The daily gossip: Taylor Swift slams Ticketmaster for making fans 'feel like they went through several bear attacks,' Adele 'incredibly nervous' for Vegas residency to finally begin, and more
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Taylor Swift slams Ticketmaster for making fans 'feel like they went through several bear attacks'
She won't tolerate it. Taylor Swift has responded to the outrage among fans over Ticketmaster's disastrous presale for her tour, which was plagued by glitches, error messages, and crashes. Without technically using the word "Ticketmaster," Swift called out the company for totally dropping the ball. "We asked them, multiple times, if they could handle this kind of demand and we were assured they could," she wrote on Instagram, saying it's "excruciating for me to just watch mistakes happen with no recourse." While promising the many fans who didn't get tickets that she'll provide "more opportunities for us to all get together," she said it "really pisses me off" that those who did secure tickets "feel like they went through several bear attacks to get them." Swifties were calling on her to condemn Ticketmaster, and they mostly seemed satisfied with this statement. Now, let's start all over with The Eras Tour Presale (Taylor's Version), shall we?
Adele 'incredibly nervous' for Vegas residency to finally begin
It's finally about to happen in Vegas. Ten months after Adele controversially postponed her Las Vegas residency at the last minute, it's about to begin for real this time, as the "Hello" singer's first Vegas show is allegedly happening Friday. "I'm highly emotional, incredibly nervous but can't sit still because I'm so excited," she said on the eve of the first performance. She's performing at Caesars Palace for the "Weekends With Adele" residency with shows scheduled through March 2023. This residency was originally set to begin in January before Adele announced she was postponing it indefinitely the night before due to "delivery delays and COVID," drawing backlash from some fans who already flew out. She later defended the choice as "very brave." Ahead of Friday's big night, Adele said it's "safe to say I've never been more nervous before a show in my career." Fingers crossed she actually stays in Vegas this time.
John Stamos defends Lori Loughlin over the college admissions scandal
Have mercy! That's the message John Stamos is sending fans regarding his Full House co-star Lori Loughlin, who went to prison over her role in the college admissions scandal. On the Armchair Expert podcast, Stamos assured fans Loughlin "wasn't really the architect of" the scam, defending her by saying, "She was in the way background. She didn't know what was going on." Loughlin and her husband pleaded guilty after prosecutors said they paid $500,000 in bribes to have their daughters admitted into the University of Southern California as crew recruits when they didn't actually participate in the sport. She served two months in prison, while her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, was locked up for five months. "She also paid a lot of money," Stamos noted. "She set up a college fund for kids and she went to f---ing jail, man." Hey, good news, John: A certain D.J. Tanner star is taking over the "Full House star in hot water" role this week.
Chris Hemsworth discovers he has a genetic predisposition to Alzheimer's
Chris Hemsworth is taking time off after learning some unsettling medical information. In his new National Geographic docuseries Limitless, the Thor star undergoes genetic testing and finds out his DNA makeup "includes two copies of the gene APOE4," which "studies have linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease," Vanity Fair reports. "Eight to 10 times more likely," he told the outlet, calling this his "biggest fear" come true. "It's not like I've been handed my resignation," he noted, and he said he'll be focusing on prevention. But "to all of a sudden be told some big indicators are actually pointing to this as the route which is going to happen, the reality of it sinks in," he said. "Your own mortality." This is part of what inspired Hemsworth, whose grandfather has Alzheimer's, to take a bit of a break from acting. "I'm going home," he told Vanity Fair, "and I'm going to have a good chunk of time off and just simplify."
'Indiana Jones 5' is about a hero 'at the end of his journey,' says Harrison Ford
It's almost time to hum "ba da da dum" with Harrison Ford one last time. Empire has debuted our first good look at 80-year-old Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones 5, which director James Mangold told the outlet is "about a hero at sunset." After 2008's Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Ford explained he was drawn to the idea of an Indiana Jones movie that felt like an ending. "I just thought it would be nice to see one where Indiana Jones was at the end of his journey," he said. Mangold also noted he pushed for making this movie fundamentally "about" how dang old its hero is at this point, arguing they should "fly straight towards" the film's "greatest liability." It's all sounding quite a bit like Indy might bite the dust this time, and after already dying as Han Solo, Ford clearly won't rest until every character he's ever played is brutally killed. Watch your back, Rick Deckard.