The director of "Air Strike," featuring Chinese actress Fan Bingbing, says the film's release has been canceled in the wake of her disappearance and conviction on tax evasion charges. The World War II thriller, also starring Bruce Willis and Adrien Brody, was to have been released Oct. 26. However, director Xiao Feng posted on his Weibo miniblog yesterday that it was "time to let go" after eight years of work on the film. Chinese tax authorities this month ordered Fan and companies she represents to pay taxes and penalties totaling $130 million, ending speculation over the fate of one of the country's highest-profile entertainers three months after she disappeared from public view. State media said Fan evaded taxes by using two separate contracts for her work on "Air Strike." Fan has starred in dozens of movies and TV series in China and is best known internationally for her role as Blink in 2014's "X-Men: Days of Future Past," a cameo in the Chinese version of "Iron Man 3," and for star turns on the red carpet at Cannes as recently as May. Before her disappearance, she had been booked to star with Penelope Cruz in the Hollywood film "355." Fan posted an apology on her official Weibo account saying that she accepted the tax authorities' decision and would "try my best to overcome all difficulties and raise funds to pay back taxes and fines." "I am unworthy of the trust of the society and let down the fans who love me," she wrote in her first update of her Weibo.com microblog since June 2.
Adam Sandler is back to telling jokes in front of a live audience in a new trailer for upcoming Netflix comedy special, 100% Fresh. The clip, released on Tuesday, features Sandler returning to stand-up comedy after a long hiatus. Sandler, in addition to telling jokes and sharing real-life stories, will also be performing new original songs. "Daddy's gonna do some comedy," Sandler says in the trailer as he brings out his dog onstage during a performance. 100% Fresh is set to arrive on Netflix on Oct. 23.
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown will air on ABC as part of its "October is Spooktacular" lineup tonight at 8/7c and again on Friday, Oct. 26th at 8/7c, with the latter airing kicking off a two-part Peanuts spectacular, including You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown immediately following the Halloween episode.
Keira Knightley has certain standards when it comes to the movies her daughter watches.
The actress ? who has a 3-year-old daughter named Edie with her husband, James Righton ? revealed on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” that she won’t let the toddler watch “Cinderella” or “The Little Mermaid.”
“‘Cinderella,’ banned,” Knightley said. “Because, you know, she waits around for a rich guy to rescue her. Don’t! Rescue yourself, obviously.”
She continued, “This is the one that I’m quite annoyed about because I really like the film, but ‘The Little Mermaid.’ I mean, the songs are great but do not give your voice up for a man. Hello?!”
Still, the actress admitted, “The Little Mermaid” decision was tough for her.
“I love ‘The Little Mermaid,’ so that one’s a little bit tricky, but I’m keeping to it,” she added.
As for which movies are permitted in the house, Knightley explained that “Finding Dory” and “Moana” are favorites.
Keira Knightley and her husband, James Righton, have a 3-year-old daughter named Edie. The actress won't let her toddler watch just any movies.
Beyond her film intake, little Edie is also apparently a big fan of the “Peppa Pig” series, which inspired one of her career aspirations.
“She did want to be a dentist, which I was super happy about because I thought, ‘You know that’s a stable career,’” Knightley explained, adding that Edie got the idea from “Peppa Pig.”
“There was a dentist episode, she wanted to be a dentist,” Knightley said.
Today, it seems her goals have shifted.
“Now she wants to a be a lion, which I think is slightly more problematic,” Knightley explained. “But she roars very well!”
Rapper Post Malone recently went “undercover” as a record store employee in a stunt to promote his new partnership with the online fundraising platform Omaze.
There was only one problem: The “disguise” consisted of just a cap and a pair of reading glasses. It’s almost like the creators took their cue from “The Princess Diaries,” “She’s All That” and “Miss Congeniality” (plus countless other films), and thought that a pair of specs could make someone invisible.
Spoiler alert: They definitely don’t.
This is literally like when Count Olaf puts a disguise on and everyone still knows it's him. Who wouldn't realize that was Post Malone??? ????
Watch Post Malone go undercover to give away a Bentley for a good cause https://blbrd.cm/4rssmg
5:21 PM - Oct 16, 2018
ur gonna put glasses and a hat on post malone and call it "undercover"?
4:00 PM - Oct 16, 2018
Replying to @omaze @PostMalone
The challenge was hard...
6:07 PM - Oct 16, 2018
Replying to @billboard
How tf do u not realize it’s post Malone?
5:02 PM - Oct 16, 2018
Im sorry but who ever thought of this needs firing this is like sending ronald mcDonald into undercover boss
?? “Post Malone goes 'undercover' in a record store prank”https://twitter.com/i/moments/1052322447368712193 …
7:27 PM - Oct 16, 2018
The rapper went undercover as a record store employee in a campaign for fundraising company Omaze, and the effectiveness of his disguise is up for debate amongst fans.
While the disguise was certainly questionable, the stunt was for a good cause. Omaze is offering the opportunity for one person to win a new Bentley convertible and drive around Los Angeles with the rapper in an effort to raise money for Folds of Honor, a nonprofit which provides scholarships to the children and spouses of fallen and disabled service members.
Lady Gaga delivered a powerful speech at the Elle Women in Hollywood awards on Monday and also broke some news about her personal life — that she’s engaged to Christian Carino.
While onstage to accept her award, the singer turned actress delivered an emotional account about what it really means being a woman in Hollywood, weaving in her own sexual assault as well as the inadequate attention paid to mental health in our country. It started with her talking about how she picked her outfit — an oversize Marc Jacobs suit — after looking at dress after dress and feeling like none of them was right.
“We are not just objects to entertain the world,” she said. “We are not simply images to bring smiles or grimaces to people’s faces. We are not members of a giant beauty pageant meant to be pit against one another for the pleasure of the public. We women in Hollywood, we are voices. We have deep thoughts and ideas and beliefs and values about the world, and we have the power to speak and be heard and fight back when we are silenced.”
Gaga said that when she put on the suit, “I began to cry. In this suit, I felt like me today. In this suit, I felt the truth of who I am well up in my gut. … As a sexual assault survivor by someone in the entertainment industry, as a woman who is still not brave enough to say his name, as a woman who lives with chronic pain, as a woman who was conditioned at a very young age to listen to what men told me to do, I decided today I wanted to take the power back. Today I wear the pants.”
Gaga said that she was resisting “the standards of Hollywood” — and the standards of “dressing to impress” to focus on something far more important: using her voice.
“After I was assaulted when I was 19, I changed forever,” she said. “Part of me shut down for many years. I didn’t tell anyone. I avoided it myself. And felt shame even still today standing in front of you. I feel shame for what happened to me. I still have days where I feel like it was my fault. After I shared what happened to me with very powerful men in this industry, nobody helped me. No one offered me guidance or a helping hand to lead me to a place where I felt justice; they didn’t even point me in the direction of the mental health assistance I was in dire need of. Those men hid because they were afraid of losing their power. And because they hid, I began to hide.”
She said that she hid until she started to “feel physical pain.” That’s when she was diagnosed with PTSD and fibromyalgia, noting they are two things “many people don’t think is even real.” She described her fibromyalgia as “essentially a cyclone … inducing a stress-induced pain. … Depression, anxiety, eating disorders, trauma — these are just a few examples of the forces that can lead to this tornado of pain.”
She urged the people in the room to help make mental health a “global priority.” Put therapists and other mental health experts in every school. “We’re not able to control all of the challenges and tragedies that life throws our way, but we can work together … to heal each other,” she said. “And we can also try to find the strength in the best way that we can to ask for help if we need it.”
While onstage accepting her award, Gaga also confirmed what has long been rumored: She is engaged to Carino. As she wrapped up her speech, she referred to the agent, who was with her for the event, as her “fiancé.” That’s the first time she has done so publicly despite its first being reported in November. The pair, who seemed happy to be in each other’s company last night, started dating in early 2017.
