Top Trending Entertainment News 2021
Updated: Dec 6, 2021
1. Young Dolph, a rapper, was killed in a shooting in Memphis.
Young Dolph (real name - Adolph Robert Thornton Jr.) was a rapper from the United States. King of Memphis, his debut studio album, was released in 2016 and reached number 49 on the Billboard 200 list. On O.T. Young Dolph was also featured on Genasis' successful track "Cut It," which reached number 35 on the Billboard Hot 100. Rich Slave, Young Dolph's seventh album, was released in 2020 and debuted at number four on the Billboard 200, making it his most successful album to be released. On November 17, 2021, in Memphis, Tennessee, Young Dolph passed away after being shot.
According to Memphis Police, a gunshot occurred at 2370 Airways Boulevard near Ketchum in Memphis on Nov. 17, 2021.
Officers and witnesses stood in front of shattered glass at Makeda's Butter Cookies, a bakery in a strip mall that Young Dolph had previously visited.
The rapper had just bought cookies at Makeda's, according to a guy who answered the phone and introduced himself as the store's proprietor.
In a tweet, Memphis Police Chief CJ Davis said, "This incident is another example of the senseless gun violence we are facing locally and globally."
Police have not identified a suspect and have appealed to the public for assistance.
2. Surprise Proposal at Adele’s album promotion
Adele may be the queen of telling it like it is about our heartbreaks, but her involvement in bringing two people together stole the show at her CBS special on Nov. 14, 2021.
The scenario was as follows: A man contacted what he thought was a show — but it was a "fake show," according to Adele — to assist him in proposing to his seven-year-long girlfriend.
They planned to have a picnic near Adele's concert throughout the day, and the night would end with a proposal.
The idea succeeded, and the results were wonderful.
"I'm going to murder you if you make a noise," Adele warned the audience, which included Lizzo and Melissa McCarthy.
The woman was taken aback when her noise-canceling headphones and blindfold were removed.
"Is this for real?" she inquired. "Who are these people?" says the narrator.
Adele emerged from the shadows before bursting into "Make You Feel My Love," after the man proposed and she accepted.
"She's weeping her eyes out," Adele joked in the middle of the song.
Of course, who can blame her?
The timing was odd since the singer is promoting "30," which has been nicknamed the artist's "divorce album" by many. But if there's one thing, she made known during her two-hour conversation with Oprah Winfrey, it's that the record is about unity — only in her case, it's about getting together with her happiest self. And it took a lot of painful decisions to get there.
It's the first time she's been in a relationship where she's "liked myself and been open to loving and being loved by someone else," she told Winfrey of her current relationship with sports agent Rich Paul.
3. Zac Stacy got arrested in Florida for his behavior with his ex-girlfriend
According to authorities in Oakland, Florida, former NFL running back Zac Stacy, 30, was detained in Orlando after boarding a flight from Nashville to turn himself in.
According to a redacted arrest document, Stacy was arrested after a surveillance camera reportedly showed him assaulting his ex-fiancée in front of his 5-month-old boy. Stacy's arrest warrant was issued on Nov. 17, 2021, according to court documents.
According to Orange County Corrections Department records, Stacy was arrested on counts of aggravated violence (severe bodily injury) and criminal mischief (under $1,000).
Following his arrival at Orlando International Airport, Stacy was apprehended without incident, according to Oakland police. On Nov. 19, 2021, he was scheduled to appear in court.
The woman "looked to be extremely upset with tears in her eyes," according to the affidavit, when Oakland police arrived at her residence on the afternoon of Nov. 13.
The victim's clothing was ripped, she had food in her hair, a huge flat-screen television had been pushed over and shattered, food was spread on the floor, and a baby's bouncy chair had been knocked over and destroyed, according to the affidavit. During the argument, two children were there, including Stacy's baby son, according to authorities. According to the complaint, the victim suffered several injuries to her face, stomach, and legs, including bruises and scratches.
In the affidavit, Oakland police detective Shawn Dozier stated that he reviewed the CCTV tape that showed the alleged incident.
The footage shows Stacy "hit the victim twice to the back of her head, the first strike with an unknown weapon in his hand," according to Dozier. The victim was knocked down by the second strike, which was delivered with a closed hand to the back of the head, according to the affidavit.
