Regina King is mourning the loss of her son, musician Ian Alexander Jr., who died by suicide at age 26. A statement from King read: “Our family is devastated at the deepest level by the loss of Ian. He is such a bright light who cared so deeply about the happiness of others. Our family asks for respectful consideration during this private time.”
Ian had just celebrated his 26th birthday last Wednesday. He was King’s only child, whom she shared with her ex-husband, record producer Ian Alexander Sr. Alexander Jr. was an up-and-coming musician and DJ, who performed as “Desduné” according to his Instagram page. He had released a new single, “Green Eyes,” on Jan. 7 and had performances scheduled in Los Angeles later this month, including at Avalon Hollywood’s Breaking Sound event on Jan. 28.
The 51-year-old King and her son were extremely close and even had matching tattoos together that read “unconditional love” in Aramaic. The mother and son often attended red carpet events together. King previously told People that her bond with her son meant everything to her: “You don’t know what unconditional love is. You may say you do, but if you don’t have a child, you don’t know what that is. When you experience it, it’s the most fulfilling [thing] ever.” On her 50th birthday last year, Ian wrote a heartfelt tribute to his mother, sharing in an Instagram post: “To have you as my mother is the greatest gift I could ask for. To be all that you are while always having the time to be there, love and support me unconditionally is truly remarkable.”
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NBC’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ has announced that Katy Perry will serve as the musical guest on the January 29 edition of the long-running late night show, with Willem Dafoe making his hosting debut.
The Jan. 29 show will mark Perry’s fourth time appearing on “SNL” as a musical guest. Perry is currently headlining her first Las Vegas residency, titled ‘Katy Perry: Play,’ at the Theatre at Resorts World Last Vegas, which currently runs through March. Dafoe is currently on the big screen reprising his role as Green Goblin in the film “Spider Man: No Way Home”.
SNL also recently announced that SNL alum Will Forte will return to make his hosting debut on Jan. 22, with Måneskin serving as musical guest.
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After Adele was forced to postpone all 24 dates of her upcoming Las Vegas residency, the singer FaceTimed with fans that held tickets to the shows, apologizing and offering free merchandise, drink tickets and even a free meet-and-greet when the rescheduled dates takes place. In a video posted on social media last week, Adele cited cases of COVID-19 among her team, and other issues related to the pandemic, as the reason for the postponement. Adele said that all Weekends With Adele shows that were set to open at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace would be rescheduled.
In the video, an emotional Adele explained: “We’ve been absolutely destroyed by delivery delays, and half my crew, half my team have come down with COVID. It’s been impossible to finish the show, and I can’t give you what I can right now.” Adele offered an apology to those who had already traveled to Las Vegas for the show and assured the dates would be rescheduled: “We’re on it right now. I’m going to finish my show and get it where it’s supposed to be. I’m sorry it’s been impossible, we’ve been up against so much but it just ain’t ready. I’m really sorry.”
The residency was set to run through April and available tickets for all of the shows had sold out. Caesars Palace said in a statement: “We understand the disappointment surrounding the postponement of Weekends With Adele. Adele is an incredible artist, supremely dedicated to her music and her fans. Creating a show of this magnitude is incredibly complex. We fully support Adele and are confident the show she unveils at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace will be extraordinary.” Ticketmaster will offer refunds for all shows.
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Rock singer and actor Meat Loaf has died at age 74. His death was announced in a statement posted on his official Facebook page early Friday morning.
The statement read: “Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight with his wife Deborah by his side. Daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends have been with him throughout the last 24 hours. We know how much he meant to so many of you and we truly appreciate all of the love and support as we move through this time of grief in losing such an inspiring artist and beautiful man. From his heart to your souls…don’t ever stop rocking!”
Born Marvin Lee Aday in Dallas in 1947, Meat Loaf enjoyed a successful career spanning six decades. Meat Loaf’s 1977 debut album “Bat Out of Hell” remains one of the top-selling albums of all time. He sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, with his songs “Paradise by the Dashboard Light,” and “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad” becoming rock classics, and he won a 1994 Grammy Award for the song “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That).” Meat Loaf also appeared in over 65 movies, including iconic roles in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and “Fight Club.”
Meat Loaf is survived by his wife Deborah Gillespie, and daughters Pearl and Amanda Aday.
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NBC has canceled ‘Ellen’s Game of Games’, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, after four seasons. ‘Game of Game’ featured DeGeneres leading contestants through upsized versions of audience games from her daytime talk show.
