Scorpions “Sin City Nights” With Special Guest Queensrÿche Headlining Las Vegas Residency Starts Saturday, July 4 At Zappos Theater At Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino


LAS VEGAS, Jan. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — As they gear up for their 55th anniversary this year, Scorpions, one of the most iconic and influential hard rock bands of all time, have announced that they will be taking over the Las Vegas Strip later this year with their exclusive headlining residency show. Promoted by Live Nation and Caesars Entertainment, Scorpions “Sin City Nights” kicks off Saturday, July 4 at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Scorpions will be joined by special guests Queensrÿche.

Scorpions "Sin City Nights" With Special Guest Queensrÿche Headlining Las Vegas Residency Starts Saturday, July 4 At Zappos Theater At Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
Scorpions “Sin City Nights” With Special Guest Queensrÿche Headlining Las Vegas Residency Starts Saturday, July 4 At Zappos Theater At Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

“We are very excited to come back to Vegas in July 2020 for a nine show residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino’s Zappos Theater,” said Klaus Meine. “We’re looking very much forward to share some wild ‘Sin City Nights’ with all of you on the famous Strip … Let’s get ready for the Sting!!!!”

Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, Jan. 24 at 10 a.m. PST. Scorpions Rock Zone fan club members will have exclusive, first access to tickets starting Friday, Jan. 17 at 10 a.m. PST. For more information and to join the fan community visit The-Scorpions.com/RockZone

Citi is the official presale credit card of Scorpions “Sin City Nights.” As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets beginning Monday, Jan. 20 at 10 a.m. PST until Thursday, Jan. 23 at 10 p.m. PST through Citi Entertainment®. For complete presale details visit www.citientertainment.com.

In addition, Caesars Rewards members, Caesars Entertainment’s loyalty program, and Live Nation and Ticketmaster customers will have access to a presale beginning Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 10 a.m. PST through Thursday, Jan. 23 at 10 p.m. PST. The nine performances going on sale are:

July 2020: 4, 8, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25 

General ticket prices begin at $40, plus applicable tax and fees, and may be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com/scorpionsvegas or in-person at the Planet Hollywood box office. All shows begin at 8 p.m.

With over 110 million records sold around the world, the band will play fan favorites from their incredible catalogue including “Wind of Change,” “Still Loving You,” “Rock You Like a Hurricane,” “Send Me an Angel,” and many more.

Founded in Hannover, West Germany in 1965, Scorpions were part of the first wave of metal in the 1970’s with their debut album, Lonesome Crow, released in 1972. The band rose to arena status with seminal releases Lovedrive, Virgin Killer and Animal Magnetism. In the ’80s, Scorpions amassed a string of Billboard chart toppers from Love at First Sting and Blackout, including multiple Top 10 singles “Rock You Like a Hurricane” and “No One Like You,” as well a string of successful singles such as “Send Me an Angel,” “Still Loving You,” and “Wind of Change.”

The band was also ranked #46 on VH1’s Greatest Artists of Hard Rock and their hit “Rock You Like a Hurricane” also landed as #18 on VH1’s list of the 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs. Celebrated across the globe, the iconic rock act has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide and has received multiple honors including World Music Award winners, a postage stamp in Brazil, a Star on Hollywood Rock Walk, and Echo honors. Most recently, they were honored with the Lower Saxon State Award.

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Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation & House of Blues Concerts, LN Media and Artist Nation Management. Live Nation Las Vegas produces residency shows from Mariah Carey, Journey and Sting at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace; Lady Gaga, Aerosmith and Bruno Mars at Park Theater at Park MGM; Billy Idol at Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms; FOREIGNER, The Doobie Brothers, Chicago and ZZ TOP at The Venetian Theatre at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas; and Scorpions, Shania Twain, Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera and Gwen Stefani at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Live Nation Las Vegas also brings other world-famous artists to many of the city’s other premier concert venues including T-Mobile Arena, Mandalay Bay Events Center, MGM Grand Garden Arena, House of Blues, Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, and more. For additional information, visit www.livenation.com. Find Live Nation Las Vegas on FacebookInstagram and follow us on Twitter.

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Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino is the centerpiece of the famed Las Vegas Strip, with 2,500 beautifully redesigned guest rooms and suites showcasing some of the best views in town, along with endless options of unparalleled shopping, distinguished dining, popular entertainment and a bustling nightlife. A bright, bold addition to the resort’s portfolio, the new Ultra Hip Rooms feature contemporary elegance and luxury bedding. Known as the place to play for its roster of A-list celebrity guests, Planet Hollywood’s 231 newly restyled suites feature stunning views of the glittering skyline and daring décor elements such as suspended sofas, lounge-style living spaces and oversized modern artwork. The resort encompasses more than 100,000 square-feet of gaming, several lounges, impressive restaurants including Gordon Ramsay Burger, KOI, Strip House, and the award-winning Spice Market Buffet, an intimate wedding chapel and the Planet Hollywood Spa by Mandara. The resort also features The Scene Pool Deck with the Strip’s first and only stand-alone wave machine, the FlowRider. Home to the first pop music residency in Las Vegas, Zappos Theater showcases resident headliners Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani, Kelly Clarkson and Shania Twain. Magician Criss Angel performs an over-the-top visual spectacular of “Criss Angel MINDFREAK®” in the newly-renovated Criss Angel Theater. The property is encircled by Miracle Mile Shops with more than 170 specialty stores and restaurants. Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino is operated by a subsidiary of Caesars Entertainment Corporation. For more information, please visit planethollywoodresort.com or the Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas media room.  Find Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on Facebook and follow on Twitter and Instagram.

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Mo’Nique Bounces Back with Showtime Standup Comedy Special

To the chagrin of many detractors who continue to write her off, Mo’Nique has rebounded in a big way.

The Academy Award, Golden Globe and NAACP Image Award winning funnywoman will host her first stand-up special in almost 10 years.

On Friday, Showtime announced that Mo’Nique & Friends: Live from Atlanta will air Feb. 7 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Filmed at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, the hour-long special – executive produced with her husband/manager Sidney Hicks — features a variety of talented newcomers including Prince T-Dub, Just Nesh, Tone-X and Correy Bell alongside veteran comedian Donnell Rawlings (of Chappelle’s Show fame).

This is great news for diehard fans of the once super-sized comedienne who had a white-hot career during the early to mid- aughts with a hit TV shows, best-selling books, sold out comedy tours and films that were successful at the box office.

And then came the former Showtime at the Apollo hostess’ critically acclaimed turn as a lowdown, diabolical welfare queen in the Lee Daniels film Precious.

As she shook up the late-night TV world with a short-lived BET talk show, the Baltimore native found herself on the wrong side of the Hollywood elite’s favor – for not “playing the game.”

Beating the odds, Mo’Nique was able to rebound with a lead role in Patrik-Ian Polk’s 2014 coming to age drama Blackbird and garnering an outstanding supporting actress Emmy Award nomination for her portrayal of blues legend Ma Rainey in HBO’s award-winning Bessie in 2015.

Not bad for somebody who claimed she was blackballed.

Lee Daniels says Mo’Nique has only herself to blame for getting blackballed from Hollywood.

After grabbing headlines for blasting black power wielders such as Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry and then going toe-to-toe with fellow comedic superstar Steve Harvey, Mo’Nique also caused a stir for launching a racially charged discrimination boycott campaign and subsequent lawsuit against Netflix.

Mo’Nique detailed her feud with Oprah Winfrey during a Comedy Hype talk recently. She explained how

Proving that talent is undeniable, the new Showtime look should be able to quell the talk that the social media savvy celebrity is blackballed – or doesn’t have an audience interested in seeing her do stand up.

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Dancing on Ice fans joke Holly Willoughby has ‘forgot her top’ as she wears racy lingerie-style dress

DANCING on Ice fans have joked Holly Willoughby ‘forgot her top’ after she wore a racy lingerie-style dress on tonight’s show.

The 38-year-old presenter looked stunning in a blush coloured gown which featured a tiered skirt and bustier-style bodice, covered in pearls.

 

Dancing on Ice fans have joked Holly Willoughby ‘forgot her top’ after she wore a racy lingerie-style dress on tonight’s show
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But the boning detail around the bra cups and down the corset left some fans joking the star had forgot to put her top on.

Taking to Twitter, one wrote: “Im sorry but I cant help think Holly forgot to put her dress on top of her slip! #DancingOnIce.”

