As a reminder, Caitlyn Jenner was recently on I’m a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, and she was literally the only contestant whose family didn't show up to greet her when she left the show. The video is honestly heartbreaking, so consider this a feelings warning:
Fans express their upset for Caitlyn Jenner after the star had no family members waiting for her following her elimination from UK reality show #ImACeleb.
Contestants are usually greeted by a loved one on the bridge.
The Kardashians got a ton of backlash for rejecting Caitlyn, and both Brandon Jenner and Kim Kardashian responded to criticism. Brandon explained, “Honestly, nobody reached out to set it up! I think it might have been a ‘storyline’ the producers wanted to fabricate in order to get more empathy for Caitlyn. That’s how that kind of TV works.”
Meanwhile Kim tweeted, “Exactly what Brandon said!!!! NO ONE from I’m a Celeb even reached out and asked for letters, appearances, or anything from any Kardashians or Jenners.”
Kim Kardashian West
Exactly what Brandon said!!!! NO ONE from I’m A Celeb even reached out and asked for letters, appearances or anything from any Kardashians or Jenners.
And now Caitlyn is out here commenting on all this drama, confirming that the Kardashians definitely reject her on purpose. In fact, they were never asked to participate on the show, and she ended up apologizing to them after. "My family are very well-known," she told The Daily Mail. "I never asked any of them to come down or expected them to—they all have businesses and families. I was disappointed they were criticized. After the show was over, I texted or called all the kids to apologize."
In other words, no drama to be found here, so moving right along into the clean slate that is 2020.
Zac Efron is speaking out after his reported hospitalization.
The 32-year-old actor took to Instagram on Sunday to share a message to fans after Australia's Sunday Telegraph reported he had contracted what is believed to be typhoid or a "similar bacterial infection" while filming his Quibi show, Killing Zac Efron, in Papua New Guinea. The outlet reported that a medevac crew airlifted Efron to Brisbane, where he was then rushed to St. Andrews War Memorial Hospital in Spring Hill. ET has reached out to Efron's rep for comment.
"Very thankful to everyone who has reached out. I did get sick in Papua New Guinea but I bounced back quick and finished an amazing 3 weeks in P.N.G.," Efron wrote. "I'm home for the holidays with my friends and family. Thanks for all the love and concern, see you in 2020!"
A doctor from the Medical Rescue Group told the Telegraph that a team "retrieved a U.S. citizen in his 30s from PNG to Brisbane recently for medical attention," and that the patient was hospitalized in "stable condition." According to the outlet, Efron's doctors allowed him to return to the United States on Christmas Eve, after he spent multiple days undergoing treatment.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Typhoid is a life-threatening illness caused by bacteria that can be found in contaminated water and food in Papua New Guinea. People who contract it can be treated with antibiotics and vaccines are available.
Killing Zac Efron, which was announced in November, sees Efron spending 21 days off the grid, "with nothing but basic gear, a guide partner and a will to survive."
"I tend to thrive under extreme circumstances and seek out opportunities that challenge me on every level," Efron said in a statement at the time. "I am excited to explore any uncharted territory and discover what unexpected adventure awaits!"
Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek’s wife of nearly 30 years, Jean, is struggling right along with him as he continues to undergo treatment for pancreatic cancer.
She was asked about the hardest part of it all during an interview with ABC’s Michael Strahan for an upcoming special, What Is Jeopardy? Alex Trebek and America’s Most Popular Quiz Show, which airs Jan. 2 at 8 p.m.
“It’s when I see him in pain and I can’t help him,” said Jean, who shares two kids with Alex. “And when he doesn’t eat right. When he has too much diet soda.”
The 79-year-old TV icon acknowledged that his spouse has had a lot to deal with in the months since he announced his condition in March.
“It’s always tough for caretakers,” he said, “because she has to deal with her worrying about my well-being and also dealing with… I’m not always the most pleasant person to be around when I’m experiencing severe pain or depression, and she has to tread lightly around me.”
Trebek said he’s grateful for the tremendous support he’s received from fans of the show in the wake of his illness, but he dismissed the idea that he’s somehow brave because of it.
“Throughout my life, I’ve always wondered about how courageous a human being I was,” Trebek said. “I just look at it as it’s a part of life. Does that mean I’m courageous because I’m dealing with it? No. I could be scared to death and I’d still have to deal with it.”
Trebek, who’s hosted Jeopardy! since 1984, said in September that he needed to undergo further treatment, because his “numbers went sky-high,” after he stopped chemo. He told Strahan that he’s considering a different kind of chemotherapy or even a treatment still in the clinical trial stages.
“I don’t mind experimenting,” he said. “I’ve got nothing to lose, so let’s go for it.”
On Monday, People reported that one of Trebek’s co-workers said Trebek plans to remain behind the Jeopardy! podium for the foreseeable future.
“He has no plans to quit, and is absolutely not announcing his retirement,” the source told the magazine.
Forbes has compiled top 10 earning musicians of the decade (2010-2019). The list uses touring data from Pollstar and music consumption data from Nielsen, and does not include behind-the-scenes earners such as agents or managers. The ranking also doesn't take into account postmortem earnings. (By this measure, Michael Jackson would come in at number one with $2.37 billion in earnings over the past 10 years.) Here are the top 10 earning musicians of the decade (2010-2019) according to Forbes:
Kanye West had a lot to reflect on a year after starting his Sunday Service -- and he did that and then some in a place you might've never thought you'd see him ... Skid Row.
Ye was in DTLA this weekend holding a Sunday Service at the Union Rescue Mission on Skid Row, which is a homeless shelter that offers food and spiritual guidance for the needy. While there with his usual choir, he got on the mic at one point to do some preaching.
He got into a lot of different topics -- including how Sunday Service itself saved him since it began a full year ago. He also talked about the homeless crisis in L.A. and elsewhere ... going on to say he's had a vision for a worldwide solution. That sounds familiar, doesn't it?
At one point, Kanye also ranted a bit about "Devil-approved" and "God-approved" subjects -- and he seemed to allude to T.I.'s highly scrutinized comments from earlier this year about how he once brought his daughter to the gynecologist to make sure she was a virgin.
