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Lionel Richie's fans may need to wait a little bit longer to see their idol on his much-anticipated tour. The 67-year-old singer has postponed his "All the Hits Tour" with Mariah Carey, which is set to launch on March 15 in Baltimore, due to a recent knee surgery. 

 

According to TMZ, Lionel had a preexisting knee problem that caused him pain and underwent surgery last month. A source told the news outlet that there were complications and the injury did not heal correctly, so Lionel still needed time to recover. 

 

In a statement he shared on his Twitter account, Lionel said that he would be rescheduling the tour after having some issues with his knee. "When you have been performing as long as I have it takes a toll on your body. Unfortunately my recovery from a knee procedure will not have me 100% ready to start the tour next month," he said. 

 

He added that he didn't want to disappoint his fans and he's looking "forward to being back onstage so we can all be 'Dancing on the Ceiling' together again." Meanwhile, a rep for Richie told ET, "The tour will be postponed until the summer. New dates to be announced soon. All tickets for rescheduled dates will be honored." 

 

The Grammy-winning singer announced in December that Mariah would be his special guest on the 35-date trek, which includes some stops in Chicago, New York, Boston and Detroit. The announcement came after the two wrapped up their respective Las Vegas residencies. It would be the first time for the duo to hit the road together. 

 

 

 

Having ripped his opponent to shreds during the six-verses-a-man lyrical shoot-out in the final round of the National Extempo Monarch competition, calypsonian Gypsy (Winston Peters) on Thursday won his tenth national extempo title.

The National Extempo Monarch final was the main event of the Kaisorama show presented by the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organisation (TUCO) at the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA), Port of Spain. There was also competition in three other calypso categories—Humorous, Political Commentary and Social Commentary.

Gypsy was paired with Black Sage in the second round of the night’s competition, while Myron B faced off against Lady Africa. Gypsy and Black Sage were given the topic, “Don’t bite off more than you can chew” to battle on. Gypsy took off first, taking his extempo in the direction of oral sex.  The two went back and forth, each delivering well-placed lyrical blows and scoring enough points to end up facing off against each other again in the final showdown.

The amount of money U.S. users are spending on iPhone apps is steadily climbing, but one category in particular saw significant growth last year: Entertainment apps. The category – home to streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and HBO NOW – saw consumers’ average spending increase by 130 percent year-over-year, according to a new report from app intelligence firm Sensor Tower.

The findings point to people’s growing interest in cord cutting and streaming TV services – a trend which has already seen many of these apps scoring a spot as one of 2016’s biggest apps by revenue. HBO, for example, recently announced its app for cord cutters HBO NOW had grown to over 2 million subscribers – more than doubling its user base from the year prior. 

Netflix also saw its iOS customer base increase since it launched an in-app subscription offering back in Q4 2015. The app contributed approximately $7.9 million in gross revenue during its launch quarter, and that figure grew to more than $58 million by the last quarter of 2016, Sensor Tower estimates.

Subscription services impacted the growth in other iOS categories as well, the firm found. For example, the Photo & Video category benefitted from the growth of YouTube’s subscription service, YouTube Red. Photo & Video, which is YouTube’s primary category, saw its U.S. App Store revenue per active iPhone grow from $0.30 to $0.70 from 2015 to 2016.

Meanwhile, the Social Networking category increased from $1.80 to $2.00. Perhaps not coincidentally, this is also where you can find Tinder, the popular dating app which launched its subscription offering in early 2015. Tinder was also one of the top apps by revenue last year.

The Music category grew from $3.40 to $3.60, likely impacted by the gains made by its own top apps Spotify and Pandora, both of which offer a variety of subscription tiers to their customers.

However, the category that contributes the most to App Store’s bottom line continues to be games. In 2016, more than 80 percent of the U.S. App Store revenue was generated by the Games category, notes the report.

U.S. iPhone owners spent an average of $27 per device on games last year, up from $25 in 2015.

Though spending increased, the category saw per-device installs decline last year, going from 10.5 in 2015 to 9.9 in 2016. That seems to imply that users were spending more money in fewer games – possibly a side effect of the Pokémon Go phenomenon.

Social networking apps also saw fewer installs in 2016 (2.3 on average, down from 3.3), but the remaining categories didn’t see such significant declines.

The fact that installs by category dropped across the board, however, indicates that users are sticking with established apps, while newcomers are having a harder time finding success.

The legendary Reggae Band, Inner Circle, has join forces with Kabaka Pyramid, another member of the Reggae Revival movement, to give fans their latest single "We the People." The two were able to formulate a catchy, yet deep and thought provoking record that discusses issues that many people are currently facing. "Shedding light on the struggles of the world was our main focus on this song. The average man or woman doesn't really have a voice and we intend to speak for them," said Ian Lewis, co-founder of Inner Circle.

The single is now available for streaming on SoundCloud http://tinyurl.com/InnerCircleWeThePeople and available for download soon on iTunes ! The official music video will be released on early August and will be played on all popular music video channels.

