'Help is on the way': What the COVID-19 stimulus package means to Guam residents
President Donald Trump signed a $2 trillion bipartisan stimulus package on Friday, Washington, D.C., time, that will provide economic relief to individuals and companies.
The stimulus package will provide $1,200 checks to individuals, and more for families. It would compensate people who are laid off or furloughed because of the crisis, and it directs cash to hospitals and other medical facilities.
"Help is on the way," Del. Mike San Nicolas said.
On Guam, the local government will need to set up some programs and infrastructure so money can get to eligible individuals, according to San Nicolas.
San Nicolas explained the package, and how it will work for Guam residents.
Direct cash assistance to households
- $1,200 per adult earning $75,000 a year or less. This amount gradually reduces and phases out as income goes up.
- $500 per child.
This is a one-time payout.
"For a typical household you're looking at $2,400 for mom and dad and you're looking at it, you have three kids another $1,500. And so that comes out to a total of $3,900," San Nicolas said.
If you are on the 2018 or 2019 tax rolls, your name is included. You also need a Social Security number.
"You don't need to have paid taxes," San Nicolas said. "You need to have filed,"
In the rest of the country, this will be paid through the IRS. On Guam, the local government will need to reconcile the Department of Revenue and Taxation tax filers with the U.S. Treasury, San Nicolas said.
- $930 a week for everyone who is unemployed, partly unemployed or furloughed because of the pandemic. This varies by state. On Guam, the figure is calculated using the average state benefit of $330 a week and adding an extra $600 a week for four months.
The federal government supports state unemployment programs, so there is already a mechanism in place to get unemployment insurance payments to individuals who live in states. On Guam, no unemployment insurance program exists.
For the pandemic unemployment insurance program, Guam will have to work out a program with the U.S. labor secretary, and the federal government will have to approve that program.
"We've created an opportunity for Guam to be able to access money that normally we would have lost out from because we don't have the existing infrastructure," San Nicolas said.
If you have a federally backed mortgage, for as long as there is a declared emergency on Guam, you will not need to pay your mortgage, San Nicolas said. Interest will continue to accrue, but banks must give you mortgage forbearance for 180 days.
"That passes through to renters, because in the legislation we also suspend evictions," he said.
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Refundable payroll tax credit for employers who were either forced to shut their doors because of the emergency or whose gross receipts declined by 50% during the emergency.
Expansion of Medicare accelerated payment program for hospitals.
Government of Guam
- Along with other states and territories, access to a $100 billion in funds to pay for coronavirus-related expenses.
- $55 million in additional grants for insular areas such as Guam and the freely associated state for medical equipment and supplies.
- $117 million available to help meet health expenses or offset budget losses.
On September 16, 2015, a singer, rapper, and flutist from Minneapolis fired off a tweet from her iPhone: "Heads up: imma be me at every stage--- Grammys, to ya granny's backyard." It earned five retweets, 17 likes, and was probably nothing more than a tiny, if somewhat presumptuous blip on her followers' timeline. Nothing spectacular, in other words.
Oh, how things have changed.
The tweet in question came from Lizzo, who, at the time, was fresh off a stint opening for a Sleater-Kinney tour and was gearing up for the release of her second album, Big Grrrl Small World. She wasn't signed to a major label; rather, she was headlining small clubs and hustling hard. But she clearly believed in herself. And when the 2020 Grammys touch down in Los Angeles this Sunday (January 26), we'll see just how majorly that hustle paid off.
LIL NAS X, DEMI LOVATO, ARIANA GRANDE, AND EVERYONE ELSE WHO WILL PERFORM AT THE 2020 GRAMMYS
It's Lizzo's year to lose, with the "Truth Hurts" singer leading the pack of nominees with eight nods to her name, including Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist. Oh, and she'll hit the stage for a live performance, just like she predicted she would five years ago.
In celebration of Lizzo's Grammy debut, take a look back at some of her old tweets about the awards show that, in the wake of her dominating breakout year, have aged remarkably well. She always knew she was 100 percent that bitch.
