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Director Joss Whedon addresses misconduct allegations from Gal Gadot, Ray Fisher and the cast of ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’

Director Joss Whedon has finally addressed allegations of misconduct that have been leveled him by “Justice League” stars Gal Gadot and Ray Fisher, as well as by cast members of “Buffy The Vampire Slayer.”

Whedon denied Gadot’s claim that he threatened to ruin her career during an argument on the set of “Justice League,” saying she didn’t understand his “flowery” way of speaking.  Said Whedon: “I don’t threaten people. Who does that?  English is not her first language, and I tend to be annoyingly flowery in my speech.”  Whedon clams the two were arguing over a scene that Gadot wanted cut. Whedon said he joked that if she wanted to get rid of it, she would have to tie him to a railroad track and do it over his dead body. Said Whedon:  “Then I was told that I had said something about her dead body and tying her to the railroad track.” Gadot’s response to Vulture: “I understood perfectly.”   Actor Ray Fisher ― who played Cyborg in the 2017 film ― also accused Whedon of slashing the character’s presence and making choices that he thought “would be offensive to the Black community” and accused Whedon of changing an actor of color’s complexion to lighten their skin tone.  However, Whedon insists the only reason Fisher’s role was cut in his version of the film was because the story line “logically made no sense,” and he felt the acting was bad.

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Mammoth WVH and Dirty Honey postpone “Young Guns” tour

Mammoth WVH and Dirty Honey have been forced to postpone the kick-off of their co-headlining Young Guns tour by a month due to the pandemic.  The tour was originally scheduled to kick off on January 21st at the House Of Blues in Chicago, but is now set to launch on February 20th in Denver, CO at the Ogden Theatre.

A statement reads: “To all present ticket-holders and future ticket-buyers for the Young Guns Tour: We take the health and safety of the bands, road crews, local venue staff and especially our fans very seriously. Due to an abundance of caution regarding the recent COVID surge, we have decided to postpone the start of the Young Guns Tour to February 20, 2022, in Denver Colorado. Any performance that was scheduled prior to February 20th in Denver has been rescheduled until after March 5th. The shows scheduled from February 20th through March 5th will remain as previously announced. The show in Portland, ME originally scheduled for January 28th is canceled and all ticket holders for that event can receive a refund at point of purchase.”

The revised tour schedule has the bands adding additional shows to the itinerary, with tickets on sale now at the link here.

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Take a look at the trailer for Foo Fighters film ‘Studio 666’

Foo Fighters have released a trailer for their upcoming horror-comedy film titled Studio 666. In the Studio 666 trailer, the band hunkers down in a San Fernando Valley house to record a new album, where Grohl battles supernatural forces that threaten to derail the project (and becomes possessed in the process).  Studio 666 stars the Foo Fighters (Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Pat Smear, Chris Shiflett, Nate Mendel and Rami Jaffee) as well as Whitney Cummings, Leslie Grossman, Will Forte, Jenna Ortega and Jeff Garlin.

Grohl said of the film: “After decades of ridiculous music videos and numerous music documentaries under our collective belts, it was finally time to take it to the next level…like most things Foo, Studio 666 began with a far fetched idea that blossomed into something bigger than we ever imagined possible.”

Studio 666 will be released on February 25 in theaters.  Take a look at the trailer – here.

Foo Fighters Share ‘Studio 666’ Trailer with Lionel Ritchie, Slayer Cameos

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64th Annual GRAMMY Awards rescheduled to Sunday, April 3

The 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards have been rescheduled and will now broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 3, from 8-11:30 p.m on CBS, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.   It’s the first time the show will take place in Vegas.

The show was postponed earlier this month amid the omicron surge from its original date of Jan. 31. It was scheduled to take place at the Crypto.com Arena (formerly known as the Staples Center) in Los Angeles. The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah will return as host of the ceremony. Additional details about the dates and locations of other official GRAMMY Week events, including the GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony, MusiCares Person of the Year and the Pre-GRAMMY Gala will be announced soon.

The news came via a joint announcement from the Recording Academy, CBS and CMT. The CMT Awards will now move from its originally scheduled date of April 3 to a later date in April to be determined. This year will mark the first time that the CMT Awards will air on CBS.

Jon Batiste leads all nominees with 11 nominations; J. Cole, Drake, Lil Nas X, Justin Bieber, Billie Eilish, H.E.R., Olivia Rodrigo, and more also received multiple nominations.

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NBC to honor the late Betty White with primetime special on Jan. 31

NBC has announced plans to air the special ‘Celebrating Betty White: America’s Golden Girl’ on Monday, Jan. 31 at 10/9c. White passed away on Dec. 31 at the age of 99 — just a few weeks shy of her 100th birthday.

Celebrating Betty White: America’s Golden Girl will see friends and stars celebrate the TV legend and animal rights advocate throughout the special. The hour-long tribute will feature curated clips that encapsulate White’s “irreverent tone, spirit and impeccable comedic timing that are a hallmark of her decades-long career.” After airing on NBC on 1/31, the program will be available to stream on Peacock the following day.

White was an Emmy, Grammy and SAG Award winner. Her list of acting credits include roles on The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1973-77), The Golden Girls (1985-92) and Hot in Cleveland (2010-15). White also appeared on the big screen in films like Lake Placid (1999) and The Proposal (2009), and will be remembered as a tireless advocate for animals.

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‘Scream’ takes over the top spot at the box office with $34M holiday weekend debut

Scream was No. 1 at the box office over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend with a projected four-day gross of $34 million — dethroning Spider-Man: No Way HomeScream‘s three-day domestic weekend gross is an estimated $30 million. Overseas, Scream grossed $18 million from 50 markets for a global debut of $52 million.

