Dec 14

Irish stars Picture This announce first-ever North American tour

Katia TemkinPicture This, the best-selling Irish act of 2017 and 2018, have sold out massive venues in Europe, but now they're about to conquer North America.

The band, whose single "One Drink" is currently climbing the charts, will kick off their first North American headlining tour April 22 in Toronto; the trek is currently scheduled to wrap up May 18 in Seattle.  Tickets are on sale now.

The band's sophomore album, MDRN LV, will be out February 15.

Here are the tour dates:

4/22 -- Toronto, ON, The Velvet Underground
4/23 -- Montreal, QC, L’Astral
4/24 -- Cambridge, MA, The Sinclair
4/26 -- Pittsburgh, PA, The Club @ Stage AE
4/27 -- Washington, D.C., Rock & Roll Hotel
4/30 -- New York, NY, Irving Plaza
5/1 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Foundry
5/3 -- Columbus, OH, The Basement
5/4 -- Nashville, TN, The Basement
5/5 -- Chicago, IL, Lincoln Hall
5/7 -- St. Paul, MN, Amsterdam Bar & Hall
5/10 -- Denver, CO, Larimer Lounge
5/11 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Kilby Court
5/14 -- Los Angeles, CA, Troubadour
5/15 -- San Francisco, CA, Slim’s
5/17 -- Portland, OR, Doug Fir Lounge
5/18 -- Seattle, WA, Columbia City Theater

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   Dec 14

Lady Gaga reacts to SAG Awards noms, adds more Vegas residency performances

Peter LindberghThe nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced earlier this week, but Lady Gaga is just getting around to acknowledging them on Twitter.

Gaga and her A Star Is Born colleagues Bradley Cooper and Sam Elliott were all nominated for individual SAG acting honors, while all the actors were collectively nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.  A Star Is Born was the leading nominee in the movie category, in fact.

Now, Gaga writes on Twitter, "I'm so honored to be recognized by SAG as an actress alongside Bradley and Sam Elliot, and above all completely emotional to be recognized as an ensemble. A real family was built with this cast and I am so grateful. Thank you so very much for these nominations what a gift."

In other Gaga news, her Las Vegas residency show at the Park Theater at the Park MGM resort in Las Vegas gets underway December 28, and she's just added additional shows.

As previously reported, the residency is made up of two parts: Lady Gaga Enigma, featuring her pop hits, and Lady Gaga Jazz & Piano, featuring stripped-down versions of her hits and her renditions of standards from the Great American Songbook.

Initially, Gaga had announced just four Jazz & Piano shows, but five more have just been added: June 15 October 20 and 26, and November 3 and 9.  Those are on sale now.

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   Dec 14

Ryan Reynolds thanks Sarah McLachlan for letting him use her name in a new booze commercial

George Pimentel/Getty ImagesThose Canadian celebrities really stick together.  First, Ryan Reynolds got Celine Dion to record a song for his movie Deadpool. Now he's gotten Sarah McLachlan to let him poke fun at her in an ad for Aviation, the gin company in which he owns a major stake.

In the ad, Ryan gives a tongue-in-cheek description of how lovingly handcrafted the gin is, claiming that the people who make it engage in "four hours of silent meditation" before they start work, and that "all our botanicals" -- which are plants -- "are humanely caught, cage-free and humanely fed."

Finally, Reynolds says, "To ensure that heavenly taste, every bottle of Aviation is ordained by the Unitarian Church of Fresno, California and then -- before it departs home -- serenaded with the healing music of Sarah McLachlan."

On Twitter, Ryan writes, "Big thanks to @SarahMcLachlan for letting us use her name for the @AviationGin spot. True story: when I was 19, I bagged her groceries when I worked at Safeway. She was super nice."

Sarah has tour dates scheduled for 2019 starting February 16 in Wilmington, N.C.  She's also doing three dates in April at the Wynn Las Vegas.  No word on whether she has bottles of Aviation Gin listed on her backstage list of demands.

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