Madonna and her 25-year-old BF aren't exactly rushing to the altar ... but all signs point to them taking things to the next level cause his dad tells us SHE dropped the L word!!!
So, here's the deal ... the rumors have been swirling for months about Madonna dating Ahlamalik Williams ... one of her backup dancers. Williams' father, Drue, tells TMZ ... his son and Madge are 100% definitely an item ... and it's gotten serious.
For starters ... Drue says us his son's been dating Madonna for a little over a year now. Drue says they first met back in 2015 when his son auditioned for Madonna's Rebel Heart Tour ... and Madonna personally picked Ahlamalik out of the group.
Fast-forward to September ... Madonna met her boy toy's parents in NYC after one of her shows. And, just last month ... Madonna hosted Ahlamalik's parents at one of her Ceasar's Palace shows. And, get this ... Drue says Madonna invited them to her suite ... where Madonna's personal chef cooked them all dinner.
Drue says the 61-year-old singer told them she loves their son unconditionally and wants to take care of him. Drue says, "Love has no age." He added, "My son is livin' la Vida Loca, and I'm just happy for him."
The Material Girl and her man's parents clearly got along ... 'cause Drue says Madonna's invited them to her shows in London and France in early 2020. Drue says they've already booked their flights.
A source close to Kim Kardashian-West has responded to critics of her new 7Hollywood magazine cover, denying allegations of “blackface” or that the star was purposely attempting to look like a black woman. “It’s the lighting that makes her look darker in this specific image,” a source close to Kim, who was on set for the shoot, told Page Six. “There are multiple covers and images from this shoot where the lighting looks more natural. People are so quick to find the negative in everything and also often forget that she is of Armenian descent.” Kim received immediate criticism after posting the Winter 2020 cover of the fashion mag to Instagram, with several followers saying that her tan and/or make-up was far too dark — bordering on blackface — an accusation the reality star has faced time and time again. “Would you please stop with the blackface it’s ridiculous to say [at] least,” wrote one of Kim’s followers, while another commented, “She look black in that 2nd photo … hmmm here she go again.” 7Hollywood’s Instagram page has also been flooded with comments calling out Kardashian and the publication. “Y’all are sick for this. She is not a black woman,” wrote one critic, with another accusing the mag of “promoting blackface.” “Was the point to make her appear more ethnic,” asked one irate follower. “What’s with the darkening [of] her skin color? She in no way is that complexion naturally. Unacceptable.”
The movie adaptation of popular stage musical Cats has been savaged by critics, even receiving one reviewer's first ever zero-star rating. Director Tom Hooper's extravagant rendering - with an A-list ensemble cast featuring the talents of Taylor Swift, Dame Judi Dench, Idris Elba and Sir Ian McKellen - has received largely negative comments in early reviews. Branded an “all-time disaster” by one critic, the film was slammed as jarring, a huge failure, soulless and just plain “wrong” by movie buffs on both sides of the Atlantic. Critics would argue that CGI is the least of its worries, with the Daily Telegraph branding Hooper's film “an all-time disaster” and giving it zero stars - the first in the publication's history. “Once seen, the only realistic way to fix Cats would be to spay it, or simply pretend it never happened,” writes review Tom Robey.
WHAT OTHER CRITICS SAID
Your brain will never comprehend it. It’s jarring from the first minute and remains jarring until the last - Empire
Director Tom Hooper’s movie is a huge failure because he’s completely abandoned the fundamentals of what made Cats a terrific show - The New York Post
In addition to the generally off-putting appearance of the cats, the proportions are all wrong with respect to their surrounding environment - The Hollywood Reporter
I actually think that eight out of ten cinemagoers will say that they’ve enjoyed it, as long as they go along prepared for what they’re about to see, which is essentially a feline-themed ballet - The Daily Mail
It’s one of those rare cinematic events that feels like a collective hallucination – improbable and entirely indescribable - The Independent
Nine may not be enough lives for some of the stars to live down their involvement in this poorly conceived and executed adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical - Variety
To assess Cats as good or bad feels like the entirely wrong axis on which to see it. It is, with all affection, a monstrosity - Vulture
With its grotesque design choices and busy, metronomic editing, “Cats” is as uneasy on the eyes as a Hollywood spectacle can be, tumbling into an uncanny valley between mangy realism and dystopian artifice - The Los Angeles Times
Taylor Swift's seasonal track "Christmas Tree Farm," inspired by her childhood growing up on a Christmas tree farm in Pennsylvania, has jumped into the top 10 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart. The song first debuted on the chart at #25, but now that it's has a full week of data to measure, it's climbing fast. It becomes Taylor's 14th top-10 on this particular chart; her first was "Teardrops on My Guitar," way back in 2008, when she was still a country artist. She's had seven number ones on the radio airplay-based chart, most recently with last year's "Delicate." On the Billboard Hot 100, which measures sales and streaming in addition to airplay, "Christmas Tree Farm" debuts at #59, becoming Taylor's 96th entry on the chart. The only acts who've had more are the Glee cast, with 207, Drake with 206, rapper Lil Wayne with 163, Elvis Presley with 109, rappers Kanye West, Nicki Minaj and Jay-Z with 107, 106 and 100, respectively, and R&B star Chris Brown, with 98.
Actress Lori Loughlin believes she was tricked by college admissions scandal ringleader, William "Rick" Singer, and that evidence will ultimately prove her innocence, according to a new report. The star and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli previously pleaded not guilty to expanded bribery charges brought against them in October along with 11 other parents in the scandal. The celebrity duo was accused of arranging a total collective payment of $500,000 to Singer to get their daughters Olivia Jade and Isabella recruited to USC as members of the crew team, despite never having participated in the sport. According to People, Loughlin believed she was acting in good faith by supplying the money. "Lori was hoodwinked by Rick Singer. There's no other way to put it," a source told the magazine. "She was convinced that she was making a donation, just like parents have been doing for years."
