November 25, 2021
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Steve Burton says 'General Hospital' fired him over vaccine mandate
Longtime General Hospital star Steve Burton announced on Instagram that the ABC soap opera fired him because he refused to adhere to its COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
"Unfortunately, General Hospital has let me go because of the vaccine mandate," Burton said in a video Tuesday.
"I did apply for my medical and religious exemptions and both of those were denied, which hurts. But this is also about personal freedom to me. I don't think anyone should lose their livelihood over this."
Several prominent soap icons left supportive comments on the post.
Maurice Benard wrote: "It takes Lotta guts. i will miss you."
"Love you brother," said Cameron Mathison.
Finola Hughes shared heart and kiss symbols.
"Well said my friend," said Ingo Rademacher.
Burton, 51, also said in his video that he was grateful for his time on GH and is excited about what the future will bring.
The Daytime Emmy winner played Jason Morgan on the drama from 1992 to 2010 and from 2017 until now.
Deadline.com said Burton had the virus in August.
Variety reported that Rademacher, who played Jasper "Jax" Jacks for decades, was also dropped from GH earlier this month after he refused to comply with the vaccine mandate and sparked a backlash with controversial political posts.
Dinosaurs fight in 'Jurassic World: Dominion' prologue
Universal Pictures released a 5-minute prologue to Jurassic World: Dominion on Tuesday, giving audiences a glimpse of the world 65 million years ago.
Prologue -- Jurassic World: Dominion is original content not included in the film, which is set to be released in theaters on June 10 after being delayed a year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"The prologue features seven new species of dinosaurs that have never been seen in a Jurassic film before, created by the legendary Industrial Light & Magic, which has created visual effects for every Jurassic film, including Jurassic World Dominion," the studio said in a news release.
Director Colin Trevorrow discussed the prologue on YouTube, saying it was initially intended to be part of the film.
"We just shot a lot of movie," he said. "In the end, we realized that we loved this sequence and it's extremely important for me as a story teller because I believe the dinosaurs are characters. This is the origin story for the T. rex and I wanted it to be told."
Universal agreed to the idea of sharing 5 minutes of finished movie as a prologue. The prologue shows dinosaurs interacting in the world 65 million years ago and focuses in on a mosquito landing on a T. rex. It ends with a T. rex causing havoc at a drive-in theater.
"This particular mosquito caused a lot of problems in a drive-in 65 million years later," Trevorrow said. "It's a lot to put on the shoulders of one mosquito, but it's what happened."
Jurassic World: Dominion stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum.
Watch It Now: The Prologue - Jurassic World Dominion
Olivia Rodrigo, Billie Eilish, Justin Bieber top Grammy nominations
The Recording Academy announced on Tuesday the nominees for the 64th annual Grammy Awards with Olivia Rodrigo, Billie Eilish, Kanye West, and more receiving nominations.
Happier Than Ever by Eilish, Planet Her (Deluxe) by Doja Cat, Back of My Mind by H.E.R., We Are by Jon Batiste, Justice (Triple Chucks Deluxe) by Justin Bieber, Montero by Lil Nas X, Sour by Rodrigo, Love for Sale by Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, Evermore by Taylor Swift and Donda by Kanye West are nominated for Album of the Year.
Record of the year nominees include "Drivers License" by Rodrigo, "Happier Than Ever" by Eilish, "Kiss Me More" by Doja Cat featuring SZA, "Leave the Door Open" by Silk Sonic, "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)" by Lil Nas X, "I Still Have Faith in You" by ABBA, "Freedom" by Batiste, "I Get A Kick Out of You" by Bennett and Gaga, "Peaches" by Bieber featuring Daniel Caesar and Giveon and "Right on Time" by Brandi Carlile.
Song of the Year nominees include "Bad Habits" by Ed Sheeran, "A Beautiful Noise" by Alicia Keys featuring Brandi Carlile, "Driver's License" by Rodrigo, "Fight For You" by H.E.R., "Happier Than Ever" by Eilish, "Kiss Me More" by Doja Cat featuring SZA, "Leave the Door Open" by Silk Sonic, "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)" by Lil Nas X, "Peaches" by Bieber featuring Caesar and Giveon and "Right on Time" by Carlile.
Best New Artist nominees include Arooj Aftab, Jimmie Allen, Baby Keem, Finneas, Glass Animals, Japanese Breakfast, The Kid Laroi, Arlo Parks, Olivia Rodrigo and Saweetie.
Best Rap Album nominees include Donda by Kanye West, The Off-Season by J.Cole, Certified Lover Boy by Drake, King's Disease II by Nas and Call Me if You Get Lost by Tyler, The Creator.
Best Música Urbana Album nominees include El Último Tour Del Mundo by Bad Bunny, Jose by J Balvin, Afrodisíaco by Rauw Alejandro, KG0516 by Karol G, Mendó by Alex Cuba and Sin Miedo (Del Amor Y Otros Demonios) by Kali Uchis.
Best Music Video nominees include "Shot in the Dark" by AC/DC, "Freedom" by Jon Batiste, "I Get a Kick Out of You" by Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, "Peaches" by Justin Bieber featuring Daniel Caesar and Giveon, "Happier Than Ever" by Billie Eilish, "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)" by Lil Nas X and "Good 4 U" by Olivia Rodrigo.
Best R&B album nominees include Temporary Highs in the Violet Skies by Snoh Aalegra, We Are by Jon Batiste, Gold-Diggers Sound by Leon Bridges, Back of My Mind by H.E.R. and Heaux Tales by Jazmine Sullivan.
Best Pop Vocal Album nominees include Justice (Triple Chucks Deluxe) by Justin Bieber, Planet Her (Deluxe) by Doja Cat, Happier Than Ever by Eilish, Positions by Ariana Grande and Sour by Olivia Rodrigo.
A full list of nominees can be found on the official Grammys website.
Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. announced the nominees during a livestreamed event, along with Jon Batiste, Carly Pearce, H.E.R., BTS and more.
The 64th annual Grammy Awards are taking place on Jan. 31 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. A host has not been announced.
'Super-Pets' pays homage to Iron Man, Rocky
Warner Bros. released a new trailer for DC League of Super-Pets Tuesday. The animated film is out May 18, 2022 internationally and May 20 in North America.
In the trailer, Superman (voice of John Krasinski) irons his shirt with his heat vision. He jokes he should be called Iron Man.
Superman's dog, Krypto (Dwayne Johnson) has the same powers his owner does. When Lex Luthor (Marc Maron) kidnaps Superman, Krypto teams up with other super-powered animals to save him.
When the team of animals mounts up, the trailer played "Eye of the Tiger," the song from the Rocky movies. The Super-Pets also include PB (Vanessa Bayer), a pig who can grow to enormous size, Ace (Kevin Hart), an indestructible dog, Merton (Natasha Lyonne), a super fast turtle and Chip (Diego Luna), a squirrel who can shoot electricity.
Kate McKinnon, Thomas Middleditch, Ben Schwartz and Keanu Reeves also lend their voices. Jared Stern directs from a script he co-wrote with Josh Whittington.
Watch It Now: DC League of Super-Pets - Official Trailer