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Grammy Nominations

Grammy nominations were announced yesterday. The Grammy Awards will broadcast on Jan. 31, 2021, on CBS at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.
 
NOMINEES
Record of the Year
“Black Parade,” Beyoncé
“Colors,” Black Pumas
“Rockstar,” DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch
“Say So,” Doja Cat
“Everything I Wanted,” Billie Eilish
“Don’t Start Now,” Dua Lipa
“Circles,” Post Malone
“Savage,” Megan Thee Stallion
 
Album of the Year
“Chilombo,” Jhené Aiko
“Black Pumas (Deluxe Edition),” Black Pumas
“Everyday Life,” Coldplay
“Djesse Vol. 3,” Jacob Collier
“Women in Music Pt. III,” Haim
“Future Nostalgia,” Dua Lipa
“Hollywood’s Bleeding,” Post Malone
“Folklore,” Taylor Swift
 
Song of the Year
“Black Parade,” Denisia Andrews, Beyoncé, Stephen Bray, Shawn Carter, Brittany Coney, Derek James Dixie, Akil King, Kim “Kaydence” Krysiuk and Rickie “Caso” Tice, songwriters (Beyoncé)
“The Box,” Samuel Gloade and Rodrick Moore, songwriters (Roddy Ricch)
“Cardigan,” Aaron Dessner and Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)
“Circles,” Louis Bell, Adam Feeney, Kaan Gunesberk, Austin Post and Billy Walsh, songwriters (Post Malone)
“Don’t Start Now,” Caroline Ailin, Ian Kirkpatrick, Dua Lipa and Emily Warren, songwriters (Dua Lipa)
“Everything I Wanted,” Billie Eilish O’Connell and Finneas O’Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish)
“I Can’t Breathe,” Dernst Emile II, H.E.R. and Tiara Thomas, songwriters (H.E.R.)
“If the World Was Ending,” Julia Michaels and JP Saxe, songwriters (JP Saxe featuring Julia Michaels)
 
Best New Artist
Ingrid Andress
Phoebe Bridgers
Chika
Noah Cyrus
D Smoke
Doja Cat
Kaytranada
Megan Thee Stallion
 
Best Pop Solo Performance
“Yummy,” Justin Bieber
“Say So,” Doja Cat
“Everything I Wanted,” Billie Eilish
“Don’t Start Now,” Dua Lipa
“Watermelon Sugar,” Harry Styles
“Cardigan,” Taylor Swift
 
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
“Un Dia (One Day),” J Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny and Tainy
“Intentions,” Justin Bieber featuring Quavo
“Dynamite,” BTS
“Rain on Me,” Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande
“Exile,” Taylor Swift featuring Bon Iver
 
Best Pop Vocal Album
“Changes,” Justin Bieber
“Chromatica,” Lady Gaga
“Future Nostalgia,” Dua Lipa
“Fine Line,” Harry Styles
“Folklore,” Taylor Swift
 
Best Rock Performance
“Shameika,” Fiona Apple
“Not,” Big Thief
“Kyoto,” Phoebe Bridgers
“The Steps,” Haim
“Stay High,” Brittany Howard
“Daylight,” Grace Potter
 
Best Rock Album
“A Hero’s Death,” Fontaines D.C.
“Kiwanuka,” Michael Kiwanuka
“Daylight,” Grace Potter
“Sound & Fury,” Sturgill Simpson
“The New Abnormal,” The Strokes
 
Best Alternative Music Album
“Fetch the Bolt Cutters,” Fiona Apple
“Hyperspace,” Beck
“Punisher,” Phoebe Bridgers
“Jamie,” Brittany Howard
“The Slow Rush,” Tame Impala
 
Best R&B Performance
“Lightning & Thunder,” Jhené Aiko featuring John Legend
“Black Parade,” Beyoncé
“All I Need,” Jacob Collier featuring Mahalia and Ty Dolla Sign
“Goat Head,” Brittany Howard
“See Me,” Emily King
 
Best R&B Song
“Better Than I Imagine,” Robert Glasper, Meshell Ndegeocello and Gabriella Wilson, songwriters (Robert Glasper featuring H.E.R. and Meshell Ndegeocello)
“Black Parade,” Denisia Andrews, Beyoncé, Stephen Bray, Shawn Carter, Brittany Coney, Derek James Dixie, Akil King, Kim “Kaydence” Krysiuk and Rickie “Caso” Tice, songwriters (Beyoncé)
“Collide,” Sam Barsh, Stacey Barthe, Sonyae Elise, Olu Fann, Akil King, Josh Lopez, Kaveh Rastegar and Benedetto Rotondi, songwriters (Tiana Major9 and Earthgang)
“Do It,” Chloe Bailey, Halle Bailey, Anton Kuhl, Victoria Mone?t, Scott Storch and Vincent Van Den Ende, songwriters (Chloe X Halle)
“Slow Down,” Nasri Atweh, Badriia Bourelly, Skip Marley, Ryan Williamson and Gabriella Wilson, songwriters (Skip Marley and H.E.R.)
 
