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Macklemore recruits 7-year-old daughter Sloane to direct ‘No Bad Days’ music video

(From left) Macklemore and 7-year-old daughter Sloane, who was tapped to direct the rapper's upcoming music video for new song 'No Bad Days.'

There are no bad days in Macklemore’s house.

The rapper shared a video on Instagram on Monday where he’s seen enlisting his 7-year-old daughter Sloane to help direct the music video for his new song “No Bad Days.”

“I’m a little bit nervous asking this, if I’m being honest,” Macklemore said to Sloane, who is seen sitting next to her dad in front of a piece of paper full of doodles at a table.

Macklemore told his daughter that he was so impressed with her “work ethic” when she recently helped him produce his golf apparel line Bogey Boys, adding “I absolutely loved your style.”

He continued to tell her that he’s been trying to think of a music video for his upcoming track “No Bad Days,” which is on his new album “Ben” set to be released on March 3 and said he had a “crazy idea.”

“I need a director and I was thinking, what if you directed the music video?” Macklemore proposed.

Shocked, Sloane giggled and excitedly exclaimed, “That’s a yes!” The dad-and-daughter duo then shared a celebratory embrace as Sloane wiped tears from her eyes and aptly said, “Action!”

This isn’t the first time Macklemore has enlisted his dynamic daughter to weigh in on his work. The rapper shared a video in 2021 in which he played his song “Next Year” for Sloane.

“Not your best but I still love ya,” she opined after listening to the song.

Hopefully, Sloane’s next venture directing her dad’s music video will go over much better.

Marvel enters a new phase, but ‘Endgame’ still looms large in the rearview mirror

Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man in "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania," which kicks off the next phase of Marvel movies.

The unfavorable reviews greeting “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” have triggered inevitable speculation about Marvel losing its mojo, and whether the studio’s 15-year run of box-office dominance might be, well, shrinking, if not entirely over. While the future’s hard to see, the past points toward a pivotal moment: The exit of foundational characters that followed “Avengers: Endgame.”

Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man and Chris Evans as Captain America were two of the original pillars, along with Chris Hemsworth’s Thor, around which Marvel Studios concocted its then-audacious scheme of five movies culminating with the superhero team-up “The Avengers.”

The departure of the first two after “Endgame,” followed by the sudden and unexpected death of the likeliest heir to their mantle, “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman, dealt Marvel a blow that it has been struggling to compensate for ever since.

The creative challenges ushered in by the post-“Endgame” period were obscured in part by the logistical ones caused by the pandemic that impacted the entire film industry, altering expectations about what a “hit” movie actually looked like. The studio also effectively funneled much of its energy into launching parent Disney’s streaming service, Disney+, most effectively with series spun out of the Avengers franchise, and less so with efforts to bring new second-tier heroes (see Moon Knight and She-Hulk) to the screen.

With the benefit of hindsight, Marvel has essentially been in rebuilding mode since the Thanos saga reached its epic conclusion, having sacrificed a level of star power that simply isn’t easily replaced.

Indeed, the fact that Marvel opted to initiate its next phase featuring the villainous Kang the Conqueror through the character of Ant-Man, a fun but decidedly punier figure within its comics-based empire, serves as a tacit signal of the void left in its assembly line.

Marvel also experienced a setback from the tepid response, critically as well as commercially, to its attempt to introduce a new super-team with “Eternals,”

 piercing the studio’s aura of invincibility.

Marvel still misses the key players that left after "Avengers: Endgame" in 2019.

Although some will surely race ahead to label Marvel wounded – particularly if “Quantumania” doesn’t meet box-office expectations – any impulse to write its epitaph would surely be misguided. Beyond several high-profile sequels on this year’s release calendar, enormous anticipation exists regarding the studio’s integration of its former Fox properties with Deadpool, X-Men and the Fantastic Four due to join its cinematic universe.

Still, Marvel’s strength has given way to certain signs of weakness, and the delicate balancing act associated with satisfying existing fans while creating points of entry for new ones – a priority Marvel chief Kevin Feige cited in an interview with Entertainment Weekly – has become more involved as its universe has expanded, making the process of keeping track of every interlocking wrinkle feel more like “homework,” as he put it.

In that interview, Feige also mentioned producing fewer Disney+ series and spacing the out more, seemingly acknowledging the danger of diluting the brand.

Compared to the rest of the movie world Marvel still possesses high-class problems, especially when it comes to producing the kind of films that can still inspire people to rush out to see them. But the enthusiasm of its loyal fans perhaps prevented observers from recognizing the blow the studio experienced when Downey and Evans opted to hang up the armor and shield, respectively.

