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Scott Baio Denies Misconduct Claims By Former Co-Star Nicole Eggert

Actress Nicole Eggert has accused her former “Charles in Charge” costar, Scott Baio, of molesting her when she was underage. Baio responded by accusing Eggert of making up claims about him. The controversy began over the weekend when Eggert, 46, called Baio a “creep” on Twitter, tweeting to another user to ask him “what happened in his garage at his house when I was a minor. Another tweet from the “Baywatch” actress, which has since been deleted, alleged that Baio began behaving inappropriately when she was 14.  Baio, 57, himself tweeted that Eggert’s allegations are “100% lies,” before elaborating in a 16-minute Facebook Live video on Saturday. Though he did concede to having sex with Eggert, it happened long after “Charles in Charge” went off the air and when she was an adult, Baio said.. ...Read Full Story

Omarosa Returns To Her Reality-TV Roots And Joins ‘Celebrity Big Brother’

Omarosa Manigault, who left the White House at the tail end of last year, is set to enter the Celebrity Big Brother houseOmarosa, memorable from her appearances on NBC’s The Apprentice and one of President Donald Trump’s most prominent African-American supporters, joined the Trump administration as the director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison. She officially left her post on Jan. 20. In late December, she exited the White House and rumors flew that she was fired by W.H. chief of staff John Kelly. The show will premiere on Feb. 7 and will run until Feb. 25. The first two-hour live eviction where one of the cast members will get voted out of the house will air on Feb. 9. Each cast member will be competing to make it to the end of the game and win the $250,000 grand prize. . ...Read Full Story

Bruno Mars And Kendrick Lamar Big Winners At The 2018 Grammy Awards

The Grammy Awards ceremony aired Sunday, January 28 and the big winners included Bruno Mars, who dominated with seven awards, including the honors for Album, Song, and Record of the Year; Kendrick Lamar, who also received five awards, including for Best Rap Album; and Chris Stapleton, who won in three categories, including Best Country Album. JAY-Z, who lead the nominees with eight nods, received no awards. The 2018 awards show featured standout performances from Rihanna, Kesha, SZA, Cardi B with Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, and more. The late Carrie Fisher and singer Leonard Cohen were also awarded posthumous Grammys for Best Spoken Word Album and Best Rock Performance, respectively.. ...Read Full Story

Actor Jeremy Piven Faces Sexual Misconduct Allegations From 3 More Women

Jeremy Piven, who has previously denied allegations of sexual misconduct from at least three women, is facing further accusations that date back decades, an online news site reported Saturday. Three additional women claim Piven acted in a physically aggressive or threatening manner, BuzzFeed News reported in a story that included the actor’s rejection of the allegations as “false.” The women said they were speaking out because of frustration over Piven’s previous denials. One incident allegedly involved a high school student working as an extra in 1985 on Piven’s first film, “Lucas,” when he was 17. The other encounters took place in the 1990s.  A lawyer representing Piven didn’t immediately respond to an emailed request for comment. . ...Read Full Story

Magician David Copperfield Backs #MeToo Movement After Sexual Assault Allegation

David Copperfield is speaking out on the #MeToo movement as he faces new sexual assault allegations. The 61-year-old illusionist took to social media on Wednesday just hours before a report surfaced that alleged he drugged and sexually assaulted a former teenage model 30 years ago. He also praised #MeToo, a social movement fighting back against sexual assault and misconduct, as “crucial and long overdue,” but he also cautioned against false accusations of sexual assault. In 2007, Copperfield was publicly accused of having lured a former beauty pageant model to his private island in the Bahamas and sexually assaulting her. The FBI investigated the claim for two years but ultimately dropped the case. The most recent allegations come from former aspiring model Brittany Lewis, who claims that Copperfield sexually assaulted her during a trip to California in 1988, when she was 17. . ...Read Full Story

‘Murphy Brown’ Returning To TV With Candice Bergen To Reprise Lead Role

CBS announced on January 24 that Murphy Brown, the sitcom that ran from 1988 to 1998, will return to the network with new episodes. Candice Bergen, who starred as television journalist Murphy Brown, will reprise her role to lead the revival. CBS has ordered 13 episodes of the series, set to debut in the 2018-2019 season. Original creator Diane English, who left the original show after season 4, will also return as writer/executive producer.  Murphy Brown received 62 Emmy nominations and won 18 , five that went to Bergen for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy.  In 1996, she withdrew from the Emmys race, declining further nominations for that role to make room for other actresses.. ...Read Full Story

Joel Taylor Of Discovery Channel’s “Storm Chasers” Dead At Age 38

Joel Taylor, who starred on Discovery Channel’s Storm Chasers, has died at the age of 38. Taylor’s death was confirmed by a number of friends on social media Tuesday. The cause of death has not been disclosed, but TMZ is reporting that there is speculation that Taylor may have died from a suspected overdose on a cruise ship.  Taylor joined Storm Chasers, a documentary reality series about researchers who follow storms in Tornado Alley, in 2008. The series was canceled after five seasons in January 2012. “RIP my best friend and storm chasing partner, Joel Taylor. I am shocked and absolutely devastated by the loss of my incredible, caring friend,” Taylor’s Storm Chasers co-star Reed Timmer said on Twitter alongside photos of the reality star.. ...Read Full Story

