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#FreeBritney documentary

Britney Spears' conservatorship battle will be the subject of a new documentary, titled Framing Britney Spears.

The Toxic singer is currently locked in a legal battle against her father, Jamie Spears, to have him permanently removed from her conservatorship. Britney no longer wants him to have control over her life, as he has done since her conservatorship began following her public breakdown in 2008.

The singer's fans, concerned about the pop star's wellbeing, started advocating for her freedom with the hashtag #FreeBritney, and their fight will also form part of the documentary, which will air on FX and Hulu on 5 February (21).

A description for the film reads: "People close to Britney Spears and lawyers tied to her conservatorship now reassess her career as she battles her father in court over who should control her life."

A teaser features interviews with several people involved in the #FreeBritney movement.

Framing Britney Spears will air as the sixth episode of The New York Times Presents series' first season.





Adele settles divorce

Adele and Simon Konecki relied on mediators to help them settle their divorce.

The 32-year-old singer and the 46-year-old charity boss - who have eight-year-old son Angelo together- split almost two years ago but finally reached an agreement on custody and assets earlier this month, with the help of mediators.

A source told The Sun newspaper's Bizarre column: "This has been a very long time coming, but the sums of money involved and the assets are absolutely huge.

"They made it very clear they didn't want to set ¬lawyers on each other but the process hasn't been exactly straightforward all the same. The priority was making sure they did right by their son, Angelo.

"The first thing they agreed on was sharing custody, and since then it has been about dividing up the rest of their marital finances fairly.

"Fortunately they have managed to get there without an explosive public court case, slanging matches or scandalous claims about each other, and that gives them the best ¬possible chance of staying on good terms in the future.

"There have been disagreements on the way but the mediation did its job."

The pair will now need to wait for a judge to sign off on the agreement before their divorce can be made official.

The exes started dating in summer 2011 and the Hello singer gave birth to their son Angelo in October 2012.

Adele and Simon married in secret in 2016, and they always made a concerted effort to keep their relationship private.

Their separation after three years of marriage was confirmed in April 2019, while Adele filed court documents in Los Angeles five months later.



Harvey jokes 'pure hatred'

Protective dad Steve Harvey has joked he has "pure hatred" for Michael B. Jordan, who is dating his socialite daughter.

Michael, 33, and Steve's daughter Lori Harvey, 24, recently went Instagram official with their relationship but talk show host Steve insisted he is keeping his eye on Michael and won't be swayed by his Hollywood star power or his People Sexiest Man Alive title.

Speaking on iHeartRadio's The Steve Harvey Morning Show, he said: "I still got my eye on him. I mean I like I him, but like I say to all of them, 'I might like you. I might approve of you, but I've got a thumb-sized section of my heart filled with nothing but pure hatred for you.' Just in case I need it.

"(Michael is a) nice guy. But I got this little section where all I gotta do is a click a switch and I'd hate your ass. You're not the sexiest man in the world to me. Let's be clear about that."

Meanwhile, it was previously revealed that actor Michael and model Lori wanted to "get to know each other in private" before making their romance public.

An insider said: "It seems they have wanted to get to know each other in private. "They have been careful about being photographed together."

The source also claimed Lori has been "quick" to go public with her romances in the past, but the beauty " who was previously engaged to Dutch soccer star Memphis Depay and has been linked to musicians Future, Trey Songz and Diddy " is "trying a different approach" when it comes to Michael.

The source explained: "In the past she quickly posted social media pictures with guys that she was dating. With Michael she has tried a different approach."

Michael and Lori made their romance official on Instagram when the Black Panther star posted a series of professional photographs of the couple, and captioned the post with a black love heart and exclamation marks.



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Dave Chappelle cancels weekend shows after testing positive for COVID

Dave Chappelle has virus

Comedian Dave Chappelle has tested positive for COVID-19.

The stand-up has scrapped a planned weekend of shows in Austin, Texas after learning he has contracted the coronavirus.

Chappelle, who is in quarantine but has no symptoms, performed the first of five shows at Stubbs Waller Creek Amphitheater on Wednesday (20Jan21), but Thursday's show was scrapped, along with performances on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Ironically, a series of outdoor comedy shows Chappelle staged at his farm in Ohio last year (20) were scrapped due to a crew member's "possible" COVID-19 exposure.

Social distancing, face masks, hand sanitizer, temperature checks and access to daily tests were all part of the show's protocol.

Chris Rock, David Letterman, Jon Stewart, Tiffany Haddish, Michael Che, Sarah Silverman, Louis CK, and Michelle Wolf were among the stars who took stage alongside Chappelle for the Intimate Socially Distanced Affair shows in Yellow Springs.

