While the pandemic derailed touring plans, Walter Kolm, CEO of the artist management firm WK Entertainment—a roster highlighted by Carlos Vives, and cross-over sensation Maluma, Wisin, and CNCO, made a bold pandemic pivot that led to the launch of WK Records.
Today, his label celebrates “Fiel,” the clingy reggaetón hit by Wisin, Jhay Cortez, and Los Legendarios, one of the most streamed Latin songs in the world. It’s perched upon Spotify’s Global Top 200 chart—the list’s only Latin hit to crack the Top 10. It’s certified platinum in the United States, Spain, Chile, and Mexico, plus made Gold in Colombia, rippling through Latin America in the #1 seat on Spotify and Apple. It’s also the only song represented by a Latino-owned artist management firm and label to pierce the Top 10 frame of Spotify’s Global Top 200 Chart.
“Fiel’s” music video, which became the most-watched visual the day it premiered on YouTube, has over 60 million views. It’s a viral sensation on TikTok with over 2 million uploads and more than 300 million views. Also, it’s ranked Top 40 on Shazam’s worldwide chart and #1 for the platform in Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Chile, El Salvador, Venezuela, and Costa Rica.
The single was recorded in the mountains of Cayey, Puerto Rico, at Wisin’s record label’s studio, La Base Music, and was released via Walter Kolm’s WK Records in February.
Live Nation Entertainment, the world’s leading live entertainment company, and Veeps, the artist-first livestream platform run by co-founders Joel and Benji Madden of the band Good Charlotte, today announced they have started equipping 60+ concert venues across the United States to offer turnkey livestreaming. This new Veeps setup gives any artist playing at one of these venues the ability to livestream their event with the flip of a switch to fans across the world.
Artists are at the center of what Live Nation and Veeps do. By setting up 60+ venues for livestreaming, both companies are doubling down to help artists expand revenue on the road where they make a living while providing creative opportunities to connect with more fans. The companies selected venues that are already regular tour stops, giving artists lots of flexibility to choose when and where they want to add the element of streaming to a show.
Live Nation promotes 40,000 concerts and 100+ festivals in a typical year, and its network of physical shows provide a unique opportunity for livestreaming. Combined with Veeps’ industry leading technology, artists will be able to offer fans even more ways to enjoy live concerts, including virtual admission to sold out shows, access to events happening around the world, exclusive content, and things like backstage and front row viewing angles.
A wide variety of venues will be optimized for livestreaming – from iconic clubs and theaters to amphitheaters. Some of the venues that will be first to go live include The Fillmore in San Francisco and Philadelphia, House of Blues in Chicago and New Orleans, The Wiltern in Los Angeles, and a number of amphitheaters including Shoreline Amphitheater in California and The Gorge in Washington.
NacelleCast, the people behind Netflix’s The Movies That Made Us, The Toys That Made Us, and Down To Earth with Zac Efron, as well as Disney+’s Behind The Attraction announced that actress, director and choreographer, Gates McFadden, will debut her new podcast InvestiGates: Who Do You Think You Are? through Nacelle’s podcast network on May 12th. The company recently opened NacelleCast Studios, a state-of-the-art podcast studio next to their production offices in Burbank, which serves as the main podcast studio for all NacelleCast productions.
Gates McFadden InvestiGates: Who Do You Think You Are? is a limited podcast series where Gates invites some of her best friends such as Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Will Wheaton, Brent Spiner, Marina Sirtis, Michael Dorn, John Delancie, Robert Picardo, Michael Westmore, Nana Visitor, Denise Crosby and more to have one on one, intimate conversations unlike any Star Trek fan has ever seen or heard before. Whether you’re the biggest Trekkie, or a casual watcher, this podcast offers never before heard stories from some of the people who made Star Trek one of the most successful franchises in history.
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Gates McFadden is an actress and choreographer best known for her portrayal of Dr. Beverly Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Generations, Star Trek: Insurrection and Star Trek: Nemesis. Early in her career, Gates worked at The Jim Henson Company working behind the scenes as a Director of Choreography and Puppet Movement on films such as Labyrinth and Dreamchild.
The film brings to life the intense action of the blockbuster video game franchise in all its brutal glory, pitting the all-time, fan-favorite champions against one another in the ultimate, no-holds-barred, gory battle that pushes them to their very limits.
