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Novak Djokovic Detained As He Faces Possible Deportation From Australia

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Things just aren’t looking up for Novak Djokovic — and, if the Australian government has its way, the 34-year-old tennis star could soon be packing his bags and heading home without hitting the clay court at next week’s Australian Open.

According to court documents filed by Djokovic’s lawyers, the nine-time Australian Open champion and noted anti-vaxxer returned to an immigration detention facility in Melbourne Saturday evening. The move comes one day after his visa was once again revoked by the country’s Immigration Minister and also marks the second time Djokovic has been detained by Australian authorities since his arrival in the country on Jan. 5.

A hearing on the matter is scheduled for Sunday morning, the BBC reported — just one day before Djokovic is scheduled to appear in the tournament. Should he lose the appear, Djokovic will be deported, thus depriving him the opportunity to clinch a record-breaking 21st Gram Slam win. Deportation from Australia also comes with a potential three-year ban from the country.

At issue is the top-ranked tennis player’s refusal to be vaccinated against Covid-19 — a requirement for all visitors to Australia.

Djokovic’s request for a medical exemption to the government policy was rejected upon his arrival at Melbourne’s airport, prompting his initial detention — but suspicions over whether or not Djokovic intentionally mislead Australian authorities by lying on travel documents further exacerbated the matter. Djokovic claims the mix-up was the result of “human error.”

In a statement released to the press Friday, Australia’s immigration minister Alex Hawke cited “public interest” as the motivation behind the decision to revoke Djokovic’s vida, claiming the government is “firmly committed to protecting Australia’s borders, particularly in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Djokovic’s lawyers assert, however, that officials have instead used the opportunity to make an example of Djokovic, pointing specifically to statements by Hawke which claimed Djokovic “creates a risk of strengthening the anti-vaccination sentiment of a minority of the Australian community.”

“The Minister cited no evidence that supported his finding that Mr. Djokovic’s presence in Australia may ‘foster anti-vaccination sentiment,” and it was not open to the Minister to make that finding,” Djokovic’s lawyers wrote.

At a pre-tournament press conference held Saturday, other members of the tennis community didn’t shy away from weighing in on the ongoing Djokovic drama.

“He’s just a great player, and it’s kind of sad that some people might remember him in this way,” Naomi Osaka told reporters. “But, I also think it’s not up to tennis players. It’s up to the government — like, how Australia is deciding to handle it.”

Rafael Nadal, who is also a contender for a 21st Grand Slam win at this year’s tournament, had a much stronger take on Djokovic’s legal woes.

“Honestly, I’m a little bit tired of the situation,” the Spanish tennis ace said. “The Australian Open is much more important than any player. If he’s playing, finally, OK. If he’s not playing, the Australian Open will be a great Australian Open, with or without him. That’s my point of view.”

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Saba Announces ‘Few Good Things: The Short Film’ Digital Streaming Event

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Saba will present Few Good Things: The Short Film on Monday, January 31st and Tuesday, February 1st in support of his highly anticipated Few Good Things album, which will be released on February 4th. The international premiere will be broadcast live on Moment House, a premium social live media platform, and will be followed by a discussion between Saba and film director C.T. Robert, led by Brandon “Jinx” Jenkins.

Saba’s moment will air on Moment House on Monday, January 31st and Tuesday, February 1st and will be broadcast across North and South America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, as well as the United Kingdom, Europe, and Africa. Please consult the table below for live stream dates and timings by territory, as well as other information on Moment House’s website.

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“The concept of ‘Few Good Things’ is the realization of self after a search for exterior fulfillment,” said Saba“It is the satisfaction and completeness you gain by simply living a life that is yours. Few is a small number, but few is not lonely. In the face of all adversity, a few good things is recognizing and accepting blessings. Few is to count them, one by one – an empty glass is full of air, an empty bank is full of lessons., and an empty heart is full of memories. Few good things is to grow comfortable with the empty, and despite that, finding your fullness.”

Film director C.T. Robert adds, “As a storyteller, I’ve always been drawn to stories that attempt to identify what makes us who we are. The ones that ask questions like: ‘What does having everything you need really look like?’ ‘Is it sitting at a dinner table with your loved ones?’ ‘Is it waking up next to the woman you love?’ ‘Is it having cherished memories for all of those you care for, those still in the physical and those who passed on?’”

Tickets for the short film can be purchased here.

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Elvis Costello Delivers Energetic Performance of ‘Farewell, OK’ on ‘Colbert’

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Elvis Costello and the Imposters took to the stage on Friday’s episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to give a rousing performance of “Farewell, OK,” the lead track from the group’s latest album, The Boy Named If.

The song tells the story of a relationship gone off the rails, with one party wondering how things might have gone differently. “Ran my hand in the rhythm along the ballroom wall,” Costello sings. “Felt the rumble of the bass through the entrance hall/ And the door flung open to a mascara cry/ I can’t shake the sound of ‘How could you or why?’”

“Like a lot of good rock and roll songs this began with a drummer down in a basement and a singer howling outside the backdoor,” Costello said in a statement about the track. “It’s a blurred gaze, a drink too much, an accidental punch and a kiss goodnight all in the tumult of a dancehall.”

The My Aim is True rocker also surprised the audience with a rendition of his classic hit, “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding.” The song, which appeared on Costello’s 1979 LP Armed Forces, was originally written by English singer-songwriter Nick Lowe.

The Boy Named If dropped earlier this month. In an interview about the album for Rolling Stone’s Last Word column, Costello shared what still attracts him to writing rock music after nearly five decades in the business.

“I don’t like much rock music. I like rock & roll,” the 67-year-old said. “I think if you lose the roll part, a lot of the fun goes out of it.”

Costello is set to hit the road this summer in support of The Boy Named If with a short UK tour. Most information about the shows can be found on Costello’s website.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Involved in Multi-Car Accident

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Arnold Schwarzenegger was involved in a car crash on Friday, Jan. 21, his rep confirmed to NBC News.

Per TMZ, the former governor of California was driving his SUV in Los Angeles when he allegedly collided with a red Prius around 5 p.m. The outlet published photos of Schwarzenegger, 74, on the scene of a crash.

A spokesperson for the LAPD told E! News that officers responded to a four-vehicle crash on Sunset Blvd, after one vehicle “landed” on top of another. One woman was taken by ambulance to the hospital with “minor abrasions,” per the spokesperson, who added that her injuries are not life threatening.

Police did not confirm the identities of the people involved in the accident.

The actor’s rep told NBC News, “His main concern is for the woman from the other vehicle.”

E! News reached out to Schwarzenegger’s rep for comment but has not heard back. Per TMZ, Schwarzenegger is OK.

The Terminator star shares four children (Katherine, Patrick, Christopher and Christina) with ex Maria Shriver and son Joseph Baena with his former housekeeper, Mildred Patricia Baena.

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Earlier this week, Joseph spoke on the Unwaxed podcast about his relationship with his dad. 

“I’m so close to my dad and we joke about everything,” he shared. “He always wants to hear about the drama. He’s like, ‘Tell me everything! Tell me the drama. Tell me about these girls.'”

But Joseph noted, “I also have to point out that with my relationship with my dad, it took a little while for me and him to get really close and just joke around with him and talk about anything.”

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