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Actress Meg Ryan Announces Engagement To Musician John Mellencamp Via Instagram Post

Actress Meg Ryan confirmed her engagement to John Mellencamp on Thursday, November 8, just one day after she was spotted wearing a diamond ring.  The 56-year-old actress captioned a photo of an illustration of the twosome on Thursday via her Instagram with the statement “ENGAGED!” Ryan and Mellencamp, 67, were first linked in 2011, but called it quits in 2014. While the pair reconciled later that year, they split again in 2015, before reuniting for a third time in 2017.  Ryan was previously married to actor Dennis Quaid, with whom she shares 26-year-old son Jack, from 1991 to 2001. She later adopted a now 14-year-old daughter Daisy. Mellencamp has been married three times and has five children, including Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Teddi Mellencamp. . ...Read Full Story

Actress And Talk Show Host Tamera Mowry-Housley’s Niece Killed In Thousand Oaks Bar Shooting

Actress Tamera Mowry-Housley and her husband, former Fox News correspondent Adam Housley, searched for information about their niece, Alaina Housley, after a mass shooting took place in Southern California on Wednesday night. Yesterday the couple announced through their representative that they learned she was among the victims. In a joint statement on Thursday, they said: “Our hearts are broken. We just learned that our niece Alaina was one of the victims of last night’s shooting at Borderline bar in Thousand Oaks. Alaina was an incredible young woman with so much life ahead of her and we are devastated that her life was cut short in this manner. We thank everyone for your prayers and ask for privacy at this time.” Alaina Housley, an 18-year-old Pepperdine freshman, was at Thousand Oaks’ Borderline Bar & Grill when a gunman opened fire in the early hours Thursday morning. Tracking on her iPhone and Apple Watch put her location on the dance floor as of Thursday morning while Adam Housley searched the hospital and crime scene for his niece. The gunman, who killed 12 people including the responding sheriff’s sergeant, also died in the incident, apparently taking his own life. The Real, the syndicated daytime talk show co-hosted by Mowry-Housley, aired a pre-taped episode on Thursday.. ...Read Full Story

Michael Douglas Is Joined By Loved Ones, Including His Father Kirk Douglas, At Hollywood Walk of Fame Ceremony

Oscar-winning actor Michael Douglas was presented with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this week, surrounded by family and friends, including his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, his son Cameron Douglas, and his father, star Kirk Douglas. Jane Fonda, Eric McCormack, Andy Garcia and Douglas’ former agent Ron Meyer were also present at the event. During the ceremony, Michael gave a heartfelt speech about having his loved ones by his side for the big moment, saying, “Let’s face it, this is a great honor and I’m not getting any younger. I’m going to enjoy it with my wife and my son and my caretakers and my great-great-grandkids.” Mentioning wife Zeta-Jones, he added, “I’m grateful for your support and your love and your patience. By the way, in another week we are celebrating our 18th anniversary, so thank you for the best 18 years of my life, sweetheart!” When addressing his famous father, Douglas said, “My dad is here. In a month, Kirk will be 102 years old! It means so much to me, Dad, that you’re here today. Thank you for your advice, inspiration, and I’ll say it simply and with all my heart: I’m so proud to be your son.” . ...Read Full Story

Angelina Jolie And Brad Pitt Going To Trial In Child Custody Case

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are heading to court over thecustody of their children. According to court documents, the trial is set to begin on December 4. Jolie and Pitt separated in September 2016 after two years of marriage, and filed for divorce shortly after. The former-couple have six children together, ranging from ages 10 to 17. Since the time of their split, the duo’s mutually agreeable custody arrangement has been a point of contention for the two starts.  Jolie has sought sole custody, while Pitt is seeking joint custody. Jolie currently maintains primary physical custody of the children.. ...Read Full Story

HBO’s “Deadwood” Has Begun Production On Long-Awaited Movie

HBO announced this week that production has begun in Los Angeles on the highly anticipate Deadwood movie. A press release stated: “The indelible characters of the series are reunited after 10 years to celebrate South Dakota’s statehood. Former rivalries are reignited, alliances are tested and old wounds are reopened, as all are left to navigate the inevitable changes that modernity and time have wrought.” Series start Ian McShane, Timothy Olyphant, Molly Parker, Paula Malcomson, John Hawkes, Anna Gunn, Dayton Callie, Brad Dourif, Robin Weigert, William Sanderson, Kim Dickens and Gerald McRaney will all be returning for the movie.The followup was written by David Milch and will be directed by Daniel Minahan. Deadwood ran for three seasons 2004-06; the movie was first announced in July.. ...Read Full Story

Idris Elba Named People’s ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ For 2018

People magazine has named Idris Elba as 2018’s Sexiest Man Alive. The British actor, who has starred in movies such as “The Wire” and “Luther,” was surprised after being crowned this year’s winner, according to the magazine. Elba’s selection was revealed on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” with the actor appearing via satellite from London. Elba said of his selection, “My mom is going to be very, very proud.”  Past winners of People’s title have included Dwayne Johnson, David Beckham, Chris Hemsworth, Adam Levine, Channing Tatum and country singer Blake Shelton. Elba will be featured in a special double issue that will hit newsstands Friday.. ...Read Full Story

