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  • MEGHAN MARKLE MAKES FEMINIST ROYAL SPLASH AS KATY PERRY DRAGS HER DRESS

  • Tue, 22 May 2018 01:00:00 EST

    After a picture-perfect royal wedding, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle celebrated by releasing their official wedding portraits Monday.

    Taken by fashion photographer Alexi Lubomirski (he also snapped their engagement pics) in the Green Drawing Room at Windsor Castle after their carriage procession, they show a gathering of the entire royal family, the bridal party and Ms. Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland.

    • "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex would like to thank everyone who took part in the celebrations of their wedding on Saturday. They 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," a Kensington Palace spokesperson said.
    • Other photographs feature just the bride and groom, and the lovebirds with their bridal party.
    • Also Monday, the Palace released her official royal bio, which focused more on her feminist ideals than her background as an actress. (In fact, it didn't mention her career in Hollywood once).
    • The first few paragraphs make it clear that Ms. Markle will bring her work as an activist and philanthropist into her life as a royal. While royals traditionally avoid getting political, the palace appears to have changed things up with Ms. Markle.
    • The bio notes, in part: "In 2015, The Duchess became the UN Women's Advocate for Women’s Political Participation and Leadership. In this role, she gave a speech on the importance of gender equality on International Women’s Day for UN Women in New York City. Ahead of her appointment to this role, Her Royal Highness spent time at the UN's New York office to understand the organisation's day-to-day work before embarking on a learning mission to Rwanda. On this trip The Duchess met female parliamentarian leaders in Kigali and visited Gihembe refugee camp, where women were working on leadership and empowerment at a grassroots level."
    • It also included a quote from Ms. Markle, saying: "I am proud to be a woman and a feminist."

    KATY PERRY WEIGHS IN

    • File this one under, you can’t please everyone. When Katy Perry was asked about Ms. Markle’s Givenchy gown, she told Entertainment Tonight: "I would have done one mofre fitting. I’m never not going to tell the truth! One more fitting, but I love you!"
    • Perry, who herself has dressed as a can of whipped cream and a geisha, took her fashion critique a step further, saying that she’d preferred the Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen gown worn by Kate Middleton for her 2011 wedding to Prince William.
    • The 33-year-old concluded: "Kate, Kate, Kate won, Kate won!"


  • THE OBAMAS GET INTO MOVIE-MAKING BIZ

  • Tue, 22 May 2018 01:00:00 EST

    Barack and Michelle Obama have inked a production deal with Netflix.

    The streaming giant shared on Twitter: "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."

    • The partnership will provide the Obamas with a platform that reaches 118 million subscribers around the world. They will reportedly focus on stories of inspiration.
    • The New York Times first published news of the rumored deal in March. Michelle Obama also recently announced that her memoir, Becoming, will be out in the fall. Barack Obama is also working on an untitled memoir. Penguin Random House paid them a reported $60 million for a joint deal on their books.


  • '13 REASONS WHY' SPARKS OUTRAGE OVER RAPE SCENE

  • Tue, 22 May 2018 01:00:00 EST

    Season 1 of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why sparked controversy and conversations over its graphic depiction and discussion of teen suicide, and now Season 2 is doing the same thing for its handling of sexual assault and the #MeToo movement.

    This season, episodes feature a PSA and mature content disclaimer, encouraging younger viewers to "watch with an adult."

    • Throughout the season, the issue of bullying and peer pressure, via Tyler, played by Devin Druid, is tackled. But the finale, which shows Tyler getting targeted by a jock named Monty, played by Timothy Granaderos, has fans up in arms.
    • Monty follows Tyler into a bathroom and sexually assaults him with a mop for two minutes, bashes his head into a sink and shouts homophobic slurs at him.
    • While some applaud the show’s bravery, others say it went to far. Wrote one critic on Twitter: "I understand that 13 Reasons Why is a show that displays the harsh realities of the world, abuse, suicide, rape, depression, etc...But season 2, episode 13, at time 38-41 is unacceptable. It is a reality in this world, but that went beyond graphic and I am sick."
    • Another opined: "13 reasons why is a truly disgusting show, i hope none of my mutuals watch it/support it in any way. the writers/producers do NOT care abt people with mental illnesses or abt raising awareness around mental health. they care abt romanticizing mental illness, rape and suicide".