Even if “Ant-Man and the Wasp” falls short, Marvel’s next phase could still wind up being a rousing success, and the potential of the aforementioned Fox additions seems particularly bright.

Watching “Ant-Man,” though, it’s hard to avoid a sense that while Marvel’s storytelling has evolved to encompass a multiverse of infinite possibilities, its stable of heroes does feel smaller – as much a tribute, perhaps, to the all-stars that moved on as a knock on those that remain in its bullpen.

How ASL performer Justina Miles stole the show at Super Bowl LVII

Justina Miles performs "Lift Every Voice and Sing" in American Sign Language prior to Sunday's Super Bowl.

Rihanna wasn’t the only one shining bright like a diamond during the Super Bowl.

Videos of Justina Miles, a deaf American Sign Language interpreter, are racking up views online as admirers praise her energetic performances Sunday.

Miles signed lyrics for hearing-impaired TV viewers as Rihanna performed a 13-minute set during the game’s halftime show. Before the game the 20-year-old also signed during actress Sheryl Lee Ralph’s performance of the Black National Anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”

“Loving the spark and energy of Justina Miles, the ASL performer for the #SuperBowl,” one user wrote on Twitter. “Just fantastic!”

This isn’t Miles’ first musical performance. Hailing from Philadelphia, she has performed ASL renditions of concerts throughout the country, according to the National Association of the Deaf.

At a news conference on Thursday, Miles spoke about the significance of singing the Black National Anthem, which many viewers may not have heard before, she said.

Deaf performers Colin Denny, Troy Kotsur and Justina Miles (left to right) speak during a press conference Thursday about the Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show.

“It’s not only for me to share this experience with the whole world, but to really bring that empowerment to millions and millions of Black deaf people all over the country, who’ve never really seen that before,” she said. “And so they should feel inspired, and that’s the same way I feel. I feel like that is truly lifting every voice, even my voice.”

Miles is a nursing student and a cheerleader at Bowie State University in Maryland and was the valedictorian at the Model Secondary School for the Deaf in Washington, DC, according to the NFL.

She was one of several ASL performers who appeared at Sunday’s Super Bowl in Glendale, Arizona. Actor Troy Kotsur, who became the first deaf man to win an Oscar for his performance in 2021’s “CODA,” signed Chris Stapleton’s performance of the National Anthem.

Rihanna’s performance at this year’s Super Bowl was memorable for other reasons, too. Though the Kansas City Chiefs took home the trophy for beating the Philadelphia Eagles, Rihanna stole the show by signaling her pregnancy in the midst of her performance, sending shock waves through social media. A representative for the pop star later confirmed her pregnancy to CNN.

How Rihanna stayed grounded, while so high in the air at the Super Bowl

Feb 12, 2023; Glendale, Arizona, US; Recordist artist Rihanna performs during halftime of Super Bowl LVII at State Farm Stadium.

Yes, the seven floating stages during Rihanna’s Apple Music Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show were theatrical and cool, but they also had a very practical purpose.

And it had everything to do with the grass on the field.

That’s according to Bruce Rodgers, the halftime show production designer, who spoke to Wired about helping to create the show prior to the performance.

Rodgers explained that when it came to the LED lit stages that elevated off the field for Rihanna and her dancers, it had “never been done before.”

“With Katy Perry, we flew her around in a flying device, like a rocket ship,” he said. “But this one is a totally different animal.”

Rodgers said he came up with the concept and worked with Rihanna’s team, which included designer Willo Perron, choreographer Parris Goebel, and production manager Joseph Lloyd, to implement it.

Rihanna performs onstage during the Apple Music Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show.

By having the singer and the other performers in the air, it took the stress off of the turf on the field that at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, is 100,000 square feet of Tifway 419 hybrid Bermuda grass.

Grass is very important to the National Football League as it can affect how the players are able to function on the field.

And while it may have looked risky for Rihanna, who debuted her new baby bump during her performance, to be suspended on a stage 15-60 feet off the ground, according to the report, the stages had “massive Brunel trusses” that Rodgers assured Rihanna’s team are “strong enough to ‘carry a freight train.’”

“This will be, in my opinion, the most technically advanced Super Bowl halftime show that’s ever been done because of the amount of tech used to move the platforms,” Aaron Siebert, the project lead from Tait Towers, which made the platforms, told the publication prior to the show.

‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ leads Oscar nominations with 11

The strange and sentimental film “Everything Everywhere All at Once” led among the films nominated for the 95th Academy Awards on Tuesday, scoring 11 nominations. “All Quiet on the Western Front” and “The Banshees of Inisherin” followed with nine nominations each.