Best Progressive R&B Album
“Chilombo,” Jhené Aiko
“Ungodly Hour,” Chloe X Halle
“Free Nationals,” Free Nationals
“____ Yo Feelings,” Robert Glasper
“It Is What It Is,” Thundercat
 
Best Rap Performance
“Deep Reverence,” Big Sean Featuring Nipsey Hussle
“Bop,” DaBaby
“What’s Poppin,” Jack Harlow
“The Bigger Picture,” Lil Baby
“Savage,” Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé
“Dior,” Pop Smoke
 
Best Melodic Rap Performance
“Rockstar,” DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch
“Laugh Now, Cry Later,” Drake featuring Lil Durk
“Lockdown,” Anderson .Paak
“The Box,” Roddy Ricch
“Highest in the Room,” Travis Scott
 
Best Rap Song
“The Bigger Picture,” Dominique Jones, Noah Pettigrew and Rai’shaun Williams, songwriters (Lil Baby)
“The Box,” Samuel Gloade and Rodrick Moore, songwriters (Roddy Ricch)
“Laugh Now, Cry Later,” Durk Banks, Roge?t Chahayed, Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Ron LaTour and Ryan Martinez, songwriters (Drake featuring Lil Durk)
“Rockstar,” Jonathan Lyndale Kirk, Ross Joseph Portaro IV and Rodrick Moore, songwriters (DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch)
“Savage,” Beyoncé, Shawn Carter, Brittany Hazzard, Derrick Milano, Terius Nash, Megan Pete, Bobby Session Jr., Jordan Kyle Lanier Thorpe and Anthony White, songwriters (Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé)
 
Best Rap Album
“Black Habits,” D Smoke
“Alfredo,” Freddie Gibbs and the Alchemist
“A Written Testimony,” Jay Electronica
“King’s Disease,” Nas
“The Allegory,” Royce Da 5’9”
 
Best Country Solo Performance
“Stick That in Your Country Song,” Eric Church
“Who You Thought I Was,” Brandy Clark
“When My Amy Prays,” Vince Gill
“Black Like Me,” Mickey Guyton
“Bluebird,” Miranda Lambert
 
Best Country Song
“Bluebird,” Luke Dick, Natalie Hemby and Miranda Lambert, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)
“The Bones,” Maren Morris, Jimmy Robbins and Laura Veltz, songwriters (Maren Morris)
“Crowded Table,” Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby and Lori McKenna, songwriters (The Highwomen)
“More Hearts Than Mine,” Ingrid Andress, Sam Ellis and Derrick Southerland, songwriters (Ingrid Andress)
“Some People Do,” Jesse Frasure, Shane McAnally, Matthew Ramsey and Thomas Rhett, songwriters (Old Dominion)
 
Best Country Album
Lady Like,” Ingrid Andress
“Your Life Is a Record,” Brandy Clark
“Wildcard,” Miranda Lambert
“Nightfall,” Little Big Town
“Never Will,” Ashley McBryde
 
Best Latin Pop or Urban Album
“YHLQMDLG,” Bad Bunny
“Por Primera Vez,” Camilo
“Mesa Para Dos,” Kany Garci?a
“Pausa,” Ricky Martin
“3:33,” Debi Nova
 
Best American Roots Performance
“Colors,” Black Pumas
“Deep in Love,” Bonny Light Horseman
“Short and Sweet,” Brittany Howard
“I’ll Be Gone,” Norah Jones and Mavis Staples
“I Remember Everything,” John Prine
 
Best Global Music Album
“Fu Chronicles,” Antibalas
“Twice as Tall,” Burna Boy
“Agora,” Bebel Gilberto
“Love Letters,” Anoushka Shankar
“Amadjar,” Tinariwen

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Netflix Removes 'Chappelle's Show' After Dave Chappelle's Request

