January 4th, 2022

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Novak Djokovic to compete at Australian Open despite No-Vax



After months of dodging questions about his vaccination status and whether or not he would compete in Australia (where vaccines were apparently required and no exemptions were to be given), Word No. 1 NoVaxx DjoCovid weirdly bragged on Twitter that he was given an exemption after all (can't have people assuming he's vaccinated!). No word on if he's also exempt from quarantine, but the tournament is to start Jan 17th.

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**UPDATE**
Statement from Victorian Government. Somehow he got a *medical* exemption.


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Seth Meyers Tests Positive for COVID-19


Late Night host Seth Meyers announced he contracted COVID and will pause shows for the rest of the week. No word yet where he'll resume his show or if the Sea Captain had something to do with it.

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New Books Hitting Shelves This Week


Olga Dies Dreaming

It's 2017, and Olga and her brother, Pedro “Prieto” Acevedo, are boldfaced names in their hometown of New York. Prieto is a popular congressman representing their gentrifying Latinx neighborhood in Brooklyn, while Olga is the tony wedding planner for Manhattan’s power brokers.

Despite their alluring public lives, behind closed doors things are far less rosy. Sure, Olga can orchestrate the love stories of the 1 percent but she can’t seem to find her own. . . until she meets Matteo, who forces her to confront the effects of long-held family secrets.

Olga and Prieto’s mother, Blanca, a Young Lord turned radical, abandoned her children to advance a militant political cause, leaving them to be raised by their grandmother. Now, with the winds of hurricane season, Blanca has come barreling back into their lives.

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Encanto's soundtrack goes viral, 'We Don't Talk About Bruno' hits number 1 on US Spotify


• Disney's Encanto was released in theaters in late November and the film and songs were an immediate hit with audiences, especially among TikTok users. It's popularity only grew after it was released on Disney+ on Christmas Eve.

• "We Don't Talk About Bruno" hit number one on US Spotify yesterday and remains there today beating out hits like "Heat Waves" by Glass Animals and "Industry Baby" by Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow. The song is currently number 17 according to Spotify's daily global update.

• "Surface Pressure" (the new theme song for older sisters everywhere) is number 8 on the US chart, while "Family Madrigal" and "What Else Can I Do?" sit at 37 and 38 respectively on the chart.

• On the Billboard 200, the soundtrack jumped from number 110 last week to number 7 this week.

• One of the songs from the film, "Dos Oruguitas", is one of the fifteen original songs shortlisted for an Academy Award this year and if it's nominated it will be Lin-Manuel Miranda's second Oscar nomination.

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HFPA Fails to Secure Celebrity Presenters for Next Week's Golden Globes




"Who all gon' be there?"

No one, or, no one famous, at the Golden Globes ceremony next Sunday.

Variety obtained a copy of an email from the Globes talent booker that was sent to several publicity agencies inquiring about their clients participating in the show. However, sources say, everyone has somewhere else to be.

While NBC cancelled the telecast, the HFPA has still not really announced what their lil shit show is going to be.

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Josh Hartnett Joins Christopher Nolan’s ‘Oppenheimer’



• Josh Hartnett has joined Christopher Nolan's next film, the Oscar baity Oppenheimer, about the scientist who ran the Manhattan Project that led to the invention of the atomic bomb.

• The film has a stacked cast, including Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr., Florence Pugh and Rami Malek. Cillian Murphy will play the lead role.

• The film will be released on July 21, 2023, a spot usually reserved for Nolan films. Coincidentally, it is also about two weeks before the anniversary of the Hiroshima tragedy.

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'I am...,' Ayumi Hamasaki's fourth album, turns 20


New Year's Day marked the 20th anniversary of the release of I am..., the fourth studio album by "Empress of J-Pop" Ayumi Hamasaki.

Emotionally affected by the September 11 attacks, the 23-year-old Hamasaki focused on themes of faith and peace for I am..., composing and producing 12 of its 16 tracks under the alias CREA.

Upon its release, the album topped the Oricon Albums Chart and was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ). It spawned a whopping nine singles, two of which ("M" and "Evolution") were certified platinum.

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Though it got bit eclipsed by K-Pop, I also started exploring J-Pop in 2021 and hope to do more of that this year. This was one of the three albums by Ayumi that I added to my library in full, so I thought I'd make this post!
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Jason Derulo Fights Hecklers in Vegas




In "Who is you, Jason?" news, after being heckled by some random men who called him Usher, and then told him to fuck himself, Jason Derulo ("Cats"), said "I don't scream my name for no reason!" (well, in my mind he did) and went to throw hands, landing one man on hte ground.


