SplashNews.com A pair of NBA legends showed big love for Brittney Griner after her release from Russia on Thursday -- Dwyane Wade opted to use fashion to make his statement, while Steph Curry made his in an emotional speech. Wade showed up the Rams vs. Raiders game at SoFi Stadium in L.A. rockin' a Griner tee ... and he displayed it proudly throughout the contest. The shirt featured Griner in her Phoenix Mercury #42 jersey ... with the words, "We Are BG" printed on it as well. The 3-time champ made sure his social media followers knew he had the WNBA star's back ... sharing a bathroom selfie with the Griner gear on full display. Getty Brittney Griner Touches Down In U.S. After Release From Russia Curry, meanwhile, glowed about Griner's return while delivering a speech at the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year Awards in San Francisco. "We are glad she's home, we're glad she's reunited with her family," … [Read more...] about Dwyane Wade Hits Rams Game In Brittney Griner Shirt, Steph Curry Shows Love Too
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Rapper Jim Jones is figuring out how to deal with Uncle Sam next month, and he's considering deducting expenses on his income tax for making it rain. Well guess what, in theory he might have a fighting chance of winning. Jones is not alone. Bizzy Bone tells TMZ, "I'm giving charity to females who need their light bills paid. So, of course, that's a write-off. You write off your kids, don't you?" The Game tells TMZ ... making it rain "is good for business and promotion that comes with the lifestyle of a rapper. They bump our music in a strip club, so me giving the girls a little bit of change to shake their ass -- that comes with the business. Everybody wins." Daz Dillinger tells us, "Hell yeah. I'm going to see about getting my taxes fixed as soon as possible." And Lil' Flip tells TMZ he's actually done it ... deducted making-it-rain expenses from his taxes. So here's the deal ... There are 2 possible ways a rapper could justify deducting strip … [Read more...] about Rappers Jim Jones, The Game, Bizzy Bone — Deducting ‘Making-It-Rain’ Expenses Is Legit!!!
Brad Smith, Microsoft ’s vice chair and president, and Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick both said they’re confident their $69 billion merger will close, despite news that the antitrust-buster FTC plans to challenge it in court. “This sounds alarming, so I want to reinforce my confidence that this deal will close,” Kotick said in a memo to employees. “The allegation that this deal is anti-competitive doesn’t align with the facts, and we believe we’ll win this challenge.” Smith said Microsoft has “been committed since Day One to addressing competitive concerns, including by offering earlier this week proposed concessions to the FTC. While we believed in giving peace a chance, we have complete confidence in our case and welcome the opportunity to present our case in court.” Kotick’s memo : Team, I wanted to provide a brief update on our pending merger with Microsoft. This week the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced its decision to challenge … [Read more...] about Microsoft, Activision Blizzard Confident Merger Will Close As FTC Prepares To Challenge $69-Billion Deal In Court – Update
Strange as it may seem, the Oscar for Best International Feature tends to go to movies that are universal rather than geographically specific. Last year’s winner Drive My Car spoke more about mankind’s default setting to loneliness than it did about the specifics of relationship dynamics in modern Japan, just as the Danish drunks in 2021’s Another Round got hammered in a way that was relatable to boozers in every country from Albania to Zambia. Maybe the Academy feels that real life is better left to docs, but a 2015 win for the harrowing Second World War drama Son of Saul suggests that the door is always open. And after a year that saw the whole world reeling from Vladmir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, this might be one of those years that addresses the fact. Clearly, the abrupt nature of Putin’s surprise maneuver on February 24 caught many unawares, especially in an industry that can be slow to react. Maryna Er Gorbach, however, had begun work on her film Klondike — … [Read more...] about Look Back In Anger: Will Russia’s Invasion Of Ukraine Set The Agenda For This Year’s International Oscar Race?
