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Dec

Two dead after reported shooting outside Meek Mill concert

Police say the violence broke out outside the Oakdale Theater just as the concert was winding down

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Two men have reportedly been fatally shot following a shooting outside a Meek Mill concert last night (December 30). Two further men were injured and taken to hospital.

According to ABC News, police say the violence broke out outside the Oakdale Theater just as the concert was winding down; the two surviving victims were transported to Hartford Hospital and Yale New Haven Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

It is unknown what prompted the shooting, and no suspects are currently in custody. Police did not explicitly tie the shooting to the concert or Meek Mill.

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Speaking to ABC News, Lt. Bradley explained, “We received a 911 call from an employee at the Oakdale Theatre … The caller reported that he was outside of the Oakdale with a victim who was shot in the leg.”

She continued; “Our units responding determined that there were actually four victims, two with non-life-threatening injuries … two victims determined to be deceased. Everything occurred outside of the Oakdale, it appeared to be near closing, the closing of the event.”

She added, “At this time, we are looking into possible leads, suspect vehicles, descriptions.” The investigation is ongoing and no arrests have been made. Wallingford Police Lt. According to Pitchfork, Cheryl Bradley said the shooting isn’t related to Meek Mill. James Bozzi, the head of marketing in Connecticut for Live Nation (which owns the Oakdale Theater), told My Record Journal that the venue has no plans to postpone or cancel its next show.

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31
Dec

Listen to Emma Watson singing ‘Something There’ from ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Watson stars in Disney’s upcoming live-action remake

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Disney has shared an official clip of Emma Watson singing ‘Something There’ from next year’s Beauty and the Beast live-action remake.

According to Digital Spy, an initial clip leaked this week after a singing Hasbro doll of Watson’s Belle from Beauty and the Beast landed in Toys R Us earlier than planned.

‘Something There’ is one of the many songs from the classic 1991 animated original that will be used in the new Disney live-action version. You can hear the official clip below.

The first trailer for the upcoming live-action Beauty and the Beast film was released last month (November 14).

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is expected to open in cinemas on March 17, 2017, following recent live-action adaptations like The Jungle Book, Cinderella and Maleficent. A teaser trailer was released in May.

This trailer gave the first in-depth look at Emma Watson as Belle and Downton Abbey actor Dan Stevens as the Beast.

As well as Watson and Stevens, the film also stars Ian McKellen, Ewan McGregor and Emma Thompson. Bill Condon (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn) will direct the film, the screenplay of which was written by Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower).

Director Condon recently spoke about working on the film, saying: “I was so excited to hear that Disney was thinking about doing a live-action version of Beauty and the Beast. When something is so perfect, why get near it? And the answer is technology has caught up to the ideas that were introduced in that movie.”

Jamie T has also revealed that he was invited to audition for the role of the Beast in the film.

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31
Dec

‘Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me’ soundtrack to be reissued

Death Waltz Recording Company will reissue the soundtrack to ‘Fire Walk with Me’

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The Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me soundtrack to be set to be reissued in 2017.

The 1992 prequel film retraces the last week in the life of Laura Palmer. Like the original Twin Peaks series, the film featured original music by Angelo Badalamenti and singer Julee Cruise.

The Death Waltz Recording Company will reissue the soundtrack to Fire Walk with Me in January. Whilst they haven’t released the official date, they did post a photo that appears to be part of the cover on Twitter.

According to The Vinyl Factory, the reissue will feature liner notes from film critic Mark Kermode.

The Twin Peaks OST was reissued on August 10 via Mondo. The record was released on a “damn fine coffee”-coloured vinyl accompanied by lyrics and linear notes from Badalamenti.

The reissue’s artwork was reportedly inspired by the tiling of the Black Lodge and was approved by Lynch himself.

In 2014, it was first announced that David Lynch’s cult show would return on Showtime. Earlier this year, it was reported that the revival series would be two seasons long.

US cable network Showtime originally commissioned nine new episodes of the cult favourite, but the revival is now expected to run considerably longer. Lynch announced in April 2015 that he had pulled out of the revival series, but then confirmed the following month that he was back on board to direct the new episodes.

Naomi Watts, Tom Sizemore, Laura Dern, Amanda Seyfried, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Robert Knepper and Balthazar Getty are all rumoured to have been cast as new characters, joining original cast members Kyle MacLachlan, Sherilyn Fenn and Sheryl Lee. Filming finished for the revival in August.

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31
Dec

Lindsay Lohan will keep “forcing” and “pushing” for a ‘Mean Girls’ sequel

Lohan revealed she has already written a treatment for the film

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Lindsay Lohan has revealed that she has written a treatment for a Mean Girls sequel.

