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Arnold Schwarzenegger Heading to the White House In Movie

Arnold Schwarzenegger is heading to the White House to play the U.S. President in a feature-length sequel to the cult short film Kung Fury. Arnold has joined the cast of actor/director David Sandberg’s new movie, which will also feature Michael Fassbender and David Hasselhoff, who had a cameo in the 2015 original. The Kung Fury short followed Sandberg’s titular character, a 1980s police detective in Miami, Florida, who discovers he possesses extraordinary kung fu powers after being struck by lightning and bitten by a cobra. The project, which was partly funded via an online campaign, was designed to pay homage to the martial arts and police action movies of the 1980s, and featured Hasselhoff singing the True Survivor theme tune. Kung Fury 2 is being shopped to distributors at Germany’s Berlin Film Festival, which kicked off yesterday. Production is set to take place in Europe and the U.S. this summer.

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Jennifer Aniston And Justin Theroux Have Split

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux have split after two and a half years of marriage — and seven years as a couple. The former couple “say their split was ‘mutual and lovingly made at the end of last year,’” according to AP. “Normally we would do this privately, but given that the gossip industry cannot resist an opportunity to speculate and invent, we wanted to convey the truth directly,” says the statement released by Aniston publicist Stephen Huvane. “Whatever else is printed about us that is not directly from us, is someone else’s fictional narrative. Above all, we are determined to maintain the deep respect and love that we have for one another.” Sources recently told People that their busy schedules worked for both of them and helped their marriage. “Justin often spends a few days in NYC by himself,” a source previously told People. “When he is in NYC, Jen will catch up with friends and enjoys her own life. When Justin is in L.A., it’s very special for them. They socialize together with friends. They often go out to dinner or have people over.”

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Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher Are Headed for a Divorce

America's sweetheart Carrie Underwood and her hot AF hockey player husband Mike Fisher are sadly headed for a divorce. A source told In Touch exclusively that the obstacles these two face behind closed doors are driving them apart. "She and Mike love each other, but like any couple they’ve had challenges. So much so that at times, Carrie has been at the breaking point," the source said.
 
These problems haven't just started, either. Ever since the pair got together, they have spent a lot of time apart. The source explained, "Just by the very nature of their jobs, Carrie is gone on long concert tours and Mike was away playing for the team a lot." But it's not like the 34-year-old country star wants this to happen. She wishes the couple could find the time to spend together, but even taking quick getaways has been difficult.
 
"Carrie has wanted more quality time with Mike. They’ve only been on a couple of vacations together in the seven years they’ve been married," the source added. Mike retired from playing professional hockey in 2017, but announced that he would return to the ice last month. He's actively trying to help his old team, the Nashville Predators, make it to the playoffs this season, which is just another added stress on his relationship with Carrie.
 
The source continued, "She really thought that Mike’s retirement was going to give them the time they needed to work on making their family stronger. His decision put a huge strain on their marriage. If Carrie and Mike continue to grow apart, it will surely end in divorce for them. And that would be heartbreaking."
 
Carrie and Mike are parents to two-year-old son Isaiah, but she's been hoping to give him a sibling for a while now. With Mike back on the ice, that could crush her dreams for another child. "Carrie’s been desperate to have a little brother or sister for Isaiah. But she’s been struggling to get pregnant. She was hoping Mike would become more involved in the process of possible IVF treatments, if it came to that," the source explained, before adding, "[Mike] isn’t always cognizant of Carrie’s feelings and needs."
 
In 2015, Carrie opened up about how her marriage actually did change after she gave birth. She even hinted at the fact that it's harder to keep the spark alive once a child is involved. "Your marriage does change a lot when you have a baby — it’s a whole new dynamic," she shared. "You have to make it a point to not lose yourselves as a couple. There’s so much going on it becomes easy to not focus on your marriage anymore."
 
Carrie's faith is important to her, so ending the marriage would destroy her. But if Mike continues to neglect her, their future together doesn't look bright. The source said, "If Carrie and Mike continue to grow apart, they will have no choice but to divorce."

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Alexander Polinsky, "Charles in Charge" Actor, Accuses Scott Baio Of Sexual Harassment

LOS ANGELES -- A second child actor on the 1980s show "Charles in Charge" has accused Scott Baio of sexual misconduct, CBS Los Angeles reports. Alexander Polinsky, 43, who played Adam Powell on the long-running sitcom detailed the allegations in a news conference Wednesday, alongside celebrity attorney Lisa Bloom and fellow "Charles in Charge" actress Nicole Eggert in California.
 
"I was sexually harassed by Scott Baio and ultimately assaulted by him between the ages of 12 and 15 years old," Polinsky told a gathering of reporters.
 
At a press conference Wednesday, his spokesman said Baio "is denying each and every one of the allegations."
 
Brian Glicklich read a brief statement from Baio at a news conference held in response to the latest claim of misconduct.
 
Last month, Eggert -- who played Jamie Powell on the show -- accused Baio of inappropriately touching her when she was 14 and carrying on an inappropriate sexual relationship with her as a minor.
 
According to Polinsky, during the first season of the show, he walked in on Eggert sitting on Baio's lap. Polinsky said he "misjudged" the situation, and when he himself tried to jump in Baio's lap, Baio allegedly shoved him off and called him a gay slur.
 
"I saw their relationship develop on the set in the coming months and years, and it was very distressing to me to see a man I looked up to behaving in this way with someone who is very close to my age," Polinsky said. "Scott Baio began a pattern of abuse that was unrelenting."
 
Polinsky accused Baio used repeated gay slurs against him and told him inappropriate stories about "his sexual conquests with young girls and the co-stars of the show."
 
One time, Baio allegedly "pulled down my pants in front of over 100 people," and on another occasion, "exposed his genitals to me," Polinsky added.
 
But Polinsky emphasized there was "no sexual abuse."
 
Bloom told reporters that Eggert filed a Los Angeles police report against Baio on Feb. 6. and Polinsky also spoke to police at that time.
 
"There is a possibility of criminal action," Bloom said.
 
Both Eggert and Polinsky claimed that Baio's actions were witnessed by others on set, but they wouldn't say anything because he was the star of the show.
 
Baio's attorney is expected to respond to the allegations Wednesday afternoon during a scheduled news conference. 

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Producer Nate Moore On Why The World needs "Black Panther"

Nate Moore grew up rifling through 25-cent comic book bins, where he stumbled upon "Black Panther," the first superhero he saw who looked like him. Decades later, it's all coming full circle for the Hollywood power player. His passion for superheroes led him to Marvel Studios, where he served as executive producer on 2014's "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and 2016's "Captain America: Civil War." After introducing Black Panther in "Civil War," Moore is breaking ground by bringing one of Marvel's most consequential heroes to the big screen in a lead role.
 
"Black Panther" marks the first movie with a black title character in the Marvel Studios franchise, and the significance of the moment is not lost on Moore. The producer says he's excited not just to tell Black Panther's story, but also to share share positive messages with the black community.
 
5 things to know about "Black Panther"
On Monday, Moore delivered an hour-long lecture in the Bronx for Ghetto Film School, a nonprofit based in the Bronx and Los Angeles that provides young, local talent with the resources to pursue creative careers, free of charge. Moore answered questions from Ghetto Film School students and alumni and touched on topics ranging from starting a career in the film business to working with Kendrick Lamar, who produced the "Black Panther" soundtrack.  
 
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Director Ryan Coogler on the set of "Black Panther" with executive producer Nate Moore.  MATT KENNEDY/MARVEL STUDIOS
Moore talked to CBS News about why "Black Panther" is a game-changer.
 
Q: Why is the Black Panther character important to you?
 
A: When I was a kid, combing through the 25-cent [comic book] bin, there weren't a lot of people back in the day that looked like me. And there was something about this character that I really responded to, because as an icon, you're drawn to people that look like you. And as I read about the character I found the world of Wakanda really interesting because that notion of this place that was the most technologically advanced nation in the world, but in the center of Africa, seemed revolutionary.
 
And with Black Panther you think, "Oh, he exists as a peer to the Fantastic Four, which I understand to be one of the coolest things in the world. Well, by proxy, he's pretty cool, too." I was a big Avengers fan and he always had a very specific point of view, so I thought his characterization made him unique beyond even just the iconography of the all-black costume. 
 
As the king of Wakanda, his citizens are asking him to do acts as a superhero and king, and somewhere in the middle he finds himself sacrificing a piece of himself to try and satisfy both. And I found that heroic nobility really compelling.
 
 
Q: As a producer, how do you weave politics into crafting a great story that anyone can enjoy?
 
A: During one of our first conversations with [director] Ryan [Coogler], I said, "Look, we don't have to lean into the politics of anything because the existence of this movie is political." Between Ryan and Joe Robert Cole, who co-wrote the movie, they figured out ways to talk about themes that were just things that we would talk about anyway, but in the context of a giant movie, they feel even more political because they're things that aren't necessarily talked about publicly all the time.
 
The other leg of that table is that the notion of seeing Africa in a film in a way that isn't highlighting poverty or colonialism or slavery is also political because we don't get representation of Africans in an aspirational way.
 
Q: What does this film mean for representation in Hollywood, especially for the young filmmakers here today?
 
A: There's such an underserved population of people just aching for positive images of themselves on screen. In this case, obviously the African-American and African communities seeing representations like T'Challa and Nakia and Okoye and all these great characters in the context of doing good and being heroic is valuable because those images don't exist that much. And so I think and I hope this movie can be a watershed to see other films like this.
 
But I also think it's not just about African and African-American kids because then you go, "Wait, where's the Asian equivalent to the story? The Latin-American or Brazilian, Argentinian, aboriginal?" We as storytellers in Hollywood need to be better about presenting different representations because it doesn't just feed the souls of the people who see themselves, but it also opens the rest of us up to different cultures in a way that I think is really instructional.
 
Q: You made a great point about the importance of seeing a character that looks like yourself. Could you elaborate on the importance of representation behind the camera like yours and Ryan [Coogler's]?
 
A: I think Ryan made it his job to make sure our crew was very inclusive. And that didn't just mean African-American crew members, but also women. A lot of our department heads – key department heads – were female or African-American or both. I think that is very important and helps in storytelling, because sometimes people with different points of view than you pick up on things in the script or on the day that you otherwise wouldn't see just because their point of view is so different. And to have that as a part of your crew is a tool that helps you be a better filmmaker, but it also helps everybody feel like this is something new and is something that we can all get excited about. 

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Stormy Daniels Says Trump Lawyer Breached Agreement, So She's Free To Talk

Former adult film actress Stephanie Clifford says she is ready to tell her story after the president’s lawyer reportedly breached a nondisclosure agreement preventing her from speaking publicly about her alleged affair with President Donald Trump.
 
The actress, who goes by the stage name Stormy Daniels, said through her manager on Wednesday that attorney Michael Cohen invalidated their agreement when he acknowledged on Tuesday that he’d paid her $130,000 in a “private transaction” just before the 2016 presidential election.
 
“Everything is off now, and Stormy is going to tell her story,” manager Gina Rodriguez told The Associated Press.
 
The alleged affair between Clifford and Trump made headlines in January when In Touch Weekly revealed excerpts of a previously unpublished 2011 interview with the actress.
 
The interview appeared to validate a Wall Street Journal report that Trump’s lawyer arranged a $130,000 payment to Clifford in October 2016 to buy her silence about the relationship. Trump’s legal team and Clifford initially denied both the affair and the payment. 
 
But on Tuesday, Cohen acknowledged to The New York Times that he’d paid Clifford $130,000 out of his own pocket ? although he would not address why he made the payment or whether Trump was aware at the time.
 
“Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms. Clifford, and neither reimbursed me for the payment, either directly or indirectly,” Cohen told the Times. “The payment to Ms. Clifford was lawful, and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone.”
 
Another article published Tuesday at The Daily Beast reported that Cohen is shopping a book proposal about Trump that would discuss Clifford’s story.
 
In the wake of these reports, Rodriguez said her client is now free to speak publicly about her alleged relationship with Trump and will soon announce how and when she will do so.
 
Rodriguez, Clifford and the White House press office did not respond to requests for comment.
 
In 2011, In Touch said, Clifford told the tabloid she’d had sex with Trump in his Lake Tahoe hotel suite in the summer of 2006, the year after Trump had married his third wife, Melania Knauss, and just months after she gave birth to their son, Barron.
 
Clifford described the sex as “textbook generic,” according to the magazine, and added, “I actually don’t even know why I did it, but I do remember while we were having sex, I was like, ‘Please, don’t try to pay me.’”
 
An attorney for Clifford released a statement on her behalf in January denying that the affair happened. But the actress has evaded direct, public questions about whether she had a sexual relationship with Trump. 

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Harrelson, Costner Confirmed For Bonnie And Clyde Drama "Highwaymen'

Woody Harrelson and Kevin Costner will star in Netflix's upcoming Bonnie and Clyde drama “Highwaymen.” Netflix confirmed the casting Monday. The film will follow real-life Texas Ranger Frank Hamer and ex-partner Maney Gault. The partners were called out of retirement to hunt down the infamous bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde. Kathy Bates, Kim Dickens John Carroll Lynch, Thomas Mann and William Sadler will also star in the film.

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Jerry Seinfeld Doesn't Rule Out A Potential Seinfeld Reboot

Jerry Seinfeld didn't rule out a possible reboot of his classic '90s sitcom Seinfeld during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. He recalled various hit shows making their ways back to airwaves with the talk show host, as it was recently reported the comedian is being sued for his latest venture - Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. After recalling a few hit sitcoms coming back to television, Ellen asked if Jerry had any interest in rebooting Seinfeld. “It's possible,” he said. 

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Shake It Off: Judge Dismisses Copyright Case Over Taylor Swift's #1 Hit

A federal court judge in California on Tuesday dismissed a copyright infringement lawsuit over the lyrics of Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off," but the judge is giving the plaintiffs one last shot at reviving their suit.
 
The case was brought by songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler, who composed 3LW's 2001 track "Playas Gon' Play."  In their suit, filed last September, the writers  allege that Swift lifted their lyric, "Playas, they gonna play / And haters, they gonna hate,” for the chorus of "Shake It Off."
 
But in ruling for Swift, the judge found that the phrase was too commonplace at the time to be a copy-protected original creative part of the song.
 
"In order for such short phrases to be protected under the Copyright Act, they must be more creative than the lyrics at issue here," the judge wrote. He continued, "...Players, haters, and player haters had received substantial pop culture attention prior to 2001." 
 
Simply combining the two -- players gonna play, haters gonna hate -- the judge ruled, did not make the combined phrase sufficiently original.
 
"In sum, the lyrics at issue -- the only thing that Plaintiffs allege Defendants copied -- are too brief, unoriginal, and uncreative to warrant protection under the Copyright Act."
 
However, U.S. District Court Judge Michael Fitzgerald did give Hall and Bulter an opportunity to amend their complaint by February 26, though, the judge wrote that the "Court is extremely skeptical" that the plaintiffs will be able to come up with a case that will hold up to legal scrutiny.

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Chrissy Teigen Fears Daughter Luna Will 'Hate' Her Baby Brother for the Most Hilarious Reason

Chrissy Teigen isn’t sure that her 1-year-old daughter, Luna, will enjoy being a big sister.
 
The 32-year-old supermodel took to Twitter on Monday to jokingly share her fears in a hilarious tweet.
 
“I’m scared Luna is gonna hate her baby brother because I have a really hard time welcoming new bravo cast members,” the longtime Real Housewives superfan wrote.
 
Teigen is currently pregnant with her second child, and revealed that this time around she’s expecting a baby boy in an Instagram post from last month’s GRAMMYs.
 
Prior to the announcement, Teigen spoke with ET’s Keltie Knight about awaiting the arrival of her second child.
 
