A majority of Americans oppose impeaching President Donald Trump, according to a new poll by Monmouth University released yesterday. The data point -- with 59% of those surveyed responding that Trump should not be impeached and compelled to leave office -- comes as Trump’s approval rating remains at 40% in the same poll. In the poll, there is a clear partisan divide on whether the House Judiciary Committee should pursue an impeachment inquiry. While 72% of Democrats believe such an inquiry is a good idea, only 39% of independents and 8% of Republicans share that belief. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y. confirmed the launch of an impeachment inquiry by his House panel earlier this month in an interview on CNN.
Here’s this weekend’s pre-season NFL schedule (all times ET):
Cleveland Browns vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 7:30 p.m.
Buffalo Bills vs. Detroit Lions - 8:00 p.m.
Arizona Cardinals vs. Minnesota Vikings - 1:00 p.m.
Chicago Bears vs. Indianapolis Colts - 7:00 p.m.
Houston Texans vs. Dallas Cowboys - 7:00 p.m.
New Orleans Saints vs. New York Jets - 7:30 p.m.
San Francisco 49ers vs. Kansas City Chiefs - 8:00 p.m.
Denver Broncos vs. Los Angeles Rams - 9:00 p.m.
Seattle Seahawks vs. Los Angeles Chargers - 10:00 p.m.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Tennessee Titans - 8:00 p.m.
Taylor Swift's father Scott has deleted his Facebook account after the singer appeared to reveal it to fans, who claimed they had found right-wing memes on his personal page. Taylor, who only revealed her left-leaning political beliefs for the first time last year, appeared to share a joke on Tumblr which her father Scott Swift had made on his personal Facebook page. The Tumblr post was quickly deleted and her father's Facebook account disappeared soon after. But before Scott's Facebook was deleted, screenshots were taken of what were claimed to be political posts including right-leaning memes about immigration and one refusing to acknowledge Elizabeth Warren as a Senator. It’s unclear whether the memes were really shared by him and there has been speculation that his account was maliciously hacked and the posts fabricated. However, the quick deletions also prompted speculation that Swift would not want the political posts out there - a day before she launches her new album “Lover” which is expected to have left-leaning political undertones.
Liam Hemsworth has made his marriage split official by filing for divorce. A rep for his estranged wife Miley Cyrus confirmed the couple had split after seven months of marriage 10 days ago and now The Hunger Games star has cited “irreconcilable differences” for the break-up in documents filed by top divorce lawyer Laura Wasser. The paperwork, obtained by TMZ, does not list a date of separation. Miley and Liam exchanged vows at their home in Nashville just before Christmas (Dec18). They started dating a decade ago, but called off their engagement in 2013. They reconciled two years later.
Dwayne Johnson has been deemed the world's highest paid actor by Forbes for 2019 ahead of Avengers stars Chris Hemsworth and Robert Downey Jr. Johnson earned $89.4 million in pretax earnings from June 2018 to June 2019 due to his upfront salary for sequel Jumanji: The Next Level, his role on HBO's Ballers, royalties from his Under Armour line of clothing and from earning a cut of the profit from films such as Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. In second place is Thor actor Hemsworth with $76.4 million due in part to earning a cut from the profits of Avengers: Endgame. The same film helped Iron Man actor Downey get in third place with $66 million. Rounding out the rest of the Top 10 is Bollywood star Akshay Kumar ($65 million), Jackie Chan ($58 million), Bradley Cooper ($57 million), Adam Sandler ($57 million), Chris Evans ($43.5 million), Paul Rudd ($41 million) and Will Smith ($35 million). George Clooney topped the list last year with $239 million due to his lucrative business venture with tequila company Casamigos. Taylor Swift, in July, was named the highest paid entertainer for 2019 having earned $185 million over the past year from her Reputation world tour, deal with Netflix to air a tour special, endorsement deals with Apple, AT&T and Diet Coke and new record deal with Republic Records and Universal Music Group.
