Ed Sheeran cancels in-person appearances after testing positive for Covid-19

Ed Sheeran announced on Sunday that he has tested positive for Covid-19, and will be cancelling all immediate in-person appearances for his upcoming LP. However, Sheeran will still fulfill his commitments virtually. Ed’s new album is due out this Friday, October 29th.

Sheeran posted on social media: “Hey guys. Quick note to tell you that I’ve sadly tested positive for Covid, so I’m now self-isolating and following government guidelines. It means that I’m now unable to plough ahead with any in person commitments for now, so I’ll be doing as many of my planned interviews/performances I can from my house. Apologies to anyone I’ve let down. Be safe everyone.”

It’s unclear how long Sheeran will be self-isolating; he is currently scheduled to serve as musical guest on the November 6th episode of Saturday Night Live, which announced Sheeran’s appearance during the episode this past weekend. Sheeran made several live appearances over the past few weeks prior to his diagnosis, including performing with Coldplay at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire as well as appearing at the Earthshot Prize awards ceremony.

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Cinematographer dead, director injured on film set after prop gun fired by actor Alec Baldwin misfires

Authorities confirmed on Thursday that a cinematographer working on the film “Rust” has died, and the director has been hospitalized, after an accident during filming involving actor Alec Baldwin misfiring a prop gun. The Western, starring Baldwin and Jensen Ackles of “Supernatural,” began filming this month at Bonanza Creek Movie Ranch, a film location in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that deputies with the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office responded to the film set around 2 p.m. local time after a 911 caller “reported a shooting on the set.” Two people were shot after a prop firearm was discharged during filming, authorities said. Baldwin fired the prop gun, striking the film’s director, Joel Souza, and director of photography, Halyna Hutchins, the sheriff’s office said in a follow-up statement Thursday night. Detectives are still determining “how and what type of projectile was discharged,” the sheriff’s office said earlier.

Hutchins, 42, was transported via helicopter to University of New Mexico Hospital, the state’s only Level 1 trauma center, “in critical condition,” according to sheriff’s deputies and the hospital. She later succumbed to her injuries, the sheriff’s office said. Souza, 48, was brought in an ambulance to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center and is receiving emergency care, authorities said.

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Watch the new teaser trailer for Season 4 of ‘Ozark’ set to premiere January 2022

Netflix has revealed that “Ozark” will return on January 21, 2022 for the drama’s fourth and final season. Season 4 will be released in two parts consisting of 7 episodes each. The streaming giant also released a teaser (which you can view here) for the upcoming season, which picks up following the aftermath of Ozark’s season 3 finale.

“Money is, at its essence, that measure of a man’s choices,” Jason Bateman’s character Marty Byrde says in the opening narration. As the clip continues, things take a darker turn when Marty’s wife, Wendy Byrde (Laura Linney), says: “Sometimes, if you don’t move forward, you die.”  Along with Bateman and Linney, the series stars Julia Garner, Sofia Hublitz, Skylar Gaertner, Charlie Tahan, Jessica Frances Dukes, Lisa Emery, Felix Solis, Damian Young, Alfonso Herrera, Adam Rothenberg, John Bedford Lloyd, Joseph Sikora, Bruno Bichir, CC Castillo, Katrina Lenk, Bruce Davison, Ali Stroker and Veronica Falcón.

Ozark premiered on Netflix in 2017. The series follows financial advisor Marty Byrde as he moves his family from Chicago to the Ozarks of Missouri after a money-laundering scheme doesn’t go as planned. Consequently, he is forced to appease a Mexican drug lord to ensure his family’s safety.

Season 4 of Ozark premieres on Jan. 21 on Netflix. A premiere date for season 4, part 2, has not yet been released.

‘Ozark’ Sets Season 4 Part 1 Premiere Date, Releases Teaser

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Olivia Rodrigo releases the video for her latest single “Traitor”

Olivia Rodrigo has dropped the video for “Traitor,” the second track from her debut album ‘Sour.’  Rodrigo previously released a performance of “Traitor” from the ‘Sour Prom Concert Film’ last summer, however, this is the official video for the track.

“Traitor” is the fourth single from Sour, which was released in May. The album also features the singles “Drivers License,” “Deja Vu,” “Good for 4 U” and “Brutal.”

The video for “Traitor” combines ethereal shots of Rodrigo floating among the stars and skies with home video-esque footage of her hanging with her friends, walking through an arcade, and taking a late-night swim.  Check out the video for “Traitor” – here.

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Billie Eilish set to launch her debut signature fragrance ‘Eilish’

Billie Eilish announced her debut fragrance scent will be called Eilish. The warm, vanilla-based perfume will arrive in November of this year and will only be sold via the newly launched Billie Eilish Fragrances website. The fragrance is packaged in a gold, statuesque bottle molded to the shape of a bust.

The 19-year-old pop Eilish told Vogue in a recent interview about the venture:  “Perfumes have been one of my greatest joys in life, and I’ve always wanted to make one. And not as Billie Eilish, not as an artist, not as a singer; I wanted to make a perfume to have a perfume. It has nothing to do with me, I’m just branding it so that people see it.” Eilish also said to Vogue that she was attracted to vanilla largely because of childhood memories she has of her mother baking with the ingredient. The result was a fragrance with warm notes of musk and amber that created an edible-like smell.

