Pope's peace prayer for Ukraine recalls Fatima prophecy
Pope Francis prayed for peace in Ukraine in a ceremony Friday that harked back to a century-old apocalyptic prophecy about peace and Russia that was sparked by purported visions of the Virgin Mary to three peasant children in Fatima, Portugal, in 1917. Francis invited bishops, priests and ordinary faithful around the world to join him in the consecration prayer, which opened with Francis entering St. Peter's Basilica before an estimated 3,500 people and concluded with Francis sitting alone before a statue of the Madonna.news.yahoo.com
Children's authors hit out at publishers for repeatedly commissioning celebrities like Duchess of Sussex
Leading children's authors have hit out at publishers trying to "swamp the competition" by continuously commissioning new books by celebrities like the Duchess of Sussex. Sales figures obtained by The Telegraph show classic authors like Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton still sell millions more copies than any modern day celebrity, with the exception of David Walliams. Ms Markle is among a number of famous faces who in recent times have written a children's book, alongside the likes of Madonna, Frank Lampard, Idris Elba and the Duchess of York. Earlier this month it was announced her first title, The Bench, would be published by Penguin Random House, and the June release is inspired by the “special bond” between her husband Prince Harry and their son Archie. But children's writers have pointed out that many end up being "absolute disasters" and that better authors are being repeatedly ignored.news.yahoo.com
Former Trump casino where stars played goes out with a bang
The former Trump Plaza casino was imploded after falling into such disrepair that chunks of the building began peeling off and crashing to the ground. “I got chills,” Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small said. AdOpened in 1984, when Trump was a real estate developer in his pre-politics days, Trump Plaza was for a time the most successful casino in Atlantic City. AdBut things began to sour for Trump Plaza when Donald Trump opened the nearby Trump Taj Mahal in 1990, with crushing debt loads that led the company to pour most of its resources — and cash — into the shiny new hotel and casino. Trump Plaza was the last of four Atlantic City casinos to close in 2014, victims of an oversaturated casino market both in the New Jersey city and in the larger northeast.
The Weeknd vows to tone it down for his Super Bowl show
This photo provided by the NFL shows singer The Weekend speaking at the halftime press conference ahead of the Super Bowl 55 football game, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (Perry Knotts/NFL via AP)The Weeknd may be known for his graphic music videos and performances featuring blood and violence, but the three-time Grammy winner says he will tone down his act during the Super Bowl halftime show. The pop star said he will “keep it PG” during his headliner slot on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium as the reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa, Florida. The 2021 Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show will be different this year due to the pandemic and The Weeknd said he will use different parts of the stadium, the field and a “little bit" of the famously massive pirate ship. AdWhen asked for his favorite Super Bowl halftime show, The Weeknd cited Diana Ross' 1996 performance. The Weeknd, whose real name is, Abel Tesfaye, joins a list of celebrated musicians who have played during Super Bowl halftime shows, including Madonna, Beyoncé, Coldplay, Katy Perry, U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson and last year’s duo of Shakira and Jennifer Lopez.
It’s Michael Jackson vs. Prince: Round 3 voting now open in our Super Bowl halftime bracket
Michael Jackson performs during halftime of a 52-17 Dallas Cowboys win over the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVII on January 31, 1993 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)Round 3 of our Super Bowl halftime performance bracket is here, and you’ve got some tough choices to make. We’ve seen some absolute legends not make it this far (we still can’t believe Bruce Springsteen didn’t make it past Round 1), and the choices are going to get even tougher as we go on. In this round, we’ll see match-ups between Katy Perry and Aerosmith, Bruno Mars against Jennifer Lopez and Shakira, Lady Gaga against Madonna, and quite possibly the toughest decision yet, Prince vs. Michael Jackson. With only two more rounds to go, the decisions are only going to get harder and harder.
Did Madonna have the best Super Bowl performance of all time? Vote in our bracket
Madonna performs during the Bridgestone Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)Some people watch the Super Bowl for the game, some watch it for the commercials and others watch it for the halftime performance. The halftime performances over the years have changed drastically. So this got us thinking: Do you have a favorite Super Bowl halftime performance? We created a bracket so you, our viewers and readers, can pick the ultimate halftime performance.
