CHART YOUR COURSE FOR THE FREEDOM FESTIVAL BIKE RIDE!

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Join the Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival for the Freedom Bike Ride June 23rd—beginning and ending at Ely City Park. Choose from a 50 or 30 mile ride, or a free 8 mile family ride! Registration for the 50 or 30 mile ride is $25 in advance and $30 day off.

The Freedom Bike Ride is part of Ely’s Family Fun Day! From 11 to 3 p.m. there’ll food trucks and kids activities in the park and live entertainment at nearby establishments.

Find all of the details and a link to register on the Freedom Festival website.

Adam Sandler’s ‘Happy Gilmore 2’ officially confirmed at Netflix

Adam Sandler attends the 2nd Annual Cam For A Cause Gala. Hollywood CA USA - June 1^ 2023

Netflix has confirmed ‘Happy Gilmore 2’, the sequel to the beloved 1996 golf comedy “Happy Gilmore” with original star Adam Sandler set to return. Sandler himself had previously shared that the sequel film was in the works, but at the time he’d only written a first draft of the screenplay. Announced by Netflix, Happy Gilmore 2 will indeed be happening and will see Sandler return as the original star.

Sandler starred in and co-wrote the original “Happy Gilmore,” which was directed by Dennis Dugan. Sandler played the titular Happy Gilmore, a hockey player with anger management issues who discovers he’s also got a talent for golf. Happy joins the golf tour circuit to win money to save his grandmother’s house and faces off against an arrogant pro named Shooter McGavin, played by Christopher McDonald. The supporting cast also included Julie Bowen and Carl Weathers.

Considered one of Sandler’s most famous and popular films to date, ‘Happy Gilmore’ opened to nearly $40 million USD at the global box office in 1996.

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Nicolas Cage to star in ‘Spider-Man Noir’ live-action series for Amazon Prime Video

Nicolas Cage at the 2024 Saturn Awards at the Burbank Convention Center on February 4^ 2024 in Burbank^ CA

Nicolas Cage will portray Spider-Man Noir in a new live-action series. Per Variety, Cage is set to star in the live-action show “Noir,” which has been ordered to series at MGM+ and Amazon Prime Video. The series will debut domestically on MGM+’s linear channel followed by a global launch on Prime Video.

The announcement was shared on Amazon’s social media channels with the caption: “The story of an aging and down on his luck private investigator in 1930s New York, who is forced to grapple with his past life as the city’s one and only superhero. ‘NOIR’, starring Nicolas Cage, is coming to MGM+ and Prime Video.”

Noir is a live-action series based on the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man Noir, an alternate version of Spider-Man living during the Great Depression. According to a press release, the show “tells the story of an aging and down on his luck private investigator (Cage) in 1930s New York, who is forced to grapple with his past life as the city’s one and only superhero.”

Vernon Sanders, head of television for Amazon MGM Studios, said: “Expanding the Marvel universe with ‘Noir’ is a uniquely special opportunity and we are honored to bring this series to our global Prime Video customers. The extremely talented Nicolas Cage is an ideal choice for our new superhero and the accomplished producing team with Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Amy Pascal, and the incredible team at Sony is dedicated to expanding this franchise in the most authentic way.”

Variety had previously reported the series was in development in February 2023, without Cage attached at that time. Cage previously voiced Spider-Man Noir in the animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) and its sequel, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (2023).

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Megan Thee Stallion reveals cover art for new album “Megan” dropping June 28

Megan Thee Stallion arrives for the 2021 BET Awards on June 27^ 2021 in Los Angeles^ CA.

Megan Thee Stallion officially announced her third studio album, Megan, along with the cover art and and release date, June 28. Megan will mark Megan Thee Stallion’s first album since Traumazine, released in August 2022.

The rapper dropped the news on social media, writing: “SURPRISE HOTTIESSSS!!!! My New Album ‘MEGAN’ will be coming out JUNE 28 PRE-SAVE NOW!’” She also posted the album’s cover art which depicts a naked Megan inside a cocoon and hanging upside with a giant “M” embossed over the artwork. Megan will be releasing the album through her own ‘Hot Girl’ imprint in partnership with Warner Music Group, allowing the 29-year-old to own her master recordings and have complete creative control while using WMG’s distribution and marketing infrastructure.

Megan has previously released a trio of snake-themed tracks from the album, including “Cobra,”“Hiss” and “BOA.” In a recent interview with L’Officiel, she explained: “We started with the snake because, first of all, I love snakes, but I feel like snakes are so misunderstood, especially in Western culture. Snakes represent rebirth, spirituality. I’m not someone who says, ‘Oh my God, sunshine and happiness.’ I like darker things. I like things that are a little scary. I like unique things. I chose the snake because… it’s a kind of anti-hero. We don’t just stop at the snake. It’s what everyone sees right now. Renewal, rebirth — that’s the whole concept of the album.”

To pre-save Megan, head here.