Demi Lovato Spotted Out Of Rehab 3 Months After Overdose

More than three months after she was hospitalized due to an apparent drug overdose, singer Demi Lovato is reportedly out of rehab and was spotted out to dinner in Los Angeles over the weekend. Lovato was seen dining with designer Henri Alexander Levy on Saturday night, and she also was recently been seen by fans at a Beverly Hills spa and at Universal Studio’s Halloween Horror Nights. In photos posted by TMZ, Lovato is seen smiling at Levy and holding his hand across the table at the popular celebrity eatery Matsuhisa. Lovato’s stay in rehab had been expected to extend for several months, according to sources. Back in July, Lovato was found unconscious in her Hollywood Hills home in July after a near-fatal overdose. She entered a treatment facility, her third rehab stint, following a two-week hospital stay.. ...Read Full Story

The Spice Girls Announce Reunion Tour, But Without Victoria Beckham

The Spice Girls — consisting of Emma “Baby Spice” Bunton, Geri “Ginger Spice” Halliwell Horner, Melanie “Mel C” Chisholm and Melanie “Mel B” Brown — announced their United Kingdom reunion tour Monday, on the official Spice Girls Twitter account. The four ladies appeared in the video without Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham, in a video spoof that announced news of the tour. The foursome will be joined by a special guest, singer Jess Glynne. The Spice Girls officially split in 1998 after becoming one of the UK’s biggest girl groups ever. Tickets are scheduled to go on sale Saturday at 5:30 a.m. ET.. ...Read Full Story

Andrea Bocelli Earns First No. 1 On Billboard 200 Chart With His Album “Sì”

Legendary singer Andrea Bocelli has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for the first time with his latest studio album Si. The album moved 126,000 equivalent album units in its first week, with 123,000 of those being traditional album sales. This is Bocelli’s first No. 1 album, and his 26th studio album overall. It’s more than 20 years since his first time making his debut on the charts with Romanza in 1997, and it’s also his largest sales week since 2009. Moreover, it’s the first classical album No. 1 in 10 years. . ...Read Full Story

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Is No 1. At Box Office This Weekend With $50M Debut

The Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” starring Rami Malek as the late Queen frontman, defied mediocre reviews to debut with $50 million in weekend ticket sales in the United States and Canada, and another $72.5 million internationally, according to studio estimates Sunday. These numbers were well beyond expectations, which were expected to be closer to $35-40 million in its opening weekend. The movie directed by Dexter Fletcher has a concert-like feel, including a lengthy re-creation of the band’s 1985 Live Aid performance.  . ...Read Full Story

Julianne Hough To Play Jolene In Dolly Parton Anthology Show For Netflix

Julianne Hough of Dancing With the Stars fame has been cast as Jolene, the infamous man-stealer from Parton’s song of the same name, in the new anthology show from Netflix, called Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings. The eight-part anthology show is set to adapt the stories and inspirations behind Parton’s most iconic hits. According to press releases, Jolene is described as “a flirtatious free-spirit with aspirations of escaping her small hometown of Coventry, GA to follow her dreams of becoming a successful singer-songwriter.” Parton will play Babe, a “sparkly force of nature” who runs the local honky-tonk bar where Jolene works as a waitress and acts as a mother-figure. In addition to Hough and Parton, Kimberly Williams-Paisley will play local wife and mother Emily, whose life changes when she becomes president of the Coventry Women’s League, and Dallas Roberts will play Aaron, a husband in the midst of a midlife crisis. Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings is set to debut on Netflix in 2019.. ...Read Full Story

Naomi Watts Cast In HBO ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel Show

The next chapter of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” will star Naomi Watts. The pilot for the network’s prequel has cast Watts to star in the project, from creators Jane Goldman and George R.R. Martin. According to HBO, Watts will play “a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret in the drama pilot.” The pilot (and hopefully potential series) will be set thousands of years before the events seen in the current series, and chronicle the world’s “descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour,” according to a description of the show. Goldman will also serve as showrunner on the series. HBO ordered the pilot for the prequel back in June. Meanwhile, the final season of “Game of Thrones” is scheduled to air sometime in 2019.. ...Read Full Story

Barbra Streisand Sings With James Corden In Teaser Of Her Appearance On “Carpool Karaoke”

Barbra Streisand and Late Late Show host James Corden will take a musical car ride, as seen in a new teaser trailer for Thursday’s installment of Carpool Karaoke. Streisand said on Twitter Tuesday alongside the trailer, “They say there’s a first time for everything… can you believe this was my first time singing out loud in a car? Had so much fun with @jkcorden – tune in to @latelateshow Thursday night! #BarbraWalls.”  In the clip, Corden is then shocked to discover that Streisand doesn’t play music in her car. “I don’t usually put the radio on to hear music. Do you really have to hear music?” Streisand says before the duo launch into a rendition of “Don’t Rain on My Parade” from Funny Girl. Streisand recently released a new single titled “Don’t Lie to Me” that will appear on her upcoming 36th album, Walls. The project is set for release on Nov. 2.. ...Read Full Story

Director Tyler Perry Planning To End His “Madea” Character In 2019

Filmmaker Tyler Perry says he’s retiring the character of Madea, the grandmother he first featured on screen in “I Can Do Bad All By Myself back in 1999,” and has since appeared in 10 installments, along with numerous stage shows and TV appearances. Perry says he also plans to stage a farewell tour in 2019, along with the character’s final film, “Tyler Perry’s a Madea Family Funeral.” Perry said that the film was shot more than two years ago, but Perry wanted to delay the release in light of the two Madea Halloween films he made from 2016 and 2017, respectively. He’s also looking forward to working on different kinds of projects, including Acrimony, out earlier this year, and Nobody’s Fool, due out in November, both of which Perry wrote and produced.. ...Read Full Story

“A Wrinkle In Time” Director Ava DuVernay Partnering With Netflix On Prince Documentary