Ian Ziering wants his estranged wife to get a job according to court documents obtained by TMZ. The actor split from Erin Kristine Ludwig - who he married in 2010 - last month. In a response to the divorce petition filed by Erin in November, Ian has requested that she become self-supporting - meaning that she needs to get a job. Erin filed for dissolution with minor children, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason behind their separation, last month. Ian has now filed his response to the divorce petition, which includes some stipulations. In relation to Erin's request for spousal support, Ian says he will pay reasonable spousal support for a limited period of time. But, he wants to request an order that [Erin] become self-supporting, according to TMZ.
According to a list of salaries published by Variety yesterday of some of the highest-earning stars, many are now earning more than seven figures per episode of their respective series. Chief among them is Reese Witherspoon who gets $1 million per episode of The Morning Show - her Apple TV show with Jennifer Aniston - and $1.1 million per episode of Little Fires Everywhere, her Hulu production with Kerry Washington. Aniston pockets $1 million for The Morning Show and Washington gets $1.1 million for her role on Little Fires Everywhere. Soon, insiders say, the new normal could be $2 million per episode.
FULL LIST OF TV'S HIGHEST EARNERS
Ellen DeGeneres: $20-25million for a stand-up comedy special (Netflix)
Harrison Ford: $1.2million for The Staircase, Annapurna
Reese Witherspoon: $1.1million for Little Fires Everywhere (Hulu) and $1million for The Morning Show (Apple TV)
Kerry Washington: $1.1million for Little Fires Everywhere (Hulu)
Steve Carrell: $1million for Space Force (Netflix) and $700,000 for The Morning Show (Apple TV)
Jennifer Aniston: $1million for The Morning Show (Apple TV)
Nicole Kidman: $1million for Nine Perfect Strangers (Hulu)
Jeff Bridges: $1million for The Old Man (Hulu)
Will Forte: $1million for Flipped (Quibi)
Kaitlin Olson: $1million for Flipped (Quibi)
Don Cheadle: $1million for Don't Look Deeper (Quibi)
Chris Evans: $750,000 for Defending Jacob (Apple TV)
Patrick Stewart: $750,000 for Picard (CBS All Access)
Bryan Cranston: $700,000 for Your Honor (Showtime)
Julia Roberts: $650,000 for Homecoming (Amazon)
Jason Mamoa: $600,000 for See (Apple TV)
Cardi B: $500,000 for Rhythm & Flow (Netflix)
Chance the Rapper: $500,000 for Rhythm & Flow (Netflix)
Julie Bowen: $500,000 for Modern Family (ABC)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson: $500,000 for Modern Family (ABC)
Ed O'Neill: $500,000 for Modern Family (ABC)
Eric Stonestreet: $500,000 for Modern Family (ABC)
Sofia Vergara: $500,000 for Modern Family (ABC)
Kevin Costner: $500,000 for Yellowstone (Paramount Network)
Ansel Elgort: $500,000 for Tokyo Vice (HBOMax)
Paul Rudd: $450,000 for Living With Yourself (Netflix)
Charlie Hunnam: $450,000 for Shantaram (Apple TV)
Renee Zellweger: $400,000 for What/If (Netflix)
Mary J. Blidge: $400,000 for Power Book 2; Ghost (Starz)
Hilary Swank: $400,000 for Away (Netflix)
Millie Bobby Brown: $350,000 for Stranger Things (Netflix)
David Harbour: $350,000 for Stranger Things (Netflix)
Orlando Bloom: $350,000 for Carnival Row (Amazon)
Winona Ryder: $350,000 for Stranger Things (Netflix)
Helen Hunt: $350,000 for Mad About You (Spectrum)
Paul Reiser: $350,000 for Mad About You (Spectrum)
Anna Faris: $350,000 for Mom (CBS)
Allison Janney: $350,000 for Mom (CBS)
Christina Applegate: $325,000 for Dead to Me (Netflix)
Anna Kendrick: $325,000 for Love Life (HBO Max)
Rachel Brosnahan: $300,000 for The Marvellous Mrs Maisel (Amazon)
Joel Kinnaman: $300,000 for For All Mankind (Apple TV)
John Malkovich: $300,000 for Space Force (Netflix)
Tony Shalhoub: $250,000 for The Marvellous Mrs Maisel (Amazon)
Alex Borstein: $250,000 for The Marvellous Mrs Maisel (Amazon)
Sterling K. Brown: $250,000 for This Is Us (NBC)
Justin Hartley: $250,000 for This Is Us (NBC)
Chrissy Metz: $250,000 for This Is Us (NBC)
Mandy Moore: $250,000 for This Is Us (NBC)
Milo Ventimiglia: $250,000 for This Is Us (NBC)
Stephen Ammell: $250,000 for Heels (Starz)
Charlie Heaton: $250,000 for Stranger Things (Netflix)
Gaten Matarazzo: $250,000 for Stranger Things (Netflix)
Caleb McLaughlin: $250,000 for Stranger Things (Netflix)
Noah Schnapp: $250,000 for Stranger Things (Netflix)
Cobie Smulders: $235,000 for Stumptown (ABC)
Michael Sheen: $225,000 for Prodigal Son (Fox)
Dylan Minette: $200,000 for 13 Reasons Why (Netflix)
Rob Lowe: $200,000 for 911: Lone Star (Fox)
Cole Hauser: $200,000 for Yellowstone (Paramount Network)
Kelly Reilly: $200,000 for Yellowstone (Paramount Network)
Sadie Sink: $150,000 for Stranger Things (Netflix)
Ruby Rose: $60-$75,000 for Batwoman (The CW)
Sierra Capri: $65,000 for On My Block (Netflix)
Jessica Maria Garcia: $65,000 for On My Block (Netflix)
Netflix has tapped some heavy hitters for their upcoming, as yet untitled drama starring Sandra Bullock. The streamer has added Oscar-winner Viola Davis, Mudbound star Rob Morgan, and Legends actress Aisling Franciosi to the cast of the new film, which will follow life after incarceration. Produced by Bullock, the film is an adaptation the three-part British miniseries Unforgiven. It will follow Bullock as Ruth Slater, a woman who re-enters society after serving a sentence for a violent crime. Now facing severe judgment from the community she once lived, her only hope is to find her "estranged younger sister she was forced to leave behind."