Elton John Announces He Plans To Retire From Touring After Upcoming 300-Date Tour

Elton John announced during a special live-streamed event Wednesday that he will be retiring from touring, following an upcoming 300-date farewell tour.  “I’m not going to be touring and traveling the world. My priorities have changed. I have young children,” the music icon said to moderator Anderson Cooper onstage during the event, which included John playing songs such as “Tiny Dancer” and “I’m Still Standing.”  The singer also confirmed that he will still be making music following the tour and that he is healthy after being forced to cancel a series of shows in April due to contracting a rare infection in South America.  The 70-year-old said he will kick off his final world tour in September. . ...Read Full Story

Neil Diamond Diagnosed With Parkinson’s Disease, Retires From Touring

Neil Diamond has decided to retire from touring after learning that he’s been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. “It is with great reluctance and disappointment that I announce my retirement from concert touring. I have been so honored to bring my shows to the public for the past 50 years,” Diamond, 76, said in a statement on Monday, January 22. “My sincerest apologies to everyone who purchased tickets and were planning to come to the upcoming shows.” Diamond did, however, say he plans to still work in some capacity.  “I plan to remain active in writing, recording and other projects for a long time to come,” he continued in his statement. Diamond was scheduled to perform at several outdoor stadiums, arenas and winery shows during his Australian and New Zealand tour dates, which have since been canceled.. ...Read Full Story

Academy Awards 2018 Nominations Announced

The 2018 Academy Award nominations were announced this morning and The Shape of Water leads the pack with 13 nods. Guillermo del Toro’s horror/fantasy/romance received the most nominations, including nods for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Original screenplay. Dunkirk followed with eight nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, a favorite before the nominations, received seven nominations, but was shut out of the Best Director category. Other big contenders include Phantom Thread (six nominations), Darkest Hour (six nominations) Lady Bird (five nominations), Get Out (four nominations), and Call Me By Your Name (four nominations).. ...Read Full Story

Oscar Winner Mo’Nique Is Calling For A Netflix Boycott After Discovering Pay Disparity

Actress and comedian Mo’Nique called out Netflix for an offer that was considerably less than her male and white comedian colleagues. The Academy Award-winning actress took to Instagram with a video saying, ” I am asking that you stand with me and boycott Netflix for gender bias and color bias. I was offered a $500,000 deal last week to do a comedy special. However, Amy Schumer was offered $11 million, Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle $20 million.” Shortly after, actress and fellow comedian Wanda Sykes tweeted at Mo’Nique saying, “Thank you for speaking out, [Netflix] offered me less than half of your $500k. I was offended but found another home.” Mo’Nique reiterated that she and Sykes are two black female comedians with 50-plus years of experience at the top of their game and were offered $750,000 by Netflix.. ...Read Full Story

Megyn Kelly Takes On Jane Fonda: ‘I Have No Regrets About The Question”

Megyn Kelly took her public feud with Jane Fonda to a new level on Monday, after the actress slammed the NBC host for her “inappropriate” question during a segment that aired in September. At the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, Fonda addressed the hype around the interview from September, when Kelly asked Fonda about her thoughts on plastic surgery.”I was stunned [by the plastic surgery question; it was so inappropriate. It showed that she’s not that good an interviewer.” Kelly reacted to Fonda’s criticism on her show, “Megyn Kelly Today,” on Monday. “First, some context. Fonda was on to promote a film about aging. For years she has spoken openly about her joy in giving a cultural face to older women. I have no regrets about the question.” . ...Read Full Story

Tracee Ellis Ross Responds To ‘Black-ish’ Pay Disparity Report

Tracee Ellis Ross took to Twitter on January 20 to address speculation that she demanded a higher salary to continue starring on Black-ish. “There has been a lot of conversation and speculation the last few days regarding my Black-ish salary. I was in a renegotiation, like many actors find themselves in during the fourth season of a successful show,” Ross, 45, began. “I wanted to be compensated in a way that matches my contribution to a show that I love for many reasons.”  Referring to a report published by The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday, January 18, which stated she was getting paid significantly less than her costar Anthony Anderson, Ross wrote: “The words and thoughts that were in the original article that started this public conversation were not mine; there were never any threats. I wish I would have been called by the reporter to confirm that.”. ...Read Full Story

2018 SAG Award Winners Celebrated As Kristen Bell Serves As First-Ever SAG Awards Host

The 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards put film and TV actors in the spotlight Sunday night. Kristen Bell hosted this year’s ceremony in Los Angeles, which included a roster of almost all-female presenters. The awards show takes place in the midst of the Me Too and Time’s Up movements, which have brought discussions of gender inequality and sexual misconduct to the forefront of Hollywood.  Film buffs were likely watching closely, as the SAG Awards can often be a good indicator of who will take home Academy Awards.  See the complete list of winners below:. ...Read Full Story