A Wrinkle in Time and 13th director Ava DuVernay is partnering with Netflix for a feature-length documentary on the late musical icon Prince. The documentary will chronicle Prince’s entire life and career. DuVernay tweeted about the project, saying “Prince was a genius, a joy, and a jolt to the senses. He was like no other. He shattered preconceived notions, smashed boundaries, and shared his heart through his music. The only way I know how to make this film is with love and great care. I’m honored to do so and grateful.” DuVernay has been working on the project for several months and she has the full cooperation of Prince’s estate. Prince died on April 21st, 2016, due to an overdose of fentanyl. As of press time, there was no estimated release date for the Prince documentary.. ...Read Full Story

Actress Hilary Duff And Boyfriend Matthew Koma Welcome A Baby Girl

Actress Hilary Duff and boyfriend Matthew Koma shared on Instagram that their new baby girl had officially arrived. Duff shared the baby’s name, posting “Banks Violet Bair, this little bit has fully stolen our hearts! She joined our world at home on Thursday afternoon and is absolute magic” alongside a photo of the couple cradling their new addition. Duff posted several more photos of baby Banks in her Instagram Stories, sharing a snapshot showing Koma had dyed his hair pink in anticipation of the baby’s arrival. Duff is also mama to 6-1/2-year-old son Luca with ex-husband Mike Comrie.  . ...Read Full Story

FOX Announces Cast For Live Musical Production Of ‘Rent’

Fox has announced the lineup for its live musical version of Rent.  Vanessa Hudgens, who starred as Rizzo in Fox’s Grease Live, will play Maureen Johnson, a performance artist protesting a real estate development plan to evict the homeless. Maureen’s girlfriend, Joanne, will be played by Kiersey Clemons. Dancing With the Stars winner Jordan Fisher will appear as aspiring filmmaker Mark Cohen while Brennin Hunt and singer Tinashe will play star-crossed lovers Roger Davis and Mimi Marquez, a musician and a dancer respectively who are both HIV positive.  RuPaul’s Drag Race favorite Valentina will take on the role of Angel and Brandon Victor Dixon, who played Judas in last spring’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, will play Tom Collins. Finally Mario rounds out the cast as Benjamin Coffin III. Jonathan Larson’s Tony- and Pulitzer-winning rock musical follows a group of New York City artists dealing with the HIV/AIDS crisis in 1989.  Rent will air live Jan. 27, 2019 at 7 p.m. on Fox.. ...Read Full Story

Venom Breaks $500 Million At The Worldwide Box Office

Sony’s Venom just grossed an additional $17.3 million in 65 international markets this past weekend, which now brings the film’s global total to $500 million. Venom follows Eddie Brock as he attempts to revive his journalism career by investigating the Life Foundation only to come into contact with an alien symbiote which grants him powers, transforming him into the anti-hero Venom. Directed by Ruben Fleischer, Venom stars Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, Reid Scott, Jenny Slate, Ron Cephas Jones, and Woody Harrelson.. ...Read Full Story

Michael Bublé Appears On ‘Carpool Karaoke’ With James Corden For An Important Cause

Michael Bublé appeared with “Late Late Show” host James Corden for a worthwhile cause.  Bublé’s appearance on “Carpool Karaoke” was part of the “Stand Up To Cancer” telethon that aired in the United Kingdom on Friday. Bublé opened up to Corden about his son’s cancer battle, and the mood turned somber after when speaking about Bublé’s now 5-year-old son Noah, who was diagnosed with liver cancer in 2016 at the age of three. Corden said, “you’ve had an extremely tough couple of years, what you’ve gone through in the last few years … is every parent’s worst nightmare.” Michael explained that he and his wife actress Luisana Lopilato were told that Noah’s diagnosis “was not good” and told James that “it’s too hard to talk about.” The episode ended with Michael’s plea to everyone at home to make a donation to Stand Up to Cancer, an organization that raises funds for cancer research. . ...Read Full Story

‘Halloween’ Tops The North American Box Office For Second Weekend

Halloween, the new direct sequel to the 1978 original and starring Jamie Lee Curtis reprising her iconic role of Laurie Strode, remained the No. 1 movie in North America for a second weekend, earning an additional $32 million in ticket sales. Coming in at No. 2 is A Star is Born with $14 million, followed by Venom at No. 3 with $10.8 million, Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween at No. 4 with $7.5 million and Hunter Killer at No. 5 with $6.7 million.  Amazon Studios’ “Suspiria,” the remake of the horror classic by Dario Argento, took in the top per-screen average of the year with $89,903 on two screens.. ...Read Full Story

Multiple Sources Say Megyn Kelly Is Out At NBC’s ‘Today’ Show After Blackface Scandal

According to multiple reports, Megyn Kelly Today will been canceled and Kelly herself let go from NBC. After Kelly was widely criticized on Tuesday after she defending using blackface in Halloween costumes on her show, she made a tearful on-air apology on Wednesday. However a source with knowledge of the situation at NBC says it looks very likely the show will not be continuing, though an official decision has not been made. Kelly’s future at NBC is still up in the air. Kelly announced she was leaving Fox News for NBC last January, singing a multi-million, 3-year deal with the network that included her hosting her own daytime news program, anchoring a Sunday evening news show and taking part in special political programming and other breaking news coverage. Even before the recent scandal, Megyn Kelly Today hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing. The program’s bumpy start last September included an awkward interview with Jane Fonda in which Fonda criticized her for bringing up her plastic surgery, Debra Messing declaring that she regretted going on the show and a cameraman cursing after he accidentally walked into frame.. ...Read Full Story

