Music notes: Doja Cat, The Kid LAROI and more

Doja Cat is getting her own Funko Pop! figure. The new limited-edition Pop!, which commemorates Doja’s headlining Coachella set, is available for preorder starting Monday, April 15. The collectible features the singer in one of her looks from her performance during weekend one of the festival.

The Kid LAROI and Tate McRae appear to be making things official. During his Sunday show in Dublin, LAROI referred to Tate as his “girlfriend.” “I need everybody in here to sing this as loud as they can because my girlfriend’s here tonight, and I don’t want to look lame,” he told the crowd. Fan video captured Tate watching the show from backstage.

Spotify is unveiling The Tortured Poets Department library installation on Tuesday, an open-air activation in honor of Taylor Swift’s upcoming new album. “Paging all Tortured Poets: Join us at The Grove in L.A. starting tomorrow to celebrate Taylor Swift's newest era, arriving 4/19,” Spotify’s account wrote Monday. The experience – which runs through Thursday – will include a poetry library with “visual surprises” for fans. Those who can’t attend in person can follow along on Spotify’s socials.

Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom stepped out for a glamorous date night over the weekend. The couple attended the 10th annual Breakthrough Prize Ceremony, which celebrates achievements in math and science, at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles. Katy shared several images with Bloom from the night on her Instagram, captioning her post, "y = mx + b ... mom and dad @ the #breakthroughawards."

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'The Rookie' stays on the beat for ABC for seventh season

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On Monday, ABC announced it was renewing its cop drama The Rookie for its seventh season.

No longer a rookie after six seasons, the show centers on Nathan Fillion's John Nolan, who takes on a career change later in life to walk the beat for the Los Angeles Police Department.

Weighing into the decision undoubtedly were the show's ratings: Its sixth season started with its most-watched episode since 2018, with 11.9 total viewers after 35 days on TV, on-demand and streaming.

Also, the network says the debut jumped 27% in the key 18-34 demographic over the prior season and snagged the highest ratings in that viewer group since 2018.

This season's debut of the drama, which also stars Richard T. Jones, Melissa O'Neil, Shawn Ashmore and Alyssa Diaz, also performed well on linear — that is, non-streaming — with more than 7.2 million viewers.

The Rookie airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on ABC and streams the next day on Hulu.

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"It was the right thing to do": Drew Carey on the fortune he spent feeding striking writers

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At Sunday evening's Writers Guild Awards, Drew Carey said he didn't want applause for footing the bill for food for out-of-work writers during last summer's writers strike — but he got it anyway. 

The former Drew Carey Show star said it was simply "the right thing to do."

That said, he didn't realize his open tab at Bob's Big Boy and Swingers would be so spendy.

One estimate put the bill from Bob's Big Boy at $500,000; Swingers, another burger joint, was reportedly charging him $10,000 a week.

 
"I didn't know it was going to cost me so much money," Carey admitted to the crowd at the Hollywood Palladium, according to Deadline video of the event. 

He explains he did the same thing during the last WGA strike, "I think the total bill was like $67,000,"
before adding, "I thought it was going to be about the same thing."

To laughs, he added, "But then some of you decided, 'Oh yeah I’m going to a get a shake and some dessert.'"

Carey said his accountant asked, "'Is there is any way we can dial this back?'" and his publicist, on a three-way call, asked the same. "'Nope, I already said I would,'" Carey recalled his reply, to cheers.

He continued, "I really appreciate all the thanks and stuff. I don't think I should get that much credit for doing the right thing ... you writers, The Drew Carey Show writers, made me a f****** million. Everybody in this room makes some actor a million, and you deserve all the money you get, all the credit you get. Thank you so much for everything you do. God bless all of you."

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'Rust' armorer Hannah Gutierrez gets maximum 18 months for fatal on-set shooting

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Rust armorer Hannah Gutierrez was given the maximum sentence Monday of 18 months in prison for involuntary manslaughter in the 2021 fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

Gutierrez's attorneys asked for probation in a sentencing memorandum filed last week, citing her "complete lack of prior criminal history" and "relative youth." Prosecutors, meanwhile, requested a sentence of 18 months with the designation of serious violent offender due to her "extreme recklessness" while working as an armorer on the Rust set in New Mexico.

"You alone turned a safe weapon into a lethal weapon," Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer said. "But for you, Ms. Hutchins would be alive. A husband would have his partner, and a little boy would have his mother."

Gutierrez said to the court, "My heart aches for the Hutchins family and friends and colleagues, as well."

"Your honor, when I took on Rust I was young and I was naive. But I took my job as seriously as I knew how to, despite not having proper time, resources and staffing, I just did my best to handle it," she said. "Today I humbly ask you to consider probation. ... I beg you, please don't give me more time."

Gutierrez, dressed in tan jail clothes, watched on as Hutchins' friends addressed the court before the sentence was imposed.

Hutchins’ friend Jen White told the court, "I still expect to see her. I still wonder what adventures she’s on … then my heart drops through my feet."

"Halyna was a force," White said.

"She inspired me. And I don’t think she knew that because I never got to tell her. She was one of my favorite people in the world," White said, as Gutierrez wiped away tears.

White said if Gutierrez "had properly done her job, Halyna would still be alive." She addressed the judge, "I beg you to impose the maximum sentence. She needs to be held accountable."

 

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Jewel opens up about performing with Olivia Rodrigo

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Jewel is giving fans the behind-the-scenes scoop about how her surprise appearance at Olivia Rodrigo’s Madison Square Garden concert on April 9 came about.

The two singers teamed up for a performance of Jewel’s hit song “You Were Meant For Me,” and in a video posted to Instagram, Jewel told her fans the collaboration happened after Olivia’s people reached out to her.

