Country Artist Jake Owen Lands His First Acting Role In Upcoming Movie

Jake Owen will be featured in his first acting role on the big screen soon.  In an interview, Owens revealed that he will have a role in “The Best Friend.”  Filming is scheduled to start in February. A synopsis of the movie reads: “After learning that his terminally ill wife has six months to live, a man welcomes the support of his best friend, who moves into their home to help out. His impact on the whole family is much greater than anyone could have imagined.”

The film also stars Dakota Johnson (“Fifty Shades of Grey”), Casey Affleck (“Manchester by the Sea”), and Jason Segal (“How I Met Your Mother.”)  

In music news, Owen also revealed that he will be releasing his new album sometime this March.

Jake Owen to Co-Star in Movie With Casey Affleck and Dakota Johnson

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Brantley Gilbert & Lindsay Ell Release Video For Their Duet, “What Happens In A Small Town”

Brantley Gilbert and Lindsay Ell just debuted their new video for their recent duet, “What Happens in a Small Town.” 

“What Happens In A Small Town” in the lead single from Gilbert’s upcoming fifth studio album, and is currently No. 40 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart after five weeks.

The new video was directed by Shaun Silva and filmed in Columbia, Tenn., a town 45 miles south of Nashville. On the single, not only does Lindsay add her vocals, but she also lends her guitar skills.

Watch Brantley and Lindsay’s new video for “What Happens in a Small Town” in the link below.

Brantley Gilbert & Lindsay Ell’s WHAT HAPPENS IN A SMALL TOWN Video Available Now

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Lionel Richie’s Son Miles Arrested For Bomb Threat In London

Lionel Richie’s son, Miles, detained in London’s Heathrow Airport for alleged bomb threat

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Actor Tom Sizemore Charged With Possession Of Heroin

Actor Tom Sizemore could be facing up to a year in jail after his recent drug bust.  The Burbank City Attorney has charged Sizemore with 2 counts of possession of heroin, and 2 counts of possession of medication without a prescription. 

Sizemore was pulled over in Burbank a couple weeks ago for expired tags and a missing front license plate, but after police officers found meth and heroin in the car, the actor was arrested. Since all 4 charges are misdemeanors, Sizemore could face a year in jail, as well as a $1,000 fine.

Tom Sizemore facing jail after being charged with drug possession – report

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Rappers Soulja Boy, 2 Chainz Accuse Ariana Grande Of Plagiarism

Rappers Soulja Boy and 2 Chainz have called out singer Ariana Grande for allegedly copying their work for her latest track “7 Rings”. Earlier this month, Grande was also accused of stealing lyrics by rapper Princess Nokia for the same song.

Soulja Boy alleged that Grande stole from his song “Pretty boy swag”. He replied to a tweet in which Grande thanked her friends who were featured in the “7 Rings” video, writing, “Give me my credit. Period.” He later followed up with the message: “You’re a thief.” 

2 Chainz was also quick to notice the similar visuals that the “7 Rings” music video shared with his “Door Swangin'” music video. He posted on his Instagram a snippet of Grande’s “7 Rings” with the caption: “Tryna figure out if I should Big Draco @arianagrande ????????… y’all tell me in the comments ???? #bigdracovibesall2019”

In addition to her alleged plagiarism of these rappers’ work, Grande also came under fire on Twitter for appropriating black culture. A rep for Grande did not immediately return comment on her alleged copying or cultural appropriation.

Ariana Grande accused of plagiarism by Soulja Boy, Princess Nokia and 2 Chainz

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PnB Rock Arrested For Drug Possession And Gun Charges

Police in Bensalem, Pennsylvania have arrested PnB Rock — real name Rakim Hasheem Allen — for narcotics and firearm offenses. Allen was taken into custody on Sunday, January 20 after authorities found four pounds of marijuana and a stolen gun in his Bensalem home.

Officers were sent to Allen’s house after numerous noise complaints and a constant smell of marijuana coming from the home. After a quick assessment, investigators concluded the 27-year-old artist was selling marijuana. Authorities also discovered four pounds of marijuana, scales, packaging material, over $33,000 in cash and a stolen .40 caliber Glock handgun. Allen was charged with possession with intent to deliver, possession of narcotics, receiving stolen property (for the stolen handgun), criminal conspiracy and other related offenses. Allen was transported to the Bucks County Correctional Facility and as of Monday, January 21 the Bucks County Correctional Facility website indicates Allen is still in custody.

PnB Rock Arrested on Gun and Drug Charges

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L.A. Lakers Guard Lonzo Ball Out 4-6 Weeks With Ankle Sprain

Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball will be out for the next four-to-six weeks due to a sprained left ankle. The Lakers said in a press release: “Lonzo Ball, who was injured in last night’s game at Houston, underwent an MRI which revealed a Grade 3 left ankle sprain. Ball is expected to miss 4-6 weeks and updates will be provided as appropriate.”

Ball was injured in the third quarter of the Lakers’ 138-134 loss to the Houston Rockets on Saturday in Houston. He scored eight points and had 11 assists and three rebounds in 22 minutes before the injury. 

Ball – the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft — is averaging 9.9 points, 5.4 assists and 5.3 rebounds per game this season.

Lakers’ Ball (ankle sprain) to miss 4-6 weeks

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Serena Williams Defeats No. 1 Simona Halep To Reach Australian Open Quarterfinals

Serena Williams defeated world No. 1 Simona Halep in a 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 fourth-round win in 1 hour, 47 minutes on Monday. Williams now holds a 9-1 record over the Romanian Halep.

“It was a really intense match and some incredible tennis,” Williams said. “It’s really great to be out here on this court.”  Williams added: “I really needed to elevate my game because she’s the No. 1 player in the world and there’s a reason why. I’m such a fighter and I never give up. It’s definitely something that is innate. This is my job — to come out and play in front of you guys.”

Williams will now move onto the quarterfinals, where she’ll play against Karolina Pliskova.

Serena Williams ousts No. 1 Simona Halep with 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 victory at Australian Open

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10 Percent Of TSA Workers Call In Sick As Government Shutdown Continues

As the government shutdown continues on, sickouts among TSA workers reached 10 percent. The agency that provides security at the nation’s airports acknowledged “many employees are reporting that they are not able to report to work due to financial limitations.”

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said Monday that the rate of unscheduled absences Sunday compared with a 3.1 percent rate on the same day one year ago. 800,000 federal employees across the nation will miss their second paycheck this week as the government shutdown extends into its second month. About half of those employees, including about 50,000 airport security workers, are considered “essential” and are working anyway.

“While national average wait times are within normal TSA times of 30 minutes for standard lanes and 10 minutes for TSA Precheck, some airports experienced longer than usual wait times,” TSA said in a statement.

Ten percent of TSA screeners call out sick over holiday

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California Sen. Kamala Harris Announces She Will Seek Presidency In 2020

Californian Democratic Senator Kamala Harris announced her candidacy for president this morning on ABC’s Good Morning America. Senator Harris said she chose the day that America honors the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to announce because of all that the Civil Rights leader has meant to her family and our nation.

Harris said: “I love my country. I love my country. And this is a moment in time that I feel a responsibility to stand up and fight for the best of who we are.”

Harris made the announcement at 7:30 a.m. in an interview with Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos. She also simultaneously posted a teaser video on her social media pages announcing the theme of her candidacy: “For The People.”  Harris said she will officially launch her campaign at a rally in Oakland on Sunday, January 27, where she will deliver a speech that explains in more detail her reasons for running, what she learned from a career in public service and her vision for America.

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