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Sarah Michelle Gellar Says She Reciprocates Billie Eilish’s Crush on Her

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In an Instagram story, Billie Eilish said that her childhood celebrity crush was Sarah Michelle Gellar for her iconic portrayal in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. This news has fans thrilled, and they can’t wait until more info about this new pairing becomes available. 

The 20-year-old iconic singer was born when Buffy died for 147 days and was resurrected. By this time, Gellar has already been featured on three covers of Entertainment Weekly, proving that age is just a number. 

When Gellar found out about Eilish’s adoration for her, she shared the singer’s story in an Instagram post.

“I’m dead. That’s all,” Gellar, 45, said. “I’m not a child anymore, but I totally have a crush on @billieeilish. Ok … now that’s really all.” 

Many celebrities shared their thoughts on Gellar’s post, agreeing with Eilish’s sentiments. Jordan Fisher, widely known for his role as John Ambrose in To All the Boys, confessed, “Ohhhhh, I never told you you were one of mine.” 

The post gathered more interactions as Eilish saw that the actress recognized and felt exactly how she was feeling; she then posted in her Instagram story, “Um oh my god.”

SMG also celebrated this month as she held her birthday with a small Cruel Intentions co-stars reunion with Selma Blair and Ryan Phillippe before a cheeky painting showing Phillippe’s famous butt scene from the teen romantic drama.

Will Smith’s Friends and Family Remain Strong in Their Support for the Actor After Jada Pinkett’s Controversial Statements

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Will Smith made headlines at the Academy Awards after slapping Chris Rock for poking fun at his wife’s alopecia. Unfortunately, the Best Actor Oscar winner is still receiving a lot of backlash for his actions. 

Understandably, Smith must support and protect his wife, Jada Pinkett. However, after a few days, the actress created controversy after releasing statements that seemed to indicate that she left her partner alone. 

Even so, Will still receives support from his family and his close friends, including renowned celebrities in show business—actors with whom Smith has worked before and has formed intimate bonds of friendship that have lasted over time. 

Denzel Washington, Tyler Perry, Jordyn Woods, DJ Jazzy Jeff, and Martin Lawrence are among those personalities. 

Washington and Tyler comforted the actor following the incident with Rock on March 27. 

Smith mentioned the 67-year-old during his acceptance speech, acknowledging that “Denzel said to me a few minutes ago, he said, ‘At your highest moment, be careful. That’s when the devil comes for you.’ It’s like, I want to be a vessel for love.” 

After a few days, Washington publicly declared his support for Will once again. 

Meanwhile, DJ Jazzy has been friends with Smith since the two formed a rap duo, DJ Jazzy and the Fresh Prince. 

“Me and DJ Jazzy Jeff got started in Philly over 30 years ago,” Smith said in 2019. “There has never been a time in my life when I didn’t look to the side and have a great friend, and it is important who your friends are. And DJ Jazzy Jeff, for more than half of my life, has been one of the best friends I’ve ever had in this world.” 

According to both Smith and Lawrence, they have been friends since the first part of the Bad Boys saga production together. “I love this guy. I don’t get to see him much because he’s working all the time, but I love him. We’re the best of friends,” said Lawrence on Sway’s Universe.

Oscar Isaac and Zoë Kravitz Will Host SNL This March

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Two high-profile celebrities will appear on “Saturday Night Live” on NBC this coming month. The network has announced Thursday that Oscar Isaac and Zoë Kravitz will be hosting consecutive episodes. 

Isaac and Kravitz, first-time hosts, will anchor after John Mulaney. He will mark his start at the highly esteemed SNL Five-Timers Club when he hosts on February 26 at the first post-winter Olympics episode with LCD Soundsystem. 

Isaac has been on the show before. The actor, who is known for his roles in films like “Dune” and “Ex Machina,” showed up dressed with a pirate hat wearing a hook on his hand during the Halloween episode of “What Up With That” with Jason Sudeiki as host at the time. 

Now, he’ll not come as a guest but officially as a host, taking over on March 5, with Charli XCX as his musical guest. Last December, Charli XCX was supposed to join the episode hosted by Paul Rudd; her appearance, however, was set aside due to COVID restrictions. 

