The fact that the eighth episode of Star Wars, The Last Jedi, has had a tremendously successful opening weekend, won't surprise many. Ahead of its release last week industry insiders were predicting it to take around $200 million at the US box office during its first weekend in cinemas, and it made that and then some: the total is currently $220 million. According to Box Office Mojo, The Last Jedi's taking from the worldwide box office so far is a total of $450 million – $25 million more than what forecasters were expecting.
What is intriguing, however, is that the film is being met with lukewarm reviews from audiences. The Last Jedi has got one of the top rankings on reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes – currently at 93 per cent, it is a certified "fresh" tomato, thanks to a plethora of enthusiastic four- and five-star reviews.
But there is a gulf between this score and that from audiences, who have granted the film just 56 per cent, with an average rating of 3.3 out of five stars. The difference between the critical and audience reception is the greatest yet seen of all of the eight Star Wars films: only Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, was considered 14 per cent worse by audiences (65 per cent) than critics (79 per cent).
This is partially due to an online campaign from some corners of the fandom to create a backlash towards the film, such as this Facebook user, who has claimed responsibility for the audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. Audience scores on other review aggregator website, such as Cinemascore, which polls audiences upon leaving, are far higher: The Last Jedi was granted an A, for instance.
It is, however, undeniable that some Star Wars fans have been left disappointed by Rian Johnson's take on the sequel, with many posting their dissatisfaction on Twitter:
I would like to know what those reviewers were smoking when they watched #LastJedi and thought it was a great movie.
11:11 AM - Dec 15, 2017
Who won you ask? The light side? The dark side? The first order? The resistance? Answer: Disney. Disney won and the hardcore fans lost. #LastJedi #starwars
10:47 AM - Dec 15, 2017
I'll be starting a #LastJedi support group for all the people that had their lifelong fandom ruined by this new installment. #YoureNotAlone
9:49 AM - Dec 15, 2017
TFA gave us “who are Rey’s parents”, “who is Snoke”, and “what happened to Luke”. #LastJedi gave us “Do I even want to see episode 9?”
12:43 PM - Dec 15, 2017
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During a dramatic moment of silence in #LastJedi, a man in the theater said “this is absolutely ridiculous” and that’s all I have to say
9:45 AM - Dec 15, 2017
Will such a backlash The Last Jedi's commercial success? It remains to be seen, but much of the weekend's box office revenue was generated from walk-ins, rather than those who had pre-booked tickets. While the number of people booking tickets to see The Last Jedi upon opening was 15 per cent behind that of episode seven, The Force Awakens, in 2015, there's been a similar increase in people just showing up: 39 per cent to 24 per cent.
Oscar winner Eminem ? remember when that happened? ? released his new album “Revival” on Friday, and he’s pulling out all the stops to promote it. The rapper is even relying on an old favorite, mom’s spaghetti.
That’s right, Eminem is opening a pop-up diner named after the famous lyrics from his hit song “Lose Yourself,” off the “8 Mile” soundtrack.
“His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy / There’s vomit on his sweater already, mom’s spaghetti,” he raps on the track.
Detroit! Come vomit up some spaghetti with me this weekend at our official #Revival pop up. Exclusive merch, spaghetti and more
6:49 PM - Dec 14, 2017
The Mom’s Spaghetti diner, launching at Detroit’s The Shelter music club, where many of the “8 Mile” movie’s famous rap battles took place, will serve spaghetti with or without meatballs, and what Eminem calls a “s’ghetti sandwich.”
Fans will also get the chance to shop for exclusive merchandise.
The pop-up is open on Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., if you’re in the area and having spaghetti cravings. Hopefully, unlike the rapper, you’ll be able to keep it down.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - The elder son of former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin was in jail on Sunday, facing assault and burglary charges in her home state of Alaska.
Track Palin, 28, appeared in state court in Palmer, Alaska, earlier in the day, on a felony burglary charge and misdemeanor assault and criminal mischief charges, court records showed. All the charges involved domestic violence, the records indicated.
It is not clear whether he entered a plea to the charges.
His legal troubles have prompted his mother in the past to question the support available for military veterans like her son who may be suffering from post-traumatic stress.
"Given the nature of actions addressed last night by law enforcement and the charges involved, the Palins are unable to comment further," the family's attorney, John Tiemessen, said in a statement on Sunday.
"They ask that the family's privacy is respected during this challenging situation just as others dealing with a struggling family member would also request."
Court records did not indicate whether an attorney had been appointed for Track Palin, and Reuters was unable to reach an attorney who has represented him in the past.
After his arrest on Saturday, he remained in custody at the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility in Palmer on Sunday afternoon, Megan Edge, a spokeswoman for the Alaska Department of Corrections, said by telephone.
In 2016, he faced several charges related to domestic violence, including using a weapon while intoxicated, court records show. The case was resolved in a special veterans' court, with a conviction on a misconduct charge.
His involvement in a booze-fueled brawl at a family gathering in 2014 also drew wide attention. Authorities did not file criminal charges in the incident.
Sarah Palin, a former governor of Alaska, rose to national prominence after being selected as U.S. Senator John McCain's running mate in his failed 2008 presidential bid against Democrat Barack Obama.
ABC has severed ties with "Great American Baking Show" judge Johnny Iuzzini after the pastry chef was accused of sexual misconduct. The remainder of the season will be taken off air.
Four former employees accused Iuzzini of sexual harassment and abuse, according to a Mic report.
In a statement, an ABC spokesperson told CBS News, "In light of allegations that recently came to our attention, ABC has ended its relationship with Johnny Iuzzini and will not be airing the remainder of 'The Great American Baking Show' episodes. ABC takes matters such as those described in the allegations very seriously and has come to the conclusion that they violate our standards of conduct. This season's winner will be announced at a later date. Episodes of 'The Great Christmas Light Fight' and 'CMA Country Christmas' will take its place this week and next."
Iuzzini also issued a statement to CBS News, saying that he is "extremely disappointed and saddened" the show will not air as scheduled. He also denied the allegations of harassment.
"I feel terrible for the bakers, fans of the show, the cast and everyone else involved in the production," he said. "I stand by my apology for some unprofessional behavior 8 tp 10 years ago, but the sexual harassment allegations and many other reports against me were sensationalized and simply not true."
Iuzzini said he will "use this experience as another opportunity in my life to listen, learn and continue growing as a friend, family member, chef, mentor and as a human being."
The third season of "The Great American Baking Show" premiered on Dec. 7. The show was a spinoff of "The Great British Bake Off." Iuzzini has been with the American series since it debuted n 2015.
Star Wars fans across the world are awaiting the highly anticipated release of the eighth installment of the franchise, "Star Wars: The Last Jedi." Movie critics and journalists who got an early peek at the new film during its world premiere have begun to share their reactions on social media, and if their comments are any indication, it appears as though Star Wars fans will not be disappointed.
The Hollywood Reporter's Ryan Parker wrote on Twitter that he has "a lot to process" but thought the film was "AMAZING."
It’s AMAZING. Just amazing. Have a lot to process, but WOW. #lastjedi
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Erik Davis, of the film site Fandango, described the film as "absolutely fantastic -- gripping, touching, funny and powerful."
#TheLastJedi is absolutely fantastic - gripping, touching, funny and powerful w/ gorgeous shots and the most badass battles. When it gets going, holy crap does it get going. Hands down the best #StarWars movie since Empire
12:52 AM - Dec 10, 2017
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Entertainment Weekly's Anthony Breznican alerted fans that "#TheLastJedi has a radically different structure from The Empire Strikes Back -- and every other Star Wars movie."
Replying to @Breznican
Don't worry. Despite a few surface similarities, #TheLastJedi has a radically different structure from The Empire Strikes Back - and every other Star Wars movie.
1:07 AM - Dec 10, 2017
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Gizmodo reporter Germain Lussier said the film's writer and director, Rian Johnson, "takes Star Wars to the edge and throws it over. What a crazy, awesome movie."
I can’t believe The Last Jedi exists. @rianjohnson is a madman and I love him for it. He takes Star Wars to the edge and throws it over. What a crazy, awesome movie. We’ll be talking about this one for a long, long time.
4:35 AM - Dec 10, 2017
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The Wrap's Tim Molloy said the film is "by far the best #StarWars movie since the original trilogy."
Saw #TheLastJedi. By far the best #StarWars movie since the original trilogy, maybe the best since Empire.
3:12 AM - Dec 10, 2017
"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" introduces new characters such as an unnamed villain, played by Benicio Del Toro, and a pair of resistance fighters, played by Laura Dern and Kelly Marie Tran. Other cast members include Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley and Oscar Isaac.
The elaborate world premiere for the film was held Saturday in Los Angeles. The event featured a massive assault vehicle and a procession of Stormtroopers and droids. The mood was joyous and pregnant with anticipation for the highly anticipated and guarded film, which sees the return of Hamill's Luke Skywalker as well as Carrie Fisher's final performance.
Johnson dedicated the night to the late Fisher, who died after filming had completed.
The film, which is certain to be one of the year's biggest releases, arrives in theaters on Friday. Early box office projections are for the film to debut in the $200 million range for its first weekend.
Teresa and Joe Giudice have been having a difficult time, given their legal woes. Teresa served 11 months in prison for mail, wire, and bankruptcy fraud. Now her husband is in prison for the same crimes and was sentenced to 41 months. The couple has seemingly tried to keep things normal for their four daughters and stayed on Real Housewives of New Jersey. But it’s no surprise that things might be tough for their relationship.
Now that Teresa is done doing her time, she is back home with her family. She is also going back to starring on Real Housewives of New Jersey, but the separation between her and Joe seems to be taking a toll. Us Weekly reports the couple’s marriage may be over.
“Teresa keeps them busy so they’re distracted,” a source reportedly told the magazine. “They have adjusted to life without Dad in the house.” That doesn’t exactly point to signs of a divorce but the source continued to say “the marriage may be over.”
The mother reportedly has had a change of heart as she has to act as a single parent while her husband is in prison. “Teresa’s still standing,” said the source. “She’s learned she doesn’t need Joe.”
TV dad John Stamos is becoming one IRL.
For years, fans have watched the actor take on dad duties for the kids of “Full House,” but now he’s expecting his first child with fiancée Caitlin McHugh. For now, the couple isn’t sharing the baby’s sex.
Stamos, 54, who popped the question at Disneyland in October after two years of dating, revealed that he’s wanted a family of his own for some time but didn’t know if it was ever going to happen.
“I always wanted to be a dad. Clearly I had to do some work on myself first,” Stamos exclusively told People. “I have a youthful thing. People say, ‘Oh, you look young.’ You start believing you’re gonna live to be 150. And then you wake up and go, ‘No, man, this is it. This is not a rehearsal.’ … People would say, ‘You should have a child.’ I was like, ‘That ship has sailed.’”
But when he met McHugh, an actress who’s appeared on shows including “The Vampire Diaries,” everything changed.
“We have the same morals and the same values, that all clicked nicely. So we said, ‘Oh, well, maybe we should have a family,’” he explained.
McHugh, 31, said she joked that he was “old,” so they should probably get started sooner than later, and the rest is history.
“The look on John’s face when I told him we were pregnant was priceless,” McHugh told the outlet. “It was the look of a man who has wanted a family of his own but wasn’t sure it was going to happen for him. Now it is!”
Stamos admits that he wasn’t always in the right headspace to have a child, having experienced a series of setbacks since divorcing from actress Rebecca Romijn in 2005 and after the death of his mother Loretta in 2014. He was charged for driving under the influence last year and immediately entered rehabilitation for substance abuse.
“I just lost sight of who I was, who I should be,” he admitted. “You start compromising your beliefs. It just gets further and further. Then you go, ‘Wait a minute.’”
Now, he’s ready to tackle perhaps the toughest role of his career, but he feels prepared.
“I’ll be a fun dad. I’ve been practicing for a long time,” he says, joking, “I’ve done every schtick you can do with a baby on TV … all the bits and jokes and diaper gags. I’ll probably just do all that stuff.”
Javi Marroquin, the ex-husband of Teen Mom 2 star Kailyn Lowry, is being deployed by the Air Force for the second time.
The MTV personality shared the news that he is leaving more than a year after he returned home following a nearly eight-month stint in Qatar in an interview with Radar Online, which he shared on Twitter.
“I wasn’t expecting this at all,” he said. “I’m trying to put everything together.”
Marroquin, 25, added that his new girlfriend and fellow Teen Mom star Briana DeJesus has been a pillar of support in this difficult time.
“She’s what’s keeping me together right now,” he told the outlet.
In October, Marroquin told PEOPLE that he and DeJesus had “decided to make it official” after Teen Mom 2 got them together for a reunion taping in Los Angeles.
“We are dating,” Marroquin said. “We’ve been friends for a while and we weren’t in a rush.”
The couple both have children from separate relationships. DeJesus, 23, has two daughters: 6-year-old daughter Nova with ex-boyfriend Devoin Austin and 5-month-old daughter Stella with ex-boyfriend Luis Hernandez.
Marroquin shares 4-year-old son Lincoln with Lowry. He also has a close relationship with his former-stepson, Isaac, from Lowry’s previous relationship with Jo Rivera.
On a recent episode of Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars, Marroquin accused Lowry of cheating on him, but she said she had served him with divorce papers before his previous deployment, when the alleged infidelity took place. The couple announced they were separating in 2016 after nearly three years of marriage.
Marroquin also opened up about potentially being deployed again during a July episode of Teen Mom 2.
“I just found out that I might need to leave again,” Marroquin revealed to Lowry. “It’s between me and another guy. He is going through some family stuff so he doesn’t want to take it. I just got home, I don’t want to take it.”
In August 2016, he shared a photo greeting Isaac and Lincoln, who held a giant sign, in a photo after returning from his deployment.
“My world in one picture,” he captioned the image.
George Clooney and Amal Clooney were well-meaning parents handing out headphones to their fellow passengers to apologize for having their 6-month-old twins on board.
The couple passed out noise-canceling headphones during a recent flight to Amal’s native England, a source confirms to PEOPLE.
The devices featured the logo of the actor’s Casamigos Tequila and came with a note “apologizing ahead of time” if the twins cried, according to the New York Post‘s Page Six.
George, 56, and Amal, 39, welcomed Ella and Alexander in June in London.
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On Tuesday, the actor’s best friend and Casamigos co-founder Rande Gerber revealed just how generous the two-time Sexiest Man Alive and first-time father really is.
The father of fashion’s It girl Kaia Gerber recalled a time in 2013 when Clooney gifted his closest friends one million dollars each, even paying their taxes for the year.
“There’s a group of guys we call ‘The Boys,’” Gerber said during a recent chat on MSNBC’s Headliners show. “George had called me and ‘The Boys’ and said, ‘Hey, mark September 27th, 2013, on your calendar. Everyone’s going to come to my house for dinner.’ George begins to say, ‘Listen, I want you guys to know how much you’ve meant to me and how much you mean to me in my life,’” recalled the restauranteur.
“I came to L.A., I slept on your couch. I’m so fortunate in my life to have all of you and I couldn’t be where I am today without all of you. So, it was really important to me that while we’re still all here together, that I give back. So I want you all to open your suitcases,’” Clooney said, according to Gerber. “We open it up, and it’s $1 million dollars in $20 bills. Every one of us – 14 of us – got $1 million. Every single one of us. We’re in shock.”
Bon Jovi, The Cars, Dire Straits, The Moody Blues, and Nina Simone are the 2018 inductees into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the organization announced Wednesday.
Gospel pioneer Sister Rosetta Tharpe was chosen to receive the Award for Early Influence.
For The Moody Blues, the honor comes after years of fans harping that the group deserved recognition. The band became eligible for the honor in 1989, and "in 2013, a Rolling Stone reader poll listed the Moody Blues as one of the top 10 bands that need to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame," according to the organization.
To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first commercial recording at least 25 years prior to its induction year. That means the 2018 nominees must have released their first official recording no later than 1992.
To choose the 2018 inductees, an international voting body of more than 900 artists, historians and members of the music industry received ballots, and the top five artists selected comprised a "fans' ballot" that was tallied along with the other ballots.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2018 Inductions ceremony will be held on April 14, in Cleveland.
SiriusXM will carry a radio broadcast of the ceremony, as well as special broadcasts throughout the year devoted to inductees past and present. HBO will broadcast the ceremony, with details to be announced later.
There are legends, and then there’s Kirk Douglas, who’s still golden after all these years. The actor celebrated his 101st birthday on Sunday with a bash paying tribute to his iconic screen roles.
Douglas was joined by wife, Anne, 98, and sons, Michael and Joel, as well as granddaughter Kelsey, for his big day.
“My brother Joel and I attend a family celebration for Kirk’s 101st birthday on Saturday,” Michael Douglas captioned a touching post on Facebook. “At 101 Dad is a true amazement and a great time was had by all.”
The family went all out for the special day, with a Vincent van Gogh-themed birthday cake to reference Douglas’ role in the 1956 film “Lust for Life” about the artist.
Another cake was crafted to look like two boxing gloves à la “Champion,” the film that earned Douglas his first Academy Award nomination for playing a ruthless fighter. The cake’s sweet inscription read, “Happy Birthday to the Champion.”
Douglas’ daughter-in-law Catherine Zeta-Jones, who’s been married to Michael Douglas for 17 years, sent her love over social media, as she was not at the party.
“101 today!!!! My darling Pappy on my knee,” the actress captioned a photo of them together. “Happy Birthday to my wonderful, inspirational and loving father in law, Kirk. Love you with all my heart.”
Dylan Douglas, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones’ son, also wished his grandfather a happy birthday and shared a heartwarming photo.
Matt Lauer isn't giving up on his marriage.
The ousted "Today" anchor is reportedly "fighting to save [his] marriage" to Annette Roque, to whom he's been married for 19 years. The couple, who is still living together in the Hamptons, shares three children -- Jack, 16, Romy, 14, and Thijs, 11.
Matt "is fighting to save the marriage," a source told People. "He doesn't want a divorce. Both of them, their first thought is their children."
Both Roque and Lauer have stopped wearing their wedding rings amid the continuing turmoil following his shocking firing from NBC News after a "detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior" two weeks ago. Another source told the outlet that Roque is "angry" and "wanted him to take his ring off."
"The kids are noticing this, but they're being very open about this and explaining everything," the second source added.
The new claims come a week after Roque's father, Henri, spoke out about Lauer's firing for alleged sexual misconduct and its effect on his family.
"I have no words for her husband," Henri said. "What he has done is bad. She is not going to stay with him and work it out. They are not together trying to work it out. [...] She is feeling shocked and she is now having sorrow for her children. Me too. Everybody is feeling quite sad. There are also the kids, I don't know what she's doing or who they are going to stay with."
Additionally, of the rumors that Lauer was unfaithful to his wife throughout their almost two-decades-long marriage, sources said that Annette was worried about his infidelity even before they got married.
"He was a player when she met him and she knew that," a source told People. "Even many years ago, he was a flirt, a philanderer. He did his thing."
He "was essentially a single guy," another colleague said.
In the two weeks since Lauer was suddenly terminated from the "Today" show, a handful of women have come forward with further complaints about Lauer's alleged inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace over the years. Both The New York Times and Variety published reports in the days following his firing citing unnamed women who had experienced unwanted sexual advances from the television personality.