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“Baby Luna’s more like me, and I realized I can be difficult, so we’re hoping maybe baby two will be John [Legend],” Teigen dished with her husband on the red carpet.
 
“I am very much in love with my wife and my daughter, so if the next baby has any of their characteristics, I’m very happy,” Legend quickly added.

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Ed Sheeran Asked to Perform at Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Royal Wedding

The royal ball is in Ed Sheeran's court.
 
A source tells ET that the "Shape of You" singer has been asked to perform a few songs at Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's royal wedding in May. ET has reached out to Sheeran's rep regarding the request.
 
If Sheeran accepts, Meghan and Harry will have landed the "Perfect" song for a first dance, especially if the 26-year-old singer can get Beyonce to join him for a royal wedding rendition of their romantic duet.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Royal Wedding: New Details on the Big Day!
ET's royal correspondent, Victoria Arbiter, thinks Sheeran would be a great fit for the job.
 
"Ed Sheeran has yet to confirm but I'm not sure you turn down Prince Harry and Meghan Markle," she notes. "People love his romantic love songs so he's an ideal candidate for that first dance and I think Harry has always enjoyed Ed Sheeran."
 
If he does play, Arbiter believes, it will be during the evening reception.
 
"This is where everyone's really going to get down, this is for close friends and family," she says. "It's going to be hosted by Prince Charles and so I think if Ed Sheeran is going to be performing at any of them, it's going to be [the evening reception].
 
Sheeran has teased the idea of performing at the royal wedding before. In December, Sheeran spoke to ET's Keltie Knight at KIIS-FM’s iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Presented by Capital One at the Forum in Inglewood, California, where he said he'd play the ceremony "if I was free."
 
"I get asked this all the time like I know the royal family. I've met Harry once!" he confessed. "[And] that was in 2011 at his grans' Jubilee, and it was like, 'Hey.' 'Hey'... I barely know him!"
 
Well... you may be getting to know him a little better now, Ed!

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People Have Strong Reactions To Barack And Michelle Obama's Portraits

WASHINGTON -- There is a theme to presidential portraits. They're mostly old, formal -- white. That changed Monday with the unveiling of portraits of former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.
 
Like the Obama presidency, the nontraditional paintings represent a break from the past.
 
"I'm also thinking about all of the young people, particularly girls and girls of color. Who in years ahead will come to this place and they will look up and they will see an image of someone who looks like them hanging on the wall," Mrs. Obama said at the ceremony.
 
Artist Sherald and former first lady Michelle Obama participate in unveiling of Mrs. Obama's portrait at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington 
 
Artist Amy Sherald depicts a fashion-forward first lady, one who is calm and composed.
 
"Amy, I want to thank you for so spectacularly capturing, with grace and beauty and intelligence and charm and hotness, of the woman that I love," Mr. Obama said.
 
Dorothy Moss is a curator at the National Portrait Gallery.
 
"They very much want to ensure that future generations can relate to these portraits," she said.
 
For Mr. Obama, Kehinde Wiley portrayed an accessible, focused president with references to his life in the background. Africa blue lilies are a reference to Mr. Obama's father's native Kenya. Jasmine represents Hawaii, and chrysanthemums are the official flower of Chicago.  
 
"I tried to negotiate less gray hair," Mr. Obama joked at Monday's unveiling.
 
Wiley is internationally acclaimed for his large-scale paintings of African Americans in poses evoking famous historical figures. Mr. Obama didn't want that.
 
"I had to explain that I've got enough political problems without you making me look like Napoleon," he said.
 
The two unique paintings of two groundbreaking Americans will be displayed beginning Tuesday.
 
The official portraits for former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama were unveiled on Monday at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., and people have so much to say about them.
 
Michelle Obama’s portrait, painted by Amy Sherald, depicts the former first lady in a white dress with geometric patterns, set in front of a pale blue background:
 
Former first lady Michelle Obama's portrait that will be on display in the National Portrait Gallery.
Barack Obama’s portrait, painted by Kehinde Wiley, showed the president wearing a suit (but no tie) and seated in a chair with a backdrop of leaves and flowers:
 
The portrait of former President Barack Obama that will be on display in the gallery. 
 
The paintings, both done by black artists, sparked many reactions on social media:
 
Some people made pretty hilarious jokes:
 
 Many celebrities shared their thoughts too. Actor and comedian Chris Rock called Barack Obama the “real Black Panther,” while musician Common called the former first couple’s portrait “beautiful.”
 
Director Ava DuVernay said the portraits reminded her to hope. Model Chrissy Teigen simply asked that Barack “come back” and pleaded for Michelle to “help us.”

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New York Attorney General Files Lawsuit Against Harvey Weinstein, Company

NEW YORK -- New York's attorney general has filed a lawsuit against Hollywood movie producer Harvey Weinstein and the Weinstein Co. following an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a release Sunday that the company "repeatedly broke New York law by failing to protect its employees from pervasive sexual harassment, intimidation and discrimination."
 
"Any sale of The Weinstein Company must ensure that victims will be compensated, employees will be protected going forward, and that neither perpetrators nor enablers will be unjustly enriched," Schneiderman said in a news release. "Every New Yorker has a right to a workplace free of sexual harassment, intimidation, and fear."
 
Schneiderman launched a civil rights probe into the New York City-based company in October after The New York Times and The New Yorker exposed allegations of sexual assault and harassment spanning decades. The company later fired Weinstein.
 
The Weinstein Company responded with a statement saying, "We are disappointed that the New York Attorney General felt it necessary to file today's complaint. Many of the allegations relating to the Board are inaccurate and the Board looks forward to bringing the facts to light as part of its ongoing commitment to resolve this difficult situation in the most appropriate way. With respect to the Company's ongoing sale process, the Board sought a transaction to preserve jobs and create a victim fund. Any suggestion that the Company or its Board somehow impeded or discouraged the buyer's access to the New York Attorney General is simply untrue. Indeed, the Company and its Board actively encouraged the buyer to communicate with the Attorney General. The Company looks forward to continuing our discussions with the Attorney General in order to reach our common goal of bringing this situation to an appropriate resolution."
 
The attorney general's office said it brought the lawsuit Sunday partly due to reports of the company's imminent sale, saying it believed it would leave victims without adequate redress.  
 
The Wall Street Journal is reporting a proposed sale of the Weinstein Co. fell apart Sunday after the suit was filed. According to the newspaper, "A group led by businesswoman Maria Contreras-Sweet was close to a deal to buy Weinstein Co. for about $500 million, including the assumption of debt, when the attorney general filed the suit Sunday, said a person close to the transaction.  Though the attorney general didn't seek a restraining order halting the sale, the lawsuit introduced too much uncertainty for the deal to go ahead, people close to the talks said." 
 
Weinstein's attorney, Ben Brafman, claims the investigation will show that many of the allegations against his client are "without merit."
 
"While Mr. Weinstein's behavior was not without fault, there certainly was no criminality, and at the end of the inquiry it will be clear that Harvey Weinstein promoted more women to key executive positions than any other industry leader and there was zero discrimination at either Miramax or [The Weinstein Company]," Brafman said in a statement.
 
He added, "If the purpose of the inquiry is to encourage reform throughout the film industry, Mr. Weinstein will embrace the investigation. If the purpose however is to scapegoat Mr. Weinstein, he will vigorously defend himself."
 
Scores of women, including well-known actresses, have come forward with stories of forced sexual encounters. Weinstein was fired by the film company he founded with his brother Robert and expelled from Hollywood's movie academy.
 
"To work for Harvey Weinstein was to work under a persistent barrage of gender-based obscenities, vulgar name-calling, sexualized interactions, threats of violence, and a workplace general hostile to women," according to court papers.
 
Schneiderman's investigation found that employees were subjected to various verbal threats from Weinstein such as "I will kill you, I will kill your family, and "you don't know what I can do."
 
In one case, the probe found that "in a fit of rage against one female employee, he yelled that she should leave the company and make babies since that was all she was good for."
 
Female executives were forced to facilitate Weinstein's sexual conquests with promises of employment opportunities to women who met his favor, according to the lawsuit, which also accused the company of being "responsible for the unlawful conduct" by failing to stop the abuse.
 
The company and co-owner Robert "are liable because they were aware of and acquiesced in repeated and persistent unlawful conduct by failing to investigate or stop it," court papers said.
 
Representatives for Weinstein have previously denied all accusations of non-consensual sex.
 

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OFF THE AIR: NBC Pulls Commentator Whose Insensitive Japan Comments Sparked Furor

The NBC commentator who was skewered by viewers for insensitive remarks he made during the Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Pyeongchang, South Korea, has been relieved of his duties, the broadcaster announced on Monday.
 
“Joshua Cooper Ramo has completed his responsibilities for NBC in Pyeongchang, and will have no further role on our air,” an NBC spokesman told Reuters.
 
Ramo, a former journalist who served as an on-air analyst for NBC, infuriated Koreans on Friday when he flippantly commented on the history between Japan and South Korea during the opening ceremony. Spotting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Ramo mused that “every Korean will tell you that Japan is a cultural and technological and economic example, has been so important to their own transformation.”
 
Though Ramo acknowledged that Japan “occupied Korea from 1910 to 1945,” Koreans and others blasted the commentator for glossing over this brutal history, which included the sexual slavery of tens of thousands of Korean women during World War II. To this day, the former occupation continues to strain the relationship between the two nations.
 
Facing intense backlash, including displeasure from the Pyeongchang Organizing Committee and a petition signed by thousands who called Ramo’s comments “deeply hurtful and outrageous,” NBC publicly apologized on Sunday for his remark. 
 
“We apologized quickly both in writing and on television for a remark made by one of our presenters during Friday night’s opening ceremony,” a spokesman said. “We’re very gratified that Pyeongchang’s organizing committee has accepted that apology.”
 
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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Weekend Box Office

Here are weekend box office figures:
 
1. Fifty Shades Freed - $38.8 million
 
2. Peter Rabbit - $25 million
 
3. The 15:17 to Paris - $12.6 million
 
4. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle - $9.8 million
 
5. The Greatest Showman - $6.4 million
 
6. Maze Runner: The Death Cure - $6 million
 
7. Winchester - $5 million
 
8. The Post - $3.5 million
 
9. The Shape of Water - $3 million
 
10. Den of Thieves - $2.8 million

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Family Says Producer Who Killer Herself Was "Collateral Damage" In Weinstein Scandal

The family of a Hollywood executive who took her own life says she was "collateral damage" in the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Fifty-year-old Jill Messick died Wednesday. An email from Weinstein's attorney appears to show Messick supported Weinstein's claim that he did not rape actress Rose McGowan.
 
In a statement to CBS News, Messick's family says she suffered from bipolar disorder and the harsh media spotlight was "devastating." They say the email did not tell the whole story because Messick was one of the first people to defend McGowan some 20 years ago, reports CBS News' Vladimir Duthiers. 
 
McGowan has been outspoken in not only accusing Weinstein of raping her in 1997, but also blaming his supposed "enablers."
Messick was McGowan's manager at the time. She did not respond to McGowan, but after her death Thursday her family put out a statement disputing some of the actress's claims.  
 
According to the family, McGowan did tell Messick about an alleged sexual encounter with Weinstein immediately after it happened in 1997 but never said she was raped. They say Messick relayed the story to her bosses who promised to handle it.
 
"The family claims that Jill Messick actually raised a lot of these concerns about Rose McGowan and the treatment that she received by Harvey Weinstein to superiors," said Matthew Belloni, editorial director of the Hollywood Reporter. 
 
In response to McGowan's claims of rape, Weinstein's attorney recently released an email from Messick to the former studio chief explaining what she says McGowan told her: "(McGowan) had gotten into a hot tub with Mr. Weinstein.... Something that she did consensually and that in hindsight.... was also something....she regretted..." Messick's family says the email's release caused her reputation to be "sullied despite having done nothing wrong." Messick, who suffered from depression, took her own life Thursday.
 
"According to her family, being in the headlines really impacted Jill Messick," Belloni said. "She was someone who had been attacked for her role in this saga that she never chose to engage in."
 
A lawyer for Weinstein has called McGowan's claims of rape "a bold lie." "CBS This Morning" reached out to Rose McGowan for comment, but she has not responded to our request.

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Amy Schumer Is Convinced She's A Supermodel In 'I Feel Pretty' Trailer

We only have a single request for this new Amy Schumer movie: Please, for the love of Goldie, be better than “Snatched.” 
 
The comedian premiered the trailer for her upcoming comedy “I Feel Pretty” on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Thursday morning (she also dressed up as a baby, but that’s another story) and it feels tailor-made for her brand of humor. 
 
Directed by Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, the film sees Schumer playing a woman who takes a fall during a Soul Cycle class only to wake up convinced that she is the most beautiful woman in the world. 
 
“I look exactly the same but in my mind I am Gisele; I am one of the Jenner-Kardashians,” Schumer told DeGeneres about the twist. 
 
This newfound confidence propels her to live her life without insecurities, which opens her up to personal and professional opportunities. At one point in the trailer, she actually looks Naomi Campbell in face and tells her, “Modeling is an option for me. It’s not who I am.”
 
“It’s a really funny and sweet movie that I think will make us all feel better. It made me feel better to play the role,” Schumer explained. 
 
Michelle Williams, Emily Ratajkowski, Rory Scovel, Aidy Bryant, Busy Philipps, Tom Hopper and Lauren Hutton also star in the project. 
 
“I Feel Pretty” hits theaters on June 29. 

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No Royal Wedding Performance For Sam Smith: "That's Definitely Not Happening"

No, Sam Smith won’t be singing at the Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding this year, but he has a good reason: The big event is happening on his birthday.
 
“I’m not performing or singing on my birthday,” he confirms to Australian radio show Kyle & Jackie O. “That would be amazing but no, that’s definitely not happening.”
 
The Royal Wedding and Sam’s 26th birthday will both be taking place on May 19. Sam says he won't even be in his home country on that day -- he'll be out on tour. But even if he was in town and it wasn't his birthday, he's not sure he'd agree to perform at the wedding anyway.
 
“I was joking ages ago when I said I’d love to, but I don’t know, I don’t think it would be for me,” he admits. “But I’d love to go and, like, look at the dress!”
 
Perhaps Sam's pal Elton John can give him the lowdown on the wedding and the dress.  It's been rumored that Elton, a friend of Prince Harry and the Royal Family, just canceled two Vegas dates in May because they conflicted with the nuptials.
 
 

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Selena Gomez Doesn't Think She'll Ever 'Overcome' Depression And Anxiety

We’d be the bad liar if we said 2017 wasn’t a rough year for Selena Gomez.
 
The singer and actress returned to the public eye after an extended career break, disappeared again to undergo a kidney transplant and then split from her boyfriend The Weeknd, only to get back together with her ex Justin Bieber shortly after.
 
The freshly blonde former Disney star covered the March issue of Harper’s Bazaar and got candid about her tumultuous personal life and hopes for the new year in a conversation with “13 Reasons Why” star Katherine Langford.
 
“I’ve had a lot of issues with depression and anxiety, and I’ve been very vocal about it, but it’s not something I feel I’ll ever overcome,” she said. “There won’t be a day when I’m like, ‘Here I am in a pretty dress — I won!’ I think it’s a battle I’m gonna have to face for the rest of my life, and I’m okay with that because I know that I’m choosing myself over anything else. I’m starting my year off with that thought. I want to make sure I’m healthy. If that’s good, everything else will fall into place.”
 
Gomez, who’s become one of the most outspoken mental health advocates of her generation, reportedly completed a two-week treatment program for depression and anxiety in New York City recently. 
 
Since 2014, Gomez has sought treatment on at least four occasions for related “emotional issues” stemming from her lupus diagnosis, with her longest stint lasting 90 days at a center in Tennessee in 2016.
 
That’s how the “Wolves” singer knows that her mental health is a marathon, not a sprint, even if that means fans will have to wait a little longer for her third studio album. 
 
