In these extremely heated and divisive political times, many believe there is no leeway to justify fraternizing with the enemy. Many also believe that all members the Hollywood elite staunchly oppose Donald Trump and his policies. These two widespread beliefs could explain why Vince Vaughn is currently under attack for shaking hands with President Trump at the College Football National Championship game in New Orleans.
The Wedding Crashers actor was seated near POTUS in a box at the game on Monday night. A 30-second clip surfaced them amicably chatting and eventually shaking hands. The caption for the video could make sense why Twitter erupted upon seeing this encounter: “I’m very sorry to have to share this video with you. All it, every part it.” The caption assumed that viewers would never expect a beloved comedian to be a Trump supporter, hence, it anticipated backlash or cancellation.
However, there was a faction people who were not surprised by this clip and pointed out that Vaughn has openly been a Republican for years. Pro Vaughn expressing libertarian views in the past are now being rehashed in an attempt to contextualize this new viral story. In a 2015 interview with British GQ, Vaughn said “banning guns is like banning forks in an attempt to stop making people fat.” The person who posted the initial tweet said that he started receiving “actual death threats” once the video started circulating.
GQ recently published an interview with Diplo that included bits from his collaborators who added a few anecdotes about the producer-musician-DJ. “Much our relationship is just being spent trying not to have so that we wouldn’t ruin our business relationship because he’s super-duper hot,” Sia told GQ her working friendship with Diplo.
The Golden Globe-winning film, Parasite, is being turned into a limited series for HBO.
Writer and director Bong Joon Ho is teaming up with Adam McKay, who made The Big Short and Vice, for the upcoming project. A deal has not been confirmed, according to The Hollywood Reporter, but talks have begun following a bidding war between Netflix and HBO. The show would be adapted for English-language audiences.
The Korean film tackles class warfare and follows the wealthy Park family and the poor Kim family. Critics have given the film universal praise. It currently has a 99% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. David Edelstein Vulture says the film, “What keeps you rapt in Parasite is the visual wit — every shot distills the movie’s themes — and the richness the characters and performances.”
Parasite earned $23 million at the domestic box fice and $130 million globally. The film is a longshot to compete for Best Picture at the Oscars, but it’s possible. Parasite took home best motion picture — foreign language at the Golden Globes.
This would be McKay’s most recent partnership with HBO. He is also working as an executive producer on one the network’s most popular shows at the moment, Succession. McKay has also worked on Eastbound & Down and Funny or Die Presents.
With the economy in good standing at the moment, Taco Bell is attempting to change the culture and mindset employment in the fast-food industry. In an announcement yesterday, Taco Bell released a statement revealing that they will be increasing the base annual salary for their general manager employees to $100,000 at select locations in the Midwest and Northeast region the country.
With the current annual salary for the general manager position ranging from $50,000 to $80,000/per year, some their employees will be doubling their income this new year. However, this isn’t the only improvement Taco Bell has committed to improving within their work environments. The Mexican-inspired fast-food chain will also provide at least 24 hours paid sick leave per year for their employees beginning Jan. 1, and will also be experimenting with new roles for employees who want to gain leadership experience but don’t want to the title becoming an ficial manager.
Taco Bell’s commitment to their improvements come in response to the low unemployment rate. According to the BloombergQuint, unemployment fell to 3.5%, the lowest its been since 1969.
With Taco Bell also fering vegetarian menu items, giving out free tacos, and utilizing sustainable and recyclable packaging, is it time to ask if Taco Bell is hiring?
Though breakfast cereal isn’t exactly the healthiest way to begin a day, it’s certainly among the most delicious. Especially when the worlds cereal and candy collide, as they so ten do. Fans the classic snack are well aware the age-old struggle that is picking a favorite, and the already painstaking decision has ficially gotten a little harder. Especially for all our Canadian readers out there.
According to a variety different reports, beloved chain Tim Hortons is introducing its first-ever breakfast cereal, arriving in two distinct flavors: chocolate glazed and birthday cake. Both flavors draw inspiration from the Timbit, which frequenters may recognize as a signature item; for those unfamiliar, it’s basically a donut hole.
With a release date “early 2020,” Hypebeast has shared a statement from the head Tim Horton’s retail, Samuel Heath: “The two-bite Timbits Canadians have loved since 1976 can now be enjoyed as an even more bite-sized treat with milk in cereal bowls coast to coast.” Should you count yourself among the legions cereal lovers nationwide, are you planning to procure a box or two?
Denzel Curry has surprised his fans with a new project titled 13LOOD 1N + 13LOOD OUT MIXX. The unexpected release, which is credited to his ZXLTRXN persona, is available to stream for free on YouTube.
“Just when you thought it was over for me, just when you thought it’ll be the end of me, just when you thought I wouldn’t come back for another two years… I came to bring you a gift from the higher power of the ULT nation,” Curry wrote on Facebook. “The entity known as ZXLTRXN is here to give you an invitation to the active mind of a man with multiple personalities. Darkness, Happiness, Past, Present and Future make [their] way into this Mixx.”
