Lady Gaga’s pre-Super Bowl concert this Saturday will be anything but a traditional concert-going experience. AT&T TV Super Saturday Night will not only feature a performance by Gaga, it will also include Gaga-inspired interactive activities for fans in attendance and also for fans watching the livestream on Twitter. One activity, called the Monster Wall Powered by AT&T 5G, is a massive digital wall that will allows fans to transform themselves into the ultimate “little monster.” Another is called AT&T 5G Air Graffiti Drawing on Kindness, which lets fans spread kindness by drawing images and writing messages in the air using AR and 5G-capable devices. And for the fans at home, there’s the AT&T 5G Fan Cam, which makes you feel as if you’re right in the middle of the action during the Twitter livestream @ItsOnATT. The show will take place at Island Gardens in Miami on Saturday, February 1. Tickets are on sale now through ATT.com/SuperSaturdayNight.
Yesterday, Harvey Levin - the founder of TMZ - said the outlet had the OK from “Kobe’s people” to break news of the helicopter crash that killed the NBA legend, his 13-year-old daughter and seven other people. Law enforcement authorities had slammed the tabloid news website for publishing the story about Kobe Bryant’s death before authorities had notified family members of the victims. But, in an interview with LA radio station KNX’s “In-Depth,” Levin defended his site, saying it dealt with Kobe’s reps and got permission before going to press. “We dealt with Kobe’s people… and we were told very clearly that she had been notified,” Levin said, appearing to refer to Bryant’s widow Vanessa. When asked about the families of the other victims being notified, Levin said, “that is a fair point.” Levin said he initially got the tip from a longtime law enforcement source and then called reps for Kobe. “We were dealing with them for an hour before we published the story and they said ‘go for it,'” he said.
William Shatner has finalized his divorce from his fourth wife, Elizabeth Martin, after nearly 19 years of marriage. Going into the legal proceedings, the actor, who played Captain Kirk on Star Trek, had a net worth of over $100 million. In the end, the actor was able to keep the bulk of his fortune because he had an iron-clad pre-nuptial agreement in place before they were married in 2001. Because of the prenup, and no children during their union, Shatner does not have to pay any alimony. In fact, all the money he made from his Star Trek days, including royalties and businesses surrounding the show, were off-limits, according to documents obtained by The Blast. The main issue heading into negotiations was how to split up the money he earned from other projects over the last two decades the former couple were together. Shatner filed for divorce last December but court documents show that they had separated in February 2019. Despite the split, the actor has been seen still wearing his wedding ring a number of times over that time, and as recent as a couple of weeks ago.
Justin Timberlake posted a lengthy tribute to L.A. Lakers legend Kobe Bryant on Instagram yesterday. Accompanying a series of photos of them throughout the years, Justin begins, “We met when we were both teenagers and bonded over our drive and process. I was in awe of what you could do with a basketball and knew your talent went beyond your physical gifts and stretched to your mentality.” Justin adds that as the years went on, they began to trade “old man” jokes back and forth, but he says Kobe never “stopped aiming to inspire him.” “Your confidence in me was huge -- it really affected me because I admired you so much,” he continues. “I don’t mean as one of the greatest athletes ever. I mean as a person.” Justin shares that the last conversation they shared was “about being fathers and what that meant.” “That was, beyond all the things that we could do in this world, our true legacy,” he writes. “Who our children are and what beautiful people they will become. And, I guess right now, without being able to find all the words, THAT father connection is what is most devastating for me.” Justin sends his love to Kobe’s widow Vanessa and their family, concluding, “Champ, MVP, Legend, Hero, Inspiration, Father, Friend. I’m gonna miss you, brother. Mamba forever.”
CBS has given a pilot green light to The Equalizer, a reimagining of the classic series with Queen Latifah starring and executive producing. The Equalizer stars Queen Latifah as an enigmatic figure who uses her extensive skills to help those with nowhere else to turn. This is a new take on the character played by Edward Woodward on the original series and by Denzel Washington in the movie franchise.