Another added: “Why is Holly Willougby on TV in her underwear?”

A third was equally surprised, writing: “Think holly forgot to put her top on.”

 

Viewers were distracted by the corset on Holly’s gown
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The dress got people talking on Twitter
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They weren’t alone in their thoughts, as another tweeted: “Has Holly forgotten to put her dress on over her underslip?”

Taking to Instagram ahead of the show, Holly shared a snap of her latest gown, writing: “Week 3 on @dancingonice see you on @itv at 6pm… dress by @danahareldesign jewellery by @officialfaberge shoes by @ginashoesofficial.”

She also shared a short clip of her twirling in the dress, clearly loving her latest look as she beamed for the camera.

Meanwhile, Holly shared the shock news Caprice would be missing tonight’s live show after ‘parting ways’ with pro partner Hamish Gaman.

The star revealed the surprising news at the start of the show following a group dance which the model was not part of.

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The star also twirled for a short clip to show off the gown
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Dancing on Ice’s Caprice has missed tonight’s live show after ‘parting ways’ with pro partner Hamish Gaman in ashock announcement
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Holly said: “Unfortunately Caprice and Hamish have parted ways and will not be skating this week.

“As you saw in our opening number, Hamish remains very much part of our professional team and we hope to have Caprice back on the ice next week.”

Last week, Caprice and Hamish finished second on the leaderboard with 25.5 points after dancing a routine to Lewis Capaldi’s Some You Loved.

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Former Dancing on Ice winner Suzanne Shaw thinks Jason Gardiner is missed | Entertainment Daily

Suzanne Shaw thinks Dancing on Ice misses Jason Gardiner’s witty one-liners.

The 38-year-old star – who won Dancing on Ice in 2008 – has hailed the outspoken judge, saying he brought some much-needed controversy to the show before he was replaced by John Barrowman.

Jason left the panel after the 2019 series (Credit: ITV)

Suzanne – who previously starred in the band Hear’Say – told Daily Star Online: “I love Jason, personally.

“I thought he was a fantastic addition, he was a really great part to Dancing on Ice.

“I think he put his stamp on that character and on that part.”

Jason was a regular fixture for almost every Dancing On Ice series (Credit: ITV)

Despite this, Suzanne is a big fan of John, hailing the new judge as “loveable and fun”.

She said: “I don’t think he’s got it in him to be controversial and nasty to anybody, he’s so loveable and fun.

“In terms of a mixture on that judging panel, you don’t have that Craig Revel Horwood or Jason Gardiner or Simon Cowell in there.”

Suzanne also feels that John, 52 – who previously appeared in the sci-fi series Torchwood – is perfectly suited to starring on the ITV show.

John Barrowman is the new judge (Credit: ITV)

The blonde beauty explained: “John ticks all the boxes in that he’s done it before, he’s a performer, he’s done it for years, he’s good at acting singing and dancing.

“Again, times have moved on and there isn’t a reason to be nasty any more you just have to be constructive with your judging. Maybe this is the new way it should be!”

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Fans point out Beyonce’s reaction to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle asking for voiceover work | Daily Mail Online

People took to Twitter to point out superstar Beyonce‘s seemingly awkward response to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry during a conversation with the top Disney executive at a movie premier

The formerly royal couple attended The Lion King premier on July 9 and took time out to speak with some of Hollywood’s most influential figures. 

This comes just months before Meghan was hired by the company to work on a Disney project in exchange for a donation to Elephant Without Borders, a wildlife conservation and nature research charity. 

Footage shows Harry praising his wive’s voiceover skills to the film’s director Jon Favreau, Beyonce and rapper Jay-Z.

Prince Harry (left) touted Meghan Markle’s (far left) voiceover to The Lion King director Jon Favreau (right) during the movie’s premier in July

He tells Favreau: ‘If anyone needs any extra voiceover work…’ before Meghan interrupts and jokes: ‘That’s really why we’re here – it’s the pitch!’

Harry then says ‘… just not Scar’ – a reference to antagonistic Lion King character who tries to steal the kingdom from Simba. 

Footage showed Beyonce (center) chucking at Harry’s joke before uncomfortably looking away

During the exchange, Beyonce is seen chucking at Harry’s joke before uncomfortably looking away. 

Social media users shared their thoughts captured meeting, suggesting that Beyonce was cringing at the moment. 

One woman said: ‘Look at Beyonce! She KNOWS what’s happening and she and Mr. Carter have to pretend to be nice until the Harkles get through the line.’

Social media users were quick to point out the Beyonce appeared uncomfortable during the exchange, with this person saying: ‘Look at Beyonce! She KNOWS what’s happening and she and Mr. Carter have to pretend to be nice until the Harkles get through the line’ 

Kaden Bentley: ‘This is painful to watch. Everyone seems so uncomfortable, especially while Meghan is speaking with Beyoncé’

One user said Beyonce, Jay Z and Disney CEO Bob Iger were ‘not having it’ with Meghan Marklee 

‘But basically, Harry is asking Bob for a job for Meghan. Meghan’s pretending it’s not happening. Despite having planned that,’ she added.

‘This is painful to watch. Everyone seems so uncomfortable, especially while Meghan is speaking with Beyoncé,’ one person wrote.

‘This is so funny. Beyonce & JayZ not into Meghan!!’ one user said

‘Not having it!! Disney Exec not having it! Poor royals Meghan & Harry.’

‘Beyonce scratched her nose and looked as if she was embarrassed for them and then JayZ laughed at Harry’s Scar joke,’ another said. 

One user said: ‘Beyonce scratched her nose and looked as if she was embarrassed for them and then JayZ laughed at Harry’s Scar joke’ 

At the same event, Harry also touted Meghan’s acting chops to Disney CEO Bob Iger, 68, in a move the seemed to surprise his wife, former TV host Willow Bay.

During conversation, Harry asks: ‘You do know she does voiceovers?’

Iger can be heard replying: ‘Ah, I did not know that.’ Harry then responds: ‘You seem surprised. She’s really interested.’ The Disney chief then says: ‘We’d love to try. That’s a great idea.’

While Bay’s comments are unclear, it appears she asks Iger what the two husband’s were chatting about. 

Iger gestures towards Harry and appears to explain the conversation, causing Bay to pull a face of exaggerated shock. 

Iger, 68, gestures towards the Prince and appears to fill his wife (pictured) in on their exchange, which results in his wife pulling a surprised face

Netflix recently confirmed that it was interested in working with Prince Harry and Meghan after their bombshell announcement of leaving behind their royal duties. 

Following a sensational frenzy and intense negotiations, it was revealed the couple would be giving up their HRH titles to be known as Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex going forward.

This opened the door for the couple to potentially enter into lucrative contracts with entertainment companies, including popular streaming site Netflix.

Ted Sarandos, chief content officer of Netflix, said the company is ‘interested’ in a production with the Sussexes. 

‘Who wouldn’t be interested? Yes, sure,’ Sarandaos said at an event in Losa Angeles when asked about Harry and Meghan.  

Meghan has retained her team of Hollywood agents and publicists, as well as reportedly being in discussion about future projects. 

Prince Harry has signed on to complete a six-part series Apple TV+, which will be produced with Oprah Winfrey and focus on mental health.  

Fans point out Beyonce’s reaction to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle asking for voiceover work

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Tremors Burrowed into Our TVs and Never Really Left

This feature originally ran in 2015 for the film’s 25th anniversary, and has been amended to celebrate its 30th.

It’s like we just discovered this on basic cable yesterday, but seriously, Tremors is 30 years old today, and there’s still so much to say about it.

The fact that it stills rules as both a creature feature and a comically podunk, shakey-Jake Western. The argument for this as Kevin Bacon’s best starring vehicle, not that silly old Footloose. The promise of a distinct young director named Ron Underwood, who seemingly vanished after the ‘90s. The crazy fact that this spawned several direct-to-video sequels, with yet another one coming soon.

But most importantly, we’re here to reflect on the legacy of a ridiculously fun B-movie that features incredible monsters called (ugh), “graboids.” So get your feet off the ground, get cozy in your rumpus room, and join us for an anniversary discussion of Tremors.

Blake Goble (BG): I swear, I must have seen Tremors on USA like two dozen times over the years, in bits and in its full glory. It was always on and always slightly better than most options on TBS or TNT on Saturday mornings. And then, like around 1999, I managed to snag a Collector’s Edition DVD (big deal stuff getting those for me – bonus features and everything!), and I finally got to hear just what Burt (Michael C. Gross gnawing on every scene) says after he slays a graboid in his gun-crazy rumpus room with an elephant rifle.

