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31
Mar

‘IT’ film trailer breaks viewing record

Trailer attracted 197 million views in its first 24 hours

This week’s IT trailer has broken a record for the most views in its first 24 hours.

Warner Bros has announced that the trailer for the Stephen King remake attracted 197 million views globally in its first day of release, as well as 1.8 million shares on Facebook in the US alone.

The previous record of the most views in its first 24 hours for a movie trailer was by The Fate of the Furious (139 million in a day).

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Read more: the funniest reactions to the IT trailer

The R-rated film adaptation of King’s 1986 novel is set for release on September 8 this year. Bill Skarsgård stars as Pennywise, following in the footsteps of Tim Curry, who famously portrayed the creepy clown in a popular 1990 TV miniseries.

Mama‘s Andrés Muschietti is directing from a script co-written by True Detective and Beasts Of No Nation film-maker Cary Fukunaga.

On of the film’s producers, Seth Grahame-Smith, recently revealed that Stephen King has given the remake his approval.

The film’s cast also includes Stranger Things actor Finn Wolfhard, who is playing Richie Tozier, a member of the so-called ‘Losers Club’. The first photo of Bill Skarsgård in character as Pennywise the clown was released last summer.

Read more: Everything we know about IT so far

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31
Mar

A Tribe Called Quest share new video for ‘Dis Generation’

It’s the second video to emerge from the group’s ‘final’ album ‘We Got It From Here… Thanks 4 For The Memories’

Q-Tip in the video for A Tribe Called Quest's 'Dis Generation'
Q-Tip in the video for A Tribe Called Quest’s ‘Dis Generation’

A Tribe Called Quest have shared the new video for their song ‘Dis Generation’.

Taken from the influential New York City hip-hop group’s ‘final’ album ‘We Got It From Here… Thanks 4 For The Memories’, the song follows ‘We The People’ in receiving the video treatment since the album’s release back in November.

Directed by Atlanta director Hiro Murai – who has also directed music videos for the likes of Earl Sweatshirt, Bloc Party and Childish Gambino – the black-and-white video sees Tribe’s remaining members Q-Tip, Jarobi and Ali Shaheed Muhammad (along with group affiliate and track guest Busta Rhymes) appear in a series of rolling scenes of cars, a live gig and lighting fixtures. Late Tribe MC Phife Dawg’s verses are also prominent in the new video.

Watch the video for A Tribe Called Quest’s ‘Dis Generation’ below.

A new verse from Phife appeared on a track by Dwele last month – listen to the song here.

Phife’s wife, Desha Head Taylor, revealed back in November that he’d recorded a solo album before his death, with the aim to release the album at some point this year.

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31
Mar

John Lydon calls Trump ‘magnificent’ and a ‘cat amongst pigeons’

Sex Pistols frontman continues to praise US President

Sex PistolsJohn Lydon has continued his recent praising of Donald Trump.

Earlier this week, Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) came out in defence of Trump, also describing meeting Nigel Farage as “fantastic” and speaking positively of the Brexit vote.

He later defended his comments, saying: “America now has a new President and whether you like him or not you have to support him or you will destroy the country. You got to make things work.”

Now speaking to NPR, Lydon said: “I’m a natural-born anarchist. I’ve never in my life supported any government anywhere, and I never will.”

He went on to add: “I really liked what Obama was promising and that’s when I became an American citizen.”

When the conversation came round to Trump, Lydon said: “I think he’s absolutely magnificent. He’s a total cat amongst the pigeons. It’s got everybody now involving themselves in a political way. And I’ve been struggling for years to get people to wake up and do that.”

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Speaking earlier this week to Virgin Radio, Lydon said that he feels a connection with Trump because he himself has been accused of racism in the past. In 2008, he was accused of a “racist attack” on Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke.

“In my past I’ve had that accusation thrown at me willy nilly and it’s a damn hard one to have to listen to and endure – make sure it’s right,” Lydon said. “There’s a terrible attitude in left-wing politics – they just feel they have the pomposity and right to just throw these accusations out without any evidence – well don’t because my world requires facts.”

“For the next week and a half the rag-and-bone trade that we call the media is going to be calling me a racist, that’s the tomfoolery of it all. That’s going to be damn upsetting all over again to my grandkids, isn’t it?”

Lydon recently made headlines by saying that he will “sorely miss” the Queen when she dies.

Watch Lydon explain how the Sex Pistols wrote ‘God Save The Queen’ in the video below:

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31
Mar

Twitter to drop ‘Egg’ avatar due to its association with online harassment

This follows the recent announcement by the social media platform that they were giving users the power to block anyone with an ‘Egg’ avatar

Twitter's egg avatar
Twitter’s egg avatar

Twitter is to drop its ‘Egg’ avatar due to its associations with online harassment.