And as the professional and personal fallout continues in Lauer's life, he reportedly has "no intention" of returning to television.
Matt has no intention of returning to public life," a source told Page Six. "He plans to disappear and play golf. He wants to be a regular joe. To play golf and stay in the Hamptons. He has no intention of mounting a Billy Bush-style comeback campaign. He is going to stick to his one statement and not address the allegations further."
The hosts of the ABC show The Chew made a statement on camera Tuesday, after their cohost, Mario Batali, was accused of sexual misconduct. In an in-depth investigation by the food site Eater, four women accused Batali of touching them inappropriately, either in work environments or at industry events. As a result, Batali has moved away from the day-to-day operations of running his businesses, and The Chew asked him to step aside while they investigate the allegations.
On Tuesday, cohosts Clinton Kelly, Carla Hall, and Michael Symon appeared in a video posted on The Chew's social media pages to address Batali's absence.
Here's a transcript of what they said:
"Yesterday, allegations of past improper behavior surfaced about our own Mario Batali, and ABC asked him to step away from the show while those allegations are reviewed. We want you to know we take these matters very seriously and are committed to a safe work environment. Our commitment to our viewers remains the same - to deliver the entertaining show that you've come to expect."
The Food Network has also put the reboot of his show, Molto Mario, on hold. The revival of the show, which originally made him a household name, was set to return in early 2018 and production had already wrapped.
Batali issued a statement to Eater regarding the allegations. "I apologize to the people I have mistreated and hurt," he said. "Although the identities of most of the individuals mentioned in these stories have not been revealed to me, much of the behavior described does, in fact, match up with ways I have acted."
Hollywood woke up early Monday to announce the nominees for the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards. Presenters Alfre Woodard, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Bell and Sharon Stone revealed the newly minted honorees from film and television at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.
Tonya Harding pulled off the triple axel, but will Margot Robbie take home gold for her performance in “I, Tonya”? Or will Emma Stone build upon her awards momentum from last year and game, set, match the competition as Billie Jean King in “Battle of the Sexes”? Critically celebrated films like “Get Out,” “Call Me By Your Name” and “Dunkirk” are also expected to be recognized
On the TV side, HBO’s not-so-limited series “Big Little Lies” could dominate in its categories after a nearly clean Emmys sweep earlier this year. The Globes are also likely to recognize Elisabeth Moss and the rest of “The Handmaid’s Tale” after a stellar (and terrifying) debut season on Hulu. Of course, as always, expect to bow down to “The Crown.”
The Globes, which honor the best in both movies and television, will air Jan. 7 on NBC, hosted by Seth Meyers.
Best Motion Picture, Drama
“Call Me By Your Name”
“The Shape of Water”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Best Motion Picture, Musical, or Comedy
“The Disaster Artist”
“The Greatest Showman”
Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Meryl Streep, “The Post”
Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”
Jessica Chastain, “Molly’s Game”
Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Michelle Williams, “All the Money in the World”
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name”
Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread”
Tom Hanks, “The Post”
Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”
Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”
Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Judi Dench, “Victoria & Abdul”
Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”
Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”
Emma Stone, “Battle of the Sexes”
Helen Mirren, “The Leisure Seeker”
Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Steve Carell, “Battle of the Sexes”
Ansel Elgort, “Baby Driver”
James Franco, “The Disaster Artist”
Hugh Jackman, “The Greatest Showman”
Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”
Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project”
Armie Hammer, “Call Me by Your Name”
Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water”
Christopher Plummer, “All the Money in the World”
Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”
Hong Chau, “Downsizing”
Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”
Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”
Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water”
Best Director, Motion Picture
Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water”
Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Christopher Nolan, “Dunkirk”
Ridley Scott, “All The Money in the World”
Steven Spielberg, “The Post”
“The Shape of Water”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Original Score, Motion Picture
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
“The Shape of Water”
Best Original Song, Motion Picture
“Mudbound” (“Mighty River”)
“Coco” (“Remember Me”)
“The Star” (“The Star”)
“The Greatest Showman” (“This Is Me”)
Best Motion Picture, Animated
“The Boss Baby”
Best Motion Picture, Foreign Language
“A Fantastic Woman”
“First They Killed My Father”
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“In the Fade”
Claire Foy and Matt Smith in “The Crown.”
Best Television Series, Drama
“The Handmaid’s Tale”
“Game of Thrones”
“This Is Us”
Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy
“Will & Grace”
“Master of None”
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
“Big Little Lies”
“Feud: Bette and Joan”
“Top of the Lake: China Girl”
Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series, Drama
Claire Foy, “The Crown”
Katherine Langford, “13 Reasons Why”
Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Maggie Gyllenhaal, “The Deuce”
Caitriona Balfe, “Outlander”
Best Performance By an Actor in a Television Series, Drama
Sterling K. Brown, “This is Us”
Freddie Highmore, “The Good Doctor”
Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”
Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan”
Jason Bateman, “Ozark”
Best Performance By an Actress in a Television Series, Musical, or Comedy
Issa Rae, “Insecure”
Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Alison Brie, “GLOW”
Frankie Shaw, “SMILF”
Pamela Adlon, “Better Things”
Best Performance By an Actor in a Television Series, Musical, or Comedy
Anthony Anderson, “Black-ish”
Kevin Bacon, “I Love Dick”
Aziz Ansari, “Master of None”
Eric McCormack, “Will & Grace”
William H. Macy, “Shameless”
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies”
Jessica Lange, “Feud: Bette and Joan”
Reese Witherspoon, “Big Little Lies”
Jessica Biel, “The Sinner”
Susan Sarandon, “Feud: Bette and Joan”
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Robert De Niro, “The Wizard of Lies”
Kyle MacLachlan, “Twin Peaks”
Ewan McGregor, “Fargo”
Jude Law, “The Young Pope”
Geoffrey Rush, “Genius”
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Laura Dern, “Big Little Lies”
Ann Dowd, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Chrissy Metz, “This is Us”
Michelle Pfeiffer, “The Wizard of Lies”
Shailene Woodley, “Big Little Lies”
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Alfred Molina, “Feud”
Alexander Skarsgard, “Big Little Lies”
David Thewlis, “Fargo”
David Harbour, “Stranger Things”
Christian Slater, “Mr. Robot”
Until recently, Taylor Swift has been more secretive about her new boyfriend Joe Alwyn than her political allegiances, so consider us surprised by the couple’s PDA at a weekend concert.
After the “Look What You Made Me Do” singer rocked the Capital FM Jingle Bell Ball in New York (with an assist from Suri Cruise, naturally), she and British actor Alwyn hopped across the pond for the London stop on Swift’s concert tour.
Once Swift was done performing tracks off her new album “Reputation,” she cozied up to Alwyn during Ed Sheeran’s set, because resistance to the ~ feels ~ is clearly futile when “Perfect” comes on.
Instead of watching Sheeran, however, some fans turned their attention to Swift, who was seen arm and arm dancing with Alwyn.
Taylor and Joe watching Ed Sheeran perform #CapitalJBB [IG story: stefflondon]
7:15 AM - Dec 11, 2017
Others claimed to have captured the duo straight-up slow-dancing and kissing during the performance. Obviously, Swifties, who’ve been begging for more info about the couple, lost all semblance of chill on social media.
The footage is grainy and taken from a distance, so do with it what you will. But if you squint real hard, you can make out what looks like Swift and Alwyn together.
MY CAMERA SUCKS BUT MY LIFE DOESNT
5:17 PM - Dec 10, 2017
THEY LITERALLY SLOW DANCED TO ALL EDS SONGS WITH THEIR ARMS AROUND ONE ANOTHER AND JUST KEPT LOOKING AT EACH OTHER AND KISSING
OH MY GOD THHEU JIST KISSED WHILST ED SANG PERFECT
— kris (@allltooswift) December 10, 2017
After months of secretly dating, the relationship was confirmed in May. Swift and Alwyn have been seen holding hands and dodging paparazzi together since.
Many of the songs off “Reputation” are rumored to be about Alwyn. Swift sings about a lover’s “ocean blue eyes” and how she’s a certain someone’s “American queen.” Alwyn’s birth year, 1991, is written in graffiti next to Swift’s in the “Ready For It” music video, which also features his name spray-painted in Chinese and English.
Swift was seen shooting scenes for what will likely be her next music video in London in October, reportedly at various spots around town where the couple’s romance began.
Javi Marroquin may have moved on to fellow Teen Mom 2 star Briana DeJesus, but he isn’t done taking jabs at ex-wife Kailyn Lowry.
As Friday night’s episode of Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars aired, the former couple reacted to what was happening onscreen via Twitter — and things got heated.
The episode focused on Marroquin and Lowry’s battle over child support — they share 4-year-old son Lincoln — and the latter tweeted, “Wow, disappointed in yourself that you let OTHERS influence how you treat the mother of your child, yet here we are again.”
Shortly after, Marroquin took to his own social media page to respond.
“Someone’s bitter and can’t move on from s— that happened almost 2 years ago,” he wrote, adding the hashtags “#yesterdayspaper,” “#MarriageBootCamp” and “#moveon.”
The 24-year-old then added, “Have more important things to worry about right now than a past relationship that’s dead to me. Lincoln is the only thing keeping it alive. Which I’m blessed for don’t get me wrong. But him, that’s it.”
When Marriage Bootcamp‘s Judge Lynn Toler tweeted out, “If the woman holding up your kids isn’t ok your kids aren’t either …,” Marroquin was quick to reply.
“Can’t be one-sided,” he said. “There are dads out there that step up more than a mom. Can’t be biased.”
But even though Marroquin is dating his ex-wife’s costar, which he told PEOPLE in October, things seemed to be fine between him and Lowry before Friday’s Twitter rant.
In an Instagram post in mid-October, Marroquin shared a sweet post of himself kissing his ex on the cheek. “Despite everything that happened between us I’m happy we are at a place where we can go to events..have a good time and be civil,” he wrote. “We’re doing a pretty good job raising these kids ]]>????????
Did you ever want it? Did you want it bad? Well, then your prayers have been answered, because “Big Little Lies” is coming back for more.
HBO announced on Friday that the the acclaimed series is officially set for a second season, with Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman returning as stars.
“The subversive, darkly comedic drama ‘Big Little Lies’ will explore the malignancy of lies, the durability of friendships, the fragility of marriage and, of course, the vicious ferocity of sound parenting,” says the logline for the next chapter. “Relationships will fray, loyalties will erode … the potential for emotional and bodily injury shall loom.”
The show’s seven-episode second season will be directed and executive produced by Andrea Arnold, who dazzled audiences last year with the critically acclaimed road film “American Honey.” David E. Kelly will once again write the scripts, and also will be executive producer.
Negotiations are underway for other cast members to return. HBO hasn’t released a date for when we can expect the new season.
“Big Little Lies” was an awards season darling, nabbing the Emmy for Outstanding Limited Series and acting trophies for Kidman, Alexander Skarsgård and Laura Dern. Jean-Marc Vallée, who helmed the first season, also picked up the award for Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special.
The series received high praise, especially for its depiction of domestic violence, with Kidman making an impassioned speech about shining a light on the “complicated, insidious disease” at the awards show.
“This is inspired by the overwhelming response by audiences around the world, conceived once again by Liane Moriarty, realized by David Kelley and now in the hands of visionary filmmaker Andrea Arnold,” Kidman said. “What a journey this has been. I’m so grateful to have this opportunity to keep exploring these female characters and make this series with my friends.”
“I’m thrilled to be bringing back this talented team of artists,” Witherspoon added. “It gives us the opportunity to delve deeper into the lives of these intriguing and intricate Monterey families and bring more of their stories back to the audience who embraced and championed them. I’m beyond excited to be working with talented and acclaimed director Andrea Arnold who will be at the helm. Andrea’s unique storytelling style will be a welcome addition to the filmmaking team.”
If a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind, then Judd Apatow's mind must be a real, well, trainwreck.
"It's called hoarding," he said. "I watch that show 'Hoarders,' and I root for people not to throw their stuff out!"
His filing system is a pile of boxes on the floor of his West L.A. office ("I'm tellin' ya', the deeper you go, the better it gets!"), like one big, sentimental junk pile.
"Why would you throw this out -- a picture of my grandma, Molly, with Meryl Streep?"
"Judd, I don't think all of these boxes are full of precious photos," said Smith.
"No, it is; that's the weird part." As if to prove it, he came up with this: "This is me and Jerry Seinfeld when I was 16. Grab anything -- it's all good, it's all good."
Turns out there's a lot more treasure here than trash. And you can say the same for his career.
If you've seen a movie or TV show in the past decade that made you laugh and cringe, there's a good chance Judd Apatow helpe dmake it happen.
Highlights include stories of self-improvement ("The 40-Year-Old Virgin"); family drama ("Knocked Up"); boys being boys ("Super Bad") and girls being girls ("Bridesmaids," "Girls")
He does what he loves with people he loves, like his real-life wife, actress Leslie Mann. And the little girls in Apatow's 2007 hit film "Knocked Up" are their daughters, Maude and Iris.
Of course, they haven't all been winners. 2007's "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story" flopped hard, and Apatow says he was crushed.
Smith asked, "Have you figured out a way to handle blows like that now?"
"Now, I love it," he replied. "Now I love the pain."
"Oh, stop it!"
"I think I'm much better now based only on repetition. It almost feels like if you're a baseball player, the first time the pitcher hits you with the ball, you're like, 'Oh, my God!' But, like, 10 years into your career, even when the ball hits you in the face, you're like, 'Yeah, that happens sometimes.'"
Seems he learned early how to handle disappointment.
Apatow's parents divorced when he was a teen, and young Judd would cheer himself up by going to comedy clubs, where he watched -- and eventually tried -- standup.
From 1989: "A stepfather cannot punish you. He can't. It's like, he's in on the conversation, but he has no power. It's like living with Dan Quayle."
"I was so terrified," Apatow said. "And then when I finally did it, let's just say there were stomach problems. Let's just say there weren't products strong enough to deal with the terror and the stomach problems it led to -- the products you see during the commercials for this show!"
He was, by his own admission, a better joke writer than joke teller, and in 1992 he all but quit the stage.
"This is the thing I wanted to do always," he said. "This is the dream before I had any other dream, and I stopped it because I was young and my writing was going well and paying well. And part of me thought, 'You're not as good as Jim Carrey or Adam Sandler. Maybe you should listen to the universe and just write jokes.'"
But now, it seems like the universe is telling him to get back up there.
He's a semi-regular at L.A. clubs like Largo, where he emceed a benefit last month.
"My daughter does not like being alone with us because four people is a family, and three people is a child observing a weird couple."
Comedy producer Judd Apatow performing standup during a fundraiser at Largo in Los Angeles. CBS NEWS
"Now that I'm older and I have more to say, and I have opinions and stories and stuff like that, now it feels like the right time to do it," he told Smith.
"What happened to that voice in your head saying, 'You're not as good?'"
"It's still in there," he said. "I know that I can tell it to shut up a little bit more. I'm like, 'You be quiet. I own a new Audi. I have an Audi, right? I've succeeded in this life. You were wrong all along!'"
Sometimes his comedy can get pretty serious.
"I have two daughters. A lot of people get mad if you say that you have two daughters before talking about concerns about sexual harassment, which I understand. You know, you shouldn't have to have daughters to be concerned. Everyone should be concerned. You should be able to say, 'As a man who owns a bird, I'm concerned.'"
Apatow has become one of the most outspoken advocates for victims of sexual harassment and assault: "For me, I'm seeing this from both sides. I know people who are in the crosshairs of being investigated, and I know people who are victims, and there's a lot of issues that need to be sorted out."
Smith asked, "Do you wake up every morning thinking, 'Okay, what's next? Who's next?'"
"I think it's gonna be an enormous amount of people for a long time," Apatow replied. "Because women have been completely silenced, forever. So, now there's gonna be this tidal wave of people saying, 'I can't hold my secrets anymore.' And it's going to hopefully create, you know, a new environment where people think, 'How do we protect people?'"
Of course, Apatow is equally passionate about his work, and one new project in particular: He's finally produced a comedy special starring ... himself. "Judd Apatow: The Return" premieres Tuesday on Netflix.
"It's amazing I can draw a crowd, is it? If I'm walking down the street and somebody says, 'Are you Judd Apatow?,' if I say 'No,' they go, (shrugs), 'All right.'"
His exercise routine is usually just a quick walk around the block near his office, but he says he tries to be good about it. Just last week Apatow turned 50.
"I hate moving," he said. "I like sitting. It takes a lot for me to want to get outside or run around."
"Is aging something that you worry about?" asked Smith.
Comedian and producer Judd Apatow, not exercising with correspondent Tracy Smith. CBS NEWS
"I'm in pretty good shape because I don't exercise," he replied. "I feel like that's worked out for me. A lot of my friends have, you know, knee injuries and shoulder injuries from exercising. And I'm like, 'I have no injuries 'cause I have not done anything.'
"People say, 'Are you slowing down?' And I always say, 'I never went fast.' I wouldn't know if I was slowing down, because I've gone slow the whole time. So I feel like a tire with all its tread.
"And then I got the bald spot, which I only notice when I lean back against metal. 'Cause from the front, Clooney hair; from the back, Friar Tuck."
"I said to my wife, I said, 'Here's my theory: I don't want to last too long, so if there's any doubt, pull the plug. If they say "We're not sure," pull it. Just err on the side of too early. If they say I'm going to pull through, pull it.'"
Truth is, Judd Apatow's managed to hold on to just about all the things that are important to him, and somehow, make room for more.
Smith asked, "Forgive me for putting it this way: Is the standup self-serving? Or is there something more than that?"
"Is it self-serving? I mean, it's hard to say because on some level everything is self-serving. You're making things. You hope people like it. And if they like it, maybe you hate yourself a little bit less. And then if you think deeply, you're like, 'I guess people enjoy that. And it's nice for people.'
"So, like, you're doing both at the same time. You're trying to make people happy, and you're trying to, you know, do something that you're proud of so that you can have some self-esteem and sleep at night. And it's just a big ball of mess. And then you do another one."
When rapper-musician Logic takes the stage, he holds his audience right in the palms of his hands. Towards the end of every concert, he conducts the crowd not unlike a conductor leads a symphony.
But for fans, the spectacle is less important than the message. "Honestly, he's not like any other rapper," said fan Ashley Gonzales. "He's, like, such an inspiration to everybody. All the rappers talk about money, drugs and everything. No, he speaks for the people. He talks about all the social problems in the world."
And it's talking about social problems that has scored Logic two Grammy nominations for his triple-platinum hit, "1-800-273-8255."
The 27-year-old performed the breakout hit late this summer on MTV's Video Music Awards.
Ain't nobody callin' my phone: Where you been? Where you at? What's on your mind?
They say every life precious but nobody care about mine
The song is named for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Logic was flanked on stage with those that have survived attempted suicide, and those that lost loved ones to it.
When asked if he'd ever thought about suicide, Logic said no.
"So why was it important for you to talk about it on this album?" asked Miller.
"I thought it was important to discuss because not only have I witnessed it with, like, people I love, or seen people going through it."
Ultimately it was his fans that convinced him to tackle such a difficult subject in song.
