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Published: Monday, February 26, 2018 @ 11:45 AM
— You just know that the WWE tries to cover every angle in order to generate heat among its legion of professional wrestling fans.
Thanks to Kurt Angle, the storyline about former UFC champion Ronda Rousey has already been raised a notch, the New Zealand Herald reported.
Rousey, the former UFC bantamweight champion, made a dramatic return in the WWE’s Elimination Chamber event in Las Vegas on Sunday night. She came into the ring during the pay-per-view event to sign her contract with the WWE.
After some polarizing comments by Angle, Rousey produced a viral moment when she capped her contract signing by piledriving WWE chief executive Triple H through a table, CBS Sports reported. That resulted in what was called an “unscripted” slap of Rousey by WWE deputy commissioner Stephanie McMahon, who is Triple H’s wife.
Was it really unscripted? One never knows in pro wrestling.
The celebration of Rousey started innocently enough. She took the microphone from McMahon and was near tears as the Vegas crowd chanted her name, the Herald reported. Triple H added some praise for Rousey and invited her to sign her deal on live television.
Then Angle, the general manager of Raw, interrupted the feelgood moment by sharing alleged backstage comments by Triple H -- “Three years in the making and now we own (her)” -- and McMahon (“Ronda is a has-been, and I could take her.”), CBS Sports reported.
Awkward and unsure at first, but when Ronda Rousey's claws came out and she stared down at a fallen Triple H at her feet, we saw what she can become on this stage.— Ryan Dilbert (@ryandilbert) February 26, 2018
Rousey stared down Triple H before delivering the piledriver, and then after taking the slap from McMahon, signed the contract and dropped it onto Triple H’s body, CBS Sports reported.
That will guarantee that Rousey will participate in WrestleMania 34 on April 8 in New Orleans, probably in a mixed tag-team match, CBS Sports reported.
That angle should bring plenty of heat.
Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 11:54 AM
LAS VEGAS — Blink-182 has announced a Las Vegas residency, joining the likes of pop stars Britney Spears, Cher, Bruno Mars, Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga.
But unlike many other musicians, the rock band won’t be in Vegas for years on end.
People reported Monday that the band is starting a 16-date residency starting Memorial Day weekend.
The trio’s residency, called “Kings of the Weekend,” will start May 26 and take place on select weekends at Palms Casino Resort through Nov. 17, according to Rolling Stone. The latest lineup of the band includes bassist and vocalist Mark Hoppus, guitarist and vocalist Matt Skiba and drummer Travis Barker.
“We were stoked to be asked to be the first band in residency at the Pearl at the newly renovated Palms Hotel,” the band said in a statement to People. “Vegas is always a fun place to play.”
The band will perform at the Palms’ recently renovated Pearl Concert Theater.
“When the Palms asked us to do a residency here in Vegas, we said, ‘Absolutely!’” Hoppus said in a statement, according to Rolling Stone. “Now, we just have to cast our showgirls, create our set list – a true throwback of Vegas classics with Sinatra, Liberace. Maybe we can even marry someone onstage ... The possibilities in Vegas are endless.”
Presale tickets go on sale March 20 at 10:00 a.m. General tickets are on sale March 23 at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com.
The dates for Blink-182’s residency shows are below. More information on tour dates and ticket packages can be found at blink182vegas.com.
Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 10:54 AM
— Fifth Harmony is disbanding for the unforeseen future.
E! News reported that the girl group -- made up of Dinah Jane, Normani Kordei, Ally Brooke and Lauren Jauregui -- announced on Twitter Monday that they are going on “solo endeavors” and are going on a hiatus.
Fifth Harmony began as a five-person group, forming on the US version of “The X Factor” in 2012. In 2016, original member Camila Cabello controversially left the group and launched her own successful solo career.
“Reflecting on the past six years since we started on X-Factor, we've realized just how far we've come and we appreciate everything so much, more now than ever,” the statement said. “We’ve really had one hell of a memorable journey together and can’t begin to express our gratitude to y’all for coming along with us on this wild ride!
