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Samantha Bee Apologizes For Ivanka Trump Comments After Widespread Backlash

Samantha Bee has apologized for calling Ivanka Trump a “feckless cunt” on her TBS show “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” on Wednesday night. In a statement, Bee said: “I would like to sincerely apologize to Ivanka Trump and to my viewers for using an expletive on my show to describe her last night. It was inappropriate and inexcusable. I crossed a line, and I deeply regret it.”  The apology comes after White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders singled Bee out for criticism and called the host’s language “vile and vicious.” “The collective silence by the left and its media allies is appalling,” Sanders said. TBS also apologized: “Samantha Bee has taken the right action in apologizing for the vile and inappropriate language she used about Ivanka Trump last night. Those words should not have been aired. It was our mistake too, and we regret it.” TBS initially had the clip of Bee’s segment available online and has since taken it down.. ...Read Full Story

‘Jay And Silent Bob Reboot’ Set To Start Filming This Summer

We last saw filmmaker Kevin Smith’s iconic characters, Jay and Silent Bob, in 2001’s “Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back” – a film in which they drive across country to stop Hollywood from making a film about them. Now a reboot is in the works, with the next film entitled “Jay And Silent Bob Reboot.” Smith said the new film will again follow Jay and Silent Bob across country as they try to stop Hollywood from making a reboot of the film they originally made in “Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back.”  “It’s a movie that makes fun of sequels and remakes and reboots while being all three at the same time.” Smith said. “Jay And Silent Bob Reboot” starts shooting in August, and will hopefully be out sometime in 2019.. ...Read Full Story

“Deadliest Catch” Alum Blake Painter Dies At Age 38

Deadliest Catch star Blake Painter has died at only 38 years old. Painter’s body was found in his home on Friday, May 25, in Oregon, after a friend of the fisherman notified police when he did not hear from him for days and became concerned.  Police officers obtained entry to Painter’s house and determined that he had been dead for several days. Painter was best known for his role during the second and third season of the Discovery Channel show. He was captain of the F/V Maverick and was featured on multiple episodes before he voluntarily quit following season 3 in 2007. A cause of death has not yet been revealed, but no foul play is suspected. Police are testing substances — including prescription pills — that were found in Painter’s home at the time of his death. An autopsy and toxicology test will be done in the coming days to determine Painter’s official cause of death.. ...Read Full Story

ABC Cancels ‘Roseanne’ After Racist Tweets By Roseanne Barr

ABC has canceled “Roseanne” after Roseanne Barr’s racially charged tweet about Valerie Jarrett Monday morning. ABC entertainment president Channing Dungey said in a statement that “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.” Barr said earlier on Tuesday in response to a Twitter thread about Jarrett, a former adviser to Barack Obama, that “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj,”  Barr apologized before ABC decided to cancel the show on Tuesday, saying that her statement suggesting that former Barack Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett is a product of the Muslim Brotherhood and the “Planet of the Apes” was a “joke” that was “in bad taste. However the “Roseanne” star’s tweet caused swift backlash on Twitter: consulting producer Wanda Sykes said she would not be returning to the sitcom, and executive producer and co-star Sara Gilbert said that Barr’s comments were “abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show.” . ...Read Full Story

Melissa McCarthy’s Puppet Comedy, “The Happytime Murders” Is Sued By Sesame Street

The company behind “Sesame Street” is suing the makers of Melissa McCarthy’s upcoming raunchy comedy, “The Happytime Murders,” for referencing Sesame Street in its marketing campaign. The R-rated film follows “two clashing detectives” (Melissa McCarthy and her partner, a puppet named Phil Phillips) in Los Angeles as they work together “to solve the brutal murders of the former cast of a beloved classic puppet television show,” according to its website. The Happytime Murders uses the tagline “No Sesame. All Street” in the movie’s trailer. In the lawsuit Sesame Workshop argues that STX Entertainment does not have the right to use “Sesame Street” in its tagline. They argue that the tagline “deliberately confuses consumers into mistakenly believing that Sesame is associated with, has allowed, or has even endorsed or produced the movie and tarnishes Sesame’s brand.” The film is directed by Brian Henson, son of late puppeteer Jim Henson, who helped develop characters for “Sesame Street” and created the Muppets. The lawsuit asks for a jury trial, punitive damages and that “The Happytime Murders” change its advertising. The Happytime Murders” is schedule to be released on August 17.. ...Read Full Story

The Duchess Of Sussex (Meghan Markle) Coat Of Arms Unveiled

Kensington Palace announced that The Duchess of Sussex has been bestowed with a coat of arms, days after her royal wedding to Prince Harry. The coat of arms was designed by the College of Arms and approved by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, and is emblazoned with personal touches like the golden poppies from her home state, California, and wintersweet, which grows at her new residence, Kensington Palace. The blue background of the shield itself signifies the Pacific Ocean off the California coast, while the two golden rays across the shield are symbolic of the Golden State. In a statement, Kensington Palace said: “It is customary for Supporters of the shield to be assigned to Members of the Royal Family, and for wives of Members of the Royal Family to have one of their husband’s Supporters and one relating to themselves. The Supporter relating to The Duchess of Sussex is a songbird with wings elevated as if flying and an open beak, which with the quill represents the power of communication.”. ...Read Full Story

