Quentin Tarantino has always entertained the idea that he will retire at his 10 film mark. The gifted director has given us such films as Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained, Kill Bill, Inglorious Basterds, Reservoir Dogs and more. His latest film that has yet to hit theaters, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, is technically his 9th feature film but according to him, it could be his last, dipping out one movie less than what fans anticipated.
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The 56-year-old recently chatted with GQ about his career and his 9th film, where the publication asked him if he would end with Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.
“Well, um,” he said, “if it’s really well received, maybe I won’t go to 10. Maybe I’ll stop right now! Maybe I’ll stop while I’m ahead. We’ll see.”
He added: “I think when it comes to theatrical movies, I’ve come to the end the road. I see myself writing film books and starting to write theatre, so I’ll still be creative. I just think I’ve given all I have to give to movies.”
GQ even spoke with Brad Pitt, who stars in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood and explained how Quentin may not be bluffing here. “I think he’s dead serious,” Brad said. “And I kind openly lament that to him, but he understands the math when he feels like directors start falling f their game. But he has other plans and we’re not going to have to say goodbye for a long time.”
Free agent center DeMarcus Cousins has reportedly parted ways with Jarinn Akana Dynasty Sports Management and hired Jeff Schwartz Excel Sports as his new agent, according to the New York Times’ Marc Stein.
Cousins’ switch in agents comes at a time when many NBA franchises have already used up most their salary cap space, with reports suggesting he may have to settle for a mid-level exception rather than the big payday he had been hoping for.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski there’s simply “no market” for Cousins right now.
Says Woj: “I think he thought, he hoped, some big market teams would strike out, they’d have cap space, and he could get a one-year, 12, 15, 18, 20 million dollar deal. That’s not happening. The mid-level exception he got in Golden State last year, I don’t think that’s there for him.”
Cousins, 28, was projected to ink a max contract during the 2017-18 season but he simply has not looked like his old self since tearing his achilles in January 2018.
The six-time All Star averaged 16.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 30 regular season games with the Dubs, but he suffered a torn quad in the opening round the playfs and was a shell himself in the Finals against Toronto.
That said, Jimmy Buckets’ Miami welcome wasn’t complete until his good friend and Heat legend Dwyane Wade gave him a shout out. The recently retired Wade took to instagram on Wednesday night to ficially welcome the 29-year old All Star to Miami, while adding that Butler still can’t have his old locker… or his No. 3.
“Jimmy “no middle name” Butler ||| Welcome to Miami! No you can’t wear number 3 & No you can’t have my locker.”
Butler, a four-time All Star, averaged 18.2 points with 5.3 rebounds and 4 assists in 55 regular season games with the Sixers last season. He reportedly turned down a five-year, $190 million max fer from Philadelphia in order to make his way to South Beach.
Butler’s arrival in Miami on a four-year, $142 million deal resulted in veteran center Hassan Whiteside being traded to the Portland Trail Blazers and swingman Josh Richardson joining the Philadelphia 76ers. Additionally, Miami dealt a protected 2023 first-round pick to the Los Angeles Clippers, who also acquired Portland’s Moe Harkless as part the sign and trade. Meyers Leonard will also be joining Butler in Miami.
Lewd humor has always been present across the Disney canon, albeit not always out in the open. Connoisseurs have likely heard tell some the classic, well-hidden easter-eggs, including The Little Mermaid’s erect priest, Aladdin telling Jasmine to “take f her clothes,” and a cloud windswept debris spelling out “sex” in The Lion King. And while those were likely inserted by a mischevious animator or two, Toy Story 2 presented an adults-only gag right there in the open. At least, until this year.
You may recall Pixar’s past pattern running faux-blooper reels during the credits, and Toy Story 2 was no exception. During one the bloopers, the main antagonist the film “Stinky Pete” is seen coming on to a pair Barbies, running lines like “and so you two are absolutely identical? You know, I’m sure I could get you a part in Toy Story 3.” Upon realizing he’s being filmed, Pete’s demeanor shifts into discomfort. Now, fans have taken notice that this scene has been scrubbed from the recent 4K release, a clear response to the #MeToo movement.
The scene in question goes down at approximately 8:26.
It should also be noted that Toy Story 2 director John Lasseter was previously ousted from Disney after accusations sexual misconduct surfaced. And while some might raise an eyebrow over Disney’s sense revisionist history, given the company’s position as a purveyor wholesome content, it’s no wonder they decided to do away with Pete’s predatory advances. What do you think this development?