NEWS Rihanna Stars in Sultry Valentine's Day Savage x Fenty Campaign Video
1/2/2020 by Rania Aniftos FACEBOOK TWITTER EMAIL ME Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Fenty Rihanna attends the FENTY x Webster Pop-up Cocktail at The Webster on June 18, 2019 in New York City. If you're hoping to look sexy on Valentine's Day, Rihanna's got your back. The songstress unveiled her new Savage x Fenty V-Day collection on Thursday (Jan. 2), created alongside fellow fashion designer Adam Selman. Tinashe photographed on Nov. 13, 2018 at Fox Studios in Los Angeles. READ MORE Tinashe & Dreezy Get Tapped as Brand Ambassadors for Rihanna's Savage X Fenty The video, featuring RiRi herself and models Paloma Elsesser, Adesuwa, Fiffany Luu and Joan Smalls, takes place in a flashy hotel room full of neon lights, lava lamps, oversized teddy bears, and cut-outs of conversation heart candies on the walls. The lingerie itself is everything a woman needs on Valentine's Day and beyond, full of red satin, leather and lace. Check out the video below, and shop the collection here.
In the wake of the 20th anniversary of Dr. Dre’s seminal album 2001, the West Coast rapper sat down with Interscope’s Jimmy Iovine to speak about the state of the industry in an interview with Apple Music.
“Right now, I have to really, really search hard to find something that I really like, as far as hip-hop goes,” he said. “But I think it’s just about the substance. Right now, it feels like it’s a little more quantity over quality. ‘Made a song last night, I need to put it out tomorrow.’ What are you gonna dedicate yourself to, the art or the money? It’s that simple.”
Iovine specified what sets Dre apart. “Some artists in music, all they are is searching for inspiration,” he said. “And then there are artists that are just searching for hits. He’s only searching for inspiration, and if hits come, great.”
The Compton rapper underscored this generational shift by reflecting on the ‘90s era. “In 1996, it’s like fucking hip-hop Vietnam,” he said. “In the ‘90s, hip-hop was a contact sport. All of a sudden, I’m on my own again, and I have to go find new artists, new musicians to work with.” His rift with Suge Knight shaped 2001—he had to change the name of his legacy-redefining album.
When he was searching for collaborators, he discovered that Eminem was the “missing link.” “Hearing that demo with Eminem and how it made me feel, and then meeting him and how we saw eye to eye as far as the work goes,” he recalled. “He was hungry, and I was hungry. That spontaneous combustion – we just clicked. That just brought everything and everybody together that was happening at that time.”
When it came time to make 2001, Em’s demo vocals ended up making it to the final version of “Forgot About Dre.” “That was Eminem’s idea,” he said. “He wrote the song for me and Snoop originally. He laid reference vocals for Snoop, and I liked the way it sounded. So we just kept it that way. I laid my vocals, and that was it.”
Dre also recalled how Iovine encouraged him to reconfigure the lead single. “I thought ‘The Next Episode’ was the single, and he said, ‘I will lay down on the street in front of these trucks before we let that go first.’ When you’re trying to come up with your single at the end, it’s extremely difficult. It’s either not as good as what you’ve done or it sounds like something you’ve done already.”
“It was a great song,” Iovine added. “I just felt the album needed something coming at it from a different way.”
Iovine’s request prompted Dre to turn to JAY-Z for “Still D.R.E.” “JAY-Z wrote those lyrics. I think they came back in maybe 24 hours with the whole song written.”
He released his latest solo full-length, Compton, back in 2015.
Watch the Apple Music interview above, and catch up on all the lyrics to 2001 on Genius now
Online lingerie retailer Yandy has been making absurd Halloween creations for years featuring scantily-clad versions of inanimate objects, government officials, religious figures, and viral memes.
There's been a Sexy Pizza Rat, Sexy Poop Emoji, Sexy Pope...and now, the cheeky company has come up with a "Sexy Mister Rogers" costume.
Officially called “Yandy Nicest Neighbor Costume” that retails for $59.95, the racy outfit features a cropped red cardigan, a collar-and-tie combo, and grey booty shorts. The hand puppets, wig, belt, and socks are sold separately, in case you were wondering.
The description on the Yandy website reads:
Clearly, it's a harmless costume that even the retailer itself poked fun at in a blog post titled "The Yandy Costumes You'll Make Fun of This Halloween."
While some people agree and think it's hilarious albeit ridiculous (which is the point, according to Yandy CEO Chad Horstman), others have predictably taken offense at the jokey sexualization of their cardigan-wearing childhood icon, who is played by Tom Hanks in It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a critically-acclaimed biopic that hits theaters November 22.