    #METOO

    • The season also focuses on the reasons (sexual assault, primarily) that led to Hannah Baker’s suicide in season 1. Her high school is on trial for negligence in preventing her attack by fellow student Bryce Walker, played by Justice Prentice. Another living victim of Walker’s, Jessica Davis (Alisha Boe), also comes forward to report her assault to the police.
    • In the final moment, she gives her victim-impact statement and is joined by other victims of Walker’s; then suddenly, the story broadens further with other students and mothers sharing their own stories of assault and rape.
    • Singer Selena Gomez, producer of 13 Reasons Why, reportedly wrote "Back to You" about the characters Jessica Davis and Justin Foley.
    • Her music supervisor Season Kent told Billboard: "It's a bit of a different sound for her and it's a love song and it really works lyrically so well for the storyline between two characters. It's a great fit. It's got a great use in the show and this is her project; she brought it to Netflix and she's been really behind it from day one."


  • ADAM RIPPON AND JENNA JOHNSON WIN 'DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES'

  • Tue, 22 May 2018 01:00:00 EST

    Adam Rippon and Jenna Johnson won Dancing with the Stars: Athletes last night. The Olympic ice skater and his professional partner beat out their fellow finalists – former ice skater Tonya Harding and Sasha Farber and NFL cornerback Josh Norman and Sharna Burgess – to take home the coveted, mirror ball trophy.

    ABC's abbreviated, four-week season was hosted by Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews. Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli were the judges.

    Rippon, 28, is a figure skater who became the first openly gay U.S. male athlete to medal in a Winter Olympics. He earned a combined judges score of 58 out of 60 during Monday’s finale. Throughout this season’s abbreviated competition, Rippon impressed judges with his dancing skills alongside partner Jenna Johnson.

    The three finalists showed off their dancing technique for the last time in two separate routines. The first was a choreographed number, but the second was the athlete’s highly-anticipated freestyle routines.

    Here’s a rundown of the night’s dances, from highest to lowest judges’ score:

    • Adam Rippon – 30 out of 30 for jazz; 28 out of 30 for freestyle; total 58
    • Josh Norman – 27 out of 30 for foxtrot; 30 out of 30 for freestyle; total 57
    • Tonya Harding – 26 out of 30 for Viennese waltz; 30 out of 30 for freestyle; total 56
    AUDIO: DANCING WITH THE STARS ADAM RIPPON IS NAMED THE WINNER OF DWTS
    AUDIO: DANCING WITH THE STARS BRUNO ON JOSH NORMANS FREESTYLE PERFORMANCE
    AUDIO: DANCING WITH THE STARS CARRIE ANN ON ADAM RIPPONS FREESTYLE PERFORMANCE
    AUDIO: DANCING WITH THE STARS CARRIE ANN ON ADAM RIPPONS JAZZ PERFORMANCE
    AUDIO: DANCING WITH THE STARS LEN ON TONYA HARDINGS VIENNESE WALTZ PERFORMANCE


  • HOWARD STERN CLAIMS TRUMP RATES ANGELINA JOLIE A 7, IVANKA A 10

  • Tue, 22 May 2018 01:00:00 EST

    Well! Howard Stern is opening up about some of President Donald Trump’s now-infamous radio interviews with him. Stern appears on an upcoming episode of David Letterman’s My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, and snippets of the show were released Monday.

    In the clips, Stern reveals that Trump judged and openly discussed the physical attractiveness of women, including his daughter Ivanka and Angelina Jolie.