Bachelorette star Hannah Brown, supermodel Christie Brinkley and former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer are among the eclectic group of celebrities who'll be battling it out on the dance floor for the highly-anticipated upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars. The cast was announced on Good Morning America Wednesday; the pro partner pairings won't be revealed until the first episode, however. The new season of DWTS will premiere on Monday, September 16, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Here's the full list of the stars for season 28 of Dancing with the Stars:
Christie Brinkley, model
Hannah Brown, The Bachelorette star
Kel Mitchell, Kenan & Kel actor
Ray Lewis, former pro-football player
Lamar Odom, former Lakers player and Khloe Kardashian’s ex
Kate Flannery, The Office actress
Lauren Alaina, country singer
Sean Spicer, former White House press secretary
Ally Brooke, singer and former Fifth Harmony member
Karamo Brown, Queer Eye star
James Van Der Beek, Dawson's Creek star
Mary Wilson, ex-member of The Supremes
Taylor Swift's new album Lover won't be out until Friday, but it's reportedly already gone platinum worldwide. The head of Taylor's record company tells Variety that "pre-sales are quickly approaching one million copies globally.” Keep in mind, though, that that's an international figure. Whether or not the album can sell a million copies domestically in its first week -- as her 2017 album Reputation did -- remains to be seen. As Variety notes, album sales are trending downward, but this is Taylor Swift we're talking about. In addition, she's doing a lot more promotion on this album than she did for Reputation, including a Thursday morning concert for ABC's Good Morning America, a YouTube live stream and a performance on the 2019 MTV VMAs on August 26. Reputation, which came out 15 months ago, has sold more than 2.2 million copies in the U.S. Taylor's 2014 album 1989 has sold just over six million copies.
In celebration of their 21st anniversary, Rotten Tomatoes asked their fans to name the single most memorable movie moment of the past 21 years, and Heath Ledger’s performance as the Joker won by a “serious margin.” The specific moment we focused on was the moment we first saw Heath Ledger as the Joker, not in the actual film, but in the pre-release marketing: it was a game-changing image release that turned the tide in fan sentiment about Ledger’s casting and gave us our first indication of how incredible, and incredibly dark, Ledger’s take on the character would be.
Here’s the full list of the 21 Most Memorable Movie Moments from the last 21 years
1. The Joker from The Dark Knight
2. The Snap from Avengers: Infinity War
3. “I see dead people” from The Sixth Sense
4. Carl and Ellie in the opening of Up
5. Avengers assemble in New York from Marvel’s The Avengers
6. The government lobby scene from The Matrix
7. Gollum talks to Smeagol from The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
8. “No Man’s Land” from Wonder Woman
9. The upside-down kiss from Spider-Man
10. Juan teaches Chiron to swim from Moonlight
11. “Santa, here? I know him!” from Elf
12. Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort duel from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
13. “Remember me?!” from Mad Max: Fury Road
14. The chest-waxing scene from The 40-Year-Old Virgin
15. The bridesmaids get food poisoning from Bridesmaids
16. London is deserted from 28 Days Later…
17. A kiss in the rain from The Notebook
18. Satine’s entrance from Moulin Rouge!
19. Crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge from Selma
20. Heather’s confessional from The Blair Witch Project
21. “Cars don’t fly!” from Furious 7
Robert De Niro is suing a former employee at his company, Canal Productions, for allegedly embezzling money and -- even worse -- binge-watching episodes of Friends on the job. According to court documents obtained by People, employee Chase Robinson allegedly racked up huge bills on the company American Express card, used millions of De Niro’s frequent flyer miles to take personal trips and submitted false information to get paid for 96 days of “unused” vacation time. When she was in the office, the documents allege she spent “astronomical amounts of time” watching Netflix during working hours. During one four-day period in January, Robinson apparently watched 55 episodes of Friends. Robinson, who started as De Niro’s assistant in 2008 and was later promoted to Vice President of Production and Finance -- a job that paid her $300K a year -- resigned from her position via email on April 6, 2019. De Niro’s company is seeking $6 million in the lawsuit.
While JAY-Z's latest venture with the NFL has fans equally divided, Cardi B has stated her support for the music mogul's partnership with the league. Saturday night, TMZ caught up with Cardi while in New York City. "I think that he could make a change, you know what I'm saying?" Cardi told the outlet, regarding Jay. She continued, "I feel like he didn't [go] on an NFL deal without an agreement. I feel like he went in there like, 'All right, if you guys want me to work with y'all, y'all need to put my people in here. Y'all need to do things my way.'" Jay has been enlisted by the NFL to serve as the league's "live music entertainment strategist," as well as to assist and contribute to its social activism campaign, Inspire Change. The NFL hopes that enlisting Jay will in part help them to be more sensitive to in the wake of the public dissent over its handling of national anthem protests, and Colin Kaepernick's related collusion suit against the NFL, which was settled confidentially in February.
