Nicki Minaj is pulling out of a concert in Saudi Arabia because she said she wants to show support for women's rights, gay rights and freedom of expression. "After careful reflection I have decided to no longer move forward with my scheduled concert at Jeddah World Fest," Minaj said in a statement Tuesday to The Associated Press. "While I want nothing more than to bring my show to fans in Saudi Arabia, after better educating myself on the issues, I believe it is important for me to make clear my support for the rights of women, the LGBTQ community and freedom of expression," she said. Minaj was originally scheduled to headline the concert on July 18. Saudi organizers said the Jeddah World Fest will be broadcast globally. The kingdom is also promising quick electronic visas for international visitors who want to attend.
One couple with a $10 million wedding budget went all out for their lavish ceremony with a red carpet, a 10-tier cake, and a musical guest appearance by Lady Gaga. The nuptials of Lolita Osmanova and Gaspar Avdolyan, the Beverly-Hills based offspring of the two wealthiest men in Russia, were held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles where the Academy Awards take place. The guests were treated to a performance by Lady Gaga, who was reportedly paid more than $2 million for the evening. Anyone looking to outdo the couple’s extravagant day will need to be resourceful. According to Russian newspapers, a more expensive wedding would have to be held in space.
Game of Thrones might be over now, but the prequel is on its way as filming for the new series has just begun. The HBO's spin-off, which is currently untitled, has started filming its pilot on location (reported by Entertainment Weekly) and the location is very familiar to fans of the original series. The place is Northern Ireland, which was the main location for shooting all of Game of Thrones' eight seasons. There are no further details of whether the new series will shoot in other countries too. The prequel is set thousands of years before the events in Game of Thrones, described by HBO as a show that "chronicles the world's descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour". The new series is written by Jane Goldman, and it also brings author George R.R. Martin and Jessica Jones' director S.J. Clarkson. Oscar nominee Naomi Watts was confirmed to be playing a lead role, alongside Josh Whitehouse.
Disney are enjoying a surge of success as of late, with their new takes on classic tales such as 'The Jungle Book' and 'Beauty and the Beast' proving to be extremely popular. Bringing them to live-action, the movie company are able to do things on a bigger scale than ever before, and that's set to continue with live-action remakes for 'The Lion King', 'Mulan' and 'Aladdin' on the way. Announcing the news as part of the D23 Expo, Disney took to social media to tell fans that Mena Massoud would be taking the titular role in 'Aladdin', alongside 'Power Rangers' star Naomi Scott as Jasmine, and A-lister Will Smith as the Genie. No reveal has yet been made as to who'll be taking on the villain of the film, Jafar, but British actor Tom Hardy is supposedly a frontrunner. Directed by Guy Ritchie , this classic is sure to be another huge hit for Disney. 'Aladdin' is set to hit movie theatres on March 29, 2019. source contact music

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