Megyn Kelly Gives On-Air Apology For Blackface Comments

NBC News host Megyn Kelly delivered her first on-air apology Wednesday, admitting she was wrong for her comments which defended the use of blackface during Halloween. During a round table segment on her show “Megyn Kelly TODAY” on Tuesday, Kelly ignited controversy after she asked panelists “what is racist” about white people wearing blackface as part of their Halloween costume. Backlash was swift on social media, which overwhelmingly deemed her comments inappropriate and offensive. In her show’s opening on Wednesday, Kelly said:  “I want to begin with two words: ‘I’m sorry. I defended the idea [of blackface] saying as long as it was ‘respectful’ and part of a Halloween costume it seemed ok. Well I was wrong and I am sorry.” Kelly previously apologized for her comments on Tuesday by sending an internal email to fellow staff, but most NBC colleagues felt the apology didn’t go far enough. “TODAY” show host Al Roker on Wednesday morning said on-air, “the fact is, while she apologized to the staff, she owes a bigger apology to folks of color around the country. This is a history going back to the 1830s minstrel shows to demean and denigrate a race. It wasn’t right.”. ...Read Full Story

Comedian Amy Schumer Reveals She Is Pregnant With Her First Child

Comedian and actress Amy Schumer announced she’s pregnant with husband Chris Fischer, announcing her big news on the Instagram stories of friend and journalist Jessica Yellin.
Schumer, 37, shared a photoshopped image of her and Fischer’s faces on the bodies of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, Duchess and Duke of Sussex, directing fans to former CNN White House correspondent Jessica Yellin’s Instagram page for “some exciting news.” Yellin, of the site NewsNotNoise.org, showed at the end of a list of Schumer’s recommended congressional and gubernatorial candidates the line: “I’m pregnant-Amy Schumer.” Schumer married Fischer, a chef, in February.  . ...Read Full Story

Writer/Producer Ryan Murphy Reveals His 4-Year-Old Son’s Cancer Battle And $10 Million Donation

Ryan Murphy revealed on Instagram that his son, Ford Murphy, has been battling cancer for the past two years. Today, Murphy said, his son is “thriving.” Murphy shared the post to commemorate the anniversary of Ford’s diagnosis. Ford, who is now four, was diagnosed with a neuroblastoma when he was two years old. Along with a photo of Ford riding a pony, Murphy wrote: “Two years ago, this sweet little innocent boy with a deep belly laugh and an obsession with Monster Trucks was diagnosed with neuroblastoma…an often fatal pediatric cancer.” In honor of his son, Murphy added that he and his family, including husband David Miller, would be donating $10 million to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is a nonprofit institution that provides care to children with critical conditions. . ...Read Full Story

Netflix Cancels Marvel Show “Luke Cage” After Two Seasons

Just days after cancelling Iron Fist, Netflix has also cancelled Luke Cage, cutting the Marvel universe in half. Marvel and Netflix announced, “Unfortunately, Marvel’s Luke Cage will not return for a third season. Everyone at Marvel Television and Netflix is grateful to the dedicated showrunner, writers, cast and crew who brought Harlem’s Hero to life for the past two seasons, and to all the fans who have supported the series.”  Though Marvel and Netflix did not disclose a reason for cancelling “Luke Cage,” sources say it was not due to low ratings.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, “the cancellation was due to creative differences and the inability to agree to terms for a third season of the show,” even though principal cast members had already been signed up. . ...Read Full Story

Actress Selma Blair Reveals She Was Diagnosed With Multiple Sclerosis

In an Instagram post, actress Selma Blair announced that she has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Blair revealed she was diagnosed in August, and is facing the effects of the disease everyday. Blair, 46, said she’s had symptoms for years, and thanked her producers at her new Netflix show for being understanding. She said she hopes “to give some hope to others. And even to myself,” and encourage people to ask for help when they need it. Blair posted on her Instagram, “I am disabled. I fall sometimes. I drop things. My memory is foggy. And my left side is asking for directions from a broken gps. But we are doing it. And I laugh and I don’t know exactly what I will do precisely but I will do my best.” Multiple sclerosis is a neurological disease that occurs when there’s a breakdown in communication between the brain and other parts of the body. Symptoms include blurred vision, and difficulty with coordination and balance.. ...Read Full Story

Amy Schumer Boycotting Super Bowl By Refusing Commercial Offers

As a way to support former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the movement he started, comedian and actress Amy Schumer announced on Instagram that she would not appear in Super Bowl ads this year. “I personally told my reps I wouldn’t do a Super Bowl commercial this year,” Schumer wrote. Schumer, who appeared in a Bud Light Super Bowl ad two years ago, also called on white NFL players to kneel during the national anthem in support. Meanwhile, a Super Bowl musical act for the halftime show hasn’t officially been named, but it has been reported that Maroon 5 will headline this year’s performance. Multiple reports earlier this week revealed that Rihanna turned down an invitation to perform at the halftime show because she also supported Kaepernick. Kaepernick has not played in the NFL since 2016 and initiated the protest that season when he was the San Franciscio 49ers’ quarterback. . ...Read Full Story

‘Halloween’ Takes The No. 1 Spot At The Box Office With Nearly $80M In Ticket Sales

Forty years after the original Halloween debuted in theaters, on Sunday Universal Pictures said that their new “Halloween” flick took in an estimated $77.5 million in ticket sales from North American theaters. It captured first place at the box office with the second-highest horror opening of all time, behind last year’s “It.” It also marked the second highest October opening ever, behind “Venom’s” $80.3 million launch earlier this month. David Gordon Green directed “Halloween,” which brings back Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode and Nick Castle as Michael Myers, ignoring the events of the other sequels and spinoffs aside from the classic, John Carpenter original. . ...Read Full Story