The film is helmed by award-winning Australian commercial filmmaker Simon McQuoid, marking his feature directorial debut, is set for release nationwide in theaters on April 23 and will be available in the U.S. on HBO Max in 4K UHD, HDR10, Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos on supported devices for 31 days from theatrical release. It will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.
The Mortal Kombat (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) contains all new score by Golden Globe-, Emmy-, and Grammy-nominated composer Benjamin Wallfisch (IT and IT Chapter 2, Shazam, Blade Runner: 2049 [w/ Hans Zimmer]). And today, the first single from the album was released. “Techno Syndrome 2021 (Mortal Kombat)” is composer Benjamin Wallfisch’s musical homage to the music, fans, and enduring lineage of Mortal Kombat. The track was produced and performed by Wallfisch and mixed and Mastered by Tom Norris (Skrillex, Gaga, Zedd).
The American Craft Beer movement began with a group of restless homebrewers searching for something genuine and flavorful. Today it’s evolved into a redefinition of beer and an international cultural phenomenon. That uniquely American spirit of rebellion and innovation survives in two groups of homebrewers from Long Beach, California who are looking to open their own breweries and bring their beers to the world. These include a Christian father-son team who grew close over making beer and a retired rock star looking for the “quiet” existence of a brewery owner.
With the insight and commentary of legendary brewers Ken Grossman (Sierra Nevada), Fritz Maytag (Anchor Brewing), Charlie Papazian, Vinnie Cilurzo (Russian River), Sam Calagione (Dogfish Head), Jim Koch (Boston Brewing) and others, “Brewmance” reveals the soul of craft beer in the heart of America.
Christo Brock is an American Producer, Director, and Editor best known for the iconic swim documentary Touch the Wall, the sports films Spirit of the Marathon and Hood to Coast, and the craft beer documentary “Brewmance”.
This will bring director Zhang Yimou’s (RAISE THE RED LANTERN, THE GREAT WALL, SHADOW) historical spy thriller CLIFF WALKERS to theaters across North America and internationally on April 30, 2021. Marking the acclaimed director’s first foray into the spy genre, CLIFF WALKERS follows four Chinese special agents who embark on a secret mission in the 1930s puppet state of Manchukuo. After being sold out by a traitor, the team find themselves surrounded by threats on all sides. CLIFF WALKERS stars Zhang Yi (OPERATION RED SEA), Yu Hewei (I AM NOT MADAME BOVARY), Qin Hailu (THE PLUTO MOMENT) and Zhu Yawen (THE CAPTAIN, THE WITNESS).
Featuring Zhang Yi, Yu Hewei, Qin Hailu, Zhu Yawen, the film was written by Quan Yongxian.
Here is the film’s official synopsis:
Based on the script by Quan Yongxian, CLIFF WALKERS is director Zhang Yimou’s first foray into the spy genre. Set the puppet state of Manchukuo in the 1930s, the film follows four Communist party special agents who return to China after receiving training in the Soviet Union. Together, they embark on a secret mission code-named “Utrennya.” After being sold out by a traitor, the team find themselves surrounded by threats on all sides from the moment they parachute into the mission. Will the agents break the impasse and complete their mission? On the snowy grounds of Manchukuo, the team will be tested to their limit.
Burr is one of the top comedic voices of his generation achieving success in TV and film as well as on stage. Bill sells out theaters internationally and his Monday Morning Podcast is one of the most downloaded comedy podcasts. Bill made his debut as host of Saturday Night Live on October 10, 2020, he stars opposite Pete Davidson and Marisa Tomei in the Judd Apatow film, The King of Staten Island, and he stars as Mayfeld in The Mandalorian on Disney Plus. His animated Netflix series, F Is For Family, stars Burr, Laura Dern, Justin Long and Sam Rockwell in the cast and will premiere its fifth and final season in 2021.
In September 2019, he released his sixth hour-long comedy special, Bill Burr: Paper Tiger, which was nominated for a Grammy Award, was recorded at London’s Royal Albert Hall and is streaming on Netflix. Bill was seen in the Hugh Jackman film, The Front Runner; the Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell film, Daddy’s Home; he co-stars opposite Kevin Costner in the indie film, Black or White; was seen in the Paul Feig film, The Heat, alongside Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy and in the Al Pacino and Christopher Walken film Stand Up Guys. Bill received raves for his recurring role as “Kuby” on the hit AMC-TV show, Breaking Bad.
