JUSTIN BIEBER COMMITTED TO HELPING INMATES AT LA PRISON – (04/02/2021)
Justin Bieber committed to providing buses to transport family members who have been unable to visit their incarcerated loved ones while visiting Los Angeles County’s California State Prison last week (March 23rd).
Billboard reports that during the visit, Bieber, his wife Hailey and pastor Judah Smith visited with prisoners involved in The Urban Ministry Institute and the Paws For Life Rescue program, which allows prisoners to train dogs to become service animals for military vets.
Bieber said in a statement, “It was a life-changing experience that I will never forget. It was such an honor listening to their stories and seeing how strong their faith is.”
JUDGE ISSUES NIKE’S REQUEST FOR A RESTRAINING ORDER AGAINST LIL NAS X’S ‘SATAN SHOES’ – (04/02/2021)
At the request of Nike, a judge has halted the sale of Lil Nas X‘s “Satan Shoes.” As previously reported, Nike sued MSCHF for trademark and infringement after the company partnered with Lil Nas X to customize the Air Max 97s that are said to feature a drop of human blood. The also asked a judge to block the sale of the shoes.
The court granted the brand’s request yesterday (April 1st) and for a temporary order against MSCHF, which blocks the company from fulfilling any orders.
The sneakers — which were going for $1,018, sold out of its 666 pairs within minutes when it went on sale earlier this week. Due to the restraining order, MSCHF will not be allowed to ship them to customers awaiting the shoe.
After Lil Nas X announced the shoe, Nike immediately released a statement saying that they had no connection to the shoe or Lil Nas X and that they did not authorize the production of them.
‘GODZILLA VS. KONG’ DEBUTS MID-WEEK WITH BEST OPENING DAY DURING PANDEMIC – (04/02/2021)
Godzilla vs. Kong roared into movie theaters in the U.S. on Wednesday, grabbing $9.6 million in box office receipts, the best opening day a movie has seen during the COVID era. The monster film, starring Alexander Skarsgard, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall and Brian Tyree Henry, was screened at 2,409 venues Wednesday, and will land in 3,064 by Friday.
At this point, more than 94% of U.S. theaters have reopened. Godzilla vs. Kong is expected to be the biggest domestic debut of the year. Tom & Jerry holds the current crown.
The industry is especially enthusiastic because the film is available on HBO Max already as well.
“So people still go to see movies in theaters even when available at no extra cost on a streaming platform at home,” Rich Greenfield of LightShed wrote on Twitter. “Looks like Hollywood can learn from [Warner Bros.] and [WarnerMedia CEO] Jason Kilar.”
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COMING 2 AMERICA IS NO. 1: Coming 2 America, the long-awaited sequel to Eddie Murphy’s 1988 classic, was the most streamed title in the U.S. when it premiered March 4th on Amazon, Nielsen reports. The film snagged 1.413 billion minutes of viewing time in the U.S. alone during that week.
REBEL WILSON IS TAKING A BREAK FROM SOCIAL MEDIA – (04/02/2021)
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Rebel Wilson is stepping away from social media, but not because she’s over it. Wilson announced her break on Instagram from a rooftop in London.
“I’m going to sign off for a bit because I’m filming a movie here in the U.K. that needs my full attention,” Wilson shared. “It’s a very different type of role for me, so I’ve really gotta immerse myself in it.”
She assured her followers that she would be back, adding, “It’s time for me to work my a** off, once again.”
Fans followed Wilson’s ups and downs closely during the pandemic when she shed about 60 pounds during her “Year of Health,” and as she got together, and then split from Jacob Busch.
Wilson is currently in pre-production for the drama The Almond and the Seahorse, a film adaptation of the Katie O’Reilly novel.
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OLIVIA RODRIGO TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM ON MAY 21ST – (04/02/2021)
Olivia Rodrigo will release her debut album on Friday, May 21st.
She released the album’s second single and it’s accompanying music video, “déjà vu” on Thursday (April 1st).
Rodrigo said in a statement, “The concept of deja vu has always fascinated me and I thought it would be cool to use it in a song around the complex feelings after a relationship ends. I started writing and recording ‘deja vu’ last fall and had so much fun creating the different melodies and sonic textures that you hear throughout.”
The track enteredthe iTunes Top 10 and #10 on the day of its debut.
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