Netflix has taken down episodes of “Chappelle’s Show” following a request from Dave Chappelle himself, who blasted ViacomCBS for licensing the show without paying him. The streaming service confirmed it has honored Chappelle’s request. Chappelle has had a lucrative stand-up deal with Netflix for the past four years, and “Chappelle’s Show” first became available on the platform on Nov. 1. “People think I made a lot of money from ‘Chappelle’s Show,'” Chappelle says in a video titled “Unforgiven” that was posted to his Instagram yesterday. “When I left that show I never got paid. They (ViacomCBS) didn’t have to pay me because I signed the contract. But is that right? I found out that these people were streaming my work and they never had to ask me or they never have to tell me. Perfectly legal ’cause I signed the contract. But is that right? I didn’t think so either.” He continues in the video, “That’s why I like working for Netflix. I like working for Netflix because when all those bad things happened to me, that company didn’t even exist. And when I found out they were streaming ‘Chappelle’s Show,’ I was furious. How could they not- how could they not know? So you know what I did? I called them and I told them that this makes me feel bad. And you want to know what they did? They agreed that they would take it off their platform just so I could feel better. That’s why I f— with Netflix. Because they paid me my money, they do what they say they’re going to do, and they went above and beyond what you could expect from a businessman. They did something just because they thought that I might think that they were wrong. And I do — I think that if you are f—ing streaming that show you’re fencing stolen goods.”

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Dane Cook Is In Talks To Guest Host Jeopardy!

Dane Cook says he might be taking a guest hosting role on Jeopardy! following the passing of Alex Trebek earlier this month. Cook, a big fan the game show, announced on Twitter on Monday that he might be in line for a guest spot as interim hosts are being selected to fill the iconic host's shoes. Cook wrote: 'I got a call from my team today about guest hosting an episode of @Jeopardy and would I be interested in that if they can put something together. I could barely spit out, ‘WHAT IS.. YES?’ quick enough.” he added. Cook ended his message writing, “I would love to honor Alex Trebek in that fashion!”

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Bebe Rexha Performing In Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Bebe Rexha will join the likes of Dolly Parton, Patti LaBelle, "American Idol" winner Jordin Sparks and "Hamilton" Tony winner Leslie Odom Jr. when she performs Thursday as part of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Rexha will perform "Baby, I'm Jealous" — her single featuring Doja Cat released last month — in the parade, airing from 9 a.m. to noon on NBC. She'll be performing on the float for Jennie-O, the first turkey partner in the nearly century-long history of the parade.

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Lori Loughlin Serving Her Sentence

Lori Loughlin is living on a diet of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and is anxious about catching Covid-19 in jail, according to reports. She was booked into Federal Correctional Institution Dublin for a two-month stretch on October 30 after being convicted of mail fraud for paying crooked consultant William Singer $500,000 to get her daughters into UCLA. Now a former inmate turned prison consultant with clients residing at the Northern California lockup has revealed that Loughlin is doing okay but is desperately worried about catching coronavirus while inside.

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Queen's Gambit Becomes Netflix's Most Watched Limited Series In The Streaming Services History

Netflix has a new ratings champion when it comes to their limited series, with The Queen's Gambit taking the top spot. The streaming service said 62 million people have tuned into the drama so far, garnering more views than any other limited series during its first 28 days of availability. Netflix isn't required to disclose their viewership numbers and tends to only do so when the numbers are exceptional, meaning it’s not possible to say what the other top-viewed limited series are. The Queen's Gambit stars Anya Taylor-Joy as Beth, a chess prodigy determined to be the world's greatest player, despite a growing addiction to drugs and alcohol that threaten her success and happiness. The series, which consists of just seven episodes, was released on Netflix on October 23, 2020.

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Robert De Niro Tears Into Rudy Giuliani

Friday on ABC’s “The View,” Robert De Niro slammed Rudy Giuliani. He noted how Giuliani, as US attorney for the Southern District of New York, put many mobsters behind bars under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations act (RICO) in the 1980s. Giuliani is referred to by the National Museum of Crime and Law Enforcement as a notorious “mob buster.” “He's the one who was prosecuting under the RICO act, the way I understand it,” De Niro said. “And now he's representing a mob family. It's crazy. I don't know what happened to him. I feel bad for him.” Asked why he would do it, De Niro replied: “I think just for the attention. Maybe for desperation?” He added: “I can't understand, because it's just as easy to say look, I can't buy into this, I'm out. He had so much respect, that people would hire him, or want to hire him.”

