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4/28/15

Willow Shields was eliminated from "Dancing With the Stars" even though she was the top scorer of the night. The 14-year-old "Hunger Games" star is the youngest celeb in the show’s history. Week in and week out, she’s been earning higher scores than competitors . Last night she got eliminated! Fans took to social media to blast show producers.

 

Just in time for release of the film, "Avengers: Age of Ultron", "Sesame Street" has released a parody called 'The Aveggies: Age of Bon Bon'. The video, which is labeled “F” for “Focus,” shows superheroes Dr. Brownie, Onion Man, Captain Americauliflower, Black Bean Widow, Mighty Corn, and Zuchin-eye fight to save the world from Bon Bon, a dessert-obsessed villain who wants to take away all the healthy food. It’s up to the Avengers to assemble and take back New York’s vegetables… that is, if Dr. Brownie (Cookie Monster) can just focus on “hulking out” and not eating everything from Captain Americauliflower’s shield to Mighty Corn’s hammer.
 

 

Important lessons from today: 1) Sheep are impossible to reason with. 2) Sheep are rude.

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 Taylor Swift posted an Instagram video of her trying to reason with a group of sheep. Swift was moving her hands around and explained to the sheep she didn’t have food for them. She captioned the video, “1. Sheep are impossible to reason with. 2. Sheep are rude.”
 
For at least one night, Hootie and the Blowfish are getting back together again for an appearance on "Late Show with David Letterman" on April 30. Letterman retires as host of the "Late Show' on May 20. As for whether this means more for Hootie and the Blowfish, Rucker is optimistic: “We’re talking. We want to do it when it’s right. I want to do it when country music knows I’m just taking a hiatus for a minute. ‘I’ll be right back,’ you know?” The band last performed together in 2009.
 
Mariah Carey's new song "Infinity" just dropped and she seems to tear Nick Cannon apart, if that’s the person she’s referring to in the song.  
Here are some of the lyrics:
Talkin' 'bout you're mad
Could it be that you just lost the best you've ever had
(On his fame:)
Boy you actin' so corny like Fritos
Wouldn’t have none of that without me, though
(On his money:)
Is it lack of ice got you so cold?
Have you ever felt this on your own?
Why you tryin' to play like you’re so grown?
Everything you own boy you still owe

Wanna see a very NSFW Ted 2 trailer??  Click HERE.

50 Cent believes former One Direction member Zayn Malik could be the next Justin Timberlake. 50 is interested in signing Malik and teaming him with well-known rappers. Malik left One Direction and is expected to release a solo album in 2016.
 

 

Rumor has it... Bruce Jenner has signed on to do a risqué photo shoot once he has made his gender transition. No word on which media outlet will get the photos but he wants to help raise awareness for the transgender community by showing off his body.  He hopes it will be a tasteful shoot. He recently had breast implant surgery and plans to have a sex change surgery down the line.  When it comes to his reality series this summer, Bruce Jenner's sons are warning him to slow down on revealing too much of his journey on reality TV. Sources say that Kim Kardashian and the boys think Bruce was spectacular on the Diane Sawyer, but they're worried Bruce's upcoming docu-series might "de-class" what he's accomplished. They also reportedly urged Bruce not to do other interviews and finish the process in private.  Kim talked to Matt Lauer about his public interview.  Click HERE to see that.
 
In the meantime, his celebrated Wheaties cereal box following his 1976 Olympic win is up for sale to the highest bidder on eBay. The memorable box is a hot commodity since the reality star opened up to Diane Sawyer about being a transgender woman. Multiple sellers are auctioning off the cereal box with one unopened box selling for $255 since the interview aired. Variations are up for sale with some including Jenner's solo box as well as the 1999 Wheaties Cereal Calendar, which included the reality star among other sports greats like Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan.
 
Full House, which is getting a spinoff series on Netflix, will also be the subject of an unauthorized TV movie on Lifetime. Similar to last year's Unauthorized Saved By The Bell Story, the new Lifetime TV movie will recreate the behind-the-scenes happenings of the show as well as give fans an inside look at the cast of Full House and how they all became close friends. By the way, John Stamos says the Olson twins knew about the spinoff series, despite them saying they just found out.
 
51-year-old model Elle MacPherson shared some of her health tips and tricks in a recent interview, and one of them was that she regularly checks her urine. Macpherson says she swears by pH testers, and says, “A pH balance urine tester kit to check that I’m in an alkaline state. I believe that most ailments come from having an acidic body.” She said eating veggies, drinking water and limiting salt can affect levels, and said she also drains her lymph nodes to flush toxins from her body. As for her diet, Macpherson says she eats three meals a day and steers clear of red meat, wheat and dairy.