Kravitz will follow Isaac hosting on March 12. And Rosalía will appear as her musical guest. “The Batman” lead actress has made an appearance on SNL before. She appeared in the Donald Glover episode and performed in 2018. She promoted her song “Saturday,” carrying a red Solo cup in her hand. 

SNL is broadcasted on NBC on Saturdays at 11:30 p.m. ET/8:30 p.m. PT.

Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine Partner with Adidas and PENSOLE to Establish a New High School

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Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine are looking into aiding LA high schoolers in creating their blueprint to success through a new collaboration with Adidas and PENSOLE, as well as a broadened multi-faceted disciplinary curriculum for LA high schools. 

The “Wood U” workshops, held by Adidas, PENSOLE in partnership with Iovine and Young Academy at USC, helped Inglewood students create sneakers inspired by ambition, power and love. The Iovine and Young Academy was founded in 2013 at the University of Southern California by the Beats co-founders dedicated to college students looking for integrated design, business, and technology degrees. 

Dr. Edwards fostered the students from various “Wood U” design brackets to see for themselves what their shoes looked like – including black Superstar sneakers with green and red tongues developed by this year’s power cohort. It was displayed in LA Adidas stores on February 7th. 

One student from the crowd said, “I felt very proud when I first saw the shoes.” While one stated, “When I first saw the shoes, I was impressed because I didn’t expect them to turn out as good as they were.” 

“We’d put a core value up on the board, and a kid would associate a color with it. And the way he described it, you could kind of see it,” Grammy-nominated rapper and Inglewood local D Smoke told a media outlet recounting his observation with a student associating color with each attribute. 

He continued, “So, if it’s like, let’s say, strength, he would be like, ‘I believe strength is purple.’ And if we’re talking about designing shoes or designing anything, how to utilize colors to make people feel a certain way – he’s so far ahead. I’m 36 years old, and I’m blown away by this kid.”

In the “Wood U” campaign video, the rapper, who teaches at Inglewood High School, his alma mater, named his first EP after it, says, “Imagine if creativity was actually taught. Because up until now, it hasn’t. The old-school mentality doesn’t fit today’s curriculum. Kids can’t explore creative careers today because the system needs to be reimagined.” 

This September, Dre and Iovine will open Regional High School No. 1 with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). 

The new school is expected to be similar to Audubon Middle School. It will offer 120 spots for 9th and 10th graders in the 2022-2023 academic year. Regional High School No. 1 will follow under the Iovine and Young Academy’s rare, innovative approach to design education – via hands-on, real-world training, in addition, offering a cutting-edge college-prep curriculum.

Tom Holland Continues to Dominate Box Office with Uncharted

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Video game adaptation Uncharted made $44 million at the domestic box office this weekend. With a projected total of $51 million this Presidents’ Day long weekend, Tom Holland continues to dominate the box office. 

This latest adventure film tells the story of Nathan Drake (Holland), who teams up with Victor “Sully” Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg) to find the lost treasure of Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan. Other cast members include Antonio Banderas, Sophia Ali, and Tati Gabrielle.

Initially set to direct Uncharted, producer and director Shawn Levy (Stranger Things) stepped away from the video game-inspired movie to do Free Guy instead, another movie in the same genre. In a 2019 interview on the set of Free Guy, he told EW that his goal was not just to appeal towards gamers but rather to show how anyone can enjoy this genre.

“I think you’re often obsessed with servicing the fans of that video game, understandably. We want a movie that will appeal to gamers, but we will have failed if we only appeal to gamers. We really want a broadly accessible movie,” Levy told EW.

Director Ruben Fleischer, who Sony reached out to for the movie, said he was “completely blown away” by the script.

Fleisher told EW, “I don’t think I’m speaking out of turn when I say that it was a fast-moving train I was hopping aboard, but I was so stoked.” Holland added, “It was stressful. We were all guns blazing.”

Uncharted laid the “video game movie curse” to rest. The film was followed by Channing Tatum’s directorial debut in family comedy Dog, with an estimated $15 million following its release on February 18th. It focused on one Army ranger (Tatum) and his furry friend as they hurry down along the Pacific Coast towards a soldier’s funeral. It is projected to hit $18 million this long weekend.

Spider-Man: No Way Home, in which Holland plays Peter Parker, remains steady at third place and brought in an additional $7.2 million by Sunday. Kenneth Branagh’s murder mystery Death on the Nile and Jeff Tremaine’s Jackass Forever came fourth and fifth, garnering an additional $6.2 million and $5.2 million, respectively.