“I don’t really set goals ’cause I don’t want to be disappointed if I don’t reach them, but I do want to work on my music too,” she explained. “My next album has been forever in the making. When people ask me why, I’m honest about it: It’s because I haven’t been ready. I mean, point-blank, I don’t feel confident enough in where my music is yet. If that takes 10 years, then it takes 10 years. I don’t care. Right now I just want to be super intentional with all of the things I’m doing.”
 
In 2017, Gomez dropped a trio of well-received singles, “Bad Liar,” “Fetish” and “Wolves,” without doing much promotion or signaling when we can expect more music.
 
Until Gomez has to step into the public eye to promote an album or a new movie, she says she’s more than content to spend her Saturday nights at home with sister Gracie or even at the neighborhood Chili’s. 
 
She revealed: “If I want to hang out with my friends, I don’t really go to a lot of trendy places, so people know they shouldn’t really invite me to those places ’cause I’m not gonna go.

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Kylie Jenner Beat Beyoncé At Breaking The Internet

Kylie Jenner and Beyoncé really shouldn’t be together in the same sentence, but here we are because the youngest Kardashian-Jenner actually bested the queen herself at something. 
 
The new mom to Stormi Webster (yes, you didn’t hallucinate that name reveal) now has the most-liked photo on Instagram ever after racking up more than 14 million likes just a day after posting the first look at her baby girl. 
 
Jenner shared the post on Tuesday with the much-discussed name of the family’s latest addition in the caption. Stormi grabs hold of her mom’s thumb in the photo, looking ever so adorable in the background. 
 
The beauty mogul also racked up over 60 million views on a clip from her 11-minute pregnancy confirmation video she posted on the social media app days before. 
 
Beyoncé previously set the record with 11.2 million likes in 2017 when she announced on Instagram she was expecting twins. After much speculation about her pregnancy, the “Lemonade” singer shared an instantly iconic photo of herself seated under a veil with her hands on her stomach and an intricate floral display in the background.
 
“We would like to share our love and happiness. We have been blessed two times over,” she wrote in the caption. “We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes.”
 
However, Jenner wasn’t the first to beat the mother of three in social media popularity. In fact, soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo topped Bey’s post with an impressive 11.3 million likes on an Instagram of himself in November to announce the birth of his fourth child. 
 
“More and more, we’re seeing the world’s most influential public figures turn to Instagram to share their most intimate and personal moments, and in turn, bring Instagram’s global community in on the joy and celebration,” an Instagram representative told HuffPost in a statement about Jenner’s post.

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Quincy Jones Claims He Dated Ivanka Trump

Quincy Jones claims he dated Ivanka Trump — and 4 other crazy tidbits from his new interview
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Quincy Jones is a supersuccessful record producer — with 28 Grammys — and he’s 84, so basically the guy can say whatever the heck he wants — and he does.
 
Following that crazy interview with GQ (see: Ray Charles shooting heroin into his testicles), Jones let his guard down once again, in a new interview with Vulture. To describe his quotes as wild is an understatement — he claims he dated Ivanka Trump (no, not her mother Ivana) — so we’re bumping it up to crazy. Here are some gems.
 
Jones claims to have romanced the president’s daughter.
The man who says he has 22 girlfriends around the world — and they are all cool with each other — was talking about President Trump, whom he described as a “crazy motherf***er” that he “can’t stand” although they used to “hang out,” when he went on to say, “I used to date Ivanka, you know.” Of course, no, the interviewer didn’t know that Mrs. Jared Kushner, mom of three and adviser to the president of the United States, allegedly had a relationship with Jones, who is nearly 50 years her senior. Jones stuck with his story, though. “Yes, sir. Twelve years ago. Tommy Hilfiger, who was working with my daughter Kidada, said, ‘Ivanka wants to have dinner with you.’ I said, ‘No problem. She’s a fine motherf***er.’ She had the most beautiful legs I ever saw in my life. Wrong father, though.” Ivanka went on to meet Jared in 2007 and they married in 2009. Huh.
 
He describes Michael Jackson as “greedy” and “Machiavellian,” claims he “stole” songs.
Jones, who co-produced Michael Jackson’s biggest-selling albums, said he hated to “get into this publicly,” but then happily went into how Michael “stole a lot of songs.” For example, Donna Summer’s “State of Independence” in “Billie Jean.” He said, “The notes don’t lie, man. He was as Machiavellian as they come.” Also, he said “Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough” included a part that was written by Greg Phillinganes, but he didn’t get credit for it. “Michael should’ve given him 10 percent of the song. Wouldn’t do it,” Jones said.
 
He also talked about Michael’s plastic surgery obsession, saying, “He’d always justify it and say it was because of some disease he had,” referring to vitiligo. “Bulls***.” He added that Michael “had a problem with his looks because his father told him he was ugly and abused him. What do you expect?”
 
He knows who assassinated President Kennedy.
When asked to name something that he wishes he didn’t know, he replied, “Who killed Kennedy.” He said that Chicago mobster Sam Giancana was really the triggerman who murdered JFK. “The connection was there between Sinatra and the Mafia and Kennedy. Joe Kennedy — he was a bad man — came to Frank to have him talk to Giancana about getting votes,” he said. When prompted further, Jones said, “We shouldn’t talk about this publicly.”
 
He thought the Beatles were terrible.
Asked for his first impression of the iconic band, Jones replied, “That they were the worst musicians in the world. They were no-playing motherf***ers. Paul was the worst bass player I ever heard. And Ringo? Don’t even talk about it. I remember once we were in the studio with George Martin, and Ringo had taken three hours for a four-bar thing he was trying to fix on a song. He couldn’t get it. We said, ‘Mate, why don’t you … take an hour-and-a-half and relax a little bit.’ So he did, and we called Ronnie Verrell, a jazz drummer. Ronnie came in for 15 minutes and tore it up. Ringo comes back and says, ‘George, can you play it back for me one more time?’ So George did, and Ringo says, That didn’t sound so bad.’ And I said, ‘Yeah, motherf***er because it ain’t you.’ Great guy, though.”
 
He claims Marlon Brando slept with everyone — male and female.
Less nuts on the crazy scale is that superstar Marlon Brando, who was a close friend with Jones, had a lot of sex. We “used to go cha-cha dancing,” he said, adding that Brando “could dance his ass off.” He went on to describe him as “the most charming motherf***er you ever met,” but “He’d f*** anything. Anything! He’d f*** a mailbox. James Baldwin. Richard Pryor. Marvin Gaye.” When asked if he slept with those three stars, he replied, “Come on, man. He did not give a f***!” Then he asked the reporter, “You like Brazilian music?” as if he didn’t just make some outrageous allegations about a Hollywood icon.
 
For the record, Pryor’s wife Jennifer has subsequently confirmed the relationship between Brando and her late husband. “It was the ‘70s!” she told TMZ, “Drugs were still good, especially quaaludes. If you did enough cocaine, you’d f**k a radiator and send it flowers in the morning.”
 
Jones’s interview is best ingested in its entirety because you really have to read it all to believe the craziness of it.

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No Farwell Tours For Billy Joel: "This Is What I Do. And It's Probably Keeping Me Alive"

His colleagues Elton John, Paul Simon and Neil Diamond have all announced that they're retiring from the road, but Billy Joel has no plans to follow in their footsteps. But even if he does plan to hang it up one day, Billy says you won't catch him doing a big "farewell tour."
 
"You know what a farewell tour is? A farewell tour is just a way of getting people to buy tickets, because they don't think they're going to see you anymore. Then all these farewell tours go on for like five years," Billy tells the Tampa Bay Times. "The Who have been on a farewell tour for like 30 years. So I think it’s pointless. If I’'m going to stop, I'm just going to stop. But I don’t see that happening."
 
Why not? Because unlike his colleagues, Billy doesn't travel all over the world, which he calls "a bummer." He does his monthly residency at Madison Square Garden, as well as selected stadium shows. Though he admits retirement has crossed his mind.
 
"It felt like, 'Okay, I’m getting older, I’m getting tired, I shouldn't be doing this anymore," he says. "I look at myself in the mirror and I go, 'You do not look like a rock star at all.' And I think maybe I should just call it quits. But then I realized, this is what I do...And it's probably keeping me alive."
 
As for his old friend Elton's upcoming three-year farewell tour, Billy doesn't have any inside info, but says, "Maybe it will be his farewell tour, but that doesn’t mean he’s not going to play again."
 
He adds, "I mean, Elton lives in England. Maybe he'll play in London and do a residency like I'm doing in New York. You never know."

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Bruno Mars Wants NFL To Book Hip-Hop Artists For Next Super Bowl

Bruno Mars, who performed at the Super Bowl halftime in 2014 and 2016, wants the NFL to choose Atlanta-bred rappers for the gig. “@NFL you have the opportunity to celebrate incredible hip-hop artists from Atlanta next year,” Mars tweeted Monday. “@NFL Outkast. TI. Gucci. Lil Jon, Jeezy, Jermaine Dupri just to name a few. It would be the best party TV has ever seen.” While Mars rattled off names, he offered up his services to assemble the show. “I’ll only charge like a billion,” he quipped. “@NFL all jokes aside please lets make that happen.”

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Katy Perry Says She'd Rewrite "I KISSED A GIRL" To Remove Stereotypes

"I Kissed a Girl" is one of Katy Perry’s most iconic hits, but the singer tells Glamour that if given the chance, she'd rewrite the song. "We've really changed, conversationally, in the past 10 years," she says. "We've come a long way. Bisexuality wasn't as talked about back then, or any type of fluidity.” She adds, "If I had to write that song again, I probably would make an edit on it. Lyrically, it has a couple of stereotypes in it. Your mind changes so much in 10 years, and you grow so much. What's true for you can evolve." The 10-year anniversary of the song is coming in April, so it would be the perfect opportunity to release a re-recording.

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Sarah Silverman And Actor Michael Sheen Split After 4 Years

Comedian Sarah Silverman announced to her followers via Twitter on Monday that she and her boyfriend, British actor Michael Sheen, had split over Christmas.
 
“I mean not ‘over Christmas,’” the comedian humorously clarified, “that wasn’t the fight that ended it.” She then clarified further, “No fight. We just live in different countries and it got hard.”
 
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The great @michaelsheen & I consciously uncoupled over Christmas. I mean, not “over Christmas” - like that wasn’t the fight that ended it.  No fight. We just live in different countries & it got hard.  Felt we should just tell y’all so u stop askin, “How’s Michael/How’s Sarah?”
2:03 PM - Feb 5, 2018
 
Sheen might be best known to American audiences for his portrayal of Dr. William Masters in the Showtime series “Masters of Sex,” on which Silverman had a recurring role.
 
The couple began dating in the beginning of 2014.
 

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Tarantino Addresses Uma Thurman 'Kill Bill' Crash: 'One Of The Biggest Regrets Of my Life'

Quentin Tarantino has broken his silence about the violent car crash Uma Thurman experienced on the set of Kill Bill, calling it “one of the biggest regrets” of his career and life — but adding that he thought the vehicular shot was safe at the time and did not badger the actress into performing it.
 
The filmmaker addressed the crash in a lengthy interview with Deadline Hollywood published Monday evening, two days after Thurman spoke of the incident in a New York Times story detailing allegations of sexual assault against Harvey Weinstein, a producer on Kill Bill and longtime Tarantino collaborator. (Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by dozens of women, has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex, as well as claims that he retaliated against women who rebuffed him.)
 
Thurman told the Times’ Maureen Dowd that she had been uncomfortable filming the driving shot and got into a years-long fight with Tarantino after the crash because she was not allowed to view the footage. Tarantino recently provided her with the footage, and Thurman said in an Instagram post Monday that she does not hold him responsible for the handling of the accident.
 
Tarantino told Deadline he had spoken to Thurman in advance of the Times story and meant to take part and support her. “Part of my job on the piece was to do an interview with Maureen Dowd, and back up Uma’s claims,” he said. “And we never hooked up. Me and Dowd never hooked up.” He added that he “ended up taking the hit and taking the heat.”
 
Regarding the crash, Tarantino said he had tried to ensure Thurman’s safety by first driving the car down the stretch of road himself, to make sure there were no hidden curves or dips. Although the road seemed clear, Thurman was filmed driving in the opposite direction and ended up hitting an S-curve and crashing.
 
“It was heartbreaking,” Tarantino said. “Beyond one of the biggest regrets of my career, it is one of the biggest regrets of my life. For a myriad of reasons.” He added that the crash “affected me and Uma for the next two to three years. It wasn’t like we didn’t talk. But a trust was broken.”
 
As for the controversy ignited by the Times story, and the potential reaction to his comments, Tarantino said, “I feel like I’ve been honest here and told the truth, and it feels really good after two days of misrepresentation, to be able to say it out loud. Whatever comes of it, I’ve said my piece. I’ve got big shoulders and I can handle it.”
 
A representative for Thurman did not immediately respond to request for comment.
 

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Kylie Jenner Has Given Birth To A Baby Girl

Kylie Jenner has given birth to a baby girl. She took to Instagram yesterday to confirm her pregnancy and announce that she and boyfriend Travis Scott welcomed the new bundle of joy after months of speculation. In the social media statement, she wrote: “My beautiful and healthy baby girl arrived February 1st and I just couldn't wait to share this blessing.” Along with the post she also took to YouTube to share an 11-and-a-half minute video of her journey which was edited by Tyler Ross with music by Jacob Wilkinson-Smith. At the very end of the clip Kylie gives the very first glimpse of the child as it shows an arm and a leg as the reality star cradles the bundle of joy.

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Ellen DeGeneres Gifts Audience $1 million

Ellen DeGeneres has outdone Oprah by surprising her audience with a gift of $1 million. She is still in celebration mode for her 60th birthday and has continued the party by giving away the biggest prize ever on her show. Ellen, who reached the landmark age on January 26, partnered with Cheerios to celebrate her birthday with a two-day extravaganza, which included surprising the entire audience of people who participated in the talk show’s One Million Acts of Good campaign. “Thanks to every single person in this audience, it is filled with goodness and we have reached one million acts of good because of all of you,” Ellen began as she addressed them on Friday. “So, I wanna do something that we’ve never done before. Hold onto your Cheerios because all of you are splitting one million dollars! That’s a lot of money!” According to editors at Just Jared, her average audience numbers 400, meaning each person may have pocketed $2,500.

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Weekend Box Office

Here are weekend box office figures:
 
1. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle - $11 million
 
2. Maze Runner: The Death Cure - $10.2 million
 
3. Winchester - $9.2 million
 
4. The Greatest Showman - $7.8 million
 
5. Hostiles - $5.5 million
 
6. The Post - $5.2 million
 
7. 12 Strong - $4.7 million
 
8. Den of Thieves - $4.6 million
 
9. The Shape of Water - $4.3 million
 
10. Paddington 2 - $3.1 million

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Robert Wagner Person Of Interest In The Death Of His Late Wife Natalie Wood

Robert Wagner has been named as a person of interest in the death of his late wife Natalie Wood, 36 years after her mysterious drowning which has haunted Hollywood for decades. The revelation was made by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Lieutenant John Corina in a new documentary which will air on CBS tomorrow. “As we've investigated the case over the last six years, I think he's more of a person of interest now. I mean, we know now that he was the last person to be with Natalie before she disappeared,” he said. Wagner is now 87 and married to actress Jill St. John. Wood drowned while boating with her husband and their friend, actor Christopher Walken, off the island of Catalina in Southern California in November 1981. They had just enjoyed a boozy dinner at an upscale restaurant when they were seen going back to the boat at around 10 p.m. the night before Natalie was found. In 2013, her sister revealed claims made by the boat's captain that Wagner had pushed Natalie overboard by accident and that he refused to help her once she was in the water. The actress was found floating in the water in her nightgown the next morning. An autopsy suggested that she had been the victim of an assault and had abrasions on her forehead. Police have still not declared Natalie's death a murder and no charges have been filed against Wagner. CBS 48 Hours Natalie Wood: Death in Dark Water will air tomorrow at 10 p.m. EST. 

