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October 18, 2021
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October 18, 2021
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VINCE NEIL FALLS OFF STAGE
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (AP) – It’s not known how badly Vince Neil was hurt when he fell off a stage at the Monsters on the Mountain festival in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, on Friday. A guitarist in Neil’s solo band told the audience Neil broke his ribs when he fell. Media personality Eddie Trunk tweeted Neil was taken to a hospital. Neil’s representative did not return requests for comment.

 

ADELE SETS STREAMING RECORDS
UNDATED (AP) – The reaction to Adele releasing a single from her forthcoming album has been enormous. Spotify confirms her song “Easy On Me” has become its most-streamed song in a single day when it was released Friday. Amazon Music confirms “Easy On Me” received the most first-day Alexa song requests in Amazon Music history. Neither company gave specific numbers. Adele’s “30” album will come out Nov. 19.

 

BLINK-182 DRUMMER TRAVIS BARKER, KOURTNEY KARDASHIAN ENGAGED
LOS ANGELES (AP) – A day at the beach turned into an engagement for Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and reality TV star Kourtney Kardashian. Kardashian posted two photos on Instagram of the beach proposal with the caption “forever.” A representative for Kardashian confirmed Sunday that the couple are engaged. The images showed an elaborate floral arrangement and candles on the beach. People magazine and celebrity website TMZ reported Barker arranged the proposal at a beach in Montecito, California, which is near Santa Barbara. It will be Kardashian’s first marriage. She has three children with ex-boyfriend Scott Disick. It will be Barker’s third marriage.

 

FLEA AND HIS CONSERVATORY CELEBRATE BIRTHDAYS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea says he got the “best possible birthday gift” he could have imagined: playing funk music with the students of his Silverlake Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles on Saturday. Flea turned 59 and the conservatory turned 20 on the same day. They celebrated with a party in the school’s parking lot with a concert that included members of Fishbone, former Snarky Puppy keyboardist Cory Henry and the school’s youth chorale. Flea says he is “so grateful for the opportunity to be part of a community and to work with people to uplift young people.”

 

ELTON JOHN RELEASES “THE LOCKDOWN SESSIONS”
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Even at this stage in his career, Elton John is doing something new. John recorded songs for his “Lockdown Sessions” album over Zoom, which he’s never done before. He says it took him out of his comfort zone and “into completely new territory.” Among his collaborators are Stevie Wonder, Stevie Nicks, Lil Nas X, Eddie Vedder and Young Thug. The first single is “Cold Heart” with Dua Lipa. “The Lockdown Sessions” comes out Friday.

 

LANCE BASS IS A DAD TO TWINS
UNDATED (AP) – Lance Bass and his husband, Michael Tuchin, are first-time dads. Bass announced on Instagram the arrival of his twins via surrogate on Wednesday. They are now parents to a boy named Alexander James and a girl named Violet Betty.

 

“CERTIFIED LOVER BOY” BY DRAKE IS BACK AT (hash)1
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Drake’s “Certified Lover Boy” returns to the number-one spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart. It moved another 94,000 units in the past week. It’s the fourth non-consecutive week that “Certified Lover Boy” is the top album. Coming in at number two this week is “Life of a Don” by Don Toliver. YoungBoy Never Broke Again is at number three with “Sincerely, Kentrell.” “Expensive Pain” by Meek Mill is in fourth place, followed by “Sour” by Olivia Rodrigo.

 

DRUMMER RONNIE TUTT DIES
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The drummer in Elvis Presley’s TCB Band from 1969 to 1977 has died. Ronnie Tutt’s daughter writes on Facebook her father died at home at the age of 83. Besides playing with Presley, Tutt toured in Neil Diamond’s band. He also played with Johnny Cash, Stevie Nicks, Glen Campbell, Kenny Rogers, Elvis Costello and Michael McDonald.

 

STRIKE DODGED WITH DEAL BETWEEN FILM AND TV CREWS, STUDIOS
LOS ANGELES (AP)– An 11th-hour deal has been reached and a strike that would have shut down film and television productions across the U.S. was averted. The union representing most of the crew members who work on movies and TV shows reached a contract agreement Saturday with the studios who employ them. Disagreements over working conditions prompted the members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees to vote to authorize their leaders to call a strike for the first time in the union’s 128-year existence, and a Monday deadline had been set. But it never came to that.

 

‘THE BATMAN’ TRAILER UNVEILS PATTINSON IN DARK, VIOLENT TURN
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Warner Bros. has unveiled its trailer for “The Batman,” which features Robert Pattinson’s first bone-crunching turn as a DC Comics superhero. The trailer unveiled Saturday at the DC Fandome event shows Pattinson’s Dark Knight methodically taking down bad guys despite being outnumbered and his Batsuit absorbing multiple bullets. The footage teases a dark, bleak and violent version of Batman, with Pattinson’s voice saying the Bat-Signal is a warning to bad guys. The trailer teases multiple iconic characters, including Zoe Kravitz’s Catwoman, Colin Farrell as The Penguin and Batman’s muscle car Batmobile tearing up the streets and emerging from explosions unscathed. “The Batman” will be released March 4.