Rihanna experienced quite an emotional moment as late. The Bajan singer got to reunite with her high school gym teacher Roddy Estwick this past Monday at a Cricket World Cup game in England. Their emotional encounter was captured in a video. Estwick was present at the match to work as an assistant coach for the West Indies team. And although they lost to Sri Lanka by 23 runs, Rihanna remained in good spirits after the surprise trip down memory lane. “I love this man,” were the words she shared with Barbados Today.
“I came here to see the match and was cheering West Indies to a victory. They played great but we just didn’t make it. But I also wanted to see Mr. Estwick. He made a lasting impact on my life and he really fered great advice to me and many others when we were at school at Combermere. I just wanted to let everyone know what he meant to me in my development and what he did for us back at school in Barbados.” The singer also shared the moment her Instagram page with the following caption: “My mentor, my champ, my MVP, my school teacher, my first Jay Brown (co-founder and CEO Roc Nation). You made my day!”
It’s pretty rare for Drake to jump in the comment sections those trashing him or even just commenting on his business and music moves. Considering his success and stance in the industry it’s safe to say the “Money In The Grave” rapper simply doesn’t have the time to shew away naysayers but the music maker had a minute earlier today when he responded to a user who claimed he’s trying to be “tough.”
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An image was shared to Instagram that shows Drake on the cover a newspaper with a very large headline that reads: “Drake Is No Angel.” As the byline goes, cops are worried about the influence the rapper’s choice apparel may do since he’s rocking a Hells Angels hoodie. The article on the matter was published in The Province newspaper and received a few comments from social media users alleging they can see behind Drake’s exterior.
“Drake wants to appear tough by all means. He even liked sic],” a user who goes by @fairyhairandbeauty wrote. Drake surprisingly responded, writing: “you sell silicon mix for damaged and dry roots…” The user has since gone private on Instagram from what we can assume is due to a lot traffic to their page.
Cuba Gooding Jr. made headlines a few weeks ago when he was accused groping a woman at a New York bar. The Jerry Maguire actor denied the rumours, stating his belief in the justice system and how his innocence will be proven.
“I trust the system, and the process speaks for itself,” Cuba previously stated. “All I have to say is the following, in this time and age we need to let people speak for themselves, we have to let people express themselves. And now I’m giving the process the chance to show what really happened, what went down.”
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While Cuba’s lawyer claims the actor’s life has been put on hold, his statement is questionable at this point since Cuba has seemingly continued to live his best life since he was spotted partying with his girlfriend Claudine De Niro by his side. Page Six reports that the actor was at the Bowery Hotel at a fashion party in Connecticut and was spotted again this past weekend at the Surf Lodge in Montauk.
“He seemed very relaxed,” said a source. “He was saying hi to everyone.”
In seemingly drunken fashion, Cuba even switched shirts with a bus boy who was wearing a top he preferred. “He wound up exchanging shirts with the worker,” added the source. “Cuba gave him his own checkered shirt and signed it and the kid gave him his shirt.”
Nike had originally planned to release a USA-themed “Fourth July” Air Max 1 in celebration the holiday this week, but ultimately decided to scrap the release after some, including Colin Kaepernick, expressed concerns about the Colonial-era Betsy Ross flag on the heel.
Now, Nike is on the receiving end backlash from Arizona governor Doug Ducey, who ordered the Arizona Commerce Authority to withdraw all financial incentive dollars under its discretion that the state was providing for Nike to build a factory in Goodyear, Arizona.
In a series tweets posted on Tuesday, Ducey slammed Nike for bowing “to the current onslaught political correctness and historical revisionism.”
Ducey’s tweets read:
Words cannot express my disappointment at this terrible decision. I am embarrassed for Nike. Nike is an iconic American brand and American company. This country, our system government and free enterprise have allowed them to prosper and flourish.
Instead celebrating American history the week our nation’s independence, Nike has apparently decided that Betsy Ross is unworthy, and has bowed to the current onslaught political correctness and historical revisionism. It is a shameful retreat for the company. American businesses should be proud our country’s history, not abandoning it.
Nike has made its decision, and now we’re making ours. I’ve ordered the Arizona Commerce Authority to withdraw all financial incentive dollars under their discretion that the State was providing for the company to locate here. Arizona’s economy is doing just fine without Nike. We don’t need to suck up to companies that consciously denigrate our nation’s history.
And finally, it shouldn’t take a controversy over a shoe for our kids to know who Betsy Ross is. A founding mother. Her story should be taught in all American schools. In the meantime, it’s worth googling her.
With the recent reveal the highly-anticipated Disney live-action movie, The Lion King, fans have been on the lookout for any teasers or glimpses fering details on the upcoming flick. As late, the most recent features legendary singer and performer Beyonce, who shared an interesting photo herself and her Lion King character, Nala. Herein, we can see Beyonce facing the character she embodies as the two stare into each other’s eyes. The photo only worked to get fans even more excited for the movie’s release on July 19th.