On TV, Burt would always say, “You broke into the wrong gal darned rec room, didn’t ya, you big jerk!” However, in the actual film, he screams, “You broke into the wrong god damned rec room, didn’t you, you bastard!”

I don’t mind it either way. Word choices couldn’t diminish the impact of an already hysterical scene. Everyone thinks Burt and his wife are screwed as the underground monsters are coming their way, and they blast their way to jubilation and safety thanks to the fact that they’re gun nuts. There’s this clever shot that director Ron Underwood stages where the camera pulls back to Burt’s comically enormous wall of rifles, shotguns, and various blasting devices. It’s all about this funny scene.

That’s how strong Tremors carried for me. It burrowed a little spot in the back of my head over the years, and it’s stayed with me. It’s a hard-to-define quality, but Tremors was and still is one of those movies that, if spotted on TV, can be re-entered at any point. Like Goodfellas or Shawshank. It’s fast and funny and really scary and totally unique, and it’s lasted as a genre jaunt. And yet, I still feel like I barely know this film after all these years.

How did you guys come to Tremors?

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Michael Roffman (MR): For some reason, and this will date me, I have a vivid memory of my father picking me up at my best friend’s birthday party down the street. “Boys night,” he told me. “There’s a movie we can order on TV!” So, over pizza and soda, we watched Tremors together. The thing is, we watched so many films together growing up — starting with Beverly Hills Cop at the tender age of two and more recently leaving 2010’s True Gritdisappointed — but I still recall this ridiculous little Bacon biscuit. Now, I’ve always been a fan of strong genre films, specifically sci-fi and horror, and this delivered on all counts. Enjoyable leads, agreeably underwritten romance, and resourceful action that somehow collaborated well with a premise that boils down to: monsters in the ground.

Tremorsisn’t a very smart movie, but it doesn’t want to be — it’s unpretentious. There’s very little mythos, and I love that about it. Even despite the inclusion of a timely geologist, which is pretty funny in hindsight, there’s zero emphasis on where these “graboids” come from and what their motive may be. Instead, every character reacts in a natural way and in a very Carpenter-esque style; the multitude of friendly characters all pitch in to move the story and aggressively keep the film oddly procedural. Plus, any film that gives Fred Ward a starring role gets a gold star in my book. He’s the true blue collar of Hollywood, and it’s a shame he’s since been relegated as “the angry American” in every film. Though, to be fair, he does that well.

Randall, I know you love a good horror film. What are your thoughts on the scares here?


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Randall Colburn (RC):I do love a good horror film, and as a kid, Tremors was the kind that would send me scurrying under my bed. That’s kind of funny now, considering that, to an adult’s eyes, the film is almost undeniably a comedy. But I found every kill absolutely horrific as a child, my tiny mind dwelling over the logistics of getting sucked under: the teeth gnawing at your feet, the sand and dirt collapsing over your head, that whole “eaten alive” thing. And the station wagon slowly getting pulled under, that woman still inside? That shit is a claustrophobic nightmare. Maybe I spoke too soon. This shit is stillscary.

I agree, Mike, that the film isn’t horribly smart. Still, though, there’s a few key moments where the film takes itself just serious enough: the dread, for example, that accompanies the body stranded at the top of that power line or Melvin’s anguished cry when he sees Nestor get sucked through the tire. The latter still gives me that emotional tug, and it helps cement just how tight-knit their community in Perfection is. I love a good ensemble, and Tremors builds a lively one: the stalwart Miguel, the bloodthirsty Gummers, general store owner Walter Chang (Victor Wong), so desperate to give the monsters a name.A good ensemble, believe it or not, is just as important to a horror movie as its killer, because for one to persevere you have to care for the people getting killed.

I think every death in Tremors carries a certain weight. What ones stick out to you guys?

BG: Randall, I gotta admit that I never thought of this in horror flick or kill film terms. I thought it was a creepy, crawly comedy with a Western vibe, you know? Like, the violence read as silly to me, but maybe that’s the mass appeal of this cult hit – the way it crisscrosses genres, this movie’s got a little bit of everything. It’s got some great set pieces with perfectly odd punchlines (“Can you fly, sucker?!”) and some nifty scares around every corner. Oh wow, I was about to call this a roller coaster but that’s pretty apt!

You guys are right; it’s not the work of geniuses. But Tremors certainly is clever, taking the monster movie out into broad daylight, with the monsters hidden in plain sight. And the people dealing with these monsters are a colorful cast of characters, with amusing personalities, and you don’t necessarily want to see Val and Earl get grabbed. They’re just two decent dudes stuck in a weird situation. It’s impressive how Ron Underwood just nails tone uniquely here.

Still, I will admit, to watch poor shop owner Walter Chang get taken while trying to shut up his loud ice box when it starts to whir. Yeah, the little bit of blood that comes out of his nose still upsets me.

Thanks for bringing that back to mind, you two.

MR: It’s pretty hard to top the station wagon sequence. I love the way Underwood cuts at just the right time and lets us watch the headlights beam up into the night, only to disappear. Very haunting, but also stylish. Blake, you’re right that this is a modern Western of sorts, but the strongest exports of that genre usually have something to say, and I’d like to imagine there’s a metaphor about xenophobia here somewhere. The fear that “our land” could be swept from under our feet by this unmistakable force — it’s a little on-the-nose, but that’s the point, right? Especially when you consider Burt’s histrionic role as the gun-toting American surviving by his constitutional rights to own a small army of weaponry. Am I reaching?

RC: Maybe a little, but isn’t that hunt for metaphor part of what makes genre films so fun? I rather like your interpretation, as it feels as throw-backy as the film itself. There’s something kinda quaint about Tremors, a quality that I think hearkens back to the lack of pretension you mentioned, Mike. Fetishizing the 90s is dangerous, but they were undoubtedly a simpler time, at least from a cinematic perspective.

Tremors (Universal Pictures)

Tremors (Universal Pictures)

In many ways, Tremors feels of a piece with Joe Dante’s greatest work, where creativity eclipsed brashness and no creature was so horrific that there wasn’t a joke to be cracked at its expense. It’s such a fine line, this balance of comedy and horror, and one that Tremors’ numerous sequels could never quite tow. Still, they definitely have a following: when I poked at Tremors 2: Aftershocks in this CoS feature on unnecessary sequels, I was met with some serious blowback.

Have you guys seen the sequels? Why do you think the series has persevered as it has?

BG: Admittedly, I’ve steered clear of the sequels. It always felt like a cash grab on the popularity of the cable broadcasts. Plus, what’s the point when the straight-to-video (which often means poor) sequels couldn’t get any original cast of production members? But what do I know? A seventh sequel is due out this year with Michael C. Gross and Jon Heder of all peopleSomebody’s still watching and demanding these!

MR: Aftershocks isn’t awful. Fred Ward and Michael Gross return, the premise is agreeable, and the effects aren’t too shabby for a DTV sequel. Veteran actress Helen Shaver also plays a romantic interest of Ward’s, offering a tangential, non-intrusive backstory that feels quaint for the hammy B-movie. Some of the magic’s gone — it’s less of a survival tale and more of a balls-to-the-wall action flick — but if graboids are what you want, that’s probably the most serviceable sequel you’ll get.

From there, it’s a woozy downward spiral with an abysmal third film (ahem, “Ass-Blasters”), a forgettable fourth, and a mismanaged 13-episode series that ran in 2003 on the Sci-Fi Channel. As expected, Gross returned for each installment, though a commendable mix of B-listers joined him for the show: Dean Morris (Breaking Bad), Marcia Strassman (Honey, I Shrunk the Kids), and the one and only Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future). Sadly, the franchise would be a goldmine today for ol’ Doc Brown, whose most recent gig was Animal Planet‘s brutally embarrassing Blood Lake 2.

But really, Tremors isn’t exactly A-list territory, either. Hell, why do you think we’re celebrating its 30th anniversary in January? It’s one Kevin Bacon away from its successors and executed mostly by Underwood’s conscious understanding of the Western and horror genres. It’s a fluke picture, an assembly of quirks and oddities that just so happened to line up. There’s something beautiful about that, and sometimes it’s that curious arrangement that proves timeless.