After a record-breaking 19 weeks, "Old Town Road" by Lil Nas X is no longer number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Finally ascending to the number one spot after weeks at number two: "bad guy" by Billie Eilish. And, evidently, there's no hard feelings: Lil Nas X tweeted, "congratulations to billie eilish!! u deserve this!!" In topping the chart, Billie has set a number of records. First, "bad guy" is the first song to hit number one after spending a record nine weeks at number two. Three songs -- The Weeknd's “Starboy,” Justin Bieber's "Sorry" and OutKast's "The Way You Move" -- spent eight weeks in the runner-up spot before they hit number one. Next, "bad guy" also marks the first time that a song that was formerly number one on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart has gone on to top the Hot 100 since Lorde's "Royals" in 2013. Eilish, born in December of 2001, is the first artist born in the 2000s to have a number one hit on the Hot 100. At 17, she's also the youngest artist to rule the chart since Lorde, who was 16 when "Royals" hit number one. Meanwhile, "Old Town Road" has dropped to number three.
Keanu Reeves gave one Make-A-Wish kid an “excellent” surprise recently. Emily, a 16-year-old with kidney disease, counts Reeves' 1989's Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure as her favorite movie, and her one wish was to meet the actor in person. But Keanu did her one better: He arranged for them to spend a special day together on the set of Bill & Ted Face the Music, the third film in the franchise, which is currently shooting in Louisiana. Emily got to sit down with Reeves and ask him questions, as well as have lunch with the cast and crew and watch a scene being filmed. The two also did a fun photoshoot together, with Reeves dressed in character as Ted. According to Make-A-Wish New Jersey, Emily’s mom, Deborah, said, "It was an unbelievable day. She hasn't been this happy in months! Keanu seemed to be having as much fun with Emily as she was with him."
The feds may have wiped the smile off Jimmy Kimmel’s face — fining the network that airs his talk show a hefty $395,000 for his use of restricted emergency tones in a comedy sketch. “ABC admits that it broadcast and transmitted the Oct. 3, 2018, episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” that contained [Wireless Emergency Alert] Tones, in the absence of an actual emergency, authorized test of the EAS, or qualified PSA,“ The Federal Communications Commission said in a 10-page ruling dated Thursday, referring to the emergency alert system and public service announcements. An episode of the show featured emergency tones in a bit mocking a test of the presidential alert system. The emergency alert system tone precedes a verbal warning and is sent out on TV and cellphones in the event of an actual emergency, like a tornado, flood or hurricane. The feds restrict use of the tones to prevent panic and confusion, and so that goofballs like Kimmel won’t use them for laughs. Kimmel’s skit came hours after cell phones across the US had received a presidential alert that raised eyebrows about its intent, with civil libertarians speculating that it was somehow the test of a supposedly nefarious government effort to control the country’s telecommunication system. “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed,” the test warning said. AMC’s “The Walking Dead” also got slapped with a $104,000 fine for using the restricted tones twice in February. Animal Planet was fined $68,000 for a misuse of the tone in “Lone Star Law.”
Netflix has officially set a release date for Michael B. Jordan's highly anticipated super hero drama Raising Dion. The streamer announced on Friday that the series, which will have nine one-hour episodes, will launch on October 4. Based on Dennis Liu's short film and comic book of the same name, the series follows a recently widowed mother who discovers her young son, Dion, has supernatural abilities. Jordan, who will executive produce the project through his Outlier Society production company, will also appear as Dion's dead father. Meanwhile, newcomer Ja’Siah Young will play Dion Reese, "a curious, playful, and intelligent seven-year-old boy" who learns he can move things with his mind. Dion's mother, Nicole, will be played by Alisha Wainwright. Raising Dion will also star Jason Ritter and Jazmyn Simon.
