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Court filing state Rupert Murdoch confirmed Fox hosts ‘endorsed’ false election claims

In new filings as part of Dominion Voting Systems’ $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox and its networks, Fox Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch said some anchors of the company’s TV networks endorsed false fraud claims in the months following the 2020 election. Murdoch added that he doubted the claims being aired on Fox News and Fox Business Network.

Murdoch also acknowledged that Fox’s TV hosts endorsed the false election fraud claims. During Murdoch’s deposition, when asked if he was “now aware that Fox endorsed at times this false notion of a stolen election,” Murdoch responded, “Not Fox, no. Not Fox. But maybe Lou Dobbs, maybe Maria [Bartiromo] as commentators … Some of our commentators were endorsing it. They endorsed.”

Dominion sued Fox, Fox News and Fox Business, arguing the networks and its on-air personalities made false claims that its voting machines rigged the results of the 2020 election. Fox News has consistently denied that it knowingly made false claims about the election, and has said “the core of this case remains about freedom of the press and freedom of speech.” Fox said in earlier court documents that the past year of discovery has shown the company played “no role in the creation and publication of the challenged statements — all of which aired on either Fox Business Network or Fox News Channel.”

The lawsuit is being closely monitored by First Amendment watchdogs and experts. A status conference in the case is slated for next week, with the trial scheduled to begin mid-April.

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Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen visits Ukraine, announces transfer of $1.25 billion in aid

On Monday, U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen made a surprise visit to Ukraine, solidifying the United State’s commitment to financial support for Kyiv in its fight against Russia, as the second year of the war begins. According to The New York Times, Yellen announced the transfer of $1.25 billion in aid to Ukraine in her meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Monday. Zelensky shared a video of Yellen arriving to meet him on his Telegram channel.

Yellen said that the United States cannot allow Ukraine to lose the war for “economic reasons” while it is succeeding on the battlefield, adding:  “I’m in Kyiv to reaffirm our unwavering support of the Ukrainian people … Mr. Putin is counting on our global coalition’s resolve to wane, which he thinks will give him the upper hand in the war. But he is wrong. As President Biden said here last week, America will stand with Ukraine for as long as it takes.”

Zelensky posted: “The United States has been powerfully supporting us since the first days of this war not only with weapons, but also on the financial front. We really appreciate it. Thank you for systematic steps to increase sanctions pressure on the aggressor state. It is necessary to further strengthen sanctions to deprive Russia of the ability to finance the war.”

Yellen’s visit comes a week after President Joe Biden made a surprise trip to Ukraine, marking the first time in modern history that a U.S. president entered a war zone without any U.S. military presence. The Wall Street Journal stated that it is also rare for a Treasury secretary to visit a war zone.

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Washington Commanders release Carson Wentz after one season

The Washington Commanders announced on Monday they have released quarterback Carson Wentz after just one season. Wentz’s inconsistencies throughout the season saw head coach Ron Rivera bench him and playing Taylor Heinicke midway through the season.  The opt-out of Wentz’s contract allows the Commanders to now save $26,176,471 toward their cap.

The 30-year-old Wentz was a solid quarterback with the Philadelphia Eagles playing a vital role in their 2018 run to the Super Bowl. However after a game vs. the Los Angeles Rams that season, Wentz fractured his vertebrae, sidelining him the rest of the year. In eight games last season (seven starts), Wentz went 2-5 with 1,755 yards on a 62.3 completion percentage with 11 touchdowns to nine interceptions. He finished with a career-low 33.0 quarterback rate as well.

The Commanders’ focus is now on quarterback Sam Howell, the fifth-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft]. With Wentz’s release and Heinicke set to become a free agent in March, Howell will be the only quarterback on the roster. Howell started just one game for the Commanders last season, resulting in a 26-6 in Week 17 win over the Dallas Cowboys. Howell went 11-for-19 for 169 yards with a touchdown and interception, while rushing for 35 yards and a touchdown as well.

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Lauren Alaina to join Pentatonix for North American leg of their World Tour

Lauren Alaina is gearing up to hit the road with Pentatonix, writing on social media: “I can’t be VOCAL enough about how excited I am for this tour! Tickets go on sale Monday, Feb.27th at 10am local time!! Which city are you coming to?! ❤✨ @PTXofficial” Alaina is set to join the group on the North American leg of the tour, kicking off with performances in August and spanning to mid-September.

Pentatonix — comprised of Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Kirstin Maldonado, Kevin Olusola, and Matt Sallee — previously announced plans for their massive global trek, “Pentatonix: The World Tour,” which is set to include stops in Australia, New Zealand, Japan and more.

Pentatonix shared their excitement about Alaina joining the tour, posting on social media: “Ahhhhh this summer is going to be SO MUCH FUN!!! We’re verrrrrry excited to have you joining us @Lauren_Alaina! YAYAYYAYA 😎🎶☀

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Pentatonix’s website here.

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Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit to release new album ‘Weathervanes’ this summer

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit will release their eighth album, ‘Weathervanes’ on June 9, and have shared the leadoff track from the project, “Death Wish,” out now.  You can take a look at the official lyric video for “Death Wish” – here.

‘Weathervanes’  features 13 brand new tracks. written and produced by Isbell.  Isbell says of the LP: “There is something about boundaries on this record. As you mature, you still attempt to keep the ability to love somebody fully and completely while you’re growing into an adult and learning how to love yourself.”

Isbell and the 400 Unit will also be hitting the road this summer with additional headline dates and festivals added to the previously released slate of shows. Ticket information can be found here:

To pre-order/pre-save ‘Weathervanes’, head here.