Walker, Texas Ranger is set to serve up more martial arts-fueled, Lone Star state justice in a new TV version of the beloved Chuck Norris action series.
Supernatural star Jared Padalecki is set to executive produce and succeed Norris in the upcoming show Walker, described as a "straight reboot" in the same vein as the recent CBS reboots Magnum PI and MacGyver.
Deadline broke the news and has further details on the premise:
Both CBS, the original home of Walker, Texas Ranger and current home of Supernatural, and CBS Television Studios are reportedly shopping Walker. Anne Fricke (Valor) is attached as a writer and executive producer alongside Dan Lin (Lethal Weapon) and Dan Spilo (Sunnyside).
NBCUniversal announced Tuesday that its forthcoming streaming service will be named “Peacock” and will be available in April 2020. It will feature reboots of the classic TV series “Battlestar Galactica,” “Saved By the Bell” and “Punky Brewster,” along with new comedies from Mike Schur, Rashida Jones and an adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World.”
Additionally, Peacock will house a vast content library that includes former NBC sitcoms “The Office,” “Parks & Recreation,” “30 Rock,” “Cheers” and “Frasier.”
(Peacock and chill?)
There’s an interesting story behind Ashton Kutcher‘s ’70s mustache — and it randomly all comes back to Adele.
When Jimmy Fallon inquired as to why he’s rocking the ‘stache, Kutcher said, “I never intended to have this, I don’t think I look good with this but I’m keeping it!”
He explained that he and wife Mila Kunis were invited to Adele’s birthday party recently, and on the day of the event, the actress told him the theme for the bash was “1970s New Year’s.”
“We were both on ‘That ’70s Show.’ I think we got this,” Kutcher, 41, said, adding that he got some bell bottoms and boots and shaved his beard into a mustache.
But when the pair got to the party, he noted Kunis, 36, was wearing a “timeless jumpsuit,” and quickly realized the theme was actually 1930s New Year’s.
“I look like Burt Reynolds from ‘Boogie Nights,'” he said. “What are you going to be like? ‘I got the decade wrong?’ So, I’m just playing it off like this is what I’m doing these days. Like, ‘What’s up Jay-Z? Yeah, this is my thing now.'”
He added, “It was really awkward. So now it’s a spite ‘stache, and I’m keeping it … and now [Kunis] likes it, so I can’t get rid of it.”
Popular singer Ariana Grande has sued Forever 21 for $10 million, accusing the fashion retailer and a beauty company started by its billionaire founders’ daughters of piggybacking off her fame and influence to sell their wares.
In a complaint filed on Monday, Grande said Forever 21 and Riley Rose misappropriated her name, image, likeness and music, including by employing a “strikingly similar” looking model, in a website and social media campaign early this year.
She said this followed the breakdown of talks for a joint marketing campaign because Forever 21 would not pay enough for “a celebrity of Ms. Grande’s stature,” whose longer-term endorsements generate millions of dollars in fees.
Grande has more than 65 million Twitter followers and 163 million Instagram followers. A core part of the 26-year-old’s fan base overlaps Forever 21’s and Riley Rose’s target markets.
“Forever 21 does not comment on pending litigation as per company policy,” the company said in a statement. “That said, while we dispute the allegations, we are huge supporters of Ariana Grande and have worked with her licensing company over the past two years. We are hopeful that we will find a mutually agreeable resolution and can continue to work together in the future.”
Riley Rose did not immediately respond on Tuesday to emailed requests for comment.
Founded in 1984, Forever 21 said it recently had 815 stores in 57 countries.
Its founders, Do Won and Jin Sook Chang, are worth $1.5 billion according to Forbes magazine. Their daughters, Linda and Esther Chang, opened the first Riley Rose boutique in 2017.
According to Grande’s complaint, Forever 21 and Riley Rose misappropriated at least 30 images and videos, including by using audio and lyrics from her recent No. 1 single “7 Rings,” and by using the look-alike model.
“The resemblance is uncanny,” the complaint said.
Grande’s lawsuit in Los Angeles federal court seeks damages for copyright and trademark infringement, false endorsement, and violating her right of publicity.