Here are weekend box office figures:
1. Good Boys - $21 million
2. Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw - $14.1 million
3. The Lion King - $11.9 million
4. The Angry Birds Movie 2 - $10.5 million
5. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark - $10 million
6. 47 Meters Down: Uncaged - $9 million
7. Dora and the Lost City of Gold - $8.5 million
8. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood - $7.6 million
9. Blinded by the Light - $4.4 million
10. The Art of Racing in the Rain - $4.4 million
R. Kelly, who faces charges of sex trafficking in New York and Illinois, was a no-show in Chicago court yesterday after prosecutors said he "refused transport" from jail. The Cook County hearing addressed charges of conspiracy that say the singer set up sexual encounters with underage girls and covered them up to avoid prosecution. The hearing went forward without Kelly. "The defendant was to be brought to court today. That was all worked out. The sheriffs were going to be bringing him over," Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Jennifer Gonzalez said. "As I understand it, he refused transport and so that is why the defendant is not before your honor." Defense attorney Steve Greenberg said U.S. Marshals informed him moving Kelly would have been a "large undertaking." The purpose of the hearing was to update the judge on evidence and bail issues. Prosecutors brought felony charges against Kelly in February. The singer, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, pleaded not guilty in June. The judge delayed a ruling on prosecutors' motion to increase Kelly's bail by $250,000 for each of the four cases, in light of new federal charges in New York. "He has to be here," Flood said. "There's due process issues."
Ed Sheeran has donated 300 items of memorabilia to a charity shop in his hometown of Framlingham, England. Ed, who grew up near the rural Suffolk town and still lives nearby, gave away goodies including guitars, a signed surfboard, and even a signed David Beckham soccer shirt to the local St Elizabeth Hospice shop. Staff at the small charity have put some of the items on display in the store, and plan to auction them off to raise funds in December. Rachel Backshall, the hospice’s Director of Income Generation and Marketing, said: “He’s been incredibly generous, he’s helped us over a number of years in fact. But this is the first time we’ve actually had this amount of items given to us to put into an auction.” Other donations include a fluffy toy cat, a denim jacket with Ed’s initials embroidered on the collar, a ukulele, a basketball inscribed with his name, baseball hats, handmade jewelry, a signed TV, and a bottle of his signature Heinz sauce – Tomato Edchup.
Leah Remini's A&E documentary series, Scientology and the Aftermath, will be coming to an end with Season 3. Remini and the network announced yesterday that the Aug. 26 finale will be a two-hour special filmed in front of a live studio audience containing former members of the church. The episode will feature testimonials about how Scientology policies have prevented members from reporting instances of sexual assault. The Hollywood Reporter, citing sources, said that the sexual abuse accusations against actor and Scientologist Danny Masterson will also be discussed. Masterson was fired from his Netflix series The Ranch in 2017 when the allegations surfaced. Remini launched Scientology and the Aftermath in 2016 after previously defecting from the religion. The program explores stories of abuse, misconduct and retribution within the organization. The King of Queens alum co-stars on the series with former high-ranking Scientology official Mike Rinder.
Awkwafina will star in an adaptation of The Last Adventure of Constance Verity. The Hollywood Reporter confirmed the actress will play the title character in the new Legendary Entertainment film. The Last Adventure of Constance Verity is based on the A. Lee Martinez fantasy novel of the same name. The story follows Constance, a young woman seeking a normal life after battling the supernatural since she was a child.
Kyle Chandler is reteaming with George Clooney for the Oscar winner’s new Netflix post-apocalyptic film. Chandler replaced Clooney as Colonel Cathcart in this year’s Catch-22 mini-series, directed and produced by the Gravity star, and now he has signed on to join his pal once more in the untitled new film, which will also feature Felicity Jones. Chandler will play an American astronaut in the film, which Clooney will direct and star in as a lonely Arctic-based scientist. The film is based on Lily Brooks-Dalton’s 2016 novel Good Morning, Midnight.
Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth's seemingly amicable separation is getting nasty. In the four days since their separation was announced, speculation has been swirling on what caused the couple to break-up just seven months into their marriage. Shocking claims of drug use and infidelity are now emerging as insiders from both sides give drastically different stories regarding the breakdown of the duo's relationship. Sources close with Miley tell TMZ that the singer tried valiantly to save the marriage but couldn't accept Liam's drinking a lot and using certain drugs. Miley's struggles with substance abuse in the past meant it was a dealbreaker for the actress and especially hard for her to move past. Sources on Liam's side are calling bulls**t, according to TMZ, and say the real issue was Miley's infidelity.
