Billie seeks Ariana’s advice – Entertainment News



May 19, 2019 / 7:38 am | Story:
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Arnold Schwarzenegger has assured fans he’s fine after being drop-kicked in the back during a fan event in South Africa.

In a shocking video shared on social media, the 71-year-old is seen signing autographs before a man rushes behind him and kicks his back with both feet, causing Arnold to fall forward.

The attacker could be heard shouting, “I want a Lamborghini,” as he was detained by security at the event. The man was later handed over to police officers, event officials said.

The Terminator star was signing autographs and chatting with fans during a skipping competition at the Arnold Classic Africa in Johannesburg on Friday when the incident occurred.

Arnold later assured fans on Twitter that he was fine and initially thought he had been simply “jostled by the crowd.”

“Thanks for your concerns, but there is nothing to worry about. I thought I was just jostled by the crowd, which happens a lot. I only realised I was kicked when I saw the video like all of you. I’m just glad the idiot didn’t interrupt my Snapchat,” he posted on Saturday.

He appeared in good spirits about the incident, and shared another clip of the kick from a different angle.

“And if you have to share the video (I get it), pick a blurry one without whatever he was yelling so he doesn’t get the spotlight. By the way… block or charge?” the True Lies star asked his followers, before urging them to focus on the athletes at the event instead of the attack.

“We have 90 sports here in South Africa at the @ArnoldSports, and 24,000 athletes of all ages and abilities inspiring all of us to get off the couch. Let’s put this spotlight on them,” he added.

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Rising star Billie Eilish texts pop diva Ariana Grande whenever she needs some advice about handling fame.

The singer has enjoyed a rapid rise to stardom since releasing her debut single Ocean Eyes on her Soundcloud account in 2016, and the 17 year old is amazed she has reached such meteoric heights that she is now on texting terms with pop queen Ariana.

“Ariana is a f***ing king! Like a king,” Billie told ET Online at the 2019 ASCAP Pop Music Awards in Beverly Hills on Thursday. “She is just so… God, man, and the s**t that she’s been through. I don’t know if I have respect for anyone like I have for her, honestly.”

Ariana rose to fame as a child star and Billie is happy she has someone to talk to whenever she needs a helping hand to deal with being a teenager in the spotlight.

“You can just tell she knows what the f**k she’s doing, and even if she doesn’t realise it, she knows what the f**k she’s doing. And it’s really impressive,” the Bad Guy singer gushed of Grande. “She just deals with it so well. It’s so impressive.”

Billie and her brother Finneas, who collaborates with her on her music, were awarded with the Vanguard Award at the ASCAP ceremony, just weeks after she performed a dream gig at California’s world famous Coachella music festival in April, and the star admits she still doesn’t know how to process her huge success.

“I’m, like, through the roof, bro,” she said. “I’m just happy about it, you know. I don’t know what else I’m supposed to be… I’ve been having to talk about myself in the third person because I don’t know how to be like, ‘I just did that, I just did this.'”


May 19, 2019 / 7:35 am | Story:
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The Netherlands won the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv Saturday, with Duncan Laurence’s doleful piano ballad “Arcade” crowned champion of Europe’s annual music extravaganza.

The 25-year-old was tapped as an early front-runner before the Grand Final but was only ranked third after the vote of professional juries from the 41 participating countries, trailing Sweden and North Macedonia. He surged ahead thanks to the fan vote, securing The Netherlands its fifth win ever in the competition. Italy finished second, followed by Russia, Switzerland and Norway.

“This is to dreaming big. This is to music first, always,” Laurence said, as he was handed the trophy from last year’s winner, Israel’s Netta Barzilai.

Some 200 million people around the world were believed to have watched the annual campy contest with 26 nations battling in the Grand Final of the 64th Eurovision.

Madonna was the star attraction, performing her hit staple, “Like a Prayer,” marking 30 years since its release, and a new song “Future” from her forthcoming album “Madame X.” She took the stage after participants wrapped up their performances shortly after midnight when the elaborate voting process got underway across Europe.

To maximize onscreen tension, performers are ranked by a mix of fan votes and professional juries. Spectators could not vote for their own country, but like-minded nations tend to fall into blocs that back their regional favourites, with politics meshing into art.

