1.Duck Dynasty: The culture war on A&E’s reality show “Duck Dynasty” is about to escalate with the return of Phil Robertson. Robertson is returning after being suspended from the show for expressing racist opinions and anti-gay stance in the interview given to GQ.
2.Pop star Beyonce’s use of the audio clip from Space shuttle Challenger’s explosion in her latest song “XO” has given rise to a controversy with former veteran of two Space shuttle flights calling it “relatively tasteless”. The audio file is only six seconds long and has the NASA commentator saying, “Flight controllers here looking very carefully at the situation. Obviously a major malfunction.” Soon after Challenger was exploded leaving all the seven members on-board, dead.
3.ABC’s News anchor Robin Roberts has thanked her longtime girlfriend Amber Laign in a year-end Facebook post published on ABC’s page on Sunday. The Good Morning America’s host’s family and friends have always known about her 10-year long same sex relationship. The unconditional support extended to Roberts by Laign during her life threatening illness has prompted her to acknowledge their relationship publicly. Laign is a massage therapist in the San Francisco Bay area.
4.On-demand internet streaming service provider Netflix has announced its plans to delete dozens of classic movies and tv shows. This includes films like “Titanic” and “Top Gun” and some seasons of “Saturday Night Live.” A spokesperson from Netflix has however said that Netflix continuously adds and deletes content from their streaming service owing to the restrictions imposed by licensing contracts.
5.10-year-old musical “Wicked” has set a new record on Broadway in the holiday week by being the first show to break the $3 million barrier. The musical is based on the backstory of the witches in “The Wizard of Oz”. The show garnered $3.2 million over the nine performances in the week ending Dec.29. “The Lion King” has however emerged as the musical with highest grossing of $96.9 million in ticket sales during 2013.
6. Lea Michele has launched the piano ballad of her song “Battlefield” from the upcoming album “Louder”, set to release in March. The song is second release from Michele after her first song “Cannonball”. Listen to the song below.