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September 1, 2023

'Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour' Concert Film Coming to Theaters

Didn’t get a chance to attend the sold-out North American leg of Taylor Swift‘s Eras Tour? Well, the pop star is allowing everyone who couldn’t secure tickets or simply wants to relive the experience the chance to catch it in theaters. Swift announced via her social media channels on Friday that her concert film, Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour, will debut across AMC Theaters and Cinemark venues on Oct. 13 in the U.S. market. Passes for the theatrical event will be priced at $19.89 for adults and $13.13 for children. In an effort to avoid another Ticketmaster fiasco, AMC says it has bolstered its server capacity to handle traffic at more than five times the current record for most tickets sold in an hour. By the end of business on Thursday, Deadline was reporting a whopping $10M in ticket presales already.


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Lewis Hamilton Extends Mercedes Deal

Mercedes announced it has extended Formula 1 driver Lews Hamilton‘s contract, with the seven-time champion expected to stay with the Silver Arrows through the end of the 2025 season. The 38-year-old currently sits in fourth place in the 2023 drivers’ standings, 183 points behind defending champion, Red Bull driver Max Verstappen. Hamilton joined Mercedes at the start of the 2013 season and they have gone on to be the most successful driver-team combination in F1 history. The Englishman has recorded 82 of his record 103 F1 wins with the German auto brand and also picked up 78 pole positions in a Mercedes uniform. In a statement announcing the news, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff called Hamilton a “pillar and leader of our team.”

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Following Record-breaking Attendance Marker, Nebraska Volleyball Star Lexi Rodriguez Inks Deal with Adidas

Nebraska volleyball player Lexi Rodriguez has inked an NIL deal with Adidas, the brand said Thursday. The deal comes a day after the record-setting Volleyball Day in Nebraska, in which 92,003 fans watched the Huskers sweep UNO 3-0 at Memorial Stadium, setting a new world record for women’s sports attendance in the process. Rodriguez, an All-Big Ten First Team and AVCA Second-Team All-American libero, will participate in brand marketing campaigns for the Three Stripes.

Oprah Winfrey and The Rock Rally Behind Maui Wildfire Victims

As residents in Maui seek to rebuild their lives following devastating wildfires, two famous faces are stepping up to help. Oprah Winfrey and Dwayne Johnson announced the formation of a fund that will disperse cash straight to families and individuals who were displaced due to the disaster. Every adult resident 18 years and older who was affected by the wildfires in Lahaina and Kula is eligible to receive $1,200 per month from The People’s Fund of Maui. Johnson and Winfrey began the campaign with an initial $10 million donation. Every dollar after that will be used solely for the betterment of afflicted individuals.

USWNT Great Julie Ertz Announces Retirement

United States Women’s National Team star Julie Ertz is hanging up her cleats, she confirmed in a statement via social media on Thursday. The 31-year-old Angel City FC midfielder walks away from her international career with 122 appearances for the USWNT since her debut in 2013. In that span, she scored 20 goals and secured two World Cup titles in 2015 and 2019. Ertz also earned U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year in 2017 and 2019. “I gave everything I had to the sport that I love. With that I can walk away with no regrets because while I gave soccer every ounce of myself, soccer gave me even more, and for that I’ll always be thankful,” Ertz said in her announcement.

Golden Globes Makes Key Announcements Amid Seismic Shifts

A new era of the Golden Globes is among us. After Dick Clark Productions and Eldridge acquired it from longtime operator the Hollywood Foreign Press Association earlier this summer, they revealed its new membership board of directors and timeline for the 2024 awards on Thursday. Scheduled for Jan. 7 at its longtime home, the Beverly Hilton, nominations will be on Monday, Dec. 11. With the Golden Globes’ most recent deal with NBC ending this year, a broadcaster for the 2024 ceremony has yet to be announced, but is expected by Oct. 2. A host for the 81st edition will be made public later.