Jake Owen on Life at Home During Coronavirus Pandemic: ‘I Haven’t Been This Happy in 15 Years’

For the inaugural episode of Southern Living‘s Biscuits & Jam podcast, launching Tuesday, the country singer opened up about his early career, family and life at home amid the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Owen, 38, and his girlfriend Erica Hartlein welcomed their first child together, daughter Paris Hartley, last April. The “Down to the Honkytonk” singer is also a father to 7-year-old Olive Pearl (who goes by her middle name, Pearl) — from his previous marriage to Lacey Buchanan.

“I can’t tell you how much this last month … being home every day and the simple things of watching my little girl, as a 1-year-old, crack up laughing in the morning while we’re feeding her a bottle,” Owen tells Southern Living Editor-in-Chief Sid Evans. “Usually I’d be calling her from wherever, from a bus, a parking lot … it’s been a really big blessing.”

Owen adds that self-isolation has been great for his creativity and he’s been writing songs “like every day.”

The singer’s sixth studio album, Greetings from … Jake, was released last year and features vocals from Kid Rock and Lele Pons. Next, he was set to join Lady Antebellum on their 2020 Ocean Tour, which has been canceled due to the ongoing pandemic.

I don’t feel like a caged animal,” he says on the podcast. “I almost feel sometimes on the road like I’m a circus animal that’s in a cage that, come showtime, they open up the cage, and you go out into the arena and you go do your little thing and then all of a sudden they’re like ‘Okay!’ … and the tour manager walks his animal back to the cage and they shut the door and then they roll you to the next city and you get out and do it again.”

He continues: “I haven’t been this happy in 15 years, which is weird to say in a time like now, but … I’m hoping with this virus and everything that’s happening is that it breeds that same love and energy into people of understanding that life is fragile and … let’s start taking care of everyone around us more.”

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Drive-in concerts may be the answer to the summer shows you’re missing

Missing live music? There may be a solution coming to a parking lot near you.

Drive-in concerts, with people socially distanced in their cars, are popping up in parts of Europe and throughout the United States as the coronavirus pandemic has brought an end to large public gatherings.
Keith Urban and DJ D-Nice are among the first major artists to perform drive-in shows. Earlier this month, Urban performed a surprise concert at Tennessee’s Watertown’s Stardust Drive-In as a thank you to frontline medical workers from Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
D-Nice also celebrated frontline workers with a recent drive-in concert in Miami, hosted by The Roots. Proceeds from the event went to the First Responders Children’s Foundation.
“I really do believe for the foreseeable future this is the way to go,” DJ D-Nice told CNN in a recent interview.
With concert attendees in their cars, D-Nice, who has been helping people celebrate safely at home with sets on Instagram Live since March, said he found creative ways to connect with the audience.
“Usually if I’m performing at a club or an event, you feel the energy from people,” he said. “I figured it out by people blowing on their horns. Once I had the call and response like, ‘if you’re feeling good, blow your horns!’ And the moment that I felt that and it was loud, that was it. It just felt like a regular set to me.”
Drive-in venues are also finding new ways to connect audiences, while maintaining social distancing guidelines.
Jimmy Vargas, a Managing Partner of 1/ST LIVE, the team that produced D-Nice’s Miami concert, said vehicles were spaced 20 feet apart, the event was kept to one hour and attendees could tune into the music through their car radios.
“You have to keep it short and sweet,” Vargas said. “People don’t necessarily have to get up and use the restrooms. We distributed masks as cars entered. We ran signs along our LED wall screens telling people to please stay in their car, and obviously we had support from our security team to ensure people weren’t getting out of the car.”
Vargas said it went so well they are exploring more of these music experiences in cities like Los Angeles, Baltimore, D.C. and San Francisco.
Adam Alpert, CEO of Sony’s Disrupter Records, is taking note.
“Clearly there is demand for live concerts,” Alpert told CNN. “People miss live music. They miss seeing their favorite artists. They miss the magic and energy that seeing live music brings.”
Alpert said while many of the artists on his roster are eager to tour, concerts where people are standing shoulder to shoulder again are likely dependent on a Covid-19 vaccine.
“[Musical artists] are itching to get out, but we have to wait until it’s safe,” he said. “I think artists and promoters and venues are resilient and they’re going to try and look for new ways to make live music safe in these uncertain times.”
So, for now, seeing artists from the comfort of your car may become more common.
Country music’s Eli Young Band will be performing at a “Concert in Your Car” event on June 4 in Texas. The following three nights will feature Pat Green, Josh Abbot Band and Kevin Fowler.
“This isn’t going to go away any time soon. Being able to adapt and continue to entertain and to be able to continue doing our jobs, this kind of gives us an avenue to do it safely and responsibly,” band member Mike Eli told CNN.
“We’re not lowering our expectations for the show at all just because it’s totally different,” Jon Jones, who plays bass guitar in the Eli Young Band, added. “We’ll be out there singing, they’ll be out there honking and we’ll all sing along in our own way.