Lohan starred in the original 2004 film alongside Rachel McAdams, Amy Poehler, Lizzy Caplan, Amanda Seyfried and writer Tina Fey.

Speaking to CNN Abu Dhabi correspondent Becky Anderson during a live Facebook interview, she expressed her interest in reprising her role of Cady Heron in a sequel to the 2004 hit.

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“I have been trying so hard to do a ‘Mean Girls 2.’ It is not in my hands,” she explained, adding, “I know that [writer] Tina Fey and [producer] Lorne Michaels and all of Paramount are very busy… I will keep forcing it and pushing it on them until we do it.”

Lohan revealed that she’s already written a treatment for the sequel and would love Jimmy Fallon and her Freaky Friday co-star Jamie Lee Curtis to have roles. “I just need a response,” she joked.

In October, the Mean Girls musical was announced. Set to open next year, the musical was confirmed via the film’s official Twitter account and Facebook page.

The film’s Facebook page and Twitter account stated that the musical would be coming to Washington, D.C. in the fall of 2017.

The musical was first confirmed in March, with Fey telling The Metro: “My husband, (composer) Jeff Richmond and I, (along with lyricist) Nell Benjamin, have been working on it.” Nell Benjamin has previously worked on the Legally Blonde musical.

The exact location, opening date or theatre is yet to be revealed but official Instagram and Twitter accounts have been set up to keep up with the Mean Girls musical news.

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31
Dec

Death Grips’ MC Ride to host solo art exhibition

Stefan Burnett’s Solo Exhibition takes place in Los Angeles in January

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Death Grips‘ Stefan Burnett is set to host a solo art exhibition in Los Angeles in January.

The show, titled Solo Exhibition, opens on January 7 at Los Angeles’ Slow Culture, and runs until January 28. According to the gallery’s listing, it marks Burnett’s first solo showcase.

According to Pitchfork, Burnett has been selling acrylic paintings on his personal website since the beginning of 2016.

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Earlier this year, Death Grips embarked on a European tour, in support of their recent LP ‘Bottomless Pit‘.

The rap duo released surprise new album ‘Bottomless Pit’ in May. It is the fifth album to be released by the experimental group and includes previously released track ‘Hot Head’ as part of 13 songs that span over 35 minutes.

The rap group announced their plans to break up in 2014, with last year’s ‘The Powers That B’ project originally expected to be their final release when the second half of it landed. However, a post by the band on Facebook suggested that the group had a future. “You’re right, we might make some more” they wrote, linking to a stream of the new album.

The Californian group’s career has been characterised by unpredictable behaviour, from leaking their own album ‘No Love Deep Web’ (complete with a cover image of an erect penis) to ‘performing’ a number of shows in which they set up their equipment but failed to appear onstage, usually resulting in the trashing of their gear.

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31
Dec

‘Blade Runner’ director Ridley Scott explains why he’s turned down superhero movies

Legendary director says he finds superhero films difficult to “believe in”.

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Revered  director Ridley Scott has explained why he has turned down superhero movies in the past.

Scott, the visionary film-maker behind Blade Runner, Alien and Thelma & Louise, said he wants to keep making “smart films” instead.

“Superhero movies are not my kind of thing – that’s why I’ve never really done one,” he told press including Digital Spy.

After revealing he has been asked to take on a superhero movie “several times”, Scott added: “I can’t believe in the thin, gossamer tight-rope of the non-reality of the situation of the superhero. I’ve done that kind of movie – Blade Runner really is a comic strip when you think about it, it’s a dark story told in an unreal world.”

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“You could almost put Batman or Superman in that world, that atmosphere, except I’d have a fucking good story, as opposed to no story!” he continued.

Scott’s next film is Alien: Covenant, the sequel to 2012’s Prometheus. James Franco has recently joined the film’s cast and the first trailer debuted on Christmas Day.

After sharing the opinion that today’s cinema “mainly is pretty bad”, Scott added: “I want to keep doing cinema and I hope it doesn’t affect those of us who still keep making smart films. I’m hoping it doesn’t affect me.”

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31
Dec

Honey G’s debut single flops as it fails to crack UK Top 100

‘X Factor’ rapper recently admitted she hasn’t signed an album deal yet.

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Honey G’s debut single has failed to enter the UK’s Official Singles Chart within the Top 100.

The controversial X Factor contestant – who finished fifth on this year’s series – inked a quick deal with Simon Cowell’s label Syco and dropped ‘The Honey G Show’ on December 23.