Justin Bieber just proclaimed he had the best day of his life after finding an ancestral relation to both Ryan Gosling and Avril Lavigne.
Bieber posted a list, generated by ancestry.com, that was able to connect the 3 mega-stars by DNA over many generations.
"I also just found out that I’m related to both Ryan Gosling and Avril Lavigne this is the best day of my life.. it seems super legit it’s on ancestry.com" the singer wrote.
Clearly, Justin is questioning the authenticity of the finding. Also, the story and pictures have been going around the internet for years. It seems Justin was just doing some surfing and came across the list.
Either way, JB's friends and fans love it. It also started a wave of people trying to connect themselves with the Biebs.
"You are also related to me but you are my 27th cousin," one fan wrote."
"Ryan Gosling being your 11th cousin once removed has me weak," another confessed.
A few people also pointed out the obvious, "They are all French Canadians !!! Wouldn’t it be awkward if you had dated one of them."
Jason Momoa and his dog were trapped in a hotel elevator for two hours.
The 'Aquaman' actor and his pet pooch Rama were left stuck in the lift after it broke down whilst carry him and a few friends, including personal trainer Mada Abdelhamid, back to their rooms.
Jason took his to his Instagram Story to tell his followers that he was stuck in the elevator and was anxiously waiting for somebody to help.
Speaking to his pal and long time bodyguard Mada - who trained him for his role in 'Game of Thrones' - in a video, Jason asks: ''Well, what's going on, big nasty?''
He then added: ''We're stuck on an elevator. Fire department really doesn't want to show up. Get us out!''
The 40-year-old action star then pulled out a bag of peanut M&Ms to share with his friends so they wouldn't get hungry as they waited to be rescued.
On his Instagram Story, he added: ''We're just trying to get out. Trying to be 'Die Hard' but it didn't work out.''
Following the two-hour ordeal, the group was eventually freed and Jason posted a video showing Rama excitedly jumping all over his hotel bed.
Living on Guam definitely has it’s perks, too many to mention in fact. The pristine beaches, the second to none diving spots, the food! The list goes on and on, however, even paradise has some downfalls. The most glaring to me isn’t the fact that NFL games start at 4 am, OR that sometimes brown tree snakes can wander into a transmitter and send the island into a lengthy ‘brown-out!’ NO! It’s the crap chute that is ordering online!
Few things are more exhilarating than coming across something online that catches your eye. For some maybe it’s an exact replica of the dress Rihanna was wearing on the red carpet, for others, it’s that air fryer you convinced yourself was worth splurging on. No matter the item, or sometimes the price, the impulsive buy just doesn’t seem to have any downside…until it comes to shipping. You know, getting the actual item to its destination. A tiny island in the south Pacific that, according to some online distribution centers “doesn’t exist!?!” Doesn’t Exist!?! There are exceptions, and can sometimes be even more infuriating than not receiving the order at all.
“I was so stoked!” says Jason Mendoza, about his new purchase from Amazon. “I ordered a dual chin-up and tricep dip rack. It’s just the problem was, when it came in the mail there were NO BOLTS to put it together!” Jason isn’t the only online buyer from Guam to experience disappointment. Jennika Terlaje waited several months to finally save for enough to purchase her family’s patio furniture. A great deal on eBay no less, a whole set for $12.99. Checkout. E-mail confirmation. Yellow slip in the mailbox. Delivered. “I thought something was off when they handed me one small box at the post office. I opened it as I walked out and it was patio furniture. Patio furniture that would go great…in MY DAUGHTER’S DOLLS’ PLAYHOUSE!” she said. “I couldn’t believe it! NO WONDER it was $12.99!” Now, whether she could tell it was small or not from the picture is still unknown, but too true are both of these stories. I myself have tried to navigate through the rough waters of online purchasing living on Guam.
