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Filmmaker of “Dune: Part Two” Says It’s Ready for Production “By the End of Summer”

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French Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve has announced that a script for part two of Dune is already complete, with production set to begin “by the end summer.”

The director discussed the development of the follow-up. “Dune: Part Two” is the adaptation by Villeneuve of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi novel. He admitted that the sequel’s script is all set, and the project is in the process of filming later this summer, one year before its scheduled premiere. 

Villeneuve said they are supposed to film by the end of the summer. Adding that, “I will say it is mostly designed. The thing that helps us right now is that it’s the first time I’ve revisited a universe. So I’m working with the same crew; everybody knows what to do, we know what it will look like. The movie will be more challenging, but we know where we are stepping. And the screenplay is written. So I feel confident. Frankly, the only big unknown for me right now is the pandemic.” 

The Hollywood executives were concerned that a movie with high concepts such as Dune might not attract enough audiences, so creating multiple parts to the saga would not suffice. 

But the box office ratings of this movie say otherwise, displaying a real draw. It can be attributed to director Villeneuve and his ability for more installments in another successful franchise-building project.

“I want to have more flexibility, and it will be possible to go a little bit deeper into some of these details. It’s like a chess game. Dune: Part 2 will introduce some new characters in the second part, and a decision I made very early on was that this first part would be more about Paul Atreides and Bene Gesserit and his experience of being in contact for the first time with a different culture,” explained Villeneuve. “Second part, there will be much more Harkonnen stuff.” 

Rapper Fetty Wap Arrested by FBI in New York for Federal Drug Charges

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FBI operatives arrested on Thursday famous rapper Fetty Wap at Citi Field during a three-day Rolling Loud hip-hop music festival. The next day, he was charged with participating in a conspiracy to smuggle big amounts of fentanyl, heroin, and other drugs into New York City. 

Born Willie Junior Maxwell II, the rapper’s name was previously blacked out in an indictment but was unredacted last Friday to include his name alongside five other defendants, including a New Jersey corrections officer. Maxwell was arraigned in a Long Island federal court last Friday afternoon, where the 30-year-old rapper pleaded not guilty during a virtual hearing. Maxwell’s lawyer Elizabeth Macedonio did not push for the possibility of bail. A prosecutor told a magistrate judge that a possible plea deal was in the making. 

“The fact that we arrested a chart-topping rap artist and a corrections officer as part of the conspiracy illustrates just how vile the drug trade has become,” said Michael J. Driscoll, a top official with the FBI’s New York office, in a statement.

Maxwell’s co-defendants include New Jersey correction officer Anthony Cyntje, 23, of Passaic; Brian Sullivan, 26, of Lake Grove, New York; Kavaughn Wiggins, 26, of Coram, New York; Robert Leonardi, 26, of Levittown, Pennsylvania; and his brother Anthony Leonardi, 47, also of Coram.

According to prosecutors from the Eastern District of New York, Maxwell and his other companions distributed narcotics sometime between June 2019 and June 2020. If convicted, the prosecutors revealed that they could face a maximum of life imprisonment. 

“As alleged, the defendants transported, distributed and sold more than 100 kilograms of deadly and addictive drugs, including heroin and fentanyl, on Long Island, deliberately contributing to the opioid epidemic that has devastated our communities and taken too many lives,” Breon Peace, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, revealed in a statement. “We will continue to work nonstop with our law enforcement partners to keep our neighborhoods safe from the scourge of dangerous drugs and gun violence,” he added. 

Through several search warrants throughout the course of the investigation, authorities were able to recover approximately $1.5 million in cash, 16 kilograms of cocaine, two kilograms of heroin, several fentanyl pills, two handguns, a pistol, a rifle, and several ammunitions. 

Another lawyer representing Maxwell, Navarro Gray, said: “We pray that this is all a big misunderstanding. Hoping he gets released so we can clear things up expeditiously.”

The attorneys representing Maxwell’s co-accused did not give statements in defense of their respective clients except for Cyntje’s legal counsel, who said he “will vigorously defend these charges.”

Maxwell rose to stardom in May 2015 when his debut single “Trap Queen” landed on number 2 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. In the same year, the MTV Video Music Award named him Best New Artist. In 2016, he received the Billboard Music Award for Top New Artist. He also received the Best New Artist award from iHeartRadio Music Award. 

He has had several incidents violating the law, including his last arrest in 2019 after allegedly assaulting three casino employees in Las Vegas. He was also arrested in 2017 and charged with DUI after he was seen drag racing in New York City. 


  1. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/rapper-fetty-wap-arrested-fbi-federal-drug-charges-n1282704
  2. https://apnews.com/article/entertainment-arts-and-entertainment-new-york-arrests-new-york-city-a6616851602daf764cf70ee9ac537c5e


Phoebe Bridgers Being Sued for Defamation

Source: Pitchfork

Record producer Chris Nelson has slammed a lawsuit against Phoebe Bridgers, whom he claims has cost him a lot of money with the lies she has been spreading about him on social media. The lawsuit, worth millions of dollars, claims that Phoebe Bridgers started spreading lies about Chris Nelson on her Instagram page back in October and accused him of stealing, violence, abuse, grooming, and a host of other things.

