Music insiders say the real reason Taylor Swift didn’t go to the Grammys is they wouldn’t guarantee she’d win Song of the Year. Multiple sources have confirmed to Page Six that Swift’s team talked to show bigwigs a few days before the live event and said that Swift would only attend and perform if she was to win a big Grammy. But Swift’s team was told the winners are not known to those planning the show, and they would not bend the rules for her. “[Her team] called and wanted to be assured that she would win the Grammy. And while it wasn’t an explicit demand, they certainly were fishing to find out if Taylor was a winner. It was understood in the conversation that if she’s not winning, she’s not coming to the Grammys,” one insider said. Another music insider said, “It’s widely known in the industry that [Swift’s team] called to find out if she was getting a Grammy, they wouldn’t tell her, so she didn’t go. It’s not uncommon [for an artist] to want to know. And everyone knows Taylor loves to win, win, win.” A spokesperson for Swift said, “I am on the record: These statements by anonymous, unidentified ‘sources’ are absolutely 100 percent false and laughable. She just didn’t go to the Grammys. You guys need to calm down.”
Jerry Seinfeld is putting it all out there in a new career-spanning book. His first comedy book in more than 25 years, set to be released Oct. 6, is a collection of his own personal notes, featuring musings and chronicling jokes developed during his 45-year career. “Whenever I came up with a funny bit, whether it happened on a stage, in a conversation, or working it out on my preferred canvas, the big yellow legal pad, I kept it in one of those old school accordion folders,” Seinfeld said in a statement. “So, I have every piece of stand-up comedy I thought was worth saving from 45 years of hacking away at this for all I was worth.” According to the book’s publisher, Jonathan Karp, president of Simon & Schuster, this volume will give readers the chance “to see Jerry and his comedy evolve through the years.”
Whether it’s drugs, theft, burglary, assault or even murder, many A-list celebrities are no strangers to the jailhouse — but none more than actor Martin Sheen, 79, according to a survey by ToppCasinoBonus. The gambling website compiled a list of the stars with the longest rap sheets and found that Sheen has racked up no fewer than 66 arrests for civil disobedience and protesting in his life. Sheen vastly outranks the second-most-arrested celebrity: Libertines and Babyshambles singer Pete Doherty, who has been arrested a mere 26 times. Sheen just can’t keep away from anti-war and anti-nuclear demonstrations, such as one in 2007 when he was pinched for trespassing at the Nevada Test Site. None of the septuagenarian’s arrests were for serious crimes, unlike those of British rocker Doherty, 40, whose brushes with the law have mostly involved drugs, traffic crimes and robbery. The survey’s researchers came up with their list of the 75 most-arrested celebrities after analyzing news articles and information from the news aggregator NNDB. They found that both Kurt Cobain widow Courtney Love, 55, and 33-year-old “Mean Girls” actress Lindsay Lohan hold the dubious honor of being the most arrested female stars. Each has 10 arrests to her name, Lohan mostly for vehicle crime and Love chiefly for drug offences. Musicians appear to be the most nefarious bunch of celebrities. Rapper DMX comes in third on the roster, with 24 arrests, including sentences for robbery and tax fraud. Meanwhile, Death Row Records co-founder Suge Knight placed fourth, with 15 arrests, including a conviction for manslaughter following a hit-and-run. Aside from civil-disobedience arrests amassed by the likes of Sheen (as well as a couple for 82-year-old Jane Fonda), the most common crime committed by the stars included in the study was assault. Celebs with multiple assault arrests to their name include rapper A$AP Rocky, recently involved in a long legal battle over an incident in Sweden, and UFC fighter Conor McGregor, arrested in 2018 for an attack on a bus housing rival fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov, as well as last year, for punching a man in a Dublin bar. Following assault, the next-most-common crimes by boldfacers were driving under the influence, possession of marijuana and possession of cocaine.
Charlie Hunnam regrets brushing off a recent marriage question, because his remarks hurt his longtime partner’s feelings. The actor was asked about his plans to wed Morgana McNelis and revealed he was “indifferent” about tying the knot. “She does not feel the same,” he said of Morgana. “She is very eager to get married. I’ll do it because it’s important to her, but I don’t have any, sort of, great romantic feelings towards it.” Hunnam is now back-pedaling after realizing his words hurt his girlfriend. He tells TooFab, “That was a stupid thing to say. Sometimes the tone of an interview… that interview was just, like, a lot of banter… and all of a sudden we’re bantering about one thing and I get asked my opinion about marriage. I just said something that doesn’t really reflect my true thoughts at all. It’s like being with your pals, sometimes not thinking like… you’re not trying to articulate your sincere opinion about something – and then you see it in black and white.” Charlie adds, “I have to say that really hurt my girlfriend’s feelings. I really regretted saying that, cause I actually didn’t mean it at all. It was just, frankly, some stupid s**t I said in the heat of the moment. The reality is I sort of consider myself married. I’ve been with my girlfriend for 14 years… I suppose what I was trying to articulate was that the official government sanctioning of it doesn’t mean anything to me; but the romance of it means an enormous amount. I really regret saying that, but you spend 12 hours a day for three days doing interviews straight, you’re gonna say some stupid s**t. Especially a guy like me that’s not that smart.”
Mel Gibson and Danny Glover are ready to return to the Lethal Weapon franchise for a fifth film, according to its producer Dan Lin. Lin confirmed that he and director Richard Donner are close to bringing Gibson and Glover’s characters Detective Martin Riggs and his partner Detective Roger Murtaugh, back to the big screen, 22 years after the release of the last movie. Dan told The Hollywood Reporter’s Producers Roundtable: “We’re trying to make the last Lethal Weapon movie. And Dick Donner’s coming back. The original cast is coming back. And it’s just amazing. The story is very personal to him.” The producer added: “Mel and Danny are ready to go, so it’s about the script.” Gibson has previously indicated he’d be up for a return, telling Good Morning America in 2017: “You know, I went to see Dan the other night. He was doing a theater production in L.A. of a play he made great (sic) 17 years ago, he reprised it. I went to see him with Donner… so we got to talking, so yeah, maybe.” Donner previously said he’d like to make a fifth film, but that the project would not move forward due to legal problems with the franchise’s studio, Warner Bros, telling the Maitlin on Movies podcast negotiations had been “counter-productive.”
Matthew McConaughey is reteaming with True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto on a new FX drama series titled Redeemer. Pizzolatto created the series and is executive producing along with McConaughey who is also starring. Pizzolatto has signed an overall production deal with Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions while McConaughey has signed a first-look production deal with FX Productions. Redeemer, inspired by author Patrick Coleman's novel The Churchgoer, will star McConaughey as a former minister turned security guard who is searching for a missing woman in Texas. The search will lead McConaughey's character into a criminal conspiracy as his past and present collide. McConaughey and Pizzolatto previously collaborated on the first season of HBO's True Detective.
Lady Gaga’s pre-Super Bowl concert this Saturday will be anything but a traditional concert-going experience. AT&T TV Super Saturday Night will not only feature a performance by Gaga, it will also include Gaga-inspired interactive activities for fans in attendance and also for fans watching the livestream on Twitter. One activity, called the Monster Wall Powered by AT&T 5G, is a massive digital wall that will allows fans to transform themselves into the ultimate “little monster.” Another is called AT&T 5G Air Graffiti Drawing on Kindness, which lets fans spread kindness by drawing images and writing messages in the air using AR and 5G-capable devices. And for the fans at home, there’s the AT&T 5G Fan Cam, which makes you feel as if you’re right in the middle of the action during the Twitter livestream @ItsOnATT. The show will take place at Island Gardens in Miami on Saturday, February 1. Tickets are on sale now through ATT.com/SuperSaturdayNight.
