Evan Rachel Wood Reveals More Horrifying Allegations Against Marilyn Manson In New Documentary 

Phoenix Rising is a new documentary regarding the life and career of Evan Rachel Wood, which premiered at the 2022 Sundance film festival. In the documentary, Wood accused rock musician Marilyn Manson of raping her on the set of his ‘Heart-Shaped Glass’ music video in 2007. 

Wood revealed that she was fed absinthe and was barely conscious on the set of the video, in which she plays a character styled to look like Lolita. Wood knew that her and Manson would be participating in a “simulated sex scene” for the video, but stated that once the camera’s were rolling Manson began penetrating her “for real.” 

Wood said that she had “never been on a set that unprofessional in my life up until this day. It was complete chaos and I did not feel safe. No one was looking after me. I didn’t know how to advocate for myself or say no because I had been conditioned and trained to never talk back – to just soldier through. The crew was very uncomfortable and nobody knew what to do.”

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She said that the alleged incident made her “feel disgusting and like I had done something shameful. I was coerced into a commercial sex act under false pretenses. That’s when the first crime was committed against me and I was essentially raped on camera.”

She also revealed that after the video wrapped Manson gave her “really clear instructions on how  to describe the video to journalists. I was supposed to tell people we had this great, romantic time and none of that was the truth.”

“But I was scared to do anything that would upset Brian in any way. The video was just the beginning of the violence that would keep escalating over the course of the relationship.”

Wood was in a relationship with Manson from 2007 to 2010. She previously accused him of grooming her as a teenager which led to her experiencing “horrific” abuse for years. “I was brainwashed and manipulated into submission.” Wood initially met Manson when she was 18 and he was 38. 

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Wood is not the only woman to come forward with intense allegations against Manson. Game of Thrones actor Esme Bianco recently accused Manson of sexual and physical violence involving torture.

Manson is currently facing up to four lawsuits accusing him of sexual assault, battery, and harassments, as well as an investigation into claims of domestic violence. The Los Angeles County sheriff’s department raided his home back in November 2021 over these claims as well. 

In February 2021 Vanity Fair published an article with the first public allegations made against Manson; he was quickly dropped by his record label, Loma Vista, after the article was released. 

Phoenix Rising will air on HBO in the US this March. The film follows the creation of the Phoenix Act, which is a piece of legislation Wood led in an attempt to extend the statute of limitations for survivors of domestic violence to pursue charges against their abusers. The Act was signed into law in October 2019.

Marriage

Jason Momoa And Lisa Bonet Announce Split After 16 Years

“Aquaman” and “Dune” star Jason Momoa and his wife, actress Lisa Bonet, have announced on their Instagram account that they’re splitting after 16 years. The couple married in October of 2017.

“We have all felt the squeeze and changes of these transformational times… A revolution is unfolding ~and our family is no exception… feeling and growing from the seismic shift occurring,” the post read. “And so~ We share our Family news~ That we are parting ways.”

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The ex-couple said they didn’t announce the news simply because it’s newsworthy, but because they can go about their lives with “dignity and honesty.” The statement continued, saying that “the love between us carries on, evolving in ways it wishes to be known and lived.”

The couple concluding their joint announcement mentioning their unwavering devotion to life and their children. “May Love Prevail. J & L.” Momoa, 42, and Bonet, 52, met at a jazz club back in 2005 through mutual friends. Since that time, they’ve had two children together – 14-year-old Lola and 12-year-old Nakoa-Wolf.

The couple’s wedding in 2017 was done in complete secret, which was only revealed after a leak. “I thought it would have stayed that way, but some a–hole leaked it and I will find you,” Momoa told Entertainment Tonight at the time.

Hours before the announcement, Momoa’s next blockbuster — “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” — finished the final day of filming, with director James Wan sharing a photo of him, Momoa, and co-star Patrick Wilson laughing.

Momoa first broke out onto the Hollywood scene thanks to his performance in “Game of Thrones” as Khal Drogo, where he formed a lasting chemistry and friendship with co-star Emilia Clarke – who some fans were quick to blame for the couples’ breakup.

Bonet got her start on “The Cosby Show” as Denise Huxtable. Speaking to James Corden in 2017, Momoa said Bonet’s time as Denise was what caught his attention in the first place at the age of 8.