Curry’s latest project is comprised of eight tracks yet clocks in with a runtime of under 13 minutes. Guests featured on the EP-sized effort include Xavier Wulf, AK of The Underachievers, ZillaKami of City Morgue and Ghostemane.
Check out Curry’s 13LOOD 1N + 13LOOD OUT MIXX stream, cover art and tracklist below.
2. CHARLIE SHEEN f. Ghostemane
3. EVIL TWIN f. ZillaKami of City Morgue
4. WELCOME TO THE FUTURE f. Xavier Wulf
5. FALSE GODS FREESTYLE
6. PXSH6XD SHXT
7. NO PEN NO PAD
8. GOGETA f. AK of The Underachievers
This weekend’s new releases could have made for one the biggest box-fice totals in weeks, but the films that would’ve led it there aren’t being received well. Star Wars: The Rise Skywalker earned $176 million in U.S. theaters and $374 million globally, according to Variety.
While these totals are monstrous, The Rise Skywalker‘s earnings crumble compared to its two predecessors. Domestically, 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens earned $248 million opening weekend and 2017’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi received $220 million.
Critics cite a lack imagination as the reason for The Rise Skywalker‘s poor reviews. “It doesn’t do anything new or even terribly distinctive, but maybe it didn’t have to. It just had to be good enough to stick the landing, and it does that,” writes Bob Mondello for NPR.
The highly discussed Cats debuted this weekend as well. For a movie that cost $100 million to make, the $6.5 million it earned from the box fice this weekend is almost as dismal as the film’s reviews. It has a 19% in Rotten Tomatoes with John Anderson the Wall Street Journal describing it by saying, “Artistically, it’s a hairball. There’s no story to speak , Mr. Webber’s music is immediately forgettable and, like a cat standing at an open door, it takes forever to get where it’s going.”
Coming into this season, pundits knew the Los Angeles Lakers were going to be good although they probably didn’t see them placing first place in the Western Conference so deep into the season. With that being said, analysts also saw Kyle Kuzma as a huge piece to the Lakers puzzle. Some feel like Kuzma is a huge difference-maker thanks to his scoring ability but his stats so far this season have said otherwise. He currently averages 11.1 points per game which is pedestrian for a player his caliber.
During an appearance on “The Bill Simmons Podcast,” ESPN insider Brian Windhorst spoke about Kuzma’s issues this season and firmly believes it’s because he doesn’t fit in head coach Frank Vogel’s system. In fact, Windhorst thinks a Kuzma trade for Bogdan Bogdanovic could be in the cards.
“This is why I think Kuzma is struggling,” Windhorst said. “People are talking about Kuzma’s stats, his most important stat is his minutes played. Because Vogel doesn’t think he’s a good fit. If you look at the history LeBron the last 12 years, two kinds people have played with LeBron as complementary pieces: shooters and defenders.”
What do you think this report? Could Kuzma be on his way out Los Angeles or are these struggles temporary? Let us know in the comments below.
Anthony Davis made headlines last season when he decided to request a trade out New Orleans. For the longest time, AD was seen as a good guy in the NBA but once he decided the Pelicans were no longer for him, he was turned into a bad guy. Many thought his trade request was selfish while others saw it as a great way to shift his talents to a team that actually has a shot at winning. Of course, Davis ended up on the Lakers and the rest is history.
During his recent appearance in GQ, Klutch Sports agent Rich Paul defended AD’s decision and explained how people need to show more empathy towards what is going on inside an athlete’s head.
“From AD’s perspective, he just felt it was time for change. There’s nothing wrong with that. As a player, the side that people don’t see is like, okay, yeah, I can go out and score 40 every night, but I can’t make you put certain things around me because I don’t have that power. I have to bet on you to do so. And in the event that I’m good enough that, if I feel that’s not happening, and I can change something? Then I’ll change it. Or I’ll seek to change it.”
For now, the AD and LeBron James experiment is working out in Los Angeles so if you’re Paul or Davis, there shouldn’t be any regrets on how the whole thing was handled.
Acclaimed producer Kaytranada is back with Bubba, his first LP since 2016’s 99.9%. The album serves as the follow-up to his Nothing Like U / Chances EP, which arrived in November 2018.
The RCA Records artist’s sophomore album includes 17 tracks. Pharrell, Mick Jenkins, GoldLink, Kali Uchis, SiR, Tinashe, Masego, Iman Omari and Estelle are among the guests featured on the project.
View Kaytranada’s Bubba stream, cover art and tracklist below.
1. DO IT
2. 2 The Music f. Iman Omari
3. Go DJ f. SiR
4. Gray Area f. Mick Jenkins
5. Puff Lah
6. 10% f. Kali Uchis
7. Need It f. Masego
8. Taste f. VanJess
9. Oh No f. Estelle
10. What You Need f. Charlotte Day Wilson
11. Vex Oh f. GoldLink, Eight9fly & ARI
12. Scared To Death
13. Freefall f. Durand Bernarr
14. Culture f. Teedra Moses
15. The Worst In Me f. Tinashe
16. September 21
17. Midsection f. Pharrell
Lauren London teams up with PUMA in their “Forever Stronger” campaign. The three-and-a-half-minute clip, which was created by the actress herself, serves as a heartfelt tribute to her late boyfriend Nipsey Hussle. London drives through the streets of Crenshaw and Slauson, where Nipsey was raised, while reciting a powerful poem penned by Nipsey’s sister Samantha Smith.
