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CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

Billboard Magazine reports: The Kennedy Center Honors have announced Cher, Reba McEntire, composer Philip Glass, jazz sax musician Wayne Shorter, and the Hamilton musical as their esteemed 2018 honorees. The annual ceremony in Washington, D.C. recognizes artists who have made extraordinary contributions to culture, and this year marks the first time the organization will honor an entire work along with ...

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People Magazine reports: Pop star Demi Lovato was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital on Tuesday after suffering an apparent heroin overdose and is now “stable,” a source close to the singer tells PEOPLE. A representative for the Los Angeles Fire Department tells PEOPLE they “transported a 25-year-old female patient to a local hospital,” while the Los Angeles Police Department ...

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USA Today reports: “Science Fair” is so funny and so moving, it almost seems too good to be true. But, no, despite the fact that the film by Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster features characters seemingly straight out of a Christopher Guest comedy, “Science Fair” is a documentary. The film, which was acquired by National Geographic after winning Festival Favorite ...

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Tonight’s Florida Man installment is sadly unsurprising: A Florida man who was captured on surveillance video fatally shooting another man in Clearwater, Florida, during a parking-spot spat as his young son watched nearby will not be arrested, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff. “I don’t make the law. I enforce the law,” Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said during a ...

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Playbill reports: An all-star cast is being assembled for the film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s international feline hit Cats. Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, multiple Grammy winner Taylor Swift, Tony winner James Corden, and Tony winner Sir Ian McKellen have all been cast in the forthcoming Working Title motion picture, the production company confirmed. As previously reported, the film, directed ...

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Billboard Magazine reports: Jason Mraz is passionate about myriad topics, from the environment to capitalism. In June, he wrote a poem celebrating Pride Month for Billboard.com, which closed with the line “I am bi your side,” stoking speculation about his sexuality. “Honestly, I didn’t realize it was going to be so telling,” he says. “But I’ve had experiences with men, ...

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Tonight’s Florida Man installment has a gay porn twist: The men thought they were going to a South Miami-Dade house for a casual and clandestine tryst with a bored housewife. Once there, the men agreed to be blindfolded, and for sex acts to be performed on them. What the victims did not know, federal agents say, is that the supposed ...

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Playbill reports: Springsteen on Broadway, which earned music icon Bruce Springsteen a 2018 Special Tony Award, will be filmed and released as a Netflix special. The show will land on the streaming service December 15—the day of the extended engagement’s final show. The show, part concert and part storytelling event, was captured during two added invite-only performances. Springsteen on Broadway ...

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Axios reports: Latin music, Hip Hop/R&B and electronic dance music are the most streamed music genres in the U.S., according to Nielsen’s mid-year Music Report. Older genres of music, like Jazz and Classical, are still mostly consumed in non-streaming formats, like physical albums or purchased digital albums. Hip Hop surpassed Rock to become the most popular music genre at the ...

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In today’s Florida Man installment we get the story of a guy who tied his gun to a weather balloon so his suicide would look like a murder. An excerpt from the Tampa Bay Times: Abrahamson was lying on his back, feet pointed east toward the Atlantic, arms at his side, blood pooled around the hole in his sweatshirt. Three ...

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The New York Daily News reports: He’s been grounded. The paragliding protester who got a little too close to President Trump in western Scotland on Friday night is in custody, police said Sunday. The 55-year-old suspect has been arrested and charged in connection with the pre-arranged Greenpeace protest, but police did not give further details. The paraglider carried a banner ...

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Playbill reports: Tony Award winner Ivo van Hove will direct a Broadway revival of West Side Story. Performances will begin December 10, 2019, at a theatre to be announced before a February 6, 2020, official opening. Van Hove will collaborate with contemporary dance choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker on the new staging, marking the first major revival in America to ...

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Politico reports: Chuck Schumer says he’s going to fight Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court with “everything I’ve got.” To do so, he’ll need to get centrist Democrats to hold the line. The minority leader’s problem? Those Democrats say he can’t tell them what to do. “I’ll be 71 years old in August, you’re going to whip me? Kiss ...

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Variety reports: After a year off, “Game of Thrones” has returned to Primetime Emmy Award contention in a big way. The fantasy epic drew 22 nominations Thursday, the most for any show — edging out NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” and fellow HBO drama “Westworld,” which each attracted 21 nominations. Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” followed with 20 nominations. FX’s “The Assassination ...

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Forbes Magazine reports: Kylie Jenner runs one of the hottest makeup companies ever. Kylie Cosmetics launched two years ago with a $29 “lip kit” consisting of a matching set of lipstick and lip liner, and has sold more than $630 million worth of makeup since, including an estimated $330 million in 2017. Even using a conservative multiple, and applying our ...

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The New York Post reports: Emmy-nominated actress Maisie Williams, who plays the defiant Arya Stark on HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” this weekend posted a photo of her bloodied sneakers to her 7.7 million followers on Instagram. Accompanying the photo was a farewell message to her fans: “Goodbye Belfast. Goodbye Arya. Goodbye ‘Game of Thrones.’ What a joy I’ve had. Here’s ...

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Playbill reports: SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical will end its Broadway run September 16 at the Palace Theatre. The new musical featuring a score by a roster of pop and rock hit-makers, including Aerosmith, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Sara Bareilles, Panic! At the Disco, and David Bowie, opened December 4. The production’s Broadway run is cut short, in part, due to ...

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Billboard reports: The blogger who helped chronicle the disastrous Bahamian Fyre Festival and his friend have won a $5 million lawsuit against the event’s founder Billy McFarland. Seth Crossno and co-plaintiff Mark Thompson, who both live in Raleigh, North Carolina, were handed a victory against McFarland after he failed to respond to court proceedings for over a year. McFarland is ...

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Billboard reports: Ant-Man and the Wasp is proving anything but tiny in its box-office debut. In yet another victory for Disney and Marvel, the latest summer tentpole grossed $33.8 million on Friday from 4,206 theaters for a projected North American debut of $80 million-$83 million. That’s well ahead of the $57.2 million collected by Ant-Man on its first weekend in ...

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Billboard reports: In the first half of 2018, vinyl album sales grew 19.2 percent in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music — as compared to the first six months of 2017. In total, for the tracking period of Dec. 29, 2017 through June 28, 2018, there were 7.6 million vinyl albums sold; up from 6.4 million in the comparable frame ...

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