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“I was like, ‘Mommy, I want that one,'” the “Dune” star said. “I’m like, ‘I’m going to stalk you for the rest of my life and I’m going to get you.'” Momoa joked he didn’t tell Bonet this until after she had had the two children.

When they met at the club, Momoa had quite the reaction. “I turned around to my friend and I was like, ‘Ahhh!’ I had f—— fireworks going off inside, man.” The actor had even donned a matching hair style for the occasion.

Bonet will now be going through her second divorce, the first having been with singer Lenny Kravitz in 1993. Bonet shared a daughter with Kravitz — Zoë — who Momoa helped raise. Both Kravitz’s and Momoa became close in the process.

Back in late December, Bonet had hinted at the couples’ pending split in an interview with Marissa Tomei, saying “learning how to be new” was calling her in life. “We’ve eliminated all this extra noise, and now it’s time to grow our roots deeper into our own values,” Bonet said.

David Bowie Song Catalogue Publishing Rights Sold For $250 Million

The publishing rights to David Bowie’s extensive and iconic catalogue of songs have been sold by his estate to Warner Chappell Music (WCM), the publishing arm of Warner Music Group. According to an anonymous source, the deal is worth at least $250 million. 

Guy Moot, chief executive of WCM, said: “These are not only extraordinary songs, but milestones that have changed the course of modern music for ever … We are looking forward to tending his unparalleled body of songs with passion and care as we strive to build on the legacy of this most extraordinary human being.”

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The deal itself means that Warner now owns all the rights to Bowie’s songwriting itself, as well as almost all of the recordings of it. In September of this year, Warner completed a deal to acquire Bowie’s recordings and songs from 2000 to 2016 when he passed away. 

Warner already owned all of Bowie’s recordings that were done between 1968 to 1999. There is now just a small number of recorded music that Bowie recorded before the late 60’s that Warner Music does not own. 

Warner Music has been repackaging Bowie’s back catalogue in a series of box sets in recent years, which happens fairly often when an older musical legend’s discography is purchased by a larger label. 

Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Fleetwood Mac are some other musical legends who have sold the catalogues of their music to various companies as a means of earning more money in exchange for the rights. 

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These deals and acquisitions allow publishing companies to acquire income from royalties, as well as when music is licensed for use in films, TV, and advertising as well. 

The specific terms of the Bowie deal have not been disclosed to the public, however, the Bowie estate in the past has been known for closely controlling the use of his music. The 2020 David Bowie biopic, Stardust, which was about the creation of Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust persona, was forbidden by the estate from using any of Bowie’s music in the film. 

WCM co-chair Carianne Marshall said: “We were pleased that the estate felt that Warner Chappell has the knowledge, experience, and resources to take the reins and continue to promote a collection of this stature. All of our global leaders and departments are incredibly excited and primed to get to work with these brilliant songs across multiple avenues and platforms.”

Another film has already been approved by the estate, and will be a documentary by Brett Morgan, who is using thousands of hours of rare and unseen live performance footage.

‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Swinging Its Way Towards $1 Billion Globally

With great movies comes great box office returns. Sony Pictures’ and Marvel Studios’ “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” the third film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s (MCU) Spider-Man trilogy, has grossed over $751.3 million globally in its first week, giving it full steam as it chugs towards $1 billion globally.

“No Way Home” broke pandemic box office records, bringing in an estimated domestic $253 million in its opening weekend while passing “Venom: Let There Be Canarge,” which made $90.1 million in its debut. That return also made it the third-highest weekend opening of all time behind “Avengers: Endgame” and “Avengers: Infinity War.”

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According to CNBC, estimates peg “No Way Home” to bring in about 50% to 70% of its opening haul this upcoming weekend, which could push it past the $1 billion mark. Even it that doesn’t happen, it should reach it within the next week.

Anticipation for the film grew for months, with fans speculating about what actors would be appearing in the film. When tickets first became available online, sites like Fandango and Regal experienced outages due to the influx of movie-goers attempting to secure their seats.

It culminated into $125.1 million in ticket sales on Friday, with $50 million from Thursday night previews. “No Way Home” then saw $73.9 million on Saturday before wrapping up with $64.1 million on Sunday.

If that wasn’t enough, “No Way Home” achieved the second-best five-day domestic gross total ($328.7 million) of all time, behind “Endgame” ($427 million) while also nabbing the best December five-day domestic gross total, beating out “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” ($325.4 million).