Harvey Weinstein Expected To Turn Himself In On Sex Assault Charges

Harvey Weinstein plans to turn himself in to New York City law enforcement on Friday morning. The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office has been conducting a criminal probe into accusations against the disgraced former Hollywood producer. Dozens of women began coming forward late last year with stories about the alleged sexual abuse and harassment they sustained at his hands. After exposes were published in The New York Times and The New Yorker, New York Times and New Yorker reporters Jodi Kantor, Megan Twohey and Ronan Farrow received the Pulitzer Prize for public service earlier this year for their effort to expose a culture of abuse in Hollywood. Their work is also credited with inspiring the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements against sexual misconduct. Weinstein had been reportedly spending much of his time at a rehabilitation facility in Scottsdale, Arizona.  . ...Read Full Story

Morgan Freeman Accused Of Sexual Harassment And Inappropriate Conduct By 8 Women

On Thursday, CNN published an investigation into a number of allegations of sexual harassment and “inappropriate behavior” against Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman. The 80-year-old actor has had a long career that includes films like Driving Miss Daisy, The Shawshank Redemption, Million Dollar Baby, and the Dark Knight trilogy, and is also the co-founder of Revelations Entertainment, a production company that the report alleges fostered a “toxic work environment” for female staffers. According to CNN, neither Freeman nor his spokesperson has yet responded to multiple requests for comment. The report presents a long and detailed account of a pattern of alleged harassment and inappropriate behavior by Freeman. You can read the full report at: CNN.com.. ...Read Full Story

Idris Elba To Direct And Star In ‘The Hunchback Of Notre Dame’ Musical For Netflix

Idris Elba will star, direct and produce a modern retelling of The Hunchback of Notre Dame for the streaming service Netflix, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Based on a script by Michael Mitnick, the film is being described as “sonic and musical experience” and will feature an original score. Victor Hugo’s classic French novel has seen many screen adaptations, including Disney’s 1996 animated film.  Elba has worked with Netflix before, earning critical acclaim and a Golden Globe nomination for his role in “Beasts of No Nation.” He’s also set to star and executive produce the upcoming comedy “Turn Up Charlie” about a struggling DJ.. ...Read Full Story

Julia Louis-Dreyfus To Receive Mark Twain Prize For American Humor At The Kennedy Center

“Veep” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus is set to receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center this fall. Louis-Dreyfus is the 2018 recipient of the prestigious award. Last year, David Letterman received the award, and comedy luminaries such as Bill Murray, Eddie Murphy, Tina Fey have won the award in past years. Louis-Dreyfus wrote on Twitter that the honor is “insanely exciting.” The President of the Kennedy Center, Deborah F. Rutter, said in a statement, “Like Mark Twain, Julia has enriched American culture with her iconic, unforgettable, and outright hilarious brand of humor. Over four decades, her wildly original characters and her gift for physical comedy have left us in stitches.”. ...Read Full Story

Celebrity Chef Mario Batali Under Police Investigation For Sexual Misconduct

The New York Police Department is investigating allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against celebrity chef Mario Batali, confirming a 60 Minutes television report that aired this weekend. Batali “vehemently” denied the new allegations in a statement to CBS, which airs the program. An NYPD public information officer said in an email on Monday the department was investigating the allegations, however they did not respond to a question about whether the 2005 incident was too old to face prosecution. Batali, who owns numerous restaurants, is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting an employee at one of his restaurants in 2005 in the new criminal investigation, according to the report. Batali was fired in December 2017 by ABC as co-host of The Chew, a daytime food and talk show, and also stepped away from his restaurant company after the accusations by the four women first surfaced.. ...Read Full Story

“Show Dogs” Filmmakers Respond To Critics Implying Movie Sends Message About Sexual Abuse

The new film “Show Dogs” stars Will Arnett and Ludacris, who is the voice of a talking police dog named Max who has to infiltrate a prestigious dog show, is causing concern among parents for a subplot which involves Max becoming comfortable with strangers touching his genitals. In the PG-rated film, Max must learn how to perform well as a show dog, which includes behaving during the “inspection” of his genitals by the show judges. Critics have likened that plot line to sexual predators “grooming” children to become comfortable with inappropriate touching. The filmmakers responded to the concerns with a statement: “It has come to our attention that there have been online discussion and concern about a particular scene in Show Dogs, a family comedy that is rated PG. The dog show judging in this film is depicted completely accurately as done at shows around the world; and was performed by professional and highly respected dog show judges. Global Road Entertainment and the filmmakers are saddened and apologize to any parent who feels the scene sends a message other than a comedic moment in the film, with no hidden or ulterior meaning, but respect their right to react to any piece of content.” The movie debuted in theaters on May 18. . ...Read Full Story

Prince Harry And Meghan Markle’s Official Wedding Portrait Released

Kensington Palace released three official wedding photographs taken of Prince Harry and the former Meghan Markle shortly after their wedding this past weekend. Photographer Alexi Lubomirski’s images include a family portrait of the couple with Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Prince William and their spouses, as well as Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, and the children who served as bridesmaids and page boys.  A second image shows the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, as they now are known, just with the children. The newlyweds also posed for a less formal black and white photo. The palace said Monday that the pair “feel so lucky to have been able to share their day with all those gathered in Windsor and also all those who watched the wedding on television across the U.K., Commonwealth, and around the world.”  Click on the linked article below to see the portraits.. ...Read Full Story

Barack And Michelle Obama Sign Production Deal With Netflix

Netflix confirmed a deal with President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama on Monday, two months after rumors first started swirling that the former first couple was interested in producing content for the streaming service. Netflix tweeted that “President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have entered into a multi-year agreement to produce films and series for Netflix, potentially including scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries, and features” through their new entity Higher Ground Productions.  Former President Obama said in a statement: “One of the simple joys of our time in public service was getting to meet so many fascinating people from all walks of life, and to help them share their experiences with a wider audience. That’s why Michelle and I are so excited to partner with Netflix — we hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the entire world.”. ...Read Full Story