Getty Kyrie Irving gave the middle finger to Nike with a message on his signature shoes Wednesday night ... covering the swoosh logo and etching "I am Free Thank You God I am" on a patch of tape after his breakup with the sneaker giant. Irving hit the court at Barclays Center for the first time since becoming a shoe-free agent on Monday ... and while he decided to keep wearing his own kicks, he made sure to distance himself from his former partner. Nike Irving rocked the Nike Kyrie 3 PE in the "Raygun" colorway for the matchup against the Charlotte Hornets ... but if you look closely, the side logo is covered with black tape. Kyrie switched kicks mid-game -- which is not uncommon for NBA players -- and the second pair also had the Swoosh scribbled out with black marker. Getty/IMAGN You'll recall ... the brand suspended its relationship with Kyrie after he tweeted a link to a film containing antisemitic content … [Read more...] about Kyrie Irving Covers Nike Shoe Logo W/ ‘I Am Free’ Sticker After Split From Brand
DC Studios co-head James Gunn took to Twitter to respond to the chaotic news that broke yesterday about Patty Jenkins ’ Wonder Woman 3 not moving forward and other DC changes. You can see the tweets below. In regards to the news that came out yesterday, including buzz that the newly announced Henry Cavill may or may not reprise Superman as well other possible turnover of DC stars and franchises, Gunn says today “some of it is true, some of it half-true, some of it is not true, and some of it we haven’t decided yet whether it’s true or not.” Granted, the optics of Gunn and Peter Safran’s arrival at the studio, and the deep-sixing of Jenkins’ Wonder Woman 3 treatment doesn’t look good optically in the wake the diversity-led-and behind-the-scenes Batgirl getting killed, (that decision made by Warner Discovery CEO David Zaslav). However, we’re hearing that Jenkins was given the chance to take another stab at a Wonder Woman 3 treatment after receiving notes from all … [Read more...] about James Gunn Responds To ‘Wonder Woman 3’ Axing, Possible DC Franchise Turnover: “We Are Not Going To Make Every Single Person Happy”
TMZSports.com WNBA superstar Angel McCoughtry , who spent three seasons in Russia playing basketball, says she will NOT hoop in Russia anymore ... after Brittney Griner was held captive in a cell for nearly 10 months, and was only freed after a high-profile prisoner swap. McCoughtry joined Babcock on the "TMZ Sports" TV show (airs weekdays on FS1 ) ... and reflected on the release of 32-year-old Griner, Angel's friend and former Team USA Olympic teammate in 2016 (they won gold). Getty "Oh my gosh, today is a celebration. Brittney is back, she's on solid ground," Angel told us, elated ... adding, "Knowing Brittney, she's a big teddy bear. Her personality is so bubbly. I couldn't imagine the conditions she's gone through." Brittney Griner, Viktor Bout Prisoner Swap In UAE Caught On Video Of course, in August, Brittney was sentenced to 9 years in a prison labor camp after a Russian court convicted her of bringing … [Read more...] about Angel McCoughtry Says She Wouldn’t Play Ball In Russia After Griner Saga
Starz has tapped Jimmy Hilburn as chief marketing officer and Susan Ievoli as SVP, Publicity, Events and Awards, the company announced Thursday. Both Hilburn will report to Alison Hoffman, President, Domestic Networks, and Ievoli will report to Hilburn. Additionally, Robin Chacko has been promoted to EVP, Direct-to-Consumer from SVP, OTT Marketing, and will continue to report to Hoffman. “We’re thrilled to welcome Jimmy and Susan to the Starz team and elevate Robin’s oversight in a key area of the business,” said Hoffman. “These best-in-class executives are creative disruptors who are as strategic and analytical as they are innovative. They will further amplify the company’s momentum as we continue to grow our subscriber base and develop premium campaigns in support of our robust slate.” Ievoli takes over for Jennifer Minezaki-Washington who was promoted in March 2021 to EVP, Corporate and Brand Communications. She has been in the position since March, overseeing the … [Read more...] about Starz Taps Jimmy Hilburn & Susan Ievoli To Lead Marketing & Publicity; Robin Chako Promoted To EVP
In a sorrowful video message shared on social media, singer Celine Dion revealed that she has been diagnosed with a rare neurological condition called Stiff Person Syndrome. (Watch the video below.) The condition, which causes stiffness and spasms in several muscles in the body, is incurable. Medical experts say it affects only about one or two people in a million. In light of the diagnosis, Dion announced she is canceling the planned resumption of her European tour in February. “These spasms affect every aspect of my daily life, sometimes causing difficulties when I walk and not allowing me to use my vocal chords to sing the way I’m used to,” she explained. Instead of touring, Dion added, she plans to continue working on her recovery with her medical team and family. “I’m working hard with my sports medicine therapist every day to build back my strength and my ability to perform again,” she said. “But I have to admit, it’s been a struggle.” The performer, known for … [Read more...] about Celine Dion Reveals Diagnosis Of Incurable Neurological Condition, Cancels February 2023 Resumption Of European Tour
Britney Spears just brought a piece of Vegas to the Cheesecake factory she stiffed ... because her waitress just hit the jackpot. TMZ broke the story, Britney chewed and screwed Sunday when she walked out of the Thousand Oaks, CA restaurant without paying her $30 bill for an appetizer and salad. Britney says she thought her security guy paid the tab and he thought she did. Now she's bringing in the ultimate peacemaker to make things right -- Benjamin Franklin. Our Britney sources tell us the waitress is getting a $100 tip -- more than 300%. That's on top of the $30 tab. We're told Britney -- who left with hard evidence of her heist (a doggie bag) -- felt terrible about the mistake. Britney -- she stiffs good. Gallery Launch Gallery … [Read more...] about Britney Spears — Big Stiffer, Big Tipper!