Netflix viewers have heaped praise on horror film Girl on the Third Floor, with some calling it one of the scariest movies they've ever seen. The thriller, which was released in March 2019, is now available on the streaming site and it has left audiences at home terrified. It centers on a man named Don Koch (played by wrestler CM Punk, real name Phillip Brooks) trying to renovate a rundown Victorian mansion for his family in a bid to distant himself from his sordid past. But of course, the home - a former brothel - in the suburbs of Chicago, has a terrifying history of its own and deadly consequences occur when the characters try to go against the supernatural building. Shocking scenes see the home excreting what appear to be bodily fluids from the wall, while some parts of the structure even start bleeding when touched. Taking to Twitter, fans were eager to express their excitement for the film, admitting it was mentally disturbing and horrifying.
Mark Ruffalo declared Donald Trump “public enemy number one” when it comes to climate change while promoting his new film. Ruffalo’s latest film, “Dark Waters,” tells the real-life story of Robert Bilott, a defense attorney who took on the DuPont corporation over a toxic chemical substance being put in West Virginia’s water supply. Ruffalo, a climate change activist himself, plays Bilott. The star revealed in an interview with SkyNews that he was drawn to the story after reading about it in a New York Times Magazine article. The U.K. outlet then asked the actor how he feels about the Trump administration’s approach to climate change given what an important issue it is to him. “I think the world should consider my president as public enemy number one at this point,” the actor replied. “What we do probably in the next 10 years will be crucial to the future of the planet. This is only going to become more and more evident to us. We’re not going backwards from here. And, yeah, it’s not just this story. This is a system.”
Production on the fourth The Matrix movie has irked locals in San Francisco after a number of staged explosions caused some building damage. The Matrix 4 is currently being shot in the city, but last weekend, the extreme heat from on set fireballs apparently melted building lamps and destroyed the plastic cover of a local business’ street advertising sign. According to reports, workers hired to replace the plastic on the sign revealed the repairs cost around $2,000. In addition to setting off explosives for the film, the shoot involved a low-flying helicopter, which was spotted just feet away from the side of office buildings. Franchise stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are reprising their respective roles as Neo and Trinity in the new sequel
Representatives for Elvis Presley have congratulated Justin Bieber for breaking a U.S. chart record previously held by the late rock legend. Bieber made pop history on Sunday when his new album, Changes, hit the top of the Billboard 200 countdown, earning the singer an early 26th birthday present as he claimed his seventh chart-topper. The news made Bieber the youngest solo artist to achieve seven number ones, beating Elvis’ previous record by almost a year. On Monday, officials behind Elvis’ verified Twitter account applauded Bieber for the achievement, writing, “Yesterday, music history was made. What does the King of Rock n Roll have in common with the 21st century King of Pop? Congratulations on setting a new record @justinbieber.” Bieber responded, “Thank you King and to the entire Presley family.”
Josh Brolin will star in Amazon’s “Outer Range,” a drama from Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment. The thriller centers on a rancher fighting for his land and family, who discovers an unfathomable mystery at the edge of Wyoming’s wilderness. Brolin will star as the rancher, Royal Abbott. Brolin is also an executive producer on the series.
“Knives Out” director Rian Johnson might have spoiled the bad guy reveal in many a modern mystery after claiming that Apple prohibits movie villains from using iPhones onscreen. “I don’t know if I should say this or not,” says the “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” director. “Apple, they let you use iPhones in movies, but bad guys cannot have iPhones on camera.” Johnson dropped the bombshell while discussing his acclaimed comedy caper “Knives Out” with Vanity Fair in a video interview released Tuesday. Unfortunately, the director may rue his cinematic beans-spilling. If his claim is indeed true, all iPhone-toting mystery characters are good guys by default, thereby destroying any suspense behind their unmasking. “Oh now every single filmmaker that has a bad guy in their movie that’s supposed to be a secret wants to murder me,” he jokes, alluding to the spoilerific implications of his reveal. “It’s going to screw me on the next mystery movie that I write.”
Kristen Bell says her husband, actor Dax Shepard, once flirted with her mom by mistake. Yesterday on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” the actress said Dax accidentally sent her mom eggplant emojis over text message. Bell said her mom was on her way to visit and texting Shepard, who accidentally pressed the eggplant emoji in their conversation. "She was coming in town and sends him a text like, 'Be there by 11.' And then sends something else that says, 'Can't wait to see you tonight,'" Bell recalled. "He meant to respond smiley face, smiley face, smiley face. Instead he responds eggplant, eggplant, eggplant," she said. "When he did it, he went, 'Oh no! I made a huge mistake!'" "By the way, the minute you involve an eggplant emoji, the whole story changes," Bell added before re-reading the conversation in a steamy voice.