Yesterday, Harvey Levin - the founder of TMZ - said the outlet had the OK from “Kobe’s people” to break news of the helicopter crash that killed the NBA legend, his 13-year-old daughter and seven other people. Law enforcement authorities had slammed the tabloid news website for publishing the story about Kobe Bryant’s death before authorities had notified family members of the victims. But, in an interview with LA radio station KNX’s “In-Depth,” Levin defended his site, saying it dealt with Kobe’s reps and got permission before going to press. “We dealt with Kobe’s people… and we were told very clearly that she had been notified,” Levin said, appearing to refer to Bryant’s widow Vanessa. When asked about the families of the other victims being notified, Levin said, “that is a fair point.” Levin said he initially got the tip from a longtime law enforcement source and then called reps for Kobe. “We were dealing with them for an hour before we published the story and they said ‘go for it,'” he said.
William Shatner has finalized his divorce from his fourth wife, Elizabeth Martin, after nearly 19 years of marriage. Going into the legal proceedings, the actor, who played Captain Kirk on Star Trek, had a net worth of over $100 million. In the end, the actor was able to keep the bulk of his fortune because he had an iron-clad pre-nuptial agreement in place before they were married in 2001. Because of the prenup, and no children during their union, Shatner does not have to pay any alimony. In fact, all the money he made from his Star Trek days, including royalties and businesses surrounding the show, were off-limits, according to documents obtained by The Blast. The main issue heading into negotiations was how to split up the money he earned from other projects over the last two decades the former couple were together. Shatner filed for divorce last December but court documents show that they had separated in February 2019. Despite the split, the actor has been seen still wearing his wedding ring a number of times over that time, and as recent as a couple of weeks ago.
Justin Timberlake posted a lengthy tribute to L.A. Lakers legend Kobe Bryant on Instagram yesterday. Accompanying a series of photos of them throughout the years, Justin begins, “We met when we were both teenagers and bonded over our drive and process. I was in awe of what you could do with a basketball and knew your talent went beyond your physical gifts and stretched to your mentality.” Justin adds that as the years went on, they began to trade “old man” jokes back and forth, but he says Kobe never “stopped aiming to inspire him.” “Your confidence in me was huge -- it really affected me because I admired you so much,” he continues. “I don’t mean as one of the greatest athletes ever. I mean as a person.” Justin shares that the last conversation they shared was “about being fathers and what that meant.” “That was, beyond all the things that we could do in this world, our true legacy,” he writes. “Who our children are and what beautiful people they will become. And, I guess right now, without being able to find all the words, THAT father connection is what is most devastating for me.” Justin sends his love to Kobe’s widow Vanessa and their family, concluding, “Champ, MVP, Legend, Hero, Inspiration, Father, Friend. I’m gonna miss you, brother. Mamba forever.”
CBS has given a pilot green light to The Equalizer, a reimagining of the classic series with Queen Latifah starring and executive producing. The Equalizer stars Queen Latifah as an enigmatic figure who uses her extensive skills to help those with nowhere else to turn. This is a new take on the character played by Edward Woodward on the original series and by Denzel Washington in the movie franchise.
Breaking Bad received widespread critical acclaim during its original run, leading to the spin-off prequel Better Call Saul, and the recently released special El Camino. And RJ Mitte, who appeared on the show as the namesake son of the show's lead character Walter White (Bryan Cranston) has revealed plans for another spin-off – which would see Walter Jr. take over his late dad's meth empire. In an interview with The Sun, RJ revealed that he cooked up the idea himself, and has already pitched it to Break Bad creator Vince Gilligan. Speaking of his character, RJ said: “He is his father’s son in a way of his actions and his moralities of what he’s going to do would be right for his family. I think for us it would be a very hard life after what Heisenberg did to his family and I think that stigma would carry. But I would like to see Walt Jr. being a gangster.” Like his character on the hit show, actor RJ has cerebral palsy. He is said to have sought out playing acting opportunities where his disability would educate viewers. RJ's proposed plot twist would be something of a surprise for Breaking Bad fans, as Walter Jr. was presented as a more wholesome figure throughout the show's run.
Senator Bernie Sanders continued his poll surge in New Hampshire, the first primary state, earning 25 percent support among more than 500 likely Democratic voters surveyed there. The new CNN/University of New Hampshire poll, which was released yesterday, shows the Democratic socialist earning more support than some of his more establishment Democrat competitors. The results come a little over two weeks before the state is set to hold the vote for the Democratic nominee they want to take on Donald Trump in November. Joe Biden, the usual front runner in the Democratic field, fell nearly 10 percentage points behind Sanders with only 16 per cent support. The crowded competition dropped to 12 candidates earlier this month when New Jersey Senator Cory Booker ended his campaign January 13. Falling just one percent behind Biden is former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, besting progressive Senator Elizabeth Warren. While Buttigieg earned 15 percent support, Warren, who usually falls in the top three candidates in polls, earned 12 percent support. Rounding out the top five is Senator Amy Klobuchar with 6 percent. Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard and tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang tied for sixth place with 5 per cent each.
Los Angeles County officials said the Sunday morning helicopter crash that killed NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, also claimed the lives of seven other victims.
Los Angeles County fire chief Daryl Osby said after receiving a 911 call just before 10 a.m. on Sunday, they discovered a brush fire and debris scattered along the hillside upon arrival to the crash site in Calabasas, California.
Paramedic teams rushed to the site, but determined that all nine people — eight passengers and the pilot — had already perished.
“We had one helicopter fly into the incident with firefighter paramedics on board,” Osby said. “Those paramedics were hoisted down to the incident, early into the incident, they did a search of the area for survivors. Unfortunately … all onboard were determined to have been perished.”
Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were on board when the helicopter crashed. The Orange County Register reported that Orange Coast college baseball coach John Altobelli also died in the crash. John’s brother, Tony, told CNN that John’s wife and one of their two daughters were also killed in the crash. Christina Mauser, an Orange County girls basketball assistant coach, was traveling with the group as well, per CNN.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva declined to identify anyone involved in the crash.
“There is wide speculation who the identities are. However it is entirely inappropriate right now to identify anyone by name until the coroner has made the identification through their very deliberative process and they have made notifications to next of kin,” Villanueva said.
Several outlets reported the helicopter was en route to Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, California, where Gianna Bryant was going to play in some afternoon games while Kobe Bryant would serve as coach.
Low visibility in the area
Villanueva said on Sunday night that there was “low visibility and low ceiling” in the area due to fog when the helicopter crashed. He also confirmed that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department did not have any helicopters in the air at the time due to weather.
He also estimated that it would take several days to complete their investigation and clear the crash site — which he said was roughly the size of a football field in either direction.
An investigation into the cause of the crash, however, is still ongoing.