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‘Parasite’ scores upset at SAG awards, boosting Oscar chances – Reuters

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – South Korean thriller “Parasite” was the upset winner at the Screen Actors Guild awards on Sunday, while Joaquin Phoenix and Renee Zellweger were named best actors, cementing their roles as frontrunners at the Oscars next month.

26th Screen Actors Guild Awards – Photo Room – Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 19, 2020 – The cast of “Parasite” poses backstage with their Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture award. REUTERS/Monica Almeida

“Parasite,” the Korean language social satire about the wealth gap in South Korea, beat homegrown Hollywood movies with A-list casts “The Irishman” and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” to take the top prize of best movie ensemble cast.

“Parasite” lead actor Song Kang Ho said winning on Sunday made him think that “maybe we haven’t created such a bad movie.”

“I am so honored to receive this award. I will never forget such a beautiful night,” he said through an interpreter.

The SAG awards, which focus entirely on performances, are closely watched as an indicator of Oscar success because actors form the largest voting group in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Phoenix’s terrifying performance as a loner who finds fame through violence in “Joker” has swept awards season.

“I am standing on the shoulders of my favorite actor – Heath Ledger,” Phoenix said on Sunday, referring to the actor who won a posthumous Oscar in 2009 for his turn playing the comic book villain.

Zellweger, likewise, has picked up most of the prizes so far for her performance as a desperate, aging Judy Garland in biopic “Judy.”

Brad Pitt picked up another trophy for his supporting role as a charming stunt man in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” while Laura Dern was named best supporting actress for playing a ruthless divorce lawyer in Netflix domestic drama “Marriage Story.”

“It was a difficult part,” quipped Pitt of his role. “A guy who gets high, takes his shirt off and doesn’t get on with his wife. It was a big stretch,” he said to laughter, riffing on his own life as a twice-divorced Hollywood heartthrob.

DISAPPOINTING NIGHT FOR ‘IRISHMAN’

Sexual harassment drama “Bombshell” went into Sunday’s awards with a leading four nods but emerged empty-handed.

Martin Scorsese’s $170 million Netflix gangster movie “The Irishman” had another disappointing night, despite a cast that includes Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci.

Several of the contenders for best picture at the Oscars on Feb. 9 were not nominated for best movie cast ensemble at SAG.

Those left out include immersive World War One film “1917,” the big winner at the Producers Guild Awards on Saturday, as well as dark comic book story “Joker,” heart-wrenching divorce drama “Marriage Story,” and novel adaptation “Little Women.”

De Niro, whose lead performance in “The Irishman” has been snubbed by the Oscars, Golden Globes and SAG, was given a lifetime achievement award at the SAG dinner and used his speech to take a veiled shot at U.S. President Donald Trump.

In television, Jennifer Aniston was an upset winner for her role as a TV anchor in “The Morning Show,” bringing the second award this year for the new Apple TV+ streaming service. Her co-star Billy Crudup won a Critics Choice award last week.

Aniston, in her first television role since the end of “Friends” 25 years ago, seemed visibly shocked.

“What?! Oh my gosh. This is so unbelievable,” she said.

Comedy “The Marvelous Mrs Maisel” and British royal drama “The Crown” took the prizes for their TV ensemble casts. But “Mrs Maisel” actress Alex Borstein said the comedy prize should have gone to quirky British comedy “Fleabag.”

Moments earlier, “Fleabag” creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge accepted the best television comedy actress statuette, capping a year of multiple awards for her and the show.

“This whole thing has been a dream and if I wake up tomorrow and find it’s been just that, thank you. It’s been the most beautiful dream,” Waller-Bridge said.

(This story corrects attribution for quote to Song Kang Ho, not Bong Joon Ho, in paragraphs 3,4)

Additional reporting by Steve Gorman; Editing by Marguerita Choy, Nick Zieminski and Simon Cameron-Moore

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De Niro takes shot at Trump as he accepts SAG lifetime award, | Daily Mail Online

Accepting a lifetime achievement award during Sunday’s annual Screen Actors Guild awards, actor Actor Robert De Niro took a veiled jab at US President Donald Trump.

The two-time Academy Award winner and star of Oscar-nominated mob film ‘The Irishman’, made his comments never once mentioning Trump by name, as the president faces a Senate trial this week on impeachment charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

Trump was at the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention and Trade Show in Austin, Texas, earlier in the day.  

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Robert De Niro accepts the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award onstage during the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles Sunday. During his acceptance speech, he took a veiled jab at President Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump fist pumps while speaking at the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention and Trade Show in Austin, Texas, Sunday 

Stepping onto the stage to a rousing standing ovation and cheers at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sunday evening, De Niro said, ‘there´s right, and there´s wrong and there’s common sense, and there´s abuse of power, and as a citizen I have as much right as anyone else … to voice my opinion.’ 

‘And if I have a bigger voice because of my situation, I´m going to use it whenever I see a blatant abuse of power. And that´s all I´m going say about that tonight,’ the actor added.

He then went on to thank his ‘comrades in arms’ for bestowing the life achievement honor, presented by the Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Actors. An almost star-struck Leonardo DiCaprio had presented the award to De Niro.

Although known for his often-taciturn demeanor in public appearances while strictly guarding his private life, De Niro has emerged as one of Trump’s most vocal critics outside of political circles.

In 2018, he launched an expletive-laden attack on the president on live television as a presenter on stage of the Tony Awards. 

Trump responded on Twitter by calling De Niro ‘a very low-key individual’.

President Donald Trump walks down the stairs of Air Force One upon arrival at Andrews Air Force Base on Sunday, returning from his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida. He previously responded to a 2018 De Niro criticism by saying he was  ‘a very low-key individual’

A versatile actor with more than 100 films to his credit, the 76-year-old De Niro’s biggest movies include dramas like ‘The Deer Hunter,’ ‘Raging Bull’ and ‘The Godfather: Part II’. 

He is also known for starring in comedies such as ‘Meet the Parents’ and ‘Silver Linings Playbook’.

A frequent collaborator with his Irishman director, Martin Scorsese, De Niro built his career with haunting portrayals of loners and tough guys. 

He played a deranged ex-convict in ‘Cape Fear’, a disturbed vigilante in ‘Taxi Driver’, a disillusioned Vietnam War veteran in ‘Deer Hunter’, and a ruthless gangster in ‘Goodfellas,’ all directed by Scorsese, whom he considers a close friend.

De Niro also is co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, established to help revitalize lower Manhattan after the Sept. 11 attacks that reduced the World Trade Center to ruins. 

Robert De Niro accepted the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award from Leonardo DiCapri onstage during the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sunday

Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep attend the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday in Los Angeles

De Niro has been overlooked this awards season for his acting turn as hitman Frank Sheeran in the mob film ‘The Irishman’, but recouped as one of the producers of the movie when it received an Oscar nomination for best picture

The method actor and perfectionist attended the Stella Adler Conservatory and the American Workshop and, as well as trained under Lee Strasberg, the acclaimed actor and director. De Niro quickly earned a reputation for intense preparation.

He learned to speak a Sicilian dialect to play the young mobster Vito Corleone in ‘The Godfather: Part II,’ a role that earned him his first Oscar in 1975. And he famously gained 60 pounds, or 27 kilos, for his second Oscar-winning performance as boxing great Jake LaMotta in 1980’s ‘Raging Bull’.

He also found success playing his hard-bitten screen image for laughs, in such comedic roles as an insecure mob boss in ‘Analyze This’ and a retired CIA operative in ‘Meet the Fockers’.

De Niro has been largely overlooked this awards season for his acting turn as hitman Frank Sheeran in The Irishman, but recouped as one of the producers of the film, when it received an Oscar nomination for best picture.

De Niro joins previous SAG lifetime recipients including Alan Alda, Elizabeth Taylor, Morgan Freeman, Clint Eastwood and Debbie Reynolds.  

De Niro takes shot at Trump as he accepts SAG lifetime award,

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‘National Treasure 3’ Is Reportedly In The Works, Thanks To Disney

After 13 long years, Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer will reportedly finally move forward with ‘National Treasure 3’

Sixteen years ago, our lives were changed: Jon Turteltaub’s National Treasure hit theaters, and never were we ever so invested in the Declaration of Independence than when we watched Nicolas Cage’s character Benjamin Franklin Gates embark on an extreme treasure hunt for the document.

