The 17th annual Tribeca Film Festival opened Wednesday with pugnacious political words from Robert De Niro. As the curtain went up on the 17th Tribeca, De Niro couldn't help using the festival's spotlight to direct his considerable ire at Trump. At a kickoff luncheon for press, De Niro referred to Trump as “our Lowlife-in-Chief” and rejected what he referred to as the president's narrow definition of America. “The country has had a bad year, and you - the press - have taken a lot of hits,” De Niro told the reporters in attendance. “America is being run by a madman who wouldn't recognize the truth if it came inside a bucket of his beloved Colonel Sanders Fried Chicken.”
Charlize Theron says she gained "close to 50 pounds" for her film Tully. She recounted at the movie's press junket Tuesday in Los Angeles how she gained weight to play a mom-of-three in the new dramedy. "I just wanted to feel what this woman felt, and I think that was a way for me to get closer to her and get into that mindset," Theron explained. "I got hit in the face pretty hard with depression," she said. "Yeah, for the first time in my life I was eating so much processed foods and I drank way too much sugar. I was not that fun to be around on this film." Theron packed on the pounds over a three-and-a-half month period. She said gaining weight was initially fun but turned into a chore. "The first three weeks are always fun because you're just like a kid in a candy store," the star said. "Then after three weeks, it's not fun anymore," she added. "I would literally wake up at two in the morning and I'd have a cup of cold macaroni and cheese just next to me. I would wake up and I would just eat it." The movie follows the friendship between a mom (Theron) and her nanny (Mackenzie Davis).
Yesterday, Time magazine revealed the 2018 TIME 100, its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The issue has six worldwide covers, each highlighting a member of the TIME 100: Jennifer Lopez, Nicole Kidman, Roger Federer, Tarana Burke, Satya Nadella, and Tiffany Haddish.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 2018 TIME 100:
Writers include Barack Obama, Anne Hathaway, Bill Gates, Selena Gomez, Cher, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Newt Gingrich, Chris Pratt, Laurene Powell Jobs, Joe Manchin, Jill Soloway, Rosie O'Donnell, Eli Broad, Marc Benioff, John Mayer, Kerry Washington, Christine Todd Whitman, Dick Durbin, Steve Case and more.
The list features U.S. President Donald Trump, and other U.S. political figures including Nancy Pelosi, Scott Pruitt, Jeff Sessions, Robert Mueller, Maxine Waters and more.
Oprah and Xi Jinping are on the list for the 9th time, more than any other person on the list this year. Other repeats include: Kim Jong Un (8), Jeff Bezos (5), Pony Ma (3), Elon Musk (3), Nancy Pelosi (3), Donald Trump (3), Shinzo Abe (2), José Andrés (2), Ryan Coogler (2), Elizabeth Diller (2), Roger Federer (2), Nicole Kidman (2), Jimmy Kimmel (2), Mauricio Macri (2), Satya Nadella (2), Rihanna (2), and Justin Trudeau (2).
This year's list features a record 45 women, including, Jacinda Ardern, Cardi B, Roseanne Barr, Jaclyn Corin, Carmen Yulín Cruz, Sonia Friedman, Gal Gadot, Emma Gonzalez, Savannah Guthrie, Cindy Holland, Jodi Kantor, Kesha, Chloe Kim, Hoda Kotb, Nice Nailantei Leng'ete, Meghan Markle, Janet Mock, Megan Twohey, Daniela Vega, Jesmyn Ward, Peggy Whitson, Whitney Wolfe Herd, and more.
A record 45 people on this TIME 100 are under 40, including Bhavish Aggarwal, Jacinda Ardern, Sterling K. Brown, Kevin Durant, Ronan Farrow, Roger Federer, Chloe Kim, Deepika Padukone, Issa Rae, J.J. Watt, and more.
Actor Millie Bobbie Brown, 14, is the youngest person on this year's list, and in TIME 100 history. The oldest person on this year's list is Congresswoman Maxine Waters who is 79.
Just weeks after leaving prison and entering a halfway house, Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller reportedly has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a type of cancer that starts in the body's white blood cells. Miller underwent surgery for what was believed to be a spinal infection on Tuesday, but Dr. Hooman M. Melamed revealed yesterday evening to People magazine that it turned out that Miller is actually battling cancer. "It was not an infection, it was a type of a non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma -- it's a type of a cancer," Dr. Melamed, an orthopedic spine surgeon at Cedar Sinai Marina Del Rey Hospital, revealed to People. "We're getting an oncologist involved and we have to figure out what the next steps are as far as chemotherapy or radiation or more spine surgery. Depending on the tumor type, depending on the sensitivity of the tumor -- it just depends the type but I feel more than yes, she will undergo chemotherapy or radiation."
A couple of familiar faces are heading to Hawkins, Indiana for the third season of Stranger Things. Cary Elwes and Jake Busey will be joining the cast. Elwes, known for his role in The Princess Bride, is set to play a character named Mayor Kline. Busey, the son of actor Gary Busey, is probably best known for his role in Starship Troopers. He'll play someone named Bruce. Maya Hawke – the daughter of Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke – will also be joining the cast this season, while Priah Ferguson has been bumped up to a recurring role as Lucas’ mouthy little sister. A release date for season three has yet to be announced.
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He filed for divorce on December 1, 2017 from wife Anna Faris, six months after they legally separated. And Chris Pratt opened up about their split in the latest cover story for Entertainment Weekly. Pratt, who shares five-year-old son Jack with Anna, told the magazine: “Divorce sucks. But at the end of the day, we've got a great kid who's got two parents who love him very much.”
Former first lady Barbara Bush died Tuesday. She was 92.
"A former first lady of the United States of America and relentless proponent of family literacy, Barbara Pierce Bush passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at the age of 92," reads a statement from the office of former President George H.W. Bush.
Mrs. Bush served as the country's first lady from 1989 to 1993. She passed away shortly after deciding to forgo further medical treatments for her failing health.
Mr. Bush is "broken-hearted to lose his beloved Barbara, his wife of 73 years," according to Jean Becker, chief of staff at the former president's office. "He held her hand all day today and was at her side when she left this good earth."
While it's a "challenging time ... it will not surprise all of you who know and love him that he also is being stoic and strong, and is being lifted up by his large and supportive family," Becker said.
Mrs. Bush's funeral will be held at St. Martin’s Church in Houston, where she and the former president have been devoted members for decades.
Having been hospitalized numerous times while battling congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, she decided Sunday that she wanted to be "surrounded by a family she adores," according to an earlier statement released by Mr. Bush's office.
"It will not surprise those who know her that Barbara Bush has been a rock in the face of her failing health, worrying not for herself -- thanks to her abiding faith -- but for others," the statement continued. "She is surrounded by a family she adores and appreciates the many kind messages and especially the prayers she is receiving."
In January 2017, Mrs. Bush and her husband were hospitalized at the same time. She was being treated for bronchitis and the nation's 41st president was being treated for pneumonia.
Mrs. Bush is one of only two first ladies in the history of the country who is also the mother of a president. Abigail Adams, the wife of John Adams, a founding father of the nation and its second president, was the mother of John Quincy Adams, the sixth U.S. president.
Mrs. Bush is the mother of George W. Bush, the 43rd president of the United States, and Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida who ran for president of the United States in 2016.
During her tenure as the nation's first lady, Mrs. Bush, the mother of six children, was a champion for global literacy and continued the work after she and her husband left the White House.
In 1989, she formed the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, which encourages parents to read to their children.
"Literacy fits in with so many other things," she once told The Chicago Tribune. "If more people could read, fewer people would have AIDS. There would be less homelessness. I'm absolutely convinced of that."
Barbara Pierce Bush was born in New York City, New York, on June 8, 1925, to Marvin and Pauline Pierce. Her father, a magazine publishing executive, was a descendant of Franklin Pierce, a Democrat and the nation's 14th U.S. president who served from 1853 to 1857. Her mother was the daughter of an Ohio Supreme Court justice and was active in civic causes.
The third of four children, Bush later recalled a childhood where her parents would gather and read around the fireplace, fostering her early love of reading.
She graduated high school from the all-girls private Ashley Hall boarding school in Charleston, South Carolina, in the early 1940s and enrolled in Smith College, a women's college in Northampton, Massachusetts.
At Smith, which was racially integrated, Mrs. Bush became captain of the freshman soccer team, but she dropped out of college in 1945 at the beginning of her sophomore year. She later admitted that she was more interested in her future husband than in her studies.
She had met George Herbert Walker Bush at age 16, while at a Christmastime dance at the Round Hill Country Club in Greenwich, Connecticut. The pair were immediately attracted to each other and began exchanging letters, even as Mr. Bush completed his training to become the then-youngest pilot in the Navy. He named his bomber plane "Barbara" in her honor.
The pair were engaged shortly before Mr. Bush left to fly in World War II, and they wed Jan. 6, 1945, while he was on leave.
Mr. and Mrs. Bush celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary on Jan. 6.
In an alumni magazine from Smith College, Mrs. Bush said the marriage has endured because of the couple's love for each other.
"I am still old and still in love with the man I married 72 years ago," she said in the interview published in "Smith Alumnae Quarterly" earlier this month.
