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Adam McKay Says Will Ferrell Won’t Answer His Emails: “I Fucked Up”

Adam McKay has opened up about his professional break from longtime collaborator Will Ferrell. In a new profile with Vanity Fair, the Oscar-nominated director said, “I fucked up” in replacing Ferrell with John C. Reilly in HBO’s miniseries about the Los Angeles Lakers. He added that now his old friend won’t return his emails. McKay directed Ferrell in a string of comedy classics, including Anchorman, Talladega Nights, and Step Brothers. In 2006, the two formed Gary Sanchez Productions, which produced dozens of films and TV series including HBO’s Succession. But in 2019, the partners announced the end of Gary Sanchez Productions, writing in a joint statement, “The two of us will always work together creatively and always be friends. And we recognize w...

Ghislane Maxwell’s Lawyer Compares Jeffrey Epstein to James Bond, Doesn’t Seem to Know Who James Bond Is

On the first day of Ghislane Maxwell’s sex trafficking trial, her lawyer compared accused serial predator Jeffrey Epstein to a “21st century James Bond,” which is undoubtedly one of the strangest interpretations of the James Bond franchise in the history of film criticism. Before his death, which was ruled a suicide, Epstein had been arrested and accused of running a global sex trafficking ring involving adolescent girls. Maxwell was Epstein’s longtime partner and former girlfriend, and she’s standing trial on six counts of exploiting young girls. Prosecutors have alleged that she “assisted, facilitated, and contributed to” Epstein’s crimes. Via the New York Times, the defense contended today that Maxwell is a “scapegoat.” Her lawyer Bobbi C. Sternheim said, “Ever since Eve was accuse...

Disney Tried to Remove Swearing from The Beatles’ Get Back Documentary

Only The Beatles could get the owners of Mickey Mouse to bend the rules. Get Back, Peter Jackson‘s new eight-hour documentary on the recording of Let It Be, has been lauded as a fresh, insightful look at the world’s most famous band, but it almost didn’t include one of the miniseries’ most iconic touches: Disney+ tried to remove all instances of the group swearing from the film, until the band themselves pushed back. “Disney wanted to remove all the swearing and Ringo [Starr], Paul [McCartney], and Olivia [Harrison] said: ‘That’s how we spoke. That’s how we talked. That’s how we want the world to see us,’” Jackson told NME. While it certainly shows the Fab Four’s good moments, the docuseries — culled from over 55 hours of Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s footage of the 1969 Let It Be sessions — also...

Marilyn Manson’s Home Raided by LA County Sheriff’s Department

Marilyn Manson’s West Hollywood home was raided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on Monday. TMZ reports that detectives executed a search warrant in connection to an ongoing sexual assault investigation. Manson has been accused of sexual abuse and other violent behavior by at least 15 women, including actresses Evan Rachel Wood and Esme Bianco. A representative for the LA County Sheriff’s Department confirmed to Rolling Stone that Manson was the target of the raid. “It was a search warrant for his belongings,” the representative said. Advertisement Related Video Among the possessions reportedly seized were hard drives and other media storage units. Manson’s lawyer, Howard King, previously said the singer “vehemently denies any and all claims of sexual assault or abuse of anyo...

EDM Artists Pay Tribute to Virgil Abloh Following Tragic Death: “Your Vision and Creations Changed the World”

Renowned fashion designer, DJ, and entrepreneur Virgil Abloh has passed away at the age of 41 after battling cardiac angiosarcoma, a rare form of cancer.  Known for his pioneering work as Louis Vuitton’s first Black artistic director, Abloh’s influence extended far beyond the confines of fashion and deep into the music industry. He was a prolific DJ, performing at many high-profile music festivals and clubs, and frequently collaborating with Kanye West as a creative director for the hip-hop mogul’s creative content company, DONDA. The son of Ghanaian immigrants, Abloh is revered as a trailblazer in the fashion industry, which has been decried by many for its lack of diversity. CNN Style called him “one of fashion’s most powerful Black men.&...

Prime Video Hosting ‘Harlem Ever After’ Event In NYC To Celebrate Premiere Of New ‘Harlem’ Series

HipHopWired Featured Video Source: Prime Video / Prime Video On December 3, Prime Video is set to premier Harlem, an Amazon Original series that follows four young and ambitious Black women and their journeys in the city that is known as New York’s mecca of Black culture. But the big premiere isn’t all that is happening that weekend. In fact, the network will celebrate the launching of the series with the “Harlem Ever After” event that will take place on December 3 and 4, at the historic Harlem Parish on W. 118th Street. Source: Prime Video / Prime Video According to a news release, the two-day event “will transform the iconic Harlem Parish into an interactive space featuring photo opportunities and engaging programming, including colorful murals inspired by Harlem, created by local a...