Sophie, Grammy-nominated Scottish musician, has died at 34
Sophie, the Grammy-nominated Scottish disc jockey, producer and recording artist who had worked with the likes of Madonna and Charli XCX, has died following an accident in the Greek capital of Athens. In a statement, U.K. label Transgressive said the musician, whose full name was Sophie Xeon, died in the early hours of Saturday morning. "Tragically, our beautiful Sophie passed away this morning after a terrible accident," the statement said. "True to her spirituality she had climbed up to watch the full moon and accidentally slipped and fell." Burak Cingi/RedfernsA police spokesperson Athens confirmed that Sophie slipped and fell from the balcony of an apartment where she was staying and no foul play was suspected in her death.cbsnews.com
Vote for the best Super Bowl Halftime performance in our bracket
Prince performs during the "Pepsi Halftime Show" at Super Bowl XLI between the Indianapolis Colts and the Chicago Bears on February 4, 2007 at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Some people watch the Super Bowl for the game, some watch it for the commercials and others watch it for the halftime performance. The halftime performances over the years have changed drastically. So this got us thinking: Do you have a favorite Super Bowl halftime performance? We created a bracket so you, our viewers and readers, can pick the ultimate halftime performance.
Songs from the Young@Heart
Songs from the Young@Heart The average age for members of the Young@Heart Chorus, of Northampton, Mass., is 85. But this isn't your grandfather's choral group; their repertoire includes music from the Ramones, Madonna and Twisted Sister. Correspondent David Pogue talks with chorus members about the joy of singing "golden oldies" by such composers as Bowie and Springsteen, and the challenges of making Zoom their stage.cbsnews.com
The Weeknd to headline the Pepsi Super Bowl halftime show
The NFL, Pepsi and Roc Nation announced Thursday, Nov. 12 that the three-time Grammy winner will perform at the 2021 Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show on Feb. 7 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Rob Grabowski/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES – The Weeknd will bring his popular falsetto vocals to the 2021 Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show. “We all grow up watching the world’s biggest acts playing the Super Bowl and one can only dream of being in that position,” the singer said in a statement. This is an extraordinary moment in time and the Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show is going to be an extraordinary experience with an extraordinary performer.”Roc Nation and Emmy-nominated producer Jesse Collins will serve as co-executive producers of the halftime show. “We are thrilled to have The Weeknd join us in Tampa Bay on the Pepsi Halftime Stage,” said Brian Rolapp, the NFL’s chief media and business officer.
Worst place, worst time: Trump faces virus spike in Midwest
“President Trump still does not seem to be taking the pandemic seriously enough. Today, Winnebago is among the top 10 counties where new Wisconsin COVID cases are being reported, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University and compiled by The Associated Press. Iowans’ view of Trump’s handling of the pandemic is also more negative than positive, according to The Des Moines Register’s Iowa Poll and Monmouth University polls. “ALL THE FAKE NEWS MEDIA WANTS TO TALK ABOUT IS COVID, COVID, COVID,” Trump tweeted Tuesday. !”During his debate with Biden last week, Trump insisted of the virus, despite the spike in cases: “It will go away.
Trump's Ohio suburb slide signals peril in industrial north
Trump's chances for a second term rest heavily on being able to maintain the margins he won by in 2016, particularly in suburban areas. They say that Trump, who won Ohio by 8 percentage points in 2016, maintains a yawning advantage in more rural areas and small towns. Still, Republicans are concerned that if he is losing badly in suburban areas in Ohio, it is a signal that Trump’s hold on other states in the industrial heartland that delivered him the presidency may be in peril. In the blue-collar suburbs of Youngstown, where Trump won by double digits, the same appears to be true. Former Ohio Republican Party Chairman Kevin DeWine, a second-cousin to Gov.