Nicki Minaj performed at a star-studded bar mitzvah on Saturday. Matt Murstein, the son of wealthy Medallion Financial Corp. founder Andrew Murstein, had his milestone bash at the Pierre Hotel in New York City. Hank Aaron, John Starks, and New York governor Andrew Cuomo were among the attendees. There was also a video montage featuring messages from Patrick Ewing and and Bob Costas. Minaj performed a seven-song set, and posed for pictures with guests. The rapper posted photos on Instagram after the event, jokingly calling the 13-year-old her "new boy toy." Indeed, when Minaj asked the group about their ages, the man of the night hilariously responded that he's "old enough." Minaj also gave the students an inspirational speech of sorts, "Stay in school and don't be a slouch or a bum. She went on, "And ladies, never let a man have to take care of you, do you understand me? Be your own woman, be your own person." Click HERE for pics and more!
 
After the divorce from her wife, Michelle Rounds, Rosie O'Donnell is in the middle of a custody battle for the couple's adopted daughter, Dakota. The divorce is already a $100 million battle but now that Michelle wants full custody of the 2-year-old andit's causing a war between the two women. A source close to Michelle says Rosie is a bully and has gone out of her way to make Michelle's life a nightmare. Rosie is doing everything she can to block certain agreements made in their prenup.

 Actress Nikki Reed has officially tied the knot with actor Ian Somerhalder. The 26-year-old 'Twilight' alum married the 36-year-old 'Vampire Diaries' star Sunday in Malibu. The wedding ceremony happened at Topanga Canyon.  Click HERE for pics.

 Emmy-nominated actress Jayne Meadows passed away at the age of 95. She was best known for her role on the TV series “High Society” which earned her an Emmy-nomination… she was also nominated for Emmys for her roles in “Meeting of Minds” and “St. Elsewhere.” She also frequently teamed with husband Steve Allen on his various talk shows. They married in 1954 and were together until his death in 2000.
 


4/27/15

Diane Sawyer's interview with Bruce Jenner attracted a very big audience Friday night on ABC. Just under 17 million people watched the two-hour broadcast, a big number for any show, but particularly for a Friday, when viewing levels are generally down. The interview did very well among viewers in all age demographic groups, scoring a 5.2 rating with adults under 50; it was also seen by about one in four younger women watching TV Friday. It will also likely rank as the most-watched TV broadcast this week. While news broadcasts generally don't attract a lot of time-shifted viewing, there's a good chance this one will add substantially to its tally once DVR ratings get calculated in the coming days.
 
Lil Wayne's tour bus was reportedly shot at in Atlanta early Sunday morning, though it's not clear if he was on board at the time. The rapper, who had performed at the club Compound on Saturday night, left the venue around 3:30 a.m. Sunday, with himself and his entourage using to two tour buses. Minutes after pulling away, one of the vehicles was hit by gunfire. They were driven to a nearby hotel, where one of the people in Wayne's group called police. It does not appear anyone was injured in the incident. It is also not clear which bus Wayne was riding on, but he was joined by Lil Twist, as well as other artists and associates connected to Young Money. A police investigation is underway. Wayne has made no mention of the situation on social media. The scare comes less than two weeks after a former tour bus driver filed a lawsuit against the music star, who he claims threatened to kill him during a dispute.
 
An internal NBC News investigation of Brian Williams has so far turned up 11 instances where the truth-challenged anchor "embellished" details of his reporting adventures, according to a new report. Previous counts had numbered Williams' whoppers at a half-dozen. But on Saturday, the Washington Post reported that a source familiar with the in-house probe has turned up 11 instances in which Williams "publicly embellished details of his reporting exploits." Those include Williams' false claim that at the start of the Iraq War, he'd been in a military helicopter that was hit by rocket fire. More recently revealed fibs include his claim to Jon Stewart on The Daily Show that he "made eye contact" with a violent, horse-riding soldier in Tahrir Square in Egypt when in fact he'd watched from his hotel balcony.
 
Stephen Hawking spoke as a hologram to a crowd at the Sydney Opera House over the weekend. After discussing a variety of topics, a woman asked the physicist, "What do you think is the cosmological effect of Zayn leaving One Direction and consequently breaking the hearts of millions of teenage girls across the world?" Hawking first replied, "Finally, a question about something important." He went on say, "My advice to any heartbroken young girl is to pay close attention to the study of theoretical physics, because one day there may well be proof of multiple universes." Hawking then explained, "It would not be beyond the realms of possibility that somewhere outside of our own universe lies another different universe, and in that universe, Zayn is still in One Direction." He added that not only might Malik still be in One Direction in another universe, but also "this girl may like to know that in another possible universe, she and Zayn are happily married."
 

A Nick Jonas superfan snapped a pic of his idol using a public urinalThe fan then shared the photo online to prove that Nick is in fact a regular human being, who does urinate in public bathrooms. Stay classy, Internet.  Stay classy.