While the film was always figured to do well, its bounties have still caught some box office analysts by surprise. Speaking to CNBC, BoxOffice.com chief analyst Shawn Robbins explained that the movie’s production shouldn’t be undersold.

“At every turn, this movie just keeps swinging above expectations. It’s a remarkable achievement for any time and, even more so, during the pandemic.”

Elsewhere in the box office last weekend, “Encanto” finished with $6 million, while “West Side Story” finished with $3.7 million. While next weekend will bring more punches — “The Matrix Resurrections,” “Sing 2,” and “The King’s Man” are all set to play — “Far From Home” will once again dwarf the competition.

“Spider-Man: No Way Home” picks up where 2019’s “Spider-Man: Far From Home” left off, with Spider-Man/Peter Parker’s (Tom Holland) identity being revealed, throwing his life into chaos. Seeing his friends and family suffer from his consequences, Parker goes to Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) for help. Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, Jacob Batalon, and Jon Favreau also star.

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The film made waves amongst the superhero’s fan base by bringing back old, villainous faces. Willem Dafoe, who starred in 2002’s “Spider-Man,” returns as the Green Goblin, along with Alfred Molina as Doctor Octopus — from 2004’s “Spider-Man 2” — and Jamie Foxx as Electro, from 2014’s “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” Rhys Ifan and Thomas Haden Church also reprise their roles as Lizard and Sandman, respectively, from previous Spider-Man films.

For fans that haven’t seen the movie yet, they can expect additional surprises along the way. Despite the crowded cast, “No From Home” manages to seamlessly blend different worlds together while keeping Spider-Man’s story fresh and invigorating – all while taking hefty, franchise-changing risks that more than pay off.

“No Way Home” has received critical praise from both viewers and critics alike. It currently sports a 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes — the third-highest ranked MCU movie — a 9/10 on IMDB, and a 71% on Metacritic.

 George Orwell’s Estate Approves Feminist Retelling Of Nineteen Eighty-Four 

The estate of George Orwell has approved a feminist retelling of Nineteen Eighty-Four. The retelling reimagines the entire story from the perspective of Winston Smith’s lover Julia. 

Orwell’s original novel, which was published in 1949, is set in a dystopian future where Great Britain, referred to as Airstrip One, is a part of the totalitarian state of Oceania. Big Brother runs the state, and the Thought Police stamp out any individual thought within the community. Protagonist Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth and starts a love affair with Julia. 

Julia is known for working in the Fiction Department of the novel-writing machines, both characters are eventually captured for their affair and sent for re-education in Room 101. 

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In Julia by Sandra Newman, all of the incidents that occur throughout the original novel are told through the eyes of Julia, as opposed to Winston. 

“It was the man from Records who began it, him all unknowing in his prim, grim way, his above-it-all oldthink way. He was the one Syme called ‘Old Misery.’ Comrade Smith was his right name, though ‘Comrade’ never suited him somehow. Of course, if you felt foolish calling someone ‘Comrade’, far better not to speak to them at all,” writes Newman. 

Orwell describes Julia in Nineteen Eighty-Four as a “more acute person than Winston, and far less susceptible to Party propaganda … She also stirred a sort of envy in him by telling him that during the Two Minutes Hate her great difficulty was to avoid bursting out laughing. But she only questioned the teachings of the Party when they in some way touched upon her own life. Often she was ready to accept the official mythology, simply because the difference between truth and falsehood did not seem important to her.”

Publisher Granta said that when it comes to Julia, “she has known no other world and, until she meets Winston, never imagined one. She’s opportunistic, believing in nothing and caring not at all about politics. She routinely breaks the rules but also collaborates with the regime whenever necessary. She’s an ideal citizen of Oceania.”

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“One day, finding herself walking toward Winston Smith in a long corridor, she impulsively hands him a note – a potentially suicidal gesture – she comes to realise that she’s losing her grip and can no longer safely navigate her world.”

Orwell’s estate stated that they’ve been looking for an author to tell the story of Smith’s lover, and Newman “proved to be the perfect fit.”

“Two of the unanswered questions in Orwell’s novel are what Julia sees in Winston, and how she has navigated her way through the party hierarchy. Sandra gets under the skin of Big Brother’s world in a completely convincing way which is both true to the original but also gives a dramatically different narrative to stand alongside the original,” said the estate’s literary executor Bill Hamilton. 