No word if the men genuinely mistook him for Usher (lol) or were just heckling him. My guess is the latter, considering they followed up with expletives.

Despite being injured, the two men did not press charges (but apparently they have up to a year to do so, so give it a few days).

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Breaking: Little Caesars Raises Price of $5 Hot-N-Ready Pizza



The third-largest pizza chain in the U.S. is raising the price of one of its most popular deals. Little Caesars says its signature $5 Hot-N-Ready pepperoni pizza will now cost $5.55, an increase of 11%. The chain however said that the Hot-N-Ready pizza will be "new and improved" and will be "topped with 33% more pepperoni."

"Change is good when it comes to giving our customers more of what they love," said Jeff Klein, chief marketing clown officer at Little Caesars.

Despite this price increase, Klein added that Little Caesars' Hot-N-Ready is still sold at the "country's most affordable price."

The change is permanent.

OP is confused because nearby locations haven't been selling $5 Pizza's (like 5 on the dot) for quite sometime? Am I tripping?



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Adele Buys Sylvester Stallone's Estate for a Steal


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- the steal being $58 million

- it was listed for $110 mil for months with no takers

- 8 bedrooms 12 bathrooms in Beverly Hills

- the source has a nice slide show of the estate. the view!
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Khloé Kardashian’s Ex-Husband Lamar Odom Comments on Tristan Thompson Paternity Test Drama

Khloé Kardashian’s ex-husband Lamar Odom decided to comment on the on-going paternity test drama between the reality star and her baby daddy.

It appears that the former basketball player still has hopes to reconnect with Khloé in the future.



“I truly wish nothing but the best for her, and I’m hoping we can reconnect and talk one day as friends. She is a good person and deserves the world.”

The two infamously got married after just one month of dating back in 2009. They remained together until she filed for divorce in 2016.



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Emma Watson is accused of anti-Semitism by Israel’s ambassador to the UN



Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations has accused Emma Watson of anti-Semitism

Gilad Erdan, the Israeli Representative to the United Nations, wrote on Twitter that "fiction may work in Harry Potter but it does not work in reality. If it did, the magic used in the wizarding world could eliminate the evils of Hamas (which oppresses women & seeks the annihilation of Israel) and the PA (which supports terror)."

Erdan tweeted the message in response to an Instagram post from Watson on Sunday, which contained a quote from British-Australian feminist Sara Ahmed accompanied by a picture of Palestinian protestors.

Also, Danny Danon, who served as the Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations from 2015 to 2020, tweeted that he was taking "10 points from Gryffindor for being an antisemite"


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The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window | Official Trailer | Netflix



For heartbroken Anna (Kristen Bell), every day is the same. She sits with her wine, staring out the window, watching life go by without her. But when a handsome neighbor (Tom Riley) and his adorable daughter move in across the street, Anna starts to see a light at the end of the tunnel. That is until she witnesses a gruesome murder... Or did she? The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window premieres January 28, only on Netflix.

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Gal Gadot’s Cleopatra will be ‘sexy’ and ‘smart’ in new biopic



Gal gadot will play the iconic Egyptian queen Cleopatra.

In an interview with InStyle, she said:

“I can’t reveal a lot, but I can tell you that we’re going to celebrate the Cleopatra story,”

“We’re going to show not just how sexy and appealing she was, but how strategic and smart, and how much impact she had and still has on the world we’re living in today,” the “Wonder Woman” actress continued.

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Wolf Like Me | Official Trailer | Peacock Original



Everyone brings their own set of baggage to a new relationship. Gary (Josh Gad) and Mary (Isla Fisher) are no different. Gary is an emotional wreck and struggles to provide for his daughter since the death of his wife. Mary has a secret she can’t bring herself to share with anyone. The universe brought these two together for a reason, they just need to keep following the signs.

Wolf Like Me is streaming January 13th on Peacock.


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Chris Evans to Play Gene Kelly In New Movie From Rian Johnson



The film is based on an original idea conceived by Evans

The film is about a 12 year old boy who works on the MGM Lot in 1952 and begins to create an imagined friendship with the legendary movie star Gene Kelly while working on his next film.

No studio is attached at this time.
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Happy New Year from Leonardo DiCaprio on a massive Yacht



Some things never change!

Environmentally friendly Leo diCaprio has been papped as he topped up his tan from the back of a massive yacht while out to sea with his best buddy, Lukas Haas

Leo is in St. Barts, where he rang in the new year with Jeff Bezos

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