10/21/21 Entertainment News
— Hundreds of activists are rallying in support of Netflix employees as controversy surrounding recent comments by Dave Chappelle continues. In his new comedy special “The Closer” released by Netflix this month, Chappelle made jokes centered around transgender people. Employees of the streaming giant staged a walkout Wednesday, in an effort to pressure the company to hire trans and nonbinary executives, as well as remove transphobic content in the office. The walkout has received support from many celebrities and activists, most recently from the star of the company’s “The Umbrella Academy” Elliot Page, who is trans.
— It appears Swedish House Mafia will headline Coachella 2022 next April. The music festival posted a photo on Instagram of Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso and Steve Angello walking through an orange haze at the Indio polo fields in Southern California. The EDM group reunited in 2018 with bigger plans for 2020, until COVID happened. More recently, Swedish House Mafia signed with The Weeknd’s manager and have a new collaboration coming out with the “Blinding Lights” singer this week, with a debut full-length album Paradise Again set to drop at a later date.
— Olivia Newton John is doing well as she battles cancer for the third time. Appearing on “Today,” Newton John said she doesn’t see the diagnosis as a battle. She was originally diagnosed with cancer in 1992 and then was re-diagnosed in 2013. In 2017, she was told the cancer was back and this time it spread to her bones. The 73-year-old said she manages her pain with the marijuana her husband grows for her.
— Paris Hilton is advocating for Congress to change what she called “the troubled teen industry.” While in Washington, DC Paris said she came to Capitol Hill as a survivor. She explained she was choked, slapped, spied on while showering, and deprived of sleep as a teen in a number of youth facilities while growing up. Speaking to NBC News, she noted there are more than 200-thousand children every year put into those places, and she claims every day they are being abused. Hilton announced she is working with a group of Democrats to create a new bill on the matter, that would allow for children at the facilities to call their parents and have access to clean drinking water. Representative Ro Khanna says this is not currently guaranteed for children in facilities across the nation.
— Kristen Stewart isn’t a fan of the idea of playing the joker opposite of Robert Pattison’s Batman. Speaking with Variety, Stewart responded to a social media campaign led by fans wanting to see the “Twilight” co-stars and the former couple reunited on screen. She said she loves the energy behind the campaign but she wants to do something new. She said it’s not a no but it’s not the most stoked she has ever been about a potential part. However, she said she is “totally down” to play a freaky, scary person.
— Stuntman and America’s Got Talent: Extreme contestant Jonathan Goodwin is speaking out for the first time since being seriously injured performing a daredevil stunt during a rehearsal for the show last week. Speaking exclusively to TMZ, Goodwin reflected on the near-death accident, which involved being crushed between two cars while performing an escape act that caused an explosion on the set. He said he was protected by love. Goodwin said he wanted to thank fans worldwide for reaching out and showing “astonishing” support amid news of his accident, as well as his fianceé, Amanda, and other loved ones.
— Madonna says she’s almost done writing her biopic. The pop icon took to social media to share a photo of herself at home reading the script. The film will explore her time as a drummer for the band Breakfast Club in 1979 and her 1990 Blond Ambition tour. While casting has not yet started, Madonna has said she would like Florence Pugh or Julia Garner to play her in the movie.