Actress Rose McGowan is concerned Harvey Weinstein’s guilty verdict in his New York trial will prompt the disgraced movie mogul to seek revenge against her. Following the trial’s conclusion in Manhattan, New York City, on Monday, Weinstein was remanded into custody and now faces up to 29 years in prison on the felony charges. Reflecting on the landmark case during an interview on U.K. breakfast TV show Good Morning Britain yesterday, the star, who penned one of the initial 2017 exposes on Weinstein, claiming he raped her in 1997 at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, confessed she’s now terrified Harvey will seek revenge. “The other night, I have to be honest, I was sitting at home and I was thinking I should do the laundry and then I thought, ‘Oh, I wonder if he gets convicted he’ll hire a hitman to kill me. Oh, I wonder what I want for dinner,’” Rose said. “These are just casual thoughts of my life and that’s what’s so wrong and sick.”
A quote from “A New Hope” has inspired the franchise’s freshest saga, “Star Wars: The High Republic.” “For over a thousand generations the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice,” Obi-Wan Kenobe says in the 1977 film that began it all. Now, a new series of comics, children’s books and novels will explore that era in the Galactic Republic, Lucasfilm announced late Monday. “A line that we’ve been hearing since 1977 and we thought, you know, what does that look like?” says Michael Siglain, Lucasfilm’s director says in an announcement trailer. Set 200 years before “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace,” the Galactic Republic is thriving and justice reigns in “The High Republic” — but a “frightening new adversary threatens,” according to the trailer. The saga, previously referred to as “Project Luminous,” features new stories from five authors, all set in the galaxy a long, long time ago. Lucasfilm put together a writers room of “Star Wars,” fans and authors, allowing authors to imaginatively continue the “Star Wars” galaxy. “We’re finding ourselves at a very exciting moment with the Skywalker saga coming to an end. We’re at a place of, what’s next for ‘Star Wars’?” says James Waugh, Lucasfilm’s VP of strategy. The first set of “The High Republic” books and comics are set to debut in August at a “Star Wars” event in Anaheim, Calif., and many titles are currently available for pre-order.
Netflix is launching a new “Top 10” lists feature that will finally show you the “most popular” TV series and movies on the streaming service. “This new row – complete with its own special design – will enable you to see what is most popular on Netflix in your country,” Netflix’s director of product innovation, Cameron Johnson, said in a statement. “It will be updated every day and the position of the row will vary depending on how relevant the shows and films are to you.” “In addition to the overall top 10 list, you’ll also be able to see the top 10 most popular series and top 10 films when you click on the movies and TV shows tabs,” Johnson added. “Shows and films that make these lists will also have a special ‘Top 10’ badge, wherever they appear on Netflix. That way you can easily see what’s in the zeitgeist, whether you’re browsing by genre or through your personal list – or when searching for specific shows or films.” The feature was being rolled out yesterday.
Hulu has nabbed exclusively U.S. streaming rights to “Parasite,” the film that made history as the first foreign-language film to win best picture at this year’s Oscars. Under a deal with indie studio Neon, “Parasite” will be available on Hulu beginning Wednesday, April 8. The movie from filmmaker Bong Joon Ho won four Academy Awards for best picture, international film, best director, and original screenplay (which Bong wrote with Jin Won Han).
Jurors in the rape trial of Harvey Weinstein reached a verdict in the case yesterday. He was found guilty of committing a criminal sex act in the first degree involving one woman and rape in the third degree involving another woman. A New York jury acquitted the disgraced movie mogul on the more serious charges of predatory sexual assault involving the two women, Miriam Haley and Jessica Mann. In doing so, jurors indicated that they did not find beyond a reasonable doubt that Weinstein had also raped Annabella Sciorra, another victim whose testimony prosecutors used in an attempt to establish Weinstein’s predatory behavior.
Quentin Tarantino and his wife Daniella Pick have welcomed their first child together. Representatives for the filmmaker revealed the news to TMZ on Saturday, confirming: “Daniella and Quentin Tarantino are happy to announce the birth of their first child. A baby boy born Feb. 22.” The baby was born at Tel Aviv’s Ichilov hospital, according to the Jerusalem Post. The couple has yet to reveal any further information. Back in August, it was announced the director was to be a dad – less than a year after the couple married in November, 2018. The pair reportedly met when Quentin was promoting his 2009 film, Inglourious Basterds, in Israel. They got engaged in 2017.