The Eurovision debuted in the wake of World War II to heal a divided continent. Over the years, the earnest show of European unity has ballooned into an over-the-top, gay-friendly spectacle that brings together acts from across the continent, including those with little or no connection to Europe, such as Australia.

Israel earned the right to host the show after Barzilai won last year’s competition with her catchy pop anthem “Toy.”

The ostensibly non-political affair has tried to avoid the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and has largely succeeded, despite swirling threats of controversy. Calls for performers to boycott the show over Israeli policies toward Palestinians failed to generate much momentum.

A small protest took place outside Tel Aviv’s Expo Center before the show, following another one from musicians in Gaza earlier in the week. A recent round of rocket fire toward Israel from there also failed to temper excitement.

Madonna herself had faced calls from a Palestinian-led campaign to avoid performing at the event in Israel. But the Queen of Pop rejected the boycott motions, saying she will “never stop playing music to suit someone’s political agenda.” Still, two of her embracing dancers sported the flags of Israel and the Palestinians on their backs.

All eyes were on Iceland’s controversial steampunk band Hatari, which had drawn attention for initially saying it would be “absurd” to participate in Israel because of its policies toward the Palestinians. They had vowed to use the Eurovision spotlight to expose the “face of the occupation,” but their live performance of grinding metal rock passed without incident. Only at the end of the broadcast, when their final vote tally was announced, did they whip out a Palestinian flag, to sounds of boos from the audience.

As the reigning champion, Israel swept straight through to the finals — along with the five European countries who most heavily funded the event. The other 20 participants qualified through a pair of semifinal rounds.

Sweden’s soulful “Too Late for Love,” sung by John Lundvik, topped the professional jury vote and seemed to be on its way to carrying forward Sweden’s successful Eurovision track record 45 years after Swedish icons ABBA won with “Waterloo.”

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May 19, 2019 / 7:34 am | Story:
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Britney Spears has assured fans that she will be back on stage soon.

The Toxic hitmaker cancelled a string of planned dates for her upcoming Britney: Domination residency in Las Vegas earlier this year, after her father Jamie underwent life-threatening surgery, and she subsequently checked into rehab amid reports of “emotional distress.”

Earlier this week, Britney’s longtime manager Larry Rudolph told TMZ.com that she was not in the right mental or physical state to perform, but when approached by the publication while shopping in Thousand Oaks, California, on Friday, Britney assured fans she will be back.

When asked by a TMZ reporter whether or not she’ll be performing soon, the 37-year-old, who was accompanied by her 25-year-old beau Sam Asghari, replied, “Of course.”

The Gimme More popstar, who seemed in good spirits, was then asked if she had a message for her fans, to which she responded, “I love you guys.”

The couple’s outing came shortly after Britney praised her boyfriend on Instagram. She shared three selfies with her love in which they were wearing matching white T-shirts, and wrote in the caption, “I love this man.”

Since her rehab stint, Britney has alleged that she was held in the facility and forced to take drugs against her will by her father, her conservator, and a hearing reviewing the conservatorship was held earlier this month as the singer attempted to have the terms adjusted.

A judge presiding over the arrangement has now appointed a probate court investigator to look into the singer’s case and produce a full report before a further hearing takes place in September, according to The Blast.


May 19, 2019 / 7:32 am | Story:
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One of the breakouts at the Cannes Film Festival is a comedy about a male friendship that developed over many years and hundreds of miles on their bikes.

Michael Angelo Covino’s “The Climb” has been one of the most acclaimed American films in Cannes, even though it’s just Covino’s first feature. With fluid long takes, it captures comic moments in a lifelong friendship.

It begins with a bike ride in France in which one rider, mid-hill, tells the other that he’s slept with his fiancee.

Covino and his co-star Kyle Marvin shot their opening scene in France just a 30-minute drive north of Cannes. Days before premiering “The Climb,” they biked the hill again.

“The Climb” is playing in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard competition.


May 19, 2019 / 7:32 am | Story:
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Hip-hop superstar Drake has laughed off old rumours suggesting his chiseled abs are the result of plastic surgery.

The Nice For What hitmaker showed off his defined physique while on vacation by posting a topless shot of himself posing by the ocean on Instagram on Thursday.

