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Neil Young’s 2016 Bridge School Benefit, Featuring Roger Waters, Nils Lofgren & More, Takes Place This Weekend

Credit: Jay BlakesbergThe 30th anniversary edition of Neil Young‘s Bridge School Benefit Concert takes place this Saturday and Sunday, October 22 and 23, at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California. As previously reported, the two-day event will feature performances by Young and his current backing group, Promise of the Real, as well as by ex-Pink Floyd singer/bassist Roger Waters and E Street Band guitarist Nils Lofgren.

This year’s lineup also includes Willie Nelson, heavy-metal legends Metallica, Norah Jones, Dave Matthews and modern-rock acts My Morning Jacket and Cage the Elephant. case/lang/veirs, a collaborative group featuring singer/songwriters Neko Case, kd lang and Laura Viers, also had been scheduled to take part in the shows but had to cancel because of logistical issues.

The Bridge School Benefit Concert is an all-acoustic event organized by Young and his ex-wife, Pegi. The event raises money for the Bridge School, a facility co-founded by Pegi that helps children with physical impairments and severe communication difficulties.

In a new interview with the Speakers in Code website, Pegi Young talks about the event’s usually unbending rule that all performers must play unplugged sets.

“Metallica, they come — I think this will be their third time playing — and play acoustic, and they get it, you know?” she notes. “And they still put on a powerhouse show, as have so many others like Green Day, The Who, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters — a lot of bands you just don’t see playing acoustic. It’s a beautiful thing.”

Fans not attending the concert can still donate to the Bridge School via phone by texting 91999 and entering the message “BRIDGE30.”

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Madonna’s Rebel Heart Film Will Beat on Showtime in December

Joshua BrandaoMadonna‘s been teasing her Rebel Heart concert film for a while now, but now we know where and when we can watch it.

Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour will air December 9 on Showtime at 9 p.m. ET/PT, as well as on demand and online. The film captures Madonna’s most recent tour in support of her Rebel Heart album, and features live and behind-the-scenes footage from all over the world.

In a statement, a Showtime exec says, “When it comes to putting on a show, there is only one Madonna, an iconic performer that we’re thrilled to have on our air…our viewers will see an arena show packed with visual theatrics, stunning costumes and intricate choreography, featuring new hits and beloved classic songs.”

In addition to Madonna herself, the movie features some of the guest dancers that the star would bring on stage during a certain segment.  Among them: Amy Schumer, Ariana Grande, Idris Elba, Katy Perry, Game of Thrones star Gwendolyn Christie, Jessica Chastain and Anderson Cooper.

Other highlights of the film include Madonna’s first-ever live concert performance of “Take a Bow,” acoustic versions of “Like a Prayer,” “Secret” and “Don’t Tell Me,” and a medley of “Dress You Up,” “Get into the Groove,” “Everybody” and “Lucky Star.”

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Back on the Store Shelves: The Pretenders’ Latest Album, “Alone,” Arrives Today

BMGThe Pretenders‘ new studio album, Alone, hit stores today. Frontwoman Chrissie Hynde collaborated on the project with Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach, who produced and played a variety of instruments on the record.

Alone was recorded at Auerbach’s Easy Eye Studio in Nashville, and features contributions from members of his side group The Arcs, as well as a variety of respected local studio musicians, including former Johnny Cash bassist Dave Roe. In addition, influential rockabilly guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Duane Eddy is featured on a song called “Never Be Together.”

When Hynde started work on Alone, she initially intended to release it as the follow-up to her 2014 debut solo album, Stockholm, but eventually concluded that the songs seemed more in tune with the music of The Pretenders and decided to put it out under the band’s moniker.

The Pretenders recently released a video for Alone‘s lead track, “Holy Commotion,” which you can check out at the band’s official VEVO YouTube channel.

Hynde and her latest version of The Pretenders will be supporting Alone on a new joint North American tour with Stevie Nicks, which gets underway this Tuesday in Phoenix and runs through a December 18 concert in Inglewood, California. The band will be playing a number of headlining dates during select off days on the trek. Check out the group’s full itinerary at

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Donald Glover Cast as Young Lando Calrissian in Han Solo “Star Wars” Movie

Michael Tran/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Let’s pray they don’t alter this deal any further: Donald Glover will play young Lando Calrissian in an upcoming Han Solo Star Wars film, according to Disney.