The record producer claims that the indie rock singer has seriously hurt his finances by defaming him on social media. Chris Nelson claims the accusations are false and has approached the courts to seek redress. According to him, his girlfriend at the time, Emily Bannon, and Bridgers had a consensual sexual relationship since 2018, which continued after he broke up with his girlfriend. He then claims that Phoebe and the ex started talking negatively about him, with 500,000 of Phoebe’s followers taking to his ex’s Instagram page where he was accused of hate crimes, racially motivated violence, robbery, fraud and hacking women’s email accounts.

Nelson, a record producer who owns the famous Sound Space recording studio in downtown Los Angeles, is suing Phoebe for at least $3.8 million in damages. Phoebe has so far not responded to calls or questions on the lawsuit.

The lawsuit claims that Bannon and Bridgers “maliciously and intentionally” spread the allegations to ruin Nelson’s reputation. In December 2020, the producer filed a lawsuit against his ex-girlfriend Bannon in Los Angeles, accusing her of assault, battery, and defamation.

Phoebe Bridgers has been a vocal supporter of abuse victims in the past and has shared her story on a few occasions. Earlier in the year, she talked about her experience with Marilyn Manson in a tweet in the wake of many people, including “Westworld” actor Evan Rachel Wood accusing Marilyn of abuse.

In Bridgers’ tweet, “I visited Marilyn Manson as a teenager with some friends. I was a big fan, and at a point, he called a room in his house the r*pe room. I thought it was a horrible frat-boy sense of humor,” she wrote. “I stopped being a fan at that point. But I stand with and support everyone who came forward,” she added.

She made a series of follow-up tweets in which she accused Manson’s management company, recording label and former band members of being aware of the musician’s behavior. “The label knew, management knew, the band knew. So distancing themselves now, pretending to be shocked and horrified is f—ing pathetic,” she wrote.

Nelson’s lawsuit against her has been filed, and we await an official statement from her camp about the allegations and her involvement in the whole debacle.

Coldplay Rocks Glastonbury Livestream with New Single Human Heart

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The Glastonbury Festival live stream, known to be England’s biggest annual contemporary performing arts event, was a huge success despite of the technical glitches encountered by several patrons who paid a registration fee in order to access the event online. As various artists and bands came together to mount a once-in-a-lifetime musical extravaganza, its undeniable and overwhelming success is one for the books. For one, fans were tickled with excitement when British rock band Coldplay played their new single titled Human Heart, a collaboration with sister duo, We Are KING. 

The band, led by its frontman Christ Martin, played in front of the Pyramid Stage in the rain, adding extra flavor to their performance. Coldplay was one of several performers who appeared at the Live at Worthy Farm event, scenes of which were shot in different locations. 

Coldplay also played its classic fan favorites, including Higher Power, The Scientist, Vida La Vida, Clocks, Fix You, and the hit song A Sky Full of Stars. As can be expected, fans were generous with their praises on social media after the band completed its set. Some got emotional with the band’s overall performance during the live stream, while so many others congratulated the artists for their awe-inspiring new release. 

Earlier this month, Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland were hinting at a potential new record that may be released anytime this year. If ever, the new record would be Coldplay’s eight studio albums. Neither of the two confirmed that a new record is underway, but Buckland was candid enough to add that they have started recording more than one song. Reports earlier this year started circulating that the award-winning band has been working on an album, which will be called Music of the Spheres

Sources close to the band revealed last February that the band has been making the most of their time during the quarantine season. Apparently, they have been keeping themselves busy writing new songs and recording them. The last album the band released was in 2019, titled Everyday Life

Apart from Coldplay, the five-hour Glastonbury event also featured Wolf Alice, Damon Albarn, HAIM, and Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood’s new band, The Smile. The band debuted their song We Don’t Know What Tomorrow Brings. Other songs performed by The Smile included The Smoke, You Will Never Work in Television Again, Opposites, Panavision, Just Eyes and Mouth, and Thin Thing

Wolf Alice, on the other hand, started off with their love song Don’t Delete the Kisses, followed by Smile, Formidable Cool, The Last Man on Earth, and Giant Peach. The band also debuted its new song How Can I Be Okay? from its album titled Blue Weekend

Music fans also enjoyed phenomenal performances from Michael Kiwanuka, George Ezra, the IDLES, Jorja Smith, Kano, and DJ Honey featuring Roisin Murphy. 

Poetry was also a huge part of the Glastonbury event courtesy of Kae Tempest, George the Poet, and PJ Harvey. A skit was also delivered by Kurupt FM from the English sitcom People Just Do Nothing


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Music Icon Richie Sambora’s Journey and Finding Success With Bon Jovi

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While the 1980s are often associated with electro dance music, the decade also saw the rising popularity of rock, with bands like Kiss, Led Zeppelin, and Guns N’ Roses making one hit after another. In the mid-80s, Bon Jovi reached global recognition, making them one of the most famous rock bands of all time. While most people can easily recognize lead singer Jon Bon Jovi for helming the band’s name, Richie Sambora has been equally responsible for the band’s success.