Justin Bieber made some high school students in Los Angeles very, very happy over the weekend. Justin crashed the Chatsworth Charter High School Prom on Saturday night and even danced with several of the teenage girls in attendance.  See the videos and tweets HERE.

Former celebrity bodyguard, Leonard Taylor, claims he bought cocaine for Chris Evans, John Mayer and other celebs while working for Barry Mullineaux, a club owner. Taylor worked for several celebrities like Uma Thurman and Mark Wahlberg, and he’s suing his former employer, Barry Mullineaux, for $1 million for ‘emotional abuse’. He says the emotional abuse stems from his being forced to buy drugs for celebrities in the time that he worked for Mullineaux, between 2006 and 2010. He says the man ordered him to buy the drugs for his celeb guests, but he is apparently so broke he can’t even afford a lawyer to take on his case. The club owner and lawyers for John Mayer have already reportedly denied Taylor’s claims, while “reps for Conner, Evans and Hilton didn’t respond.”  More HERE.

Brad Pitt stepped out Saturday night for an autism fundraiser concert in Hollywood... sporting facial bruises. Pitt later explained, "This is what happens when you try to run up steps in the dark, with your arms full, wearing flip flops. Turns out, if you then try to stop your forward momentum with your face, the result is road rash." Pitt added, "Regardless, I wasn't going to miss the Autism Speaks benefit the night after. Wonderful people and I was honored to be a part of this important event." Pitt also paid $23,000 for a guitar signed by all the evening’s talented performers, who also have autism. Jack Black served as emcee for the star-studded event, which Christina Applegate, Gary Cole and Amy Brenneman also attended.  More HERE.

Taylor Swift’s boyfriend, Calvin Harris, was dating someone else when they first hooked up. Allegedly, the EDM superstar confessed to a pal that he was cheating on model Aarika Wolf with the singer before ending their six-month relationship and moving on to Swift.  It's likely that Taylor did NOT know that Calvin had a girlfriend when they first got it on. A source tells the NY Daily News, “Calvin and Aarika met on the set of his music video ‘Blame’ in August, and they started officially dating in October. They were full-on boyfriend/girlfriend for about six months; totally joined at the hip.” In early March, Calvin told a close friend that he had cheated on Wolf with Swift and didn’t know how to explain himself to the model. He waited a while for the dust to settle before stepping o ut with his new lady. Harris and Swift were first seen together in public on March 25 at a Whole Foods, and turned on the PDA at a Kenny Chesney concert two days later. “He ended up breaking up with Aarika, and then just pretended that the Taylor Swift stuff happened after (the breakup). “Aarika probably knows now that she was cheated on.” But will it last... with Swift? The source says, “It’s awkward because Calvin’s friends are very much the late-night club and DJ crowd; Taylor doesn’t seem to fit in. “Calvin’s friends think he’s doing it because it’s good for his profile — and he kind of thinks it’s funny.”

Mama June Shannon reveals in a new interview that she's bisexual. The Here Comes Honey Boo Boo star says she's "fooled around" with women, although she has not been in a long-term relationship with a female partner. "I'm not going to lie, I played around in the minors but never went pro," explains Shannon. The reality TV matriarch was supporting her daughter Pumpkin, who had sat down with her mom for an Inside Edition interview, during which Pumpkin revealed to fans that she too is bisexual. She also revealed that she's currently single, but hopes to work things out with her ex-girlfriend.
 
Furious 7 finished once again in first place at the box office this weekend. The film grossed $18.2 million this weekend for a total take of $320.5 million. Kevin James' comedy Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 finished a distant second behind Furious 7 with $15.5 million in ticket sales this weekend for a total haul so far of $43.9 million. Nabbing third place was Blake Lively's fantasy drama Age of Adaline, bringing in $13.3 million this weekend. The animated Rihanna film Home was this week's fourth place winner, earning $8.3 million. This weekend's take helped the film top more than $153 million at the box office. Meanwhile, the low-budget Internet horror movie Unfriended, which cost only $1 million to make, finished in fifth with a respectable $6.2 million in ticket sales.
 

 


4/24/15

The celebrity guestlist has been announced for the annual Barnstable Brown Gala…Tom Brady, Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski, Kendra Wilkinson, Boyz II Men, Salt-N-Pepa,  Brian McKnight and Joey Fatone are on the list.  Click HERE for the full list and details!
 

"Grey's Anatomy" creator Shonda Rhimes has a message for diehard fans, “It's going to be OK.” Rhimes said, "Derek Shepherd is and will always be an incredibly important character — for Meredith, for me and for the fans. I absolutely never imagined saying goodbye to our ‘McDreamy.’ She added, “Patrick Dempsey’s performance shaped Derek in a way that I know we both hope became a meaningful example — happy, sad, romantic, painful and always true — of what young women should demand from modern love. His loss will be felt by all.” Rhimes says that now that the entire “Grey’s Anatomy” family is entering into a new chapter, “the possibilities for what may come are endless.” ABC also released a statement, saying, "After 11 seasons on Grey’s Anatomy, Patrick Dempsey is moving on to pursue other interests...‘McDreamy’ will be greatly missed and we wish Patrick the very best in his future endeavors." NO. WORDS.

