FKA Twigs announces comeback UK show

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FKA Twigs has announced a comeback show in London next month as part of a series of gigs which will take place in various cities across the world.

The musician, artist and dancer recently made her comeback with the release of the single ‘Cellophane’, her first new solo material in over three years. Twigs’ only full album to date, ‘LP1’, was released back in August 2014. Twigs now plans to return to touring, with shows in London, New York, Los Angeles, Sydney, Berlin and Hobart all being announced today (April 25). In her native UK, Twigs will perform a one-off show at London’s Alexandra Palace Theatre on May 28. You can see Twigs’ tour announcement, which frequently contains the word – and possible album title – ‘Magdalene’ alongside numerous new photographs of her, below.Tickets for the Alexandra Palace Theatre show will go on sale at 5pm on Monday (April 29). Fans are advised to sign up to this mailing list for more information and updates.Writing in an introduction to the ‘Cellophane’ clip, Twigs said of the video: “When I wrote ‘cellophane’ over a year ago a visual narrative came to me immediately, I knew I had to learn how to pole-dance to bring it to life, and so that’s what I did. “Thank you andrew, for elevating my vision beyond words. you are a visionary. kelly, thank you for being with me every step of the way on my precious pole yellow brick road. working with you both on this is a dream come true.”

 

All Signs Point To Taylor Swift Launching ‘TS7’ With A New Single This Week

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It looks increasingly likely that we will get a new single from Taylor Swift on Friday (April 26). The 29-year-old has been teasing that date on her social media accounts for the last couple of weeks, along with a selection of pastel-colored images. Radio stations have now started adopting a similar color scheme and Hits Daily Double is reporting that Republic has started previewing the song to a select group of tastemakers in the media. (My invitation must have been lost in the mail).

According to HDD, unusual security measures are being taken against spoilers. “Programmers must listen to the track on headphones via a device that never leaves the possession of the label team,” the reveal. Not only that, but “[they] must sign an NDA enjoining them not only not to discuss the content of the song but to deny its very existence.” I’m very ready for Taylor’s new era. The soft and pretty color palette suggests a less abrasive approach than Reputation, and she is the undisputed queen of the zeitgeist-commanding lead single. Bring it on!

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19 things you (probably) never knew about Kiss

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Forty four years since Chaim Witz, Stanley Eisen, Paul Frehley and George Criscuola first assembled in a New York City jam room, Kiss have sold over 100 million albums, licensed their name to over 3,000 products from condoms to coffins and amassed an estimated net worth of “between one and five billion dollars”.

They’ve been one of the world’s biggest groups for generations, influential across a huge range of genres and media. Over such a long, colourful career, there have been so many crazy events that it’s impossible to keep up with them all. Here, we present 19 lesser-known Kiss facts.

Kiss were duped into unmasking in 1974!

For 10 years, the true faces of Kiss were a secret. They’d teased fans with 1980’s false-alarm Unmasked album, but when the real unmasking aired on MTV in September 1983, it was a huge deal, attracting sufficient attention to rejuvenate the band’s career.

And yet, the classic lineup had already been hoodwinked into posing for group shots sans greasepaint in 1974 by Charlie Auringer, art director at legendary rock magazine Creem. Charlie’s cunning ruse was to tell the band he’d spoken to their management and they’d said it was OK… but he hadn’t and it wasn’t. Creemagreed not to publish the shots, to preserve the carefully wrought mystique.

Kiss launched a wrestling team!

Or tried to, at least. In 1999 the band negotiated with World Championship Wrestling to endorse a grappling group called The Warriors Of Kiss. “The bottom line is, other bands can’t have fun,” Gene told Entertainment Weekly. “If we were REM, we couldn’t do this.”

Sadly, the project petered out after Brian Adams quit the introductory role of The Kiss Demon without competing in a single match, and replacement Dale Torborg was sidelined due to WCW internal politics. Gene had intended that after all four Kiss members were represented in the ring, they would be joined by female equivalents: “Big girls, with big boobs, wearing Kiss make-up, wrestling.”

Leela from Futurama sang on Gene’s 1978 solo album!

Actress Katey Sagal – best known as Gemma from Sons Of Anarchy, Peg Bundy from sitcom Married… With Children and the voice of Leela in Futurama – was an aspiring singer and waitress when Kiss walked into her restaurant in the mid-70s. “Gene thought I was kinda cute, so we ended up kinda going out,” she recalls.