Stacy is prohibited from threatening or contacting the lady in any manner, including being within 500 feet of her house, vehicle, or employment, according to a Florida court that issued a "no contact" order on Nov 19.
Two further occurrences between the victim and Stacy were reported to Oakland police. On Sept. 26, police were called after Stacy reportedly assaulted the victim with a fistful of mail on the left side of her face. The victim chose not to file a complaint.
4. Paul Rudd is People’s ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ (100K+)
After playing role in popular movies and web series such as “Clueless”, “Friends” and “Ant-Man”, Paul Rudd has now become the Sexiest Man Alive.
People Magazine gave Paul Rudd this honor, ‘Sexiest Man Alive after it was disclosed by Colbert in “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”. Colbert, to prove if he could make anything sexy or not, put him through a series of sexiness tests including a physical exam, a Westminster Dog Show-style judging round, and a photo shoot as a construction worker and monk. He also made him pour water on himself and say, “Help me, I’m drowning in Sexiness.”
After taking all these tests, you could not make it, said Colbert. When seeing the disappointment on his face, Colbert said “There’s nothing sexier than humility … and you passed! ‘You are the sexiest man alive.”
5. Nicole Kidman is exempt from the COVID-19 quarantine while filming for Amazon in Hong Kong.
Following allegations that Hollywood actress Nicole Kidman did not have to spend time in quarantine when she landed in Hong Kong to film a TV series, the Hong Kong authorities said on Aug. 19, 2021, that an individual has been given a quarantine exemption to undertake "specified professional labor."
"The case under discussion has been granted permission to travel to Hong Kong with a quarantine exemption to perform designated professional work, take into account that it is conducive to the necessary operation and development of Hong Kong's economy," the government said in a statement, without naming Kidman.
It said that those who are given such exemptions must follow disease preventive measures to reduce the risk of transmission and public interaction.
Kidman was spotted out and about in Hong Kong after apparently flying in from virus-ravaged Sydney, Australia. She's in town to film Expats, a new Amazon Prime Video series.
Her exemption comes as Hong Kong tightened entrance rules, forcing passengers from high-risk nations, such as the United States, to spend 21 days in quarantine and fully vaccinated travelers from medium-risk countries to spend 14 days beginning Aug. 20, 2021.
Travelers from medium-risk nations were previously allowed to spend only seven days in quarantine at approved hotels provided they were completely vaccinated and had a positive antibody test.
6. Video games, another potential feature by Netflix
As people emerge from their epidemic cocoons, Netflix posted its worst subscription increase in eight years. As a result, it's introducing a new attraction to its lineup: video games.
The video streaming behemoth said on July 20, 2021, that video games will be included in all its existing membership tiers at no additional cost. The long-awaited expansion was confirmed in connection with the company's most recent financial report.
The announcement of the long-awaited gaming expansion coincided with the release of Netflix's most recent financial report. During April and June, the video service attracted 1.5 million new users, according to the financial report.
That's slightly more than the small rise that management predicted after the service got off to a poor start during the winter months, but it's still much behind the service's recent growth pace.
Netflix is now offering video games, which is a huge step forward. Last week, the Los Gatos, California-based firm hinted at the move when it announced the hire of Mike Verdu, a senior video game executive, to investigate prospective prospects in another industry of entertainment.
"We're doing these to help the subscription service expand and be more significant in people's lives," Netflix co-CEO Reed Hastings said during an investor call.
Netflix's chief product officer and the guy in charge of what he characterized as a multi-year growth, Greg Peters, said the business will start with mobile games before extending to consoles and television sets. According to Peters, the games would first be related to Netflix's most popular shows, but standalone titles may be added to the mix as well. He even hypothesized that Netflix would make a TV show or film based on one of its video games in the future.
7. Ontario provides $3 million in funding to the Canadian Film Centre
TORONTO — The province of Ontario has pledged $3 million to help the Canadian Film Centre cope with the COVID-19 outbreak.
The one-time payment, according to Culture Minister Lisa MacLeod, is part of the province's efforts to help the film, television, and new media businesses during the public health crisis.