2018 Billboard Music Awards: Ed Sheeran Wins Top Artist And Complete Winners List

The Billboard Music Awards took place Sunday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Kelly Clarkson hosted the show which aired live on NBC.  Ed Sheeran took home the top artist prize, and other big winners included Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar and Bruno Mars. The show also featured performances from Janet Jackson, who accepted the 2018 Billboard Music Awards ICON Award and performed for the first time on television in nine years, as well as BTS, Kelly Clarkson, Ariana Grande, Christina Aguilera featuring Demi Lovato, Camila Cabello and Pharrell Williams, Khalid & Normani, Jennifer Lopez featuring DJ Khaled, Macklemore and Kesha, Salt-N-Pepa featuring En Vogue, Shawn Mendes & Khalid and Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey. . ...Read Full Story

Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Celebrate Their Royal Wedding

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were officially married on Saturday, May 19 after exchanging their vows in front of the world at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.  The Royal Wedding 2018 has attracted huge global interest, with people tuning in from as far afield as Australia, New Zealand and Canada. In the UK, over 18 million people watched the big day yesterday across a number of channels. BBC One, which covered the Windsor wedding between 9am and 2pm, averaged 8.7m viewers over the five hours, hitting a peak audience of 13.1m around 12:30pm during the middle of the ceremony. It was considerably the most watched television event of the year in the UK.  You can view highlights of the royal wedding in the linked article below. . ...Read Full Story

First Look At ‘Murphy Brown’ Reboot Coming This Fall To CBS

CBS released the first trailer for the revival of the long-running hit comedy “Murphy Brown.” The trailer shows Candice Bergen as award-winning journalist Murphy Brown tackling the “state of cable news, clickbait, and a very different political and cultural climate.” Bergen’s character says. “The problem was I didn’t know what to do with myself – and then we had an election.” Original cast members Faith Ford, Joe Regalbuto, and Grant Shaud will reprise their roles as Corky Sherwood, Frank Fontana and Miles Silverberg. Tyne Daly also joins the cast as Phyllis, the sister of beloved bar owner Phil. Murphy Brown premiered in November of 1988 and ran for 10 seasons on CBS, winning 18 Emmys and three Golden Globes. The Murphy Brown reboot will air Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. on CBS.. ...Read Full Story

Stan Lee Files $1 Billion Lawsuit Against His Former Company Over Image Rights

Marvel superhero creator Stan Lee has filed a lawsuit seeking more than $1 billion in damages from POW! Entertainment, the company he co-founded. In a suit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, 95-year-old Lee alleged that POW! fraudulently forged his signature on legal documents and stole his identity. According to the lawsuit, POW! CEO Shane Duffy and co-founder Gill Champion are alleged to have “conspired and agreed to broker a sham deal to sell POW! to a company in China and fraudulently steal Stan Lee’s identity, name, image, and likeness.” Lee, who co-created super-heroes including the X-Men, the Avengers and the Black Panther, formed POW! (standing for “Purveyors of Wonder”) in 2001 with Champion and Arthur Lieberman. Lee is currently a Marvel “goodwill ambassador”, having received a $10 million payout when the company was sold to Disney for $4 billion in 2010.. ...Read Full Story

‘Pretty Little Liars’ Spin-Off Is Coming To Freeform

Freeform has picked up a 10-episode spin-off of the popular teen drama Pretty Little Liars. Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionist is another book series by the same PLL author Sara Shepard. The show is about two girls from Beacon Heights, a town know for its mysteries, who become the prime suspect in a murder they did not commit. Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionist will focus on new faces of the PLL universe — Sofia Carson from Disney Channel’s Descendants, Sydney Park from the Walking Dead and newcomer Eli Brown will all become part of the main cast. The show is created by I. Marlene King, who was the the same creator for the original series. The pilot has already been filmed, however, the series is not set to premiere until 2019.. ...Read Full Story

Pauley Perrette Responds To CBS Statement About Her ‘Multiple Assaults’ Claim

After CBS acknowledged a “workplace concern” involving Pauley Perrette of the crime drama “NCIS”, it prompted a response from the actress on Tuesday. Perrette had earlier posted a series of cryptic tweets saying she had endured “multiple physical assaults” and suggested that may have contributed to her departure from the show. “It’s horrifying,” she wrote. “I left.” CBS Television Studios issued a statement late Tuesday confirming that “over a year ago” Perrette ― who played forensic scientist Abby Sciuto on “NCIS” for 15 seasons before her final episode aired last week ― “came to us with a workplace concern. We took the matter seriously and worked with her to find a resolution. We are committed to a safe work environment on all our shows.” Perrette responded on Twitter by thanking CBS and saying the network “always had my back.”  . ...Read Full Story

Singer Rihanna’s Stalker Is Charged With Vandalism, Burglary And Other Felonies

A man who broke into Rihanna’s Hollywood Hills home and spent 12 hours there has been charged with stalking the singer, who was not at home at the time. According to Los Angeles County prosecutors, 26-year-old Eduardo Leon of Fullerton was charged Monday with felony counts of stalking, burglary and vandalism, and a misdemeanor count of resisting arrest. Leon has not entered a plea and it’s unclear if he has an attorney. Leon is accused of climbing over a fence and breaking into the house on May 9. Authorities say Rihanna’s assistant found him and called police. . ...Read Full Story

Damon Wayans Accuses Former ‘Lethal Weapon’ Co-Star Clayne Crawford Of Injuring Him & Hitting Another Star On Set

