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31
Jul

Jean-Claude Van Damme walks out of an Australian interview due to "boring questions" – watch

Jean-Claude Van Damme stormed out of a live TV interview with Australia’s Channel Seven yesterday (July 30).

As reported by the Guardian, the Belgian actor accused Sunrise, the Aussie show he was being interviewed by from Bangkok, of asking the same questions the press have been asking him “for the last 25 years”.

“How’s Kylie? How’s the training?” Van Damme responded sarcastically, before pointing out that he’s 55 now ans has “a different view of life”.

“This interview you’re giving on TV right is boring because the questions are boring,” Van Damme reiterated and claimed the questions were making him sweat and “not feel good”.

“What the fuck is going on with Australia?” he exclaimed before walking off.

Watch the clip in it’s entirety below:

Jean-Claude Van Damme is an actor famed for his action roles and stunts, one of which was featured in a show hosted by Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The Austrian action man fronted a two-hour TV show dedicated to stunts in movies, titled Arnie’s 50 Greatest Ever Stunts.

The show featured commentary from fans, comedians, stunt coordinators and daredevils, as well as taking a behind-the-scenes look at how the jaw-dropping stunts came together.

Van Damme’s famous splits between two moving trucks, which he did for a Volvo advert, made an appearance in the stunt show.

Jean-Claude Van Damme walks out of an Australian interview due to "boring questions" – watch

31
Jul

Beenie Man has been denied entry to Canada after being diagnosed with Zika virus

Beenie Man was due to play OVO Fest in Toronto last night (July 30), but had to cancel after being denied entry into Canada.

The ‘Who Am I (Sim Simma)’ singer was diagnosed with Zika virus, he revealed on Instagram, saying “Zika Virus hol’ mi” and confirming that he had “no visa fi mi Canada show”.

Zika virus is named after the Zika Forest in Uganda and is spread by mosquitoes. It often shows no symptoms or very slight symptoms similar to those of a mild bout of dengue fever. There is no specific treatment.

Ticketmaster released a statement saying that due to “immigration issues” Beenie Man would no longer be able to eprform at OVO Fest. They promised a “slew of surprise special guests” in place of the raggae star and assured festival goers that Machel Montano would still headline as planned.

Jah know…dah week ya deal wid me a way!! ⚠ No visa fi mi Canada show (I apologize again to my fans in case you haven't seen the press release) ⚠ Zika Virus hol' mi ⚠ The same Zika mosquito gi mi dengue. Blood test, injections, pills. Wi a hol firm still. Selassie a guide I n I right through so once mi have life me a give thanks. #Unstoppable A photo posted by KingBeenieMan (@kingbeenieman) on Jul 30, 2016 at 12:01pm PDT

Elsewhere in reggae news, earlier this year it was announced that Bob Marley’s estate would be releasing the first in a slated line of cannabis products.

Marking the anniversary of his 71st Birthday on the 6th February 2016, ‘Marley Natural’ was made in conjunction with The Marley Estate and New York based Privateer Holdings. It’s the first line to be released, with more to follow.

“If my father was here physically, he would be up front advocating for this plant, so we are very proud to put our Marley Natural brand out there,” Stephen Marley told Biillboard.

“Our team has visited hundreds of farms around the world, learning all about growing processes and different strains, trying to find the best quality cannabis there is,” explained Marley Natural Product Manager Tahira Rehmatullah.

Some states in the US have a decriminalisation policy in effect, where Marijuana is sold through state controlled ‘dispensaries’ – but marijuana can only be distributed in areas where it is grown.

Beenie Man has been denied entry to Canada after being diagnosed with Zika virus

31
Jul

Watch French Montana's new video for 'No Shopping' featuring Drake

The video for French Montana’s new single ‘No Shopping’ has dropped.

Featuring fellow US rapper Drake, who Montana hasn’t collaborated with since 2012’s ‘Pop That’, the pair sport mariachi band style moustaches to play Draké and French Monataña, the hosts of the ‘El Coke Boys Classico’ gold championship.

