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‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ Brings Magical Trailer and Johnny Depp to Comic-Con: Watch

The Wizarding World returned to Hall H with a new trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. The panel featured many of the film’s stars, including Johnny Depp, who plays Gellert Grindelwald. He appeared — in character — for several minutes near the end of the presentation. The star’s personal life, including allegations of domestic violence, led to his continuation with the franchise becoming so controversial that J.K. Rowling issued a statement in December defending his continued involvement. The star recently was at the center of a widely-read Rolling Stone profile that painted a portrait of a troubled star. For the Hall H presentation, Depp skipped the panel discussion, which took questions, and instead showed up at the end of presentation, dressed...

Wiz Khalifa Releases Psychedelic Music Video for ‘Gin & Drugs’ Feat. Problem: Watch

Wiz Khalifa takes us on a colorful trip in his new music video for “Gin & Drugs,” featuring Problem. In the clip, the rapper sits on a couch in front of a green screen, and the adventure begins. A vibrant background pulses with the beat while floating cars and weed, dancing women, and shaking liquor bottles flash all over the screen. Of course, no Wiz video would be complete without watching him smoke a joint the entire time. The track is off Khalifa’s brand new album, Rolling Papers 2, released last Friday (July 13). Watch the “Gin & Drugs” video below. [embedded content]

Twitter Fans Think They Figured Out Ariana Grande & Pete Davidson’s Wedding Date

Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson have both been sporting “8418” tattoos to symbolize the badge number the SNL star’s late father wore as an NYC firefighter. However, fans think the ink could mean something more. Observant Twitter users have a theory that the number actually reads as 8/4/18 and predicted the couple will get married on August 4, which is just a few weeks away. Neither Ari nor Pete have confirmed a wedding date, but Davidson gave his fiancee his dad’s New York Fire Department pendant. He noted in the Instagram comment section: “I gave it to her because she has my heart and that is the most precious thing I own. My dad would be so happy and love her so much.” See the best theory tweets below. It’s admittedly pretty convincing. the tatto...

Kelly Clarkson Calls for a ‘#CodeRedWine’ After Maren Morris Says She Doesn’t Like the Drink

Kelly Clarkson wholeheartedly knows the benefits of unwinding with a glass of red wine, especially while raising two kids–but surprisingly, not everyone does. Maren Morris declared that red wine was “gross” on Twitter Friday (July 20), to which The Voice judge quickly labeled as “Blasphemy.”  “I mean, maybe you haven’t had the right glass of Pinot Noir is all I’m saying,” she continued. “This calls for a winery tour! Seriously, we have to fix this. #CodeRedWine.” See the interaction below. #Blasphemy —— …..I mean, maybe you haven’t had the right glass of Pinot Noir is all I’m saying. This calls for a winery tour! Seriously, we have to fix this. #CodeRedWine https://t.co/C8JOAH4d4o — Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) Jul...

Michelle Williams Gives an Update on Mental Health: ‘I’m Better’

A few days after checking into a mental health facility for her struggle with depression, Michelle Williams gave fans an update. The former Destiny’s Child member posted a brief message on Twitter Friday (July 20). “I feel the [love]! I just wanted to let you guys know I’m better,” she wrote, followed by a praying hands emoji. Progress not Perfection! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/0ADQhcTpYZ — Michelle Williams (@RealMichelleW) July 20, 2018 “Progress not Perfection,” she continued the notion in the caption. Originally reported by TMZ, Williams checked herself into the center in Los Angeles and explained on Tuesday (July 17): “For years I have dedicated myself to increasing awareness of mental health and empowering people to recognize when it...