Blockbusters “Top Gun: Maverick” and “Avatar: The Way of Water” each landed nominations for best film, and there is plenty of star power among the nominees. Both Rihanna and Lady Gaga were nominated in the original song category (for tunes from “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” and “Top Gun: Maverick,” respectively), as veterans in the industry were recognized as well.

Those actors include Angela Bassett, who was nominated in the best supporting actress category for her role in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever;” Jamie Lee Curtis in the same category for “Everything Everywhere All at Once;” Judd Hirsch in “The Fabelmans,” nominated for best supporting actor; Colin Farrell in “The Banshees of Inisherin,” and Brendan Fraser in “The Whale,” nominated for best actor; and in the best actress category Cate Blanchett for “Tár,” Michelle Williams in “The Fabelmans” and Michelle Yeoh in “Everything Everywhere All at Once.”

Allison Williams, who most recently starred in the horror hit “M3GAN,” and Riz Ahmed, who received an Oscar las year for his role in the short film “The Long Goodbye,” announced the nominations.

The Academy Awards are set to take place on Sunday, March 12.

See below for a full list of the nominees.

The Rock made Adele’s dream come true at the Grammys

Adele finally meets Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson at the 65th Grammy Awards.

Top 10 Best Super Bowl Halftime Shows of All Time

Michael Jackson (1993)

Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson performs during Super Bowl XXVII at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. (Getty Images)

This one is complicated: Many people are no longer able to engage with Jackson’s music after he’s been credibly accused of deeply upsetting crimes. But the fact is that it’s just about impossible to discuss Super Bowl performers without including him, and that’s because he basically invented the halftime show as we know it today. Before this, the mid-game entertainment was largely comprised of university marching bands and covers from groups like Up with People. Bringing in a headliner like Jackson totally paid off, and that year’s game saw a ratings spike of 8.6 percent. And if you need a reminder of just how big of a superstar the King of Pop was at the time, look no further than the fact that the audience enthusiastically applauded while he stood still for a full 90 seconds of precious airtime before beginning the show.


Diana Ross (1996)

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Diana Ross performs during Super Bowl XXX at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. (Getty Images)

When you’ve got as many iconic hits to your name as Diana Ross, it would be easy to knock out an audience just by standing there and singing them. Of course, that’s not what this music legend did. After running through classic songs like “Stop! In the Name of Love,” “You Keep Me Hangin’ On,” and “You Can’t Hurry Love” while riding a crane, singing along with a choir, and unleashing thousands of balloons into the stadium, she pulled off the most show-stopping exit of all time: A helicopter landed on the field and flew her away as she belted her 1995 hit “Take Me Higher.”


U2 (2002)

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U2 singer Bono performs a Super Bowl XXXVI at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Getty Images)

For the first Super Bowl after 9/11, the NFL knew just who to call for a cathartic halftime show that spoke to the moment: U2, who was then (and remains now) one of the biggest rock bands in the world. They kicked off with their rousing hit “Beautiful Day,” but things took an emotional turn when the lights went down and a list of Americans we’d lost appeared behind them as they played “MLK” and “Where the Streets Have No Name.” When Bono opened his leather jacket to reveal the stars and stripes as he sang his final note, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.


Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake (2004)

Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake
Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake perform at Super Bowl XXXVIII at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Getty Images)

A couple of caveats here: First of all, Janet and Justin weren’t the sole headliners in 2004. They were also joined by Jessica Simpson, P. Diddy, Nelly, and Kid Rock, but we’ve specifically spotlighted this duo as the stars of the show for reasons we don’t need to explain. And secondly, this might not necessarily be one of the “best” performances in Super Bowl history, but it’s unquestionably one of the most monumental. It coined the term “wardrobe malfunction,” caused a media firestorm about inappropriate programming in prime time, and generated 540,000 complaints to the FCC. Janet’s career never quite recovered (it was later alleged that CBS exec Les Moonves set out to “sabotage” her after the incident), and nearly 20 years later, there are still questions about whether exposing her breast was a planned stunt. But if anyone says something about the Super Bowl halftime show, chances are this is one of the first that will pop into your head.


Prince (2007)

Prince performs during Super Bowl XLI at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Getty Images)

Just three years after “Nipplegate,” it was an interesting choice to slot in a performer as notoriously sexually supercharged as Prince. He didn’t disappoint on that front — in one memorable moment, he stood behind a sheet, visible only in bigger-than-life silhouette as he held his guitar in a particularly, um, phallic way. But he also brought the musical artistry as only he can, and it culminated in a jaw-dropping finale as he rocked out to “Purple Rain” amid actual precipitation. On the morning of the game, a producer called Prince to warn him about the forecast, which garnered the perfect response from the star of the show: “Can you make it rain harder?”


Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band (2009)

Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band perform during Super Bowl XLIII at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Getty Images)

Most of the artists on this list brought some special oomph to make their show feel worthy of the grand stage where it took place, but Bruce and his band didn’t need a fancy set or multiple costume changes to bring the house down. For some reason, few acts feel as inherently American as Springsteen, and it’s incredible how much energy he can generate just by standing there and shredding on the guitar. But with singalong anthems like “Born to Run” and “Glory Days,” how could he have gone wrong?


Madonna (2012)

Madonna performs during Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Getty Images)

From the moment Madonna entered the field on a giant golden throne, it was clear we were in for an unforgettable thrill ride through her decades of hits. After running through chart-toppers like “Vogue” and “Music,” she capped things off by sharing the stage with CeeLo Green, who joined her for a marching band medley before they took us to church with a life-affirming rendition of “Like a Prayer.” The performance was such a success that Madonna’s 13 minutes of pop bliss actually garnered a higher rating than the game itself.


Beyoncé (2013)

Kelly Rowland, Beyonce, Michelle Williams
Kelly Rowland, Beyoncé, and Michelle Williams perform during Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Getty Images)

Five years before she delivered the defining live performance of the 2010s with her 2018 Coachella set, Beyoncé blessed us with a Super Bowl show for the ages. She started out with a run of her solo bangers, including “Love on Top” and “Crazy in Love,” then segued into the Destiny’s Child reunion we’d all been waiting for. The audience went wild as Kelly and Michelle hit the stage for a nostalgic medley of “Bootylicious” and “Independent Women Part 1” — and they even stuck around for “Single Ladies.” Of course, the finale was all Queen Bey, who brought us home with an emotional performance of “Halo.” (As an aside, this show will also be remembered in posterity for being the time Beyoncé’s publicist insisted Buzzfeed take down these photos from the show, which only led to them being seen more widely.)


Lady Gaga (2017)

Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga performs during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Getty Images)

You may have forgotten that there was a whole lot of hand-wringing before this performance about whether it would include a grand political statement. This was the first Super Bowl after Donald Trump’s election, and lots of Democrats hoped Lady Gaga would take the opportunity to torch the controversial president on the national stage. (The NFL even issued a public statement denying reports it had banned her from mentioning Trump’s name.) Instead, the theme was unity, which she made clear from the jump, opening with “God Bless America” and “This Land Is Your Land” from atop the stadium, with a backdrop of glittering red and blue drones. From there, it was classic Gaga — energetic choreography, unimpeachable vocals, sparkling costumes, and a climactic “Bad Romance” finale.


Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar (2022)

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Eminem, Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dogg, and 50 Cent perform during Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. (Getty Images)

Last year’s halftime show was part party, part history lesson. Some of the most towering figures in hip-hop came together for a spectacle we won’t soon forget — and the all-star headliners were only part of it, since the performance also included surprise appearances by Anderson .Paak and 50 Cent. The show had everything from nostalgia (Dr. Dre and Snoop doing “California Love” — in Inglewood, of all places) to politics (Eminem taking a knee, in what many read as support of Colin Kaepernick), but most of all, it was a total blast.


There will also be a football game at this weekend’s concert.

Football’s biggest night is upon us, and while many would argue the primary concern is whether the Chiefs or the Eagles emerge victorious, some of us are looking forward to the game for other reasons: the snacks, the commercials, and the halftime show.

The one and only Rihanna will take the stage this year, which is interesting for a couple of reasons. Number one, she’s a stunning live performer who’s sure to bring unexpected surprises and certifiable bops to our TV screens. But second, she actually turned down the invitation to headline halftime back in 2019, when she explained she “couldn’t be a sellout” by performing for the NFL after its bad blood with Colin Kaepernick following his decision to kneel during the National Anthem in protest of racial injustice.

The intersection of sports and current events is actually a common theme among the greatest halftime shows in history, as you’ll see in the list below. While we wait to see what Rihanna has in store for us this weekend, join us in looking back at the 10 most spectacular performances we’ve been treated to on game day — and here’s hoping that this year’s show is so good, we have to add Rihanna to this rarefied group for the 2024 edition.

T.J. Holmes’s Wife, Marilee Fiebig, Breaks Her Silence About the Alleged Affair

TJ Holmes Amy Robach

The T.J. Holmes and Amy Robach relationship drama has officially carried over into the new year. After months of controversy (which included covert photographs of the two ABC News anchors sneaking away to a romantic cabin retreat, as well as the subsequent removal of both TV personalities from any on-air work), Holmes’ soon-to-be-ex-wife, attorney Marilee Fiebig, has decided to speak out — and her statement doesn’t exactly pull any punches.

