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  1. Mariah Carey called out by The House costar for set behavior: 'It did not go well' CHRISTOPHER ROSEN•@CHRISJROSEN POSTED ON MAY 24, 2017 AT 8:38PM EDT Today in unlikely celebrity feuds, it’s Rob Huebel vs. … Mariah Carey? Huebel, who has appeared in numerous film and television comedies over the last decade (including this weekend’s Baywatch), slammed Carey during an appearance on SiriusXM’s Entertainment Weekly Radio (ch. 105) for her behavior on the set of the Will Ferrell-Amy Poehler comedy The House. “We did some reshoots with a pop star named Mariah Carey. It did not go well,” Huebel said before asking if he was allowed to swear on the broadcast. After being told he was, Huebel continued, “F—ing, what is going on with her? It was bananas.” According to Huebel, Carey showed up “four hours late” to the set and then made what he called “amazing requests,” including that the pop legend needed “all white roses” in her trailer along with stuffed animals (lambs, he said, on account of Carey’s fans being called “lambs”). In The House, Ferrell and Poehler play parents who turn into low-level casino magnates in an effort to pay their daughter’s college tuition. Carey, per Huebel, was cast to play herself in a cameo. “She was hired to sing one song, and she was like, ‘You guys, I don’t want to sing that song.’ They’re like, ‘We hired you to sing this song,'” Huebel said of the film, which is produced by Ferrell and Adam McKay, among others. “So then they were going to do this bit where they shoot her, I think, and they kill her — in the movie. Not in real life. But she didn’t want that. She was like, ‘I don’t think my character would get killed by bullets. What if I deflected them like Wonder Woman?’ They were like, ‘Mariah, we don’t have time for [this]. You’re getting paid so much money. We have you for one day. We don’t have time to argue with you. Just do it.’ She just didn’t want to do what they wanted her to do. Anyway, why am I talking trash about her?” Pressed if Carey remains in the film, Huebel said he wasn’t sure. “Just know, if you see her, they had to work for it,” he said. Representatives for Carey had no comment. Warner Bros., which is releasing The House, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. http://ew.com/movies/2017/05/24/mariah-carey-rob-huebel-the-house/amp/
  2. MSNBC is reporting 20 dead.
  3. Live Nation Sued Over Postponed Janet Jackson Tour: Report Jackson delayed her Unbreakable world tour in 2016 to start a family BY: MATTHEW STRAUSS In 2016, Janet Jackson postponed the remaining dates on her Unbreakable world tour to start a family. (She gave birth to her son Eissa in January 2017.) As of April 2016, Live Nation said that the tour would be rescheduled for 2017, but new shows have not yet been announced. Now, a fan has filed a class action lawsuit against the entertainment company, according to TMZ. The fan, Tiana Adams, reportedly claims that Live Nation is avoiding issuing refunds by saying the Unbreakable tour is “rescheduled” and not “cancelled.” Pitchfork has reached out to representatives for Live Nation and Janet Jackson for comment. Janet Jackson began her Unbreakable world tour in summer 2015. In December of that year, she was first forced to postpone the tour to undergo surgery. She rescheduled shows in the United Kingdom and Europe, but was then forced to cancel again. Shortly after, she postponed the North American tour leg, which has not yet been rescheduled. http://pitchfork.com/news/52841-live-nation-sued-over-postponed-janet-jackson-tour/
  4. Lady Gaga's Coachella performance was an absolute thrill — until it wasn't Lady Gaga performs Saturday night at Coachella. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times) Mikael WoodContact ReporterPop Music Critic Lady Gaga, to quote one of her many hits, was on the edge of glory. Headlining Coachella on Saturday night in front of the weekend’s biggest crowd so far, the pop superstar gave as thrilling and complex a performance as any I’ve ever seen at the annual desert festival. It was wild but controlled, funny but scary, deeply tender yet filled with aggression. Or at least that’s how it felt for about 45 minutes. That’s when Lady Gaga, so close to greatness that even we in the audience could taste it, sadly stalled out, her momentum undone by poor song choices and a coarse promotional plug that made the whole show feel like a mere inducement to buy something. But, oh, those first 45 minutes! Taking the stage in a floor-length leather coat out of “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” Lady Gaga opened with a song whose title in German loosely translates as “Crap,” a relatively deep cut from her 2011 album “Born This Way.” It was a crazy selection, one