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‘Guardians of the Galaxy 3’ on hold
The ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ franchise was released in 2014, grossing a combined total of 1.7 billion dollars (RO 650m) for both films at the box office worldwide, putting actors Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista on the map. But plans for the third film, meant for release in 2020, have been put on hold after director James Gunn was fired. As the cast and crew prepped for pre-production they were soon let go and told they could look for other work – leaving not only Marvel fans in the air but the whole ‘Guardians’ family as well.
Drake’s hospital surprise
Drake is currently on his ‘Aubrey and the Three Amigos’ tour. During a stop in Chicago he disappointed his fans when he had to cancel his show due to reasons unshared. Drake instead made a trip to the Lurie Children’s Hospital to surprise an 11-year-old patient.
Sofia Sanchez is a patient at the Children’s Hospital in Chicago and she sent Drake a video of herself doing the ‘Kiki Challenge’ out of her wheelchair after open-heart surgery and asked him to come to her birthday party. Well, Drake surprised her in the hospital and the two discussed basketball, owls and Justin Bieber. The look of shock on her face was priceless and adorable.
An airplane mishap for Post Malone
Post Malone experienced something pretty frightening this past week. The 23-year-old rapper had an airplane emergency when his plane blew two tyres on take-off and was forced to make an emergency landing. The plane flew for a few hours to burn fuel before it touched down with no tyres, just metal to the runway. Fortunately, they landed safely. A few days after the incident, and Postie was rocking the stage at the UK’s Reading Festival.
A close call for the Carters
Beyonce and Jay-Z are on their ‘On the Run Tour II’. During a show in Atlanta after the last song ‘Ape’, a fan got onto the stage by casually climbing the stairs at the front and tried to follow The Carters back stage. In the footage of the incident, back-up dancers rushed and ran after the stage intruder and a little fight broke out once the security team got involved. In the end Jay and Bey were taken to safety and are going to perform again.
Cookin’ with Snoop
We all know Snoop Dogg for his music and for his great collaborations, and, if you didn’t know he’s also been co-hosting a show with celebrity cook Martha Stewart called ‘Martha and Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party’ since 2016.
Now he’s coming out with his own cookbook called ‘From Crook to Cook’ which will be released on October 23. It’s going to have 50 of his favourite recipes including Baked Mac and Cheese and Chicken and Waffles. The cookbook is a collection of “platinum recipes from the Boss Dogg’s kitchen,” – in his words!
Nick Jonas & Robin Schulz drop ‘Right Now’
German producer Robin Schulz and singer Nick Jonas have teamed up on dance anthem ‘Right Now’. This is Nick Jonas’s second single this year and the song shows how true he is staying to his pop roots. The two are keeping the summer vibes alive with this fun, upbeat track.
Accolades for Ariana Grande’s ‘Sweetener’
Ariana Grande’s fourth album ‘Sweetener’, released on August 17, is one of the most highly-anticipated albums of the year. The album features the hit single ‘No Tears Left to Cry’ and débuted at number one on the Billboard 200 Chart. It also includes guest appearances from Pharrell Williams, Missy Elliot, and Nicki Minaj.
‘Promises’ from Calvin Harris & Sam Smith
Powerhouse singer Sam Smith pairs his leather-lunged vocals with DJ Calvin Harris on the infectiously catchy track, ‘Promises’. In May, Calvin Harris released ‘One Kiss’ with Dua Lipa that was the soundtrack of the start of the summer – and ‘Promises’ bookends that nicely as the credits roll on the summer season. Both tracks are suspected to be off of Calvin’s upcoming sixth studio album.