Gaga has kept really quiet about the romance, which started not long after her engagement to Taylor Kinney ended in 2016. Onstage during her “Joanne” tour last year, she made it clear Carino was her main man, saying how he met her backstage to make sure she was OK and then added, “The best part about being in love with someone is having them there to catch you if you fall.”
And, before giving Carino his shout-out as her “fiancé” at the end of her speech, she seemingly referenced him again while talking about the “great men in the world.”
“Let’s lift our voices,” she said. “I know we are, but let’s get louder. And not just as women. But as humans. And see that there are great men in the world. And ask them to hold our hands. For justice. That our voices be heard. Whatever our story may be. For an equal standing. We will fight for justice for women and men and those with other sexual identities. For me, this is what it means to be a woman in Hollywood. It means: I have a platform. I have a chance to make a change. I pray we listen and believe and pay closer attention to those around us to those in need.”
The Alec Baldwin Show made its debut Sunday night on ABC, where is quietly bombed in its premiere. Only 2.49 million viewers turned in according to Nielsen, managing to earn the episode an abysmal 0.4 rating. This despite the fact that Baldwin welcomed Robert De Niro as his first guest. To make matters worse, the show lost close to half of its lead-in, with Shark Tank attracting 3.68 million viewers and a 0.7 rating in the 9 p.m. hour.
Tara Reid was pulled off a flight before takeoff yesterday, according to a report. She was aboard a Delta flight from LAX to NYC when she complained about being given the wrong seat and not getting a pillow, TMZ reported. Reid thought she was seated next to the window. Flight attendants reportedly then attempted to diffuse the situation, but the pilot announced he was turning the plane around — which had already pushed back from the gate — due to a customer service issue. A rep for Reid had no comment when reached by Fox News. A spokesperson for Delta confirmed to Fox News that "Delta flight 613 from Los Angeles to New York JFK-International returned to the gate, prior to takeoff, due to a customer disturbance on board." In a video obtained by TMZ, a flight attendant was seen talking to a woman identified as Reid, telling her that he'd gather all of her belongings and meet her "right out here with the captain." Reid then was seen getting up from her seat — with a small dog in one arm — and walking down the aisle of the plane. According to the celebrity gossip site, authorities were not called since Reid complied, and she was put on an alternate flight.
Will Smith has opened up about his once-faltering marriage to Jada Pinkett. In a sneak peek for his wife's web chat show Red Table Talk, Will can be seen shedding tears as he discusses the darker times in their 21-year union. “There was a period where mommy woke up and cried 45 days straight, I started keeping a diary,” he says to their daughter Willow in the clip. “You missed some days,”' Jada interjects. “It was every morning. I think that’s the worst I've ever felt in our marriage,” Will added. “I was failing miserably.” Further on in the preview, Will is seen admitting he and his wife “don't even call ourselves married anymore,” which Jada finishes in unison, prompting shocked looks from her mother; the couple have discussed the point previously, declaring themselves more as life partners.
Another royal baby is on the way.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, are expecting a child in the spring, Kensington Palace announced on Monday.
Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019. pic.twitter.com/Ut9C0RagLk
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) October 15, 2018
The announcement comes five months after the royal couple married at Windsor Castle in England. Prince Harry, 34, is the grandson of Queen Elizabeth II; Ms. Markle, 37, is an American and a former actress.
The couple landed in Sydney on Monday morning to start a 16-day tour through Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. Ms. Markle was photographed carrying purple binders, leading some to speculate hours before the announcement that she might have been trying to disguise physical signs of a pregnancy.
Prince Harry said last year that the couple intended to have a child soon. “Hopefully we’ll start a family in the near future,” he told BBC News in November 2017, after they announced their engagement.
The child will be seventh in line to the British throne.
And he or she will most likely produce a media spectacle, as royal babies tend to command worldwide attention.
The most recent British royal baby arrived this year, when Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to Prince Louis, her third child with Prince William. Prince George, the couple’s eldest child, was born in 2013, and their daughter, Princess Charlotte, was born in 2015.
Prince Harry and Ms. Markle are mainly in the region for the Invictus Games, a sporting event Harry founded in 2014 that starts on Saturday and that gives sick and injured military personnel and veterans the chance to compete in various sports, including wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball.
The duke and duchess will also take part in dozens of other public events — 76 in all. They will visit a rural Australian town struggling with drought, go to the Sydney Opera House for a celebration of its 75th anniversary, pet a koala in a Sydney zoo and meet Indigenous Australian leaders on Fraser Island, off eastern Australia.
Given the excitement about the baby, they will most likely draw even larger crowds than had been expected.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia was among many to congratulate the couple on Twitter. “What fantastic news!” he wrote. “Australia is thrilled for you both.”
A royal spokeswoman said that Doria Ragland, Ms. Markle’s mother, was “very happy about this lovely news, and she looks forward to welcoming her first grandchild.”
Here are weekend box office figures:
1. Venom - $35.7 million
2. A Star is Born - $28 million
3. First Man - $16.5 million
4. Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween - $16.2 million
5. Smallfoot - $9.3 million
6. Night School - $8 million
7. Bad Times at the El Royale - $7.2 million
8. The House with a Clock In Its Walls - $3.9 million
9. The Hate U Give - $1.7 million
10. A Simple Favor - $1.3 million
Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson have called it quits, People is reporting. They decided to end their engagement over the weekend, TMZ first reported yesterday. “It was way too much too soon,” a Grande source tells People. “It’s not shocking to anyone.” Sources close to the couple told TMZ that the decision to split was a mutual choice, as both Grande and Davidson felt the timing wasn’t right. As of yesterday evening, Grande had not deleted photos and videos of Davidson from her social media accounts, but Davidson’s accounts were no longer active. The couple’s split comes after Grande has endured a difficult few weeks as she came to terms with the loss of former boyfriend Mac Miller, who died from an apparent drug overdose on Sept. 7.
Nickelodeon has announced they have entered into an exclusive first-look deal with Kevin Hart and his production company, HartBeat Productions. Under the deal, the comedian will develop and produce live-action, scripted kids’ content for the network. “For me, Nick has always represented everything fun about being a kid, and it’s still at the forefront today of kids’ and family entertainment," Hart said in a statement. "I’ve been slimed at Kids’ Choice, won a lot of Orange Blimps and my kids are my very own built-in focus group," he added. "So I’m ready to dive in and make some next-level shows.”
Dakota Johnson is putting pregnancy rumors to rest. The actress spoke out on yesterday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show following reports she's expecting with her boyfriend, Coldplay singer Chris Martin. "The only thing I'm pregnant with is a lot of really good ideas. But not any babies," she told Ellen. The star explained she was celebrating her birthday when paparazzi misinterpreted the decorations -- pink and blue balloons -- as a gender reveal party. "It was my birthday and there were balloons that happened to be pink and blue. So then I was pregnant?" Johnson said. "I didn't know the balloons were going to be released. They were just in an arch and I guess that accidentally happened -- one of the ends just got let go," she added.
Scarlett Johansson scored a $15 million payday for the upcoming Black Widow standalone film, The Hollywood Reporter is reporting. The salary equals what both Chris Evans earned for Captain American: Civil War and Chris Hemsworth made for Thor: Ragnarok. Several sources have reportedly confirmed Johnasson's salary to them, although Marvel is disputing the figure. “Marvel Studios disputes the accuracy of these numbers, and as a matter of policy, we never publicly disclose salaries or deal terms,” the studio said in a statement.
Ben Affleck has split with his 22-year-old Playboy model girlfriend Shauna Sexton. Ben is now focusing on his sobriety only, it was claimed by People yesterday. They had started dating in mid-August. “There was nothing to split from as it has been casual,” said a friend. “He enjoyed being with her but is working on himself, and being together with her at this time is not something that works. He will date in the future, but for now his focus is on his sobriety, family and his next project.”