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Authorities Warn Of Netflix Scam

Pay extra attention to Netflix emails arriving in your inbox, because one may hide a scam. Police around the country are warning of a phishing scam included in an official-looking email asking Netflix users to restart their memberships. The email claims Netflix "could not validate the billing information" and provides links for users to key in personal information, including credit card numbers. It's all bogus. Netflix’s website reminds customers that the company never asks for personal information such as credit card or Social Security numbers to be sent over email. "If you're unsure about a link in an email, you can always hover your cursor over the link to see where it directs," it adds. "You can see the real linked web address at the bottom of most browsers."

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Savannah Guthrie's 'Power grab' At the 'Today' Show Revealed

Savannah Guthrie has reportedly left some of the staff at the "Today" show "puzzled" over a recent move that many inside NBC see as a "power grab."
 
Last month, longtime "Today" show executive producer Don Nash stepped down from his position and was replaced by senior producer Libby Leist. It was a move that "shocked" insiders, who believe it was Guthrie who maneuvered the switch.
 
"Libby is Savannah's best friend, and Savannah pushed Don out to put Libby there," a source told Page Six. "It is a power grab by Savannah to make sure she gets the best assignments and has someone at the top looking out for her."
 
Nash was considered to be a close friend to Matt Lauer, who was ousted from "Today" back in November after reports surfaced of "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace." He has since been permanently replaced by Hoda Kotb.
 
"This isn't an issue with [Kotb] -- who is just happy to be there -- but it is an issue with some of the staff, who had hoped, with the ousting of Lauer, that the era of anchors with outsized power calling the shots was over," the insider continued.
 
Though there were conflicting reports about Lauer's behavior during 20-plus years at the "Today" show, many insiders revealed that he used his power to manipulate what happened behind-the-scenes at the morning show, going so far as to engage in inappropriate affairs with female staffers.
 
Of Guthrie's alleged "power grab," some insiders expected Leist's new position to go to co-executive producer Tom Mazzarelli, but "Libby and Savannah are very close [...] and old D.C. allies."
 
Other sources contend that questioning her viability for the lofty position is simply sexist.
 
"Libby is an incredibly accomplished and talented producer," the source told Page Six. "For anyone to suggest that NBC would entrust her with the reins of its morning show that brings in over half a billion dollars a year because she’s ‘besties’ with the anchor makes zero sense and smacks of sexism."
 
Libby Leist is the first woman to lead the first two hours of the "Today" show, while Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb represent the morning show's first all-female co-anchor duo.

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Former NBA Star Rasual Butler and His Wife Dead Following Car Crash

Rasual Butler and his wife, Leah LaBelle, died on Wednesday in a single-vehicle car accident in Studio City, California. Butler was 38, LaBelle was 31.
 
According to CBS Sports, the former NBA star was driving and lost control of his Range Rover around 2:30 a.m. with LaBelle in the car. Butler struck three parking meters and slammed into a wall, which caused the vehicle to flip. Both were pronounced dead at the scene, the outlet reports.
 
"The NBA family is devastated by the tragic passing of Rasual Butler and his wife, Leah LaBelle," the National Basketball Association tweeted on Wednesday. "A pro's pro, Rasual enjoyed a long, successful career and was widely respected by his peers and coaches. We grieve with their loved ones during this difficult time."
 
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The NBA family is devastated by the tragic passing of Rasual Butler and his wife, Leah LaBelle. 
A pro's pro, Rasual enjoyed a long, successful career and was widely respected by his peers and coaches. We grieve with their loved ones during this difficult time.
4:01 PM - Jan 31, 2018
 
Butler was selected by the Miami Heat with the 53rd pick of the 2002 NBA draft. Over his 14-year career with the professional league, he also played for the New Orleans Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls, Toronto Raptors, Indiana Pacers, Washington Wizards and San Antonio Spurs. Additionally, Butler was close friends with his former Heat teammate, Lamar Odom, and even appeared on a few seasons of Khloe & Lamar.
 
Butler's wife was an R&B singer, who was signed to Epic Records/So So Def Recordings and appeared on the third season of American Idol. She placed 12th in the competition. 
 
"We are deeply saddened by the passing of Rasual Butler and his wife, Leah LaBelle," a tweet from the Miami Heat read. "Our sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to the family and many friends of Rasual and Leah. They will be missed."
 
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We are deeply saddened by the passing of Rasual Butler and his wife, Leah LaBelle. Our sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to the family and many friends of Rasual and Leah. They will be missed.
1:47 PM - Jan 31, 2018
 
Following the tragic news, friends, fans and former teammates of Butler took to Twitter and Instagram to send their condolences.

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Dumbledore Will ''Not Explicitly'' Be Depicted as Gay in Fantastic Beasts Sequel

Harry Potter fans will have to wait longer to see Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald's love story on the big screen.
 
In 2007, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling said at a fan Q&A event that she always thought of the Hogwarts headmaster as gay and "fell in love with Grindelwald" in his youth. In an interview with EW, posted on Wednesday, director David Yates was asked if his film Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the highly-anticipated sequel to the 2016 prequel, makes it clear that Dumbledore is gay.
 
"Not explicitly," he said. "But I think all the fans are aware of that. He had a very intense relationship with Grindelwald when they were young men. They fell in love with each other's ideas, and ideology and each other."
 
His comments run contrary to what was anticipated, considering the fact that the newest installment of the Fantastic Beasts film follows Dumbledore on his quest to find the fugitive Grindelwald in the big city of Paris.
 
While we may not be able to see Dumbledore in a lovestruck state, fans of the franchise can witness Jude Law's depiction of the wizard in his youth.
 
This flashback in the Potter universe reveals a more energetic side to the wizard Potterheads have come to love and adore, with Yates saying, "He's a maverick and a rebel and he's an inspiring teacher at Hogwarts. He's witty and has a bit of edge. He's not this elder statesman. He's a really kinetic guy.
 
With three more films set for production, not all hope is lost for those wishing to see a more personal side of the mysterious wizard.
 
In 2016, Rowling hinted at a press conference that she will be revealing more about the headmaster's personal life, telling reporters, "You will see Dumbledore as a younger man and quite a troubled man. We'll see him at that formative period of his life. As far as his sexuality is concerned...watch this space."
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will be released on Nov. 16, 2018.

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Chrissy Teigen Awkwardly Bowed To Beyoncé Because, Um, Wouldn't You?

One doesn’t just casually wave to Beyoncé across the room. No, you must approach the queen with deference, as all loyal subjects do, even if you’re Chrissy Teigen.
 
The soon-to-be mother of two stopped by “The Tonight Show” on Tuesday night to prove once again that, yes, she is the most relatable of them all by sharing her encounter with the “Lemonade” singer at the Grammys. 
 
Beyoncé, upstaged probably for the first time ever by her daughter Blue Ivy at the awards show on Sunday night, showed up late, but still mingled with the music elite. 
 
“There’s nobody like seeing Beyoncé in person. It’s just so incredible,” Teigen recounted to host Jimmy Fallon. “The aura that comes around her. I mean, she just emits this aura that’s spectacular.”
 
Teigen was at the awards show with husband John Legend. Before the couple left ceremony early ? a “sober Grammys is a different type of Grammys for me,” she joked ? the supermodel decided to swing by the section where Beyoncé, husband Jay-Z and Blue Ivy were seated, only to out-Chrissy herself in diva’s presence. 
 
“On our way out, I was like, ‘We have to say something, right?’” she recalled. “And I took both her hands ? I don’t do this for anybody, it was very weird ? and John’s like, ‘What the hell are you doing?’ And I took her hands and I got down on my knees and I was like, ‘Sorry to bother you, My Queen.’ Like, who says that?! It was like, m’lady. Like, what do you even ? who am I?”
 
Teigen said that meanwhile, her husband was “bro-fiving” with frequent collaborator Jay-Z, who she said had his own bottle of wine next to him throughout the show. 
 
She didn’t share how Bey reacted to her royal greeting, but judging by the rest of the night Blue Ivy probably told her to quiet down. 

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DJ Accused Of Groping Taylor Swift Gets A New Radio Job

The radio DJ at the center of the Taylor Swift groping trial has returned to the airwaves on a Mississippi station. David Mueller, who lost last year's highly publicized civil court case to Swift, is now co-hosting the morning show "Jackson & Jonbob" on Greenwood's KIX 92.7 under the on-air name Stonewall Jackson. His new employer, Delta Radio CEO Larry Fuss, strongly defends the hiring, which comes six months after a Denver jury sided with Swift and found Mueller had grabbed Swift’s backside during a meet-and-greet in Denver in 2013. "I sat down with him face-to-face in Minneapolis before I offered him the job and talked to him about it," Fuss told the NY Daily News in a phone interview. "He's either the world's best liar, or he's telling the truth. I tend to believe his version of the story and most people who have talked to him face-to-face do believe his version of the story." Mueller, who has long denied Swift's allegations, began hosting the 5 to 9 a.m. weekday show on Monday.

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Alec Baldwin Deactivates Twitter Account After Defending Woody Allen

Alec Baldwin has deactivated his Twitter account following a rant in support of Woody Allen. Baldwin took to his official Alec Baldwin Foundation Twitter page on Sunday after The New York Times published an article questioning whether Allen can work in Hollywood again, days after his adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow revisited historic allegations that the director sexually abused her in a televised interview for the first time earlier this month. While actors such as Rebecca Hall and Lady Bird director Greta Gerwig have expressed regret at working with Allen in the past, Baldwin has come to his defense, deeming the allegations “unfair and sad.” But despite weighing in on the subject, Baldwin has now shut down his Twitter account without warning or explanation. His Instagram page, on which he mostly shares family photos of his wife Hilaria and their three children together, remains active.

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"Glee" Star Mark Salling Reportedly Dead In Apparent Suicide

Glee star Mark Salling has reportedly hanged himself. The actor's body was found yesterday near a little league baseball field close to his Sunland home in Los Angeles, California. He was 35. Salling was awaiting sentencing after entering a guilty plea to possession of child pornography. The LAPD were alerted to the body by a 911 call at 8:50 a.m., TMZ reports. At 9:47 a.m., the fire department found Salling near a little league field next to the Big Tujunga Creek, close to the actor's home. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The actor had already made a suicide attempt last summer, when he cut both of his wrists, according to a report. Salling downloaded thousands of images of child pornography between April and December 2015. He used software to mask his IP address, but twice showed some of his collection to an adult woman, who ultimately reported him to police. Following the tip-off, Salling was arrested at his home in Sunland, California, where police found a cache of explicit images on his computer depicting children as young as 10 in sexual situations. They later discovered more than 50,000 photos and videos on his laptop and another 4,000 on a flash drive. The actor was originally facing a maximum sentence of 20 years behind bars after being charged with two counts of child pornography last year. Salling took a plea deal in December, where he pleaded guilty to possessing images of prepubescent children between the ages of three and five. Prosecutors in response, agreed to ask the judge to sentence him to between four and seven years in jail. 

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Darius Rucker Is Ready To Tailgate With Sting At The Super Bowl

Darius Rucker is set to sing before this Sunday’s Super Bowl. Both he and Sting will play the NFL Tailgate Party in Minneapolis, before the Philadelphia Eagles take on the New England Patriots.
 
“Last year, Jack and I watched the big game,” Darius shared on social media, along with a photo with his son at the 2017 matchup. “This year… I’m performing… It’s going to be a blast!”
 
You can watch for Darius’s performance as part of the Super Bowl LII Pregame Show on NBC, which starts at 1 p.m. ET.
 
This week, the South Carolina native’s latest single, “For the First Time,” broke into country’s top 20.

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Gordon Ramsay Says He Lost Over 50 Lbs. to Save His Marriage: 'It Was a Big Wake-Up Call'

In a recent interview with The Times, the celebrity chef, 51, admitted that his fear of losing wife Tana, 41, pushed him to shed over 50 lbs. after she told him that he needed to take care of his body or risk ending their 12-year marriage.
 
Calling himself “fat” and “overweight,” Ramsay recalled having a conversation with his wife about his weight, even viewing old photos of his fuller physique.
 
“Tana was not impressed with the way I was,” the Kitchen Nightmares host said. “I was overweight, 18 stone [252 lbs]. I looked like a sack of s—. I look at the pictures and think, ‘How did Tana stay around?’ Because Tana has got better-looking and more gorgeous. And there she is, getting in bed with a fat f—.”
 
The couple has four children together: 19-year-old daughter Megan, 18-year-old twins Holly and Jack, and 16-year-old daughter Matilda.
 
Ramsay, who attributed his weight gain to snacking during long work hours and a busy schedule, also shared how he felt self-conscious when he looked at his reflection in the mirror, even comparing himself to close friend David Beckham.
 
“I didn’t have a figure. I didn’t feel that good,” he said. “‘It was painful. I used to look at myself in the mirror and think, ‘Holy s—!’ So it was a big wake-up call.’
 
By cycling and training for triathlons, Ramsay said he went from weighing 18 stone (approximately 252 lbs.) to shedding four stone (approximately 56 lbs.) and currently weighs 14 stone (approximately 196 lbs.).
 
In addition to his wife’s alarming warning, Ramsay focused on his health due to losing his 53-year-old father to a heart attack.
 
“That’s only a couple of years’ time. I’ve got this reminder to get fit, it’s scary,” he said. “I get the fear on a daily basis. I may have not got on with him, but I still miss him. I miss everything I could have had from him if he was still alive in his 70s.”

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Tom Hanks Will Play Mr. Rogers in 'You Are My Friend' Biopic

Everyone’s favorite dad is about to play everyone’s favorite neighbor.
 
Tom Hanks has just signed on to play Mr. Rogers in the TriStar Pictures biopic “You Are My Friend.”
 
Directed by Marielle Heller (“Diary of a Teenage Girl”) with a script by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster, “You Are My Friend” has been in the works since 2013, when it appeared on the Black List, an annual survey of the “most liked” motion picture screenplays not yet produced.
 
“You Are My Friend” follows the friendship of Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. While on assignment to write a profile on the TV icon, the initially cynical Junod’s perspective on Rogers (and life) transforms as the two cultivate a friendship.
 
The profile Junod wrote, “Can You Say... Hero?” was published in Esquire in 1998. More than just a portrayal of Rogers’ essence, it’s also a meditation on what is lost as we grow up, and taking Rogers’ lessons with us as we do.
 
Heller told Variety she was “thrilled to be making ‘You Are My Friend,’” saying the “script knocked me out with its message of kindness and its exploration of the human spirit.”
 
“As a mother, I am so inspired by the teachings of Fred Rogers and as a human I am in awe of his life’s work,” Heller said. “I can’t wait to bring his story to the public and be a part of such a thoughtful, smart group of people who are all coming together to make this film, which truly feels to me like an antidote to our very fractured culture.”
 
As for Hanks’ role in the project, it’s not known when he’ll begin shooting. He’s expected to be in several upcoming blockbusters, including “Toy Story 4,” “Greyhound” and “Bios.”
 
Fans of Rogers know him as the the cardigan-wearing star of the children’s TV series “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” which ran for 33 years on PBS. Rogers died in 2003 at the age of 74.

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Eminem: 'A F****** Turd Would Have Been Better As A President' Than Donald Trump

Eminem has no regrets about calling out Donald Trump and the president’s supporters, even though some of them may be fans of the hip hop star.
 
“A f****** turd would have been better as a president,” the Detroit rapper said in a new interview that Billboard magazine published on Thursday.
 
Eminem has repeatedly criticized Trump, those who voted him into power and some of their divisive views ? via the album artwork for new record “Revival,” the song “Untouchable” and his blistering cypher at the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards.
 
