David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty ImagesLewis Capaldi and Billie Eilish were among the winners at the 2020 Brit Awards. The U.K. equivalent of the Grammys took place Tuesday in London.

Lewis took home two trophies: one for Song of the Year for “Someone You Loved” and the other for Best New Artist. Billie picked up the award for International Female Solo Artist.

During the Brits ceremony, Billie gave her new James Bond theme song "No Time to Die" its live debut with a performance alongside her brother Finneas and the No Time to Die film composers Hans Zimmer and Johnny Marr.

For the full list of winners, visit Brits.co.uk.

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Trae Patton/NBCThe Voice coaches that sing together, stay together.

Ahead of Nick Jonas’ debut as a new coach on The Voice next week, he’s enlisted his fellow coaches Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Blake Shelton for a live rendition of his hit song “Jealous.”

In a video clip of the performance, Nick kicks off the song before John joins him on the first verse. Then Blake and Kelly come in for the chorus. It wasn’t the first time Kelly has covered the track. She sang it during her Radio City Music Hall tour stop in New York back in 2015.

The performance is available to watch on YouTube now, but it will also air during the season premiere episode of The Voice on Monday, February 24 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Mike Marsland/WireImageHarry Styles didn’t have a very lovely Valentine’s Day.

ABC News has confirmed the singer was robbed at knifepoint on Friday during a night out in London. The robber reportedly demanded cash, which Harry handed over without incident.

“He actually played it pretty cool, quickly giving the assailant cash, keeping himself and the guy calm and getting the situation over with," a source tells U.K.’s Mirror Online. "Understandably though it left him very shaken up afterwards."

Harry has not commented publicly on the robbery, but he did make an appearance at the 2020 BRIT Awards in London on Tuesday.

The police investigation into the robbery is ongoing.

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ABC/Eric McCandlessDemi Lovato is opening up about her struggles with an eating disorder on the latest episode of Ashley Graham’s podcast, Pretty Big Deal.

The singer says she believes the fact that she never truly recovered from her eating issues ultimately led to her drug relapse in 2018.

"I'm tired of running myself into the ground with workouts and extreme dieting," Demi tells Ashley. "I thought the past few years was recovery from an eating disorder when it actually was just completely falling into it."

She says she had people around her telling her she had to look a certain way, which made things worse.

“I honestly think that's kind of what led to everything happening over the past year was just me thinking I found recovery when I didn't, and then living this kind of lie and trying to tell the world I was happy with myself when I really wasn't,” she says.

Ashley gushed over Demi's candidness in an Instagram post Tuesday, writing, "I am so proud to call @ddlovato a friend and I’m in awe of her strength and openness on today’s episode of @prettybigdealpod."

She added, "Her faith, wisdom, and new found awareness has gotten her to a place where she’s comfortable enough to set boundaries or take a pause to heal; which is something we can all learn from. I’m so excited for this next chapter of her career, it’s going to be the best yet because she finally gets to be true to herself."

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Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagicJustin Bieber is opening up about his past relationship and how he learned to become a better partner to wife Hailey.

In an interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe released over the weekend, the singer says when he first started hanging out with Hailey, he warned her that he wasn’t ready for commitment.

“I was like, ‘I’m not in a place to be faithful,’ and all this sort of stuff that I wanted to be, but I just wasn’t there yet,’” he says.

He admits he was “wild” and “reckless” in his “previous relationship.” Though he doesn’t name Selena Gomez, he had briefly rekindled his romance with her in 2017 before getting together with Hailey in 2018.

“In my previous relationship, I went off and just went crazy and went wild, just was being reckless,” he says. “This time, I took the time to really build myself and focus on me and try to make the right decisions and all that sort of stuff. And yeah, I got better.”

Justin says he eventually realized Hailey was the one after seeing her "nurturing" side as she was holding a baby. Justin and Hailey married in September 2018 and his new album Changes was largely inspired by their relationship. On Tuesday, Justin released a new visual for his song "E.T.A." exclusively on Apple Music.

