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In Brief: Netflix teases conclusion of 'The Crown', and more

Starz announced on Tuesday, November 28, that production on Power Book III: Raising Kanan's fourth season will kick off this week in New York. Meanwhile, season 3 of the family crime drama -- based on the original Power series created by Courtney A. Kemp and starring Omari Hardwick as Ghost and rapper 50 Cent as Kanan Stark -- will premiere on Friday, December 1. New episodes will be available…


Taylor Swift is Spotify's most-streamed global artist for 2023, "Flowers" is top global song

Courtesy Spotify Spotify has released its end-of-year stats, featuring the top artists, songs, albums and podcasts of 2023. To the surprise of nobody, Taylor Swift is the platform's most-streamed artist globally, with more than 26 billion streams since January 1. To mark this accomplishment, Spotify has made it so that when you play a Taylor Swift song, the progress bar will change to match the…


'Monarch''s visual effects whiz Sean Konrad makes monsters — but says the humans make the series work

Apple TV+ The Apple TV+ series Monarch: Legacy of the Monsters is now streaming, and while Godzilla and the other kaiju seen in the show aren't real, it's Sean Konrad's job to make you believe. Konrad is the lead visual effects person on the series, which stars Kurt and Wyatt Russell, Anders Holm and Anna Sawai. Konrad tells ABC Audio the secret to creating realistic monsters. "You take something…


Bruno Mars opening Las Vegas jazz bar The Pinky Ring

Courtesy MGM Resorts International When Bruno Mars performs in Las Vegas, he usually does it at the Dolby Live Theater at Park MGM. But he's moving over to another hotel for his latest Sin City venture: a bar. Bruno is teaming up with Bellagio Resort & Casino to open The Pinky Ring — described as a "one-of-a-kind cocktail lounge and jazz bar" — next year.  In a statement, the Grammy-winning star…


Music notes: Charli XCX, Ariana Grande and more

Charli XCX is engaged to The 1975 drummer George Daniel. In an Instagram post on Tuesday, November 28, Charli shared a batch of photos featuring her and Daniel embracing, as well a picture of an engagement ring in its box. In the caption, she wrote, "charli xcx and george daniel f****** for life!!!" We've had Ariana Grande's "Santa Tell Me" for almost a decade. The pop star celebrated the…


Chris Evans has heard the rumors about The Avengers getting back together, but hasn't gotten a phone call

Marvel Studios While appearing on The View, Chris Evans revealed he's heard rumors that Marvel Studios has been thinking about getting the original Avengers back together.  But what he hasn't heard is his phone ringing.  While on the chat show promoting Jinx, the pet food company he's partnered with, Evans shared a laugh with co-host Sara Haines — who, incidentally, is a small part of the Marvel…


The North Pole is as close as New York City with 'The Santa Clauses' interactive experience

Bucket Listers The magic of the North Pole has landed at the Big Apple again, courtesy of Bucket Listers, the folks who have brought fans real-life pop-up environments from movies and shows including Barbie, Saved By the Bell and The Golden Girls. They've partnered with Disney+ for a peek into Santa Claus' HQ as seen in The Santa Clauses, the second season of which is now streaming. Located at…


Prince William tells Rolling Stones member he'll come see them — if Taylor Swift is there

Paul Natkin/Getty Images Future King of England Prince William has already been revealed as a fan of AC/DC, but it turns out he's apparently a Swiftie, too. The British magazine Hello! reports that at the Tusk Conservation Awards in London on November 27, William got to chatting with guitarist Ronnie Wood of The Rolling Stones, who'll be heading out on tour next year. Wood subsequently told…


Watch Selena Gomez's appetizer fail in an advance clip from 'Selena + Chef: Home for the Holidays'

Courtesy Food Network Selena Gomez sometimes seems as though she can do it all: She acts, she sings, she writes songs, she executive produces TV shows and movies, and she runs her own beauty empire. But apparently, one thing she can't do is cook. People.com has an advance clip of the star's upcoming Food Network special Selena + Chef: Home for the Holidays, where she teams up with four different…


Olivia Rodrigo gets "depressed" unless she writes "one song every day"

Geffen/Interscope Olivia Rodrigo put 12 tracks on her GUTS album, but she could've put 365 songs on there, if what she says about her songwriting habits is true. Speaking to Variety about her creative process, Olivia says, "These days, I try to write one song every day. I just feel like myself when I’m writing. If I don’t do it, I get depressed. I’m just writing songs to process what’s going on,…