Jared Leto to Star in Sony Spider-Man Title ‘Morbius,’ Daniel Espinosa to Direct

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The project is based on the antihero Morbius the Living Vampire.

The project is based on the antihero Morbius the Living Vampire.

Jared Leto, who played The Joker in Suicide Squad, is looking to add another comic book character to his résumé.

The Oscar-winning actor has signed on to star in Morbius, Sony’s latest entry into its Marvel-based, Spider-Man-centric universe of characters.

Daniel Espinosa, the Scandinavian filmmaker who helmed Safe House and last year’s sci-fi thriller Life, will direct the feature, which has a script by Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama, the duo who created Netflix’s Lost in Space remake.

Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach will produce with Lucas Foster.

The project is based on the antihero Morbius the Living Vampire. Morbius is Dr. Michael Morbius, a scientist who suffered from a rare blood disease and attempted to cure himself to disastrous results. Instead of being cured, he became afflicted with a condition that was a form of vampirism — the thirst for blood, along with fangs and super strength — and fought Spider-Man. Over time, however, he became a slightly heroic figure in his own right and even headlined his own comic book titles.

Morbius was created by writer Roy Thomas and artist Gil Kane and first appeared in 1971’s Amazing Spider-Man No. 101, the first issue not written by Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee.

Sony executive Palak Patel will oversee for the studio.

While Leto has in the past chosen projects that had indie sensibilities, winning an Oscar for his work in Dallas Buyers Club, in recent years he has been targeting roles in tentpole or franchise projects. In addition to playing the popular DC villain in 2016’s Suicide Squad, the actor played a sinister character in Blade Runner 2049 and is attached to a sequel to Tron.

This article was originally published by: Hollywood Reporter

Gwen Stefani Brings No Doubt and Solo Hits to Life at Energizing Las Vegas Debut

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“I’m just a girl in Vegas!” exclaimed Gwen Stefani near the end of her Las Vegas debut on Wednesday (June 27), on a tear of classic No Doubt and solo hits of her own.

Joining the ranks of Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys and Jennifer Lopez in settling in for residencies at Las Vegas’ Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, the Anaheim, Calif. pop star made her Sin City debut at Zappos Theater, marking the first of her 25-date Just a Girl spectacular with shows that run through March 2019.

It was a relatively simple yet fully formed affair, with minor and forgivable kinks. Stefani spent the near two-hour runtime reviving songs from her past with a fresh twist, energy on tilt and focus lasered. Unlike her Vegas peers, bells and whistles were few, save for the bananas brandished by her fleet of backup dancers for opener “Hollaback Girl” and her giant cake throne for “Wind It Up.” Instead, the 48-year-old let the songs do the work, with minimal stage banter and footwork, leaving the heavy lifting to her backup dancers.

What separated Stefani from the pack, though, was the fact that she breathlessly sang live. Many Vegas performers opt out of actually keeping their mics on as they hit choreography, and it was a compelling choice. She sounded fresh, on-key and connected with her music, making for a show that felt less like an automation and aligning with her brand: a talented girl in the world, uncompromising, giving it her all with little artifice.

The show began after her boyfriend Blake Shelton stepped in the sold-out house around 9:15pm, grinning and interacting with the crowd, with Stefani taking the stage five minutes later. As the curtains opened and horn fanfare erupted, she emerged with a trail of dancers behind her, clad in thigh-high glitter boots and a glitter cape over a glitter jacket. Sparkle was a theme throughout the night—near the end, she came out in a chic farm-ready ensemble care of designer Jeremy Scott, who watched from the crowd as she shouted him and Shelton out.

During the performance, Stefani kept it trim, doing an almost anti-Vegas change of costume, clocking out around five. (Cher, for example, has upwards of 14.) The smash singles were plenty —“Bathwater, “Spiderwebs,” “Hella Good,” “Rich Girl,” “Luxurious,” “Cool,” a cover of Rihanna’s “Umbrella”— and the presentation was smooth. Save, for except, a few moments where a backup dancer tried to secure a cape on her for “Don’t Speak” to disappointment, or when another dancer tried to disconnect a corset from her frame. To her credit, she adlibbed wonderfully, bringing two girls and then their other sister on stage to help her out of the latter.