According to Billboard, Changes is on track for a number one debut on the Billboard 200.

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Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for PandoraThe Harry Styles/Lizzo lovefest continues.

After Harry covered Lizzo’s song “Juice” on BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge, Lizzo has now returned the favor by covering his song, “Adore You.”

In her rendition of the song, Lizzo changed the lyrics slightly, singing “Harry” instead of “Honey” at one point. She also added her signature flute to the track.

Lizzo shared a video of her performance on social media, captioning it, “LET ME ADORE YOU, HARRY STYLES.”

Earlier this month, the two got to share the stage when Harry made a surprise appearance at Lizzo’s pre-Super Bowl Miami concert. Could a proper collaboration be next?

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Where else should Taylor Swift have celebrated her new album Lover than in Paris, the City of Love?   Last September, the singer did just that for an ultra-exclusive The City of Lover Concert.

Since then, fans who missed the once-in-a-lifetime intimate set only caught glimpses of the summer performance via video clips.  

But, at the stroke of midnight on Tuesday, Swift released her entire acoustic performance for her latest single "The Man."

The video opens with the crowd chanting as Swift sits alone on a stool and begins strumming her guitar.  The crowd erupts in cheers as Taylor sings the opening verse. 

As the song continues, the audience begins to loudly sing along -- causing Swift to smile broadly as she glances around the room.  

Clearly, the audience's favorite lyric was "I'd be just like Leo, in Saint-Tropez" given by how they practically drowned out Taylor as they heartily shouted along.

Swift also took a moment to emphasize her frustration with the industry's double standard and paused after the lyric, "They'd paint me out to be bad/ So it's okay that I'm mad."

The audience screamed in agreement for a complete 30 seconds before Taylor resumed singing.

So, if this performance has whet your appetite of seeing Swift perform all the songs from Lover live in the future, you’ll have a handful of chances this summer.

Taylor will go on a brief tour, consisting of Lover Fest West and Lover Fest East. She’ll play two dates at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA on July 31 and August 1 and two dates at L.A.’s SoFi Stadium on July 25 and 26.

Tickets are available now on Ticketmaster.

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Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty ImagesAdele revealed some news about her highly anticipated new album over the weekend.

In footage captured over the weekend, the singer was seen performing at her friend Laura Dockrill's wedding to musician Hugo White.

While onstage, the chart-topping singer told the crowd, "Expect my album in September."

She was also caught performing her hit 2010 song "Rolling in the Deep" and a cover of the Spice Girls' famous hit, "Spice Up Your Life," among other songs. The footage later was widely shared across social media.

Adele's upcoming album will be her fourth studio album, the follow-up to her 2015 album, 25.

She's maintained a relatively low profile as of late and did not share any footage from the wedding on her own social channels.

A representative for Adele had no comment to ABC News on the reported upcoming album.

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Pierre Suu/GC ImagesAfter insisting that his much reviled mustache was here to stay, Justin Bieber bid farewell to his facial hair on Sunday.

"I shaved," the 25-year-old declared on Instagram against a rather grumpy looking clean-shaven selfie of, as he called it, "Baby face BIEB."  

However, it appears this silky smooth look won't be here to stay as the singer also promised in the caption, "MUSTASHIO went on holiday, but he will be back in due time."

Bieber also treated fans to an Instagram stories montage on Sunday of him taking an electric razor to his mustache, setting the shave job to a fitting soundtrack consisting of tunes "Miss You" by Rolling Stones, "Since U Been Gone," by Kelly Clarkson, "Gone" by *NSYNC, and Ray Charles' "Hit the Road Jack." 

So, while the "Yummy" singer is looking forward to being reunited with "MUSTASHIO" in the future, fans and friends are delighted to see a smooth-faced Bieber again. However, it seems that no one is more overjoyed by the news than his family.

Wife Hailey Baldwin commented with a delighted "yeeeeee" and a heart eyed emoji while his mom Pattie Mallette celebrated with a succinct, "Ya praise God."

