June 2016 - Celebrity Bug


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Daniel Craig To Join Halle Berry In 'Kings'

6/29/2016 0
Academy Award-winner Halle Berry may have found her leading man for 'Kings', the L.A. riots drama that will mark the highly-anticipated English-language debut of 'Mustang' director Deniz Gamze Erguven.

According to Deadline, Daniel Craig is in talks to play Ollie, one of the only white residents living in South Central that falls for Berry's character of a supportive single mother and helps her track down her kids once the violence of the riots begins to ensue.

The riots spread across L.A. and lasted six days, leading to 55 deaths in the wake of the acquittal of the policemen who beat Rodney King. The footage of that beating was infamously captured on home video and still stands as a symbol of police brutality. No start date has been set.

Craig is represented by Creative Artists Agency and Independent Talent Group, while Berry and Erguven are both represented by Creative Artists Agency and Management 360.
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Video: June's Diary - 'L.A.N.C.E.'

6/29/2016 0

Kristal, Shyann, Ashly, Gabrielle and Brienna, who were discovered through the Kelly Rowland's 'Chasing Destiny' competition, reintroduce themselves as June's Diary and premiere the video for "L.A.N.C.E.", the first single from their Epic Records debut.

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Video: Fantasia - 'Sleeping With The One I Love' | Pushes Album To July 29th

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R&B songstress Fantasia plays four different characters in the music video for "Sleeping With the One I Love", the second single lifted from her forthcoming studio album 'The Definition Of...', which will now be released on July 29th. Watch the Derek Blanks-directed clip beneath:

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Video: Calvin Harris Feat. Rihanna - 'This Is What You Came For'

6/29/2016 0

Pop superstar Rihanna shines in the vibrant music video for "This Is What You Came For", her latest collaboration with Scottish DJ Calvin Harris, who is set to release a new album of original material that he produced later this year. Watch the video and sound off beneath:

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2016 BET Awards: Jesse Williams Issues Powerful Speech On Racism

6/27/2016 0

Last night (June 26th), Jesse Williams, who plays Dr. Jackson Avery on 'Grey's Anatomy', was in attendance at the 2016 BET Awards to accept the Humanitarian Award, and delivered a truly moving speech on racism and police violence that needs to be heard. Watch it beneath:

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2016 BET Awards: Winners

6/27/2016 0

The winners for the 2016 BET Awards have been announced and unsurprisingly, Beyoncé emerged as the top winner with multiple trophies each including Video of the Year and Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award. Tina Knowles, her mother, accepted the awards on her behalf.

Nicki Minaj claimed her seventh consecutive win for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist, while Jesse Williams and Samuel L. Jackson were among the honorees. Peep the winners beneath:


Lifetime Achievement Award
Samuel L. Jackson

Humanitarian Award
Jesse Williams

Best New Artist
Bryson Tillman

Best Female Hip-Hop Artist
Nicki Minaj

Best Male Hip-Hop Artist

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
Bryson Tillman

Best Group
Drake & Future

Best Collaboration
Work feat. Drake - "Work"

Best Actress
Taraji P. Henson

Best Actor
Michael B. Jordan

Youngstars Award
Amandla Stenberg

Best Movie
Straight Outta Compton

Best Gospel Artist
Kirk Franklin

Video of the Year
Beyoncé - "Formation"

Video Director of the Year
Director X

Sportswoman of the Year
Serena Williams

Sportsman of the Year
Stephen Curry

Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award
Beyoncé - "Formation"

Centric Award
Beyoncé - "Formation"
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2016 BET Awards: The Prince Tributes

6/26/2016 0

The Purple Prince was honored with numerous tributes during the 2016 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California on Sunday, June 26th, from the likes of Erykah Badu, Bilal, Stevie Wonder, Tori Kelly, Maxwell, Shelia E. and Janelle Monae, but Jennifer Hudson shine the brightest with a hair-raising and vocally-soaring performance of "Purple Rain", the legend's signature song. Watch all of the tributes beneath:

Bilal, Erykah Badu & The Roots

Stevie Wonder, Tori Kelly & Jennifer Hudson

Maxwell - "Lake By the Ocean" & "Nothing Compares 2 U"

Janelle Monae

Shelia E.

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2016 BET Awards: Live Performances

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Global superstar Beyoncé opened the 2016 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California on Sunday, June 26th, while Maxwell, Alicia Keys, Usher, Janelle Monae and Bryson Tillman were among the other performers that hit the star-studded stage.