The untitled movie, which is expected to be released in 2018, will be directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, and will star Alden Ehrenreich as a young Han Solo.

The film will focus on Lando and Han Solo as young men.

“We’re so lucky to have an artist as talented as Donald join us,” Lord and Miller said in a joint statement. “These are big shoes to fill, and an even bigger cape, and this one fits him perfectly, which will save us money on alterations.  Also, we’d like to publicly apologize to Donald for ruining Comic-Con for him forever.”

The directors did not add that Glover “truly belongs here with us among the clouds,” but they might as well have.

Glover, 33, has had a banner 2016. In June, it was revealed that he will appear in Spider-Man: Homecoming, and more recently, Atlanta, the FX show which he created and stars in, premiered to rave reviews.

He has not yet commented on his Star Wars role.

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The Gilmore Girls Get the Toy Treatment

2016 – Funko(WASHINGTON) — Funko, the company that set the Internet on fire with its Golden Girls action figures that debuted at New York Comic Con, is taking two more female TV heroes and giving them the toy treatment: Lorelai and Rory Gilmore

That’s right, the mother-daughter stars of the beloved show The Gilmore Girls — played by Lauren Graham and Alexis Biedel, respectively, who will be returning to Netflix in November in a new limited series — will be immortalized in plastic as part of the company’s hugely popular Pop! figure line.

The set also includes their pal Sookie St. James.

Put ’em on your holiday list, as the figures are coming in December.

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Norman Reedus Says “No One Is Safe” on “The Walking Dead”

Gene Page/AMC(NEW YORK) — Norman Reedus’ character Daryl Dixon in the hit AMC series The Walking Dead is arguably one of the most buzzed about heroes on TV.

Reedus is greeted like a rock star, attracting hours-long autograph lines at fan conventions — and his very fate on the show is fiercely protected by fans. “If Daryl dies, we riot,” was a tweet that spawned tons of fan-made merch.

“No one is safe on the show,” Reedus warned Peter Travers, host of ABC’s Popcorn With Peter Travers.

The show is set to return for a new season this Sunday with at least one high-profile hero death at the hands of Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s bat-wielding baddie Negan — but fans don’t know who it will be.

Did he, however, tip off fans that Daryl will survive? Reedus mentioned to Travers that season seven is one of those seasons that’s just “pure suffering,” and noted that it’s, “an emotionally draining show sometimes.” 

Does this mean his character will make it? Only time will tell. He didn’t reveal anything specifically.

The actor says secrecy has become par for the course. “We used to get a bunch of scripts in advance and then the show became more popular,” he said. “And now we know right at the last minute…But it’s actually kind of helped us…because it’s a lot like-life. You always feel like you have more time with people. And you never know when it’s gonna come. And when it does come it’s such a shocker.”

See which hero dies — ahem — right of the bat, when The Walking Dead returns Sunday night at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.

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Police in Oklahoma Search for Suspect After 2 Officers Shot

iStock/Thinkstock(WELLSTON, Okla.) — Two police officers were shot in Wellston, Oklahoma, Sunday night, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

The officers suffered non-life threatening injuries when they were shot with an AK-47 after responding to a report of a shooting in the rural area around 6:30 p.m., officials said.

The Lincoln County Sheriff said the suspects fled the scene in one of the police vehicles and drove to a local mobile home park. They then shot at and carjacked a woman who later refused medical treatment, according to officials.

One suspect is in custody, but another suspect named Michael Vance is still at large and expected to be in a white Lincoln Town Car with a blue top, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff.

Vance was recently in jail for an alleged child sexual assault, the sheriff said, and is believed to have an AK-47.

Police are said to be talking to family and friends of Vance to find out locations he would frequent.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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‘Yoga Pants Parade’ Held in Protest of Rhode Island Man’s Complaint

iStock/Thinkstock(BARRINGTON, R.I.) — A Rhode Island community held a parade on Sunday afternoon in protest of a local man’s complaint about women wearing yoga pants.

In a letter to the editor of the Barrington Times last week, Alan Sorrentino said the athletic pants were “the absolute worst thing to ever happen in women fashion,” and they “do nothing to compliment a women over 20 years old.”

