Kevin Spacey to pay $31M for breaching ‘House of Cards’ contract

Kevin Spacey has been ordered to pay nearly $31 million to TV studio Media Rights Capital (“MRC”) for breaching his contract with the TV series ‘House of Cards’, due to behavior leading up to his 2017 termination from the Netflix show amid allegations of sexual misconduct.

MRC filed a petition in Los Angeles County Superior Court revealing the actor was ordered to pay the eight-figure sum after a “confidential,” closed-door arbitration proceeding that ended with the judgment that Spacey failed to overturn on appeal. The new filing is asking the court to confirm the award.  MRC says the secret proceeding included more than 20 depositions and an eight-day evidentiary hearing in front of a neutral arbitrator. The arbitrator found that Spacey “repeatedly breached” his contractual obligations in each of the five House of Cards seasons that he starred in and executive-produced, according to the paperwork. The arbitrator found MRC “had no choice” but to halt production of the show’s sixth season, remove Spacey’s character from the script and shorten the season from 13 to eight episodes “upon the revelations of Spacey’s pattern of harassment.”

The 62-year-old Spacey was filming the sixth and final season of the show in Oct. 2017, when accusations arose that Spacey attempted to have sex with actor Anthony Rapp at a party at his house in 1986 when Rapp was only 14 years old. Days later, allegations from eight anonymous House of Cards crew members were released, accusing Spacey of “predatory” behavior. Spacey said he didn’t recall the alleged incident with Rapp, but if it did occur, it was “deeply inappropriate drunken behavior.” He later said he was seeking treatment and has largely withdrawn from public life.

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WILLOW drops “t r a n s p a r e n t s o u l” remix featuring Kid Cudi and Travis Barker

WILLOW and Kid Cudi have collaborated to reimagine her hit single “t r a n s p a r e n t s o u l” from her fifth album, lately I feel EVERYTHING. Travis Barker is also featured on drums for the track.

WILLOW says in a press release:  “I am so grateful for this song because it was created during such an introspective time during quarantine. The solitude allowed me to introspect and really let go of the insecurities I had about making a project in this genre. I am humbled and grateful that Kid Cudi is now able to bring his magic to this remix.”

After recently wrapping a run of U.S. shows, WILLOW is set to return to the road in February 2022 to support Billie Eilish. Check out the t r a n s p a r e n t s o u l remix – here.

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The Weeknd’s upcoming HBO series ‘The Idol’ adds Troye Sivan, Tunde Adebimpe and more to cast

HBO has officially picked up the Weeknd’s new series The Idol, co-written and co-created with ‘Euphoria’ creator Sam Levinson and the Weeknd’s production partner Reza Fahim,

The Idol will star the Weeknd, Lily-Rose Depp, and newly announced cast members Troye Sivan, TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe, Anne Heche, Suzanna Son, Melanie Liburd, Steve Zissis, Elizabeth Berkley Lauren, and Nico Hiraga. The show’s summary reads: “Set against the backdrop of the music industry, The Idol centers on a self-help guru and leader of a modern-day cult, who develops a complicated relationship with an up-and-coming pop idol.”

Francesca Orsi, Executive Vice President of HBO Programming said in a statement:  “When the multi-talented Abel ‘The Weeknd’ Tesfaye, Reza Fahim and Sam Levinson brought us The Idol, it was clear their subversive, revelatory take on the cult of the music industry was unlike anything HBO had ever done before.”

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Good Morning America’s Michael Strahan to fly to space on Blue Origin

Good Morning America co-host and NFL legend Michael Strahan announced that he will fly to space on Jeff Bezos’ ‘Blue Origin’ on its next flight, to take place on December 9.  It will be the rocket’s third human flight this year, and marks the first flight with a full astronaut manifest of six crew members in the capsule. Liftoff is set to take place at 9 a.m. CT on Dec. 9 at the “Launch Site One” facility in the West Texas desert.

Strahan said that one of the reasons he wants to travel on Blue Origin is the opportunity to be part of space exploration: “I believe that this is the way of being innovative, creative, pioneers in aviation, now space travel. And it’s going to take a while but I do believe that it will bring a lot of technological breakthroughs and also innovations to us here on Earth, and I just want to be a part of it.”

Joining Strahan on the mission will be Laura Shepard Churchley, the eldest daughter of Alan Shepard, who is the first American to fly to space and the namesake of New Shepard on the space flight. They will also be joined by Space industry executive and philanthropist Dylan Taylor, investor Evan Dick, and Bess Ventures founder Lane Bess and his child, Cameron. Lane and Cameron will be the first parent-child pair to fly in space.

Strahan began preparing for the mission two weeks ago, and has spoken to his fellow crew members via Zoom. The crew members will meet in Texas to begin training and undergo safety briefings soon.

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General Hospital’s Steve Burton fired for not complying with the show’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate

General Hospital’s Steve Burton, who has played the role of Jason Morgan on and off since 1991, is leaving the long-running ABC soap opera after deciding not to get vaccinated. The 51-year-old actor took to social media on Tuesday, November 23 to confirm he had been fired by the series for not complying with the show’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

Burton said via Instagram: “Well, I know there’s a lot of rumors and speculation about me and General Hospital, and I wanted you to hear it from me personally. Unfortunately, General Hospital has let me go because of the vaccine mandate.”  In his video, Burton explained that he “did apply for my medical and religious exemptions, and both of those were denied, which, you know, hurts. But this is also about personal freedom to me.”  He also noted that he’ll always be grateful for the show that gave him his start, adding: “I love it there, I grew up there, I grew up with some of you. Maybe one day if these mandates are lifted, I can return and finish my career as Jason Morgan. That would be an honor.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network later confirmed that Burton was dismissed for his inability to comply with their vaccine policy. His last day was October 27.  Burton’s departure comes two weeks after his costar Ingo Rademacher, who played Jasper “Jax” Jacks on GH, was also fired for refusing to get the vaccine. Rademacher had been outspoken on social media about his opposition to vaccine mandates, posting Nov. 7th on Instagram: “I will stand with you to fight for medical freedom” and adding the hashtag “no mandates.”

