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Ed Sheeran Tested Positive For COVID

With his fourth studio album set to drop this Friday, Ed Sheeran has canceled his in-person schedule to promote the album after revealing yesterday that he’s tested positive for COVID-19.

Sheeran told his over 35 million followers the news yesterday, saying “Hey guys, quick note to tell you that I’ve sadly tested positive for COVID, so I’m now self-isolating and following government guidelines. It means that I’m now unable to plow ahead with any in-person commitments for now.”

He went on to say he’ll do as many of the planned interviews and performances from his house as he can.

One More Thing: Sheeran has been announced as the musical guest for the November 6 edition of Saturday Night Live, with host Kieran Culkin. With the appearance being almost two weeks away, it’s a wait-and-see situation as to whether or not Ed will be able to perform.

The “Wonder” world tour doesn’t kick off until next year, but Shawn Mendes is giving fans a sneak peek with a special virtual concert on Messenger. “Shawn Mendes: A Wonder Concert & Conversation” is streaming on Watch Together, Instagram, Messenger, and on Shawn's official Facebook page.

The hour-long show features Mendes performing songs from his latest album and taking part in conversations about activism and change with special guests Miguel and King Princess. Mendes recorded new performances for the Messenger special with a mix of new and old songs.

To watch the stream on Messenger or Instagram, start a video chat, tap the media button in the bottom right on Instagram, or swipe up to get to the menu on Messenger. Then select “Watch Together” and search for Shawn Mendes: A Wonder Concert & Conversation.

Last Thursday, Alec Baldwin accidentally killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins in New Mexico on the set of "Rust", when a prop gun "misfired." Director Joel Souza was also injured.

There are still a LOT of unanswered questions, but here are some updates from over the weekend.

1 For starters, Alec posted this comment on social media: Quote, "There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours.

"I'm fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and I'm in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew [her]."

2.  Alec is canceling all of his other upcoming projects. Sources say he's looking "to take some time to himself and re-center himself."

3. It's still unclear exactly how this happened, but local authorities say that the assistant director Dave Halls handed the gun to Alec moments before the shooting and said, quote, "Cold gun." 

A "cold gun" means there are no cartridges, including blanks. However, it reportedly DID have live rounds in it . . . not just "blanks." Reports say that the gun is used recreationally and NOT just as a prop gun.

Halls hasn't commented . . . but it's probably safe to assume that he also didn't realize the gun was loaded. That said, the first assistant director is supposed to personally verify whether a weapon is "hot" or "cold."

4. In addition to Halls, investigators are going to want to talk with Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, who was the movie's "armorer." That's the person who's responsible for managing all the firearms used on a film set . . . ensuring the weapons are clean, correctly loaded, properly kept up, and safely handled.

5. It's unclear exactly how everyone was positioned, but it sounds like they were rehearsing when the shot was fired. It's possible that Alec's character was aiming the gun toward the camera, where the cinematographer and director were.

6. Director Joel Souza is expected to make a full recovery . . . and he's already been released from the hospital. 

7. According to the"Los Angeles Times", about half a dozen members of the camera crew on"Rust"had walked out hours before the tragedy after protesting over working conditions on the set. Some issues were about long hours and long commutes . . . but at least one person complained about gun safety on the set.

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