The Official Trailer For “Narcos: Mexico” Starring Diego Luna And Michael Peña Released

The official trailer for Narcos: Mexico was just released by Netfilx, and the new season is setting a different tone from the first three seasons of the drug cartel drama. Rogue One’s Diego Luna stars as crime boss Felix Gallardo for the new season, and Michael Pena stars as DEA agent Kiki Camarena. The drama is an ensemble tale of cops and cartels, but the primary focus is on two men: Gallardo, who united a collection of independent dealers, and DEA agent Camarena, the undercover operative determined to take him down. Narcos: Mexico premieres on Netflix November 16.. ...Read Full Story

Netflix’s ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Will End After Season 7

“Orange Is the New Black” will be ending after it’s upcoming seventh season on Netflix. The cast of the series broke the news in a video post on Wednesday. The critically-acclaimed show initially followed the inmates of Litchfield Minimum Security Prison, with season six seeing many of the main cast move to the Maximum Security facility often mentioned in the series. Showrunner Jenji Kohan said “after seven seasons, it’s time to be released from prison. I will miss all the badass ladies of Litchfield and the incredible crew we’ve worked with. My heart is orange but fade to black.” The series was created by Kohan and based on the book of the same name by Piper Kerman, and has starred Taylor Schilling as Piper, along with Uzo Aduba, Kate Mulgrew, Laura Prepon, Laverne Cox, Dascha Polanco, Danielle Brooks, Selenis Leyva, Taryn Manning, Yael Stone, Jackie Cruz, Lea DeLaria, Adrienne C. Moore, Elizabeth Rodriguez Michael Harney and Nick Sandow.  The show has received widespread critical acclaim throughout its run, garnering multiple Emmy nominations and back-to-back wins for Aduba in 2014 and 2015. . ...Read Full Story

Ratings For “The Conners” Debut Fall Short Of “Roseanne” Premiere Episode

ABC’s The Conners didn’t come close to the blockbuster premiere rating of its predecessor, the reboot of Roseanne, but the new series did have strong numbers that led Tuesday night in the ratings. The debut airing delivered 10.5 million viewers and a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49. While that is down 55% from the premiere of Roseanne last spring, it managed to edge out NBC’s This Is Us for the night. ABC did not expect Roseanne premiere-level numbers, and it was predicted that audience interest in the spin-off was about half that of viewer interest in Roseanne before its return. The debut episode, titled “Keep on Trucking,” confirmed previous reports that Roseanne Conner died of an opioid overdose. Roseanne Barr said in a statement that the “opioid overdose lent an unnecessary grim and morbid dimension to an otherwise happy family show.”. ...Read Full Story

Sesame Street’s Original Big Bird Actor, Caroll Spinney, Retiring After 50 Years

Caroll Spinney, the puppeteer who has brought Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch to life since Sesame Street’s premiere in 1969, is retiring from the iconic roles after nearly 50 years. Spinney, through a press release from Sesame Workshop, said that even though he is relinquishing these roles to other seasoned performers, he plans on remaining an ambassador for Sesame Workshop into the future. “Big Bird brought me so many places, opened my mind and nurtured my soul,” said Spinney. “And I plan to be an ambassador for Sesame Workshop for many years to come.” Spinney’s work with Jim Henson began after the two met at a puppetry festival in 1962, and Spinney joined the inaugural season of Sesame Street in 1969. Since then, he’s starred in hundreds of episodes of the show, winning the Legacy for Children Award in 2003 and The Christopher’s James Keller Award in 2004. His life and career were documented in the 2014 film “I Am Big Bird.” . ...Read Full Story

Tara Reid Offers Explanation After Being Kicked Off Delta Flight For Disturbance Before Takeoff

Tara Reid made headlines when it was reported that she was removed from her flight from LAX to New York City this week, coming after reports of a “disagreement with flight attendants.” But now Reid is explaining her side of the story. “They wouldn’t let the dog sit next to me, so I wasn’t going to stay on the plane,” said Reid. “Of course everyone made a big deal about it… I’m kind of used to that in my life. They always kind of pick on me.” Video of Reid being asked to leave the plane was posted on TMZ and other websites, and initial reports said that Reid was upset that she was given the wrong seat, and not given a pillow. Meanwhile, Reid is back to work, and the actress posted a photo of herself on a movie set with director Steve Stanulis on Tuesday. “On the set of ‘Fifth Borough’ with my amazing director Steve Stanulis!” Reid captioned the picture, which featured the star smiling as Stanulis hugged her.. ...Read Full Story

Lady Gaga Confirms Her Engagement To Christian Carino

Lady Gaga revealed she is engaged to talent agent Christian Carino during a speech at Elle’s Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration Monday. Gaga was among those honored at the gathering and at the end of her speech she began to thank people, including Carino.  She alluded to the engagement subtly, saying, “Thank you, Elle. Thank you all the loved ones in my life. … Everybody at table 5. My fiancé Christian.”  This is the first time she has acknowledged that the couple are engaged, though there has been speculation for some time now. Gaga, 32, and Carino, 49, have been dating since early 2017. They were first spotted together on the football field ahead of her Super Bowl LI halftime performance in Houston that February. Gaga and Carino – who is a talent agent that represents such big names as Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus and Jennifer Lopez — have been very private about their relationship.. ...Read Full Story

