Quentin Tarantino has acknowledged that a third Kill Bill film is still a possibility – as reflected by his recent conversations with Uma Thurman. The director was asked about a potential sequel during an interview with the Happy Sad Confused podcast released on Monday. “Me and Uma have been talking about it recently, frankly, to tell you the truth,” he said about a possible Kill Bill Volume 3. “I’m not sure I’m going to do it but I have thought about it a little further.” He said he and Thurman “literally were talking about” a possible sequel the week prior, adding: “If any of my movies were going to spring from any of my movies, it would be the third Kill Bill.”
Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino and Tame Impala have been confirmed as headliners for the 2019 Coachella festival. Organisers for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California announced the line-up for the 2019 edition on Wednesday night (02Jan19), which takes place across two consecutive weekends in April (19), revealing that This Is America hitmaker Childish Gambino would be topping the bill on the Fridays, Australian band Tame Impala on the Saturdays, while Ariana will close the festival on the Sundays. "Humbled and excited as all hell @coachella (cactus) thank u," the Thank U, Next singer tweeted after she shared the 2019 poster. Other acts on the bill include Solange Knowles, Janelle Monae, The 1975, Diplo, J Balvin, Khalid, Kacey Musgraves, Wiz Khalifa, Kid Cudi and Jaden Smith. The festival will mark one of Childish Gambino's biggest final shows, as the rapper and actor, real name Donald Glover, plans to retire the stage moniker after one final album and close that chapter in his life as a musician. He had been heavily rumoured to headline the 2019 festival alongside Justin Timberlake and Rihanna. There was also speculation that Stronger rapper Kanye West would be returning to the event, which he previously headlined in 2011. However, TMZ.com reported on Wednesday that he scrapped negotiations with production officials at Goldenvoice after failing to reach an agreement over his stage set-up. The report suggested he did not want to stick to the traditional static rectangular platform, branding it "artistically limiting", and wanted instead to bring in his own contraption, but they declined to give in to his demands and talks fell through. The 2019 festival takes place on 12-14 April and 19-21 April.
Nicki Minaj is pulling out of a concert in Saudi Arabia because she said she wants to show support for women's rights, gay rights and freedom of expression. "After careful reflection I have decided to no longer move forward with my scheduled concert at Jeddah World Fest," Minaj said in a statement Tuesday to The Associated Press. "While I want nothing more than to bring my show to fans in Saudi Arabia, after better educating myself on the issues, I believe it is important for me to make clear my support for the rights of women, the LGBTQ community and freedom of expression," she said. Minaj was originally scheduled to headline the concert on July 18. Saudi organizers said the Jeddah World Fest will be broadcast globally. The kingdom is also promising quick electronic visas for international visitors who want to attend.
Justin Timberlake notches his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as Man of the Woods debuts atop the tally. The set, which was released on Feb. 2 through RCA Records, earned 293,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Feb. 8, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 242,000 were in traditional album sales. Timberlake scores the largest week for an album -- both in terms of units and pure album sales -- since Taylor Swift’s Reputation flew in at No. 1 on the Dec. 2, 2017-dated chart with 1.24 million units and 1.22 million in album sales. Timberlake claims the biggest week for an album by a man since Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. debuted at No. 1 on the May 6, 2017 list with 603,000 units and 353,000 in traditional album sales.