The final performance was due to kick off on 4 October (20) before the gigs were halted.



Sexuality shouldn't matter

Neil Patrick Harris has weighed in on the debate about whether straight actors should be cast in gay roles, insisting that if they're the "best actor" for the gig, then it shouldn't matter about their sexuality.

The actor, who is openly gay in real life, famously played straight character Barney on How I Met Your Mother, and has no issue starring as gay or straight on screen,

"I think there's something sexy about casting a straight actor to play a gay role, if they're willing to invest a lot into it," he told The Times newspaper. "I played a character for nine years who was nothing like me. I would definitely want to hire the best actor."

"In our world that we live in you can't really as a director demand that (an actor be gay or straight). Who's to determine how gay someone is?"

Neil's remarks come after Kristen Stewart, who is also openly gay, spoke about her thoughts on the debate while promoting her lesbian romcom Happiest Season last year.

Asked if only gay actors should star in gay roles, Kristen replied: "I think it's such a grey area. There are ways for men to tell women's stories, or ways for women to tell men's stories.

"But we need to have our finger on the pulse and actually have to care. You kind of know where you're allowed. I don't have a sure-shot answer for that."



Adele divorce settlement

Adele and her estranged husband, Simon Konecki, have reportedly reached a divorce settlement.

The Hello hitmaker and the charity boss - who are parents to eight-year-old son Angelo - filed a judgment packet on Friday, almost two years since they split, Us Weekly reports.

The pair, who represented themselves, will now need to wait for a judge to sign off on the agreement before their divorce can be made official.

Adele and the CEO's separation after three years of marriage was confirmed in April 2019. The singer filed court documents in Los Angeles five months later.

Following confirmation of their breakup, a rep for the Someone Like You hitmaker said the pair are "committed to raising their son together lovingly."

The statement read: "Adele and her partner have separated. They are committed to raising their son together lovingly. As always they ask for privacy. There will be no further comment."

Adele and Simon agreed to establish the rights to their assets and property through mediation.

The exes started dating in summer 2011 and the British singer gave birth to their son Angelo in October 2012.

They married in secret in 2016.



James Blunt's home robbed

Singer/songwriter James Blunt is on the hunt for his grandfather's pocket watch and other personal belongings stolen from his home in Ibiza last week.

According to The Daily Mail, thieves broke into the villa the You're Beautiful singer shares with his wife, Sofia, on Thursday and made off with clothing, keepsakes from his military service, and jewelry.

Blunt has launched an appeal in a bid to get the items back.

"My only real sadness is that they took some cufflinks and an old pocket watch that belonged to my grandfather, and a bayonet from my time as a soldier in the Kosovo war in 1999," he says. "I would gladly pay a reward for their return."

He then joked, "The thieves took about 100 items, including a black and white cowhide rug that my wife didn't like, so I suspect she could be involved.

"They also took all my T-shirts and shirts. They can't have a very good sense of aesthetics."

Police reports suggest there were three intruders. The officials are still looking for clues and information.



Terminator gets vaccine

Arnold Schwarzenegger has joined the ranks of the celebrities who have received the coronavirus vaccination after driving to Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles to get his jab.

The former California Governor posted video of himself pulling up to a vaccine centre on Wednesday and kept the camera running as a medical volunteer injected the serum into the Terminator star.

"Come with me if you want to live," Arnie said after his jab, recalling a line his character uttered in the first Terminator sequel.

Schwarzenegger joins the likes of Sir Ian McKellen, Dame Joan Collins, Dame Judi Dench, and Pope Francis, who have received the COVID vaccination.



Tribute band in a Jamm

The members of British Pearl Jam tribute act Pearl Jamm have agreed to change their name after receiving a cease-and-desist letter from the real rockers' lawyers.

The cover band was accused of "damaging the PEARL JAM brand and causing confusion" among fans, according to the attorneys, but the tribute rockers appeared defiant as the news broke this week.

However, on Wednesday, the Pearl Jamm musicians agreed it was time for a name change.

"A name doesn't define us," a statement reads. "We do what we do out of love and respect for PEARL JAM. We have always been clear that we will 'Yield' to PEARL JAM's demands and equally clear that our disappointment was only ever of the timing and manner in which those demands were made.

"We are proud to announce our new name: 'LEGAL JAM' which we thought would be fitting and under which we will continue to perform the music of PEARL JAM in the most heartfelt and authentic way. We look forward to reconnecting with our own fans (and other tributes) who have been so supportive through this, as well welcoming the new fans who have joined us over the last week, as soon as we are back on the road."