A day after Clayne Crawford was officially replaced on “Lethal Weapon” due to allegations of misconduct on set, former co-star Damon Wayans leveled new accusations against the actor. In a series of tweets, Wayans shared a video of himself being hit in the back of the head by a piece of shrapnel and the subsequent injury from an episode of the show, that Crawford had directed. Wayans, who plays Murtaugh on the show, also posted a sticker calling Crawford an “emotional terrorist” and claimed that he “hit another actor in the mouth with a bottle of green tea and busted his mouth open.” Crawford, who played Martin Riggs, was fired last week after being accused of misconduct on set. His apology included a mention of an actor feeling unsafe because of falling shrapnel, but it’s unclear if that was about Wayans. . ...Read Full Story

Kensington Palace Release Statement Requesting ‘Understanding And Respect’ Regarding Meghan Markle’s Father, Thomas Markle

Kensington Palace released a statement following a report that Meghan Markle’s father, Thomas Markle, would not be attending her upcoming royal wedding on Monday. Markle and Prince Harry are due to wed at Windsor Castle’s St. George’s Chapel on Saturday, May 19. “This is a deeply personal moment for Ms. Markle in the days before her wedding,” the Kensington Palace statement reads. “She and Prince Harry ask again for understanding and respect to be extended to Mr. Markle in this difficult situation.” Markle’s father was expected to walk his daughter down the aisle during the Saturday ceremony. He is divorced from Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, who also is planning on traveling with her daughter to the wedding. Both of Markel’s parents were expected to meet the Queen and the rest of the royal family prior to their wedding day.. ...Read Full Story

Margot Kidder, ‘Superman’ Actress, Dead At 69

Margot Kidder, who found fame as Lois Lane in the 1978 film “Superman,” died Sunday at her home in Montana. She was 69 years old. According to her manager, the actress died peacefully in her sleep. Kidder starred opposite Christopher Reeve’s Superman in the original film as well as the three sequels. Born in the Northwest Territories of Canada, she made her professional acting debut on the TV series “Wojeck” in 1969. After moving to Los Angeles she took roles on TV shows including “McQueen” and “Mod Squad.” Kidder also starred in “The Amityville Horror” in 1979 and worked steadily in television and on stage. Kidder was married three times, and after facing thousands of dollars in medical bills, she found herself homeless in 1996 as she struggled with bipolar disorder. Kidder eventually got back on her feet and went on to become a mental health advocate. No cause of death has been disclosed.. ...Read Full Story

Avengers: Infinity War Becomes Fifth Biggest International Release Of All Time

Avengers: Infinity War opened in China this weekend, and with that release the film currently stands as the fifth biggest international release of all time. Disney said Sunday that the Marvel superhero film is estimated to now be up to $1.6 billion in sales following a $200 million opening weekend in China. In the US, the film has earned another $61.8 million in its third weekend in theaters. Infinity War has passed 2012’s The Avengers, Furious 7, and Avengers: Age of Ultron. The movie brings together the stars of nearly every Marvel movie released over the past 10 years, including Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man, Chris Evans’ Captain America, Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and many others against mad titan Thanos. While Infinity War and Black Panther were hugely successful, Marvel movies aren’t slowing down anytime soon. Marvel Studios is gearing up for its summer release of Ant-Man and the Wasp, the Brie Larson-starring Captain Marvel coming in March 2019 and Avengers 4 set for May 2019.. ...Read Full Story

‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Saved By NBC

One day after the show was canceled by Fox, NBC has rescued the popular sitcom “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” The series received a 13-episode sixth season order from NBC. “Ever since we sold this show to Fox I’ve regretted letting it get away, and it’s high time it came back to its rightful home,” said Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment. He added: “We’re all thrilled that one of the smartest, funniest, and best cast comedies in a long time will take its place in our comedy line-up.” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” was canceled along with two other comedies — “The Mick” and ‘”The Last Man on Earth” — as Fox made room on its schedule for a crop of new shows. The news of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s” resurrection marks the second major network shuffle of the day, as earlier on Friday, Fox announced it was reviving Tim Allen’s “Last Man Standing,” one year after the show was canceled by ABC.. ...Read Full Story

Harvey Weinstein’s Estranged Wife Georgina Chapman Breaks Her Silence

Fashion designer Georgina Chapman has spoken publicly for the first time about the scandal surrounding her ex-husband Harvey Weinstein. Chapman spoke in the June issue of American Vogue about how she never suspected Weinstein of the multiple sexual assaults of which he has been accused.  “Absolutely not. Never,” she replied, when asked if she had suspicions, adding that she has “never been one of those people who obsesses about where someone is.” She said: “I had what I thought was a very happy marriage. I loved my life.” Chapman shares two children with Weinstein: India, 7, and Dashiell, 5.  She disclosed that she has seen a therapist to help her work her way through the situation. “There was a part of me that was terribly naive – clearly, so naive. I have moments of rage, I have moments of confusion, I have moments of disbelief! And I have moments when I just cry for my children. What are their lives going to be?… What are people going to say to them?… It’s like, they love their dad. They love him … I just can’t bear it for them!”. ...Read Full Story

Will Smith And Martin Lawrence’s ‘Bad Boys III’ Gets January 2020 Release Date

Bad Boys III” is coming soon to a theater near you. Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are slated to return as Miami detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett in “Bad Boys for Life,” which was given a tentative release date of January 17, 2020. This marks the latest chapter in the saga to bring a third “Bad Boys” film to the big screen, fifteen years after the release of “Bad Boys II.”  “Bad Boys III” was announced back in 2015, with action filmmaker Joe Carnahan attached to direct and a release the flick for February 2017. However the project was repeatedly delayed and Carnahan dropped out of the project. Now, Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah are set to direct.. ...Read Full Story