Get ready for Songland, a new NBC show that's being executive-produced by Adam Levine. The 11-episode series also has Eurythmics member Dave Stewart on board as an executive producer, and OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder as a producer. The show is designed to give up-and-coming songwriters a chance to get their works heard and recorded by top music stars. In each episode, five songwriters will play their original compositions in front of three famous music producers and a top recording artist. After the performances, the recording artist will pick three songwriters and pair them each with a producer. The songwriter and producers will then work together to create the best song, and at the end of the episode, the winner's song will be recorded and released as the artist's next single. Adam's friend Charlie Puth will be the recording artist in the first episode, and the producers will be Ryan, Grammy-nominated songwriter Ester Dean and hit-making country songwriter Shane McAnally. "As a songwriter, I am all too familiar with the challenges that face the music community today," Adam Levine said. "With this new series, we are excited to provide opportunities that will not only impact these songwriters’ careers but also give them a platform to truly showcase their talent to a global audience.” If you want to be on Songland, you don't have to be a professional -- the show is looking for people from all walks of life. Visit Songlandcasting.com/coming-soon.php to apply.
Tom Arnold and Dean Cain almost came to blows after they Twitter feud boiled over into real life. The actors met backstage at Larry King's studio yesterday and footage shows them arguing, their faces just a few inches apart, over an incendiary tweet sent by Arnold last month. Arnold had called out Cain on Twitter, for appearing at the Values Voter Summit - hosted by conservative Christian group The Family Research Council. “Dean Cain is another Donald Trump loving, fake Christian coward which makes Dean Cain anti-LGBTQ and racist #complicit,” Arnold tweeted on September 23. “Tom, you're a cowardly, slanderous weasel,” Cain hit back on Twitter. When they met in person, sparks began to fly. The cellphone video, obtained by the Hollywood Reporter, begins mid-argument with Cain, a Trump supporter, insisting: “I'm not a racist person; I never have been.” “I've always supported gay rights,” Cain said. “Let me finish for a second. You're giving me guilt by association.” Yet Arnold, who has become increasingly outspoken on politics in recent years, likened The Family Research Council to Nazis. “They're hurting people. You know how many suicides of f**king gay kids? They f**king shame them and they try to keep them out of f**king schools,” Arnold argued. The footage ended with the pair hugging it out, but it appears the fight was not over. Cain later tweeted: “He called me #racist and said I was anti-LGBTQ. Totally untrue. After I confronted him, he backed down. That's how it always seems to work.”
George Taliaferro, an All-American at Indiana and a trailblazer for African-Americans in football, has died at the age of 91. A cornerstone of the 1945 Indiana football team, the only team in program history to go undefeated, Taliaferro starred at running back for the Hoosiers. More than that, Taliaferro was the first African-American ever drafted by an NFL team. The Chicago Bears picked him in the 13th round of the 1949 NFL draft, and Taliaferro played from 1949-55 with franchises in both the old NFL, and the All-America Football Conference.
Donald Trump fired back yesterday at Taylor Swift for weighing in on Tennessee's hotly contested U.S. Senate race, saying the singer doesn't know anything about the Republican she attacked on Sunday. Trump didn't know about Swift's unprecedented dip into politics, but he said outside the White House that he found her music a bit less listenable because she's opposing Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a Republican who he's endorsed. Blackburn is running to succeed the retiring Tennessee Republican Sen. Bob Corker. Swift is endorsing her challenger. Trump said that Blackburn is doing a very good job in Tennessee. “She's leading now substantially, which is good. She's a tremendous woman,” he said. “I'm sure Taylor Swift has nothing, or doesn't know anything about her. And let's say that I like Taylor's music about 25 percent less now, okay?” Trump said. Swift broke with years of silence about her political views on Sunday as she attacked Blackburn in her adopted home state.
It's been 10 years since Twilight, the blockbuster vampire romance, first hit theaters. In celebration of the milestone, the original 2008 movie is returning to theaters for a special two-night event. The screenings, on October 21 and 23, will feature an introduction from director Catherine Hardwicke, as well as an exclusive sneak peek of a brand-new special feature, Twilight Tour...10 Years Later. Fans who attend will also receive a commemorative poster. Twilight -- starring Kristin Stewart as Bella Swan, who meets Robert Pattinson's mysterious Edward Cullen -- became one of the highest-grossing female-directed films of all time. The film and its four sequels, collectively known as the Twilight Saga, grossed over $3 billion globally. Ticket info and theater locations are available on the Fathom Events website.
“Why are they picturing you?”
Kate Middleton proved yet again she’s a pro when it comes to talking to kids. The 36-year-old Duchess of Cambridge made her first solo royal visit on Tuesday since going on maternity leave and was surrounded by lots of adorable kiddos.
Kate was greeted by lots of kids when she visited the Sayers Croft Forest School outside of London, letting the school children teach her about their work in the great outdoors.
Naturally, this led to some pretty funny moments, including one eager girl who was photographed picking up a cup with her mouth and tipping it back to impress the Duchess.
In another precious video, a little girl asks Kate, “Why are they picturing you?” as photographers snapped photos of the royal at her official visit.
The mother of three quickly replied, “They’re picturing you! Because you’re special!”
The little girl then grabbed Kate’s hand as she led her back to a picnic table.
Another little boy showed off his digging skills, prompting Kate to declare, “That is a very big worm! Who found that?” and the precious boy raised his hand proudly.
Kate wasn’t afraid to get her designer boots dirty, walking around the forest and crouching down in the dirt with the school children who were eager to spend time with their special guest.
Kate has made several group appearances with other members of the royal family over the summer, but has been largely on maternity leave from her official duties since the birth of her son, Prince Louis, in April.
It seems she is now ready to return to her duties, joining her husband, Prince William, at a Mental Health Summit next week ahead of Princess Eugenie’s Royal Wedding in Windsor, England.
When news broke in August that Lindsay Lohan wouldn’t appear opposite Tyra Banks in the upcoming Life-Size sequel, fans likely felt a pang of sadness akin to a CEO requesting an important dossier only to receive a Word file filled with typed gibberish. Hope isn’t lost, though, as the producer-star has revealed a juicy tidbit about the cinematic continuation that’s sure to turn those frowns back into hundred-watt smiles: Lohan — or at least her character’s spirit — will appear in Life-Size 2 after all.
“There’s something beautiful we do with Lindsay in this movie that’ll speak to die-hard fans,” Banks exclusively tells EW of the Freeform movie, which is set for release this December as part of the network’s 25 Days of Christmas. “I can’t say how, but you will see something!”
Lohan, who fronted the original 2000 film as Casey Stuart — a grieving, motherless tomboy whose magic spell accidentally brings a Barbie-like doll named Eve (Banks) to life — was not available to shoot major scenes for the film earlier this year due to production conflicts with her planned MTV reality show Lohan Beach House. But Banks, who admits returning to the character left her with a “sentimental” feeling, found a way to fit her essence into the film anyway.
“I think it’s normal,” Banks continues, referencing fan reaction to Lohan’s absence. “It’s normal to have comfort, particularly with what you know, and the unknown is kind of fearful and kind of scary. [But] when [fans] see this movie, they’re going to be like, ‘Woah, this is a really good movie!'”
While Lohan doesn’t have a substantial part in the holiday-themed sequel, the first movie’s iconic theme song “Be a Star” got a “club banger” makeover for round two, complete with help from Banks’ singing chops and a pair of assisting rappers: Janine the Machine and a mystery performer known only as “New Fears Eve.”
Taking the reins from Lohan as the sequel’s lead, however, is grown-ish actress Francia Raisa, whom Banks praises as “comedic but also dramatic.” And, in fitting fashion for the queen of smize, the 30-year-old won her way into Banks’ heart with her fierce peepers.
“The role needed somebody who could cry at the drop of a hat and make people laugh. She had that ability. There’s something about her eyes that can be very soulful. She can tell a story with just her eyes, which is really beautiful,” Banks finishes. “When we were casting the movie we were non-race specific, we just wanted the best actors in all of the parts, and once we cast Francia we were excited that we had to tweak the script. We were excited that she represented this heiress to a publicly traded company her Latina mom started on her own. That’s a good message, particularly in today’s climate in our country.”
