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Zac Brown Band postpones tour due to coronavirus

The Zac Brown Band are just the latest in an ever-growing list of entertainment acts to postpone concerts due to the coronavirus.

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On Tuesday, the Grammy-winning country group announced on social media that it was postponing the spring 2020 leg of its Owl Tour. The announcement, which the group said was made "out of caution and due to increasing public health concerns," affects 13 shows.

"This was an extremely difficult decision, but the well-being of our fans is always our top priority. Rescheduled dates for all spring shows (through Nashville on April 25) will be announced soon," the group said. "We ask that our fans retain their tickets as they will be honored on the new dates."

Zac noted that the "Roar With The Lions" tour set to begin in May is going on as planned.

The announcement coming on the heels of concert cancelations by Pearl Jam, Santana, Madonna, Green Day, Avril Lavigne, Queen, Mariah Carey and BTS, among others. Similarly, South By Southwest and Ultra Music Festival were both canceled due to the spread of COVID-19. The new James Bond film, "No Time to Die," also canceled its Beijing premiere and promotional tour with the cast in April. CBS has also halted the filming of an upcoming season of "The Amazing Race" out of "an abundance of caution." "Wheel of Fortune" also announced that it would be taping without a live studio audience.

Controversy sells

There's a waitlist for Harry Styles' controversial Vogue cover

Harry Styles is a man in demand!

In the newest issue of Vogue, the singer appears in a skirt. Although the photo caused some controversy, the magazine is already a huge hit. In fact, there's a waiting list for fans to get their hands on a copy, Page Six reports.

"We sold 40,000 subscriptions since launch a little over a week ago, and have already ordered a second print run," a Condé Nast source said.

Harry made history with the issue, as he became the first man to ever appear solo on the cover of Vogue. While that news was certainly something to celebrate, controversy ensued after popular conservative commentator Candace Owens skewered the pop star for wearing a skirt on the cover.

Harry's outfits were "steady feminization of our men," she said, also adding that society needs to "bring back manly men."

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The comments prompted a slew of celebrities to back Harry and his fashion choices. 

"I think you've missed the definition of what a man is. masculinity alone does not make a man. in fact, it's got nothing to do with it," Elijah Wood commented. 

Sara Bareilles said, "One of the 'manliest' (barf) men I know said, 'if Harry Styles in a dress scares you, it's more about you than about him'… my kind of 'man.'"

Olivia Wilde was more direct, telling Candace, "You're pathetic."

Citizenship

Tristan Thompson becomes U.S. citizen

Meet the newest citizen of The United States of America: Tristan Thompson.

Tristan, who was born in Canada, was sworn in as an American citizen earlier this week.

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According to United States Citizen and Immigrant Services, the NBA star became a full-fledged citizen on Nov. 24. 

"I came to the US on a student visa and have always had big dreams. I'm now truly living the American dream," the USCIS quoted Tristan as saying.

The citizenship comes just days after Tristan signed a 2-year, $19 million contract with the Boston Celtics. The contract, though, will have little significance on his living situation with girlfriend Khloe Kardashian

Last week, reports said the reality TV star has no plans to move from Los Angeles to Boston so that she and 2-year-old True, the daughter Khloe and Tristan share, can be closer to him. 

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True, TMZ said, has a routine in L.A. and Khloe doesn't want to mess with it. Plus, her cousins are all in California. Tristan, the report states, is completely on board with the decision for Khloe and True to remain in the Golden State. 

Khloe and Tristan will maintain in a long-distance relationship. 

The couple has certainly been down this road before, as she often traveled to Cleveland when he was playing for the Cavaliers (True was actually born in Cleveland). The "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" star's back-and-forth between Los Angeles and Cleveland halted when Tristan was caught cheating on her. The two worked it out, but Tristan was again involved in another cheating scandal a few months later, this time with Jordyn Woods, who was Kylie Jenner's BFF at the time.

Khloe spoke openly about her heartbreak following the Jordyn incident, but said she wouldn't forbid Tristan from seeing their daughter. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Khloe and Tristan reconciled.

Health concern

Larry King, 87, expected to be released from hospital

After reportedly spending the past week in the hospital with a heart issue, Larry King is expected to be released.

His release could come as early as today, the New York Post's Page Six reported on Nov. 28.

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Larry, 87, is supposedly feeling much better.

On Thanksgiving, Page Six said the TV icon has secretly spent the past week in the hospital — presumably near his home in Los Angeles — due to "heart issues and other things." Now, the report says Larry was in the hospital "with a blood-flow issue."