Annette Bening Joining “Captain Marvel”

Annette Bening is joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The four-time Oscar nominee has signed on for a role in Captain Marvel. Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck are directing the film, which is set in the 1990s and will see the return of Marvel characters like Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), and Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace). Brie Larson is headlining the film as the titular hero, a.k.a. Carol Danvers, an Air Force pilot who gains superpowers after being exposed to alien DNA.  Captain Marvel marks Bening’s first superhero movie. She’ll next appear in Michael Mayer’s adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull, in theaters Friday. Production is currently underway on Captain Marvel, and is set to hit theaters March 8, 2019.. ...Read Full Story

Taylor Swift Kicks Off Her ‘Reputation’ Tour

Taylor Swift kicked off her Reputation stadium tour on Tuesday, May 8 — and the setlist includes 24 of her biggest hits. Swift performed 14 songs from her acclaimed 2017 album, Reputation, in addition to her previous singles and fan favorites. Camila Cabello and Charli XCX opened for Swift as they played for a sold-out crowd of 59,157 fans at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Swift’s set ran for more than two hours and found her performing on three separate stages. The main platform featured a 172-foot tall video screen that curved and continued into the floor. The tour is scheduled through November, with U.S. dates including stops in Chicago, Atlanta, New Orleans and East Rutherford, New Jersey.. ...Read Full Story

Watch Madonna’s Surprise Met Gala Performance Of ‘Like a Prayer,’ ‘Hallelujah’

59-year-old pop legend Madonna surprised fans with a performance during the annual Met Gala event this year in New York City. Madonna took over the interior of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and performed her iconic 1989 song “Like a Prayer”and a cover of Leonard Cohen’s 1984 song “Hallelujah.” Keeping with the 2018 Met Gala’s theme of “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” Madonna took to a staircase inside the museum’s Great Hall dressed in a monastic cloak, accompanied by a score of backup performers dressed as monks. Earlier, she walked the star-studded benefit’s red carpet dressed in a black Jean Paul Gaultier gown, while a black net veil draped across her face with bejeweled crosses, rosaries, and a bouquet of black roses to complete the look.. ...Read Full Story

“Sherlock Holmes 3” Release Date Announced With Robert Downey Jr And Jude Law Returning

The Sherlock Holmes franchise is back as Warner Bros. announced that Sherlock Holmes 3 will be released on Christmas Day; December 25, 2020. Robert Downey Jr. will return as Holmes, alongside Jude Law, who stars as Sherlock’s famous sidekick, Dr. Watson. Guy Ritchie directed the first two films in the Warners franchise, but no director is currently attached for Part 3. The script comes from Chris Brancato, writer for critically acclaimed series Narcos and Hannibal. Sherlock will have some pretty stiff competition at the Christmas box office in 2020. James Cameron’s Avatar sequel, is set to arrive on December 18, 2020 and the animated sequel Sing 2 will also arrive in theaters on Christmas Day, 2020.. ...Read Full Story

All The Red Carpet Looks From The 2018 Met Gala

Every year on the first Monday in May, the tradition known as the “Met Gala” takes place in New York City.  The annual event kicks off the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s fashion exhibition, and features celebrities paired with designers to show off the fashion industry’s most bold and beautiful looks. This year, the museum’s show, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” is the theme and the largest exhibition the Costume Institute has ever put on. It explores the relationship between visual Catholic traditions and fashion.  Celebrities including Rihanna, Amal Clooney, Ariana Grande, Katy Perry and more took over the red carpet. Take a look at looks from the red carpet below. . ...Read Full Story

Amazon Show ‘Transparent’ To End With Fifth And Final Season

Transparent is moving forward without star Jeffrey Tambor, but this will be it’s last season.  Amazon’s original series will conclude with the upcoming fifth and final season, according to creator Jill Soloway. A few months after sexual assault allegations against Tambor and his subsequent dismissal from the series, Soloway admitted to finally feeling “a tiny bit like we are going to be okay.”  Transparent premiered in 2014 and won the Golden Globe for Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical in 2015, while Tambor won a Golden Globe and two Emmys for his portrayal of transgender matriarch Maura Pfefferman. The actor is no longer be involved with the show after sexual harassment accusations made by a Transparent guest star and former assistant led to his firing in February.. ...Read Full Story

Avengers: Infinity War Dominates Box Office Again With $112.5M In It’s Second Weekend

After delivering the biggest box office opening in history last week, Disney and Marvel’s superhero blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War is on track to earn an estimated $112.5 million from 4,474 theaters in the U.S. and Canada this weekend, crushing its competitors while scoring the second-best second weekend ever. Only Star Wars: The Force Awakens has grossed more, and Infinity War will bump Black Panther down to third on the list. Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Infinity War marks the third Avengers film and the 19th installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Infinity War has received generally positive reviews from critics, and moviegoers gave it an A CinemaScore. An untitled sequel is already on the calendar for May 3, 2019.. ...Read Full Story

First Official Pictures Of Prince Louis With Sister Princess Charlotte Are Released