“To all yoga pant wearers, I struggle with my own physicality as I age,” he wrote. “I don’t want to struggle with yours.”

In response, about 300 people, including many women wearing yoga pants, hit the streets of his Barrington, Rhode Island, neighborhood for a “Yoga Pants Parade.”

One of the event’s organizers, Jamie Burke, said according to the Providence Journal that the issue was beyond the writer and “women are fed up with the policing of our wardrobe.”

Sorrentino has since said the letter was written in five minutes and supposed to be a joke. He said that he received death threats because of it.

“If I were a woman and a group of men were doing that to me, the men would be arrested,” he said in response to the parade.

A large sign that said “FREE SPEECH” hung on Sorrentino’s house during the parade, according to the Providence Journal.

The protest parade was peaceful, with many people donating diapers and hygienic products to the women’s shelter Sojourner House in Providence. Gina Baxter, a spokeswoman for clothing line Dear Kate, said the company would donate 100 yoga pants to the shelter as well.

“To celebrate women and celebrate our products, our design to empower women and instill confidence in women,” she said of the donation.

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At Least 13 Killed, 31 Injured in California Bus Crash, CHP Says

iStock/Thinkstock(DESERT HOT SPRINGS, Calif.) — At least 13 people were killed and 31 injured after a tour bus crashed into a big rig Sunday in Desert Hot Springs, California, according to California Highway Patrol (CHP).

Shortly after 5 a.m., 44 passengers were returning from a trip to the Red Earth Casino near the Salton Sea when the bus, operated by Los Angeles-based USA Holiday, slammed into a freight truck with a trailer, CHP Chief Jim Abele said.

“The speed of the bus was so significant that when it hit the back of the big rig, the trailer itself entered about 15 feet into the bus,” Abele said at a news conference on Sunday.

The bus driver was also killed in the crash, but it was not immediately clear if drugs, alcohol or fatigue played a role in the incident, according to CHP.

“In almost 35 years I’ve never been to a crash where there were 13 fatalities, so it’s tough, it’s tough for all of us,” Abele said. “The fire department who handles it, CHP personnel who handle it, it’s not an easy thing.”

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The Moment Hillary Clinton Learns the Chicago Cubs Are World Series-Bound

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Hillary Clinton’s travelling press secretary captured the moment that the Democratic presidential candidate learned that her beloved Chicago Cubs were headed to the World Series.

Nick Merrill snapped the photo Saturday night onboard the campaign plane, where Clinton — who was raised in the Chicago suburb of Park Ridge — was handed a phone and watched highlights from the game.

The Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0. It will be the team’s first time in the World Series since 1945.

“That look when you cap off a day on the trail by watching the @Cubs cement their trip to the #WorldSeries. #FlyTheW,” tweeted Merrill.

The game ended just as Clinton was boarding a plane in Philadelphia, where she had a rally Saturday night.

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Former Olympic Figure Skater Scott Hamilton Diagnosed With Third Brain Tumor

Terry Wyatt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Scott Hamilton is facing a third bout with a brain tumor. A rep for the former Olympic figure skater confirmed to ABC News that Hamilton, 58, has “a recurrence of his benign brain tumor.”

Hamilton, who first opened up about his diagnosis to People magazine, was previously diagnosed with brain tumors in 2004 and 2010. He was also beat testicular cancer in 1997.

“I have a unique hobby of collecting life-threatening illness,” Hamilton quipped in the magazine interview. Of the brain tumor recurrence, he said, “It’s six years later, and it decided that it wanted an encore.”

Hamilton took home the gold medal in the 1984 Olympics after winning four consecutive U.S. championships and four consecutive world championships from 1981 to 1984.

The figure-skating star told the magazine that his recent diagnosis has understandably affected his entire family — his wife Tracie and their four children, who range in age from 8 to 15.

“When this one came back, six years ago, I told Tracie — she was devastated. This time, I go, ‘Well, here we go again.’ She’s like, ‘Really, it’s back? …Okay, we’ll just deal with it.’ And that was it,” Hamilton recalled, adding that he’s staying strong.

“My 12-year-old son … came to me, and he said, ‘Is your brain tumor back?’ And I go, ‘Yeah, it is! And here we go again.’ So I set the tone,” he added.