Katey’s own band, The Group With No Name, were signed to Casablanca Records in 1976 after Gene pulled some strings. The Group… didn’t last long, but Katey went on to sing back-up for Bob Dylan, Bette Midler and Molly Hatchet before finding fame on TV.

Kiss went into partnership with Hello Kitty!

Although fiercely protective of the Kiss brand, in 2012 the band have embarked on a line of co-branded merchandising with fictional Japanese pussycat Hello Kitty. There are t-shirts, mugs, vinyl figures and badges depicting the cute white cartoon moggy in Kiss make-up, but the highlight of the range is surely the toilet paper… as tested by Mike Tyson at the product launch in Las Vegas.

Kiss turned down The Beatles!

Or rather, they rejected the chance to appear as the Future Villain Band in the preposterous 1978 Beatles musical Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, because they were worried about how playing the bad guys might affect their image. The role was eventually accepted by Aerosmith, who were too stoned to care.

The Beatles turned down Kiss!

In 1978, Gene tried and failed to get any and all ex-Beatles to guest star on his solo album. Kiss legend has it that only Ringo actually declined his offer, while the other ex-members of the Fab Four couldn’t appear due to ‘scheduling commitments’. Denied the hubristic ambition of reuniting The Beatles on his own solo album, Gene turned to what was surely the next-best thing available: the cast members of the tribute stage show Beatlemania.

A lightning machine from the laboratory set in Universal’s 1931 horror classic Frankenstein was used at early dates on the 1976 Destroyer tour, where it was dubbed the God Of Thunder Machine. A giant Tesla coil that emitted coloured electrical beams, designed by Ken Strickfaden (dubbed “the Greatest High Voltage Special Effects Man Of All Time” by the Tesla Technology Research website), it was soon abandoned for being too cumbersome and unreliable.

The hottest band in the world… Fuck?!

Before Paul suggested Kiss (prompted by Peter Criss’s ex-band Lips), a few other names were considered by the band. Ace liked Albatross, Peter preferred The Crimson Harpoon and Gene’s favourite was Fuck.

Ace recorded Shock Me lying flat on his back!

Shock Me, on 1977’s Love Gun, was the Spaceman’s first ever lead vocal on a Kiss LP, and the guitarist’s laid-back performance was achieved by amusingly literal means.

In Guitar World magazine in 1992, Dimebag Darrell asked Ace if it was to help him hit high notes. “I did it because I was nervous and I didn’t want anybody to see me sing!” Ace explained. “I made [producer] Eddie Kramer lower the lights and I lay down so he couldn’t see me!”

There are now Kiss urns!

The Kiss Kasket was just the start. As part of the deal they signed with memorials firm Eternal Image, a range of Kiss cremation urns are now on the market. The first design depicts the band leaping out of flames, but if you want a more subtle Kiss urn, three further designs are promised.

The deal also included the production of Kiss bronze memorials, Kiss prayer cards, Kiss registry books, Kiss memorial candles and Kiss cremation urns for pets.

They’ve been on Scooby Doo!

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In the 2002 Halloween episode of What’s New Scooby Doo?, Shaggy and Scooby are excited to hear that Kiss are going to be playing a show in town. However, the concert is disrupted by the ghost of Hank Banning (or is it?) and some robot scarecrows.

When the faux-spectral mayhem kicks off while the band are rocking through Shout It Out Loud, Gene asks Paul what they should do next. “What we always do,” shrieks the Starchild. “Keep playing till the cops come!” In 2015, they teamed up again for the straight-to-DVD movie Scooby-Doo! and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery.

Eddie Van Halen wanted to replace Space Ace!

In 1977, a year before the Van Halen debut, Gene invited Eddie and Alex Van Halen to accompany him on demo material for Love Gun. On the album, Gene got Ace to play the Christine Sixteen solo note-for-note how Eddie had jammed it.

When Ace left the band in 1982, Eddie – by then a superstar in his own right – announced to Gene that he was sick of Van Halen’s new direction and Dave Lee Roth’s ego and he wanted to join Kiss. Gene talked him out of it, insisting Eddie “cast too much of a shadow to be the guitar player in Kiss”.

Gene’s hair is flammable!