    • "I’d say, ‘Mr. Trump, tell me, who are the great beauties? If I ask you some names, can you tell me who the great beauties are?,'" Stern said.
    • "First of all, the great beauties, Howard, are not actresses. It’s models," Trump replied, according to Stern. "Anyone who works in the entertainment industry, really, I’ve only seen sixes and sevens."
    • When Stern floated Jolie as a "great beauty," Trump allegedly responded: "'You know who's a great beauty? My daughter Ivanka. Now she's a 10.' So we'd have these discussions. Of course, with the Internet now, all these tapes are out there, and they're still using them on a constant basis."
    • Letterman's previous guests include Barack Obama, George Clooney, Malala Yousafzai, Jay-Z and Tina Fey.
    • Netflix will begin streaming Stern's episode of My Next Guest on May 31st.


  • MADDIE POPPE CROWNED THE NEW 'AMERICAN IDOL'

  • Tue, 22 May 2018 01:00:00 EST

    Maddie Poppe was crowned this season’s winner of American Idol last night. Hailing from Clarksville, Iowa, the 20-year-old singer-songwriter has been a fan favorite since the start of the season, wowing with folk-pop renditions of classic songs by The Beach Boys, Sinead O’Connor and The Bangles. She bested top 3 finalists Caleb Lee Hutchinson, a deep-voiced country crooner, and Gabby Barrett, who came in third.

    Poppe broke down in tears when host Ryan Seacrest called her name, and struggled to get through coronation song "Going Going Gone," her first single on Hollywood Records. Fortunately, she got some help from this season’s top 10 contestants, who ran on stage to hug her and chime in on the chorus.

    Shortly before the final results were announced, Hutchinson revealed that Poppe is his girlfriend, sending the audience screaming and swooning as the duo launched into a sweet, stripped-down take on "Over the Rainbow."

    Judge Lionel Richie opened the two-hour finale with a glittering performance of his 1983 hit "All Night Long," accompanied by the top 10. Judge Luke Bryan took the stage later to sing his latest single "Sunrise, Sunburn," Sunset with Barrett, while judge Katy Perry teamed up with spunky finalist Catie Turner for a heartfelt duet of the pop star’s "Part of Me."

    Jimmy Kimmel also made a surprise appearance to unearth an American Idol time capsule such items as a Simon Cowell v-neck t-shirt, "Ryan’s frosted hair tips from season one" and former contestant Sanjaya Malakar.

    This season’s mentors Nick Jonas and Bebe Rexha each returned for performances with recent Idol hopefuls, as did special guests Gary Clark Jr., LeAnn Rimes, Patti LaBelle and Yolanda Adams.

    You can catch the top 7 – Poppe, Hutchinson, Barrett, Turner, Michael J. Woodard, Jurnee and Cade Foehner – on tour across the U.S. this summer with American Idol Live!, which kicks off July 11th in Redding, California.

    American Idol has been renewed for a second season on ABC. The series aired on Fox from 2002-16.

    AUDIO: AMERICAN IDOL ADA VOX PERFORMS LADY MARMALADE WITH PATTI LABELLE
    AUDIO: AMERICAN IDOL ADA VOX PERFORMS LADY MARMALADE WITH PATTI LABELLE
    AUDIO: AMERICAN IDOL CALEB LEE HUTCHINSON REVEALS MADDIE POPPE IS HIS GIRLFRIEND
    AUDIO: AMERICAN IDOL GABBY BARRETT IS ELIMINATED
    AUDIO: AMERICAN IDOL KATY REVEALS SHE IS NOT SINGLE
    AUDIO: AMERICAN IDOL MADDIE POPPE PERFORMS GOING GOING GONE
    AUDIO: AMERICAN IDOL MADDIE POPPE PERFORMS RAINBOW CONNECTION WITH KERMIT THE FROG
    AUDIO: AMERICAN IDOL MADDIE POPPE PERFORMS SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW AND WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD WITH CALEB LEE HUTCHINSON
    AUDIO: AMERICAN IDOL MADDIE POPPE WINS AMERICAN IDOL
    AUDIO: AMERICAN IDOL NICK JONAS PERFORMS ANYWHERE


  • PARIS JACKSON TALKS FAMILY DRAMA

  • Tue, 22 May 2018 01:00:00 EST

    When Paris Jackson did not appear alongside her grandmother Katherine Jackson, brother Prince Jackson and aunt Rebbie Jackson while Janet accepted her Billboard Icon Award Sunday night, fans questioned Paris’ loyalty.