On the other hand, some people are already missing Bieber's shaggy look, as seen by producer Scooter Braun comically demanding in the comments, "Where the hell is ricardo mustachio?? What have you done with him???" 

Bieber dropped his fifth studio album Changes on Valentine's Day. According to Billboard, the album is poised to debut atop the Billboard 200 chart, which could become his seventh number one overall.

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C Flanigan/FilmMagicSam Smith won an Oscar for "Writing's on the Wall," his theme song for the James Bond movie SPECTRE.  So what do they think of "No Time to Die," the brand-new Bond theme by teen Grammy queen Billie Eilish?  Turns out Sam has nothing but good things to say about it -- while acknowledging how many expectations come with being asked to write one.

"It depends on how much pressure you put on yourself.  I put a lot of pressure on myself," Sam told London's Capital Radio. "I didn't realize how, y'know, people really have in their head what a Bond song is, so you're never gonna please everyone."

But, speaking about Billie's new song, they said "It's so beautiful," adding, "She's done such a beautiful job and she's kept it classic, which I'm so happy about. Yeah, I'm really impressed, I think it's amazing.  Everything she does, I think is amazing!"

What's not so amazing is the circumstances under which Sam listened to "No Time to Die."  During their interview with Capital Radio, the singer admitted, "I literally woke up, like, an hour and a bit ago, and I was sitting on the toilet listening to it." 

Um, TMI, Sam. 

No Time to Die the movie will be in theaters in April.

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XL/ColumbiaWhile fans are waiting for some sign of new music from Adele, she casually performed her signature hit at her best friend's wedding Saturday night -- and she officiated the ceremony, too.

Billboard reports that Adele married Laura Dockrill, who she's been friends with since their school days, and Hugo White, a member of the band The Maccabees, at a London pub.  Photos and videos were posted by guests showing Adele and Laura singing and dancing together.  In fact, Laura joined Adele to sing "Rolling in the Deep" with the wedding band. 

As Billboard notes, Florence Welch of Florence the Machine was among the guests, and video of the performance shows Florence singing along to every word of Adele's 2011 number-one hit. 

Other footage shows Adele singing "Young Hearts Run Free," a 1976 hit by Candi Staton.  Another version of the song, by British singer Kym Mazelle, appeared on the hit 1996 soundtrack of Romeo Juliet -- which is likely where Adele knows it from.

Adele, showing off her recent weight loss, wore her hair slicked back in a long ponytail, a short-sleeved white top and a flouncy floral skirt.  During the ceremony, she also sported a fascinator -- one of those small, elaborate hats that women wear to British weddings.

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ABC/Image Group LAIt’s official: Mariah Carey is heading to England this summer to celebrate LGBT pride.

The singer confirmed in an Instagram video Friday that she is indeed headlining one of the U.K.’s biggest pride festivals, Brighton Pride, on August 1.

“People keep asking me am I doing Brighton Pride this year,” Mariah says in the clip. “And I guess, like, my answer is, do I have an album called Rainbow? Of course I’m doing Brighton Pride, darlings! I can’t wait to see you there on August 1! “

It will be Mariah’s first U.K. show outside of London since her Sweet Sweet Fantasy Tour in March 2016.

U.K.’s The Sun previously reported that Mariah is being paid six figures for the gig.

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Dominique Charriau/WireImageLooks like Zayn and model Gigi Hadid are back on again.

Gigi seemingly confirmed their relationship status on her photography Instagram page, @gisposable, just in time for Valentine’s Day Friday. She posted a photo of Zayn from December 2019, captioning it, “HEY VALENTINE.”

Last month, E! News reported that the two had gotten back together following their January 2019 split.

"Gigi and Zayn got back together right before the holidays in December," a source told E! News. "Zayn has been reaching out to Gigi for the last month and she is giving him another chance."

The insider continued, "She has always loved him and the break between the two was needed. Zayn has been working on his past music and focusing on his health and is in a really good place currently."

Zayn and Gigi were first linked back in November 2015 before publicly ending things in March 2018. They then reconnected in October 2018 before they were on the outs again in January 2019.