"They said, 'You saved my life.' Or, 'You changed my perspective on how I view the world.' And when they said that, I thought to myself, I wasn't even trying to do that! And if you really are telling me that? Man, could you imagine what I could do if I actually tried to save somebody's life?"
After the Video Music Awards, calls to the helpline jumped by 50%.
"I just wanted them to know that they really weren't alone. That's why I write songs like that. That's why I'm myself. That's why I walk around with fanny packs and love sci-fi and say it, because I want people to be themselves, no matter who they are or what they do."
Schoolboy looks aside, Logic's lyrics are often laced with the same hardcore language of many others in the rap genre, but always, he says, in the context of the stories he's telling … stories often born from his troubled childhood in Gaithersberg, Maryland.
"People look at me and look like I've never cooked crack on a stove before; I have," he said. "I come from a household where killers and murderers and robbers and thieves came from. I grew up on Section VIII Welfare, food stamps. You know, I came from nothing. I had nothing."
Logic's given name is Sir Robert Bryson Hall II. He was raised by his white mother who suffered from mental illness and addiction. His African-American father was incarcerated.
"My mother was addicted to drugs, pills. She was bipolar. She was an alcoholic," he said. "My father was addicted to crack cocaine."
Because of that, he left home at 17 -- and was taken in by his best friend's mom, Mary Jo LaFrance. It was the first stable home he'd ever known.
"He was always driven," LaFrance told Miller. "And he has a beautiful intellect that had not been watered like a garden. Because you don't learn very well when you're in a constant state of upset. And so when things calm down, he was able to express himself and write."
He never finished high school, but devoted himself to music full-time. The first show he sold out was at the rock club Reggie's in Chicago, in 2012. He was signed to the rap label Def Jam the very next year, and began touring almost continuously. His music has been streamed online more than 2.5 billion times.
Today he lives a version of the California dream. Married to singer Jessica Andrea, they have a house in the hills with its own home recording studio.
"It's wild. I sold more records than Harry Styles, I can't believe that!" Logic said. "That's, like, oh my God! Shout out to Harry Styles, but, like, that's crazy."
Logic with correspondent Michelle Miller. CBS NEWS
And if he seems in awe of it all, it's because in 2015, he almost lost it all. He developed a crippling form of anxiety called derealization disorder that left him hospitalized.
"It's an intense form of anxiety where you feel like you're almost separated, and there's a filter between you and reality at all times because you're hyper-analyzing the situations around you," he said.
"For a year, I was in the worst place in my life. I had made more money than I could've ever dreamed of. I bought this home that we're in right now. I was happily married. And yet, I was unhappy."
He turned that unhappiness into material for his album, "Everybody":
Along the way, he learned to play piano: "I just like a challenge. So it's a fun thing to learn how to do."
He spends at least four hours day, every day, at the piano. "Yeah, it's my baby right here!"
With his new music, it's clear Logic has found his voice, and is finally comfortable in his own skin.
"Not everybody's gonna like you," he said. "Not everybody's gonna agree with you. And that's fine. You don't have to agree with somebody, whether it's religion or politics or this or that. But, like, don't stone somebody to death. You know what I'm sayin'? Just, like, let 'em live. Like, just be yourself. Be happy to be you.
"And in spite of any negativity or hatred that you'll face -- and you will -- just remember that, like, you're special and you're beautiful."
Carrie Fisher and her beloved therapy dog Gary are together again in a galaxy far, far away. A fan spotted an alien creature with a startling resemblance to the French bulldog in a picture from the set of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” which was released this month. The film was the last project Fisher filmed before her Dec. 27, 2016, death. It’s also her final appearance as a steely Princess Leia. Clair Henry of the fan site Fantha Tracks tweeted her suspicions to director Rian Johnson, who wrote, “Wow, good eyes!” to confirm the space critter was Gary. Fisher, who suffered from bipolar disorder, never went anywhere without her buddy.
The Partridge family might have been picture perfect, but David Cassidy had a complex relationship with his real-life family.
The late singer reportedly cut daughter Katie Cassidy, who stars in a slew of superhero shows on the CW, out of his will, which was obtained this week by The Blast.
Cassidy died in November at age 67, days after being hospitalized and experiencing organ failure.
His last will and testament, which was filed in 2004, specifically requested that his various assets ? about $150,000 ? be given to his son, Beau, a musician who is now 26 years old.
“It is my specific intent not to provide any benefits hereunder to Katherine Evelyn Cassidy and/or any descendant of Katherine Evelyn Cassidy,” the will reads.
Remaining “music memorabilia” was designated to David Cassidy’s three half-siblings, according to The Blast. A representative for Cassidy did not immediately return HuffPost’s request for comment.
While David was Katie’s biological father, she was raised by her mother, model Sherry Williams, and her stepfather, Richard Benedon.
The two have had a difficult relationship over the years, with the former teen heartthrob revealing they were no longer in contact as recently as February 2017.
“I wasn’t her father. I was her biological father but I didn’t raise her,” Cassidy told People at the time. “She has a completely different life.”
“I’m proud of her,” he added. “She’s very talented. It’s hard for me to even accept how old she is now, like 30.”
Katie did, however, make an appearance on a 2011 episode of “The Celebrity Apprentice” to support her father who competed on the reality TV series’ fourth season.
Despite their ups and downs, the actress reportedly rushed to his bedside following his hospitalization and later paid tribute to her father in a moving tweet.
“Words cant express the solace our family’s received from all the love & support during this trying time,” she wrote. “My father’s last words were ‘So much wasted time.’ This will be a daily reminder for me to share my gratitude with those I love as to never waste another minute… Thank you.”
In June, the “Arrow” actress announced her engagement to boyfriend Matthew Rodgers during a romantic getaway to African island Mauritius.
There’s nothing to be envious of here.
Melissa Gorga and Andy Cohen are being sued for $30 million by the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star’s ex-business partner at the clothing boutique Envy, Jackie Beard Robinson, who claims the Bravolebrities made her look like a “felon” on TV.
Robinson is accusing the stars of defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
The ladies met in spring 2014 and decided to open the Montclair, NJ, store together in August 2015, according to documents Robinson filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida on Wednesday. They signed an agreement naming Robinson the manager of the shop, Envy by Melissa Gorga, in October 2015, but their business relationship was severed by Dec. 31, 2016.
In the suit, Robinson claims she went to Envy to remove her belongings in “broad daylight” on Jan. 1, 2017 — after alleging that Gorga was “misappropriating over $37,000 from Envy without authorization” — but says Gorga falsely claimed on TV that Robinson “snuck into Envy in the middle of the night and stole clothing.”
The allegations were repeated on “Watch What Happens Live” when Cohen asked Gorga: “Wow, so, that lady wound up kinda ripping you off?,” per the suit. Gorga responded, “Yes.”
Robinson argued that the comments made her look like a felon, which hurt her business as “an entrepreneur and international fashion influencer.” She also identified herself as “a blogger and style consultant.”
Gorga’s rep did not immediately return our request for comment. A rep for Cohen did not get back to us, while a rep for “WWHL” had no comment.
Robinson told us she would provide written responses to our questions, but did not send them at the time of publication.
A Bravo spokesperson said “there is no merit to this lawsuit.”
Jordan Peele is rebooting one of the most beloved TV series of all time: "The Twilight Zone." Peele, who directed the highly acclaimed horror movie "Get Out," will serve as executive producer along with Simon Kinberg, Marco Ramirez, Win Rosenfeld and Audrey Chon. Peele, Kinberg and Ramirez will collaborate on the premiere episode.
Peele said in a press release, "Too many times this year it's felt we were living in a twilight zone, and I can't think of a better moment to reintroduce it to modern audiences."
Kinberg, who is known for his work on the "X-Men" film franchise and "Sherlock Holmes" said, "'The Twilight Zone' was a touchstone in my life. The opportunity to continue its lineage is a dream come true, and I'm so thrilled to be doing it with Jordan, Marco and the team at CBS All Access."
The original "Twilight Zone" ran for five years on CBS, from 1959 to 1964. Rod Serling was the producer, main writer and host of the original series and wrote 92 episodes, leaving a lasting impression on American pop culture and the sci-fi genre. It was revived in the 1980s and early 2000s, and influenced shows like "The X-Files" and "Black Mirror."
An outpouring of sexual assault accusations have destroyed the reputations of some of the most powerful men in entertainment, media and politics ? and Lorde apparently predicted it.
In January, the pop star tweeted a short but ominous prophecy: “these old men in power have a storm coming, the likes of which they cannot comprehend.”
these old men in power have a storm coming, the likes of which they cannot comprehend
12:08 PM - Jan 29, 2017
Three months after the tweet, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly was ousted from the network after a report revealed that he and Fox News had paid $13 million in sexual harassment settlements.
In October, The New York Times and the New Yorker reported accusations that film mogul Harvey Weinstein had raped, sexually harassed and intimidated women for decades. In light of the damning reports, Weinstein was forced out of his own production company, dropped as a member of the Motion Picture Academy, and now faces multiple police investigations and class-action lawsuits.
The reports sparked the #MeToo movement, empowering women around the world the speak up about abuse and harassment. Other accusations against powerful men soon flooded the news.
Allegations of harassment and abuse forced figures like comedian Louis C.K., Amazon Studios head Roy Price and “Today” host Matt Lauer to either resign from their posts or put their careers on hold.
So far, there have been accusations of misconduct against at least 34 high-profile men, according to tracking by The New York Times. It’s a cultural moment that is now being referred to as the “Post-Weinstein” era.
On Wednesday, nearly 12 months after sending her first tweet, Lorde took note of her dim prediction.
this came true i guess https://twitter.com/lorde/status/825752466574675970 …
5:39 PM - Dec 6, 2017
The singer’s original tweet was part of a longer reflection on Trump’s inauguration and the massive Women’s March protests across the U.S., which took place a week prior to her message.
She went on to call on “people with significant privilege” to act as allies for underprivileged and underrepresented communities. Lorde also urged her millions of fans to protest or to contact government officials.
the amount of hatred and fear radiating from this administration is already hard to bear, but we have to stay informed and stay outraged
11:45 AM - Jan 29, 2017
While Lorde’s prediction may have rung true for Weinstein and other powerful figures, it still isn’t true for the person who initially inspired her message: Trump. Polling indicates that a majority of Trump voters don’t believe the women accusing him of sexual harassment and assault.
Matt Lauer and Annette Roque have removed their wedding rings.
One week after Lauer was fired from NBC News over inappropriate sexual behavior, the former Today host was spotted in Sag Harbor, New York without his wedding ring on. Lauer's wife, Roque, was also spotted in the Sag Harbor area without her wedding ring on Wednesday.
These photos have surfaced just as Roque's father, Henri Roque, has told the Daily Mail that his daughter "is not going to stay" with Lauer.
"I have no words for her husband," Henri told the publication. "What he has done is bad. Everybody feels betrayed."
Matt Lauer Fired Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations: Everything We Know
Matt Lauer, Annette RoqueKevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Apollo
He continued, "She is not going to stay with him and work it out. They are not together trying to work it out."
Lauer and Roque, who met in 1997, tied the knot one year later in Oct. 1998. They welcomed their first child, Jack, in 2001, their second child, Romy, was born in 2004.
And while pregnant with the couple's third child in 2006, Roque filed for divorce. Three weeks later, she withdrew her divorce petition. Roque gave birth to son Thijs in Nov. 2006.
On Nov. 30, one day after being fired from NBC News, Lauer released a statement, read by Savannah Guthrie on Today.
Matt Lauer "Embarrassed" by Sexual Misconduct Scandal: "I Am Truly Sorry"
"There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions. To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry. As I am writing this I realize the depth of the damage and disappoint I have left behind at home and at NBC. Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed. I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish deeply," the statement read. "Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul searching and I am committed to beginning that effort. It is now my full-time job."
"The last two days have forced me to take very hard look at my own troubling flaws. It's been humbling. I am blessed to be surrounded by people I love. I thank them for their patience and grace," the statement concluded.
And things were going so well.
Aside from a highly suspicious (and shady) night at a Katy Perry concert, all has been quiet on the Kim Kardashian vs. Taylor Swift front.
But, of course, sleeping celebrity feuds don’t lie, so the reality TV star essentially just set a match and watched it all burn behind her à la Angela Bassett in “Waiting To Exhale.”
The same day Swift revealed her cover for British Vogue, Kardashian threw it back on Instagram to husband Kanye West’s highly controversial “Famous” music video. You know, the one where he placed nude wax figures of famous types like Taylor Swift, Donald Trump, Rihanna and Chris Brown in bed together with himself and Kardashian.
The line in West’s song ? “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex” ? set off the latest spat between Team Swift and Team Kanye when Swift said she “cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message.”
Kardashian later refuted Swift’s account and backed it up with some damaging Snapchat receipts of a phone conversation between the rapper and the pop star, in which she wholeheartedly approves parts of the lyric.
Well, Swifties didn’t take too kindly to Kim’s Instagram shade and sounded the battle cry to swarm her comments with rat emojis.
Like, a lot of them, and even on Kardashian’s other posts.
The strategy is similar to the one Kardashian’s fans have used to target Swift in the past, when they flooded her social media accounts with snakes. Remember, snakes eat rats for breakfast.
Swifties then retaliated with snakes of their own, which apparently prompted Kardashian to block the emoji from her Instagram.
The “Reputation” singer, of course, turned the attack into one of the driving themes of her new album, dressing up as the queen of snakes in the music video for the single “Look What You Made Me Do.”
So we fully expect Kardashian to do a sexy rat photoshoot any day now.
These days, it’s harder to pin down Lindsay Lohan’s whereabouts than it is to get her to a movie set on time. One minute, she’s on a boat with Steve Aoki in Mykonos; the next, she’s scoping out her own private island.
There has, however, been one constant in her life over the past few months: Korean bodybuilder Je-yong Ha. Je-yong, aka “koreanhulk” on Instagram, has been sharing photos of himself and Lohan doing low-key coupley things since August.
Naturally, rumors that the two were more than friends have been circulating.
But, alas, our new favorite couple isn’t one at all, apparently. A source close to Lohan shot down the speculation, telling Vanity Fair, “Lol they are 100% not dating at all. They’re just friends.”
The two apparently met in ? you guessed it ? Mykonos and have traveled the world together ever since. They’ve shared fancy meals together, nights out at the club and even, yes, a Snapchat filter.
The actress frequently appears on his social media accounts, but she has yet to post a single photo of them together.
To think we already had their couple name picked out: LoHulk.
It has been two decades since Gwyneth Paltrow reportedly turned down Harvey Weinstein’s offer for a massage, but the actress only recently learned that the disgraced film producer had been using her name in a lie to lure women into his bed.
Paltrow told The New York Times that she found out Weinstein had been boasting to others that he had slept with her, hoping to convince other women to accept his sexual advances. The new information was revealed in a Times report published Tuesday that outlines how accusations of abuse were covered up in recent years.
“He’s not the first person to lie about sleeping with someone, but he used the lie as an assault weapon,” Paltrow told the newspaper.
Weinstein’s career in Hollywood was destroyed after the Times and The New Yorker published scathing reports accusing him of intimidating, sexually harassing, abusing and raping women for decades. In many of the alleged incidents, women said that Weinstein invited them into his hotel room under the guise of a professional meeting, but then asked them for massages or sex.
Some of his accusers said Weinstein began masturbating or showering in front of them. Others, including actresses Asia Argento and Paz de la Huerta, said he raped them.
In Paltrow’s case, she was 22 and in Weinstein’s Beverly Hills hotel room for a meeting when he put his hands on her and invited her to go to the bedroom for massages, according to a Times story published in October.
Paltrow said no and later told her boyfriend at the time, Brad Pitt, who went on to confront Weinstein ? a move that she says prompted Weinstein to scold the actress. Paltrow told her agent at the Creative Artists Agency of the encounter, though the agent did not encourage her to report it to the company’s leaders, according to the Times.
She won an Oscar in 1999 ? her only Academy Award ? for her role in “Shakespeare in Love,” produced by Weinstein’s Miramax studio.
Paltrow, now 45, says she is just now learning how Weinstein lied about his encounter with her to manipulate others. The actress recently connected with some women who said that Weinstein used her name during “disturbing encounters,” the Times reported.
In one instance, according to the paper, Weinstein dropped Paltrow’s name while talking to a young actress in 2000. He reportedly told her that complying with his requests was “the best thing you can do for your career now.”
Another woman, who claims Weinstein assaulted her in 2004, said she remembered seeing a photo of Paltrow in the producer’s room, according to the Times.
Dozens of women have publicly accused Weinstein of rape, sexual assault and harassment, including high-profile actresses and his former employees. In the fallout, the once-acclaimed producer has been ousted from his own production company, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Producers Guild of America.
The New York Police Department is investigating Paz de la Huerta’s rape accusation against Weinstein, and police said earlier this month that he may be arrested. Police in Los Angeles and London are also investigating assault allegations made against the producer.
Katy Perry and the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Los Angeles were awarded $10 million by a jury in Los Angeles on Monday (Dec. 4), finding that a local real estate developer acted with malice to interfere with Perry's planned $14.5 million purchase of an empty convent in the city's Los Feliz neighborhood.
Monday's verdict follows a decision last month that awarded about $5 million to Perry's The Bird Nest LLC and the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Los Angeles in combined attorneys fees, finding that Hollister intentionally interfered with the pop star's purchase. Because the court found Hollister acted with malice against Perry and the church, it opened up this second trial for punitive damages.
The case dates back to 2015, when Perry first tried to purchase the property from the Archdiocese. But before that sale was finalized, the Sisters of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary attempted to instead sell the 8-acre property and its Roman-villa style buildings to Hollister. In turn, the Archdiocese sued, claiming ownership on all assets belonging to the Sisters. That claim was valued with a ruling in the Archdiocese's favor last June.
Of the $10 million in punitive damages, two-thirds will go to the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Los Angeles and one-third will go to Katy's Bird Nest, Law360 reports.
The Sisters of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary have owned the convent property on Waverly Drive for more than 40 years, but they haven't lived there for several years. Only five sisters -- all in their 70s or 80s -- remain in the order.
"Katy is extremely pleased with the jury's insight and understanding, and is hopeful that the jury's decision will pave the way for her to complete the purchase of the Waverly property without further interference," Perry's attorney Eric Rowen of Greenberg Traurig LLP told Billboard in a statement. "For my part, I am very satisfied with the jury's decision and believe that justice has been well served."
"The jury worked diligently over the past month to understand the facts of the case and weigh the evidence appropriately," McKool Smith Hennigan attorney Kirk Dillman, lead trial counsel for The Archdiocese of Los Angeles, told Billboard in a statement. "Our client is very pleased with the verdict."
A hearing in the case will be held Dec. 15 to address possible additional relief against Hollister. As well, Rowen said, Hollister's counsel has indicated an intent to appeal the court's ruling.
Billboard reached out to Hollister's attorneys for comment but did not hear back at time of publishing.
LOS ANGELES — "House of Cards" will return without its leading man. Netflix has announced that production will resume next year on the sixth and final season of the political drama.
