October 23, 2017

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This Author Actually Tracked Down A 1-Star Reviewer IRL, And We Still Can’t Believe It

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Author Kathleen Hale didn’t like an online blogger’s 1-star review of her first novel on Goodreads, so she combed through her social media accounts, tracker her down and went to her house to confront her.

Yeah, you might want to file this one under: “Don’t do this, EVER.”

Hale details the whole sordid affair in an article published by The Guardian, where she attempts to rationalize her actions because the anonymous blogger, one “Blythe Harris,” ended up being “catfisher” named Judy.

“Over the course of an admittedly privileged life, I consider my visit to Judy’s as a sort of personal rock bottom,” Hale wrote. “In the weeks that followed, I felt certain the conclusion to the Blythe Harris mystery was simply ‘Kathleen Hale is crazy’ — and to be fair, that is one deduction.”

Curious about what Harris wrote that made the novelist so crazy? Here you go:

“F–k this,” Harris said in her review. “I think this book is awfully written and offensive; its execution in regards to all aspects is horrible and honestly, nonexistent. I can say with utmost certainty that this is one of the worst books I’ve read this year, maybe my life.”

Ouch, that’s pretty harsh. But was it bad enough to warrant Hale’s actions, which some might consider stalking?

Hale went on to describe the background check she ran on Blythe/Judy and the “cross-catfish” conversation she had with her online troll at her job. She even got in touch with Nev Schulman, the creator of “Catfish,” MTV’s hit ...

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Watch Foo Fighters Get Dark And Lyrical In Their New Video

by 30 mins ago

For their new single, “Something From Nothing,” Foo Fighters opt for a lyrical video that’s not quite a lyric video. Whatever it is, it’s dark.

The clip, which debuted on their HBO series, “Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways,” finds the band performing live in Steve Albini’s dimly-lit Electrical Audio studio in Chicago.

As frontman Dave Grohl sings, the song’s lyrics appear in white letters in and around the rockers from Seattle. “Oh, sweet ignition, be my fuse/ You have no choice, you have to choose/ Bid farewell to yesterday/ Say goodbye, I’m on my way.”

Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen makes a cameo, doing what he does best on the guitar while rocking out with group.

“Something From Nothing” comes to us from Sonic Highways, Foo Fighters’ eighth studio album that drops November 10.

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Key & Peele’s First Film Together Is Officially Happening: Get The Details

by 19 mins ago

Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele are officially headed to the big screen.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the “Key & Peele” stars will be making their first feature film together in the near future, titled “Keanu.”

And no, it won’t be a spoof about that guy who starred in the “Matrix” trilogy. The plot will reportedly center on a cat that gets kidnapped (kit-napped?).

The announcement comes on the heels of a variety of other Key & Peele-gone-Hollywood news items.

Not only have they signed on to produce New Line Cinema’s upcoming reboot of “Police Academy,” but the Comedy Central duo are also developing a movie around their popular “Substitute Teacher” sketch.

While there is no scheduled release date for “Keanu,” production for the project is set to begin next spring.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Takes On Gorilla Poachers In New Netflix Documentary

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Leonardo DiCaprio is going gorillas for his next film—literally.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix announced yet another industry shaking move with its plans to team up with “The Wolf Of Wall Street” actor for “Virunga,” a documentary about park rangers and the gorillas they safeguard.

DiCaprio will executive produce the film under his production company Appian Way.

“Films like Virunga are powerful stories that are a window into the incredible cultural and natural diversity of our world, the forces that are threatening to destroy it, and the people who are fighting to protect it,” DiCaprio said. “Partnering with Netflix on this film is an exciting opportunity to inform and inspire individuals to engage on this topic.”

Orlando von Einsiedel has been tapped to direct the film, which will explore the conflict between park rangers and the poachers who threaten the endangered primates in Virunga National Park in the Congo.

Coupled with its four-picture deal with Adam Sandler, this venture solidifies Netflix’s move into the all-new original feature film business.

“Virunga” will air on Netflix and hit theaters in New York and Los Angeles on the same day: November 7.

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Will Robin In ‘Superman V Batman’ Be Played By A Woman?

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Will the Robin character in “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice” be played by a woman? The superhero rumor mill says yes.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Jena Malone has joined the cast of the much-anticipated Warner Bros. film and will be suiting up as the character dubbed Carrie Kelly.

The blockbuster movie is currently filming the Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) and Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) fight scene near Michigan State University and WILX-10 News reporter Kirk Montgomery is getting students to spill the beans on the details of the top secret script.

“I’ve also learned that the character of Robin is now female,” Montgomery said, quoting an unnamed source from the cast of extras.

The “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” actress was seen on the set sporting red hair, further substantiating the claim made by the extra, who could face a $5 million fine for breaking WB’s non-disclosure agreement.

Two weeks ago Jena also took to Instagram to post a pic of her now red locks:

“Drastic times call for drastic measures,” she captioned the photo.

“Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice,” which stars Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel, hits theaters on March 25, 2016.

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Snoop Dogg’s New Record Will Involve Pharrell More Than Ever Before

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Big Snoop Dogg is back up in the heezy, baby!

Two days after ending his much-publicized social media beef with Iggy Azalea, Billboard reports that the Doggfather announced his upcoming album will be released on Pharrell Williams’ label, I Am Other, in a joint venture with Columbia Records.