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Though the film received mixed reviews from critics, the film was a hit at the box office, grossing nearly $350 million worldwide. Three years later, the sequel arrived in theaters, making even more money worldwide: a whopping $457 million. But, that’s where the story of the amateur cryptologist ended ⁠— until now, that is.

According to Variety, Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer are finally moving ahead with a third National Treasure movie ⁠— and we, for one, couldn’t be more excited. Writing the script is Bad Boys for Life screenwriter Chris Bremner; and Bruckheimer, who produced the first two films, will reportedly return to produce the third.

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This isn’t the first time Disney has toyed around with the idea of creating National Treasure 3, though. The film was first discussed by Disney chief Bob Iger at the annual shareholders meetings in 2016 and was later addressed last year.

“I know that Jerry Bruckheimer who produced National Treasure 1 and 2 would like to make a third movie, and I know that discussions about that film have gone on, probably since 2016, with our studio, but I know that they have not greenlit such a film,” Iger said last year. Iger added that “they have talked about a number of different possibilities both on the creative side” and that, from a timing perspective, he didn’t have anything to announce ⁠— though he did add that Bruckheimer’s passion for the franchise remained “pretty strong.” “We love those first two films, too,” Iger said, “but we’re not quite there yet.”

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In 2018, Turteltaub explained to Collider why Disney initially didn’t move forward with a third National Treasure film ⁠— and it has everything to do with money.

“When National Treasure first got made, there was a lot more money to go around. Everybody got paid nicely. The problem with getting the third one made isn’t the people who are getting paid saying, “I’m not doing it unless you pay me a lot!” It’s really that Disney feels they have other films they want to make that they think will make them more money,” Turteltaub said, adding that he thought Disney was wrong. “I think they’re right about the movies they’re making; they’re obviously doing a really good job at making great films. I just think this would be one of them, and they don’t quite realize how much the internet is begging for a third National Treasure.”

Ain’t that the truth. When the recent National Treasure 3 news hit the interview, people on Twitter were more than excited. They freaked.

 

https://twitter.com/jetpack/status/1218284285079109633

Fucking finally!!!!!

— Alfredo Sauce (@freddy25) January 17, 2020

A week ago I would’ve said, “nah, bruh.” But after seeing Bad Boys 3, and seeing that it’s gonna be the same writer… LET’S GO!!!!!

— Brian V (@thisisnotbrian) January 17, 2020

Literally what more could a girl want pic.twitter.com/zt8hfElxAL

— Mel (@melamy94) January 18, 2020

 

In addition to Cage, the National Treasure franchise also stars Justin Bartha, Jon Voigt, and Diane Kruger. And we can only hope they’ll also return for National Treasure 3.

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Box Office: ‘Bad Boys 3’ Breaks Records With Huge $68M Weekend

Martin Lawrence and Will Smith in Sony and Columbia’s ‘Bad Boys For Life’

Six ways Sony successfully revitalized Will Smith and Martin Lawrence’s Bad Boys franchise. Spoiler – They borrowed from successful revivals of Fast & Furious, Mission: Impossible and Die Hard.

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence’s Bad Boys For Life earned an estimated $68.1 million over the four-day Martin Luther King Day weekend, including a whopping $59.175 million over the Fri-Sun frame. Bad Boys II opened with $46 million in July of 2003, which would be around $70 million adjusted for inflation. That means Bad Boys 3 sold about as many tickets over its first four days of release as Bad Boys II sold in its first three days. Yes, I’d imagine anyone who will see Bad Boys For Life on Monday otherwise would have seen it over the traditional Fri-Sun weekend. Moreover, considering the usual “fewer folks go to the movies due to streaming, social media and related distractions” variables, this is a remarkable hold for a revived franchise.

For reference, this is the second-biggest January debut of all time, behind the wide release expansion of American Sniper ($89 million Fri-Sun/$107 million Fri-Mon on this same weekend in 2015). So, yes, this is the biggest opening ever for a “new” January movie and now has a shot at being the biggest-grossing “new” January release of all time. So, because this accidentally turned into a listicle, here are five (somewhat obvious) reasons why Bad Boys For Life performed so good… err, well, over this Martin Luther King Day weekend.

Will Smith is the Genie and Mena Massoud is Aladdin in Disney’s live-action ALADDIN, directed by Guy … [+] Ritchie

1. Will Smith is still a movie star.

Will Smith as “some guy who battles his young clone” in Gemini Man (a $138 million movie that looked and played much smaller than this $90 million action sequel) isn’t worth much. But Will Smith as the Genie in Aladdin, essentially turning it into a stealth sequel to Hitch no less, is a big deal to moviegoers here and abroad. Ditto Will Smith as Deadshot in Suicide Squad and/or Will Smith reprising star-making roles in Bad Boys For Life and Men in Black III (which earned $624 million worldwide back in 2012) is very much a butts in the seats movie star. It helped, a lot, that the movie was surprisingly good, unquestionably fun and theater-worthy even if you had easy/cheap access to the first two Bad Boys movies.

2. Sony borrowed from recent successful franchise revivals.

Bad Boys For Life may be the best in the series, albeit in a way that doesn’t rebuke Michael Bay’s first two installments. It was an unapologetically R-rated action spectacular that looked terrific on a big screen. It was a character-driven movie, offering a “new” adventure for the old franchise characters. It rejuvenated the franchise by stealing from recent successful franchise revivals. It was a mix of Live Free or Die Hard (analog heroes in a digital world), Fast & Furious (a sentimental ode to friendship and family) and Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol (new supporting characters who we’ll be happy to see in Bad Boys 4). Sony and Columbia used the Bad Boys IP as a starting point and built a movie with value for fans and general audiences alike.

Spider-Man Far From Home

3. Good reviews and a spoiler-free marketing campaign created buzz.

Credit the good reviews, which noted the above points, and Sony’s surprisingly spoiler-free marketing campaign that got folks into theaters without really giving away anything about the movie itself. Sure, the trailers were pretty thin in terms of story and plot, but the film immediately offers story and character beats that were barely hinted at in the marketing. And when you’re able to open a movie without giving away the store (think Frozen, Gravity and Spider-Man: Far from Home), word of mouth will be that much better since audiences will get the extra thrill of discovering the film for themselves. And yes, I do think this is a case where surprisingly strong reviews and thus surprisingly strong Thursday night word-of-mouth from fans and general audiences drove the weekend figures upward.

4. Audiences wanted to see another Bad Boys movie.

Yes, this is a “no brainer,” but think of how often Hollywood stumbles because they drop a franchise revival (Men In Black: International) or a franchise reboot (Charlie’s Angels) that audiences don’t actually want to see. Much of the marketing around films like Terminator: Dark Fate revolved around how the third or fourth Terminator 3 was a step up from the last few, and that this time it would be different. But audiences generally liked Bad Boys and Bad Boys II. They generally liked the idea of Will Smith and Martin Lawrence palling around in another R-rated action comedy. All Sony had to do was, and this is often the hardest part, make a halfway decent movie that felt big enough and new enough to justify seeing it in theaters.

Daisy Ridley and John Boyega in ‘Star Wars The Force Awakens’

5. It tapped into multi-generational nostalgia.

It’s not quite It, Beauty and the Beast or The Force Awakens, but Bad Boys For Life was the straight-up continuation of a franchise that never really fell out of favor and whose relative “catch this on FX on a lazy Sunday” watchability kept them in the public eye for 25 years. This third film offered nostalgia for the franchise, for the idea of Will Smith and Martin Lawrence as top-draw movie stars and the idea of big-budget, star-and-character-driven, non-fantastical, R-rated action movies being A-level blockbusters. Bad Boys For Life was defiantly old-school, including being cheap enough to not be able to afford non-stop action, which required the kind of plot and character beats that made the movie work as an actual movie and not just an IP cash-in.

6. Bad Boys For Life benefited from a lack of post-Star Wars competition.

Bad Boys For Life benefited from a lack of post-Star Wars competition (Jumanji: The Next Level opened a week before Rise of Skywalker), and it’ll likely benefit from two weeks of pre-Birds of Prey business as well. The reviews are good, the word of mouth is solid, and media coverage is going to be relatively positive, and unless Guy Ritchie’s The Gentlemen or Blake Lively’s The Rhythm Section breaks big on January 24 and January 31 respectively, the Smith/Lawrence flick should easily become the first blockbuster of the year. Between Jumanji and Bad Boys, Sony has a formula for reviving their older, star-driven franchises. Use that IP as a challenge and not a reliable crutch and make a movie good enough to make new fans out of new viewers.