Brad Pitt was only joking when he referenced a Tinder profile during his Screen Actors Guild (SAG) acceptance speech. The star picked up a Best Supporting Actor trophy for his role in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood during the ceremony on Sunday, and quipped, “I’m gonna add this to my tinder profile.” But he has revealed he isn’t that familiar with the dating app. “No, I’m not on it,” he shared at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on Wednesday. “I’m not even sure how it works. I just thought it was funny to say.”
Tom Hanks called out an advertisement using his image to promote CBD on Tuesday, calling the ad in question a "false and an intentional hoax." The ad from an undisclosed company appears to promote "CannaPro CBD" and features a photo of the actor, alongside a fake quote attributed to him. "The advances Dr. Oz has made in the CBD industry are remarkable. I wouldn’t believe it if I hadn’t had the chance to try it out for myself. After using CannaPro CBD for two weeks I was already feeling like a new me," the quote reads. In an Instagram post, Hanks shared the ad, writing, "I’ve never said this and would never make such an endorsement. Come on, man!" As always, he signs off with his usual: "Hanx." The false ad also garnered criticism from Dr. Mehmet Oz, who's mentioned in the quote. Reposting Hanks' message, Dr. Oz added, "Could not agree more with @tomhanks. This is a fake and misleading advertisement intended to take advantage of consumers using false claims and our likenesses illegally. I am not involved with any cannabis companies."
As rumored, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson will once again strap on their proton packs in the upcoming film sequel Ghostbusters: Afterlife. The news was confirmed in a new Vanity Fair interview with Murray, who of course played Dr. Peter Venkman to Aykroyd's Dr. Raymond Stantz, Ernie Hudson's Winston Zeddemore and the late Harold Ramis' Dr. Egon Spengler. The cast, along with Sigourney Weaver, did appear in the ill-fated 2016 all-female reboot of Ghostbusters, though director Paul Feig chose to have them play other characters. Ghostbusters: Afterlife stars Paul Rudd as a science teacher whose students find themselves in the middle of a spooky mystery. One of the students, played by McKenna Grace, is none other than Egon's granddaughter. Ghostbusters co-creator Ramis died in 2014 at 69. Of the film's plot, Murray says, "Well, we are a man down. That’s the deal," he said somberly. "And that's the story that we’re telling, that's the story they've written." Ghostbusters: Afterlife opens July 10.
Of all the women John Mayer has dated -- and there have been quite a few -- his relationship with Jessica Simpson may have been the most surprising. But now, in her new memoir Open Book, excerpted in this week's People magazine, Jessica explains what their relationship was really like. According to Jessica, the two met in early 2005 at a party, where John told her how much he liked a song she'd written. After she divorced Nick Lachey in late 2005, Jessica dated others, including John, but, she says, he "wanted to have all of me or nothing." “Again and again, he told me he was obsessed with me, sexually and emotionally,” she writes. However, Jessica says, their relationship soon became a source of extreme anxiety for her, so much so that she began drinking heavily. “I constantly worried that I wasn’t smart enough for him,” she writes. “He was so clever and treated conversation like a friendly competition that he had to win.” In fact, she admits she sometimes asked a friend to check her texts to John for grammar and spelling errors before she'd send them. Eventually, Jessica broke things off when John made his now-infamous comment about Jessica in a 2010 Playboy interview, calling her "sexual napalm." "He thought that was what I wanted to be called,” Jessica says. “I was floored and embarrassed that my grandmother was actually gonna read that. A woman and how they are in bed is not something that is ever talked about. It was shocking.” “That was it for me,” Jessica says. “I erased his number. He made it easy for me to walk away.” John has since publicly apologized for the comment, though he and Jessica are no longer in touch.
The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, a new animated film, is in the works at Netflix. The streaming service confirmed yesterday on Twitter that The Witcher team is developing the anime movie. The new film will take place in the world of The Witcher, which premiered on Netflix in December. The Witcher is a live-action fantasy series starring Henry Cavill as the title character, Geralt of Rivia, Freya Allen and Anya Chalotra. The Witcher is based on the Andrzej Sapkowski book series of the same name, which was previously adapted as a series of video games. The show was renewed for a second season in November ahead of its premiere.
Focus Features will release the latest film from director Jon Stewart called “Irresistible” on May 29, 2020. Steve Carell, Chris Cooper and Rose Byrne star in the political comedy that the former “Daily Show” host both wrote and directed. “Irresistible” is a satire about what happens when a small Wisconsin town becomes the main attraction of our political circus. After the Democrat’s top strategist Gary (Steve Carell) sees a video of a retired Marine Colonel (Chris Cooper) standing up for the rights of his town’s undocumented workers, Gary believes he has found the key to winning back the Heartland. However, when the Republicans counter him by sending in his brilliant nemesis Faith (Rose Byrne), what started out as a local race quickly becomes an out-of-control and hilarious fight for the soul of America.
Universal Pictures has optioned the rights to the ’70s TV series “Kung Fu” and will develop it as a feature film remake. “John Wick” and “Deadpool 2” filmmaker David Leitch is attached to direct. David Carradine starred in the original ABC series that ran from 1972-75. Universal will move quickly to set a writer on the film. The original series starred Carradine, a white actor, as a Shaolin Monk who traveled the American West while armed with his training in the Chinese martial art of Kung Fu. Carradine once said in an interview that Bruce Lee was at one point originally eyed to star in the series. And Lee’s widow, Linda Lee Cadwell, wrote in her memoirs that Lee had originally pitched the concept of the show to Warner Bros. and Paramount for a show called “The Warrior,” but that his version of the show never materialized.
Oprah Winfrey is clarifying her decision to step away from the On the Record doc, which centers on sexual harassment in the music industry, including the women who have accused mogul Russell Simmons of misconduct. After announcing she would no longer serve as an executive producer on the project because she felt there was "still work to be done on the film," Winfrey tells CBS This Morning that she didn't pull out of the project because of Simmons' reported intimidation. I just care about getting it right, and I think there are some inconsistencies in the stories that we need to look at,” Winfrey said. Oprah, who's also a victim of sexual assault, admits it wasn't an easy decision to back out of the doc because of how people might perceive it as a win for Simmons. The music mogul has been critical of Winfrey's involvement in the project, even going as far as calling her out on social media. “This is not a victory for Russell, and I unequivocally say that I did not pull out because of Russell,” Winfrey said. “This is not a victory lap for him. I cannot be silenced by Russell Simmons after all I’ve been through.” Ultimately, Winfrey said, the decision she had to make was, "What is the right thing to do?” "It’s ridiculous to think I could be intimidated by Russell Simmons," she added. Simmons has vehemently denied all sexual misconduct allegations.
Prince Harry is already worried about his family drama being portrayed onscreen by “The Crown” — joking that he would “stop it” before the show could “get to me,” according to his biographer. The hit Netflix drama was already preoccupying the Duke of Sussex when he met biographer Angela Levin for her 2018 book, “Harry: Conversations with the Prince,” she told the BBC. “Harry, when I went to interview him at the palace, the first thing he said to me when he shook my hand was, ‘Are you watching “The Crown”?'” she recalled, saying she “felt very embarrassed” by the question. “He said, ‘I’m going to make sure I stop it before they get to me,'” the author added. The revelation came as Netflix has admitted its desire to work with Harry and his wife, actress Meghan Markle, now that they are freed from royal constraints. “Who wouldn’t be interested? Yes, for sure,” said the streaming service’s chief content officer, Ted Sarandos.