Charlize Theron has opened up about the moment her mother shot and killed her father in an act of self-defense. The actress spoke in a recent radio interview about her late father, who she remembered as an alcoholic and a "very sick man." She recalled the moment, in 1991, when her father came into her childhood home "so drunk" with a gun while attempting to "push through the door." On the other side of the door was Theron and her mother, Gerda. "So both of us were leaning against the door from the inside to have him not be able to push through. He took a step back and just shot through the door three times," Theron said. "None of those bullets ever hit us, which is just a miracle. But in self-defense, she ended the threat." Theron said her childhood was marked with unpredictability due to her father's addiction. "My father was an alcoholic all my life. I only knew him one way, and that was an alcoholic," she said. "It was a pretty hopeless situation. Our family was just kind of stuck in it."
The Jonas Brothers, John Legend and John Mayer are among the stars who'll pay tribute to Aerosmith at this year's MusiCares Person of the Year concert. The annual event, held a few days before the Grammys, is a benefit for MusiCares, the charitable arm of the Recording Academy, which helps music people in times of need. Each year, a legendary artist is recognized for both their philanthropic efforts and their body of work. Past honorees include Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Fleetwood Mac, Aretha Franklin and Tom Petty. In addition to JoBros, John Legend and John Mayer, other performers who'll be paying tribute to Steven Tyler and the boys include rock acts Gary Clark Jr. and Foo Fighters, rock legend Alice Cooper, R&B star H.E.R. and Grammy-nominated British singer Yola. This year's concert will take place January 24, with additional performers to be announced in the coming weeks. The guest artists usually perform the honoree's biggest hits during the concert and more often than not, the honoree takes the stage to close out the show. This year's Grammy Awards take place January 26, live from L.A.
A TV adaptation of “Turner and Hooch,” the 1980s-era buddy cop movie is in development at Disney+. The series is from “Burn Notice” creator Matt Nix, who most recently shepherded Fox’s X-Men drama, “The Gifted.” It comes from Disney-owned 20th Century Fox TV, where Nix has an overall deal. The series would keep the same premise of the film, which starred Tom Hanks and revolved around a police detective, Scott Turner, and his French mastiff pooch, Hooch. The film, which co-starred Mare Winningham and Craig T. Nelson, was a success at the box office, grossing $71 million.
A second action-packed trailer for “Top Gun: Maverick,” which hits theaters June 26, 2020, dropped yesterday. Back in July at ComicCon, Cruise premiered the first trailer for the film, the original of which launched Cruise into life as a hunky A-list action star. Now, Tom returns for his role as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell — this time as a flight instructor for the Air Force. “Your instructor’s one of the finest pilots this program’s ever produced,” Mav’s commanding officer tells recruits in the trailer. “His exploits are legendary. What he has to teach you may very well mean the difference between life and death.” Scenes from the flick have Cruise leading a team of flyboys through the air, saying “Good morning aviators, this is your captain speaking. Today’s exercise is dogfighting.” The star-studded cast for the “Top Gun” sequel also includes Miles Teller, 32, who will play the all-grown-up son of Goose. Also on the lineup is Jon Hamm, Lewis Pullman, and Ed Harris.
Joker is IMDB's number one movie of the year. The movie rose to the top of the site's ratings based on both its popularity and the number of page views it earned, according to ScreenRant. This comes after Joker's blockbuster run in theaters. The movie set records as the first R-rated film to earn over $1 billion at the box office. By rising to the top of the IMDB rankings, the Todd Phillips movie beat out three Marvel movies as well as two Disney remakes.
Jennifer Hudson, Lady Antebellum, Black Eyed Peas, Luke Combs and Dua Lipa have been booked to perform on tomorrow’s live two-hour finale of The Voice on NBC. "One of the four finalists -- Ricky Duran from Team Blake, Jake Hoot from Team Kelly, Katie Kadan from Team Legend and Rose Short from Team Gwen -- will be crowned the winner," a network press release said. "This is the first finale in seven seasons in which all four coaches have an artist competing in the finale."
Taylor Swift is toying with the idea of starting her own record label to ensure she maintains ownership of her masters. She has been locked in a feud with record executive Scooter Braun since he acquired her old record label, Big Machine, and with it the masters to Taylor’s first six albums. While Taylor sought to buy the recordings from her former label, Braun refused, and she now plans to re-record her first six albums in the near future. Speaking to Billboard magazine after being named the publication’s Woman of the Decade, she mused over the idea of releasing future music on her own label and signing other artists. “I do think about it every once in a while, but if I was going to do it, I would need to do it with all of my energy,” she told the publication. “I know how important that is, when you’ve got someone else’s career in your hands, and I know how it feels when someone isn’t generous.” Swift also insisted she wouldn’t have spoken out about the situation if Braun had given her the option to buy back her catalog, confessing: “I would have paid so much for them! Anything to own my work that was an actual sale option, but it wasn’t given to me.”
Sean Hunter made national headlines playing the husband in the gone-viral Peloton ad. “Extra’s” Billy Bush spoke with Hunter, talking all about the holiday ad and how his life has changed since it was released. The actor, actually a grade-school teacher, said, “It has become overwhelming. I thought I would just be a 9 to 3 guy just teaching gym, but here we are, within 24 hours, answering messages, getting called out, but getting a lot of positivity, good, bad, all in between. It’s amazing.” As for the backlash over portraying a husband who gifted his already skinny wife with an exercise bike for the holidays, Sean said: “There have been messages that have slid into my DMs where I wake up and I go… It throws me, I can’t even express it… I go, ‘Nope I’m not reading that one today. This is just attacking my demeanor. Nope, this is just saying hurtful things towards who I am and they don’t even know who I am in the first place.’” The haters confused him with the character he played. Hunter pointed out, “I have a girlfriend, I don’t have a wife. This is my real life here.” “I am a paid actor, I had a job on set and we had a wonderful time there,” Sean emphasized. “It was a mainly female presence on set and everyone was for the script, everyone saying, 'Yeah, this is what we want to do. This is the type of commercial that is going to sell our bike for a Christmas product.’ It’s amazing what’s happened.” On a positive note, he was happy to get the gig, saying, “I was able to share my story, share what happened on set, share the positive things that people have said towards me. It’s a big deal for a Vancouverite to get a role.”
