April 02, 2019
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Hey, music fans! Radiohead, Janet Jackson, Stevie Nicks, Def Leppard, the Cure, Roxy Music and the Zombies were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at a ceremony in New York Friday night.
Inductees are recognized for having created and released memorable music for more than 25 years.
Among the presenters at Friday's event were musicians Harry Styles, Brian May, Trent Reznor, Janelle Monae, David Byrne, Susanna Hoffs, Simon Le Bon and John Taylor.
The gala concert is scheduled to air April 27 on HBO.
So many great musicians and performers are getting rewarded - some of my favorites in fact! I'm going to tune in! Any of your favorites getting inducted?
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Chris Rock, 'SNL' mock Jussie Smollett
Empire actor Jussie Smollett was the target of mockery at the NAACP Image Awards and on Saturday Night Live this weekend.
"They said no Jussie Smollett jokes. I know. What a waste of white skin. You know what I could do with that light skin? That curly hair? My career would be out of here. (Expletive) running Hollywood," Variety reported comedian Chris Rock joked at the NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles.
"What the hell was he thinking?" Rock wondered aloud. "From now on, you're Jessie from now on. You don't even get the 'U' no more. That 'U' was respect. You don't get no respect from me."
Smollett, who was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Empire, was a no-show. The award was won by Jesse Williams from ABC's Grey's Anatomy.
SNL also lampooned Smollett's recent legal troubles with a sketch showing SNL player Chris Redd as Smollett arriving late to a meeting with his manager (played by guest host Sandra Oh) and the executives behind Empire.
The show's creator Lee Daniels (played by Kenan Thompson) and staffers (played by Mikey Day, Kate McKinnon and Ego Nwodim) want to fire Smollett because they don't believe he was really the victim of a hate crime in Chicago as he has claimed.
The real Smollett had been charged for allegedly orchestrating a racial and homophobic assault against himself, then lying repeatedly about it to authorities. The charges were dropped last week.
His actual fate on Empire remains unclear as he continues to publicly state he was the victim of a crime.
"I was attacked again," Redd as Smollett told the disbelieving people in the SNL sketch as he burst into the meeting with bruises on his face and a red, Make America Great Again hat on his head.
He then seemed surprised to find what he described as "a bag of clues" hanging off of his arm.
As his manager pleaded with him to stop telling his outlandish story, Smollett opened the bag to reveal teeth-whitening strips, three letter Ks, a store receipt, car keys and a purple, Teletubby doll.
"Jussie, this is absolutely ridiculous," Thompson as Daniels said.
McKinnon's character suggested Smollett call the police if he was really attacked a second time.
"No, no, no, no, no. They said I can never call again as part of the deal," Smollett said.
"Jussie, you know we've got to fire you, right?" Daniels asked.
"You can't fire me. I made this show! I am the gay Lee Daniels!" Smollett proclaimed.
"Jussie, I am the gay Lee Daniels," Daniels said after which Smollett's manager also fires him and Smollett storms out of the room.
"I just hope he gets the help he needs," his manager said.
Smollett comes back into the room with his jacket hanging half off of his body and a brace on his neck, yelling, "Guys, oh my God, you're not going to believe what happened to me this time!"
The sketch ended with everyone telling him, "Get out of here," and "Go home."
Stars mourn Nipsey Hussle: 'You inspired millions'
A number of celebrities, including Drake, Snoop Dogg and Pharrell Williams, paid homage to rapper Nipsey Hussle on social media.
Nipsey Hussle, real name Ermias Ashgedom, died Sunday following a shooting at the musician's clothing store in Los Angeles.
Two others were injured in the incident from gunshot wounds. The suspect remains at large.
Los Angeles Police Department Commissioner Steve Soboroff said that he was scheduled to meet with Nipsey Hussle, Police chief Michel Moore and Jay-Z's company Roc Nation to discuss ways to end gang violence.
"My whole energy is just at a low right now hearing this. We just linked for the first time in years and said we were gonna do a new song this summer cause it had been too long. You were having the best run and I was so happy watching from distance fam," Drake said on Instagram alongside a photo of Nipsey Hussle.
"Nobody ever talks down on your name you were a real one to your people and to the rest of us. I'm only doing this here cause I want the world to know I saw you as a man of respect and a don. Rest easy my g," he continued.
"Gone 2 soon," Snoop Dogg said on Instagram alongside a video of Nipsey Hussle discussing wanting to end gang violence. Snoop Dogg also posted a drawing of Nipsey Hussle with a halo and the words RIP.
"You were about something..positive and for your community in every chance you had to speak..and because of that You inspired millions..millions who will uphold your legacy forever. rest amongst the stars," Williams said on Twitter.
"Heartbroken and speechless. God bless your beautiful family. Just spoke about working. A community legend. a humble king... forreal. Ah this don't feel real. Wow," Kehlani said on Twitter.