"George Bush has given me the world," she also said in the magazine. "He is the best -- thoughtful and loving."
Mrs. Bush gave birth to their first child, future President George Walker Bush, on July 6, 1946, in New Haven, Connecticut. As the family moved about in Texas and California, the couple had five more children, who would eventually deliver the Bushes more than a dozen grandkids. Mrs. Bush took great joy in her family and told Barbara Walters in 1994, "If you opt to have children, I feel very strongly that they should be your top priority."
The family was dealt a blow in October 1953, when daughter Pauline Robinson “Robin” Bush died of leukemia at age 3.
"Because of Robin, George and I love every living human more," said Mrs. Bush, who became increasingly active in cancer research -- notably, the Leukemia Society of America -- following her daughter's death.
After a failed senatorial bid, Mr. Bush was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1966. He quit his job as an oil executive in Houston to relocate the family to Washington, D.C.
In the 1970s, Mrs. Bush followed her husband from Washington, D.C., to New York City, to Beijing as Mr. Bush filled a succession of appointed political posts: ambassador to the United Nations, chairman of the Republican National Committee, head of the U.S. liaison office in Beijing and director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Mrs. Bush at that time volunteered at the Washington Home, a hospice where she bathed and fed the dying.
Mr. Bush landed firmly in the public eye as he served as Ronald Reagan's vice president from 1980 to 1988, and he was elected as Reagan's successor and 41st president of the United States in 1988.
Mrs. Bush generated headlines herself in the 1984 Reagan-Bush re-election campaign by calling vice presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro -- the first female vice presidential candidate from a major party -- something that "rhymed with rich." She later phoned Ferraro and issued a public apology.
As first lady, Mrs. Bush pursued a passion to fight literacy and in 1989 formed the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, which supported existing literacy programs to boost participant retention.
Mrs. Bush believed that tackling illiteracy would also solve social issues that went unaddressed, such as AIDS, homelessness and teenage pregnancy. Her crusade against illiteracy and learning disabilities stemmed from her tireless efforts with her son Neil's dyslexia.
"George Bush and I know the frustration of living with an undiagnosed or untreated learning problem, and we know the great joy and relief that comes when help is finally found," she wrote in a 1989 edition of "Their World," a publication of the National Center for Learning Disabilities. "I foresee the day when no American -- neither child nor adult -- will ever need to be limited on learning."
Always standing proudly beside the president, Mrs. Bush maintained high popularity -- partly, she once said, "'Cause I'm fat and old and nobody feels threatened by me."
In 1990, Mrs. Bush penned "Millie's Book", a best-seller attributed to the family's springer spaniel, Millie. It was her second book: in 1983, she published "C. Fred's Story", about the family's pampered cocker spaniel. The books reportedly generated more than substantial funds to Bush's literacy foundation.
In 1992, Democratic Gov. Bill Clinton of Arkansas defeated Bush in his re-election to a second presidential term.
The couple retreated to their estates in Houston and the family estate in Kennebunkport, Maine.
Mrs. Bush has had a long history of health problems, dating back to her time as the first lady. In 1989, she revealed that she suffered from Graves' disease, an autoimmune disorder that affects the thyroid. She later began taking medications for the disease and received radiation as part of her treatment.
After experiencing abdominal pains in 2008, Mrs. Bush was hospitalized at Methodist Hospital in Houston. She underwent laparoscopic surgery to close a hole in her small intestine caused by an ulcer.
That same year, she underwent precautionary open heart surgery at the same hospital to replace her aortic valve. Hospital officials reported that the procedure was a success.
During her four years as the first lady, and eight years before that as the wife of the vice president in the Reagan administration, Mrs. Bush embodied what many believed to be the traditionally dutiful political wife: silent on most issues, but enthusiastically supportive of her husband and family.
In her 1994 book -- "Barbara Bush: A Memoir" -- she revealed her pro-choice stance on abortion, a position that ran contrary to her husband's.
She also reproduced an open letter to her children containing life's credo.
"Value your friends," she wrote. "They are your most valuable asset.
"Love your children," she added. "You are the best children any two people ever had. I know you will be as lucky. Your kids are great. Dad and I love them more than life itself."
Netflix is doubling down on young adult content, and this time it's branching into the sci-fi/fantasy world. The streamer's latest pickup is for a series called The Order, which has been given a 10-episode first season. The story follows Jack Morton, a young man who joins a mysterious secret society called The Order. Unlike other college freshmen, his secret society isn't about beer pong and streaking, it's about fighting battles with magical creatures and the dark arts. Jack is soon "thrust into a world of magic, monsters and intrigue," with a side helping of dark family secrets.
“Family Feud” host Steve Harvey appeared on yesterday’s episode "The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” He opened up about the Kardashian-Jenner family taking on the Wests in the upcoming episode of the game show. Apparently it was supposed to be the Kardashians versus the Hilton family at first, but plans changed. “They were supposed to play against the Paris Hilton family, the Hiltons against the Kardashians. The Hiltons cancelled so Kanye, who’s a big fan of 'Family Feud' said, ‘I want to play,’” Harvey explains. “So, he brought his family -- people you don’t know, these cousins. They were just the best because they were just, like, hood.” So Kim Kardashian West, Kanye West, and three of his family members team up against Kris Jenner, Khloe Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, and a few extras. “The dude on the end, he was the extra. He was a lot,” Harvey says of Kim’s friend, Jonathan Cheban. As for Kanye, he was surprisingly the most enthusiastic of the group. The families filmed their episode in February, but it won’t air until next month.
Night Court actor Harry Anderson died yesterday morning in Asheville, N.C., the Asheville Police Department confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 65. "This morning at 6:41 a.m. the Asheville Police Department responded to the home of actor Harry Anderson where he was found deceased," Asheville PD's Public Affairs officer Christina Hallingse said. "No foul play is suspected." The 1980s sitcom ran for nine seasons on NBC and earned seven Emmy Awards and 31 nominations, including three for Anderson. Night Court starred Anderson alongside John Larroquette as assistant district attorney Dan Fielding.
Khloé Kardashian and Tristan Thompson revealed their newborn daughter’s name yesterday. “Our little girl, True Thompson, has completely stolen our hearts and we are overwhelmed with LOVE,” Kardashian wrote via Instagram. “Such a blessing to welcome this angel into the family! Mommy and Daddy loooooove you True!” Khloe gave birth to her baby girl on Thursday. Reports surfaced on April 10 that Thompson cheated on Kardashian, who was nine months pregnant at the time.
Steven Spielberg has become the first director to gross more than $10 billion at the box office. The movie-maker - who has helmed hits such as Jaws, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial - has won the race to the landmark figure. By contrast, his closest rivals - Peter Jackson, Michael Bay and James Cameron - are all currently around the $6 billion figure. Box Office Mojo reports that Spielberg's latest effort, Ready Player One - which stars Olivia Cooke and Tye Sheridan - has taken the director across the monetary threshold.
Will Ferrell was taken to hospital after an SUV he was riding in flipped over when it collided with another car on Thursday night. He was one of four passengers in the chauffeur-driven SUV when it was struck in the side by a Toyota on the northbound Freeway 5 in Mission Viejo, California, at 10:55 p.m. Ferrell was hospitalized along with the two other men and one woman, who was described by witnesses as seriously injured and bleeding profusely. The driver of the second vehicle was uninjured. Ferrell has since been released from hospital without any significant injuries and is said to be doing well, while the condition of the woman is unknown. Cops said drugs or alcohol did not play a role in the incident and no one was arrested. The car flipped and came to a stop on its side in the middle of the freeway, which had to be temporarily shut down.
Former first lady Barbara Bush is seriously ill and no longer wants to seek medical treatment. The 92-year-old wife of President George H. W. Bush is being cared for at her home in Houston after deciding she does not want to remain in a hospital. Bush has been in and out of hospital recently and is now in failing health, according to a family spokesman. “Following a recent series of hospitalizations, and after consulting her family and doctors, Mrs. Bush, now age 92, has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care,” the statement said. “It will not surprise those who know her that Barbara Bush has been a rock in the face of her failing health, worrying not for herself - thanks to her abiding faith - but for others. She is surrounded by a family she adores, and appreciates the many kind messages and especially the prayers she is receiving.” The former first lady has been battling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure, a source close to the family told CNN. She has been treated for decades for Graves' disease, which is a thyroid condition.
On Wednesday, Discovery Networks announced that Martha Stewart will be joining the cast of their Food Network show Chopped. “'The returning iconic competition series ups the ante this year, when the one-and-only Martha Stewart joins the cast as a judge,” said the network in a statement. The lifestyle network's statement went on to say that Stewart would be “bringing her food expertise, impeccable credentials and discerning critique to the judges’ table.” According to PEOPLE, it's not yet known if Stewart will be replacing one of the show's current group of judges, which consist of Alex Guarnaschelli, Amanda Freitag, Georffrey Zakarian, Aarón Sanchez, Maneet Chauhan, and Marc Murphy. Martha has previously appeared on Chopped spinoff show, Chopped Junior.
Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson took to social media this week to react to the history-making success of their film, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. The film, which has earned close to $1 billion dollars globally in its release, has officially become the highest-grossing film in the history of Sony Pictures. After learning of the news, Hart shared his excitement. "This is honestly INSANE!!!! I'm so Honored to be a part of this," he wrote on Instagram, sharing an image of the news article. "Thank you to all of the fans that went out and supported this movie....We made HISTORY because of you guys. #Jumanji." Johnson also sharing the announcement with fans and offered a special message. "It’s official: Last night you made JUMANJI, Sony’s biggest movie ever," he wrote. "EVER. Previous record held by SpiderMan. My #1 goal is always giving the audience what they want and always sending ya home happy." He then revealed some big news. "Working on the sequel now, so bye bye @kevinhart4real’s character," teasing the death of Hart's character.
Khloe Kardashian has given birth to a baby girl. She welcomed her first child around 4 a.m. yesterday at the Cleveland Clinic, with mom Kris and sisters Kim and Kourtney by her side. She was also joined by her longtime boyfriend Tristan Thompson, according to TMZ, who first broke the story. The baby's arrival comes less than 48 hours after DailyMail.com broke the news that Thompson was cheating after obtaining a video that showed the NBA star kissing strip club worker Lani Blair. It was reported on Wednesday that Khloe began having early contractions after seeing that video.
Former NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel was rumored to have been asked to join the next season of “Dancing with the Stars,” but the show reportedly decided he was “too controversial” to join. The show is slated to announce the cast for its latest season tomorrow, which will consist of just athletes this time around. Embattled ice skater Tonya Harding and Olympic medal-winning ice skater Adam Rippon were rumored as cast members. Manziel was reportedly in talks to join the show for a few weeks but producers chose to pass on the former Cleveland Browns quarterback, The Blast reported. Producers reportedly deemed the embattled quarterback “too controversial” and decided to move forward with someone else. Manziel, a Heisman Trophy winner, was drafted by the Browns in 2014. The athlete is currently a free agent after being released from the Browns in 2016. Manziel had a tumultuous NFL career after not living up to expectations and being spotted partying with celebrities. He reportedly went to rehab in 2015 and was pulled over by police while arguing with his girlfriend. He’s currently attempting to make a comeback in the NFL and is playing in the Spring League.
Hugh Jackman has reached out to a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl after reading all about her bullying hell at school. Cassidy Warner, 10, took to Facebook last month to detail her awful experiences with a gang of tormentors at her Pennsylvania elementary school, listing all the terrible things she has been dealing with for years. In the video, she holds up signs that read: “My name is Cassidy. I am 10 years old. I go to John Adams Elementary School. I am in 4th Grade. I started getting bullied in 1st Grade. One day in recess A group of kids grabbed my purse off of a teacher and spit on it… and me (sic)…” She goes on to reveal the bullies hit her, pull her hair, spill milk on her clothing, call her names, and whenever she sits down at a lunch table other kids get up and leave, adding, “They threaten to kill me and they tell me to kill myself… There’s 4 of them and only one of me. The Principal doesn’t do anything.” Cassidy ends the heartbreaking video by holding up two signs that read: “I feel so alone. I feel like I have no one. It hurts… This is my story… Stop bullying! Not just for me for other kids (sic). Please share my story.” Cassidy’s mom reposted the video after her Facebook account was shut down earlier this month, and yesterday, Jackman reached out to Cassidy, posting a supportive message to the 10 year old, telling her she’s “loved, special and smart.” There’s more good news for the youngster – following her appeal, officials and teachers at John Adams Elementary School have changed her lunch period and recess so she no longer has to see the gang of bullies who have been making her life miserable.
Marvel has announced that Black Panther will be released on digital, Movies Anywhere and 4K UHD on Tuesday, May 8. It will then hit Blu-ray one week later, May 15. Before its release, fans will get to see the Black Panther cast onscreen again -- they're part of the upcoming Marvel film, Avengers: Infinity War, which opens in theaters on April 27.
Bruce Willis will be the subject of Comedy Central's next roast. "This ain't the first time I'll be tied to a chair and held hostage by a group of humorless a--holes for a couple hours," Willis joked in a statement. "Bruce has survived terrorists, Armageddon, romance and death itself. Yet, nothing has prepared him for this Roast," added Comedy Central President Kent Alterman. The Comedy Central Roast of Bruce Willis will tape this summer in Los Angeles. The airdate and lineup of roasters has not yet been announced. Jeff Ross will probably be there dressed as an out-of-shape John McClane from Die Hard.
Usher’s estranged wife has called time on their marriage a month after they announced a separation. Grace Miguel filed divorce papers yesterday, citing irreconcilable differences, TMZ is reporting. Usher wed Grace in 2015, but the marriage was tested last year after four people accused Usher of exposing them to genital herpes. The singer and his partner, who spent nearly 10 years together, released a joint statement confirming the end of their relationship on March 6, insisting they plan to move forward as friends.
Gwen Stefani has officially announced her 25-date Las Vegas residency. Rumors first emerged in March suggesting she was very close to signing a deal for her own residency, and the singer confirmed the news yesterday, revealing that she will be performing 25 shows, dubbed Gwen Stefani – Just a Girl, at the Zappos Theater inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Tix for all 25 dates go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. PT. The residency kicks off on June 27 and runs into July before resuming in December, when she will perform four dates including New Year’s Eve. The final run will start at the end of February and conclude in March.
Jack Nicholson’s 1989 portrayal of The Joker has been voted the best-ever film version of a comic book villain, according to a new survey. He narrowly beat out Heath Ledger’s acclaimed 2008 depiction of the same character to claim the top spot. Nicholson’s twisted turn as Batman’s infamous nemesis was selected number one by 23 percent of those polled, just ahead of Heath Ledger’s performance in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. Danny DeVito’s demented rendition of The Penguin in 1992’s Batman Returns came third place in the poll of 2,000 people. In the same survey conducted through OnePoll.com, the overwhelming majority also voted for the worst ever comic-to-screen baddie. That dubious honor went to Arnold Schwarzenegger for his appearance as Mr. Freeze in 1997’s Batman & Robin. His performance was littered with cheesy ice-based catchphrases like “Allow me to break the ice” and “Chill out!”
TOP 10 COMIC BOOK MOVIE VILLAIN PORTRAYALS
1. Jack Nicholson – The Joker, Batman
2. Heath Ledger – The Joker, The Dark Knight
3. Danny DeVito – The Penguin, Batman Returns
4. Gene Hackman – Lex Luthor, Superman I & II
5. Tom Hiddleston – Loki, Thor and Avengers films
6. Ian McKellen – Magneto, X-Men films
7. Tom Hardy – Bane, The Dark Knight Rises
8. Arnold Schwarzenegger – Mr. Freeze, Batman & Robin
Tiffany Haddish is planning to recycle her pricey white Alexander McQueen gown for a fourth time when she hosts the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards. The actress has been making the most of her $4,000 designer gown after debuting the stunning outfit at the July premiere of her hit comedy Girls Trip, and she wore it again in November when she guest-hosted U.S. sketch show Saturday Night Live and proudly told fans she wouldn’t be retiring the look just yet. Tiffany stayed true to her word and worked the dress once more as she presented an award at the Oscars last month, and she reveals the wardrobe favorite will likely be making a return in June at the MTV show. “It’s an Alexander McQueen dress, and you will see that again!,” she quipped. “I gotta wear it multiple times because I gotta get my money’s worth and I haven’t been paid not one time that I wore the dress yet. I been spending money every time so I need to like, get paid, so I’m probably gonna wear it to the MTV Movie & TV Awards when I host that (sic).”
Russell Crowe and Danielle Spencer are officially divorced. The actor took to Twitter to address dating speculation and share his current relationship status. Before talking about his divorce, Crowe shut down reports that he's dating Australian radio host Fifi Box. "I am not in a relationship with this young lady and never have been," Crowe shared with his social media followers. Hours later, Crowe followed up with a tweet about his divorce. "In other news ... yesterday at 12:30pm Eastern Daylight time (Aus) ... I officially became divorced," Crowe said. "Thank you linesman. Thank you ball boys."
A new sneak peek at the highly anticipated movie Solo: A Star Wars Story was unveiled with a brand-new trailer that premiered last night during ABC's American Idol, and was subsequently posted on YouTube. The two-minute preview offers an action-packed look at the early adventures of Han Solo, played by Alden Ehrenreich, and his trusty sidekick Chewbacca, as they make their way through the galaxy on the Millennium Falcon. In the trailer, we see Solo meet Lando Calrissian, played by Donald Glover, and interact with other major characters, such as Qi'Ra, portrayed by Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke, and Tobias Beckett, played by Woody Harrelson. The latest film in the Star Wars universe is directed by Ron Howard. It hits theaters May 25.
On Wednesday, Dwayne Johnson will join Scott Rogowsky, host of the popular HQ Trivia game, to help give away the game’s largest cash prize to date: $300,000. The interactive mobile trivia game — which players can download on their phones to try to correctly answer 12 increasingly difficult questions in order to win a cash prize — regularly attracts 1 million players per game, although it’s most popular game saw 2.3 million HQties battling it out to see who could win the big bucks. HQ Trivia airs at 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. ET on weekdays and 9 p.m. ET on weekends.