Beyoncé with Kendrick Lamar - "Freeedom"

Designer - "Panda"

Fat Joe, Remy Ma & French Montana - "All the Way Up"

Alicia Keys - "In Common"

Maxwell - "Lake By the Ocean" & "Nothing Compares 2 U"

Bryson Tillman - "Don’t" & "Exchange"

Future - "Wicked"

Usher - "No Limit"

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Beyoncé Opens 2016 BET Awards

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Surprise!!! Beyoncé kicked off the 2016 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on June 26th, with a Kendrick Lamar-assisted performance of "Freedom", from her platinum 'Lemonade' disc. Watch the performance, which mirrors her 'Formation Tour' outings, below:

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2016 BET Awards: Red Carpet Arrivals

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Scheduled to perform on the big show, Alicia Keys was snapped arriving au naturel on the red carpet at the 2016 BET Awards, which is being held at the Microsoft Theater.

Other celebrities spotted arriving on the carpet include: Meagan Good, Janelle Monae, Tracee Ellis Ross, Akon, EJ Johnson, Tia Mowry and more. Peep the arrivals below:

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Movie Trailer: Tom Cruise Back As Lethal Hero In 'Jack Reacher: Never Go Back'

6/22/2016 0

Tom Cruise returns as best-selling author Lee Child's one-man vigilante in an action-packed trailer for 'Jack Reacher: Never Go Back', which was released by Paramount on Wednesday and is scheduled to hit theater on October 21st. Watch the full-length trailer beneath:

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Carrie Underwood Amazes At 2016 CMT Music Awards With 'Church Bells'

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Last Wednesday (June 6th), Carrie Underwood delivered a show-stopping of her latest single "Church Bells", at the 2016 CMT Music Awards at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, where she backed by a choir and earned the show's only standing ovation of the night.

Aside from her performance, the country superstar arrived on the carpet with her hockey player husband Mike Fisher and picked up two buckles for Performance of the Year and Female Video of the Year - extending her record as the show's most awarded artist. Watch it beneath:

Superb!!! After a string of sub-par performances of "Smoke Break" and "Heartbeat", which never should have been in the first place despite going to No.1, it great to Underwood back to deliver top notch performances with the third single from 'Storyteller'.
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Video: Nick Jonas - 'Bacon'

6/09/2016 0

Pop heartthrob Nick Jonas serves an appetizing treat with the official music video for "Bacon", the Ty Dolla $ign-assisted single from his forthcoming album 'Last Year Was Complicated', which will be released on Friday (June 10th). Watch the video beneath:

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Video: K. Michelle - 'Ain't You'

6/09/2016 0

R&B songstress K. Michelle turns up the heat and seduces the camera in the video for "Ain't You", the latest single from her 'More Issues Than Vogue' album, which has already turned out visuals for "Got Em Like", "Not A Little Bit" and "Mindful". Watch it beneath:

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Video: Gwen Stefani - 'Misery'

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Pop star Gwen Stefani puts on a dazzling fashion display in the eccentric music video for "Misery", the official third single lifted from her 'This Is What The Truth Feels Like' album, which debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200 in March. Watch the video and sound off beneath:

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Video: Justin Bieber - 'Company'

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Pop heartthrob Justin Bieber travels the world in the video for "Company", the latest single from his chart-topping 'Purpose' album, which has already produced three No.1 hits in the form of "What Do You Mean?", "Sorry" and "Love Yourself". Watch the video beneath:

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Maxwell Details 'blackSUMMERS’night'

6/09/2016 0

On July 1st, Maxwell will release his highly-anticipated album, 'blackSUMMERS’night', and he has begun releasing some official details from the upcoming disc including the album artwork and the track list, which includes twelve tracks on the standard edition.

Preceded by the lead single "Lake by the Ocean", which is climbing the charts, the album will mark his first release in seven years and to amp up anticipation, he has released a new song in the form of "1990x". Peep the full list and listen to the new song beneath:

Official 'blackSUMMERS’night' Track List

01. All the Ways Love Can Feel
02. The Fall
03. Ill
04. Lake by the Ocean
05. Fingers Crossed
06. Hostage
07. 1990x
08. Gods
09. Lost
10. Of All Kind
11. Listen Hear
12. Night

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Beyoncé Wins CFDA Fashion Icon Award

6/09/2016 0

Global superstar Beyoncé was honored with the CFDA Fashion Icon Award at the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards on Monday, June 6th, in a surprise announcement by CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg that did not come until the end of the show.