Kabaka Pyramid and Inner Circle hosted a private DJ Meet & Greet in Miami at the world-renowned Circle Village. DJ's such as Bad Boy Rue from 99 Jamz, Tantoe Irie from Hot 105, Humble Lion from WAVS 1170, and Eddie Edwards (The CEO of the Grace Jamaican Jerk Fest) were among some of the who's, who of South Florida's caribbean radio circuit to join us for an evening dedicated to the DJ'S.

 

Judith “Judge Judy” Sheindlin is shopping around her reruns and they don’t come cheap.

The TV judge makes a cool $47 million annual salary from CBS for top-rated “Judge Judy,” and her most recent negotiation also included the rights to her library of reruns, spanning 21 seasons, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Sheindlin, 74, reportedly is shopping around the catalog in hopes of pocketing $200 million from the show.

Insiders told The Hollywood Reporter that Bear Sterns banker Lisbeth R. Barron has been pitching the idea to distributors and studios, using the hook that once the show’s first-run episodes end in 2020, there’s going to be a huge demand for anything “Judy.”

There already is a high demand for Sheindlin’s sharp wit and sass: The show averages 10 million viewers daily, even in its 21st season, and she has three bestselling books under her belt.

Still, some insiders are skeptical about the idea.

“The company didn’t necessarily think [the library] was that valuable,” a source told The Hollywood Reporter. “There had been some tire-kicking over the years with either cable or [subscription video on demand] people to see if anyone wanted her shows, and I don’t think the response was overwhelmingly big.”

Another insider said, “Is it sellable? Yes. Is it sellable for hundreds of millions of dollars? I don’t think so.”

Still the source added, “But I always go back to Ted Turner. Everybody said he’d lost his mind when he paid $1.5 billion or whatever he paid for the MGM library, and then he created two networks out of it and all of a sudden he was a genius.”

 

She's a front-runner to scoop an Oscar for her performance in Fences on Sunday. 

And Viola Davis made sure all eyes were on her at a pre-Academy Awards party on Wednesday. 

The 51-year-old looked like a contender for the best-supporting dress as she put on a daring display of cleavage at the 8th Annual Oscars Sistahs Soiree in Los Angeles. 

The Golden Globe winner chose a plunging black and cream gown, which was cut away at the side and drew attention to her fabulous figure. 

The youthful beauty didn't distract with accessories or jewellery, and let her dress be the showstopper. 

She wore her chestnut tresses in a chin-length bob with soft waves framing her pretty features. 

The star - who also won a SAG Award for Fences - kept her make-up fresh - letting her flawless complexion lead, with added lashes and a caramel gloss. 

Viola is a three-time Academy Award nominee - making her the most nominated black actress in history - and is nominated for her role opposite Denzel Washington in the August Wilson drama. 

She plays long-suffering wife Rose, in the story of Troy Maxson, a mid-century Pittsburgh sanitation worker who once dreamed of a baseball career. 

Fences has four nominations on Sunday, including Best Picture. 

Viola was joined in the pre-Oscars festivities by Oscar-winner and fellow nominee Octavia Spencer. 

The 46-year-old Hidden Figures star looked stylish in all-black at the event.  

Ruth Negga added a pop of vivid brights to her ensemble, by way of bubblegum pink heels. 

She wrapped a fur stole around her shoulders and channeled classic Hollywood glamour with a striking red lip.  

Tracee Ellis Ross, 44, and Rashida Jones, 40 also joined Alfre Woodard who was hosting the party. 

 

In honor of their upcoming 2018 remake of A Wrinkle in Time, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling and director Ava DuVernay boarded a plane and headed to New Zealand to get to work. 

However, from the look of these stunning social media shots, it seems work and play collided in the ultimate trip for these lucky ladies. 

"Never seen a sky like dis. New Zealo is off the chain," Kaling, who will portray Mrs. Who, captioned a shot of a vibrant blue sky and seafoam shoreline. The scenery was so beautiful, it could have passed for Photoshop. 

In another image, Kaling was photographed taking in the sights from the comfort of a private hot tub because, well,of course. 

"Is this real life?" one fan commented on a picture of DuVernay posing in front of the water. No, dear fan, it is not.

"Around every corner yet another breath taking view," Oprah echoed her co-stars with a shot of herself taking in the sweeping sights. "This is what I see on the the ride to work every morning. crystal blue Lake."

While we know the getaway was for "work," Witherspoon made an actual vacation of it by spending some time at the Aro Hā Wellness Retreat located in the nation's southern alps. There, the Oscar winner enjoyed horseback riding, yoga and—of course!—the spa. 

"What an incredible experience I had at @aroharetreats in South Island NZ!! The amazing yoga (thank you @damianchaparro), the delicious vegan meals, and the incredible spa treatments were unreal! So grateful for it all, including this lift @mollyrstern!"