A child of the late 80’s early 90’s I’ve been an on again-off again collector of anything Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The new line of toys is great and all but it just doesn’t seem to hold the nostalgia the original Playmates line does for me. I’ve said all of this to say that the best place to find vintage toys online, in my opinion of course, is eBay. Cruising through eBay for a vintage toy collector is much like walking through a virtual mall of your childhood. You can find almost any and ever toy that existed in that splendid time of. I was so overwhelmed just trying to find that one certain something. Finally, I found the purchase worthy of the money I had slaved about a week and a half for. An original 1989, complete in parts and with the original box, Ninja Turtle Party Wagon. Buy it Now. Confirm and Pay. Await confirmation E-mail. Everything was all good, and going seemingly well. Until about 2 days later, when I noticed that I had been refunded the exact amount I THOUGHT I had just spent, into my pay pal account. No explanation. The seller, I guess had decided to end the transaction, and really with no explanation. Weird. Ok, well if at first, you don’t succeed, RIGHT!?! Oh, look at THIS! What a chord my next find struck. It was an original 1989 Playmates Donatello figure (the first one of the series I got as a kid). I couldn’t click buy fast enough! Again, await confirmation E-mail. Again, a refund in the exact amount of what I thought I just spent. No explanation. I’ve since been told by other collectors that it’s nothing new. Some sellers just don’t trust that Guam exists or that anyone buying from here is going to pay them…? I really don’t know seeing as myself nor anyone I’ve spoken to has ever gotten a logical explanation.
I do hold out hope, however, that one day ordering ANYTHING on the internet isn’t such a pain. I have faith that as technology advances, Guam will no longer show up on a seller’s list as too far to ship to or, at least more will be made aware of the fact Guam exists. It does. We do. The residents of Guam like shopping and online ordering as much if not MORE than anyone else due to the fact that the ‘brick and mortar’ options are so limited. Ordering and receiving online have made strides in the past decade for sure. It’s not all doom and gloom. Ten years ago you’d be hard-pressed to find ANY seller on Amazon that would ship to Guam, now it’s rare you find one that doesn’t, even if they do charge triple what the item you’re buying costs and it takes 8 weeks longer than expected to arrive. Must have got caught up in Richmond.
Could the NFL go co-ed? If the viral response to video U.S. women’s national team star Carli Lloyd perfectly splitting the goalposts with a 55-yard field goal at a Philadelphia Eagles practice session is any indication, it's not completely out of the question. Speaking to NBC Sports Philadelphia, Lloyd—a two-time gold medalist and two-time FIFA player of the year—indicated she was shocked the video took off but she also had no doubt about her ability to kick in the NFL.
“This totally took me by surprise,” Lloyd said of the huge response to footage of her field goal.
“I know the power of social media," she said, "I get that, but I just casually brought my boots to Eagles practice, did a few kicks, nailed a 55-yarder on my first try and next thing I know everything’s blowing up, and I was laughing about it with my husband at first, but now I’m sort of entertaining the idea.”
Lloyd is a pro athlete and understands that confidence has to be supported with training. "I think I definitely could do it with the right practice and the right technique and get my steps down and figure all that out,” she told NBC's Gregg Murphy.
Lloyd went on to say she was sure she "definitely could do it because anything I set my mind to do I can do it—and I actually do kick balls for a living. So, yeah, it’s all about the technique, and we’ll see what happens, but I’m now entertaining the idea.”
Fox Sports reported Tuesday that Lloyd "has been offered the chance to make history by becoming the first woman to play in a National Football League preseason game," according to her trainer, James Galanis.
It still could happen, though. Galanis continued, "We are definitely thinking about it. Knowing Carli, this is why it is enticing for her, because it is a challenge. That’s what Carli thrives on, it is the next thing she can conquer. That’s why we have had half a dozen conversations about it in less than a week."
There's always the question of the size disparity between the undoubtedly fit but 5'7" Lloyd and the kinds of 6'3" to 6'6" behemoths who might come charging in a regular game. But Tampa Bay Buccaneers placekicker Cairo Santos (for example) is just an inch taller than Lloyd—and kickers are often the slightest members of any NFL team.
But not everyone was so gung-ho of her chances in the NFL. Los Angeles Chargers wideout Keenan Allen said she'd be a liability if one of her kicks didn't get past the line of scrimmage.
“Sound sweet til somebody block the kick and all of a sudden she on defense,” Allen wrote. “Would be like the stampede scene in the lion king movie.”
This is the summer of love for pop stars Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello, who have been spotted and photographed numerous times over the past few weeks kissing and behaving intimately in public.
Canadian singer Mendes, 20, and Cuban-American artist Cabello, 22, were spotted at Miami Beach kissing in the ocean and a pool on Monday.