    • The 20-year-old supermodel and daughter of the late musical icon Michael Jackson addressed her critics on social media Monday, essentially telling them to butt out.
    • "Dear social media followers, friends, stalkers, lovers and haters, and fellow moonwalkers: Please do not tell me/demands/try to control how I handle my relationship with the people in my life, specifically my family," she wrote in an Instagram Story.
    • "As amazing and as s—-y as things can be, it is no one’s business but ours. I understand that some of you feel some sort of connection or need to be a part of our lives considering you watched us grow up. However, I am handling my situation exactly how my father did. And I am happy keeping it that way. I will always have love and respect for my family. ALWAYS."
    • She also said that while her family’s issues are under a microscope because of their prominence, they certainly weren’t out of the ordinary.
    • "Every family has their moments of trauma, heartbreak, separation, love, oneness, tribe, pain, everything. EVERY FAMILY. My family, specifically, and a good number of others…well, our drama is broadcasted worldwide through media," Paris continued. "But that doesn’t mean our family issues are any different from yours. Ours are just made public
    • "Every level has another devil. Every life has their own s–t to deal with. We ain’t inferior or superior to y’all. We’re all f–king human. So let’s act like it. I appreciate any and every person reading this and I’m grateful for everything in my life, positive and negative."


  • CELEBRITY GOSSIP

  • Tue, 22 May 2018 01:00:00 EST

    PATRICK J. ADAMS APOLOGIZES FOR ‘BODY-SHAMING’ WOMAN: Patrick J. Adams is apologizing for catching heat from fans after he posted an unflattering shot a woman who he said criticized his appearance. In a since-deleted Instagram post, Adams claimed a woman in the airport called him "chunky" in a photo taken at the royal wedding. "She reads her paper. See’s picture of me and Troian from wedding," he wrote, according to screenshots published in the Daily Mail. "‘My God. What a terrible photo of you.’ I look over. ‘Really. I kind of like that photo. What do you think is wrong with it?’ She pauses. ‘Well, you’re just so….chunky.’ " In retaliation, Adams took a photo of the woman sleeping in the chair next to him. "She laughs and falls asleep," he continued. "And …. scene." On Monday, he apologized and explained why he deleted the post. "I thought it over and agreed and took it down, not because I felt the woman was right or fair or undeserving of being called out but because any sense of being a bully or lashing out felt wrong," he explained. "I’m no bully. What that woman said to us was offensive and unnecessary but I should have told her she was rude and out of line and left it at that. I’m sorry I didn’t. I was too shocked and annoyed and Canadian – so I avoided the confrontation. Again, I’m sorry." (People Click our Twitter or Facebook buttons to share this link!)

    CHRISSY TEIGEN SHOWS UNFILTERED VERSION OF MOTHERHOOD: Fans are here for supermodel Chrissy Teigen’s no-filter approach to post-birth life. The candid star gave birth to baby Miles last week, and she and husband John Legend and daughter Luna, 2, are just trying to keep their heads above water. In one recent shot, Teigen cradled her newborn in one arm as Luna played a pink toy harp. Teigen was wearing post-birth underwear hiked up over her loose skirt and appeared to be holding an avocado. "If you haven't seen @aliwong's new Netflix special, you are bad at picking Netflix specials #asianpearunderwear," she captioned the shot, referencing the comedian and fellow mom of two whoe has described the underwear as the "same material that they package those fancy Korean pears in."

    ALEC AND HILARIA BALDWIN SHARE SON’S NAME: Welcome Romeo Alejandro David Baldwin! Proud parents Alec and Hilaria revealed the name of their fourth child together on social media. Hilaria wrote: "We are happy to introduce you to Romeo Alejandro David Baldwin," along with a photo of her newborn son.