Taping was halted in October amid sexual misconduct allegations against star Kevin Spacey. At the time, Netflix released a statement saying, "MRC and Netflix have decided to suspend production on 'House of Cards' season six, until further notice, to give us time to review the current situation and to address any concerns of our cast and crew."
In November, Netflix said it wouldn't be involved with the series if Spacey remained. Producer Media Rights Capital suspended him.
Ridley Scott talks about replacing Kevin Spacey in "All the Money in the World"
Netflix Chief Content Office Ted Sarandos told a conference Monday of the decision to move on with the show, Variety reported. The eight-episode season will focus on co-star Robin Wright instead of Spacey. No release date has been announced.
More sexual harassment accusations leveled against Kevin Spacey
Netflix has said the decision to end the series was made before Spacey was accused of trying to seduce a teenager in 1986. He said he didn't recall it, but allegations by other men followed.
Spacey's rep has said he is seeking unspecified treatment.
Was “Get Out” all the dream of Rod the TSA agent?
No, says the film’s writer/director Jordan Peele, responding to Reddit fan theories during a segment for Vanity Fair.
In “Get Out,” Daniel Kaluuya plays Chris, a young African American man traveling with his white girlfriend Rose, played by Allison Williams, to meet her seemingly (but not at all) normal family for the first time.
Peele admits there is definitely symbolism to be found in the film and confirms a few of its easter eggs. However, the “Key & Peele” co-creator writes off some theories as perhaps influenced by mind-altering substances.
Reddit user “youcantbeatme1223” speculates that in one scene, Rose’s brother Jeremy plays a sluggish version of a Bach violin gigue on an ordinary ukulele, symbolizing inferiority, while also letting Chris know the “gigue” is up.
Peele pauses briefly, then replies, “Man ... the power of marijuana.”
Shots fired! As the romance between Javi Marroquin and Briana DeJesus heats up, Briana’s relationship with her Teen Mom 2 co-star (and Javi’s ex-wife) Kailyn Lowry keeps getting colder — and the ladies are continuing to throw shade at each other on social media.
Bri — who recently deleted her Twitter after she got dragged by a Love & Hip Hop star who was definitely #TeamKail — took to Instagram on Friday, Dec. 2 to share a series of photos using the carousel feature of her and Javi together wearing matching outfits. Bri originally wrote "#iwon" in the caption, which definitely had Kail feeling some type of way — so she took to Twitter to respond.
"#iwon more time with my son," she wrote, adding a heart emoji — and even hinting that Javi leaves their son Lincoln with Kail while he spends time with Bri on the weekends. It seems like Bri didn't think Kail would react or she couldn't handle the drama so she deleted her caption and replaced it with just a heart emoji.
#iwon more time with my son ????
10:34 PM - Dec 2, 2017
In a matter of months, the reality stars’ feud has gone from subtweeting to full-on social media and press war. From releasing private text messages to bringing up other exes, the women are going in on one another for all to watch. Keep scrolling below for a timeline of Kailyn and Briana’s feud so far.
After weeks of social media flirting between Javi and Briana, the former alluded to a being in a long-distance relationship on Twitter. “I’m telling you bruh. Long distance is nice [if] you find the right one,” he wrote. This spurred many fans to predict that the lucky gal was Briana, who is based in Florida, far from Javi’s Delaware home base.
A couple of weeks later, Javi and Bri were spotted out in NYC having dinner with her family and hitting up a club. In response to the photos of the two together, Kail played it off, telling In Touch, “I don't really know much about it but I wish them the best. That's all I'll say on that!”
It was Javi who finally made things official with Briana in the press, revealing to People that they were an item. “We are dating,” he said at the time. “We’ve been friends for a while and we weren’t in a rush.”
Unlike her initial low-key response, Kailyn’s reaction to Javi confirming his relationship with Briana was much more hostile. She first subtweeted her co-star, writing “don’t s--t where you eat.” She then claimed ratings on TM2 have declined since Briana joined.
In a confusing move, Briana denied she was dating Javi, likely due to the criticism she received from viewers and her castmates alike. When a fan told Bri that her relationship with Javi wouldn't last, she responded in a now-deleted tweet, "We are friends.”
That denial didn’t last long, as soon enough, Briana was hinting at a move to be closer to her new beau. When Teen Mom star Tyler Baltierra questioned the romance, writing, "Yeah right, you live in Florida,” she replied, “I might end up somewhere in Delaware sooooo.”
Fans wondered if Bri’s Twitter was hacked when she suddenly got all TMI about her personal life with Javi. “U kno he’s the one when he spreads dem cheeks apart and spits inside ur a--hole,” she wrote. That was followed up with, "Let me sign off of this cause I be in my feelings too much lmao.” Soon after both tweets were deleted, but something tells us Kailyn saw them first.
Things got even more controversial on Twitter a month after, when Briana shared a private text exchange between Kailyn and Javi. In the screenshots, which were later deleted, a salt-sounding Kail noted that Javi was taking Bri on the same dates they'd gone on — specifically to basketball games. She texted sarcastically, ”I remember that trip I sent you on I’m glad you get to go again with Briana …I hope she loves doing all the stuff me and you used to do. Take her to the shark tank at the adventure aquarium next.”
After the text leak, sources close to Kail told the press that she “feels bad” for “ignorant” Briana. The insider also claimed that, "Nobody on the show really likes her."
After that, it was Bri’s turn to throw down, joking that she hooked up with another one of Kailyn’s baby daddies, Jo Rivera. Whether that’s true or not, it sparked some drama — just not with Kailyn. Instead, Jo's current girlfriend Vee Torres laid into Bri.
An Anglican minister is feeling the heat after a blog post in which he urged congregants to “pray in the privacy of their hearts” for Prince George to be gay went viral.
Very Rev. Kelvin Holdsworth, who belongs to the Scottish Episcopal Church, wrote the original post nearly two years ago. (A version was reposted on Jan. 27.) His words resurfaced on Twitter and in a number of media outlets ? including The New York Times, The Guardian and Time ? last week after the 4-year-old George’s uncle, Prince Harry, announced his engagement to American actress Meghan Markle.
The piece, “How to change the Church of England,” outlined Holdsworth’s take on how acceptance of same-sex marriage would be achieved. Though marriage equality was legalized in England and Wales in 2013, same-sex marriages are not recognized by the Church of England.
Holdsworth suggested that marriage equality advocates pray “for the Lord to bless Prince George with a love, when he grows up, of a fine young gentleman.”
“A royal wedding might sort things out remarkably easily,” he said, “though we might have to wait 25 years for that to happen.”
Prince George is third in line to the British throne, following his grandfather, Charles, Prince of Wales, and his father, Prince William.
The minister’s remarks were condemned on social media.
Religious leaders were similarly critical.
Gavin Ashenden, a former chaplain to Queen Elizabeth II and a Christian Episcopal Church missionary bishop, accused Holdsworth of using Prince George as “a gender-political football” among followers.
“What is especially odd and incongruous is the fact that it is suddenly OK to pray for someone to be gay,” Ashenden told the BBC, “but totally unacceptable to pray for them to be free from being gay and to resume a sexuality that was in tune with their biology.”
Susie Leafe, director of the conservative evangelical group Reform, told the BBC, “As a Christian minister he should pray for all people to come to know the love of Christ, rather than a fine young gentleman.”
In a Dec. 1 blog, Holdsworth apologized for the outrage he had ? belatedly ? ignited, but stressed that his words had been widely misinterpreted.
“I could spend the next few weeks defending that post and keep reminding people what it was originally about. However, it seems to me that isn’t likely to be fruitful,” he wrote.
“The issues about the church and its capacity to welcome same-sex couples who want to be married remain important,” he continued. “I’m not interested in continuing it through a conversation about Prince George. I would urge others, those who agree with me strongly and those who disagree with me strongly to turn our attentions to the actual matter at hand.”
Ronald Reagan is getting his own limited series. According to Deadline, the project is in development at USA and will be executive produced by his daughter Patti Davis. Created and written by David Rambo, who was a producer on the first season of Empire, this marks the first time a Reagan family member will be involved with a project based on his life. The limited series will chronicle Reagan from his early days as a lifeguard to his stint in Hollywood as a B-list actor to his two terms in the White House.
Kendall Jenner is considering getting a gun to protect herself. She has been left terrified by strangers showing up at her home so she has been looking into weapons with her older half-sister, Khloe Kardashian, to feel a bit safer when she's on her own. In a new preview for Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Kendall is seen asking her older siblings for advice - but Kim revealed she isn't comfortable with the idea. Keeping Up With The Kardashians airs Sundays on E!
Jerry Springer has decided against throwing his chair into the ring. The TV talk show host and former Cincinnati mayor announced in his weekly podcast recorded Wednesday that he won’t join the race for the 2018 Democratic nomination for governor in Ohio. Springer had been considering the race for months, and said he had “a real possibility of winning” in an era of celebrity political successes highlighted by Republican Donald Trump’s election as president last year. “It was like the perfect storm,” Springer said, saying polling and focus groups led him to believe he could win. But then, he said, he considered the time he would need to devote, his family responsibilities, and the fact that he would be nearly 75 when he took office, if elected. As a “husband, father and grandfather,” he didn’t want to make a five-year commitment of campaigning and then governing a four-year term. He called his decision “purely personal,” but also said he didn’t want to be a distraction for other Democrats in the race.
Johnny Galecki will appear in an episode of the forthcoming Roseanne reboot. Series star Roseanne Barr confirmed in a since-deleted tweet Tuesday that Galecki will return for the ABC revival. "We have got our Johnny Galecki back on 'Roseanne' this episode - what a joy to work with such a deeply empathetic actor," she wrote. "Very moving 4 all of us. #JOY." Barr followed up by calling the new season "a dream come true." Sources said is on set rehearsing this week and will film his episode tomorrow. The actor portrayed David Healy in Seasons 4 through 9 of Roseanne's original nine-season run.
An explosive expose about Matt Lauer's alleged sexual harassment of female employees at NBC reveals that the anchor allegedly flashed his privates at one woman and bought another a sex toy. Variety spoke with 10 past and present workers at the company who accused Lauer of a vast array of sexual misconduct, including the woman who claims that she was sexually assaulted by Lauer beginning in 2014 at the Sochi Olympics. That woman also shared her account with the human resources and legal departments of NBC News on Monday. Those interviewed said it was at the OIympic Games where Lauer made moves on a number of female staff members. “Lauer would invite women employed by NBC late at night to his hotel room while covering the Olympics in various cities over the years,” claims Variety reporter Ramin Setoodeh. “He later told colleagues how his wife had accompanied him to the London Olympics because she didn’t trust him to travel alone.” None of the 10 individuals who spoke with Variety are identified in the piece, including the woman who got the sex toy along with “an explicit note about how he wanted to use it on her.” “There were a lot of consensual relationships, but that’s still a problem because of the power he held,” said one producer. “He couldn’t sleep around town with celebrities or on the road with random people, because he’s Matt Lauer and he’s married. So he’d have to do it within his stable, where he exerted power, and he knew people wouldn’t ever complain.”
Harry Styles may not have received any Grammy nominations this year, but he's still helping the Recording Academy out by donating a prize package to an online charity auction. A Harry Styles VIP concert experience is now up for bid at CharityBuzz.com, and it'll raise money for MusiCares, the charitable arm of the Recording Academy. The prize revolves around the final date of Harry's solo tour: July 14, 2018 at the Forum in Inglewood, CA. While you'll have to get yourself to L.A. to see the show, there'll be plenty of goodies waiting for you when you arrive at the Forum. You'll get two lyric sheets, two copies of Harry's album, two VIP gift bags, laminates and commemorative tickets, and on-site VIP check-in. You also get VIP Parking, and access to the Forum Club at the venue, where you'll get a free dinner. About the only thing the package doesn't include is Harry himself -- sorry, but there's no meet-and-greet involved here. The auction runs through Wednesday, December 20. Visit Charitybuzz.com/HarryStyles to bid.
Matt Lauer was terminated by NBC on Wednesday for what the network called “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.”
Savannah Guthrie, Lauer’s “Today” show co-host, made the announcement to viewers on the air at the top of Wednesday’s show.
“This is a sad morning here at ‘Today’ and at NBC News,” Guthrie said before reading a memo from NBC chairman Andy Lack to staffers sent moments before.
“Dear colleagues, on Monday night we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer,” Lack wrote. “It represented, after serious review, a clear violation of our company’s standards. As a result, we’ve decided to terminate his employment.
“While it is the first complaint about his behavior in the over twenty years he’s been at NBC News,” Lack continued, “we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident. Our highest priority is to create a workplace environment where everyone feels safe and protected, and to ensure that any actions that run counter to our core values are met with consequences. No matter who the offender, we are deeply saddened by this turn of events but we will face it together as a news organization — and do it in as transparent a manner as we can.”
“We just learned this moments ago, just this morning,” Guthrie said, holding back tears. “As I’m sure you can imagine, we are devastated. We are still processing all of this. And I will tell you, right now we do not know more than what I just shared with you. But we will be covering this story as reporters, as journalists. I’m sure we will be learning more details in the hours and days to come. And we promise we will share that with you.”
Guthrie was seated next to Hoda Kotb, who replaced Lauer on Wednesday’s show.
“We are heartbroken,” Guthrie said. “I am heartbroken for Matt. He is my dear, dear friend. He is my partner. And he is beloved by many, many people here. And I’m heartbroken for the brave colleague who came forward to tell her story and any other women who have their own stories to tell.”
Lauer’s firing comes a little more than a week after CBS fired Charlie Rose after the Washington Post published a report detailing allegations of sexual misconduct by eight women against the veteran news anchor. PBS also canceled Rose’s eponymous show.
President Trump was quick to react to the news of Lauer’s firing.
Wow, Matt Lauer was just fired from NBC for “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.” But when will the top executives at NBC & Comcast be fired for putting out so much Fake News. Check out Andy Lack’s past!
7:16 AM - Nov 29, 2017
This is a developing story.
R.E.M.'s "Automatic for the People," released 25 years ago last month, is considered by many critics to be one of the best albums of all time. This month R.E.M. re-released the record including a deluxe anniversary edition with 20 previously unreleased demos.
"CBS This Morning: Saturday" co-host Anthony Mason sat down with bandmates Michael Stipe and Mike Mills to talk about the making of the classic album and its continued resonance among fans.
"I think this one is strongest from start to finish," Mills said of "Automatic for the People."
Mills, Peter Buck, Bill Berry and Michael Stipe went into the studio in 1992.
"Singing 'Drive' at the top of a stairwell in a haunted mansion on the edge of the French Quarter in New Orleans and reading the lyric off a laptop. It was the first time I used a computer to write the lyrics," Stipe said of how he recorded their song "Drive."
The name of the record came from Weaver D's Soul Food in Athens, Georgia, the band's birthplace
"Automatic for the People" would include the song, "Nightswimming," which started with a Mike Mills melody.
"I wrote 'Nightswimming' just when I was goofing around on the piano. And Michael heard it and loved it and said, 'just keep playin' that.' So I just played it and played it while you listened," Mills said.
The track was laid down at Criteria Studio in Miami, on the same piano used for a Derek and the Dominos classic.
"It's recorded on the Layla piano," Mills said. "Which is, as I've said, not the best piano in the world. But the history of it is fantastic and it sounds great."
Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones arranged the strings for the song as he did for the album's biggest hit, "Everybody Hurts," which won the band four MTV Video Music Awards.
The last song written for the album was "Man on the Moon."
"The song was pretty much completed except for any singing and we all knew that it was a song that had to be on the record. And we knew that there was something great lurking in there, we just had to get it out," Mills said.
Stipe found inspiration unexpectedly in videos of comedian Andy Kaufman:
"I had no intention of writing a song about Andy Kaufman, but that's how, that's what came out," Stipe said.
The chorus of "yeahs," Stipe says, was an attempt to outdo Kurt Cobain.
"My goal was to write a song that had more 'yeahs' in it than Nirvana. Than anything Kurt had written and we had a good laugh about that 'cause i managed to do it," Stipe said.
"Automatic for the People" reached No. 2 on the charts, but the band did not tour behind it, which led to rumors about Stipe's health.
"People thought I was HIV positive or living with AIDS, which I wasn't," Stipe said. "I turned away. I mean, I just went quiet. I just didn't wanna feel like I was adding to the voices of people that were distancing themselves from people who were living with HIV. That was my community. And so I'm not sure that I made the right choice."
Stipe says he might have said "I'm healthy" instead of staying quiet.
"But I didn't think that's what it was about. I thought people were just trying to force me to talk about my sexuality and I, you know, I just didn't think it was really anyone's business," Stipe said.
"Automatic for the People" seems to be a record that only gains popularity with time.
"That's the sign of a really good record. One of the things we always try to do from the very beginning was to make records that when you listen to them, you couldn't say, 'Well, that's clearly from 1986' you know. If you can do that, then a record has a chance of lasting longer," Mills said.
"I love the idea that the record could find a newer, younger audience of people that might know some of the songs, but they haven't put it together that it's R.E.M. or that those songs created something called an album in a faraway century called the 20th century. That makes me feel like, well, I can look back 25 years and feel okay about it," Stipe said.
Kesha’s triumphant comeback now has the chance to get the recognition it deserves.
The top hit-producing singer, whose music was put on hold while she was embroiled in sexual assault lawsuits against her former producer, was nominated for two Grammys, the Recording Academy announced Tuesday.
Kesha’s album “Rainbow,” her first new album since 2012, was nominated for best pop vocal album, and her emotional ballad “Praying” is in the running for best pop solo performance.
Kesha has been featured in 10 songs that have reached the top 10 on Billboard’s Top 100. She set a new record with her hit “Tik Tok,” which become the bestselling single in one week by a female artist. Despite that success, this is the first time the pop star has been nominated for a Grammy.
Kesha celebrated her first Grammy nominations by thanking her fans, co-workers and family on Twitter.
I want to say holy fuck!!!! i'm so thankful for my fans. and now, because of my fans and coworkers and family, i just got my first grammy nomination ever, and i got 2!!!!!!????????thank you x 100000000000 and btw any person in any category, congratulations ????
6:52 PM - Nov 28, 2017
Kesha’s career was put on hold while she spent the last three years tangled in back-and-forth civil lawsuits against her former producer Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald.
In 2014, Kesha accused Gottwald of rape and for emotional abuse over 10 years of her career. Gottwald responded to Kesha’s accusations by filing lawsuits against Kesha and her mother, claiming they lied about the abuse to get out of her contract.
Over the years, he has denied the allegations while Kesha struggled to put out new music without Kemosabe, the Sony-owned music label that had signed Kesha and was formerly headed by Gottwald.
In February 2016, a New York judge denied Kesha’s request to be released from her contract with Sony but ruled that the pop star could work with a different Sony producer. Kesha’s contract with Sony requires the 30-year-old to make at least five more albums with the company, keeping her somewhat linked to Gosswalt (who remains with Sony’s Kemosabe but is no longer CEO).
The 2016 ruling sparked the #FreeKesha movement and the trending of #SonySupportsRape on social media ? her supporters’ way of showing that they hear her and believe her.
"Why don't victims of rape come forward & tell someone?"
Victim: *Comes forward*
Justice System: "Except for you lol" #FreeKesha
3:54 PM - Feb 19, 2016
In August 2016, Kesha dropped her sexual abuse lawsuit in California against Gottwald, saying in an Instagram post that she needed to show the world her music.