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Entertainment Daypop

“Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” tops North American box office for second week

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania led the domestic box office with a $32.2 million, despite suffering one of the worst second-week declines in recent years with a 70% drop from its stellar $105.5 million opening weekend. The Marvel film fell behind every other comparable in its second-weekend performance: 2015’s Ant-Man dropped 56% in its sophomore week, while 2018’s Ant-Man and the Wasp fell 62% at the same point.

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania fell further behind in its second frame than other Marvel titles including Thor: Love and Thunder (-68%), Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (-67%), and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (-63%).

Universal’s Cocaine Bear took second place with $23 million from 3,534 screens in its opening weekend. The horror-comedy surpassed expectations thanks to social media buzz created by Universal’s marketing campaign. Lionsgate’s Jesus Revolution brought in $15.52 million from 2,475 sites in its theatrical debut, with the film scoring an A+ CinemaScore rating.  Finally Avatar: The Way of Water finished in fourth place with $4.7 million from 2,495 locations in its eleventh weekend in release, brining its total to $664 million domestically . Avatar: The Way of Water is now the third highest-grossing film of all time globally with a worldwide total of $2.26 billion.

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‘Succession’ to end with Season 4 on HBO

The Emmy-winning HBO drama ‘Succession‘ will end with Season 4.  Creator and showrunner Jesse Armstrong confirmed that the upcoming fourth season will be its final run on the premium cable network. ‘Succession‘ earned the Emmy Award for best drama series for both its second and third seasons. The cast includes Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Nicholas Braun, Kieran Culkin, Matthew Macfadyen and Sarah Snook, who have collected numerous wins among them.

Armstrong told the New Yorker that “there’s a promise in the title of Succession. I’ve never thought this could go on forever. The end has always been kind of present in my mind. From season two, I’ve been trying to think: Is it the next one, or the one after that, or is it the one after that?  I got together with a few of my fellow writers before we started the writing of season four, in about November, December, 2021, and I sort of said, ‘Look, I think this maybe should be it. But what do you think?’ And we played out various scenarios: We could do a couple of short seasons, or two more seasons. Or we could go on for ages and turn the show into something rather different, and be a more rangy, freewheeling kind of fun show, where there would be good weeks and bad weeks. Or we could do something a bit more muscular and complete, and go out sort of strong. And that was definitely always my preference.”

Armstrong then added: “I feel deeply conflicted. I quite enjoy this period when we’re editing — where the whole season is there — but we haven’t put it out yet. I like the interregnum. And I also quite liked the period where me and my close collaborators knew that this was probably it, or this was it, but hadn’t had to face up to it in the world. It’s been a difficult decision, because the collaborations — with the cast, with my fellow writers, with Nick Britell and Mark Mylod and the other directors — they’ve just been so good. And I feel like I’ve done the best work I can do, working with them. And HBO has been generous and would probably have done more seasons, and they have been nice about saying, ‘It’s your decision.’ That’s nice, but it’s also a responsibility in the end — it feels quite perverse to stop doing it.”

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Rock Daypop

All Time Low to livestream ‘Tell Me I’m Alive’ album release

All Time Low will be livestreaming their album release show at London’s iconic OVO Arena Wembley on March 17th, celebrating the debut of their new album “Tell Me I’m Alive.”  The livestream will be available to watch via the On Air website and mobile apps.

According to the announcement, “the livestream will be presented in 4K UHD video resolution with Dolby Atmos technology, giving fans a premium viewing experience and an unforgettable spatial audio experience. Available to watch via the On Air website and mobile apps, the cinematic livestream will be available to watch for two years on demand. Get tickets here .”

Frontman Alex Gaskarth shared: “We’re excited to announce that the Wembley show, our album release celebration, will now be a live stream event for the world to join in. We know it’s going to be a really special, fun night and we wanted to make sure as many of our fans around the world would have the chance to be involved and participate.”

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Fear Factory hits the road with new lead singer, Milo Silvestro

Fear Factory has hit the road with their new lead singer, Milo Silvestro.

Dino Cazares said of the band’s new frontman, “It’s time to introduce the world to our new vocalist. The search was long and meticulous, but I know for sure we got the right guy.It is a big week for us in Fear Factory as we make our final preparations for our return to the live stage touring across the US, on the ‘Rise Of The Machine’ tour. We can’t wait to get out on the road and start kicking some a**. ‘The Machine Will Rise’.” Milo Silvestro added, “This is a huge opportunity for me. I’ve been a fan of the band for many years and it feels very surreal but I’m excited to be part of it. I know I have some massive shoes to fill but I’m here to do it in the best way possible and give justice to the vocal legacy of this legendary band.”

The Rise Of the Machine Tour features Static-X and Dope, with additional support from special guests Mushroomhead and Twiztid on select dates. The trek, which kicked off last weekend, will wrap on April 15th at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles.

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Jonas Brothers announce five-show residency on Broadway

Jonas Brother shared news of their five-night residency on Broadway at the Marquis Theatre in NY, taking place March 14-18: “Your boys are back in town 🗽 We’re coming to Broadway and playing the Marquis Theatre March 14-18!! Each night will be focused on a different album and we’ll be playing all the hits. Believe us when we say you won’t want to miss these shows… !

Each night’s performance at the Marquis Theatre will feature one of their albums in its entirety,  in its order of release, including: “Jonas Brothers,” “A Little Bit Longer,” “Lines, Vines and Trying Times,” “Happiness Begins” and the upcoming “The Album”, set for release on May 12th.

Jonas Brothers also dropped a new song titled “Wings” from their upcoming sixth album, “The Album.”  The Album” is the follow-up to the Jonas Brothers’ most recent release, “Happiness Begins” in 2019, which was their first new music in 10 years. Take a listen to “Wings”- here.

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