    KATIE LOWES OPENS UP ABOUT MISCARRIAGE: Scandal star Katie Lowes welcomed her first son Albee in October of 2017, and now she is speaking out about the painful miscarriage that preceded it. "I was about 11 and a half weeks," she recalled on her latest episode of her podcast, Katie’s Crib. "I was a couple days away from telling everybody that I was pregnant. When I got pregnant with Albee, I waited way longer than 12 weeks to tell anyone because I kind of had PTSD about the miscarriage for sure," she continued. Lowes describes discovering there was no heartbeat. "The initial feeling when I found out there was no heartbeat from the doctor in a routine checkup was like, 'Okay, let's Olivia Pope the situation—let's fix it,'" she said of her reaction. "'Let's make the schedule. Let's get to the hospital. Let's get the dilation and curettage...'When can I start trying again?'"

    AMBER HEARD DATING VITO SCHNABEL? Amber Heard has moved on from tech titan Elon Musk to art world star Vito Schnabel, Page Six reports. Schnabel recently split from model Heidi Klum. Heard and Schnabel were seen in the West Village locking lips during breakfast. They were first photographed together shortly before she flew out of NYC for Cannes. Heard was previously married to Johnny Depp, whom she accused of physical and emotional abuse during their split.



  • INDUSTRY NEWS

  • Tue, 22 May 2018 01:00:00 EST

    GIANCARLO GIANNINI ADDED TO GEORGE CLOONEY’S CATCH-22: The Oscar-nominated Giancarlo Giannini is joining the cast of George Clooney’s Catch-22, a limited series based on the novel by Joseph Heller. The series will debut on Hulu in 2019. Giannini is best known in the U.S. for his roles in 007 films, including Casino Royale. Clooney will also star, along with Christopher Abbott, Hugh Laurie and Kyle Chandler. Giannini will play the role of a brothel-owner in Rome. (The Hollywood Reporter — Click our Twitter or Facebook buttons to share this link!)

    JAKE GYLLENHAAL IN TALKS FOR SPIDER-MAN: Jake Gyllenhaal is in talks to play the villain Mysterio in Sony PicturesSpider-Man: Homecoming sequel. Mysterio, a bubble-headed baddie, joined the Spider-Man universe in 1964. Gyllenhaal was recently booked for The American, the Cary Fukunaga-helmed drama about the life of Leonard Bernstein.

    MICHAEL DOUGLAS, DAVID SIMON, AVA DUVERNAY SIGN ON FOR ATRIUM TV DRAMAS: Atrium TV has launched a second slate of projects with new dramas from Michael Douglas, Ava DuVernay, David Simon and the producers of Sherlock, Deadline reports. Former Sony Chairman Howard Stringer, DRG CEO Jeremy Fox and MTG EVP/Head of Programming Jeremy Fox created Atrium TV, which develops programming for its members who can opt in for series they are interested in. Members of Atrium include OTT and TelCos such as BT TV (UK), Televisa (Latin America) Viaplay (Nordics), Orange (France), Movistar+ (Spain), Deutsche Telekom (Germany), Iflix (Asia/MENA), Sky New Zealand, Antenna (Greece), NewFilm (Russia), BigFlix (India) and Yes TV (Israel).

    LUC BESSON DENIES RAPE ACCUSATION: The Fifth Element director Luc Besson has been accused of raping a 27-year-old actress, who filed a complaint with the Parisian police. The unnamed accuser claims the assault took place at Le Bristol hotel in Paris after drinking a cup of tea that left her feeling "unwell" and caused her to lose consciousness. According to reports, when she woke, Besson was penetrating her. He left the hotel and left her money, she alleges. Besson denies the allegations. Besson has been married to Virginie Besson-Silla, his fourth wife, since 2004. They share three children together.

    FRAIL APPEARANCE SPARKS FAN CONCERN ABOUT JET LI: Jet Li revealed in 2013 that he suffers from hyperthyroidism and a heart condition, and on a recent appearance in Tibet, he appeared so frail fans became concerned about the martial arts icon’s health. Li has also suffered several on-set injuries, and he has admitted that he can no longer stand up straight for long periods of time. Most recently Li has dedicated his time to The One Foundation, which focuses on disaster relief in China.