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  • LES MOONVES TO FIGHT CBS FOR $120M SETTLEMENT

  • Fri, 18 Jan 2019 01:00:00 EST

    Ousted CBS chief Les Moonves was denied a $120 million exit package after an internal investigation determined he wasn’t eligible due to multiple claims of sexual misconduct against him. He exited the network in September of 2018 and the investigation was concluded in December.

    Now, Moonves is reportedly pledging to fight the network for the payout; an option in his contract included a provision that allowed him to demand binding arbitration in the event he was denied a settlement.

    In a court filing, the network wrote: "Mr. Moonves notified the Company of his election to demand binding arbitration with respect to this matter. The Company does not intend to comment further on this matter during the pendency of the arbitration proceedings."

    The New York Times previously reported multiple cases of abuse that investigators were able to verify, and that Moonves also set out to destroy evidence against him during the network’s investigation.



  • LOUIS C.K. JOKES ABOUT SEXUAL HARASSMENT, PARKLAND, 'RETARDED' KIDS

  • Fri, 18 Jan 2019 01:00:00 EST

    Comedian Louis C.K., who admitted to sexual harassment in the wake of #MeToo and proceeded lay low for several months, continued his comeback tour to a sold-out show in San Jose, California Wednesday.

    He kicked things off by joking about masturbating in front of women without their permission. "I like to jerk off, and I don’t like being alone," he said, after which statement he reportedly received a standing ovation.

    Continuing the theme, he joked that "the world needs porn because it somehow keeps men from molesting their colleagues at work."

    According to the Daily Beast, he also made jokes about black and Asian men’s penis sizes, concluding: "All Asians are women."

    C.K. also reportedly doubled down on his comments about the fatal Parkland shooting.

    All of the above were reportedly well received, though his cracks about "retarded" kids and 9/11 were not as popular.



  • 'BIRD BOX' UNDER FIRE FOR USING REAL FOOTAGE OF FATAL TRAIN DISASTER

  • Fri, 18 Jan 2019 01:00:00 EST

    Netflix is being slammed over its use of footage from a real-life tragedy in the fictional hit Bird Box. The giant streamer says it has no plans to remove the footage, which appears early on in a movie.

    The fatal accident occurred in Canada in 2013, and killed more than 40 people when a train carrying crude oil derailed in a town outside of Quebec. In addition to several dozen fatalities, dozens of homes and businesses were destroyed.

    The mayor of Lac-Megantic, Julie Morin, told local reporters "we are looking for assurances from Netflix that. . . they are going to remove them. You can be sure we are going to follow up on this, and our citizens are on our side."

    Netflix is not the first outlet to use footage from the tragedy in a fictional depiction. The sci-fi drama Travelers used stock footage of the incident in a Season 3 episode.



  • AMY SCHUMER SLAMS INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT FOR PHOTOSHOPPING HER IMAGE

  • Fri, 18 Jan 2019 01:00:00 EST

    Amy Schumer, 37, has never been afraid to take on body shamers. The pregnant comedian took to her Instagram Story to blast an account for sharing a Photoshopped picture of herself as an example of a before and after photo-editing job.

    The post shot of Schumer shoed an evened out skin tone and slimmed down jawline. The account captioned it: "Like what I did with Amy Schumer? I will do that for you too."

    Schumer shared a screenshot with a disgusted commentary. "Woof this is not good for our culture," Schumer wrote. "I like how I look and don't want to look like a carbon copy of this one type woman you feel is the best way to look."

    Schumer has long been a retouching foe. As she told CBS This Morning: "I said, 'Do not retouch me in this movie. Do not retouch anything.' You see my cellulite. You see my, my rolls, whatever….It's like, I feel great. And I just want, I want other women, other people to -- to feel good about themselves. And I think walking out of this movie you really do."



  • GLADYS KNIGHT TO SING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM AT SUPER BOWL LIII

  • Fri, 18 Jan 2019 01:00:00 EST

    Music legend Gladys Knight has signed on to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at next month’s Super Bowl in Atlanta.