Life-Size 2 airs this December on Freeform. Head here for 13 exclusive first look images from the film.
Another day, another cryptic AF post from Khloé Kardashian on Instagram stories. Late last night, she posted this quote.
"If you've been brutally broken but still have the courage to be gentle to other living beings, then you're a badass with a heart of an angel," it reads.
There's no context to the quote, it's just hanging there by itself, alone on the internet. It was posted at 11:00 last night L.A. time (assuming that's where she is).
This isn't the first time Khloé's posted something emo on Instagram. Just three days ago, she posted another really weird quote like this to her stories. It was “Don’t ever feel bad for making a decision about your own life that upsets other people. You are not responsible for their happiness. You’re responsible for your own happiness. Anyone who wants you to live in misery for their happiness should not be in your life to begin with.”
So whatever is going on in her life, it seems fairly heavy.
The messages could be in reference to some rumors that are flying around. A few weeks ago, Khloé's boyfriend Tristan Thompson walked out of a club with two girls (it appeared) and the internet rushed to say he was cheating again.
Then, reports came out that he was getting very touchy-feely with a girl in the actual club that night. Khloé and Tristan haven't addressed these rumors, but she posted both of these cryptic messages after that news came out. TBD, it's anyone's guess.
Hope you're good, Khlo!
Damon Wayans says that he’s leaving Fox’s “Lethal Weapon.” In an interview with the website Eurweb.com, Wayans said that he plans to exit the Warner Bros. Television-produced drama after finishing production on the 13 episodes ordered by Fox for season three. “I’m going to be quitting the show in December after we finish the initial 13,” Wayans said in a video interview. “So I really don’t know what they’re planning, but that’s what I’m planning. I’m a 58-year-old diabetic and I’m working 16-hour days.” Asked by his off-camera interviewer, “So you’re over it?” Wayans replied — referencing his character from the series, “I’m done. Like Murtaugh said, I’m too old for this.” Asked if he’s kidding, Wayans shook his head and said “No.” As for what he’s going to do next, Wayans added, “I’m going to return to the stage and try to find my smile again.” Fox renewed “Lethal Weapon” in May after Warner Bros. removed star Clayne Crawford from the show, replacing him with Sean William Scott in a new role. The dismissal and the subsequent renewal followed a series of on-set conflicts involving Crawford and Wayans.
Kaley Cuoco is the new Harley Quinn. The Big Bang theory star unveiled herself as the voice behind the villainess after debuting her new animated show at New York Comic Con yesterday. The teaser shows the Batman baddie in a cell at Arkham Asylum, excitedly and foulmouthedly announcing the upcoming series. The show will appear on DC's new streaming service, DC Universe.
Drew Barrymore's bizarre interview with EgyptAir's in-flight magazine, Horus, went viral on Tuesday thanks to its wild quotes and unflattering portrayal of the actress, but it turns out the entire Q&A is fake. The article's unflattering introduction claims the star has been “unstable in her relationships most of her life,” and a question about her weight states that she “gained several kilos” after giving birth. Drew's spokesperson told HuffPost the actress did not participate in the interview and her team is working with the airline PR team. The dubious interview went viral after writer Adam Baron took to Twitter on Tuesday to share screenshots of the magazine's strange profile, writing: “This interview with Drew Barrymore in the Egypt Air in flight magazine is, umm, surreal.” The piece, which is littered with grammatical errors, falsely claims that Drew has retired from acting until her “daughters can depend on themselves.” Although the interview is about motherhood, the introduction focuses mainly on Drew's failed relationships and marriages.
A federal judge rejected Beyoncé's request for a permanent injunction to stop a company selling shirts, tank tops, hoodies and other items bearing the name “Feyoncé.” The singer complained in a lawsuit brought in April 2016 that Feyonce Inc.'s sale of knockoffs infringed her trademark rights and would confuse consumers. But in a decision issued on Monday, US District Judge Alison Nathan in Manhattan said San Antonio-based Feyonce's choice to capitalize off the exceedingly famous Beyoncé trademark did not mean confusion would follow. “A rational jury might or might not conclude that the pun here is sufficient to dispel any confusion among the purchasing public,” she wrote.
Michelle Williams will star as the late astronaut Christa McAuliffe in the drama “The Challenger,” centered on the 1986 Space Shuttle disaster. The tragedy took place when the Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart 73 seconds into its flight, killing all seven crew members, including McAuliffe. McAuliffe was a New Hampshire high school teacher who was selected to join NASA’s Teacher in Space Project, and had been planning to conduct experiments and teach lessons from the Space Shuttle Challenger. She was posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor in 2004. Williams has been nominated for Academy Awards for “Brokeback Mountain,” “Blue Valentine,” “My Week With Marilyn,” and “Manchester by the Sea.”
Chris Hemsworth has earned his millions, but that doesn't mean he wants to live a life of luxury. He gets candid about fame and the financial success that comes with it in a new interview with GQ Australia, revealing that he's uncomfortable about his wealth. “I feel gross about it,” Hemsworth says. “I remember saving up for a surfboard when I was younger. The surfboard was $600 and I saved up for a whole year with Dad’s help. I didn’t even want to surf on it for fear of damaging it. It taught me so many lessons about appreciation and working hard for something. When I think about my kids, I don’t want them to miss that joy," he continues. "Elsa [Pataky] and I talk a lot about how we instill that same appreciation and respect for things. I don’t want them to feel like they’re privileged in any way. The fact that we have money and their parents are famous, that somehow they’re special, that scares me because we grew up with no money.”
Sony Pictures is close to greenlighting “Bad Boys For Life,” Variety is reporting. Reuniting Will Smith and Martin Lawrence as two of Miami PD’s most infamous officers has taken years to pull off, but a new draft of a script appears to have met with the producers’ approval and it looks as though production on the sequel could begin early next year. The plan is for the third “Bad Boys” to be in theaters by Martin Luther King Jr. weekend in 2020. Smith is on board to reprise his role as Detective Mike Lowrey. Lawrence has yet to come to terms, but the comic continues to circle the project.
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert will air live to cover midterm elections on Tuesday, November 6. Stephen Colbert’s most recent live broadcast of his CBS late-night show was on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, following President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address. That night, Colbert delivered his adulterated version of the speech, with Trump saying, “The state of the union is a mess,” and “The time has come to drain the swamp of my cabinet members.” “We are alive and barely conscious,” Colbert said at the outset of that live CBS telecast. “Here’s the thing. Going into the evening, the bar for success was pretty low.”
Cardi B turned herself in to police yesterday morning in connection with an attack on two bartenders at a Queens strip club, sources said. She was flanked by bodyguards and shielded with two black umbrellas as she surrendered at the 109th Precinct in Flushing just after 9:30 a.m. She didn’t answer questions. The bartenders — sisters Jade and Baddie Gi — claim they were attacked Aug. 29 while working at strip club Angels because of allegations they had sex with Cardi B’s husband, Offset. The sisters claim someone from Cardi B’s crew threw bottles and chairs at them, causing bodily harm. They’re now suing the star for damages. Sources close to Cardi B told Page Six that she is going to cops to clear her name. “Cardi is heading down to the precinct to claim her name and innocence,” said an insider. She’ll likely be charged with two misdemeanors — reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct — and given a summons for a court appearance, sources said.