Mila Kunis Named Harvard’s Hasty Pudding’s 2018 Woman Of The Year

Golden Globe-winning actress Mila Kunis will be the Hasty Pudding Theatricals 2018 Woman of the Year. Kunis is widely known for her roles in films like “Black Swan,” for which she received nominations for Best Supporting Actress at the 2011 Screen Actors Guild, Golden Globe, and Critics Choice awards. The actress is also known for her roles in award-winning TV shows “That ’70s Show” and “Family Guy.” The Hasty Pudding will honor Kunis on Jan. 25 with a parade she will lead through the streets of Cambridge. After, members of the Pudding will award Kunis the Pudding Pot in Farkas Hall. The event will be live-streamed on Facebook. Upcoming appearances for Kunis include “The Spy Who Dumped Me,” to be released later this year, and “Amusement Park,” an animated film to be released in 2019.. ...Read Full Story

Dylan Farrow Details Woody Allen Sexual Assault Claim In First TV Interview

In her first televised interview, the adopted daughter of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow described in graphic detail how Allen allegedly sexually assaulted her. Speaking with CBS This Morning‘s Gayle King, Dylan Farrow also responded to claims that she was “brainwashed and coached” by her mother and began crying as she watched Allen deny the sexual assault claims in a 1992 interview with 60 Minutes.  Allen suggested at the time that Farrow told her story because she was coached by her mother, who months earlier had discovered that Allen had been having an affair with her adopted daughter Soon-yi Previn.  Allen was never charged with a crime and the New York state child welfare investigators and a report by the Yale New Haven hospital found that the abuse didn’t happen. But the Connecticut state prosecutor on the case questioned the Yale report’s credibility, saying there was probable cause to charge Allen but that Farrow was too fragile to face a celebrity trial.. ...Read Full Story

Kristen Wiig To Lead New Reese Witherspoon Comedy Series For Apple

Reese Witherspoon has another series headed to Apple, and it will star Kristen Wiig as its lead.  Witherspoon’s project is Apple’s first half-hour scripted comedy. Inspired by Curtis Sittenfeld’s upcoming short story collection “You Think It, I’ll Say It,” the show has received a 10-episode order by the tech company. The untitled show marks Wiig’s first regular TV series role since she exited “Saturday Night Live” in 2012. Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter will executive produce for Hello Sunshine, with Wiig also receiving an EP credits on the series. This marks the third project Apple has ordered from Hello Sunshine, including Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston’s morning show drama and Octavia Spencer’s “Are You Sleeping,” which is co-produced by Chernin Entertainment.. ...Read Full Story

Ann Curry Speaks Out On Matt Lauer: ‘I Am Not Surprised By The Allegations’

Almost six years after she was booted from NBC’s “Today” show, journalist Ann Curry is speaking out about Matt Lauer’s sexual assault allegations. Curry has a new PBS documentary program, “We’ll Meet Again”  — but the focus of Curry’s interview was on the #MeToo movement and Lauer’s ousting from NBC News. “I think it’s, in general, overdue,” she says on “CBS This Morning” Wednesday, Jan. 17. “We clearly are waking up to a reality, an injustice that has been occurring for some time. And I think it will continue to occur until the glass ceiling is finally broken.  Curry, who had worked on the “Today” show for 18 years, also addressed Lauer’s November firing from the show and NBC over allegations of sexual misconduct. “I can tell you that I am not surprised by the allegations,” she said.. ...Read Full Story

Enrique Iglesias And Anna Kournikova Share First Photos Of Newborn Twins

Enrique Iglesias and Anna Kournikova’s have finally revealed photos of their newborn twins. Iglesias posted the first photo of one of their twins on Instagram Tuesday. In the picture, Iglesias is snuggled up to the baby with “My Sunshine” as the caption on the photo.  In a separate post, Kournikova shared a photo of one of the babies, with the same caption. Back in December, the famously private couple secretly welcomed twins, Nicholas and Lucy,  in Miami. They hadn’t previously announced they were expecting.  Iglesias and Kournikova have been together since 2001 after meeting on the set of his “Escape” music video. While reports have circulated that the couple are married, the pair have never confirmed anything. . ...Read Full Story

Kanye West And Kim Kardashian Welcome Third Child Via Surrogate

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are the parents to a newborn baby daughter, who was born via a surrogate. The 37-year-old reality star announced the news on her website: “Kanye and I are happy to announce the arrival of our healthy, beautiful baby girl. We are incredibly grateful to our surrogate who made our dreams come true with the greatest gift one could give and to our wonderful doctors and nurses for their special care. North and Saint are especially thrilled to welcome their baby sister.”  Kardashian also posted that the baby girl was born January 15, 2018 at 12:47am and weighed 7lbs 6oz. The couple has been candid about their choice to use a surrogate to welcome their third baby.  They are already parents to Saint West, 2, and North West, 4.. ...Read Full Story

Director James Cameron Responds To Eliza Dushku’s Molestation Allegations On The “True Lies” Movie Set By Stunt Coordinator

James Cameron supported actress Eliza Dushku after she accused stunt coordinator Joel Kramer of molesting her when she was 12 years old on the set of the 1994 movie “True Lies.” Cameron said he was unaware of the alleged assault at the time. “Directors are historically pretty oblivious to the inter-personal things that are happening on the set, because they’re focused on what they’re doing creatively, but had I known about (it) there would have been no mercy,” he said at a Television Critics Association panel Saturday. In a lengthy Facebook post Saturday, Dushku detailed the allegations against Kramer which were later confirmed by co-star Jamie Lee Curtis, Dushku’s agent, her mother, her legal guardian at the time and a longtime friend. Kramer denied the claims, stating he was “absolutely astoundingly flabbergasted.”. ...Read Full Story