Breaking Bad received widespread critical acclaim during its original run, leading to the spin-off prequel Better Call Saul, and the recently released special El Camino. And RJ Mitte, who appeared on the show as the namesake son of the show's lead character Walter White (Bryan Cranston) has revealed plans for another spin-off – which would see Walter Jr. take over his late dad's meth empire. In an interview with The Sun, RJ revealed that he cooked up the idea himself, and has already pitched it to Break Bad creator Vince Gilligan. Speaking of his character, RJ said: “He is his father’s son in a way of his actions and his moralities of what he’s going to do would be right for his family. I think for us it would be a very hard life after what Heisenberg did to his family and I think that stigma would carry. But I would like to see Walt Jr. being a gangster.” Like his character on the hit show, actor RJ has cerebral palsy. He is said to have sought out playing acting opportunities where his disability would educate viewers. RJ's proposed plot twist would be something of a surprise for Breaking Bad fans, as Walter Jr. was presented as a more wholesome figure throughout the show's run.
Senator Bernie Sanders continued his poll surge in New Hampshire, the first primary state, earning 25 percent support among more than 500 likely Democratic voters surveyed there. The new CNN/University of New Hampshire poll, which was released yesterday, shows the Democratic socialist earning more support than some of his more establishment Democrat competitors. The results come a little over two weeks before the state is set to hold the vote for the Democratic nominee they want to take on Donald Trump in November. Joe Biden, the usual front runner in the Democratic field, fell nearly 10 percentage points behind Sanders with only 16 per cent support. The crowded competition dropped to 12 candidates earlier this month when New Jersey Senator Cory Booker ended his campaign January 13. Falling just one percent behind Biden is former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, besting progressive Senator Elizabeth Warren. While Buttigieg earned 15 percent support, Warren, who usually falls in the top three candidates in polls, earned 12 percent support. Rounding out the top five is Senator Amy Klobuchar with 6 percent. Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard and tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang tied for sixth place with 5 per cent each.
Los Angeles County officials said the Sunday morning helicopter crash that killed NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, also claimed the lives of seven other victims.
Los Angeles County fire chief Daryl Osby said after receiving a 911 call just before 10 a.m. on Sunday, they discovered a brush fire and debris scattered along the hillside upon arrival to the crash site in Calabasas, California.
Paramedic teams rushed to the site, but determined that all nine people — eight passengers and the pilot — had already perished.
“We had one helicopter fly into the incident with firefighter paramedics on board,” Osby said. “Those paramedics were hoisted down to the incident, early into the incident, they did a search of the area for survivors. Unfortunately … all onboard were determined to have been perished.”
Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were on board when the helicopter crashed. The Orange County Register reported that Orange Coast college baseball coach John Altobelli also died in the crash. John’s brother, Tony, told CNN that John’s wife and one of their two daughters were also killed in the crash. Christina Mauser, an Orange County girls basketball assistant coach, was traveling with the group as well, per CNN.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva declined to identify anyone involved in the crash.
“There is wide speculation who the identities are. However it is entirely inappropriate right now to identify anyone by name until the coroner has made the identification through their very deliberative process and they have made notifications to next of kin,” Villanueva said.
Several outlets reported the helicopter was en route to Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, California, where Gianna Bryant was going to play in some afternoon games while Kobe Bryant would serve as coach.
Low visibility in the area
Villanueva said on Sunday night that there was “low visibility and low ceiling” in the area due to fog when the helicopter crashed. He also confirmed that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department did not have any helicopters in the air at the time due to weather.
He also estimated that it would take several days to complete their investigation and clear the crash site — which he said was roughly the size of a football field in either direction.
An investigation into the cause of the crash, however, is still ongoing.
Brad Pitt was only joking when he referenced a Tinder profile during his Screen Actors Guild (SAG) acceptance speech. The star picked up a Best Supporting Actor trophy for his role in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood during the ceremony on Sunday, and quipped, “I’m gonna add this to my tinder profile.” But he has revealed he isn’t that familiar with the dating app. “No, I’m not on it,” he shared at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on Wednesday. “I’m not even sure how it works. I just thought it was funny to say.”
