UPDATE (12/18): Less than 24 hours after the Brooklyn Nets announced they would welcome back Kyrie Irving in a limited capacity, the unvaccinated player – along with many of his teammates, including Kevin Durant – entered the NBA’s health and safety protocol. It’s unclear whether Irving has actually tested positive for Covid-19 ; under the NBA’s health and safety protocols, players determined to be in close contact with those who test positive must sit out. In Irving’s case, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted Saturday, he now “needs five consecutive days of negative tests to join the team at practice.” The Nets currently have nine players in the protocol as Covid-19 once again sweeps through professional sports. – Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets have been locked in a staring contest since the star point guard decided he’d rather not play basketball in New York than comply with the city’s vaccine mandate. The Nets just blinked. The team on Friday night confirmed … [Read more...] about Nets Cave, Kyrie Irving Returns… Then Enters NBA’s Health and Safety Protocol
Earlier this month, veteran singer Lata Mangeshkar tested positive for COVID-19 and was admitted to Mumbai's Breach Candy Hospital. There are many rumours about her health and now, the doctor has revealed that she is still in the ICU, however, her health condition has slightly improved. On Saturday, Dr Pratit Samdani, who is treating the singer shared the latest health update. In a statement, the doctor revealed, "Singer Lata Mangeshkar is still in the ICU ward but there has been a slight improvement in her health today. She has been under medical staff's close observation." A day ago, Lata Mangeshkar's team issued a statement urging people to not believe in the false news regarding the megastar. The singer's family has also requested to not spread rumours. They revealed that she is "responding well" to treatment and shared Dr. Pratit Samdani's note that said, "Lata Didi is showing positive signs of improvement from earlier and is under treatment in the ICU. We … [Read more...] about Lata Mangeshkar’s Spokesperson Asks Fans Not To Give Wind To False News
Saturday AM Update: Some studio distribution bosses used to say that moviegoing is a 52-week business. Well, that’s not the philosophy this weekend, and it’s even grimmer next weekend, as most of the majors figured in the wake of MLK weekend, and a traditional box office dead zone like January with omicron flying around, that it wasn’t worth the P&A spend to put any kind of movie out there. Back in the good ole days, and we’re talking five years ago, post-MLK was the time when Universal turned M. Night Shyamalan’s Blumhouse horror movie Split into an event with a $40M start, and Paramount settled for second on their Vin Diesel sequel, xXx: Return of Xander Cage, for $20.1M. And so, we settle for Sony’s Spider-Man: No Way Home rising to No. 1 in its 6th weekend with $13.5M , putting its massive domestic total at $720.4M, and Paramount/Spyglass Media’s Scream in second with a -61% drop with $11.7M and a $50.6M ten-day total. That second weekend ease … [Read more...] about ‘Spider-Man’ Leads Quiet Box Office Weekend As Domestic Cume Grows To $720M+
Meat Loaf, the rock superstar loved by millions for his 'Bat Out of Hell' album and for such theatrical, dark-hearted anthems as "Paradise By the Dashboard Light", "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad" and "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)", has died. He was 74. The singer born Marvin Lee Aday died Thursday, according to a family statement provided by his longtime agent Michael Greene. "Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight,” the statement said. "We know how much he meant to so many of you and we truly appreciate all of the love and support as we move through this time of grief in losing such an inspiring artist and beautiful man... From his heart to your souls… don't ever stop rocking!" No cause or other details were given, but Aday had numerous health scares over the years. "Bat Out of Hell", his mega-selling collaboration with songwriter Jim Steinman and producer Todd Rundgren, came out in 1977 and made him … [Read more...] about Meat Loaf, ‘Bat Out Of Hell’ Rock Superstar, Dies At 74
On the morning of Sept. 27, 2021, Josh Hargis opened a private video-chat link for what the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee billed as an open dialogue about its newly implemented mandate. Everyone on Team USA would need to be vaccinated against Covid-19 by Nov. 1, unless they could obtain a medical exemption — or a religious one. The executive order to jump the scientific starting gun on the 2022 Winter Games was a harrowing decision, senior Olympic officials acknowledge, not least because they knew the anti-vaxxer crowd — emboldened by an emerging class of brazenly unvaccinated superstar athletes — would come at them with fake news. “From the start of the pandemic, we have made science-based, data-driven decisions,” the USOPC’s CEO wrote in a memo to all American athletes, which was attached to an invitation for the meeting and obtained by Rolling Stone . “There is strong support for this requirement from our community.” Among two-dozen or so … [Read more...] about ‘Get Vaccinated or Else’: The Anti-Vaxxers of the Winter Games Fought the Olympic Mandate. Did the Mandate Win?
The freezer-truck drivers had finally hauled off the last of the body bags by early autumn, from a makeshift Covid morgue in the city’s parking lot across the street. And by the time Kyrie Irving turned the corner last Friday evening to the Brooklyn Nets ’ riverside practice facility in the neighborhood of Sunset Park, he was let right in. But Omicron had grinched into town for the holidays, and the NBA ’s rigorous testing once again provided early indicators of an unrelenting virus. On the 17th day of December, the league had sent its who’s-who to quarantine: eight Nets a-swabbing, seven Bulls secluding, six Sacramento Kings, five sick Knicks, four Lakers stars, three Boston forwards, two head coaches… and then came a pseudo-pardon for Kyrie. The basketball superstar-turned-superhero of the anti-vaxxers entered a lab set up by the Nets a few steps from the private players’ garage. Two months after banishing him in response to his boycott of a New York City vaccine mandate … [Read more...] about The NBA’s War on Omicron Christmas: Behind Closed Doors with Kyrie Irving and the Anti-Swabber Superstars