Kiss’s first ‘official’ concert was New Year’s Eve 1973, supporting Blue Öyster Cultand The Stooges. They had a new record contract and management deal, a debut in the can, a brand new logo backdrop and a new stunt: Gene breathing fire, a trick he learnt from the magician Amaze-O.

Gene soon found out why Amaze-O was bald when the inaugural fire-breathing event went wrong and Gene’s hair caught fire. The Demon was consoled backstage by ‘70s superstars Todd Rundgren and Rick Derringer, who warned him against playing with fire. Gene took no notice, going on to ignite his barnet many more times over his career.

The Kiss Monster Book is three-feet tall and will cost you $4,250!

“A must-have for all Kiss fans,” Tommy Thayer has the audacity to say in the advert for the appropriately titled Monster Book, which is an impractically enormous compendium of live snaps of the band that’s limited to only 1,000 copies.

This is a ridiculously huge tome that opens up to a width of five feet. “You can get a couple of them and build a house,” reckons Paul, and let’s face it, you’ll probably need somewhere new to live after you’ve shelled out a few grand for a book.

Gene Simmons encourages men to piss on his face!

A novelty marketing campaign for Gene’s reality show Family Jewels involved the USA-wide distribution of urinal cakes featuring an image of Gene’s face with a urine-activated talking splash protector.

Over-zealous Kiss fans were reported to be stealing the items, to which Gene advised, “Remember to wash ’em before you take ’em home.” It’s uncertain what the talking urinal cakes actually said.

There’s a Kiss tribute band of dwarves!

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“You wanted the littlest, you got the littlest!” Mini Kiss were formed in New York City in 1996 by lifelong Kiss fan and 4’4” Mini-Demon Joey Fatale. At their first public appearance, the venue was mobbed to such an extent that police had to be called.

In 2004 they toured with A Perfect Circle, and in 2010 Mini Kiss starred alongside the full-sized Kiss in a Dr Pepper Superbowl advert. Sadly Joey died in 2011 but Mini Kiss live on, appearing with Mini Elvis and Mini Gaga at the 2012 Minipalooza Festival.

Space Ace had the ability to change skin colour!

While making the appalling 1978 TV movie Kiss Meets The Phantom Of The Park – so loathed by the band that any mention of it was reputedly forbidden in their presence for years – Ace had several arguments with director Gordon Hessler.

Once when the Spaceman stormed off the set, he was replaced on-screen by a black stunt double. Teleporting we can believe, but full ethnic transmogrification? Speaking of which…

Kiss were dropped from Jacko’s tribute concert!

On August 15, 2011, live on CNN, Michael Jackson’s mother announced the addition of Kiss to the bill of the Michael Forever tribute concert in Cardiff.

Just a day later, the band were ‘un-invited’ due to outrage among Jackson fans concerning remarks Gene had made about Michael the previous year, including such indiscreet pearls of wisdom as, “There’s no question in my mind he molested those kids.”

Kiss songs help you win at sport!

In 1975, college American football team the Cadillac High Vikings were despondent – until coach Jim Neff started playing Kiss albums in the team bus and locker rooms.

By the end of the season they had won seven games in a row and ended up Conference champions! Neff contacted Kiss’s management to tell them of his team’s success, whereupon Kiss offered to play a show on campus and take part in the town’s Homecoming Parade.

Bohemian Rhapsody star Rami Malek lands James Bond role

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Actor Rami Malek has been named in the cast for the new James Bond film.

Malek received widespread critical acclaim for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody – a performance which landed the 37 year old a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BAFTA and an Oscar.

Now he’s celebrating again after being named in the cast for the as-yet-untitled new James Bond movie, where he’ll play the main villain – confirming a rumour that’s been swirling for several months.Malek wasn’t at the official announcement in Jamaica, but appeared via video message to say (via the BBC): “I’m stuck here in New York in production but I’m very much looking forward to joining the whole cast and crew.

«I will be making sure Mr Bond does not have an easy ride in this, his 25th outing. See you all soon.” Daniel Craig will reprise his role as Bond for the fifth and final time, while Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Wright and Rory Kinnear also all return.Malek will be joined by other Bond newcomers Ana de Armas, Billy Magnussen, Dali Benssalah, Lashana Lynch and David Dencik.