Tom Hanks called out an advertisement using his image to promote CBD on Tuesday, calling the ad in question a "false and an intentional hoax." The ad from an undisclosed company appears to promote "CannaPro CBD" and features a photo of the actor, alongside a fake quote attributed to him. "The advances Dr. Oz has made in the CBD industry are remarkable. I wouldn’t believe it if I hadn’t had the chance to try it out for myself. After using CannaPro CBD for two weeks I was already feeling like a new me," the quote reads. In an Instagram post, Hanks shared the ad, writing, "I’ve never said this and would never make such an endorsement. Come on, man!" As always, he signs off with his usual: "Hanx." The false ad also garnered criticism from Dr. Mehmet Oz, who's mentioned in the quote. Reposting Hanks' message, Dr. Oz added, "Could not agree more with @tomhanks. This is a fake and misleading advertisement intended to take advantage of consumers using false claims and our likenesses illegally. I am not involved with any cannabis companies."
As rumored, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson will once again strap on their proton packs in the upcoming film sequel Ghostbusters: Afterlife. The news was confirmed in a new Vanity Fair interview with Murray, who of course played Dr. Peter Venkman to Aykroyd's Dr. Raymond Stantz, Ernie Hudson's Winston Zeddemore and the late Harold Ramis' Dr. Egon Spengler. The cast, along with Sigourney Weaver, did appear in the ill-fated 2016 all-female reboot of Ghostbusters, though director Paul Feig chose to have them play other characters. Ghostbusters: Afterlife stars Paul Rudd as a science teacher whose students find themselves in the middle of a spooky mystery. One of the students, played by McKenna Grace, is none other than Egon's granddaughter. Ghostbusters co-creator Ramis died in 2014 at 69. Of the film's plot, Murray says, "Well, we are a man down. That’s the deal," he said somberly. "And that's the story that we’re telling, that's the story they've written." Ghostbusters: Afterlife opens July 10.
Of all the women John Mayer has dated -- and there have been quite a few -- his relationship with Jessica Simpson may have been the most surprising. But now, in her new memoir Open Book, excerpted in this week's People magazine, Jessica explains what their relationship was really like. According to Jessica, the two met in early 2005 at a party, where John told her how much he liked a song she'd written. After she divorced Nick Lachey in late 2005, Jessica dated others, including John, but, she says, he "wanted to have all of me or nothing." “Again and again, he told me he was obsessed with me, sexually and emotionally,” she writes. However, Jessica says, their relationship soon became a source of extreme anxiety for her, so much so that she began drinking heavily. “I constantly worried that I wasn’t smart enough for him,” she writes. “He was so clever and treated conversation like a friendly competition that he had to win.” In fact, she admits she sometimes asked a friend to check her texts to John for grammar and spelling errors before she'd send them. Eventually, Jessica broke things off when John made his now-infamous comment about Jessica in a 2010 Playboy interview, calling her "sexual napalm." "He thought that was what I wanted to be called,” Jessica says. “I was floored and embarrassed that my grandmother was actually gonna read that. A woman and how they are in bed is not something that is ever talked about. It was shocking.” “That was it for me,” Jessica says. “I erased his number. He made it easy for me to walk away.” John has since publicly apologized for the comment, though he and Jessica are no longer in touch.
The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, a new animated film, is in the works at Netflix. The streaming service confirmed yesterday on Twitter that The Witcher team is developing the anime movie. The new film will take place in the world of The Witcher, which premiered on Netflix in December. The Witcher is a live-action fantasy series starring Henry Cavill as the title character, Geralt of Rivia, Freya Allen and Anya Chalotra. The Witcher is based on the Andrzej Sapkowski book series of the same name, which was previously adapted as a series of video games. The show was renewed for a second season in November ahead of its premiere.
