John Legend named coach for Season 16 of ‘The Voice’

John Legend named coach for Season 16 of ‘The Voice’
Sept. 13 (UPI) — Music superstar John Legend has signed on as a coach for Season 16 of the singing competition series The Voice, NBC announced Thursday. He will join Kelly Clarkson, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton as mentors. Carson Daly will be back as host. “So excited!” Legend tweeted. The entertainer cemented his EGOT status last weekend after he won an Emmy as a producer for the network’s concert event Jesus Christ Superstar, in which he also sang and acted. Legend won an Oscar in 2015 for his original song “Glory” (co-written by Common) from the movie “Selma;” and a Tony Award in 2017 as producer of August Wilson’s Jitney, which won for Best Revival of a Play. He also has 10 Grammy Awards for his recording efforts. “John Legend is a one-of-a-kind musician and producer with remarkable skills that are beyond measure,” Paul Telegdy, president of the alternative... More

Norm Macdonald apologizes for Down syndrome remarks on ‘The View’

Norm Macdonald apologizes for Down syndrome remarks on ‘The View’
Sept. 13 (UPI) — Norm Macdonald appeared on The ViewThursday where he apologized for remarks he made regarding Down syndrome and clarified controversial statements he made recently that defended comedians Roseanne Barr and Louis C.K. Macdonald, who has been busy promoting his new Netflix series Norm Macdonald Has a Show, first came under firewhen he said during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that he was glad that the #MeToo movement has slowed down while defending Barr and C.K. The interview caused The Tonight Show to cancel a scheduled appearance from Macdonald and prompted the comedian to apologize on Twitter about how he didn’t mean to minimize the pain of victims affected by Barr and C.K. Macdonald’s made his down syndrome remarks on Wednesday while appearing on The Howard Stern Show. “You’d have to have Down syndrome not to feel sorry for .” he said on the talk show.... More

John Mellencamp announces 2019 North American tour

John Mellencamp announces 2019 North American tour
Sept. 13 (UPI) — John Mellencamp has announced a new North American tour that will begin in February 2019 following the release of his upcoming 24th studio album, Other People’s Stuff. The tour, which will feature Mellencamp performing his classics along with new material, officially kicks off on Feb. 7 at the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend, Ind., before concluding on March 30 following a two-night stint at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Fla. The tour brings the singer to Milwaukee’s Riverside Theater for the second stop on his tour, on February 8th. Mellencamp will also be performing in cities such as Cincinnati, Baltimore, New York, St. Louis, Kansas City and Nashville, among others. Tickets go on sale for the general public on Sept. 21 at 10 a.m. local time. Pre-sale and VIP tickets will be available for purchase starting on Sept. 19 at 10 a.m. local time.... More

Henry Cavill out as Superman

Henry Cavill out as Superman
Sept. 12 (UPI) — Multiple reports have surfaced stating that Henry Cavill is exiting the role of Superman and will no longer be appearing as the superhero in any upcoming DC Comics films. Cavill was said to have been approached about a cameo role in DC’s upcoming Shazam! film with contract talks between the actor and Warner Bros. breaking down, closing the door on other Superman appearances, noted The Hollywood Reporter citing sources. The Wrap confirmed that Cavill is out as Superman, citing individuals with knowledge of the situation. Cavill’s departure comes as Warner Bros. and DC are reportedly focusing on a standalone Supergirl movie as opposed to a sequel to 2013’s Man of Steel. Cavill has starred as Superman in three films including Man of Steel, 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and 2017’s Justice League. Warner Bros. and Cavill have yet to confirm the news or officially... More

Michelle Obama to kick off arena book tour in Chicago Nov. 13

Michelle Obama to kick off arena book tour in Chicago Nov. 13
Sept. 13 (UPI) — Former first lady Michelle Obama is planning a U.S. tour packed with speaking engagements this fall to promote her new memoir Becoming. The wife of Barack Obama, the 44th president of the United States, talked about her book in a video she posted to her social media accounts Wednesday. “My memoir called Becoming is coming out Nov. 13 and I can’t wait to share it with the world,” she said. “This time I’ve been out of the White House, I’ve had time to think and reflect for the first time in a long time and I spent some time really thinking about the people and the stories and the experiences that have shaped me and helped me become the person I am today and I am proud of what I’ve created. I’m proud because it is candid. It is honest. It is totally and utterly me.”... More

BTS perform ‘Idol’ on ‘America’s Got Talent’