California will be soon be getting a Robin Williams Tunnel. A bill to rename the tunnel, which connects the Golden Gate Bridge to Marin County and was once part of his daily commute, sailed through the California Assembly 76-0 yesterday. The tunnel is currently known as the Waldo Tunnel and has also been nicknamed the "rainbow tunnel" because of its painted archways. The tunnel's rainbows "personify Robin in that he was so playful, fun, accessible, alive and colorful" and are also reminiscent of the suspenders he wore in Mork and Mindy. 

Adam Sandler is causing some controversy after a dozen Native American actors and actresses decided to walk off the set of his latest film. Sandler has signed on to do a series of films exclusively for Netflix and his first film, "The Ridiculous Six", was meant to feature Native American extras. Those involved in the film said that it’s offensive to Native Americans because character names included Beaver's Breath and No Bra, and the film shows a woman squatting and peeing while smoking a peace pipe. While the Natives understood the film was a satire they felt the offenses were still not handled well.  More HERE.

 

Lance Bass was on the Meredith Vieira show and chimed in about Zayn leaving One Direction. He said Harry Styles has been recording solo for many months and was planning to leave the band, so Zayn beat him to the punch. Lance thinks Zayn was smart to leave because nobody knew who he was and now they do. Lance also thinks Harry is going to leave the band soon anyways and there won't be any more albums after that.

Beyonce and Jay Z are working on a joint album that would drop exclusively on Tidal, his streaming music service. Insiders are claiming that the album is nearly done. Jay's Tidal is having a slow start despite a business plan that promises exclusives from top-level artists. The site's two major exclusives so far were Rihanna's new song/video "American Oxygen" and Beyonce's "Die With You" home video. More HERE.

 Just FYI…George Clooney is fun.  He signs emails to friends with a simple Danny Ocean and he loves leaving voicemails saying, ‘This is Batman.’” Sources say he gets a kick out of the fact that he played Batman and that why he leaves the message on voicemails.
 

 Brody Jenner is trying to keep Kim Kardashian away from dad Bruce Jenner as he undergoes his transition into a woman. Sources say Brody believes Kim will act as a spy for mom Kris Jenner and tell her everything. The sources add that Brody thinks Kim is nothing but evil and he isn’t afraid to confront her. More HERE.
 
Ariana Grande's camp claims she's the one who called it quits with Big Sean. Sources tell TMZ the last straw was when Sean dropped his track, "Stay Down," in which he raps: "I ain't even gonna lie, I got a million dollar chickWith a billion dollar p****y..." Ariana felt humiliated because Sean was treating her like a piece of meat. Ariana's grandmother came to her and asked about the lyrics, which was especially embarrassing. But there was tension leading up to the song. Sean claims she made him pay for all sorts of extravagances. But Ariana sources say SHE is the one who foot most of the bills, including vacations and private flights. Also, Sean complained that Ariana didn't show up for his big House of Blues performance in February because she selfishly cared more about her Grammy's performance the following day.  Ariana sources say on Saturday, when she rehearsed, her voice was strained and her vocal coach ordered her not to even speak for the rest of the day, and Sean got pissed.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's video library is coming to Nickelodeon. The network bought the twins’ library and they will make their debut on Monday with the airing of “So Little Time”… their Fox Family sitcom from the early 2000s. Nick also has access to early work such as the 1990s movie series “The Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley” in which the twins play detectives.
 
Speaking of the Olson twins, a “Full House” rap tribute song was released a few years ago by Dave Coulier, and is getting some attention now that Netflix is bringing the show back.  If you dare…

Release dates for sequels to “Fifty Shades of Grey,” titled “Fifty Shades Darker” and “Fifty Shades Freed,” have been announced. The movies are expected to star actors Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, and the first sequel is slated for release on Feb. 10th, 2017, which is almost two years away. The third film in the franchise is scheduled to be released on February 9th, 2018.


Speaking of release dates, “Furious 8″ will hit theaters April 14, 2017. Vin Diesel broke the news to a crowd of theater owners at Universal’s CinemaCon panel in Las Vegas on Thursday. “Furious 7″ has hit $1.15 billion at the worldwide box office, making it No.7 on the list of highest-grossing films of all time. It’s likely to end up with more than $1.4 billion overall.  More HERE.
 
 


4/23/15

 

Robert Downey Jr. walked out of an interview yesterday in London that was supposed to be about the new Avengers movie, but ended up digging into areas of his past he preferred not to revisit…like the role his relationship with his father played in his life and whether he was past his troubles with drugs and alcohol.
 


