Green Day have called on fans to put down their phones at concerts, arguing that “a little more human contact is good”.
The pop-punk band released their twelfth studio album ‘Revolution Radio’ in October, their first record since 2012.
Speaking at a recent Q&A event in London, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong reflected on modern life, saying: “Social media can be a very miserable place to be. At our shows I see lot of people holding up cell phones. You can look at a screen at home; you can look at your computer or your phone anywhere.”
He added, as reported by The Daily Star: “You can take your picture but let’s have eye contact, let’s have a human experience right now you can’t capture on a cell phone. Why would you want to listen to your favourite song going like this [holds arm in air] when you can just hear it right in front of you? I feel like a little more human contact is good.”
Armstrong has also spoken out about the shock victory of Donald Trump in the Presidential election – saying it feels like “a death in the family” and calling for “something drastic” to remove him from office.
The singer has compared Trump to Hitler and revealed that even some of his own family were Trump voters in the run-up to the election. Speaking to NME after the results were revealed, Armstrong said that the weight of the Republican’s victory were difficult for the nation to comprehend – and why ‘everybody is scared out of their minds.
“Well everything feels brand new right now, and pretty raw – but but I don’t think anybody was prepared and that’s why you see so much shock and outrage right now,” Armstrong told NME. “Nobody thought Trump would win and that’s why everybody is scared out of their minds, but I think that when you get desperate and feel that you’re not heard. Already, you are starting to see demonstrations. for example there were 100,000 people in New York and there’s a lot more to come. I hope that continues.”
Armstrong continued: “I think a lot of people are grieving, it’s like there has been a death in the family. That’s what’s going on. So I know it’s really hard to laugh while you’re scared – that’s what comedians say, so most people are scared. When the smoke begins to clear, you’ll see creative people speaking out.”
The band return to the UK to tour in early 2017, performing at Leeds First Direct Arena 5 February, Manchester Arena (6) and London O2 Arena (8) – and will headline British Summer Time Festival at Hyde Park in London on Saturday 1 July.
Green Day have called on fans to put down their phones at concerts, arguing that “a little more human contact is good”.
Disney has debuted an all-new trailer for its upcoming “Star Wars” standalone film “Rogue One,” ahead of its highly-anticipated release in theaters later this year.
The clip – which runs for two minutes and 37 seconds – shows more about the movie’s plotline, following an initial teaser which was unleashed in April, followed by a TV spot in August.
This latest glimpse starts with a flashback, in which Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) recalls her father Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen). He tells her: “Whatever I do, I do it to protect you”, before the clip reverts to the present day where Jyn is locked in a prison cell, and after that recruited by the Rebel Alliance where she is pressed about her father’s location.
Galen Erso’s link to the creation of the “Death Star” can be affirmed to in this second teaser, with Mon Motha (Genevieve O’Reilly) informing Jyn that “he’s critical to the development of a super weapon”.
Flashes of Galen Erso at the mercy of Darth Vader and some inspirational shots are also incorporated, like Jyn’s epic line: “We have hope. Rebellions are built on hope.”
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” arrives in theatres on Dec. 16, 2016.
The Atlanta star has been cast as Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Star Wars standalone film revolving around a young Han Solo directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, Lucasfilm announced on Friday.
“We’re so lucky to have an artist as talented as Donald join us,” Lord and Miller said in a statement. “These are big shoes to fill, and an even bigger cape, and this one fits him perfectly, which will save us money on alterations. Also, we’d like to publicly apologize to Donald for ruining Comic-Con for him forever.”
The still-untitled movie, which is set to premiere in 2018, will center around Calrissian — who was played by Billy Dee Williams in the original films — and Han Solo, delving into their “previously unexplored” backstory, according to the Star Wars site, and showcase “Lando in his formative years as a scoundrel on the rise in the galaxy’s underworld — years before the events involving Han, Leia, and Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back and his rise to Rebel hero in Return of the Jedi.”
After the announcement, Lord continued his praise of Glover on Twitter, writing, “This part rests on very capable shoulders.”
We’re honestly looking forward to this so much.
This is just the latest casting news for the 33-year-old actor and musician, who earlier this year was cast in Spider-Man: Homecoming, years after a fan campaign online attempted to make him the franchise’s new hero.
