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Prosperous ways: U2 is the top-earning music act on “Forbes” magazine’s 2018 Celebrity 100 list

Credit: Danny NorthForbes has unveiled the 2018 edition of its Celebrity 100 list, ranking the world’s top-earning celebrities, and U2, Guns N’ Roses and ex-Pink Floyd singer/bassist Roger Waters are among the veteran musicians who appear on the tally.

U2 is the highest-earning music artist on the list, ranking #6 overall. The band earned $118 million between June 1, 2017, and June 1, 2018, the time period the tally covers. Most of the cash the Irish rockers brought in was from their successful tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of their classic album The Joshua Tree. U2 also released a new studio album, Songs of Experience, in December of 2017, and kicked off a trek in support of the record in May.

Guns N’ Roses landed at #27 on the tally after raking in $71 million thanks mainly to their ongoing Not in This Lifetime reunion tour. Waters is right behind GN’R at #28 after earning $68 million, mostly from his Us and Them tour.

Other veteran music stars who made the Celebrity 100 this year include The Eagles at #41 with $56 million in earnings; Jimmy Buffett at #47 with $51 million; Paul McCartney at #51 with $47.5 million; Elton John, who is tied with heavy-metal legends Metallica at #57 with $46 million; Billy Joel at #64 with $43.5 million; The Rolling Stones at #80 with $39 million; and Bruce Springsteen at #84 with $37.5 million.

As for the highest-paid celebrity on the list, that would be boxer Floyd Mayweather, who took in a whopping $285 million.

For the full Celebrity 100 list, visit

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Home video of Joni Mitchell’s 1970 Isle of Wight Festival performance due out in September

Eagle Rock EntertainmentA new home video featuring Joni Mitchell‘s full performance at the U.K.’s historic 1970 Isle of Wight Festival will be released on Blu-ray and digitally on September 14. Joni Mitchell Both Sides Now: Live at the Isle of Wight Festival was directed by the Oscar-winning filmmaker Murray Lerner, who completed the movie shortly before his death in September 2017.

The film captures Joni playing an 11-song set that included such classic tunes as “Chelsea Morning,” “Woodstock,” “Big Yellow Taxi” and “Both Sides Now.” The performance is interspersed with interview footage of Mitchell recorded years later reflecting on her show and the festival, as well as behind-the-scenes clips and interviews with people attending the event.

Mitchell was one of the many music legends who performed at the festival, which was held from August 26 to August 31. The event was attended by hundreds of thousands of people, many of whom did not purchase tickets and expected to be allowed to see the performances for free. Joni’s set was interrupted multiple times, including once by a man who jumped onstage and began yelling political slogans to the audience. Mitchell responded by pleading with the crowd to show respect to the performers.

“There was this sense that the artists had all sold out. It was the ‘hate the performer’ festival,” Joni comments in one interview segment about how the audience treated the music acts. “I said, ‘Have some respect,’ and they did. They were quiet.”

Check out a trailer for the flick at Eagle Rock’s official YouTube channel.

Here’s Mitchell’s full set list from the festival:

“That Song About the Midway”
“Chelsea Morning”
“For Free”
“My Old Man”
“Big Yellow Taxi”
“Both Sides Now”
“A Case of You”

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Madonna and her kids celebrate one-year anniversary of Malawi medical center

Kevin Winter/Getty Images via ABCMadonna has returned to Malawi with her whole family to celebrate the first anniversary of the medical facility she helped open there.

On Monday, she visited the Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre. The center is named after her adopted daughter, Mercy James, and was funded by her charity Raising Malawi.

Madonna posted photos of the visit on Instagram, including one group shot with all of her six children: her biological kids Lourdes and Rocco, and Malawian adopted children David Banda, Mercy James and twins Estere and Stella.

According to USA Today, Madonna is considering a new project in Malawi. She’s reportedly thinking of establishing a soccer academy, inspired by her son David’s love of the sport.

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Yvette Nicole Brown to serve as interim guest host of ‘Talking Dead’

Jordin Althaus/AMC(LOS ANGELES) — AMC has given the temporary hosting reins of Chris Hardwick’s AMC shows to actress, self-described geek, and popular Talking Dead panelist Yvette Nicole Brown.

AMC annouced the news in a statement to Variety.

“Yvette Nicole Brown will step in as an interim guest host of The Walking Dead Season 9 Preview Special on August 5 and Talking Dead when it returns following the premiere of Fear the Walking Deadon August 12, as we work to complete our assessment related to Chris Hardwick,” the statement read.