Actor Kirk Douglas has reportedly left his entire $60 million fortune to charity. Kirk was laid to rest on February 7 at the Westwood Memorial in Los Angeles, two days after he died at his home. He was 103. According to the Mirror, Kirk didn't leave any money to his son, Michael, a Hollywood star who has his own net worth of about $300 million. But Kirk, who was known for his charitable contributions throughout his life, did leave the money to several beneficiaries. A total of $50 million will be distributed through the Douglas Foundation, which was founded by Kirk and his wife, Anne. According to the Mirror, some of the beneficiaries include St Lawrence University, the Sinai Temple of Los Angeles, the Kirk Douglas Theatre and the Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Prior to his passing Kirk and Anne were already in the process of making more generous donations.
Eminem scored another milestone on Tuesday when his video for "Rap God" officially hit one billion views on YouTube. The track, from his 2013 collection, Marshal Mathers LP 2, became Eminem's the third track to reach a billion YouTube hits, joining "Not Afraid" and "Love the Way You Lie," featuring Rihanna. "A billion Stans can't be wrong!" announced the rapper in a Tuesday statement, referencing the blend of "stalker" and "fans," coined in "Stan," the third single from his The Marshall Mathers LP. "Thanks to YouTube and the community for taking such great interest in this wild video." Eminem ranks as the fourth most-subscribed artist on the platform.
Mikaela Spielberg, 23, the daughter of Steven Spielberg and actress Kate Capshaw, revealed yesterday that she is starring in her own solo porn videos. She also announced to the US Sun that she hopes to score a stripper gig as soon as she hustles up her sex worker license. Mikaela says she told her famous folks about her close encounters of the X-rated kind over the weekend — via FaceTime. “It’s not my parents’ fault,” says Mikaela, who was adopted by Steven and Kate as a baby. “They couldn’t have known.” She told the outlet she “got really tired of not being able to capitalize on my body and, frankly, I got really tired of being told to hate my body.” The curvy adult entertainer has previously teased her foray into porn on her Instagram account, @vandal_princess, which has just over 1,000 followers as of yesterday afternoon. “And I also just got tired of working day to day in a way that wasn’t satisfying my soul,” she tells the Sun. “I feel like doing this kind of work, I’m able to ‘satisfy’ other people, but that feels good because it’s not in a way that makes me feel violated.” Mikaela tells the outlet that she no longer wanted to be dependent on her parents — or the stage, for that matter. “This isn’t like an ‘end of the road’ or ‘I’ve hit bottom’ choice,” she says. “This is a positive, empowering choice. I realized there is no shame in having a fascination with this industry and wanting to do something that is safe, sane, consensual.” She vows that she won’t have sex on camera with anyone else, out of respect for her fiancé Chuck Pankow. Mikaela previously had videos posted to PornHub under the stage name “Sugar Star,” but yanked them until she gets her Tennessee sex worker license.
Jennifer Lawrence will star in Adam McKay’s comedy “Don’t Look up,” which Netflix finalized a deal for on Monday after it was shopped around. McKay will write and direct the film that has a budget of $75 million. The story follows two scientists who discover that a meteor will strike our planet in six months, and they must warn a population that is unreceptive.
Harvey Weinstein’s fate rests in the hands of a jury as deliberations began yesterday following the producer’s New York sexual assault trial. The disgraced movie mogul faces life behind bars if convicted on five felony charges, including rape, criminal sexual assault, and predatory sexual assault.
Martin Scorsese may have retired from gangster films, but he’s not riding into the sunset just yet. After months of anticipation, the director announced that his latest film, “Killers of the Flower Moon,” will be a Western, marking a genre first for the man who made the mob his muse. The project will reportedly star Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro in the duo’s first on-screen collaboration in 24 years. DiCaprio, De Niro and Scorsese have never worked together on a film, despite their illustrious film histories. “We think it’s a Western,” Scorsese tells Premiere of “Killers of the Flower Moon,” which is based on David Grann’s book of the same name. The nonfiction work chronicles the Osage Nation Murders, when Native Americans in Oklahoma were massacred in the early 20th century after oil was discovered on their land. “It happened in 1921-1922 in Oklahoma,” says Scorsese, adding that this particular Wild West had both cowboys and cars. “The film is mainly about the Osage, an Indian tribe that was given horrible territory, which they loved because they said to themselves that whites would never be interested in it. Then, we discovered oil there and, for about 10 years, the Osage became the richest people in the world, per capita.” Unfortunately, it quickly goes to hell when “vultures disembark, the white man, the European arrives,” Scorsese says. Production on the Western will start this spring, and the film is slated to hit theaters in 2021.