Demi Lovato shows off her sophisticated style while landing at LAX Airport on Wednesday (November 16) in Los Angeles.
Over the weekend, the 24-year-old singer was spotted at the UFC 205 fight in New York City with her new boyfriend, 32-year-old UFC fighter Luke Rockhold.
The hot couple made it Instagram official that same night!
On Thursday, Demi took to Twitter to let fans know she wishes she was still in NYC to attend DNCE‘s free surprise concert!
“So bummed I’m missing @DNCE’s album preview show today in NYC!” she wrote along with the video below. “But I want you ALL to get out there and see it.”
The Americas have become the first region in the world to be free of measles, following a 22-year vaccination drive against the disease which continues to infect tens of thousands of individuals internationally, the Pan American Health Organization said on Tuesday.
The landmark was verified after no cases of the highly infectious disorder originating in the Americas were recorded in at least three years, the PAHO said.
“This is really a historical deed,” said Carissa Etienne, Director of the PAHO, which serves as the World Health Organization’s (WHO) regional office for the Americas.
Worldwide, measles remains a top cause of death among young children in the developing world.
About 250,000 individuals were infected with measles last year, most in Africa and Asia, the PAHO said.
Based on the WHO, the virus that can lead to fatal complications like diarrhea, dehydration, respiratory infection and encephalitis kill an estimated 314 people every day.
The last outbreak of measles that originated in the Americas occurred in Venezuela in 2002, PAHO said.
But the region was just declared free of measles this year.
Factors such as conflicts that made it difficult to access some communities slowed down the confirmation process, said Merceline Dahl-Regis, chair of a committee of experts accountable for confirming the removal of measles and other diseases in the Americas.
Justin Lessler, an epidemiology expert at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, said imported cases of measles – which remains prevalent in other areas of the world – could still lead to small outbreaks in the Americas.
“People still should be vaccinated to maintain elimination,” he said.
Before a separate, global vaccination drive against measles began in the 1980s, the disease caused 2.6 million deaths a year globally – 12,000 of them in the Americas, according to PAHO.
Measles is the fifth vaccine-preventable disease to be eliminated in the Americas – after smallpox in 1971, poliomyelitis in 1994, and rubella and congenital rubella syndrome in 2015, the PAHO said.
On the first day of free agency last fall, 12 teams reached out to J.A. Happ’s representatives to express an interest in the left-hander’s services. Tony LaCava, the Toronto Blue Jays assistant general manager who was interim GM at time, was among them and he needed to go quickly. Often times free agents are reluctant to sign early and create a marketplace, preferring instead for others to set the bar and negociate off that. But LaCava was aggressive and on Nov. 27, he locked up Happ to a $36-million, three-year deal that raised eyebrows at the time, but looks brilliant now.
“We needed to get to the stage where we felt comfortable and felt excited and I managed to do that here with the team they’d last year and the team that we were hoping to have and do have this year,” says Happ. “Some recognizable faces are great, too, it definitely came close and if I would have waited longer it’d have gotten real close with several other teams. But I’m happy to not look back, and I haven’t since I signed.”
On Tuesday night, Happ became the sixth different pitcher to win 20 games in a season for the Blue Jays, joining Roy Halladay, Pat Hentgen, Jack Morris, Roger Clemens and David Wells. Though the 33-year old lefthander closed out the 2015 season with a flourish, going 7-2 with an 1.85 ERA in 11 starts for the Pittsburgh Pirates after his trade deadline acquisition from the Seattle Mariners, few envisioned him entrenching himself among the game’s elite starting pitchers the way he has this season.
The new “American Horror Story” teasers are bound to keep you up at night ― not just because they’re creepy, but because you can’t figure out which one is right.
After the recent revelation that only one of the teasers depicts the forthcoming Season 6 theme, fans have now been racking their brains to try and figure it out.
The promo shows each season’s theme connecting to the next. It then shows all the previously released Season 6 teasers ― back to back to back. It’s trendy. It’s odd. And it may be the key to deciphering which “AHS” teaser is actually legit.
The promo stresses how the show is linked together.
In his years as a reality TV boss on The Apprentice, Donald Trump repeatedly demeaned women with sexist language, according to show insiders who said he rated female contestants by the size of their breasts and talked about which ones he’d like to have sex with.