An HBO biopic starring Al Pacino as late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno will premiere tomorrow on HBO. The film will focus on Paterno dealing with fallout from the child sex abuse scandal involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. The all-time winningest coach in major college football history was fired days after Sandusky’s 2011 arrest and died two months later at age 85. A report commissioned by the university and conducted by a team led by former FBI Director Louis Freeh concluded Paterno and three administrators hushed up the allegations against Sandusky.
Rachel Maddow is the most-watched cable news host, at least for now. The Rachel Maddow Show was the highest-rated show in cable news in March, with an average total audience of 3.058 million viewers compared to Sean Hannity's 3 million. Maddow's MSNBC show also won among the coveted demographic of viewers aged 25 to 54, with an average audience of 671,000 in March compared to 616,000 for Hannity's Fox News show. MSNBC has been rising in the ratings in recent months as Fox News and CNN declined.
Tonya Harding is going for the mirrorball. Us Weekly reported today that Tonya Harding has officially joined Season 26 of Dancing with the Stars, otherwise known as its All Athletes season. She will be joined by Olympics figure skater Adam Rippon as well as Olympic snowboarder Jamie Anderson. This announcement is the first bit of news to leak out about the cast of Season 26, with the official announcement of the lineup set to debut Friday, April 13 on Good Morning America. Dancing with the Stars returns April 30 at 8/7c on ABC.
Marriage rumours were swept aside as Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth enjoyed a romantic night out in Los Angeles on Wednesday evening. The happy couple were hand in hand as they left a local restaurant amid claims they have already exchanged vows. Sporting a casual sweater and black skirt, Miley, 25, looked typically relaxed while following Liam as they made their way towards a waiting car. Taking the lead, Liam, 28, was equally low key in a dark blue bomber jacket, matching chinos and white Converse trainers. Tellingly, the Australian actor sported gold ring on his wedding finger, adding further fuel to suggestions that the notoriously private couple are married. Insiders have previously claimed the couple exchanged vows in New South Wales coastal community Byron Bay - where Liam's brother Chris shares a home with wife Elsa Pataky. 'It's such a special place for them (in Byron Bay). It felt right,' a soucre told Australia's NW magazine.
'It's where they realised that they couldn't live without each other and decided to really give their relationship another go. It was a no-brainer that it'd be the place they tied the knot. Liam's brother Chris had an intriguing response to questions about the rumoured wedding ceremony when asked abut the rumours. Questioned as to whether Miley had joined the Hemsworth clan, the Thor star said 'no' while awkwardly giggling during an interview with Sirius XM radio in New York.
'They're not officially married,' he insisted. The A-list couple called off their first engagement in 2013, but rekindled their romance in January 2016 while ringing in the New Year in the seaside town. It's not the first time wedding speculation has swirled for the couple, who met on the set of The Last Song in 2009. A source close to the pair told OK! magazine last year: 'Miley is absolutely over the moon since she and Liam took the plunge and exchanged vows. 'Words cannot describe how much love they have for each other and they know they want to spend the rest of their lives together.'
Jaime King was attacked in Beverly Hills. King was driving through the upscale Los Angeles neighborhood when a man in a skateboard suddenly pounced in the middle of traffic. The man jumped in front of the star’s Mercedes-Benz and crawled onto her hood. Witnesses watched as he smashed both the front and back window as she drove by. King, who is mother to three-year-old James Knight and two-year-old Leo Thames, was with James during the attack. The Hart of Dixie star looked shaken up as she spoke with police following the incident but appeared uninjured. Her attacker, whose name has not yet been released, was captured near the scene by police. Witnesses said the man appeared to be homeless and was allegedly punching and kicking other vehicles before reaching King. Bystanders reported that he was also throwing cans at people on the street.
Actress Cynthia Nixon says she "absolutely" would legalize and tax marijuana if she is elected governor. "Let's capture some of that revenue," Nixon said on the "Wendy Williams Show" yesterday. Nixon also said that given the recent rash of shootings nationally, New York missed out on an opportunity in the recently enacted state budget to enact new gun control measures. She called it a "real watershed moment." Nixon, best known for playing Miranda Hobbes on "Sex and the City," said she and her character are a lot alike. "She's a hard worker like me," Nixon said of her character. "She's a total career person like me. But quite a bit more dressed up and upscale."
A woman suspected of shooting three people at YouTube headquarters before killing herself was furious with the company because it had stopped paying her for videos she posted on the platform, her father said late Tuesday.
Two law enforcement officials identified the suspect as Nasim Aghdam of Southern California. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case.
YouTube had "stopped everything," and "she was angry," her father Ismail Aghdam said from his San Diego home in a telephone interview with the Bay Area News Group.
People who post on YouTube can receive money from advertisements that accompany their videos, but the company "de-monetizes" some channels for reasons including inappropriate material or having fewer than 1,000 subscribers.
Ismail Aghdam said he reported his daughter missing on Monday after she did not answer her phone for two days.
He said the family received a call from Mountain View police around 2 a.m. Tuesday saying they found Nasim sleeping in a car.
He said he warned them she might be headed to YouTube because she "hated" the company.
Mountain View Police spokeswoman Katie Nelson confirmed officers located a woman by the same name asleep in a vehicle asleep in a Mountain View parking lot Tuesday morning. Nelson said the woman declined to answer further questions but the police spokeswoman did not respond to a question about whether police were warned Aghdam might go to YouTube.
Authorities said earlier Tuesday that the shooting was being investigated as a domestic dispute.
Terrified employees huddled inside, calling 911, as officers and federal agents swarmed the company's suburban campus sandwiched between two interstate freeways in the San Francisco Bay Area city of San Bruno.
YouTube employee Dianna Arnspiger said she was on the building's second floor when she heard gunshots, ran to a window and saw the shooter on a patio outside.
She said the woman wore glasses and a scarf and was using a "big huge pistol."
"It was a woman and she was firing her gun. And I just said, 'Shooter,' and everybody started running," Arnspiger said.
She and others hid in a conference room for an hour while another employee repeatedly called 911 for updates.
"It was terrifying," she said.
A 36-year-old man was in critical condition, a 32-year-old woman was in serious condition and a 27-year-old woman was in fair condition, a spokesman for San Francisco General Hospital said.
Witnesses described terror before officers arrived and discovered a victim near a front door and then found the shooter several minutes later with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, San Bruno Police Chief Ed Barberini said.
He said two additional gunshot victims were found at an adjacent business minutes later. Barberini initially said there were four people who had been shot but later clarified that a fourth person had suffered an ankle injury.
Zach Vorhies, 37, a senior software engineer at YouTube, said he was at his desk working on the second floor of one of the buildings when the fire alarm went off. He got on his skateboard and approached a courtyard, where he saw the shooter yelling, "'Come at me, or come get me.'"
He saw somebody lying nearby on his back with a red stain on his stomach that appeared to be from a bullet wound. Vorhies said he realized there was an active shooter when a police officer with an assault rifle came through a security door.
He said the public can access the courtyard where he saw the shooter during work hours.
Michael Finney, a 21-year-old supervisor at Carl's Jr. across from the campus, said he came out of the bathroom to see a woman in a booth bleeding from the calf. Two friends were trying to stop the bleeding, using the victim's sweatshirt as a tourniquet, but it wasn't helping, he told the San Jose Mercury News.
"Everyone was figuring out what to do," Finney said. "I was trying to stay calm and see what I could do. Everybody is shocked."
Google, which owns the world's biggest online video website, said the company's security team worked with authorities to evacuate buildings and was doing whatever it could support the victims and their families.
YouTube's headquarters has more than a thousand engineers and other employees in several buildings. Originally built in the late 1990s for the clothing retailer Gap, the campus south of San Francisco is known for its sloped green roof of native grasses.
Inside, Google famously outfitted the office several years ago with a three-lane red slide for workers to zoom from one story to another.
"Today it feels like the entire community of YouTube, all of the employees, were victims of this crime," said Chris Dale, a YouTube spokesman. "Our hearts go out to all those who suffered."
The White House said President Donald Trump was briefed on the shooting and that officials were monitoring developments.
Mathew Knowles, the father of Beyoncé and Solange, told talk show host Wendy Williams last week that he “laughed so hard” when he first saw the video of that infamous elevator fight between Solange and Jay-Z.
Knowles, who was on “The Wendy Williams Show” to promote his new book, was responding to Williams’ inquiries about the 2014 fight.
“I laughed so hard because if you know Solange, that’s Solange,” he said. “You never know what you’re gonna get ? [she’s] a firecracker. Don’t know where she gets that from.”
TMZ leaked the 58-second clip in May 2014. It showed Solange hitting and kicking Jay-Z while Beyoncé looked on. The three were leaving a party at The Standard hotel in New York after the Met Gala.
“Beyoncé would be in the corner, quiet, just kinda like, ‘When y’all finish, let me know,’” Knowles told Williams, laughing with the audience. “So I just laughed.”
While many in the audience found Knowles’ story funny, instances of physical assault or violence are no laughing matter.
Solange, Jay-Z and Bey have all addressed the incident before. The three gave a statement to The Associated Press after the video of the elevator fight leaked.
“Jay and Solange each assume their share of responsibility for what has occurred. They both acknowledge their role in this private matter that has played out in the public. They both have apologized to each other and we have moved forward as a united family,” the statement said.