Tom Brady is keeping everything close to the vest regarding his future. While it’s clear that he’s not going to call it quits just yet, nobody knows whether he’ll return to the Patriots next season or sign with another team. He’s not even telling Boston royalty Matt Damon and Ben Affleck what he’s going to do. Ben Affleck joined ESPN’s Get Up yesterday to promote his new movie The Way Back and brought up the fact that he had been with Brady the night before. Naturally, Mike Greenberg asked if Affleck could tell them anything about Brady and his future. Affleck, after saying he worshipped Brady, said that he and Damon texted him asking “what’s the deal, are you going or are you staying?” and Brady replied back with the shoulder shrug emoji, that’s it.
Taylor Swift's father fought off an intruder who broke into his $4 million Florida penthouse. Scott Swift, 67, returned to his residence in Vinoy Place Towers, St. Petersburg around 10 p.m. on January 17 to find Terrence Hoover, 30, inside. Hoover used an emergency escape stairwell to climb 13 floors and enter the penthouse just 30 seconds before Swift Sr. arrived home. Swift Sr. and Hoover allegedly fought, before the latter quickly fled the scene. Hoover has a lengthy arrest record that includes domestic violence by strangulation, aggravated battery, burglary, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and kidnapping and false imprisonment. Swift Sr. picked Hoover out of a photo lineup and police say Hoover called them to report the altercation. Hoover could not be found, however, until last week, when he was arrested on burglary charges. He was being held yesterday on $50,000 bond. Taylor Swift was not with her father and it is unclear whether the intruder targeted the home. Hoover's mother told The Tampa Bay Times that her son got lost while searching for his estranged wife and should only be charged with trespassing. The penthouse encompasses the entire top floor of one Vinoy tower and includes 5,359 square feet, three bedrooms and three full baths.
Constance Wu said in an interview yesterday that she spent time working in a strip club in preparation for the movie “Hustlers” — and even made $600 in one night. “I went undercover. I gave lap dances to strangers,” Wu told Kelly Clarkson on her NBC talk show. Wu played the role of Destiny in the 2019 flick about a real-life ring of strippers who conned their wealthy Wall Street clients. Her character is based on former stripper Roselyn Keo, who was arrested over her role in the scam. When Wu admitted the lengths she took to get into character, Clarkson could hardly believe it. “You’re lying!” she exclaimed. “I’m not lying,” Wu said, before adding she made $600 her first time. The actress said she put fake tattoos on her neck and added hairpieces, as Clarkson said: “You are so method.” Wu replied: “You can’t duplicate it, the first time you walk into a club and say ‘Hey, I would like to have a job here’ and then you go work that night.” She also said she installed a stripper pole in her living room at home for a few months.
“The Price Is Right” has canceled its show tapings this week following the death of host Drew Carey’s former fiancée, Amie Harwick, over the weekend. Production on the game show is currently on hiatus through the rest of the week. Harwick, a Hollywood family and sex therapist, was killed Saturday at her Hollywood Hills home, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Harwick’s 41-year-old ex-boyfriend Gareth Pursehouse was arrested on suspicion of murder. “Amie and I had a love that people are lucky to have once in a lifetime,” Carey said in a statement to Us Weekly yesterday. “She was a positive force in the world, a tireless and unapologetic champion for women, and passionate about her work as a therapist. I am overcome with grief. I would like to thank you in advance for giving myself and everyone who loved Amie privacy while we try to work through this tragic situation.” LAPD said yesterday that the investigation into Harwick’s death revealed that she had recently “expressed fear about a former boyfriend and had previously filed a restraining order against this person.” That restraining order was expired at the time of her death. The investigation is ongoing and the case will be presented to the District Attorney for filing consideration tomorrow, police said. Carey and Harwick were engaged in 2018, but have since ended their engagement.