Offspring & 311 Cover Each Other: Listen

In celebration of a 311 and the Offspring joint tour, the two bands have covered each other’s songs, as previously recorded. 311 took on “Self Esteem,” while the Offspring covered “Down.” Both are available digitally, but you can listen below. The tour–with Gym Class Heroes opening–kicks off July 25. [embedded content][embedded content]

Milwaukee Officials Invite Jay-Z to Bring Made In America Fest to City

Milwaukee officials are inviting Jay-Z to bring his Made In America music festival to the city next year because Philadelphia no longer wants the event at the location it’s been held at since 2012. Alderman Khalif Rainey says in a letter to Jay-Z’s company, Roc Nation, that Milwaukee is known as a city of festivals because it hosts dozens of events annually, including Summerfest. The letter Thursday (Jul 19) is signed by four or Rainey’s Common Council colleagues. Made In America is held Labor Day weekend at Benjamin Franklin Parkway, which includes museums, monuments and the famed Rocky steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. City officials say the festival can no longer be held at that location after this year. Mayor Jim Kenney says the city is looking for alternative sites.

Radiohead Return to Toronto, Demand Accountability For Fatal 2012 Stage Collapse: ‘The Silence Is F—in’ Deafening’

Radiohead had harsh words for the people responsible for the death of their drum tech Scott Johnson and held a moment of silence in his memory at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena on Thursday night (July 21), the first of two-sold out concerts in the city since the tragic stage collapse in 2012 at Downsview Park.  After saying very little throughout the two-hour concert, as the second encore drew to a close frontman Thom Yorke addressed the 18,000-plus crowd who had already quieted down, expecting something was coming.  “Six years ago, we wanted to do a show in Toronto. The stage collapsed, killing our colleague and friend. The people who should be held accountable are still not being held accountable in your city,” Yorke said, in strong, measured words. “The silence is fuckin’ deafening.” Then, ...

After Cliff Richard’s Privacy Case, Is It Legal Anymore to Accurately Report News in the U.K.?

“The veracity of the published information in this case is not in issue. What the BBC published was accurate. What is more questionable is the method of obtaining the information.” That quote comes from a lengthy new decision from the High Court in England, which reviewed a privacy case brought by Sir Cliff Richard, one of the U.K.’s most successful singers ever. According to the opinion from Sir George Anthony Mann, BBC reporter Daniel Johnson was tipped off about an investigation in the South Yorkshire area pertaining to Richard. The singer was under suspicion for child sex abuse that happened in the 1980s. Johnson learned details including an intention to search the singer’s property, and the BBC was able to be there and break the news, igniting a firestorm in th...

The First Trailer for M.I.A. Documentary Has Been Released: Watch

A documentary on the life and career of M.I.A. is hitting theaters on September 28, and the first trailer is absolutely chilling. MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and won the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award. The songstress, who raised controversy as she “lived through a war, came as a refugee that is now a pop star,” talks about leaving Sri Lanka’s gruesome civil war to seek safety in Britain. Scenes of her family, concerts and music videos flash on the screen as M.I.A. declares, “If you’ve got access to a microphone, please use it to say something.” Watch the trailer below. [embedded content]

Going to Concerts Can Help You Live Longer, a New Study Shows

A new study has found that going to concerts frequently can increase your lifespan. Yes, you read that right. Listening to live music can help you live longer. The report by O2 and Goldsmith’s University Associate Lecturer Patrick Fagan, who specializes in behavioural science, concluded that going to a gig for even just 20 minutes can increase your feeling of well-being about 21%. Additionally, a direct link between “high levels of well-being [and] a lifespan increase of nine years” suggests that going to concerts can make you live at least nine years longer. The study found that those who go to a live show once a fortnight (two weeks) are more likely to experience “happiness, contentment, productivity and self-esteem at the highest level.” Feeling down? Maybe a prescription of Jay-Z...

Chance the Rapper Purchases Local News Site ‘Chicagoist’

Chance the Rapper has purchased the local news, food and culture website Chicagoist, announcing the news in his new song “I Might Need Security.”  Hip-hop stars boasting idly about buying things in their songs is as old as the genre itself, but the rapper really did buy the Chicagoist according to a report in sister site the Gothamist. In the song, Chance raps: “I got a hit-list so long I don’t know how to finish, I bought the Chicagoist just to run you racist bitches out of business.” Chance’s Social Media LLC purchased the site from WYNC, the public radio station that was part of the consortium that purchased the -ist network of sites following bankruptcy in February. As well as the Chicagoist and Gothamist, the network includes LAist and DCist.  In a ...