Born and raised in New Jersey, Richie Sambora’s first venture into music with the accordion, playing from six years old before picking up the guitar in 1970, following Jimi Hendrix’s death. Growing up, the young musician was heavily influenced by the rock and roll of the 1960s and the blues genre. Sambora also cites Spanish classical music as a major influence. He would later learn the drums, bass, saxophone, and piano.

Sambora would take his musical gift to co-found the band Message with the late Dean Fasano before leaving to take a two-week trip to Los Angeles, where he hoped to win an audition for a place in the band Kiss. However, Sambora’s venture was unsuccessful. He would return home, where a friend referred him to a local artist whose music taste and style aligned more closely with his. Meeting the artist, Sambora would join Jon Bon Jovi, replacing Dave Sabao as the band’s guitarist. By 1983, the band would get signed with Mercury Records.

From there, Richie Sambora would become Bon Jovi’s writing partner. The duo co-wrote some of the anthems that continue to be praised as classics today, like “You Give Love a Bad Name,” “Living On a Prayer,” “It’s My Life,” and “Wanted Dead or Alive.” Throughout the 80s, the band encountered massive success, visiting more than twenty-two countries and performing more than 232 shows. Sambora and Bon Jovi would later perform a sold-out homecoming concert in New Jersey before flying to the Soviet Union to perform, making them the first band officially sanctioned by the Soviet government to perform in the Soviet Union. Their album New Jersey became the first American album to be legally released in the USSR.

However, the tours had taken a toll on everyone as they endured sixteen months of concerts. Following their Mexico tour, Richie Sambora and his bandmates went home as they realized there were no clear plans for their future. By 1991, Sambora, like his fellow bandmates, went into solo ventures. He released his first solo album titled “Stranger in this Town,” which allowed him to showcase his passion for the blues. Although it did not meet commercial success, the skillful guitarist was able to achieve a lifelong ambition. It would take seven years before he released a second album titled “Undiscovered Soul.” Released during a return with Bon Jovi, the album moved away from his blues sound, instead showing a versatile approach with power ballads alongside arena rock material. 

By 2009, Richie Sambora and Jon Bon Jovi were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, establishing his place in history as one of the most iconic songwriters in the rock genre. Upon leaving Bon Jovi in 2013, Sambora would later work on a third solo album called “Aftermath of the Lowdown,” where he explored music areas comparable to David Bowie and Coldplay. 


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Global Sensation Dua Lipa: Her Pop Ascent and Purpose-Driven Platforms

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There is no written rule demanding high-profile celebrities to capitalize on their platforms to make a difference in the lives of others, inspire change, and shed light on issues that matter. Yet, throughout her rise to the top, Dua Lipa banked on her voice for more than just music. This pop sensation behind numerous global hits continuously speaks up about the struggles that impact countless people worldwide and goes all-out in countering sexism in the industry. 

This powerhouse is an English singer, songwriter, and model whose journey to the forefront of the music scene began at the age of fourteen when she covered songs by artists and posted them on YouTube. In 2015, Dua Lipa signed with Warner Music Group and, soon afterward, would be taking the industry by storm not only with her record-breaking tracks and impressive discography but also with her distinctive artistry. 

Today, the 25-year-old three-time Grammy awardee is occupying a coveted spot at the summit. After snagging multiple achievements under her belt with the 2017 release of “New Rules,” a track that served as an anthem for women and girls all moving on from an ex, she continued to make waves by dropping “Don’t Start Now” and the critically-acclaimed album Future Nostalgia. So far, the Best Pop Vocal Album winner at the 2021 Grammy Awards has several Billboard Hot 100 #1 singles attached to her name, currently blowing up the social media app TikTok through her latest bop, “Levitating.”

Over the years, Dua Lipa has managed to leave an impression because of her readiness to talk about socially relevant issues, as well. Her videos have captured the interest of music enthusiasts worldwide for showcasing a diverse army of women, while her identity as an artist has earned her a significant following because of how it is rooted in fostering a sense of community and promoting acceptance, creativity, freedom, and more. 

Apart from being active in the entertainment industry, Dua Lipa is also often found initiating purpose-driven endeavors. In 2020, she kicked off the 24-hour One Humanity Live concert, performing a three-song set from her London abode and urging people to provide support to charities helping refugees in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, together with Lady Gaga, Olly Alexander, and Elizabeth Hurley, this pop icon lent Sir Elton John a hand in raising millions of dollars for his AIDS Foundation at the 93rd Academy Awards. 

Dua Lipa, who is often vocal about her activism and advocacies, delighted the members of the LGBTQ community when she danced around on stage and waved the pride flag during her tour stop in Los Angeles in February 2018. Three years later, she remains steadfast in her beliefs and committed to the mission of pushing for inclusivity and women empowerment in the music scene. 

More can be expected from Dua Lipa in the coming years. The superstar, who is behind the most-streamed album by a woman on Spotify in 2020, already has her name etched in history.

Learn more about Dua Lipa by visiting her Instagram page.