Mila Kunis is being sued by Kristina Karo, an alleged former friend who claims Kunis stole her pet chicken when the pair were kids. Kunis and Karo reportedly grew up together in Ukraine and often played with the chicken…appropriately named Doggie. Karo claims the incident caused her such emotional distress she required therapy. She, like Kunis, moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in entertainment, and says her proximity to the actress caused her to re-enter treatment. Mila said she was "devastated," and "weeping" after finding out about the suit, but also questions the timing, as Karo is currently trying to promote a music video. For her part, Mila's contemplating a countersuit because the music video 'burned her eyes and hurt her body.' More HERE.
 

 
Fifty-year-old Sandra Bullock has been named as People Magazine’s 2015 World’s Most Beautiful Woman.  How did she react?  She laughed, saying: "I just said, 'That's ridiculous.' I've told no one." Bullock says she’s found beauty in her role as mom to her 5-year-old son, Louis, and says their life together is a constant reminder of what's important. She adds, “No, be a good person, be a good mom, do a good job with the lunch, let someone cut in front of you who looks like they're in a bigger hurry. The people I find most beautiful are the ones who aren't trying." Bullock also says the best compliments she hears these days are from her son, who notes her wrinkles and says, "You're not old, you're just happy."

Knowing this…should start your day off right as you head to work. Boxing champ Floyd Mayweather Jr. has purchased more than 100 cars from one car dealer over 18 years, including 16 Rolls-Royces. "He'll buy a car before a fight. He'll buy cars after the fight. He'll buy cars on holidays." NOTE:  Mayweather is one of the world's most highly paid athletes. His payday for his May fight with Manny Pacquiao is expected to earn him $100 million alone. According to the owners of Towbin Motorcars in Las Vegas, sometimes Mayweather calls and wants to go car shopping at 2 a.m. The dealership is happy to oblige. They "never know when Floyd will get the bug to go car shopping". (A Rolls-Royce can run north of $400,000. A Bugatti passes $2 million like a speed bump -- and Mayweather owns three of them.) The champ pays in cash -- sometimes duffel bags full of it. There's so much cash that the auto dealership had to buy a new cash-counting machine just to accommodate Mayweather. 
 

 


Speaking of cars...one of Paul Walker’s cars used in “The Fast and the Furious" franchise is up for auction. The orange 1993 Toyota Supra was used in the train chase scene at the end of the first film.  It features a2JZ-GE 3.0L/220 HP inline-6 engine, roll cage, twin Holley Performance nitrous oxide bottles and a five speed manual transmission. The auction will be held May 12th-17th in Indianapolis. The car is expected to sell for $150,000 to $200,000. More HERE.
 
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen haven’t ruled out appearing in the new “Full House” spin-off.
The twins said they just found out about the Netflix spin-off this week and that they are going to talk to the creators and see what's happening. Ashley also said she is going to call 'Full House' costar Bob Saget to get his perspective.
 
 

Living With Meerkats - a documentary

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FYI...looks like it's serious now.  Calvin Harris followed Taylor Swift on Instagram...AND liked her cat video!  That's a big deal, because it turns out he's allergic to her cats!!

Kanye West has deleted all references to Jay Z’s music screaming service Tidal from his Twitter page. Kanye had made Tidal’s logo his Twitter avatar when it launched March 30th but changed it yesterday. He wrote several tweets praising the service including one on March 30th that read, “Together, we can turn the tide and make history. Start by turning your profile picture blue. #TIDALforALL.” Kanye hasn’t commented on the deletions.  More HERE.


Yesterday, the world got the first pictures of Bruce Jenner wearing a dress standing outside his house, and now he wants to sue the photographers. The  New York Daily News published them yesterday, and a source says Bruce has decided to take legal action because he is fed up with the constant invasion of his privacy. The insider says Bruce was forced to call the cops Tuesday because photographers were using zoom lenses to get pictures of him in the house, wearing a striped black and white dress as he puffed on a cigarette.  His interview about his transition with Diane Sawyer airs on ABC’s 20/20 tomorrow night.
 
 
 
Bruce Jenner’s high school girlfriend in chiming in about his choice, and says everyone was shocked when they found out. The woman says that Jenner's personality has changed since his high school days. She says Bruce was happy-go-lucky but the few times she had seen him on the TV show, he just didn’t look happy. She adds that she hopes his change to a woman provides him happiness.  More HERE.
 
BTW…Khole Kardashian thinks it’s a huge slap in the face to mom Kris Jenner that ex-husband Bruce Jenner is transitioning to a woman. Sources say Khole has distanced herself from her stepdad because she thinks it’s an insult to her mom.  More HERE.
 
We told you yesterday about the trouble Katy Perry was having in copywriting and capitalizing on the Left Shark popularity after her Super Bowl performance this year. Well…at least now Left Shark is a character in “World Of Warcraft.” It will be available as a collectible battle pet that can fight against other players’ pets. Left Shark’s powers include the Rain Dance and Dazzling Dance which give boosts to teammates.
 