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence star in Columbia Pictures’ BAD BOYS FOR LIFE.

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Eminem Is Facing Backlash For His Lyric About Ariana Grande And The Manchester Attack

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Eminem is receiving backlash after rapping about the 2017 Manchester bombing on his new album:

“I’m contemplating yelling bombs away on the game like I’m outside of an Ariana Grande concert.”

Eminem is receiving backlash after rapping about the 2017 Manchester bombing on his new album: “I’m contemplating yelling bombs away on the game like I’m outside of an Ariana Grande concert.”

 

eminem literally just made a joke about the manchester bombing at ariana grande’s concert... that is just so fucking sick, y’all better not give this man any attention. people literally lost their lives, and you’re going to release music and try to make a profit off of them?

eminem literally just made a joke about the manchester bombing at ariana grande’s concert… that is just so fucking sick, y’all better not give this man any attention. people literally lost their lives, and you’re going to release music and try to make a profit off of them?

 

Eminem is trash, I think that the Manchester reference is so unnecessary, it's insensitive and very disrespectful to the families of the tragedy, some may think I'm being sensitive, but of all the things he could've talked about, he chose that. #EminemIsOverParty

Eminem is trash, I think that the Manchester reference is so unnecessary, it’s insensitive and very disrespectful to the families of the tragedy, some may think I’m being sensitive, but of all the things he could’ve talked about, he chose that. #EminemIsOverParty

 

eminem really mocked the manchester bombing on his new album? does he not realize that kids and teenagers lost their lives that night? absolutely sick in the damn head

eminem really mocked the manchester bombing on his new album? does he not realize that kids and teenagers lost their lives that night? absolutely sick in the damn head

 

real talk, Eminem is such a piece of trash for making a punchline out of the 22 people who died in the manchester attack. do us all a favor and stop making music if this is the shit you think is funny. i’m so mad

real talk, Eminem is such a piece of trash for making a punchline out of the 22 people who died in the manchester attack. do us all a favor and stop making music if this is the shit you think is funny. i’m so mad

 

Before people “cancel” Eminem for some lyrics he has in one of his songs pls listen to his album and the full song first, his whole album is about Gun Violence and Mental health, he also raised over $2M when the Manchester Attack happened

Before people “cancel” Eminem for some lyrics he has in one of his songs pls listen to his album and the full song first, his whole album is about Gun Violence and Mental health, he also raised over $2M when the Manchester Attack happened

 

To everyone talking about Eminem's verse on his latest album referring to the Manchester attack #Eminem

To everyone talking about Eminem’s verse on his latest album referring to the Manchester attack #Eminem

 

How quick y’all forget! Don’t worry though, imma jog ya memories.

Pete Davidson joked about Manchester. And wait for it... Ariana defended him. And y’all are really mad about an Eminem verse?!? #MusicToBeMurderedBy #EminemIsOverParty

How quick y’all forget! Don’t worry though, imma jog ya memories. Pete Davidson joked about Manchester. And wait for it… Ariana defended him. And y’all are really mad about an Eminem verse?!? #MusicToBeMurderedBy #EminemIsOverParty

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Ray Burton, Father of Late Metallica Bassist Cliff, Dies

The Burton family patriarch passed away Wednesday, Jan. 15, at age 94.

The sad news was confirmed by Connie Burton, Ray’s daughter and Cliff’s big sister.

“To let you all know that my Dad died last Wednesday,” she wrote in a Facebook post early Sunday evening.

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Metallica fans around the world mourned the loss of Cliff’s dad, who many of them came to know through his lively and charismatic interviews, such as his appearance in the Metallica: Behind the Music episode.

“The next day after a performance, he’d get up and [say], ‘Oh, God, my neck, I can’t understand,’” he recalled in the episode, which first aired on VH1 in 1998. “Cliff! What do you mean your neck? You’re bouncing your head up and down all night long and you wonder why your neck hurts?” he said with a huge grin. “Anyway, he’d kind of smile…”

Metallica famously relocated from Los Angeles to the Bay Area of California in order to secure Cliff, formerly of the band Trauma, as their new bassist. Burton, “The Major Rager,” appeared on each of the band’s first three albums, the massively influential Kill ‘Em All, Ride the Lightning, and Master of Puppets.

His stage presence, unique look, melodic sensibility, and overall attitude helped define the band. His Misfits tattoo arguably did as much or more to promote Glenn Danzig’s first outfit than anything the group themselves had done in their initial run. Cliff was killed in a tragic tour bus accident in the early morning of Sept. 27, 1986, in Dörarp, Sweden.

Ray Burton went out of his way to lend his blessing to each of his son’s successors, beginning with Jason Newsted, who joined Metallica in October 1986 and continued with the band until January 2001. James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, Newsted, and current bassist Robert Trujillo were joined by Ray onstage at Metallica’s 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.

“My name is Ray Burton. I am Cliff Burton’s dad,” he said, to much applause. “The thing I’ve always liked about [Metallica] is that you see them play in person and you just immediately get a big smile on your face. There’s something about them that just brings a smile on.”

The worldwide Metallica family felt the same way about the elder Burton, who in recent years lent his support to events honoring his son, like Cliff Burton Day, declared in California’s Alameda County. He appeared at the 2017 NAMM convention in Anaheim, California to salute Cliff alongside the supergroup Metal Allegiance.

The same year, Ray revealed that he’d been quietly donating his son’s share of Metallica royalties to music scholarships for students at Cliff’s alma matter, Castro Valley High School. “I think Cliff probably would have done that with his money, because he was not against education by any means,” he told Ultimate Guitar. “He liked it very much.”

Ray was in attendance at Metallica’s S&M2 concert last September, where he met Scott Pingel following the San Francisco Symphony bassist’s performance of Cliff’s “Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth).” He was very active on social media, posting on Instagram as @cliffburtonfamily. His most recent Instagram post, less than a month ago, wished a happy birthday to Ulrich.

The late Metallica bassist was the youngest of three children for Ray and his wife, Jan Burton. Scott, their first born, died in 1975 of a brain aneurysm at just 16 years old. Connie Burton was the subject of a documentary about her brother called The Salvation Kingdom, which was released in 2018. She spoke about her little brother and his childhood at length on the Speak N’ Destroy podcast.

A cause of death has yet to be revealed.

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Nashville singer David Olney dies on stage after apologising to crowd and closing his eyes

Nashville singer-songwriter David Olney has died while performing on stage after he apologised to the crowd and closed his eyes.

The 71-year-old Nashville artist suffered an apparent heart attack during a performance last night (January 18) at the 30A Songwriters Festival in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. A doctor in the audience assisted in an effort to revive him, but Olney did not respond.

Amy Rigby, an artist who was performing alongside Olney, shared the news on Facebook.

“David Olney, a beautiful man, a legend, a songwriting poet died last night,” her post began. “Olney was in the middle of his third song when he stopped, apologized and shut his eyes.

“He was very still, sitting upright with his guitar on, wearing the coolest hat and a beautiful rust suede jacket we laughed about because it was raining like hell outside the boathouse where we were playing – I just want the picture to be as graceful and dignified as it was, because it at first looked like he was just taking a moment.”

David Olney, a beautiful man, a legend, a songwriting poet died last night. I was sitting next to him in the round, had…

Posted by Amy Rigby on Sunday, January 19, 2020

She added: “It’s hard to post about this because I can’t really believe he’s gone. I am so sorry for his wife and family and friends and all the people who loved him and his music. Even those who never heard of him.”

Earlier in the day, Olney was recorded singing at a 30-minute Acoustic Interlude session with local radio station WUWF 88.1. you can watch it below.

Olney, a Rhode Island native, helped broaden the horizons of American roots music throughout his five-decade career, for which he spent most of in Nashville since arriving there in 1973.

His discography includes more than 20 solo albums with 2018’s ‘This Side or the Other’ his most recent. He also received high praise for his song ‘Deeper Well’, which was recorded by Emmylou Harris on her Grammy-winning 1994 album ‘Wrecking Ball’.

Olney’s official website referred to him as: “A key member of Nashville’s music community since his move to Music City in 1973.”

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AC/DC set to tour Australia later this year with Brian Johnson | Daily Mail Online

AC/DC are rumoured to be announcing a world stadium tour with Brian Johnson, 72, resuming his position on vocals.