The news comes less than two weeks after AMC announced that Brown would also serve as the moderator for the San Diego Comic-Con panels for both The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead.

Hardwick stepped down from his AMC shows in June amid accusations from his ex-girlfriend, Chloe Dykstra, who accused him of abusing her during their relationship and subsequently getting her blackballed from the industry after they broke up. Hardwick has denied the allegations.

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Jamie Foxx in talks to join Michael B. Jordan in legal drama ‘Just Mercy’

ABC/Lou Rocco(LOS ANGELES) — Jamie Foxx could be teaming up with Michael B. Jordan for an upcoming courtroom drama.

A source tells Variety, the Oscar winner is in negotiations to star alongside Jordan in the upcoming the Warner Bros. film Just Mercy. 

The drama, based on the book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, chronicles the real-life story of social justice activist Bryan Stevenson, who founded the Equal Justice Initiative.

Like Stevenson’s book, the film will follow his first case, that of Walter McMillian, a young black man sentenced to death for a crime he didn’t commit.

According to Variety, Foxx will play the role of  McMillan, a role described as, “highly coveted by several movie stars.” Variety reports Foxx pushed hard for the gig, which may, “thrust him back in the awards-season spotlight..” 

Just Mercy is set to hit theaters on January 1, 2020.

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It’s electrifying: John Travolta joins Foo Fighters on stage, again

Credit: Brantley Gutierrez(NEW YORK) — Much like his chills, John Travolta’s appearances at Foo Fighters concerts are multiplyin’.

Back in April, the actor appeared on stage during the band’s show at the Welcome to Rockville festival when they started playing the Grease song “You’re the One that I Want.” Over the weekend, Travolta gave a reprise performance during the Foos’ gig in Wantagh, New York.

Just like with the Rockville show, Travolta popped up in Wantagh when Dave Grohl and company began playing the Grease classic, though this time he showed off a few more dance moves. The Foos posted a video of the, uh, electrifying performance on their Twitter.

In addition to Travolta, the Wantagh show also featured a guest appearance by Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, who handled the kit during the Foos’ cover of The Faces’ “Stay with Me.” Fan-filmed footage of that collaboration is streaming now on YouTube.

Foo Fighters are currently on tour in support of their new album, Concrete and Gold. The trek continues Monday night with the first of two shows at New York City’s Madison Square Garden.

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‘Possible serial killer’ wanted in connection to murder spree: Police

Harris County Sheriff’s Office(HOUSTON) — A parolee who cut off his ankle monitor is now wanted in connection to a series of murders in the Houston area, police said.

Jose Gilberto Rodriguez, 46, is a suspect in at least three slayings in the last week, with police calling him a “possible serial killer” at a press conference Monday night.

Rodriguez may be responsible for at least five attacks in the area, three of which resulted in shooting deaths, police said.

The first attack, on July 9, was a home-invasion robbery where the victim survived.

Four days later, Pamela Johnson, 62, was found dead inside her home in northwest Harris County, police said in a news release. Her car, a 2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser, was stolen from her home and found abandoned the next day at nearby Willowbrook Mall.

When investigators reviewed surveillance video from the mall, they observed the suspect, later identified as Rodriguez, park the car and leave the scene.

On Saturday, a second murder occurred at a mattress store in Houston, police said. The third murder was at another mattress store in the area on Sunday.

On Monday morning, a transit driver was robbed and shot but is expected to survive, police said.

Rodriguez should be considered armed and dangerous, said police, who warned the public not to approach him.

“The sooner we can get him into custody, the sooner we can all breath better,” Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said at the press conference.

Rodriguez is about 5-foot-7, 135 pounds with a thin build, black hair and tattoos on both forearms. He was last seen in a 2017 dark gray Nissan Sentra with Texas license plate K-P-D-2-8-0-5.

Rodriguez was last spotted in the Houston area, and may be going into neighborhoods and knocking on doors, pretending he’s looking for somebody, police said.

Anyone with information should call the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit at 713-274-9100.

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Lava bomb injures 23 on tour boat in Hawaii

USGS(HONOLULU) — A lava bomb punctured the roof of a tour boat in Hawaii Monday injuring 23 near where lava from the Kilauea volcano continues to spill into the ocean, the Hawaii Civil Defense said.

A lava bomb is a large rock tossed through the area in a volcanic explosion, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). In this case, the rock that slammed into the tour boat was the size of a basketball.

Four passengers onboard the boat were taken by ambulance to Hilo Medical Center, according to the Hawaii County Fire Department.

