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January 16, 2019

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BS 2018I'm not one to go to music fests, but this one is hard to pass up...

The Rolling Stones, Katy Perry and Dave Matthews Band are set to headline the 2019 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

The 50th annual festival will be held from April 25-28 and then May 2-5 at the Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans.

Jimmy Buffett, Chris Stapleton, Bob Seger, Carlos Santana, Pitbull, Van Morrison, Al Green, Logic, Earth, Wind & Fire, J Balvin, Gladys Knight, Chaka Khan, Tom Jones, Alanis Morissette, Ciara, The Doobie Brothers, Ziggy Marley and many more and also set to perform.

Each day of the festival will feature a different lineup of artists. The Rolling Stones will be take the stage on May 2 alongside Marley, Jones and Mavis Staples.

Tickets go on sale for the general public on Friday starting at $70 through Ticket Master. VIP passes are also available.

That's one heck of a lineup! I might just go.

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Steve


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Carol Channing, Broadway star dead at 97

Carol Channing, a Broadway legend known for starring in stage productions of Gentleman Prefer Blondes and Hello, Dolly!, has died at the age of 97.

Channing died Tuesday inside her home in Rancho Mirage, Calif., of natural causes, her publicist B. Harlan Boll confirmed in a statement.

"It is with extreme heartache, that I have to announce the passing of an original Industry Pioneer, Legend and Icon - Miss Carol Channing. I admired her before I met her, and have loved her since the day she stepped ... or fell rather ... into my life," Boll said.

"It is so very hard to see the final curtain lower on a woman who has been a daily part of my life for more than a third of it. We supported each other, cried with each other, argued with each other, but always ended up laughing with each other," Boll continued.

"Saying good-bye is one of the hardest things I have ever had to do, but I know that when I feel those uncontrollable urges to laugh at everything and/or nothing at all, it will be because she is with me, tickling my funny bone."

Channing made her stage debut in 1941 in Never Take No for an Answer. She became a star in 1949 after portraying Lorelei Lee in Gentleman Prefer Blondes, singing the famous Broadway tune, "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend."

Channing also starred in Wonderful Town and The Vamp before taking on her iconic role as Dolly Gallagher Levi in 1964 in Hello, Dolly!. The actress continued to reprise her role in the musical for more than 5,000 performances until 1995.

'Spider-Man: Far From Home': Tom Holland goes to Europe in teaser

'Spider-Man: Far From Home': Tom Holland goes to Europe in teaserTom Holland's Peter Parker leaves New York and takes a field trip with classmates to Europe in the first teaser trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home.

The clip, released Tuesday, features Peter wanting to give being Spider-Man a break so that he can enjoy a normal trip with his friends Ned (Jacob Batalon) and MJ (Zendaya).

Peter's doesn't get his wish, however, when he is recruited by Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) who needs Spider-Man for a new mission.

The wall-crawler then comes into contact with a giant-being made of water. The villainous Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) arrives onto the scene and begins battling the creature as Peter watches.

Spider-Man: Far From Home, from returning director Jon Watts, is set to arrive in theaters on July 5. Cobie Smulders as Nick Fury's partner Maria Hill, Marisa Tomei as Aunt May and Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, are also set to star.

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Jason Reitman to helm new 'Ghostbusters': 'It is not a reboot'

Filmmaker Jason Reitman has signed on to direct and co-write a new Ghostbusters film following the events of the first two Ghostbusters films from the 1980s.

Reitman, who is the son of director Ivan Reitman who helmed 1984's Ghostbusters and 1989's Ghostbusters II, is co-writing the new film with Gil Kenan (Monster House, Poltergeist). His father is producing.

Reitman confirmed that he was attached to the new film on Twitter Tuesday. "Finally got the keys to the car," he said.

Production is set to begin in the coming months. Studio Sony has dated the project for summer 2020.

"I've always thought of myself as the first Ghostbusters fan, when I was a 6-year-old visiting the set. I wanted to make a movie for all the other fans," Reitman said during an interview with Entertainment Weekly.

"This is the next chapter in the original franchise. It is not a reboot. What happened in the '80s happened in the '80s, and this is set in the present day," he continued.

Reitman said that the new film will feature new characters. It remains to be seen if original stars Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray or Ernie Hudson will be making appearances. Original star Harold Ramis died in 2014.

Aykroyd, Murray and Hudson had cameo roles in Sony's 2016 Ghostbusters film, which featured an all female-cast consisting of Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Melissa McCarthy. The 2016 film did not take place in the same timeline as the originals.

Tom Cruise, Christopher McQuarrie join two 'Mission: Impossible' sequels

Tom Cruise and director Christopher McQuarrie have signed on for two more Mission: Impossible sequels, studio Paramount has announced.

The sequels are set for release in the summers of 2021 and 2022. Cruise and McQuarrie last collaborated together on Mission: Impossible - Fallout, which was released in July.

The new entries will be filmed back-to-back with McQuarrie also penning both films, Variety reported.

Cruise confirmed the sequels on Twitter Monday alongside a brief video of the Mission: Impossible logo with two fuses burning.

McQuarrie also commented on the news by tweeting, "Missions: Accepted."

Cruise has starred in every entry of the Mission: Impossible film franchise as IMF agent Ethan Hunt with McQuarrie coming on as a director starting with 2015's Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation.

Cruise will next be seen in Top Gun: Maverick, which is set for release on June 26, 2020.

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Alicia Keys will host the 2019 Grammy Awards.

The 37-year-old recording artist will preside over the 61st annual ceremony Feb. 10 in Los Angeles, the Grammys announced Tuesday.

Keys is a 15-time Grammy winner who most recently took home Best R&B Album for Girl On Fire in 2014. The 2019 ceremony will mark her first time as host.

"I know what it feels like to be on that stage, and I'm going to bring that vibe and energy," the star said in a statement.

"I'm so excited to be the master of ceremonies on the biggest night in music and celebrate the creativity, power and magic," she added. "I'm especially excited for all the incredible women nominated this year! It's going up on February 10!"

Recording Academy president and CEO Neil Portnow called Keys "the perfect choice" for host, praising her "groundbreaking talent and passion for her craft."

"Throughout her exciting career, I have watched her become a powerful force within the music industry and beyond," Portnow said. "As an artist who speaks to the power of music for good, a role model, and a spokesperson for change, we're thrilled to have her on board for what's sure to be an unforgettable Grammy Awards."

The 2019 Grammy Awards will air Feb. 10 on CBS. Kendrick Lamar, Cardi B and Drake top the list of nominations, with Lamar leading the pack with eight nominations for his work on the Black Panther soundtrack.