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2022 Grammy Nominations: Olivia Rodrigo, Doja Cat, Billie Eilish lead this year’s nominees

Nominations for the 2022 Grammy Awards were revealed on Tuesday by the Recording Academy via a Livestream from Los Angeles. Olivia Rodrigo and Billie Eilish both earned seven nominations, with Doja Cat, Justin Bieber, and H.E.R. earning eight nods each.  Jon Batiste earned the most nominations, with 11 in total.

Olivia Rodrigo’s seven nominations include Record of the Year (“Drivers License”), Song of the Year (“Drivers License”), and Best New Artist.  Eilish earned nods for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for “Happier Than Ever”, as well as Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Music Video for its title track.  Doja Cat’s Planet Her was nominated for Album of the Year, as well as Best Pop Vocal Album.

Justin Bieber and H.E.R. are each up for eight Grammys. Bieber’s “Peaches” is up for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best R&B Performance, and Best Music Video.

You can see the full list of nominees here. The 64th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony will be held on January 31, 2022, live on CBS.

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Taylor Swift earns her 8th No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100 with ‘All Too Well (Taylor’s Version)’

Taylor Swift just scored her eighth Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 with her recently re-recorded track “All Too Well (Taylor’s Version)”.  This marks Taylor‘s 30th Hot 100 top 10, making her the sixth artist to reach that milestone.

According to Billboard, the two versions of the song – both the original 5-minute track and the extended 10-minute one – were combined into one listing for Billboard‘s chart Streams for the extended mixes the charts dominated, earning 62% of its clicks and 78% of its downloads. As the 10-minute version is the dominant track, it can be considered the longest No. 1 by run time in the Hot 100′s history. “All Too Well” beat out previous record holder, the eight-minute, 37-second 1971 Don McLean hit “American Pie (Parts I & II),” which held the record as the longest song for nearly 50 years.

Red (Taylor’s Version) also debuted at No. 1 in the U.S. making Swift the first artist ever to simultaneously top the Billboard 200 and Billboard Hot 100 for the third time.

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Bobby Flay and The Food Network agree to new deal

Celebrity chef Bobby Flay has signed a new deal with Food Network, whom he has been with for nearly three decades. Courtney White, president of Food Network and food streaming content for Discovery, told Variety on Monday: “We are thrilled to continue Bobby Flay’s long-standing relationship with Food Network. He captivates our audience with his incredible culinary skill, fierce competitive spirit and his trademark ability to share a deep passion for food. Bobby generously invites viewers into his culinary world, sharing his #WeCook philosophy and inspiring everyone in the kitchen. Continuing this creative relationship with such an extraordinary talent is the perfect way to usher in the holidays.”

The restaurateur and cookbook author has been at the Food Network since the channel began in 1994. The deal will keep Flay at The Food Network for three years after his current contract is up at the end of 2021. Multiple media outlets reported last month that Flay planned to leave the network at the end of this year because they couldn’t come to terms that were satisfactory for both sides.

Over the years, Flay has hosted or appeared on the shows Grillin’ and Chillin,’ Beat Bobby Flay, Brunch at Bobby’s, Chopped, Iron Chef America, Worst Cooks in America, The Best Thing I Ever Ate, The Next Food Network Star, The Flay List, The Throwdown! with Bobby Flay and Boy Meats Grill.

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Taylor Swift releases re-recorded version of ‘Christmas Tree Farm’

Taylor Swift released a new, re-recorded version of her 2019 holiday song “Christmas Tree Farm” on Monday. The new version titled “Christmas Tree Farm (Old Timey Version)”is available to stream exclusively on Amazon Music (here), and adds a 70-piece orchestra, which was recorded at the iconic Abbey Road Studios in London.  Said Swift: “This new version is amazing because it feels like it’s that more, sort of laid back Christmas feel of doing all your shopping and relaxing by a fire. It’s definitely a little bit more of that old-school, Christmas song feel.”

“Christmas Tree Farm (Old Timey Version)” comes after Swift recently released her re-recorded version of 2012 album Red, titled Red (Taylor’s Version). The album contains 30 songs in total including never-before-released tracks such as collaborations with Chris Stapleton, Phoebe Bridgers, Mark Foster and Ed Sheeran, and also contains a 10-minute version of “All Too Well.”

Swift took home Favorite Female Pop Artist and Favorite Pop Album for Evermore at the American Music Awards on Sunday.

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Twenty One Pilots announce 2022 ‘The Icy Tour’

After recently wrapping up the U.S. leg of their Takeøver Tour , Twenty One Pilots have announced that they will be hitting the road next summer for a North American arena trek, dubbed The Icy Tour 2022.  The 23-date tour is set to kick off on August 18th in St. Paul, MN at the Xcel Energy Center and will be wrapping up on September 24th in Seattle, WA at the Climate Pledge Arena.

Twenty One Pilots — comprised of Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun — celebrated the tour announcement with the surprise release of a digital deluxe version of their new album, “Scaled And Icy,” which includes never before released performances of fan favorite tracks from the group’s global streaming event, “Twenty One Pilots – Livestream Experience” that took place back in May.

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