The Associated Press interviewed more than 20 people — former crew members, editors and contestants — who described crass behaviour by Trump behind the scenes of the long-running hit show, in which aspiring capitalists were given tasks to perform as they competed for jobs working for him.
The staffers and contestants consented to recount their experiences as Trump’s conduct toward women is now a core issue in the presidential campaign. Interviewed separately, they gave concurring accounts of inappropriate conduct on the set.
Eight former crew members remembered that he repeatedly made lewd remarks about a camerawoman he said had a pleasant back, comparing her beauty to that of his daughter, Ivanka.
During one season, Trump called for female contestants to wear shorter dresses that also showed more cleavage, according to contestant Gene Folkes. Several cast members said Trump had one female contestant twirl before him so he could ogle her figure.
‘I’d like to hit that’
Randal Pinkett, who won the program in December 2005 and who has criticized Trump during his run for president, said he recalled the real estate mogul talking about which female contestants he desired to sleep with, though Trump had married former model Melania Knauss earlier that year: “He was like ‘Isn’t she hot, check her out,’ kind of gawking, something to the effect of ‘I’d like to hit that.’ ”
The Trump campaign issued a general denial.
“These outlandish, unsubstantiated, and totally fictitious claims fabricated by publicity hungry, opportunistic, disgruntled former employees, have no merit whatsoever,” said Hope Hicks, Trump’s campaign spokeswoman.
Gigi Hadid was the latest victim of an attack by human trash fire Vitalii Sediuk after a fashion show during Milan Fashion Week on Wednesday.
In a video obtained by TMZ, Hadid and model sister Bella are seen exiting a building flanked by security, as the two pose for pictures with a mob of fanatics. Seduik can be seen hovering in the background wearing a broad-brimmed hat before seizing Gigi from behind and lifting her up into the air.
“Let go of me,” Hadid yells as she elbows him in the face. “Who the f**k are you? You piece of s**t.”
Bella also tries to wrestle her sister from Seduik’s grip, until Gigi scrambles away and he flees the scene.
An understandably upset Gigi then beelined to her vehicle before instructing her team to “find that man.”
Seduik, a former Ukranian TV journalist, has been terrorizing Hollywood for years, racking up a string of altercations with A-listers ranging from Madonna to Will Smith. He might describe himself as a serial prankster, but really he’s just using that title to attack celebs with minimal effects.
Maybe his most high-profile incident happened in 2014, when Seduik accosted Brad Pitt at the premiere of “Maleficent” by charging at the actor and burying his face in Pitt’s crotch.
He was later sentenced to three years of probation, a year of psychiatric counseling and was banned from being within 500 feet of most award shows, entertainment events and red carpets.
Hadid expressed her frustration with how the incident was being reported in mainstream media later in the day, reacting to some headline that described Seduik as a “fan” and Hadid’s response as “aggressive.”
“I’m a HUMAN BEING and had EVERY RIGHT to defend myself,” she wrote. “How dare that idiot thinks he is entitled to manhandle a total stranger. He ran quick tho.”
All those right wing Donald Trump supporters now officially have something in common with the KKK. In a surprise to literally no one, the Ku Klux Klan endorsed the Presidential candidate on the front page of their official paper, The Crusader, on Tuesday morning. Using Trump’s fearmongering motto “Make America Great Again” as their headline, the problematic publication backed the racist Republican in a feature all about white supremacy by Pastor Thomas Robb.
“‘Make America Great Again!’ It is a slogan that has been repeatedly used by Donald Trump in his campaign for the presidency. You can see it on the shirts, buttons, posters, and ball caps… But can it happen? Can America really be great again? This is what we will soon find out!
While Trump wants to make America great again, we have to ask ourselves, ‘What made America great in the first place?’ The short answer to that is simple. America was great not because of what our forefathers did — but because of who our forefathers were.
America was founded as a White Christian Republic. And as a White Christian Republic it became great.”
According to the publication, the Klan wants Donald in office as a way to help them lead a crusade against “white genocide,” writing:
Luckily, Donald’s spokesperson addressed the issue by promptly rejecting the endorsement stating:
“Mr. Trump and the campaign denounces hate in any form. This publication is repulsive and their views don’t represent the tens of millions of Americans who are uniting behind our campaign.”