Lindsay Lohan was punched in the face after she accused a homeless Syrian family of child trafficking. In the since-deleted livestream on her Instagram Story on Friday, the star approached an alleged refugee family who are sleeping on the streets in Moscow, Russia. “Hey everyone, I just want to show you a family that I met,” she told viewers, while speaking with a strange accent. “They’re a Syrian refugee family that I’m really worried about. They really need help.” Lohan then offered to get the family a hotel room, but things escalated when she focused her attention on the family’s young son, and offered to take just him to a hotel to keep him safe. “Let’s go. I’ll take you with me and I’ll see you tomorrow,” she told the adults in the family. “Let me take him for the night; let him stay for the night, one night, one night, one night.” When the family refused to move, she offered to take all of them. “May I take you all? Come, all of us. Why are you staying on the street? What happened? Just tell me,” Lohan asks. As the group continued to refuse, the actress became more hostile, telling the mother: “You should be a hard-working woman and you should be doing what you can for your children, so they have a better life.” The family packed up their stuff, but walked away from the actress, leading her to accuse them of trafficking their children. “They’re trafficking children. I won’t leave until I take you. Now I know who you are. Don’t f**k with me,” Lohan raged, while also using various apparently Arabic phrases. She then asked the parents if the boy is their son, and told them: “Is he your son? From Pakistan? Don’t f**k with Pakistan.” Lohan then tried to grab the hand of the little boy, but was stopped by his mother, who appeared punch her in the face. Lohan fell to the ground, and the video ended with her crying to the camera. “I’m, like, in shock right now,” Lohan wept. “I’m just so scared.” According to The Blast, Lohan is currently in Paris, France, and assured family and friends she is okay after the altercation.
Terrence Howard says he won't reprise War Machine in new Iron Man movies. The actor said on Thursday's episode of Watch What Happens Live that he has no plans to return to Iron Man after being replaced by Don Cheadle after the first movie. "You know what's so funny? Even though I love Don Cheadle so much and I love what he's done, I still hear a lot of fans asking, am I going to come back and be War Machine?" the star acknowledged. Howard played James Rhodes, aka War Machine, in the first Iron Man movie, but was replaced by Cheadle following a contract dispute. "I think they could have a huge franchise off of it," he said of his potential return. "But [expletive] 'em." Howard previously told Watch What Happens Live in 2013 that Robert Downey, Jr., who plays Iron Man, pushed him out of the franchise. "It turns out that the person I helped become Iron Man... when it was time to re-up for the second one, he took the money that was supposed to go to me and pushed me out," the actor said. "We did a three-picture deal," he added. "They came to me with the second and said, 'Look, we will pay you one-eighth of what we contractually had for you, because we think the second one will be successful with or without you.' And I called my friend -- that I helped get the first job -- and he didn't call me back for three months."
Here are weekend box office figures:
1. Night School - $28 million
2. Smallfoot - $23 million
3. The House With a Clock in Its Walls - $12.5 million
4. A Simple Favor - $6.6 million
5. The Nun - $5.4 million
6. Hell Fest - $5 million
7. Crazy Rich Asians - $4.1 million
8. The Predator - $3.7 million
9. White Boy Rick - 2.3 million
10. Peppermint - $1.7 million
Terry Crews will host the winter version of “America’s Got Talent,” called “America’s Got Talent: The Champions.” The series, from NBC, Syco Entertainment and Fremantle, will launch in January and feature the regular judges panel from “America’s Got Talent” — executive producer Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel. Tyra Banks hosts the normal summer version of “AGT.” This “Champions” edition will bring together the most talented, memorable, wackiest and all-around fan favorite acts from past seasons of “AGT.”
Gwyneth Paltrow is set to marry Brad Falchuk at her home in the Hamptons this weekend, Page Six is reporting. Sources said they will tie the knot in front of a small group of their closest friends and family. There will only be about 50 people at the ceremony. The couple had a star-studded, blowout black-tie engagement party for 400 in LA thrown by Ryan Murphy in April. It’s the second marriage for both.
Robin Wright's Claire Underwood assumes the mantle of President of the United States following the death of her husband Frank Underwood in a new teaser for Netflix's upcoming sixth and final season of House of Cards. The clip, released by Netflix on Twitter yesterday, features Claire giving a speech about her first 100 days as president where she addresses Frank's death. Claire starts speaking to the viewer directly -- a signature occurrence on the series -- detailing how she really feels. "Here's the thing. Whatever Francis told you the last five years, don't believe a word of it," Claire says, using Frank's real name. "It's going to be different for you and me." Frank was portrayed by Kevin Spacey -- his character was killed off after the actor faced sexual misconduct allegations. House of Cards Season 6 is set to debut on Netflix on Nov. 2.
Kevin Hart says he's an amazing husband in the wake of his cheating scandal. He said in an interview with People published yesterday that his marriage with Eniko Parrish is stronger than ever following his reported infidelity last year. "I am amazing," Hart told the magazine. "I am amazing because I get it now." "I am amazing because I have no problem with being an open book, and real, and authentic," he said. "And I'm not talking about outside your home, I'm talking about inside your home." Hart had apologized for a "bad error in judgment" in September during Parrish's pregnancy. He had nothing but praise for Parrish in the new interview, describing his wife as his "best friend." "The friendship that I have with my wife is insane. Yes, that's my wife, we're lovers, it's a relationship, it's marriage... but the friendship we have is like no other," Hart said. "Our marriage has been put to the test," he acknowledged. "It's the most difficult test ever. And, you know, sometimes those tests come from stupidity. But it's how you handle it, and how you decide to move forward from it." "I applaud my wife for just displaying a high level of strength that I can't even explain," the star added. "I applaud her for being my backbone, my support system, and more importantly, taking my life to the next level."
The five main castmembers of NBC's hit drama This Is Us will all be getting fatter paychecks, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. After renegotiating their contracts, Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Emmy winner Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz and Justin Hartley will reportedly see their salaries rise $250,000 per episode once their respective signing bonuses are factored in, according to the sources.
TVLine is reporting that Johnny Galecki will reprise his “Roseanne” role of David in ABC’s forthcoming spinoff “The Conners.” Additionally, Juliette Lewis has been tapped to play David’s never-before-seen girlfriend Blue, whom his ex, Darlene, dismissively referred to in last season’s “Roseanne” revival as “a crayon.” They are set to appear in one episode.
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is advising the public to be aware of scam telephone calls from individuals claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The caller is an individual posing as an IRS agent, or law enforcement official collecting debts on behalf of the IRS, in attempt to extort money. The perpetrators will identify themselves as either IRS Agents, or members of law enforcement and will inform the person receiving the call they have overdue taxes and will demand the bill be paid immediately. The caller will want the citizen to pay the overdue bill either through a wire transfer or via a prepaid debit card. In the event the person refuses to pay, the caller will often threaten arrest or suspension of the person’s driver’s license. Some of these callers may actually “spoof” the telephone number of the IRS or local law enforcement, to appear legitimate, as the number will show IRS or law enforcement on caller ID. In an effort to add further legitimacy, the caller may provide personal information they were able to obtain from public sources or social media. Warning signs of a financial scam may include requesting payment immediately, agreeing to work secretly to avoid embarrassment, or directing payment go through third parties or via unconventional methods such as gift cards.
Citizens who have received scam telephone calls may report them to the Treasury Inspector General Administration (TIGTA) through its IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting web page at https://www.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml. The IRS has information at www.irs.gov that can help citizens protect themselves from tax scams of all types. If you have been the victim of a scam, or have questions about suspicious calls concerning debt collection, contact the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office at (301) 475-8008.
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff.
Shia LaBeouf is dating British singer FKA Twigs after splitting from his long-term girlfriend Mia Goth. The couple, who met on the set of LaBeouf's new film Honey Boy, were pictured together for the first time yesterday as they left her house in East London to buy groceries at a local store. A source close to British singer Twigs confirmed to MailOnline that she and the actor are dating. The friend said: “They are very happy, having a nice time.” Friends say he has split from his partner British actress Mia Goth and Twigs' engagement to “Twilight” actor Robert Pattinson ended last year.
If you couldn't get enough of Making a Murderer, here's news you've been waiting for. Season two of the Netflix documentary series debuts October 19. Making a Murderer 2 picks up where the first season, which launched in 2015, left off -- the controversial Wisconsin conviction and incarceration of Steven Avery and his nephew, Brendan Dassey, for the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach. Avery had already been exonerated in 2003 in the sexual assault and attempted murder of another woman after serving 18 years in prison for it. Making a Murderer Part 2 will take "an in-depth look at the high-stakes post-conviction process, exploring the emotional toll the process takes on all involved," according to Netflix. The ten-episode first season of Making a Murderer debuted on Netflix in December 2015 and was both a commercial and critical hit.