BTS perform ‘Idol’ on ‘America’s Got Talent’
Sept. 13 (UPI) — K-pop group BTS took center stage Wednesday on NBC’s America’s Got Talent to perform their latest single, “Idol.” The performance featured the South Korean boy band delivering a number of highly-choreographed moves while they danced in front of a colorful screen. BTS were joined onstage by a large number of backup dancers as “Idol” reached its climax. “You can’t stop me lovin’ myself,” BTS sings in the chorus. America’s Got Talent host Tyra Banks posted on Twitterbefore the performance a photo of herself posing with BTS backstage. “@BTS_twt are: Already legends. Smizing masters. Fierce and fine fellas. Wig snatchers. Enormously talented. Genuinely kind. Sexy. The biggest boy band on the planet,” she said. “Idol” appeared on BTS’ latest album titled Love Yourself: Answer. A music video for the track featuring a verse from Nicki Minaj was recently released. BTS will make history in October when they... More

‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ teaser features a creepy birthday

‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ teaser features a creepy birthday
Sept. 13 (UPI) — Netflix has released the first teaser trailer for its upcoming supernatural series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina starring Kiernan Shipka in the title role. The clip, released Thursday, features Sabrina blowing out the candles on a cake following a creepy rendition of “Happy Birthday.” The teaser also contains a number of gothic images that hint at the various mystical creatures and witchcraft that will be on display when Chilling Adventures of Sabrina arrives on Oct. 26. The series, based on the Archie comics horror series of the same name, offers a darker take on the character who was first portrayed by Melissa Joan Hart in ABC’s more lighthearted Sabrina the Teenage Witch which ran from 1996 to 2003. Lucy Davis, Miranda Otto, Richard Coyle, Ross Lynch, Tati Gabrielle, Michelle Gomez, Chance Perdomo and Bronson Pinchot are also set to star. “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina tells the... More

Nickelodeon announces new ‘Blue’s Clues’ host, Josh Dela Cruz

Nickelodeon announces new ‘Blue’s Clues’ host, Josh Dela Cruz
Sept. 13 (UPI) — Nickelodeon has announced the new host for its upcoming revival of Blue’s Clues, television newcomer Josh Dela Cruz. The network made the announcement Thursday on Facebookalongside a video of Cruz introducing himself and explaining how he became the host of the new series, titled Blue’s Clues & You. Dela Cruz, who has worked on Broadway and has made appearances on CBS’ Bull and ABC’s Time After Time, was selected following an auditioning process that was supervised by original host Steve Burns. “I had the great honor of being a part of the search for the new host, and I give Josh two thumbs up! He can definitely fill my shoes, and the rugby shirt,” Burns said in a statement. Blue’s Clues & You has received a 20-episode order and will once again feature animated puppy Blue as she helps audiences and host Dela Cruz solve educational... More

Heidi Klum ignored Drake when he texted to ask her out

Heidi Klum ignored Drake when he texted to ask her out
Sept. 11 (UPI) — Heidi Klum says she ignored music superstar Drake when he texted to ask her out. The 45-year-old model and television personality explained on Tuesday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show that she never responded because she had just met her now-boyfriend, Tom Kaulitz. “You snooze, you lose. He was basically, like, a week too late,” Klum told host Ellen DeGeneres. “Someone who I know knows him and he asked to have my number and then he texted me,” she recounted. “I was like ‘Oh my gosh, this is so weird!’ but then I never texted him back because I found the love of my life.” Klum said she thought it was better to not respond than say no. “Like, what do you say? You want to go out? And I’m like, no. It’s better not to say anything,” she said. “I’m embarrassed about it.” Klum met... More

Ariana Grande’s brother thanks Mac Miller for sobriety

Ariana Grande’s brother thanks Mac Miller for sobriety
Sept. 13 (UPI) — Frankie Grande, the brother of singer Ariana Grande, paid homage to the late Mac Miller on Instagram, thanking the rapper for helping him get sober. Miller, real name Malcolm James McCormick, died recently at the age of 26. The cause of death has not been disclosed. Miller and Ariana Grande dated for about two years before the pair called it quits in May. “I am beyond heartbroken over Malcolm’s death. He was a good friend and was wonderful to my sister. He was the reason I went to the rehabilitation center where I was detoxed safely from all of the drugs alcohol and medications I was taking, when I couldn’t imagine living without them,” Frankie said on Wednesday alongside a black and white photo of Miller. “It was the place where I found the community of support that showed me that living life without drugs was... More