“I forget what it’s called but I remember the feeling,” he captioned the image.

Drake’s pal DJ Carnage decided to have a little fun with the snap and jokingly called out the Canadian musician, referencing comments made by fellow rapper Joe Budden back in 2016, when he claimed the 32 year old had undergone liposuction on his abdominal muscles to give them more definition.

“You got fake ab surgery in Colombia. You ain’t fooling anybody,” Carnage commented.

Drake, who had previously ignored the gossip, was quick to respond to the jab, firing back with a cutting remark about the DJ’s personal life.

“Is this cause you are angry about the one thing that happened with that one person the other day that you thought was your wifey?” he wrote, prompting Carnage to reply, “DON’T YOU DAREEEEE!”

As some followers began to offer up their thoughts on the apparent social media fall out, Drake was quick to assure fans it was all love between the two men.

“Aye relax we friends in real life,” he explained.

Drake’s personal trainer, Jonny Roxx, also weighed in on the ab surgery speculation, insisting his famous client’s six-pack was all real.

In a message directed at Carnage, he posted, “Holla at me and I’ll get you right too.”


May 19, 2019 / 7:28 am | Story:
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Johnny Galecki has confessed to having sex in his dressing room during his time on The Big Bang Theory.

The cast of the sitcom – Kaley Cuoco, Jim Parsons, Mayim Bialik, Melissa Rauch, Simon Helberg, and Kunal Nayyar – sat down for a group interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Thursday night to discuss the last-ever episode of the show, which had aired shortly before.

During a lightning round of questions, the actors submitted anonymous queries and Colbert asked, “Did anyone ever have sex in their dressing room? Show of hands.”

None of the actors were quick to make a confession, but Kaley turned to her onscreen love interest Johnny and said, “You must have,” and Kunal joined in, before Johnny eventually put his hand up.

Kaley also acknowledged the fact that she had dated him for two years until 2009 when she stated, “And that did not include me, just FYI.”

Johnny, who is expecting his first child with girlfriend Alaina Meyer, laughed and added, “I have to be honest.”

Elsewhere in the interview, the cast praised the writers for how they concluded their characters’ storylines, with Kaley saying, “It was not an easy feat… We had a lot of anxieties about how this was going to go, us as actors, the writers, there’s a lot of pressure on how to end this and fans wanted to know what was going to happen so it was tough and I think that they did it brilliantly.”

Johnny added that “the writers did an incredible job,” while Jim said some series finales in history have been divisive among viewers but he can’t imagine many fans of the show disliking its conclusion.

The cast also revealed that the last day on set, after 12 seasons and 279 episodes, felt like the last day of school because the crew had made yearbooks containing school-style portraits of everybody across all 12 years.


May 19, 2019 / 7:24 am | Story:
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Bill Murray has become a big fan of his new movie co-star Selena Gomez.

The Ghostbusters icon worked with Selena on Jim Jarmusch’s new zombie movie The Dead Don’t Die, which opened the Cannes Film Festival in France on Tuesday, and he was really impressed with the way she acted both on and off camera.

“I really like her,” Murray told Vanity Fair. “I mean, you still can’t tell me who the hell Selena Gomez (the pop star) is – but Gomez I really like. She’s unusually bright. She’s kind and she’s natural.”

The 68 year old went on to compare Selena to fellow former child star Miley Cyrus, whom he befriended while working together on his festive 2015 comedy special, A Very Murray Christmas.

“I’m always pleased to find some kind of pop icon who I really like. Like Miley Cyrus,” he smiled. “I dig that chick.”

Applauding how they had “triumphed over” the pitfalls of child stardom, he added, “(They) survived whatever kind of family situation they had, too, which can also be challenging.

“They’re really their own people. They have enormous followings, and they are sort of singing their own songs. Which is cool.”

Murray also respects the way Selena, 26, has handled becoming a role model for impressionable fans, something he heard all about from Jarmusch.

“He said she is very wonderful talking to young girls about how you don’t have to be skinny – you can eat whatever you want,” Murray shared. “She doesn’t worry about her figure or anything. She’s not in the gym. She doesn’t have a trainer. She’s not vain in that way. And I thought, ‘That’s really attractive – to see someone who’s not vain about their body.'”

