I’ll take my new nickname, says JLo

Los Angeles, Jan 18 (IANS) Singer-actress Jennifer Lopez loves her new nickname “Slay Lo”.

The 46-year-old has been turning heads on the red carpet so far at the awards season, with some incredible ensembles. Her outfit choices have earned her a new moniker – one that the mother-of-two is more than happy with, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

Asked what she thought about the nickname, Lopez told entertainment website HipHollywood.com: “I’ll take it”.

Lopez currently stars as a single mother and detective Harlee Santos alongside Ray Liotta in TV show “Shades of Blue” – a part she knew she wanted as soon as she read the script.

The police procedural series tells the story of Harlee getting involved in a FBI anti-corruption probe.

“When I read it, it made me feeling something, it made me feel something right away. And I know if it makes me feel something then it’s going to make other people feel something,” Lopez said.

Malik’s welcome to join back One Direction: Payne

Singer Liam Payne says he would welcome former One Direction member Zayn Malik back to the band with open arms.

Malik left the band’s fans heartbroken when he announced he was leaving the group back in March 2015.

While Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan have continued to make music as a four-piece, Payne insists he would always be happy to have Malik back in the group, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

Payne was asked if he would let Malik come back, he said: “Of course, I love Zayn – he’s great.”

However, he did add the prospect was unlikely.

“Zayn’s just doing his own thing,” Payne told photographers at LAX Airport on Saturday.

And the idea of replacing Malik is also unlikely, as Payne said: “There’s enough people, we don’t need any more.”

Chris Martin thinks fasting improves his creativity

Coldplay frontman Chris Marin fasts one day a week because he thinks it makes his music better.

Martin says he fasts one day a week and creativity is a benefit of it, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

“I started when I was sick one time. This guy said to try not eating for a day, he told me it would make my body feel healthier,” Martin told The Sun newspaper.

“It did and I found I could sing better and I also felt more grateful for food and everything else in a way that I wasn’t so much before,” he added.

Miranda Lambert unveils new track

Singer Miranda Lambert surprised her fans with a brand new song “Sweet by and by”.

The track was recorded by the country superstar for producer Dave Cobb’s upcoming compilation album “Southern Family”, reports aceshowbiz.com.

In the song, Lambert sings about childhood lessons her mother and father taught her.

“Tell the truth/ Earn your dollar/ Let not your heart asunder/ Save yourself/ Believe in faith/ Good things come to those who wait,” she sings and adds in the chorus: “Mama I have not forgotten/ Lessons learned under the light of/ The Southern starry sky.”

The “Southern Family” compilation will release on March 18. In addition to Lambert, it features contributions from other country music artistes like Jason Isbell, Zac Brown, Brandy Clark and Chris Stapleton.

‘Ride Along 2’ passes ‘Star Wars’ to top US box office

New action comedy movie “Ride Along 2” rose to the peak of the US box office over the weekend as “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has finally begun to lose sizzle after four weeks atop the chart.

The Universal Pictures film opened in the No. 1 spot this weekend, according to studio estimates, with a $34 million premiere.

Starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, the sequel debuted 18 percent below the $41.5 million three-day start of its 2014 precursor, Xinhua reported.

“Ride Along 2” received a “B+” rating from first-night moviegoers on CinemaScore.

While that was a solid score, it was significantly softer than the “A” rating “Ride Along” received on CinemaScore.

“The Revenant,” which holds 12 Academy Award nominations, was in second place with $29.5 million in sales, down 26 percent from last weekend’s sales.

Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, it went into wide circulation two weeks ago, and grossed an impressive $87.6 million after 10 days of wide release, according to Rentrak.

After leading the weekend box office for each of the past four frames, Disney’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” fell to third place this weekend with an estimated three-day take of $25.1 million, 41 percent down from last weekend.

The seventh installment of “Star Wars” passed the $850 million mark this weekend and continues to firm up its position as the highest grossing film of all-time in the US with $851 million through 31 days of release.

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” currently runs 72.5 percent ahead of $493.2 million 31-day take of “Avatar” and 44 percent ahead of the $590.7 million 31-day gross of last year’s “Jurassic World”.

Globally, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has grossed nearly $1.9 billion.

Rounding out the 10 most-popular films in the US and Canada were “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers” ($16 million), “Daddy’s Home” ($9.3 million), “Norm Of The North” ($6.7 million), “The Forest” ($5.8 million), “The Big Short” ($5.2 million), “Sisters” ($4.4 million) and “The Hateful Eight” ($3.4 million).

 

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