The 'Lemonade' songstress wore a glittering Givenchy tux for the occasion with a wide-brimmed hat and was joined on the red carpet by her husband Jay Z and their adorable daughter Blue Ivy, before she hit the stage to deliver a powerful speech. See what she had to say below:

"Thank you so much, Diane, for the things you just said about me. I feel so much love and I feel so proud. As long as I can remember, fashion has been part of my life. Its effect on me actually started before I was born. Many of you guys don’t know this, but my grandmother was a seamstress. My grandparents did not have enough money, they could not afford my mother’s Catholic school tuition. So my grandmother sewed clothes for the priests and the nuns and made uniforms for the students in exchange for my mother’s education. She then passed this gift onto my mother and taught her how to sew.

Starting out in Destiny’s Child, high-end labels didn’t really want to dress four black country curvy girls, and we couldn’t afford designer dresses and couture. My mother was rejected from every showroom in New York. But like my grandmother, she used her talent and her creativity to give her children their dreams. My mother and my uncle, God rest his soul, made all of our first costumes, individually sewing hundreds of crystals and pearls, putting so much passion and love into every small detail. When I wore these clothes I felt like Khaleesi. I had an extra suit of armor. It was so much deeper than any brand name.

My mother is fabulous and beautiful and she’s here tonight. My mother, my grandmother, and my uncle are always with me so I cannot fail. My mother actually designed my wedding dress, my prom dress, my first CFDA Award dress, my first Grammy dress, and the list goes on and on. And this to me is the true power and potential of fashion. It’s a tool for finding your own identity. It transcends style, and it’s a time capsule of all of our greatest milestones. So to my mother, my grandmother, my uncle, thank y’all. Thank you for showing me that having presence is about far more than the clothes you wear and your physical beauty. Thank you for showing me how to take risks, work hard, and live life on my own terms.

I want to say thank you to every designer who works tirelessly to make people think they can write their own story. Y’all are fairy godmothers, magicians, sculptors, and sometimes even our therapists. I encourage you to not forget this power you have or to take it lightly. We have the opportunity to contribute to a society where any girl can look at a billboard or magazine cover and see her own reflection. Soul has no color, no shape, no form. Just like all of your work, it goes far beyond what the eye can see. You have the power to change perception, to inspire and empower, and to show people how to embrace their complications, and see the flaws, and the true beauty and strength that’s inside all of us. Thank you so much for this incredible award, I’ll never forget this night. God bless you all. Thank you."

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Celebrity Bug's Top 10 TV Shows Of 2016

6/03/2016 0

The freshman season of 'Mr. Robot', starring Rami Malek and Christian Slater, tops our eighth annual countdown of the Top 10 Television Shows of the Year.

The list, which includes shows released from June 2015 to May 2016, also includes the Jennifer Lopez-starrer 'Shades of Blue', the intriguing 'The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story', 'The Affair' and 'House of Cards', while last year's leader 'Empire' falls off completely after slow-moving and uninteresting second season. Peep the full list beneath:


Mr. Robot *** Top Television Show of 2016 ***
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Shades of Blue
The Affair
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Honorable Mention
Orange Is The New Black
Ray Donovan

Coming Soon: On Wednesday, July 13th, Celebrity Bug will announce the nominees for the inaugural Epitome of Television Awards, which will honor outstanding achievements in television.
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Featured Artist: Drake

6/03/2016 0

With 'Views' spending the last four weeks at No.1 on the Billboard 200, Drake earns the honor of becoming Celebrity Bug's Featured Artist of the Month for June 2016.

The newly-released disc has already produced the No. 1 single, "One Dance", and has been a streaming powerhouse since it release - producing the four largest streaming weeks for an album and generating more than 1.07 billion on-demand audio streams in the United States.
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Video: Maxwell - 'Lake By The Ocean'

6/03/2016 0

R&B crooner Maxwell has premiered the cinematic video for "Lake By The Ocean", the lead single from his upcoming 'blackSUMMERS'night' album, which will arrive in stores on July 1st.

According to him, the video "depicts a world in need of water and two clandestine lovers who meet with liquid dreams, one being the bare-boned need for clean water, and another, the performer, who wants to be lost in the watery worlds of love and devotion." Watch it beneath:

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