Orlando Bloom's latest ink features a slight mishap. He took to Instagram to share a photo of his new tattoo: the name of his son, Flynn, spelled in morse code on his forearm. It also features the date and time of Flynn's birth. "New #tattoo can you guess who?" he wrote in the caption. Unfortunately for actor, the name is misspelled. "If the Morse code is supposed to spell out Flynn then there is a mistake," said a fan in the comments. The lettering on Bloom's arm spells F-R-Y-N-N, with a single dot missing, symbolizing "R" rather than "L." Bloom's tattoo artist also shared a photo of the ink, acknowledging the mess-up. "A beautiful reminder for @orlandobloom of his son," wrote the artist in the caption. "And yes, a dot is missing, we know, it will be fixed :)"
Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli want their college admissions scandal trial pushed back to 2021, saying one superseding indictment should be dismissed as they are being tried alongside numerous defendants. Lawyers for the actress and other parents accused in the scandal argue they need more time to go over complex details of the case and won't be ready to go to trial until next year. Federal prosecutors in Boston have said the first trial for the wealthy parents still fighting the charges should begin in October and that Loughlin and Giannulli should be tried in the first group. But they disagree their USC donations charge should be grouped with parents accused of wrongdoing involved with other colleges, or those who cheated on their children's admissions tests. Prosecutors have provided the defense with more than 1.9 million documents, consisting of more than 3.2 million pages, and more than 300 hours of audio and video, said Robert Popeo, an attorney for another parent charged in the case, media executive Elizabeth Kimmel. The substantial amount of evidence, outstanding pretrial motions and general complexity of the case make a trial this fall impossible, and the first trial should begin no sooner than next year, a lawyer said Wednesday. The judge will ultimately decide when the trials will begin.
Sean Spicer is going from one TV show to another, with the former White House press secretary set to launch his own cable news show next month. But since he has some time to kill, Spicer is offering to send a personalized video message to your special someone for Valentine's Day. The cost: $199, down from $400, though Spicer says all proceeds raised on the personalized video service Cameo will go to charity. This month, the chosen charity is Independence Fund, which provides tracked wheelchairs for veterans. Don't have a special someone? No worries. "Whatever it is … I don't really care. As long as it's in good taste, I'll do the shoutout," Spicer says. As for that TV show, Spicer & Co—touted as featuring "Washington insiders, experts, journalists and power brokers"—will premiere March 3 on Newsmax TV. It will be "a conversation about the news and issues of the day," covering everything from politics to entertainment and sports—"what people talk about at the dinner table," Spicer tells Page Six.
Streaming services like Netflix or Hulu account for 19 percent of television viewing in the United States - virtually double what it was less than two years ago. The percentage of time spent streaming has gone from 10 percent in a Nielsen study from March 2018 to 19 percent during the last three months of 2019. More than half of consumers with the capacity to stream subscribe to two or more services and 93 percent said they planned to either increase or maintain that number.
Jim Carrey is catching heat after he told a female journalist that “only thing left to do” on his bucket list was her. Charlotte Long, a journalist for Heat magazine, interviewed the actor during a promotional junket for Sonic The Hedgehog and asked him what goals he still had left to accomplish in his life. In a video of the interview, Jim can be seen responding, “Just you.” One user wrote: “Such a huge fan of @JimCarrey but lost respect for him today. This is really unacceptable, I wish and hope he apologizes to you.” Another said: “Unfortunately it turns out Jim Carrey is a massive sleazebag.” Another user added: “Why is this kind of thing still going on? Well handled, you're a legend.”
The Oscar bump for “Parasite” after its historic Best Picture victory is coming hard and fast, as ticketing sites Fandango and Atom Tickets are reporting a huge surge of ticket sales and streaming rentals from its customers. On Tuesday, the site reported that on the day after “Parasite” became the first non-English film to win the Academy’s top prize, ticket sales for the film saw a 443% jump compared to last Monday. On the company’s online movie rental and purchase website FandangoNOW, buys and rentals of “Parasite” rose 468% week over week as the film became the top-selling title on Monday.
Universal Pictures has announced that The Hunt will be released on March 13 after the film had its original September theatrical release canceled. The new release date was announced yesterday alongside a new trailer that briefly touches on the controversy that was surrounding the film. The Hunt follows a group of wealthy elites, lead by Hilary Swank, who gather a group of less prosperous "deplorables" to hunt for sport until Betty Gilpin turns things around and fights back. Emma Roberts, Ike Barinholtz, Justin Hartley and Ethan Suplee also star in the film from director Craig Zobel. Universal originally canceled the September release date following a string of mass shootings. The film was then heavily criticized by the media and President Donald Trump for seemingly pitting two political sides against each other.
The Film Academy has released a statement in an effort to explain why several big stars were left out of their In Memoriam segment during Sunday's Oscars. It comes after a firestorm of tweets from disappointed viewers who wanted to know why actors such as Beverly Hills 90210 star Luke Perry and Disney actor Cameron Boyce were not included. In a statement published by The Hollywood Reporter, the Academy explained it was down to time constraints which meant they had to edit the segment down. “The Academy receives hundreds of requests to include loved ones and industry colleagues in the Oscars In Memoriam segment. An executive committee representing every branch considers the list and makes selections for the telecast based on limited available time.” The statement went on to say that those missed from the televised memoriam are included online in the Oscars gallery. “All the submissions are included on Oscar.com and will remain on the site throughout the year. Luke Perry and Cameron Boyce are remembered in the Oscar.com gallery.” the statement concluded.