Warner Bros. has announced the release dates for a couple of its highly anticipated films The studio has set May 21, 2021 for its still untitled Matrix film, while the long-awaited Flash movie is set for July 1, 2022 debut, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The former will reunite Keanu Reeves, Carrie Ann Moss, and Jada Pinkett Smith with director Lana Wachowski; new additions to the cast include Mindhunter and Frozen's Jonathan Groff; Aquaman and Watchmen actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II; Game of Thrones and Iron Fist's Jessica Henwick, and Neil Patrick Harris. The latter film -- starring Ezra Miller as the titular speedster introduced in 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice -- was set for a 2018 release, but suffered numerous creative challenges. In related studio shuffling news, Warner Bros. has moved the release of its Mortal Kombat reboot up six weeks to Jan. 15, 2021.
A New York judge raised Harvey Weinstein’s bail package yesterday from $1 million to $5 million following claims that he violated his ankle bracelet monitoring requirements dozens of times. Defense attorneys said after court that they would choose the option of posting a $2 million insurance bond to ensure their client’s freedom throughout his upcoming rape and sexual assault trial set to begin next month. A new state bail reform statute that goes into effect next month required Manhattan Supreme Court Judge James Burke to reset Weinstein's bail package to include additional options. Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to raping a woman in a hotel room in 2013 and committing a forcible sex act on a second woman in 2006. The movie mogul was previously out on $1 million cash bail and contends that the violent sex acts were consensual. Yesterday, Judge Burke ordered three new bail options for Weinstein to choose from in order to ensure his return to court as required under the new state criminal justice statute -- $5 million cash bail, $50 million security bond partially secured at 10 percent or a $2 million insurance company bond.
Writer/director Oliver Stone's Vietnam War drama Platoon, Prince's Purple Rain, Spike Lee's She's Gotta Have It and Disney's Cinderella are among the 25 films just added to the Library of Congress' National Film Registry. As always, the additions represent a diverse collection. Also on the list of films added to the registry are the Academy Award-winning music-themed films Amadeus and Coal Miner's Daughter, as well as director Martin Scorsese's The Last Waltz. Prince's 1984 film Purple Rain joins the movie's soundtrack in the Library of Congress, the latter added to the National Recording Registry in 2012.
Here's the 2019 class in alphabetical order:
Becky Sharp (1935)
Before Stonewall (1984)
Body and Soul (1925)
Boys Don’t Cry (1999)
Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980)
Emigrants Landing at Ellis Island (1903)
Employees Entrance (1933)
Fog of War (2003)
George Washington Carver at Tuskegee Institute (1937)
Artists in their teens and twenties may dominate the pop charts, but on the road, it's the older stars who are raking in the dough. StubHub, the secondary market ticket sale website, has announced that Elton John's farewell tour was the number-one best-selling live music tour of 2019, followed by The Rolling Stones' most recent tour. Coming in at number three was another veteran act, Queen, followed by yet another Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Billy Joel. At number five, Ariana Grande was the biggest-selling current act of 2019 at StubHub. The only other current acts are country music's biggest new star, Luke Combs, at number nine, and Justin Timberlake at number 10. The rest of the top 10 is made of up more veteran acts: Bob Seger, Paul McCartney and Garth Brooks. A StubHub exec notes in a statement, "It's unusual that so few pop and contemporary acts hit the list this year...but we do see a stronger presence if we expand our analysis to the top 15 acts, where [K-pop superstars] BTS, [country duo] Florida Georgia Line and Lady Gaga show high demand."
A Los Angeles court has handed Netflix an injunction barring the streamer from continuing to poach employees from Fox. The ruling came down yesterday, and comes two weeks after Judge Marc Gross issued a tentative ruling indicating his stance on the case, bringing to an end the roughly three-year suit the now Disney-owned Fox brought against Netflix. Gross wrote in his 57-page filing yesterday that Fox is entitled to injunctive relief, as follows: “Netflix shall not solicit employees who are subject to valid Fixed-Term Employment Agreements with Fox or induce such employees to breach their valid Fixed-Term Employment Agreements with Fox.” The court’s decision yesterday takes major steps in holding up the validity of fixed-term employment agreements, which have been standard practice in the industry. A win for Netflix would have given employees more leverage in negotiations.
Bill Cosby's effort to persuade Pennsylvania judges to overturn his 2018 sex-crimes conviction was rejected yesterday by a state is appeals court in full. Cosby's lawyers had sought to get his conviction on three counts of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in his home in 2004 based on multiple grounds; the main one condemned the trial judge's decision to let five other accusers of uncharged crimes testify against him to bolster prosecutors' argument that Cosby had engaged in a pattern of "prior bad acts." But the Superior Court said Pennsylvania law allows the testimony if it shows Cosby had a "signature" pattern of drugging and molesting women. Cosby can now ask the state highest court to consider his appeal but there is no guarantee it will grant it.
Yesterday, the Hollywood Foreign Press announced nominees for the Golden Globe Awards. The winners, who are chosen by the 88 members of the HFPA, will be named on Sunday, Jan. 5 on NBC, with Ricky Gervais, who is back for his fifth stint hosting the Golden Globes.