It continued: “At the end of the day, families have problems and we’re no different. We love each other and above all we are family. We’ve put this behind us and hope everyone else will do the same.”
Solange addressed the incident again a few months later, telling Lucky magazine, “What’s important is that my family and I are all good. What we had to say collectively was in the statement that we put out, and we all feel at peace with that.”
Beyonce then mentioned the fight in a lyric on the remix of her song, ”***Flawless” with Nicki Minaj, saying, “Of course, sometimes s**t go down when there’s $1 billion on an elevator.”
Jay-Z eventually addressed the elevator episode in an interview with RapRadar in 2017.
“We’ve had one disagreement ever,” he said. “Before and after, we’ve been cool. She’s like my sister. I will protect her. That’s my sister. Not my sister-in-law. My sister.”
He also spoke about the altercation in a track called “Kill Jay-Z” from his album 4:44.
You egged Solange on / Knowin’ all along, all you had to say you was wrong / You almost went Eric Benét / Let the baddest girl in the world get away / I don’t even know what else to say / N***a, never go full Eric Benét / I don’t even know what you woulda done / In the future, other n***as playin’ football with your son
Maybe one day we’ll finally know what caused the fight.
Mark Zuckerberg is firing back at Tim Cook. The Facebook CEO defended his company's business model in an interview published by Vox yesterday, arguing that recent criticism from his counterpart at Apple was unfounded. Cook recently called for increased regulation of social media, and questioned the practice of monetizing user data on free platforms by selling ads that allow advertisers to target specific groups. "You know, I find that argument, that if you're not paying that somehow we can't care about you, to be extremely glib. And not at all aligned with the truth," Zuckerberg told Vox in response to a question about Cook's criticism. "The reality here is that if you want to build a service that helps connect everyone in the world, then there are a lot of people who can't afford to pay," he added. "Having an advertising-supported model is the only rational model that can support building this service."
Rhonda James has been living with a painful secret for 50 years. James is a grandmother who has lived in Memphis her whole life. She was 8 years old in 1968 when the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. came to Memphis to support the Memphis sanitation workers in their strike for higher wages and better working conditions. She has never before shared publicly what she experienced on the night of April 4, 1968. "It's a special thing for me. It's something that has been secretly tucked,” she said. For her, thinking back on that time brings back bad memories. James is the daughter of saxophone player Ben Branch. Branch loaded James and her 11-year-old brother into his car and drove them to Mason Temple for a sound check and the opportunity to meet the famous civil rights leader. After the sound check, James said she remembers getting into the car with her father and following King to the Lorraine Motel. It would be the last time she'd go to the Lorraine Motel for 50 years. "They went upstairs and as they went upstairs, we were sitting in the car, me and my brother, we were just looking. We were excited," James recalled. She and her brother were sitting in the back seat of their grandmother's car, which was parked beneath room 306 at the motel. "Dr. King hollered down to my father. He said, 'Ben.' My dad had the car door open. We were looking up at his face and all of the gentlemen were standing up there. 'I want you to play Precious Lord like you've never played it before. Play it real pretty.'" Those were the last word's King would ever say. A bullet fired from a Remington Model 760 rifle that was pointed out of a second story window at a rooming house across the street from the motel stuck King. "Everybody pointed and we looked, you know, we were little kids. We were in the car. We looked back," James said. "It was traumatic, because when he got shot, lying on that concrete and seeing all that blood and everybody was over him." James and her brother sat traumatized in their grandmother's car for six hours. "We couldn't move. They were around us with flashlights and everything and the police were investigating what had happened in the scene, and we were little kids. My dad kept coming to the car asking, 'You alright?' Trying to keep us comfortable. He couldn't leave because they were, you know, talking to him."
Arnold Schwarzenegger is in stable condition after undergoing heart surgery, according to his rep. Daniel Ketchell gave an update Friday to The Washington Post after the actor had surgery in Los Angeles. Ketchell confirmed only that Schwarzenegger is recovering after a heart procedure. "That's the most important part," he said. TMZ reported that Schwarzenegger underwent emergency open-heart surgery after developing complications from another procedure. The emergency surgery is said to have taken several hours. Sources said Schwarzenegger, who previously had an aortic valve replaced in 1997, went to Cedars-Sinai hospital Thursday for a catheter valve replacement.
Amazon is developing a series based on the film “A League of Their Own.” The half-hour comedy is said to be not a close adaptation of the Penny Marshall movie starring Tom Hanks and Geena Davis, but rather a modern take on the story. It’s not expected to feature characters from the original, but will follow a new version of the Rockford Peaches during the first season of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in 1943.
Roseanne returned to television on Tuesday night and the ratings were huge. So huge in fact that less than 72 hours after the show's first episode in almost 11 years, the family sitcom has already been picked up for another season. The season 10 debut for the ABC series was watch by 18.44 million viewers, making it the biggest premiere of the season.
Laura Ingraham, the Fox News host who was ripped on social media after she mocked Florida school shooting survivor David Hogg for getting rejected by several colleges, apologized yesterday for her remarks. “Any student should be proud of a 4.2 GPA —incl. @DavidHogg111. On reflection, in the spirit of Holy Week, I apologize for any upset or hurt my tweet caused him or any of the brave victims of Parkland,” she wrote on Twitter. “For the record, I believe my show was the first to feature David immediately after that horrific shooting and even noted how ‘poised’ he was given the tragedy. As always, he’s welcome to return to the show anytime for a productive discussion.” Ingraham faced a backlash and calls for advertisers to dump her show after tweeting earlier this week about Hogg.
“And what's with this 'Me Too'?" writes Sean Penn in his newly released book, "Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff." In the epilogue of Penn's fictional novel, the actor pens a poem in which he seems to defend Louis C.K. and Charlie Rose and compares the #MeToo movement to a "toddlers' crusade." After allegations of sexual harassment from eight women were brought to light in November, Rose apologized for what he called "inappropriate behavior" and was fired by "CBS This Morning" and PBS. Louis C.K. also apologized for sexual misconduct. The poem continues: "Once crucial conversations/kept us on our toes/was it really in our interest to trample Charlie Rose?/And what's with this 'Me Too'?/This infantilizing term of the day/Is this a toddlers' crusade?/Reducing rape, slut-shaming, and suffrage to reckless child's play?/A platform for accusation impunity?"
Roseanne Barr called into Good Morning America to thank viewers, over 18 million of them, for tuning into Tuesday night's record debut of the first two episodes of her rebooted show. She also revealed that one of those who were excited about the show's revival was none other than President Donald Trump. He called the comedienne to congratulate her on the record-breaking return. Roseanne recalled to GMA, "They said, 'Hold please for the President of the United States of America. That was just about the most exciting thing ever." Calling the conversation "sweet," and "private," Barr noted, "He's just happy for me. I've known him for many years and he's done a lot of nice things for me over the years...It was a friendly conversation about work...and ratings."
Will Ferrell has decided to delete his Facebook account in response to the data sharing scandal engulfing the social media giant. Earlier this month, a report in The Guardian alleged data mining firm Cambridge Analytica had obtained private info from more than 50 million Facebook users without their permission. Bosses at the company, who worked on President Donald Trump’s successful 2016 campaign, were also covertly filmed by reporters from U.K. network Channel 4 News boasting about their ability to sway elections by targeting voters with negative news about their clients’ opponents. In reaction to the reports, Will has announced that he will be canceling his account by the end of the week. “I’m reaching out to let you know that in 72 hours I will be deleting my Facebook account,” he wrote in a post. “I am not deleting it immediately, in order to give this message enough time to get across to my fans and followers.” He went on to explain that he personally didn’t like using social media but had viewed it as a valuable tool to promote comedy and charity projects over the years. “I know I am not alone when I say that I was very disturbed to hear about Cambridge Analytica’s misuse of millions of Facebook users’ information in order to undermine our democracy and infringe on our citizens’ privacy,” he noted, adding that he was “appalled” to learn Facebook bosses had suspended the account of Christopher Wylie, the whistleblower who brought Cambridge Analytica’s alleged practices to light. “In this day and age, with misinformation running rampant, it’s important that we protect the truth, as well as those who work to bring it to light. I can no longer, in good conscience, use the services of a company that allowed the spread of propaganda and directly aimed it at those most vulnerable.”
Corey Feldman stated on Twitter that he was attacked Tuesday night in an incident the actor called “an attempted murder.” Feldman has recently spoken out against alleged pedophiles in Hollywood, and believes the attack is a result of those allegations. He claimed the LAPD was investigating the incident as an "attempted homicide" but police told Fox News that's not the case. Feldman wrote in all caps early yesterday morning, "IM IN THE HOSPITAL! I WAS ATTACKED 2NITE! A MAN OPENED MY CAR DOOR & STABBED ME W SOMETHING! PLEASE SAY PRAYERS 4 US! THANK GOD IT WAS ONLY MYSELF & MY SECURITY IN THE CAR, WHEN 3 MEN APPROACHED! WHILE SECURITY WAS DISTRACTED, W A GUY A CAR PULLED UP & ATTACKED! I’M OK!" Officer Luis Garcia told Fox News that while Feldman was stopped at an intersection Tuesday night, the former child star stated that an unknown male made a stabbing motion at his stomach and fled. He then drove himself to a hospital. “Upon the investigation [it was] determined there were no lacerations to his abdomen," Garcia said adding that Feldman could not describe his alleged attacker or the weapon to police.