nobody could have predicted, but the song’s pounding stadium-rave beat set the tone for the high-energy throwdown to come. She remade “Just Dance” as a slamming hard-rock tune. She dropped a bit of Dr. Dre’s “Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang” into “LoveGame.” She dedicated “John Wayne” to all the “dangerous men” who come to music festivals, then growled through the song in a manner that made it clear they were the ones with something to fear. Before the title track from “Born This Way,” the empowerment anthem that’s made her a hero to many LGBTQ fans, Lady Gaga said she’ll never forget when she put the song out because it “caused so much trouble.” “And I love causing trouble,” she said, adding an unprintable word for emphasis. Throughout these songs — and several more that were just as intense, including “Venus” and “A-Yo” — Lady Gaga moved and sang with what looked and sounded like real abandon. For “Sexxx Dreams” she was surrounded by a crew of male dancers wearing small pieces of denim, and for once at a pop concert the choreographed display actually put across a realistic sensation of desire. Yet Lady Gaga wasn’t lost in the moment. In the frequent close-ups that flashed on Coachella’s giant video screens, you could see how hard she was concentrating on the job at hand, which went deeper than simply entertaining a massive festival crowd. She had to make us look past the fact that she was filling in for a pregnant Beyoncé, who’d been booked for Coachella but pulled out in February on the advice of her doctor. At her best, Lady Gaga succeeded in that mission — and not because we forgot about Beyoncé. Indeed, she reminded everyone on the polo field who was originally supposed to be there when she did the two singers’ duet, “Telephone.” Instead, she was providing her own unique energy, an intensely focused beam of the cartoon-rebel charisma lacking from last year’s so-so “Joanne” album and her disappointing performance at the Super Bowl halftime show. If the curtain had come down at that point, I’d be happily telling you that Lady! Gaga! Is! Back! But that’s not what happened. Oh, a curtain came down, all right — a digital approximation of one, anyway, that served as the video backdrop for a supper-clubby rendition of one of her least convincing songs, “Alejandro.” Then she did the even snoozier “Teeth,” of all things, a deeper cut than that German-titled song that didn’t have the advantage of a melody. As she often does, Lady Gaga took to a keyboard for several numbers, which in theory was fine: Anyone would need a breather after what she’d just pulled off, and few have the natural pipes she does. But doing “The Edge of Glory,” perhaps the most fist-pumpingly triumphant song in her catalog, as a dreary piano ballad? The idea was bananas, especially given that she then performed her country-ish “Million Reasons” — a tune that actually justifies a restrained presentation — in its corny EDM-remix form. This was also the part of the show when Lady Gaga premiered “The Cure,” a new single she hadn’t spoken of until then. It’s an intriguing midtempo pop-soul jam — very Madonna circa “Human Nature.” (With its proudly synthetic textures, it also signals that the singer is moving on from the more rock-attuned “Joanne.”) But “The Cure’s” placement on the set list only further diminished the excitement she’d been building. Lady Gaga wisely upped the pace — and the snarling attitude — for her encore, zooming through “Poker Face” and “Bad Romance” in a way that somehow made those well-worn classics feel fresh. Unfortunately, after “Bad Romance” she still had a minute or two before Coachella’s curfew, so she took the opportunity to speak to the crowd. And what did she tell us at this fraught historical moment? That her new song was available to download on iTunes. How inspiring. http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/la-et-ms-lady-gaga-coachella-20170416-story,amp.html
  5. Sting (sorta) comments on Gaga's Madonna shade: http://www.bravotv.com/watch-what-happens-live/season-13/episode-203/videos/spill-the-music-indus-tea
  6. Camille Paglia Takes on Taylor Swift, Hollywood's #GirlSquad Culture http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/camille-paglia-takes-taylor-swift-845827
  7. “Hung Up” to “Hello”: Two Odes to Telephonic Torture, One Decade Apart http://www.muumuse.com/2015/10/hung-up-hello-two-telephonic-torture.html/
  8. Cher Looks Fierce As Ever in Marc Jacobs' Fall 2015 Campaign—See the Pic! http://www.eonline.com/news/660422/cher-looks-fierce-as-ever-in-marc-jacobs-fall-2015-campaign-see-the-pic
  9. Taking Child to Pink Concert Not Bad Parenting, Says Judge http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/taking-child-to-pink-concert-not-bad-parenting-says-judge-20150425