But he’s not overly concerned about his political stance costing him their support.
 
“At the end of the day, if I did lose half my fan base, then so be it, because I feel like I stood up for what was right and I’m on the right side of this,” Eminem told Billboard.
 
In the interview, Eminem also responded to accusations of hypocrisy regarding his sometimes misogynistic and homophobic song lyrics. “A lot of s**t is said in jest, it’s tongue-in-cheek” to “get a reaction out of people,” he said.
 
The same can’t be said for Trump, however, he added. “It’s my artistic license to express myself. Last time I checked, Trump isn’t an artist and doesn’t have an artistic license. I’m not the fuckin’ president.” 

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Grammys 2018: List of winners

The Recording Academy announced several winners ahead of the 60th Grammy Awards show, hosted by James Corden, on Sunday. Ed Sheeran, who was snubbed out of major categories, picked up the award for pop vocal album, while Kendrick Lamar and Bruno Mars, who were up for album of the year, won three Grammy Awards each -- and they each performed too. Country star Chris Stapleton, who also performed, picked up two Grammys.
 
Here's a list of winners:
 
Album of the year
"24K Magic," Bruno Mars
 
Record of the year
"24K Magic," Bruno Mars
 
Song of the year
"That's What I Like," Bruno Mars
 
Country album
"From a Room, Vol. 1," Chris Stapleton
 
New artist
Alessia Cara
 
Comedy album 
"The Age of Spin & Deep in the Heart of Texas," Dave Chappelle
 
Rap album
"DAMN.," Kendrick Lamar
 
New artist
Alessia Cara
 
Rap/sung performance
"Loyalty," Kendrick Lamar feat. Rihanna
 
Pop solo performance
"Shape of You," Ed Sheeran
 
Pop vocal album
"÷," Ed Sheeran
 
Traditional pop vocal album
"Tony Bennett Celebrates 90," various artists
 
Pop duo/group performance
"Feel It Still," Portugal. The Man
 
Country song
"Broken Halos," Chris Stapleton
 
Country solo performance
"Either Way," Chris Stapleton 
 
Country duo/group performance
"Better Man," Little Big Town
 
Rap song
"HUMBLE.," Kendrick Lamar
 
Rap performance (single or track)
"HUMBLE.," Kendrick Lamar
 
R&B album
"24K Magic," Bruno Mars
 
Urban contemporary album
"Starboy," The Weeknd
 
R&B song
"That's What I Like," Bruno Mars
 
Traditional R&B performance
"Redbone," Childish Gambino
 
R&B performance
"That's What I Like," Bruno Mars
 
Alternative music album
"Sleep Well Beast," The National
 
Rock album 
"A Deeper Understanding," The War on Drugs
 
Rock song
"Run," Foo Fighters
 
Metal performance
"Sultan's Curse," Mastodon
 
Rock performance (single or track)
"You Want It Darker," Leonard Cohen
 
American roots song
"If We Were Vampires," Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit
 
American roots performance
"Killer Diller Blues," Alabama Shakes
 
Contemporary Christian album
"Chain Breaker," Zach Williams
 
Gospel album
"Let Them Fall in Love," CeCe Winans
 
Jazz instrumental album
"Rebirth," Billy Childs
 
New age album
"Dancing on Water," Peter Kater
 
Song written for visual media
"How Far I'll Go (Moana)," Lin-Manuel Miranda
 
Score soundtrack for visual media
"La La Land"
 
Compilation soundtrack for visual media
"La La Land"
 
Musical theater album
"Dear Evan Hansen"
 
Spoken word album
"The Princess Diarist," Carrie Fisher
 
Latin pop album
"El Dorado," Shakira 
 
Music film
"The Defiant Ones," various artists
 
Music video
"HUMBLE.," Kendrick Lamar
 
Contemporary instrumental album
"Prototype," Jeff Lorber Fusion
 
Dance/electronic album
"3-D The Catalogue," Kraftwerk
 
Dance recording
"Tonite," LCD Soundsystem

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Katie Holmes And Jamie Foxx Look Adorably Happy At Pre-Grammy Gala

Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx were spotted together Saturday night at the Clive Davis and The Recording Academy’s Pre-Grammy Gala in New York City.
 
Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx smile at each other at a pre-Grammy Awards event on Saturday night. (Kevin Mazur via Getty Images)
The extremely private duo, who have been rumored to be dating for a while now, were called out by Davis. Though they initially sat together at the same table, Holmes briefly walked out of the room a few moments before the gala host and music producer announced Foxx’s presence.
 
That prompted Davis to say, “This lady left the room right when I was going to introduce her. She was sitting at that table right with Jamie Foxx and everyone else.”
 
With Holmes by then sitting at another table, he added, “If you’re going to sit together, what better night than tonight?”
 
Foxx found the commentary hilarious, while Holmes looked more than a little uncomfortable to be “caught.”
 
Despite the mild awkwardness, Holmes, 39, and Foxx, 50, appeared to be happy and enjoying their time together in many of the shots captured at the event. 
 
In addition to that time last September they were seen holding hands, the two have been spotted together on and off since 2013. They have not confirmed to the public that they’re in a relationship. 
 
Whatever their status, they do look pretty damn good together.
 

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Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Drops People's Elbow Onto Fan Criticizing 'Jumanji'

A fan called out a plot point in Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s new movie, and the actor cooked up a blistering response.
 
On Wednesday, Twitter user @JamesJamMcMahon said the way “Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle” handles characters’ deaths was “some bullshit.”
 
 james mcmahon
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@jamesjammcmahon
I went to see the new Jumanji. FUCK THE NEW JUMANJI. Here’s a spoiler. There is no way a character in a video game would lose a life, then be respawned still in possession of the item required to win. That’s some bullshit. What say you @TheRock? Otherwise it was quite good
9:38 AM - Jan 24, 2018
 
“Otherwise it was quite good,” he added.
 
The review wasn’t quite good enough for Johnson, who went back to his wrestling roots with this reply:
 
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Replying to @jamesjammcmahon
Actually my friend, in the JUMANJI Lore Handbook, it clearly states in article 72 of section 7, that “any character who loses a life, shall return to their original state with any item they possessed at the time of their demise”. So kindly go f*ck yourself James.
10:01 AM - Jan 24, 2018
 
Ouch!
 
The tweeter took the smackdown in good humor, however, and called Johnson “the greatest human.”
 
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@jamesjammcmahon
THE ROCK IS THE GREATEST HUMAN <3 https://twitter.com/therock/status/956180151733166080 …
10:06 AM - Jan 24, 2018
 
The two then appeared to make up:
 
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@TheRock
Replying to @jamesjammcmahon
I mean thankfully we always have the trusted Jumanji handbook for the rules lol
10:13 AM - Jan 24, 2018
 
 
james mcmahon
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@jamesjammcmahon
Replying to @TheRock
Dude. I haven’t loved you this much since WrestleMania 18
10:14 AM - Jan 24, 2018
 
Other people on Twitter, meanwhile, cheered from the bleachers at such a glorious exchange.

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Casey Affleck Is Skipping The Oscars Amid #MeToo Backlash

Don’t expect to see Casey Affleck come Oscar Sunday. 
 
The “Manchester By The Sea” actor is reportedly breaking with tradition and skipping the 90th annual Academy Awards in March, according to Deadline. As the previous year’s winner for Best Actor, he was set to present the award for Best Actress at this year’s ceremony. 
 
A representative for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences confirmed to Variety that he would be absent from the awards show. Affleck’s representatives did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment. 
 
Affleck apparently did not “want to become a distraction from the focus that should be on the performances of the actresses in the category,” in light of the 2010 sexual harassment allegations made against him, Deadline reported.
 
Two women who worked on the hoax Joaquin Phoenix documentary, “I’m Still Here,” which Affleck directed, accused him of verbally and physically harassing them during filming. The actor has since denied all the allegations and later settled both suits for undisclosed amounts with both women signing nondisclosure agreements.
 
The awards show, which will see Jimmy Kimmel return as host, will likely tackle Hollywood’s recent reckoning with sexual assault and misconduct. Many of the actors and actresses nominated have pledged their support to the Time’s Up initiative, which seeks to eliminate predatory behavior across all industries through gender and racial parity. 
 
This isn’t the first time the Oscars will have alternatives to previous winners handing out trophies. In 2009, the Academy tapped multiple presenters to introduce the acting awards with each making a short speech on the nominee’s behalf. 
 
Earlier this month, women were the only presenters at the SAG Awards, with the show choosing to forgo male presenters altogether.

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What Is GHB, The Party Drug That Might Have Killed 'Storm Chasers' Joel Taylor?

When Joel Taylor, star of the former Discovery Series show Storm Chasers, died this week at the age of 38, he was allegedly chasing not a tornado, but a high.
 
“I wish I could have just one more chase,” wrote friend and former Storm Chasers costar Reed Timmer on Facebook. “He was such a great friend to so many he will leave behind such a huge void… His legacy will certainly chase on forever.”
 
Taylor was reportedly on a Caribbean cruise with gay party-cruise company Atlantis at the time of his death, the cause of which has not yet been determined. But he had reportedly consumed party drugs, including GHB, a downer sometimes referred to as the “date rape drug,” according to TMZ, which noted, “Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, ‘It appears the death could be an overdose and Joel Taylor was consuming controlled substances.’ A passenger who interacted with Joel tells TMZ, Joel had consumed enough GHB on the dance floor Tuesday that he was rendered unconscious and taken off the dance floor by 2 people and back to his room.”
 
An Atlantis spokesperson referred Yahoo Lifestyle to the Royal Caribbean, which operates the cruise ship, but noted, “We were saddened to learn of the death of Mr. Taylor this week as he was a loyal guest and member of our community. His loss will be felt by many who had the pleasure of knowing him.”
 
In a statement to People, Royal Caribbean Cruises manager of global corporate communications said, “As is our standard procedure, law enforcement was notified and responded to the ship when it arrived in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Tuesday, January 23. We extend our most sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the 38-year-old male guest from the United States who died while onboard Harmony of the Seas. A member of our Care Team is providing support and assistance to his family.”
 
While an official cause of death has not been determined and an autopsy has yet to be performed, just the possibility of GHB’s role was troubling for many familiar with both the drug and with Atlantis cruises.
 
   GHB — which stands for gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid and is commonly just called “G” — began as a sleep aid, was sold over-the-counter for a brief time as a workout enhancer, and is now a Schedule-1 narcotic sometimes used to treat narcolepsy.
 
It rose to prominence on the gay dance-party circuit in the mid-1990s, and began raising red flags after young men began slipping into comas and dying at prominent fundraising parties, particularly at New York gay party mecca the Fire Island Pines. The drug remained popular in many party circles, though — giving the user a euphoric feeling that’s similar to that of alcohol, but with no hangover — and now appears to be having a resurgence, according to Joseph Palamar, an epidemiologist and associate professor at NYU Langone Health’s Department of Population Health.
 
“GHB was very popular in both the hetero and gay nightclubs scenes in the late 1990s and early 2000s. It acquired quite a stigma resulting from overdose and death and largely lost popularity, but GHB is supposedly making a bit of a comeback in the gay club scene,” Palamar, who has written about and studied the drug extensively, tells Yahoo Lifestyle.
 
Taken in the form of a clear liquid that’s mixed, a drop at a time, into bottles of water, the recreational dosing of GHB is hard to control.
 
As Palamar explains, “It typically only takes a few drops of GHB to get someone high. It’s very potent, so it’s very easy to take too much — and when you take too much you can pass out, and very quickly. Someone can be dancing and talking to you and 10 seconds later they are on the ground unconscious.”
 
Even experienced users, he says, can have trouble accurately measuring their doses “and expect to pass out unintentionally from time to time.” Palamar adds, “Some users take a second dose too soon after the first dose and think that like alcohol, the second dose will just make them a little more tipsy, but that second dose hits users much harder than the first dose. GHB ‘on the street’ is unregulated, so users rarely know the true potency (or what is actually in the drug).”
 
Many times, a GHB user who passes out or “falls out” will wake up after minutes or hours, feeling refreshed.
 
“This is the case more often than not when someone falls unconscious. GHB is supposed to make you sleep and that’s exactly what it does,” Palamar says. But falling into this short coma can turn especially dangerous in an uncontrolled environment, he says, noting, “If someone passes out, they can injure themselves and fall asleep in a position that cuts off their airway. Or someone can take way too much and seriously compromise their breathing. This is most likely when GHB is combined with alcohol.”
 
The whole process has become even more complicated in recent years, as chemical analogues of GHB — including one called GBL — have come into use, explains “Jim” (who asked that his real name not be used), a paramedic with 20 years of experience treating and monitoring drug-using partiers as a volunteer with a gay medical group dedicated to harm reduction on the dance floor.
 
“GBL breaks into two atoms of GHB, so you’re taking something twice as strong, and it also takes longer to kick in, so you might take more too soon,” he tells Yahoo Lifestyle. Since they’re both clear liquids, though, you can never be certain which one you’re taking. “And everything becomes more complicated when you’re mixing other things in, which is especially going to be the situation at a party.”
 
In any event, Jim adds, people don’t really die from GHB directly, but because it has put you in such a deep sleep state that you do not wake up, even if you vomit or choke, which can lead to death by aspiration. “When we monitor them at an event,” he explains, “we are mainly looking to see if their vitals are stable and that their airway is okay.”
 
Palamar addresses the question that many people might have about Taylor’s alleged situation and others that are similar: “A ‘normal’ person would think, why not call the hospital? But assuming this guy’s friends knew [what had happened], they likely thought he’d sleep it off. People don’t usually call for help — one, because they don’t want to get in trouble, but two, because they usually wake up.”

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Kylie Jenner Is "Nervous" to Give Birth but "Excited" to Become a Mom

Kylie Jenneris quickly approaching motherhood! 
 
While the 20-year-old Keeping Up With the Kardashians star has yet to confirm her reported pregnancy, a source tells E! News exclusively that Kylie is "counting down the days" until she meets her newborn. 
 
Our insider says Jenner has "everything ready to go" ahead of her early February due date, and mom Kris Jenner has been especially helpful with the baby's nursery and "getting everything set up." The source shares, "They are all ready to meet the baby." 
 
"Kylie is nervous about giving birth," the insider explains, but says her sisters are "helping calm her fears and letting her know what to expect."
 
As fans know, Kim Kardashian just welcomed her third child, Kourtney Kardashianalso has three little ones of her own and Khloe Kardashianis pregnant with baby No. 1. 
 

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'This Is Us' Is Finally Going To Tell Us How Jack Died

What goes best with your Super Bowl chips and dip platter? How about watching a beloved character perish. 
 
At this point, “This Is Us” should probably be renamed “This Is Emotional Manipulation,” because for nearly two seasons it’s been teasing the on-screen death of forever WB hunk Milo Ventimiglia.
 
Well, the time has come to reveal exactly how Jack (Ventimiglia) kicks the proverbial bucket, and it happens to be right after the Super Bowl. The NBC tearjerker has landed the coveted post-game slot for a special episode. 
 
In a trailer released on Tuesday, fans are treated to a collage of some of the Pearson family’s most heartwarming moments before we see their home engulfed in flames. 
 
“Take deep breaths,” Jack yells, as his kids start to panic.
 
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This is the episode. 
 
Tune in Sunday, February 4 after the Super Bowl and set your DVR with extra time so you don't miss a single minute. #ThisIsUs
10:04 PM - Jan 23, 2018
 
The mystery of Jack’s death has fascinated fans of the series with hints ? a battery-less smoke detector, a defective crock pot, etc. ? sprinkled throughout episodes. Last week’s installment ended with a major cliffhanger, as the family’s home burned down. 
 
Ventimiglia has confirmed that the episode will be “an absolute soul-crushing event,” so if you’re in your feels after the big game it might serve you well to change the channel. 
 