“Someone get up here and take this shit off me right now, this little girl. I want you and you to come undress me right now, please,” she said, pulling them into the spotlight. “See, this is basically our dress rehearsal, and that’s why I said tonight was one of the most memorable of the entire tour. This is the very first time this has ever happened to me. Actually, I crapped my pants one time in the crotch.”

The more unguarded moments held notable weight. As one fan in the sea of standing room fans in the pit waved a rainbow flag, perhaps coincidentally coinciding with Pride month, Stefani brought up a lesbian couple on stage after spotting them in the crowd. “I want to talk to these weirdoes,” she said, referencing the audience at large. She settled on the pair, noting the hats branded with messages they were wearing just before sliding into “Underneath It All.” “So ‘I’m her Gwen,’ and ‘I’m her Blake.’ Congratulations, I know it feels good.”

In fact, she made a point to let the audience know that she could see them and encouraged them to give back. “So this is super exciting for me because sometimes, I say, I can see everybody! I can actually see everybody. So if you’re misbehaving, not reacting, being lazy, I will get you, and I will embarrass you.”

There were several video vignettes as she changed costumes, reflecting on her upbringing and replete with home videos of her as a child. One felt particularly important to Stefani: In a camo jacket, she spoke to the camera about her love of fashion as magazine covers she’s graced moved across the screen.

“Fashion has always inspired me. I mean, culture has always inspired me,” she said. “My mom made my clothes, and her mom her clothes and my great grandma made her clothes. It’s just in me, it’s my DNA. And I love anything old Hollywood, vintage. I love seeing images of my mom in the ‘60s and there’s not a decade in fashion that doesn’t draw my attention and there’s not a culture that I’m not fascinated by. I just love the art fashion and how fashion is such an extension of your personality and mood.”

By the end, she was composed and happy, genuinely enjoying the moment, and above all, grateful for the opportunity. “Thank you guys so much for coming out tonight. This is insanity! I can’t believe I’m in Vegas right now! Thank you for all the love we’ve experienced all the years, thank you for all the cheers, thank you for letting me share my life story with you.”

This article was originally published by: Billboard

Joe Jackson, Father and Early Manager of the Jackson Family, Dies at 89

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Joe Jackson, father and early manager of the Jacksons, has died at age 89 on Wednesday (June 27) morning after a battle with cancer, as AP confirmsand TMZ first reported.

The Jackson family patriarch was born in 1928 and married wife Katherine in 1949. He went on to have 11 children.

As a manager, Jackson launched the career of son Michael Jackson — along with Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon and Tito — out of Gary, Ind., as the Jackson 5 in the 1960s. The Jackson 5 signed with Berry Gordy’s Motown Records, and in 1970, their first four singles (“I Want You Back,” “ABC,” “The Love You Save” and “I’ll Be There”) all went to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. They were the first act to see their first four singles top the Hot 100.

Son Jermaine Jackson tweeted about his father’s health on June 21. “My father’s health is not good, but ‘dying’ is a harsh word chosen by headline writers, not me,” he wrote at the time. “For however long he has left, my mother, siblings, and relatives want to be with him, without hindrance.”

But on June 24, a more ominous update was posted on Joe Jackson’s Twitter page: “I have seen more sunsets than I have left to see. The sun rises when the time comes and whether you like it or not the sun sets when the time comes.” Shortly after that tweet went out, Paris Jackson — Michael’s daughter — tweeted, “this is a beautiful tweet. though it upsets me to see whoever is in charge of this account taking advantage of it. my grandfather did not tweet this. i’m not sure if he’s ever used this account.”

Daughter Janet Jackson spoke of her father on June 22 in a speech at the Radio Disney Music Awards in Hollywood, where she was honored with the Impact Award, now known as the Janet Jackson Award.

“It’s beautiful, it’s humbling to be recognized as someone that has had a positive impact, but if I have been fortunate enough to impact others it is only because I, myself, have been greatly impacted by positive people in my life,” she said. “My mother nourished me with the most extravagant love imaginable. My father, my incredible father, drove me to be the best that I can.”