The rappers are then seen ridding around on golf carts and partying near a pool with numerous bikini-clad women.

Watch the video for ‘No Shopping’ below:

Drake has of late been hogging the top of the UK charts, but has been knocked off this weekend by ‘Cold Water’, the new single by Major Lazer, Justin Bieber and MØ.

The Toronto rapper’s ‘One Dance’, which features Wizkid and Kyla, has reigned supreme at the top of the UK chart since April 15, ten days after it was released in the UK as the second single from Drake’s fourth album ‘Views’.

‘One Dance’ has now fallen to number five, meaning it is now behind Jonas Blue’s ‘Perfect Strangers’ (2), Calum Scott’s ‘Dancing On My Own’ (3) and Chainsmokers’ ‘Don’t Let Me Down’ (4). Before its tumble this week, ‘One Dance’ equalled Wet Wet Wet’s ‘Love Is All Around’ as the second longest number-one hit in UK chart history, only one week short of the all-time record – Bryan Adams’ 1991 single ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It for You’.

Watch French Montana's new video for 'No Shopping' featuring Drake

31
Jul

J.K. Rowling announces there will be no more Harry Potter stories

J.K. Rowling has revealed that there will be no more Harry Potter stories.

The author of the hugely successful series made her announcement at the premiere of the two-part play ‘Harry Potter And The Cursed Child’ at London’s Palace Theatre this weekend.

When asked if fans could look forward to more stories following the play, Rowling answered “No, no,” Reuters reports.

Set 19 years after ‘Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows’, ‘The Cursed Child’ follows Potter as a 37-year-old with three kids.

“He goes on a very big journey during these two plays,” Rowling told the press. “I think we’re done. This is the next generation, you know,” Rowling continued, “so, I’m thrilled to see it realised so beautifully, but no, Harry is done now.”

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Those still seeking a Harry Potter fix should look to the creators of Pokemon Go, who are developing a Harry Potter version of the game.

Niantic have announced that they will be making Harry Potter Go following the success of their Pokémon game.

Since over 15 million users worldwide have downloaded Pokémon Go, fans of the J.K. Rowling books and films have been petitioning Warner Bros to create a Harry Potter game.

Hello Giggles reports that Niantic’s senior developer Marcus Figueroa said the company had decided to create the game as “the demand for this title was absolutely insane, so we figured we’d give it a shot.”

At present, there is no release date for the game.

J.K. Rowling announces there will be no more Harry Potter stories

31
Jul

Listen to the entire soundtrack for Nas produced film 'The Land'

This week Nas appeared at the New York premiere of The Land, which coincided with the release of the film’s soundtrack on Spotify.

The US rapper worked as a producer on the movie and also curated the music, which features Kanye West, Erykah Badu, French Montana, Machine Gun Kelly, Pusha T, Jeremih, Ezzy, Nosaj Thing and Nas himself.

Written and directed by Stephen Caple Jr, The Land depicts the life of a young skateboarder aspiring to headier heights than “the hood” he inhabits in Cleveland, Ohio.

Speaking at the premiere about his track ‘This Bitter Land’, a collaboration with Erykah Badu that will be the first single off the soundtrack, Nas said: “We were motivated by the film, the story. What the story made us feel, we had to put the music together to fit that.”

The Land is out in New York and LA now, and opens elsewhere on August 4.

Listen to The Land soundtrack in full below:

Fellow artist on The Land, Pusha T is currently selling ‘Delete Your Account’ t-shirts in support of Hillary Clinton.

The phrase comes from a now infamous tweet sent from Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s Twitter account to her Republican opposite number Donald Trump.

The shirts also have the hashtag #IMWITHHER on the back – a Twitter trend used to show support for Clinton.

“SMH at the idea of undoing Obama’s legacy w/ a vote for this BUFFOON,” wrote Pusha on Twitter.

All proceeds from the t-shirts, which are available from the rapper’s online store, will go to prison reform organisation Re-Imagine Justice.