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Jean Baptiste Lacroix/FilmMagicJustin Bieber’s wife Hailey gave him a yummy Valentine’s Day gift this year.

According to People, she surprised Justin with a pink bedazzled Dreamsicle, designed by digital artist Dan Life. The sculpture, worth $10,000, is made of more than 12,000 hand-set crystals and made to look like a dripping popsicle. It’s one of only 10 ever created.

Previously, Justin and Hailey put some of the artist’s other bedazzled works up for bid at a charity auction back in December. Kylie Jenner snagged a green jeweled beanie baby sculpture for $12,000.

As for Justin’s gift to Hailey, it might just be his new album, Changes, which came out today. The album was largely inspired by his relationship with the model.

"This is an album I wrote in the first year of our marriage, so it's so fresh," Justin tells Apple Music's Zane Lowe. "There's so much more to learn about commitment, and building trust, and foundation. I'm looking forward to continuing to build and make music that's going to reflect that."

In episode eight of his YouTube docu-series Seasons, which hit YouTube Premium on Wednesday, the couple gave fans a behind-the-scenes look at their intimate South Carolina wedding last September. In one scene, Justin is seen singing his song “One Less Lonely Girl” to Hailey at the reception.

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hélène marie pambrunMany critics have said Harry Styles' solo work is reminiscent of the kind of music that was coming out of California in the 1970s.  Well, they're not wrong.  Given the opportunity to perform a cover version of a song on British radio, he chose a tune that did indeed come out of California in the 1970s.

Appearing on the The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2 in the U.K. on Friday, Harry showed that his Valentine is Mother Earth.  He sang a version of "Big Yellow Taxi," Joni Mitchell's classic 1970 song about how over-development is ruining our environment.

If you don't know the song by its title, you may know it by its famous chorus: "They paved paradise/and put up a parking lot." Counting Crows and Vanessa Carlton recorded a hit version of the same song in 2002.

Harry's tour in support of his new album, Fine Line, starts in April in the U.K.  No word on whether "Big Yellow Taxi" will be part of his set list.

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PRNewsfoto/KlarnaLady Gaga has been engaged twice, and both times, the relationship hasn't worked out.  So she's just decided to put a ring on it -- with "it" being her own finger.

On Instagram, Gaga posed wearing a bedazzled gold and crystal "ring," which covers her entire finger.  The bauble, called the Knight's Finger, is made of gold vermeil and features 246 rose pink and crystal stones in a pavé setting. 

"Did you know that an old tradition says that only during a leap year, on Feb 29th, are women allowed to propose to men?" Gaga captioned the photo.

"It’s 2020, and any person of any gender identity can propose to anyone, anytime! So as we all celebrate love today, I put this ring on my own finger as a sign of my love for myself and for my fans -- and a reminder that we are all born superstars."

All proceeds from sales of the ring, designed by Gaga's friend Bea Åkerlund for Klarna, will go to Dress for Success.  Klarna is an app that allows you to shop online now, and pay later.

In a separate statement to Klarna for the promotion, Gaga says, "The idea that a woman can only propose to a man one day every four years is so completely ridiculous...so in an act of defiance of this outdated tradition, I decided to say yes to MYSELF! And wear this ring today with pride to remind myself and everyone that the only permission you need to love comes from within you."

Celebrating Valentine’s Day wearing this badass ring designed by my friend @BAkerlund for @klarna. As we celebrate love today, I put this ring on my own finger as a sign of my love for myself and for my fans - & a reminder that we are all born superstars 💕 #getwhatyoulove #ad pic.twitter.com/0HLO4NKfoe

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ABC/Craig SjodinBillie Eilish was not a fan of her Oscars performance.

During an interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music, the "bad guy" singer reveals that she was sick during the ceremony, during which she and her brother Finneas covered the Beatles classic "Yesterday" for the In Memoriam segment.

"I bombed that...performance," Eilish says. "That was trash."

Comparing her Oscars performance to her set at the Grammys, Eilish says she was much more comfortable at the music awards show.