Jackson suffered a stroke while visiting Brazil in 2015 and was again hospitalized after a car he was riding in was involved in an accident in Las Vegas in 2017.

Although Jackson was known for his iron-fisted management of his children, in 2002, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honored him as Best Entertainment Manager of All Time.

“I’m glad I was tough, because look what I came out with,” Jackson said in an interview in 2013. “I came out with some kids that everybody loved all over the world. And they treated everybody right.”

This article was originally published by: Billboard

 

Nicki Minaj Offers to Support Lil Uzi Vert’s XXXTentacion Family Fund

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Nicki Minaj has offered her support after rapper Lil Uzi Vert called on celebrities for help in setting up a fund to aid families of those killed by gun violence.

After revealing that he had been speaking to the family of the late rapper XXXTentacion, who was shot dead in Florida on June 18, Vert tweeted that he wants to launch a foundation to make sure the late rapper’s family and unborn child were taken care of before urging celebrities to help.

He wrote, “Been speaking to @xxxtentacion family. I want to start a fund/foundation to make sure his child and family are well taken care of not just temporary but for life. I don’t care if you didn’t know him he is part of the hip hop/rock  community I NEED HELP from celebrities Please.”

Nicki Minaj saw the tweet and stepped up to the plate, replying, “I’d be honored to help babe. hit me w/ the info.”

In another tweet, Lil Uzi Vert also wrote that the fund would be for “all young entertainers and young men and women that die from gun violence etc.”

This article was originally published by: Billboard

Ed Sheeran explains what it was like to stop his Cardiff gig twice to go to the toilet

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The singer was forced to leave the stage on two separate occasions during his show at the Principality Stadium last Friday (June 22)

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran has spoken further about his now-infamous gig in Cardiff which he had to interrupt twice to go to the toilet.

Sheeran was forced to stop his show at the Principality Stadium last Friday (June 22) on two occasions in order to use the facilities. Addressing his need to go to the toilet after performing ‘Galway Girl’, he told the crowd: “I’ve been gigging since I was 14 and I’ve never done that – and now I do it in front of 60,000 people!”

Sheeran was quizzed about the gig during his upcoming guest appearance on The Big Narstie Show, which premieres on Channel 4 on Friday (June 29) at 11pm.

“Yeah, you know what, I’ve never done that before,” Sheeran told Big Narstie and his co-host Mo Gilligan about the gig. “You know when you gotta go, you gotta go. I thought interrupting a show to be like, ‘I’m going off stage’ is far better than a picture in the paper the next day.

“But I was only off stage for like a minute. I’ve never done it, I’ve never stepped off stage to do that before.

“So I was there, I was playing, I was singing – but it was getting worse and worse and worse; you know when you start sweating?” he continued.

“The problem is, because I play the show solo, I can’t just be like “Hey band, start playing!” So I literally had to put the guitar down and be like, ‘Talk among yourselves.’ Usually, [with] the adrenaline and all the water you drink, you sweat out. But I drank so much water before the show.”

Asked if his fans had been “livid” about the two interruptions, Sheeran replied: “I read that the next day someone said, ‘I’m disappointed’. But I mean, I still played the whole show.”

Last week, Sheeran donated a life-sized Lego model of his head to charity.

This article was originally published by: NME

Paramore Brought Out ‘Stranger Things’ Star Gaten Matarazzo at Barclays Center: Watch

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Stranger things happened when Paramore played Barclays Center on Tuesday night.

The alt-rock outfit brought out Gaten Matarazzo, the child star who plays Dustin in the smash Netflix sci-fi series Stranger Things, and his sister Sabrina for a performance of 2007’s “Misery Business.”

Matarazzo, whose own band Work in Progress is known to cover the song at shows, joined in on harmonies in Brooklyn. According to sources on the scene, his vocals were on point.

The collaboration was months in the making. Back in January, Paramore singer Hayley Williams spotted Matarazzo’s rendition of “Miz Biz” and extended an open invitation for him to “crash the Paramore stage and thrash those luscious locks around.” That finally happened. “Thank you so much for letting us jam out with you guys,” he later tweeted.