Tiffany Haddish's allegation that an actress bit Beyoncé's face at an exclusive party has led to a number of screen stars stepping forward to issue denials. And Lena Dunham also appears keen to remove herself from the list of suspects, as the former Girls star took to Twitter on Tuesday night to declare that she wasn't involved in the bizarre incident, alleged to have taken place in December. Hours after being named the favorite of bookies Paddy Power to have been behind the alleged bite, Dunham informed her 5.7 million followers: “As the patron saint of ‘She would do that...’ I didn’t.”
The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle just got even more star-studded. Octavia Spencer, Rami Malek, John Cena, Marion Cotillard and Kumail Nanjiani are among those who have been confirmed to join the voice cast of the upcoming film. They join previously announced stars Emma Thompson, Tom Holland, Ralph Fiennes and Selena Gomez, who will voice a giraffe named Betsy. Robert Downey Jr. will take on the title role of the eccentric doctor, who is able to communicate with animals. Like Downey, Antonio Banderas and Michael Sheen will also star in live-action roles in the upcoming film.
Dan Patrick will not be back as the lead host on NBC’s primetime pregame show, “Football Night in America.” Patrick told The NY Post he recently made the decision. He said that NBC offered him a new, five-year-deal in December, but, at 61, he said he did not want to make a commitment. “I didn’t want to do it and not love doing it,” Patrick said. Patrick does want to continue his radio show and is on the verge of renewing with AT&T and DirecTV for the next three years, he said. Patrick had been doing NBC’s pregame for the last nine years and co-hosted the Super Bowl four times.
Serena Williams gets personal in “Being Serena,” a new five-part documentary series set to premiere exclusively on HBO. From HBO Sports and IMG’s Original Content Group, “Being Serena” chronicles the tennis icon at a pivotal moment in her personal and professional life. It debuts Wednesday, May 2 at 10 p.m. on HBO, with new episodes airing on subsequent Wednesdays at the same time. The series will also be available on HBO Now, HBO Go, HBO On Demand and partners’ streaming services.
A newly revealed toxicology report from Prince's autopsy shows he had what multiple experts called an exceedingly high concentration of fentanyl in his body when he died. Prince was 57 when he was found alone and unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park estate on April 21, 2016. Public data released six weeks after his death showed he died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 50 times more powerful than heroin. A confidential toxicology report obtained by the Associated Press provides some insight into just how much fentanyl was in his system. Experts who are not connected to the Prince investigation said the numbers leave no doubt that fentanyl killed him. “The amount in his blood is exceedingly high, even for somebody who is a chronic pain patient on fentanyl patches,” said Dr. Lewis Nelson, chairman of emergency medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. He called the fentanyl concentrations “a pretty clear smoking gun.” The report says the concentration of fentanyl in Prince's blood was 67.8 micrograms per liter. The report explains that fatalities have been documented in people with blood levels ranging from three to 58 micrograms per liter. The report also says the level of fentanyl in Prince's liver was 450 micrograms per kilogram, and notes that liver concentrations greater than 69 micrograms per kilogram “seem to represent overdose or fatal toxicity cases.”
Bruno Mars' latest hit has led him to a new record on Billboard's Pop Songs chart, which is based on radio airplay. Bruno's collabo with Cardi B, "Finesse," tops the chart, giving Bruno his ninth Billboard Pop Songs #1. He's now the male solo artist with the most number-ones on that chart since it started in 1992. The previous record holder was Justin Timberlake, who had eight. Mars is also the first male artist to score at least two number-ones on this chart from each of his first three albums. His first from his latest, 24K Magic, was "That's What I Like." But Bruno still has a way to go to match the all-time record on the chart. That honor is currently held by both Katy Perry and Rihanna: Each has 11 Pop Songs number-ones. With nine to his name, Bruno is tied with Maroon 5 and Pink among all artists.
Hugh Jackman has warned his fans not to send money to fraudsters impersonating him on social media. In a statement posted on his social media accounts on Sunday, the actor explained that scammers were approaching his followers and asking for personal information. “I’m aware that people are pretending to be me on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook,” he wrote. “Please do not respond, give money or your personal information. My official handle, on each site, has a blue check mark. I am working from my end to stop these folks as best as possible.” Jackman also thanked those who had brought the matter to his attention.
“Thor: Ragnarok” stars Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth will reportedly join forces once again in the upcoming “Men in Black” spinoff, Variety reported Wednesday.
The spinoff will be directed by F. Gary Gray, who brought us the likes of “Straight Outta Compton” and “The Fate of the Furious.” It was written by “Iron Man” screenwriters Matt Holloway and Art Marcum and is slated to premiere on June 14, 2019, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Not much is known about the plot of the new film, but reports suggest that the spinoff will bring in new characters and add to the world Tommy Lee Jones’ Agent K and Will Smith’s Agent J created. It’s also unknown whether Jones or Smith will make a cameo in the spinoff.
Sources also told THR that the spinoff will likely be more of an “ensemble piece than a two-hander.” Perhaps we’ll get a female-heavy film a la the “Ghostbusters” reboot from 2017?
A recent tweet from Thompson seems to hint at more ladies joining the team.
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If you can’t wait until 2019 for your dose of Thompson or Hemsworth, don’t worry. Thompson will star in the second season of HBO’s “Westworld” and the upcoming sequel to “Creed,” while Hemsworth can be seen in the much-discussed “Avengers: Infinity War.”
Stephanie Clifford, who goes by the name Stormy Daniels, detailed her alleged affair with President Donald Trump and how she was threatened to stay silent in a highly anticipated “60 Minutes” interview with Anderson Cooper that aired Sunday night.
Daniels, who says she had a consensual affair with Trump in 2006 and 2007, is currently suing the president over the validity of a nondisclosure agreement she signed just before the 2016 election barring her from discussing the affair.
“It started off all about him just talking about himself,” Daniels said of the first time she met Trump at a celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe in July 2006. She says she poked fun of the way Trump was hitting on her, trying to impress her with his own photo on a magazine cover.
“And I was like, ‘Someone should take that magazine and spank you with it,’” Daniels said. “And I’ll never forget the look on his face.”
Trump allegedly compared Daniels to his daughter. When they had sex later that evening, he did not use a condom, and she did not ask him to, she says. Ex-Playboy playmate Karen McDougal made similar comments about her alleged affair with Trump.
Trump and Daniels reportedly kept in touch and saw each other for nearly a year after the first night they had sex but were not intimate again after their encounter in Lake Tahoe.
Daniels said that details of the affair began to leak to the press in 2011, and she gave an interview for $15,000 to a sister publication of the tabloid, In Touch. But the interview never ran and she was never paid. Daniels says an unidentified man approached and threatened her in a parking lot.
“I was in a parking lot, going to a fitness class with my infant daughter,” she said. “And a guy walked up on me and said to me, ‘Leave Trump alone. Forget the story.’ And then he leaned around and looked at my daughter and said, ‘That’s a beautiful little girl. It’d be a shame if something happened to her mom.’ And then he was gone.”
Daniels says she did not go to the police because she was scared, and the threat influenced her decision to sign a nondisclosure agreement before the 2016 presidential election and accept $130,000 of what she calls “hush money” from Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen.
“I was concerned for my family and their safety,” she said.
Though the adult film star previously denied the affair, she’s now arguing that she should be released from the agreement and be free to speak publicly of her former relationship with Trump as the president did not sign the document.
Cohen has admitted to paying Daniels $130,000. Trump’s lawyers are threatening to make her pay $1 million every time she violates the nondisclosure agreement. The White House has denied any affair occurred.
“He knows I’m telling the truth,” Daniels said of the president.
The adult film star and her lawyer Michael Avenatti have claimed before she has evidence of her affair with Trump.
However, during the “60 Minutes” interview, both Daniels and Avenatti would not definitively say if they had text messages, video or photographic evidence of the affair.
“My attorney has recommended that I don’t discuss those things,” she said.
After weeks of speculating which film could slow “Black Panther’s” impressive roll, “Pacific Rim Uprising” took the top spot at the domestic box office.
Universal and Legendary’s “Pacific Rim Uprising” landed a modest $28 million opening weekend at 3,708 locations. The monster battle movie has garnered mixed critical response, with a current 46% on Rotten Tomatoes. Though it opened with a softer debut than Guillermo del Toro’s predecessor “Pacific Rim,” which saw $37 million in July 2013, the sequel was enough to dethrone “Black Panther” in the superhero tentpole’s sixth weekend.
“We’re really pleased with the overall worldwide launch of this title,” Jim Orr, president of domestic distribution at Universal, said. “It was engineered to be a global event, which it delivered on. It’s very rewarding to be No.1 at the box office and to dethrone the former champion is obviously satisfying. They had a great run.”
Like the original, “Pacific Rim Uprising” launched to a solid start in international markets, opening with $122.5 million in 61 markets. China had the top international territory with a $65 million debut, bringing its worldwide total up to $150 million.
Steven S. DeKnight co-wrote and directed “Pacific Rim Uprising” with a reported $150 million budget. The original, which starred Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Charlie Hunnam, and Robert Kazinsky, went on to gross $411 million at the worldwide box office, thanks to a strong international showing, especially in China, where it made $112 million compared to the U.S.’ $101.8 million.