“After six years going hard, non-stop, we also realized that in order to stay authentic to ourselves and to you, we do need to take some time for now to go on a hiatus from Fifth Harmony in order to pursue solo endeavors.”
There have already been indicators that members of the group were going solo.
Billboard reported that Kordei signed a solo management deal in October and will go by the mononym Normani. That same month, Dinah Jane appeared on the joint single “Boom Boom” with Daddy Yankee, RedOne and French Montana.
In February, Kordei appeared on the single “Love Lies” with Khalid.
The group ended its statement with a thank you to their fans, called Harmonizers:
“To our Harmonizers, thank you for everything we have been able to build as Fifth Harmony. With your love and encouragement we will continue to build on ourselves, support one another in everything we do, and keep making you proud, each other proud and ourselves proud.”
Fifth Harmony still has tour dates that it says will still happen through the end of the year.
Read Fifth Harmony’s full statement below:
Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 10:12 AM
— Actor Jim Carrey’s latest piece of artwork bears an eerie resemblance to the White House press secretary, the New York Daily News reported.
“This is the portrait of a so-called Christian whose only purpose in life is to lie for the wicked,” Carrey wrote on Twitter, posting a photo of his drawing, which depicts an angry woman with dark hair and pointed eyebrows.
Carrey ended the tweet with the exclamation, “Monstrous!”
This is the portrait of a so-called Christian whose only purpose in life is to lie for the wicked. Monstrous! pic.twitter.com/MeYLTy1pqb— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) March 17, 2018
According to Twitter users, it didn’t take Ace Ventura to figure out that Carrey’s drawing bore a strong resemblance to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
There was plenty of negative reaction to Carrey’s tweet.
“And this is a portrait (of) a has-been who hasn't put out a decent movie in 15 years,” one man tweeted, posting a picture of Carrey.
“Another political Entertainer. Down the drain,” read another tweet.
And this is the picture if a has-been, who hasn't put out a decent movie in 15 years: pic.twitter.com/ZDQJ4AXysR— Jeff (@Tigersfan6976) March 18, 2018
Another political Entertainer. Down the drain— Gentlemen Christ (@GentlemenChrist) March 19, 2018
And this is one more reason that I'm done with Hollywood. It's ok to be mean and hurtful as long as it's to someone you disagree with, right? Btw, this is a classic example of bullying. But again, it's ok as long as it's someone you disagree with, right?— Jenny (@BlessedTNGal) March 18, 2018
Could you go back to being Fire Marshall Bill and stay out of politics? It's hard to watch a comedian who decides to demean people for political reasons. I'm guessing you've never even met this lady. Use your voice to help people, not hurt them. The painting is horrible.— Corey (@cwilli05au) March 19, 2018
There were some tweeters who jumped to Carrey’s defense:
All you people upset over this picture but yet could careless & laugh when the president puts down anyone he feels is a threat to him. To me this shows the real her, the snarky, condescending, self-righteous person she is....of this was a picture of Obama she would be loving it— powertothepeople (@kassy_quinn) March 18, 2018
Jim, that is one hideously scary painting! It also looks exactly like her! Well done, 🌟🌟🌟— Mary Duffy Adams (@MaryDuffyAdams) March 18, 2018
Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 6:30 AM
LOS ANGELES — Blue Ivy Carter may only be 6 years old, but she's already an art connoisseur.
According to USA Today, the daughter of Beyoncé and Jay-Z got into a high-priced bidding war with media mogul Tyler Perry on Saturday at the Wearable Art Gala in Los Angeles.
Blue Ivy reportedly bid $17,000 on a piece, described by E! as "an acrylic painting of a young Sidney Poitier," before Perry fired back with an $18,000 offer. Not one to be outdone, Blue Ivy bid $19,000 "as Jay-Z jokingly tried to take her arm down," according to USA Today. Perry ended up paying $20,000 for the painting.
Lool... Blue Ivy is about to buy all the Artworks at the auction. She must have been listening to JayZ's tracks about Basquiat and investing in Art. pic.twitter.com/Nd0pFrA16z— R. (@alrhemist) March 18, 2018
Beyoncé's mother, Tina Knowles, and her husband, Richard Lawson, organized the gala.