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Take A First Look At ‘Dune’ Featuring Timothée Chalamet

Vanity Fair has shared a first look at the new “Dune” movie, set to be released on December 18. The film stars Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides and is directed by Denis Villeneuve of “Arrival” and “Blade Runner 2049” fame. Based on the 1965 novel by Frank Herbert, the new movie follows the 1984 original film and a 2000 television series.

Chalamet starred in “Call me by Your Name” and “Beautiful Boy.” Zendaya, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin and Rebecca Ferguson also co-star in the forthcoming film.  Take a sneak peak at the link below.

See First Look at Timothee Chalamet & Zendaya In New Movie ‘Dune’

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U.S. Government Stimulus Checks Begin Arriving As Economy Plummets

Government relief checks began arriving in Americans’ bank accounts on Wednesday, as the economic damage to the U.S. from the coronavirus pandemic deepened.  Sluggish sales at reopened stores in Europe and China emphasized that business will not recovery immediately once the crisis eases.

The U.S. began issuing one-time payments this week to tens of millions of people as part of its $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief package, with adults receiving up to $1,200 each and $500 per child to help them pay the rent or cover other bills. The checks will be directly deposited into bank accounts or mailed to households, depending on how they filed their tax returns. In an unprecedented move, President Donald Trump’s name will be printed on the checks.

Meanwhile, other parts of the world are slowly reopening, but shoppers and other customers are staying away from the reopened businesses and workers afraid they are putting their health at risk. Worldwide, deaths have topped 130,000 and confirmed infections have surpassed 2 million, according to the tally kept by Johns Hopkins University. 

US relief checks begin arriving as economic damage piles up

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Retail Sales Plunge 8.7% In The Largest Drop On Record

Retail sales plunged nearly 9% in March, marking the largest one-month drop in U.S. retail sales since the U.S. Department of Commerce began keeping records in 1992. A preliminary report from the Department of Commerce showed an 8.7% drop, or $483.1 billion, in sales, as the coronavirus pandemic worsened across the country.The drop was a 6.2% decrease from the same time in 2019.

Grocery stores, pharmacies and other retailers carrying essential goods experienced a 26% increase in sales last month as people stocked up on food and household necessities. but it was not enough to make up for the plunges other markets suffered. Clothing sales fell more than 50% and auto sales dropped 25.6%. Gas station sales, impacted by reduced commuting and lower gas prices, decreased about 17%.

March’s decline is the largest monthly decrease on record and is twice as large as the previous record of 3.9%, which occurred in November 2008 during the financial crisis. The preliminary report sent stocks tumbling Wednesday morning, with the S&P 500 dropping more than 2.6% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average falling more than 600 points.

Commerce locks up and retail sales plunge unprecedented 8.7%

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Cleveland Browns Return To Their Roots With Classic New Uniforms

The Cleveland Browns unveiled new uniforms Wednesday, inspired by Cleveland’s championship teams following the team’s birth in the All-America Football Conference in the 1940s and NFL title squads from the 1950s, 60s and 70s. The updated look is also a nod to the Browns’ memorable runs in the late 1980s, when they came close to making their first Super Bowl.

Executive vice president and owner JW Johnson said, “We wanted to get back to the roots of who the Browns are. We’ve heard it from our fans and from our players. We needed to get back to our roots. As you look at iconic franchises like the Browns, the Bears, the Packers, the Cowboys — they’re true to who they are. They’re not doing a lot of changes and trying to make a lot of flashy moves with their uniforms. I think when we went through the process, it just felt right that we got back to who we are and who we’ll always be.”

The team’s freshened look features brown jerseys with white numbers and white jerseys with brown numbers. Both will be worn with brown or white pants that have a brown stripe sandwiched by two orange stripes running down the side. They’ve eliminated orange pants. The team’s popular color rush jerseys, which the team started in 2018 and became their primary look last season, have been slightly modified with the removal of stripes on the jerseys and pants.  The Browns’ iconic orange helmet will remain the only one in the NFL without a logo, but it is getting a minor tweak. The helmet will continue to feature a brown face mask, but will no longer include carbon fiber texture in the striping.

“Our uniforms have always been iconic. They’ve always been classic,” Johnson said. “They will forever be iconic and classic now with what we’ve launched and how we feel about them.”

Browns touch on old title past with new uniforms

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WWE Announces Furloughs Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Numerous WWE performers and employees were released Wednesday following a conference call with CEO Vince McMahon, who said personnel and salary cuts were on the way due to the COVID-19 pandemic. McMahon updated his staff on the company’s standing amid the pandemic and outlined plans for personnel to be furloughed until the pandemic had passed while more were set to be released.

WWE said in an official press release: “Given the uncertainty of the situation, the Company also identified headcount reductions and made the decision to furlough a portion of its workforce effective immediately. The decision to furlough versus permanently reduce headcount reflects the fact that the Company currently believes the furlough will be temporary in nature.”

McMahon said several board members and executives would have their pay reduced and WWE has delayed moving into its new headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut.