He added: “Once you figure out the moment where it’s going to happen, you may get some hope — and then it’s all going to go away.” 
 
Gulp.
 
“This Is Us” airs Feb. 4 on NBC.

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Elton John Announces Retirement From Touring

Sir Elton John is retiring from the road -- but just not yet.  Saying "my priorities now are my children, my husband, and my family," the rock and pop icon announced at a live New York City press conference Wednesday afternoon, with assistance from Anderson Cooper, that he'll end his time on the road with a 300-date world tour, dubbed the "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" tour, which Elton promised will be the "best tour I've ever done."  He also denied claims his decision was due to ill health, saying he wouldn't mount a 300-date world tour if he were in ill health.  Elton also insisted he will still make music and record, including work on musicals.

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2018 Oscar Nominations: The Complete List

The Academy has anointed their Oscars class of 2018.
 
Hollywood was up bright and early on Tuesday as this year's nominees were announced live from the Samuel Goldwyn Theater by Andy Serkis, Tiffany Haddish and more A-list Academy members. (Because if you have to be awake at 5:22 a.m., there's no better presenter to keep spirits high than Tiffany Haddish.)
 
The most-nominated film of 2018, by no small number, is Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water, which earned 13 nominations -- one shy of tying the record currently held by All About Eve, Titanic and La La Land. Dunkirk follows with eight nominations and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri trails that with seven. This year's nominations also mark plenty of milestones: Timothée Chalamet is the youngest Best Actor nominee in 75 years, while Christopher Plummer is the oldest acting nominee, ever; the first female nominee for Best Cinematography (Mudbound's Rachel Morrison), and the fifth female director (Greta Gerwig) and fifth black director (Jordan Peele) nominated for Best Director; and a record-setting 21st Oscar nomination for Meryl Streep.
 
This year's films truly run the gamut, ranging from horror satire Get Out to the coming-of-age dramedy Lady Bird, to creature feature The Shape of Water and Three Billboards, a two-hour showcase for Frances McDormand to show off. After an increasingly unpredictable awards season that has seen the fortunes of these films change on a seemingly daily basis, the chosen ones have finally been, well, chosen. But the race is only beginning. The Academy Awards will take place on March 4, but until then, here are your nominees:
 
BEST PICTURE
Call Me by Your Name
Get Out
Lady Bird
The Post
Phantom Thread
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
 
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name
Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.
 
ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
Meryl Streep, The Post
 
ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
 
ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread
Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water
 
DIRECTING
Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan
Get Out, Jordan Peele
Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig
Phantom Thread, Paul Thomas Anderson
The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro
 
WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)
Call Me by Your Name, James Ivory
The Disaster Artist, Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber
Logan, Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green
Molly's Game, Aaron Sorkin
Mudbound, Virgil Williams and Dee Rees
 
WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)
The Big Sick, Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani
Get Out, Jordan Peele
Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig
The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Martin McDonagh
 
CINEMATOGRAPHY
Blade Runner 2049, Roger Deakins
Darkest Hour, Bruno Delbonnel
Dunkirk, Hoyte van Hoytema
Mudbound, Rachel Morrison
The Shape of Water, Dan Laustsen
 
ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
The Boss Baby
The Bread Winner
Coco
Ferdinand 
Loving Vincent
 
DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)
Abacus:Small Enough to Jail
Faces Places
Icarus
Last Men in Aleppo
Strong Island
 
DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)
Edith+Eddie
Knife Skills
Traffic Stop
Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405
Heroin(e)
 
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
A Fantastic Woman (Chile)
The Insult (Lebanon)
Loveless (Russia)
On Body and Soul (Hungary)
The Square (Sweden)
 
MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)
Dunkirk, Hans Zimmer
Phantom Thread, Jonny Greenwood
The Shape of Water, Alexandre Desplat
Star Wars: The Last Jedi, John Williams
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Carter Burwell
 
MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)
"Mighty River," from Mudbound 
    Music and Lyric by Mary J. Blige, Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson
"Mystery of Love," from Call Me by Your Name
     Music and Lyric by Sufjan Stevens
"Remember Me," from Coco
     Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
"Stand Up for Something," from Marshall 
     Music by Diane Warren; Lyric by Lonnie R. Lynn and Diane Warren
"This Is Me," from The Greatest Showman
     Music and Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
 
SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)
Dear Basketball
Garden Party
Lou
Negative Space
Revolting Rhymes
 
SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)
The Eleven O'Clock
Watu Wote/All of Us
The Silent Child
DeKalb Elementary
My Nephew Emmett
 
FILM EDITING
Baby Driver, Jonathan Amos, Paul Machliss
Dunkirk, Lee Smith
I, Tonya, Tatiana S. Riegel
The Shape of Water, Sidney Wolinsky
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Jon Gregory
 
SOUND EDITING
Baby Driver, Julian Slater
Blade Runner 2049, Mark Mangini, Theo Green
Dunkirk, Alex Gibson, Richard King
The Shape of Water, Nathan Robitaille, Nelson Ferreira
Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Ren Klyce, Matthew Wood
 
SOUND MIXING
Baby Driver, Mary H. Ellis, Julian Slater, Tim Cavagin
Blade Runner 2049, Mac Ruth, Ron Bartlett, Doug Hephill
Dunkirk, Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo
The Shape of Water, Glen Gauthier, Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern
Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Stuart Wilson, Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick
 
PRODUCTION DESIGN
Beauty and the Beast, Sarah Greenwood; Katie Spencer
Blade Runner 2049, Dennis Gassner, Alessandra Querzola
Darkest Hour, Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer
Dunkirk, Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis
The Shape of Water, Paul D. Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin, Shane Vieau
 
COSTUME DESIGN
Beauty and the Beast, Jacqueline Durran
Darkest Hour, Jacqueline Durran
Phantom Thread, Mark Bridges
The Shape of Water, Luis Sequeira
Victoria and Abdul, Consolata Boyle
 
MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
Darkest Hour, Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, Lucy Sibbick
Victoria and Abdul, Daniel Phillips and Lou Sheppard
Wonder, Arjen Tuiten
 
VISUAL EFFECTS
Blade Runner 2049, John Nelson, Paul Lambert, Richard R. Hoover, Gerd Nefzer
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner, Dan Sudick
Kong: Skull Island, Stephen Rosenbaum, Jeff White, Scott Benza, Mike Meinardus
Star Wars: The Last Jedi,  Ben Morris, Mike Mulholland, Chris Corbould, Neal Scanlon
War for the Planet of the Apes, Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett, Joel Whist
The 90th Annual Academy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will air live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California, on Sunday, March 4, 8:00 p.m. EST/5:00 p.m. PST on ABC.

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Olivia Munn Texts Anna Faris To Let Her Know She's Not Dating Chris Pratt

Someone, please cast Olivia Munn and Anna Faris in a movie where they road-trip across country being their fabulous selves, because we need more of these two together immediately. 
 
After reports circulated that the “X-Men: Apocalypse” star and Faris’ ex-husband, actor Chris Pratt, enjoyed a “romantic dinner” together earlier this month, Munn decided to set the record straight.
 
In a series of posts on Instagram Story, Munn essentially circumvented the entire celebrity gossip machine by refusing to be pitted against another woman she considers a friend.
 
“Not every woman is scorned and upset after a breakup,” Munn wrote on social media. “Not every woman is ‘furious’ at another woman for dating her ex...So even if I was dating [Chris], some tabloids got me and [Anna] all wrong...women respect and love each other a lot more than some people like to think.” 
 
Munn went on to offer potential celebrity couple names for her and Pratt, like Crolivia, Prunn and Olipratt, to prove what a “horrible” match they would make. 
 
But Munn wasn’t done clearing the air. The actress, who stunned at the SAG Awards on Sunday night, shared her text-message conversation with Faris to explain that nothing went down between her and Pratt. 
 
 “Sooo… I would never respond to random tabloid stories, but since we know each other I wanted to reach out to you personally to tell you the story about me and Chris dating has 0% truth,” Munn’s message read. “I’m sure you already know it’s not true, or maybe you didn’t care either way, but I just wanted to reach out personally to tell you it’s not true.”
 
Faris responded, “Hi!!!! Oh my god-this town is so f**king crazy-you are so sweet to text-I love you-having said that if you were my new sister in law I would be thrilled! -lets please catch up soon.”
 
Move it along. No feud to see here, folks. 

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Denis Leary Hilariously Accepts Credit For Willem Dafoe's Oscar Nomination

Willem Dafoe may have received the Oscar nomination, but Denis Leary is accepting the congratulations.
 
Dafoe was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for “The Florida Project” on Tuesday, and Leary admitted that he’s taking advantage of their startling resemblance.
 
 Denis Leary
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@denisleary
This morning my Uber driver said he loved me in The Florida Project and wondered if I was working on my Oscar speech. I said thank you and yes. Then we took a photo together. #GoDafoe https://twitter.com/linnyemg/status/955881063859081223 …
3:50 PM - Jan 23, 2018
 
It’s happened before.
 
In 2007, Leary told People magazine that he once got into a strip club for free because the bouncer thought he was Dafoe.
 
Leary seems happy to milk the confusion for all it’s worth, based on his other tweets during this year’s awards season.
 
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@denisleary
Really need Willem Dafoe to win an Oscar this year so I can be mistaken for an Oscar winner wherever I go.
2:58 PM - Jan 21, 2018
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Red Carpet brawl breaks out at Comics Come Home 23 between @jimmyfallon and Willem Dafoe. That glare Cam gave me broke two of my ribs. #tbt
9:44 AM - Jan 4, 2018
 
Funny that they’re never in the same place at the same time.

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The Revolution, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Sheila E. And More To Perform At Super Bowl Live Shows

Music fans will have a number of live performances to look forward leading up to this year's Super Bowl LII. A free, 10-day festival called Super Bowl LIVE is set to feature food, fun, and appearances from artists such as Prince's backing bands The Revolution and New Power Generation, award-winning songwriting and production duo Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, and Sheila E. Also included on the bill are New Power Soul, Mint Condition, and Mint Condition's lead singer and studio drummer Stokley Williams, vocal and instrumental ensemble Sounds of Blackness and musical family The Steeles. Super Bowl LIVE is set to take place at the Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis from January 26 to February 4. For information on tickets and dates for each live show, free and open to the public, check out MNSuperBowl.com. The Super Bowl will take place February 4 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

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Morgan Freeman Stops SAG Speech To Yell At Lilly Tomlin

There was one question on everybody’s minds after Morgan Freeman gave his life achievement award speech at the 2018 Screen Actors Awards: Who was the mystery celebrity that the actor called out during his speech? As Freeman began his acceptance speech on Sunday, he paused for a moment to abruptly call out another member of the audience. And while the actor didn’t elaborate on who he was talking about at the time, backstage he let reporters in on a little secret — it was Lily Tomlin. “Yeah. That was Lily Tomlin,” he explained at the 2018 SAG Awards press room at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sunday. “She’s a wonder in herself and I’ve always loved her. I see her, I say hello.” 

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Razzie Nominations

The nominees for the 38th annual Gold Raspberry Awards — better known as "The Razzies" — were announced yesterday, highlighting the very worst Tinsel Town had to offer in 2017. The lucky winners will be announced March 3, just one day before the Oscars hands out trophies of its own. 
 
Worst Picture
"Baywatch"
"The Emoji Movie"
"Fifty Shades Darker"
"The Mummy"
"Transformers XVII: The Last Knight"
 
Worst Actress
Katherine Heigl ("Unforgettable")
Dakota Johnson ("Fifty Shades Darker")
Jennifer Lawrence ("Mother!")
Tyler Perry ("BOO! 2: A Madea Halloween")
Emma Watson ("The Circle")
 
Worst Actor
Tom Cruise ("The Mummy")
Johnny Depp ("Pirates of the Caribbean XIII: Dead Men Tell No Tales")
Jamie Dornan ("Fifty Shades Darker")
Zac Efron ("Baywatch")
Mark Wahlberg ("Daddy's Home 2" and "Transformers XVII: The Last Knight")
 
Worst Supporting Actor
Javier Bardem ("Mother!" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales")
Russell Crowe ("The Mummy")
Josh Duhamel ("Transformers XVII: The Last Knight")
Mel Gibson ("Daddy's Home 2")
Anthony Hopkins ("Collide" and "Transformers XVII: The Last Knight")
 
Worst Supporting Actress
Kim Basinger ("Fifty Shades Darker")
Sofia Boutella ("The Mummy")
Laura Haddock ("Transformers XVII: Last Knight")
Goldie Hawn ("Snatched")
Susan Sarandon ("A Bad Moms Christmas")
 
Worst Screen Combo
Any Combination of Two Characters, Two Sex Toys or Two Sexual Positions — "Fifty Shades Darker"
Any Combination of Two Humans, Two Robots or Two Explosions — "Transformers XVII: The Last Knight"
Any Two Obnoxious Emojis — "The Emoji Movie"
Johnny Depp and His Worn Out Drunk Routine — "Pirates of the Caribbean XIII: Dead Careers Tell No Tales"
Tyler Perry and Either the Ratty Old Dress or Worn Out Wig — "BOO! 2: A Madea Halloween"
 
Worst Remake, Rip-off or Sequel
"Baywatch"
"BOO! 2: A Madea Halloween"
"Fifty Shades Darker"
"The Mummy"
"Transformers XVII: The Last Knight"
 
Worst Director
Darren Aronofsky ("Mother!")
Michael Bay ("Transformers XVII: The Last Knight")
James Foley ("Fifty Shades Darker")
Alex Kurtzman ("The Mummy")
Anthony (Tony) Leonidis ("The Emoji Movie")
 
Worst Screenplay
"Baywatch"
"The Emoji Movie"
"Fifty Shades Darker"
"The Mummy"
"Transformers XVII: The Last Knight"

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Tom Petty Died Of Overdose, Family Announces

Tom Petty died of an accidental drug overdose in October last year, his wife Dana and daughter Adria announced in a Facebook post Friday.  "Our family sat together this morning with the Medical Examiner -- Coroner's office and we were informed of their final analysis that Tom Petty passed away due to an accidental drug overdose as a result of taking a variety of medications," the post reads.
 
The Los Angeles County coroner confirmed Friday that Petty's cause of death was a "multisystem organ failure" due to mixed drug intoxication, including fentanyl, oxycodone, temazepam, alprazolam, citalopram, acetylfentanyl and despropionyl fentanyl.
 
His family said Petty suffered from "many serious ailments" including emphysema, knee problems and a fractured hip.
 
"Despite this painful injury he insisted on keeping his commitment to his fans and he toured for 53 dates with a fractured hip and, as he did, it worsened to a more serious injury," their post says. The family said the fracture upgraded to a full-on break and they believe the pain "was simply unbearable" and the cause of his "overuse of medication."
 
"As a family we recognize this report may spark a further discussion on the opioid crisis and we feel that it is a healthy and necessary discussion and we hope in some way this report can save lives. Many people who overdose begin with a legitimate injury or simply do not understand the potency and deadly nature of these medications," the post reads. 
 
Petty performed three sold-out shows at the Hollywood Bowl in December to conclude his band's 40th anniversary tour. The band wrote on their website that the tour included 53 shows in 24 states.
 
In 2016, Petty told Rolling Stone he believed it would be the group's last tour together. "It's very likely we'll keep playing, but will we take on 50 shows in one tour? I don't think so. I'd be lying if I didn't say I was thinking this might be the last big one," he said. "We're all on the backside of our sixties. I have a granddaughter now I'd like to see as much as I can. I don't want to spend my life on the road. This tour will take me away for four months. With a little kid, that's a lot of time."
 
Petty, who released three solo albums and 13 albums with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, also took part in the 1980s supergroup the Traveling Wilburys with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne. He told Rolling Stone he was hoping to release a deluxe version of his 1994 solo album "Wildflowers" with a bonus disc of unreleased material. He had also hoped to play a special "Wildflowers" tour.