“My fight continues. I need to get my music out,” she wrote.
“I have so much to say. This lawsuit is so heavy on my once free spirit and I can only pray to one day feel that happiness again.”
Nearly one year later, she released the now Grammy-nominated hit “Praying,” her first original song since 2012.
Teen Mom 2 stars Kailyn Lowry and Chelsea Houska are laughing off Jenelle Evans' cease-and-desist letter.
Lowry, 25, and Houska, 26, reacted Monday on Twitter after Evans, their longtime co-star, accused them of "defamation of character, libel and slander," according to documents obtained by Radar Online.
"How does one get a cease & desist from someone they don't care to talk about... & if i did, it's my opinion," Lowry wrote, adding a crying tears of laughter emoji. "#hijenelle #byejenelle."
"I just got a cease and desist from Jenelle and David," Houska added, referencing Evans and her husband, David Eason. "So there's that lolll. #idonteventalkaboutyou."
I just got a cease and desist from Jenelle and David. So there's that lolll. #idonteventalkaboutyou
12:38 PM - Nov 27, 2017
Evans claimed in the letter that Lowry and Houska have disparaged her and Eason on social media. She married Eason at their home in North Carolina in September after getting engaged in February.
"You are hereby warned and notified to cease and desist making false and defamatory statements regarding Mr. and Mrs. Eason and their family affairs," the letter reads. "It has come to our attention that false and defamatory statements disparaging Mr. and Mrs. Eason's character have been made by you via numerous social media postings."
Evans said she will pursue legal action if Lowry and Houska fail to cease their alleged behavior. The trio of stars, who came to fame on the MTV series 16 & Pregnant, have clashed off and on during their time on Teen Mom 2.
JAY-Z, Kendrick Lamar and Bruno Mars have reason to celebrate this morning. They're among the early nominees with multiple nods for the 60th annual Grammy Awards, announced this morning on CBS This Morning with help from singer Andra Day.
The remainder of the nominees in all 84 categories will be announced via Grammy.com and the Recording Academy's social media not long after.
The 60th annual Grammy Awards will be presented January 28th at New York's Madison Square Garden and broadcast live on CBS. James Corden will return as host.
Here are the early Grammy nominees:
Record of the Year
"Redbone," Childish Gambino
"Despacitio," Luis Fonsi w/ Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber
"The Story of O.J.," JAY-Z
"Humble," Kendrick Lamar
"24K Magic," Bruno Mars
Album of the Year
Awaken, My Love!, Childish Gambino
DAMN., Kendrick Lamar
24K Magic, Bruno Mars
Song of the Year
"That's What I Like"
Best New Artist
Lil Uzi Vert
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson may be one of the biggest names in Hollywood, but he won’t let us forget his humble beginnings.
The actor and former wrestler shared on Instagram how grateful he was to have a Thanksgiving feast on Thursday, remembering how he’d spent the holiday as a child. After joking about his “Sexiest Man Alive” title, Johnson was open about how hard Thanksgiving used to be for his family.
“As my mom pointed out earlier in the day, there was a time back in ’87 when we couldn’t even afford Thanksgiving dinner and was praying someone would invite us over their house to eat,” Johnson captioned his family photo. “We were in a tough spot back then, but we got thru it.”
Johnson has been blunt about his family’s financial struggles before.
He told The Associated Press that growing up poor helped drive his success in Hollywood. He said he shared his recollections of nearly getting evicted when he was 14 years old with his castmates to push them to work.
“I know what it’s like to live paycheck to paycheck and wonder how you’re going to pay the rent,” Johnson told the AP. “I know what it’s like to be evicted. Money doesn’t fall out of the sky. So if you’re going to pay for your ticket, that inspires me to want to make a great movie.”
The actor said his family gathered around this year to speak from their hearts with “tears, laughter and boundless gratitude.”
Actress Susan Sarandon doesn’t seem to have any regrets over her staunch opposition to Hillary Clinton during last year’s election.
“I did think she was very, very dangerous. We would still be fracking, we would be at war [if she was president],” she told the Guardian. “It wouldn’t be much smoother. Look what happened under Obama that we didn’t notice.”
The actress, who had supported Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) during the primaries, also defended her vote for Green Party candidate Jill Stein by noting that Trump wasn’t going to win in New York anyway.
“Well, I knew that New York was going to go [for Hillary]. It was probably the easiest place to vote for Stein. Bringing attention to working-class issues is not a luxury. People are really hurting; that’s how this guy got in. What we should be discussing is not the election, but how we got to the point where Trump was the answer.”
Sarandon also detailed some of the angry messages she has received since the election.
“I got from Hillary people ‘I hope your crotch is grabbed’, ‘I hope you’re raped,’” she said. “Misogynistic attacks.”
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are engaged!
The Prince of Wales announced the engagement on Monday morning, with Kensington Palace confirming that their wedding is scheduled for the spring of 2018.
Harry and Meghan stepped out a few hours after the announcement was made for their official engagement photo call, and they looked happy as ever as they posed for photographers and Markle showed off her engagement ring, which Harry designed.
In the initial announcement, Clarence House declared that Prince Charles was "delighted" to announce the news, while noting that Harry had "informed" Queen Elizabeth of the news and "received the blessing of Ms. Markle's parents."
"We're thrilled," Prince Charles said in a second statement on behalf of himself and the Duchess of Cornwall. "We're both thrilled. We hope they'll be very happy indeed."
As for Harry's brother, Prince William, and his wife, Kate Middleton, they called the news "wonderful" in a statement of their own.
"We are very excited for Harry and Meghan," they said. "It has been wonderful getting to know Meghan and to see how happy she and Harry are together."
Markle's parents, Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland, also reacted to the news through a statement.
"We are incredibly happy for Meghan and Harry," it read. "Our daughter has always been a kind and loving person. To see her union with Harry, who shares the same qualities, is a source of great joy for us as parents."
"We wish them a lifetime of happiness and are very excited for their future together," they finished.
Here are weekend box office figures:
1. Coco - $49 million
2. Justice League - $40 million
3. Wonder - $22.3 million
4. Thor: Ragnarok - $16.7 million
5. Daddy’s Home 2 - $13.2 million
6. Murder on the Orient Express - $13 million
7. The Star - $6.8 million
8. A Bad Moms Christmas - $5 million
9. Roman J. Israel, Esq. - $4.5 million
10. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri - $4.4 million
Former first daughter Malia Obama spent a good part of her adolescence in the national spotlight as her dad, you know, led the free world for eight years. For the better part of 2017, she’s been a private citizen.
But certain media outlets aren’t making it easy for her.
After two stories about the 19-year-old’s personal life appeared in tabloid and conservative media, voices from both ends of the political spectrum called for giving the young Obama her privacy.
“Malia Obama should be allowed the same privacy as her school aged peers,” Ivanka Trump tweeted on Friday. “She is a young adult and private citizen, and should be OFF limits.”
Malia Obama should be allowed the same privacy as her school aged peers. She is a young adult and private citizen, and should be OFF limits.
12:17 PM - Nov 24, 2017
Chelsea Clinton, a persistent advocate for privacy when it comes to kids living in the White House, chimed in shortly afterward.
“Malia Obama’s private life, as a young woman, a college student, a private citizen, should not be your clickbait,” she wrote. “Be better.”
Malia Obama’s private life, as a young woman, a college student, a private citizen, should not be your clickbait. Be better.
12:55 PM - Nov 24, 2017
Since President Donald Trump’s family moved into the White House, Clinton has also been moved to call out media outlets that focus attention on Barron Trump, who is 11 years old.
Leaked video published by the conservative site The Daily Caller and other outlets appeared to show Malia Obama smoking. Another video, published by TMZ along with still photos, showed her kissing someone during a tailgate party for the annual Harvard-Yale football game.
Tabloids claim to have identified the young man as a student at Harvard, where Obama has just begun her freshman year after taking time off following high school. She has expressed interest in pursuing a career in the film industry.
Noticing that Obama’s name was trending due to the gossip headlines, people on social media reacted with pointed jokes about the media’s choices and sober criticisms ? but mainly jokes.
BREAKING: Malia Obama is behaving like a normal college student.
1:23 AM - Nov 21, 2017
Malia Obama is a 19-year-old acting her age at Harvard. She balanced being a kid and being First Daughter extremely well, despite unethical pursuit by the media.
If conservatives are worried about America's teens, they should stop adult men from dating 14-year-old girls.
10:05 AM - Nov 24, 2017
Saddened to wake up to the news that Malia Obama held secret meetings with Russians and subverted our democracy.
9:07 AM - Nov 24, 2017
When 19 year old Malia Obama, a college freshman, is under more scrutiny for who she makes out with than old White male elected officials for assaulting women...something broke.
9:48 PM - Nov 23, 2017
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is scheduled for release Dec. 15 ? and actor Mark Hamill is already trying to keep spoilers from getting out.
On Friday, Hamill posted a tweet asking fans to “keep all that happens in #TheLastJedi a secret for as long as is humanly possible.”
The #WaitForVIII is nearly over! Let me take this opportunity to personally ask you to keep all that happens in #TheLastJedi a secret for as long as is humanly possible. Thanking you ALL in advance, ??- mh #LooseLipsSinkStarships
2:44 PM - Nov 24, 2017
What is this big reveal Hamill is hinting at?
Do we learn Rey’s lineage? Or that Luke has turned to the dark side? Or is Hamill’s tweet an evil deception, proof that the actor himself has turned to the dark side? Whoa.
We’re guessing it’s not a ruse, and that “The Last Jedi” will contain this generation’s “I am your father” moment.
Gwyneth Paltrow and beau Brad Falchuk have reportedly been engaged for a year.
A source told ET that the two have kept their engagement under wraps. Paltrow has been quietly sporting several rings on her left hand, including one on her ring finger.
"She's had the ring a long time," ET's source said.
Paltrow and Falchuk had their first official outing together at the "Scream Queens" premiere in September 2015. Paltrow had a role on "Glee," which Falchuk co-created.
In August, the actress said that it's taken her "a lot of work" to get to where she is now, in a "good romantic relationship."
Paltrow famously went through what she called a "conscious uncoupling" from her now ex-husband Chris Martin in 2014 after 11 years of marriage. She and Martin share two children; Falchuk also has two children from a previous marriage.
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend made announcing their second child a family affair.
The couple posted an Instagram video on Tuesday featuring their first child, 19-month-old Luna Simone.
“Luna, what’s in here?” the 31-year-old Teigen asked while pointing at her stomach. Luna’s excited response: “B-B!”
In case there was any doubt, Teigen titled the post, “It’s John’s!” In a now-deleted Twitter post, Legend, 38, responded by joking, “Maury [Povich] will have the final word on this.”
Although Luna seems excited by the prospect of having a sibling, Legend isn’t sure what kind of big sister she’ll be.
“I have no idea,” he told People. “She is very sweet and she likes to share, so hopefully that will translate.”
Both Teigen and Legend have been open about using in vitro fertilization to help conceive Luna. The model and “Lip Sync Battle” host talked to InStyle earlier this year about her previous journey with IVF and said she was gearing up to begin the process again.
Earlier this month, Teigen told E! that she is hoping to be pregnant as much as humanly possible.
“That’s my dream, I want to just be pregnant kind of for the rest of my life,” she said. “Not for the rest of my life, but the rest of my fertile life. So we’ll see.”
One-time Partridge Family star and 1970s pop idol David Cassidy has died as a result of complications from dementia, four days after he was hospitalized in Florida in critical condition with kidney and liver failure, his publicist confirms to ABC News. He was 67.
"David died surrounded by those he loved, with joy in his heart and free from the pain that had gripped him for so long. Thank you for the abundance and support you have shown him these many years," a rep said in a statement.
The actor's rep confirmed Cassidy's hospitalization to ABC News November 18, adding that Cassidy had been in an induced coma but that he was "currently conscious and surrounded by family."
Earlier this year, Cassidy announced that he planned to retire from touring, and later revealed to People magazine that he had dementia. Cassidy, whose grandfather and mother, the late actress Evelyn Ward, also were stricken with the neurological disease, told People of his diagnosis, "I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming."
Cassidy was one of the biggest pop stars in the world in the 1970s, selling out arenas around the globe, his success driven by his role as singing teen Keith Partridge on the hit TV series The Partridge Family. Cassidy had a rocky time in recent years -- he was arrested for driving under the influence in 2010, 2013 and 2014, ultimately spending time in rehab. He filed for bankruptcy in 2015, and was charged in a hit-and-run accident that same year.
Earlier this year, Cassidy made news when fan-recorded video surfaced of him slurring his words and struggling to remember lyrics during a concert in Agoura Hills, California, an apparent sign of his dementia.
Cassidy was married and divorced three times, the first time to actress Kay Lenz. He's survived by his brother -- singer, actor and producer Shaun Cassidy; a half-brother, actor Patrick Cassidy; and three children, including Arrow star Katie Cassidy.
Jeremy Piven has passed a lie detector test which questioned whether he had fondled actress Ariane Bellamar and two other women. Piven had previously denied sexual assault accusations by the actress as well as Amy Meador and Tiffany Bacon Sourb. He took polygraph tests regarding the three claims and a blanket lie detector test to determine if he had ever assaulted a woman. He passed with no signs of deception. The lie detector test report relating to Ariane's claims was obtained by The Blast. The document stated it was to “determine if Mr. Piven had ever 'grabbed' or touched Ms. Arianne Bellamar, without consent or otherwise, on the buttocks and/or breast area, while on the set of Entourage and/or at the Playboy Mansion, approximately five years ago (sic).” The polygraph was administered by a member of the American Polygraph Association with Chapman Investigations on November 13. It asked questions such as: “Did you ever 'grab' and/or fondle Ms. Arianne Bellamar's breasts?' (sic), to which he answered no.” He was also asked if he had ever cornered Ariane in his trailer “so that you could 'grab' her breasts and/or buttocks?', and if she had ever been in his trailer on the set of Entourage.” He said “no” to both. The concluding notes of the test stated: “After a careful evaluation of all test questions, including relevant, irrelevant and control questions, it is the examiner's analysis and professional opinion that Mr. Piven showed no reactions indicative of deception to any of the relevant questions. The results indicate Mr. Piven 'PASSED' as to his answers on all questions.”
Stars gathered Sunday at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles for the 45th annual American Music Awards, hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross. Jamie Foxx and his daughter opened the show by talking about the tragic events of the year, including shootings, hate crimes and natural disasters.
"We needed the power of music to help us escape the news of the day we needed the power of music to help us heal," said Foxx. He referred to 2017 as a year that "tested our faith."
Demi Lovato brings Danica Roem, first transgender legislator, to AMAs
Foxx and his daughter stood in front of first responders, and Foxx praised them, saying they "ran toward the danger when it would have been so easy to run away."
He said that people could look forward to 2018. "Together we shall overcome the pain," he said "Together we can unite as a people and as a nation."
Pink and Kelly Clarkson sang together for the first time, performing a soulful and emotional version of "Everybody Hurts" by R.E.M. The singers closed their song by hugging each other as the audience gave them a standing ovation.
"Black-ish" star Tracee Ellis Ross took the stage in a larger-than-life bronze gown. She said it was a particularly special night for her, explaining, "My mother, the extraordinary Diana Ross is getting a lifetime achievement award."
"We are the first ever mother and daughter who have ever hosted the American Music Awards," Ross pointed out. "She did it twice, but there's always next year."
She also talked about how the night would celebrate Kelly Clarkson, and she paused to sing "A Moment Like This." Then she announced that the show would also be honoring the 25th anniversary of the film "The Bodyguard," starring Whitney Houston.
Ross admitted she was worried about hosting the AMAs because she doesn't have an entourage, a stage name or a feud with another star.
Ross said the show would especially celebrate women and cracked, "There's going to be some men singing too." She said the show would be full of "women who take up space, trailblaze and blaze trails, women with expansive and powerful voices." She introduced Demi Lovato's performance.
Lovato got up from the audience as the AMAs stage showed hateful tweets directed at Lovato. She walked up to the stage to join her dancers and sang "Sorry Not Sorry" against a light-up sign that flashed "Sorry Not Sorry."
Chadwick Boseman presented the award for pop rock duo or group, which went to Imagine Dragons, their third AMA. Frontman Dan Reynolds said, "This is a country that I know, which is one of powerful women, talking about our women, talking about empowering our LGBTQ youth. May we continue to progress as a nation toward one of love, of equality, no divide."
Lea Michele and Chris Hartwick introduced Nick Jonas, who Hartwick called "a charging cable to the soul," to the stage. Jonas sang "Find You," flanked by female dancers in rhinestoned dresses.
Hailee Steinfield opened her performance of "Let Me Go" by walking through a stage made of light-up cells as she sang. Soon, Florida Georgia Line emerged and sang with Steinfeld.
Ciara presented the award for rap or hip-hop song, which went to DJ Khaled for his star-studded song, "I'm the One." He gave a shout out to his adorable toddler son and said, "I want to thank my son, the executive producer." Khaled thanked his collaborators and then told his fans, "I'm back in the studio, too. God is the greatest. Fan love, we did it."
Lilly Singh and Sabrina Carpenter introduced Shawn Mendes to the stage to sing "There's Nothing Holding Me Back."
Ahead of Diana Ross' lifetime achievement award, Taylor Swift sent a video message to the singer, saying, "You have paved the way for everyone who does what we do now, including me, so thank you."
Julia Michaels introduced Selena Gomez to the stage to sing "Wolves."
"If you looked up bravery in the dictionary, you would find this next performer's name," said Michaels. "I'm so grateful I get to call this beautiful person my friend."
Gomez's performance opened with a car running amid a spooky forest-themed set. Gomez opened her performance by getting up off the floor with a fake gash on her head from in front of the car as Marshmello played the drums.
Kathryn Hahn and Justin Hartley presented favorite country male artist, which went to Keith Urban.
"I went to a concert last night and I danced my arse off. Everybody, go see live music, because it is medicine," said Hahn.
Urban got a surprise when he hit the stage, because he also won best country song for "Blue Ain't Your Color" and best country album for "Ripcord." He gave a special shoutout to his wife, Nicole Kidman, who was in the audience.
The stars of "Riverdale" presented favorite EDM artist, which went to the Chainsmokers.
Tracee Ellis Ross introduced Viola Davis to the stage. Davis talked about Whitney Houston and her movie "The Bodyguard" and said, "The movie has become iconic, thanks to its soundtrack, the best-selling movie soundtrack of all time. What a voice Whitney had, what an artist."
Davis pointed out that Houston had the most AMAs of any female artist in history: 21. Houston's family members were at the AMAs to honor the late singer. Davis then introduced Christina Aguilera, who was singing one of Houston's most famous songs, "I Will Always Love You." Aguilera wore a simple black dress as she paid tribute to Houston. Later, Aguilera sang "I Have Nothing" as scenes from "The Bodyguard" played behind her, bringing some in the audience to tears. Then Aguilera performed "I'm Every Woman." Aguilera said to the crowd, "Come on. This is a Whitney celebration," as they clapped along.
Jenna Dewan Tatum and Billy Eichner presented adult contemporary artist, which went to Shawn Mendes.