Gerard Butler reportedly got into a fight with doormen at the Vanity Fair Oscars after-party on Sunday after enjoying a heavy night with friends. According to Britain’s The Sun newspaper, the actor attended the ceremony with model girlfriend Morgan Brown, and had been drinking heavily when he got to the star-studded bash with two friends, after Morgan called it a night. However, when bouncers at the event refused to admit his pals, Butler apparently became enraged, asking, “Don’t you know who I am?” An insider told the publication: “He had two pals. It looked like they’d had a heavy night, which didn’t do them any favors with the bouncers.” After he raged, “I’m f**king Gerard Butler,” they were let into the party, but the source added: “He stumbled about chatting to strangers and complaining before bee-lining for a brunette, who he was chatting with for a while and telling how he was off to Madonna’s bash instead. “God knows if he made it there. It looked like he was ready for bed but he was determined to keep partying.”
Janet Jackson has announced her Black Diamond World Tour, which will kick off June 24 in Miami, FL. Tickets go on sale to the general public on February 13 via LiveNation.com. The tour will feature an all-new production, as well as music from Janet's upcoming new album, also called Black Diamond, due out later this year. Of course, she'll also perform her hits, as well as a special set dedicated to her landmark album Rhythm Nation 1814, which last year marked its 30th anniversary. The North American leg of the Black Diamond World Tour will wrap up August 23 in Tacoma, Washington. Dates for the rest of the world will be announced soon.
Josh Peck has landed the lead role in Disney’s revamp of classic buddy cop film Turner & Hooch. He will portray U.S. Marshal Scott Turner, who Tom Hanks portrayed in the 1989 movie, in the new television reboot from Burn Notice creator Matt Nix. The TV version of Turner & Hooch, about an investigator who finds an unlikely partner in a dog, has received a 12-episode order from bosses at the Disney+ streaming platform.
CBS in early discussions for an event series revival of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” according to reports. The limited return of the network’s long-running, crime procedural would be done to help mark the franchise’s 20th anniversary, which will come in October. The show’s creative team, including Anthony Zuiker and Jerry Bruckheimer are in discussions to return for the limited run, which would be a sequel to the flagship “CSI” series, which ended in 2015.
Robert Conrad, who played an Old West update on James Bond in the hit 1960s TV series Wild Wild West, died Saturday at the age of 84. The actor died of heart failure at his Malibu home, according to family spokesperson Jeff Ballard. “He lived a wonderfully long life and while the family is saddened by his passing, he will live forever in their hearts,” Ballard said. After a brief career in film, Conrad was put under contract by Warner Bros. Television, and most of his most popular work was for the small screen. His first major success was on the detective series Hawaiian Eye, on which he starred as the half-Hawaiian private investigator Tom Lopaka. Conrad's most popular series was Wild Wild West, which creator Michael Garrisoin envisioned as “James Bond on horseback.” He starred as the secret service agent James West, who worked with the inventor and master of disguises Artemus Gordon (Ross Martin), to protect President Ulysses S. Grant and the United States Government. Conrad starred in a number of short-lived legal and crime dramas, before finding success again with the WWII-era series Baa Baa Black Sheep. Conrad was also featured on multiple episodes of Mission: Impossible, as well as The D.A., 77 Sunset Strip, Columbo, Adam-12, Maverick, and the miniseries Centennial.
Disney CEO Bob Iger issued an apology yesterday after the company requested a permit fee from an elementary school in California for screening the 2019 remake of "The Lion King." "Our company @WaltDisneyCo apologizes to the Emerson Elementary School PTA and I will personally donate to their fundraising initiative," Iger tweeted. The school showed the film during a fundraiser event put on by the parent-teacher association (PTA) back in November. Tickets were advertised on Eventbrite with a suggested donation price of $15. Per Berkeleyside, Disney's licensing agent, Movie Licensing USA, notified the school last month and said it violated copyright law for playing the film for a crowd without a license. It requested the school pay a $250 fee since, per copyright law, films are not allowed to be shown outside of a home to an audience without a $250 single-use permit. Iger's apology comes after days of complaints from parents, children and residents on social media, Deadline reported. It is unclear how much Iger plans to donate. The organization raised $800 from the fundraiser.
