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Dune Trailer: Help Us, Timothée Chalamet, You’re Our Only Hope

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Is this sci-fi or fantasy? Because any movie trailer that starts with Zendaya and Timothée Chalamet about to kiss has to be the work of magic. Chalamet once again plays a brooding prince, this time in Denis Villeneuve’s epic adaptation of the novel Dune by author Frank Herbert. Space prince Paul Atreides may be having sweet, prescient dreams of Zendaya’s Chani, but in reality, his kingdom is under siege. When his father is assigned to rule the desert planet Arrakis, which harbors a valuable, mind-altering “spice,” Paul is called to defend his kingdom, with help from the native Fremen, Chani’s people, and his intimidating list of special skills, including prescience and computing like an AI. While the ousted House Harkonnen, led by Stellan Skårsgard as the monstrous Baron Vladimir, try to seize the planet back, the humans must also contend with the massive, merciless, nasty-lookin’ sandworms that rule Arrakis from beneath. “I must not fear,” Chalamet whispers Herbert’s famous words. “Fear is the mind-killer. When the fear is gone, only I will remain.” Maybe Dune is the anti-anxiety blockbuster 2020 needed. The many other beautiful and award-winning actors to go interstellar in the film include Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa, Dave Bautista, Javier Bardem, Sharon Duncan Brewster, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Chang Chen, David Dastmalchian, and Charlotte Rampling. Denis Villeneuve’s transcendental natural settings are coming to a laptop screen theaters near you this December.

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Soundgarden Members Talk ‘Floating, Trippy’ Brandi Carlile Collaboration

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“In an evening packed with exceptional guests and many amazing performances, Brandi’s was amongst the standouts,” Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil tells Rolling Stone of Brandi Carlile’s appearance at the 2019 Chris Cornell “I Am the Highway” tribute concert, where she sang “Black Hole Sun” alongside an all-star band that included Peter Frampton and the surviving members of Soundgarden: Thayil, drummer Matt Cameron, guitarist Kim Thayil and bassist Ben Shepherd.

Soundgarden’s one-time performance with the Seattle-raised country singer resonated so much with the group that when Carlile, in her role as Record Store Day Ambassador, approached the band about recording something in the studio, they jumped at the chance. “The studio collaboration sounded like a super fun project and a great opportunity for Ben, Kim and myself to play music again with Brandi,” Cameron says.

The result is A Rooster Says, a 12-inch vinyl featuring Carlile tackling a pair of Soundgarden classics backed by the surviving members of the legendary grunge band. For the single, Carlile and her longtime collaborators “the Twins,” Phil and Tim Hanseroth, reentered Seattle’s London Bridge Studio — where Soundgarden’s Louder Than Love and the Temple of the Dog album were recorded — in November 2019 with Cameron, Thayil and Shepherd to record Superunknown‘s “Black Hole Sun” (a studio take on their powerful Cornell tribute performance) and an electrifying version of Badmotorfinger‘s “Searching With My Good Eye Closed.”

“That was Brandi’s choice and it was a good one,” Cameron said. “‘Searching With My Good Eye Closed’ is one of Chris’ greatest songs, it has so much depth. It’s a colossus. Hearing Brandi and the twins completely rock the fuck out on that tune was amazing. I love how it turned out. Kim’s solo is pretty incredible too.”

Thayil added, “I assume that Brandi chose to record ‘Searching With My Good Eye Closed’ because it’s a beautiful song that is accommodating of her vocal style. I’m really happy that she chose this song, because her interpretation is absolutely amazing. It’s beautifully emotive, floating and trippy. Her version sent shivers down my spine.”

While the band was tempted to countrify their music — Cornell “absolutely loved” Johnny Cash’s country take on the band’s “Rusty Cage,” Cameron said — due to time constraints, Carlile and Soundgarden kept their A Rooster Says renditions closer to the songs’ original form.

When A Rooster Says — currently only available in its physical Record Store Day form — was announced earlier this year, Seattle native Carlile said that she remembered encountering Soundgarden in the Nineties at London Bridge. “Soundgarden were just gods to us back then. Total pioneers and unreachable to us in every way,” Carlile said at the time. “We went about making our demos and cleaning the studio when we couldn’t afford the bill never knowing that in November of 2019 we would go back to London Bridge and RECORD TWO SONGS WITH THEM!! [Chris Cornell] was as great as a human singer can get and now he’s an angel. Thank you Kim, Ben, and Matt. I’ll never forget this day for as long as I live.”