Lifetime Announces Meghan Markle And Prince Harry TV Movie

Lifetime is developing a movie based on the romance of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the cable network announced Sunday at the 2018 winter TCA press tour. Casting is currently underway. Harry & Meghan: The Royal Love Story is being described as the romantic tale of a beloved prince and his new fiancée. Menhaj Huda, who helmed an episode of E!’s fictional Royal Family series The Royals last year, is on hand to direct. Merideth Finn and Michele Weiss are executive producers. No premiere date has been set, but the film appears destined for a May launch. ...Read Full Story

Michelle Williams Applauds Mark Wahlberg’s Time’s Up Donation In Her Name

It was revealed this weekend that Mark Wahlberg will be donating the $1.5 million he received for All The Money In The World reshoots to Time’s Up, the legal fund for sexual abuse and harassment victims. This comes following a report that Wahlberg’s costar Michelle Williams received merely $1000 per day for the reshoots. In Wahlberg’s statement, he said, “I 100% support the fight for fair pay and I’m donating the $1.5 million to the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund in Michelle Williams’ name.”  On Sunday, Williams responded, applauding Wahlberg for making the donation. “My fellow actresses stood by me and stood up for me, my activist friends taught me to use my voice, and the most powerful men in charge, they listened and they acted,” she said.. ...Read Full Story

“Master Of None” And “Parks And Recreation” Star Aziz Ansari Accused Of Sexual Misconduct

Just days after winning a Golden Globe and participating in a national anti-sexual-harassment campaign called Time’s Up, Aziz Ansari has been accused of sexual assault, according to various news reports. The accusation was made by a woman who is being identified as a 23-year-old photographer named “Grace,” according to Babe, the entertainment news outlet who first reported the claim. The woman met Ansari while she was taking photos at the Emmy Awards after party and eventually went on a date in late September which ended at his apartment. When the woman saw Ansari wearing a “Time’s Up” pin at the Golden Globes, she decided to tell her story.. ...Read Full Story

Netflix’s New Series “Altered Carbon” Releases First Trailer

The first trailer for one of 2018’s most anticipated sci-fi shows is here. Altered Carbon is Netflix’s adaptation of Richard K Morgan’s acclaimed cyberpunk novel, and will be available on the streaming service on February 2. Altered Carbon stars James Purefoy, Joel Kinnaman,, and Will Yun Lee. The story focuses on the world’s wealthiest man, who is murdered; but when his mind is transferred, he hires an ex-soldier to investigate who killed him.. ...Read Full Story

Michael Douglas Preemptively Denies Sexual Misconduct Allegation

In a new interview, Michael Douglas is denying what he says is an upcoming claim of sexual harassment against him. The veteran actor claims that The Hollywood Reporter is pursuing a story about him in which a former employee claims Douglas masturbated in front of her, used improper language in her company, and prevented her from getting other work in the entertainment industry.  Douglas denied the allegation of a sexual nature and the claim of retaliation, though he added “I will fess up to colorful language.”  Douglas also said his accuser is a woman who worked in development at his company approximately 32 years ago and was fired “for the work she was doing.”  The actor said he chose to preemptively talk about the sexual harassment claim, in hopes of limiting the story’s potential impact.. ...Read Full Story

Mark Wahlberg Reportedly Paid “1,500 Times More” Than Michelle Williams For “All the Money In The World” Reshoot

Mark Wahlberg reportedly nabbed more than 1,500 times Michelle Williams’ pay for reshooting scenes in “All the Money in the World,” a new report claims. Sources say that Wahlberg was paid $1.5 million for the reshoot, while Williams was paid per diem that totaled less than $1,000.  After sexual misconduct allegations against Kevin Spacey emerged, director Ridley Scott dropped the actor and reshot his scenes over Thanksgiving week with Christopher Plummer in the role. Williams and Wahlberg worked through the week, but sources were told that Wahlberg’s team negotiated for the actor to take home $1.5 million for the reshoot. At the time, Williams said of the reshoot “I said I’d be wherever they needed me, whenever they needed me. And they could have my salary, they could have my holiday, whatever they wanted. Because I appreciated so much that they were making this massive effort.”. ...Read Full Story

James Franco Speaks Out And Denies Sexual Misconduct Claims

James Franco has addressed the sexual misconduct allegations made against him. The actor appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert where Colbert asked Franco about allegations that were made by several women on Twitter after the Golden Globes awards ceremony, including Ally Sheedy, who accused him of misconduct in tweets that have since been deleted. Franco denied the claims being made against him and says they’re not accurate; however Colbert pressed him and asked if there is perhaps another arena, besides social media, for these claims to be addressed. Franco says that if he’s done something wrong, he “will fix it” but says that the point of this larger sexual misconduct conversation is to “listen.” In light of these recent allegations made against Franco, the New York Times canceled a TimesTalk that was scheduled to take place.. ...Read Full Story

Tonya Harding Goes Head-To-Head With Piers Morgan During ‘Good Morning Britain’ Interview