We all know Post Malone, the Grammy-nominated, chart-topping musician. Now meet Austin Post, actor. Posty, under his birth name Austin Post, stars in a new Netflix action comedy called Spenser Confidential. Based on the Boston detective character created by Robert B. Parker in a series of best-selling novels, and later dramatized in a 1980s ABC TV show, the movie stars Mark Wahlberg as Spenser and Black Panther’s Winston Duke as Hawk. Spenser's an ex-cop who's sent to prison after being framed by the bad guys he was investigating. When he gets out, his old boxing coach, Henry, played by Alan Arkin, introduces him to Hawk, a promising MMA fighter played by Duke. Spenser and Hawk then team up to investigate the murder of two of Spenser's former colleagues. As for Post, he appears early on in the trailer as a convict, who goads Spenser into a fight, right as Spenser's about to be released from prison. As Post and his prison buddies are getting dragged away by guards, he needles Spenser, declaring "Gotcha!" Later in the trailer, Spenser talks to Post, who's still in prison, on a prison telephone, and Post warns him, "You're about to walk barefoot through the gates of hell." The movie's inspired by the novel Wonderland by Ace Atkins, who took over writing the Spenser book series after Parker died in 2010. Spenser Confidential streams on Netflix starting March 9.
All week long, it’s Music Week on “The Price is Right.” Yesterday, host Drew Carey welcomed hip-hop artist Anderson .Paak to play drums and kick off the showcase, airing through Friday in celebration of the upcoming 2020 Grammy Awards on Sunday. The drummer is a nominee for Best R&B Performance for his collaboration with André 3000 on the song “Come Home.” Paak fulfilled every fan of the game show’s dream by spinning the Big Wheel during the Showcase Showdown, and also took part in a round of Plinko. Musicians will also strut their stuff as they model some of the game-show wares and help Carey award prizes and congratulate winners. The episodes have already been filmed and are rolling out this week.
“The Price Is Right” Music Week
Today: Patrick Stump and Pete Wentz from Fall Out Boy
Kelly Ripa revealed she has quit drinking alcohol. On yesterday’s episode of "Live with Kelly and Ryan," she joked there was a downtick in total wine purchased in 2019. "They are saying Americans bought less wine in the last year," she told co-host Ryan Seacrest. "It's the first drop in a quarter of a century. Now, I believe this is because I quit drinking, that I caused this slip. I have influenced the market." "I'm not saying I've driven people out," she added. "I'm saying I stopped buying wine and there's a 25 percent dip." Seacrest, who became her co-host in 2017, quipped, “I started the show and she quit drinking. What does that tell you?” Ripa didn't further explain why she chose to stop drinking a few years ago.
The Weather Channel has a small issue with a recent episode of "Jeopardy!" Hosts Jim Cantore and Jen Carfagno said in a video Friday that the popular game show got a question about winter storms wrong in a taping televised on Thursday. The clue was: “In a 2-week period in 2018, the East Coast was walloped by 3 of these storms named from the direction from which they came.” The correct response, as deemed by “Jeopardy!", was: "What is a nor'easter?" However, Cantore explained that the answer was "a little bit flawed." He went on to explain that nor'easter isn't named for the direction from where the storm comes, but rather, the wind. Carfagno said that the confusion "happens quite often." “You know what, Alex, I'm surprised you didn't catch that," Cantore added about longtime host Alex Trebek.
Tom Hanks is known as the nicest guy in Hollywood. But he says that he does have a dark side - and there are people in the industry who don't think he is such a nice guy. Speaking to The Herald Sun, the actor was asked what made him angry, and he was candid in admitting it's best not to cross him. “I'll tell you this: if anybody takes advantage of my good nature, they'll have hell to pay. Anyone who has done it, will say, ‘Oh he's not that nice a guy,’” Tom said. “Because when that happens, the hammer comes down and it's relentless. I take care of business when it's got to be taken care of.” However, the star does go on to say that it takes a lot to set him off these days. “Listen, I'm 63-years-old. There is nothing that you can say that will insult me at all. Absolutely nothing. It bounces off me,” he added.
Breaking Bad prequel series Better Call Saul, starring Bob Odenkirk, will return for a sixth and final season in 2021, AMC announced yesterday. Production on the last 13 episodes is to begin later this year. The cable network is planning a two-night Season 5 premiere event Feb. 23 and Feb. 24. The crime drama co-stars Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian, Michael Mando, Tony Dalton and Giancarlo Esposito. A Breaking Bad marathon is scheduled to start Sunday on AMC, leading up to the Feb, 16 cable television premiere of the show's sequel, El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, which debuted on Netflix last year. All of the episodes from the five seasons of Breaking Bad -- starring Odenkirk, Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul -- will be shown over five consecutive Sundays.
NBC has given a pilot commitment to “La Brea,” a drama about a “massive sinkhole” that opens up in Los Angeles. Here is the official description from NBC: “When a massive sinkhole mysteriously opens in Los Angeles, it tears a family in half, separating mother and son from father and daughter. When part of the family find themselves in an unexplainable primeval world, alongside a disparate group of strangers, they must work to survive and uncover the mystery of where they are and if there is a way back home.”
“House of the Dragon,” HBO’s straight-to-series prequel to “Game Of Thrones,” is on track for a 2022 debut, HBO President of Programming Casey Bloys said in an interview with Deadline during TCA. “My guess is sometime in 2022,” he said about when the series will debut, stressing that it is too early to be more specific than that. “They are starting writing,” Bloys said of the project from George R.R. Martin and Ryan Condal. “House of the Dragon” is set 300 years before the events of “Game of Thrones” and tells the story of House Targaryen, rich in the dragonlord ancestors of Daenerys.
James Bond will remain a male character in the film series, according to producer Barbara Broccoli. Broccoli, who oversees the franchise with her half-brother Michael G. Wilson, discussed Bond's future in an interview with Variety published yesterday. Broccoli produced the last eight Bond movie, and the upcoming installment, No Time to Die. No Time to Die opens in theaters April 10 and will reportedly be Daniel Craig's last film as 007. Broccoli and Wilson have yet to select Craig's replacement. Broccoli said, however, that the next Bond will be male. "He can be of any color, but he is male," she said. Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke is one female star who has expressed an interest in playing Bond. Broccoli said she would rather see women portray strong new characters. "I believe we should be creating new characters for women -- strong female characters. I'm not particularly interested in taking a male character and having a woman play it. I think women are far more interesting than that," she said.
Wendy Williams is being called out for making cruel comments about actor Joaquin Phoenix's cleft palate. Williams prompted criticism for mocking the Joker actor during the Hot Topics segment of her show last week. “When he shaves off his mustache he's got a hairline fracture,” she said. “He's got one of those — what do you call it? Cleft lip, cleft palate.” She then crudely hooked her finger under her lip as if she was suffering from the condition, a common birth defect which happens when a baby’s lip or mouth do not form properly during pregnancy. Joaquin has never publicly spoken about the scar on his lip, leaving Williams watchers outraged by her comments. British TV personality Carol Vorderman spoke out on Twitter, telling Williams: “As Ambassador for Cleft Lip and Palate Association, I really am disgusted by this @wendywilliams. Mimicking a cleft lip, and making a joke about it, is disgraceful. Have you any idea the pain and operations a child with cleft must go through as they grow?” CLAPA Community, the Cleft Lip and Palate Association, called Wendy out, writing: “CLAPA is calling on @WendyWilliams to issue a public, on air apology for her ignorant, offensive actions on her show this week, and to educate herself about the reality of cleft lip and palate around the world.”