“And I was excited because I was a fan of Olivia. I’ve been watching her career,” Jewel shared. “I became aware of her I think during ‘Drivers License.’ I liked her ’90s aesthetic. It’s a little edgy but very approachable — and she’s writing. She’s writing these songs, and I love them. So I was excited to go out, I was excited to meet her.”

Jewel went on to talk about how “toxic” the music industry can be and how well Olivia seems to be navigating it.

“This industry is like interacting with a poison. You have to have a plan. People will care if you’re famous, people will care if you’re making money ... but nobody cares if you’re a good person. Nobody cares if you’re happy,” she says, before adding that Olivia’s “a good person. She’s grounded and she’s heartfelt."

Jewel said that she’s proud of Olivia for her career, but also for her humanity, noting, "Where this industry just chews people up and spits 'em out I feel like she has such a shot as a human and that just made me happy."

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Why director Shawn Levy says 'Deadpool & Wolverine' is not 'Deadpool 3'

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Deadpool vs. Wolverine doesn't come out until July 26, but even back in December, Fandango users voted it as their most anticipated movie of 2024.

Rumblings about the movie's showcase at last week's CinemaCon only added fuel to the fire, and there, its director, Shawn Levy, weighed in to Screen Rant about what the film is — and what it's not.

"It's the third Deadpool movie, but it's not Deadpool 3," says the veteran of Free Guy. "It's a different thing that's very much Deadpool and Wolverine," he explains, "and it's not trying to copycat anything from the first two movies. They were awesome, but this is a two-hander character adventure."

A "two-hander" is Hollywood-speak for what most people know as a "buddy movie," like '80s classics Lethal Weapon or 48 Hours, the latter of which Levy has previously compared to his new movie. Instead of Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte, however, he has Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman.

Levy explains, "I just felt privileged every day because you're talking about two massive movie stars in their most iconic roles."

The filmmaker adds of the R-rated film — a Marvel Studios first — "I'll tell you that the guiding thought in crafting the movie was audience joy. That was always the North Star. Yeah, it's going to be gnarly. Yeah, it's gonna be funny. That's a given. But we wanted to build a great time at the theater for audiences, and that's our goal."

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'Tamron Hall' renewed for season 6

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Tamron Hall's eponymous, Emmy-winning syndicated daytime talk show has been renewed for a sixth season, it was revealed on Monday.

Tamron Hall currently ranks third out of the nine one-hour syndicated talk shows and has already become the second longest-running talk show produced by ABC News' parent company Disney.

"From the start, I saw the show as a chance to build a community. Now, here we are, preparing for season six. Wow!" enthused the show's host and namesake.

She added, "Thank you to my team and my beloved Tam Fam for nurturing my dream and growing this community. We are a daily destination to talk, laugh, learn and be inspired together. From the biggest celebrities in the world to the most incredible people in their own neighborhood, they all come here to talk, and I am grateful."

The show's executive producer Quiana Burns commented, "We are at season six because there is no other show like Tamron Hall in daytime."

Promising "a few surprises" in store for the forthcoming season, Burns added, "From exclusive road trips with Miranda Lambert, Usher and former first lady Michelle Obama to exclusive sit-downs with Erykah Badu, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Grey, Lynda Carter and Angela White, our Tam Fam has come to expect impactful interviews, as well as in-depth conversations on important issues like only Tamron can do."

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Will Smith channels 'Men in Black' during J Balvin's Coachella set

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Will Smith channeled his Men in Black character in a surprise appearance at Coachella over the weekend.

During J Balvin's alien-themed set Sunday night, the Oscar-winning actor was dressed in a suit just like his character Agent J from the 1997 sci-fi action comedy and two sequels.

Smith, backed by other suited-up dancers and green extraterrestrial dancers, performed his song "Men in Black" from the film's soundtrack.

As the dancers in suits carried J Balvin off the stage, Smith pulled out a device like the one the agents in Men in Black use to erase people's memories, and a white light lit up behind him.

Tyler, the Creator, Doja Cat and Lana Del Rey are this year's Coachella headliners.

With the first weekend of the 2024 music festival in the books, the next weekend is set for April 19-21 at Empire Polo Club in Indio, California.

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Hannah Waddingham shames "d***" paparazzo for asking her to "show leg" at UK theater awards

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Before she won Emmys for Ted Lasso, Hannah Waddingham was famous for playing the "shame nun" Septa Unella in Game of Thrones. She recently proved she's still got those chops on a U.K. red carpet Sunday evening.

While she didn't have Septa's famous bell, she shamed a paparazzo who asked her to be a little more revealing while posing for pictures at the Royal Albert Hall before the Olivier Awards.

The exchange was caught on fan video. "Oh my God, you'd never say that to a man," Waddingham said, wagging her finger. "Don’t be a d*** otherwise I’ll move off. Don't say 'show me leg.' No." 

The comment drew applause and hoots of approval from those who'd heard it. 

The actress strode off but continued to put the photographer on blast as she walked away; what she said to him afterward wasn't clear.

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Benson Boone’s 'Fireworks & Rollerblades' debuts on the 'Billboard' 200 top 10

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Benson Boone's debut album has made quite a splash on the charts. The album, Fireworks & Rollerblades, has debuted at #6 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

The singer moved 58,000 equivalent album units to nab his first top 10 hit. 

The album’s success can be attributed, in part, to its debut single, “Beautiful Things,” which this week tops the Billboard Adult Pop Airplay chart. The song has already topped the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. chart for seven weeks and the Billboard Global 200 for six weeks. Plus, it has spent nine weeks in the top five on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, peaking at #2.

Boone is currently on the road in support of the album. He plays Silver Springs, Maryland, on Monday, April 15. A complete list of dates can be found at bensonboone.com.

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