Madonna to direct, co-write biopic about herself
NEW YORK – A biopic about Madonna has found a uniquely qualified director: Madonna, herself. Universal Pictures announced Tuesday that the studio is developing an untitled film about the pop star that Madonna will direct and co-write with “Juno” scribe Diablo Cody. "Music has kept me going and art has kept me alive. There are so many untold and inspiring stories and who better to tell it than me. Madonna, whose last album was 2019's “Madame X,” has sold 335 million records worldwide in her career.
These 15 hit music videos from 2000 will bring on the nostalgia
There’s no better way than music, right? In no particular order, here are 15 hit music videos from the year 2000 that might have you cringing, laughing or just happily reminiscing. “Bye Bye Bye” by *NSYNC2. “Maria Maria” by Santana featuring The Product G&B15. “What a Girl Wants” by Christina AguileraThere was no way we could even come close to listing all the hits from 2000.
Custom guitar from Prince's 1980s prime sells for $563,500
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. A custom guitar played by Prince at the height of his stardom in the 1980s and 1990s has sold for a staggering $563,500 at auction. Prince played the blindingly blue guitar with the artist's love symbol on its neck beginning on the 1984 Purple Rain Tour, on the classic albums Lovesexy and Sign O' The Times. He used it into the early 1990s. A similar Prince guitar sold for $700,000 in 2016. An ivory gown worn by Madonna in her 1990 Vogue video sold for $179,200. Items still to be sold Saturday included Paul McCartney's handwritten lyrics to the Beatles song Maxwell's Silver Hammer.
Protests in Trump country test his hold in rural white areas
Far from the industrial norths urban centers, hundreds of protests over black injustice have cropped up in small cities in rural areas. The protests in these Republican-leaning areas offer a test of the president's ability to reassemble his older, white voting bloc. No, you cant.Trump carried Pennsylvania by about 44,000 votes in 2016, in part with overwhelming support from a patchwork of rural, white counties. Dozens of protests have taken place in counties in these four battleground states that Trump flipped from Democrat to Republican. If Biden carries every state Clinton did in 2016 and reclaims Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, he would win a majority of the Electoral College votes.
7 concert films you should watch if you’re really missing live music
Some experts believe it could be more than a year until live concerts return to our daily lives, which is heartbreaking for people who love seeing live music. So until then, the next best thing to do is watch a concert movie from one of your favorite artists. Look no further than Beyoncé's “Homecoming,” her live concert that was filmed in 2018 when she headlined Coachella, the Southern California music festival. From the costumes, dancing and marching band music arrangements, Beyoncé transformed Coachella into “Beychella,” and we’re lucky enough that the entire show is documented. Not only is Timberlake’s music incredible catchy, but the production value that went into this show, especially the choreography, makes it worth visiting.
MTV launches 2020 '+1thevote' campaign to mobilize Millennials and Gen Z
(Reuters) - In 1990, a bikini-clad Madonna wrapped in a U.S. flag urged MTV viewers to vote in Senate elections as the youth television network partnered with a Rock the Vote campaign that mixed pop culture and politics. FILE PHOTO: Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg speaks during a march and rally at the Youth Climate Strike in Los Angeles, California, U.S., November 1, 2019. But they have to vote in this election to take that passion and turn it into political power. The campaign is aimed at first time voters, especially the 4 million Americans who will turn 18 in time for the Nov. 8 presidential elections. Some 1,200 polling stations have been shut down across the Southern United States since 2014, according to a September report by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.feeds.reuters.com
Antonio Banderas Recalls Being Pursued by Madonna in the Early '90s
As it turns out, Madonna used to have a huge crush on Antonio Banderas, and the star didn't even know about it. The only thing is, Banderas not only had no idea she was attracted to him, he didn't know he was a part of her docu-drama at all. At the time, Banderas was married to his first wife, Ana Leza, although they later split. Shortly after their divorce was finalized, Banderas went on to marry Melanie Griffith in 1996 -- the same year Banderas and Madonna co-starred in Evita. ET spoke with Banderas in May, and the celebrated actor opened up about still being considered a sex symbol in Hollywood.