Bill Hader Has No Idea Whether Barry has Psychological Conditions

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Barry Berkman, a hitman-turned-actor, may or may not be a psychopath; either way, actor Bill Hader does not have a clue. 

In the show Barry, Hader is a hitman from Cleveland who goes to Los Angeles. He ends up in an acting class with Gene Cousineau (played by Henry Winkler) as the teacher and realizes he likes it. The show is directed by Hader and written by Alec Berg. 

However, he is still on the move on killing people because of numerous conditions. 

“The acting’s kind of the last thing I think about,” said Hader in an interview with CNN, further stating that he only attempts to execute what’s in the script. “The one nice thing about wearing all these other hats or whatever while you’re doing the show is once it gets to the acting, it’s a thing I don’t really think about too much. It’s kind of best not to think about it or dissect it. I just do it and see what works and what doesn’t work.” 

So then, does he think that Barry has a particular condition? Or maybe even more of an illness called “psychopathy.”

“Oh my gosh. I don’t know. I really don’t know,” he answered. “That would be interesting to see what someone would think about him. You know, I should ask a therapist.” 

Some part of Barry wants to end his career as a hitman. 

“I think in Season 1, he was telling himself that he had been manipulated to do this for a living. And then by Season 2, it’s kind of like maybe this is a part of me, can I change my nature? And now it’s the consequences of it. I think he’s never understood the consequences of himself being violent physically.” 

Hader has been a part of some memorable TV shows, including Weekend Update and Superband. But making Barry was by far his most successful experience on set.

“The DNA of the show is hard. I think honestly, the idea of doing live television in front of the nation was hard for me,” he comments. “And you go, if I ever have my own thing, I will do it this way, or I clearly wouldn’t do that.” Barry will come back on HBO on April 24 and can also be streamed on HBO Max.

Harrison Chimzim Anokwuru – A Revolutionary Singer Who Changed the Music World

About Harrison chimzim anokwuru

Harrison chimzim anokwuru is a Nigeria based singer, who felt the need that Nigerian music should touch the reality of its people, should resonate with the socio-political and economic realities. He also propagated that music should be used as a medium to convey messages to the masses.

About his childhood

The Afrobeat exponent known as Chyzzi is an award-winning Nigerian Afro-fusion singer and songwriter. He was born on 25th July 1994 in Elekahia. His family had five members during his birth. 

Chyzzi began his primary education at PHC. He shifted to Bayelsa for lower six education but had to move to Ghana for acclimatization problems. There he completed his secondary school education at Seven Great Princess Academy. He proceeded to Wisconsin University and later to Northern Cyprus where he studied Computer Information. 

His view on the Nigerian music

The Adroit Nigerian Afrobeat singer when asked about Nigerian music said, the music industry in Nigeria has begun experimenting and creating songs that have a specific concept. The music is not empty, it carries powerful messages. The number of music lovers who look out for meaningful music has increased considerably which led to the expansion of the music market. According to him, conscious music will reign in Nigeria predominantly.

According to the Afrobeat singer, Nigeria was once dominated by stereotyped music where there was no reason why the song was created and sung. There was no depth in the songs and no clarification could be given why the songs were written and produced. The only reason that could be cited behind such songs was that they could be played at a party, and people can dance to them and enjoy them. It was only preferred by the DJs to play at parties or pubs.

But he strongly believes that the era of empty, baseless music has evaded and been replaced by meaningful songs with definite meaning and messages. Chyzzi says that artists like 2Baba, Wizkid, Burna Boy and many others have propagated conscious music. They have been the forerunner of music that talks about society, instills values and entertainingly teaches morality.

What Chyzzi thinks of himself

When asked to describe himself, he portrayed himself as a conscious artist, whose background, education, environmental and societal awareness along with his experiences have shaped the person who he is and has great influence over his music.

His lyrics are influenced by his everyday experiences which helped him to spread a message to the young generation. He says that he takes inspiration from every environment and situation that he goes through. He implements his everyday experiences in his lyrics which in turn helps him to convey a message in his tunes. He aims to create soulful, sweet music that will inspire the youths. He intends to spread love and consciousness through his music and wishes to empower the listener with motivational verses.