Focus Features will release the latest film from director Jon Stewart called “Irresistible” on May 29, 2020. Steve Carell, Chris Cooper and Rose Byrne star in the political comedy that the former “Daily Show” host both wrote and directed. “Irresistible” is a satire about what happens when a small Wisconsin town becomes the main attraction of our political circus. After the Democrat’s top strategist Gary (Steve Carell) sees a video of a retired Marine Colonel (Chris Cooper) standing up for the rights of his town’s undocumented workers, Gary believes he has found the key to winning back the Heartland. However, when the Republicans counter him by sending in his brilliant nemesis Faith (Rose Byrne), what started out as a local race quickly becomes an out-of-control and hilarious fight for the soul of America.
Universal Pictures has optioned the rights to the ’70s TV series “Kung Fu” and will develop it as a feature film remake. “John Wick” and “Deadpool 2” filmmaker David Leitch is attached to direct. David Carradine starred in the original ABC series that ran from 1972-75. Universal will move quickly to set a writer on the film. The original series starred Carradine, a white actor, as a Shaolin Monk who traveled the American West while armed with his training in the Chinese martial art of Kung Fu. Carradine once said in an interview that Bruce Lee was at one point originally eyed to star in the series. And Lee’s widow, Linda Lee Cadwell, wrote in her memoirs that Lee had originally pitched the concept of the show to Warner Bros. and Paramount for a show called “The Warrior,” but that his version of the show never materialized.
Oprah Winfrey is clarifying her decision to step away from the On the Record doc, which centers on sexual harassment in the music industry, including the women who have accused mogul Russell Simmons of misconduct. After announcing she would no longer serve as an executive producer on the project because she felt there was "still work to be done on the film," Winfrey tells CBS This Morning that she didn't pull out of the project because of Simmons' reported intimidation. I just care about getting it right, and I think there are some inconsistencies in the stories that we need to look at,” Winfrey said. Oprah, who's also a victim of sexual assault, admits it wasn't an easy decision to back out of the doc because of how people might perceive it as a win for Simmons. The music mogul has been critical of Winfrey's involvement in the project, even going as far as calling her out on social media. “This is not a victory for Russell, and I unequivocally say that I did not pull out because of Russell,” Winfrey said. “This is not a victory lap for him. I cannot be silenced by Russell Simmons after all I’ve been through.” Ultimately, Winfrey said, the decision she had to make was, "What is the right thing to do?” "It’s ridiculous to think I could be intimidated by Russell Simmons," she added. Simmons has vehemently denied all sexual misconduct allegations.
Prince Harry is already worried about his family drama being portrayed onscreen by “The Crown” — joking that he would “stop it” before the show could “get to me,” according to his biographer. The hit Netflix drama was already preoccupying the Duke of Sussex when he met biographer Angela Levin for her 2018 book, “Harry: Conversations with the Prince,” she told the BBC. “Harry, when I went to interview him at the palace, the first thing he said to me when he shook my hand was, ‘Are you watching “The Crown”?'” she recalled, saying she “felt very embarrassed” by the question. “He said, ‘I’m going to make sure I stop it before they get to me,'” the author added. The revelation came as Netflix has admitted its desire to work with Harry and his wife, actress Meghan Markle, now that they are freed from royal constraints. “Who wouldn’t be interested? Yes, for sure,” said the streaming service’s chief content officer, Ted Sarandos.
We all know Post Malone, the Grammy-nominated, chart-topping musician. Now meet Austin Post, actor. Posty, under his birth name Austin Post, stars in a new Netflix action comedy called Spenser Confidential. Based on the Boston detective character created by Robert B. Parker in a series of best-selling novels, and later dramatized in a 1980s ABC TV show, the movie stars Mark Wahlberg as Spenser and Black Panther’s Winston Duke as Hawk. Spenser's an ex-cop who's sent to prison after being framed by the bad guys he was investigating. When he gets out, his old boxing coach, Henry, played by Alan Arkin, introduces him to Hawk, a promising MMA fighter played by Duke. Spenser and Hawk then team up to investigate the murder of two of Spenser's former colleagues. As for Post, he appears early on in the trailer as a convict, who goads Spenser into a fight, right as Spenser's about to be released from prison. As Post and his prison buddies are getting dragged away by guards, he needles Spenser, declaring "Gotcha!" Later in the trailer, Spenser talks to Post, who's still in prison, on a prison telephone, and Post warns him, "You're about to walk barefoot through the gates of hell." The movie's inspired by the novel Wonderland by Ace Atkins, who took over writing the Spenser book series after Parker died in 2010. Spenser Confidential streams on Netflix starting March 9.
