Love Islandhost Caroline Flack died over the weekend by suicide.. She was 40 years old. Her family confirmed to the BBC that she was found dead in her London flat, and a lawyer for the family said she took her own life. “We can confirm that our Caroline passed away today, the 15th of February,” the family said in a statement. “We would ask that the press respect the privacy of the family at this difficult time and we would ask they make no attempt to contact us and/or photograph us.”
Flack was best known for hosting the popular UK dating show Love Island. However, she recently had to step down from her hosting duties after she was charged with assaulting her partner in December and was due to stand trial next month.
Flack got her start as a TV personality by co-hosting the Saturday morning show TMi with Sam and Mark on CBBC in 2007. In addition to Love Island, Flack is also known for co-hosting The X factor and won Strictly Come Dancing in 2014.
Despite mixed review, the Sonic the Hedgehog movie had a strong opening weekend at the box office. The Paramount Pictures film grossed an impressive $21 million on Friday, and it is on track to gross over $60 million across Presidents Day Weekend.
If the film manages to keep up the pace, it will dethrone Detective Pikachu for the biggest domestic opening ever for a video game film. Pikachu took in $54.3 million. Audiences gave Sonic and A CinemaScore and Pikachu an A-. While Sonic was expected to make bank for the studio, it’s already performing above expectations.
Sonic will also likely steal the domestic box office top spot from Birds of Prey, which opened to an underwhelming $33 million last week. The Harley Quinn-fronted film is expected to slip down to No. 2 over President Day with $20 million.
Metallica have announced the postponement of their 2nd All Within My Hands Helping Hands Concert until September 12th which will remain at the Masonic in San Francisco.
The show was originally planned for March 28th, as the group’s first live performance of the year. The band had the following to say in the announcement, “A few of you may recall that in September as we were riding high on all the positive vibes that came out of the two S&M shows, we were excited to announce that we had set aside March 28th to celebrate AWMH with all of you again. However, we may have been a little too ambitious with that date in terms of getting our sh*t together and giving you an experience that matches or surpasses the first event held in November of 2018. We apologize for inconvenience that this change may cause and thank you for all the support and love that you’ve given All Within My Hands.”
Metallica established All Within My Hands in February 2017 “to assist and enrich the lives of members of the communities who have supported the band for years,” according to the foundation’s website.
Tickets for Rage Against the Machine‘s reunion tour are on sale, and the band is doing their best to combat ticket scalpers and inflated prices. According to Rage’s Tom Morello, the band has kept 85% of tickets off the resale market with over $3 million raised for charity.
Prior to tickets going on sale, Rage implemented a model that allowed them to hold back 10 percent of the tickets available at each show. They then sold these tickets as “charity tickets,” which were above standard ticket prices, but all of the money from these sales will benefit a local charity. This was done is response to resale tickets appearing on websites before any ticket was even sold in the first place.
In recent years, it has become increasingly difficult for fans to obtain tickets to high-demand concerts as scalpers when scalpers purchase most of them and sell them later at prices far beyond face value.
Rage Against the Machine’s North American tour kicks off on March 26. See all the full list of tour dates at the link: here.
Luke Combs performed a new song while currently out on tour, the very personal tune he titled “Without You.” The lyrics discuss the sacrifices his loved ones have made to support him throughout his life. He makes references to his parents’ hard work and his fiancee’s selflessness in watching him pursue his dreams.
Combs just released his sophomore album, What You See Is What You Get, in November of 2019. It debuted at No. 1 on Billboard‘s all-genre Billboard 200 chart. Luke launched the What You See Is What You Get tour on Feb. 7, with Ashley McBryde and Drew Parker as his opening acts.
Hardy’s single“One Beer” focuses on a young couple who gets pregnant, has a child, makes it work, and tells the story of what “one beer can do.” Now the music video for “One Beer” has dropped and follows the story of the pregnancy, but takes an emotional twist when it shows that baby growing up to become a firefighter. The video features Hardy alongside longtime friends and fellow country stars Lauren Alaina and Devin Dawson, whose vocals are featured on the song.
The song appears on Hardy’s Hixtape Vol. 1 collaborations album, which was released last September. Hardy will be hitting the road alongside Cole Swindell on his Down to Earth Tour beginning March 5.
Anthony Mackie is back in the first full-length Altered Carbon season 2 trailer.
In season 2, Takeshi Kovacs, first portrayed by actor Will Yun Lee before transferring to actor Joel-Kinnaman, finds himself in a newer body 30 years after the events of the season 1 finale. Takeshi returns to his home world, still on his search to find his lost love, Quellcrist Falconer (Renée Elise Goldsberry). He ends up finding her, but there are some complications. He’s tasked with investigating a series of murders that ends up overlapping with his own mission. Soon, the whole planet will be hunting him, it seems.
Based on Richard K. Morgan’s book, Altered Carbon season 2 sets Luke Cage‘s Simone Missick as Trepp, Power star Lela Loren as Danica Harlan, and Chris Connor as Takeshi’s A.I. partner Poe. Dina Shihabi (Jack Ryan), Torben Liebrecht (Homeland), and James Saito (The Terror) also feature.
The new season drops on Netflix this Feb. 27. Check out the Season 2 trailer at the link here.
The Netflix documentary series Who Killed Malcolm X? has raised enough questions that the case will be reinvestigated. The Manhattan district attorney’s office have said it would review the case after new information came to light. It’s also working with the Innocence Project, a non-profit that works to exonerate the wrongly convicted.
The district attorney’s comments came days after the release of the Netflix docuseries. The series features historian Abdur-Rahman Muhammad, who is looking for answers to the questions around Malcolm X’s assassination more than five decades later, including whether the real perpetrators were caught.
Shortly after civil rights activist Malcolm X took the stage at the Audubon Ballroom in New York on February 21, 1965, shots were fired and the icon was pronounced dead. Three men were convicted in 1966. Mujahid Abdul Halim (known as Talmadge Hayer and Thomas Hagan), Muhammad Abdul Aziz (known as Norman 3X Butler) and Khalil Islam (known as Thomas 15X Johnson) were sentenced to life in prison.
Drummer Joey Kramer rejoined Aerosmith and appeared with the band at the latest installment of their Las Vegas residency.
It appeared to mark the end of a disagreement that had led to a lawsuit between the drummer and his bandmates, after they reportedly refused to let him perform with them, alleging he wasn’t up to the job. The show at the MGM Park Theater began as usual with a short film that sums up the band’s career. The members then assembled at the back of the stage before the curtain rose, and then Kramer was the first to take his position. Singer Steven Tyler announced, “On the drums, Mr. Joey Kramer” to cheers from the audience.
Aerosmith’s Las Vegas residency runs until June 4, after which they have a number of live appearances scheduled until Sept. 18.