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A New 'Predator' Movie Is Coming

10 Cloverfield Lane director Dan Trachtenberg is helming a fifth Predator movie. "This was meant to be a surprise. Been working on this for almost 4 years now. I am very sad that what we had in store for how you could discover this movie will no longer happen. It's a bummer. But also...YAY!" Trachtenberg tweeted. No casting or story details have been disclosed. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers and Jesse Ventura starred in the original 1987 movie, Predator. The most recent sequel featured Olivia Munn, Keegan-Michael Key and Thomas Jane. It came out in 2018.

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Tyler Perry's Thanksgiving Giveaway Causes Havoc In Atlanta

Atlanta's roads were jam-packed yesterday as people waited for up to 16 hours in their cars to get a free box of Thanksgiving food donated by Tyler Perry. Perry was donating boxes full of supplies for the holiday to those in need, along with gift cards. Inside the boxes were cans of food and cranberry sauce, boxes of corn muffin mix, and a voucher for $25. The food ran out by 10 a.m., and those who missed out on the 5,000 boxes, but were able to make it to the front of the line by midday, were given a $50 voucher. Perry's donations were processed through Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, and the event was called #TPSGiving.

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Sting 'Categorically Denies' Statutory Rape Allegation From 1979

Sting is being accused of sexually assaulting a minor more than four decades ago, a new lawsuit shows. Through his attorney, he “categorically denies” the allegation.
 
The civil lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Arizona federal court and obtained by Yahoo Entertainment, alleges that the British singer (real name: Gordon Sumner) committed statutory rape by having sex with a 15-year-old “Jane Doe” after meeting at a Police concert in Scottsdale on May 14, 1979. He was 27 at the time. Sting, as well as his the Police bandmates and the group’s tour bookers, are being sued.
 
John Rosenberg, an attorney for the 17-time Grammy winner, says to Yahoo in a statement: “Sting has extraordinary compassion and support for any survivor of sexual assault who speaks out, but he categorically denies that this happened. Sting, who has not been served with a complaint, does not know who this person is. The first any of us heard about these allegations — from 1979 — was when we saw a press release issued by a law firm yesterday. The same press release attempts to solicit clients for the plaintiff’s attorneys. Should this case proceed, we intend to vigorously defend it. Sting welcomes a thorough and open inquiry into this matter.”
 
According to the complaint, the unidentified woman, who now resides in California, attended a meet and greet at a record store for the Police — then promoting their second album — and met the frontman. While there, she said she told him she was 15. That night, she attended the group’s concert at Dooley’s in Tempe, Ariz. Sting and his bandmates, which included Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers, walked through the audience and greeted fans. Doe claims Sting approached her, “talked to her briefly and asked her to sit on his lap during the opening band’s performance.”
 
After the Police performed, Doe alleges that Sting, who was married to first wife Frances Tomelty in 1979, invited her to a house party in Phoenix with him and others, including Summers. While there, they shared a chaise chair in the backyard and Sting “kissed [Doe], touched her breasts, and touched her genitals.” During the interaction, she claims she again said she was 15 as well as revealed that she was a virgin.
 
Doe said she thought she would be going home after, but was taken to the Vagabond Inn in Tempe, where the band was staying across. Copeland allegedly was with them in Sting’s hotel room at first, but then left them alone. Doe claimed Sting “removed his pants, exposing himself” and then there was oral and vaginal penetration, which she “did not and was not able to give free or voluntary consent to” as a minor child.
 
“After the rape in the hotel room, Sting led Plaintiff out of the hotel room and sent her home in a taxi,” according to the court papers. There, Doe went to shower and discovered she was “bleeding” and “was in significant amount of pain.”
 
Doe never saw Sting, who married second wife Trudie Styler in 1992, again after that — or heard from him, according to the complaint, but shortly after he wrote “Don’t Stand So Close to Me,” about a young girl lusting after her male school teacher. The lawsuit has a quote from Sting about that song’s inspiration, “You have to remember we were blond bombshells at the time and most of our fans were young girls, so I started role playing a bit. Let's exploit that.”
 
Within a year of the alleged rape, Doe said she “told her closest friends” about it. She later told several family members as well. She also spoke to several therapists about the incident through the years, as it has “caused and continues to cause [Doe] immense harm” and she “suffers from flashbacks every time she hears a song by the Police or Sting and every time she sees an image of him.”
 