Bassist Richard Gaya previously told Louder he and his bandmates were surprised by the heavy-handed manner in which Eddie Vedder and his pals demanded the name change - and the timing.

"Pearl Jam has known about us for years," he said. "They've been in touch with us... and never before voiced any concerns, but they wait for a global pandemic to get in touch with us, and they do so through aggressive solicitor letters, rather than reaching out to us personally.

"They have recently changed their manager. We don't know if that's relevant, but we have been told on several occasions - we have it in writing - that the band members are aware and have approved this action."



Saved by the Bell's Diamond undergoing chemo treatment for cancer

Diamond undergoes chemo

Original “Saved by the Bell” star Dustin Diamond has begun undergoing chemotherapy treatments after being diagnosed with cancer, according to his representative.

Diamond, best known for playing Screech on the hit ’90s sitcom, was hospitalized earlier this month in Florida. Last week, his team disclosed he had cancer.

“Dustin has completed his first round of chemo and his next round is being scheduled. He will also begin his physical therapy soon,” the actor’s spokesman, Roger Paul, said in a statement.

“Dustin is looking forward to spending more time with his girlfriend, playing his bass guitar/video games, as well as making videos for his fans on social media,” Paul added.

“Saved by the Bell” aired from 1989 to 1993, and its spinoffs included “Saved by the Bell: The College Years” and “Saved by the Bell: The New Class,” both of which Diamond starred in. A sequel was launched on Peacock this fall featuring many from the original cast, including Elizabeth Berkley, Mario Lopez, Tiffani Thiessen and Mark-Paul Gosselaar. Diamond was not included.

Diamond has been sued several times for delinquent taxes and in foreclosure proceedings for missing mortgage payments. He has appeared on reality TV shows, made a sex tape and produced a tell-all documentary on Lifetime TV called “The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story.” In 2015, he was sentenced to serve 4 months in jail for his part in a Wisconsin barroom stabbing.



Dave Chappelle tests positive for COVID-19; shows cancelled

Chappelle has COVID

Dave Chappelle tested positive for the coronavirus just before his comedy show scheduled for Thursday, forcing his upcoming appearances to be cancelled, a spokeswoman said.

Chappelle was expected to perform Thursday through Sunday at Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheater in Austin, Texas. Those shows have been cancelled and Chappelle is quarantining, his representative Carla Sims said in a statement. The comedian is asymptomatic.

Chappelle had been performing socially-distanced shows in Ohio since June, and moved his shows to Austin during the winter, Sims said. Rapid testing for the audience and daily tests for Chappelle and his team were implemented.

Comedian Joe Rogan was scheduled to perform at the shows Friday and Saturday. He apologized on Instagram to followers for the cancelled shows, saying they'd be rescheduled. A post earlier this week showed Rogan at Stubb's with Chappelle and other stars including Donnell Rawlings, Ron White and Elon Musk.



Lil Wayne thanks Trump

Rapper Lil Wayne has expressed his gratitude to former U.S. President Donald Trump for issuing him a pardon in his federal weapons case.

The hitmaker, real name Dwayne Carter Jr., was among the 143 people granted clemency by Trump on Tuesday night (19Jan21), in his final hours in office, letting him off the hook for illegally carrying a loaded gun onboard a private jet, which was searched by federal agents in Miami, Florida in December, 2019.

He faced up to 10 years behind bars for the charge, having previously served time for a felony gun count in New York, but escaped punishment thanks to Trump's intervention.

Now Wayne, who endorsed Trump for a second term in office in the days leading up to the November election, is publicly thanking the Republican for believing in his ability to make a change to his lifestyle for the better.

"I want to thank President Trump for recognizing that I have so much more to give to my family, my art, and my community," he tweeted on Thursday, a day after the real estate mogul and reality star-turned-politician officially exited the White House.

Wayne went on to give a special shout out to his attorney, adding, "I also want to thank @bradfordcohen for working so diligently to secure another chance for me. Love!"

Cohen also managed to secure a commutation for fellow rapper Kodak Black, who had been imprisoned for 46 months for falsifying information on federal forms to buy firearms in 2019.

Kodak also tweeted his thanks to Trump - even though the ex-leader is unable to read the message after he was banned from the platform following the 6 January insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

"I Want To Thank The President @RealDonaldTrump For His Commitment To Justice Reform And Shortening My Sentence," he wrote.

"I Also Want To Thank Everyone For Their Support And Love. It Means More Than You Will Ever Know. I Want To Continue Giving Back, Learning And Growing."

However, Kodak's legal woes are far from over, as Trump's decision does not protect him from prosecution in a separate case in South Carolina, where he is facing trial over a sex assault case relating to an alleged incident in 2016.



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