Listen to the entire soundtrack for Nas produced film 'The Land'

31
Jul

New venue and record shop to open in London this September

A new venue and record shop is set to open in London in September.

Spiritland will be based near King’s Cross and will function as a venue, cafe, bar and record shop.

It will also stock high-end audio equipment and has plans to run a radio studio called Spiritland Sound Studio.

As The Line Of Best Fit reports, the venue is planning to host DJ sets, artist talks, whisky tastings, pub quizzes and other events.

Spiritland is set to open in mid-September at 9-10 Sable Street. Listings for the venue will be announced soon.

New venue and record shop to open in London this September

31
Jul

Watch Red Hot Chili Peppers cover Jane's Addiction at Lollapalooza

Red Hot Chili Peppers covered Jane’s Addiction as they headlined Lollapalooza last night (July 30).

The Californian band paid tribute to the rock band, who also performed at the Chicago festival yesterday, towards the end of their set.

Guitarist Josh Kiinghoffer sang and played a brief version of ‘I Would For You’ solo, before segueing into ‘Under The Bridge’.

Watch footage of the performance below from the 1:11:27 mark.

The group released their eleventh album ‘The Getaway’ in June and have headlined the likes of T In The Park, Open’er Festival and more this summer.

They will also headline Reading & Leeds in August.

Watch Red Hot Chili Peppers cover Jane's Addiction at Lollapalooza

31
Jul

Pokémon Go creators are working on a Harry Potter Go game

The creators of Pokémon Go are developing a Harry Potter version of the game.

Niantic have announced that they will be making Harry Potter Go following the success of their Pokémon game.

Since over 15 million users worldwide have downloaded Pokémon Go, fans of the J.K. Rowling books and films have been petitioning Warner Bros to create a Harry Potter game.

Hello Giggles reports that Niantic’s senior developer Marcus Figueroa said the company had decided to create the game as “the demand for this title was absolutely insane, so we figured we’d give it a shot.”

At present, there is no release date for the game.

Pokémon Go creators are working on a Harry Potter Go game

31
Jul

Watch tribute performances to Lou Reed from New York concert

Yesterday (July 30), New York’s Lincoln Center hosted a tribute concert for the late Lou Reed.

The Bells: A Daylong Celebration of Lou Reed featured performances of The Velvet Underground frontman’s love songs by the likes of Anohni, Mark Kozelek, Emily Haines, Reed’s widow Laurie Anderson and more.

Anderson programmed the event with Reed’s producer and friend Hal Willner. The day also included lessons with Reed’s tai chi master, an installation of six of Reed’s guitars playing feedback drones, screenings of films relating to Reed and daytime performances by his peers and some of the artists he influenced.

The latter included a house band that featured Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo and Steve Shelley, and more. Other guests included Lenny Kaye, Jesse Malin, JG Thirlwell and others.

Watch footage from the day below, via Rolling Stone.

Reed passed away on October 27 2013 due to liver disease. He had undergone liver transplant surgery in the months leading up to his death.

Watch tribute performances to Lou Reed from New York concert

31
Jul

Watch Rihanna do 'the craziest thing' she's ever done in 'Goodnight Gotham' video

Rihanna has shared a minute-long video for ‘Goodnight Gotham’, which was a bonus track on her latest album ‘Anti’.

In the clip, the singer is shown doing “the craziest thing I’ve ever done”. That turns out to be running right at a large group of her fans and paparazzi in Paris’ Trocadero Square.

She is swarmed by her fans and lifted onto one person’s shoulders, from where both she and the crowd take selfies.

Watch the video below, via Rolling Stone.

Recently, Rihanna warned fans not to play Pokémon Go while she was singing for them at a concert on her Anti World Tour.

The singer was performing in France when she told the crowd, “I don’t want to see you texting your boyfriends or your girlfriends. I don’t want to see you catching any Pokémons up in this bitch.”

Watch Rihanna do 'the craziest thing' she's ever done in 'Goodnight Gotham' video

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