The default avatar is intended to be first temporary profile picture for new users who sign up to the social media platform, but the ‘Egg’ – which was introduced in 2010 – has now become more synonymous with abusive or trolling accounts as Twitter’s influence has spread.

Earlier this month, Twitter announced that they were giving users the power to block any accounts that used the ‘Egg’ avatar in an effort to combat online harassment. This course of action has been stepped up further by the announcement today (March 31) that Twitter are dropping the ‘Egg’ avatar entirely.

Twitter

Twitter

When users now sign up to the platform, they will be greeted with a gender-neutral figure as their profile photo. Twitter said of the change: “It’s time for something new – something that encourages people to upload their own photos for more personal expression.”

The blog post continues with reference to the ‘Egg”s associations with harassment.

“We’ve noticed patterns of behavior with accounts that are created only to harass others – often they don’t take the time to personalize their accounts,” the blog reads. “This has created an association between the default egg profile photo and negative behavior, which isn’t fair to people who are still new to Twitter and haven’t yet personalised their profile photo.”

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31
Mar

‘Doctor Who’ announces show’s first openly gay companion

Pearl Mackie will play Bill Potts in the cult BBC show

Doctor Who‘s next companion will be the first in the show’s history to be openly gay.

Pearl Mackie will play Bill Potts when the cult BBC show returns on April 15. The character replaces Jenna Coleman’s Clara as the companion of Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor.

Although the show has contained numerous gay characters, none have featured as full time companions to the Doctor.

Speaking about the news, Mackie said: “It shouldn’t be a big deal in the 21st century. It’s about time, isn’t it? That representation is important, especially on a mainstream show. It’s important to say people are gay, people are black – there are also aliens in the world, so watch out for them.”

“I remember watching TV as a young, mixed-race girl, not seeing many people who looked like me, so I think being able to visually recognise yourself on screen is important,” Mackie continued.

“[Being gay] is not the main thing that defines [Potts’] character – it’s something that’s part of her and something that she’s very happy and very comfortable with.”

Meanwhile, Capaldi will leave his role as the Doctor at the end of the upcoming season. Fleabag‘s Phoebe Waller-BridgeKris Marshall and Tilda Swinton have been tipped for the role.

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31
Mar

Liberian boy rescued by Ed Sheeran during Comic Relief speaks out

The 14-year-old orphan – who goes by the name JD – was the subject of an emotional meeting with Sheeran for Comic Relief

Ed Sheeran and JD in Liberia
Ed Sheeran and JD in Liberia

The Liberian boy who was rescued by Ed Sheeran has spoken about the experience of being saved by the artist.

Sheeran met JD, a 14-year-old orphan who lives on the streets of Liberia, for a segment for last Friday’s (March 24) Comic Relief telecast. As the emotional meeting drew to a close, Sheeran offered to rescue JD and four of his friends after the ÷ songwriter witnessed an older man hitting JD in public.

JD has now spoken out about his improved circumstances following his meeting with Sheeran. As reported by the Mail Online, the boy is now living safely in the Liberian capital Monrovia along with his four friends – all thanks to Sheeran and charity Street Child’s interference.

Living with his new guardian ‘Ma’, JD said: “I used to sleep in canoes on the beach with my friends. Now I feel much better because I stay with Ma and she takes care of us. She always comes looking for us to make sure we are ok. She really cares about me. I didn’t have that before.

“I am very happy to be going to school soon. I want to be President, so I have to learn and study well,” he continued. “When I am President I can help all the other street children with food, shelter and school. I want to see all children in school uniforms.

JD also expressed his gratitude for Street Child and Sheeran, adding: “If I had not met Street Child and Ed, I would still be sleeping in canoes on the beach.”

Meanwhile, Sheeran revealed earlier this week that he will stop touring when he becomes a father.

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31
Mar

Alec Baldwin might retire his ‘SNL’ Trump impression

Actor says he won’t be impersonating the President ‘much longer’

Alec Baldwin has indicated that he might retire his Donald Trump impression after the current season of Saturday Night Live draws to a close in May.

Baldwin’s impersonations of Trump have been hugely popular in the run-up to last year’s US Presidential election and since Trump’s win and inauguration. Trump has repeatedly responded to Baldwin’s impersonations and REM’s Michael Stipe even blamed Baldwin’s impression of the billionaire businessman, in part, for his unexpected political rise.

Baldwin was asked by the Press Association how much longer he would impersonate Trump, to which he replied: “Not much longer. This season on SNL… I’m going to do it as much as I can because I love them. They’re my dear friends. After that, I don’t quite know. I don’t quite know if people want to continue with that. If everything stays the same in this country as it is now, I don’t think people will be in the mood to laugh about it come September [when the next season premieres].”