"The Oscars is not my people, I'm not used to that," she explains. "At least the Grammys wasn't as scary because it was, like, artists. It felt like my people, it felt like...'Oh, look, a bunch of artists!' And I knew a lot of them already and I'd met them and they knew of me."

"But the Oscars, I'm, like, 'These are movie stars!'" Eilish laughs.

Lowe, for his part, did not agree with Eilish's assessment of her performance.

Also during the interview, Eilish discusses her new James Bond song "No Time to Die," which dropped Thursday night.

"[Finneas and I] got a piece of the script...the first scene, and then we wrote the song immediately," she says. "We wrote it in three days. We wrote it in Texas and we recorded it in a bunk on the bus, in a basement in the dark."

Eilish, who's the youngest artist ever to write and record a Bond theme, will perform "No Time to Die" alongside Hans Zimmer and Johnny Marr -- who composed the movie's score -- at the 2020 Brit Awards, taking place February 18 in London.

No Time to Die the film hits U.S. theaters on April 10.

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Capitol Records"Gorgeous people...'TO DIE FOR' is yours now, so happy," says Sam Smith. "I poured my heart and soul into this song and I can't express how excited I am to sing it live one day soon." 

The Grammy-winning star released their new single, "To Die For," on Friday, along with a haunting video. In the clip, we see a wig store in L.A., where all the mannequin heads in the window have wigs on them except for one, which looks like Sam.  The bald mannequin head starts singing the ballad, about longing for love, as happy couples and families stroll by, oblivious to his loneliness.

"Couples holding hands on a runway/They're all posing in a picture frame/While my world's crashing down," the mannequin sings. "Solo shadow on a sidewalk/Just want somebody to die for."

At the end of the video, the wig store's window is empty except for the mannequin head.  Then, a guy comes along with a baseball bat, smashes the window, grabs the head and walks away with it.

Sam notes, "This is for all the lonely hearts out there on another Valentine’s Day."

The theme of the song is underscored by a dialogue sample from the 2001 movie Donnie Darko that runs throughout the track, which features a woman asking, "Does that scare you?" and a man replying, "I don't want to be alone."

Sam's new album, also called To Die For, is due May 1 and available for pre-order now.  If you do, you'll get downloads of "To Die For," as well as Sam's recent singles "How Do You Sleep?," the Donna Summer cover "I Feel Love," "Fire on Fire" -- which Sam recorded for the latest version of Watership Down -- and the smash Normani collaboration, "Dancing with a Stranger."

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Reese Witherspoon is so proud of Taylor Swift, she barely held back her emotions when gushing about the "Shake It Off" singer's new Netflix documentary Miss Americana.

Witherspoon, 43, urged fans to watch the new flick in a tweet on Thursday, writing, "Watching @taylorswift13 new doc #MissAmericana, so many incredible moments, but my favorite is watching her face light up when she writes songs."

The Morning Show actress lavished the 10 time Grammy Award winner with praise, adding that Taylor creates "Catchy melodies, Thoughtful lyrics, incredible hooks. So great to see her songwriting skills in action." 

Witherspoon finished her thoughts using a 100 and gold star emojis, which is as close to a five-star rating Taylor could hope from the Oscar-winning actress.

Miss Americana is streaming now on Netflix.  It explores Taylor's songwriting process and her thoughts on her biggest life events -- from Kanye West storming her VMA win in 2009 to breaking her silence on politics.

The flick also captured the birth of several tracks that made it to her latest album, Lover.  

When watching the creation of "The Man," which recently debuted a lyric video, Swift explained in the documentary, "Getting to capture on film, you know, getting an idea, that's one thing that I'm glad I'll have forever," she revealed to director Lana Wilson. "I'll always have kind of a memory of when that idea happened, [or] that idea happened. I've never had that before."

That said, should "The Man" ever be given the music video treatment, we hope Taylor has Reese's number on speed dial after receiving such a glowing review.

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ABC/Lou RoccoFans have been waiting patiently for Rihanna's long-awaited ninth studio album.  Now, it seems the four-year wait is finally over.