Brian May Reveals Recent Heart Attack, Says He’s Good Now

QUEEN guitarist Brian May says he recently had three stents put in after experiencing “a small heart attack.”

May said Monday in an Instagram video that the stents were put in after his doctor drove him to a hospital after he starting feeling the symptoms of a heart attack. He said he found the experience shocking, because “I thought I was a very healthy guy.”

The 72-year-old said he feels fine now and the procedure was a success. “I walked out with a heart that’s very strong now,” May said.

He thanked his doctors and caregivers. May asked fans to send him congratulations, not sympathy messages.

“I’m incredibly grateful that I now have a life to lead again,” he said.

His video post details a lengthy health saga this month that included dealing with a compressed nerve that was causing him extreme pain.

The month started with May and Roger Taylor — the remaining members of Queen — teaming up with singer Adam Lambert to release a new version of the band’s “We Are the Champions” to raise money for front line healthcare workers battling COVID-19.

Proceeds from the song benefit the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospitalized for Gallbladder Treatment


The Supreme Court said she expected to participate in Wednesday’s oral arguments by telephone from the hospital.

WASHINGTON — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was hospitalized for treatment of a gallbladder condition, the Supreme Court announced on Tuesday. She had participated in oral arguments held by conference call on Tuesday morning, and the court said she planned to take part in Wednesday’s arguments by telephone from the hospital.

The court said Justice Ginsburg was treated for acute cholecystitis, a benign gallbladder condition, at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. “Following oral arguments on Monday,” a statement from the court said, “the justice underwent outpatient tests at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C., that confirmed she was suffering from a gallstone that had migrated to her cystic duct, blocking it and causing an infection.”

The treatment did not involve surgery, the statement said without elaboration. Gallstones can sometimes be removed through a scope passed down the digestive tract. If the blockage has caused an infection, it may be treated with antibiotics.

Gallstones are more common in women than in men, and are more likely to form in people over 40. The most common type are made mostly of cholesterol.

When a stone blocks a duct, it causes pain and sometimes nausea and vomiting. If there is an infection, there may be fever.

The statement said Justice Ginsburg was resting comfortably and “expects to stay in the hospital for a day or two.”

Justice Ginsburg, 87, has had a series of recent health scares. Last summer, she underwent three weeks of radiation treatment for a malignant tumor on her pancreas. “The tumor was treated definitively and there is no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body,” the court said in a statement at the time.

That was Justice Ginsburg’s fourth brush with cancer, following surgery in 2018 to remove two malignant nodules from her left lung, surgery for early-stage pancreatic cancer in 2009 and treatment for colon cancer in 1999.

Before the coronavirus pandemic, Justice Ginsburg had maintained a remarkably busy schedule, often making public appearances at least twice a week.

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The court stopped hearing arguments in its courtroom in early March in light of health concerns, postponing arguments in about 20 cases. The court started hearing two weeks of arguments by conference call on Monday, providing the public with live audio for the first time. At arguments on Monday and Tuesday, Justice Ginsburg’s questions were characteristically crisp and cogent.

Justice Ginsburg is the senior member of the court’s four-member liberal wing. She has repeatedly vowed to stay on the court as long as her health holds and she stays mentally sharp.

President Trump has appointed two members of the Supreme Court, Justices Neil M. Gorsuch and Brett M. Kavanaugh. The last president to appoint more than two justices in his first term was Richard M. Nixon, who put four on the court from 1969 to 1972. Those appointments spelled the end of the liberal court that had been led by Chief Justice Earl Warren and created a conservative majority that remains to this day.

The current court is closely divided, with five Republican appointees and four Democratic ones. A third Trump appointee would not only make the balance more lopsided but would also almost certainly move the court’s ideological center to the right.

Justice Ginsburg was named to the court in 1993 by President Bill Clinton. She was the first Democratic appointee since 1967, when President Lyndon B. Johnson nominated Thurgood Marshall.