Paramore are on the road in support of their latest album After Laughter, which peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard 200. Next up: Express Live in Columbus this Thursday night (June 28).

This article was originally published by: Billboard

 

Ariana Grande Wants the Haters to End Social Media ‘War’ After Engagement to Pete Davidson

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Ariana Grande will live her life without unsolicited negative opinions from others.

In the wake of her engagement to Pete Davidson after a couple weeks of dating, the songstress is shutting down anyone who thinks she is making a poor decision. In a few screenshots captured by observant Arianators, Grande replied to a comment implying that the SNL star’s middle finger in paparazzi photos were aimed at fans.

“R u nuTS??????” she wrote. “The PAPS..not YOU……???? ever…??? stop w this sh—. please. forreal. i love y’all too much for this. enough w the ig / twitter war thing. it ends now.”

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Another fan asked about a lyrics in her recent single “The Light is Coming.” The line–“You wouldn’t let anybody speak and instead”–comes from a 2009 town hall meeting in which Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter argued with a constituent over privitized health insurance.

“It’s about people & their loud ass opinions making them deaf to others & the light,” she replied.

This article was originally published by: Billboard

Watch Travis Scott Perform a Medley at 2018 NBA Awards

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Travis Scott entered the land of the giants Monday night (June 25) when he performed at the second annual NBA Awards in Santa Monica.

The hip-hop star bounced up to the stage for a medley of hits, including “Watch,” “Goosebumps” & “Butterfly Effect,” backed by some dizzying graphics.

Travis’ effort comes just a few weeks after he threw at assist to James Harden, the Houston Rockets guard and freshly-minted league MVP, at the Governors Ball in NYC.

Meanwhile, the leading ballers in the game were on hand for the ceremony, which recognized the best plays and players from the 2017-18 season.

Winners included Philadelphia 76ers star Australian-born guard Ben Simmons (rookie of the year), L.A. Clipper Lou Williams (sixth man) and Utah Jazz’ French-born center Rudy Gobert (defensive player). Also, triple-double machine Oscar Robertson, aka “The Big O,” accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award and Dikembe Mutombo, the towering defensive specialist, received the Sager Strong Award, presented to “an individual who has been a trailblazer while exemplifying courage, faith, compassion and grace.”

 

This article was originally published by: Billboard

Drake Posts Moody Trailer for ‘Scorpion’: Watch

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Drake attends as Drake And OVO Chubbs Host Friends and Family Event Of New Restaurant, Pick 6IX, With The House Of Remy Martin on Jan. 10, 2018 in Toronto.

Drake’s new album Scorpion is nearly upon us. But first, a teaser.

Ahead of this Friday’s big release, Drizzy shared a moody new trailer, featuring images of the Toronto rap star behind the wheel and in the studio. Its soundbed is Moderat’s minimal tune “The Mark (Interlude),” which was used to great effect in the sci-fi film Annihilation.

The Scorpion campaign has also seen billboards posted around Drake’s hometown with cryptic clues (see below), and the release of a new track “I’m Upset,” the music video for which stars the cast of Degrassi and stoner heroes Jay and Silent Bob.

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CARDI B AND OFFSET SECRETLY MARRIED LAST YEAR!!!

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Cardi B and Offset are already married, and documents show they actually tied the knot MONTHS ago — which explains why he’s now calling her his “wife” in public.

We did some digging and found out they got a marriage certificate in Fulton County, GA on Sept. 20, 2017. For you single folks … the marriage certificate is filed with the court AFTER a couple does the deed as proof the marriage really happened.

When Migos won Best Group Sunday at the BET Awards, Offset said excitedly, “I thank my wife. You should thank yours.”

The secret marriage puts a new perspective on their big public engagement. You’ll recall, Offset got down on one knee back in October during their performance in Philly.

Turns out … Offset and Cardi are a true showbiz couple ‘cause that was all for show. Now, we know they were already husband and wife for a month at that point.

This article was originally published by: TMZ