"Film and television production, as well as animation and video gaming, have been real growth areas in our creative industries," MacLeod said at a virtual news conference. "I believe that, as our sectors recover from COVID-19, we will see a real stark increase based on our creators' ability to get their content around the world," he added.
According to the government, the province's assistance for film and television production contributed a good amount to the economy in 2019, providing thousands of employments for Ontarians.
During the first wave of the pandemic in spring 2020, production had to be halted. However, the government said on May 25, 2021, that between July 2020 and January 2021, Ontario would host more than 60 projects.
The money will support existing programs as well as establish new initiatives to better prepare Canadian talent for success in Canada and on the world stage, according to Christina Jennings, chairperson of the CFC's board of directors.
"Not only are we developing higher-level programs for writers and directors, but we're also developing programs for experienced crew members," Jennings explained.
The CFC is a nationally known cultural institution that offers different development programs for screenwriters, actors, composers, and entrepreneurs, among other responsibilities.
8. Leonardo DiCaprio and several partners promise $43 million to rewild the Galapagos Islands.
Superstar Leonardo DiCaprio has pledged US$43 million to help restore the Galapagos Islands, pledging to aid the Ecuadorian ecology, which has recently been threatened by climate change and tourism.
The Galapagos Islands, named after evolutionary pioneer Charles Darwin, are home to 54 vulnerable species and are noted for their diverse ecology and fauna.
DiCaprio's objective is to implement a wide conservation program across the islands in collaboration with his conservation organization Rewild, the Galapagos National Park Directorate, Island Conservation, and local people. Paula Castao, a wildlife veterinarian, and an island restoration specialist will take over his Instagram and Twitter accounts to keep fans up to speed on their efforts.
The Galápagos National Park Directorate, Ecuador's Ministry of Environment and Water, Charles Darwin Foundation, Galápagos Conservation Trust, and at least a dozen other charitable and environmental groups are among the initiative's additional supporting and implementing partners.
"I met Paula Castao and other environmental heroes in Ecuador fighting day in and day out to safeguard one of the most valuable locations on the earth when I traveled to the Galápagos Islands," wrote DiCaprio, 46. (Jancelewicz C,2021)
"The wild is dwindling throughout the planet. Three-quarters of the world's natural regions have been degraded, and more than a million species have been driven to the verge of extinction. If we don't act quickly, more than half of the world's remaining wild regions might be lost in the next few decades. The planet's environmental heroes have already arrived. Now it's up to us to rise to the occasion and join them."(Jancelewicz C,2021)
"DiCaprio has long been involved in environmental issues — his Twitter account states "actor and activist" — and he spoke about climate change at the United Nations in 2014. He established the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation to assist groups and activities focused on "securing our planet's long-term viability."(Jancelewicz C,2021)
9. Pete Davidson’s chemistry with Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian is "constantly giggling" when hanging out with her new partner, comedian Pete Davidson, according to a source.
"She's acting like a teenager," a source tells Page Six exclusively. "She's always giggling." Pete has made her feel as though the clock has been turned back 20 years. She seemed to be content."
Along with Kris Jenner and Flavor Flav, the celebrity went out to California to celebrate his birthday with her and posed in identical pajamas from her Skims brand.
In October, the two were first seen holding hands on a ride at Knott's Scary Farm in Southern California, shortly after Kardashian hosted "SNL" and they had an onscreen kiss during a comedy.
They've also gone out on dates in New York City and Staten Island.
10. Vin Diesel walked Paul walker’ Daughter Down the Aisle
Not only as shown in the most famous Hollywood movie Fast and Furious but also in real-life, Vin Diesel takes his family duties very seriously. Diesel walked Meadow Walker, his late Fast and Furious co-star Paul Walker’s daughter, down the aisle in October at her beachside wedding In the Dominic Republic. Walker wed actor Louis Thornton -Allan and she also mentioned how happy she was by the presence of Vin Diesel.
11. Travis Baker and Kourtney Kardashian changed their relationship status
After staying friends for 15 years, Travis Baker and Kourtney Kardashian took their relationship to the next level when Travis popped the question after just under a year of dating.
The news had been announced first on Instagram by Kourtney Kardashian where she posted beautiful pictures of both of them surrounded by red roses and candles on the beach.