Amazon has green-lit an action drama based on author Lee Child's Jack Reacher mystery novels. Reacher is a military veteran who travels the United States solving crimes and fixing problems. Tom Cruise played the character in the films Jack Reacher (2012) and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. No casting has been announced for the TV series yet. Season 1 will be based on The Killing Floor, the first novel in the series.
Stephen King is under fire on Twitter after downplaying the role of diversity in selecting this year’s Academy Award nominees. “I would never consider diversity in matters of art. Only quality,” he tweeted yesterday. “It seems to me that to do otherwise would be wrong.” In an earlier tweet, King wrote that diversity was not even discussed in the categories he was tasked with nominating. “As a writer, I am allowed to nominate in just 3 categories: Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Screenplay,” he explained. “For me, the diversity issue—as it applies to individual actors and directors, anyway—did not come up.” King was instantly eviscerated by many on social media, including “Selma” and “When They See Us” director Ava DuVernay, who has championed diversity in Hollywood. “When you wake up, meditate, stretch, reach for your phone to check on the world and see a tweet from someone you admire that is so backward and ignorant you want to go back to bed,” she wrote. Author Roxane Gay also joined in, writing, “As a fan, this is painful to read from you. It implies that diversity and quality cannot be synonymous. They are not separate things. Quality is everywhere but most industries only believe in quality from one demographic. And now, here you are.” The controversial statement came after multiple articles decried the fact that all nominees for the 2020 Best Director Oscar are white and male — even after the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite forced the Academy to adopt diversity reforms. The LA Times’ Jen Yamamoto pointed out that only five women have been nominated for Best Director in the Oscars’ nearly 100-year history, with Kathryn Bigelow (“Hurt Locker”) being the only female director to win the accolade. King has since spoken out about his comments, tweeting a few hours later: “The most important thing we can do as artists and creative people is make sure everyone has the same fair shot, regardless of sex, color, or orientation. Right now such people are badly under-represented, and not only in the arts.” He followed it up with: “You can’t win awards if you’re shut out of the game.”
CW announced yesterday that is has picked up a remake of classic Chuck Norris CBS series "Walker, Texas Ranger" to series, featuring "Supernatural" and "Gilmore Girls" star Jared Padalecki in the title role. The original series aired from 1993-2001. The new version, simply titled "Walker," will feature Padalecki as Cordell Walker, a widower and father who returns to his home in Austin, Texas, after two years undercover, and finds there is plenty of business for him.
Actor Mark Hamill has publicly announced he is deleting his Facebook account, accusing CEO Mark Zuckerberg of favoring profit over truthfulness. While not stated specifically, Hamill is likely referring to the company's hands-off approach to fact-checking politicians' comments and its refusal to put an outright ban on political advertising. Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker in “Star Wars,” made the announcement to his 3.6 million followers on Twitter. He wrote: “So disappointed that #MarkZuckerberg values profit more than truthfulness that I've decided to delete my Facebook account. I know this is a big 'Who Cares?' for the world at large, but I'll sleep better at night. #PatriotismOverProfits.” Hamill's post triggered a flood of replies, with many lauding his decision to use his celebrity platform to make a statement about honesty in politics.
Alec Baldwin blasted Trump supporters yesterday for what he described as the "colossal destruction of everything that matters" in America. Baldwin went on a tirade on Twitter about the "moral collapse" of the country and put the blame on the 63 million voters who backed Trump in 2016. "American democracy has always been a struggle between the misaligned protections of specific freedoms and a raging, at times intoxicating, 12 cylinder economy. It demanded vigilant/consistent regulation, compassion for the disenfranchised and the periodic display of a necessary sacrifice that allowed for the long term health of our society at the expense of short term whims," Baldwin wrote. "The desecration of those ideals and the near moral collapse of this country falls squarely in the lap of Trump’s supporters... as opposed to Trump himself, who is merely what psychology labels the 'objective negative function.'” He continued, "Like fire, floods and earthquakes, it destroys, and only destroys, by its very nature. Without prejudice. It is Trump voters, particularly those who would re-elect him who bear the blame. For the undeniable and colossal destruction of everything that matters to us as Americans that cannot be merely monetized."
ESPN is getting ready to make Tony Romo the highest-paid sportscaster in television history, according to a report Sunday by Front Office Sports' Michael McCarthy. The reported multi-year deal could pay Romo, who is currently with CBS, between $10-$14 million annually while installing him as analyst on Monday Night Football, succeeding Booger McFarland, according to McCarthy. Additionally, Romo could potentially lead ESPN's NFL coverage if parent company Disney acquires an NFL game package from Fox Sports, CBS Sports or NBC Sports in the next round of negotiations in 2020-2021. The former Dallas Cowboys quarterback becomes a broadcasting free agent this offseason.
Oprah Winfrey is making it clear she wants no part of the royal drama. After rumors started to swirl that Winfrey, who is good friends with both Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, advised the couple about breaking free from the Royal Family and "building their own brand," Winfrey tells Page Six, that's definitely not true. “I care about them both and support whatever decision they make for their family,” Winfrey said in a statement to the gossip site. “Meg and Harry do not need my help figuring out what is best for them,” she added. The couple first announced on Wednesday their plan to "step back as senior members" of Britain's royal family.
Nicholas Hoult is joining Tom Cruise for two Mission Impossible films. The 30-year-old actor confirmed his new role in a brilliant social media exchange with the films' director Christopher McQuarrie. Nicholas joins an already star-studded cast including Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Hayley Atwell, Shea Whigham and Guardians of the Galaxy star Pom Klementieff. Posting a picture of the Warm Bodies star on Instagram, Christopher wrote: “Say, @nicholashoult, care to raise a little hell?” Nicholas cheekily replied: “Love to. Though why stop at a little?” The actors then made his own post, including the hashtag #MI78, in reference to the seventh and eight films Paramount and Skydance have confirmed to be in development. It’s unknown what role Nicholas will play, although sources have suggested he could be the villain.
Legendary player Ken Jennings racked up his second victory point in the “Jeopardy! Greatest of all Time” competition last night - scoring more money than rivals James Holzhauer and Brad Rutter combined. But Holzhauer stole the night with a heartwarming tribute to show host Alex Trebek, who is battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer, during the Final Jeopardy round. “Who is the GHOST? (Greatest Host of Syndicated TV),” Holzhauer wrote as his answer after jokingly striking out “Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak’s name — and taking a score loss. “You started to write Pat Sajak, is that right? I wish you had written more points,” Trebek quipped back. But for the third night, Jennings showed he may be the “GOAT” by racking up an episode total of $67,600. Holzhauer finished in second place with $33,692 and Rutter in third with $23,467. The tournament is still not over. The “Greatest of All Time” format is unique to regular games. On each night, the three players compete in two traditional half-hour games back-to-back. Their dollar totals for both of the games are added together to determine the winner. As for the “GOAT” competition overall, whoever has the most money at the end of the hour gets a point. The first contestant to win three nights wins the $1 million prize — and, of course, bragging rights. The unusual structure means the tournament, which was taped in November, could now take as little as four nights or as many as seven. After last night’s show, Jennings is in the lead with two points, Holzhauer with one and Rutter with none.