The film will be released internationally by Universal and in the US by MGM/Annapurna in April 2020. The writing team for the movie will also feature Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

This Article was originally writing by: loudersound.com

Pink Teams Up With Khalid On Mellow Bop, “Hurts 2B Human”

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Hurts 2B Human (due April 26) is shaping up to be one of Pink’s best, and most surprising, albums. The veteran hitmaker kicked it off with the anthemic “Walk Me Home” and then showcased her versatility by rocking out on “Hustle” and then leading us to the dance floor with nostalgic club-banger, “Can We Pretend.” She now switches it up again, joining forces with the prolific, always-brilliant Khalid for the soulful title track. Yes, this mellow bop might be the closest Alecia has come to R&B since her debut LP.

“Sometimes I get so tired of getting tired up my thoughts,” Pink croons in the opening verse. “You’re the only one that often makes it stop.” She then launches straight into the chorus. “God, it hurts to be human,” the pop/rocker belts over Jorgen Odegard’s guitar-driven, beats-speckled production. “Without you I’d be losing and someday we’ll face the music.” As for Khalid, his verse is equally emo. “Now if we defeat all odds and it was us against the world,” he promises. “You could count on me, you know I’d have your back.”

While this sounds like an unlikely collaboration on paper, it comes together brilliantly. Take a listen below and then watch Pink slay The Ellen DeGeneres Show at the bottom of the post.

This article was originally writing by: Idolator.com

Cuando le preguntaron a Cardi B sobre una posible reconciliación con Nicki Minaj

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La rivalidad entre Cardi B y Nicki Minaj parece no tener un final cercano. Es más, así lo evidenció la intérprete de «Money» al ser consultada sobre una posible reconciliación entre ambas.

Todo sucedió cuando un periodista de Variety habló con la rapera y le preguntó si «¿hay alguna posibilidad de hacer las paces con Nicki Minaj y colaborar con ella?», generando una reacción que muchos no esperaban.

A pesar de que Cardi B no dijo ni siquiera una palabra, miró fijamente al reportero con una sonrisa burlesca en el rostro para posteriormente lanzar una carcajada, dejando en claro que no está dentro de sus planes llevarse bien con su colega.

Recordemos que la relación entre ambas estrellas nunca ha sido la mujer, sin embargo, la rivalidad se intensificó cuando las dos colaborarobn en la canción «MotorSport» de Migos. Es más, su enemistad terminó en una pelea en la que B le lanzó un zapato a Minaj en plena fiesta de la revista Harpers Bazaar, debido a los comentarios que hizo la cantante de «Super Bass» sobre la maternidad de Cardi.

This article was originally writing by: Pop Craves

BEYONCÉ COLABORARÁ CON ADIDAS PARA RELANZAR IVY PARK

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Justo ayer dimos a conocer que además de estar trabajando en un nuevo álbum, Beyoncé también esta colaborando con Netflix en un documental que hablará sobre lo momentos más memorables de su carrera, incluida su histórico performance en Coachella 2018, mejor conocido como Beychella. Hoy tenemos otra buena noticia sobre la cantante: su marca de athleisure Ivy Park ha resurgido de la muerte. Su colaboración con Topshop terminó cuando el presidente de la marca fue acusado por acoso sexual e intimidación el año pasado y ahora, Queen B relanzará su línea con un socio mucho más adecuado: Adidas. Su nueva colección no sólo contará con ropa sino que también creará una firma diferente de calzado. Sí, entendiste bien, los tenis para hacer ejercicio de Beyoncé están a punto de suceder. Adidas fue la encargada de dar a conocer la emocionante noticia vía Instagram. La firma publicó un GIF en el que aparecen los logos de la colaboración el nombre de la cantante.

En un comunicado de prensa, Bey dijo que su acuerdo con Adidas es “la asociación de toda una vida”. La cantante también agregó que “Adidas ha tenido un gran éxito en el impulso de los límites creativos. Compartimos una filosofía que coloca la creatividad, el crecimiento y la responsabilidad social a la vanguardia de los negocios. Esperamos relanzar y expandir Ivy Park a una escala verdaderamente global con un líder comprobado y dinámico“.

Con esta noticia, Beyoncé nos confirma que aunque se apoderó del 2018 gracias a su presentación en uno de los festivales de música más populares del mundo, este 2019 planea conquistar a nuevos fanáticos a través de diversos medios, desde el cine pasando por su icónica música y ahora con el relanzamiento de Ivy Park.