    "Atlanta, I’m coming home! #NFL #SBLIII," Knight tweeted Thursday morning, along with a promotional poster for the February 3rd event. The NFL also announced Knight would help kick off the game.

    Maroon 5 was confirmed last weekend as the headliner for the professional football game’s halftime show. Travis Scott and Big Boi are expected to be guest performers.

    Following the announcement, Knight has shared a statement in response to Variety’s "question about her stance on the NFL’s treatment of Colin Kaepernick," the former NFL quarterback and political activist who’s been blacklisted from the league due to his peaceful protests against police brutality.

    "I understand that Mr. Kaepernick is protesting two things, and they are police violence and injustice," Knight said in her statement to Variety. "It is unfortunate that our National Anthem has been dragged into this debate when the distinctive senses of the National Anthem and fighting for justice should each stand alone."

    She also tied in her longtime activism and called for unity: "I am here today and on Sunday, February 3rd to give the Anthem back its voice, to stand for that historic choice of words, the way it unites us when we hear it and to free it from the same prejudices and struggles I have fought long and hard for all my life, from walking back hallways, from marching with our social leaders, from using my voice for good – I have been in the forefront of this battle longer than most of those voicing their opinions to win the right to sing our country’s Anthem on a stage as large as the Super Bowl LIII."

    Several other music events are scheduled leading up to the Big Game. On Saturday, February 2nd, Rolling Stone hosts Rolling Stone Live: Atlanta at Goat Farm Arts Center, which features performances by Ludacris and Young Thug, as well as Gunna and Lil Keed. The event will also showcase DJ sets from the Roots’ Questlove. Meanwhile, Aerosmith, Bruno Mars and Cardi B are set to perform during the three-day Super Bowl Music Fest.



  • PRINCE PHILIP UNSCATHED AFTER CRASHING RANGE ROVER

  • Fri, 18 Jan 2019 01:00:00 EST

    The 97-year-old Duke of Edinburgh may have retired from public life, but he’s still driving his Range Rover. Prince Philip was pulling out of the driveway of the royal family’s Sandringham Estate when he and another vehicle collided.

    Eyewitnesses tell the BBC that they helped Queen Elizabeth’s husband out of his car, and he was conscious but very shaken. Two people in the other car were treated for minor injuries, police told the BBC.

    The Archbishop John Sentamu tweeted out a prayer in support of the duke. Other observers on social media shared their relief that the duke was unhurt, and then urged for additional prayers for "someone to take away his car keys."



  • CELEBRITY GOSSIP

  • Fri, 18 Jan 2019 01:00:00 EST

    RHOC’S ALEXA CURTIN SPENDS NIGHT IN JAIL: Real Housewives of Orange County star Alexa Curtin got arrested for drug possession, The Blast reports. The 26-year-old got busted on January 5th for possession of Xanax and drug paraphernalia. She spent the night in jail and was released the next day after posting bail. This arrest is just the latest for Curtin, who has multiple active drug-related criminal cases. She is next due in court in March.

    HARVEY WEINSTEIN, BEN BRAFMAN PART WAYS: In a widely anticipated move, Harvey Weinstein and his lead lawyer Ben Brafman are going their separate ways, four months ahead of Weinstein’s criminal trial on sex assault charges. "Mr. Weinstein has authorized Mr. Brafman to formally notify Judge Burke of his decision to withdraw as counsel for Mr. Weinstein in connection with all legal matters currently pending," Weinstein spokesman Juda Engelmayer said in a statement.

    STEVE-O TALKS PAST DRUG USE: Appearing on In Depth with Graham Bensinger, Jack**s alum Steve-O revealed the low-point in his drug addiction. "I’m in his house and over at the table where he would weigh out all of his drugs, there was a very noticeable residue of cocaine," Steve-O claimed. "And so I went over to the table to scrape up a pile of cocaine to snort it. But as I had sat down looking at it … you could see, like, the little tiny little blood splatter on the residue." He continued: "This is how just desperate and pathetic my addiction was that I sat there knowingly scraping up this tainted, like, blood cocaine. I sat there and snorted it, which is so f—ed up. I snorted the blood of an intravenous drug user." Steve-O has now been sober for 10 years. He’s currently engaged to girlfriend Lux Wright.

