The lawsuit filed against Tiffany Haddish and Aries Spears that accused the comedians of sexual battery, sexual harassment and sexual abuse of a minor has been dismissed. The lawsuit. which was filed in late August by a 22-year-old woman and her minor brother (identified as Jane and John Doe), was dismissed at the request of the plaintiff.
Spears took to Instagram to address the lawsuit’s dismissal, sharing a screenshot of the news with the caption “I hope y’all keep that same energy.” Haddish’s representative Cesidia Carosa also provided a photo of the notice of dismissal, adding that it was filed “with prejudice,” meaning the plaintiffs will be unable to file the same claims against Haddish or Spears again.
Jane and John Doe alleged in the lawsuit that they were both assaulted by Haddish and Spears in Los Angeles several years ago when they were minors, claiming Haddish was a “longtime family friend” of their mother. The lawsuit described several instances of grooming and molestation by Haddish and Spears, such as when the comedians worked with the plaintiffs on a “Funny or Die” project about eight years ago that was sexually suggestive. In a statement posted to Instagram Sept. 5, Haddish said that while there was very little she could say on the legal matter, she deeply regretted taking part in the “Funny or Die” skit. writing, “Clearly, while this sketch was intended to be comedic, it wasn’t funny at all.”
According to the lawsuit, the plaintiffs’ mother previously attempted to work out a $15,000 settlement with Spears over the video of John Doe but was unsuccessful. The suit did not specify the monetary value the plaintiffs were seeking. Spears’ attorney Debra Opri called the lawsuit a “shakedown”, while Haddish’s lawyer Andrew Brettler called the plaintiff’s previous claims of abuse “bogus.” Brettler said: “Every attorney who has initially taken on her case – and there were several – ultimately dropped the matter once it became clear that the claims were meritless and Ms. Haddish would not be shaken down.”
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Miles Teller, Brendan Gleeson and Megan Thee Stallion have all been announced as hosts for the 48th season of “Saturday Night Live” next month. The news was announced on show’s Twitter feed.
Teller will host the Oct. 1 show, with Kendrick Lamar serving as musical guest for the third time. Gleeson is set for Oct. 8 with Willow as musical guest, and Megan Thee Stallion will do double duty as guest host and musical guest on Oct. 15.
Cast members including Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant and Pete Davidson have departed the series ahead of its Season 48 premiere. Joining the cast this season are newbies Marcello Hernandez, Molly Kearney, Michael Longfellow and Devon Walker.
‘SNL’: Miles Teller, Brendan Gleeson & Megan Thee Stallion To Host Opening Three Episodes Of Season 48
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Charlie Puth is set to launch a string of upcoming winter tour dates, kicking-off on October 23 in Red Bank, New Jersey before wrapping-up on November 9 in Los Angeles. Puth will play a total of eight dates across North America, playing gigs in Toronto, Boston, Chicago, Washington D.C., and more. Tickets for Puth’s “One Night Only Tour” go on sale on September 23 at 10 a.m. local time via Ticketmaster.
Puth also dropped his latest single “I Don’t Think That I Like Her,” featuring Travis Barker on drums. To date, Puth has also released several singles from his upcoming LP, Charlie, including “Smells Like Me,” “Light Switch” and more. Puth’s third studio LP is set to drop on October 7. Fans can pre-order Charlie – HERE.
Check out Puth’s new single “I Don’t Think That I Like Her” – here.
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French DJ David Guetta and Bebe Rexha have released the official video for their hit single ‘I’m Good (Blue)’, filmed in locations across Ibiza. ‘I’m Good (Blue)’ is the duo’s first collaboration since their 2021 song, “Family”
‘I’m Good (Blue)’, which samples Italian music group Eiffel 65’s 1998 “Blue (Da Ba Dee)”, has reached #3 on Global Spotify, with 100 million combined global streams and counting, and also over 250k creations on TikTok.
Take a look at the video for ‘I’m Good (Blue)’ – here.
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The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (“HFPA”), dick clark productions and NBC announced that the 80th Golden Globe Awards will air live on NBC and Peacock on Jan. 10, 2023. No host has been announced as of press time.
Frances Berwick, chairman of entertainment networks at NBCUniversal television and streaming, said in a statement: “We recognize the HFPA’s commitment to ongoing change and look forward to welcoming back the Golden Globes to NBC for its landmark 80th anniversary in January 2023.”
Helen Hoehne, president of the HFPA, added: “We are thrilled to announce the return of the Golden Globe Awards on NBC and to hosting the ‘party of the year’ for audiences around the world who have been waiting for its return. It’s great to be back at the Beverly Hilton for the must-see celebration recognizing the best in film and television. The HFPA remains committed to important changes and supporting programs which prioritize diversity, inclusion, and transparency. See you on Jan. 10!”
The Golden Globes, honoring excellence in film and TV, were canceled last year as the HFPA worked to improve its business practices and increase the diversity in its membership. The Globes voting body is now 52% female, 51.5% racially and ethnically diverse, with 19.5% Latinx, 12% Asian, 10% Black and 10% Middle Eastern.
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Sarah Paulson is set to executive produce and star as the late Gwen Shamblin Lara in the HBO Max scripted adaptation of its docuseries, The Way Down: God, Greed, and the Cult of Gwen Shamblin.
Shamblin rose to fame with her ‘Weigh Down Workshop,’ a Christian-based diet program, and founded the the controversial, Tennessee-based Remnant Fellowship Church. The Way Down: God, Greed, and the Cult of Gwen Shamblin explored the practices of the Remnant Fellowship Church and the legacy of Lara — a flamboyant and charismatic figure with a carefully curated image, who was accused of emotional, psychological and physical abuse and exploitation for the church’s alleged cult-like practices.