His accomplishments

Chyzzi is a self-made artist who learned by himself how to use various recording software and ended up creating a home studio where he can practice music and ameliorate his art. His first single release named ‘ Paranoid’ created an overwhelming response globally. His current EP is topping the charts and is maintaining the prime position.

According to the award-winning, globally acclaimed artiste, he is destined for stardom and he further stated that his recent performance at an event with Wande Coal received a huge response and massive turnout.

His work, ‘Hymn of a Negro’ has reached over sixty million streams across all platforms. Chyzzi eventually teased the release for his second EP titled “SEXTAPE” which narrates a mushy love story and which is also overwhelmingly accepted by the audience.


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Miami’s Own DICI Drops New Track

Meet the talented, emerging artist DICI, who is making his mark on the musical landscape in 2022. Already surpassing 2.9 million views on YouTube, this young, South Florida recent high school graduate has his audience captivated with his talent. DICI’s latest hit, “Do What I Can” debuted on all streaming platforms on March 25th, 2022. 

DICI shared with us, “This record is just a chill, relaxing song. It’s about doing what you can, it may not always work out, but you’ve just gotta keep going.” The melodic keys in the background provide an R&B-esque vibe, paired with the gripping vocals, creating a song that is sure to be a summertime hit. 

DICI had spent several months in Japan in 2021 which heavily influenced his style and songwriting skills. “My experience in Japan was game changing. If I had an opportunity to tour with artists over there, millet, Vaundy, LEX and Leon Fanourakis would be on the top of my list. If I was a US tour, Action Bronson, Denzel Curry, Billie Eilish, Fivio Foreigh, Trippie Redd and Russ are my top picks.” 

The rising star graced the pages of The Source Magazine last month with the debut of his last single, “Will You Stay.” His debut EP which dropped in January 2021 was composed of his first five songs. “I put an incredible amount of effort into those records, to make them sound as professional as possible,” he shared. Since that release, he has put out a total of 12 videos and 16 songs over the last 14 months. DICI was originally set to release his second EP, however chose to release singles on a designated timeline instead.

For DICI, the second EP just didn’t make sense. “I would have needed a minimum of 3-4 months to come up with another, third project. That would mean no new music being released for months at a time. No new content equates to no new press. Since I’m coming up, I don’t have the luxury of sitting out for months at a time. As an alternative, by constantly releasing new tracks, I’m allowing myself and my music to continuously be seen and heard, growing my fan base.”

This is a method many indie artists fail to understand when launching their careers in an ever changing environment. With the digital landscape constantly evolving, especially in the last 2 years during the pandemic, young artists need to be more strategic than ever before in order to make a significant presence online. DICI states, “I feel it doesn’t make sense to put out large projects when you are starting out in the industry. Sure, some people might see or hear your work, but if you are only releasing one project a year, by the time they see your next work, your fans could possibly have already forgotten you. This way, if your audience hears you on a monthly basis, you stay fresh in their heads.” 

“305-INTERLUDE,” which is the first song DICI ever wrote, is coincidentally his largest hit to date. He had made the beat on Logic Pro X while sitting on a balcony in the early hours of the morning. DICI had grabbed a HyperX gaming headset and decided to use that to record some vocals to the beat. Now, just a little over a year later, he can write the lyrics to a song without hearing the beat first. He continues to create his records with minimal gear. DICI’s equipment includes a MacBook Pro, UAD Apollo Twin X, KOMPLETE KONTROL S49 and Yamaha HS7s, while recording with a Millennia preamp and TLM-103. The headphones he uses are AKG K701s, Audio Technica M50x, and VMODAS. 

After recording each of his hit songs, DICI transitions his creative mindset to the next step in his process where he develops the magnetic visuals for his music. Having teamed up with AP, Emmy winning Director and Cinematographer, Brian Bayerl through a mutual friend in South Florida. “Brian was the right guy for me to collaborate with for my music videos because of his extensive skill set and background.” DICI believes his fans’ first impression of his imagery is most vital at this stage in his career and his videos are able to provide that congenial first impression last.