Netflix introduced a new feature yesterday, allowing viewers to turn off autoplay previews. Autoplay video has irked many Netflix users over the years, and the company said, after listening to its subscribers, it decided to put the autoplay decision in their hands. “Some people find this feature helpful. Others not so much,” Netflix tweeted about autoplay. “We’ve heard the feedback loud and clear — members can now control whether or not they see autoplay previews on Netflix.” The streaming giant then shared a link that walked subscribers through how to opt out of autoplay previews. If you’re tired of being hit with clips from “The Office” and “Stranger Things” whenever you scroll through Netflix, here’s the steps you’ll want to follow, per Netflix:
Sign into your Netflix account from a web browser.
Select “manage profiles” from the menu.
Click the profile you want to update.
After that, make sure to check or uncheck the “autoplay previews while browsing on all devices” option. Remember to hit “save,” and you’re golden.
Yesterday, State Farm claimed actress Shannen Doherty is just looking for sympathy — and a payout to get her California home repaired — by announcing her terminal stage 4 cancer diagnosis. The actress sued State Farm in March 2019 after the insurance giant refused to pay the full amount for repairs on her home, which was damaged in the devastating 2018 California wildfires. In a filing in Los Angeles federal court yesterday, lawyers for State Farm wrote that Doherty plans to “garner sympathy by her contention that State Farm must rebuild her entire house” when she appears at trial. “Plaintiff improperly claims she is entitled to have her entire home rebuilt at a cost of $2.7 million because she has breast cancer and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease,” the court documents state. On Tuesday, Doherty revealed her breast cancer had returned, saying her diagnosis was going to become public this week as part of the lawsuit. “I’d rather people hear it from me. I don’t want it to be twisted, a court document,” she said in an interview with “Good Morning America.” “I want it to be real and authentic. I want to control the narrative. I want people to know from me.” In the new filing, State Farm claims Doherty’s house only had smoke damage and not any fire or structural damage. The insurance company said it’s already paid $1 million for remediation, professional cleaning and for the actress to rent a temporary home. Doherty’s attorney, Devin McRae, said it was “appalling” that State Farm would claim Doherty only revealed her health condition to garner sympathy. “Of course cancer and a chronic respiratory ailment are directly relevant to the means and scope of fire and smoke remediation in her home and on her clothes,” McRae said.
Justin Bieber has become the first artist to hit 50 million subscribers on his YouTube channel. The singer, who got his start on the platform back in 2007, holds steady as the most-subscribed artist on YouTube. The record number of subscribers isn't the only milestone he hit. The first episode of Justin's new YouTube Original series, Justin Bieber: Seasons, is now YouTube Originals’ most-watched debut episode to date, reaching over 97 countries. The series unveiled its fourth episode yesterday, focusing on Justin’s relationship with wife Hailey Bieber. Justin Bieber: Seasons is documenting Justin's return to the spotlight and the making of his new album, Changes, due out February 14.
Kirk Douglas has died at the age of 103. The Spartacus star died yesterday and is survived by his wife of 65 years Anne Buydens and his three sons Michael, Joel, and Eric. His son Michael Douglas, an acting icon in his own right, revealed the news of his father's death in an emotional statement to People magazine. “It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103,” he said. “To the world, he was a legend, an actor from the golden age of movies who lived well into his golden years, a humanitarian whose commitment to justice and the causes he believed in set a standard for all of us to aspire to. But to me and my brothers Joel and Peter he was simply Dad, to Catherine, a wonderful father-in-law, to his grandchildren and great grandchild their loving grandfather, and to his wife Anne, a wonderful husband. Kirk's life was well lived, and he leaves a legacy in film that will endure for generations to come, and a history as a renowned philanthropist who worked to aid the public and bring peace to the planet. Let me end with the words I told him on his last birthday and which will always remain true. Dad - I love you so much and I am so proud to be your son.” Douglas suffered a stroke back in 1996 that left him with slurred speech and damaged facial nerves but it didn't stop him attending the Academy Awards ceremony two weeks later to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award. He had been in relatively good health since his stroke.
Jessica Simpson turned down the chance to bed her childhood crush in The Notebook, because she didn’t want to have sex on screen. She was approached to play the role Rachel McAdams eventually landed in the 2004 film, but passed because producers refused to budge on a sex scene with Ryan Gosling. Simpson makes the revelation in her new memoir, Open Book, explaining: “I turned it down because they wouldn’t budge on taking out the sex scene, and it would have been with Ryan Gosling, of all people.” She reveals she fell in love with the actor during her failed audition for The Mickey Mouse Club – when she was 12.
