Garth Brooks broke his own previous ticket sales record by selling 180,000 tickets to his upcoming Chicago residency in under three hours. Brooks' comeback tour, which kicks off on September 4, sold all three lots of tickets for his ten Chicago shows at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.
Quentin Tarantino confirmed at Comic-Con that "The Hateful Eight" is back on track, and that he plans to direct. Responding to the question in San Diego, Tarantino said "yeah - we're going to be doing 'The Hateful Eight'." Quentin previously said he planned on killing the project after the script was leaked online. He sued Gawker for giving out details on how to obtain the script.
Nicki Minaj will be featured in an upcoming episode of the Cartoon Network animated series Steven Universe. Minaj stars as Sugilite, the mighty and powerful fusion of Garnet and Amethyst, two of the show's magically powered "gems" who help protect the world. In the same episode, Estelle gives voice to the character Garnet.
Jennifer Lopez turned 45 in style, accompanied by high-profile friends including French Montana and Fat Joe. The "I Luh Ya Papi" songstress posed with Montana, whose girlfriend, Khloe Kardashian, also attended the bash, and Joe, both of whom later posted pictures to their Instagram accounts from the party.
Zack Snyder tweeted the first look at Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman ahead of the Warner Bros Comic-Con presentation. In the photo, the superhero stands on a cliff wielding a sword before a fiery and smoky setting. "Great time at #SDCC this year! #WonderWoman #DCTrinity," Snyder captioned the picture. The cast of the film also features Amy Adams as Lois Lane and Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor.
Keyshia Cole has released the album cover for her sixth studio album, Point of No Return. The art sees Keysh sitting on the door of her convertible, while alone on an isolated desert road. "There's definitely more sexy songs on this album than I've ever done," Keyshia told Fuse. "I'm excited to see what the people think about that, so we'll see how receptive they are."
Aretha Franklin was scolded by a Johnny Rockets employee in Niagara Falls, Canada last week. Franklin ordered a hamburger at the restaurant chain and proceeded to eat her sandwich in the store. An employee noticed that she was eating inside after having asked for a take-out and reprimanded her, saying that she was not allowed to eat in because she ordered for take-out.
In a weekend with a few different wide releases, Scarlett Johansson-starring thriller "Lucy" had no problem finding its intended audience, giving it one of the biggest R-rated openings of the year and knocking "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" out of the top box office slot. With "Lucy" putting together strong opening figures, Brett Ratner's "Hercules" posted just $29 million in opening revenue.
Ian Somerhalder ("The Vampire Diaries") and Nikki Reed were seen being intimate at Comic-Con in San Diego over the weekend. An insider, speaking with the Hollywood Gossip, said the two are definitely a couple: "They were so together," adding that they "were very hot and heavy," and that "they weren't hiding their PDA at all." Another source told People that the two were "kissing sweetly."
T.I. is hitting back in response to allegations that he wrote lyrics for Iggy Azalea. In a video interview with Bijou Star, Tip said that "I ain't no ghostwriter."
Joe Perry says that he was recently in the studio with Paul McCartney, but refused to elaborate on the project. Speaking with the Chicago Sun-Times, he said they spent a good deal of time in the studio: "To spend six or eight hours in studio with him recording! He makes you feel like [you're recording with just another guy]. He just happens to be a motherf—ing huge talent!"
Cissy Houston, the mother of the late Whitney Houston, has appealed to the Lifetime network to discontinue the production of its biopic on her daughter. Speaking with Entertainment Tonight, Cissy asked the filmmakers to "please, please let her rest." "Lifetime has chosen to go ahead with the movie about Whitney in spite of my family's objections," she added.
Pearl Jam fronter Eddie Vedder was joined on stage by Cat Power's Chan Marshall last week in Portugul where the two performed their 2011 collab "Tonight You Belong to Me." Fan shot video of the performance is now circulating the web. Eddie brought Chan to the stage by introducing her as "one of my favorite singers of all time without a doubt."
Alan Jackson has been honored with an exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and been named the HOF's Artist in Residence for 2014. The exhibit, Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin It Country, opens August 29 and runs through March 2015. Items on display include the water ski from his "Chattahoochee" video, hand written lyrics to his hits "Livin on Love."
KISS are among the acts to be confirmed at the Fashion Rocks show during Fashion Week in New York City. The two hour event, hosted by Ryan Seacrest, airs live on CBS from Brooklyn's Barclays Center on September 9. Other acts to take the stage include Usher, the Band Perry, Miranda Lambert, Afrojack, Duran Duran and Jennifer Lopez.