A jury trial is requested — and damages exceeding $75,000 are being sought. The complaint outlines claims of sexual assault/sexual abuse of a minor, intentional infliction of emotional distress, assault, battery and negligence with the Police also named as a defendant as well as the talent agency Frontier Booking International (founded by Copeland’s brother Ian), which was in charge of booking the band from 1978-80.
 
However, as noted, Sting has not been served in this case, per his attorney, and his team only learned of it when seeing a press release about it on Wednesday.
 
In May 2019, Arizona signed a bill increasing the amount of time childhood sex assault victims can sue alleged attackers. It gives abuse victims until their 30th birthday to sue, a decade longer than before. It also opened a one-time window for victims who’ve missed the cutoff — like Doe — and they have until Dec. 31, 2020, to file suit.

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American Music Awards - Nominees (Show Is Sunday)

The American Music Awards will air on ABC this Sunday at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC. Taraji P. Henson has the hosting duties.
 
NOMINEES
 
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Justin Bieber
Post Malone
Roddy Ricch
Taylor Swift
The Weeknd
 
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Lewis Capaldi
Doja Cat
DaBaby
Lil Baby
Roddy Ricch
Megan Thee Stallion
 
COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR
Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion “WAP”
DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch “Rockstar”
Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber “10,000 Hours”
Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande “Rain On Me”
Megan Thee Stallion ft. Beyoncé “Savage Remix”
 
FAVORITE SOCIAL ARTIST
BTS
Billie Eilish
EXO
Ariana Grande
NCT 127
 
FAVORITE MUSIC VIDEO
Doja Cat “Say So”
Future ft. Drake “Life Is Good”
Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande “Rain On Me”
Taylor Swift “cardigan”
The Weeknd “Blinding Lights”
 
FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK
Justin Bieber
Post Malone
The Weeknd
 
FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK
Dua Lipa
Lady Gaga
Taylor Swift
 
FAVORITE DUO OR GROUP – POP/ROCK
BTS
Jonas Brothers
Maroon 5
 
FAVORITE ALBUM – POP/ROCK
Harry Styles - Fine Line
Taylor Swift - folklore
The Weeknd - After Hours
 
FAVORITE SONG – POP/ROCK
Lewis Capaldi “Someone You Loved”
Dua Lipa “Don’t Start Now”
Post Malone “Circles”
Roddy Ricch “The Box”
The Weeknd “Blinding Lights”
 
FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – COUNTRY
Kane Brown
Luke Combs
Morgan Wallen
 
FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – COUNTRY
Gabby Barrett
Miranda Lambert
Maren Morris
 
FAVORITE DUO OR GROUP – COUNTRY
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Old Dominion
 
FAVORITE ALBUM – COUNTRY
Luke Combs - What You See Is What You Get
Blake Shelton - Fully Loaded: God’s Country
Morgan Wallen - If I Know Me
 
FAVORITE SONG – COUNTRY
Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber “10,000 Hours”
Maren Morris “The Bones”
Blake Shelton (Duet with Gwen Stefani) “Nobody But You”
 
FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – RAP/HIP-HOP
DaBaby
Juice WRLD
Roddy Ricch
 
FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – RAP/HIP-HOP
Cardi B
Nicki Minaj
Megan Thee Stallion
 
FAVORITE ALBUM – RAP/HIP-HOP
Lil Baby - My Turn
Lil Uzi Vert - Eternal Atake
Roddy Ricch - Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial
 
FAVORITE SONG – RAP/HIP-HOP
Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion “WAP”
DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch “Rockstar”
Roddy Ricch “The Box”
 
FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B
Chris Brown
John Legend
The Weeknd
 
FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B
Jhene Aiko
Doja Cat
Summer Walker
 
FAVORITE ALBUM – SOUL/R&B
Doja Cat, Hot Pink
Summer Walker, Over It
The Weeknd, After Hours
 
FAVORITE SONG – SOUL/R&B
Chris Brown ft. Drake “No Guidance”
Summer Walker “Playing Games”
The Weeknd “Heartless”
 
FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – LATIN
Bad Bunny
J Balvin
Ozuna
 
FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – LATIN
Becky G
KAROL G
Rosalía
 
FAVORITE ALBUM – LATIN
Anuel AA - Emmanuel
Bad Bunny - Las que no iban a salir
Bad Bunny - YHLQMDLG
 
