Nicki Minaj announces retirement on Twitter

Nicki Minaj announces retirement on Twitter
Sept. 5 (UPI) — Hip hop superstar Nicki Minaj announced Thursday on Twitter that she is retiring from her music career. Minaj, whose career has led to multiple MTV Video Music Awards wins and 10 Grammy nominations, tweeted Thursday that she is retiring to spend time with her family. “I’ve decided to retire & have my family,” the “Anaconda” singer wrote. “I know you guys are happy now. To my fans, keep reppin me, do it til da death of me, X in the box- cuz ain’t nobody checkin me. Love you for LIFE.” Minaj recently performed for Planned Parenthood‘s “Bands Together, Bans Off” Campaign, which aimed to raise awareness about restrictive legislation on reproductive rights in states like Georgia, Louisiana, Alabama and more. The performer recently canceled a scheduled appearance at a music festival in Saudi Arabia to protest the country’s restrictive laws, including a ban on women driving... More

Helen Hunt, Paul Reiser happily shop in NYC in new ‘Mad About You’ teaser

Helen Hunt, Paul Reiser happily shop in NYC in new ‘Mad About You’ teaser
Sept. 5 (UPI) — Spectrum Originals released a teaser for its upcoming revival of the classic sitcom, Mad About You, on Thursday. Starring Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser as married New Yorkers Paul and Jamie Buchman, the show is set to return with six new episodes on Nov. 20. Another six will be available for streaming on Dec. 18. The series initially ran for seven seasons from 1992 through 1999. Also returning for Season 8 along with Reiser and Hunt are Richard Kind as the couple’s friend Mark and John Pankow as Paul’s cousin Ira. Abby Quinn will play Paul and Jamie’s college-bound daughter Mabel. Thursday’s 30-second preview showed Paul and Jamie walking around their neighborhood, smiling and shopping. It pays homage to the show’s original opening credits and includes its iconic theme song, “Final Frontier.” All 164 episodes are now streaming on Spectrum. More

‘It: Chapter Two’ stars recapture other kids’ youth

‘It: Chapter Two’ stars recapture other kids’ youth
LOS ANGELES, Sept. 4 (UPI) — It: Chapter One introduced horror fans to the Losers Club of Derry, Maine, who faced the evil force they called “It,” manifested as the evil clown Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard). It: Chapter Two, in theaters Friday, picks up 26 years later with the Losers Club as adults. The grown-up cast had to capture the chemistry that made viewers fall in love with those seven kids — played by Jaeden Martell, Wyatt Oleff, Jack Dylan Grazer, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Chosen Jacobs and Jeremy Ray Taylor. It director Andy Muschietti worked with Jessica Chastain on his first film, Mama, so he felt there was no one better to play Beverly as an adult. Chastain herself drew on Lillis’s performance. “I took everything that she did from the first film and used it,” Chastain said about Lillis. “I stole her whole performance. Meeting Soph was so incredible,... More

Maren Morris says ‘American Idol’ audition at 17 was ‘traumatic’

Maren Morris says ‘American Idol’ audition at 17 was ‘traumatic’
  Sept. 5 (UPI) — Country star Maren Morris said on Late Nightthat she unsuccessfully auditioned on singing competition shows such as American Idol and The Voice before making it big. “I have this very traumatic, vivid memory of auditioning for American Idol when I was 17 in Dallas, where I’m from,” Morris told host Seth Meyers on Wednesday’s show. Morris explained how she didn’t get to sing in front of the show’s previous judges, Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson, and instead performed in front of a young producer. She sang for 8 seconds and was immediately eliminated, along with a large group of contestants. “I had to like walk through the walk of shame out to the parking lot and find my mom’s car and just cry on the way home with her,” she recalled. “The poetic justice of that whole thing is that now people audition... More