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released two new photos of their new son, Prince Louis, on Sunday. The first official photos were taken by Princess Kate at the home of her and Prince William in Kensington Palace. Prince Louis Arthur Charles first official snapshot was taken on April 26, just three days after he was born. The second photo, taken on Princess Charlotte’s third birthday on May 2, shows the older sister planting a gentle kiss on her baby brother’s forehead.  “The Duke and Duchess would like to thank members of the public for their kind messages following the birth of Prince Louis, and for Princess Charlotte’s third birthday,” Kensington Palace tweeted on Sunday.  In the photo, Princess Charlotte is pictured in a blue and white cardigan worn by Prince George in a family portrait for the Queen’s 90th birthday in April 2016, and Prince Louis’ white outfit was also previously worn by his sister in a portrait taken after she was born. You can see the photos in the article below.. ...Read Full Story

Former ‘Law & Order’ Actress Diane Neal To Run For Congress In New York

Former Law & Order actress Diane Neal is seeking a new role– as representative of a congressional district in upstate New York. Neal, 42, appeared on the original L&O, once the longest-running crime drama on American primetime. From 2001-2012, she played Assistant District Attorney Casey Novak on Law & Order: SVU, now in its 19th season. More recently, in 2015, Neal appeared on NCIS: New Orleans, The Following and Blue Bloods. Neal launched her campaign for the 19th Congressional District, where she has lived for four years. She announced her independent candidacy in February. Seven candidates are vying for the Democratic nomination, but Neal is running as an independent.. ...Read Full Story

“Transformers 5” Star Isabela Moner To Play ‘Dora The Explorer’ In Live-Action Movie

Isabela Moner will take on the title role in the live-action feature film “Dora the Explorer,” Paramount Players announced earlier this week. The film will be based on the animated series of the same name. It will follow a teenage version of Dora, as she goes on an adventure with her best friend, a monkey named Boots, and her cousin Diego. Moner recently starred in “Transformers: The Last Knight” with Mark Wahlberg and Anthony Hopkins. She also previously voiced the character Kate in the 2014 animated spinoff “Dora and Friends: Into the City!” and was the lead in Nickelodeon comedy series “100 Things to Do Before High School.” The original animdated “Dora the Explorer” series premiered on Nickelodeon in 2000, featuring Dora as a 7-year-old Latina who travels the world. The live-action film will be shot in Queensland, Australia, and is expected to be released in theaters on Aug. 2, 2019.. ...Read Full Story

“The Handmaid’s Tale” Renewed For Season 3 On Hulu

The Handmaid’s Tale has been renewed for a third season. Hulu announced the news on Wednesday, following the drama series’ record-breaking season two premiere last week, which doubled in viewership. The Handmaid’s Tale is based on the 1985 Margaret Atwood novel of the same name. The dystopian series has been massively successful since it’s season one debut in April 2017, scoring eight Primetime Emmy Awards, and making history as the first series ever on a streaming video on-demand service to nab both an Emmy and Golden Globe for Best Drama Series.. ...Read Full Story

“Arrested Development” Season 4 Remix Coming To Netflix

Netflix will debut a re-cut edition of Arrested Development season 4 that at last puts the fragmented story in chronological order. Arrested Development creator Mitchell Hurwitz heard the complaints of fans about season 4 and promised a re-cut version that would put the episodes in chronological order. Now, as revealed on the Arrested Development Twitter, that re-cut is ready to come to Netflix. Hurwitz’s season 4 do-over goes by the title Arrested Development Season 4 Remix: Fateful Consequences. The re-worked season debuts on Netflix on Friday, May 4. . ...Read Full Story

Mariah Carey Announces New Las Vegas Residency ‘The Butterfly Returns’

Mariah Carey announced on Monday that she would return to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace for a new residency, “The Butterfly Returns,” beginning in July and extending through September. The Colosseum was home to Carey’s previous Vegas show, “Mariah #1 to Infinity,” which lasted from 2015-2017. The announcement comes on the heels of Carey sharing her struggle with bipolar disorder. Carey has also been teasing new music on social media, promising an album release later this year.  Tickets for “The Butterfly Returns” go on sale this Friday. More information can be found on Carey’s website.. ...Read Full Story

Lin-Manuel Miranda Releases ‘First Burn’ As Latest “Hamildrop” Offering

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s latest #Hamildrop picks up the pace with “First Burn,” which Manuel confirmed in a tweet is “a first draft” of the Hamilton track “Burn,” is packed with features from Arianna Afsar, Julia Harriman, Lexi Lawson, Rachelle Ann Go and Shoba Narayan. Each of these singers had at one point played the part of Eliza in the show across the U.K. and United States. “It’s different, but it’s a mood” tweeted Miranda about the tune that dropped Monday morning (April 30). “First Burn” is upbeat and rhythmic, with each Eliza adding her unique flair to the three-minute track.  Check out the track in the article below.. ...Read Full Story

Nickelodeon Reveals “Double Dare” Will Return This Summer

Nickelodeon announced that the classic 1980s and ’90s game show Double Dare is set to return to the network this summer with 40 new episodes. Originally running from 1986 to 1993, Double Dare pits two teams of kids against each other in trivia, physical challenges, and the series’ unforgettable obstacle course. It also made use of the network’s signature green slime. Those components and some past contestants will return, though original host Marc Summers will not be back.  It is expected that a new emcee is expected to be named soon. In 1988, the original Double Dare moved to Fox for a season before returning to Nickelodeon. A revival, hosted by Jason Harris and titled Double Dare 2000, aired on the kids’ network from January to November 2000.. ...Read Full Story

“Avengers: Infinity War” Has The Biggest Opening Weekend Of All Time At The Box Office

