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Brie & Nikki Bella Reveal “Embarrassing” DMs to Kourtney Kardashian, Leonardo DiCaprio & More




Sneak Peek: Bella Twins’ UNSEEN DMs to Kourt K. & Leo DiCaprio

Nobody’s immune to the temptation of the DM slide—not even the Bella Twins!

Brie Bella and Nikki Bella admitted as much during E!’s latest episode of Down in the DMs as they both revealed they’ve slid into the DMs of several A-Listers. 

Take, for example, one of the Kardashians.

“I can’t even believe I’m going to say this story,” Nikki said as part of the exclusive episode, admitting that it’s “embarrassing” to look back on. “So, I did really feel like there was a period of time that Kourtney Kardashian was having a really hard time. You know when everyone [was] against Kourtney?”

Seemingly referring to the rough patch Kourtney and her sisters Kim Kardashian and Khloe Kardashian went through on Keeping Up With the Kardashians—sparked by the latter two criticizing Kourtney’s work ethic—Nikki added, “I don’t even watch their show but there’s a few things I saw, I’m like, I think she might be really affected.” 

As a result, Nikki reached out to the Poosh founder. 

“Hey,” the DM began. “I think you may be having a really tough time, and I want you to know I feel you!” 

Unfortunately, the gesture went unnoticed.

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“If she did see it, she probably was like ‘Who the eff is this girl?'” Nikki said with a laugh.

Brie had a similar story, revealing that she once DM’d Leonardo DiCaprio.  

“Our close friends Carlo Mondavi and his fiancé Gio, they started this electric tractor company and what they want to do for the environment is incredible,” the Total Bellas star explained.

So, knowing how passionate Leo is about thwarting climate change, she decided to tell him all about it.

“Leo, this would be huge for not only the environment,” the message read, “but especially farming.”

“I thought that would’ve really got him,” Brie recalled. And then it didn’t. So Leo, if you’re listening, DM me back!”

The Bella Twins aren’t always left on ‘read’ though. In fact, Brie and Snooki became close after messaging back and forth on Instagram.

“I didn’t realize she was a big wrestling fan,” Brie said. “And her kids!”

As former WWE stars, both Brie and Nikki get tons of incoming DMs themselves. 

“Probably the number one DM Brie and I both get on every platform—whether it’s Bonita Bonita, The Bella’s Podcast or our individuals [and] I’m sure even WWE—is, are Brie and I making a comeback to the ring?” 

“We always say the same thing,” Nikki explained. “Medically as of now, I can’t. And I’m hoping maybe one day I can.”

She continued, “I just wanna do one more little comeback and have my son sit ringside, ’cause not only just as a woman to be in that kind of environment, [but to] have my son watch me. I feel like it’s always the other way around; they’re looking up to their dads in these athletic environments and looking like a superhero. I would like to be that for my son.”

Watch the complete episode of Down in the DMs with the Bella Twins here!

Watch a brand new episode of E! News’ digital video series Down in the DMs every Thursday on E!’s YouTube.

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Hear Marianne Faithfull’s Forceful ‘Vagabond Ways’ Demo for ‘Incarceration of a Flower Child’




Marianne Faithfull will give her 1999 album, Vagabond Ways, the deluxe treatment with a reissue due out March 4. She’s teasing the release with the demo recording for the album’s “Incarceration of a Flower Child,” a song Roger Waters wrote in 1968 but never recorded with Pink Floyd.

On the demo, Faithfull sings along to a backdrop of acoustic guitars and one buzzy electric as she describes a scene of drinking cheap wine and smoking dope on Indian tapestry cushions. “Don’t get up to answer the door, just stay with me here on the floor,” she belts. “It’s going to get cold in the Seventies.” The studio version that appeared on Vagabond Ways sounds more polished thanks to electronics played by co-producer Mark Howard and synth bass by Waters.

The reissue will feature several other previously unreleased demos, an uncirculated studio recording, and new liner notes. In addition to digital and CD reissues, the record will be available on vinyl for the first time.

The bonus material includes “Blood in My Eyes,” a Bob Dylan cover that previously featured on the Japanese edition of the original album, as well as “Drifting,” a song Faithfull wrote and recorded with co-producer Daniel Lanois but never released. It also includes demos of “Vagabond Ways,” “Electra,” and her cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Tower of Song,” and Waters’ “Incarceration.”

She reflected on her enduring friendship with Waters in a 2014 Rolling Stone feature when she recorded another one of his songs, “Sparrows Will Sing,” for her Give My Love to London album. “He’s one of my dearest friends, and I love him and he’s everything a real gentleman rock star should be,” she said. “He’s not a misogynist. He is not only in it for the money. He is a great man.”