“We felt honored that she asked us to take part in her Record Store Day project,” Cameron added. “We had a blast. I think most people assume the three of us over and done with since Chris passed away, but that’s not the case. It’s nice to know that people still want to hear us play together.”

Thayil was similarly enthusiastic about another collaboration with Carlile, as well as another opportunity to play with his Soundgarden band mates. “It was so natural and fun to play with Brandi, and the twins, and playing with Ben and Matt is second nature for me,” the guitarist said. “Any opportunity to play with all of them again whether live or in the studio, I would embrace without hesitation.”

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Much-Hyped Travel Bubble Between Us & NZ Could Happen Within Weeks As COVID Cases Keep Falling

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The trans-Tasman travel bubble the Australian government has been talking about FOREVER with New Zealand could happen within weeks, with COVID-19 cases dropping like flies in NSW.

However, there will be a slight catch. Only New Zealanders will be able to come here, at this stage. RIP.

The trans-Tasman bubble has been a hot topic since the pandemic began. However, after Victoria’s second wave, the bubble was no longer on the cards.

Last week, Air New Zealand boss Greg Foran concluded that we probably wouldn’t see a trans-Tasman travel bubble until next year.

But the idea for the bubble reemerged at Friday’s National Cabinet meeting.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison suggested the formation of a travel bubble, with a few amendments to the original discussions that occurred in May.

Morrison suggested that the trans-Tasman bubble could operate in areas with no known COVID-19 outbreaks.

Yep, the trans-Tasman bubble and Aussie politicians may be the biggest on and off again relationship since Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson.

New Zealanders coming to Australia would not have to quarantine upon arriving in Australia, but only those in the south island would be permitted, not the north island where a small cluster is emerging.

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham hoped that Australians would also be able to visit, but that is a matter for New Zealand.

“We’re working hard to make sure every safety precaution and measure is in place through our airports, our border protections, screening processes, to make sure people can travel safely between Australia and New Zealand without risk of encountering other air travellers that may be coming in from higher risk countries,” said Birmingham.

“Ultimately, whether New Zealand opens up to Australia will be a matter for New Zealand, but we are working to make sure we’re ready and hopefully we can see those steps taken this year,” he added.

Wow way to burst our bubble, Simon.

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Alyssa Milano reveals her coronavirus symptoms have lasted for six months

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Alyssa Milano has opened up about her experience with coronavirus, calling it the most difficult illness she’s ever had. In fact, six months after her diagnosis, she’s still feeling the effects of the virus.

The Charmed actress tested positive for COVID-19 in March, and says she was extremely sick for six weeks.

“It comes in stages and it affects different parts of the body at different times,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “Like, first it was my stomach and then I started to feel better a little bit. And then it was my chest. And then I started to feel better a little bit.”

Alyssa Milano attends CORE Gala: A Gala Dinner to Benefit CORE and 10 Years of Life-Saving Work Across Haiti & Around the World at Wiltern Theatre on January 15, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.
Alyssa Milano attends CORE Gala: A Gala Dinner to Benefit CORE and 10 Years of Life-Saving Work Across Haiti & Around the World at Wiltern Theatre on January 15, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Getty)

“Now I’m six months out and, you know, I’m what they call a long hauler, I still have a lot of the symptoms. I have heart palpitations and shortness of breath and my hair is falling out. The worst part of all of it is that I have horrible ringing in my ears that is really, really annoying to say the least.”

Last month Milano shared video on her Instagram of the hair loss she experienced as a result of COVID-19.

She told ET that she has a lot of friends who were sick, and none of them have completely recovered either.

“But I’m doing OK,” she said. “I’m very, very grateful and thankful that I’m here. I think that’s part of the story that they’re not really talking about enough is the symptoms after the acute illness, and I don’t know if I’ll ever be completely one hundred percent back to normal. I hope so. I hope that with time, you know, it passes. But you just don’t know.”

She went on to explain one particularly scary moment when she could barely breathe at all.

“It felt like I was wearing a corset and then I had an elephant on my chest,” she recalls. “And I just couldn’t get breath in. And I remember looking to my husband, I was like, ‘Well, this is it, we’re gonna either go to the emergency room or fight through this.’

She didn’t want to go to the hospital, which was overcrowded, so ended up taking over-the-counter medication recommended by her doctor. “Then finally, you know, every day it got a little easier,” she said.

“I want people to just be reminded that there are people that are suffering that don’t have healthcare insurance, that don’t know how to treat, that are suffering by themselves, that maybe have to go to work because they live paycheck to paycheck and they are spreading this because they don’t have protections to not spread it,” she says. “There’s a lot that has to be thought of when we’re considering what this horrible illness is doing to our nation.”

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