FAVORITE SONG – LATIN
Bad Bunny “Vete”
Black Eyed Peas X J Balvin “RITMO (Bad Boys For Life)”
KAROL G & Nicki Minaj “Tusa”
 
FAVORITE ARTIST – ALTERNATIVE ROCK
Billie Eilish
Tame Impala
twenty one pilots
 
FAVORITE ARTIST – ADULT CONTEMPORARY
Lewis Capaldi
Jonas Brothers
Maroon 5
 
FAVORITE ARTIST – CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL
Lauren Daigle
for KING & COUNTRY
Kanye West
 
FAVORITE ARTIST – ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC (EDM)
Kygo
Lady Gaga
Marshmello
 
FAVORITE SOUNDTRACK
Birds of Prey: The Album
Frozen II
Trolls: World Tour

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Top Ten Movies And Rentals

Here are the top 10 movie rentals and streaming, according to RottenTomatoes.com.
 
Iron Mask
 
Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda
 
The Informer
 
The Good Night
 
Wolfman’s Got Nards
 
Compulsion
 
Malina
 
On the Rocks
 
The Witches
 
After We Collided

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Bobby Brown's Son Bobby Jr. Dies At 28

Bobby Brown Jr., the 28-year-old son of Bobby Brown, died yesterday. Bobby Jr. was found dead at his home in the Los Angeles area, TMZ reports. According to the outlet, authorities do not believe foul play was involved. "I love you forever King," Bobby Jr.'s brother, Landon, wrote on Instagram yesterday evening. Bobby Jr., one of Bobby's seven children, was born in 1992, at the end of the singer's 11-year on-off relationship with Kim Ward. Bobby's daughter Bobbi Kristina, whose mother was Whitney Houston, was born in 1993. Bobbi Kristina was found face-down in a bathtub in her Georgia home on Jan. 31, 2015. After spending nearly six months in a coma, she died in hospice care on July 26, 2015, at the age of 22.

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Charlie Brown Specials To Air On TV After All, In PBS Deal

The “Great Pumpkin” never showed on broadcast television this year, but after a deal with PBS, the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and Christmas specials will return to the air. Last month, Apple TV+ became the new home to the beloved Peanuts holiday specials. That sparked an outcry from viewers who were accustomed to annually tuning in on network TV. Apple offered each special to stream for free for a handful of days, but that didn’t stop online petitions from gathering hundreds of thousands of signatures. Yesterday, Apple bowed to the backlash, announcing it had teamed up with PBS for ad-free broadcasts of “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” (on Nov. 22) and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (on Dec. 13). Both specials will also be available for free during three-day windows on Apple TV+ (Nov. 25-27 for “Thanksgiving” and Dec. 11-13 for “Christmas.”) For subscribers, the specials will be available beginning Nov. 18 and Dec. 4, respectively.

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Mel Gibson Confirms Lethal Weapon 5 Is On The Way

Mel Gibson has confirmed that Lethal Weapon 5 is “absolutely on the way.” Speaking on Good Morning America yesterday, he said Richard Donner, the film's director, was already working on the next film. He said: “The man who was behind all that, the man who brought it to the screen, and gave it the goodies, is working on it right now. Richard Donner. He's a legend.” It comes 22 years after Lethal Weapon 4 was released and producer Dan Lin previously confirmed in January Mel Gibson and Danny Glover are set it star in the fifth film. The producer confirmed that he and Richard are working on bringing the action buddy cop franchise back to the big screen for another outing. Speaking on The Hollywood Reporter's Producers Roundtable, he said the film would focus on Detective Martin Riggs and his partner Detective Roger Murtaugh. Dan explained: “We're trying to make the last Lethal Weapon movie. And Dick Donner's coming back. The original cast is coming back. And it's just amazing. The story is very personal to him.” He said the two actors are both ready to go, but the script for the project still needs to be finished so the film is still in its pre-production stage.