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‘I Was in Prison. Now He Is’: Ronnie Spector Gets Raw on Phil Spector in Unearthed Audio




Ronnie Spector, who died last week at the age of 78, speaks candidly about her abusive ex-husband, Phil Spector, and more in never-before-heard audio on the new episode of Rolling Stone Music Now. Phil Spector, who died in 2021, was in prison for murder when Kory Grow interviewed Ronnie in 2016, and she told Grow she saw it as karmic justice for the years when her ex essentially locked her away in their mansion.

To hear the entire episode, press play above, or listen on Apple Podcasts or Spotify

“I couldn’t go out for seven years,” Spector said. “I didn’t go anywhere… What goes around, comes around. I was in prison. Now he is. So that’s how I look at it.” In the interview clips, Spector also gives a vivid account of the making of the Ronettes’ epochal hit “Be My Baby” and more.

The episode also includes an in-depth discussion between Andy Greene, Angie Martoccio, Rob Sheffield, and host Brian Hiatt about Spector’s life, music, influence (from Jersey Shore rock to punk to riot grrrrl to, um, Eddie Money), and legacy — as well as her soon-to-be-reissued autobiography.

“She talks in the book about how she was possessed when she was young with the desire to be seen, to be heard, to be accepted,” Sheffield says. “She talks about how she was a cheerleader at her high school. And she was like, that wasn’t enough for me, to be the most popular girl in school. I needed to be in the most popular girl in the world. And you can hear that lust for power in ‘Be My Baby.’ This is the voice of an ordinary girl from the streets of Spanish Harlem who is absolutely intent on making the whole world hear her and go, what the hell was that? And that’s exactly what she did.”

Download and subscribe to our weekly podcast, Rolling Stone Music Now, hosted by Brian Hiatt, on Apple Podcasts or Spotify (or wherever you get your podcasts), and check out three years’ worth of episodes in the archive, including in-depth, career-spanning interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Halsey, Neil Young, Snoop Dogg, Brandi Carlile, Phoebe Bridgers, Rick Ross, Alicia Keys, the National, Ice Cube, Robert Plant, Dua Lipa, Questlove, Killer Mike, Julian Casablancas, Sheryl Crow, Johnny Marr, Scott Weiland, Liam Gallagher, Alice Cooper, Fleetwood Mac, Elvis Costello, John Legend, Donald Fagen, Phil Collins, Justin Townes Earle, Stephen Malkmus, Sebastian Bach, Tom Petty, Eddie Van Halen, Kelly Clarkson, Pete Townshend, Bob Seger, the Zombies, Gary Clark Jr., and many others — plus dozens of episodes featuring genre-spanning discussions, debates, and explainers with Rolling Stone’s critics and reporters. Tune in every Friday at 1 p.m. ET to hear Rolling Stone Music Now broadcast on SiriusXM’s Volume, channel 106.

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Watch Jenna Ortega and Maddie Ziegler Grapple With Grief in Billie Eilish-Backed Trailer for The Fallout




On Thursday, HBO Max released the trailer for The Fallout, a film about two teenage girls grappling with the grief of surviving and losing classmates in a school shooting.

The trailer, which opens with a trigger warning, sees Vada (Jenna Ortega) and Mia (Maddie Ziegler) meeting in a school restroom while a shooting erupts in the hallways. As the haunting vocals of Billie Eilish’s “When the Party’s Over” play in the background, the two teens bond over their trauma and heal after surviving the massacre.

“Did you have like the craziest nightmares last night?” Vada asks Mia in one scene. “You have to be able to sleep to have nightmares,” Mia responds.

Ziegler, who got her start on Dance Moms and recently starred in West Side Story, spoke to Today about working with Megan Park, who wrote and directed the film. “It’s so cool to be part of a female-led movie,” she said. “This message needs to be brought up way more and I’m glad it’s being brought to the forefront.”

The Fallout marks the directorial debut for Park and will feature a score composed by Finneas. “Finneas brought a level of empathy to the characters that could only come from a composer who is from the same generation,” Peymon Maskan, the film’s music supervisor, told Variety. “His score is very much inspired by the hope and willingness to overcome such trauma, and it’s quite memorable.”

The film premiered at last year’s South by Southwest Film Festival and earned two awards, while its director, Park, received the Brightcove Illumination Award for her work.

The Fallout — which also stars Niles Fitch, Will Ropp, and Shailene Woodley — premieres on HBO Max on Jan. 27. Watch it here.

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