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Are you ready to rock? Well, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is with a list of their 2018 inductees!

Bon Jovi, Nina Simone and The Cars are among the premier acts named to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2018.

Dire Straits and The Moody Blues will also be inducted into the Cleveland, Ohio-based hall -- along with Sister Rosetta Tharpe, who will be honored with the Early Influence award. The music acts will be recognized April 14 at the 33rd annual induction ceremony at Cleveland's Public Auditorium. HBO will broadcast the event at a later date.

More than 900 artists, historians and music industry insiders who make up the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame voting body chose this year's inductees.

A public vote also took place, adding single votes to the overall totals of the top five nominees. Only Judas Priest missed the final cut despite its place among the top five in the public vote, The Los Angeles Times reported.

The other nominees announced in October included Rage Against The Machine, Depeche Mode, Kate Bush, Eurythmics, J. Geils Band, LL Cool J, MC5, the Meters, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan Link Wray and the Zombies.

"It's a Christmas miracle," Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan told Rolling Stone. "[We were] guys living the dream, getting on a bus with no guarantees in any way shape or form or anything. It was, 'Let's go out and make this happen.' And we actually did."

"On Friday [the day before I heard the news], I couldn't have cared less," Moody Blues singer Justin Hayward said. "On Saturday, I was thinking, 'Wow, that's amazing!' I'm extremely grateful to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for two things: For creating the supreme temple to something that has brought me endless joy since I was a little boy. The second thing is for, after all these years, including us."

The induction ceremony offers a unique opportunity for bands and bandmates to reunite and perform onstage together again. Simone, who died in 2003, and Tharpe, who died in 1973, will likely have artists they helped inspire perform their music.

Journey, Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur, Electric Light Orchestra, Yes and Joan Baez and Nile Rodgers were inducted into the Hall of Fame for 2017.

Be Well,
Steve


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Anna Kendrick says filming 'Pitch Perfect 3' was 'emotional'
Pitch Perfect 3 star Anna Kendrick says filming the sequel was an "emotional" experience.

The 32-year-old actress, who plays Beca Mitchell in the series, discussed the third and final installment with Entertainment Tonight at the movie's Los Angeles premiere Tuesday.

"When we were wrapping, I sent [Brittany Snow] a note that was like, 'I'll always be the rain cloud to your sunshine,'" she recalled on the red carpet. "I was getting really emotional, way more emotional than I normally do as a rain cloud."

Rebel Wilson, who portrays Fat Amy, said in an interview with People that filming the third movie was her best experience with the franchise.

"It was hilarious," the 37-year-old star said before explaining, "The second we felt a huge amount of pressure, and the third one we're like, 'You know what guys? Let's just have fun.'"

"We hope people like it," she added. "We tried to do a movie that was different enough but still had a lot of the same things that people love about the Pitch Perfect movies."

The original Pitch Perfect opened in 2012 and was followed by Pitch Perfect 2 in 2015. The third installment will follow Beca, Fat Amy and the rest of the Bellas as they perform a final time on a USO tour.

Pitch Perfect 3 co-stars Hailee Steinfeld, Anna Camp, Hana Mae Lee, Ruby Rose and Elizabeth Banks. The movie opens in theaters Dec. 22.


Jada Pinkett Smith slams Golden Globes for 'Girls Trip' snub
Jada Pinkett Smith thinks her film Girls Trip should be among the 2018 Golden Globe Awards nominees.

The 46-year-old actress said in a series of tweets Tuesday that the movie and its star Tiffany Haddish weren't nominated for any awards because of underlying "racism."

"I have so much to say on why @TiffanyHaddish was not nominated for a Globe... but I won't," she wrote. "Actually I will... here I go..."

Smith alleged the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which conducts the Golden Globes ceremonies, did not even watch Girls Trip.

"Girls Trip was one of the most successful films this summer & Tiff was hands down the funniest person on screen in 2017 and we couldn't get eyes on the film or a press conference. How could a nom happen & how much more critical acclaim must a movie have to simply get a screening?" the star wrote.