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Billie Eilish shares videos for her tracks ‘Lunch’ and ‘Chihiro’

Billie Eilish at the 10th Annual LACMA ART+FILM GALA Presented By Gucci held at the LACMA in Los Angeles^ USA on November 6^ 2021.

Billie Eilish has shared the new, self-directed music video for the fan-favorite track “Chihiro,” the latest song off her recently-released LP, Hit Me Hard and Soft.  The album is Eilish’s third, and the follow-up to 2021’s Happier Than Ever.

In the clip for Chihiro, Eilish escapes an empty building and sprints outside, where she gets in a hands-on tussle with another person in a field, as she runs away from (and alongside) her love interest, Nat Wolff. Eilish calls the video for Chihiro “one of [her] favorite videos [she’s] ever made & truly one of the greatest days of my life. nat love you so much thank you for being a part of this.”

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Eilish explained how Chihiro draws inspiration from the main character in Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘Spirited Away’ – “It’s kind of from her point of view, mixed with mine. The visuals in that movie are some of the best ever — all that Studio Ghibli sh*t is unbelievable. There’s all those visuals of the train in the water after the flood, and it literally looks like an ocean with a train track. I had just watched Spirited Away and Finneas had made that beat. I love that movie. I’ve seen it so many times.”

Since Hit Me Hard and Soft dropped last month, Eilish has also shared a music video for “Lunch,” an anthem exploring themes of queerness and personal identity. Eilish debuted “Lunch” during her surprise performance at Coachella, where she joined headliner Lana Del Rey onstage; in the self-directed visual, Eilish performs directly into a vintage camcorder wearing a ‘90s-inspired outfit: a red cap worn sideways, a yellow supreme jersey layered over a long-sleeve white tee, fuzzy blue wristbands, plaid shorts and Jordans.

Eilish will also embark on the Hit Me Soft and Hard: The Tour starting in September 2024; the North American leg of the tour runs through to the end of December 2024, and will continue in Australia starting February 2025 ahead of her European, UK, and Ireland arena dates from April until late July.

Check out the videos for “Lunch” (here) and ‘Chihiro’ (here).

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Billy Ray Cyrus seeking annulment from estranged wife Firerose after 7 months of marriage

Billy Ray Cyrus attends the 2015 CMT Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 10^ 2015 in Nashville^ Tennessee.

As first reported by TMZ, Billy Ray Cyrus has filed for divorce and is seeking an annulment from his third wife Firerose after seven months of marriage.

PEOPLE reported that the 62-year-old Cyrus filed for divorce from the 37-year-old Firerose (legal name Johanna Rose Hodges) in a Tennessee court on May 22, citing irreconcilable differences and “inappropriate marital conduct.” Cyrus is also seeking an annulment due to fraud on Hodges’ part, saying in the filing that he would not have married Hodges “had he known” about the alleged fraud. TMZ stated that Cyrus gave Firerose a deadline of May 24 to vacate their house and agreed to pay her $5,000 per month to obtain suitable housing for the following 90 days, or until the divorce is finalized. The filing gives no further details on the alleged inappropriate conduct of fraud, but says each should be able to keep property that they own separately.

Cyrus has been married twice previously, including ex-wife Tish Cyrus whom were divorced in 2022 after nearly three decades together.  Billy Ray and Tish shares five children, including musicians Miley Cyrus and Noah Cyrus, Braison Cyrus, and he legally adopted Tish Cyrus’s two children, Brandi and Trace. Cyrus also has a son, Christopher, with a previous partner.

Neither Hodges nor Cyrus has commented on the divorce via their social media accounts, while representatives for Cyrus and Hodges did not immediately return requests for comment.

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See the music video for Post Malone & Morgan Wallen’s collab “I Had Some Help”

Morgan Wallen performs at CMT's RAMJAM on June 3^ 2019 at TopGolf in Nashville^ Tennessee NASHVILLE^ TN - JUN 3.

Post Malone and Morgan Wallen are sharing the official video for their hit collaboration, “I Had Some Help.” The song was produced by Louis Bell, Charlie Handsome and Hoskins, and written by Post Malone and Morgan Wallen alongside Louis Bell, Ryan Vojtesak, Ashley Gorley, ERNEST and Hoskins.

The duo’s music video for I Had Some Help, directed by Chris Villa and filmed at the Joshua Tree Saloon in California, finds Post in a phone booth arguing with a girl on the phone; he gets over it pretty quickly, however, and has some fun with the locals, drinking beer and partying with Morgan. The clip also features footage of Post Malone and Morgan Wallen singing the tune in the back of a flatbed truck beneath a massive American flag in Joshua Tree, California, dispersed throughout the storyline of the video.

“I Had Some Help” marks the first single from Post Malone’s forthcoming first-ever, full-length country album, expected to feature collaborations with Luke Combs, Brad Paisley, Jelly Roll and more.

Take a look at the video for “I Had Some Help” – here.