    GOLDIE HAWN GOT IN KATE HUDSON’S GRILL DURING CHILDBIRTH: When Kate Hudson welcomed second son Bingham Bellamy in 2011, she realized she wasn’t quite ready for her mom Goldie Hawn’s up-close-and-personal approach in the delivery room. "She wanted me to think of my vagina as a magnolia flower," she said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in September. "I was like, 'I never want to think of my vagina that big—ever.'" They returned to the show on Thursday together to laugh over the October 2018 birth of Hudson’s daughter Rani Rose Hudson Fujikawa. "As you might know, we had my daughter," Hudson giggled, "which is kind of how it goes down in the birthing room, anyway." Would you want childbirth to be a private or a family affair?

    KATHRYN DENNIS QUESTION IF EX THOMAS RAVENEL HAS BEEN EVALUATED FOR BIPOLAR DISORDER: Kathryn Dennis, 26, is responding to ex Thomas Ravenel’s recent allegations of drug addiction and child neglect against her in their custody battle. According to court documents by The Blast, Dennis is requesting that Ravenel, 56, "identity every prescription drug and/or illegal drug that you have used during the past 6 years. For each prescription drug, please identify the doctor who prescribed the drug where you purchased your prescription drugs," according to the documents. The pair share Kensington Calhoun, 4, and son St. Julien Rembert, 3.

    NINA DOBREV DEFENDS FRIENDSHIPS WITH IAN SOMERHOLDER & NIKKI REED: The 30-year-old Fam actress appeared on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen’s after-show Wednesday, and a viewer asked her about her friendship with ex Ian Somerhalder and his wife Nikki Reed. "I don't think that's weird at all," Dobrev said. "That's great. Why can't everyone be friends?" She added: "I think that they have a beautiful baby. They are happy—and so am I. What's bad about that? I don't see any problem with that." Are you friends with any of your exes?



  • INDUSTRY NEWS

  • Fri, 18 Jan 2019 01:00:00 EST

    MICHAEL SHEEN, MATTHEW RHYS, ANDREW SCOTT JOIN HEART OF DARKNESS: Joseph Conrad’s classic Heart of Darkness is being adapted into an animated feature, with Michael Sheen, Matthew Rhys and Andrew Scott set to voice the film. Gerald Conn is set to direct.

    THE MASKED SINGER TOPS NEW SERIES: Fox’s The Masked Singer, with panelists Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke, is currently the top-rated new series of 2018-19 among adults 18-to-49, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The first few weeks of the year have seen five other unscripted shows launch to solid ratings. The show is based on a South Korean format. NBC's The Titan Games and America's Got Talent: The Championsopened with a 1.8 rating, putting them among the top five unscripted debuts of the past five years.

    BERLIN FESTIVAL ADDS VICE AND ONE SECOND TO LINEUP: The 2019 Berlin International Film Festival has completed its official selection, adding Christian Bale-starrer Vice, Andre Techine's Farewell to the Night and Zhang Yimou's One Second to its lineup. Several documentaries, including Alan Elliott's Amazing Grace, Peter Lindbergh - Women Stories from director Jean Michel Vecchiet (Basquiat) and the concert doc You Only Live Once - Die Toten Hosen on Tour, are also headed over. The 69th Berlin International Film Festival is set to run Feb. 7-Feb. 17, and will bow with The Kindness of Strangers from Danish director Lone Scherfig (An Education).

    NEIL BURGER TO HELM VOYAGERS: The Upside director is set to direct sci-fi thriller Voyagers, Variety reports. He also wrote the film, which tells the story of 30 children who are sent into space on a missionto reach and populate a recently discovered planet. Production is expected to begin this spring.