Girls Trip stars Pinkett, Haddish, Regina Hall and Queen Latifah as four friends who travel to New Orleans. The movie received positive reviews, with many praising Haddish's performance, and earned over $138 million at the box office.

"And I dare not invalidate all the many journalist and people from all walks of life who have supported this movie by defining the issue as simply... racism," Pinkett tweeted.

"Hollywood has systems in place that must learn to expand its concepts of race, gender equality and inclusion in regard to its perceptions of art across the board," she added.

An HFPA source told the Los Angeles Times a screening of Girls Trip was held in July. Universal Pictures, which distributed the film, confirmed there was a screening for the HFPA but not a news conference for the stars.


LOOSE LIPS:
"I do try and look after myself in the few days running up to that moment. Nothing fancy or expensive but I'm 42 now, so I can't get away with murder anymore!"
--Kate Winslet, on how she preps for red carpet events, to British Vogue



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Which 'War for the Planet of the Apes' star has joined Sony's 'Spider-Man' spinoff 'Venom'?


Netflix renews 'The Punisher' for a second season
Netflix says it has renewed its comic-book adaptation, Marvel's The Punisher, for a second season.

The crime drama stars Jon Bernthal as the titular vigilante. The cast also features Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Deborah Ann Woll, Ben Barnes, Amber Rose Revah, Michael Nathanson, Jaime Ray Newman, Jason R. Moore, Daniel Webber and Paul Schulze.

"After exacting revenge on those responsible for the death of his wife and children, Frank Castle uncovers a conspiracy that runs far deeper than New York's criminal underworld," a synopsis of the show said. "Now known throughout the city as The Punisher, he must discover the truth about injustices that affect more than his family alone."


John Stamos expecting first child at age 54
John Stamos is going to be a first-time dad.

The 54-year-old actor announced in an interview with People that his fiancee, 31-year-old actress Caitlin McHugh, is pregnant and expecting a baby in 2018.

"I'll be a fun dad. I've been practicing for a long time," he joked. "I've done every schtick you can do with a baby on TV ... all the bits and jokes and diaper gags. I'll probably just do all that stuff."

Stamos and McHugh are keeping the baby's sex secret, although the Fuller House star did say they may have more children in the future.

"I think so," he shared. "Caitlin wants to have other kids too."

Stamos and McHugh got engaged in October after about two years of dating. The actor said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight the following month that it would be "a tragedy" to not have children with McHugh.

"I hope [to have kids]," he said. "That's always been my plan. It's just taken me a lot longer than I anticipated. It would be a tragedy if I didn't have children, I think. I finally found the right woman -- the perfect woman."

Stamos plays Uncle Jesse on Fuller House, which released a new Season 3 trailer Monday. The star confirmed in an Instagram post the same day that the show will return Dec. 22 on Netflix.

"We're baaaack! Dec. 22nd. @netflix #FullerHouse," he wrote.


??? Guess Who ???

Which 'War for the Planet of the Apes' star has joined Sony's 'Spider-Man' spinoff 'Venom'?

Woody Harrelson has been cast in Sony's upcoming Spider-Man spinoff Venom, starring Tom Hardy in the title role.

Harrelson has joined the production to portray a henchman, Variety reported.

The actor joins a cast that also includes Jenny Slate, Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed in unspecified roles.

The film is a reunion for Harrelson and director Ruben Fleischer, who previously worked on 2009's Zombieland. Venom started filming in October with rumors of Harrelson joining the comic book film popping up off-and-on ever since.

Venom, penned by Scott Rosenberg (Jumanji) and Jeff Pinkner (The Dark Tower), is being produced by Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach and Amy Pascal. The film is set for release on Oct. 5, 2018.

The central character is a mainstay in Marvel's Spider-Man comics who first appeared as a villain before becoming an antihero. Venom is born after an alien symbiote bonds with photographer Eddie Brock, who is then gifted with powers similar to those of Spider-Man, along with other abilities. Venom was first portrayed in film by Topher Grace in 2007's Spider-Man 3.

Sony has stated that actor Tom Holland's Spider-Man, who is a part of Disney's Marvel cinematic universe, will not appear in Venom or the studio's second spinoff featuring female characters Black Cat and Silver Sable.