Ariana Grande cancels tour stops following Manchester explosion

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 2:53 PM

Ariana Grande performs during her New York Dangerous Woman Tour stop. The singer's management said performances have been suspended through June 5 following an explosion near Manchester Arena killed 22 and injured 64 others. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Republic Records)
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Ariana Grande performs during her New York Dangerous Woman Tour stop. The singer's management said performances have been suspended through June 5 following an explosion near Manchester Arena killed 22 and injured 64 others. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Republic Records)(Kevin Mazur)

Days after an explosion near Manchester Arena killed 22 and injured 64 others, Ariana Grande has suspended performances for her Dangerous Woman Tour through June 5.

The Associated Press reported that the singer’s management team made the decision in wake of the bombing.

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TMZ reported that Grande’s management issued the following statement:

“Due to the tragic events in Manchester the Dangerous Woman tour with Ariana Grande has been suspended until we can further assess the situation and pay our proper respects to those lost.

“The London O2 shows this week have been cancelled as well as all shows thru June 5 in Switzerland. We ask at this time that we all continue to support the city of Manchester and all those families affected by this cowardice and senseless act of violence.

“Our way of life has once again been threatened but we will overcome this together. Thank you.”

Grande is reportedly back in her hometown of Boca Raton, Florida, as she grapples with the incident that affected her fans. According to Entertainment Tonight, a source says the singer is “an absolute wreck” following the bombing. 

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“She cares more about her fans than anything,” the source said.

The Associated Press reported that the father of  Salman Abedi, the 22-year-old man who police said detonated a suicide bomb Monday night at Manchester Arena in the United Kingdom, has been arrested in Libya. A spokesman for Libya’s anti-terrorism Special Deterrent force told The AP one of Abedi's brothers was detained in Libya Tuesday.

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Hall and Oates, Train to kick off summer arena tour together

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 10:17 AM

Hall and Oates (L) and Train (R) will embark on a tour of North America in 2018.
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Hall and Oates (L) and Train (R) will embark on a tour of North America in 2018.(Getty Images)

First it was Journey and Def Leppard, now Hall and Oates and Train have announced the bands will be doing a tour together this summer.

According to Rolling Stone, both groups will play full sets before they both take the stage for the finale. 

Tickets go on sale for most of the North American tour dates on Jan. 29 at 10 a.m. on Live Nation.

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Philadelphia’s May 26 date will also be the resurrection of “HoagieNation Festival,” a festival held by Daryl Hall and John Oates that is, according to Rolling Stone, a “celebration of food, music and culture.”

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Train will be promoting “A Girl, a Bottle, a Boat,” the band’s 10th album and first top 10 album since “Bulletproof Picasso” in 2014.

Hall and Oates haven’t made an album since 2006’s “Home for Christmas,” but both have produced solo work. They toured North America with Tears for Fears last year, Spin reported.

Tour dates:

5/1 - Sacramento, Calif., Golden 1 - Center
5/4 - San Jose, Calif.,  SAP Center
5/6 - Anaheim, Calif., Honda Center
5/8 - Salt Lake City, Vivint Smart Home Arena
5/10 - Denver, Pepsi Center
5/12 - St. Louis, Scottrade Center
5/16 - St. Paul, Minn.,  Xcel Energy Center
5/18 - Chicago, United Center
5/20 - Detroit, Little Caesars Arena
5/22 - Cleveland, Quicken Loans Arena
5/24 - Columbus, Ohio, Nationwide Arena
5/26 - Philadelphia, HoagieNation Festival
6/5 - Toronto, Air Canada Centre
6/7 - Boston, Xfinity Center
6/9 - Pittsburgh, PPG Paints Arena
6/11 - Washington, DC,Capital One Arena
6/14 - New York, Madison Square Garden
6/18 - Charlotte, N.C., Spectrum Center
6/20 - Atlanta, Infinite Energy Center 
6/22 - Tampa, Fla., Amalie Arena
6/24 - Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., BB&T Center
6/26 - Orlando, Fla., Amway Center
6/28 - New Orleans, Smoothie King Center
6/30 - Nashville, Tenn., Bridgestone Arena
7/13 - Montreal, Bell Centre
7/15 - Grand Rapids, Mich., Van Andel Arena
7/18 - Omaha, Neb., CenturyLink Center
7/20 - Kansas City, Mo., Sprint Center
7/22 - Oklahoma City, Chesapeake Energy Arena
7/24 - Dallas, American Airlines Center
7/26 - Houston, Toyota Center
7/28 - Austin, Texas, Frank Erwin Center
7/31 - Los Angeles, The Forum
8/4 - San Diego, Viejas Arena
8/7 - Oakland, Calif., Oracle Arena
8/9 - Portland, Ore., Moda Center
8/11 - Seattle, KeyArena