That news alone is pretty huge, but it doesn’t stop there. The record label took to Instagram on Monday (October 13) to reveal that Uncle Snoop’s thirteenth LP will be produced entirely by Skateboard P.

While the project doesn’t have a title or release date, a few of the features have been made known: Charlie Wilson, who collaborated with Snoop and Pharrell in the past on “Beautiful,” and the legendary Stevie Wonder.

Snoop and Pharrell have been a prolific musical combination in the past with hits like “That Girl” and “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” but the artist formerly known as Snoop Lion told MTV News last month that it’s a completely fresh take on anything they’ve ever done.

“It’s a great record me and Pharrell did from top to bottom. It feels good and I’m happy to be back in the studio working with one of my favorite producers and homeboys,” Snoop told MTV News on the BET Hip Hop Awards red carpet. “It’s different — it’s completely different than anything we’ve ever done. It feels good, sounds good, looks good.”

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The Artwork For ‘Peter Pan Live!’ Will Have You Over The Moon

by 46 mins ago

Score another one for “Peter Pan Live!” Today, (October 16), NBC released the artwork for the holiday musical, and it perfectly sets the scene in Neverland.

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The vibrant poster features Christopher Walken’s Captain Hook in full pirate regalia with his signature hook glimmering like the North Star.

Allison Williams’ Peter Pan is mid-flight in front of a full moon, pixie dust trailing from the magic wand.

To achieve Pan’s gift of flight, Williams, who has been rehearsing for the role “for a really long time,” had to complete flying lessons back in August.

“Flying through the air is about as fun as you can imagine,” the “Girls” actress told PEOPLE. “The harness mechanism becomes uncomfortable really quickly, but that first moment when you are lifted off the ground is just utter bliss. It’s a shame we were not built to be airborne.”

“Peter Pan Live!” will air on NBC on December 4.

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Watch Rosario Dawson Ask Chris Rock The Tough Questions In The First ‘Top Five’ Trailer

by 13 mins ago

In the first trailer for his semi-autobiographical film “Top Five,” Chris Rock plays a washed up comedian trying to find out why he’s not funny anymore. Rock’s character, Andre Allen, makes it big doing standup, then he goes on to blockbuster movie superstardom playing the somewhat embarrassing role of “Hammy The Bear.”

“You got Hammy Time,” Rock says while wearing a cheap bear suit as he’s shooting off bullets like a furry Rambo. “It’s Hammy Time!”

Rosario Dawson‘s character Chelsea Brown is a reporter trying to get the real story about Andre’s life and find out why his ability to be funny seems to have faded. Brown tells Allen that times are changing and he “should wake up and smell the progress.”

“Hey, look at this, black man trying to get a cab in New York City,” he jokingly attempts—before a taxi stops on a dime after he hails it. And is that a romance budding between Andre and Chelsea despite his engagement?

But the film, which was executively produced by Kanye West and Jay Z, will likely spark much debate about the top five rappers on Rock’s list.

“My Top Five is Jay, Nas, Scarface, Rakim, then I might let Biggie get in there,” he said. “My sixth is LL Cool J—before the show!”

Ironically, the trailer features “Paris” from Jay and Kanye’s joint album Watch The Throne and the brand new single “i” from Kendrick Lamar—but neither Kendrick or Ye even made it ...

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Don’t Worry, Bobby Shmurda’s Momager Is Handling Her Son’s Shmoney Problems

by 6 mins ago

Bobby Shmurda’s mother and manager, Leslie Pollard, wants to clarify her son’s rant about not getting his “Shmoney” to do shows: it was “impulse talking.”

“It’s not that he’s not getting paid, it’s that he’s new to the business,” she told Billboard. “There’s a chain of command that he has to go through before he gets his payment. I guess he’s thinking all the money should go from the front man to his hands—it doesn’t work like that. Of course they hold onto it so he actually does the show. Then it goes to his business manager, then to the touring accountant and then to him.”

Shmurda, who’s omnipresent single, “Hot N—a,” just entered the Billboard Hot 100’s Top 10, took to Instagram Tuesday (October 14) to air out promoters for not ponying up the funds for his performances, but deleted the post shortly thereafter.

Unfortunately for the 20-year old rapper, nothing is ever truly deleted on the Internet. The rant and accompanying NSFW monologue was posted to YouTube for all to see, and you can watch it above to hear his complaints.

Pollard, a rookie herself with only two months of managing the Brooklyn rapper under her belt, asserts that the issue has since been resolved.

The Brooklyn MC’s EP, Shmurda She Wrote, drops on November 10.

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Chance The Rapper Gets Angsty On ‘No Better Blues’

by 16 mins ago

Twitter’s done a lot to help advance Chance the Rapper‘s rap career, so he returned the favor by dropping his new song, “No Better Blues,” on the social media platform’s new venture, Twitter Audio Card.

The Acid Rap MC’s band, The Social Experiment, co-produced the track, which provides a jazzy soundscape for the Chicago rapper to list all the things he hates.

“I hate the car, I hate the bus, I hate the road/I hate the bar, I hate to drink, I hate to smoke/I hate a stranger, I hate his boss, I hate his friend/I hate the womb, I needed room, I ate my twin,” he raps in his laid back flow.

Thankfully, the hook, “It just don’t get no better,” is misleading because the song is currently No.2 on the Billboard100 Charts.

He can’t hate that, right?

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