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Garth Brooks believes we can achieve world peace: "We'll get there"

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ABC/Image Group LAGarth Brooks is hopeful that the world is on its way to becoming a better place.

In the Monday-night episode of his Facebook Live show, Inside Studio GGarth took an optimistic tone in the midst of the protests and riots, some of which have been violent, that have come in response to the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man in Minneapolis who died after a former white police officer, Derek Chauvin, was caught on video kneeling on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes. 

One of Garth’s many famous tunes is the 1992 hit “We Shall Be Free,” which calls for unity among the human race, a reality he believes we can achieve.

“We’ll get there. It might not be in our lifetime. It might not be in my children or my grandchildren’s lifetime, but we’ll get there,” he says. “This world’s a lot better — I know a lot of people think this world is going the other way, but I think this world’s a lot better than it used to be. I really do.”

Garth also told fans about a humbling moment he shared with wife Trisha Yearwood this weekend. As Trisha expressed her anguish over the situation, saying that it feels as though the world is on fire, Garth led her outside on their Tennessee property to get perspective.

“I said, ‘The world isn’t burning. And the reason why the world isn’t burning is because there’s a lot more people that believe in loving one another than they believe in burning the world,'” Garth comforted. “So just believe that the person next to you is a good person. We’ll get through this.”

By Cillea Houghton
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Warner Bros. offers free 'Just Mercy' rentals to encourage "systemic racism" education

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L-R – Jordan, Stevenson, Foxx — Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) — Warner Bros. is offering the masses an opportunity to learn more about systematic racism in America.

In a statement shared via Twitter, the studio announced they will make their 2019 critically-acclaimed drama Just Mercy free to watch for the month of June.

“We believe in the power of story,” the statement reads. “Our film Just Mercy, based on the life work of civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson, is one resource we can humbly offer to those who are interested in learning more about the systemic racism that plagues our society. For the month of June, ‘Just Mercy’ will be available to rent for free across digital platforms in the US.”

“To actively be part of the change our country is so desperately seeking, we encourage you to learn more about our past and the countless injustices that have led us to where we are today,” the statement continues. “Thank you to the artists, storytellers and advocates who helped make this film happen. Watch with your family, friends and allies…”

In the film, Michael B. Jordan stars as Stevenson, the real-life civil rights activist and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal center for inmates who didn’t receive proper legal representation. In December 2019, Jordan told ABC Audio that the film takes a closer look at the justice system and what people of color really go through.

“I think the pure statistics of mass incarceration, the amount of black and brown people, people of color that are targeted and incarcerated are just mind blowing,” he said, adding that he hoped the film would “allow people to get closer to… these issues. …And start making a difference in demanding some answers from these broken systems.”

By Candice Williams
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Dick Wolf fires 'Law & Order' spin-off writer after gun-toting threat to "light…up" looters

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Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC(LOS ANGELES) — (NOTE LANGUAGE) Law & Order creator and executive producer Dick Wolf has fired Chris Gore, a writer on the upcoming spin-off that will center on veteran Chris Meloni’s Elliot Stabler, after Gore posted a rifle-toting photo threatening potential looters.

Gore was referring to unrest in California in the wake of the death of George Floyd, a black man who was killed last month by a now-terminated Minneapolis police officer who knelt on the handcuffed man’s neck.

In one post, captioned “Curfew,” Gore is pictured wearing a face covering and holding an AR-style rifle, with the caption “Curfew…” Another comment has Gore referring to unrest that happened on Sunset Boulevard Monday evening, saying he would “light motherfers up who are trying to f w/ my property.”

Another TV production crew member, Drew Janda, tweeted Gore’s Facebook post to Meloni, and the actor responded by saying, in part, “I have no idea who this person is or what they do.”

In a statement to Variety, Wolf made it known he had dropped the hammer. “I will not tolerate this conduct, especially during our hour of national grief. I am terminating Craig Gore immediately.”