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Taylor Swift Admits She Felt Like 'Old News' At 22

At 22, Taylor Swift was feeling like a has-been. In the second episode of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums podcast, released yesterday, she admits that before she put out her fourth album, 2012's Red, she was scared she was already past her prime. "I've always been very aware of my own relevancy and mortality," Taylor says on the podcast. "My career started when I was 16, putting out albums, so by 22, I was already feeling like old news." "I was already watching newer, cooler artists come out every week,” she adds. “I was already feeling like, 'You know, s***. I'm on my fourth record, what can I offer people?'” But once she started having those thoughts, Taylor was determined not to remain stagnant musically. Red, which she calls her one true break-up album, was a mix of country and pop and featured hits like "We Are Never Getting Back Together,” “I Knew You Were Trouble,” “22,” and the fan-favorite “All Too Well.” "I really do see this album as my 'splatter paint album,'" Taylor says. "Just using all the colors and throwing it at the wall and seeing what sticks.” Red became pivotal in Taylor’s shift into the pop world. "That was something that freed me up for a world of change and challenge and innovation, and I never would have had the bravery to make the full leap into pop music if I hadn't been able to do what I did with Red and to work with people that I worked with," she says. "I will always look back on it and just think, 'Wow, that was really sort of the beginning of everything that I’m doing now.'"

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Sam Elliott Joins 'Family Guy' As New Mayor

Sam Elliott (and his iconic brush mustache) joins the surreal world of “Family Guy” this Sunday as recurring character Wild Wild West, a horseback-riding cowboy cousin of deceased Mayor Adam West, played by the real-life “Batman” star who died in 2017. In his introductory episode (9:30 p.m. on Fox), Wild is recruited by Peter (Seth MacFarlane) to run for mayor of Quahog against local librarian Elle Hitler. “My daughter has been a fan of [‘Family Guy’] for a number of years, and it’s because of her that I’ve seen a lot of episodes,” says Elliott. “To be honest, I don’t wait up every week to watch, but I’ve certainly been aware [of the series]. You’ve got to be living in a hole somewhere … There’s no escaping ‘Family Guy.’ There are a lot of super-intelligent, nice people that produce this and a few friends of mine looked at me and said, ‘Really? You’re gonna do that?'” Elliott says. “They just don’t get [the show]. My contribution is pretty much playing myself … It’s not like they wanted me to come up with a straight ‘character’ voice, so to speak. I’m leaning on the southwestern thing a little bit. Beyond that, I’m playing it fairly straight and letting the jokes take care of themselves. There’s an old saying, ‘If it ain’t on the page, it ain’t on the stage,’ and I’ve always been a believer in that.”

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The Voice Shakeup: Gwen Stefani Out, ,Nick Jonas In For Season 20

Gwen Stefani, currently a Season 19 Voice coach alongside Blake Shelton, John Legend and Kelly Clarkson, will vacate her chair for the NBC show’s upcoming 20th season — and pass it down to returning coach Nick Jonas. Jonas previously served as a coach for The Voice‘s 18th season — one of his team members, Thunderstorm Artis, made it all the way to the finals — before leaving his spot open for Stefani’s return in Season 19. When the show returns for Season 20 in spring 2021, Jonas will coach alongside returning artists Shelton, John Legend and Kelly Clarkson.

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HBO Max Finally On Amazon Fire TV And Devices Today

HBO Max will finally be there for you on Amazon Fire TV devices beginning today, the streaming service said yesterday. Per the WarnerMedia-owned streaming service, “Immediately upon launch, current subscribers of HBO through Amazon’s Prime Video Channels will be able to log in to the HBO Max app with their Amazon credentials at no additional cost. The HBO app on Fire TV and Fire tablets will automatically update to become the HBO Max app; customers will be able to log in using their existing HBO credentials. New customers can also subscribe to HBO Max directly in the app.

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Hulu To Raise Live TV Bundle Subscription By $10

Hulu is hiking up prices for its live TV streaming offering. Beginning Dec. 18, subscribers will have to pay $10 more per month (from $54.99 to $64.99), which represents an 18% increase. Hulu’s Live TV subscription includes all four broadcast networks and a slew of cable and premium networks (the latter of which costs extra), as well as Hulu’s main on-demand service. Hulu has more than 4 million subscribers for Live TV bundle, in addition to more than 32 million that subscribe to the regular Hulu. The new price puts Hulu on par with YouTube TV, which also raised its prices earlier this year. Smaller streaming bundles like SlingTV and Philo are cheaper, but offer fewer channels.