Disgraced comedian Bill Cosby will serve three to 10 years in state prison, Montgomery County Judge Steven T. O'Neill ruled yesterday. Cosby was sentenced after being found guilty of three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault in April in one of the most widely publicized trials in modern history. The sentence is significantly lighter than the possible maximum sentence for his crimes, each of which carry up to 10 years in prison, meaning he could have served a 30 year maximum sentence. However, District Attorney Kevin Steel asked O’Neill Monday to sentence Cosby to five to 10 years in state prison. However, Cosby’s defense team argued that even that would cause “excessive hardship” to the elderly star. Cosby’s accuser, Andrea Constand, as well as the more than 60 women who have come forward with allegations against him in recent years, argued that the star should not get a pass for his crimes just because of his age and status.
Beyoncé's former drummer has spoken out about the years of torment she claims she has suffered at the hands of the star, alleging Beyoncé put a spell on her cat and ruined her love life, she revealed in an exclusive interview with DailyMailTV. Kimberly Thompson filed for a restraining order against Beyoncé, claiming for the past six years the singer has led a campaign of harassment against her that included the practice of witchcraft and magic spells of sexual molestation. The 37-year-old, who was in Beyoncé's all-girl band as a drummer for seven years, accuses her of being hell-bent on destroying every aspect of her life, including her career, relationships and finances, all out of jealousy. Thompson spoke to DailyMailTV in a desperate attempt to have Beyoncé leave her alone, explaining: “She's not been able to let me go, she's not been able to let me progress into a mature woman and work with other people. She's just been... basically doing anything and everything to damage any type of happiness that I could have.” Thompson said she filed the restraining order not as a publicity stunt but to cut the cord with someone she once loved and put on a pedestal. The drummer said she hopes others who have been in similar situations are inspired to do the same and stand up for themselves. Thompson said: “I've just been bullied this entire time. This has been going on for a very long time so it has taken god's strength to really make me get up and stand up for myself, starting with the restraining order. I don't want anything to do with this person at all. This has been a complete nightmare. I've been absolutely, brutally abused by her trying to control everything I'm doing,” she claims.
So far, so good for Ben Affleck in his rehab stint. He “is doing much better” in the wake of finishing 30 days of rehab, an insider told People yesterday, and will remain at The Canyons rehab facility in Malibu, California to continue working on himself for at least a couple of more weeks. Ben “is doing much better but needs to continue receiving care,” a source told the publication. “As difficult as it was to have his recent trip to rehab all play out so publicly, it now seems the way it happened was for the best.”
As the country continues to follow the careening drama of Brett Kavanaugh’s contentious confirmation to the Supreme Court, Judge Judy is weighing in on the matter. TMZ caught up with her in Beverly Hills, where she was asked for her thoughts on the situation. President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court was nearing a key vote from the Senate Judiciary Committee when Christine Blasey Ford came forward with allegations saying he forced himself on her during a party in the early 1980s. Kavanaugh has strongly denied the accusations. Ford has agreed to testify, as has Kavanaugh, and Judge Judy seems to think that’s the best thing for the wheels of justice to keep spinning. “One hopes that people wait and don’t rush to judgement and listen to both sides of an argument before they make a decision,” Sheindlin said. “That’s what’s supposed to happen in a fair judicial process.” She continued: “There’s always the hope that reasoned people will listen to both sides of an argument before they make a judgment call. That’s what people are supposed to do. They’re not supposed to rush to judgment on either side. They’re supposed to listen to evidence and then make a judgment. And if that doesn’t happen, then the end result is not fair.”
Here are weekend NFL scores:
Saints 43, Falcons 37
Chiefs 38, 49ers 27
Dolphins 28, Raiders 20
Bills 27, Vikings 6
Eagles 20, Colts 16
Redskins 31, Packers 17
Panthers 31, Bengals 21
Titans 9, Jaguars 6
Ravens 27, Broncos 14
Giants 27, Texans 22
Rams 35, Chargers 23
Bears 16, Cardinals 14
Seahawks 24, Cowboys 13
Lions 26, Patriots 10
Steelers vs. Buccaneers - 8:15 p.m. ET
Here are weekend box office figures:
1. The House with a Block In Its Walls - $26.8 million
2. A Simple Favor - $10.4 million
3. The Nun - $10.2 million
4. The Predator - $8.7 million
5. Crazy Rich Asians - $6.5 million
6. White Boy Rick - $5 million
7. Peppermint - $3.7 million
8. Fahrenheit 11/9 - 3.1 million
9. The Meg - $2.3 million
10. Searching - $2.1 million
Bill Cosby was found guilty of sexual assault in April after a jury heard allegations from Andrea Constand. Now, the star is about to be sentenced for his crimes, which could see him on probation, house arrest or thrown in prison. Cosby was found guilty on three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault for drugging and molesting Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. The guilty verdict brought an end to a long-running downward spiral for Cosby, who was accused by dozens of women of similar crimes after public interest in his rape allegations was renewed. Constand’s allegations are in line with others, but hers were unique in that the statute of limitations on the crime had not yet expired. Sentencing begins today and is expected to last two days. While the judge will ultimately have the final say in Cosby's punishment, the potential consequences for Cosby’s crimes allow for many options. The maximum term is 10 years per count. However, a smaller jail stint, house arrest and probation are also on the table for the comedian. Given his advanced age and health issues, it’s likely that
Rumors of Kelly Clarkson landing her own daytime chat show have been circulating since August, but on Tuesday's Tonight Show, she made it official. She told host Jimmy Fallon that the hardest part of the job will be letting her guests get a word in edge-wise. "Well I love talking, it's my favorite pastime...but it's hard to shut up though," she admits. "Like you know you have to listen to people who go on your show, and I just keep talking." In spite of that, Clarkson promises her show will be more than just talk. She says it'll also feature plenty of music with her touring band, which also serves as the show's house band. "We sing everyday on the show and we do like this fan request thing, it's fun," she told Fallon. "On the pilot I got people to sing with me and do little skits. It's very musical, as well." Clarkson said the show is slated to air before Ellen DeGeneres' show.
Focus Features has scheduled its “Downton Abbey” for a Sept. 20, 2019 theatrical release with Universal Pictures International rolling the pic out abroad a week earlier on Sept. 13. “Since the series ended, fans of ‘Downton’ have long been waiting for the Crawley family’s next chapter,” commented Focus chairman Peter Kujawski. “We’re thrilled to join this incredible group of filmmakers, actors and craftspeople, led by Julian Fellowes and Gareth Neame, in bringing back the world of ‘Downton’ to the big screen next September.” The television series “Downton Abbey” followed the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who worked for them at the turn of the 20th century in an Edwardian English country house. The “Downton Abbey” movie will star the original principal cast.
Ashton Kutcher accidentally hit a 19-year-old with his car on Tuesday afternoon. According to TMZ, Leo Marenghi was scootering along the sidewalk past Sunset Bronson Studios when the actor pulled out onto the road in his black Tesla. The impact propelled the teenage nanny through the air and he crashed onto the concrete in the middle of the street. Following the collision, Kutcher got out of his car and checked on the young nanny. Other than a few bloody scrapes and bruises, Marenghi was fine and felt spunky enough to ask the star for a photo. Kutcher obliged and they shared a moment, where he put his arm up. Marenghi was on his way to pick kids up from school at the time of the accident, which explains the two additional scooters he had with him. Kutcher is an investor in Bird scooters, a rival company to the type of two-wheeled transportation device the young nanny was riding.
Brett Cullen has replaced Alec Baldwin as Bruce Wayne’s father in Joker. Baldwin signed on to portray Thomas Wayne in Todd Phillips’ origins film about the iconic comic book villain last month, but had to drop out due to a scheduling conflict. Cullen, who played a Congressman in The Dark Knight Rises, will join Joaquin Phoenix, who will play the titular character, Robert De Niro and Deadpool 2 and Atlanta actress Zazie Beetz in the movie, which will chronicle The Joker’s rise from struggling stand-up comedian to a criminal mastermind.