Shaquille O’Neal Goes Ham Buying Reeboks While ‘Sneaker Shopping With Complex’

HipHopWired Featured Video Source: Complex / Complex News Shaquille O’Neal is one of the NBA’s biggest icons and while he’s enjoyed a career filled with success, championships, and various other accolades, Shaq Diesel has never been known to have the most impressive shoe game in the business. Looking to show he does have some good taste in sneakers, the NBA legend linked up with Joe La Puma at A Ma Manier in Atlanta to pick up a few pairs of kicks while talking his personal experiences in the sneaker game and revealed why he chose Reebok over Nike when he was presented the opportunity. “Nike was interested but didn’t want me to have my own shoe,” Shaq remembers. “I wanted my own line, my own shoe, I wanted to come out with a bang. You know, my motto was making people remember my name.” Ree...

Snoop Dogg, Fabolous & Dave East “Make Some Money,” The Weeknd “Die For You” & More | Daily Visuals 11.29.21

HipHopWired Featured Video Some may consider Hip-Hop a young man’s game, but so long as we got our OG’s out here putting in that work best believe y’all gonna respect they gangsta. Bridging the gap between generations this time around is Snoop D-O-Double-G, Fabolous and Dave East as they link up for the visuals to “Make Some Money” where the three G’s take to an art gallery to showcase their own artistry while styling and profiling like the big shots that they’ve become over the years. Back on the R&B tip, The Weeknd seems to be a fan of science fiction as for his clip to “Die For You” recreates some scenes from both E.T. and Stranger Things. It was actually pretty entertaining. Check out the rest of today’s drops and some joints you might’ve missed over the weekend including work from...

Wet Leg Announce Self-Titled Debut Album, Share Two New Songs: Stream

British indie rockers Wet Leg have announced their self-titled debut album. Wet Leg arrives April 8th, 2022, and as a preview, the duo have shared two new songs, “Too Late Now,” and “Oh No.” The project of Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers, Wet Leg originally began as a humorous outlet for frustration. “Wet Leg was originally just supposed to be funny,” Teasedale said. “As a woman, there’s so much put on you, in that your only value is how pretty or cool you look. But we want to be goofy and a little bit rude. We want to write songs that people can dance to. And we want to people to have a good time, even if that might not possible all of the time.” In a statement, Teasedale said that “Too Late Now,” is “about sleepwalking into adulthood. I never imagined that my adult life...

Dave Chappelle’s High School Moving Forward with Plans to Rename Theater in His Honor

Dave Chappelle’s high school is moving forward with plans to rename a theater in his honor despite a contentious meeting between the comedian and some of the school’s students during an event last week. The Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC “stand[s] behind our decision to honor the wishes of our co-founder, the late Peggy Cooper Cafritz, to name the theatre after Chappelle,” reads a statement from the school released on Monday. Last week, Chappelle made an unannounced visit to his alma matter ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. During a Q&A with students, the comedian faced questions about his recent Netflix special, The Closer, which included controversial comments about the transgender community. Advertisement Related Video Politco, which was the first to report new...

Miley Cyrus and Pete Davidson to Host New Year’s Eve Special on NBC

Miley Cyrus and Pete Davidson will ring in the new year with a two-hour special airing on NBC and Peacock. Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party Hosted By Miley Cyrus and Pete Davidson will air live from Miami, Florida, beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET on December 31st. Joining Cyrus and Davidson will be a “star-studded lineup of special guests and musical performances,” with more details to be revealed in the future. Advertisement Related Video The special is being executed produced by Saturday Night Live head Lorne Michaels, which suggests there may be more of a scripted comedy element than traditional NYE programming. Joe DeMaio (whose credits include the MTV VMAs and Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill) has been tagged as the evening’s director. Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party replaces Carson Daly’s l...

Early Years of Sesame Street Chronicled in New HBO Doc Street Gang

HBO has unveiled a first look at its upcoming Sesame Street documentary Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street. Watch it below. The film, which is set to premiere December 13th, takes a look at the earliest days of the beloved, long-running children’s television show — from its conception and development to its takeoff as a national treasure — all told through interviews with the artists, educators, and cast members who helped create the magic. “This was an experiment. Children were watching a tremendous amount of television. So why not see if it could educate them?” a number of interviewees explain via confessional. “Our target audience were inner city children. We had struggled with the idea of the setting for the show. I wanted to capture that New York energy because, to the thre...