Murray’s comments emerge a day after Selena continued to raise concerns about the impact of social media on young fans, insisting the rise in popularity of platforms like Facebook and Instagram has been “terrible” for her generation.

Rann Berry’s Soul of Motown Revue returns with a second show June 1 in Kelowna.

“The sound of Motown, R&B, and soul music moves people,” says Berry. “It moves them right onto the dance floor.”

The show sold out a March concert at The Forum, so a second has been scheduled. 

“Unfortunately, The Forum will no longer be a live music venue as of this July, so this will be our final performance in this fabulous room. We’re going to miss playing at The Forum with its classic show room feel, big stage, great dance floor and the cool balcony up top,” says Berry.

“It’s like a 70’s Detroit nightclub, which suits our Motown show perfectly.”

The show features a big band that will play hits by The Temptations, Billy Preston, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Wilson Pickett, Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding and more.

Guest vocalist Vicky Nish will add her powerful vocals on the hits of Aretha Franklin.

The show is licensed. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., showtime at 8:30. Tickets are available at eventbrite.ca.


May 17, 2019 / 4:29 pm | Story:
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To messages of support and puzzlement, Kim Kardashian West has, seemingly, revealed her newborn’s name: Psalm West.

The beauty mogul, reality star, law student and wife of Kanye West took to her social streams to share the first look at their fourth child, born May 9. A photo of the boy nestled in a crib came in the form of a text message screen grab with her husband that called it a “Beautiful Mother’s Day” and said the couple are “blessed beyond measure.”

The baby is their second boy and the second to be born via surrogate because of a potentially life-threatening medical condition that complicated Kardashian West’s two pregnancies.

The baby joins 5-year-old sister North, 3-year-old brother Saint and 15-month-old sister Chicago.

Internet sensation Grumpy Cat is dead.

The seven-year-old feline with its famously scowling face suffered complications from a urinary tract infection and “passed away peacefully” Tuesday “in the arms of her mommy,” its Arizona owners posted on Twitter Friday morning.

“Besides being our baby and a cherished member of the family, Grumpy Cat has helped millions of people smile all around the world – even when times were tough,” the post stated.

the tweet has been shared more than 79,000 times and has almost 10,000 comments from fans and well-wishers. 

The cat, who’s real name was Tardar Sauce, rose to internet fame with deadpan memes with quotes like: “I had fun once. It was awful.”

Grumpy Cat had more than two million followers on Instagram, 1.5 million on Twitter and more than 8.5 million fans on Facebook.

 


May 17, 2019 / 6:59 am | Story:
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Jodie Foster is mourning the loss of her mother, who has died at the age of 90.

Evelyn ‘Brandy’ Foster passed away at her Los Angeles home on Monday, just days after Mother’s Day, after suffering from complications related to dementia, and the actress and her three siblings have since honored the family matriarch in a touching obituary.

“Evelyn was without a doubt the strongest person her family has ever met, a champion, a fighter, full of fire and love,” reads the tribute.

“No one could beat her style, all five feet tall with naturally ‘cork screw’ hair. Her family will remember those dimple smiles and big hugs and well placed four letter words. No one messed with Nana, an original like no other. May she live in all of us forever.”

The Illinois native moved to California during her youth to work as a touring big band singer.

She ended up taking on a brief stint as an assistant for a Hollywood publicist, and, after becoming a single mother in her 30s, she decided to help her son Bud break into acting, scoring him a role as a series regular on Mayberry RFD, a spin-off of The Andy Griffith Show.

Jodie, the youngest of her four children, followed her brother into showbusiness, beginning with commercials from the age of three, before moving into TV with small roles on series like The Courtship of Eddie’s Father, My Three Sons, Paper Moon, and her brother’s show, Mayberry RFD.

Under her mother’s guidance as her manager, Jodie shot to fame, although Evelyn’s project decisions occasionally raised eyebrows, especially after allowing her then-14-year-old daughter to play a child prostitute in Martin Scorsese’s iconic Taxi Driver.

The film ended up earning Jodie the first of four Oscar nominations, and she struck gold in 1989 for The Accused.

Evelyn stepped down as the star’s manager after she landed the Best Actress Oscar for her 1991 thriller The Silence of the Lambs.

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