Former Olympic ice skater Tonya Harding is making the rounds helping to promote the biopic about her life, I, Tonya, and on Tuesday morning Harding participated in an interview with Good Morning Britain.  I, Tonya largely portrays Harding as a sympathetic figure who was forced into figure skating by her cruel mother and later abused by her husband, Jeff Gillooly, who helped mastermind the attack on Nancy Kerrigan. Harding said that she hoped her movie would help others, however GMB host Piers Morgan accused her of playing the victim card. “Maybe it suits you to play the victim, but the victim in all this wasn’t you, it was Nancy Kerrigan who had her Olympic dream shattered,” Morgan interjected. After he refused to drop the line of questioning, Harding attempted to end the interview. “Thank you so much I appreciate being on your show, but I think I’m going to have to say have a good night,” she told him.. ...Read Full Story

Gayle King Says Oprah Winfrey Is ‘Intrigued’ By 2020 Presidential Run

“CBS This Morning” host Gayle King on Tuesday said her pal Oprah Winfrey is “intrigued” by the idea of a presidential run in the wake of her Golden Globes speech on Sunday — but doesn’t think it will be enough to persuade Winfrey to run.  King said “I absolutely don’t think that her position has changed.  I was up talking to her late last night. I do think she is intrigued by the idea. I do think that. I also know that after years of watching the ‘Oprah Show,’ you always have the right to change your mind. I don’t think at this point she is actually considering it.”  King also offered her explanation of what Winfrey’s longterm partner, Stedman Graham, meant when he told the press “It’s up to the people — she would absolutely do it.”  King said that Graham thought the reporter asked, “Would she make a good president?” to which he responded, “Absolutely, she would.”. ...Read Full Story

Rose McGowan Calls Stars Who Wore Black To Golden Globes ‘Hollywood Fakery’

Rose McGowan called it “Hollywood fakery’ as many actresses came together in solidarity at Sunday’s Golden Globes to protest sexual misconduct by wearing black. McGowan, a Harvey Weinstein accuser who has been at the forefront of the #MeToo movement and speaking out about harassment and abuse in the industry, previously slammed celebrities who wanted to wear black to the annual event.  When fellow Weinstein-accuser, actress Asia Argento, tweeted at McGowan on Sunday: “No one should forget that you were the first one who broke the silence. Anyone who tries to diminish your work is a troll and an enemy of the movement. You gave me the courage to speak out. I am on your side until I die.” McGowan responded, “And not one of those fancy people wearing black to honor our rapes would have lifted a finger had it not been so. I have no time for Hollywood fakery, but you I love.”. ...Read Full Story

Justin Timberlake Announces ‘Man of the Woods’ Tour

Justin Timberlake has announced a new 27-date North American tour in support of his upcoming fifth studio album, Man of the Woods.  The tour begins March 13 in Toronto at the Air Canada Centre before wrapping up May 30 in his hometown of Memphis, Tenn. Other stops include New York, Chicago, Cleveland, Boston, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami and Dallas. Tickets go on sale for the general public starting Jan. 16 through Ticketmaster. The Man of the Woods album is expected to release on Feb. 2. ...Read Full Story

Golden Globes 2018: Oprah Winfrey Electrifies With Inspiring Speech As Women Dominate The Show

The red carpet was dyed black by actresses dressed in a color-coordinated statement against sexual harassment and gender inequality, as the Golden Globes confronted the post-Harvey Weinstein era with a show that addressed the controversy head-on.  Nicole Kidman, Rachel Brosnahan, Elisabeth Moss, and Saoirse Ronan were among the female Globe winners.  But it was talk-show host, actress, producer and humanitarian Oprah Winfrey who stole the nights as she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes on Sunday night with a speech referencing the civil rights movement as well as the MeToo movement that earned her multiple standing ovations.. ...Read Full Story

David Letterman Announces Barack Obama As First Guest On New Netflix Show

David Letterman released the trailer for his new show, “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman,” on Netflix. Letterman also announced the lineup of guests for his six-episode, hour-long talk show series. Letterman’s first guest will be former President Barack Obama. The appearance will mark Obama’s first talk show appearance since leaving the White House. The premiere episode will be available on Friday, Jan. 12, and subsequent episodes will air monthly in 2018.  The former “Late Show” host has a guest list full of all-stars, including George Clooney, Malala Yousafzai, Jay-Z, Tina Fey and Howard Stern.  . ...Read Full Story

Cate Blanchett Named Cannes Film Festival Jury President

Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett has been named the President of the Jury for the 71st Annual Cannes Film Festival. The “Carol” and “Thor: Ragnarok” star will be the first female jury president since Jane Campion served in 2014. Other women to take on the role this century include Oscar nominee Isabelle Huppert and Liv Ullmann. It is the 12th time in festival history a woman has headed the jury.  Blanchett succeeds 2017 jury president Pedro Almodova.  She’ll be featured in the female-driven reboot “Ocean’s 8” in June, then taking on the leading role in Richard Linklater’s “Where’d You Go Bernadette.”. ...Read Full Story