As we wait on the movie, Box Office magazine has already projected it will win big. According to them, The Lion King is expected to pull in between $180 to $230 million dollars in total at the box fice. These numbers are based on the positive reviews which stemmed from the launching the first trailer. Moreover, these numbers are also considering the Favreau’s return to directing, the notable and star-studded cast and, course, the fans the nostalgia-rendering film–all which are aiding factors. And now because Aladdin is doing better than the analysts projected, we can only wonder how well The Lion King will do. At the end the day, however, these projections are merely just that which therefore means they could be wrong. For instance, Tim Burton’s Dumbo was expected to make much more than the $112 million it garnered at the box fice. Nevertheless, we are excited for The Lion King.
Ever since Lil Nas X came out as a member the LGBTQ+ community, fans have either supported him or went against him. His coming out, if anything, shed a light on the persistent homophobia present within the Hip Hop realm. While many continue to bash the rapper and vow to no longer support his music, the rapper has chosen to see the positive in the situation. Indeed, Lil Nas X has been retweeting and responding to hate comments by laughing at them. According to reports by Page Six, the 20-year-old, who recently nabbed the longest-running Hot 100 No.1 single with “Old Town Road,” shared his reaction to both positive and negative response to his coming out. “I apologize for my actions. hope you find a better role model,” tweeted the rapper, followed by: “I’m gay as a joke.”
The rapper also laughed out loud at a video a fan made which claimed his hit-song no longer sounded the name. Herein, we can hear a very different version the lyrics to “Old Town Road” which hint at the artist’s sexual orientation. Lil Nas X found it funny and retweeted the most. To note, when he ficially came out this past Sunday, he wrote on Twitter: “deadass thought i made it obvious.”
One the most enigmatic young artists today, Jaden is one–a-kind. His following is largely cultlike but because the power his family name, he can depend on mainstream representation as well. Premiering his latest song on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 Radio show today, Jaden announced that his new album would be coming at the end this week, blessing us with ERYS on Friday, July 5.
A tracklist was also announced to the world with plenty hits being added to the project. You can expect to hear vocals from Kid Cudi, A$AP Rocky, Tyler, The Creator, Jaden’s sister Willow Smith, and others. Trinidad James is also making an appearance on the album, hopefully marking an important return to form.
If you’re not up on Jaden yet, peep his older work and get ready for this Friday. We’re buckling up for a special week new music!
1. P 2. I 3. N 4. K (feat. Lido) 5. NOIZE (feat. Tyler, The Creator) 6. i-drip-or-is 7. AGAIN (feat. SYRE) 8. Got It 9. Fire Dept 10. Mission (feat. Trinidad James) 11. Summertime In Paris (feat. Willow) 12. Blackout 13. Pain 14. Chateau (feat. A$AP Rocky) 15. On My Own (feat. Kid Cudi) 16. Riot 17. ERYS
The “Thotiana” rapper, who is currently in a relationship with two women, was captured on camera kicking his mother and sister Kali out of his Los Angeles home. According to Complex, one of his girlfriends reportedly refused to greet his mother, which set things off.
After the argument between his girlfriends and his family, Blueface reportedly sided with his girl. His mother livestreamed the argument as Blueface pushed his sister down the stairs and removed their belongings. “Get out of my house,” he said, while his mom threatened to call the cops. “We gon’ wait for the cops since you hit girls today,” she said.
The domestic dispute played out on social media. “Blueface Bleedem just threw his mother outside,” said Kali. “He throwin’ us out ’cause we don’t like his new bitch Andrea. She don’t know how to say hello. So when I see her, she gon’ get her ass beat.”
Kali also explained her side of the story. “Moms visiting & I’m waiting for my apartment that’s ready tomorrow,” she wrote. “Ain’t no free loading period everything you see me do I did for me. Sad what a bitch can do to a n***a head.”
She also fired back at Blueface for calling their mother a clout chaser. “You only got clout cuz of mommy stupid!” said Kali. “How you think you got here? Saddest thing is she paid all those studio sessions when you was living in your car! She deserve ALL THE CLOUT RUN HER SHIT UP.”
Blueface later shared an old video of him giving his mother $10,000. “I bet don’t none of y’all mommas know how to go live on IG,” he wrote. “I’ll take this to the chin an let y’all eat this internet story up even got a couple more followers coming in just remember none of you were there so none of you really knows what happen.”