All week long, it’s Music Week on “The Price is Right.” Yesterday, host Drew Carey welcomed hip-hop artist Anderson .Paak to play drums and kick off the showcase, airing through Friday in celebration of the upcoming 2020 Grammy Awards on Sunday. The drummer is a nominee for Best R&B Performance for his collaboration with André 3000 on the song “Come Home.” Paak fulfilled every fan of the game show’s dream by spinning the Big Wheel during the Showcase Showdown, and also took part in a round of Plinko. Musicians will also strut their stuff as they model some of the game-show wares and help Carey award prizes and congratulate winners. The episodes have already been filmed and are rolling out this week.
“The Price Is Right” Music Week
Today: Patrick Stump and Pete Wentz from Fall Out Boy
Kelly Ripa revealed she has quit drinking alcohol. On yesterday’s episode of "Live with Kelly and Ryan," she joked there was a downtick in total wine purchased in 2019. "They are saying Americans bought less wine in the last year," she told co-host Ryan Seacrest. "It's the first drop in a quarter of a century. Now, I believe this is because I quit drinking, that I caused this slip. I have influenced the market." "I'm not saying I've driven people out," she added. "I'm saying I stopped buying wine and there's a 25 percent dip." Seacrest, who became her co-host in 2017, quipped, “I started the show and she quit drinking. What does that tell you?” Ripa didn't further explain why she chose to stop drinking a few years ago.
The Weather Channel has a small issue with a recent episode of "Jeopardy!" Hosts Jim Cantore and Jen Carfagno said in a video Friday that the popular game show got a question about winter storms wrong in a taping televised on Thursday. The clue was: “In a 2-week period in 2018, the East Coast was walloped by 3 of these storms named from the direction from which they came.” The correct response, as deemed by “Jeopardy!", was: "What is a nor'easter?" However, Cantore explained that the answer was "a little bit flawed." He went on to explain that nor'easter isn't named for the direction from where the storm comes, but rather, the wind. Carfagno said that the confusion "happens quite often." “You know what, Alex, I'm surprised you didn't catch that," Cantore added about longtime host Alex Trebek.
Tom Hanks is known as the nicest guy in Hollywood. But he says that he does have a dark side - and there are people in the industry who don't think he is such a nice guy. Speaking to The Herald Sun, the actor was asked what made him angry, and he was candid in admitting it's best not to cross him. “I'll tell you this: if anybody takes advantage of my good nature, they'll have hell to pay. Anyone who has done it, will say, ‘Oh he's not that nice a guy,’” Tom said. “Because when that happens, the hammer comes down and it's relentless. I take care of business when it's got to be taken care of.” However, the star does go on to say that it takes a lot to set him off these days. “Listen, I'm 63-years-old. There is nothing that you can say that will insult me at all. Absolutely nothing. It bounces off me,” he added.
Breaking Bad prequel series Better Call Saul, starring Bob Odenkirk, will return for a sixth and final season in 2021, AMC announced yesterday. Production on the last 13 episodes is to begin later this year. The cable network is planning a two-night Season 5 premiere event Feb. 23 and Feb. 24. The crime drama co-stars Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian, Michael Mando, Tony Dalton and Giancarlo Esposito. A Breaking Bad marathon is scheduled to start Sunday on AMC, leading up to the Feb, 16 cable television premiere of the show's sequel, El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, which debuted on Netflix last year. All of the episodes from the five seasons of Breaking Bad -- starring Odenkirk, Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul -- will be shown over five consecutive Sundays.