However, in the new Top 100 released by the Official Charts Company yesterday (December 30), the track is nowhere to be seen and the Radio Times reports that it stalled at Number 149.

The single’s poor chart performance follows an awkward appearance on Good Morning Britain in which Honey G appeared to forget the lyrics to Missy Elliott’s ‘Get Ur Freak On’, something which she later denied.

Before being voted off The X Factor in week eight, the 35-year-old white rapper from Harrow in North-West London – or “North Weezy” as she calls it – had been the major talking point of this year’s series.

Some commentators have called her act a problematic parody of hip-hop culture. The Guardian‘s Lola Okolosie recently argued that her performance on the show is “modern-day blackface”.

Honey G recently told Digital Spy that she hasn’t signed a full album deal with Simon Cowell’s label yet.

“What I want to do is negotiate a deal,” she said. “We want to make it happen. I don’t think there is a specific timescale – I think they are allowed to make two singles with me, and then if they make a third, they have to make an album.”

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31
Dec

Watch Michael Stipe sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to Patti Smith at Chicago gig

Punk icon turned 70 yesterday (December 30) and performed her seminal album ‘Horses’ in full.

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Michael Stipe helped to wish Patti Smith a happy birthday at her gig in Chicago last night (December 30).

On the day of her 70th birthday, the punk icon performed her seminal album ‘Horses’ in full at the city’s Riviera Theater. During the concert, the R.E.M. frontman joined Smith on stage to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ and present her with a cake.

Confetti showered the crowd as they sang along to Smith’s birthday song. Watch video footage shared by fans below.

Stipe and Smith are longtime friends and collaborators. Smith sings backing vocals on the R.E.M. songs ‘Blue’ and ‘E-Bow The Letter’.

She recently sang Bob Dylan’s ‘A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall’ at the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony in Stockholm, but had to stop the orchestra she was performing with as she appeared to forget the lyrics.

She later wrote of the incident: “Unaccustomed to such an overwhelming case of nerves, I was unable to continue. I hadn’t forgotten the words that were now a part of me. I was simply unable to draw them out.”

She added: “As I took my seat, I felt the humiliating sting of failure, but also the strange realization that I had somehow entered and truly lived the world of the lyrics.”

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31
Dec

Listen to The Avalanches’ new song with Freddie Gibbs

The band recently appeared to confirm they’ll be playing Glastonbury 2017.

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The Avalanches have shared two separate versions of ‘Bad Day’, a previously unreleased track featuring rapper Freddie Gibbs.

The band described one version as the “OG version” and the other as an “alt mix” that they consider a “rough Christmas jam”. Listen to both below.

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Shortly before Christmas, The Avalanches seemingly confirmed in a series of tweets that they will be playing Glastonbury 2017, Coachella 2017 and several other festivals next year.

However, they later deleted every tweet relating to their 2017 festival schedule – check out screen-grabs here.

The Australian dance band returned this summer with a new album called ‘Wildflower’, their first since 2000’s ‘Since I Left You’.

In July, they were forced to postpone their overseas festival shows because band member Tony Di Blasi was advised against travelling abroad due “to a medical condition requiring treatment in Australia”. The nature of the medical condition wasn’t specified.

Next month, they’ll return to touring with a series of lives shows in their native Australia.

Another band member, Robbie Chater, revealed earlier this year that he had also battled ill health while the band were out of action in the noughties.

Chater said: “There were three years in the mid-2000s when I was really unwell. I was diagnosed with a couple of separate autoimmune diseases, so I was out of action.”

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31
Dec

Wavves announce new album for 2017

It will be the California band’s follow-up to 2015 effort ‘V’.

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Wavves will return with their sixth studio album in 2017.

Frontman Nathan Williams told fans on Twitter that the album is now finished and will come out on his Ghost Ramp record label in April of next year.

The currently untitled album will be Wavves’ follow-up to their 2015 set ‘V’. In the same year, they also released ‘No Life For Me’, a collaborative album with Cloud Nothings.

Earlier this year the band banned Donald Trump supporters, racists and homophobes from their North American tour.

Williams said he drew up the list of banned groups because “people are suffering every day and, the way I see it, you’re either part of the solution or part of the problem”.

The Californian band’s banned groups of people included: “Anyone who has harboured resentment in any way towards the homosexual community in any way”; anyone who “thought a rape victim had it coming because she was dressed a certain way or was too intoxicated”; those who supported the anti-abortion hashtag #alllivesmatter; white people who use racial slurs; and anyone who has “gone out of their way” to defend American police.

The list ended with a blanket ban of Donald Trump supporters because, Williams reasoned, “That’s basically three or four of the aforementioned topics”.

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