Scream comes more than 25 years after the late Wes Craven’s original film hit the big screen. The new film — the first not directed by Craven — is the fifth title in the series, and a direct sequel to 2011’s Scream 4.   Scream sees stars Courteney Cox and Neve Campbell, along with Marley Shelton, David Arquette, Skeet Ulrich, Heather Matarazzo and Roger L. Jackson, reprising their roles. Newcomers include Jenna Ortega, Melissa Barrera, Mason Gooding, Dylan Minnette and Jack Quaid.

Spider-Man: No Way Home fell to No. 2 in its fifth weekend with an estimated $26 million, including $20.8 million for the three days.  Universal took the No. 3 and No. 4 spots with Sing 2 and The 355. Sing 2 is projected to gross $11 million for the four-day weekend, and The 355 earned a projected $2.8 million for the four days. The King’s Man, from 20th Century and Disney, rounded out the top five with an estimated four-day holiday gross of $3 million.

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Judas Priest announce update in tour plans; decide to hit the road as five-piece band

Less than a week after announcing they would be touring as a four-piece band, Judas Priest have announced that they have changed their minds and will include touring guitarist Andy Sneap in the lineup of their upcoming tour.

Judas Priest had shared earlier this week, “Hello maniacs! We are chomping at the British Steel bit to return to world touring… celebrating 50 years of Judas Priest as an even more powerful, relentless four piece heavy metal band – with Glenn coming out on stage with us here and there as before. Big thanks to Andy for all you’ve done and continuing to be in the production team for our new album… See you all soon headbangers!”  Sneap released a statement after learning the band would be returning to the road as a four-piece, stating that he was “disappointed, but respects their decision.”  He added:  “This always was a temporary situation, and like I’ve said before, I’ll always help the band any way I can, and that applies going forward also.”

However, a more recent update had the band sharing the following: “Hello metal maniacs…given all that has recently evolved and transpired we have decided unanimously as a band to continue our live shows unchanged with Rob, Ian, Richie, Scott, Andy and Glenn joining us whenever he’s able…so see you all soon as we forge ahead celebrating 50 massive heavy metal years of Judas Priest together!”

The band’s 50 Heavy Metal Years North American Tour will feature support from Queensryche on most dates. The tour kicks-off on March 4th in Peoria, IL at the Peoria Civic Theatre and will conclude on April 13th at the First Ontario Centre in Hamilton, Ontario.  The entire tour itinerary can be viewed – here.

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Jack White shares the video for new single “Love is Selfish” ahead of his two upcoming LPs

Jack White has shared his new single, “Love is Selfish,” the latest track from his upcoming LP, Entering Heaven Alive, — which is the second of two albums that will drop this year from White.  White’s Third Man Records tweeted the announcement, saying, “Watch the Jack White-directed video for new single “Love Is Selfish”. https://orcd.co/loveisselfishvideo

White’s first LP, Fear of the Dawn, is set to drop on April 8; while Entering Heaven Alive is set to arrive on July 22. Fans can pre-order Fear of the Dawn HERE and Entering Heaven Alive HERE.

The 46-year-old White has already released one single — “Taking Me Back” — from the upcoming album Fear of the Dawn album. In addition, White has announced a massive tour for 2022 to celebrate the two forthcoming LPs.  Tickets for the shows can now be purchased at the artist’s website.

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Tiffany Haddish arrested in Georgia on suspicion of DUI

Tiffany Haddish was arrested in Georgia the early hours of Friday, Jan. 14 on suspicion on DUI.   According to Georgia’s Peachtree Police Department, officers responded to a 911 call about a “driver asleep at the wheel” at about 2:30 a.m.  Assistant Chief of Police Matt Myers said: “While en route, an officer observed a vehicle matching the description, and ultimately conducted a traffic stop as the vehicle pulled into the yard of a residence.”  Further investigation led to Haddish being arrested for driving under the influence; she was then transported to the Fayette County Jail.  Records state that Haddish, 42, made her $1,666 bond and was released from jail around 6:30 a.m.

Haddish’s rep did not respond to a request for comment as of press time.  According to People.com, the arrest comes during a difficult period in Haddish’s life; she ended her relationship with ex-boyfriend Common recently, and she has been mourning the deaths of her grandmother, her dog, and her close friends Bob Saget and Carl Craig.

Haddish is best known for her roles in Girls Trip, The Kitchen, Night School and Like A Boss. She is host of the television show, Kids Say The Darndest Things, and will soon be seen in the Apple TV+ mystery comedy series, The Afterparty.

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Celine Dion cancels all remaining dates for her North American concert tour

Celine Dion announced over the weekend that she is canceling the remaining dates on the North American leg of her latest concert tour. The 53-year-old Dion wrote on her website that she was suffering from “severe and persistent muscle spasms,” which were preventing her from taking the stage.

Dion posted on Instagram: “I was really hoping that I’d be good to go by now, but I suppose I just have to be more patient and follow the regimen that my doctors are prescribing,

There’s a lot of organizing and preparation that goes into our shows, and so we have to make decisions today which will affect the plans two months down the road. I’ll be so glad to get back to full health, as well as all of us getting past this pandemic, and I can’t wait to be back on stage again. Meanwhile, I’ve been very touched by all the words of encouragement that everyone’s been sending to me on social media. I feel your love and support and it means the world to me.”

The North American leg of Dion’s Courage World Tour was set to kick-off March 9 at the Ball Arena in Denver, before wrapping up on April 22 at the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. The European leg of the trek is still scheduled to begin on May 25 in Birmingham, England as of press time.

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