Heidi Klum introduced Lady Gaga's performance of "The Cure." Gaga performed from Washington, D.C., playing a clear piano and wore a partial mask over one eye. She got up from her piano to sing and dance on top a galactic-themed stage.
G-Eazy and DJ Khaled introduced Macklemore and Skylar Grey to the stage. Macklemore rapped as Grey sang and played the piano. Macklemore closed off the performance by saying, "Happy birthday, Grandma." Afterward, Portugal. The Man performed "Feel It Still."
Later, Ross wore the original shirt from her mother's TV special with Michael Jackson that she claimed she found in the garage.
The stars of "Stranger Things" introduced a pared down performance of "Stay" by Zedd and Alessia Cara. Cara sang as Zedd played the piano, accompanied by a string ensemble.
Ansel Elgort and Yara Shahidi presented the award for pop rock female artist, which went to Lady Gaga. The show cut to Lady Gaga's show in Washington, D.C. She said, "Just remember, if you feel different or you feel not understood, don't you dare give up on who you are."
Khalid took the stage to sing "Young Dumb & Broke," but soon, Imagine Dragons joined him to perform "Thunder" and the artists played a mash-up of the two songs.
Nick Cannon presented new artist of the year, which went to former One Direction member Niall Horan.
Ross introduced Pink's performance of "Beautiful Trauma." Pink started her performance from the top of the J.W. Marriott hotel in Los Angeles, suspended in the air by a cable. Pink sang and flipped in the air outside the hotel along with her dancers.
Ross returned to joke that the next season of "black-ish" would be filmed on the side of the J.W. Marriott.
Laura Marano and Patrick Schwarzenegger presented collaboration of the year, which went to Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber for "Despacito." Fonsi dedicated his award to the people of Puerto Rico.
Kelly Rowland and Kat Graham introduced Niall Horan's performance of "Slow Hands."
Daymond John, Kevin O'Leary and Mark Cuban presented favorite alternative artist, which went to Linkin Park. Member Mike Shinoda talked about late frontman Chester Bennington and said, "We want to dedicate this award to him, to his memory, to his talent, his sense of humor and to his joy. Remember you guys, all of you tonight, whether you're a fan or an artist: Take a moment to appreciate what you've got and make Chester proud."
Chrissy Metz and Jesse Tyler Ferguson introduced Kelly Clarkson, who opened her performance with a slowed-down version of "Miss Independent" before closing out the song in its original tempo. Clarkson then sang "Love So Soft."
The Chainsmokers introduced South Korean boy band BTS. Though the members sang in Korean, many fans in the audience sang along.
Jared Leto took the stage and said, "In challenging times like these we need artists more than ever. Creative revolutionaries remind us of the possibilities of life," as he presented artist of the year. Bruno Mars won the award and though he was not at the show, he sent a video of his acceptance speech and said he was "a million miles away." He continued and said, "Please forgive me. We will be back together very shortly.
Following that, former President Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama sent in a congratulatory video message to Diana Ross.
"Her artistry resonates with everyone ad today her voice is still as pure, her beauty is undeniable and her showmanship is on point," said Mrs. Obama.
Singer Evan Ross kicked off a tribute to his mother, Diana Ross.
"What do you get when you cross a chart-topping singer, trailblazing style icon, record-breaking pioneer international superstar and an all-around boss? Everybody you get my mom, Miss Diana Ross," Evan said.
A video montage of Diana Ross's life played which included childhood and early career photos before playing a throwback clip from Oprah's daytime television show telling Ross she inspired her and that she grew up wanting to be just like the singer. The video continued with Ross voicing over the highlights of her career and life: "Through it all, there has always been music," said her voiceover before the projection screen lifted and Ross launched into her song, "I'm Coming Out." Then Ross sang "Take Me Higher" and "Ease on Down the Road." The 73-year-old continued her medley of hits and sang "The Best Years of My Life" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" and brought her grandchildren onstage with her. Then she asked her children to join her onstage: "Come on up," she called out to her family members. She also called on Smokey Robinson and Berry Gordy to take the stage.
The singer's daughter Rhonda Ross Kendrick said, "You blazed a way. Not just for us your children, not just for women, not just for black folk or singers or performers or entrepreneurs, but for all of us." She presented her mother with the lifetime achievement award.
Diana Ross accepted the award and said, "This is all about love. This says it all. This is my family. And I'm sending love out there to all of you each and every one of you, our global family … I feel so humbled by this. I love you so very much." Her grandson, Raif-Henok Emmanuel Kendrick, told her he loved her as the show came to a close just as 11 p.m. ET rolled around.
CBS News has suspended veteran journalist Charlie Rose after eight women accused him of sexual misconduct in interviews with The Washington Post. Three additional unnamed women came forward in a story published by Business Insider later on Monday.
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"Charlie Rose is suspended immediately while we look into this matter. These allegations are extremely disturbing and we take them very seriously," CBS News said in a statement.
Five women told The Washington Post that Rose, an anchor for "CBS This Morning," groped them; two said that he walked naked in front of them; and one accused Rose of firing her after he allegedly touched her inappropriately and made sexually charged remarks to her.
The newspaper reported that Rose's accusers either worked with or aspired to work with him on his PBS show, "Charlie Rose," from the late 1990s to 2011. At the time of the alleged incidents, the women ranged in age from 21 to 37, according to the newspaper.
Rose issued an apology to the Post and later, he shared it on Twitter.
“In my 45 years in journalism, I have prided myself on being an advocate for the careers of the women with whom I have worked,” he said in a statement to the newspaper. “Nevertheless, in the past few days, claims have been made about my behavior toward some former female colleagues.
“It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior. I am greatly embarrassed. I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that, though I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate. I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings, even though I now realize I was mistaken," he continued. "I have learned a great deal as a result of these events, and I hope others will too. All of us, including me, are coming to a newer and deeper recognition of the pain caused by conduct in the past, and have come to a profound new respect for women and their lives.”
Kyle Godfrey-Ryan, a former assistant to Rose in the mid-2000s and one of the three accusers who spoke to the Post on the record, claimed that Rose walked nude in front of her at one of his homes in New York City and called her in the wee hours to describe fantasies of watching her swim naked. She said that she reported his calls to Rose's longtime executive producer, Yvette Vega, who apparently told her, "That's just Charlie being Charlie." Vega told the Post and later confirmed to ABC News that she regretted not doing more for Godfrey-Ryan and others who mounted similar complaints.
“I should have stood up for them,” she said. “I failed. It is crushing. I deeply regret not helping them.”
Godfrey-Ryan said that ultimately, Rose fired her, and she later left journalism.
“He took me out to lunch and told me how embarrassed he was, how he didn’t treat me like that,” she said. “It was really about how I got it wrong, and, obviously, I couldn’t work there anymore.”
Reah Bravo, who worked alongside Rose beginning in 2007, claimed to the Post that she was groped -- sometimes forcefully -- by Rose on more than one occasion. In 2008, she said that as she prepared to accept a new job, Rose offered her a position in Washington, D.C., and the opportunity to live in his Georgetown residence. She declined.
“I was leaving because I was getting away,” she said. “I would never want to live someplace where he had keys.”
Megan Creydt, the third woman who spoke to the Post on the record, overlapped with Godfrey-Ryan when she worked as a coordinator on Rose's show from 2005 to 2006. Creydt claimed that Rose put his hand on her thigh, which alarmed her.
"I don’t think I said anything,” she said. “I tensed up. I didn’t move his hand off, but I pulled my legs to the other side of the car. I tried not to get in a car with him ever again. I think he was testing me out.”
In a statement to ABC News, Yvette Vega, executive producer on “Charlie Rose,” said: “I should have stood up for them. I failed. It is crushing. I deeply regret not helping them.”
In a story published later Monday evening by Business Insider, three other women, all former “Charlie Rose” interns, also accused Rose of inappropriate behavior, speaking to the site on the condition of anonymity. One, an intern in 2010, said Rose touched her legs in a car while his driver took them back to her college dorm. She said months later he invited her to his hotel room to discuss a potential job. She ended up not going and never heard from him again, she said.
The two others said he opened the door to his home wearing nothing but his bathrobe and invited them in, according to Business Insider. One, looking for job advice in 2005, said accepted but felt uncomfortable as she waited downstairs for him to get dressed. They had dinner together that night and shared a bottle of wine, but the intern said she ended up having to foot the bill. She ultimately found a job elsewhere.
The other said she declined when invited in in 2008. She said she was “shocked” and didn’t know who to report him to. "He was the star of the show," she told Business Insider. "Who do you go talk to about the star of the show?"
A Rose spokesperson declined to comment further to Business Insider or ABC News when asked about the allegations.
PBS says it has reportedly suspended the distribution of Rose's show in light of the claims.
"PBS was shocked to learn today of these deeply disturbing allegations," the network said in a statement. "'Charlie Rose' is produced by Charlie Rose, Inc., an independent television production company. PBS does not fund this nightly program or supervise its production, but we expect our producers to provide a workplace where people feel safe and are treated with dignity and respect."
Bloomberg says it has suspended broadcasts of "Charlie Rose." "We are deeply disturbed to learn of these allegations and are immediately suspending the show from airing on Bloomberg TV," the company said in a statement.
UPDATE: 11:03 p.m. ? Spokeswoman JoAnn Geffen confirmed to the Associated Press late Saturday night that David Cassidy experienced kidney and liver failure, but added there was nothing “imminent” about his condition.
Cassidy’s doctors want to “keep him as well as they can until they can find another liver,” Geffen told AP.
David Cassidy has reportedly been hospitalized and is suffering from organ failure.
A representative for Cassidy confirmed Saturday afternoon that the 67-year-old actor and singer is in critical condition.
TMZ first reported the news Saturday morning, citing unnamed sources. Cassidy was admitted to a Florida hospital three days before, according to TMZ, and his condition has worsened since then. A source told TMZ that Cassidy was experiencing kidney and liver failure, and would need a liver transplant.
Cassidy at one point was in an induced coma, but as of Saturday afternoon was “conscious and surrounded by family,” a representative told the New York Daily News. He has two children, Beau and Katie Cassidy. His daughter is an actress who appears on the show “Arrow.”
David Cassidy became one of the most iconic teen heartthrobs of the 20th century for his role of Keith Partridge in the 1970s TV show “The Partridge Family.” His acting and singing career continued for decades after that.
In February, Cassidy revealed that he was living with dementia. He publicly acknowledged the illness after a performance during which he slurred his words and fell backward off the stage.
Cassidy had announced earlier that month that he would be retiring, which he later told People magazine was because he wanted to focus on his own health and happiness.
“I want to focus on what I am, who I am and how I’ve been without any distractions,” he said. “I want to love. I want to enjoy life.”
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Charles Manson, the hippie cult leader who became the hypnotic-eyed face of evil across America after orchestrating the gruesome murders of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six others in Los Angeles during the summer of 1969, died Sunday after nearly a half-century in prison. He was 83.
Manson, whose name to this day is synonymous with unspeakable violence and madness, died at 8:13 p.m. of natural causes at a Kern County hospital, according to a California Department of Corrections statement.
Michele Hanisee, president of the Association of Deputy District Attorneys, reacted to the death by quoting the late Vincent Bugliosi, the Los Angeles prosecutor who put Manson behind bars. Bugliosi said: "Manson was an evil, sophisticated con man with twisted and warped moral values."
"Today, Manson's victims are the ones who should be remembered and mourned on the occasion of his death," Hanisee said.
California Corrections spokeswoman Vicky Waters said it's "to be determined" what happens to Manson's body. Prison officials previously said Manson had no known next of kin and state law says that if no relative or legal representative surfaces within 10 days, then it's up to the department to determine whether the body is cremated or buried.
It's not known if Manson requested funeral services of any sort. It's also unclear what happens to his property, which is said to include artwork and at least two guitars. State law says the department must maintain his property for up to a year in anticipation there might be legal battles over who can make a legitimate claim to it.
A petty criminal who had been in and out of jail since childhood, the charismatic, guru-like Manson surrounded himself in the 1960s with runaways and other lost souls and then sent his disciples to butcher some of L.A.'s rich and famous in what prosecutors said was a bid to trigger a race war — an idea he got from a twisted reading of the Beatles song "Helter Skelter."
The slayings horrified the world and, together with the deadly violence that erupted later in 1969 during a Rolling Stones concert at California's Altamont Speedway, exposed the dangerous, drugged-out underside of the counterculture movement and seemed to mark the death of the era of peace and love.
Despite the overwhelming evidence against him, Manson maintained during his tumultuous trial in 1970 that he was innocent and that society itself was guilty.
"These children that come at you with knives, they are your children. You taught them; I didn't teach them. I just tried to help them stand up," he said in a courtroom soliloquy.
Linda Deutsch, the longtime courts reporter for The Associated Press who covered the Manson case, said he "left a legacy of evil and hate and murder."
"He was able to take young people who were impressionable and convince them he had the answer to everything and he turned them into killers," she said. "It was beyond anything we had ever seen before in this country."
The Manson Family, as his followers were called, slaughtered five of its victims on Aug. 9, 1969, at Tate's home: the actress, who was 8½ months pregnant, coffee heiress Abigail Folger, celebrity hairdresser Jay Sebring, Polish movie director Voityck Frykowski and Steven Parent, a friend of the estate's caretaker. Tate's husband, "Rosemary's Baby" director Roman Polanski, was out of the country at the time.
The next night, a wealthy grocer and his wife, Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, were stabbed to death in their home across town.
The killers scrawled such phrases as "Pigs" and "Healter Skelter" (sic) in blood at the crime scenes.
Three months later, a Manson follower was jailed on an unrelated charge and told a cellmate about the bloodbath, leading to the cult leader's arrest.
In the annals of American crime, Manson became the embodiment of evil, a short, shaggy-haired, bearded figure with a demonic stare and an "X'' — later turned into a swastika — carved into his forehead.
"Many people I know in Los Angeles believe that the Sixties ended abruptly on August 9, 1969," author Joan Didion wrote in her 1979 book "The White Album."
After a trial that lasted nearly a year, Manson and three followers — Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten — were found guilty of murder and sentenced to death. Another defendant, Charles "Tex" Watson, was convicted later. All were spared execution and given life sentences after the California Supreme Court struck down the death penalty in 1972.
Atkins died behind bars in 2009. Krenwinkel, Van Houten and Watson remain in prison.
Another Manson devotee, Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, tried to assassinate President Gerald Ford in 1975, but her gun jammed. She served 34 years in prison.
Manson was born in Cincinnati on Nov. 12, 1934, to a teenager, possibly a prostitute, and was in reform school by the time he was 8. After serving a 10-year sentence for check forgery in the 1960s, Manson was said to have pleaded with authorities not to release him because he considered prison home.
"My father is the jailhouse. My father is your system," he would later say in a monologue on the witness stand. "I am only what you made me. I am only a reflection of you."
He was set free in San Francisco during the heyday of the hippie movement in the city's Haight-Ashbury section, and though he was in his mid-30s by then, he began collecting followers — mostly women — who likened him to Jesus Christ. Most were teenagers; many came from good homes but were at odds with their parents.
The "family" eventually established a commune-like base at the Spahn Ranch, a ramshackle former movie location outside Los Angeles, where Manson manipulated his followers with drugs, supervised orgies and subjected them to bizarre lectures.
He had musical ambitions and befriended rock stars, including Beach Boy Dennis Wilson. He also met Terry Melcher, a music producer who had lived in the same house that Polanski and Tate later rented.
By the summer 1969, Manson had failed to sell his songs, and the rejection was later seen as a trigger for the violence. He complained that Wilson took a Manson song called "Cease to Exist," revised it into "Never Learn Not to Love" and recorded it with the Beach Boys without giving Manson credit.
Manson was obsessed with Beatles music, particularly "Piggies" and "Helter Skelter," a hard-rocking song that he interpreted as forecasting the end of the world. He told his followers that "Helter Skelter is coming down" and predicted a race war would destroy the planet.
"Everybody attached themselves to us, whether it was our fault or not," the Beatles' George Harrison, who wrote "Piggies," later said of the murders. "It was upsetting to be associated with something so sleazy as Charles Manson."
According to testimony, Manson sent his devotees out on the night of Tate's murder with instructions to "do something witchy." The state's star witness, Linda Kasabian, who was granted immunity, testified that Manson tied up the LaBiancas, then ordered his followers to kill. But Manson insisted: "I have killed no one, and I have ordered no one to be killed."
His trial was nearly scuttled when President Richard Nixon said Manson was "guilty, directly or indirectly." Manson grabbed a newspaper and held up the front-page headline for jurors to read: "Manson Guilty, Nixon Declares." Attorneys demanded a mistrial but were turned down.
From then on, jurors, sequestered at a hotel for 10 months, traveled to and from the courtroom in buses with blacked-out windows so they could not read the headlines on newsstands.
Manson was also later convicted of the slayings of musician Gary Hinman and stuntman Donald "Shorty" Shea.
Over the decades, Manson and his followers appeared sporadically at parole hearings, where their bids for freedom were repeatedly rejected. The women suggested they had been rehabilitated, but Manson himself stopped attending, saying prison had become his home.
The killings inspired movies and TV shows, and Bugliosi wrote a best-selling book about the murders, "Helter Skelter." The macabre shock rocker Marilyn Manson borrowed part of his stage name from the killer.
"The Manson case, to this day, remains one of the most chilling in crime history," prominent criminal justice reporter Theo Wilson wrote in her 1998 memoir, "Headline Justice: Inside the Courtroom — The Country's Most Controversial Trials ."
"Even people who were not yet born when the murders took place," Wilson wrote, "know the name Charles Manson, and shudder."
AC/DC's Malcolm Young, who along with his brother and fellow guitarist Angus founded the group and led it for more than four decades, has died. He was 64. A message on the band's website confirmed his passing.
"Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young," reads the message. "Malcolm, along with Angus, was the founder and creator of AC/DC. With enormous dedication and commitment he was the driving force behind the band. As a guitarist, songwriter and visionary he was a perfectionist and a unique man."
"He always stuck to his guns and did and said exactly what he wanted," the note, written by his brother and bandmate Angus Young, continues. "He took great pride in all that he endeavored. His loyalty to the fans was unsurpassed. As his brother, it is hard to express in words what he has meant to me during my life, the bond we had was unique and very special.He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever. Malcolm, job well done."
News that Malcolm was ailing emerged in April of 2014. After rumors circulated that a member of the band was suffering from a debilitating illness, AC/DC issued a statement that read, "After forty years of life dedicated to AC/DC, guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health." The message also insisted that the band planned to continue making music.
Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Malcolm moved with his family to Australia in 1963 and eventually decided to follow in the footsteps of his older brother, George, who was a member of the popular 1960s group The Easybeats.
Malcolm and Angus Young formed AC/DC in November 1973, and after several changes, the band's lineup solidified with charismatic frontman Bon Scott. Touring relentlessly, the band steadily built an international following. AC/DC was riding high on the success of its 1979 album, Highway to Hell, when Scott died in February 1980 of acute alcohol poisoning.