“The millions of readers who have been brought up with Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four will find this a provocative and satisfying companion.”

Granata is also gearing up to release Newman’s new novel, The Menian, next June. Julia will be published after that release.

Astroworld Victims’ Families Reject Travis Scott’s Offer To Cover Funeral Costs 

Travis Scott’s offer to pay for the funeral costs of Astroworld victims has been rejected by half of the bereaved families. One of them is the family of nine-year-old Ezra Blount, who was the youngest of the 10 victims who lost their lives from the Texas music festival. 

Scott made the offer last week after multiple lawsuits against him, his team, livenation, and others involved in the festival were filed. A lawyer for the family of 14-year-old John Hilgert responded to the offer recently to the media: 

“The gesture is demeaning and inappropriate. Of all the things this case is about, the cost of the funeral is the least of any concern. This family is set on making change, and ensuring this never happens at a concert again.” 

On Friday November 5th, a crowd surge occurred during Scott’s set at Astroworld. There were around 50,000 people attending the festival in Houston’s NRG Park Complex. 

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Ten individuals have now lost their lives due to the surging that occurred at the event, the oldest of which was just 27-years-old. Blount died nine days after the concert after being placed in a medically induced coma due to the severity of his injuries. 

Scott’s lawyer, Daniel Petrocelli, wrote to the nine-year-old’s family the day after the funeral, offering to pay for the entire service. 

“Travis is devastated by the tragedy that occurred at the Astroworld Festival and grieves for the families whose loved ones died or were injured. Travis is committed to doing his part to help the families who have suffered and begin the long process of healing in the Houston community. Toward that end, Travis would like to pay for the funeral expenses for Mr Blount’s son,” the letter read.

The family’s lawyer, Bob Hilliard, immediately declined the offer on behalf of the Blount family with a letter:

“I have no doubt Mr. Scott feels remorse. His journey ahead will be painful. He must face and hopefully see that he bears some of the responsibility of this tragedy.” 

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Other families have called out Scott, and claimed that the rapper’s offer was simply to repair his public image, and if he actually cared about his fans, this wouldn’t have happened in the first place. 

Philip Corboy, the lawyer for the families of Jacob Jurinek and Franco Patino, 21-year-old best friends who were at the concert together, said Scott’s approach to make amends through his legal team leaves the impression “that all he’s trying to do is lessen the public outcry against him.”

“If he’s trying to impress upon the families that he’s sincere and has concern for them and realize that funerals can be expensive, what Soctt’s team did is not the way to do it,” Corboy continued.

“You don’t get a piece of paper in the mail from a lawyer in Beverly Hills who says he represents Travis Scott. These families are raw right now; that lacks any personal touch.”

Tony Buzbee, who represents the family of Axel Acosta (21), also publicly questioned Scott’s motives in choosing to make the announcement that he would pay for the funeral costs through a “press release that everyone could see.” 

“He says he feels sorry for them but he’s quick to say it wasn’t his fault. He’s no different than any defendant pointing fingers to someone else. They don’t want funeral expenses from him. Whatever we get from him we’re going to get through the court system,” Buzbee exclaimed. 

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Jake Gyllenhaal Has ‘No Interest’ In Drama Stemming From Taylor Swift’s ‘All Too Well’ Release

After the release of Taylor Swift’s “Red (Taylor’s Version)” on Nov. 12, Jake Gyllenhaal has been thrusted into the spotlight. Gyllenhaal, who’s starred in films such as “Donnie Darko,” “Brokeback Mountain,” and Spider-Man: Far From Home” dated Swift for three months in 2010.

Despite the short time, Gyllenhaal seemed to have left quite an impression on Swift. Her newly extended, 10-minute song “All Too Well,” along with a short film, is supposedly inspired by  — and drops hints about — their breakup.

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Swift’s song features lyrics such as “I’ll get older but your lovers stay my age,” and “you said if we had been closer in age maybe it would have been fine,” which are in reference to Gyllenhaal’s preference of dating girls much younger than himself. At the time of dating, Gyllenhaal was 29, while Swift was 20.