Spike TV has renewed “Lip Sync Battle” for a second season. The sophomore season will premiere in 2016 with 20 new episodes. After four episodes it was Spike’s most-watched original series ever. The show averages 3 million viewers and is the top-rated show in its time slot for 18-49 year-olds. Jimmy Fallon, John Krasinski and Stephen Merchant serve as executive producers.... and LL Cool J hosts.  

The Muppets are joining the ranks of those in "mockumentaries" like 30 Rock and The Office in a new ABC series that will dig deeper into the puppets' personal lives. The network promises a "more adult show." The project, from Big Bang Theory co-creator Bill Prady and Anger Management writer-producer Bob Kushell, was announced earlier this month. The series' pilot presentation is said to follow the Muppets as they prepare to be on a new 'reality' show. The new show's producers are reportedly creating a storyline that explores the Muppets' backgrounds, friendships, romances, jobs and other areas of their 'everyday' lives.
 

 



4/22/15
 

 

 

After an exhaustive search of my ancestry for "Finding Your Roots," it was discovered that one of my distant relatives...

Posted by Ben Affleck on Tuesday, April 21, 2015

PBS has announced an internal review after leaked Sony emails revealed Ben Affleck shut down a segment on “Finding Your Roots” that revealed he had a slave-owning ancestor. Now Affleck has explained himself on Facebook, saying, "I didn't want any television show about my family to include a guy who owned slaves. I was embarrassed. The very thought left a bad taste in my mouth." He added, "It's important to remember that this isn't a news program. ‘Finding Your Roots’ is a show where you voluntarily provide a great deal of information about your family, making you quite vulnerable." But now he regrets getting that info cut from the show. He said, "While I don't like that the guy is an ancestor, I am happy that aspect of our country's history is being talked about." Affleck's episode aired last October, and focused on his Revolutionary War ancestor and a 3rd great-grandfather who was a fan of the occult.

When you see “Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation” when it comes out, just know that when you see Tom Cruise hanging on the side of a plane 5,000 feet in the air…he was “scared s---tless!” Cruise fessed up to the audience at CinemaCon in Las Vegas saying, "As always, I will do everything I can to entertain an audience and put as many people into your theaters…I’m an aerobatic pilot and I’ve always wanted to do that”. To perform the death-defying stunt — which he filmed eight times — Cruise wore a special pair of glasses to protect his eyes from the high-velocity winds and dealt with low temperatures, birds, and fumes from the jet fuel.
Speaking of movies we’re excited to see…check out the new trailer for Jurassic World with Chris Pratt!  #dinosaursweatsfordays

 An early script to the film 'The Breakfast Club' was found in a cabinet in an Illinois high school. The script was an early draft from the director and was likely left in the cabinet by a school administrator who had to approve the plot before he allowed it to be filmed there. It's being called a piece of history. The script has written notes on it and even a pizza grease stain. There are some changes in the first draft, including the character of Claire Standish being called Cathy Douglas. The film's original title was also called "Saturday Breakfast Club".  More HERE.
  
Another Dugger baby is on the way!  Jessa and Ben Seewald announced via video on TLC.com that they are expecting their first child together! More HERE.

The royal baby birth is getting really close! As they did before welcoming firstborn Prince George in July 2013, Prince William and Princess Kate are back in London as they await the arrival of their second child.  She’s expected to give birth to #2 any day now.
 
Just as the joy of a “Full House” spin-off on Netflix was starting to set in…now we are scared and bewildered. Lori Loughlin, Bob Saget, and Dave Coulier have yet to sign deals to come back!  She said they are all in negotiations and that everyone would love for Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen to come back… but she doesn’t know if they even would want to do it.

Former coaches on "The Voice", CeeLo Green, Gwen Stefani and Usher will return to the NBC singing competition on April 27 as advisers.  More HERE.
 
Lindsay Lohan took to Instagram to post what she thought would be an inspirational note to all of her followers.  Wellllll notsomuch. Lohan posted Arabic script with "You're beautiful" written out underneath. Except the Arabic script actually translates to "You're a donkey".  More HERE.

 Kylie Jenner is speaking out about the so-called "Kylie Jenner Challenge," which has prompted hundreds of teenagers to alter their lips to resemble her pouty look. On Tuesday, after several photos of teens who had injured and even disfigured themselves went viral, Jenner, who did not create the "challenge," issued a statement on Twitter. "I'm not here to try & encourage people/young girls to look like me or to think this is the way they should look." She added, "I want to encourage people/young girls like me to be YOURSELF & not be afraid to experiment w your look." The reality star has previously said that she's sick of all the attention placed on her lips. "How long are we gonna talk about this lip thing lmao," she tweeted last year. "Let's get a our lives together guys and talk about some important sh*t. Just talk about something new at least. I'm bored." More HERE.
 