Larry spent his most recent birthday in the hospital.

Larry's health has made headlines before. In 2017, he revealed that he had been secretly battling lung cancer. Last year, Larry was also hospitalized after experiencing chest pains. Some reports at the time suggested that he suffered a heart attack, but his rep denied the speculation, claiming, "His doctor successfully performed the angioplasty and inserted stents to reopen the previous bypass from 1987."

In November 2019, he told Page Six that that March he'd "had what they call a slight stroke." 

"They thought I was going to die," he said, "it was really touch-and-go."

Concern

Maria Menounos sparks concern with worrisome tweets

Maria Menounos has worried her fans after two cryptic tweets calling for prayers for her family.

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The Emmy-winning journalist first tweeted on Nov. 25, "Need some prayers. Please send some prayers to my family."

Many of Maria's 653,000 Twitter followers asked her for more details, but the "Extra" host didn't respond.

A few hours after her initial tweet, Maria posted another message that referenced her plea.

"Thank you for the prayers. We really need them right now," she wrote just before midnight on Nov. 25. "I believe in the collective energy of good people wishing well or I wouldn't ask."

She continued, "Thank you & if you can keep them coming I would be forever grateful. Focusing on what I desire not the fear. Trying."

A few of Maria's fans suspected that her tweets had something to do with her mother, but she didn't confirm the speculation. Litsa, Maria's mom, was previously diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive malignant tumor. Back in October 2019, Maria announced that her mother's brain cancer had reappeared.

Hospitalized

Larry King hospitalized with 'heart issues': Report

Larry King has been secretly hospitalized in Los Angeles for the past week, according to a report.

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A source told Page Six on Nov. 26, "Larry has been in the hospital with heart issues and other things."

The TV icon even spent his 87th birthday there. 

Larry's health has made headlines before. In 2017, he revealed that he had been secretly battling lung cancer. Last year, Larry was also hospitalized after experiencing chest pains. Some reports at the time suggested that he suffered a heart attack, but his rep denied the speculation, claiming, "His doctor successfully performed the angioplasty and inserted stents to reopen the previous bypass from 1987."

The former "Larry King Live" host has suffered two previous heart attacks.

Lawsuit

'Couples Retreat' star sues Universal, alleges racism over movie poster

A decade-old fight between comedian Faizon Love and Universal Studios over a promotional movie poster for "Couples Retreat" has culminated into a lawsuit. 

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Faizon, who was one of the main stars in the 2009 film, is accusing the studio of racial discrimination for scrubbing him from the overseas version of the film's poster while leaving his white costars in it. 

The actor, who is Black, states in the lawsuit that his image and his name were featured in the United States version of the promotional poster. However, neither his likeness nor his name were included in the international ad. Faizon's love interest in the film, Kali Hawk, was also included in the U.S. version, but not the overseas version. She, too, is Black.

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The controversy made headlines in 2009. At the time, a Universal spokesman said the poster was changed to "simplify" it internationally. 

Faizon is suing for violations of the Fair Employment and Housing Act and Unfair Competition Law, as well as for breach of contract and fraud. He is also seeking unspecified damages.

"This act of racism deeply aggrieved Mr. Love. After decades spent honing his craft and compiling more than 50 acting credits, Mr. Love reasonably believed Couples Retreat was his opportunity to present to national and international audiences his talents as a prominent Black comedic actor," the lawsuit states, according to The Daily Mail. "Mr. Love and his Black costar, Kali Hawk, were expunged completely from the film's principal international advertisement, while the other 'couples' basked in the publicity and acclaim of an international box office hit."

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Faizon claims he brought the removal to the attention of Universal way back in 2009, as the film was on its way to raking in $171 million worldwide. The studio, Faizon claims, failed on its promise to take the overseas poster out of circulation. At the time, Faizon also said Universal promised him "lucrative, career-making film roles," but says those roles were never offered. 

Faizon, known most famously for his work in "Elf" opposite Will Ferrell, said he ultimately decided to file the lawsuit after realizing the "humiliating" and "racist" poster is still being used to promote the film 11 years later. 

Lyric police

Paul McCartney admits that he forgets Beatles song lyrics

Sir Paul McCartney admits that he sometimes needs a little "help" when it comes to remembering lyrics to some of his best-known songs.

It's not so much that he forgets, the music legend says, it's more that his mind wanders… even in front of an arena packed with fans.