Gyllenhaal, 40, is currently dating 25-year-old Jeanne Cadieu. Despite the sudden onslaught against the actor, he seems to be paying no mind according to E! News. “Jake has no interest in any of it,” an insider told the entertainment news site. “He doesn’t read gossip or pay any attention to that.”

Meanwhile, another insider told US Weekly that Gyllenhaal — who was seen the day after the release of Swift’s album at an event in Los Angeles on Nov. 13 —  is in “good spirits,” and was proud to have presented an award on sound editing at the event.

Swift is well-known for writing songs based on her many boyfriends — and subsequent breakups — with hits such as “I Knew You Were Trouble,” “Forever And Always,” and “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” which doesn’t exactly carry subtly.

The pop star is currently re-recording and re-releasing all her albums because she doesn’t have ownership of the originals. That honor belongs to Shamrock Holdings, who acquired the rights from record executive Scooter Braun and Big Machine Records.

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Thus, the only way for Swift to legally regain control of all her songs past November 2020 was to recreate them, which is also why there are extended versions. Swift also released “Fearless” in April, which originally came out in 2008.

“Red” originally released in November 2012. As The Daily Beast notes, “Red (Taylor’s Version)” caught listeners by storm, and sold an estimated 500,000 copies last week, which broke Spotify records and ended up being the high first-week sales total of 2021.

Having announced the re-release back in June, Swift pushed up the release by a week, and kicked off the revamped album by appearing on two late night shows – one with Jimmy Fallon on Nov. 11, and then another with Seth Meyers.

Taylor Swift’s fans — commonly known as “swifties” — have bombarded Gyllenhaal’s social media pages in an effort to defend their idol, drawing criticism for their somewhat aggressive attacks in the process.

Although there is clear bad blood between the two, the credibility of Swift’s lyrics have been questioned. There is also some hypocrisy present within Swift’s lyrics, as she too has dated younger men. In 2012, 22-year-old Swift dated 18-year-old Conor Kennedy, who was still in high school at the time.

Almost 80% Of Americans Have Been Exposed To Misinformation Online Regarding Covid-19, Survey Says

Between social media and the plethora of news outlets reporting on the Covid-19 pandemic, many Americans aren’t sure what information to believe. New data from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that nearly 80% of Americans surveyed said they had heard of at least one of the falsehoods perpetuated by online misinformation and either believed it, or were unsure whether or not it was true. 

“Most commonly, six in ten adults have heard that the government is exaggerating the number of Covid-19 deaths by counting deaths due to other factors such as coronavirus deaths and either believe this to be true (38%) or aren’t sure if it’s true or false (22%).”

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“One-third of respondents believe or are unsure whether deaths due to the Covid-19 vaccine are being intentionally hidden by the government (35%), and about three in ten each believe or are unsure whether Covid-19 vaccines have been shown to cause infertility (31%) or whether Ivermectin is a safe and effective treatment for COVID-19 (28%),” the authors wrote.

The survey also found that “between a fifth and a quarter of the public believe or are unsure whether the vaccines can give you COVID-19 (25%), contain a microchip (24%), or can change your DNA (21%).”

Outlandish ideas such as vaccine microchips, trackers, or changes to DNA have been reported by “trusted” media outlets and have made a vast impact on many Americans in their choice to get vaccinated or not. 

“People’s trusted news sources are correlated with their belief in COVID-19 misinformation. At least a third of those who trust information from CNN, MSNBC, network news, NPR, and local television news do not believe any of the eight false statements, while small shares (between 11% and 16%) believe or are unsure about at least four of the eight false statements.”

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These results prove that traditional sources of media are helping people separate facts from falsehoods. However, Republicans have made it clear that sources such as CNN and NPR are not to be trusted. 

The survey found that “nearly 4 in 10 of those who trust Fox News (36%) and One America News (37%), and nearly half (46%) of those who trust Newsmax, saying they believe or are unsure about at least half of the eight false statements.”

The researchers cautioned, however, that “whether this is because people are exposed to misinformation from those news sources, or whether the types of people who choose those news sources are the same ones who are pre-disposed to believe certain types of misinformation for other reasons, is beyond the scope of the analysis.”

Post reporter Aaron Blake followed up with Kaiser and concluded that the overall numbers “obscure just how ripe the right is for this kind of misinformation. That’s because, “in most cases, if you exclude Republicans who haven’t heard the claims and focus on just who is familiar with them, a majority of them actually believe the claims.”