Kim Kardashian West And Kanye West Visit The President Of Uganda

Kanye West and his wife, Kim Kardashian West, met with the President of Uganda, Yoweri K Museveni, during their trip to the country in East Africa. Museveni detailed the meeting with the famous couple in a tweet on Monday, revealing that the rapper gifted him white sneakers amid talks of improving tourism. President Museveni also shared photos from the meeting where he’s greeting the couple, posing with the sneakers and having discussions with them. Museveni wrote on Twitter, “I welcome American entertainment stars Kanye West and @KimKardashian to Uganda. I held fruitful discussions with the duo on how to promote Uganda’s tourism and the arts. I thank Kanye for the gift of white sneakers. Enjoy your time in Uganda. It is the true Pearl of Africa.”  Kanye has been sharing videos from his time in Uganda live on Twitter, giving fans a glimpse into where his family is spending their time in the country, and where he is recording his album, Yandhi.. ...Read Full Story

Amazon’s “Transparent” To Officially End After Season 5 Following Jeffrey Tambor’s Firing

The Amazon series Transparent will end its fifth and final season with a musical episode. Series creator Jill Soloway revealed the news in a New York Times profile, announcing that show will conclude with a two-hour musical installment to be shot later this year and airing next fall. Soloway said, “this idea of music rescuing our family was all there. So we’re like, Let’s just keep blowing on the flame. The Pfeffermans will live on, and that’s what kept us going.” Earlier this year, Transparent made headlines after allegations of inappropriate behavior and sexual harassment were brought against series star Jeffrey Tambor. Tambor was fired from the show in February, almost three months after being accused of sexually harassing Van Barnes, his former assistant,  and Trace Lysette, an actress on the series. Tambor has denied the allegations. Soloway told the Times the two parties have not spoken since his firing.. ...Read Full Story

‘A Star Is Born’ Soundtrack Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200 Albums Chart

The soundtrack for A Star is Born — credited to performers Gaga and Bradley Cooper as lead artists — has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. This makes Gaga the only woman to have five No. 1 albums this decade, as the film finishes its second weekend in wide theatrical release. The A Star is Born soundtrack features songs with pop, rock, country, and R&B influences and is comprised of many collaborations. A Star is Born is now playing in theaters nationwide.. ...Read Full Story

​Ariana Grande And Pete Davidson Split, Engagement Called Off​

Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson have ended their engagement after just four months. On Sunday, October 14, TMZ reported that the couple split over the weekend, with the singer and the comedian acknowledging that is was “not the right time for their relationship to take off.” Grande, 25, and Davidson, 24, got engaged in June after only a few weeks of dating, with Grande showing off a huge $100,000 diamond ring. The split comes as Grande has been going through a difficult time in the wake of her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller’s death. The rapper and Grande dated for almost two years until their split in May. Miller died at the age of 26 of a suspected drug overdose on September 7.. ...Read Full Story

Harvey Weinstein Scores Victory With Dismissal Of One Sexual Assault Charge

On Thursday, a New York judge dismissed part of the criminal sexual assault case against Harvey Weinstein after prosecutors said they could not oppose the dismissal in light of information they had learned while investigating the case. According to the associated press, the dismissed charge relates to Weinstein accuser Lucia Evans. Evans previously had told the New Yorker that Weinstein had forced her to perform oral sex on him in 2004. Five other charges, involving alleged assaults of two other women, remain. Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to all the charges. Weinstein’s lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, said he would seek dismissal of the remaining charges as well.  Following the hearing, the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance made public a letter it had sent to Brafman last month disclosing that an unnamed witness had told them that she had heard an account of the alleged assault from Evans, and it was different from the one Evans originally gave to DA’s office.. ...Read Full Story

‘True Detective’ Season 3 Release Date Announced By HBO

HBO announced that the third season of True Detective will return on Jan. 13, 2019. The show’s official Twitter account wrote alongside a video promo of star Mahershala Ali “Starring Mahershala Ali, returns January 13, 2019.”  A teaser trailer was released in August for the upcoming season starring Ali as Detective Wayne Hays, an Arkansas state police detective, and revealing that this season will be set in the Ozarks. Along with Ali, Carmen Ejogo, Stephen Dorf, Ray Fisher, Deborah Ayorinde, Scoot McNairy, and Mamie Gummer will appear in Season 3. . ...Read Full Story

Netflix Renews ‘Ozark’ For Season 3

On Wednesday, Netflix and Ozark star Jason Bateman announced that the original series has been renewed for a third season. Bateman tweeted, “I’m happy for me, but concerned for Marty – it’s official OZARK 3 is on the way.”  Bateman stars as Marty Byrde, a family man and money launderer for a Mexican drug cartel. The second season of Ozark premiered at the end of August and found the Byrde family, in particlar Wendy (Laura Linney), diving further into the world of crime. Jordana Spiro, Janet McTeer, and Julia Garner also star on the series. Ozark received 5 nominations at last month’s Emmys, including Best Actor and Best Director for Bateman.  Ozark season 3 has yet to confirm a release date, but is expected to arrive around late summer or early autumn in 2019.. ...Read Full Story

American Music Awards 2018: Highlights & Winners

Taylor Swift won three awards at the 2018 American Music Awards, including artist of the year. Those three AMAs have now made her the most decorated musician ever in AMA history. Swift made her first awards show appearance at the AMAs in three years with her performance of “I Did Something Bad.” Tracee Ellis Ross hosted the American Music Awards, in which fans vote for the winners. The show aired Tuesday on ABC from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles; Swift, Cardi B, Post Malone, Camila Cabello were also among the performers. Cardi B, who was tied with Drake for the most AMA nominations, won the first award of the night for favorite rap/hip-hop artist. You can see the full list of winners in the linked article below. . ...Read Full Story

