(CNN)The 2018 Pirelli Calendar features an all-black cast of models, artists, musicians, comedians and actors. The subjects for the 2018 calendar include a diverse crew of black celebrities, including supermodel Naomi Campbell as The Royal Beheader, drag icon RuPaul as the Queen of Hearts and rapper Lil Yachty as a member of The Queen's Guard.
Malaysia has banned hit song "Despacito" from state radio and TV channels. The move was announced by the government just as the runaway hit became the most streamed song of all time. Officials at state-owned broadcaster RTM stopped playing the song -- by Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi -- after receiving numerous complaints from the public about the lyrics "not being suitable," Communications Minister Salleh Said Keruak told CNNMoney. "The song was filled with numerous sexual references and innuendos and thus wholly inappropriate to be aired by our national media outlets for our general public, especially children," he said. The communications minister stressed that the decision "applies only" to
(CNN)Jason Bateman wears multiple hats as producer, director and star in "Ozark," a grim Netflix drama that starts with a familiar premise -- financial advisor sucked into high-stakes world of laundering drug money -- but becomes increasingly engrossing. As 10-episode binges go, the show yields an admirable return on investment. Bateman plays Marty Byrde, whose outwardly idyllic existence belies plenty of trouble. Not only is he caught up in shady dealings with a ruthless cartel leader (Esai Morales), but his wife (Laura Linney) has been unfaithful. Marty's impeccably furnished house of cards comes crashing down in the premiere, forcing the fast-talking money man to hatch a scheme to save his
(CNN)Charles Esten doesn't just play a singer on TV. The "Nashville" star is a singer and songwriter in real life who loves making music so much that he went on a mission to release one single a week for an entire year. Esten's song No. 52, "Long Haul," came out on July 7. Esten plays singer/songwriter Deacon Claybourne on "Nashville," which now airs on CMT.
The rapper on Tuesday proudly showed off an $8.25 check on Instagram for his work on the Canadian teen drama. "Degrassi money still coming in don't sleeeeeeeep," the caption of the $8.25 check read. It's been more than a decade since Drake, whose birth name is Aubrey Graham, appeared on the show, where his role as wheelchair-bound Jimmy Brooks made him famous before he entered the music industry, first as a guest artist, then on mixtapes before breaking through with his debut album "Thank Me Later" in 2010.
(CNN)Among living writer-directors Christopher Nolan generates near-unrivaled sight-unseen anticipation, and "Dunkirk" does nothing to diminish that brand. Nolan has delivered a visceral, suspenseful, at times jaw-dropping historical war movie, the lone disclaimer being that he sacrifices character development in his steadfast focus on technical virtuosity. Indeed, while "Dunkirk" is epic in scope and feel, it's not in length, and Nolan essentially jumps into the story somewhere just short of the middle. As a result, the audience meets a wide assortment of key figures on the fly and gets to know nothing about them, which at least initially blunts the emotional impact. So even with Tom Hardy,