Kylie Jenner Recruits BFF Stassie to Recreate Madonna and Britney Spears' Infamous Kiss for
Kylie Jenner knows how to commit to a Halloween costume. Jenner matched Madonna's blonde locks and sexy black ensemble to a T, but to truly channel the look, Jenner recruited her best friend, Stassie Karanikolaou, to dress up as Spears. The friends giggled as they danced around to Madonna's "Like a Virgin" on Jenner's Instagram, before recreating the stars' memorable kiss. Jenner, who dressed up as Christina Aguilera in 2016, continues to nail it with her Halloween costumes. RELATED CONTENT:Kylie Jenner Shares Rare Throwback Pregnancy Photo of Her Baby BumpKylie Jenner Gets LASIK Surgery With BFF Stassie, Throws a Party for Their Sight: Watch!
Latin Star Maluma Getting Ready to Make Everyone at the AT&T Center Melt
click to enlarge Courtesy of MalumaEvent Details Maluma @ AT&T Center One AT&T Center San Antonio, TX When: Sat., Sept. 28, 8 p.m. Price: $56-$753.50 Live Music MapFew reggaeton performers have been able to cross over at the level Maluma has. Earlier this year, he worked with Madonna on the song Medellin from her Madame X release, even performing it with her at the Billboard Music Awards. His latest LPreached No. 1 on Billboards Top Latin Albums chart this summer while last years F.A.M.E. was still kicking around in the top 20.sacurrent.com
Billy Porter Says He's 'Not Going Anywhere' After Emmy Win, Addresses That Seeming
So get used to it,'" Porter told ET's Kevin Frazier backstage after taking home the Emmy for Lead Actor in a Drama Series. The 50-year-old actor used his acceptance speech to open up about the importance of self-acceptance. I love Madonna. We love, we love, we love Madonna. RELATED CONTENT:Emmy Awards 2019: The Complete List of WinnersBilly Porter Makes History With First Emmys WinBilly Porter Serves '70s Disco Vibes in Sparkly Suit at Emmy Awards 2019
Madonna's Kids Help Celebrate Her 61st Birthday During 'Madame X' Tour Rehearsals
The songstress, who is currently rehearsing for her Madame X tour, marked the special occasion on Friday with her loved ones, some tasty treats, dancing and much more. She took to Instagram on her birthday to post key moments from the festivities, including her backup dancers, family and crew presenting her with a table loaded up with pastries spelling out "Happy birthday Madonna." Madonna also posted a video of her daughter, Mercy James, and son, David Banda, both 13, delivering an impressive "birthday dance" for the camera at the facility where rehearsals are taking place. At the birthday bash, Mercy hopped on a piano and played Elton John's classic track "Your Song," while her brother, David, lead the attendees in singing. Besides David, Mercy, Estere and Stelle, the songstress is mother to son Rocco, 19, and daughter Lourdes, 22.
Parkland survivor slams Madonna's 'God Control' video
(CNN) - In a series of tweets, Parkland survivor and activist Emma Gonzlez has slammed Madonna's new music video, "God Control." The video is a statement by Madonna on gun control and anti-gun violence. "This is NOT the correct way to talk about gun violence, unlike how many fans have been exclaiming people who have been working in the GVP community know how to talk about gun violence, not most celebrities #GodControl." GVP stands for gun violence prevention. "As a survivor of gun violence, it was really hard to watch," Carter said.
Madonna to launch exclusive SiriusXM channel
NEW YORK - Madonna will launch an exclusive limited-run SiriusXM music channel, "Madonna's Madame X Radio," July 1. The channel will showcase music from Madonna's legendary career, including her latest album, "Madame X." Besides her extensive catalogue of songs, the channel will also feature exclusive stories from Madonna about her life and legacy, the making of her songs, and her love of art and music. "This channel brings you into the intricate world of Madame X," says Madonna. Our exclusive channel celebrating Madonna is a truly comprehensive deep dive into the music of one of the world's most legendary artists," said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM.
Celebrities who have adopted
Madonna adopted David Banda from Malawi, Africa, in 2006. Three years later she adopted Chifundo "Mercy" James, also from Malawi. David (seen here with Madonna at the Grammy Awards in January 2014) and Mercy joined the singer's biological daughter and son, Lourdes and Rocco. Hide Caption