On Monday, broadcaster Eddie McGuire leaked the news on his Triple M Melbourne breakfast show. 

‘The greatest rock band in the history of Australian music will be reforming and playing in Australia in October/November this year!’ he announced. 

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Back in black! AC/DC are rumoured to be announcing a world stadium tour with Brian Johnson (left) resuming his position on vocals. Pictured with Angus Young in London on July 4, 2015

AC/DC last toured Down Under in 2015 and 2016 for their Rock or Bust World Tour, in support of their sixteenth studio album, Rock or Bust. 

Eddie said: ‘My mail is, there will be a new album released by AC/DC in February or March this year, but also that AC/DC will be touring Australia [in] October/November 2020.

‘And after a lot of work and a lot of technical research they have been able to get a hearing aid for Brian Johnson, who will be out front, and even Phil Rudd might be back in the group either playing percussion or drums.’

‘Darkest day of my professional life’: Brian’s hearing problems forced him to leave AC/DC mid-tour in 2016. But he has apparently ‘been able to get a hearing aid’ that allows him to perform

Brian’s hearing problems forced him to leave the band mid-tour in 2016.

He was temporarily replaced by Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose, who served as vocalist for the band’s remaining concerts.

Doctors had advised the frontman to either quit performing live or face the possibility of ‘total hearing loss’.

‘That was the darkest day of my professional life,’ Brian said of the diagnosis at the time.

McGuire also claimed that lead guitarist Angus Young, 64, would join the tour, as well as drummer Phil Rudd, 65, who left the group in 2014 amid legal troubles.

‘I’m hearing the album will be out February [or] March, and we’ll all be banging our heads like the old days,’ he added.

Throwback! AC/DC was formed in Sydney in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young. Pictured (left to right): Simon Wright, Malcolm Young, Angus Young, Cliff Williams and Brian Johnson on October 18, 1985, in Inglewood, California

AC/DC was formed in Sydney in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young.

Following the death of lead singer Bon Scott from acute alcoholic poisoning at the age of 33 in 1980, Brian Johnson was hired to replace him.  

Rhythm guitarist Malcolm was diagnosed with dementia in 2014 and retired to a Sydney nursing home. He died on November 18, 2017 at the age of 64.

AC/DC have yet to formally announce a 2020 album or Australian tour. 

Coming soon? AC/DC have yet to formally announce a 2020 album or Australian tour. So far, the only details are rumours from radio host Eddie McGuire. Pictured: Brian and Angus in 2000

AC/DC set to tour Australia later this year with Brian Johnson

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David Olney, 71, dies on stage after ‘saying I’m sorry and lowering his head to his chest’ | Daily Mail Online

David Olney has died at age 71 while performing on stage on Saturday evening.

The singer and songwriter at first said ‘I’m sorry’ then went silent while he lowered his head to his chest causing his fellow musicians to think he was just taking a break while on stage, it has been claimed.

It was his third performance at the 30A Songwriters Festival in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida

On Sunday it was stated on his website that the artist experienced a heart attack. 

Sad passing: David Olney has died at age 71 while performing on stage on Saturday evening. The singer and songwriter said ‘I’m sorry’ then went silent while he lowered his head to his chest causing his fellow musicians to think he was just taking a break while on stage; here he is seen on Friday

Social media fan: Here is one of his last Instagram posts from the cult favorite 

‘Olney was in the middle of his third song when he stopped, apologized, and shut his eyes,’ musician Amy Rigby – who was sitting next to him – wrote on Facebook.

‘He was very still, sitting upright with his guitar on, wearing the coolest hat and a beautiful rust suede jacket we laughed about because it was raining like hell outside the boathouse where we were playing.’

He did not fall to the stage but was lowered down by the other musicians.

The folk singer was part of a show with Rigby.

He worked hard: It was his third performance at the 30A Songwriters Festival in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. Seen in 2015

Amy added, ‘I just want the picture to be as graceful and dignified as it was, because it at first looked like he was just taking a moment.’

The singer also wrote: ‘Scott Miller had the presence of mind to say we needed to revive him. Doctors in the audience and 30A folks were all working so hard to get him to come to … We all lost someone important last night.’ 

Miller also shared a post online.

‘David was playing a song when he paused, said “I’m sorry” and put his chin to his chest. He never dropped his guitar or fell of his stool. It was as easy and gentle as he was. We got him down and tried our best to revive him until the EMTs arrived. The world lost a good one last night. But we still have his work. And it still inspires. And always will. RIP.’ 

He died doing what he loved: ‘Olney was in the middle of his third song when he stopped, apologized, and shut his eyes,’ musician Amy Rigby – who was sitting next to him – wrote on Facebook. Seen in 2012

He was on stage on Friday with Amelia White and Mary Bragg 

David was part of the  folk-rock and Americana communities. and had recorded with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris.

He had over 20 albums to his name and had just finished another one. 

‘Yesterday, myself, Arana and Irakli had spent the day making final revisions to the album we made with David Olney,’ said Brett Ryan Stewart wrote on his Facebook page.

Her tribute: Abbie Gardner Dobro shared a photo with David while saying said she loved his grumbly voice

‘In the very same moment that we hit the save button, collectively yelling ‘We did it!,’ we got the news that David, who was in Florida performing, had passed away, on stage. 

‘It’s all very surreal. … I am so grateful for our time together. 

‘I recognized a kindred spirit in him from day one. His stories, his encouragement, his wisdom. Hands down was of the funniest, gentlest, most thoughtful and charming curmudgeons to have graced the earth. Was really looking forward to more.’ 

His friend Abbie Gardner Dobro also said: ‘Today I mourn the loss of my friend and co-writer, David Olney. He passed away last night doing what he loves and it feels like he took all the words with him. 

His early years: Here he is seen on one of his 20 album covers

‘David is someone I wrote with every time I came to Nashville and we always managed to turn our scraps of ideas into finished songs within 2 hours. I loved listening to his grumbly voice and marveled at how tiny and neat his handwriting was, compared to my scribbly mess… I wish I had a photo of the two of us writing, bent over guitars and notebooks. That’s how I remember us best. 

‘We were supposed to write together next week and I can’t wrap my head around it not happening. I always save certain ideas to write with him… I don’t know if they will go unfinished now. In this moment, I can’t find the right words for what it means to me that our last recorded song was called “Death Will Not Divide Us”… He and I would have gone back and forth with adjectives and verbs about it…

‘But in any case, I hope you’re right, David. I hope you’re right.’

He was also scheduled to appear at the Folk Alliance gathering in New Orleans on January 23 and on February he was scheduled to perform in Tennessee. 

According to his website, ‘he died Saturday, January 18, 2020, after suffering an apparent heart attack during a performance in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. He was 71.’

Eye of the Storm: It was added that David was ‘a key member of Nashville’s music community since his move to Music City in 1973. And the Lincoln, Rhode Island native ‘was a compelling and enigmatic presence’

It was added that David was ‘a key member of Nashville’s music community since his move to Music City in 1973. And the Lincoln, Rhode Island native ‘was a compelling and enigmatic presence.’

‘He wrote sonnets and starred at the Nashville Shakespeare Festival, and his live concerts blended tenderness and ferocity, theatre and sincerity, agitation and embrace.

‘Country Music Hall of Fame member Emmylou Harris said “David Olney tells marvelous stories, with characters who cling to the hope of enduring love, all the while crossing the deep divide into that long, dark night of the soul.” Troubadour Steve Earle called Olney, “One of the best songwriters working in the world today,” and the late Townes Van Zandt once said, “Anytime anyone asks me who my favorite music writers are, I say Mozart, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Bob Dylan and Dave Olney.”‘

‘His friend and songwriting great Guy Clark said that Olney’s art “transcends craftsmanship. It’s inspired, for sure.” 

The site added that he is survived by wife, Regine, daughter, Lillian, and son, Redding, and ‘by a devastated music community.’ 

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SELEFICE – single “Mora” from mini album “I Met a God”. – MHF

SELEFICE – single “Mora” from mini album “I Met a God”.

The Cult Extreme Metallers from Greece SELEFICE break their 25-year silence.

On May 17th 2019, SELEFICE returned to discography with “I Met a God” MCD, to introduce themselves again to both their old fans and new audience with 4 nightmarish songs expressing the rage, fear, paranoia and despair they feel and exist in their own minds creating their own cosmos.