 

David Bowie mega-fans have a big idea for memorializing the late star ― so big in fact, that the statue would be the height of a small building. 

In Bowie’s birthplace of Brixton, south London, a group of artists have banded together to propose a 3-story-tall lightning bolt to pay tribute to the singer.

It’s an homage to the lightning bolt the artist had painted on his face on the cover of his 1973 album “Aladdin Sane.” Bowie died at the age of 69 last year, following an 18-month battle with cancer.

The London-based design group This Ain’t Rock ’N’ Roll is leading the charge for the statue in coordination with Bowie’s teams in the United Kingdom’s capital and New York City.

The plans call for the memorial to be built five streets from Bowie’s birthplace on Stansfield Road, the BBC reported Tuesday.

“When David Bowie died, the world lost an irreplaceable talent. Brixton also lost a son. David Bowie, our Brixton boy,” says a press release for the project. “Now the Brixton community is building a permanent memorial in the place of his birth.”

Organizers are seeking to raise £990,000 (about $1.2 million) via a U.K.crowdfunding website for the project. The campaign goes through March 21. 

Bowie was also honored with a lightning bolt-shaped constellation last year. MIRA Public Observatory in Brussels, Belgium, teamed up with local radio station Studio Brussel to register the group of stars.

 

Last year was a good year for women in film, but there’s plenty of room for improvement.

Equality in Hollywood has been a hot topic for the past couple of years, and in 2016, it finally seemed like the issue was gaining real traction. There were plenty of films with women in lead roles ― “Arrival,” “Rogue One,” “Hidden Figures,” to name a few ― and it appears those characters are reflective of a positive shift in the industry.

A new study, completed by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University, found that the number of female protagonists featured in films in 2016 is up 7 percent from 2015. 

The study looked at over 2,500 characters from the top 100 domestic-grossing films (minus foreign films) from last year to determine that females made up 29 percent of protagonists in 2016 and played 37 percent of major characters (up 3 percent from 2015). Both sets of numbers represent a historical high. 

However, women comprised 32 percent of all speaking characters, down 1 percent from 2015, and audiences were still more likely to see male characters than female characters on screen. 

As Variety notes, after the commercial successes of films like “Bad Moms,” “Moana” and “The Girl on the Train,” studios are realizing that female characters are connecting with audiences.

“We have now seen over and over and over that female characters, when done well, they’re good box office,” Martha Lauzen, the center’s director and author of the study, told Variety. 

A study done by FiveThirtyEight in 2014 came to a similar conclusion, using the Bechdel test as a guide. (The test rates a film’s gender bias based on three criteria: Does the movie have more than one named female character? Do they speak to one another? And do they discuss something other than men?) The study found films that passed the Bechdel test actually made more money at the box office than those that didn’t. So, it’s actually beneficial for studios to feature women in roles beyond the love interest. 

In terms of racial diversity, the findings in CSWTF’s study were mixed. The percentage of Asian females in the top films rose from three to six, while the percentage of Latinas declined from four to three. The percentage of black female characters, however, saw a slight increase, going from 13 to 14 percent. 

The study comes as we continue the discussion surrounding equal representation in Hollywood. Many women in the industry, including Jennifer Lawrence, Hilary Swank, Patricia Arquette and Viola Davis, have been vocal about the sexism that exists, especially when it comes to wages and diversity. In the world of TV, Ryan Murphy, has made it his mission to include more women, people of color and members of the LGBTQ community in the production of his shows. 

Hollywood definitely seems to be moving in the right direction, but of course, there’s plenty of room for improvement. 

Julie Andrews nearly met a grim ending while making the beloved fantasy musical.

During an interview on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" televised Monday night, the 81-year-old actress revealed she was almost killed while filming the iconic scenes for Disney’s 1964 hit “Mary Poppins.” She told the 52-year-old host how the stunts for the family film were risky to create.

“These were all practical effects, you were on wires and stuff?” asked Colbert.

“Yes,” said Andrews. “There was a very dangerous day right at the end of filming when I was in this excruciatingly painful harness. And I was hanging around up there for the longest time with the umbrella. I thought I felt the wire leave and drop about six inches. I was nervous and very tired.”

“So, I called down and I said, ‘Excuse me, when you do let me down, could you let me down really gently, because I felt myself slip and I just don’t feel too safe up here.’”

However, Andrews’ fears came to life as she was being lowered to safety.

“I plummeted to the stage,” explained Andrews. “I did. And there was an awful silence for a minute and I did let fly with a few Anglo-Saxon four-letter words, I have to admit.”

Andrews also joked that the stunts happened at the end of filming because if anything went wrong she was easily dispensable with the film completed.

The scare may have been worth it for the veteran star, who won an Oscar for the movie. “Mary Poppins” is being set for a reboot with Emily Blunt taking on the leading role, but Andrews won’t be involved with that filming.

Andrews will star in a new Netflix series, “Julie’s Greenroom,” which premieres March 17.

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