During the Obama administration, some liberals urged Justice Ginsburg to step down so that President Barack Obama could name her successor. She rejected the advice.

“I think it’s going to be another Democratic president,” Justice Ginsburg told The Washington Post in 2013. “The Democrats do fine in presidential elections; their problem is they can’t get out the vote in the midterm elections.”

Mr. Trump, whose election proved her wrong, has been critical of Justice Ginsburg, saying in 2016 that “her mind is shot” and suggesting that she resign. His sharp words came after Justice Ginsburg criticized Mr. Trump in a series of interviews. She later said she had made a mistake in publicly commenting on a candidate and promised to be more “circumspect” in the future.

More recently, he urged Justices Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor to recuse themselves in all cases involving him.

Adam Driver gets SLAMMED on social media for his 9/11 comment;


People call him ‘Islamophobic’ ….

Adam Driver recently caught everybody’s attention on social media after the hashtag #adamdriverisoverparty started trending on Twitter. People tweeted about ‘canceling’ the Star Wars actor reacting to his comment about joining the Marines after 9/11. People flooded Twitter and criticised his remarks calling him Islamophobic. They shared a comment from Adam’s interview with The New Yorker, which took place last year. During the interaction, the 36-year-old actor stated that he joined the Marines after 9/11 because he wanted to fight against the terrorists who attacked the USA.

Reacting to his remarks, a social media user wrote, “Adam Driver was exposed already, we’ve been telling yall he is islamophobic for so long, why are y’all cancelling him just toda.” “Adam Driver’s New Yorker interview revealed who Adam Driver is: Islamophobic,” another tweeted. “Stop telling muslims and arabs that adam driver is not problematic and he’s “good.” we’re allowed to feel negatively about his clearly islamophobic comments and reasoning for joining the military. stop talking over us and acting like it’s no big deal,” another user posted.

On the other hand, Adam’s fans pointed out that in the interview, the actor clarified that his decision to join the military was not against Muslims. “It wasn’t against Muslims. It was: We were attacked. I want to fight for my country against whoever that is,” he had added in the interview. “Adam Driver made a movie exposing the use of torture of the CIA following 9/11. Go watch that instead of bitching on twitter because you’re bored,” a user wrote. “Apparently joining the military after 9/11 to defend your country makes you islamophobic. i quit-  i’m not even an adam driver stan but like stan adam driver,” another fan tweeted.



Hillsboro police storytime for kids during coronavirus quarantine

gets boost from Hollywood actress (video) ….

A Hillsboro police initiative has gotten some extra attention of late — thanks to a popular Hollywood actress.

The agency’s Facebook page is peppered with videos of police employees reading children’s books to kids who are staying home during the coronavirus outbreak.


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The video has racked up over 110,000 views on the Hillsboro Police Department page alone. But a post from Jennifer Garner has put the video in front of many more children.

The actress’s Facebook post has gotten 668,000 views as of Monday afternoon.

When Hollywood Learns The Wrong Lessons

It is a tale as old as time; a bold new film deemed as a gamble by studio execs releases, the film becomes a huge success and Hollywood, as usual, learns the wrong lessons. Now, on some level, it is kinda hard to fault the studios. Hollywood blockbusters cost millions and it is reasonable for them to expect some kind of return. But there’s a reason most studios don’t have a well-oiled formula. A formula that manages to remain fresh each time like Marvel Studios.

To a certain degree, the Marvel films do feel similar, but it is a problem they have largely avoided with Phase 3. And honestly, the phrase “superhero fatigue” barely qualifies as criticism given its superficial nature. Marvel has time and again experimented with styles and genres within their sub-franchises

The Rush To Build Shared Universes (Hollywood)

But few movie studios have managed to truly understand why Marvel’s approach worked so well for them. For one, when Batman v Superman was being trashed left and right, Warner Bros. decided that the movie flopped because it didn’t have humour. As if this wasn’t the same studio that managed to make two gritty Batman films that made over a billion. It’s this reactionary thinking that has doomed these studios.


Deadpool’s release marked a stark change towards R-rated films in Tinseltown. Once considered not-so financially viable, studio execs were now putting a bunch of new films into development with an R-rating in mind. Deadpool was successful because it was true to its character and was engaging from start to finish. That’s not to say that quality films always succeed but it’s a start. Scrambling to build an entire cinematic universe by borrowing successful elements without understanding what makes it successful has rarely ended well

The Monster Universe, The Amazing Spider-Man films, Zack Snyder’s DCEU, Star Wars have all fallen prey to this line of thinking. Marvel took their time to build their universe, made mistakes and later corrected them. If only the other studios understood this, the future of Hollywood blockbusters would be far brighter.


