Jeriann Tripodi, Editor
Welcome to the wonderful world of entertainment. The following news includes highlights of celebrities, television, movies and music this week.
Britney Spears’ conservatorship ends after 13 years
On Nov. 12, Judge Brenda Penny has ruled that the ongoing conservatorship over pop singer Britney Spears’ estate and personal affairs be terminated during an afternoon hearing. Fans and supporters of the #FreeBritney movement, who were waiting outside of the courthouse, cheered frantically as soon as they were informed of the verdict. The 39-year-old “Toxic” singer shared a video of her fans celebrating and captioned that this day was the “best day ever.”
McDonald’s to launch the “Mariah Menu” during the holidays
Grammy-Award winning singer Mariah Carey and McDonald’s are launching the “Mariah Menu” with 12 days of free food. Starting on Dec. 13, customers who use the app to make a minimum purchase of $1 will receive different free items off the special menu every day until Christmas Eve. These items, which will be served in a special Mariah-themed holiday packaging, include a Big Mac, 6-piece Chicken McNuggets, a cheeseburger and apple pie.
@McDonalds via Twitter
Amanda Kloots honors Nick Cordero on “Dancing with the Stars”
Celebrity fitness trainer Amanda Kloots brought tears to the eyes of the audience members when she dedicated her performance to her late husband Nick Cordero during the semi-finals on “Dancing with the Stars.” Dancing to Lenii’s version of “Live your Life” with her professional dance partner, Kloots chose this song because her late husband wrote and sang the original version. Cordero, who was a Broadway actor, made headlines in early 2020 when he was one of the first celebrities to be diagnosed with COVID-19. He passed from complications several months later.
Dancing with the Stars via Youtube
“Clifford the Big Red Dog” is now playing in theaters
On Nov. 10, “Clifford the Big Red Dog” arrived in theaters and made $22 million during its first five days. According to The Hollywood Reporter, that is one of the best starts for a family-friendly film during the pandemic. However, the film, which can also be streamed on Paramount+, came in second place during its first weekend at the box office, as Marvel’s “Eternals” has remained at the top spot for the second weekend straight. “Clifford the Big Red Dog” is based on the early 2000s television series, and tells the story of a young girl named Emily Elizabeth who becomes surprised when her small red puppy becomes 10-feet tall.
Number one on the Billboard charts: week of Nov. 20, 2021
According to “The Hot 100” on the charts, the number one song in the U.S. is “Easy On Me” by Adele. Staying at the top spot for the fourth week in a row, this is the fifth week the pop ballad is on the charts. According to the “Billboard 200,” the number one album in the U.S. is “Still Over It” by Summer Walker. The Contemporary R&B album is at the top spot during its first week on the charts.