David Leonhardt of The New York Times wrote “Covid vaccines are remarkably effective at preventing severe Covid, and almost 40 percent of Republican adults remain unvaccinated, compared with about 10 percent of Democratic adults. In the Kaiser research, unvaccinated adults were more likely than vaccinated adults to believe four or more of the eight false statements.”

Popcorn and Netflix

Carole Baskin Suing Netflix For Using Footage Of Her In Tiger King 2 

Carole Baskin and her husband, Howard, are accusing Royal Goode Productions and Netflix of breach of contract by using footage of the couple in the trailer for the sequel to the Netflix hit series ‘Tiger King’. 

The second season of the series was initially scheduled for release on November 17th. According to media sources, the lawsuit was filed on Monday in Tampa, Florida. The couple is arguing that they only signed appearance release forms for the first series, which Carole Baskin would go on to describe as a “reality show dumpster fire.” 

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The lawsuit states: “By utilizing the film footage of the Baskins and Big Cat Rescue secured by Royal Goode Productions under the Appearance Releases in ‘sizzle reels’ and promotional trailers for the sequel entitled ‘Tiger King 2,’ the Defendants are in breach of the terms of the Appearance Releases.”

The Baskins are looking for Royal Goode Productions and Netfliz to remove all footage of them being used in Tiger King 2. 

Carole Baskin also made multiple claims in the past that the first season of the series “perniciously implicated” her in the disappearance of her first husband in 1997; the first season alludes that Baskin potentially fed her first husband to one of her tigers, thus destroying all evidence that would implicate her in his disappearance. 

The entire first season of the series followed the rivalry that took place between Joe Exotic, owner of the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park in Oklahoma, and animal conservationist Carole Baskin. 

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In 2018, Joseph Maldonado-Passage, Joe Exotic’s real name, was arrested after being accused of hiring two men to murder Baskin. 

In 2019, he was found guilty of multiple federal charges of animal abuse and two counts of attempted murder. Exotic was sentenced to a 22-year prison sentence in Fort Worth, Texas. 

Exotic has since sold his zoo and is currently appealing his sentencing, calling it “harsh.” Jeff and Lauren Lowe are the couple who now own Exotic’s old zoo. In January a federal judge ordered the Lowe’s to turn over all lion and tiger cubs in their possession, along with the animals’ mothers. 

The animals were then returned to the federal government after it was found that Exotic’s zoo had violated the US’s endangered Species Act and the Animal Welfare Act. 

In the meantime, the Baskins have teamed up with fiml-maker Michael Webber, most famously known for ‘The Elephant In The Living Room’, for their own documentary called ‘The Conservation Game’.

Music Awards

Morgan Wallen Banned From 2021 American Music Awards Despite Being Nominated 

The 2021 American Music Awards announced that they won’t have controversial country artist Morgan Wallen appearing at this year’s show. Wallen is nominated for “Favorite Male Country Artist” and “Favorite Country Album” at the AMAs this year. 

Show producer MRC Live & Alternative posted Wallen’s name on its nomination release with a side note explaining the decision to have Wallen nominated despite the fact that he’s not being invited to the event over his racist comments made in a video posted in February. 

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The show producers statement read, “American Music Awards (AMA) nominees are determined by performance on the Billboard Charts and are not chosen by a voting committee or membership organization.” 

“AMA  nominees are based on key fan interactions with music (including streaming, album sales, song sales, radio airplay, social engagement), tracked by Billboard and its data partner MRC Data. The AMA winners are voted entirely by fans.”

“Morgan Wallen is a nominee this year based on charting. As his conduct does not align with our core values, we will not be including him on the show in any capacity (performing, presenting, accepting),” the statement continued.

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“We plan to evaluate Wallen’s progress in doing meaningful work as an ally to the Black community and will consider his participation in future shows.”

Wallen has already been banned from various award shows and radio stations in wake of the February 2021 video which shows Wallen using a racial slur. 

After a few months Wallen went on an “apology tour” which included working with several Black organizations about his mistake and the harmful impact it has. Wallen has since been reinstated to his record label after a hiatus of several months as well. 

On July 23, Wallen publicly spoke of his racial comment on Good Morning America, saying that “[he] was around some of [his] friends, and [they] say dumb stuff together” and said that “he was wrong” to express those words.