“‘Pacific Rim Uprising,’ much like its 2013 predecessor, will rely heavily on the international box office to justify the sizable investment required to produce such a large scale, effects driven sci-fi epic.” Paul? Dergarabedian, a box office analyst at comScore, said. “Having earned almost four and half times more internationally in its debut as compared to North America, ‘Uprising’ was clearly built from the ground up to capitalize on the huge interest that international (and in particular China-based) audiences have in this brand and this type of moviegoing experience.”
Still, in its sixth weekend “Black Panther” continues to be a powerhouse, nabbing the No. 2 spot with $17 million at 3,370 sites. To date, the Marvel film has taken in $631 million, making it the fifth-highest all-time domestic grosses ahead of “The Avengers,” as well as the highest-grossing superhero movie in the U.S., not adjusted for inflation.
Meanwhile, Roadside Attraction and Lionsgate’s faith-based “I Can Only Imagine” remains a force at No. 3 in its second weekend with $13.9 million from 2,253 sites. Based on the story behind the best-selling Christian song, “I Can Only Imagine” earned a surprisingly strong $17.1 million at the domestic box office, bringing its total up to $38 million.
Following “I Can Only Imagine’s” success, biblical drama “Paul, Apostle of Christ” opened in in line with estimates with $5 million at 1,473 sites over Palm Sunday weekend.
Also opening this weekend in fourth place was Paramount Pictures and MGM’s animated comedy “Sherlock Gnomes,” which saw $10 million at 3,662 locations. That’s significantly lower than initial tracking estimates between $13 million to $18 million off its $59 million budget. The sequel to 2011’s “Gnomeo & Juliet,” which reeled in $194 million worldwide, sees the petite pair recruiting detective Sherlock Gnomes and his sidekick, Gnome Watson, to investigate the mysterious disappearance of other garden gnomes.
The second weekend of Alicia Vikander’s “Tomb Raider” landed in fifth place with $10 million from 3,854 locations, bringing its grosses up to $41 million, while the second weekend of “Love, Simon” took in $7 million with $23 million to date.
Two smaller releases — Global Road Entertainment’s “Midnight Sun” and Bleecker Street and Fingerprint Releasing’s “Unsane” — debuted with $4 million and $3.6 million respectively. Steven Soderbergh’s psychological thriller “Unsane” sees Claire Foy as a troubled woman stalked by her ex. Shot on in iPhone, the low-budget experiment reportedly cost only $1.2 million to produce.
Rounding out the weekend, Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs” opened with $1.5 million in limited release, with a screen average of $58,148 in 27 theaters. The stop-motion animated film boasts a star-studded ensemble voice cast that includes Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, and Bob Balaban. In its second week, “Isle of Dogs” will open in 22 new markets, while expanding in already open cities. Over the next few weeks, the theater count will grow to between 150 to 175 locations. It goes nationwide on April 13.
The limited opening of Anderson’s 2009 stop-motion animation “Fantastic Mr. Fox” saw $265,900 from 4 theaters, with a per screen average of $66,475. The critically acclaimed comedy garnered $6,965,267 in its wide release. Its domestic gross totaled $21,002,919.
Marvel Studio's Black Panther has already busted box office records, but now it has fresh bragging rights: the superhero movie has become the most-tweeted-about movie ever. The social media platform noted the movie has been tweeted about more than 35 million times, topping Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the previous record-holder. The most popular hashtags, aside from #BlackPanther, were #Wakanda and #WakandaForever, both referring to the fictional African nation that Chadwick Boseman's titular hero calls home. Other characters, like Michael B. Jordan's Killmonger and Letitia Wright's super-smart Shuri, also were popular tweet subjects. For the record, the most-shared Panther posts included soundtrack curator Kendrick Lamar’s Black Panther: The Album playlist reveal, which notched 240,000 shares, and former first lady Michelle Obama's plug of the film, which was shared nearly 140,000 times.
Fred Savage, best known for starring on The Wonder Years, has been accused of harassment and assault by a former wardrobe department crew member on the Fox sitcom The Grinder, TMZ reports. She's filing a lawsuit against Savage and Fox for assault, battery, harassment and discrimination. The alleged incident occurred in 2015 during production on the comedy, which stared Savage and Rob Lowe. The complainant says that Savage created a hostile work environment for her by regularly berating her in front of other people. It reportedly came to a head one day when she went to brush dandruff off Savage's clothing while he was wearing it and he allegedly became enraged and "violently struck" her three times in the arm. The complainant has retained the Cochran Firm to represent her.
Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, and D.L. Hughley are among the top five comedians on The Hollywood Reporter’s Top Comedians chart for a second consecutive week. Hart ranks first, Tiffany second, and Hughley in fifth. The list, dated March 21, looks at the most popular comedians on social media, which include Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Google Plus. Using the global data provided by social media analytics company MVPindex, the chart takes social engagement and adds in the comedians' weekly additions of followers and subscribers. Other comedians that made the list include Marlon Wayans at number seven, Amy Schumer at number eight, and Mike Epps in ninth place.
Netflix is sending Amy Poehler to “Wine Country” to make her feature directorial debut, produce and star in a comedy about friends having a weekend celebration of a 50th birthday. The cast includes Rachel Dratch, Ana Gasteyer, Paula Pell, Maya Rudolph, Emily Spivey and features Tina Fey. The film will be produced by Poehler’s Paper Kite Productions. Poehler will direct from a script written by “Saturday Night Live” veterans Emily Spivey and Liz Cackowski, who teamed on “The Last Man on Earth.”
Denzel Washington will join the likes of Audra McDonald, Bernadette Peters, playwright Edward Albee, and Meryl Streep as the 2018 recipient of the New Dramatists' Distinguished Achievement Award. Washington, who's headed to Broadway this month to star in The Iceman Cometh, will be presented the award at New Dramatists’ 69th Annual Spring Luncheon tribute May 15 in New York. The Distinguished Achievement Award goes to individuals who have made an outstanding artistic contribution to the theatre community. Washington won a Tony in 2010 for his Broadway performance in August Wilson’s Fences. He directed and reprised his role in the film version of the play in 2016.
Dwayne Johnson gifted his father, former professional wrestler Rocky Johnson, a new Cadillac after he went through a hip replacement surgery. "We all got daddy issues lol. My pops just had his hip replaced and called me and said 'Hey Mr. D the surgeon really feels like I should have a bigger car since my hip rehab.' I cut my dad off and just started laughing because I knew what he was hustling for," Dwayne said on Instagram Monday alongside a photo of his father next to his new ride at the Cadillac dealership. "I said 'say no more..I got you.. just go down and pick out what you want' then we hung up and hours later I get this pic," Dwayne continued before discussing how his father was tough on him as a kid. "Hey my old man was a tough MF on me. He'd kick my a** from one side of the gym to the other for years. I hated it when I was a kid, but grateful for it as a man. Im lucky I could do this and thanks for the a** kickins," Dwayne said before noting, "#MyDoctorSaid #NewHipsAndWhips.
Two women have come forward to accuse action star Steven Seagal of sexual assault and rape.
Regina Simons and Faviola Dadis made the allegations during a press conference alongside their attorney Lisa Bloom. The women have also filed a police report with the Los Angeles Police Department, according to Bloom.
The women first went public with their accusations in a story by The Wrap.
Responding to the accusations from them and others, Seagal told "InfoWars" that women have "lied and been paid to lie about me without any evidence, any proof, any witnesses."
"This is just a complete tragedy," he told host Alex Jones.
"This isn’t just me but hundreds of people around the world," he said, adding that "many of those people are completely innocent."
He also said "40 percent of these claims are false."
Reps for the actor did not respond immediately to ABC News' request for comment.
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At the press conference earlier, Simons said she first met Seagal when she was in her late teens and cast in his 1994 film "On Deadly Ground." She said he invited her to the wrap party at his home, but when she showed up, no one else was there.
Instead, she said, he led her to an adjacent room, which appeared to be a bedroom, and closed the door behind him. She said he then came up behind her and began kissing her and taking off her clothes.
"I was in shock and I was completely caught off guard," she said. "Seagal was more than twice my size and twice my age. I was not sexually active. I froze."
She said he proceeded to have intercourse with her. "There was nothing consensual about this," she said. "I couldn’t move. And I felt as if I was watching my body from above. I felt tears coming down my face."
She said she focused on a picture of a woman from across the room. It was Kelly LeBrock, Seagal's wife at the time.
After the encounter, Simons said Seagal asked her if she needed any money. She said she replied no and ran out of the house, never speaking to the actor again.
"Although it has not been easy, I am healing," Simons said, crediting the #MeToo movement for helping her come forward. "For the first time in 25 years, I’ve allowed myself to process what happened and work through the pain. I pray that my abuser can also heal. I want him to be aware. I want him to acknowledge what happened. And apologize."
Dadis said she also wants Seagal held accountable after accusing him of sexual assault. The former model, who is originally from Amsterdam, said she met the actor in 2002 when he was casting for a film on Genghis Khan. She was only 17 at the time.