Andy Cohen has offered Meghan Markle a role on The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills after she and Prince Harry announced that they are stepping back from their senior roles in the Royal Family. The Watch What Happens Live host commented on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's official Instagram statement shared on Wednesday night. Andy, who is an executive producer on the hit Bravo reality series, penned: “Open invite for The Duchess to join #RHOBH.”
Leonardo DiCaprio rescued a man from drowning while on his Caribbean vacation last month. A source confirmed to DailyMail.com that Leo was on board a boat off the island of St. Barts that successfully located the man after he'd spent 11 hours treading water and pulled him to safety. The rescue occurred on December 30 when the captain of the boat DiCaprio was on board heard that a Frenchman, 24, had fallen from a cruise ship. The actor immediately agreed the vessel should divert to aid in the search and after looking for hours in rough water, they spotted the man waving his hands. The crew was able to pull him from the water just before nightfall as a giant rainstorm moved into the area. DiCaprio's vessel was the only one looking for the missing man who faced certain death in the middle of the ocean. In fact, the boat's captain described the successful rescue as a one in a billion shot.
R. Kelly‘s girlfriends allegedly got into a physical fight at the singer’s Trump Tower condo in Chicago on Wednesday.
Azriel Clary and Joycelyn Savage can be seen yelling at one another inside the condo before their fight became a physical one in footage from Clary’s Instagram Live obtained by TMZ. At one point, Clary’s phone is jostled and falls to the ground and a scream can be heard off screen before other people are heard breaking up the fight.
Chicago police responded to the incident around 2:10 p.m. on Wednesday after receiving a “call of a battery in progress inside of a residence involving two females,” a spokesperson for the Chicago Police Department tells PEOPLE.
“Upon arrival, officers spoke with the 22-year-old female victim who relayed that she and a 24-year-old female were engaged in a verbal altercation that became physical when the 24-year-old female offender struck the victim in the face,” the spokesperson continued.
“The female victim and the 24-year-old female offender were engaged in a physical altercation until separated by unknown individuals at the scene. The offender fled and is not in custody at this time,” the spokesperson said. “The 22-year-old female victim was transported to Northwestern Hospital in good condition.”
The police spokesperson added that detectives are currently investigating the incident.
On her Instagram Live, Clary videotaped herself talking to police, claiming that Savage and another woman came to the apartment to collect some of Kelly’s belongings, and that’s when they started arguing.
Clary stated in the video that she was only defending herself from Savage’s attacks, and said that she wanted to “press charges immediately.”
“This girl has been trying to sabotage me ever since the start of it all. It’s just gotten worse since we’ve moved in together at the Trump Tower,” Savage tells PEOPLE. “She’s so immature, she knew I was packing my stuff to leave so she decides to go on Instagram Live to cause a scene.”
Clary did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
Kelly is currently being held without bail in federal prison in Chicago after being arrested on several sex crime charges, including child pornography, racketeering and obstruction of justice in both Illinois and New York, PEOPLE previously reported. He pleaded not guilty to all of those charges.
Most recently, the singer pled not guilty to a racketeering charge brought forward by federal prosecutors in Brooklyn last month.
Months after speaking out on the intense media scrutiny they’ve faced, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have announced plans to “step back” from their high-profile royal duties in favor of a “progressive new role within this institution.” A statement released by the couple — who spent the holidays in Canada with son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor — on Wednesday confirms that they will divide their family’s time between the U.K. and North America, and “work to become financially independent.”
The announcement— which comes just one day after the duke and duchess paid a visit to Canada House in London to give thanks for the hospitality they received over the holidays — spoke of a “new charitable entity” while stating that they would continue to support Queen Elizabeth II and raise 8-month-old son Archie “with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born.”
“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution,” Meghan and Harry’s statement reads. “We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the royal family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment.
“We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honor our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.”
Buckingham Palace has issued a statement responding to the move, calling the break “complicated.”
Royal correspondents are also reporting that the royal family was blindsided by the news and are “disappointed.”
While the break from the royal family is bound to send shockwaves, it’s not entirely unexpected given recent reports of strife between Harry and brother Prince William. Recent posts from the royal family have focused on the queen and her heirs — Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince George — while Harry is sixth in line to the throne.
And then there’s the thorny relationship between the couple, who wed in 2018, and the media. In October, they filed legal action against British newspaper publishers over what Harry called a “ruthless campaign” against his wife. Soon after, they appeared in an ITV and ABC News documentary in which they spoke about the pressures facing them, particularly as “vulnerable” new parents.
“My deepest fear is history repeating itself,” Harry said in a statement announcing his lawsuit, in which he referenced his mother Princess Diana’s invasion of privacy and subsequent death. “I’ve seen what happens when someone I love is commoditized to the point that they are no longer treated or seen as a real person. I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces.”
By moving to North America and becoming financially independent, the pair are also essentially calling the bluff of critics like Piers Morgan who complained that they should “go back to America” if they had any expectation of privacy. It also begs the question: Will the former actress, who lived in Canada while shooting Suits, return to her acting roots to help support her family?
Either way, many on Twitter are lauding the couple for distancing themselves from the negative media attention. Morgan, meanwhile, responded to the news by blaming Meghan for separating her husband from his family.
One new development: The launch of a Sussex Royal website, which suggests that Meghan and Harry intend to keep their royal titles. It also clarifies their plans for the future, including retaining Frogmore Cottage as their official U.K. residence, earning a professional income and being financially autonomous by paying for their own travel costs — including commercial flights, trains and fuel-efficient vehicles — unless security concerns say otherwise.
The CW announced that it has handed out early renewals to 13 of its current series for next season. New season orders have been handed out to Riverdale, The Flash, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, All American, Black Lightning, Batwoman, Dynasty, Legacies, Charmed, Nancy Drew, In the Dark, and Roswell, New Mexico. Though it hasn't premiered yet, Spring series Katy Keene has also received an order for an additional 13 scripts for its first season.
Melissa McCarthy has lined up her next TV gig. She will next appear opposite Nicole Kidman in Hulu's limited series Nine Perfect Strangers. This is McCarthy's first series regular role since CBS's Mike & Molly. Based on Liane Moriarty's (Big Little Lies) best-selling book of the same name, the series is set at a boutique health-and-wellness resort that promises to heal and transform nine stressed strangers who are in from the city. McCarthy is set to play Francis, one of the nine "perfect" strangers. Watching over everyone during their 10-day retreat is the resort's director, Masha (Kidman), who is on a mission to reinvigorate her guests' tired minds and bodies. Naturally, they have no idea what they're in for. Nine Perfect Strangers is slated to debut on Hulu in 2021.
Alex Trebek has a message of support for Congressman John Lewis as both fight pancreatic cancer. “We’re starting a new year, and let’s see if we can’t both complete the year as pancreatic cancer survivors,” Trebek said when asked what he would tell Lewis. He noted they’re the same age, 79. The Georgia Democrat and veteran civil rights leader announced his diagnosis of advanced cancer in late December. In his announcement, Lewis made clear that he has no plans to step aside and said, “I have a fighting chance.” Trebek made his illness public last March and has shared his progress and setbacks.