The magic created by DICI and Bayerl is working like a charm though, as their videos have garnished hundreds of thousands of views each and close to 3 million views in total. “ From the first few lines of DIC’s first EP , I knew I wanted to collaborate with him. Since then I have really enjoyed watching from through the lens as he bursts onto the urban pop scene. I feel very fortunate to be able to visually capture his talent and artistry and share it with the world.” Bayerl said. DICI, with his strategic, entrepreneurial mindset leans towards video releases coinciding with the audio streaming release in hopes that the video viewing will lead to a streaming play. In alignment with his enterprising spirit, DICI formed Dici Records, LLC. He shared, “Image is everything in this industry, and by having a record label, you automatically look more professional. Another reason is debt. Having an LLC allows me to deduct certain costs, which will help me recoup expenses when I blow up.”

So far, his favorite part of his journey has been watching his own improvement and results of his labor. DICI is kicking 2022 off right by doing live shows and collaborating with people that continue to inspire him to grow with his music. 

Jake Gyllenhaal Claims “All Too Well” Is About Taylor Swift’s Relationship with Her Fans and Not About Him

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Swifties all over the world have been waiting for this moment, and it has finally arrived.

Jake Gyllenhaal has no hard feelings when it comes to Taylor Swift releasing the ten-minute version of “All Too Well” last fall, he said in an interview. 

The original song was released in October of 2012. The lyrics are said to be about Swift and Gyllenhaal’s short-lived romance, which only lasted for three months or so. 

The extended version release sparked another round of speculation from fans about the role he might have in Swift’s then heartbreak. And as expected, fans threw unkind criticisms worldwide. 

When asked about “All Too Well,” Gyllenhaal replied by saying, “It has nothing to do with me.” He added, “It’s about her relationship with her fans. It is her expression. Artists tap into personal experiences for inspiration, and I don’t begrudge anyone that.” 

Gyllenhaal turned off comments on Instagram during the extended version’s debut, so many people speculated that he was personally affected by the online criticism.

“At some point, I think it’s important when supporters get unruly that we feel a responsibility to have them be civil and not allow for cyberbullying in one’s name,” said Gyllenhaal. 

“That begs for a deeper philosophical question. Not about any individual, per se, but a conversation that allows us to examine how we can—or should, even—take responsibility for what we put into the world, our contributions into the world. How do we provoke a conversation? We see that in politics. There’s anger and divisiveness, and it’s literally life-threatening in the extreme,” he continued. 

“My question is: Is this our future,” Gyllenhaal further stated. “Is anger and divisiveness our future? Or can we be empowered and empower others while simultaneously putting empathy and civility into the dominant conversation? That’s the discussion we should be having.” 

Gyllenhaal said that he didn’t get to listen to Red (Taylor’s Version) when asked if he had.

Brad Pitt Takes Legal Actions Against Angelina Jolie for Selling her Ownership Stake in a Vineyard They Purchased Together

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Actor Brad Pitt has filed a lawsuit against his former wife Angelina Jolie for selling her ownership stake in the French vineyard that they acquired together in 2008 and got married in during 2014.

According to the court documents, the vineyard Chateau Miraval SA “has grown into a multimillion-dollar international success story” through Pitt’s management. 

The lawsuit, filed Thursday in Los Angeles, claims that despite the former couple buying it together, Pitt put much more effort and investment into converting Chateau Miraval SA from a year-by-year losing business to “one of Hollywood’s most highly regarded producers of rosé wines.” In addition, he turned an area at his property into a private residence. 

Pitt’s side alleged that he put a good amount of effort into the business due to an initial agreement between them that stipulated that he and Jolie would never trade each other’s shares without permission.

After their 2016 divorce, Pitt and Jolie discussed the possibility of purchasing her ownership share; whether he does so with entire or part-ownership has yet to be seen. 

According to the complaint, however, Jolie informed Pitt in January of last year through writing that she had made a “painful decision, with a heavy heart”: She could not keep any ownership in the business anymore, although they had looked forward to “grow old together” in the vineyard to begin with. 

According to the court documents, Jolie’s lawyers have informed Pitt that they will no longer continue discussions about the matter and “accused Pitt of having no intent of finalizing an agreement.”

The first time Pitt and his representatives heard of the news of the sale, stated in the lawsuit, was when Tenute del Mondo published a press release on his acquisition of the share of the vineyard, and it was a massive blow for Pitt. 

Jolie is being charged for breach of contract by Pitt’s lawyers, demanding a jury trial.