The wait for her new album, dubbed R9, has been so protracted that it's become a meme that even Rihanna herself jokes about.

After failing to fulfill her promise of releasing new music in 2019, the "We Found Love" singer confirmed on Thursday that she really is working on new music and even posted photographic evidence for her fans.

On her Instagram stories, Ri posted a snap from the studio with the triumphant caption, "gang. back in da STU."

She also confirmed that someone else was there helping her out with her new music.  Turns out, she's collaborating with The Neptunes, the hip hop duo featuring Pharrell Williams.

She and Pharrell previously joined forces for 2017's "Lemon," which was a song by N.E.R.D. -- his other group.

As previously reported, Rihanna spoke to The Cut about her upcoming plans for Valentine's Day, which revolved around making new music.  While not addressing the rumors a budding romance with rapper A$AP Rocky, she did say she was spending the holiday with Pharrell for some one on one time in the studio.  

The last time Rihanna released new music was in January 2016 with Anti.  Since then, her music career was placed on the back burner due to her expanding Fenty fashion and cosmetics empire.

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Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 2:03PM by Stephen Iervolino PermalinkPermalink

'Modern Family' stars share photos from last table read of the series

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ABC/Robert Ashcroft(LOS ANGELES) -- The Modern Family cast is saying goodbye to the show after 11 years.

Sofia Vergara, Eric Stonestreet and more shared photos Wednesday from the last table read from the award-winning ABC comedy's series finale.

Many expressed just how much they are going to miss their co-stars and crew.

Stonestreet, who's played Cameron Tucker since Modern Family's premiere in 2009, posted an emotional video featuring the full group at the table, set to the Trace Adkins song, "You're Gonna Miss This."

Vergara, who plays Gloria Pritchett on the hit show, shared a few snaps of the special moment as well.  "Our last table read?? sad because its ending but so gratefull and happy to have been able to be part of this family," she captioned her post.

"It has being More than I ever dreamed of or deserved?? Gracias my Modern Family," Vergara added.  She also shared a selfie with the caption, "going to miss Glorias trailer!!"

Ariel Winter shared some snaps from outside of her trailer. "Only 9 more production days left until we wrap filming Modern Family forever," she wrote.

Modern Family airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on ABC. The series finale will air April 8.


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Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 12:51PM by Stephen Iervolino PermalinkPermalink

Disney is conjuring a sequel to hit live-action 'Aladdin'

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Disney(LOS ANGELES) -- A sequel to the 2019 blockbuster Aladdin, is in the works at Disney, according to The Hollywood Reporter

Guy Ritchie is set to return as director, with Will Smith, Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott expected to reprise their roles as Genie, Aladdin and Jasmine, respectively. 

John Gatins and Straight Outta Compton writer Andrea Berloff have been hired to pen the script, possibly based on other stories from One Thousand and One Nights, the collection of Middle Eastern folk tales that gave us Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves and Sinbad the Sailor

Last year's live-action movie musical, based on the 1992 animated feature, delivered $355 million at the U.S. box office and $1.05 billion worldwide.

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Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 9:00AM by Stephen Iervolino PermalinkPermalink

Shannen Doherty admits she is struggling with cancer diagnosis

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Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Beverly Hills, 90210 actress Shannen Doherty opened up to fans about how she is handling being diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer.  Unfortunately, she admits it's been a difficult journey.

The 48-year-old, who was initially diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2015 and announced she was in remission in 2017, said she is still hopeful despite her cancer returning.

"I want to thank all of you for your love, prayers and support," the actress captions against an Instagram photo of her riding her horse across an orchard as a little Shetland pony trails behind. "It’s an odd time right now and I find my feet not completely underneath me."

The 48-year-old admitted, "To say I have stress is an understatement. To say that I’m struggling is mild."  

Despite all those negative emotions, Doherty vows she is fighting to focus on the positive and that she believes that "I will find my footing."

"I’ll dig deep for the inner strength I need to face it all. I pray I do it all with dignity and grace," Promises the Charmed actress before telling fans "please know how much you all help lift me."