Going into Wednesday, WWE had over 300 on-screen talents signed as wrestlers, referees, and broadcasters. This is not counting the various backstage producers and agents working with the performers at weekly shows

Kurt Angle among releases, furloughs by WWE

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Sam Hunt’s “Southside” Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard Country Albums Chart

Sam Hunt’s sophomore album, Southside, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. The 12-song set also hit No. 5 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart.

Southside features Sam’s recent No. 1 hit, “Kinfolks,” and new single, “Hard to Forget.”  It also includes his 2017 smash hit, “Body Like a Back Road,” and 2018 Top 20 hit, “Downtown’s Dead.” Southside follows Sam’s 2014 debut album, Montevallo, which spawned No. 1 hits “Leave the Night On,” “Take Your Time,” “House Party” and more.

Sam’s new single, “Hard to Forget” was co-penned by Sam, Luke Laird, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne and Ashley Gorley, as well as “There Stands the Glass” songwriters Audrey Grisham, Russ Hull and Mary Jean Shurtz.

Sam Hunt Takes First Album in Six Years, Southside, Straight to the Top

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Take A Look At The Video For Luke Bryan’s New Single, “One Margarita”

Luke Bryan has just released his new single “One Margarita,” co-written by Michael Carter, Matt Dragstrem and Josh Thompson.

“One Margarita” is the third single from Luke’s upcoming seventh studio album, Born Here, Live Here, Die Here. The new tune follows the album’s previous No. 1 hits “Knockin’ Boots” and “What She Wants Tonight.” Originally slated to drop on April 24, Born Here, Live Here, Die Here will now be released on Aug. 7 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The video for “One Margarita” was filmed during Luke’s sixth Crash My Playa event in Riviera Cancun, Mexico, in November 2019.

Watch the new video for “One Margarita” at the link here.

Luke Bryan’s Ready for a Good Time in New Single, ‘One Margarita’ [LISTEN]

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Rita Wilson Describes Her Experience With Coronavirus In First Interview

Rita Wilson is opening up about her experience with the novel coronavirus. In her first interview since she was diagnosed with COVID-19 over a month ago, Wilson detailed her symptoms and the “extreme side effects” she experienced during her treatment.

“I felt extremely achy, uncomfortable, didn’t want to be touched, and then the fever started,” she told CBS This Morning‘s Gayle King. Wilson said she lost her sense of taste and smell, and at one point her fever reached 102 degrees and she suffered from “chills like I never had before.”

 She also detailed her experience being treated with the antimalarial drug chloroquine, which has caused some controversy and debate over its use as a possible treatment for COVID-19.  “I can only tell you that I don’t know if the drug worked or if it was just time for the fever to break,” she said. “The fever did break, but the chloroquine had such extreme side effects. I was completely nauseous and I had vertigo and my muscles felt very weak. I think people have to be very considerate about that drug. We don’t really know if it is helpful in this case.”

Wilson was first diagnosed alongside her husband, Tom Hanks, while the two were in Australia. According to Wilson, Hanks experienced milder symptoms. “He did not have as high a fever,” she said. “He did not lose his sense of taste or smell, but it still took us the same time to get through it.”  Wilson also said their doctors believe the two now have immunity to the virus, and both have donated blood to assist in the research for a vaccine.  To watch the full interview, click the link here.

Rita Wilson Shared Her COVID-19 Experience With Gayle King

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Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato And More Join Disney’s Social Distancing Singalong

ABC is debuting The Disney Family Singalong, a special hosted by Ryan Seacrest and featuring performances by an incredible number of stars.  The special features at home performances from Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, Alan Menken, Elle Fanning, John Stamos, Auli’i Cravalho, Josh Gad, Donny Osmond, Amber Riley, Jordan Fisher, Derek Hough, Christina Aguilera, Josh Groban, Darren Criss, and Tori Kelly.

Kenny Ortega is reuniting the casts of High School Musical, Descendants, Zombies, and High School Musical: The Musical: The Series to perform “We’re All In This Together.”  Ortega said that Zac Efron has signed on, alongside Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Corbin Bleu, Monique Coleman, and Lucas Grabeel. 

Tik Tok star Charli D’Amelio will make an appearance, and there will be an animated character there to guide you through the on-screen lyrics.The special will also feature PSAs to raise awareness for Feeding America’s efforts to help struggling families get access to food during the pandemic. 

The Disney Family Singalong will air Thursday, April 16 at 8 p.m. on ABC. 

Get a Sneak Peek at ABC’s Epic Disney Family Singalong

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President Trump Halts Funding To World Health Organization Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

The Trump administration said it will halt funding to the World Health Organization as it evaluates the agency’s “role in severely mismanaging” the coronavirus pandemic.

President Donald Trump made the announcement Tuesday at a White House press conference, saying in part, “Today I’m instructing my administration to halt funding of the World Health Organization while a review is conducted to assess the World Health Organization’s role in severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of the coronavirus. Trump criticized the international agency’s response to the outbreak, saying “one of the most dangerous and costly decisions from the WHO was its disastrous decision to oppose travel restrictions from China and other nations. Fortunately, I was not convinced and suspended travel from China saving untold numbers of lives.”

Trump says he is halting funding for the World Health Organization

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