Brian Johnson replaced Scott, and with the band recorded AC/DC's eighth studio album, Back in Black. Released in July of 1980, Back in Black catapulted AC/DC to fame, and has gone on to sell more than 22 million copies in the U.S. alone, making it the sixth most successful record ever in the country.
AC/DC continued to be one of hard rock's most popular acts into the new millennium, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. The band proved its staying power in 2008, when it released its latest studio effort, Black Ice, which became its second album to top the Billboard 200 -- following 1981's For Those About to Rock We Salute You.
Through it all, Malcolm Young remained an integral part of the group, teaming with Angus to co-write nearly every song AC/DC recorded, often in collaboration with either Scott or Johnson. Among the many classic tunes Malcolm had a hand in writing are "You Shook Me All Night Long," "Back in Black," "Hells Bells," "Highway to Hell," "T.N.T.," "It's a Long Way to the Top," "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap," and "Shoot to Thrill." While Angus drew most of the attention, with his trademark schoolboy uniform and hyperactive stage persona, Malcolm anchored the band's sound with his driving riffs.
Speaking with ABC News Radio in 2003, Malcolm explained what motivated him to keep playing. "It's just to get better and better," he said. "It's...you want more. You want more from your instrument and you wanna take it to another level. You're always looking for something that hasn't been done. It's a drug, really."
Malcolm is survived by his wife, Linda, and children Ross and Cara.
Martha Stewart, the head of the lifestyle empire, believes the time she spent in prison for charges related to insider trading helped give her "street cred" in the eyes of her television sidekick, rapper Snoop Dogg, she tells Tracy Smith in an interview for CBS' "Sunday Morning" to be broadcast November 19.
Stewart, who did five months in prison in 2004, says the conviction helped bridge the gap between her and the rap icon, who also has a past that includes jail time for drug dealing.
"Yes, that helped," Stewart tells Smith. "Because people knew how crazy and unfair … all of that was. And in Snoop's world, it gave me the street cred I was lacking."
The hosts of "Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party." VH1
Stewart and Snoop Dogg talk with Smith about their VH1 series, "Martha and Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party," their unlikely pairing, and more. The interview is featured on "Sunday Morning"'s annual holiday-themed broadcast, "Eat, Drink & Be Merry."
On the cooking-lifestyle show, Stewart's dishes tend to be exotic and expensive, while Snoop's cooking is based on nostalgia. Stewart praises Snoop's Cornish game hen recipe.
The combination of the two media figures, along with the guests and the food, exposes a different side of her personality, Stewart admits.
"I don't think it's Snoop necessarily," Stewart says, "but I think it's the subject matter. I mean, when you cavort with Jamie Foxx and Usher and Puff Daddy and P. Diddy and whatever, you're a different person."
Leonardo DiCaprio transformed himself into the celebrity face of the movement to combat climate change, donating millions to conservation causes and starring in an Al Gore-style documentary last year.
But the actor’s latest environmental effort takes a different approach, putting indigenous people out front.
Amazon Frontlines, a new nonprofit funded by DiCaprio’s foundation, plans to launch Thursday with the aim of nurturing an alliance between tribes and trumpeting stories about their fights to stop timber and oil drilling in the South American rainforest.
“Amazon Frontlines is the real deal,” Justin Winters, executive director of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, told HuffPost by email. “This work is what urgent climate action at the community level is all about.”
The group springs from an effort to provide clean water to tribes in the region whose water wells were contaminated from decades of drilling by oil giant Texaco. In 2011, Ecuador’s Supreme Court ruled that Chevron, which bought Texaco for $36 billion in 2000, owed $9.5 billion in compensation for dumping more than 18 billion gallons of crude in the once-pristine rainforest ? a slow-moving disaster dubbed “rainforest Chernobyl” by environmentalists.
That same year, activists started a group called ClearWater to provide clean water to four indigenous tribes in Ecuador’s Amazon ? the Siona, Secoya, Waorani and Cofan. The tribes, with more than 1,000 families between them, united around the shared struggle. Now, that coalition has formed what’s called the Ceibo Alliance. Amazon Frontlines serves as its sister organization, focused on building water and solar energy infrastructure, documenting evidence of violations against the tribes’ sovereignty and advocating to make their fight public.
“It’s been inspiring to support this effort and to see it evolve over the past five years,” said Winters, who serves on the board of directors.
DiCaprio’s foundation provided $3.4 million over three years to both the Ceibo Alliance and Amazon Frontlines. The funding builds on $1.7 million in donations from 2013 to 2017 to ClearWater from musician Sting’s Rainforest Fund. Of that, the foundation gave the Ceibo Alliance $495,860 last year to get started, and donated $155,000 this year to fund a human rights program.
“We are very proud that our support in building clean water systems has led to the formation of the Ceibo Alianza, a truly inspiring union of the ancestral peoples of Ecuador’s Amazon in defense of their forests, their cultures, their rights,” said Franca Sciuto, chairwoman of the Rainforest Fund.
The website for Amazon Frontlines documents Chinese oil companies and their spills, as well as poaching and illegal mining, with photos and videos by indigenous Ceibo Alliance members. It offers first-person accounts about tribal traditions, history and culture. The site also features maps of the region, staking out ancestral claims.
“Amazon Frontlines is about taking our cues from the indigenous peoples who have been living and protecting these forest for thousands of years, and who are now on the frontlines of our civilization’s daily incursion into their ancestral homelands,” Mitch Anderson, founder and executive director of the group, told HuffPost by email.
“Our team is living and working day-in and day-out in the western Amazon with frontline indigenous communities to support them in their struggles to defend their forests from the threats of oil, mining, logging and poaching, and to build solutions to these threats, such as solar energy, clean water, and economic alternatives.”
Still, it’s easy for many in the environmental movement to roll their eyes at wealthy white men who burnish their reputations championing causes while jetting around the world in planes that spew planet-warming emissions.
DiCaprio became embroiled in a money-laundering scandal by a state-owned Malaysian investment fund last year, prompting some to demand he resign from his role as a United Nations representative on climate change. He didn’t step down, but in July, the actor turned over an Oscar won by Marlon Brando to U.S. investigators as part of a Department of Justice probe. DiCaprio said he’d been given the Oscar as a gift.
Sting made rainforest conservation work such a pillar of his philanthropic persona that scientists named a Colombian tree frog after him in 1994.
But in 2008, Sting’s U.S. branch of the Rainforest Foundation, a sister organization to the Rainforest Fund, received a zero rating from the watchdog Charity Navigator, which accused the nonprofit of spending a drastically below-average portion of its revenues on conservation projects. The group scored four stars in the most recent ranking, and spends more than 85 percent of its revenue on programs and services it delivers.
The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation isn’t ranked because its tax structure is set up in a way that doesn’t require the charity to file the paperwork Charity Navigator uses in its assessments.
But in just the past year, President Donald Trump has macheted regulations to combat climate change, the Environmental Protection Agency appointed industry shills as regulators, the Department of the Interior began chipping away at national monuments, and the Republican-controlled Congress took steps to gut the Endangered Species Act and drill in the Arctic wildlife refuge known as “America’s Serengeti.” So, it’s hard to criticize those who are at least trying to do something.
Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian are married! The tennis superstar and Reddit co-founder wed in an intimate ceremony on Thursday at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, according to multiple reports.
Williams, 36, and Ohanian, 34, said “I do” in front of a star-studded crowd, including their baby girl. Venus Williams, Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, Kim Kardashian, Caroline Wozniacki, Ciara, LaLa Anthony, Colton Haynes, Anna Wintour, and Eva Longoria and José Antonio Bastón have all been spotted in town. It’s unclear whether Jay-Z made the trip, but if he did, it was a short one, as he is scheduled to perform tonight in North Carolina.
Entertainment Tonight reports the theme of the event was Beauty and the Beast, and upon arrival, attendees were greeted with cocktails and the song “Be Our Guest.” The outlet says Williams will do an outfit change before the reception, which is set to last until 3 a.m.
Friends and family at the wedding were banned from using cellphones, as Page Six reports the couple signed a deal with Vogue for exclusive pictures of the wedding. That would make sense, given Wintour’s attendance. According to E! News, attendees followed a similar protocol at Wednesday night’s rehearsal dinner, leaving phones at the door as they entered Emeril Lagasse’s Meril restaurant. Williams wore Versace — and was photographed leaving the bash in Nikes — for yesterday’s occasion.
It has yet to be confirmed what the bride wore on her big day. While Versace is rumored to be a contender, it’s also been floated around that Williams could be wearing Galia Lahav. E! claims that a gown from the designer arrived at her house on Wednesday.
Williams and Ohanian’s nuptials come less than three months after the tennis champion gave birth to their daughter, Alexis. It’s the first child for the pair, who began dating in 2015 after a chance run-in in Rome. Ohanian admitted he “never watched” a match before meeting Williams and she had no idea what Reddit was.
“I felt like a door had been opened to a person who made me want to be my best self,” Ohanian told Vanity Fair of their love story, earlier this year. “I find myself just wanting to be better by simply being around her because of the standard she holds.”
Blake Shelton is pretty pleased about his new title as People's Sexiest Man Alive. Just check out his Twitter feed for proof.
But the singer is prepared for haters, apparently. Shelton has posted a string of tongue-in-cheek tweets that include the hashtag #donthatemebecauseimbeautiful. He also bragged about getting his own emoji.
Blake Shelton ?@blakeshelton
I just made a drink.. A sexy drink. #donthatemebecauseimbeautiful
8:49 PM - Nov 14, 2017
Blake Shelton ?@blakeshelton
FINALLY I got my own emoji!!!! #donthatemebecauseimbeautiful #BlakeShelton
9:54 PM - Nov 14, 2017
Shelton boasted that he can even make eating pickles and having the hiccups seem sexy.
Blake Shelton ?@blakeshelton
I am eating a pickle. A sexy wet pickle... #donthatemebecauseimbeautiful
9:47 PM - Nov 14, 2017
Blake Shelton ?@blakeshelton
I have the hiccups... And they sound so sexy. #donthatemebecauseimbeautiful
10:56 PM - Nov 14, 2017
Hugh Jackman, who was named Sexiest Man Alive in 2008, gave Shelton some advice. "Take it from me," he wrote, "humble only gets you so far. Milk the sexy status for ALL it's worth."
Hugh Jackman ?@RealHughJackman
Hey @blakeshelton ... take it from me ... humble only gets you so far. Milk the sexy status for ALL it’s worth. The reign goes all too quickly. Just ask @VancityReynolds @people
8:26 AM - Nov 15, 2017
Shelton responded that he will heed Jackman's words.
Blake Shelton ?@blakeshelton
Thank you my good looking associate... I shall take your advice.#donthatemebecauseimbeautiful https://twitter.com/realhughjackman/status/930789017964171269 …
9:22 AM - Nov 15, 2017
Shelton's girlfriend, Gwen Stefani, wrote that she already knew she was dating the Sexiest Man Alive.
Gwen Stefani ?@gwenstefani
I guess I’ve been kissing the #sexiestmanalive all this time but @people I knew that allready!! @blakeshelton gx
10:34 AM - Nov 15, 2017
Country star Brett Eldredge congratulated his friend.
Brett Eldredge ?@bretteldredge
Wow @blakeshelton is so sexy... can’t believe I’m touring with such a sexy man...@people sexiest man alive kind of sexy???? congrats bud
10:31 AM - Nov 15, 2017
Not everyone was celebrating People's decision. Luke Bryan, Shelton's colleague, jokingly told ABC News Radio that he was robbed.
"He's taken so many things from me, and now this," said Bryan. "Who in the hell is choosing this? Am I being punked? And we're sure that y'all didn't Photoshop my face over his face and change the names out?" Finally, Bryan conceded, "Alright, well I guess we're all stuck with it."
Comedian Desus Nice from Viceland joked that Papa John should have won the title.
Desus Nice ?@desusnice
they named blake shelton 'sexiest man alive' like papa john isn't still breathing smh
11:38 AM - Nov 15, 2017
Many Twitter users said Idris Elba should have been named Sexiest Man Alive, drawing comparisons to President Donald Trump's victory in the 2016 presidential election.
Oliver Willis ?@owillis
Obviously Idris Elba won the popular vote for Sexiest Man Alive while Blake Shelton squeezed in on the electoral college. It's the election all over again.
11:34 AM - Nov 15, 2017
Eden Dranger ?@Eden_Eats
I can't believe Russia thought Blake Shelton was the Sexiest Man Alive of 2017.
Also, maybe Idris Elba should've campaigned more in Michigan and Ohio.
12:24 PM - Nov 15, 2017
Dave Itzkoff ?@ditzkoff
Best option: Blake Shelton resigns as Sexiest Man Alive, creating new vacancy and do over. Gov appoints Idris Elba, schedules new primaries/general. New vacancy = new process.
10:51 AM - Nov 15, 2017
Langston Kerman ?@LangstonKerman
Blake Shelton is going to spend his entire year as Sexiest Man Alive complaining about Idris Elba’s emails.
10:00 AM - Nov 15, 2017
But Billy Eichner rushed to Shelton's defense.
billy eichner ?@billyeichner
Oh I'm sorry if Blake Shelton isn't sexy enough for YOU, anonymous person who hasn't looked up from their phone in 10 years!
2:03 PM - Nov 15, 2017
Shelton told People that Stefani had to convince him to accept the Sexiest Man Alive honor.
"She goes, 'Listen to me,'" said Shelton. "'You're going to regret this for the rest of your life if you don't take this gift and just live in the moment.' I've been ugly my whole life. If I can be sexy for a year, I'm taking it!'"
He also said he had no intentions of being humble.
"I'm not going to treat this like Hugh Jackman or one of those guys who's humble about it," he explained. People are going to hate me over this. Because it's going to be used in every conversation, whether it's at 'The Voice' or at the feed store in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, or in a conversation with a doctor. Until I have to hand the title, which is what it is to me, over to someone else, this is mine. This is like a certification."
Shelton recently talked to "CBS This Morning" about returning to his roots and his plans for the future.
"I don't know how to not be in Oklahoma. You know, I don't know how to not go huntin' and fishin' every year. It's just how I've – how God built me," Shelton said.
???????????? @BlakeShelton is this year's #SexiestManAlive! And most importantly, he 'can't wait' to stick it to his fellow #TheVoice judge (and former SMA) @AdamLevine. ???? http://peoplem.ag/MerAt12
This week’s death of 94-year-old Liz Smith, the queen of gossip columnists, brought some frank assessments of her complicated relationship with the closet, including in the New York Times, Vanity Fair and a detailed, personal piece by Michael Musto in the fashion bible, W magazine.
I wrote angry columns as an editor and columnist at OutWeek from 1989 through 1991, referenced in some of these current assessments, excoriating Smith for her role in helping to keep the queer closet in pop culture tightly closed at a time when visibility was literally a life or death issue.
As the AIDS plague escalated, Smith, in her New York Daily News column, syndicated to dozens of newspapers nationally in those days before the Internet, was helping to cover for people like Calvin Klein, Jodie Foster, Hollywood mogul David Geffen, Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner, Malcolm Forbes, photographer Annie Liebovitz and many, many more ? all of whom have since come out, no doubt due to the pressure and the exhaustion of keeping the closet door tightly closed.
Smith not only “respected” the closets of Hollywood celebrities and other public figures, but she also actively promoted lies and distortions, running items about false heterosexual affairs that their publicists fed her, though she knew the truth full well, since she traveled in these celebrities’ circles.
That was the epitome of Fake News, way back in 1989.
When it came to heterosexual public figures and their affairs, divorces and other romantic interests, Smith and other celebrity and political chroniclers not only had to get their details correct ? per proper journalism ? but they knew the public saw this as glamorous and exciting. Homosexuality, on the other hand, was something that revolted many in that profoundly homophobic era, so these scribes hid behind the notion of protecting “privacy” as an excuse for hiding information or outright lying.
This was of course hypocritical ? not caring about the privacy of heterosexual public figures but suddenly having more ironclad ethics when it came to the privacy of homosexuals, even when reporting on their sexual orientation was relevant to a larger, important story ? as the only thing they were protecting was often the industry that they, too, built their careers within.
And worse off, many or most of the columnists ? like Liz Smith ? were closeted and queer themselves. What better system for the powers-that-be than than to have queer people who have their own vested career and financial interests in the closet guarding the secrets of other closeted prominent and powerful people?
So much of that has broken down, thankfully as LGBTQ activists pushed forward, pointing out the hypocrisies and homophobia even among those claiming to be our friends, and as the Internet took the gatekeeper role away from the traditional media. Secrets are much harder to keep today, and in this case that is a good thing.
What we’ve learned is that when celebrities feel pressured by both the LGBTQ community and the media to come out ? from Melissa Etheridge and Rosie O’Donnell to Neil Patrick Harris and Demi Lovato ? rather than being hurt they actually thrive, both personally and in their careers.
We’re also able to look back now on the dangers of the closet and protecting it at all costs with zealous anti-“outing” polices with regard to public figures, and rethink just what “outing” means. As I wrote recently regarding Kevin Spacey, protecting his closet was dangerous because some, even in the gay press, who knew of his sexual harassment of an underage actor refused to report it, wrongly equating his abuse of a male minor with being gay itself and thus afraid they were going to “out” him.
So many closeted public figures have in fact engaged in same-sex harassment and assault often because they couldn’t go out in public to bars or elsewhere and knowing they could get away with it because no one in the media would ever dare report on it.
That was the case with multimillionaire Malcolm Forbes, who was sexually harassing his male employees ? and also living a secret life dating men while people like Liz Smith, who’d been flown by him to his lavish parties on yachts around the world and in places like Morocco, perpetrated the glamorous but false notion that he was romantically involved with his platonic friend Elizabeth Taylor.
Smith, like some other closeted queer columnists, also promoted homophobes who whirled in their social orbits. She gave many accolades to the prominent Manhattan socialite Pat Buckley, whose husband, the arch-conservative columnist and National Review editor William F. Buckley Jr., had caused an uproar in suggesting the tattooing of all people with AIDS ? a position Pat Buckley refused to publicly condemn.
That’s not to say Smith herself didn’t do good things for charity, including in battling AIDS, raising money for the cause and promoting such events that raised funds. But the most powerful thing she could do in those times was to come out and stop closeting others, and show the visibility of queer people, and stand up to the homophobes.
Eventually she did come out as bisexual, many years later. No matter, I was glad to see her evolve regardless of how long it took, and watch her rise to the challenge. And this year, at the age of 94, she finally admitted she should have come out sooner.
“It sounded defensive to protest that I thought myself bisexual, like I wouldn’t admit that I was a lesbian,” she told the New York Times. “I wasn’t a happy convert to any particular sexual thing. But I eventually got tired of defending myself and said, ‘Say whatever you like.’”
That will hopefully be instructive for many more.
Jenelle Evans and David Eason didn’t have it easy on Monday night’s Teen Mom 2 reunion.
The couple stormed off the stage where Dr. Drew concluded a segment with Evans concerning Eason’s temperament and her history with “aggressive” men.
Eason, upset with how he was being portrayed, walked off the set with Evans and drove off, ignoring MTV producers’ requests to speak and return to the set.
Nathan Griffith — Evans’ ex and father of their 3-year-old son, Kaiser — appeared with his mother, Doris Hewlett Davidson, who alleged that her grandson might have been abused by Eason.