Avengers: Infinity War has made box-office history with a $250 million opening weekend. It’s the biggest opening of all time, smashing the record previously held by Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which opened in 2015 with almost $248 million. Avengers: Infinity Force, the third Avengers movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, earned another $380 million internationally, for a total of $630 million worldwide.  A Quiet Place was a distant second with $10.6 million in its fourth weekend, Amy Schumer’s I Feel Pretty came in at #3, Rampage was 4th, and Marvel’s Black Panther came in at No. 5, for $688 million total.. ...Read Full Story

Avicii’s Family Releases A Statement Saying “He Could Not Go On Any Longer”

The family of electronic dance musician Avicii has released a second statement about their late son this week, saying the famed DJ “could not go on any longer” and that “he wanted to find peace.” Avicii, born Tim Bergling, was found dead last week in Muscat, Oman at age 28. Details about his death were not revealed. “Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions. An over-achieving perfectionist who travelled and worked hard at a pace that led to extreme stress,” read the statement, released Thursday. Avicii had in the past suffered acute pancreatitis, in part due to excessive drinking. After having his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2014, he canceled a series of shows in attempt to recover. The Swedish performer retired from performing in 2016 but still produced albums and songs.  Some of his hits included Wake Me Up and Le7els. He was an international pop star, performing his well-known electronic dance songs around the world.. ...Read Full Story

Bill Cosby Found Guilty In Sexual Assault Retrial, Lashes Out In Court After Verdict

A Montgomery County jury of seven men and five women returned guilty verdicts regarding the January 2004 sexual assault of Andrea Constand. The jurors spent nearly 15 hours over two days deciding the verdict after being charged Monday morning. Victims of Cosby sitting in the courtroom shrieked and cried in delight after the first verdict was announced. Cosby stared straight ahead as the verdict was read, but moments later lashed out loudly at District Attorney Kevin Steele and called him an “a–hole” after the prosecutor asked that Cosby be immediately jailed because he might flee. Cosby denied he has an airplane and shouted, “I’m sick of him!” The judge decided Cosby can remain free on bail while he awaits sentencing. No sentencing date was set, but state law requires it within 100 days of a conviction. Cosby, 80, could face up to 30 years in prison — 10 years for each count. Asked by a reporter whether he plans to appeal, Cosby’s lead defense attorney Tom Mesereau said, “Yes, yes, very strongly.”. ...Read Full Story

Three Of Beyoncé’s Album Re-Enter Billboard 200 Following Coachella Performances

Beyoncé’s headlining appearance at Coachella has influences her album sales. Billboard magazine reports in the week following her April 14 performance at Coachella, sales and streams of the album and song catalog of both Beyoncé and Destiny’s Child jumped 83 percent.Three of Beyoncé’s albums have re-entered the Billboard 200 Album chart: “Lemonade,” at number 91, her self-titled album at number 138 and “I Am…Sasha Fierce” at 160. Beyoncé performed again at Coachella on Saturday, but any sales or streaming information influenced by that will reflect on next week’s chart.. ...Read Full Story

Actress Priyanka Chopra Confirms She’s Attending Meghan Markle & Prince Harry’s Wedding

Actress Priyanka Chopra confirmed that she will attend Meghan Markle’s wedding to Prince Harry. Chopra is still deciding which dress she will wear. “I sort of may have an idea,” she told Us Magazine.  The actress also spoke about her close friendship with the 36-year-old Markle. “I’ve known Meghan for three years and I’m so happy the way the world has responded to her because as long as I’ve known her … she is a relatable young woman of the world today,” she said. “She’s that girl who thinks out of the box. She has always been an activist. She has always had a strong voice. She’s an ambitious girl of today. I think the world needs strong role models like Meghan. I think, I hope, Meghan will end up being one of those people.” Harry, 33, and Markle announced their engagement in November after more than a year of dating. They are set to tie the knot on May 19 at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in England.. ...Read Full Story

K-Pop Superstars BTS Confirm 2018 Billboard Music Awards Performance

The 2018 Billboard Music Awards will feature a special performance from South Korean boy band BTS. Billboard announced in a news release Tuesday that the K-pop group will perform a new single at the awards show May 20 in Las Vegas. The event will mark BTS’ first performance at the Billboard Music Awards. The boy band attended the awards show for the first time in 2017. “Look out for our second appearance or – say what? – FIRST PERFORMANCE at the @BBMAs! #BTS_BBMAs,” the group tweeted Tuesday. BTS is also nominated for Top Social Artist at this year’s ceremony, which the band won back in 2017.. ...Read Full Story

Prince’s Family Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Hospital And Pharmacy Chain

The family of the late Prince are suing Trinity Medical Center in Illinois, the hospital that treated the singer for an opioid overdose in April 2016 before his fatal overdose a week later.  They are also suing the pharmacy chain Walgreens. According to court papers, Prince’s family claims that the singer received improper medical care after his private plane made an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois, on April 15, 2016. The suit claims that the hospital “failed to timely and appropriately diagnose and treat opiate overdose; failed to provide timely and appropriate counseling for opiate overdose; and failed to timely and appropriately investigate the cause of opiate overdose,” which was a “direct and proximate cause” of Prince’s death on April 21, 2016.  The family also claims in the suit that Walgreens stores in Minnesota dispensed prescription medication to Prince “not valid for a legitimate medical purpose” and also “failed to conduct appropriate drug utilization review.” Prince was found dead in an elevator at his Paisley Park estate in Chanhassen, Minnesota. He was 57 years old.. ...Read Full Story

Princess Kate, Prince William Debut Newborn Son As They Leave Hospital For Kensington Palace