“We’ll be around the corner to the one-year anniversary of the election this fall. I think people will be in a completely different frame of mind,” Baldwin added. “We’ll see if this is actually the first satire-resistant president.”

Baldwin said that he would have to be paid “an ungodly amount of money” to play Trump in film or on stage. “I don’t know if I’d want to be Trump for more than a five-minute slug of time on Saturday Night Live. You’d have to pay me an ungodly amount of money because it would be exhausting. It would be tiresome.”

Meanwhile, it was recently reported that Baldwin is co-writing a book in character as Donald Trump.

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31
Mar

Dr. Dre to represent LA in city’s bid to host 2024 Olympics

The NWA artist and headphones mogul will be one of a number of famous faces bidding to bring the Games back to California

Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre

Dr. Dre has been recruited as part of Los Angeles‘ bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games.

The NWA member, producer and Beats entrepreneur is among a number of notable names who have either been nominated or selected by organising committee LA 2024 to serve on its Board of Directors.

Dre is set to join the likes of former NBA stars Magic Johnson and Jason Collins – as well as LA Lakers owner Jeanie Buss and LA Clippers owner Steven Balmer – on the Board, with the full list of Directors announced by LA 2024 yesterday (March 30).

A statement released by LA 2024 read: “The diverse group of 117 leaders and innovators are drawn from the sports, entertainment, media, technology, higher education, business, philanthropic and public sectors in California and around the world, helping LA 2024 develop a Games plan that will serve the Olympic Movement in 2024 and beyond.”

Dre and the LA 2024 team will put their case to the International Olympics Committee, who will vote on which city will host the 2024 games on September 13 in Lima, Peru.

Meanwhile, Dre is reportedly set to join Snoop Dogg in honouring his former Death Row Records labelmate Tupac at the late rapper’s induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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31
Mar

Glastonbury bosses sign new contract to secure festival’s future at Worthy Farm

News follows speculation over a possible move and sister festival Variety Bazaar

Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis has revealed that the festival has signed a contract to remain at Worthy Farm for the next 17 years.

This year’s festival will run from 21-25 June at its traditional home of Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset.

There had been recent speculation over the festival’s future at its current location and news that the bosses are set to launch sister event Variety Bazaar at a location 100 miles away.

Now Emily Eavis has told BBC 6 Music that a contract has been signed with a neighbouring farmer so the festival can remain at Worthy Farm for the foreseeable future.

“Glastonbury will always be here at Worthy Farm,” she said. “We have just signed a 17-year contract with one of our neighbouring farmers, so it’s very much as solid as it can be here at Worthy Farm.”

Eavis added: “Glastonbury Festival will always be here and hopefully we can keep it going. We’ve managed to keep it going for this long so hopefully we can keep it going a bit longer.”

Michael and Emily Eavis

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Yesterday saw Glastonbury reveal the full first major wave of acts on the line-up – with the likes of The National, Lorde, The xx, Katy Perry, Biffy Clyro and many more joining the previously announced headliners of Radiohead, Foo Fighters and Ed Sheeran.

Speaking to NME, Emily Eavis has also revealed two more acts set to appear in 2017.

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31
Mar

Steven Spielberg reveals story behind Harrison Ford’s deleted cameo in ‘E.T.’

The director of the much-loved 1982 film has shed light on the ‘Star Wars’ actor’s role, which didn’t make the final cut

Steven Spielberg and E.T.
Steven Spielberg and E.T.

Steven Spielberg has spoken for the first time about Harrison Ford‘s role in his deleted cameo in E.T..

The much-loved 1982 film was directed by Spielberg, and followed on from the director’s work with the Star Wars actor in the first Indiana Jones film, Raiders of the Lost Ark.

While grainy footage of Ford’s cameo in E.T. has long been available to view on the internet (see the clip below), Spielberg has only now elaborated on the Han Solo actor’s involvement in the plot of E.T..

Explaining to Entertainment Weekly the story behind Harrison’s role as protagonist Eliot’s (played by Henry Thomas) school principal, Spielberg said: “He did the scene where ET is home levitating all of the stuff for his communicator up the stairs. Elliot is in the principal’s office after the frog incident. We don’t ever see Harrison’s face. We just hear his voice, see his body.

“Henry’s chair starts levitating, so as ET is lifting all of the communicator paraphernalia up the stairs, Henry starts rising off the ground in the chair until his head hits the ceiling,” the director continued. “Just as Harrison turns, ET loses control of the weight of everything and it all falls down the stairs, and Henry comes crashing down to the ground, and lands perfectly. Four-point landing. The principal turns around, and as far as he’s concerned, nothing ever happened.”

Meanwhile, Ford last week revealed the reason behind his near-costly decision to land his private plane on an airport taxiway earlier this year.

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