"This is so painful! @NipseyHussle was doing great work for the people. Keep his legacy alive by carrying on his work! Sending love to his family. Rest in Power King," Colin Kaepernick said on Twitter alongside a video of Nipsey Hussle discussing how he was going to use his money to invest in real estate instead of spending it on material items.
"Watching Nipsey inspired me to invest and own in our communities. He was a solid man who loved his woman, his family and his community. This hurts," Issa Rae said on Twitter.
"You know - I'm 37. I can't be smoking weed all the time. That's crazy ... I used to love it, but now I think it's the one thing that gets in my way. It zaps your motivation."
--Chris Evans, on taking a break from smoking weed, to The Hollywood Reporter
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Bill Murray, Adam Driver fight zombies in 'The Dead Don't Die' trailer
Bill Murray and Adam Driver take on a horde of zombies in the first trailer for upcoming horror comedy, The Dead Don't Die.
The clip, released on Monday, features Murray and Driver as police officers alongside Chloe Sevigny who start to discover that their small town is being overrun by zombies.
The trio notice that the zombies gravitate towards things they used to do as humans including playing tennis and drinking alcohol.
Tilda Swinton also appears as a mortician who is handy with a samurai sword. Selena Gomez, Iggy Pop, Steve Buscemi, RZA, Danny Glover, Caleb Landry Jones, Rosie Perez, Sara Driver, Carol Kane and Tom Waits round out the rest of the star-studded cast.
The Dead Don't Die, from writer and director Jim Jarmusch, is set to arrive in theaters on June 14. Jarmusch previously collaborated with Murray on 2003's Coffee and Cigarettes and 2005's Broken Flowers.
Sophie Turner likens 'Game of Thrones' ending to death in family
Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner says the series ending feels like a death in the family.
The 23-year-old British actress said in the May issue of Harper's Bazaar U.K. she's "just coming to terms" with the show's impending finale.
"I'm just coming to terms with it right now, it's like a death in the family," she told the magazine. "I'm losing the character I've played so long."
Turner was 15 years old when Game of Thrones premiered in 2011. She finished filming the eighth and final season five months ago and has been taking a break from work since.
"I've been trying to figure out what I like to do for myself. It's been 10 years of playing someone else, and doing what I'm told, and now I'm like 'Hmmm. Maybe I should find some hobbies,'" the star said.
"I'm passionate about a lot of things. I'll sit in my house in New York and paint. And I'm doing ballet again," she shared.
Game of Thrones Season 8 premieres April 14. Turner will also star as Jean Grey in the new movie Dark Phoenix, which opens in theaters June 7. She discussed the Marvel character's struggles in the interview.
"She's spiraling out of control and she can't understand what's happening to her," Turner said. "She has auditory and visual hallucinations, so we [she and the director Simon Kinberg] started to liken her mental state to schizophrenia. It was a way to ground the character and make her more relatable."
"The biggest thing I took away from this movie is what mental health problems can do to a family and friends, and how people can walk way from you because it's too painful to see," she added. "I have had a lot of people close to me who have struggled with their mental health, including myself, so it's something I'm really passionate about."
Game of Thrones co-stars Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Lena Headey and Maisie Williams. Turner said in a joint interview with Williams in the April issue of Rolling Stone she's "very satisfied" with the show's finale.
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Cheryl Burke was feeling grateful after attending her bridal shower.
The 34-year-old professional dancer thanked friend and maid of honor Leah Remini in an Instagram post Saturday after the actress hosted the event at her home.
"Words cannot fully express how thankful I am for you opening up your home to my family and friends today. My heart is overflowing with gratitude and appreciation," Burke captioned a photo with Remini from the party.
"The fact that you said yes to being my Maid of Honor was enough, but you wanting to make everything perfect for me, means the world -- I will never forget this special day for as long as I live," she said. "Countdown to the wedding day has officially begun and I cannot wait to have you by my side! I love you."
Remini posted a picture of Burke on her own account. The snapshot shows the bride-to-be standing in front of decorations with her name and the name of her fiance, Matthew Lawrence.
"My bride to be @cherylburke! So honored to be your matron of honor. I am so happy for you and @matthewlawrence. Looking forward to being part of your next chapter... to be continued... Thank you to all who came and celebrated her!" Remini wrote.
Burke got engaged to Lawrence, an actor and singer known for Mrs. Doubtfire and Boy Meets World, in May. She shared the news in an Instagram post on her 34th birthday.
"OMG! So far so good for 34! #amilliontimesyes #imengaged #herecomesthebride," the star captioned a photo with Lawrence.
The Dancing with the Stars pro announced in a tweet in October Remini had agreed to be her maid of honor.
"She said yes! #maidofhonor," she wrote. "So excited to have you be part of such a special time in our lives @LeahRemini!"
Burke debuted as a pro on Dancing with the Stars in Season 2 in 2006. She was last partnered with former Bachelor star Juan Pablo Di Pace in Season 27.