HBO Confirms That Game of Thrones’ Six-Episode Final Season Will Air In 2019

“Game of Thrones” viewers will have to wait until next year to see how the HBO drama will come to an end. While it’s been speculated the final season of the series would not air until 2019, HBO made the news official on Thursday. “‘Game of Thrones’ will return for its six-episode, eighth and final season in 2019,” the network announced via Twitter. “David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, David Nutter and Miguel Sapochnik will be the directors for the new season. Writers for the new season are David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, Bryan Cogman and Dave Hill.”  HBO announced last year that the hit series would end with Season 8.  Season 7, which had only seven episodes, concluded on August 27.. ...Read Full Story

YouTube Star Logan Paul Taking A Break From His Daily Vlog After Backlash From His Controversial Video

Logan Paul is taking a break from his daily vlog. Days after the YouTube star came under fire for posting a graphic video of the body of an alleged suicide victim filmed in a forest in Aokigahara, Japan (often referred to as “suicide forest,”) he revealed Wednesday that he will not be releasing new videos for the time being. Paul, who boasts 15 million followers on YouTube, first apologized for posting the since-deleted 15-minute clip on Twitter Monday, claiming the intention of his video was to raise awareness for suicide prevention. Paul made reference to the seriousness of suicide, depression and mental illness in his video. But criticism from his audience, who are mostly teens, came swiftly; with many asking YouTube to suspend his account.. ...Read Full Story

Beyoncé, Eminem, And The Weeknd To Headline Coachella 2018

Beyoncé, Eminem and the Weeknd will headline the 2018 Coachella Music and Arts Festival, set to take place April 13th through 15th, and April 20th through 22nd in Indio, California. Beyoncé’s headlining spot comes one year after she backed out of the 2017 festival citing doctors’ orders, as she was pregnant with her twins at the time. Eminem’s headlining slot marks his first full performance at Coachella, though he previously made a cameo during Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre’s set in 2012. As for the Weeknd, the R&B star will be returning to Coachella for the first time since 2015 (though he appeared alongside NAV last year.)  The full lineup is available on Coachella’s Twitter and website. Passes go on sale January 5th at 12 p.m. PST.. ...Read Full Story

NBC Names Hoda Kotb As Permanent ‘Today’ Show Co-Host

Hoda Kotb has been named as the new co-anchor of the Today show, taking up the position vacated by Matt Lauer after he was fired from NBC after sexual misconduct allegations in November. Kotb made her official debut on Tuesday, alongside co-host Savannah Guthrie, directly after a statement from NBC chairman Andy Lack announced her promotion. Kotb and Guthrie will co-host the 7 to 9 a.m. hours of the Today show, and Kotb will continue to host the 10 a.m. hour of Today alongside Kathie Lee Gifford, NBC News said in a statement.. ...Read Full Story

Justin Timberlake Announces New Album ‘Man of the Woods’

Justin Timberlake announced that his fifth studio album will be released Friday, Feb. 2, two days before he takes the halftime stage at Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis. A single from the album will drop this Friday, January 5.  In the teaser for the video, Timberlake talks about his wife, Jessica Biel, and the impact she and their son have had on his music. He said that more than any other album he’s written it’s also inspired by Tennessee, where he originates from.. ...Read Full Story

TV Host Maria Menounos Gets Married During New Year’s Eve Broadcast

Maria Menounos married her fiance Keven Undergaro, her beau of 20 years, during the live broadcast she was hosting of Fox’s New Year’s Eve special from Times Square in New York City. Her co-host, talk-show and game-show king Steve Harvey, officiated. The idea for the on-air ceremony came just two weeks ago when a producer mentioned to Menounos that she had hoped for an on-air wedding of a different couple, unless she and Undergaro wanted to finally get hitched. The guest list included her parents, Constantine and Litsa Menounos, who has stage 4 brain cancer.. ...Read Full Story

Hollywood’s A-List Women Launch Anti-Harassment Initiative Time’s Up

As a symbol of continuity and momentum from 2017, over 300 women from Hollywood signed “Time’s Up,” an 2018 anti-harassment initiative that launched Jan. 1, 2018. Lead by attorney Anita Hill, the initiative includes legal defense funding and an open letter detailing their plan of action. Members that make up the 300 include actresses Ashley Judd, America Ferrera, Rashida Jones, Emma Stone, Natalie Portman, Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington, and Eva Longoria, chairwoman of Universal Pictures Donna Langley, and lawyers Nina L. Shaw and Tina Tchen. The new initiative aims to help working-class women with funding and support for workplace harassment outside of the typical circles of power and influence.  . ...Read Full Story

Golden Globes 2018: Gal Gadot, Amy Poehler, And Seth Rogen Among Presenters

The 75th Golden Globe Awards is coming up soon, and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has been naming the stars that will be on hand to present awards. The association shared several big names on Thursday, including “Wonder Woman” leading lady Gal Gadot, Grammy winner Kelly Clarkson, “Scandal” star Kerry Washington,  three-time former Golden Globe host Amy Poehler, Oscar winner Halle Berry and comedian Seth Rogen, among others. Seth Myers is set to host the live broadcast for the first time, which will air on NBC on January 7th at 8PM ET.. ...Read Full Story

Solange Knowles Cancels New Years Eve Citing An Autonomic Nerve Disorder

This week Solange Knowles took to Instagram and shared with fans that she’s been “quietly treating” an unnamed autonomic disorder and will no longer be performing at AfroPunk Fest Johannesburg. The performance, which was announced in early May, was scheduled for New Years Eve 2018. Solange expressed how “saddened” and “sorry” she was to cancel, mentioning that South Africa and its native residents remain near to her heart. Ending the statement, Solange thanked AfroPunk and other festivals that have both kept the news concerning her health confidential plus “gone out of their way” to make her comfortable. . ...Read Full Story