After two other auditions, in which other people were around, Dadis said she was invited to a private audition at the W Hotel and asked to wear a bikini under her clothes so that Seagal could make sure she had the right look for the part.
Dadis said she was surprised to find that there were no other people in the hotel room beside Seagal and his bodyguard. When Seagal asked her to do a catwalk in her bikini, she said she told the actor that she was uncomfortable.
"However, instead of respecting my boundaries, Steven slipped his hand underneath my bikini top and began pinching my nipples," she recalled, "and simultaneously slid his hand across my vaginal area."
Dadis said she quickly yelled that the audition was over and began gathering her things. "Steven sat there calmly as if nothing had happened while I was noticeably upset and terrified by the experience," she said.
She added that his security guard stood blocking the door and only moved once Seagal motioned him to.
"I left feeling horrified and totally violated," she said.
After years of therapy and suffering from "depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress," Dadis said she broke her silence after Portia de Rossi came forward with an allegation of sexual harassment against Seagal in November.
The actress who is married to Ellen DeGeneres tweeted that Seagal unzipped his pants during an audition with her.
Following de Rossi's tweet, Dadis, who is finishing up her Ph.D. in clinical neuroscience, posted about her alleged incident on Instagram.
Both Dadis and Simons said they came forward on their own and are not seeking fame or money. Bloom also called Seagal's claim that women have been paid to lie "ridiculous."
"I am representing them pro bono because I believe in them. And neither of them has asked him for a dime," Bloom said of Dadis and Simons. "Listen carefully Mr. Seagal, some things are more important than money."
Bloom said the two women have not filed a lawsuit, although all legal options remain open. She said in Dadis' case the statute of limitations is extended for a minor. Prosecutors can also decide to file criminal charges within a year after a police report has been filed. Both women filed police reports within the last two months.
"We will see this through to the end," Bloom said. "Steven Seagal may be a big action star, but it is Faviola and Regina who are taking action now."
Pop star Bruno Mars is getting support against accusations of cultural appropriation from an unimpeachable source: Stevie Wonder.
TMZ asked Wonder to chime in on a debate that started last weekend, when activist and writer Seren Sensei called Mars a cultural appropriator on “The Grapevine,” a web series dealing with African-American issues.
Mars, whose mother is Filipino and his father Puerto Rican and Jewish, has made a career with songs based on musical forms that are historically and traditionally African-American, according to CNN.
But Sensei argued that Mars “takes pre-existing work and he just completely, word-for-word recreates it, extrapolates it.”
“He does not create it, he does not improve upon it, he does not make it better. He’s a karaoke singer, he’s a wedding singer, he’s the person you hire to do Michael Jackson and Prince covers. Yet Bruno Mars has an Album of the Year Grammy and Prince never won an Album of the Year Grammy.”
Sensei’s remarks caused a heated debate online.
Wonder, however, one of the most Grammy-winning artists of all time, said he doesn’t think Mars was doing anything inappropriate.
“Here’s the thing, God created music for all of us to enjoy,” Wonder told TMZ. “So we cannot limit ourselves by people’s fears and insecurities.”
He pulled no punches saying what he thought of the accusations.
“He’s a great talent, so all the other stuff is just bull****,” Wonder said of Mars. “He was inspired by great musicians and great artists and songwriters. So it’s cool.”
As HuffPost has written before, the Cambridge Dictionary defines cultural appropriation as “the act of taking or using things from a culture that is not your own, especially without showing that you understand or respect this culture.”
TMZ asked Wonder if he thought Mars deserved a “pass” because of the reverent way he treats black-originated musical genres like reggae, hip-hop and funk.
Wonder dismissed the question, saying no pass is needed because God created music for everyone.
At least there’s one thing some of the “Sex and the City” cast can agree on: Cynthia Nixon is ready to run for office.
The award-winning actress announced her bid to run for governor of New York on Monday after months of speculation she might throw her hat into the ring. Nixon will challenge two-term incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) in the Democratic primary this September.
“Sex and the City” co-star Kristin Davis kicked off former costars’ messages of support over social media, emphasizing Nixon’s commitment to childhood education, which she made a focal point of the video announcing her candidacy.
“I am so proud of @CynthiaNixon, no one cares more than she does about EVERY person getting a fair change and a good education,” Davis wrote on Twitter.
I am so proud of @CynthiaNixon , no one cares more than she does about EVERY person getting a fair change and a good education. I know that she would be an excellent Governor ! https://twitter.com/cynthianixon/status/975794613221982209 …
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Willie Garson, who played the character Stanford Blatch in the HBO series, as well as in the two feature films, also backed Nixon in her jump from acting to politics.
“I cant think of anyone who’s more prepared, more caring, more educated on the issues and more READY than @cynthiaenixon,” he wrote. “Please join her on this journey, together we can turn things around with candidates such as her.”
Nixon’s other co-stars, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall, have yet to comment on her run for governor, but both appear to be on good terms with the actress.
The “Sex and the City” cast has been fractured in recent months after production on the planned third sequel in the franchise was indefinitely halted, reportedly due to Cattrall’s production demands. The actress has since denied the claims and has repeatedly slammed Parker in interviews and on social media.
But Cattrall seems to have only warm feelings for Nixon, and thanked her publicly for expressing condolences over her brother’s recent death.
Nixon and Parker reunited at a photoshoot for T: The New York Times Style Magazine in February and shared a sweet snap together.
Davis, meanwhile, has largely stayed out of the feud, but called the decision to scrap the sequel “deeply frustrating.”
Kit Harington has vowed to retire his Game Of Thrones character Jon Snow when the series ends next year, insisting he won’t be part of any spin-offs. He has portrayed Snow since the cult fantasy show began in 2011, and with just six episodes still to air, he admits he’s had enough of the character. “I think there’s going to be spin-offs, but I’m not going to be involved in any of it,” he tells GQ Italia. “The great thing about Thrones for (cable network bosses at) HBO is that you can sell it in a totally different way. You could set it 300 years earlier and save a load of money because we (the cast) are very expensive now.” The final season of Game of Thrones will air in early 2019.
Since the inception of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements, Jennifer Lopez has used her platform to champion the bravery of other women. "We are really coming out of the shadows and saying how we feel," she told The Hollywood Reporter in February. "[It's about] knowing our worth and our value and making the opposite sex aware of our worth and our value." Now Lopez is opening up about her own experience with exploitation in the entertainment business. "I haven't been abused in the way some women have," she says in her April cover story of Harper's Bazaar, "but have I been told by a director to take off my shirt and show my boobs? Yes, I have. But did I do it? No, I did not." Remarking on her vulnerability as an actress worried about booking future jobs, she adds, "When I did speak up, I was terrified. I remember my heart beating out of my chest, thinking, 'What did I do? This man is hiring me!'" Ultimately, Jen credits her upbringing for the courage to say no. "In my mind I knew the behavior wasn't right," she says. "It could have gone either way for me. But I think ultimately the Bronx in me was like, 'Nah, we're not having it.'"
Days after the Church of Scientology announced it was starting its own television network, A&E renewed a series dedicated to taking down the controversial religious group. The cabler has greenlit “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” season 3. The series, in which Leah (a former Scientologist) says she wants to expose the religion’s alleged mistreatment of its members, won a 2017 Emmy for Outstanding Informational Series or Special.
Disney said it has created a new unit for its streaming video and international businesses as the company retools its traditional media operation for a world rapidly embracing online video. Kevin Mayer, the company's chief strategy officer, was named chairman of the new division, which will oversee the upcoming ESPN+ digital offering and the launch of a family-oriented streaming service in late 2019, Disney said. The new Disney streaming service will put the firm in direct competition with Hulu, Netflix, Amazon and others. The move, effective immediately, comes as Disney is in the process of purchasing film, TV and international businesses from Twenty-First Century Fox. Regulators are reviewing the deal, which has been complicated by Comcast's offer for one of the assets, Britain's Sky Plc.
Jeopardy contestants are usually more than happy to share their quirkiest anecdotes and strangest hobbies when Alex Trebek introduces them to the audience. But Paris Themmen kept his incredible back story under wraps, only to be recognized by some Willy Wonka fans. Themmen, 58, played Mike Teavee in the original “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” In the movie Mike Teavee, a child obsessed with TV and Western films, ultimately shrinks himself so he can fit inside a television screen. And on Wednesday, Themmen made his character's dream come true when he appeared on an episode of Jeopardy! But the former child actor kept quiet mum about his former career, instead telling Trebek he was an entrepreneur and backpacker from North Hollywood, California. Themmen talked about his travels during the introduction portion of the show, revealing he had been to 61 countries and six continents. “Pretty darn proud that I recognized @ParisThemmen on @Jeopardy tonight before Alex even did the intros,” tweeted Elizabeth Nervegna. “You go, Mike Teevee!!” “I recognized you pretty quickly. Willy Wonka is my favorite movie! So cool to see you on Jeopardy,” Brandy Ostrander tweeted to Themmen after the show. Themmen started off strongly on the episode, winning a Daily Double in the Ben-Hur category in the first round that put him in the lead with $8,000. But he missed a second Daily Double in the second round, losing $5,000 and placing him at the bottom. Themmen managed to nab second place with $6,800 after getting the Final Jeopardy! question correct, but lost out to returning champion Zach Dark.