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Ed Sheeran Is Engaged To Childhood Friend Cherry Seaborn

Ed Sheeran announced his engagement to girlfriend Cherry Seaborn on Saturday in an Instagram post that was pretty darn adorable.
 
“Got myself a fiancé just before new year,” the “Perfect” singer wrote. “We are very happy and in love, and our cats are chuffed as well xx.”
 
People reports that Seaborn, 24, is a risk advisory consultant and that she and Sheeran started dating in 2015. But the two have known each other much longer ? they were childhood friends who went to school together, according to The Guardian.
 
Sheeran, 26, has credited Seaborn with helping him in his past struggle with substance abuse and in recovering after a bike accident.
 
Sheeran’s previously alluded to the felines being a symbol of stability in his relationship with Seaborn.
 
“I spent every day for a year with this certain person, we kind of have a strong relationship now, which is good,” he told BBC Radio 2 in February. “I’m really secure now, we live together and we have cats, and I think when you have cats that’s kind of it.”
 
Congrats to the whole family!

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Melania Trump Subtly Shades Husband Donald in the Midst of the Stormy Daniels Cheating Scandal

Is there a storm brewing in Melania Trump and Donald Trump's marriage? Just one day after In Touch published the 5,000-word transcript from an exclusive interview with porn star Stormy Daniels — in which Stormy gave candid details about her sordid affair with POTUS back in 2006 — Donald's wife Melania took to Twitter to break her silence and she chose to do so in a classy way. FLOTUS shared a picture from Inauguration Day 2017 and she celebrated her first year in office by completely ignoring her husband.
 
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This has been a year filled with many wonderful moments. I’ve enjoyed the people I’ve been lucky enough to meet throughout our great country & the world! ????????
11:14 AM - Jan 20, 2018
 
"This has been a year filled with many wonderful moments. I’ve enjoyed the people I’ve been lucky enough to meet throughout our great country [and] the world!" the 47-year-old tweeted, along with a photo of her being escorted out of the White House by a young, handsome officer.
 
 
Melania's followers have definitely seen the picture before — where she wore her now-iconic inauguration outfit of a pale blue Ralph Lauren dress with a matching jacket and gloves. But fans also noticed that Melania chose not to share a photo of herself with her hubby from that day and it seems like it was deliberate move on the First Lady's part — and many speculated that it could be because Melania is upset that the details of her husband's affair with a porn star have been made public.
 
"Have you met Stormy Daniels, the porn star your husband slept with (unprotected) for a year after you had Barron? Real talk: you can do so much better. Divorce him and find a man worthy of you," one fan wrote, and another commented, "Somewhat of a Stormy first year, wouldn’t you say Mel?"
 
It seems like the general public is on Melania's side and are sympathetic towards her in the wake of the scandal — including Stormy. "If I was his wife and I found out that my husband stuck his d--k in a hundred girls, I would be less mad about that than the fact that he went to dinner and had, like, this ongoing relationship," she revealed to In Touch.

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Katie Couric To Co-Host Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony

NEW YORK — Katie Couric is coming back to NBC. This time, she'll co-host the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The TV personality will co-host with Mike Tirico, who is replacing Bob Costas as prime-time host of the games, for the Feb. 9 ceremony. The opening ceremony will be live-streamed for the first time.  
 
Couric will work with Mike Tirico, who is replacing Bob Costas as prime-time host of the games, for the Feb. 9 ceremony.
 
The torch-lighting and parade of nations that begins every Olympics took on greater resonance Wednesday with the announcement that the rival Koreas will form their first unified Olympic team and march together in the ceremony.
 
"It's going to be really emotional for the athletes, for the crowd and for everybody sitting at home," said Jim Bell, executive producer of the Olympics for NBC.
 
The decision to live-stream the ceremony starting at 6 a.m. ET in the United States takes some critical heat off NBC. Some fans thought it odd that during the 2016 summer games in Brazil, NBC allowed every competition to be shown live online but not the opening ceremony. The live-stream will be available for free to cable subscribers.
 
The prime-time broadcast NBC will show on television will likely be edited for brevity.
 
U.S., South Korea agree to pause military drills during Winter Olympics
Similarly, NBC will show its nightly Olympic prime-time broadcast that begins at 8 p.m. on the East Coast live across the country; given the time difference, there will be a lot of events taking place live during that time, daylight the next day in Korea. That means the West Coast "prime-time" broadcast will begin at 5 p.m.
 
The moves are a further recognition by NBC of the difficulty in showing tape-delayed events at a time the audience accustomed to seeing things when they want to.
 
Hoda Kotb would have been a natural pick to host the opening ceremony, but Bell said he didn't want to burden her when she just got the new lead job at "Today." So, instead, he called Couric, the former "Today" host who handled Olympic ceremonies in 2000, 2002, 2004 with Costas.
 
She joked at a news conference Wednesday that she and Tirico "go way back, to 45 minutes ago."
 
NBC also said that it had hired Joshua Cooper Ramo, a co-chief executive of the Kissinger Associates consulting firm and an Asian expert, to provide analysis during the games.
 
The thaw in relations between North and South Korea — however temporary — adds an intriguing element to an Olympics that has had little advanced buzz. NBC's most promotable American stars going in are Lindsey Vonn and Shaun White, two veteran athletes hoping for a last hurrah in Pyeongchang.
 
It means NBC is braced for a dip in its prime-time ratings, something that might be expected anyway because live television viewership in general is down from four years ago.
 
"I hope not," said NBC Sports Chairman Mark Lazarus. "But I just think media gravity takes us that way."
 
Instead, NBC is intent on convincing its advertisers that even if prime-time television viewing is off, that more people will consume Olympics content on cable, online and through venues like Snapchat, he said.
 

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Justin Timberlake Reflects On Janet Jackson Nipplegate: 'I Stumbled Through It'

Sometimes, what goes around does not come around: Take Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson, for example.
 
After Jackson’s breast was accidentally exposed during their 2004 Super Bowl halftime performance, her career suffered, while Timberlake went on to release one of his bestselling albums of all time. 
 
As Timberlake prepares to return to the Super Bowl halftime show in February, days after his new album “Man of the Woods” is set to drop, the performer is reflecting on his previous appearance on the stage.
 
“Naturally, that’s something we talked about,” Timberlake, 36, told Beats 1’s Zane Lowe, referring to Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction,” in his first public interview for his new album.
 
“To be honest, it wasn’t too much of a conversation,” he continued. “It’s just one of those things where you go, like, ‘Yeah, what do you want me to say? We’re not going to do that again!’”
 
Many believe Jackson was unfairly punished after the now-infamous TV moment dubbed “nipplegate.” MTV claimed the singer “engineered” the stunt, although Jackson and Timberlake admitted they agreed on a version of the costume reveal at the final rehearsal. They intended for the move to expose just Jackson’s red bra, but her breast was exposed when Timberlake inadvertently ripped off the bra as well.
 
'I stumbled through it, to be quite honest,” Timberlake said of the scandal. After the uproar, Jackson allegedly was uninvited from that year’s Grammy Awards, and her music videos were blacklisted. 
 
He added: “I had my wires crossed and it’s just something that you have to look back on and go like, OK, well you know, you can’t change what’s happened, but you can move forward and learn from it.”
 
The former NYSNC singer and Jackson didn’t speak for a period after the incident, but he said they’ve since made peace.
 
“I don’t know that a lot of people know that,” he explained. “I don’t think it’s my job to do that, because you value the relationships that you do have with people.”
 
While the Super Bowl scandal clearly isn’t his favorite topic of conversation, Timberlake has addressed the backlash before. In a 2006 interview with MTV, he admitted that he “got 10 percent of the blame,” while Jackson shouldered the rest. 
 
“I think America is harsher on women,” Timberlake said at the time. “I think America is unfairly harsh on ethnic people.”
 
“I’m a part of a community that consider themselves artists,” he continued. “And if there’s something that I could have done in her defense, that was more, that I could have realized, then I would have.”
 
Jackson, who recently completed a cross-country tour, has yet to comment on Timberlake’s return to the Super Bowl.

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Kim Kardashian Says Connection To Baby Girl 'Came Instantly'

The Kardashian brood can’t stop, won’t stop expanding. 
 
Kim Kardashian opened up about her growing family on Thursday, addressing misconceptions about using a surrogate and describing her bond with the daughter she and husband Kanye West welcomed this week. 
 
“The connection with our baby came instantly and it’s as if she was with us the whole time,” the reality TV star wrote in a post shared on her website and app. 
 
Kardashian, 37, experienced difficulties, including preeclampsia and placenta accreta, while pregnant with her first two children, North, 4, and Saint, 2. She said her doctors warned her it wouldn’t be safe to carry a third child. 
 
The woman who carried the child has remained out of the public eye ? and even off the guest list for the baby shower. But Kardashian said she has nothing but love for her gestational carrier, which she said is the preferred term for a woman carrying a baby she isn’t related to.
 
“Having a gestational carrier is definitely different, but anyone who says or thinks it’s the easy way out is completely wrong,” she wrote. “People assume it’s better because you don’t have to deal with the physical changes, pain or complications with delivery, but for me it was so hard to not carry my own child, especially after I carried North and Saint.” 
 
Kardashian and West were both in the delivery room when their new daughter was born, according to E! News, and the new mom had the first skin-to-skin contact with the baby. 

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U2, Elton John, Kendrick Lamar Among 2018 Grammys Performers

NEW YORK -- Even more all-star performers are headed to the Grammys later this month. U2 and Elton John are among the performers that will help celebrate music's biggest show at the 60th Grammy Awards.
 
The Recording Academy announced Wednesday that U2 and Elton John, who will sing one of his classics with Miley Cyrus, will perform at the Jan. 28 show at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
 
Sam Smith and Kendrick Lamar, who is up for seven Grammys, were also added to the lineup. Previously announced performers include Bruno Mars, Cardi B, Pink, SZA, Lady Gaga, Little Big Town, Childish Gambino, Daddy Yankee, Luis Fonsi, Kesha, Alessia Cara, Khalid, Logic, Patti LuPone and Ben Platt.
 
Two days after the Grammys, the academy will hold "Elton John: I'm Still Standing - A GRAMMY Salute," where Smith, Cyrus and others will pay tribute to the Rocket Man. John frequently performs at the Grammys and is known for his unexpected onstage collaborations at the show. He sang with Eminem in 2001 and in 2013 he performed with Ed Sheeran, Mumford & Sons, Ed Sheeran and Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes.
 
The week leading up to the Grammys will also feature some high profile performers: Eminem, Dave Matthews and Childish Gambino are part of the "Citi Sound Vault" from Jan. 24-28 at Irving Plaza in New York City.
 
Thirty Seconds to Mars will kick it off on Jan. 24, followed by The National, Eminem, Gambino and Matthews with bandmate Tim Reynolds.

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Selena Gomez's Mom Warned Her About Woody Allen, But She Didn't Listen

A family meeting might be in order because Selena Gomez’s mother and former manager, Mandy Teefey, can’t stop spilling the tea. 
 
A day after Teefey revealed she was “not happy” about her daughter’s rekindled romance with Justin Bieber, she weighed in on the ongoing controversy over Gomez starring in the upcoming Woody Allen film “A Rainy Day in New York.”
 
Three of Gomez’s co-stars on the film, Rebecca Hall, Timothée Chalamet and Griffin Newman, have already pledged to donate their salaries to stand in solidarity with victims of sexual assault. Allen’s adoptive daughter, Dylan Farrow, has repeatedly accused him of sexually abusing her as a child, despite the director vehemently denying her claims over the years. 
 
When one of Teefey’s followers demanded Gomez apologize for her continued public support of Allen, Teefey explained that the 25-year-old is the one making the decisions, not her. 
 
“Sorry, no one can make Selena do anything she doesn’t want to,” Teefey wrote. 
 
“I had a long talk with her about not working with him and it didn’t click. Her team are amazing people. There is no fall person here. No one controls her. She makes all her own decisions. No matter how hard you try to advise. It falls on deaf ears,” she continued. 
 
The “Bad Liar” singer previously addressed the criticism regarding her collaboration with Allen in a roundabout answer that left many unsatisfied. 
 
“To be honest, I’m not sure how to answer — not because I’m trying to back away from it. [The Harvey Weinstein allegations] actually happened right after I had started [on the movie],” she told Billboard in November. “They popped up in the midst of it. And that’s something, yes, I had to face and discuss. I stepped back and thought, ‘Wow, the universe works in interesting ways.’”
 
Meanwhile, Gomez’s other co-stars, including Elle Fanning, Diego Luna and Liev Schreiber, have stayed silent. 

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Helen Mirren Wants In On 'Fast and Furious' — But Driving Is 'Essential'

It was a beautiful marriage, Helen Mirren and the Fast and Furious franchise — and one that we don’t mind taking a tiny crumb of credit for (In a March 2015 interview with Yahoo, she made a public plea to play a villain in one of the Fast movies; in June 2016, she was cast as one.).
 
The Oscar-winning Brit played Magdalene Shaw, mum to longtime series rogues Deckard (Jason Statham) and Owen Shaw (Luke Evans) in 2017’s The Fate of the Furious. Though it was a relatively small role, as the events of that film made clear (with Mrs. Shaw helping Vin Diesel’s Dom recover his kidnapped son), it was Magdalene who was the real power broker in the Shaw family. Still, we know next to nothing about her background, leaving open the distinct possibility that we could see more of Mirren in the series.
 
The actress is all about it. “I hope so,” she told us at the press day for her upcoming film The Leisure Seeker when asked if she’d return to the Fast franchise. “I’m sort of quietly maneuvering. But I love it, it would be brilliant. I love that character.”
 
Mirren, 72, would insist upon doing one thing that she sadly did not get to in Fate of the Furious: drive a really fast car. “This time, definitely,” she said. “Absolutely. Essential, instead of being stuck in [the back seat].”
 
Fate of the Furious director F. Gary Gray (who Mirren calls by his proper first name, Felix) is certainly a fan. “What can I say? She is the queen,” Gray told us during a Facebook Live interview in the lead-up to the film’s release. “She’s a lot of fun. … She’s dope.”
 
There are actually two separate Fast films that could enlist Mirren: The currently untitled ninth chapter in the series, which is slated for release in April 2020, or a separate spinoff centering around Dwayne Johnson’s Hobbs and Statham’s Deckard Shaw, which will release a year earlier and thus has caused some internal strife among the Fast family.
 
And while Mirren admits she’s generally drawn to “wonderful small independent films,” she also professed her love to us for another big budget blockbuster: Guardians of the Galaxy. “That was really, really enjoyable,” she said. (While Mirren raved about 2014’s GOTG Vol. 1, she admitted she still has yet to see last year’s Vol. 2.)
 
But, hey, if the Fast folks are too slow to call, maybe we can see the dame go to space for Vol. 3?
 
The Leisure Seeker opens on March 9.

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Chris Hemswoth Says Brother Liam And Miley Cyrus Not Married

Chris Hemsworth has insisted his younger brother Liam Miley Cyrus are not officially married following reports the couple had secretly tied the knot in Byron Bay, Australia over the holiday period. Questioned as to whether Miley was officially a member of the Hemsworth clan during an interview with Sirius XM radio in New York, Chris said “no” while awkwardly giggling. “They're not officially married,” he said. On Monday, NW magazine claimed that Miley and Liam had married in a secret ceremony in Byron Bay, after they were spotted wearing bands on their ring fingers.