Daughter Billie Lourd And Actor Mark Hamill Pay Tribute To Carrie Fisher One Year After Her Death

A year after Carrie Fisher’s death, some of the people who knew her best are paying tribute to the beloved actress. Many celebrities and fans shared heartfelt messages about Fisher, best known for her role as Princess Leia in “Star Wars.” Fisher died at age 60 just two days after Christmas in 2016, following a heart attack she had on a flight from London to Los Angeles. Among those who remembered the actress on Wednesday was Mark Hamill, who appeared alongside Fisher in the iconic franchise as Luke Skywalker, and her daughter, Billie Lourd, who posted on Instagram revealing that she traveled to Norway to honor her late mother.. ...Read Full Story

Details Emerge After Chrissy Teigen Live Tweets About Her Tokyo-Bound “Flight To Nowhere”

More details emerged about the 8-hour “flight to nowhere” that model Chrissy Teigen live-tweeted Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning. Teigen, who was traveling with her husband, R&B superstar John Legend, sent out a flurry of tweets after her plane to Japan was forced to turn around because a passenger had somehow boarded her flight with a ticket from another airline. Now U.S. government officials state that two brothers went through security at Los Angeles International Airport with proper boarding passes, booked on separate flights to Tokyo, but the brothers were able to board Teigen’s flight together since the machine that scans tickets before boarding malfunctioned. There is no indication anyone was ever in danger.. ...Read Full Story

Lorde Faces Backlash For Cancelling Israeli Concert

Many Lorde fans took to Twitter to blast the singer for cancelling a planned June 2018 concert in Tel Aviv under heavy pressure from anti-Israel activists and organizations. But some also slammed the “Royals” singer’s willingness to perform in Russia — a country with a shaky human rights record — and giving in to the same pressures that caused Elvis Costello, Lauryn Hill and Gorillaz to cancel scheduled shows in Israel. Lorde announced her 2018 “Melodrama” world tour back in June and the performance was scheduled for the Tel Aviv Convention Centre on June 5, 2018.. ...Read Full Story

40th Annual Kennedy Centers Honors Gloria Estefan, LL COOL J, Norman Lear And Lionel Richie

THE 40th Annual Kennedy Center Honors was broadcast on Tuesday, Dec. 26 on CBS. The honorees for the 40th Annual Kennedy Center Honors was actress, dancer and choreographer Carmen de Lavallade, singer-songwriter and actress Gloria Estefan, hip hop artist LL COOL J, television writer and producer Norman Lear and renowned musician and record producer Lionel Richie. The annual event took place in Washington, DC just as it has in past years with one glaring exception – the Commander in Chief was absent from his seat in the presidential box. However despite President Trump’s non-attendance, the honorees received the full red-carpet treatment.. ...Read Full Story

‘Real Housewives’ Star Luann de Lesseps Faces Felony Charges After Arrest In Palm Beach On Christmas Eve

Luann de Lesseps appeared in court wearing handcuffs after her arrest for battery of a police officer and resisting arrest in Palm Beach, Florida, on Sunday, December 24.  The Real Housewives of New York star, 52, appeared before a judge after her arrest. As previously reported, de Lesseps was charged with battery of a law enforcement officer, disorderly intoxication, resisting arrest with violence and corruption by threat. Three of the four charges are felonies. The judge told de Lesseps, “I don’t know if you have a drinking problem, but stop drinking. That seems to be the problem here.” He then warned her to stop speaking in case she incriminated herself. She was released without bond and is scheduled to appear in court on January 25.. ...Read Full Story

Meghan Markle Joins Royal Family For First Christmas Together

Queen Elizabeth II officially welcomed Meghan Markle into the royal family during her annual Christmas Day message, just hours after the duchess-to-be was spotted with fiancé Prince Harry attending church service. The queen, while sitting beside a photograph of Harry and Markle and other photos during a pre-recorded address, said she was excited to welcome new members into her family in the upcoming year. Markle, who got engaged to Harry in early November, was all smiles during her first public appearance with the queen and members of the royal family. She was spotted walking next to Middleton as she held Harry’s arm while arriving at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham for traditional Christmas service on Monday.. ...Read Full Story

Reality Star Khloe Kardashian Confirms Pregnancy With NBA Player Tristan Thompson

Reality star Khloe Kardashian is pregnant. Kardashian confirmed the news on Instagram that she is expecting her first child with boyfriend Tristan Thompson. She included a photo of her pregnant belly with the post, saying she is “thankful, excited, nervous, eager, overjoyed and scared all in one” and called the pregnancy “my greatest dream realized.” Kardashian is the younger sister of Kim Kardashian West. Thompson plays center-forward with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The couple’s pregnancy had been rumored for months, but Kardashian said in her post that they intentionally kept the news quiet so they could “enjoy this between our family and close friends as long as we could privately.”. ...Read Full Story

Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Release Official Photos To Mark Engagement