Beyoncé aparecerá próximamente en el remake live action de The Lion King, ¡no te lo pierdas!

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Beyoncé’s 2018 Coachella Set Coming to Netflix in New Movie Homecoming

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Beyoncé’s epic 2018 Coachella performance will be the subject of a forthcoming Netflix documentary. Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé will mark the first time the full performance will be available for viewing since its initial live stream from the festival. It premieres on Wednesday, April 17. Watch the trailer, featuring a voiceover by Maya Angelou, below.

Queen Bey’s Coachella set was iconic for many reasons: It marked the first time a black woman had headlined Coachella in the festival’s history, and was punctuated by cameos from JAY-Z and Solange. Most notably, Bey was also joined by Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland for a legendary Destiny’s Child reunion, during which the trio performed “Lose My Breath,” “Say My Name,” and “Soldier.”

Read Pitchfork’s Festival Report “Why Beyoncé’s Coachella Performance Was One for the Ages.”

This article was originally writing by: Pitchbork.com

First ‘Joker’ trailer is dark, disturbing, and depressing

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As promised, Warner Bros. Pictures today shares the first teaser trailer for director Todd Phillips’ Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix. The movie accounts for the first time that we’ll be seeing the villainous character since Jared Leto’s portrayal in Suicide Squad from 2016. The trailer for Joker gives us a look at how Arthur Fleck  the man who will eventually become the Joker transitions from happy-go-lucky clown to cynical monster. “I used to think my life was a tragedy,” Fleck says, “But now I realize it’s a comedy.”

As Fleck witnesses the world around him becoming more sinister than ever, he begins to take a sadistic turn of his own, ultiatmely transforming into the infamous Batman villain.

Some insist that Jared Leto’s portrayal of the Joker in Suicide Squad left much to be desired. This largely puts responsibility on Phoenix to turn the ship for the iconic character. Expectations will be high nonetheless, thanks to legendary performances from the likes of Jack Nicholson in 1989’s Batman and Heath Ledger in 2008’s The Dark Knight.Expect to see and hear more surrounding Joaquin Phoenix and Joker leading up to the movie’s much-anticipated October 4 release date. Until then, we’ve compiled the best reactions to the first Joker trailer. See them below.

 

31 Celebrities Who Have April Birthdays

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1. On April 1, David Oyelowo is turning 43.

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2. Michael Fassbender is turning 42 on April 2.

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3. Robert Downey Jr. is gonna be 54 on April 4.

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4. Pharrell is turning 46 on April 5.

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5. And on April 5, Paul Rudd is turning the big 5-0.

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6. Jackie Chan turns 65 on April 7.

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7. Robin Wright’s 53rd birthday is on April 8.

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8. On April 9, Kristen Stewart is turning 29.

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9. Leighton Meester’s birthday is also on April 9 — she’ll be 33.

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10. And Elle Fanning is also celebrating her birthday on April 9 — she’s turning 21.

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11. Mandy Moore turns 35 on April 10.

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12. Charlie Hunnam has the same birthday, and he’ll be turning 39.

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13. Saoirse Ronan will be 25 on April 12.

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14. Emma Watson is turning 29 on April 15.

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15. And Seth Rogen is turning 37, also on April 15.

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16. On April 17, Jennifer Garner turns 47.

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17. Rooney Mara is also celebrating a birthday on the 17th — she’s turning 34.

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18. On April 18, America Ferrera is turning 35.

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19. And Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is celebrating her 32nd birthday, also on the 18th.

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20. Kate Hudson is turning the big 4-0 on April 19.

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21. Andy Serkis is gonna be 55 on April 20.

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22. James McAvoy will be 40 years old on April 21.

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23. On April 22, Jack Nicholson will be 82.

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24. And on April 23, Dev Patel is turning 29.

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25. Al Pacino will be 79 on April 25.

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26. And Renée Zellweger will be 50, also on April 25.

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27. On April 26, Channing Tatum is turning 39.

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28. Penélope Cruz will be 45 on April 28.

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29. Uma Thurman is gonna be 49 on April 29.

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30. Kirsten Dunst is turning 37 on April 30.

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31. And Gal Gadot will be 34 on April 30.

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