I love the fact that they're gone. They're blown away, and for me, that's all I needed, nothing else." After Kevin gifted them the cars, several of his team took to social media to express their joy. Sharing a snap of himself next to his new Mustang, Ron 'Boss' Everline wrote on Instagram: "I’m in awwwww brother! @kevinhart4real just surprised the whole team with New Old Schools! 65 mustang! This is incredible! Thank You. Love You." And Joey Wells, who received the yellow VW, posted on Instagram: "Man! For all you VW fans. @kevinhart4real got me a 1956 Beetle!If you’re not into bugs you dont get it. But for those that are in that world you know!!!" On Sunday, Kevin joked with his followers that he and the team are now going to start their own classic car club. "Me & my guys started a car club. We are the 'Plastic Cup Boyz Car Club'....we are getting jackets and hats and gloves with no finger tips....Old man fun. We drink coffee and talk cars on sundays," he wrote.