The two musicians have been friends for several years, first collaborating on I Know What You Did Last Summer in 2015 on Mendes' album.
While rumors of sparks between the two circulated then, they seemingly remained friends, interacting regularly with each other on social media.
In June, a new collaboration track, Senorita, was released.
The steamy music video once again ignited dating rumors - only this time, it seemed to be true.
Several days after the release of the video, it was reported that Cabello and her ex-boyfriend - British dating coach Matthew Hussey - broke up.
Hussey was also said to be blocking comments on his social media accounts about Cabello and her new release with Mendes.
Last month, a fan-filmed Mendes and Cabello kissing in public and the video was posted on Twitter.
Two weeks after the video was taken, another fan spotted them kissing at a Tampa cafe and uploaded the clip to Twitter.
While Mendes and Cabello have shied away from confirming their relationship to the media, they have made few attempts to hide their budding romance.
A Washington woman, hoping an octopus on the face would make for a prize-winning photo, instead wound up with something she never expected: a faceful of pain and a trip to the hospital.
Jamie Bisceglia told Fox News on Wednesday that she was participating in a fishing derby in the South Sound near the Tacoma Narrows Bridge last Friday when a group of men in the competition snagged an octopus.
Bisceglia, 45, of Fox Island, on Wednesday, recalled asking the men for the juvenile Pacific octopus they'd snagged, saying, “I’d like to eat it for dinner.”
She also asked the men to take a photo of her with the sea creature, intending to enter the snap in the derby's photography contest: "It’s soft, it’s squishy, it doesn’t feel like it can hurt you -- I put it on my face.”
And at first, that wasn't so bad. “The tentacles were squirming in my ear, my nose, it was just playing with me on my face,” she said.
“And then all of a sudden its beak entered my chin and my eyes popped open wide and they could all see that I was getting attacked, and the photos are taken at the moment it was attacking me.”
The sensation was vivid and unforgettable. “Oh my gosh," she said, "when it bites you it feels like it’s barbed and if I pulled it out it was going to take out my flesh.”
When she finally pulled the octopus off, she said, the pain was intense, and the bleeding lasted for a half-hour.
Still, she didn't go to the hospital for two days, determined to finish two back-to-back fishing derbies first.
Between derbies, she even went to a friend’s house, cooked the octopus for dinner and “enjoyed a beautiful meal that was delicious.”
“I got a little revenge,” she added.
The next day she competed in the second derby. But when she woke up after, she realized she had to see a doctor immediately.
“I could tell I couldn’t swallow properly and I could tell when I opened my eyes it was kind of blurry, the left side of my face, my throat, my glands were swollen and it felt my left side of my face was paralyzed,” Bisceglia said.
Days later, she said, she's still hurting, and her face and throat remain swollen. She also has a rash on her chin to show for her bid to grab a memorable photo.
Bisceglia said doctors told her the swelling could linger for months. And "I have to take tons of medicine, three different heavy doses of antibiotics and I’m taking milk thistle, which is supposed to help with the venom."
Her takeaway? “I would tell everyone not to touch something that they don’t know what the consequences are.”
And who won the fishing derby photo contest that set this misadventure in motion. The results, she says, are still coming sometime this week. After her octo-ordeal, she's hoping it'll at least pay off with a win.
Two days after a jury found KATY PERRY's 2013 hit "Dark Horse" infringed on the underlying beat of MARCUS "FLAME" GRAY's 2009 Christian rap song "Joyful Noise," a jury has awarded GRAY and his co-authors EMANUEL LAMBERT and CHIKE OJUKWU $2.78 million in damages.
The jury found PERRY and producers "DR. LUKE" GOTTWALD, MAX MARTIN, and HENRY "CIRKUT" WALTER are liable for $550,000 of the verdict and CAPITOL RECORDS the rest. GRAY and his co-plaintiffs had asked for almost $20 million; CAPITOL argued that the plaintiffs' estimate of the song's revenues of $31 million were excessive, and profits after production and promotion came to about $650,000.
A motion PERRY's lawyers to vacate the judgment of liability on the grounds that no reasonable jury could have ruled that "Dark Horse" infringed on the "Joyful Noise" copyright is still pending.
