Usher, Laverne Cox and Katie Holmes have been added to this month’s Global Citizen Festival starring Beyoncé and Pearl Jam in New York City.
Connie Britton, Freida Pinto, Gayle King and Sophia Bush have also been added to the host committee for the Sept. 26 event. Previously announced hosts include Stephen Colbert, Kerry Washington, Salma Hayek, Olivia Wilde, Hugh Jackman and his actress-wife, Deborra-Lee Furness.
Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, Common, Tori Kelly and Indian singer Sunidhi Chauhan will perform on the Great Lawn in Central Park for the event. It will air on MSNBC and stream on iHeartRadio and Tidal.
The concert is timed to coincide with the United Nations General Assembly meeting.
Delay in Aretha Franklin film release
The producer of the Aretha Franklin documentary “Amazing Grace” has agreed not to show the film for the next month as he and the Queen of Soul try to resolve their dispute over the work. Earlier this month, a Denver federal judge halted a screening of the film about a 1972 Franklin concert just hours before it was to be shown at the Telluride Film Festival. Producer Alan Elliott then withdrew it from the Toronto Film Festival, but Franklin claims he held a screening for the festival’s exhibitors and film distributors Saturday. The Telluride festival claimed that she gave away her rights to concert footage in a 1968 recording contract. She and Elliott agreed to the 30-day ban in court documents.
Vegas-bound: Lionel Richie is ready to go all night long in Las Vegas. The singer announced Wednesday that he will launch a residency called “Lionel Richie — All the Hits” on April 27 at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Richie will play 20 shows in April, May, September and October. Tickets, which go on sale Friday, range from $59 to $199. The shows will include hits such as “All Night Long (All Night),” “Hello,” “Stuck on You,” “Say You, Say Me” and “Dancing on the Ceiling.” Richie said in a statement, “It’s a high-energy show that is a perfect match for such a vibrant city!”
Pranked: Two Russian pranksters said Wednesday that they fooled Elton John into believing that Russian President Vladimir Putin had given him a call. The British star on Tuesday posted a message on Instagram, thanking Putin for calling him to discuss gay rights in Russia and inviting him to Moscow. Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov denied the reports, saying that Putin never called John. Vladimir Krasnov and Alexei Stolyarov said that they had pretended they were Peskov and Putin.