Produced by Live Nation, the 21-date tour will kick off on July 2nd in Las Vegas at the Cosmopolitan with stops in Atlanta, Detroit, Indianapolis, St. Louis and more, before wrapping December 30th in Phoenix at Arizona Federal Theater.
The coming-of-age drama film, written and directed by Danny Madden, tells the story of three interwoven stories of youth navigating identity, first love, petty crime, and gun violence in a Southern, American town.
Brimming with energy and style, Beast Beast captures what it means to come of age in an era marked by technology and social media, where violent clashes awaken dormant passions and teenagers are faced with growing up all too quickly.
Directed by Danny Madden, the film stars Shirley Chen, Will Madden, and Jose Angeles. The films was executive produced by Alec Baldwin and Casey Bader. It also premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.
“Beast Beast” is set to be released in select theaters on April 16, followed shortly by a digital released and on demand on May 4, 2021.
Written by Kurt Busiek with art by Yildiray Çinar, THE MARVELS #1 will kick off a fascinating new saga set in the spectacular 616 that spans decades and will range from grand adventure to intense human drama, from street-level to cosmic, and star everyone from Marvel’s very first heroes to the superstars of tomorrow.
This sprawling story will play with the grand tapestry that is Marvel Comics in an exhilarating new way by diving headfirst into Marvel history to tying together unsolved mysteries, make brand-new connections between characters, and reintroduce long-dormant threats. Along the way, readers is set to be introduced to new heroes and villains like Threadneedle, Warbird, and Kevin Schumer, and be reacquainted with new takes on classic characters such as Lady Lotus.
Here’s what Kurt told Comicbook.com in an exclusive interview about the most mysterious character of the lot—the being known as Threadneedle:
“We introduce three new characters in THE MARVELS 1 — one who’s very much on a human level, one wrapped up with superhero history and ties beyond Earth, and one who’s outright weird and cosmic and will usher us into a bigger, stranger, deeper world. Threadneedle is that third guy, as I expect you can tell. And yeah, Alex did an astounding design of Threadneedle, didn’t he? Quirky and trippy, and nothing like anyone else Marvel’s had in stories before. And that’s all very intentional. Make sure to keep an eye on him. He’s got fascinating secrets.”
Dark Sky Films today announced it has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to BLOOD CONSCIOUS, the acclaimed new horror thriller from rising director Timothy Covell. The film, about a family discovering that their vacation getaway is the scene of mass murder, will be released in late summer in theaters and on VOD platforms.
The distribution agreement was negotiated on behalf of Dark Sky Films by Greg Newman and Giles Edwards, and by the film’s producer, Christina Behnke for Ben Cove Entertainment. The film will have its North American premiere at April’s Panic Fest in Kansas City.
A shocking tale reflecting racial and social tensions of our time, BLOOD CONSCIOUS centers on vacationers who turn the tables on a unhinged killer who claims to be fighting demonic forces. Kevin (Oghenero Gbaje, Beyonce’s Black Is King), his older sister, Brittney (DeShawn White, Motherless Brooklyn, The Deuce), and her fiancé, Tony (Lenny Thomas, Tyler Perry’s Ruthless), set off to their parents’ lakeside cottage expecting a leisurely weekend getaway. But their holiday turns into a trip from hell as they enter a scene of mass murder, where their parents and neighbors all lie dead.
Terror strikes when the armed killer (Nick Damici, Hap and Leonard) confronts them, claiming to be fighting demonic forces that have possessed them all. They pin him down and lock him up in the cellar, but soon he claims to not to be alone down there. As unexpected and traumatic events keep unfolding, Kevin, Brittney and Tony have to find a way to survive the night without turning on each other – or becoming possessed.
Writer-director Timothy Covell says: “I conceived BLOOD CONSCIOUS as a film that takes place the day after a slasher film. But instead of opening on the lone survivor of a campground massacre, we focus on the family who finds him, setting in motion a chain of paranoia that leads to even more bloodshed over the course of the ensuing night.” He adds, “Although it would be inaccurate to say BLOOD CONSCIOUS is about race, racism is very much present throughout the film.”
MPI’s Giles Edwards said, “Timothy Covell emerges as a major talent and we’re excited to be in business with him.”