George Lopez has been criticized for joking about killing Donald Trump for half of the $80 million bounty that Iran has placed on the president's head. Over the weekend Iranian leaders called for a bounty to be placed on Trump's head following the killing of their military leader, Qasem Soleimani, last week. An organizer for Soleimani's funeral procession in Mashad called on all Iranians to donate $1 each in order to gather the $80 million. After news of the bounty made headlines, several people started sharing it on social media, including the Instagram page Chican World Star, which asked followers to comment their thoughts under the post. That's when Lopez joked in the comments: “We'll do it for half.” He was immediately met with criticism from Trump supporters, including Diamond and Silk. The social media personalities, who have been vocal about their support for Trump since he was elected, took to Twitter to voice their concern. “It's time for Secret Service to pay George Lopez a visit!” they shared. Others chimed in and even called for Lopez to be arrested for making the comment.
While Tom Hanks was tearfully accepting his Cecil B. DeMille Award for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment during Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards, the camera briefly panned to Henry Winkler who sported a decidedly less than thrilled expression on his face. Turns out that Winkler was the original director on the kiddie flick “Turner and Hooch” starring Hanks but was unceremoniously fired after only 13 days on the job. Last year while Winkler was a guest on “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen,” he was asked by a caller about their reputed tiff. At first, Winkler pretended not to understand the question but then admitted the beef was real. “I was directing that movie for 13 days and then I was called into (producer) Jeff Katzenberg’s office and he said, ‘You have everything with you? Go home.’” The Disney flick, which is about a police officer who is forced to partner up with a slobbering French Mastiff in order to help solve a murder case, was eventually completed by British-Canadian director Roger Spottiswoode. Although Winkler didn’t have fond memories of working with Hanks, he did enjoy spending some, albeit brief time with another performer on set — the dog. “I got along great, great with that dog,” he said on “WWHL.” “Love that dog.”
Christian Bale is in talks to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe and join Chris Hemsworth in “Thor: Love and Thunder.” Bale last wore superhero spandex in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” trilogy. The plot remains under wraps, but in “Avengers: Endgame,” as the film is wrapping up, one moment of sorely-needed levity after so many gut-punches comes when Thor leaves New Asgard on Earth and hitches a ride to parts unknown with the Guardians of the Galaxy. As they get ready to depart, Thor jokingly refers to the group as the “Asgardians of the Galaxy,” leading to a funny exchange with Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) about who really leads the team. So we know at least where Thor might be when he returns. “Thor: Love and Thunder” will hit theaters Nov. 2021.
Harvey Weinstein’s criminal trial in New York County’s Supreme Court will begin today - over two years after The New York Times and The New Yorker first broke stories about the disgraced movie mogul’s behavior toward women. The entire trial, including jury selection, is expected to last eight weeks. On the first day, today, Justice James Burke, the presiding judge, will outline an approximate schedule for the trial. Jury selection will begin tomorrow and is expected to last about two weeks. Once the jury has been set, the trial will begin with opening statements. Weinstein, who pleaded not guilty at his first indictment in August, faces five felony counts: two counts of predatory sexual assault, one count of first-degree criminal sexual assault, one count of first-degree rape and one count of third-degree rape. The charges stem from accusations by Mimi Haleyi and a still-unnamed woman for encounters they say occurred in 2006 and 2013.
Journalists apologize for criticizing Blue Ivy Carter's appearance. Journalists from Vanity Fair and Harper's magazine have come under fire for criticizing the appearance of Beyonce and Jay-Z's 7-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy Carter. Megan Thee Stallion shared photos of Beyonce, Blue Ivy and herself celebrating New Year's Eve on Instagram, prompting Vanity Fair critic K. Austin Collins to write in a since-deleted tweet, "I have a feeling the jay z face genes are about to really hit Blue Ivy and I feel so sorry for her." Violet Lucca, web editor for Harper's, replied, "Or she'll just get plastic surgery at 16 a la Kylie Jenner and we'll all have to pretend that she always looked that way... I can't allow myself to feel too sorry for the incredibly rich!" Lucca also deleted her tweet. After their tweets went viral and caused a firestorm on social media, both journalists apologized. "I'm sorry about the Blue Ivy tweet -- bad joke, and black girls in particular deserve better," Collins tweeted. He later responded to a person who called him out, writing, "No, you're right. Poor form on my end. Thanks all for calling it out." Lucca said her tweet was "petty" but seemed to feel the responses she received were dramatic. "Sorry I was cleaning my apartment while this blew up," she responded to one Twitter user. "children of famous ought to be off limits, but time and again they haven't been. So, I said something petty and have been called ugly, old, and a racist." She added in a follow-up tweet, "I'm not playing the victim... sorry that I insulted Beyonce's daughter by suggesting that she might get plastic surgery someday, like many children of famous people do." (PageSix)
Jennifer Aniston, Jimmy Kimmel and Jason Bateman are continuing their New Year’s Eve tradition.
The close pals celebrated the New Year in Cancun together, PEOPLE confirms. The trio was also accompanied by Kimmel’s wife Molly McNearney and Bateman’s wife Amanda Anka, who are also close with The Morning Show star.
“They enjoyed a sit-down dinner and then also celebrated on the beach,” a source tells PEOPLE.
The group also celebrated together last year in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, though it was much colder than their beach getaway this year.
Aniston, 50, admitted she loves to entertain her friends in Elle’s January cover story from last year, in which she spoke about how her home is constantly filled with friends and food.
Her close pal and producing partner Kristin Hahn told the magazine the former Friends star is the “social glue” that keeps their group together.
“When she’s not in town, we almost don’t know what to do with ourselves,” Hahn said.
Aniston laughed and added, “They don’t know what to do. They don’t know where to go. They don’t know how to eat. They don’t know how to socialize.”
“My house was always like the clubhouse. I love entertaining. I always have food. I think I probably got that from my mom, who always had her girlfriends over,” Aniston explained. “I picked it up from my childhood — just always hearing girls in the house and learning how to make a good cheese board.”
Aniston maintained her status as the go-to party queen when she hosted a holiday celebration last month.
“Say CHEESE!! ?????????? Lotta love in that room ?? Happy Holidays!” Aniston wrote in the caption for her Instagram post, in which she tagged fellow actresses Laura Dern, Rita Wilson and her longtime hairstylist and friend Chris McMillan.
McMillan commented on the post, hailing the actress for throwing the “party of the year.”
“@jenniferaniston ?? was definitely going on. ALWAYS the party of the year. MERRY MERRY!!!!!” he wrote.
Aniston will next be seen at Sunday’s Golden Globes ceremony, where she is nominated for her work on The Morning Show.
Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger were sleeping last year away!
Schwarzenegger, 30, shared a sweet black and white photo of herself and Pratt, 40, on Instagram Wednesday in which she revealed she and her husband of almost a year didn’t make it to midnight on New Year’s Eve.
“Happy New Year! Feeling blessed, happy, excited, inspired, eager and ready for this year! So grateful for my amazing family, friends and animals of all kinds,” she wrote in the caption. “Let’s do this, 2020!”
She hilariously added, “(Disclaimer: this picture is NOT from last night. We were fast asleep by 10pm ????).”
The couple previously celebrated Christmas together, and before the holidays Pratt treated his wife to a romantic getaway in South Carolina for her birthday.
“Chris has been busy filming in Atlanta,” a source told PEOPLE last month. “He took a break over the weekend to celebrate Kat’s birthday.”