Jessica Simpson is pregnant with her third child, a rep for the singer confirmed to Us Weekly. She shared the news that she and husband Eric Johnson are expecting her third child, a little girl, on Instagram yesterday. She posted two photos of her kids Maxwell, 6, and Ace, 5 – in the first, they’re holding two giant black balloons. She captioned the photo with, “SURPRISE…” The second reveals that the balloons inside the giant balloons are pink. “This little baby girl will make us a family of five. We couldn’t be happier to announce this precious blessing of life,” Simpson wrote.
A former writer for Sesame Street is revealing that the characters of Bert and Ernie were gay - at least for the two decades he was writing for the children's program. In an interview with Queerty, Mark Saltzman was asked the question that many have wondered for years, and in a touching response shared for the very first time that Bert and Ernie were an analog for his own relationship with his late partner, Arnold Glassman. He also said in the interview that Mr. Snuffleupagus was written like a closeted homosexual, and expressed his remorse about never being able to write the iconic show's first gay storyline. “I can remember pitching to the education department, the gatekeepers of the curriculum, gay content, just to get it off my conscience. And I can remember being stonewalled in a way that it made me think it was a lost cause,” said Saltzman. “My activism isn’t a hit the streets variety, and what Sesame Street was doing racially, you certainly don’t want to denounce it. I would have liked to have been the first writer to do the ‘two mommy’ episode.” Saltzman said in the interview that he first came to realize the sexuality of Bert and Ernie after a child pointed out the close bond between the two men. “I remember one time that a column from San Francisco Chronicle, a preschooler in the city turned to mom and asked ‘are Bert & Ernie lovers?’ And that, coming from a preschooler was fun. And that got passed around, and everyone had their chuckle and went back to it,” said Saltzman. “And I always felt that without a huge agenda, when I was writing Bert & Ernie, they were. I didn't have any other way to contextualize them. The other thing was, more than one person referred to Arnie & I as ‘Bert & Ernie.’” He then revealed that the personalities of the two perfectly mirrored his relationship with Glassman. “Yeah, I was Ernie. I look more Bert-ish. And Arnie was a film editor—if you thought of Bert with a job in the world, wouldn’t that be perfect? Bert with his paper clips and organization? And I was the jokester,” explained Saltzman. “So it was the Bert & Ernie relationship, and I was already with Arnie when I came to Sesame Street. So I don’t think I’d know how else to write them, but as a loving couple. I wrote sketches…Arnie’s OCD would create friction with how chaotic I was. And that’s the Bert & Ernie dynamic.” He also revealed that another popular character on the show also had a bit of a gay backstory. “But those two, Snuffalupagus, because he’s the sort of clinically depressed Muppet…you had characters that appealed to a gay audience,” said Saltzman. “And Snuffy, this depressed person nobody can see, that’s sort of Kafka! It’s sort of gay closeted too.”
“SESAME STREET” DENIES WRITER'S CLAIM THAT BERT AND ERNIE ARE GAY
The makers of "Sesame Street" say Bert and Ernie are not gay. The statement came yesterday after former "Sesame Street" writer Mark Saltzman gave an interview to online LGBT magazine Queerty Sunday saying the characters were gay. "Sesame Street" denies the claim, however, saying the characters are simply "best friends." "They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves. Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics (as most 'Sesame Street' Muppets do), they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation." Here's a clip of Bert and Ernie on "Sesame Street."
Here are the winners from last night’s Emmy Awards.
Supporting actress, comedy series: Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Writing, comedy series: Amy Sherman-Palladino, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Directing, comedy series: Amy Sherman-Palladino, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Lead actress, comedy series: Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Lead actor, comedy series: Bill Hader, Barry
Supporting actress, limited series or movie: Merritt Wever, Godless
Supporting actor, limited series or movie: Jeff Daniels, Godless
Writing, limited series or movie: William Bridges and Charlie Brooker, Black Mirror
Directing, limited series or movie: Ryan Murphy, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Lead actress, limited series or movie: Regina King, Seven Seconds
Lead actor, limited series or movie: Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Writing, variety special: John Mulaney, Kid Gorgeous at Radio City
Directing, variety special: Glenn Weiss, the Oscars
Supporting actor, drama series: Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Supporting actress, drama series: Thandie Newton, Westworld
Writing, drama series: Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg, The Americans
Directing, drama series: Stephen Daldry, The Crown
Lead actor, drama series: Matthew Rhys, The Americans
Lead actress, drama series: Claire Foy, The Crown
Outstanding reality competition series: RuPaul's Drag Race
Outstanding variety sketch series: Saturday Night Live
Outstanding variety talk series: Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
Outstanding limited series: The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Outstanding comedy series: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Outstanding drama series: Game of Thrones
Angelina Jolie will star in The Kept, a period revenge thriller. Set in the winter of 1897 in rural New York, the story is set in motion when a woman returns to her isolated homestead to discover that her husband and four children were murdered. The woman is injured by a shot and is tended to by her remaining son, Caleb, who survived by hiding in the pantry. With her 12-year-old by her side, the woman sets out to find those responsible, but the gritty journey in blizzard conditions to a lake town will reveal secrets that will test the bond of mother and son.
Roseanne Barr is revealing how ABC is going to deal with her iconic character on the new spin-off version of her former show and she says the sendoff is cruel and insulting. Barr appeared over the weekend on Brandon Straka’s YouTube show, “Walk Away,” and announced that Roseanne isn’t getting a gentle send-off. “Oh ya, they killed her,” Barr said, adding, “They have her die of an opioid overdose.” Barr says the real travesty is for the fans of the show and her character to see such a grisly end and she is upset that ABC had to “so cruelly insult the people who loved that family in that show.” However, she admits, “There’s nothing I can do about it. It’s done. It’s over.”
Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin, who legally wed in a New York City courthouse on Friday, do not have a prenup. A legal insider tells Us Weekly that Bieber and the model have no legal document in place to establish their separate property and financial rights in the event of a divorce. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Bieber is worth approximately $265 million, with Forbes estimating that the singer pulled in $85 million in 2017 alone. Baldwin, meanwhile, is worth $2 million according to the CNW website. A source confirmed to Us that despite Baldwin’s now-deleted tweet on Friday denying her marriage to the musician, the two did indeed tie the knot. “They got legally married, but she believes marriage between God is the real thing,” the source explained.
A top PR exec slammed CBS host Julie Chen as complicit after she signaled support of her accused sexual abuser husband Les Moonves by using his last name when she signed off of Big Brother. Chen returned to TV Thursday for the first time since Moonves resigned as CEO of CBS following accusations of decades of sexual misconduct at the cable giant. At the end of the episode she signed off by saying: “From outside the ‘Big Brother’ house, I'm Julie Chen Moonves. Good night.” It is said to have been the first time Chen has used her married name on the show she’s been hosting for nearly two decades. Public relations powerhouse Danny Delaney reacted to what many saw as a show of support by tweeting: “Tonight, Julie Chen signed off Big Brother as Julie Chen Moonves, firmly standing w/her husband, a serial sexual assaulter who ruined careers. She is complicit. Because of this, I will no longer put any of my clients on @TheTalkCBS. Fellow publicists, I hope you stand with me.” Delaney's words could have a considerable impact especially because he represents one of Moonves' alleged victims, Illeana Douglas. In a second tweet Delaney wrote: “Les Moonves assaulted my client and it looks like dozens of others. How Julie Chen? How can you stand by this? Power and status is worth more to you thank women's empowerment. This is now your legacy.” The publicist, named one of the top celebrity crisis communications experts by the New York Observer, also represents Roseanna Arquette and Laura Benanti.
