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Steven Tyler cancels Aerosmith's last South American shows on doctor's orders
Aerosmith canceled the remainder of their South American Tour Tuesday as lead singer Steven Tyler experienced "unexpected medical issues."

In a statement released on Tyler's Twitter account, the rockstar said he was not in a life threatening situation and that he was ordered by doctors to stay home and rest.

"Unfortunately, due to unexpected medical issues, lead singer, Steven Tyler is seeking immediate care and has been advised by his doctors that he cannot travel or perform at this time. Therefore, the last four shows of the South American tour will be canceled," the statement reads.

"To everybody in South America... Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Mexico... I'm very sorry and feel like I've let you down.... I won't be able to continue the last four shows of this tour. I flew back to the US on doctor's orders last night after the show in Sao Paulo," added Tyler.

"I am not in a life threatening condition, but I need to deal with this right away, and get some rest and medical care immediately in order to sustain and maintain my future performances," he continued. "I promise I'll be back... unfortunately, health does not wait and it's something even I can't schedule around our shows... As they say, 'We humans make plans, and God laughs.....'" he continued.

Aerosmith was scheduled to play in Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Mexico from Sept. 27 through Oct. 7.

Last summer, guitarist Joe Perry collapsed onstage during an Aerosmith concert in New York.

In June, Tyler made headlines for stating that Aerosmith was planning a farewell tour for 2017.


Mariska Hargitay calls 'Law & Order: SVU' a 'platform to affect change'
Mariska Hargitay says she is thrilled her years as New York Police detective Olivia Benson on Law & Order: SVU have enabled her to help real-life victims of sexual violence.

"It's a privilege and an honor and I thank god every day that I was given this role, this platform to affect change," the 53-year-old actress recently told reporters on the show's set in New York.

"It's changed, obviously, the trajectory of my life. When I learned the statistics of sexual assault and domestic violence, I didn't understand why everyone wasn't talking about it. The statistics were so staggering, plus the letters I was receiving from people disclosing their stories of abuse and not being able to really walk down the street without somebody sharing their story. These themes were always isolation and shame," she said.

"I felt like this [show] has been gift and a platform to discuss these issues because somehow anything on television makes any conversation as painful as it is... When something is on television, it just makes it more palatable. It just makes it easier to metabolize because if it is on TV, then we can talk about it at the water cooler. So, for that, I think [show creator] Dick Wolf and I just wanted to start a revolution and turn up the volume on having these conversations," she continued.

Her experiences led her to establish the Joyful Heart Foundation, which aids those impacted by violence.

"The way to change anything is by starting a conversation," she said. "Sometimes I don't know where Mariska ends and Olivia begins and vice versa."

Speaking about SVU itself, the mother of three went on to say serving as an executive producer -- as well as acting on it -- keeps her intrigued and engaged as an artist.

"It's so deeply in me and I love it so much and I am so protective," she said. "I see myself a little bit like shepherding the young ones. It really starts at the top."

The actress said she and Season 19 showrunner Michael Chernuchin have been working extremely well together.

"Michael is a ridiculously amazing writer, but even more than that is a great collaborator and a listener," Hargitay explained. "We met and I shared what themes I was interested in this year and he took the ball of the themes and ran with it and then elevated it. . .So, every episode, I feel so heard and seen and then I get to do my thing on the set, which is to take care of these young actresses... I know how to sort of kick them off the safe zone, right? Because good acting is about the unknown. Good acting is when things cost you. That's what's exciting to me...."

"I could be the person that's like, 'Been around, I've seen it all.' And I don't feel like that," she added.

While Hargitay doesn't think there are many current shows that could run as long as SVU and Law & Order have, she said she does see excellence on the small screen and raved about the recent miniseries, The Night Of.

"That is my favorite show ever!" she said.

Told there are discussions to renew it for a second season, she said: "I hope it does and I want to guest star on it."

Co-starring Raul Esparza, Kelli Giddish, Peter Scanavino and Ice T, Season 19 begins Wednesday.


LOOSE LIPS:
"It feels safe."
--Viola Davis, on filming love scenes with her real-life husband, on Jimmy Kimmel Live



??? Guess Who ???

Which singer, songwriter, and entertainment icon impersonated Kim Kardashian on the 'Tonight Show'?


'It' sequel coming in September 2019
Warner Bros.' planned sequel to It has been scheduled to arrive in theaters on Sept. 6, 2019.

The sequel will bring back director Andy Muschietti and will take place 27 years later with the Loser's Club from the first film all grown up, Deadline reported.

Gary Dauberman who helped with the screenplay for It, has signed on to write the sequel. Producers Barbara Muschietti, Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg are expected to return.

The release date for Chapter 2 of It puts it into the same post-Labor Day frame that the first film launched in.

To date, It has become the highest-grossing horror film in U.S. history by taking in $266.1 million domestically and $478.1 million globally.

It is based on a Stephen King novel of the same title.


'Rent' live musical to premiere on Fox in January 2019
Fox set a premiere date this week for its live musical rendition of Rent.

The network pushed back its live production of the Tony-winning musical to January 2019, according to Deadline. The special will now air Sunday, Jan. 27.

Fox said additional details, including the cast and crew, will be announced later. Marc Platt, Adam Siegel, Julie Larson, Al Larson, Vince Totino, Scott Heming and Marla Levine will serve as executive producers.

Entertainment Weekly reported Fox chairman Dana Walden initially said at the Television Critics Association press tour in August that Rent would air in late 2018. He explained Platt was focused on Fox's production of A Christmas Story.

"It's a big production to mount," Walden said of Rent. "[Marc's] been working with Julie, and they've had some preliminary conversations, but haven't gone out to any talent yet. Actually, we'll probably think first about a director."

Rent, which is based on the Giacomo Puccini opera La Bohème, was written by late composer Jonathan Larson. The musical was previously adapted as a 2005 film starring Anthony Rapp, Adam Pascal, Rosario Dawson, Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs.


??? Guess Who ???

Which singer, songwriter, and entertainment icon impersonated Kim Kardashian on the 'Tonight Show'?

Madonna gave her best impression of Kim Kardashian on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon during a game of Lip Flip.

The Monday segment featured Fallon's lips superimposed onto Madonna's face as the late-night host joked about how the pop star likes to speak using a fake British accent.

After Madonna discussed how Fallon loves pizza and his dog while her lips virtually appeared on his face, she was asked to give an impression of Kardashian entering and leaving a party.

"Hiiiiii," she said in a high-pitched tone. "Byeeeeee," she continued as the audience laughed.

Madonna, 59, also talked about her new skincare line, MDNA. The singer gave Fallon a spa treatment using her chrome clay mask product that comes with the use of a magnet.

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