The insider added, “They flew to South Carolina and spent a beautiful weekend at the Palmetto Bluff. They enjoyed the Montage hotel and other parts of the property. They looked beyond happy together.”
Pratt shared a touching birthday message to his wife on Instagram while sharing a collage of photos of the two together.
“Happy Birthday Katherine! So happy to have you in my life. I don’t know what I’d do without you. Probably get locked out on the balcony somehow and have to live there or be wandering around some city with an uncharged phone and only one shoe, late for work like some kind of anxiety fever dream,” he began the affectionate post. “I honestly don’t even want to think about it.”
“You’ve changed my whole world for the better. I’m so grateful to have found you. You’re an incredible wife and step mom. And I’m so excited to celebrate you all weekend! ??????♥?,” he added, hinting at her upcoming birthday festivities.
The pair tied the knot on June 8 in California, after a year of dating and jetted off on a Hawaiian honeymoon two weeks later.
David Stern -- Hall of Fame ex-NBA Commissioner -- has died 3 weeks after suffering a brain hemorrhage.
The NBA says Stern passed away Wednesday afternoon with his wife, Dianne, and their family at his bedside.
As we reported ... Stern was in serious condition after undergoing emergency brain surgery to address the sudden hemorrhage he suffered at a Manhattan restaurant on December 12. Sadly, he was unable to make a recovery.
David took over as commissioner of the NBA in 1984 and ushered incredible growth in the league over his 30-year tenure. Of course, he was in charge during the heyday of Bird, Magic and Michael ... and helped the NBA become the global juggernaut it is today.
He also famously implemented the NBA's dress code which required players to wear business casual attire to games, and launched the WNBA.
Stern was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2014.
David was the 4th NBA Commish, and current commissioner Adam Silver was his protege. Silver calls him "a mentor and one of my dearest friends," and says he's "not only one of the greatest sports commissioners of all time but also one of the most influential business leaders of his generation."
Nick Gordon -- the boyfriend of Bobbi Kristina Brown who was found legally responsible for her death -- has died in Florida ... TMZ has learned.
Nick's brother, Jack Walker Jr., shared the news Wednesday by writing, "GOD WHY I DID I HAVE TO LOSE MY BROTHER ON NEW YEARS," and adding ... "All I can do is cry." He later shared a tribute post with several photos of himself with Nick.
It appears Gordon was hospitalized for a short time before his death ... Walker says he was at his brother's bedside and spoke to him in his final moments. Reports say Gordon died of a suspected drug overdose.
As you'll recall ... Gordon and a friend found Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown's daughter face down in a bathtub on January 31, 2015, and she was placed in an induced coma. Brown suffered irreversible brain damage and remained unresponsive, and passed way in hospice care on July 26, 2015.
Bobbi Kristina's family sued Gordon for wrongful death, and he was found responsible for her death in September 2016 when he no-showed in court. He was ordered to pay her estate $36 million.
Of course, he was also under criminal investigation for her death when he was accused of domestic violence with his new girlfriend ... but the case was later dropped.
We're told Gordon had moved to Orlando a few months ago.
Teresa Giudice made a shocking new revelation about her marriage to Joe Giudice on Wednesday’s Real Housewives of New Jersey.
During a heated argument over the phone with Joe, the mother of four revealed that he had required her to sign a prenuptial agreement before the two walked down the aisle back in 1999 — something she was reluctant to do at the time.
“You made me sign a prenup, okay!” Teresa, 47, told Joe, 49.
“A week before we were getting married, Joe asked me to sign a prenup and I just felt when you love someone, you don’t do that,” Teresa then explained in a confessional.
Though she said she “wasn’t going to go through with it,” Teresa stressed that she couldn’t imagine actually cancelling their nuptials. “Being Italian, I have old school parents, and it’s an embarrassing thing to call off a wedding,” Teresa said.
Instead, she agreed to sign it on one condition: that a clause be added voiding the prenup if there was ever infidelity.
“I didn’t even read it, I just said, ‘I want you to put one thing in there. If you ever cheat, the prenup is void,'” Teresa said.
Teresa and Joe, who were childhood sweethearts, went on to tie the knot in 1999 and parent four children: Gia, 18, Gabriella, 15, Milania, 14, and Audriana, 10.
Just in December, a source close to the family exclusively told PEOPLE the two had come to the decision to separate, but were not yet making any plans for divorce.
“They agreed that each had to move on,” the insider said. “They are doing so amicably and very slowly. Joe has been out on a few dates, Teresa has not. She has been too busy with the girls, with work obligations and taking care of her father. She is happy for Joe. They have been very friendly with one another and are very supportive of each other’s happiness. They still love one another, but … neither is interested in a long distance relationship.”
The Giudices have been living apart since March 2016, when Joe began his 41-month prison sentence for mail, wire and bankruptcy fraud (Teresa had served a little over 11 months in prison for the same crimes, and was released on Dec. 23, 2015).
Though Joe was released in March 2019, he chose to move into the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the Clinton County Correctional Center in Pennsylvania as he fought to appeal a judge’s deportation order. (He has lived in the United States since he was a child, but never obtained American citizenship.)
That’s where he was when talking to Teresa on Wednesday’s RHONJ, calling her while she and Gia shopped for her prom dress.
He sounded aggravated, too, when Teresa brought the prenup up, responding with his own shocking revelation. “All right, you want me to say it now? You and this stupid prenup that you keep bringing up? I didn’t want to get married, all right?” he told Teresa.
At the time Joe said that, the two were in the midst of an argument, triggered by jokes Joe made about Teresa’s spending.
“You got nothing to do, all you do is go shopping and you spend money,” Joe said on the phone, telling their daughter Gia, “Your mother is like Robin Hood. She takes from her husband and spends it all on the stores. … The money that you spend on nails and hair, you’d be able to retire on!”
That line annoyed Teresa, who had famously worked to pull her family out of debt after their financial decisions sent them each to prison.
“I’m not taking from my husband, though,” Teresa said. “You haven’t been here in three years. How am I spending your money? I’m working on my own, busting my a–, trying to take care of our four daughters. You didn’t leave me with millions in the bank account, you left me with nothing. I paid off all our debt, taking care of our four daughters, and doing it all by myself. And I’m spending a lot of money on lawyers.”
“What do you want from me?” Joe snapped back. “I can also just pick up and leave.”
Eventually, Gia was able to squash the beef between her parents — telling audiences in her confessional that she wished her mother would give her father a break.
“Honestly, they’re good at aggravating each other, but when he lashes out, I just wish my mom would keep quiet because he’s fighting for his life in there,” Gia said.
Teresa appeared to understand that. “Joe’s losing his mind in ICE. He calls constantly and every phone call turns into a fight,” she said. “Normally I wouldn’t talk about Joe in front of the girls but sometimes I do snap at them because it just gets to that point.”
The conditions in ICE did eventually get so bad for Joe that he requested to go to Italy to await his third and final deportation appeal.
He flew to Europe in October, where he’s currently awaiting the final decision in his deportation battle. Teresa took the girls over there in November for a family visit. Joe’s daughters were back with him over Christmas, though Teresa stayed in New Jersey to take care of her ailing father.
The Real Housewives of New Jersey airs Wednesdays (8 p.m. ET) on Bravo.