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Hulu reveals premiere date, shares ‘Only Murders in the Building’ Season 4 trailer

Martin Short and Selena Gomez arrives for ‘Only Murders in the Building’ FYC event on June 11^ 2022 in Hollywood^ CA

Hulu dropped the trailer for Season 4 of Only Murders in the Building, revealing that the show will return Aug. 27.

New York podcasters Charles (Steve Martin), Oliver (Martin Short), and Mabel (Selena Gomez) visit Los Angeles when a Hollywood studio wants to make a movie of their true crime podcast. Season 4 will pick up after the events of the Season 3 finale, which saw Charles-Hayden Savage’s stunt double, Sazz Pataki (Jane Lynch), murdered. Per an officially synopsis, “our trio’s investigation leads them all the way to Los Angeles where a Hollywood studio is readying a film about the Only Murders podcast. As our amateur sleuths race back to New York, they embark on an even more epic journey – traversing their building’s courtyard to delve into the twisted lives of the Arconia’s West Tower residents.”  New recurring star Molly Shannon plays a studio executive negotiating their deal.

Joining series leads Martin, Short, and Gomez will be returning cast members including Meryl Streep, set to reprise her role as Oliver’s love interest Loretta. Also returning are Lynch, Michael Cyril Creighton and Da’Vine Joy Randolpg. Season 4 is being dubbed by Hulu as the show’s “starriest season yet” thanks to a star-studded cast of newcomers, including Eva Longoria, Eugene Levy, Kumail Nanjiani, and Zach Galifianakis, Melissa McCarthy and Richard Kind.

Only Murders in the Building premiered on Hulu in 2021 from co-creators and writers Steve Martin and John Hoffman. Martin and Hoffman executive produce along with Martin Short, Selena Gomez, Dan Fogelman and Jess Rosenthal. The first three seasons of Only Murders in the Building are available to stream on Hulu; take a look at the Season 4 trailer: here.

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The 1975 frontman Matty Healy and model Gabbriette Bechtel are engaged

Lead singer Matt Healy of the English indie-rock band The 1975 performs during their Halloween show in Pittsburgh Monday^ October 31 at Stage AE.

The 1975 frontman Matty Healy is engaged to model Gabriella “Gabbriette” Bechtel after nine months together.

Bechtel announced the news on her Instagram Stories while attending her friend Charli XCX’s concert in Brooklyn, NY; Charli herself recently got engaged to The 1975’s drummer George Daniel. Gabbriette shared a photo of her tattooed hand sporting a custom black diamond ring adorned by small diamonds around the stone and band, as well as posting a mirror selfie with her ring finger pointed up, displaying the jewelry. Along with the photos, Bechtel posted a reference to Charli’s newest album, ‘BRAT’, writing: “MARRYING THE 1975 IS VERY BRAT;” Healy also reposted Bechtel’s announcement.

Matty Healy’s mother, Denise Welch, also confirmed the news of her son’s engagement, stating on her show Loose Women: “I have known for a few weeks that Matty got engaged. They went over to see their friends Charli and George in New York, I woke up this morning to the fact that they’ve put it on Instagram! Instagram official!… Black diamond, he had it made for her, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. She’s absolutely gorgeous. We couldn’t be happier—she’s everything that I would want in a daughter-in-law, so I’m thrilled.”

Matty, 32, and Gabbriette, 26, first sparked romance rumors in late 2023 when photographers spotted the pair kissing in New York City, months after his split from Taylor Swift.

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‘Beetlejuice Beetlejuice’ trailer introduces Willem Dafoe, Monica Bellucci

Michael Keaton at the Warner Brothers CinemaCon Press Line at the Caesar's Palace Theatre on April 9^ 2024 in Las Vegas^ NV

The official trailer for the Tim Burton-directed Beetlejuice Beetlejuice has arrived, which sees the sequel to the 1988 cult film feature three generations of Deetzes having to deal with Beetlejuice.

The trailer features Michael Keaton’s return to the iconic role, alongside OG cast members Winona Ryder and Catherine O’Hara in their roles as Lydia and Delia Deetz.  Newcomers joining the new film include Jenna Ortega as Lydia’s daughter, Astrid, as well as Willem Dafoe, Monica Bellucci and Justin Theroux.

A press release for the film reads: “After an unexpected family tragedy, three generations of the Deetz family return home to Winter River. Still haunted by Beetlejuice, Lydia’s life is turned upside down when her rebellious teenage daughter, Astrid, discovers the mysterious model of the town in the attic and the portal to the Afterlife is accidentally opened. With trouble brewing in both realms, it’s only a matter of time until someone says Beetlejuice’s name three times and the mischievous demon returns to unleash his very own brand of mayhem.”

The new trailer gives viewers a first-look at Dafoe’s Wolf Jackson, a B-list movie actor who died and became a cop in the Afterlife; and Bellucci’s Delores, Beetlejuice’s zombified – but fabulous – wife.

Check out the trailer for Beetlejuice Beetlejuicehere.

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