Two of those passengers are in stable condition, but the third, a woman in her 20s, was listed in serious condition with a fractured femur. Nine other passengers who were onboard the boat drove themselves to the hospital, and, according to the fire department, their injuries were superficial. It’s unclear the total number of people on the boat.

This comes as lava continues to spill into the ocean, which USGS said has created a new lava “island” just offshore.

A collapse explosion event, which is measured in earthquake magnitude, caused an increase of activity from fissure 8 resulting in some channel overflows, USGS said.

Last week, the lava flow destroyed the Kua O Ka La Charter School and Ahalanui Count Beach Park, and the latest number of homes destroyed by the lava flows since the eruption began May 3 is 706, according to Hawaii Civil Defense.

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9/11 Memorial architect designing a shrine to 2015 Charleston church shooting victims

The Mother Emanuel Nine Memorial/Handel Architects(CHARLESTON, S.C.) — Plans for a new memorial honoring the nine victims of the 2015 church shooting tragedy in Charleston, South Carolina, have been unveiled to the church community.

Michael Arad, the architect who helped design the National September 11 Memorial in New York, will design the “Emanuel Nine Memorial” and unveiled the plans after a 200th anniversary ceremony for the Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church, where the attack took place, according to a news release.

“The memorial honors the nine victims and five survivors of the June 17, 2015, tragedy, the largest racially-motivated mass murder in recent American history,” the release reads.

Arad reflected on the church’s 200-year history and all that the Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church stood for in this time span.

The “Emanuel Nine tragedy marks another dark moment for the church, though faith helped to heal and bring light into the darkness,” he added.

Plans for the Emanuel Nine Memorial, unveiled on Sunday, will include a courtyard with two benches “facing each other with high backs that arc up and around like sheltering wings,” according to the release.

Additionally, there will be a survivors’ garden, six stone benches, and five trees, “symbolizing the five survivors — the sixth signifying that the church is also a survivor,” the release said. A marble fountain will be placed at the center of the memorial’s courtyard with the names of the victims carved on the edges.

“The design reminds me of so many different things,” Charleston City Council and Mother Emanuel A.M.E. church member Dudley Gregorie said in the release on Sunday. “It reminds me sometimes of a ship for enslaved people who were going to freedom. Sometimes it reminds me of the wings of angels. Sometimes it reminds me just of the arms of God.”

Mother Emanuel’s pastor, Rev. Eric S.C. Manning said the memorial is a “spirit of resiliency” and “celebrate[s] the grace in forgiveness.”

Additionally, he hopes the memorial will allow the world “to rise above racism and overcome hate with love.”

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Putin gives Trump World Cup ball after question on Syria: ‘Now the ball is in your court’

Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images(HELSINKI) — Russian president Vladimir Putin paused a joint press conference after answering a question on whether the ball is “in the Russian court” regarding cooperative efforts in Syria to hand President Donald Trump a soccer ball in Helsinki, Finland Monday.

“Speaking about having the ball in our court in Syria, President Trump has just mentioned that we’ve successfully concluded the World Football Cup. Speaking of the football, actually…” Putin said, stepping from his podium to retrieve a 2018 World Cup soccer ball. “Mr. President, I will give this ball to you, and now the ball is in your court.”

Putin noted that the United States will host the tournament in 2026 after passing the ball to the president.

“That will go to my son Barron,” Trump said. “In fact, Melania, here you go.”

At that the President lobbed the ball to the first lady, who sat abreast Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the front of the room.

The reporter who asked the question on Syria referred specifically to the language used by Pompeo, who tweeted the night before, “A better relationship with the Russian government would benefit all, but the ball is in Russia’s court.”

Several GOP lawmakers gave Trump scathing reviews of his performance at the summit. Sen. Lindsay Graham of South Carolina went on to address Putin’s spherical gift.

“If it were me, I’d check the soccer ball for listening devices and never allow it in the White House,” he tweeted.

The passing of the ball is not without precedent. Putin offered an apparently identical ball to the emir of Qatar, the next nation to host the World Cup, one day before his meeting with Trump.

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In Russia, meeting with Trump seen as strong win for Putin

iStock/Thinkstock(HELSINKI) — Ahead of his summit with President Donald Trump, it had been widely said that all Russia’s president Vladimir Putin had to do to come out a winner was to show up to the meeting Finland’s capital, Helsinki on Monday.

Putin did come and by all accounts the result of his first full summit with Trump has been a hearty success for the Russian leader. Russian officials have predictably been praising the meeting and experts, even those generally critical of the Kremlin, can see little but positives for Putin from the encounter.

“It was the maximum possible and it really can become a good start for the restoration of cooperation on a systematic and regular basis,” said Konstantin Kosachev, who chairs Russia’s senate foreign affairs commission.

Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov enthused afterwards that the summit had gone “fabulously” and “better than super.”

Coming into the summit, the Kremlin had said that it would be successful if it could restore normal communications with the U.S. Doing so would signal that Russia had gone some distance in turning a page on the isolation that Moscow has lived under for the past four years. At least in terms of Trump himself, that goal appears to have been achieved.

“Putin has demonstrated that Russia is not isolated, without making any concessions,” said Maria Lipman, editor-in-chief of the journal Counterpoint and a veteran commentator on Russia.

At the press conference following his meeting with Putin in Helsinki’s presidential palace, Trump effectively tried to declare an end to the period of dire relations and herald an era of new cooperation between Russia and the U.S. The U.S.-Russia relationship had “never been worse than it is now,” Trump said.

“However that changed as of about four hours ago,” he added.

At the press conference, Trump found himself describing a narrative that the Kremlin has been arguing for years: that the U.S was to blame for the confrontation between Russia and the U.S.

“I think that we’re all to blame,” Trump said. “I hold both countries responsible. We both made some mistakes.”

Before arriving for the meeting, Trump had gone even further, writing on Twitter that “Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity.”

Russia’s foreign ministry responded to that by re-tweeting it with the comment “We agree.”

“Putin in a sense lures him into this rhetoric that it’s better to cooperate than to engage in confrontation,” Lipman said. She noted that it appeared as if the two were at times “playing along together.”

Trump’s comments, and in particular his seeming acceptance of Putin’s denial that Russia had meddled in the 2016 presidential election, has sparked a furious backlash in the U.S, with senators from both parties condemning that assertion and Trump’s performance generally as betrayal and a capitulation to Putin.

Sen. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee wrote in a statement that “President Trump’s performance today was the most damaging and shameful surrender of American values and interests in modern history.”

The House Speaker, Paul Ryan said that “there is no moral equivalence between the United States and Russia, which remains hostile to our most basic values and ideals.”

Experts in Russia, however, felt the results were less dramatic, cautioning that, in reality, they saw very little substance in what was announced by the two leaders and noting that it remained to be seen whether Trump could actually deliver on the commitments he had made.

Fyodor Lukyanov, chairman of the Council of Foreign and Defense Policy, who sometimes advises the Russian government, dismissed much of the two leaders’ comments as “atmospherics” that would have little direct effect on the relationship with Russia, no matter its intense political impact in the U.S.

“I guess that this performance will provoke a storm in the United States and the question is whether he will be able to stand up to that and still commit to what they discussed or not,” Lukyanov said.

Lukyanov, though, said he believes that two issues of substance had come out of the summit. First, he said, he believes Putin and Trump’s comments on Syria suggested a concrete agreement had likely been reached to curtail Iran’s presence close to Israel in southern Syria. Lukyanov also said he believes that the two presidents’ pledges to push to reinvigorate key nuclear arms control treaties meant that could now likely happen.

However, Lukyanov said that beyond those areas he had doubts that Trump would be able to hold to a course of more fundamental change in the U.S.-Russia relationship, noting that proposals that came out of Trump’s first meeting with Putin in Germany last year collapsed almost immediately.

“It’s quite obvious that his capacity is limited,” Lukyanov said. “Again it’s a question about his resilience. If he, as he did last year, he will start to distance himself from things that were discussed, as he did last year, then nothing will change.”

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A massive iceberg threatening Greenland village has moved away from the coast

DeAgostini/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A massive iceberg that has been floating close to a village in Greenland and threatening its residents appears to be veering away from the coast, toward the north, officials said.

The village of Innaarsuit is home to 169 residents, some of whom have been evacuated as the iceberg looms over the coast.

“Fortunately, the iceberg moved further north over the weekend,” Jakob Rousøe, head of operations for Joint Arctic Command, an authority within the Danish Defense, which is supporting local police and emergency services. “Powerful wind from the south and a current headed north pushed the iceberg to the north.”

It is not clear if the iceberg will continue to move north or if it could move back closer to the village.

As the iceberg melts, the fear is that gravity will cause a big chunk of it to break free, or that it will tip over, which could cause a huge wave to wash over the village, Rousøe explained.

“There are big cracks in the iceberg, which could indicate that it could break,” he said.

Joint Arctic Command has sent an inspection vessel and a surveillance aircraft to the area. Rousøe said he is now waiting for more detailed information about what kind of threat the iceberg might pose from experts who are examining it.

The residents of the village are used to icebergs floating by, but they are not usually as big as this one, he said.

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