SAM SMITH, MALUMA, DOJA CAT TO PERFORM ON MTV EMA SHOW – (10/16/2020)
Sam Smith, Doja Cat, Maluma, Yungblud, and Zara Larsson are the first performers announced for the 2020 MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA.) Maluma is nominated for 3 awards and Doja Cat for 2, both will be performing on the EMA stage for the very first time. Sam Smith is nominated in one category: best collaboration for “I’m Ready,” a song he did with Demi Lovato.
As previously released, Lady Gaga is the top nominee with seven nods. BTS and Justin Bieber both have 5 nominations.
Unlike any other year, this year’s show will be shot in multiple locations around the world. The awards show will air globally on MTV on Nov. 8.
ARIANA GRANDE TO APPEAR IN ADAM MCKAY’S NETFLIX COMEDY – (10/16/2020)
Ariana Grande will make a cameo in Adam McKay’s upcoming Netflix comedy, Don’t Look Up. She’ll be in good company with other stars such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, Jonah Hill, and Jennifer Lawrence.
McKay is directing and wrote the script, which focuses on two scientists (DiCaprio and Lawrence) who discover that a meteor will hit Earth in six months and then he goes on an unsuccessful media tour, in an attempt to warn the world.
The show is set to start filming next month. Grande announced earlier this week that she would be dropping a new album before October ends.
DRAKE SUED FOR $250,000 OVER ALLEGED NIGHTCLUB ASSAULT – (10/16/2020)
A man has sued Drake, Odell Beckham, Jr., Kourtney Kardashian’s ex Younes Bendjima and L.A. nightclub Lady Delilah, claiming that they were all involved in an alleged assault against him in Hollywood back in March 2018. According to XXL, in court docs that were filed on Tuesday (October 13th), Bennett Sipes is demanding $250,000, after claiming that he suffered “traumatic brain injury, as well as injuries to his back, neck, shoulders, etc” following an alleged attack by Bendjima and members of Drake and Beckham’s entourage in an alley near the club.
Sipes says his damages are for “past and future pain and suffering, medical bills, lost future earnings, past and future emotional distress and punitive damages.”
DRAKE’S NEW ALBUM CAN DROP AT ANYTIME
Meanwhile, Drake’s longtime producer Noah “40” Shebib says that the rapper’s new album Certified Lover Boy can literally drop at any time. Shebib told Kevin Durant during his The ETCs with Kevin Durant podcast, “He’s always got it. He had it eight months ago. He had it six months ago, three months ago, 10 months ago. He’s always got it. Does that mean he’s done? Sh*t, I don’t know. He might make 10 songs next week. I don’t know, but he’s got it.”
He continued, “He’s gon’ pull the trigger when he wants to pull it. Whether or not he thinks he’s ready or not, he’s always ready. If he had to drop the album tomorrow, he drops it tomorrow.”
He added, “The other thing about Drake, Drake can make the industry move. If Drake says, ‘Yo, I want to drop my album on Friday,’ the industry’s gonna jump and it’s coming out Friday. He’s gonna make that call, it’s gonna happen.”
Earlier this year, Drake told fans that he would be dropping his sixth studio album in the summer.
HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR’S ESTATE SUES SACHA BARON COHEN, ‘BORAT’ PRODUCERS – (10/16/2020)
The estate of a recently deceased Holocaust survivor has filed a suit to keep her interview with Sacha Baron Cohen private, Page Six reports. The interview with Judith Dim Evans is slated to appear in the upcoming Borat film.
Evans, who died this summer, thought she was taking part in a serious documentary when she sat down for an interview in a Georgia synagogue on January 29th.
Per the suit: “Upon learning after giving the interview that the movie was actually a comedy intended to mock the Holocaust and Jewish culture, Ms. Evans was horrified and upset. Had Ms. Evans been informed about the true nature of the film and purpose for the interview, she would not have agreed to participate in the interview.”
Adam Hoipkemier, the attorney representing Evans, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he hadn’t seen the film but knew that Evans will be included in the final cut of Borat Subsequent Movie Film: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. It’s set to drop on October 23rd on Amazon Prime.
Amazon Prime and Oak Springs Productions are named in the suit, which seeks to remove Evans from the film. They are also seeking damages of less than $75K.
Cohen is no stranger to controversy; the comedian joined social media this past weekend seemingly just to zing President Donald Trump. “Premiere Trump true leader – he have prove himself stronger than more than 200,000 of his American subjects!” read one Borat tweet.
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