El Paso native Khalid is making good on his promise to give back to his hometown following the deadly August 3 shooting that left 22 dead. The star has announced that on September 1, he'll headline a benefit concert at the University of Texas at El Paso's Don Haskins Center. Called A Night for Sun City, the event will also feature as-yet-unannounced "special guests." Money raised by the show will go to support the El Paso Shooting Victims' Fund and the El Paso Community Foundation. "I have been rocked to the core by the horrific act of gun violence that came to El Paso, and by the continued acts of senseless violence that our country faces daily," Khalid says in a statement. "I want to give back to my community of El Paso, the city of the 915, who has given so much to me. Please come out and let’s heal together through music while raising money to help those who need it." Tickets for the show go on sale today at 10 a.m. local time via LiveNation.com.
Yesterday, a federal grand jury in Atlanta indicted reality television stars Todd and Julie Chrisley on charges including tax evasion, alleging among other things that they tried to hide their income from Chrisley Knows Best from the IRS. The 12-count indictment also accuses the pair of conspiracy, bank fraud, and wire fraud. Todd Chrisley, in a lengthy Instagram post released Monday, a day before the indictment was announced, denied any wrongdoing and said the charges stem from a dispute with an unidentified former employee who stole from the family and then brought phony documents to authorities accusing the Chrisleys of financial crimes in an effort to retaliate for being fired. Chrisley Knows Best follows the tight-knit, boisterous family living in the Nashville area. Much of the series emphasizes Todd Chrisley's obsessive yet comedic efforts to keep tabs on three of his kids, two of whom are in their 20s, and his mother. The series has aired on USA for seven seasons and recently premiered a spinoff called Growing Up Chrisley, featuring his kids Chase and Savannah, who move to Los Angeles. Accountant Peter Tarantino was charged with helping the Chrisleys hide income and lie about their tax returns, according to the indictment.
Reese Witherspoon will star in a new sci-fi film at Netflix. The streaming service announced in a tweet that Witherspoon will star in and executive produce Pyros, a movie based on the Thomas Pierce short story Tardy Man. "@ReeseW will star in & co-produce 'Pyros,' a film adapted from Thomas Pierce's short story about a team outfitted with indestructible suits fused to their spines so they can recover objects for wealthy people when their houses are on fire -- but one breaks protocol to save a life," the post reads. Deadline said Netflix won the rights to Pyros after competing with several studios.
A male model who worked with Katy Perry on her “Teenage Dream” music video has accused the singer of pulling down his pants and exposing his genitals to a group of people at a mutual friend's birthday party. Josh Kloss went public with the allegations against Perry on Sunday, in what he said was the anniversary of working the music video job, in a post shared on Instagram. The incident, however, is said to have occurred sometime later at costume designer Johnny Wujek’s birthday party, sometime after Perry split with ex-husband Russell Brand in 2012. “I just say this now because our culture is set on proving men of power are perverse. But females with power are just as disgusting,” Kloss wrote on Instagram on Sunday. “So, happy anniversary to one of the most confusing, assaulting, and belittling jobs I’ve ever done. Yay. I was actually gonna play the song and sing it on ukele for the anniversary, but then as I was turning I thought, f**k this, I’m not helping her bs image another second.” After coming forward, Kloss was questioned as to why he waited so long to speak out, which Kloss said was because he was traumatized at first, and later wanted to wait until it would not be confused as an effort to seek financial gain but felt he needed to make people aware of what he implied was her abuse of power. Kloss wrote in an Instagram story post shared on Sunday, after his initial announcement, about how difficult coming to terms with what he said happened has been for him. “To admit that someone violated you in such a f**ked up way, and you didn't call the cops at that moment was hard to swallow, and it took a lot of time,” he said. “There have been a million times I could have brought it up, but those times would have benefited me financially. At this time there is absolutely no benefit for me, but benefit for many others, who can contemplate power, would they do what she did to me, or would they stay respectful of me and my body. So you believing me is inconsequential to me, it's more about letting people believe that even a guy like me has felt powerless and been violated, and still courageous to bring it up when it counts, not when it's lucrative.” In an Instagram video posted immediately before the statement, Kloss acknowledged how grateful he was to be cast opposite Perry as her love interest in the Teenage Dream music video which came out in 2010, but said he has no loyalty to the singer.