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"I'll be doing a song, let's say 'Eleanor Rigby' or something, and I'm on autopilot," he said on the Smartless podcast. "I'm starting to think 'Oh, what am I going to have for dinner later? Maybe you won't have the soup but maybe you'll just go for the main course…' And I go 'STOP!' Because I'm singing 'Eleanor Rigby.'"

Because of this, Paul, 78, uses a teleprompter on stage so that he doesn't slip up.

He's also not exactly a historian of the Beatles.

"I'm the world's worst rememberer of Beatles' history," he said in a recent chat with Taylor Swift for Rolling Stone. "I just think, 'Well there's always going to be someone who knows. So, I'll just ask someone!'"

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That fact that he's "Paul McCartney" isn't lost on him either. While chatting with Taylor, he said he compartmentalizes the famous singer from Liverpool, England, from the man from Liverpool, England. 

"I know I'm very famous, but I don't want to walk around like I'm very famous. I like that bit that I had when I grew up of just going on a bus and just being, you know…" he said. "But I do separate 'him' from 'me.' So, me, I don't like to take pictures when people say, 'Can I have a picture?' because everyone has got a camera in the world. And so I say 'I'm sorry, I don't do pictures.'"

He continued, "I sometimes feel like I have to say, 'Look, I'm happy to talk to you. Sit down. We can talk.' Because I like that. Because I'm still me. The minute I put my arm around you, or you put your arm around me, I feel like the monkey in St. Tropez. 'Come and have your picture taken with the monkey.' I don't like that. It puts me off."

Gift guys

Kanye gifts Chris Brown $120k off-road vehicle to celebrate career

Kanye West got a jump on the gift giving season this year, and Chris Brown is an early recipient.

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On Nov. 24, Kanye decided to gift Chris with a $120,000 off-road truck — sometimes referred to as a Yeezy Truck — to commemorate his two-decade career. Kanye was not physically there at the surprise exchange.

According to TMZ, Kanye sent his manager to Chris' Los Angeles-area house. Along with the vehicle was a hand-written letter from Kanye. 

"Congratulations to Chris brown, 20 years in the game you have overcome many hurdles and obstacles, you deserve the recognition for all the hard work you have put in," the note read. 

The R&B singer posed on the vehicle for an Instagram picture. 

"THANK YOU KANYE," he captioned the photo from his driveway. 

The vehicle is actually not a truck, per se, but rather a Sherp ATV. Business Insider said Kanye has "a fleet" of them at his Wyoming ranch. The ATVs can maneuver all terrain, as they can climb over three-foot-tall obstacles, handle mountainous terrain, drive for 115 hours without refueling and even glide across open water.

Kanye was seen driving the vehicle earlier this year while handing out Yeezy sneakers in Chicago. 

According to the company's website, Sherps are built for "extreme operational conditions" and are used by geologists, oil workers, rescue personnel, and hunters… and now R&B stars.

Health concern

Neon Trees frontman, 36, recovering from stroke

Neon Trees singer Tyler Glenn has revealed that he suffered a stroke and has been hospitalized in Utah.

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Tyler, 36, spoke of his health situation on social media. 

"Hey everyone, I have some freaky news. Last week, I suffered a Stroke that resulted in a retina occlusion in my right eye. I woke up Thursday foggy and not seeing clearly out of my right eye. Something resembling a Greyish cloud was obstructing my vision," he wrote on Instagram.

Rather than going to the doctor or hospital that day, Tyler waited to see if symptoms improved. They didn't. 

"The next morning, still having the vision problem, I went to see an ophthalmologist who alerted me to the retinal edema in the small artery of my eye. It wasn't just an eye floater like I'd presumed and hoped," Tyler wrote. "He informed me I had had a stroke, and that I should immediately go to the hospital. There I was admitted and began a series of tests, every cardiology and neurological test they could do, my last test being this morning. I'm quite freaked out being 36, ostensibly healthy and having this happen."

Alongside a series of images taken from the Intermountain Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Tyler wrote, "I'm still awaiting reasons why, although my labs and the results show a clean bill of health in my heart and blood. I still have the 'cloud' in my right eye, which I'm told could eventually dissipate, or my eyes could adapt."

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While he's recovering, the "Everybody Talks" singer said he's hoping to get an answer as to why this happened to him. 

"If you ever feel or experience something in your body that feels off, please don't wait to get it checked out," he said. "You always assume it can't happen to you, until it does."