Fans flooded the comments' section with kindness and encouraging words, with one fan, named LeeAnne sharing her story of being diagnosed with stage 4 cancer three years ago.  "I currently am classed as NED.... No Evidence Of Disease. Don’t give up keep on going," she promised.

Earlier this month, Doherty told Good Morning America, "I don't think I've processed it ... it's a bitter pill to swallow in a lot of ways."

"I definitely have days where I say why me," she continued. "And then I go, well, why not me? Who else? Who else besides me deserves this? None of us do."

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Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 9:00AM by Stephen Iervolino PermalinkPermalink

Lionel Richie tells Jimmy Kimmel why he's 'easy' on 'American Idol' castoffs

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ABC/Stewart Cook(LOS ANGELES) -- American Idol returns Sunday with judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie heading back behind the judges' table.  The trio dropped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday and teased what's in store this season.

Katy, Luke and Lionel will once again sit through the usual parade of hopefuls -- from the super talented to the just plain awful and it turns out that the job of breaking the bad news often falls to Richie, who told Kimmel he tries to temper the criticism with a little positive reinforcement.

"It's my job to basically go in and say, 'listen, I build you up to the point where you made it this far, but do you have a shot in this competition?  Absolutely not.'  But I don't leave them broken."

Despite having three seasons under his belt, Richie says Bryan and Perry both manage to keep him on his toes.

"Whatever my comfort zone was, they have taken me to a new level of just, by the seat of my pants," he admits. "I'm not sure what's gonna happen. But going out on that show, every time we go out, I just hold my breath and go, 'God, take me to the next level.'"

In spite of that, Perry knew Richie would be a perfect addition to the judges' table.

"We had a drink together and he was telling me stories about Diana Ross and Whitney Houston and Prince and I was like, 'Oh my gosh, you've got just such an incredible history and legacy and wisdom.' And so, [the producers] like asked me, 'Who do you think should be on the show, who'd be really complimentary, I was like really, Lionel Richie would hold it down so hard,' and he has."

American Idol returns Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Hilary Duff releases new music for the first time in four years

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ABC/Eric McCandless(NEW YORK) -- Hilary Duff is back! Fans of the Lizzie McGuire star were celebrating on Wednesday when she officially ended her years-long dry spell on new music.  For those keeping count, it's been roughly four years.

Teaming up with husband Matthew Koma, the two released their cheerful cover of Third Eye Blind's "Never Let You Go."  The husband and wife duo collaborated with RAC, a Grammy award-winning DJ, on the new single.

Duff harmonizes with Koma in the chorus and repeats "I'll never let you go" by herself throughout the song.

RAC, whose real name is André Allen Anjos, spoke about the new single on Twitter, saying that it "started out as something we were doing just for fun and I think it comes through."

The 32-year-old actress last released new music in 2016 with her single "Little Lies" to promote the second season of her comedy Younger, which airs on TV Land.

Duff and Koma began dating in 2017 and, after welcoming daughter Banks Violet a year later, the two tied the knot in a private ceremony on December 21, 2019.

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Snoop Dogg wishes he handled Gayle King situation differently, "Two wrongs don't make no right"

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ABC/Kelsey McNeal(LOS ANGELES) -- Snoop Dogg wants to take back his harsh words to Gayle King.

The 48-year-old rapper went on a savage rant about the CBS This Morning host after a clip of her interview with WNBA star Lisa Leslie revealed she brought up questions about Kobe Bryant's 2003 rape case. Now, days later, he issued a sincere apology for how he reacted.

"Two wrongs don't make no right," he said in the Instagram video posted on Wednesday. "When you're wrong you gotta fix it."

"With that being said: Gayle King, I publicly tore you down by coming at you in a derogatory manner based off of emotions... me being angry at questions that you asked," he continued. "Should have handled it way different than that...I was raised better than that."

Snoop further amended, "So I would like to apologize to you publicly for the language that I used and calling you out of your name and just being disrespectful. I didn't mean for it to be like that. I was just expressing myself for a friends that wasn't here to defend himself."