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HLN Host Ashleigh Banfield Comes To Aziz Ansari's Defense

HLN host Ashleigh Banfield has come to Aziz Ansari‘s defense after the comedian was accused of sexual misconduct. Over the weekend, Babe.net published an account from a Brooklyn photographer accusing Ansari of sexual assault. In the piece, the accuser claimed that the star ignored numerous non-verbal “cues” indicating that she “wasn’t interested” in having sex; the accuser admitted that she willingly engaged in oral sex with the comedian afterward. “Most of my discomfort was expressed in me pulling away and mumbling … I know I was physically giving off cues that I wasn’t interested,” the accuser, using the alias Grace, told the site. “I don’t think that was noticed at all, or if it was, it was ignored.” She also claimed that Ansari chased her around his apartment, saying, “It was 30 minutes of me getting up and moving and him following and sticking his fingers down my throat again. It was really repetitive. It felt like a f—king game.” Ansari responded to her claims with a statement Sunday, “It was true that everything did seem okay to me, so when I heard that it was not the case for her, I was surprised and concerned. I took her words to heart and responded privately after taking the time to process what she had said. I continue to support the movement that is happening in our culture. It is necessary and long overdue.” Banfield, however, was less forgiving, and came out against Grace with guns blazing. “You had a bad date. Your date got overly amorous. After protesting his moves, you did not get up and leave right away, you continued to engage in the sexual encounter. By your own clear description, this was not a rape, nor was it a sexual assault — by your description,” Banfield said on Monday. “Your sexual encounter was unpleasant,” she added. “It did not send you to the police. It did not affect your workplace or your ability to get a job, so I have to ask you: What exactly was your beef? That you had a bad date with Aziz Ansari? Is that what victimized you to the point of seeking a public conviction and a career-ending sentence against him?” Banfield then accused Grace of undermining the entire #MeToo movement. “If you just had an unpleasant sexual experience, you should have gone home … But what you have done in my opinion is appalling,” Banfield said. “You went to the press with the story of a bad date, and you have potentially destroyed this man’s career over it right after he received an award for which he was worthy,” she added of his Golden Globe win for “Master of None.” “You have chiseled away at a movement that I, along with all of my sisters in the workplace, have been dreaming of for decades, a movement that has finally changed an oversexed professional environment that I too have struggled with at times in my last 30 years in broadcasting,” she said. “If you’re lucky there’s a really good chance that you’re not going to experience the toxic work environment that the rest of us have endured, and that is because of the remarkable progress being made against the Harvey Weinsteins and the Kevin Spaceys of the world. The #MeToo movement has righted a lot of wrongs, and it has made your career path much smoother.” 

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Kim Kardashian And Kanye West Welcome Baby Girl

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West welcomed their baby girl via a surrogate on Monday. According to Kardashian’s website, the little girl weighs 7 pounds and 6 ounces. In a statement the couple wrote, “Kanye and I are happy to announce the arrival of our healthy, beautiful baby girl. We are incredibly grateful to our surrogate who made our dreams come true with the greatest gift one could give and to our wonderful doctors and nurses for their special care. North and Saint are especially thrilled to welcome their baby sister.” It was reported in June that Kardashian and West had hired a surrogate after a medical professional deemed it too dangerous for the reality star to carry a child for the third time. Throughout the most recent season of “Keeping Up With The Kardashians,” the star revealed her desire to explore surrogacy, having been diagnosed with placenta accrete during her pregnancies with both North and Saint.
 

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Danica Patrick Is Officially Dating NFL Quarterback Aaron Rodgers!

Danica Patrick is on the road to romance with Aaron Rodgers riding shotgun!
 
The NASCAR driver is dating the Green Bay Packers quarterback, Patrick's rep confirmed to ET.
 
Rumors started swirling around the pair at the start of the new year, when the two were spotted having dinner together on two separate occasions. It wasn't until Monday, however, that Patrick herself told The Associated Press, "Yes, Aaron and I are dating."
 
Both Patrick and Rodgers ended long-term relationships in 2017. The 34-year-old race car driver ended a five-year relationship with fellow NASCAR racer Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in November, while the NFL star split from actress Olivia Munn last spring.
 
Patrick told the AP that she first met Rodgers, 34, at the 2012 ESPY Awards, where she confessed her allegiance to the Packers’ NFL rival, the Chicago Bears.
 
“I told him a long time ago I’d always root for him as a player,” the Pretty Intense author said. “Now I am probably going to cheer for the whole team. Take out the word ‘probably.’ Now I’m going to cheer for the whole team.”
 

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'KUWTK': Find Out How Kylie Jenner Reacted to Sister Khloe Kardashian's Pregnancy News!

Despite fan speculation, there was no Kylie Jenner baby news on the second night of the two-part mid-season Keeping Up With the Kardashians premiere.
 
In the episode preview last week, the 20-year-old reality star was seen squealing at some big news, but she was only seen on a tiny screen as she FaceTimed with her sisters, Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian. 
 
The big reveal was not Kylie's pregnancy, however, but Khloe's.
 
In the episode, Khloe and her boyfriend, Tristan Thompson, told their family and friends that they were expecting their first child together during a barbecue, but because Kylie and Kendall Jenner couldn't attend, Khloe decided to FaceTime them.
 
"Well, you missed the barbecue, and I really wanted to tell you something," the Good American designer told Kylie, who very quickly responded, "Are you pregnant?"  
 
When Khloe confirmed the good news, Kylie sweetly responded, "Are you kidding? Because I'm going to cry!"
 
"That makes me happy! I'm so happy for you!" she added after Khloe told her not to cry.

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George Clooney To Direct, Star In Hulu's "Catch-22"

George Clooney is coming back to the small screen. Hulu confirmed that Clooney will direct and star in original series "Catch-22." He will play Colonel Cathcart and direct the series along with his Smokehouse Pictures partner Grant Heslov. Production is set for 2018. 
 
"Catch-22" marks Clooney's first TV series role since "ER," which he left in 1999. He also serves as executive producer along with Heslov. 
 
The series is based on Joseph Heller's 1961 novel. It follows Captain John Yossarian, a U.S. Air Force bombardier in World War II who is trying to maintain his sanity while finishing his service. The novel was also adapted into a film in 1970.  
 
"Catch-22 is a rare story that has withstood the test of time, not only as a literary masterpiece, but as a story that still resonates in today's political and social conversation," Hulu Chief Content Officer Joel Stillerman said. "These are exactly the types of stories we want to be programming at Hulu, and we couldn't be happier to partner with George Clooney, Paramount TV and this phenomenal group of creatives to bring one of the most well-known books of all time to viewers in a way that has never been seen before."

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Cranberries Singer Dolores O'Riordan Dead At 46

Dolores O'Riordan, lead singer of the best-selling '90s Irish group The Cranberries, has died.
 
The Limerick Leader reported on Monday that Dolores, 46, had passed away.  A spokesperson confirmed to the paper, "Irish and international singer Dolores O’Riordan has died suddenly in London today. She was 46 years old. The lead singer with the Irish band The Cranberries was in London for a short recording session. No further details are available at this time. "
 
The statement provided to the BBC added, "Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time."
 
Dolores' distinctive, lilting voice led the Cranberries to international fame in the '90s, thanks to hits like "Linger," "Dreams" and "Zombie." They sold over 40 million records worldwide before taking a hiatus in 2003.  In 2009, they reformed and released the album Roses in 2012. 
 
In April of 2017, the band released an acoustic album that featured orchestral arrangements of their previous hits, as well as a few new songs. A 2017 tour of Europe and the U.S. as canceled due to Dolores' health issues. Also in 2017, she announced that she'd been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
 
O'Riordan released two solo albums: 2007's Are You Listening? and 2009's No Baggage.
 
On December 20, O'Riordan tweeted, "Hi All, Dolores here. Feeling good! I did my first bit of gigging in months at the weekend, performed a few songs at the Billboard annual staff holiday party in New York with the house band. Really enjoyed it! Happy Christmas to all our fans!! Xo."

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Jim Carrey Thought He Had '10 Minutes To Live' After Hawaii Ballistic Missile Warning

Like hundreds of thousands of others, Jim Carrey thought he was about to die.
 
Shortly after 8 a.m. on Jan. 13, Hawaii residents and visitors were awakened by a frightening text alert warning: "Emergency Alert: BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL," the message read.
 
No one knew that it had been triggered accidentally. It took 38 minutes for a followup alert to reveal that it was a mistake and that lives were not in imminent danger.
 
The actor, like so many others, however, was prepared to face the end.
 
"I woke up this morning in Hawaii with ten minutes to live. It was a false alarm, but a real psychic warning," he tweeted later in the day, blaming Donald Trump and his political party for fueling tensions in the region. "If we allow this one-man Gomorrah and his corrupt Republican congress to continue alienating the world we are headed for suffering beyond all imagination."
 
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I woke up this morning in Hawaii with ten minutes to live. It was a false alarm, but a real psychic warning. If we allow this one-man Gomorrah and his corrupt Republican congress to continue alienating the world we are headed for suffering beyond all imagination. ;^
4:01 PM - Jan 13, 2018
 
Terrified civilians ran to bomb shelters and took cover, and tourists -- including music legend Diana Ross and "Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles" star Josh Flagg -- were herded into hotel lobbies and basements. (A report that basketball legend Magic Johnson was also among those who took cover in a hotel basement appears to be false.)
 
Upon landing at LAX Airport in Los Angeles later that same day, Diana confirmed that she and her family received the missile alert. "We had to evacuate. We were very frightened," she told TMZ. "We went to the basement of a hotel. We were positive, then we were so happy." After about 30 minutes, they were told it was a false alarm. "It was really scary, but we're home now. All is well."
 
Bravo star Josh posted video of guests gathering in the lobby at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea on Saturday morning. "Weirdest thing. There is a missile threat in Hawaii right now. We have all had to evacuate the hotel. All guests in lobby," he captioned the Instagram clip.
 
According to Newsweek, TV shows including sporting events were interrupted on Saturday morning by a scrolling message warning people of the (false) impending threat, followed by a terrifying message: "The U.S. Pacific Command has detected a missile threat to Hawaii. A missile may impact on land or sea within minutes. This is not a drill," it said. "If you are indoors, stay indoors. If you are outdoors, seek immediate shelter in a building. Remain indoors well away from windows. If you are driving, pull safely to the side of the road and seek shelter in a building or lay on the floor. We will announce when the threat has ended. Take immediate action measures. This is not a drill."
 
Hawaiians take any warnings seriously as tensions with North Korea -- which many, like Carrey, have blamed on Trump's comments and Twitter attacks on the nation's dynastic dictator, Kim Jong-un -- have escalated in recent months. The Aloha State is considered to be a potential target as it's just 4,600 miles from the socialist nation, Newsweek points out.
 

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Michelle Williams responds to controversy over pay gap with Mark Wahlberg

Michelle Williams is responding to the controversy over a pay gap in which she was paid less than 1 percent of what her male co-star, Mark Wahlberg, received for reshoots of the film, "All the Money in the World."
 
The actress spoke out Saturday after Wahlberg, 46, announced in a statement that he's giving his $1.5 million fee from the reshoots to the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund in Williams' name. Wahlberg's agency, William Morris Endeavor, also donated another $500,000, bringing the total gift to $2 million.
 
The legal defense fund aims to "subsidize legal support for individuals who have experienced sexual harassment or related retaliation in the workplace," its website reads.
 
In contrast to Wahlberg's pay, Williams, 37, was paid $80 per diem for a total of less than $1,000 for reshoots for the film.
 
"Today isn’t about me," Williams' statement began. "My fellow actresses stood by me and stood up for me, my activist friends taught me to use my voice, and the most powerful men in charge, they listened and they acted."
 
She added, "If we truly envision an equal world, it takes equal effort and sacrifice. Today is one of the most indelible days of my life because of Mark Wahlberg, WME and a community of women and men who share in this accomplishment. Anthony Rapp, for all the shoulders you stood on, now we stand on yours."
 
Rapp, 46, publicly alleged in an October Buzzfeed article that one-time "All the Money in the World" star Kevin Spacey attempted to seduce him at a party back in 1986 when Rapp was 14.
 
Spacey issued an apology in the wake of Rapp's accusations, saying, "I honestly do not remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago. But if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior."
 
After Rapp's allegations became public, other claims of Spacey engaging in sexual misconduct followed.
 
The 58-year-old "House of Cards" actor was replaced by Christopher Plummer in "All the Money in the World," which centers on the story of the 1973 kidnapping of billionaire J. Paul Getty's grandson. The change came less than two months before the film's scheduled release.
 
Rapp responded to Williams' statement on Twitter Saturday night, writing: "I’m very moved by Michelle Williams’ kind words."
 
Earlier Saturday, Wahlberg explained in a statement obtained by ABC News why he was donating his fee from the film.
 
“Over the last few days my reshoot fee for 'All the Money in the World' has become an important topic of conversation. I 100% support the fight for fair pay and I’m donating the $1.5M to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund in Michelle Williams’ name," he said.
 
His agency, WME, added in a separate statement, "The current conversation is a reminder that those of us in a position of influence have a responsibility to challenge inequities, including the gender wage gap."
 
"It’s crucial that this conversation continues within our community and we are committed to being part of the solution," the statement added.

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Jamie Lee Curtis: Eliza Dushku Has "Awakened Us From Denial Slumber"

Jamie Lee Curtis, who starred as the mother of Eliza Dushku’s character in 1994’s True Lies, says Dushku shared her story of sexual abuse with Curtis “privately a few years ago,” and that the older actress “was shocked and saddened then and still am today.”
 
In a column written for the Huffington Post today, Curtis writes, “We have all started to awaken to the fact that the terrible abuses now commonplace in daily news reports have been going on for a very long time. Unconscionably, those reports frequently come along with claims by the perpetrators that, as adults, those perpetrated against had some part in it.
 
“Eliza’s story has now awakened us from our denial slumber to a new, horrific reality. The abuse of children.”
 
Dushku revealed her allegations in a Facebook post yesterday, accusing True Lies stunt coordinator Joel Kramer of sexually molesting her during the shoot. Dushku was 12, Kramer, who has denied the allegations, was 36.
 
Curtis, who co-starred with Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Dushku character’s parents, writes, “I have pretended to be the mother of young actors for a long time. Even at 19, when I was in the original ‘Halloween,’ I was the babysitter to then-child actor, Kyle Richards. After I hit the mom-in-movies age, I have pretended to be the mom of the future Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) and Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) and have worked with numerous other young actors, including Macauley Culkin, Anna Chlumsky, and Lindsay Lohan.
 
“It is a complicated relationship working with children as they are being asked to do adult work with you in an adult field, surrounded by hundreds of adults who want them to perform for them, and yet are still inherently children. I have wrestled with my role as a mentor, colleague, surrogate, and friend, and each relationship is individual and unique. Are we really friends? Are we work mates? Children are not mature enough to recognize that subtle difference.”
 
Acknowledging “industry-wide legal protections for these young performers that have been long-held and hard fought” and that “There are always teachers and advocates and adult family members or surrogates for the children on set and rigid rules that need to be followed,” she concedes, “Yet sadly, as with any rules, these are often broken.”
 
Curtis writes that Dushku’s story is compounded by the fact of the accused abuser’s job: “the stunt coordinator in question was literally in charge of our lives, our safety. Stunts always require an enormous amount of trust and on that movie in particular we all were often suspended by wires and harnesses, very high in the air. In my case, I was suspended under a helicopter by a wire, holding onto the hand of the man who is now being accused of abuse.”
 
Curtis calls for “new guidelines and safe spaces for people ? regardless of age, gender, race or job ? to share their concerns and truths and that all abusers will be held accountable.”
 
She ends by noting that “Many of us involved in ‘True Lies’ were parents. Jim, Arnold and myself. Parents of daughters. What allegedly happened to Eliza, away from the safety net of all of us and our purview is a terrible, terrible thing to learn about and have to reconcile.
 
“The truth will set us all free. Hopefully that freedom will bring a new ability to call out abuse and, when that abuse occurs, to have swift and consistent action, so that no one again will have to wait 25 years for their truth to be heard.”

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