Leading Insurer Sues to Exclude Coverage of Mark Geragos’ COVID-19 Losses


Let’s get “physical”: The COVID-19 crisis reaches its parsing stage.


Now, and for many years to come, businesses will attempt to pick themselves up after being ravaged by COVID-19. Expect large and small companies to be in court for quite some time with their insurers. One of the earliest battles to watch may now be shaping up in California between a pair of star litigators set to parse the meaning of this worldwide pandemic.

Two weeks ago, Mark Geragos filed a flurry of lawsuits in Los Angeles Superior Court aimed at forcing Travelers Insurance to cover his law firm from losses stemming from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s order to close nonessential businesses. Now, Travelers Insurance has gone on the offense. On Monday, led by Gibson Dunn partner Ted Boutrous, Travelers filed its own lawsuit against Geragos’ firm in federal court and is seeking a declaratory judgment that Geragos’ insurance policies don’t cover the novel coronavirus.

The dueling lawsuits will test an issue that’s surely meaningful to others.

Before the lockdowns, many in entertainment looked to government before canceling events and changing plans. Not necessarily because they saw politicians as offering medical guidance, but rather because the triggering event under many insurance policies is when civil authorities do something to cause interruption. Only when it becomes impossible to proceed can businesses feel somewhat reassured they could recover losses.

Except that’s not the end of the story, because of course insurance is a complicated product, there are trillions of dollars at stake, and lawyers will get involved.

According to the complaint filed by Travelers Insurance, Geragos must not only sustain expenses as a result of a civil authority preventing access to his premises. The expenses must also be due to “direct physical loss of or damage to property.”

Just what does “physical” mean?

Geragos appears to have some ideas. On an April 7 phone call, the complaint continues, he told a Travelers rep how SARS-CoV-2 was detectable in aerosols and that public spaces have been fumigated. So the virus was causing physical damage.

Travelers asserts otherwise. “The presence of SARS-CoV-2 on a surface would not cause physical damage to that surface,” suggests the insurer’s complaint (read here), which also notes Geragos has recently been active in his legal practice.

Perhaps even more of a hurdle for Geragos is an exclusion in his firm’s policy. He’ll have to get around a portion of the policy that states, “We will not pay for loss or damage caused by or resulting from any virus, bacterium or other microorganism that induces or is capable of inducing physical distress, illness or disease.”

But Geragos’ own lawsuit contends that the policy has no exclusion for a “viral pandemic.”

Reached for comment, he explains, “A virus that causes physical distress, illness or disease is not a pandemic that causes business disruption. The order by the mayor caused the business interruption.”

MK2 Adds Rosalie Varda as Advisor for 800-Title Film Library


The appointment comes after the French group signed a library deal with Netflix in France for 50 titles in its library, including classics like Francois Truffaut’s ‘The 400 Blows’ and Charlie Chaplin’s ‘Modern Times.’


French group MK2 has appointed veteran French producer Rosalie Varda as a senior advisor shortly after signing a major library deal with Netflix.

Varda, the daughter of late French cinema icons Agnes Varda and Jacques Demy, will advise MK2 CEO Nathanaël Karmitz on the company’s national and international acquisition and distribution strategy with regards to its sizable film library.

MK2 has an impressive back catalog of more than 800 titles, including many classics from Varda and Demy, as well as from François Truffaut, Alain Resnais, Charlie Chaplin and others.

The group recently signed a non-exclusive deal with Netflix in French-speaking territories for 50 library titles, including such features as Truffaut’s The 400 Blows and Jules et Jim and Chaplin’s Modern Times.

MK2 is coming off a particularly strong year, having screened five movies in Cannes competition last year, including Mati Diop’s Grand Jury prize winner Atlantique — which the company also sold to Netflix worldwide — and Céline Sciamma crossover art house hit Portrait of a Lady on Fire.

The company’s current slate includes Joachim Trier’s The Worst Person in the World, Nir Bergman’s Here We Are and Alex Helfrecht’s A Winter’s Journey.

Varda will continue in her role at Paris-based Ciné-Tamaris, the company founded by her filmmaker parents, which she runs together with her brother Mathieu Demy.