Dove Cameron Scores Lead Role In ‘Clueless: The Musical’

Disney actress Dove Cameron will be assuming the role of Alicia Silverstone’s character, Cher, in the upcoming Off Broadway production of “Clueless: The Musical.” The musical, based off the 1995 film of the same name, is set for a limited engagement beginning November 20th and running through January 13th. The show is written by the movie’s original movie’s original screenwriter and director Amy Heckerling, and will be directed by Kristin Hanggi (Rock of Ages) with choreography by Kelly Devine (Come from Away). Cameron, the 22-year-old star of Disney’s “Descendants,” previously played the role of Amber Von Tussle in the “Hairspray Live!” TV event in 2016. . ...Read Full Story

PBS Explores The History Of The Circus In Two-Night Miniseries: ‘American Experience: The Circus’

American Experience: The Circus is a two-part miniseries on PBS, which will explore the history of the American circus, capturing the excitement of when the “Greatest Show on Earth” would arrive in your town. The Circus features the stories of showmen like P.T. Barnum, James Bailey and the five Ringling Brothers and presents archival footage of the circus industry. It also offers interviews with modern-day performers.  “The reason why the circus is so appealing is because of its simplicity,” says former ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson. “The Circus” will air Oct. 8-9 at 9 p.m. on PBS.. ...Read Full Story

CBS Announces ‘The World’s Best’ In 2019

CBS has announced a brand new international talent competition series from celebrated television producers Mike Darnell and Mark Burnett. James Corden, Emmy Award-winning host of The Late Late Showwith James Corden, will host The World’s Best and pull double duty as executive producer. Drew Barrymore, RuPaul Charles and Faith Hill will serve as the three American judges. “It’s only fitting that The World’s Best perform in front of the world’s best,” said Sharon Vuong, Senior Vice President, Alternative Programming for CBS. “James, Drew, Faith and RuPaul are all amazing talents who have excelled in their respective fields on a global scale. We can’t wait for them to bring their distinct voices to a show that’s unlike any other.” The World’s Best will premiere on CBS with a 10-episode first season in 2019.. ...Read Full Story

Damon Wayans Announces His Departure From ‘Lethal Weapon’

Damon Wayans is set to exit Fox’s television adaptation of Lethal Weapon after production wraps on 13 new episodes for Season 3. Wayans made the announcement Wednesday during an interview, where the actor said his decision to leave the show stemmed from having long work days and wanting to spend more time with his family.  “I’m a 58-year-old diabetic and I’m working 16-hour days,” Wayans said. “Like Murtaugh say, ‘Too old for this.'” Wayans said he plans on returning to stand-up comedy in 2019. Wayans’ departure comes after Seann William Scott just joined Lethal Weapon Season 3 following the firing of original star Clayne Crawford. Scott portrays a new character named Wesley Cole while Crawford had appeared as classic Lethal Weapon character Martin Riggs.. ...Read Full Story

‘Venom’ Tops ‘A Star Is Born’ For October’s Opening Weekend Box Office

The movie “Venom” is expected to set an opening weekend record for October with an estimated $80 million from 4,250 theaters. Venom, which stars Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock (aka the eponymous anti-hero Venom), will beat the last October record-holder, “Gravity,” which debuted in 2013 to $55.7 million. Directed by Ruben Fleischer and also starring with Michelle Williams alongside Hardy, “Venom” earned $32.75 million on Friday. The weekend’s other major opener, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s “A Star Is Born,” is expected to make $42 million from 3,686 domestic sites. Warner Bros.’ remake has already earned $6.0 million abroad from 4,590 screens. “A Star Is Born” premiered to rave reviews at the Venice International Film Festival and marked Cooper’s directorial debut from a script he co-wrote with Eric Roth and Will Fetters.. ...Read Full Story

Kaley Cuoco To Voice Harley Quinn For Upcoming DC Universe Animated Series

The Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco has a new job, and will voice the title role in the upcoming Harley Quinn animated series. CBS announced in August that The Big Bang Theory will end with its current 12th season. The actress announced the news about Harley Quinn on Wednesday, October 3, during a surprise appearance at New York Comic-Con, where DC Universe also unveiled a teaser for the show. Cuoco told the audience, “I’ve always loved animation. I did it years ago, and I haven’t been in the animation world in a while. [Harley] is so edgy. It’s obviously a very adult comedy, and with such a world-renowned character, it’s been a blast to record.” Cuoco revealed that the series will begin with her character breaking up with The Joker as she becomes the “best badass super villain that there is.” The Harley Quinn voice cast also includes Lake Bell, Alan Tudyk, Ron Funches, JB Smoove, Jason Alexander, Wanda Sykes, Tony Hale and Chris Meloni, and is expected to premiere in 2019.  . ...Read Full Story

Tina Turner Musical Is Headed To Broadway

A musical depicting the life and career of the legendary Tina Turner will be opening on Broadway this fall. The show made its debut in London’s West End, and now will be coming to Broadway in the fall of 2019. Turner shared in a statement, “bringing this musical to life on stage and working with this team has meant so much to me, I feel that it is in many ways a culmination of my career.” Tony Award nominee Adrienne Warren, who plays the titular part in the production’s London cast, is expected to reprise her role in the New York show, but official casting information has not been released. An exact date for the show’s opening has yet to be announced.. ...Read Full Story