He also defended his actions. “My mom let me live in my car. I got my own shit now when it’s time to go it’s time go,” he said. “Sister tryna get a whole modeling career going off this an y’all really buying this.”
Isaiah Thomas has bounced around the league over the last couple years after being a successful player with the Boston Celtics. Back in 2017, Thomas was fifth in MVP voting but has suffered from injuries which have made him less effective as a player. Over the past two seasons, Thomas has only played 44 games with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers, and the Denver Nuggets. Heading into free agency, Thomas was looking to reestablish himself as an effective player, which led him to sign a one-year contract with the Washington Wizards. Thomas was signed to a veteran minimum contract and will fill a void left by the injured John Wall.
Thomas spoke to The Athletic’s David Aldridge about his recent contract and opened up about why he chose to sign with the Wizards. “Opportunity!!!! That’s all I wanted, I’ll do the rest!” Thomas said in a text.
Thomas’ new teammate Bradley Beal seems to be pretty excited about the news especially when you consider just how weak the Wizards were last season. Beal was the one bright spot on the team and with the addition Thomas, they have something to look forward to now.
If Thomas can get back to his pre-injury form, the Wizards have an opportunity to get back to the playfs.
It’s been a minute since Rockstar Games released another chapter in the sprawling Grand Theft Auto series, with the acclaimed fifth installment having dropped in September 2013. Though Michael, Franklin, and Trevor’s combined adventure remains relevant today (especially where some the themes and social commentary is concerned), fans have been patiently waiting for news the sixth GTA to surface. Perhaps that’s why a recent leak has gained such momentum; given that we’ve been experiencing such a scarcity in ble news, it’s no wonder such reports tend to spread like wildfire.
According to the original post right here, the next game is tentatively titled Project Americas. It’s reportedly set to take place in both Vice City and South America, drawing heavy influence from Netflix’s Narcos series. Apparently, the game will span across several decades, unfolding as the story progresses and bringing about myriad changes in the environment. The sources have been said to have come from PC Gamer and Kotaku, but PC Gamer has since come forward to cry foul; sadly, PC Gamer has come forward to dispel any involvement, casting yet another shadow doubt over the initial leaker.
Should the reports indeed be true, look for GTA 6 to surface during the next console generation, feature a single playable protagonist, and increasingly elaborate weather – think hurricanes. While it’s likely bunk, it does spark a renewed sense hype. After all, GTA 6 is indeed in the works, and perhaps there will be some overlapping similarities. Even a broken clock is right twice a day. What do you think about all this Project Americas business?
After the surprise announcement that Big Machine was , Taylor Swift went nuclear.
The singer released a statement Tumblr condemning the sale while assassinating the characters of Big Machine founder Scott Borchetta and Braun.
Now, a few artists are rallying behind Swift and her desire to own her work.
Swift claimed that she learned about the $300 million sale of Big Machine to Scooter with the rest of the world. She says all she could think about was the “manipulative bullying I’ve received at his hands for years.”
“I had to make the excruciating choice to leave behind my past. Music I wrote on my bedroom floor and videos I dreamed up and paid for from the money I earned playing in bars, then clubs, then arenas, then stadiums.”
Swift as her “worst case scenario.” She also noted that she signed her first deal at age 15, subjecting her to exploitation. But as an adult, Swift also claimed that she never thought Scott Borchetta would end up selling her masters to Braun — even though she turned down a deal from Borchetta that would allow her to regain ownership of her masters (you can read Borchetta’s blunt response ).
She signed the full statement, “Sad and grossed out.”
Several artists took to Twitter to offer their support and condolences to Swift when her full statement went live. That includes Halsey.
The singer gave Swift major accolades for inspiring her to write her own music. “She deserves to own the painstaking labor of her heart,” the singer wrote.
Todrick Hall — who co-produced Swift’s “You Need to Calm Down” music video — also took to Twitter to defend the artist.
He called Braun an “evil person” and wrote that he hopes justice is served and Swift’s music will fall into the hands of a better human.
For those asking, I left Scooter Braun a long time ago…I am saddened by this news, but not shocked. He is an evil person who’s only concern is his wealth and feeding his disgusting ego. I believe he is homophobic & I know from his own mouth that he is not a Swift fan.
Joseph Kahn also tweeted in support of Swift, saying he felt terrible.
I feel terrible for Taylor. This is the record business at it’s most ruthless and shady. She is genuinely one of the nicest people ever and does not deserve this. She should own her work. These people are soulless.https://t.co/RoHkFumLFA
“This is the record business at its most ruthless and shady,” he tweeted. “She should own her work. These people are soulless.” Braun has indicated — unsurprisingly — that arrangements made between Big Machine and Swift’s new label UMG will remain in place.