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture:
Tom Hanks, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”
Al Pacino, “The Irishman”
Joe Pesci, “The Irishman”
Brad Pitt, “Once Upon A Time … in Hollywood”
Anthony Hopkins, “The Two Popes”
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture:
Annette Bening, “The Report”
Margot Robbie, “Bombshell”
Jennifer Lopez, “Hustlers”
Kathy Bates, “Richard Jewell”
Laura Dern, “Marriage Story”
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy:
Daniel Craig, “Knives Out”
Roman Griffin Davis, “Jojo Rabbit”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood”
Taron Egerton, “Rocketman”
Eddie Murphy, “Dolemite Is My Name”
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama:
Christian Bale, “Ford v Ferrari”
Antonio Banderas, “Pain and Glory”
Adam Driver, “Marriage Story”
Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker”
Jonathan Pryce, “The Two Popes”
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama:
Cynthia Erivo, “Harriet”
Scarlett Johansson, “Marriage Story”
Saoirse Ronan, “Little Women”
Charlize Theron, “Bombshell”
Renee Zellweger, “Judy”
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy:
Awkwafina, “The Farewell”
Ana de Armas, “Knives Out”
Beanie Feldstein, “Booksmart”
Emma Thompson, “Late Night”
Cate Blanchett, “Where’d You Go Bernadette”
Best Director: Motion Picture:
Bong Joon Ho, “Parasite”
Sam Mendes, “1917”
Quentin Tarantino, “Once Upon A Time … in Hollywood”
Martin Scorsese, “The Irishman”
Todd Phillips, “Joker”
Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy:
“Dolemite is my Name”
“Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood”
Best Motion Picture, Drama:
“The Two Popes”
“The Two Popes”
“Once Upon A Time … In Hollywood”
Best Original Score:
Best Original Song:
“Beautiful Ghosts” – “Cats”
“I’m Gonna Love Me Again” – “Rocketman”
“Into the Unknown” – “Frozen 2”
“Spirit” – “The Lion King”
“Stand Up” – “Harriet”
Best Foreign Language Film:
“Pain and Glory”
“Portrait of a Lady on Fire”
Best Animated Feature Film:
“The Lion King”
“Toy Story 4”
“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”
Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy:
Christina Applegate, “Dead to Me”
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, “Fleabag”
Natasha Lyonne, “Russian Doll”
Kirsten Dunst, “On Becoming a God in Central Florida”
Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Best Actor in a TV Series, Comedy:
Ben Platt, “The Politician”
Paul Rudd, “Living With Yourself”
Rami Yousef, “Rami”
Bill Hader, “Barry”
Michael Douglas, “The Kominsky Method”
Best TV Series, Comedy:
“The Kominsky Method”
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama:
Jennifer Aniston, “The Morning Show”
Jodi Comer, “Killing Eve”
Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies”
Reese Witherspoon, “The Morning Show”
Olivia Colman, “The Crown”
Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama:
Brian Cox, “Succession”
Kit Harington, “Game of Thrones”
Rami Malek, “Mr. Robot”
Tobias Menzies, “The Crown”
Billy Porter, “Pose”
Best TV Series, Drama:
“Big Little Lies”
Best Actor in a Series, Limited-Series, or TV Movie:
Christopher Abbott, “Catch 22”
Sacha Baron Cohen, “The Spy”
Russell Crowe, “The Loudest Voice”
Jared Harris, “Chernobyl”
Sam Rockwell, “Fosse/Verdon”
Best Actress in a Series, Limited-Series, or TV Movie:
Michelle Williams, “Fosse/Verdon”
Helen Mirren, “Catherine the Great”
Merritt Weaver, “Unbelievable”
Kaitlyn Dever, “Unbelievable”
Joey King, “The Act”
Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Limited-Series, or TV Movie:
Meryl Streep, “Big Little Lies”
Helena Bonham Carter, “The Crown”
Emily Watson, “Chernobyl”
Patricia Arquette, “The Act”
Toni Collette, “Unbelievable”
Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Limited-Series or TV Movie:
A small town is taken over by supernatural forces in the first trailer for Ghostbusters: Afterlife. The clip, released yesterday, features Finn Wolfhard of Stranger Things fame who has moved into the small town with his younger sister (Mckenna Grace) and mother (Carrie Coon). The family has fallen on hard times, forcing them to live in an old farmhouse that was owned by their late grandfather. The farmhouse contains ghost-capturing gear, hinting that their grandfather was one of the original Ghostbusters. The town begins to experience earthquakes daily and other weird occurrences as ghosts arrive. Paul Rudd, portraying a school teacher, teaches Grace about the original Ghostbusters and informs her about the equipment that she has. The trailer ends with Wolfhard driving the Ghostbusters' signature Ecto-1 car as Grace tries to take down a ghost using a Proton Pack. Ghostbusters: Afterlife, from director Jason Reitman, is set to arrive in theaters on July 10, 2020. The film acts as a sequel to 1984's Ghostbusters and 1989's Ghostbusters II.
Real-life couple Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn will reunite onscreen as North Pole lovebirds Santa and Mrs. Claus in “The Christmas Chronicles 2,” a sequel to the 2018 holiday movie from Netflix. While the movie won’t come out until next year, in time for the 2020 holiday season, the streaming channel released a first-look photo Friday, depicting the red-suited Russell and Hawn getting cozy on a quaint, cobblestone street. Netflix also posted the image to Twitter with the tagline, “NEXT YEAR, THE MORE THE MERRIER.” The original film followed young Kate Pierce (Darby Camp) and her skeptical brother, Teddy (Judah Lewis), who have to save the holiday after they hitch a clandestine ride in Kris Kringle’s sleigh — and wind up crashing it after startling the present-giving driver. In the sequel, Camp, 12, returns as cynical, teenage Kate, who reunites with the jolly old elf when a “troublemaker” named Belsnickel (played by 17-year-old “Deadpool 2” star Julian Dennison) “threatens to destroy Christmas forever,” according to the show’s official synopsis.
Disney’s record-breaking 2019 continued over the weekend, as it became the first studio ever to gross $10 billion at the global box office in a single year. The milestone was reached thanks to the third weekend of “Frozen II,” which added just under $125 million worldwide to push the film’s overall total to $920 million. Disney already broke the annual global box office record way back in July, as the release of its “Lion King” remake pushed it past Disney’s own $7.6 billion record that it set back in 2016.