Johnny Depp Talks Backlash From Ex-Wife Amber Heard’s Abuse Allegations

Johnny Depp is opening up about the difficult year he’s had after his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard, accused him of physically abusing her. According to previous reports, Depp and Heard ended their marriage in early 2017 after she accused him of attacking her and throwing an iPhone in her face, which he denies. At the time, she phoned the police, who arrived and found no evidence of a crime. Depp  agreed to pay her $7 million to finally end the marriage, but still maintains her allegations are completely false. Speaking in an interview with GQ magazine for its November edition, Depp opened up about the backlash he’s received and being labeled an abuser of women. Depp said: “I could feel people look at me differently, because of the accusations towards you. And then people start putting things in magazines: ‘He’s insane. He needs to take a sanity test…’ You know, ludicrous stuff. But the only thing that I could do was know what I still know. Ultimately, the truth will come out in all of this and I will be standing on the right side of the roaring rapids. I hope other people will be too.” Depp confirmed that police found no evidence of wrongdoing on his part when they were called on the day in question, and alleged that Heard refused to let an EMT check her. “We probably shouldn’t be talking about this,” Depp said during his interview, “I am worried. I worry about the people that bought it and I worry about her. It’s just not right. I will never stop fighting. I’ll never stop. They’d have to f—ing shoot me. An episode like this takes time to get over.”. ...Read Full Story

Sylvester Stallone Offers First Look At The Fifth Installment Of ‘Rambo’

Sylvester Stallone shared a first look at the upcoming Rambo 5 on Instagram, with the caption, “Tonight we start filming.”  In this latest installment, when the daughter of one of his friends is kidnapped, Stallone’s Rambo, who has been working on a ranch, crosses the U.S.-Mexico border and quickly finds himself up against the full might of one of Mexico’s most violent cartels. The “Rambo” franchise launched in 1982 with First Blood, followed by Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985), Rambo III (1988) and Rambo (2008). There is no official word on a release date for Rambo 5, but you can view the photos of Stallone as Rambo in the link below.. ...Read Full Story

Christopher Reeve’s ‘Superman: The Movie’ Returning To Theater For 40th Anniversary

Superman: The Movie, the 1978 film with Christopher Reeve as the Man of Steel, will play in more than 500 movie theaters across the U.S. on Sunday, Nov. 25 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. local time, and again on Tuesday, Nov. 27. The return comes in time for the 40th anniversary of the film’s premiere and the 80th anniversary of the character’s creation. Max Fleischer’s 10-minute-long animated Superman short “Mechanical Monsters” will screen before Superman: The Movie — its first time shown on the big screen since its debut in 1941. Superman: The Movie was Reeve’s first time as Kal-E. Tickets are now available for purchase on FathomEvents.com and through participating theater box offices.. ...Read Full Story

Taylor Swift To Open American Music Awards With Her First Performance In Over 3 Years

Taylor Swift is heading back to the American Music Awards stage for the first time in over 3 years.  Swift announced on Tuesday that she’s set to open the show with “I Did Something Bad” in what will be her first performance since she sang “Blank Space” in 2014. Swift made the announcement via video which first aired during “Good Morning America.” With her cat Meredith, Taylor said in the video, “Good morning, America, it’s Taylor. I just wanted to say I’m going to be opening up the American Music Awards with a performance, so I wanted to…,” as Meredith wandered away, Swift continued, “Don’t be too excited about it, my god.”  Swift is nominated for four trophies: Artist of the Year, Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock, Favorite Album – Pop/Rock and Tour of the Year. You can see Swift’s announcement in the article below. 
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Meghan McCain Reveals Her Return to ‘The View’ After the Death Of Her Father, Sen. John McCain

Meghan McCain will be returning as one of the co-hosts on ABC’s The View, more than a month after the death of her father, Senator John McCain. “I will be getting back on the horse ⁦@TheView⁩ Monday October 8th,” the 33-year-old tweeted on Monday, October 1. “Thank you all for your patience & understanding.” Along with her announcement, Meghan posted an editorial cartoon by The Arizona Republic’s Steve Benson, a drawing depicting her as a boxer prepping for a fight and lacing on a boxing glove emblazoned with the word “Dad.” McCain also quoted Rocky Balboa in her tweet, writing, “It’s not about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard can you get hit and keep moving forward.” Senator John McCain died on August 25, just one day after his family announced that the Senator would be discontinuing treatment for his brain cancer. He was 81. Meghan delivered her father’s eulogy at his funeral, and her cohosts on The View acknowledged her absence during the Season 22 premiere three days later. “Meghan is spending time with her family,” Whoopi Goldberg said, then spoke of Meghan’s eulogy. “It was quite an emotional farewell. Meghan was extraordinary talking about him.” Meghan has starred on The View since 2017; along with Goldberg, her costars in Season 22 are Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin and Abby Huntsman.. ...Read Full Story

Kanye West Causes More Controversy With 13th Amendment And Slavery Tweets

After stirring controversy with his “Saturday Night Live” speech about President Donald Trump after the show went off the air this weekend, Kanye West took to social media to offer his thoughts about the 13th Amendment. In a tweet which showed him appearing to be on a private plane while wearing a “Make America Great Again” cap, West wrote, “This represents good and America becoming whole again.”  West tweeted, “We will no longer outsource to other countries. We build factories here in America and create jobs. We will provide jobs for all who are free from prisons as we abolish the 13th amendment. Message sent with love.” Kanye continued, “The 13th Amendment is slavery in disguise. Meaning it never ended. We are the solution that heals.” Producer Swizz Beatz addressed West’s claim of being bullied backstage at “SNL” for wearing the MAGA hat. Beatz said he and West had just talked about the rapper’s political statement, saying “Ain’t nobody bullying you, we love you,” Swizz Beatz said. “But you gotta stop that s***, that s*** ain’t right.”. ...Read Full Story