Prince William and Princess Kate debuted the newest member of Britain’s royal family, as they gave the world a first look at their newborn son outside the London hospital where Kate gave birth on Monday.  Kate, 36, wearing a red dress, held her third child as she exited St. Mary’s Hospital alongside William. Kate delivered the baby, weighing 8 pounds, 7 ounces, at 11:01 a.m. according to Kensington Palace.  William, 35, was present for the baby’s birth at St. Mary’s Hospital; he departed the hospital a few hours after the baby’s birth was announced, and later returned with his two other children: Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, who turns 3 on May 2. . ...Read Full Story

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson And Girlfriend Lauren Hashian Welcome Baby Daughter

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and longtime girlfriend Lauren Hashian welcomed their newborn daughter, Tiana Gia Johnson, on Monday,. In an Instagram post, Johnson wrote, “Blessed and proud to bring another strong girl into this world. Tiana Gia Johnson came into this world like a force of nature and Mama @laurenhashianofficial labored and delivered like a true rockstar.” This is Johnson’s third daughter.  The couple welcomed their first child together, Jasmine Lia, in December 2015. Johnson also shares a 16-year-old daughter named Simone with ex-wife, Dany Garcia.  You can see a picture of the couple’s new baby daughter in the article below!. ...Read Full Story

‘Austin Powers’ Actor Verne Troyer Dies At 49

Verne Troyer, who played Mini-Me in two of the Austin Powers comedy films, has died at the age of 49, according to statements posted to his social media accounts. Troyer was 49. A statement posted to his social media said “Verne was an extremely caring individual. He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh,” “Anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible. Verne hoped he made a positive change with the platform he had and worked towards spreading that message every day.”  No cause of death was immediately released. Troyer, who was reportedly 2 feet, 8 inches tall, was in 58 movies and television shows. He played Mini-Me, the diminutive clone of Mike Myers’ Dr. Evil, in “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” and “Austin Powers in Goldmember.”. ...Read Full Story

‘Smallville’ Allison Mack Pleads Not Guilty To Sex Trafficking After Arrest For Alleged Involvement

“Smallville” actress Allison Mack pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit forced labor charges as part of an alleged sex cult in a federal court in New York. Mack, 35, appeared before a judge in the federal court in Brooklyn. After entering her plea the judge refused a request by her lawyers to release her without bail. A bail hearing will be held Monday. Also during the court appearance, it was revealed Mack married “Battlestar Galactica” star Nicki Clyne, who was also rumored to be part of NXIVM. Clyne and Mack were spotted in Mexico when cult leader Keith Raniere was hunted down by police and arrested at a $10,000-a-week villa they were reportedly hiding out last month.  Raniere, the co-founder of the self-help organization and alleged cult NXIVM, is accused of keeping numerous women as slaves and branding his initials into their skin. He was arraigned last week on the same charges as Mack and was denied bail while he awaits his next court appearance on April 27.. ...Read Full Story

Pink Lands Cover of People Magazine’s 2018 ‘Most Beautiful’ Issue With Her Children

The singer Pink has landed the cover of People magazine’s newly renamed “Beautiful” issue. The Grammy-winning artist is featured on the cover of the magazine with her two children: son Jameson Moon and six-year-old daughter, Willow Sage, with husband Carey Hart. People editorial director Jess Cagle explained how the magazine’s “Beautiful” issue has evolved, which led to the decision to drop the word “most” from the title. “We’re renaming it “The Beautiful Issue” — to make clear that the issue is not a beauty contest. Nothing else has changed. As always it will feature beautiful women (and a few men) of all shapes, sizes and colors, and it will celebrate the most beautiful qualities of all: strength, humanity and artistry,” Cagle wrote. Pink is currently performing live on her “Beautiful Trauma” tour.. ...Read Full Story

Josh Groban And Sara Bareilles To Host The 2018 Tony Awards

Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles have been named hosts of the 72nd annual Tony Awards, which will air live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City on June 10. The event marks the performers’ first time hosting the awards ceremony. Groban and Bareilles are no strangers to Broadway. Bareilles starred in Waitress, which she also composed the music and lyrics for, and received her first Tony Award nomination for her performance. Groban appeared in Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, for which he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical. The two took to social media to share how excited they were to host the Tonys. The 2018 Tony Awards will air Sunday, June 10 at 8:00 p.m. on CBS.. ...Read Full Story

Actress Claire Danes Expecting Her Second Child With Husband Hugh Dancy

Homeland actress Claire Danes and husband Hugh Dancy are expecting their second child.  Danes revealed the news during an interview with Howard Stern “I am pregnant. I’m seriously preggo … I’m deep into my second trimester.”  When asked if the pregnancy was a surprise or planned, Danes replied that she and Dancy were trying to get pregnant. “Yeah, this was planned,” she said. “We’ve been wanting another kid for a while, and it happened.” Despite revealing this personal news, Danes says she is keeping the baby’s sex a secret. Danes and Dancy, 42, met while filming the 2007 movie Evening in Rhode Island and became engaged in 2009; the two were married later that same year. Their son, Cyrus, who is now 5, was born in December 2012. . ...Read Full Story

Suspected Stalker Arrested Outside Taylor Swift’s Home With Knife And Rope

A Colorado man who was wearing a mask and had a knife in his car when he was arrested outside a Beverly Hills home owned by Taylor Swift was released from custody on Tuesday while police continued their investigation. Julius Sandrock, 38, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of stalking after officers went to the home. Swift, who lives in New York, wasn’t at the home, police said. Sandrock was freed from jail on Tuesday morning, according to a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department website. Meanwhile, police obtained a temporary restraining order preventing Sandrock from possessing guns.. ...Read Full Story