If you’re not yet caught up on the on-air drama of Holmes and Robach’s relationship, here’s an explainer on what’s been going on, and why it has completely captivated millions of Americans.

Read on to learn about the latest update in this seemingly never-ending, sort-of-romantic-and-also-sort-of-depressing news story.

Holmes’ wife breaks her silence about his affair with Amy Robach

For months, Fiebig remained silent as media speculation about her husband and his on-air co-host (and alleged off-air girlfriend) ran rampant. But now, she has finally spoken out, via a statement given to the Daily Mail by her divorce attorney Stephanie Lehman.

“During the holiday season and in light of the challenging times, Marilee’s sole focus has remained on the overall best interest of her 9-year-old daughter,” Lehman said. “To that end, T.J.’s lawyer and I have been working together to move their divorce forward privately, expeditiously, and as amicably as possible.”

Pictured: TJ Holmes with ex-wife Marilee Fiebig. (Getty Images)

“Notwithstanding,” Lehman went on, “we continue to be disappointed by T.J’s lack of discretion, respect, and sensitivity toward Marilee and the party’s daughter.”

Lehman ended the statement on a note of positivity, acknowledging the “outpouring of support” Fiebig has received, and confirming that Fiebig “looks forward to a new beginning in this new year.”

Are Holmes and Robach still together?

Before the holidays, both Holmes and Robach were assigned an indefinite leave from their work as on-air hosts. But that professional speed bump didn’t seem to put a damper on their personal relationship, as they’ve since been seen canoodling all over New York and Miami.

In fact, Robach and Holmes appear to have spent Christmas together, as they were seen together in New York a few days before the holiday, then again in the Atlanta airport, and again in Miami in the days following the holiday.

A source told People, “They spent the holidays together and are spending all of their time together right now. They are fully in a relationship. They are not hiding anything at all because they have no reason to.”

Neither Robach nor Holmes have made a public statement about their coupling. However, this clear shift in allowing their romance to become more public certainly seems like a statement of another kind.

And what about Robach’s husband, actor Andrew Shue? He has yet to make a statement of his own. According to People, Shue and Robach separated in August, but have yet to finalize this separation. As for Holmes and Fiebig, they filed for divorce on Dec. 28.

The Design Trends That HGTV Stars Egypt Sherrod And Mike Jackson Are Obsessed With Right Now – Exclusive

Egypt Sherrod and Mike Jackson laughing and fist-bumping
HGTV’s breakout hit series “Married to Real Estate” is back for Season 2, and stars Egypt Sherrod and Mike Jackson are giving fans a continued glimpse inside their lives as Atlanta’s hottest design team.Things You’re Storing In The Bathroom That You Shouldn’t Be
As a real estate expert with financial prowess and an astute sense of the market, Sherrod zeroes in on listed properties for her clients that can be transformed while sticking to a tight budget, yet will still offer an increased return on investment. After leading clients to what will eventually become their dream home, Sherrod manifests a one-of-a-kind design plan, while Jackson, her expert builder husband and business partner, works to bring that vision to life in a way that both increases the property’s market value and contributes to the buyer’s quality of life.

A new season brings new properties, new challenges, and out-of-the-box design ideas and executions for the couple to tackle — all while continuing to raise their three daughters. Of course, while they work to match their renovations to their clients’ specific styles and aesthetics, they have their own personal preferences when it comes to effective home design. In an exclusive interview with House Digest, Sherrod and Jackson opened up about their process and revealed the design trends that they’re currently loving.

The big three
When it comes to design trends, Egypt Sherrod and Mike Jackson are likely to be on board as long as it feeds into an increase in value for what they consider to be the three most important aspects of any design project. “When I talk about value,” Sherrod said, that means “financial return, it feeds into your aesthetic value, and to your quality of life.”

In terms of specific trends that meet those criteria, the couple shared that they love a high-tech home and the idea of a multi-functioning kitchen. Combining those two concepts is even better, as far as they’re concerned. “I’m a little bit obsessed with all of the hidden appliances and hidden functions of kitchens where you don’t even see the stovetop, or you don’t see the sink because the actual countertop elongates over top of it and you’ve got to press the button and everything retracts,” said Sherrod. “I’m sure if you ask my husband, he’s going to say everything’s smart and technology-driven too.”

“Exactly,” Jackson confirmed.

New episodes of “Married to Real Estate” air Thursdays at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on HGTV and are available to stream the same day on discovery+.