A former “American Idol” contestant who was busted in Virginia with nearly 2 pounds of fentanyl has copped to drug possession charges, according to court records. Antonella Barba, 32, of Point Pleasant, NJ, pleaded guilty Tuesday to possessing with intent to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl.
Barba — who reached the top 16 on the sixth season of “American Idol” — was one of several members of a drug ring when she was arrested in Norfolk, Va., while serving as a courier in October 2018, federal prosecutors said.
The aspiring singer was approached by an officer while parked in a rental car, which had a closed shoebox on a passenger seat, court documents said. The cop opened the box and discovered a “large quantity of a white, rock-like substance” later determined to be fentanyl.
She is set to be sentenced in November when she faces 10 years to life in prison. Prosecutors, however, have asked for a more lenient sentence, so long as Barba continues to cooperate with the investigation.
I Know What You Did Last Summer is classic '90s slasher horror: Attractive people fall prey to a maniac with an agenda, die in inventive and terrible ways, then the smart (and also hot) heroine is left standing at the end, damaged but alive.
The Conjuring is a different kind of horror altogether—by now, it's classic early 21st-century horror, with paranormal jump scares galore. But its creator, James Wan, is set to dive into the "slasher" end of the horror pool, bringing a TV version of I Know What You Did Last Summer to Amazon Prime.
Wan proved he knew how to kill at the box office with Conjuring but the intensity on the creative side of the new Summer series doesn't stop with him. Deadline reports that he will direct and Shay Hatten will do the writing—and Hatten is co-credited on the screenplay for John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum, along with Derek Kolstad, Chris Collins, and Mark Abrams.
The movie I Know What You Did Last Summer premiered in 1997. The story of a hook-wielding killer picking off a group of friends after they cover up an apparently deadly car accident, it starred a murderer's row of hot young actors at the time: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Freddie Prinze Jr, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Ryan Phillippe.
That was 22 years ago and it launched most of the cast into the stratosphere, stardom-wise. They are barely in their 40s today and still looking great and doing plenty of work. Jennifer Love Hewitt's character made it to the second movie, and her fate at the end of that—I Still Know What You Did Last Summer—was unclear. Could we see her again? Doubtful, but no one would complain if James Wan and Shay Hatten found a way to bring her back.
No date has been set for the new series premiere.
On July 10, Tang, a 19-year-old girl from Chongqing, China, decided to challenge her best friend to a squatting competition to see which one of them had more stamina. They set up a video call and started doing one squat at a time to see which would give up first. The problem was that both of them took it very seriously and refuse to stop despite pushing their leg muscles to the limit. Tang told doctors that they both must have done around 1,000 squats before they decided to call it quits, but by that time their leg muscles had begun to break down.
After the casual competition turned extreme endurance contest tang reported feeling a little sore, but thought it was perfectly normal after that kind of workout. The next day, her legs were still sore, but she went to work as usual, thinking it was just post-exercise soreness. She only realized the seriousness of the situation on the morning of the third day, when she woke up with unbelievably sore legs and an inability to bend them at the knees. After somehow reaching the bathroom, Tang noticed her urine was the color of black tea, which she had learned in the army was a sign of serious problems in the body.
Tang was rushed to the hospital where doctors diagnosed her with rhabdomyolysis – a life-threatening condition caused by the death of muscle fibers and release of their contents into the bloodstream. It can lead to life-threatening complications like renal failure, as the kidneys fail cannot remove waste and concentrated urine. In rare cases, rhabdomyolysis can be fatal.
If you’ve seen, heard, or played anything with Minnie Mouse in it since the mid-1980s you’ve heard Russi Taylor’s voice. Starting in 1986, Russi Taylor took on the mantle of Minnie Mouse, making her the second person, after Marjorie Ralston, to voice the character. On Friday, at the age of 75, Taylor died.
As reported by Variety, Taylor passed in Glendale, California, news that was confirmed to them by the Walt Disney Company. In a statement, Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger said, “We’re so grateful for Russi’s talent as well as the tremendous spirit and great joy she brought to everything she did. It was a privilege to have known her and an honor to have worked with her, and we take comfort in the knowledge that her work will continue to entertain and inspire for generations to come. Russi will be sorely missed and our hearts go out to her family and friends, along with our deepest condolences.”