Hamilton told People that he only discovered his tumor during a routine checkup as he hasn’t yet faced symptoms from it. He’s currently working with his doctors to decide on the best treatment options.

“I’ll tell anybody that will listen: If you’re ever facing anything, get as many opinions as you possibly can,” he explained. “The more you truly understand what you’re up against, the better decision you’re going to make.”

Although the Olympic figure skater lost his mother to cancer, he’s hopeful that the outcome from his tumor will be different.

“Last round, in 2010, I told Tracie, ‘God doesn’t owe me a day. I’m good. Whatever’s next is next.’ The blessings keep coming because we allow them and we ask for them,” he said. “I’ve been blessed beyond my wildest imagination; I would never even think to dream the stuff that I’ve been able to do.”

In the midst of his fight Hamilton continues to point to his Scott Hamilton Cares Foundation, which aims to empower the community of those who have been afflicted with cancer, their families, oncologists and oncology nurses.

“I choose to truly — in everything that we do — celebrate life,” Hamilton added.

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Celebrities React to Chicago Cubs Reaching World Series For the First Time Since 1945

Jamie Squire/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — It’s a moment that made more than just the thousands of fans packed into Wrigley Field scream in excitement: The Chicago Cubs scored the victory that will take them to the World Series for the first time since 1945.

The team beat the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday by 5-0, winning the National League Championship Series in six games.

Not only did diehard fans in Chicago celebrate but baseball fans around the world — including celebrities — tipped their hat to the team.

Here are some of the celebs who paid tribute to the Cubs on social media:

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France to Begin Demolition of ‘Jungle’ Camp as Some Migrants Resist

DENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty Images(CALAIS, France) — A migrant camp known as “The Jungle” near Calais, northern France, is set to be demolished starting Monday.

Authorities are preparing for some of the estimated 7,000 migrants to refuse to leave as they are forced to decide between seeking asylum in France, or returning to their country of origin.

Many of the migrants do not want to stay in France and dream of getting to the U.K. The U.K. has already started to accept some of the migrant camp’s 1,300 unaccompanied children, BBC reports.

On Saturday, a small group of migrants reportedly threw bottles and stones in protest at French officers at the camp, and police retaliated with smoke grenades, according to BBC.

Authorities in France said they did not want to use force against those who refuse to leave the camp, according to BBC, but may intervene if necessary.

Thousands of leaflets were handed out by French authorities at the camp this weekend explaining the plans for the evacuation, and where to report for some 60 buses that will take them away, BBC reports.

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Haitian Authorities Search for Prison Escapees After Mass Breakout

iStock/Thinkstock(ARCAHAIE, Haiti) — Authorities in Haiti are working to capture dozens of inmates after a mass prison breakout in Arcahaie, north of Port-au-Prince, on Saturday.

At least 10 prisoners were caught as of Sunday night out of some 170 inmates who escaped, according to BBC.

Haiti Justice Minister Camille Edouard Junior told Haitian newspaper Le Nouvelliste the alleged mastermind was Yvener Carelus, a convicted kidnapper who was one of the men captured, BBC reports.

“He planned the escape from the inside with a few accomplices,” the justice minister said.

The inmates reportedly attacked guards, stole their firearms and shot authorities as they escaped, BBC reports.

According to BBC, the inmates at Arcahaie do not wear prion uniforms, making it more difficult for authorities in Haiti to track down the escapees.

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Iraqi Forces Liberate More Villages as Battle for Mosul Continues

iStock/Thinkstock(MOSUL, Iraq) — Intense fighting is underway near Mosul as Iraqi and Kurdish forces continue to liberate more villages from ISIS in an operation expected to last months.

The 30,000 fighters are closing in on ISIS’s largest stronghold, with the help of airpower, artillery and ground troops from the U.S., but more than 1 million civilians remain under the terror group’s control in Mosul.

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Sunday the mission was dangerous, but vital.

“Make no mistake, whether they’re flying airplanes overhead or whether they’re advising units on the ground, even behind the front lines they are at risk,” he said.

Carter said it was important for everyone to understand that the mission had to be done.

The Iraqi and Kurdish forces have faced fierce resistance from ISIS, which is why the operation will take months, a senior U.S. official told ABC News. The official added that Iraq would be broken for “50-100 years” with “tremendous problems every single day.”

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