Savvas Betinis of ACID DEATH produced, mixed and mastered “I Met a God” in his own S.I.A. Recordings Studio.

In “I Met a God” included is the song “Mora”. 

ALSO RELEASED THE OFFICIAL VIDEO OF “MORA”

SELEFICE wrote a special page in the history of Greek Extreme Metal in 1993 with the release of their sole to date full length album “Where is the Heaven”.

17 months after their reunion and following a series of domestic live shows, SELEFICE return to discography with the mini album “I Met a God” in an attempt to introduce themselves again to both their old fans and new audience.

“I Met a God” includes 4 SELEFICE nightmares full of rage, fear, paranoia and despair. 3 of them are brand new (Mora, Kol Haneshama, I Met a God) while the 4th is an unreleased nightmare from 1993 (Damned) which finally sees the light of day.

Savvas Betinis of Acid Death produced, mixed and mastered “I Met a God” in his own S.I.A. Recordings Studio playing a significant role in this recording.

“I Met a God” was released on Friday May 17th 2019 digitally (Youtube, Bandcamp) and a few days later on self released CD from the band.

BEWARE!

SELEFICE – bio

SELEFICE is a greek metal band formed in 1990 in Athens and are part of the legendary era of the greek extreme metal scene of the early ’90s along with bands like Rotting Christ, Septicflesh, Acid Death, Nightfall, Piranha, Horrified, Septicemia, Epidemic and many more. SELEFICE shared the stage with most of these bands.

In 1991 SELEFICE released their “Selefice” demo including 3 songs. This demo sold over 1000 copies worldwide via tape-trading. At the same time the band appeared on stage as much as possible at shows and metal festivals especially in their hometown Athens.

At the end of 1993 SELEFICE released their only full album until today entitled “Where Is The Heaven” in vinyl format from the greek Molon Lave Records and on CD from the german label Soundphaze International.

In 1994 due to several circumstances the band abruptly split up.

Many underground fans wondered through the years what could be the band’s progress if they hadn’t split up. Over the years SELEFICE gained a cult status and “Where Is The Heaven” was considered by many as one of the hidden diamonds of the greek extreme metal scene and an album ahead of its time.

Despite the passing of almost 24 years many people were looking forward for a reunion growing the band’s name again in the underground.

In 2015 Floga Records re-released the SELEFICE demo in both vinyl and CD format along with with other legendary demos of that golden era in a compilation entitled “Long Live The Past”.

At the same time 2 of the band’s basic and founding members Miltos J. (guitar/vocals) and Petros M. (guitar/backing vocals) felt the urge to reactivate the band.

At the end of 2017, this was finally materialized when the SELEFICE line up was completed with the addition of 2 new members: Manos M. (bass/backing vox) and Vaggelis V. (drums). Both of them have been active in the underground since the early 90s and involved in bands like Necromancy, Atavism, Internal Decadence and more. Before the first half of 2018 Floga Records had re-released “Where is the Heaven” full length in CD/LP/die hard orange LP.

After intensively rehearsing for several months, SELEFICE appeared in local live shows in their hometown Athens in 2018 and shared the stage with bands like Piranha, Daylight Misery, Show Your Face, Silent Winter and Speedrush to name a few. In the meantime, many new songs were composed.

In fall 2018 SELEFICE entered S.I.A. Recordings Studios with Savvas Betinis of Acid Death behind the console and mixing board to record “Where is the Heaven” successor, a MLP/MCD entitled “I Met a God”. This mini album features 4 tracks, 3 of them capturing the band’s best material written in the period 2017-2018 and the essence of the band’s today’s sound, while the 4th track is an unreleased and never recorded before song that dates back to 1994! All songs have been performed in live shows and the reactions have been more than positive!

At the same period the MVP Project released Selefice – This Death Is Back (2018) | Documentary, which can be found on YouTube.

While working on “I Met a God” mini album, SELEFICE headlined a local fest in the legendary AN CLUB in Exarcheia, Athens, Greece in February 2019, exactly 25 years after their last show in the same venue before disbanding! Moreover, SELEFICE appeared in the ROOM OF DOOM FEST II in October 2019 alongside some of today’s most known doom metal bands.

“I Met a God” was released on May 17th 2019. So, keep an eye out on SELEFICE comeback after 25 whole years with a solid as a rock release with absolutely no fillers!

THIS DEATH IS BACK!

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Meet new OPM pop rock band Zerise | ABS-CBN News

MANILA — Last January 9, music fans at Archipelago in El Pueblo, Pasig City were treated to a listening party for new pop rock band Zerise.

While the five-piece outfit’s name is a stylized take-off from lead vocalist Cerise Limueco, the band’s music was distilled from their myriad influences from Paramore, Linkin Park, The Script, Simple Plan, Coldplay, and even Taylor Swift.

“We like different kinds of music so we combined elements of all of what we like into our own songs,” pointed out Limueco. “The music that we all listen to, they speak to us. We feel as if someone understands us. So we set out to create music that people will feel the same way. That we speak about the same experiences.

Limueco and bandmates Bryanne Tuazon on drums and keyboards, Christian Maranan on bass, John Daniel Bardoc and Jared Cortado on guitars jam together and see where the music and the mood takes them. “This is a process,” Cortado made sure to point out. “We’re all very young and learning. But we all listen to what we all have to say and we agree on the music we create.”

Incredibly, the band members themselves mostly didn’t know one another. Either one was a friend of a friend or a classmate. The music brought them together.

“When you listen to us, you will hear our influences,” admitted Bardoc. “But it is our voice and take on our influences.”

The music thus far are six songs that they unveiled to the crowd at Archipelago. Veteran musician Mally Paraguya (Tame the Tikbalang and P.O.T.) heard the band and while several generations removed from his own personal influences and tastes, he decided to help them.

“They have good songs and potential,” simply said Paraguya who also received some help from another veteran in the local music scene, Mel Maniego from Filipino punk rock pioneers Private Stock.

They unveiled five of their original songs “Wala,” “High,” “Ayan Tuloy,” Bangon,” and “Diyan Ka Na” to the Archipelago crowd that included veteran music journalists and artist and repertoire managers.

“While most of our songs are in Filipino, we also have some in English,” said Limueco.

“Right now, we have an album that we are polishing for a formal debut,” added Paraguya. “That should be out soon.”

“These kids are talented,” pointed out Maniego. “We know the scene is very competitive, but we are confident Zerise will do well.”

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Bruce Springsteen surprises audience at 20th annual Light of Day in Asbury Park

Bruce Springsteen surprises audience at 20th annual Light of Day in Asbury Park

Chris Jordan Asbury Park Press
Published 8:45 PM EST Jan 18, 2020

Who leaves sunny Florida to fly into a New Jersey snow storm and play music on the Asbury Park boardwalk?

Bruce Springsteen, that’s who.

The Boss joined Jesse Malin on stage at the city’s Paramount Theatre for the Bob’s Birthday Bash show of the 20th annual Light of Day in Saturday, Jan. 19.

Bruce Springsteen with Jesse Malin and his band Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park for the 20th annual Light of Day Winterfest.
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“I’m going to bring out a guy, older guy, he sings pretty good,” Malin said to loud cheers.

Springsteen joined in on the Malin ballad “Broken Radio” and the rocker “Meet Me at the End of the World.”

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The Springsteen appearance came near the beginning of the show, and he’s expected back. Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers are also in the bill, a band the Boss has played with in the  past.

Springsteen had just returned from Florida, where he and wife Patti Scialfa were the honorary chairs of the United States Equestrian Team Foundation’s “Take Me To Tokyo” gala on Friday, Jan. 17, in Wellington. Daughter Jessica Springsteen is a competitive equestrian rider.

The Light of Day Winterfest, which raises funds and awareness in the fight against Parkinson’s and related diseases, began in Asbury Park on Sunday, Jan. 12  and runs through Sunday, Jan. 19. There were also shows in Montclair, New York, Philadelphia and Europe, where a tour took place in November and December.

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The Bob’s Birthday Bash show is named after Light of Day founder Bob Benjamin of Freehold. He has Parkinson’s and has become an advocate for those with the disease.

The Asbury Park Press is a sponsor.

Chris Jordan, a Jersey Shore native, covers entertainment and features for the USA Today Network New Jersey. His multiple awards include recognition for stories on Bruce Springsteen and Snooki.  Contact him at @chrisfhjordan; cjordan@app.com.

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