 

Alison Brie weighs in on sexual misconduct allegations against brother-in-law James Franco

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 3:48 AM

2018 SAG Awards: Red Carpet Arrivals

E!’s red carpet coverage of the 24th annual Screen Actors Guild awards got off to an awkward start when host Giuliana Rancic asked nominee Alison Brie a surprise question about the sexual misconduct allegations against her brother-in-law, James Franco.

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Brie is married to Franco’s brother, Dave Franco, who appears in “The Disaster Artist” alongside James and Brie.

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Rancic began by pointing out that both she and Brie are supporters of the Time’s Up movement: “So much of the movement has to do with transparency and, as you know, your family and your brother-in-law has been in the news recently. What are your thoughts on that and what can you share about how that’s affected you and your family?”

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Brie responded: “I think that above all what we’ve always said is that it remains vital that anyone who feels victimized should and does have the right to speak out and come forward. I obviously support my family and not everything that’s been reported is fully accurate, so I think we’re waiting to get all of the information. But of course I think now is a time for listening and that’s what we’re all trying to do.”

Watch the awkward exchange below:

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Kristen Bell mocks Melania Trump during SAG Awards opening monologue

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 5:43 AM

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Host Kristen Bell kicked off the 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards with a brief but punchy monologue that included a subtle joke at first lady Melania Trump’s expense.

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“There has never been a host for this awards show before,” Bell said. “First time. First person. First lady! I honestly never thought I would grow up to be the first lady, but you know what, I kind of like it. I think my first initiative as first lady will be cyberbullying … because I have yet to see any progress on that problem quite yet.”

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Despite not directly referencing the first lady, it seemed like Bell was alluding to Melania Trump's mission to end cyberbullying.

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“I’m looking at you Tony Hale!” she said, gesturing toward the “Veep” actor. “You’re a bully! You guys, he’s a savage on Twitter!”

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Bell’s monologue came to a close with a message of encouragement for the Time's Up movement, which fights against sexual harassment and inequality for women in the workplace.

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“We are living in a watershed moment, and as we march forward with active momentum and open our ears, let’s make sure we’re leading the charge with empathy and diligence,” she told the audience before ending on a gag. “Because fear and anger never win the race. Most importantly, regardless of our differences, I think we can all come together and delight in one thing — ‘Frozen 2’ is coming out in theaters in 2019! I’m very excited.”

Watch the whole thing below:

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Michael Phelps reveals he considered suicide after 2012 Olympics

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 8:49 AM
Updated: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 3:31 AM

Michael Phelps Ends Olympic Career Strong

Swimmer Michael Phelps has revealed that after the 2012 Olympics, he considered suicide.

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“Really, after every Olympics I think I fell into a major state of depression,” he told David Axelrod at the fourth annual conference of the Kennedy Forum, an organization for mental health advocacy, according to CNN. Phelps revealed that after winning four gold medals and two silver medals at the 2012 Olympics, the depression got worse, and he couldn’t leave his room for days.

“I didn’t want to be in the sport anymore … I didn’t want to be alive anymore,” he said.

Eventually, Phelps decided he needed to seek help.

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“I remember going to treatment my very first day. I was shaking, shaking because I was nervous about the change that was coming up,” Phelps said. “I needed to figure out what was going on.”

After getting his life back on track, Phelps started the Michael Phelps Foundation, which works with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. He also has been open about his struggles with mental health and depression.

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“I think people actually finally understand it is real. People are talking about it, and I think this is the only way that it can change,” he said. “That’s the reason why suicide rates are going up; people are afraid to talk and open up.”

Phelps said that now, he is thankful to be alive. He is now married to his longtime love, Nicole Johnson, and has a son, Boomer, with another on the way, due later this year.

“I am extremely thankful that I did not take my life,” he said.