“I got a question only Lord knows: Does life birth us twice?” asks London, who is the mother of Nipsey’s son Kross.
It ends with her standing on a palm tree-lined street in the Crenshaw neighborhood where the couple shot their now-iconic GQ feature.
“Lauren London is proud to join forces with PUMA to support her on this next chapter of her journey,” reads the YouTube description. “This piece was a creative vision Lauren wanted to bring to life to signify the continuation of her marathon alongside PUMA. Forever Stronger.”
In September, PUMA released The Marathon Clothing collection in partnership with Nipsey’s estate. All net proceeds benefitted his Neighborhood “Nip” Foundation.
The long-standing lawsuit by the estate of Marvin Gaye against Pharrell Williams has taken an unexpected turn, with the estate now the singer of perjury and demanding millions in attorney fees.
Earlier this year, a federal appeals court a $5 million verdict against Williams, Robin Thicke and a music publisher. In 2015, the estate had accused the three of infringing on the copyright of Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up” when creating their song “Blurred Lines,” and a jury agreed with them.
With the appeal process complete, most people expected that this would be the end of it. But this is not so, as now the estate is accusing Williams of perjury.
During his deposition in the original lawsuit, Williams claimed under oath, “I did not go in the studio with the intention of making anything feel like, or to sound like, Marvin Gaye.” However, in a recent interview with Rick Rubin in GQ, he admitted that he “reverse engineers” songs from which he gets a special feeling.
Williams further admitted that he did this with “Blurred Lines” and “got myself in trouble.”
Richard Busch, who is a lawyer that represented the Marvin Gaye estate in both the original suit and this new one, insists that Williams admission is evidence of perjury as well as demonstrates the commission of fraud against the court.
“Williams,” he says, “made intentional, material misrepresentations to the jury and this Court as part of an unconscionable scheme to improperly influence the jury and the Court in their decisions. Nothing was more central to this case than whether ‘Got To’ or Marvin Gaye was on Williams’s mind while he was engaged in creating ‘Blurred.’ That fact was central to the issue of whether Williams and Thicke illegally copied ‘Got To’ and whether their copying was willful, and they knew it. It was also central to their defense of ‘independent creation.’”
Busch wants the judge in the case, based on the new evidence, to reconsider his decision not to award millions in attorney fees to the estate.
The feeling of a certain time period is something unable to replicate. When an album drops, the cultural events surrounding the music often play a large role in how the album is received.
From the movies that are being watched to the president in office at the time everything besides the music helps determine an album’s impact.
In the latest episode of HipHopDX’s The Breakdown, Page Kennedy looks at the impact of the cultural climate in Hip Hop and how it influences what we consider a classic album.
Kennedy also discusses how regions might experience albums differently. We look specifically at N.W.A’s Straight Outta Compton, Nas’ Illmatic, Kanye West’s The College Dropout, Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly and more.
Watch “How The Cultural Climate In A Specific Time Period Can Influence A Classic: The Breakdown” above.
And as always, check out previous episodes of the series on DX’s YouTube channel.
“A couple days before he passed, he bought me three books,” said London in the interview portion the story. “One was a book about parenting. He loved Power vs. Force. He swore on that book and got a lot game from it. I mean, between he and I, we damn near had a library.”
In the same article, London speaks about the difficulties raising a child by herself, having to stay strong especially for 3-year-old Kross Asghedom. “I can’t talk about our last day together, and I still have to be strong for my children,” she says. I have a three-year-old that’s still asking, ‘Where is Daddy?’ He doesn’t understand the concept death.”
The entertainment industry has proven itself to be a fickle friend, and even actors who have reached a certain level success can assure you that it’s still difficult to land roles. Disney’s Aladdin saw its live-action remake his theaters this year starring Will Smith as Genie, and fans across the globe stormed theaters to help the movie bring in $1 billion. While that’s something the Aladdin crew can boast about on their resumés, the actor who portrayed the title character claims he can’t even get his foot in the door.
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“I’m kind tired staying quiet about it,” Mena Massoud told The Daily Beast. “I want people to know that it’s not always dandelions and roses when you’re doing something like Aladdin. ‘He must have made millions. He must be getting all these fers.’ It’s none those things. I haven’t had a single audition since Aladdin came out.”
“It’s wild to a lot people,” Mena added. “People have these ideas in their head. It’s like, I’m sitting here being like, OK, Aladdin just hit $1 billion. Can I at least get an audition? Like I’m not expecting you to be like, here’s Batman. But can I just get in the room? Like, can you just give me a chance? So it’s not always what you think.”
Variety caught up with Will on the red carpet his film Spies in Disguise and was asked about Mena’s remarks. According to Will, he wasn’t made away Mena’s comments, but praised the actor by saying, “He is a spectacular actor, and he has nothing to worry about.” You can see in the video that he quickly made his exit. Watch below.