“I’m terribly frightened for Kaiser,” Davidson said, adding that she had worked for youth services for a decade. “I’ve seen abuse, I’ve seen children go through it, I know the red flags and I see the red flags. They’re popping up everywhere.”
“I picked up Kaiser at daycare and the first thing he says to me, and Nate can verify this, the first thing he says to me is ‘Nana, David punched me,'” she claimed. “I thought, ‘What, excuse me?’ He said, ‘David punched me.’ And he kept saying it over and over.” (Nathan, sitting next to his mother, stayed silent, though earlier he said he’d seen bruises on his son.)
Davidson, who said she’d worked for the state of Ohio for 31 years in “different capacities,” claimed she had filed for temporary custody of Kaiser, although it is unclear where it stands.
In a statement to PEOPLE, Evans denies these claims, saying, “I doubt my husband would punch a kid in his face.”
She continues, “For weeks I asked Doris every time Kaiser came home and if there was marks she always got super offensive in texts when I would ask her what happened to my son.”
As for Eason’s reaction onstage during the reunion, Evans tells PEOPLE that he felt the need to protect her.
“David is super protective over me and gets very upset if anyone makes me cry,” she says. “So for Dr. Drew to ask me stupid questions about David is ridiculous because the real problem is Nathan here.”
“David did not want to go back on stage because he has super bad anxiety and doesn’t like Dr. Drew. This isn’t David’s job this is mine,” she adds. “I came, filmed, did my part, left.”
Dr. Drew asked Davidson on the show how she could envision herself moving forward, to which she replied, “All I want is someone to protect my grandchild. That’s all I care about.”
Griffith also expressed his own concerns for how his son was being treated, telling Dr. Drew, “I just think [Eason and Evans have] a very controlling relationship.”
“When I see him overstepping his boundary as another male figure in [Kaiser’s] life… Kaiser has a father, Kaiser has a mother,” Griffith said. “I will not be married to another girl or [have] a fiancée and have them disciplining my son like how David’s been disciplining him.”
So what exactly did we make Taylor Swift do? Sell albums, of course.
The singer dropped her new record, “Reputation,” on Friday to much fanfare, and early sales numbers have begun to trickle in. We won’t know one-week total sales numbers for a couple of days, but “Reputation” is already set to become the best-selling album of 2017, according to Variety.
Swift’s latest sold more than 700,000 copies on the day it was released, Billboard reports, and that number had grown to over 925,000 by Sunday. The pop star’s sixth studio effort is expected to sell over 1.5 million records by the end of the week, garnering the singer her strongest debut yet ? easily surpassing her previous career best, “1989,” which topped out at 1.29 million.
Swift also had pre-release sales with Walmart and Target, which included exclusive magazines with the album.
If the singer sells 1 million albums by Friday, she’ll also break her own record of having four consecutive albums sell a million copies in their debut week, according to record sales data tracker Nielsen Music.
The only other album within reach of that mark is “Divide” by Ed Sheeran ? who appears on “Reputation” track “End Game” ? which sold more than 900,000 units.
Swift has re-emerged into the spotlight after taking a break over the last year or so, and performed on “Saturday Night Live” this weekend.
Swift also announced the first leg of her “Reputation” world tour, which is set to kick off May 8 in Glendale, Arizona.
And you thought you’ve been busy.
Take your eye off of singer Jordin Sparks for one second, and she gets secretly married and pregnant. That’s right: The “American Idol” winner and her boyfriend, Dana Isaiah, tied the knot in a hush-hush ceremony in mid-July — and discovered they were expecting a child a month later.
“We’re both really excited,” Sparks told People an exclusive interview about their nuptials. “He’s been like, ‘I want to shout it from the mountaintops!’ We’re really proud to be married to each other and to be celebrating this.”
The couple, who started dating in April, eloped during a Hawaiian vacation surrounded by a small group of friends. While there were no details about the wedding song, we can only hope the couple had their first dance to the bop to end all bops, “No Air.”
“It just more solidifies the whole team sentiment of a relationship,” the singer said. “You know you’re still individuals, but at the same time everything is about ‘we’ and ‘us’ as opposed to ‘you’ and ‘I.’”
"The pair expected their loved ones to be shocked by the wedding, but they were the ones to get a surprise when Sparks found out she was pregnant. This will be Sparks and Isaiah’s first child together.
It’s been really crazy because everything changes,” the singer said. “Once we got over the initial shock of it, now again just like it is with the marriage, to be able to share that this amazing thing is happening, it’s such a great thing. We did this together!”
Sparks and Isaiah first met through their mothers over a group text when he was considering a move out West to Los Angeles, where the couple currently resides.
The “Sparkle” actress initially was not looking for a relationship ? she was taking a love sabbatical after some breakups in the spotlight ? but bonded with her future husband over religion and shared values.
“A couple days after we had actually met, I was like in my head ‘That’s going to be my husband!” Sparks said. “That’s my husband right there,’”
Congrats to the happy couple!
Theresa Caputo has been honest about the strain her career as a medium has placed upon all of the relationships in her life, and now she's speaking frankly about the toll it's put on her marriage.
The star of TLC's Long Island Medium revealed on her show this week that her relationship with husband Larry Caputo is going through a "rough patch," according to E! News. "I interpret it as growing apart," Teresa said in an exclusive clip. "I've changed and he has changed. We're both not happy."
"Since the last season of Long Island Medium and through a period of time, Larry and I's relationship has changed," she said. "We've been there for each other, you know, through thick and thin, you know, good times, and right now are not such great times." While Theresa hasn't mentioned the possibility of a divorce-or what they're doing to save their marriage-fans have noticed the lack of Larry's presence in Theresa's social media posts.
Rebel Wilson is joining a chorus of actors and actresses in Hollywood who are sharing their own experiences with sexual harassment and misconduct.
The "Pitch Perfect" star wrote on Twitter Saturday that she took a break from "creating [a] new comedy overseas" to share her story that allegedly involves "a male star in a position of power."
Rebel Wilson ?@RebelWilson
I've been away in a 'bubble' of sorts creating new comedy overseas but it's so hard to hear all these stories relating to sexual harassment and assault in Hollywood. As you guys know, I'm a pretty strong and confident person but even I have a story to tell.
11:09 AM - Nov 11, 2017
Wilson, 37, claimed that after meeting him in a room, he asked her "repeatedly" to perform a sex act.
"All whilst his male 'friends' tried to film the incident on their iPhones and laughed," she continued. "I repeatedly said no and eventually got out of the room."
"I called my agent immediately and my lawyer made a complaint with the studio -- basically to protect myself that in the event something similar ever occurred I'd be able to walk out of the job and not obliged to return," the Australian actress wrote.
Rebel Wilson ?@RebelWilson
I called my agent immediately and my lawyer made a complaint with the studio - basically to protect myself that in the event something similar ever occurred I'd be able to walk out of the job and not obliged to return.
11:14 AM - Nov 11, 2017
Wilson claimed she was then "threatened by one of the star's representatives to be nice and support the male star. I refused. The whole thing was disgusting."
This isn't the first time she's sharing this story publicly, Wilson said.
"I've told hundreds of people in the industry the story in more graphic detail basically to warn them off this individual," she wrote on Twitter.
Rebel Wilson ?@RebelWilson
Later I was threatened by one of the star's representatives to be nice and support the male star. I refused. The whole thing was disgusting.
I've told hundreds of people in the industry the story in more graphic detail basically to warn them off this individual.
11:17 AM - Nov 11, 2017
Wilson also shared a separate incident in which she said she felt uncomfortable with a "top director" in Hollywood while the two were alone in a hotel room.
"I thought we were there to talk comedy," she wrote on Twitter. "Nothing physical happened because the guy's wife called and started abusing him over the phone for sleeping with actresses and luckily she was yelling so loud ... that I could hear her and I bolted out of there immediately.
"I was so naive the thought of anything happening apart from 'work talk' didn't even cross my mind," Wilson added.
The actress, who will next be seen on the big screen in "Pitch Perfect 3," out Dec. 22, wrote that she realized she's one of the "lucky" ones.
"I feel lucky that I grew up in a pro-female environment, going to an all-girls high school, and that I have such a strong sense of self and have taken self-defense classes. I had the ability to escape both incidents. I realize not everyone is as lucky," she said.
Rebel Wilson ?@RebelWilson
I feel lucky that I grew up in a pro-female environment, going to an all-girls high school, and that I have such a strong sense of self and have taken self-defense classes. I had the ability to escape both incidents. I realize not everyone is as lucky.
11:27 AM - Nov 11, 2017
"To hear how prevalent sexual harassment and assault is, is just so saddening," Wilson continued. "I know my stories aren't as horrific as other women and men have described -- but if you've ever experienced anything like this I feel for you and can relate on some level."
Rebel Wilson ?@RebelWilson
To hear how prevalent sexual harassment and assault is, is just so saddening. I know my stories aren't as horrific as other women and men have described - but if you've ever experienced anything like this I feel for you and can relate on some level.
11:37 AM - Nov 11, 2017
"I know, moving forward, that if I witness this behavior, whether it happens to me or someone I know, I will no longer be POLITE. Interpret that as you will," she concluded.
Rebel Wilson ?@RebelWilson
I know, moving forward, that if I witness this behavior, whether it happens to me or someone I know, I will no longer be POLITE. Interpret that as you will.
11:42 AM - Nov 11, 2017
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A rep for Wilson told ABC News she had no additional comment.
Maybe Chewbacca stopped by for a round of golf.
Sharp-eyed Star Wars fans using Google Earth have spotted the legendary Millennium Falcon from the movie saga parked near Barrow Hills Golf Club in Surrey, England.
Twitter user Andi Durrant helpfully details how you can find it on your own. You'll start by searching for Longcross Studios, the film-production facility where "Last Jedi" is filming. (Of course, as Slashgear points out, you can just go to Google Maps and search for "Millennium Falcon Longcross.")
Andi Durrant ?@AndiDurrant
Super nerd alert.. search Longcross Studios Surrey on google earth, scroll to the right into some farmland and you can find the Millennium Falcon hidden behind some shipping containers
5:10 PM - Nov 8, 2017
The Falcon is hidden from ground-level spies by multicolored shipping containers, but its distinctive shape is evident from above.
Fan jokes flew faster than the Falcon could make the Kessel Run.
Chris Wylde's Brain Farts @Dadhole
Replying to @AndiDurrant
One must admire Captain Solo's deft landing ability to squeeze it in there between those shipping containers #likeaglove
9:50 AM - Nov 9, 2017
Julio Cesar Diaz Jr @jcdsuper
Replying to @AndiDurrant
Thank you @Twitter I'm coming for you now, Solo
12:03 PM - Nov 9, 2017
Leonard Smalls @apocalypsebiker
Replying to @AndiDurrant
Mixed in with garbage ejected from the star destroyer. No one will notice. I guess this means boba fett took this picture
9:43 AM - Nov 9, 2017
And if that's not enough Falcon for you today, Stu Whitten, a motion-capture specialist who's worked on such films as "Pacific Rim: Uprising" and "Wonder Woman," pointed out that an image of the Falcon before it was completed can be seen in a Google Earth image taken at Pinewood Studios.
Stu Whitten @Stu_FX
Replying to @AndiDurrant @GavRov
It's also on full display on our backlot whilst being built haha
10:59 AM - Nov 9, 2017
"The Last Jedi" opens Dec. 15.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Carrie Underwood is recovering from injuries sustained in a fall on steps outside her home in Nashville.
In a statement Sunday on Twitter, Underwood thanked her fans for messages of support following her fall Friday night.
"Thanks so much for all the well wishes everybody... I'll be alright... might just take some time... glad I've got the best hubby in the world to take care of me," Underwood tweeted.
Carrie Underwood ?@carrieunderwood
Thanks so much for all the well wishes everybody...I’ll be alright...might just take some time...glad I’ve got the best hubby in the world to take care of me.
10:55 AM - Nov 12, 2017
The Tennessean reports Underwood was treated and released from a hospital for a broken wrist, cuts and abrasions. Her husband, retired NHL hockey star Mike Fisher, traveled to Nashville to be with her.
Underwood wrote that "I'll be alright...might just take some time...glad I've got the best hubby in the world to take care of me."
A statement from an Underwood spokesperson says she will miss a benefit concert Sunday in Nashville for victims of the Oct. 1 Las Vegas shooting and hurricanes in Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.
LOS ANGELES -- John Hillerman, who played stuffed-shirt Higgins to Tom Selleck's freewheeling detective Thomas Magnum in the 1980s TV series "Magnum, P.I." has died, his nephew said Thursday. Hillerman was 84.
Hillerman, who had been in declining health, died Thursday of natural causes at his home in Houston, nephew Chris Tritico said.
Besides playing manager of the Hawaiian estate that Magnum used as home base, Hillerman was known for his 1970s roles as arrogant radio show detective Simon Brimmer on the "Ellery Queen" series and the difficult boss on the sitcom "One Day at a Time."
When Hillerman decided to retire about 17 years ago, the actor born in Denison, Texas, returned to his native state and was content leaving Hollywood behind, said his nephew. He remembered his uncle, an Air Force veteran, fondly.
"He had an outstanding sense of humor and was one of the most well-read people I ever met. You couldn't play Scrabble with him," Tritico said.
As for that quasi-British accent that Hillerman used on "Magnum" and elsewhere, his nephew said that was honed during several decades of playing varied roles on the New York stage before he turned to TV and movies.
Hillerman used something closer to his own voice in Mel Brooks' "Blazing Saddles," playing Howard Johnson, one of the comic Western's many Johnsons. He appeared in a number of TV series, including "Valerie," ''The Love Boat" and "The Betty White Show," and in films including "The Last Picture Show" and "High Plains Drifter."
His last credits included 1996's "A Very Brady Sequel" and an early '90s appearance on "Murder, She Wrote."
The role of Higgins was his favorite, Tritico said.
"The reason he didn't take another big role is he refused to take a sitcom after 'Magnum,'" he said. "He wanted to continue doing the serious work that he felt 'Magnum' was."
Hillerman's survivors include a sister, Jo Ann Tritico, and seven nieces and nephews including Chris Tritico, a Houston attorney.
At his request no services will be held, Chris Tritico said.
There are many kinds of terrible apologies, but Louis C.K. might have offered the worst kind: A self-excusing non-apology in which you casually reveal all the other horrible crap you’ve been doing.
On Thursday afternoon, The New York Times finally dropped a story confirming long-circulating rumors that comedian Louis C.K. has been accused by multiple female colleagues of masturbating in front of them without their consent.
Through a publicist, he declined to comment for the article, but it does contain an apology. In 2009, several years after he shocked comedian Rebecca Corry by asking her to let him masturbate in front of her while they were working together on a show, he called her to say he was sorry ? for, well, something else.
“When he phoned her,” according to the Times, “he said was sorry for shoving her in a bathroom. Ms. Corry replied that he had never done that, but had instead asked to masturbate in front of her.”
Wait, what? Let’s rewind for a second: “He said was sorry for shoving her in a bathroom.”
The conclusion here is pretty obvious: Louis C.K. shoved someone into a bathroom, even if he couldn’t remember exactly whom he shoved. Corry told the Times that the weirdly incorrect apology “made her think there were other moments of misconduct” (um, yeah), but the question of who Louis C.K. did shove in a bathroom is not pursued.
Nonetheless, if Corry’s recollection is accurate, somewhere out there is at least one woman who was shoved in a bathroom by Louis C.K.
Few sexual misconduct exposés involve men who tell on themselves so clumsily as Louis C.K. The comedian’s schtick, to begin with, is built largely on his self-identified “perverted, sexual thoughts” and fondness for masturbation.
“It’s really a male problem, not being able to control your constant sexual impulse,” he joked at one performance.
His latest project, a film called “I Love You, Daddy” originally slated for release later this month, has already been criticized for foregrounding sexually predatory behavior. The movie features Louis C.K. as a TV writer who becomes concerned when his 17-year-old daughter (Chloe Grace Moretz) is pursued by a much older filmmaker with an unsettling reputation (John Malkovich), who Louis C.K.’s character reveres. A character in the movie also reportedly simulates masturbation in front of other people.
Louis C.K.’s compulsive need to turn his own alleged misbehavior into fodder for his wildly successful career is one, very disturbing thing. But even in his private apologies, he can’t help but admit to things he wasn’t asked to admit to. This is the behavior of a man who is practically begging to be called out for his misdeeds ? and yet, as the Times makes clear, he’s been protected for years. His manager, Dave Becky, reportedly warned women not to talk openly about their nasty experiences with his client. Corry, who’d been working on a pilot with Louis C.K., was asked to make the terrible choice of dropping the incident, or risk being cast as the cause of a production shutdown. When Defamer published an account of the Louis C.K. rumors in 2015, it barely caused a blip in the comedy landscape ? his career continued to bloom.
Like many non-apologies, Louis C.K.’s performatively woke stand-up, public grappling with his sexual impulses and watered-down expressions of remorse to his victims would all function to ease his own conscience rather than the pain of the women he hurt. After the incident on set, he told Corry, according to the Times, that he “misread her signals.” (Corry said that Louis C.K. did confirm her account of the time he propositioned her, once she reminded him.) He told another woman in a Facebook message that he had been in “a bad time in my life” when he masturbated on the phone with her, without her consent. And of course, all of his comedy says, “Sorry, but I can’t help that I’m a man. I can’t help that I want to do things that hurt you.”
If anything, Louis C.K. seems to have wanted to inoculate himself against future repercussions by privately apologizing and publicly copping to his own “perverted” impulses, not to mention supporting female comics like Tig Notaro and Pamela Adlon. Instead, he keeps giving us more evidence of his alleged transgressions.
Like shoving someone in a bathroom. The allegations in the Times story ? masturbating in front of younger or less powerful women in his industry ? are deeply disturbing, but only Louis C.K.’s reported slip-up hints at a forcible assault. If his own words are any evidence, the Times report is likely just the beginning.
You’d think O.J. Simpson would be keeping a low profile these days.
Laying low isn’t really in Simpson’s nature. The Pro Football Hall of Fame running back, who was released from a Nevada prison on Oct. 1 after serving time for his involvement in a September 2007 robbery in Las Vegas, caused enough of a scene in a Vegas casino that he was booted and banned from the property.
TMZ reported Simpson was at the Cosmopolitan in Vegas on Wednesday night, was drunk at one of the bars and became disruptive. TMZ said Simpson “was angry at hotel staff and glasses broke at the bar.” Simpson was escorted out by security and he has been permanently banned from the property.
Simpson’s attorney Malcolm LaVergne confirmed to the Associated Press that Simpson was banned, but denied that Simpson was intoxicated or belligerent, and said the Cosmopolitan gave no reason for the ban. LaVergne told the AP Simpson contacted his parole officer and passed drug and alcohol tests.
TMZ said he frequented the bars at the Cosmopolitan, one of Vegas’ high-end casinos that opened when Simpson was in prison, since he was released.
At least Simpson wasn’t making rap videos, like he was after he beat a double-murder case in an infamous trial in the early 1990s.
If you thought Simpson would live a quiet life after spending time in prison — he asked for privacy as he was released, which is kind of humorous given the latest news — then you were probably asking for a little too much.