Taylor won the role of Minnie after auditioning against over 200 other people, and voiced the character in all kinds of things, from movies to TV shows to Kingdom Hearts. She even met her late husband, Wayne Allwine, doing the role—he voiced Mickey Mouse from 1977 until 2009, when he passed away.
Taylor also played other roles, most famously a few voices on The Simpsons—the young twins Sherri and Terri, and Martin Prince. Her voice will be dearly missed, and whoever comes after her has very big shoes to fill.
LONDON - The Spice Girls could reportedly earn as much as £10 million each for a Las Vegas residency.
The iconic girl group - which includes Mel B, Mel C, Emma Bunton, and Geri Horner - recently enjoyed a successful reunion tour across the UK, and they're now being lined up for a six-week show in Sin City.
A source told the Sunday Mirror newspaper: "The girls are very keen to tour again and there have been lots of discussions about a residency in Las Vegas.
"They've agreed they could all commit to a six-week run during the summer holidays when the kids are off school."
In June, Mel C insisted she didn't want the Spice Girls reunion to end.
The 45-year-old singer admitted she'd talked with her bandmates about the prospect of extending their tour overseas.
She said: "We're constantly discussing different ways in which we can do that. But I think for us right now, the big thing is we don't want it to end.
"We've had an incredible run here in the UK. We'd really like to get further afield. We've had so many fans that have visited us from all over the world. People have come from New Zealand, North America, South America, everywhere.
"I think we'd really like to take it out to the fans that haven't been able to travel but have supported us all these years. So that would be the immediate thing. But yeah, the legacy is important, and of course, we'd like that to live on. There are things in the pipeline, but it's all a little bit early days for that."
Marvel‘s fourth and final Avengers outing, Avengers: Endgame, has finally surpassed Avatar as the highest grossing movie of all time, The Guardian reports.
The Anthony and Joe Russo-directed superhero epic has earned over $2.9 billion in revenue since hitting theaters globally back in April. James Cameron’s Avatar previously held the record for highest grossing film since its release back in 2009, banking a total of $2.79 billion.
In a statement obtained by The Guardian, Walt Disney Studios’ co-chairman and chief creative officer Alan Horn shared his congratulations to Marvel Studios and the Walt Disney Studios teams, and thanked “fans around the world who lifted Avengers: Endgame to these historic heights.”
Horn added,“Of course, even with the passage of a decade, the impact of James Cameron’s Avatar remains as powerful as ever, and the astonishing achievements of both of these films are ongoing proof of the power of movies to move people and bring them together in a shared experience.”
Lady Bird helmer Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach (The Meyerowitz Stories) have come aboard to pen the screenplay for the Warner Bros Barbie movie, which is being headlined by Margot Robbie. Gerwig also is eyeing the director’s seat.
Robbie and Tom Ackerley are producing via their LuckyChap Entertainment shingle with Robbie Brenner, head of the newly launched Mattel Films division. The pic marks the first project under Mattel Films.
It previously was set up at Sony with Amy Schumer and Anne Hathaway, at different points, attached to star in the role of the iconic doll. WB picked up the project once the option expired at Sony last year.
Warner Bros remains mum on the film’s plotline. The logline for Barbie while at Sony was that she gets kicked out of Barbieland because she’s not perfect enough. She then goes on an adventure in the real world, and by the time she returns to Barbieland to save it, she has gained the realization that perfection comes on the inside, not the outside, and that the key to happiness is belief in oneself, free of the obligation to adhere to some unattainable standard of perfection. It’s not certain if that’s the version that will be developed at Warner Bros.
Executive producers are Josey McNamara or LuckyChap Entertainment and Ynon Kreiz of Mattel.
An author and expert on Area 51 says that the US military will never let civilians anywhere near the top-secret site, despite the “Storm Area 51” movement that has gone viral.
Over one million Facebook users have indicated that they will go to an event scheduled for Sept. 20 at 3 a.m., where the plan seems to be to storm the Nevada facility, which has been linked to alien conspiracy theories for decades. The creator of the event wrote, “they can’t stop all of us…“Let’s see them aliens.”
After the Air force responded by saying they “discourage” people from trying to enter an area where American armed forces are trained, Annie Jacobsen, the author of “Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base” said that the facility is “jealously guarded” and that the Air Force and US Intelligence “aren’t going to let anybody anywhere near the entrance to Area 51.”