Ryan Reynolds narrowly avoided being crushed by a collapsing stage barrier separating him from a swarm of fans in Brazil on Saturday. The star was attending the third day of CCXP in Sao Paulo, Brazil to promote his new film, Free Guy, in front of fans. And the near-miss happened as he approached the crowd at one of the booths, and the barrier near the stage came crashing down, nearly crushing him. In the moments before, Reynolds was on a stage waving and working the loud and excited audience, when he decided to jump down to the ground to greet fans. Just as he approached them, those big barriers gave way to the pressure of the people pushing against it, and fell down with major force, which sent many fans falling forward. The actor took a step back before making a quick jump nearly backwards back onto the stage to avoid injury. Stage workers rushed to make sure Reynolds was okay. He appeared stunned and worried for the fans. After assuring people he was not hurt, Reynolds hopped back down to the ground and began asking people if they too were alright.
A new Taylor Swift Netflix documentary is on the way. Taylor Swift: Miss Americana will open the 2020 Sundance Film Festival on January 23 and will hit the streaming service early next year. The documentary will offer a revealing look at Taylor during a “transformational period in her life as she learns to embrace her role not only as a songwriter and performer, but as a woman harnessing the full power of her voice.”
Caitlyn Jenner spoke about her involvement in the trial of OJ Simpson on Wednesday night's edition of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! Speaking to Kate Garraway and Jacqueline Jossa, Caitlyn revealed that she had seen Nicole Brown Simpson just two days before she was found dead, and that Robert Kardashian must have known whether OJ was guilty of killing her or not when he represented him on his defense team. “It was the first time that anybody saw anything like it, you were at the heart of it weren’t you?” Kate said to Caitlyn, who, when she was Bruce, was married to Kris, the best friend of Nicole and the ex-wife of Robert. “I saw Nicole two days before she was murdered. It was Kris’ best friend, we were right in the middle of it. [Kris'] ex-husband Robert - OJ was the best man at their wedding,” Caitlyn recounted. She went on: “It was a bad time for everybody, very difficult. We knew what happened and this trial was a joke and when the verdict came down Kris just turned around to me and goes: ‘We should have listened to Nicole from the beginning, she was right.’ That night the verdict came in Kourtney and Kimberly [Kardashian] were in school and obviously they loved their father - and they should - and they’d been following this for a year and a half. And when they walked in the door, I think it was Kourtney who said: ‘Well I told you he didn’t do it.’” Jacqueline asked whether Robert knew the truth, to which Caitlyn replied: “I mean, there's just no way he didn't know.”
Will Smith has reflected his decision to vlog his colonoscopy didn’t end up being the “joke” he thought it would be. Last month, the star shared a 17-minute video on YouTube in which he was put to sleep during the procedure, as cameras documented him waking up, laughing and going right back to sleep. The actor was still making jokes right after waking up from anesthesia but, speaking to Entertainment Tonight at the premiere of his new animated film Spies In Disguise in Los Angeles on Wednesday, the actor lamented his bad judgment. “I was doin’ it as a joke. I thought it was gonna be funny,” Smith shared. “Yeah, it turned out to not really be funny.”
Emma Stone received an engagement ring from her longtime love Dave McCary. The actress looked overjoyed as she showed off her engagement ring from the 34-year-old Saturday Night Live segment producer. The couple showed off the new rock in an intimate photo posted to Dave's Instagram yesterday. Dave kept the statement to a minimum, merely adding a heart emoji to the photo's caption. There's no word from Emma yet on the engagement. Emma's gorgeous ring appeared to have a large pearl set in the center and surrounded by smaller diamonds. The couple were first linked in November 2017 when they were spotted out together in New York City.
Jimmy Kimmel is targeting a much younger audience with his first children's book, The Serious Goose. The late night show host also revealed proceeds will all go to children's hospitals. In an interview with People magazine, Kimmel says that the inspiration for the book came from his now-five-year-old daughter Jane, who he nicknamed "Goose." "When she was little, when she was in a bad mood, I’d say, ‘Are you a serious goose or a silly goose?’ And I’d try to break her out of her bad mood by going that route," he explains. “So she would either say, ‘I’m a serious goose’ or ‘I’m a silly goose’ and it became her nickname.” Jane, and her two-and-a-half-year-old brother Billy, both of whom he shares with his wife Molly McNearney, love reading the book with their dad -- especially Jane, who Kimmel jokes, “really goes for it trying to make the goose laugh, even though, if she had any common sense, you’d know that the goose is going to laugh at the end, no matter what.” The book is not only good fun, but for a good cause. “I wanted to do something to make a big donation to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles…[and]…other children’s hospitals. This will be a hefty sum…And it seemed like the least I could do after they saved my son’s life two different times,” says Kimmel. Billy, who is “doing great,” underwent two heart surgeries -- one when he was just three days old, and another when he was seven months old -- after he was born with a congenital heart condition. The Serious Goose is on sale now at Amazon.com.
Daniel Craig is back as 007 for one last, totally wild ride in the first official trailer for the 2020 film “No Time To Die.” Bond fans were treated to the first look at what to expect when the movie drops next year and, as expected, it promises a death-defying romp complete with car chases, firefights and some good-old-fashioned fisticuffs. Although it was previously teased that “Bohemian Rhapsody” actor Rami Malek would be Bond’s main villain in “No Time To Die,” the trailer reveals that Christoph Waltz will also return to the fold, reprising his villainous character from the 2015 film “Spectre,” Ernst Stavro Blofeld. The movie will be out in April.
Martin Scorsese’s Netflix gangster epic The Irishman has been named Best Movie of the Year by America’s top critics. The National Board of Review officials have also lauded Quentin Tarantino with Best Director honors for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, while Renee Zellweger has picked up another Best Actress gong for her turn as Judy Garland in the biopic Judy.