Speaking of the Kardashian family…did you hear that comedienne Amy Schumer pranked Kimye on the red carpet during the Time 100 Gala? Kanye West and Kim Kardashian were posing on the red carpet last night in New York City when Schumer dove in front of them.  They didn’t flinch. “They were very serious. Kim smiled a little. Kanye, did not". They just moved to a different spot on the carpet and continued to pose for the cameras.  See the hilarious pic HERE.
 
Kris Jenner is upset that ex-husband Bruce Jenner did a tell-all interview with Diane Sawyer and is now threatening to sue him over it. Kris is apparently very concerned about what he could reveal about their relationship. The sources say she snapped this past weekend and is now threatening him with a defamation suit. Kris is demanding that he let her see the interview and what is filmed so far of the documentary.

BTW...here are the first pictures of Bruce wearing a dress outside his Malibu home. 

 
Ariana Grande has broken her silence following news of her split from Big Sean. She wrote to her 28 million Twitter followers, "I love u babes so much. You're a bunch of angels honestly. your love / care is appreciated so much. i'm good i promise." They had been dating for eight months before they split very quietly and amicably several weeks ago. They released a joint statement, "They both deeply care for each other and remain close friends." According to one insider, busy schedules were to blame, because they would be kept apart over the next year.
 


Guys…prayers for Paris Hilton. Her beloved pooch has Tinkerbell passed away at the age of 14. Paris purchased Tink -- her first dog -- from an online breeding company in 2002. She was reportedly inspired to get the chihuahua after seeing the movie "Legally Blonde." Paris announced the loss on Instagram, saying ... "My heart is broken. I am so sad & devastated. I feel like I've lost a member of my family." She added, "I love you Tinky, you are a Legend & will never be forgotten." #RIP

Kelly Clarkson, Ed Sheeran, Meghan Trainor and John Legend were added to the list of performers for the 2015 Billboard Music Awards. Wiz Khalifa, Hozier, Sam Smith and Nick Jonas are scheduled to perform as well. Ludacris and Chrissy Teigen will host the event. Taylor Swift leads the way with 14 nominations, Sam Smith has 13, Iggy Azalea has 12 and Meghan Trainor has 9. The Billboard Music Awards take place on ABC on Sunday May 17th at 8 PM eastern.
 
Speaking of Ed Sheeran, he became the second artist to reach 2 billion streams on Spotify. He was Spotify’s most listened to artist last year with 860 million streams.

Two years ago, Waka Flocka Flame made a promise. "I'm running for president in 2016," the Atlanta rapper tweeted. The date was November 6th, 2012. He's keeping his word. In a high-level meeting with Rolling Stone on April 20th, 2015, Waka declared his candidacy... running on a pro-pot campaign (of course). But unfortunately for him, you have to be 35 years old to run, per the Constitution. Waka is 28.  More HERE.
 
Katy Perry's performance during halftime at this year's Super Bowl is still a hot topic at the U.S. Trademark Office. Katy got bad news that her company's initial attempts to register a "Left Shark" design had been rejected.  According to the Trademark folks, there's not enough evidence submitted yet that consumers look at "Left Shark" and think a Katy Perry music performance.

Two weeks after Jay z's new Tidal streaming service briefly cracked the U.S. iPhone top 20 download chart, the app has crashed out of the top 700. Why the drastic flop? Well, despite being backed by some huge names, it seems like users couldn't get behind an app that charged so much when there were other apps that offered basically the same service for much less (if not free), charging the debate that argues Tidal is more for the artists than the consumers.  BTW… radio is still free.
 
One of the original X-Men characters is officially coming out of the closet. After years of speculation, in the newest installment in the X-Men comic series, All-New X-Men #40, Bobby Drake - known as Iceman - is coming out. In these comics a young version of the mutants travel in time to see their older selves. During this time another character, Jean Grey, reads Iceman's mind and confronts him about being gay. While the older Iceman has still yet to come out and has dated a few women in his day, this younger version confesses his sexuality to Jean. 

 


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Whitney Houston’s mom, Cissy Houston, released a statement about her granddaughter's condition on Monday night, after more than 24 hours of conflicting reports about Bobbi Kristina's current status. Bobby Brown suggested there had been a major breakthrough when, during a Saturday concert, he said she was "awake." His sister Tina later claimed she was also off life support. Bobby Brown's lawyer then released a statement saying "Doctors have indicated that she will have a long life," he said. Now Cissy Houston is clarifying even further. "Meeting with the doctors and understanding that she can live in this condition for a lifetime truly saddens me," she says. She continues, "I have just returned from visiting my granddaughter Bobbi Kristina in the hospital and while she is no longer in a medically induced coma she has a tracheotomy and according to the doctors she has global and irreversible brain damage and remains unresponsive."  More HERE.
 