The cancellation of the NBC series comes as DeGeneres is also working on the final season of her daytime show. The comedian announced last year that she would end The Ellen DeGeneres Show after 19 seasons. “Game of Games” last aired in May 2021.
Ratings for ‘Game of Games’ decreased during 2020-21, particularly after moving to Sunday nights later that season. DeGeneres was twice nominated for Primetime Emmys for outstanding host of a competition show in 2018 and 2019.
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Daniel Radcliffe will star as “Weird Al” Yankovic for the upcoming biopic, WEIRD: The Al Yankovic Story, that will be available to stream for free on The Roku Channel. Radcliffe will take on the role in a new film focusing on Yankovic’s career as a pop culture parody icon.
An official release of the film says: “The biopic holds nothing back, exploring every facet of Yankovic’s life, from his meteoric rise to fame with early hits like ‘Eat It’ and ‘Like a Surgeon’ to his torrid celebrity love affairs and famously depraved lifestyle. WEIRD: The Al Yankovic Story takes audiences on a truly unbelievable journey through Yankovic’s life and career, from gifted child prodigy to the greatest musical legend of all time.”
Yankovic said in a statement, “When my last movie UHF came out in 1989, I made a solemn vow to my fans that I would release a major motion picture every 33 years, like clockwork. I’m very happy to say we’re on schedule. And I am absolutely thrilled that Daniel Radcliffe will be portraying me in the film. I have no doubt whatsoever that this is the role future generations will remember him for.”
WEIRD: The Al Yankovic Story was written by Yankovic and Eric Appel, who is also directing the film. The film’s release date has not been announced, but production begins in Los Angeles in February.
How Weird! Daniel Radcliffe Has Been Cast As Weird Al Yankovic In New Biopic
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Record Store Day has named Taylor Swfit as the first Global Record Store Day Ambassador. Swift follows in the footsteps of recent ambassadors Pearl Jam, Run the Jewels and St. Vincent (who became the event’s first woman ambassador in 2017). Swift will be offering a special release in honor of the event.
The event’s announcement notes that Swift has: “had releases on the Record Store Day and RSD Black Friday lists often in the past (and supported record stores throughout her career) so for the 15th annual celebration of record stores, Record Store Day is proud to welcome [her].”
Swift said in a statement: “I’m very proud to be this year’s Ambassador for Record Store Day. The places where we go to browse and explore and discover music new and old have always been sacred to me. Record stores are so important because they help to perpetuate and foster music-loving as a pass
Record Store Day 2022 is set for April 23, with a full list of official releases soon to come. You can find out more at the website – here.
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Gunna edged out The Weekend to earn the No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with his latest LP DS4EVER. Gunna landed 144,000 equivalent album units, with 3,000 estimated to be traditional album sales. The project features 19 tracks with collaborations from 21 Savage, Chris Brown, Future, Lil Baby, Roddy Ricch and Young Thug. DS4EVER is Gunna’s second No. 1 album, and his fourth project to land in the top 10.
The Weeknd’s Dawn FM took the No. 2 spot, and was expected to score about 157,000 units with 15,000 in traditional sales. Disney’s “Encanto” soundtrack fell two spots to No. 3 on the new chart, but saw a 32% boost for the week, scoring 95,700 album-equivalent units, the highest weekly tally to date for the album since it came out in mid-November. Adele’s “30” slipped to No. 4, with Morgan Wallen’s year-old “Dangerous: The Double Album,” hanging in at No. 5.
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French actor Gaspard Ulliel, known for his role in the film ‘Hannibal Rising’ and the upcoming Marvel miniseries ‘Moon Knight,’ has died following a skiing accident. Ulliel was 37.
Following reports that Ulliel had been hospitalized Tuesday after suffering a head injury during a collision on the slopes in the Savoie region of France, his agent and family confirmed that he was transported by helicopter to a hospital in Grenoble, where he died on Wednesday. A Disney spokesperson said in a statement: “We are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic passing of our friend and colleague Gaspard Ulliel. Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this time.”
In his first English-speaking role, Ulliel starred as a young Hannibal Lecter in the feature Hannibal Rising. His final film was the French romantic comedy Sibyl with Virginie Efira and Adèle Exarchopoulos, which competed for Cannes’ Palme d’Or in 2019. Ulliel was cast in Moon Knight in July 2021, playing Anton Mogart/Midnight Man in the upcoming Disney+ series alongside Oscar Isaac and Ethan Hawke.
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