The Way Down docuseries launched in September 2021 with three episodes, becoming the streamer’s most-watched docuseries at the time. Just before finishing the series, Shamblin and her husband died in a plane crash; and the series aired two more episodes where they spoke to more people about the controversial Remnant Fellowship Church. The second part examined the mysterious circumstances surrounding the crash and investigation into the aftermath, including new stories from former survivors who share their experience following Shamblin’s death.
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Taylor Swift dropped the name of the 13th song on the tracklist for her upcoming album Midnights. The singer, 32, revealed the song is titled “Mastermind.”
Swift shared the news in a new TikTok series called “Midnights Mayhem With Me.” Said Swift: “I know that I have a habit of dropping cryptic clues and Easter eggs when giving you information about my music, and I am not here to deny that. But I am here to defy that. Welcome to a new series I’m calling ‘Midnights Mayhem With Me.’” Using a bingo ball cage, Swift explained that she was going to allow fate to decide what track titles to announce and in what order, saying: “In this cage are 13 Ping Pong balls labeled one through 13, each representing a track on the Midnights album. So, let’s leave it up to fate.” The first ball that rolled out of the cage was the one labeled with the number 13, Swift’s favorite number. She said, “Track 13…because of course.” Picking up a red phone, Taylor then revealed the name of the song ‘Mastermind’.
Swift announced her upcoming album at the 2022 MTV VMAs in August while accepting the Video of the Year award. She has continued to drop hints about Midnights since then, such as by sharing the cover art and posting behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the album. In an August Instagram post, Swift described Midnights as “the stories of 13 sleepless nights scattered” throughout her life.
Midnights will be released Oct. 21.
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Mariah Carey revealed in her memoir, The Meaning of Mariah Carey, that she made an alternative rock album in the ’90s, but she kept it hidden until two years ago. The 1995 album Someone’s Ugly Daughter by the band ‘Chick’ was her ‘lost grunge’ album, and Carey’s lead vocals were recorded over by a musician named Clarissa Dane. In a 2004 interview with Dane, the Chick singer explained that she was Carey’s roommate at the time of the recording sessions. While the Chick album isn’t currently available to stream, upon its initial release it had major label support and spawned singles such as “Malibu” and “Demented.”
Back in 2020, Mariah tweeted – “Fun fact: I did an alternative album while I was making [my 1995 album] Daydream ..my friend Clarissa … performs the lead, [with] me as a hidden layer.” Carey said at the time she recorded it “just for laughs, but it got me through some dark days.”
Now according to a new interview with Carey on Rolling Stone’s Rolling Stone Now podcast, a version with Carey’s original vocals has evidently been recovered by the star, and she plans to release it. Carey discovered the buried version of her secret alt-rock album with her own lead vocals intact. Carey said she is planning to release those versions, and is also planning something ‘mysterious’ related to the project with ‘another artist.’ It is currently unknown who the other mystery artist is.
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Broadway’s longest-running show, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera,” is ending its run after 35 years. The final performance will take place on Saturday, February, 18, 2023, at Broadway’s Majestic Theatre. Prior to the Broadway show’s conclusion, “Phantom” will celebrate its 35th anniversary on January 26 with director Seth Sklar-Heyn at the helm.
‘Phantom’ is based on the horror novel Le Fantôme de L’Opéra by Gaston Leroux. Webber and Richard Stilgoe wrote the play with music by Webber and lyrics by Charles Hart. The play tells the story of the Phantom, who haunts the stage of the Paris Opera and subsequently falls in love with a beautiful young soprano. The show has played 13,733 performances since opening January 26, 1988 at New York City’s Majestic Theatre, and has won over 70 theater awards, including seven Tony Awards in 1988 for Best Musical, among others.
However, ‘Phantom’ has been losing between $800,000 and $1 million per month since reopening in October 2021, having failed to recover from the 18 month COVID-19 closure in March 2020. According to The Broadway League, ticket sales recently dropped from 255,000 weekly attendees in May to about 180,000 attendees in September.
The Phantom of the Opera is widely considered one of the most successful productions in history, playing to over 145 million people in 41 countries and 183 cities in 17 languages. The show will continue in London’s Her Majesty’s Theatre in the West End, where it’s played since opening in October 1986. A recently premiered Melbourne version will also continue, and a Mandarin-language version is slated to debut in China in 2023, along with a Spanish-language venture, starring Antonio Banderas.
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Kelly Clarkson – the very first winner of American Idol – received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and was joined with some special guests at her ceremony: original Idol judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson. Clarkson’s daughter River, 8, and son Remington, 6, were also in attendance at the ceremony.
It was 20 years ago this month that Clarkson won the first season of the singing competition. Upon receiving her, Clarkson said, “I think [it’s] important to have not just ‘yes’ people around you, but people that actually love you and care about you and give their honest advice. I’ve always welcomed that, and I think that is why I’m here today. Not just because of myself, but because of having constantly teams of people that love you and support you and really want to make your dreams come true while making their dreams come true.”
The 40-year-old Clarkson wrote via Instagram alongside a photo of her receiving her star on the Walk of Fame: “Thank you so much @NBC, @americanidol, @atlanticrecords, @kellyclarksonshow, @nbcthevoice, @creativeartistsagency, my personal team/crew, my band, my friends and family, and all the fans that came out today at The Walk of Fame ceremony It meant so much to have y’all there and it was so cool to celebrate with y’all! Here’s to the next 20 years!! by the way, my star is between Harry Potter and Deadpool ….I dare anyone to top that!”
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