Snoop ended the apology by extending an invite to talk with King privately. He also took a moment to share some words of wisdom to those that look up to him.

"Anytime you mess up, it's okay to fix it," Snoop shared. "It's okay to man up and say that you're wrong."

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Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 6:00AM by Music News Group PermalinkPermalink

Gwen Stefani cancels more tour dates due to unknown illness

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Jason Merritt/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) -- Gwen Stefani isn't feeling so well these days.

The 50-year-old singer shared the unfortunate news that she would have to cancel some of the upcoming shows for her Just A Girl Las Vegas residency on Tuesday. 

"I am so sad to announce that I am still unwell & will not be able to perform my #JustAGirlVegas show tomorrow, Wednesday, February 12 at @ZapposTheater at @PHVegas," she tweeted.

"I am resting & doing everything I can to return for my shows on February 14 – 22," she added. "I am so sorry gx."

The announcement comes just days after Stefani tweeted out the cancellation of her February 8 show for the same reason. She hasn't shared the exact illness that has been keeping her from performing but she did assure ticket holders that refunds would be issued.

Stefani's residency goes until May 16, 2020 and takes place at the Zappos Theater at the Planet Hollywood resort and casino.

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Anna Faris confirms engagement, asks James Corden to officiate wedding

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Terence Patrick/CBS(LOS ANGELES) -- Anna Faris confirmed her engagement on Tuesday night's episode of The Late Late Show with James Corden.

As the two sat down to chat, Corden made notice of a new sparkly piece of jewelry that the actress was wearing on her ring finger.

"This was not here last time you were on the show," he said about the "unbelievable ring" with a large, cushion cut stone.

The late night talk show host even joked that she was marrying Mark Zuckerberg, but he's already taken. Faris is actually engaged to cinematographer Michael Barrett, who she's been with since 2017. The two even worked together on the 2018 film Overboard.

Things took an unexpected turn though after Corden congratulated Faris on her engagement.

"Thank you," she said with a big smile, then asked, "Do you officiate weddings?"

Faris clarified that Corden would have to audition for the role which she hopes will be filled by someone "humorous," who can bring a "heartfelt sentiment," and "doesn't talk too much about themselves." 

That's when Corden took himself out of the running.

"That's a problem," he quipped. "I really strike out on all three of those."

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Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 6:00AM by Music News Group PermalinkPermalink

Jameela Jamil denies rumors that she has Munchausen syndrome

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ABC/Image Group LA(LOS ANGELES) -- Jameela Jamil understands having rumors spread about her comes with the territory of being a celebrity.  However, she draws the line when it comes to spreading lies about her mental health.

Writer and producer Tracie Morrissey claimed in a lengthy Instagram highlight reel that The Good Place actress has Munchausen syndrome -- a factitious disorder to describe people who pretend to have numerous physical or mental illnesses. 

There, Morrissey documented every accident Jamil spoke about, such as when she was hit by a car to suffering a concussion when filming with Olly Murs, and compared the timelines.

Eventually, the writer said the sequence of events and witness accounts didn't add up -- deducing in her now-viral highlight that Jamil was exaggerating or lying about her injuries for attention.

On Wednesday, Jamil denied having Munchausens and branded Morrissey "an unhinged idiot.

In a detailed Instagram post, the actress explained that Morrissey is the one who mixed up the timelines,  writing, "She thought that because my car accident stories was “different” .... that’s because they were about two separate car accidents 13 years apart. In her rush to bully and drag, she forgot to read."

However, Jamil decided to shake off the rumors and explained, "After a few hours of feeling upset that I’m being gaslit and targeted for harassment... I sort of realized... oh. Ok. Some people have sad, empty lives. And doing this gives them some purpose."

The Misery Index host also decided to contribute to the rumor mill by posting bogus claims of her own on Twitter, ranging from "I'm BANKSY" to "I am single handedly causing climate change with my farts."

She also encouraged fans to spin their own ridiculous lies about her and retweeted her favorites, such as her faking the moon landing to causing the extinction of dinosaurs.

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