The full list of winners:
Best Film: The Irishman
Best Director: Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Best Actor: Adam Sandler, Uncut Gems
Best Actress: Renee Zellweger, Judy
Best Supporting Actor: Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Best Supporting Actress: Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell
Best Original Screenplay: Josh Safdie, Benny Safdie & Ronald Bronstein, Uncut Gems
Best Adapted Screenplay: Steven Zaillian, The Irishman
Breakthrough Performance: Paul Walter Hauser, Richard Jewell
Best Directorial Debut: Melina Matsoukas, Queen & Slim
Best Animated Feature: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
Best Foreign Language Film: Parasite
Best Documentary: Maiden
Best Ensemble: Knives Out
Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography: Roger Deakins, 1917
NBR Icon Award: Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino
Jason Momoa has poked fun at Chris Pratt for posing at the gym with a plastic water bottle. The Aquaman star, who has launched a campaign to clamp down on the use of plastic, was horrified when his pal posted an Instagram shot of himself working out yesterday, and had to fire back. “bro i love u but wtf (what the f**k) on the water bottle?” Momoa asked. “no single use plastic. come on.” The eco-warrior recently urged world leaders to step up their climate crisis efforts during a stern United Nations address, revealing “plastic pollution” is beginning to clog up the oceans and threaten livelihoods in the South Pacific. “As a native Hawaiian born to a mother from Iowa, I have seen how one place can be oblivious to another,” he said. “The issues facing an island can feel so far removed from that place that is landlocked in the middle of our country. However, with a foothold in two worlds, I quickly began to see how a problem for one will soon become a problem for all…We, the island nations and all coastal communities, are the front lines in this environmental crisis. The oceans are in a state of emergency, entire marine ecosystems are vanishing with the warming of the seas, and as the waste of the world empties into our waters, we face the devastating crisis of plastic pollution. We are a disease that is infecting our planet.” Momoa called on the leaders to honor the Paris Agreement and demand “global unity for a global crisis.”
Marvel Studios just dropped the eagerly anticipated teaser trailer to Black Widow, the standalone adventure of Scarlett Johansson's super spy-turned Avenger. Spoiler alert: Her character sacrificed her life to help save half of humanity during Avengers: Endgame, but Black Widow takes place years before, between the events of Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, when The Avengers were fractured and some of them on the run -- including ex-KGB agent Natasha Romanoff. She apparently reunited with some of her former comrades, fellow assassins from the "Black Widow program" that spawned an army of highly trained agents like her. Among this "family" to which Natasha returns are Florence Pugh's Yelena Belova and Rachel Weisz' Melina Vostokoff. The team tackles an army of baddies, and apparently the villain Taskmaster, who has the ability to mimic any fighting style he observes. Black Widow opens May 1, 2020 from Marvel and Disney.
Post Malone holds onto the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week with "Circles." Helping it hold steady at number one: Posty's performance of the song on the American Music Awards on November 25, which led to a 45 percent sales boost for the track. Meanwhile, "Roxanne," by Arizona Zervas, jumps from number 12 to number five. The song -- not to be confused with the classic song "Roxanne" by The Police -- is currently the most streamed track in the U.S.
It seems the Grinch didn't steal Christmas - Netflix did. Fans of the film took to social media to complain when they discovered the streaming service had pulled it on Sunday. Starring Jim Carrey as the green meanie himself and 26-year-old Taylor Momsen, who was only six when she played Cindy Lou Who, it has been a firm favorite since its release in 2000. And people were not slow to voice their displeasure. One woman tweeted: “Imagine channeling your inner Scrooge and ruining Christmas by taking the Grinch off your platform... Thanks @NetflixUK kids crying.” Another user asked: “How is it that I pay for FIVE different streaming services and not one of them has the Grinch available in December???” And another said: “Netflix took the Grinch off today. I watched it last night. It's my favorite film of all time right, but today is the first of December and they took the Grinch off.” The Netflix's Help Center explained why the film was removed. “Netflix licenses TV shows and movies from studios and content providers around the world, and those licenses can expire if we don't renew them. Though we strive to keep the content you want to see, we acquire licensing rights for TV shows and movies for a certain period of time - not indefinitely - so some titles do leave Netflix. If a TV show or movie you love is leaving, it indicates that our licensing agreement with the content provider is about to end. Whenever a TV show or movie is expiring, we evaluate whether or not to renew it using the same criteria we apply to potential new content.”
Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown is off to collect what is possibly her biggest paycheck yet -- over six million dollars for starring in Enola Holmes, a movie due out sometime next year. However, that $6.1 million salary that's just her base pay. Her minor's contract is chock full of other monetary perks. TMZ reports the 15-year-old will play Sherlock Holmes' genius little sister, who embarks on her own career as a private detective. The movie also stars Henry Cavill as Sherlock, Sam Claflin as Mycroft, and Helena Bonham Carter as Mrs. Holmes. With a star-studded cast and already major buzz surrounding the film, the studio threw an extra bonus into Millie's contract. Should the movie go on to become a box office success, she'll collect an extra $800k. Plus, to add even more dollar signs, should the movie get the green light for a sequel, her pay will bump up to $7.5 million. Lastly, Brown will earn an additional $500k for her producer credit for Enola Holmes.
Pete Davidson is apparently very concerned about his jokes leaking. The Saturday Night Live cast member and stand-up comic has reportedly been requiring attendees to risk bankruptcy with a $1 million non-disclosure agreement before his stand-up shows, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The move is part of a recent wave of comics taking extraordinary measures to prevent their acts from leaking. Pete's massive NDA was first reported after his November 27 show at the Sydney Goldstein Theater in San Francisco. According to a Facebook post by a ticket holder, Pete's team sent out an email only hours before the show informing audience members that they would need to sign the agreement in order to be let in. Ticket holders had previously been told they would have to place their cell phones and smart watches in locked Yondr pouches before the show started, and that phones, cameras and any other recording devices were prohibited. The practice of locking or confiscating mobile phones has increased in recent years, as it has become easier than ever for audience members to post jokes to social media.
Will Smith's efforts to pick up some pies for his family Thanksgiving meal hit a bump when he was forced to stop his car on the freeway for a turkey crossing the road. He shared video of the incident to his Instagram on Thursday, in which he's heard honking his horn at the bird that is refusing to budge. The video shows the big bird walking along the right hand lane of the freeway as Will drives up behind him. “It definitely must be Thanksgiving when you get a damn turkey in the road,” Will comments. The turkey then stops, prompting Will to honk the horn and yell: “My dude, get out the street!” He goes on: “He must have escaped...get out the street, man.” The video clip ends with Will looking into the camera and he doesn't share how the standoff between him and the turkey ended.