Eilish said that the perfume be both vegan and cruelty-free as well as created with clean ingredients to reflect her own individual values in product manufacturing and consumption.

Billie Eilish Announces Debut Fragrance ‘Eilish’

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Netflix employees walk out in protest over controversial Dave Chappelle special

A group of Netflix employees staged a walkout Wednesday in protest of Dave Chappelle’s controversial stand-up special ‘The Closer.’ The walkout was organized by a trans employee resource group which has reportedly demanded that Netflix adopt new measures to address transphobic content and invest in trans and non-binary creators.

Since Chappelle’s special aired, it has received major backlash and many have criticized the show as transphobic and harmful to transgender people; the comedian makes numerous mocking remarks about the LGBTQ community, and transgender people in particular. Anger over the special then intensified after Netflix’s co-CEO Ted Sarandos defended the special in two separate memos to staff. Sarandos wrote in part: “We don’t allow titles on Netflix that are designed to incite hate or violence, and we don’t believe ‘The Closer’ crosses that line,” adding that “content on screen doesn’t directly translate to real-world harm.” However this week, Sarandos told The Hollywood Reporter that he “screwed up” on the Chappelle memos, but added that his “stance hasn’t changed” on the issue.

A Netflix spokesperson said in a statement, “We value our trans colleagues and allies, and understand the deep hurt that’s been caused. We respect the decision of any employee who chooses to walk out, and recognize we have much more work to do both within Netflix and in our content.”

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Alyssa Milano arrested at voting rights demonstration outside White House

48-year-old actress Alyssa Milano revealed that she was arrested on Tuesday during a protest with People For the American Way — an organization which she serves as a board member. The actress shared on Twitter that she was protesting with the group in front of the White House, calling on the Biden Administration for change.

In one clip posted on Twitter by League of Women Voters of the U.S., Milano is seen standing in a crowd with a microphone shouting, “Show me what democracy looks like!” as other attendees respond, “This is what democracy looks like!”  Nearly two hours later, Milano shared an update on her social media platforms that she had been arrested during the event, writing: “I was just arrested for demanding the Biden Administration and the Senate to use their mandate to protect voting rights. Stand with me and @peoplefor and tell the Senate and White House that voting rights shouldn’t depend on where you live. #DontMuteOurVote”

According to People for the American Way, 24 other participants were also arrested. The protest took place ahead of the Senate vote on the Freedom to Vote Act. If passed, the bill would make voter registration easier, require states to enforce a 15-day minimum early voting window, and make Election Day a federal holiday.

Milano also announced on Twitter that she will be testifying in front of Congress on Thursday in support of the Equal Rights Amendment writing: “The lack of Constitutional protections for anyone who is not a cisgender man is a blemish on the very idea of Americanism.” 

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Taylor Swift, H.E.R., Paul McCartney and more announced as presenters for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced the performers and presenters for its 2021 induction ceremony. Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, Lionel Richie, Mickey Guyton, H.E.R., Dr. Dre, Bryan Adams, Christina Aguilera, Angela Bassett, Drew Barrymore and other stars will be on hand to celebrate the new inductees.

Barrymore will induct the Go-Go’s, while Bassett will be the presenter for Tina Turner, whom she portrayed in the 1993 film ‘What’s Love Got to Do with It.’  Aguilera, Guyton, H.E.R., and Adams will perform Turner’s songs. McCartney will help induct the Foo Fighters, while Dr. Dre will introduce LL Cool J., and Swift and Hudson will be the presenters for Carole King, as well as performers. Richie will help honor music executive, entrepreneur and film producer Clarence Avant, known as “The Black Godfather.” Avant will receive the Ahmet Ertegun Award.

The 36th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Avril Lavigne and Willow team up on the video for ‘G R O W’

Willow has premiered the music video for “G R O W,” featuring Avril Lavigne, coming off her new album lately I feel EVERYTHING.  The video, which features both WILLOW and Avril, was directed by Dana Trippe and features Travis Barker on drums.

Willow wrote all the songs on lately I feel EVERYTHING, with production and co-writing on select tracks from her longtime collaborator Tyler Cole.  Said Willow of the album: “lately I feel EVERYTHING is a musical expression of trying to perceive both joy and pain through an equally compassionate and playful lens. I thought this was a really dope outlet for a new energy I wanted to bring to my music.” 

Willow is currently wrapping up her The lifE Tour; she’ll be back on the road in February in support of Billie Eilish. You can check out the video for G R O W – here.

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Take your first look at Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem as Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in Aaron Sorkin’s ‘Being the Ricardos’

The first trailer for the highly anticipated “Being the Ricardos” was released, with Nicole Kidman as Lucille Ball and Javier Bardem as Ball’s husband, Desi Arnaz. The film, written and directed by Aaron Sorkin, is set to be released in theaters on Dec. 10, and will stream on Amazon Prime beginning Dec. 21.

The movie is set during a week of production of “I Love Lucy,” the popular 1950s sitcom that Ball and Arnaz starred in together for six seasons. The film delves into their personal and professional issues, and will feature four musical numbers.  In the trailer, Kidman’s face is mostly hidden, though there is a brief shot of her in a scene as Lucy from the classic “I Love Lucy” episode “Lucy’s Italian Vacation.” The show’s iconic theme music and title cards are also recreated in the trailer.

Take a look at the teaser trailer for “Being the Ricardos” – here.

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