Gore was a writer and executive producer on CBS’ show S.W.A.T. and was once a co-executive producer on Wolf’s Chicago P.D.

By Stephen Iervolino
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Kacey Musgraves, Kip Moore & more join country artists speaking out against racial injustice

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ABC/Image Group LACountry artists continue to share their voices in response to the death of George Floyd that’s sparked national protests.  

In a tweet Monday, Kacey Musgraves expressed outrage over systematic racism and promises to take action to bring about positive change in society. 

“It’s been hard to find the words to adequately convey how outraged and sad I am. WHITE PEOPLE HAVE HAD IT SO F****** WRONG SINCE THE BEGINNING and I will do whatever I can I help break the DISGUSTING, damaging cycle racism and systemic privilege causes. I will not be a bystander,” she vows. 

Kip Moore has also pledged to bring about change, extending an apology to the black community for the oppression they’ve experienced. He also praised police officers who are doing their jobs ethically.   

“To the black community…I’m Srry that you’ve screamed for so long about feeling oppressed and it’s fallin on deaf ears. I hear you, i see you, and I have nothing but love for you,” Kip writes alongside a video of him sitting in the park with two friends, watching children of different races play together.

“It’s a beautiful thing how when kids are born they don’t see color, they don’t feel hate. It’s a really sad thing that we teach them how to do both,” he says in the video before the words #bethechange appear on the screen. 

Lindsay Ell also turned to social media to share her experience attending the peaceful protest in Nashville on Saturday, and used her post as a call to action. 

“We have to start speaking up and teaching each other there is only one kind of love. Racism is a learned behavior and we are far too educated of a society to let this injustice continue to happen,” she professes. “Let’s use our voices to instill change in the heart off equality and love.” 

Ahead of #BlackoutTuesday, “Family Tree” singer Caylee Hammack also made a statement of love for the black community. 

“If you feel unsafe bc of the color of your skin, please know that there are so many of us in the music industry, me myself included, who love you without even knowing you yet. We love you, we mourn with you for your losses, and we are here to help,” she says. 

Members of the country music community are taking part in #BlackoutTuesday as the music industry has ceased doing business for one day, using it as a time to reflect on racial injustice.

By Cillea Houghton
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John Wick series director Chad Stahelski teases 'John Wick 4', spills 'The Matrix 4' news

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Photo by Yuichi Yamazaki/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Director Chad Stahelski was once a stuntman, the double for his John Wick series star Keanu Reeves, in fact. Now, with his own blockbusters behind him, he’s looking forward to working on the anticipated fourth Matrix movie. 

He tells The Hollywood Reporter that director Lana Wachowski tapped his knowledge of over-the-top stunt scenes for the return to the sci-fi franchise. 

“She comes with this set piece,” Stahelski says, “She comes with, ‘This is what’s happening…This is where I need him to be…at the end of this sequence. What do you got in your bag of tricks to make it absolutely crazy?”

“We’ll say, ‘Okay, we’ve got this.’ Then she’s like, ‘Oh my God, that’s awesome. I didn’t think of that, but what if we took this and made it this?’…She always kind of one-ups you…”

Stahelski adds of the fourth film, “If you love the Matrix trilogy, you’re going to love what she’s doing because she’s brilliant and fun and understands what the fans want.”

John Wick fans boosted the most recent go-round, Chapter 3 — Parabellum, to a $326.7 million globally, making a fourth film a no-brainer. 

“[T]here were two action sequences that we had really kind of conceived [for 3], but we just didn’t have room for them,” Stahelski reveals.  “And I’d like to think that 90 percent of what I pulled, there’s a place in John Wick 4 that I can definitely reinsert them.”

The filmmaker hints, “[A]t some point, when we think Mr. Wick has run his course, I’m sure his demise will be epic, but until then, we’re going to keep doing chapters and just tell the story…”

Both The Matrix 4 and John Wick 4 are slated for release May 21, 2021.

By Stephen Iervolino
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