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Michael Jackson Tops Forbes' Highest-Earning Dead Celebrities List

Since his death in 2009, Michael Jackson has perennially landed at the top of Forbes' annual list of the top-earning deceased celebrities, and this year is no exception. The late King of Pop has notched his eighth consecutive year at #1 on the tally, after bringing in $48 million, although that figure is down from $60 million the previous year. More than 70% of Jackson's earnings come from his Mijac Music catalog, which includes songs by Elvis Presley and Aretha Franklin. Speaking of Elvis, he's the next musician on the list, earning $23 million to land in fifth place overall. Presley's earnings took a big hit this year because Graceland, his Memphis mansion that's long been a major tourist attraction, was closed for two months because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Forbes reports that Elvis' estate did make big bucks from a deal with Netflix for an animated series focusing on the King of Rock 'n' Roll.
 
Here are the 13 top-earning deceased celebrities on Forbes' 2020 list, and their estimated earnings:
1. Michael Jackson, $48 million
2. Theodore "Dr. Seuss" Geisel, $33 million
3. Charles M. Schulz, $32.5 million
4. Arnold Palmer, $25 million
5. Elvis Presley, $23 million
6. Kobe Byant, $20 million
7. Juice WRLD, $15 million
8. Bob Marley, $14 million
9. John Lennon, $13 million
10. Prince, $10 million
11. Freddie Mercury, $9 million
12. George Harrison, $8.5 million
13. Marilyn Monroe, $8 million

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"Wonder Woman 1984" May Go To HBO Max Soon After Hitting Theaters

“Wonder Woman 1984” — the only big-budget movie still scheduled to be released in theaters this year — may end up on the HBO Max streaming service soon after its release, according to a report. Warner Bros. is mulling moving the flick starring Gal Godot from its Christmas Day theatrical debut to sometime in 2021, Bloomberg reported. But another option that is gaining support is to quickly release of the movie to WarnerMedia’s fledgling home-streaming service HBO Max — as little as a week or two after it hits theaters, according to the report. Higher-ups at the company, faced with state-ordered lockdowns and coronavirus scares that have emptied theaters nationwide, are in the final stages of talks about the fate of “Wonder Woman,” according to the late Thursday report, which cited anonymous sources.

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Sylvester Stallone Joins "The Suicide Squad"

Sylvester Stallone has joined the cast of James Gunn’s “The Suicide Squad,” the director said on Instagram on Saturday. “Always love working with my friend @officialslystallone & our work today on #TheSuicideSquad was no exception,” Gunn wrote on Instagram about the film, a sequel to David Ayer’s 2016 DC Films release “Suicide Squad.” “Despite Sly being an iconic movie star, most people still don’t have any idea what an amazing actor this guy is.” When asked by a fan whether Stallone will be involved with “The Suicide Squad,” Gunn confirmed, “Yep.”

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"Freaky" Leads Pandemic Box Office With Just $3.7 Million

With its theatrical window deal with AMC Theaters in its back pocket, Universal released “Freaky” in theaters over the weekend, where it performed consistently with other pandemic releases with a sluggish $3.7 million opening from 2,472 screens. Directed by “Happy Death Day” creator Christopher Landon, the film stars Vince Vaughn and Kathryn Newton as a serial killer and a teenage girl, respectively, who suddenly switch bodies. Focus Features also has two films in theaters: the Kevin Costner drama “Let Him Go,” which is adding $1.8 million in its second weekend for a 10-day total of $6.8 million, and the tech horror film “Come Play,” which added $1.1 million in its third weekend, giving it a total of $7.3 million. 101 Studios’ “The War with Grandpa” was the one non-Comcast release to gross in the seven digits this weekend, bringing in $1.3 million for a total of $15.2 million after six weekends. In limited release, NEON has sent the LGBT period piece “Ammonite” into 280 theaters, grossing $85,000. The film may score Oscar nominations for Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan as 19th-century paleontologist Mary Anning and geologist Charlotte Murchinson, who embark on a secret affair in South England.

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The Weeknd To Headline 2021 Super Bowl Halftime Show

The Weeknd has been tapped to headline the Pepsi Super Bowl LV halftime show at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Fla. on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021. “We all grow up watching the world’s biggest acts playing the Super Bowl and one can only dream of being in that position,” The Weeknd, birth name Abel Tesfaye, says in a statement. “I’m humbled, honored and ecstatic to be the center of that infamous stage this year.” This marks the second year of collaboration between the event’s sponsor Pepsi, the NFL and Jay-Z’s Roc Nation on the selection of artists for the halftime show. “The Weeknd has introduced a sound all his own. His soulful uniqueness has defined a new generation of greatness in music and artistry,” Jay-Z says. “This is an extraordinary moment in time and the Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show is going to be an extraordinary experience with an extraordinary performer.”

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