Here are weekend box office figures:
1. The Predator - $24 million
2. The Nun - $18.2 million
3. A Simple Favor - $16 million
4. White Boy Rick - $8.8 million
5. Crazy Rich Asians - $8.7 million
6. Peppermint - $6 million
7. The Meg - $3.8 million
8. Searching - $3.2 million
9. Unbroken: Path to Redemption - $2.3 million
10. Mission: Impossible - Fallout - $2.3 million
Jon Hamm isn’t shying away from speculation that he wants to take on a certain super-size role. The actor was asked about wanting to portray Batman during an appearance on “In Depth with Graham Bensinger” that was released Wednesday. “So I know you said before you aren’t interested in superhero movies, but what’s this I hear that there are at least rumors that you’re interested in Batman?” Bensinger asked. “I’ve had rumors about that since probably — since Season 1 of ‘Mad Men,'” Hamm said. “I’ve never — I’ve never had a conversation with anybody about it. Literally. And I’ve sat in the rooms with all these guys.” Hamm added, “Never been offered anything. I think the internet wants what it wants. Can’t control the internet.” The star said it “depends” if he’d enjoy the role, citing the script and “what the story is.” “I’m a huge comic book fan — always have been,” he continued. “I’ve read comic books since I was, you know, 9 or younger. And I’m pretty knowledgeable about a lot of them. And I — I like the genre, and I like ’em when they’re done well.”
NBC is doubling down its LeBron James-produced TV shows, handing out its second script-plus-penalty-commitment this week to the basketball star. This one is a one-hour drama titled “Hoops,” which James is producing alongside Elizabeth Banks’ Brownstone Productions. “Hoops” synopsis: After years on the road as both a star player and coach in the WNBA, Stevie Decker jumps at the chance to return to her alma mater to become the first female head coach of a men’s college basketball team. But coming home isn’t easy as her career took a toll on her family and the school she loves is embroiled in a sex scandal involving her mentor, a legendary former coach. On Monday, NBC handed out a script commitment plus penalty to “Brotherly Love,” a single-camera comedy inspired by Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons, from James and former “Fresh Off the Boat” co-executive producer Kourtney Kang.
Naked pictures of Kendall Jenner have leaked online after snaps of the supermodel were stolen by hackers. TMZ says the pictures appeared online after the images were taken from photographer Russell James and released without permission. The images show a naked Jenner sprinting down a beach, climbing a tree and riding a horse bareback. There’s also a photo of Kendall “lounging naked in a pool,” according to the website. The photoshoot was for James’s upcoming book, “Angels” — and it’s the first time fans have seen the model fully naked like this. The pics went viral on Twitter after news of the leak online was reported — but the images were actually displayed at the book’s launch last week in New York.
Miss America lost almost one million viewers during the first pageant with no swimsuit competition. The Nielsen company said 4.34 million people watched the annual ceremony on ABC Sunday, down 19 percent from the 5.35 million viewers last year. Declining viewership has been a consistent trend for the pageant over the past few years. With Miss America now under the leadership of former Fox News personality Gretchen Carlson, the swimsuits were left behind.
Jennifer Garner stars in the action thriller Peppermint. And this week, she did something she says she's never done before - she bought tickets and went to watch it in a movie theatre with an audience. Jen then posted a video to her Instagram showing her hanging out at the theater and fretting about what the paying audience is going to think of the film. “I'm afraid people are going to hate the movie and take pity on me and think I'm just obsessed with myself,” Jen said to camera while shading her eyes with her tickets to try and disguise herself. In the caption alongside the clip, she explained: “The studio encouraged me to go to the theater and see #PEPPERMINT movie with an audience— maybe they thought I would conduct exit polls? But I learned something about myself on this experiment— I am a chicken,” she went on. “Thank you to everyone who spent their weekend and their hard earned money with #RileyNorth and me. If you go this week— you never know— I may be lurking behind a curtain at a theater near you.”
Looks like Henry Cavill is putting away his Superman cape. Studio insiders have told The Hollywood Reporter that Cavill is parting ways with the Man of Steel franchise. Neither side has confirmed the split, but sources say that plans for Cavill to play a Superman cameo in “Shazam!” starring Zachary Levi have fallen through due to scheduling conflicts. “Superman is like James Bond, and after a certain run you have to look at new actors,” a studio source told The Hollywood Reporter. Meanwhile, Warner Bros., which produces the Super Man franchise, is focusing on a Supergirl movie that features a teen heroine instead. “There’s a recognition that some parts of the previous [Superman] movies didn’t work,” a studio insider said. Meanwhile, another insider said the studio is looking to “reset” the DC universe.
According to Forbes, Jimmy Buffett has teamed up with chewing gum magnate William “Beau” Wrigley, Jr. to license a line of cannabis products dubbed “Coral Reefer,” a name taken from the band he tours and records with. The products will be produced by the medical marijuana company Surterra (Wrigley is their chairman of the board) and it’s very clear Buffett is a believer in the therapeutic properties of the drug: Buffett will earn royalties from Surterra’s Coral Reefer-branded vape pens, edibles, lotions and gel caps, but gain no stake in the venture. He was approached by other cannabis ventures but opted for Surterra because of its medical, rather than recreational, focus.
Following widespread backlash over comments Norm Macdonald made about the #MeToo movement in an interview yesterday, the comedian’s appearance on “The Tonight Show” was canceled just one hour before the episode was set to air. “Out of sensitivity to our audience and in light of Norm Macdonald’s comments in the press today, The Tonight Show has decided to cancel his appearance on Tuesday’s telecast,” NBC said in a statement. Earlier yesterday, Macdonald was widely criticized after he told The Hollywood Reporter “I’m happy the #MeToo movement has slowed down a little bit.” Among other comments, Macdonald also mentioned Roseanne Barr and Louis C.K., saying “There are very few people that have gone through what they have, losing everything in a day. Of course, people will go, ‘What about the victims?’ But you know what? The victims didn’t have to go through that.” The comments were met with heavy criticism on social media, prompting Macdonald to apologize later in the day, saying he did not intend to defend the “terrible mistakes” Barr and C.K. made, and that “If my words sounded like I was minimizing the pain that their victims feel to this day, I am deeply sorry.”
Former "Cosby Show" actor Geoffrey Owens is adding to his resume with a guest role on CBS' "NCIS: New Orleans." It's the second acting role announced for Owens after news reports about him bagging groceries at a Trader Joe's in New Jersey. Last week, Owens nabbed a recurring role on Tyler Perry's OWN series, "The Haves and the Have Nots." Celebrities and others offered Owens support after Fox News and the Daily Mail appeared to job-shame him over his grocery store job. Owens, who worked at Trader Joe's for 15 months, played Sondra Huxtable’s husband, Elvin, on "Cosby" in the '80s and '90s and he more recently appeared in an episode of “Lucifer” in 2017. On "New Orleans," Owens will appear in the upcoming season's sixth episode playing Cmdr. Adams, "an old and valued friend who Pride (Scott Bakula) goes to for both medical and spiritual advice." The episode is expected to air in late October.
“Jeopardy!" kicked off its 35th season yesterday…and Alex Trebek is sporting a beard. Trebek unveiled the new look on Twitter and followed with a goofy video on the "Jeopardy!" Instagram page before last night’s premiere episode with the caption, "It's time to embark upon a magical journey into Season 35!"
Actor John Schneider opened up to Inside Edition about the day he was ordered to report to jail in a bitter alimony dispute with his ex-wife. "I can't run, I can't hide, I'm gonna go to jail," the "Dukes of Hazzard" recalled. "I can't believe it, but I'm gonna go to jail." Schneider was sentenced to three days in Los Angeles County Jail back in May over failure to pay alimony to his estranged wife, Elvira “Elly” Schneider. He ultimately served only a few hours due to overcrowding. In 2014, Elvira filed for divorce from Schneider after two decades of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences. He was later order to pay her $18,911 a month in alimony, money he claims not to have. "Do I look like a guy who's got an extra $19,000 a month?" he asked Inside Edition's Megan Alexander. Schneider also has a message for his wife. "There's no money," he said.