 

BETTY LYNN, THELMA LOU ON ‘THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW,’ HAS DIED
MOUNT AIRY, N.C. (AP) – Betty Lynn, who was best known as Barney Fife’s sweetheart Thelma Lou on “The Andy Griffith Show,” has died at the age of 95. The Andy Griffith Museum says in a statement that she died Saturday after a brief illness. Lynn appeared on the show from 1961 until 1966. Later, she was a mainstay at the annual Mayberry Days festival in Mount Airy, North Carolina, where she resided in her latter years. Lynn provided entertainment as a part of the USO during World War II. She moved to New York in the late 1940s and began an acting career in film and television. She is survived by several cousins.

 

NETFLIX EMPLOYEE FIRED IN WAKE OF CHAPPELLE SPECIAL FUROR
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Netflix says it has fired an employee for disclosing confidential financial information about the Dave Chappelle comedy special “The Closer,” which some have condemned as being transphobic. Netflix said Friday that it fired the employee for sharing “commercially sensitive” information that appeared in a Bloomberg news article that mentioned how much the streaming service had paid for the special. Netflix says it understands that the employee “may have been motivated by disappointment and hurt.” Transgender employees and activist groups have criticized the special for what they say are anti-trans remarks. But a Netflix exec has said the show won’t be pulled.

 

‘HALLOWEEN KILLS’ CARVES OUT $50.4 MILLION AT BOX OFFICE
UNDATED (AP) – “Halloween Kills” may be available to watch at home, but the latest installment in the Michael Myers saga is making a killing at the North American box office in its first weekend in theaters. The David Gordon Green-directed horror scared up $50.4 million from 3,705 locations, according to studio estimates on Sunday. Universal’s “Halloween Kills” far surpassed expectations, which had the film pegged for a more conservative debut in the $30 million range. It also easily bested its main competition, which included the James Bond pic “No Time to Die” in its second weekend and Ridley Scott’s medieval epic “The Last Duel,” both of which are playing exclusively in theaters.

 

JUDGE FIRMS UP TRIAL DATE FOR SMOLLETT, WON’T DISMISS CASE
CHICAGO (AP) – A judge in Chicago has denied a last-ditch effort to dismiss a criminal case against actor Jussie Smollett. Smollett is accused of lying to police when he reported that two masked men attacked him in downtown Chicago in January 2019. Smollett’s lawyer argued that his rights were being violated since he had already performed community service and given up a $10,000 bond in a deal with Cook County prosecutors to drop charges. But Judge James Linn noted that Smollett’s case now is being handled by a special prosecutor. Linn says he won’t interfere. Trial is set for Nov. 29.

 

CHARISE CASTRO SMITH BRINGS LATIN EXPERIENCE TO ‘ENCANTO’
NEW YORK (AP) – Charise Castro Smith, the first Latino woman to co-direct a Walt Disney Animation Studios movie, admits that she has felt terrified at times. But when the chance to work on “Encanto” came around she had no doubts. Castro Smith says the movie is a chance for brown children “to see themselves and to see themselves represented in a positive way and feel seen.” “Encanto,” which Castro Smith codirects with Jared Bush and Byron Howard, is set in Colombia and follows a teenage girl dealing with the frustration of being the only member of her family without magical powers. Castro Smith joined the project as a writer and had never been a director. “Encanto” opens in theaters in November.

 

CELEBRITIES TO JOIN PRINCE WILLIAM FOR EARTHSHOT PRIZE AWARD
LONDON (AP) – Celebrities have joined Prince William in London for the inaugural awards ceremony of his Earthshot Prize. The ambitious environmental program aims to find new ideas and technologies around the world to tackle climate change and Earth’s most pressing challenges. Actors Emma Thompson, Emma Watson and David Oyelowo joined Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, in handing out the awards. William and his charity, The Royal Foundation, launched the Earthshot Prize last year. The five winners announced Sunday included the government of Costa Rica and the city of Milan. Each will receive a grant worth 1 million pounds ($1.4 million) to develop and scale up their ideas, and the awards will be given every year until 2030.

 

RUSSIAN FILMMAKERS LAND AFTER SHOOT ABOARD SPACE STATION
MOSCOW (AP) – A Soyuz space capsule carrying a cosmonaut and two Russian filmmakers is back on Earth after a 3 1/2-hour trip from the International Space Station. The capsule, descending under a red-and-white striped parachute after entering Earth’s atmosphere, landed upright in the steppes of Kazakhstan on schedule on Sunday with Oleg Novitskiy, Yulia Peresild and Klim Shipenko aboard. Actor Peresild and film director Shipenko rocketed to the space station on Oct. 5 for a 12-day stint on the station to film segments of a movie titled “Challenge,” in which a surgeon played by Peresild rushes to the space station to save a crew member who needs an urgent operation in orbit.