The world got another look at the future of Britain’s royal family with the release of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s official engagement photos. The new photos show Harry, 33, and Markle, 36, embracing each other, posing with Markle’s hand on Harry’s knee and walking hand-in-hand. All three photos showcase Markle’s engagement ring, which features diamonds from Botswana and the personal collection of Harry’s mother, the late Princess Diana. The photos were released Thursday by Kensington Palace. The third photo, showing Markle and Harry embracing as they walk, was shared later on Instagram at the couple’s request.. ...Read Full Story

Lady Gaga Announces 2-Year Special Engagement In Las Vegas Beginning December 2018

 Lady Gaga will be getting a residency show in Las Vegas. The 31-year-old singer confirmed the news in a series of Instagram posts Tuesday, saying she would begin a two-year residency at MGM’s Park Theater. MGM said in a news release that Lady Gaga’s residency will begin in December 2018. Performance dates and ticket information will be announced in the coming months. Gaga posted “The rumors are true I will have my own residency in Las Vegas at MGM’s Park Theater. “I am SO HAPPY and excited beyond belief to make my own brand new show here with my new Vegas family.”. ...Read Full Story

Actress Mindy Kaling Gives Birth To Her First Child

Mindy Kaling is a mom. The 38-year-old actress has given birth to a baby girl named Katherine, welcoming the baby last Friday.  Kaling has not revealed the identity of the baby’s father, but the “Mindy Project” star said she was excited to be a mother. A rep for Kaling did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and Kaling has not alluded to her happy news on social media, either. Her most recent Instagram post on Tuesday promoted “Ocean’s 8.”. ...Read Full Story

First Official Trailer Released For ‘Ocean’s 8’ Starring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett And All-Female Cast

Sandra Bullock gathers a crew of seven uniquely skilled women to plot a major jewel heist in the new trailer for “Ocean’s 8.”  Warner Bros. released the official trailer for the “Ocean’s” film spin off on Tuesday morning, December 19.  In the movie, Bullock stars as Debbie Ocean, the estranged sister of Danny Ocean (the character made famous by George Clooney in the original “Ocean’s” films.) The all female cast include Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling, and Awkwafina, The film, directed by Gary Ross and produced by George Clooney, hits theaters on June 8.. ...Read Full Story

Michael Peña And Diego Luna To Star In ‘Narcos’ Season 4

Michael Peña and Diego Luna will star in the upcoming fourth season of “Narcos.”  The announcement was made by Netflix in a short teaser video on Tuesday. Production of the new season is already underway in Mexico City, Mexico. The first two seasons of the Netflix drama focused on Pablo Escobar’s cartel, and Season 3 segued to Colombia’s Cali cartel, ending with plot suggestion the storyline would move to Mexico in Season 4.  No official date has yet been announced on when the new season will debut.. ...Read Full Story

K-Pop Singer Kim Jonghyun Dead at 27

Kim Jonghyun, the lead singer of the K-pop group SHINee, died on Monday, December 18. He was 27. Jonghyun was found unconscious at a rented apartment studio in Cheongdam-dong in southern Seoul, South Korea, and was then transported to a nearby hospital under cardiac arrest.  He received emergency CPR treatment but did not regain consciousness, and was pronounced dead at the hospital.  The cause of death is still unclear, though Jonghyun’s sister told authorities that she believed her brother had died by suicide after she received a text message from him that read, “I’ve had a hard time. Please let me go and say that I did a good job. This is my last goodbye.”. ...Read Full Story

Anna Kournikova And Enrique Iglesias Welcome Twins After Secret Pregnancy

Anna Kournikova and Enrique Iglesias reportedly welcomed twins over the weekend, following a pregnancy so private that nobody even knew about it. The former tennis star reportedly gave birth to a boy and a girl in Miami on Saturday named Nicholas and Lucy. Kournikova and Iglesias have been together since 2001; they briefly separated in 2013 and have since sparked marriage rumors after she was photographed sporting a massive ring on her finger. The couple has long kept their romance away from the public eye and have rarely shared any details of their relationship with media.. ...Read Full Story

More Women Come Forward With Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Dustin Hoffman

Dustin Hoffman faces more sexual misconduct allegations, including accusations of him exposing himself to two teen girls years ago in New York, from five women whose stories were published by Variety and the Hollywood Reporter. The newest allegations included one from a friend of his daughters when she was just 16 years old. Two other women told Variety they were sexually assaulted by Hoffman. Representatives for the 80-year-old actor, who has already been publicly accused of sexual assault and misconduct by three other women, did not immediately return requests for comment on the new allegations. However, Hoffman’s attorney told Variety the accusations were “defamatory falsehoods.”. ...Read Full Story

“Star Wars” The Last Jedi” Scores Second-Highest Opening Ever With $220 Million

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is on track to gross an estimated $220 million in 4,232 theaters in the U.S. and Canada this weekend, marking the second-highest domestic opening of all time, behind only its predecessor Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which debuted to $248 million in 2015. The Last Jedi is just the fourth film in history to open north of $200 million, joining The Force Awakens, Jurassic World, and The Avengers. It’s also set to add $230 million overseas, for a worldwide bow of $450 million, which would rank fifth all time. The Last Jedi has met with excellent reviews from critics and also garnered an A CinemaScore from moviegoers. . ...Read Full Story