Tom Hiddleston is set to star in Netflix’s upcoming British political-thriller series “White Stork,” which was given a 10-episode series order. The series is about “the paradox of truth in a post-truth world.” Here is the official description for “White Stork”: “When James Cooper is selected to run for a seat in parliament, Asher Millan is sent to vet him for primetime. But she quickly uncovers potentially damaging secrets buried deep in James’ past. Secrets that will threaten to blow everything apart – his career, his marriage, even the powerful people backing his campaign.”
Chris Pratt is eying a return to TV as the star and executive producer of “The Terminal List,” a TV series based on Jack Carr’s bestselling novel. The ongoing drama is in development. “The Terminal List” is a conspiracy thriller that combines elevated action with deep psychological questions about the cost of pushing our nation’s highest trained operators too far. The series follows Reece (Pratt) after his entire platoon of Navy SEALs is ambushed during a high-stakes covert mission. Reece returns home with conflicting memories of the event and questions about his culpability. However, as new evidence comes to light, Reece discovers dark forces working against him.
Billie Eilish has spoken openly about how the sudden onset of her fame left her feeling depressed and isolated, to the point where she considered self-harm. Now, in a cover story for Vogue, she says she finally understands what the famous singers she was a fan of as a kid were going through. “As a fan growing up, I was always like, What the f**k is wrong with them?” she recalls to Vogue. “All the scandals. The Britney moment. You grow up thinking they’re pretty and they’re skinny; why would they f**k it up?" "But the bigger I get, the more I’m like, 'Oh, my God, of course they had to do that,'" she adds. "In my dark places I’ve worried that I was going to become the stereotype that everybody thinks every young artist becomes, because how can they not?" Billie goes on: "Last year, when I was at my lowest point during the tour in Europe, I was worried I was going to have a breakdown and shave my head." Thankfully, Billie was able to get help and is feeling better now. She tells Vogue, “When people ask me what I’d say to somebody looking for advice on mental health, the only thing I can say is patience. I had patience with myself. I didn’t take that last step. I waited. Things fade.”
Lady Gaga has confirmed reports she is dating Parker Group CEO and Harvard University graduate Michael Polansky by making her latest not-so-bad romance Instagram official. Gaga was spotted kissing a man identified as the entrepreneur and philanthropist on a hotel balcony in Miami ahead of her pre-Super Bowl performance on Saturday, and now she’s making it clear he’s the new man in her life. In an image Gaga posted on Instagram, she sits on Michael’s lap as he holds her. “We had so much fun in Miami,” she captioned the shot. “Love to all my little monsters and fans, you’re the best!” The singer didn’t actually name her new guy, however. She and Polansky were also spotted holding hands and kissing in Las Vegas on New Year’s Eve.
Rush Limbaugh has announced that he has been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. The radio personality told listeners the news live on his show yesterday afternoon explaining he will not be on the air for some days due to treatment after being diagnosed on January 20. Limbaugh said he first noticed something was wrong over his birthday weekend of January 12 and had thought about not telling anyone of the news. He said he had been suffering from shortness of breath. But he added: “There are going to be days that I'm not going to be able to be here.” Limbaugh is thought to have started smoking when he was 16 but quit after a real bad case of bronchitis, almost like walking pneumonia. He has also spoken of his love of smoking cigars in the past.
Pamela Anderson has split from movie producer husband Jon Peters after only 12 days of marriage. The newlyweds have decided to take some time apart to re-evaluate what they want from life and from one another, revealed Anderson in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter on Saturday. The pair, having married just twelve days prior in Malibu, hadn't yet taken care of the necessary legalities needed to obtain a valid marriage certificate. “I have been moved by the warm reception to Jon and my union,” continued Anderson. She expressed how very grateful she would be to earn the support of the public, as Peters and herself consciously put a halt on their roles as husband and wife. “Life is a journey and love is a process. With that universal truth in mind, we have mutually decided to put off the formalization of our marriage certificate and put our faith in the process. Thank you for respecting our privacy,” concluded Pam.
Netflix is staying in the Adam Sandler game. Following the successful release of the Jennifer Aniston and Sandler led comedy “Murder Mystery,” the streaming giant announced Friday that it is extending the deal with Sandler and Happy Madison Productions to make four more movies. Sandler and Netflix have been in business since the release of the 2015’s “The Ridiculous 6” and Netflix claims that since then its subscribers have spent more than 2 billion hours watching Sandler’s flicks. That includes “The Do-Over,” “Sandy Wexler,” “The Week Of” and “Murder Mystery,” which was the most popular title on Netflix in the U.S. last year. He also released his first stand-up special in 22 years on the streamer. In addition, Happy Madison has produced 2018’s “Father of the Year,” and the upcoming “The Wrong Missy.”