The Year of Reboots

BLACKPINK’s virtual show… Allegations of abuse against Marilyn Manson… Machine Gun Kelly & Megan Fox are NOT engaged… Billie Eilish’s documentary coming soon… and The year of reboots

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We’re all anxiously awaiting the day we can go to a concert or music festival again, but unfortunately, it’s going to be a while longer. The Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals — which were supposed to take place in April — have both been canceled again because of COVID. We’re not sure yet if they’re going to try to hold them later this year or just wait until 2022. But while we’re waiting for the chance to stand elbow-to-elbow with strangers again, we may start seeing more virtual concerts. One of the most popular K-pop acts is the South Korean girl group BLACKPINK. Yesterday, they hosted their first virtual concert and over 280K watched. That’s equivalent to over five stadium tour dates. Tickets sold between $30-$40 for the 90 minute concert, which earned over $10.5M.

Evan Rachel Wood, from “Westworld,” has said for years that she was abused by an unnamed ex. But early this morning, Evan revealed in an Instagram post, “The name of my abuser is Brian Warner, also known to the world as Marilyn Manson. He started grooming me when I was a teenager and horrifically abused me for years.” Evan and Marilyn met when she was 18 and he was 36. They were together for about three years and engaged for seven months. Evan said, “I was brainwashed and manipulated into submission. I am done living in fear of retaliation, slander, or blackmail. I am here to expose this dangerous man and call out the many industries that have enabled him, before he ruins any more lives. I stand with the many victims who will no longer be silent.” At least four other women posted their own allegations against Marylin Manson, detailing experiences that they claim included sexual assault, psychological abuse, and/or various forms of coercion, violence, and intimidation. Marilyn has denied similar allegations in the past, but so far, no comment on Evan’s post from this morning.

Despite their whirlwind love affair, a source told “People” that rumors of an engagement between Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly are not true. The source said they do plan on spending the future together, but Megan needs to finalize her divorce from Brian Austin Green before she can fully move on with MGK.

Billie Eilish did a Q&A session with fans on her IG Stories Friday night. We know Billie is obsessed with “The Office,” recently admitting she’d just finished watching the entire series for — I believe — the 15th time. But the series that has her attention right now is “Killing Eve.” Her favorite song of the moment is “Cigarette Daydreams” by Cage the Elephant. And when asked who her “ideal boy” would be, Billie said he’d be a little something like Scar from “The Lion King.”

The “Saved by the Bell” reboot did well on Peacock, so we’re getting a second season, and we have the 10-episode reboot of “Punky Brewster” coming to Peacock on Feb. 25. But reboots are the thing right now, so what else do we have to look forward to? How about a reboot of “The Wonder Years” on ABC?? The original aired from 1988-1993 and followed a white middle-class family in the 60s. The reboot will focus on a Black middle-class family in Montgomery, Alabama, in the turbulent late ‘60s. “Empire” co-creator Lee Daniels is executive producing the reboot, and the pilot will be directed by Fred Savage, who starred in the original as Kevin Arnold!

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