62-year-old Roseanne Barr revealed she's going blind, and says her go-to medication is marijuana.  She said, "I have macular degeneration and glaucoma, so it’s good for me for that because I have pressure in my eyes. It’s good medicine for a lot of things.” Barr said her doctors have not given her a timeline for when she will be completely blind, but she did say her "vision is closing in now." 
 

John Stamos broke the news officially last night ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live", that Netflix has ordered 13 episodes of a spin-off the 80’s and 90’s sitcom “Full House”, called “Fuller House” and it will kick off with a one-hour reunion.  Stamos told Kimmel that "Fuller House" will focus on D.J. Tanner-Fuller (Cameron-Bure) and her children; her sister, Stephanie Tanner (Sweetin); and their memorable kooky neighbor, Kimmy Gibbler (Barber). According to the Netflix announcement, "Fuller House" will focus on D.J. Tanner-Fuller pregnant and recently widowed, living in San Francisco. D.J.'s younger sister/aspiring musician Stephanie Tanner and D.J.'s lifelong best friend/fellow single mother Kimmy Gibbler, along with Kimmy's feisty teenage daughter Ramona, all move in to help take care of D.J.'s two boys – the rebellious 12-year-old J.D. and neurotic 7-year-old Max – and her soon-to-arrive baby." Netflix says it is talking to other "Full House" stars, including Bob Saget, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Dave Coulier and Lori Loughlin, about participating as guest stars.

 


Guys…Channing Tatum lost his bag in a New York City taxi, and Twitter came to the rescue!  He tweeted about it…even set up a special email address for info on it, and a good Samaritan found it!  Read how the drama all unfolded HERE.
The new promo for the Bachelorette looks like all sorts of cray cray and our bodies are ready!  Two things you need to know are that Kaitlyn is crying and a dude shows up in a cupcake.  It’s ONNNNN May 18th!  More HERE.

Rihanna served as a bridesmaid yesterday in the wedding of her assistant, Jennifer Rosales.  More HERE.

A bunch of couples broke up yesterday...Ariana Grande and Big Sean called it quits because of their busy schedules. They tweeted at each other though...
 
 Zedd and Selena  are done (thanks to Justin Bieber?) and Miley Cyrus and Patrick Schwarzenegger are over too. And in case you were holding out hope after Nick Cannon said never say never about getting back with Mariah Carey, she says NOPE. 


 
Patrick Dempsey could be on his way OUT of “Grey’s Anatomy” because his diva behavior is ticking off show creator Shonda Rhimes.  And we know from past experience, that doesn’t bode well with Shonda.  Former stars Isaiah Washington and Katherine Heigl were fired because of their behavior, and now Dempsey is being written out despite signing a two-year deal. She suspended him for a while, and the word on set is that “he isn’t coming back full time.” After Dempsey’s character was sent to DC, Rhimes told Entertainment Weekly in January, “It’s highly possible that we might not see Derek for a while ... There will be a time when you see him again, yes, but it’s probable that you won’t see Derek for awhile.”
 

Although Kylie Jenner insists that she has not undergone any plastic surgery, fans have noticed a recent change in the size of Jenner's lips. In hopes of matching her pout, teenagers have started performing DIY lip enhancements by sucking on a shot glass to purposefully swell up their lips. Before and after pictures posted to social media show the disastrous results. On Sunday, #KylieJennerChallenge started trending on Twitter. These teens may think a little swelling in the lips is nothing to worry about, but health care professionals warn against this senseless beauty practice. "I can definitely say that this would be dangerous even just to try it, and especially somebody who does it more than once," said one cosmetic surgeon. "The lips turn blue because blood fills up and they could easily become infected and lose all sensation. It is a really dangerous stunt and I'd advise strongly against anybody trying it."
 

 

Speaking of leaving a show, Jon Stewart announced when his last Daily Show on Comedy Central will be…August 6th.

We’re guessing this was probably Steve Harvey’s most confusing moment ever on Family Feud.  The question was: “Name something that women wear that was OBVIOUSLY designed by a man because it’s uncomfortable but sexy?”  The answer?  “Texas.”
 

 

Just days after the first teaser trailer for "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" leaked online someone has already created a parody of it.  Scroll down for the actual trailer!

 


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The Timberlakes are ready!!! GO GRIZZ! #GritNGrind #Playoffs #BabyGrizzROAR

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Your first glance at Timberbaby is here!!


Taylor Swift was honored at the ACM's with the Milestone Award...presented by her mom!  We had all the feelz...MORE HERE.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are going to adopt a child from Syria. The couple is already parents to six children… three biological and three adopted. Now sources say the couple is moving forward with plans to adopt a girl from war-torn Syria (before the end of Summer). She has made more than six visits to Syrian refugee camps and has been an eyewitness to the atrocities happening in that part of the world. A rep for Brad denied the rumor .


ESPN reporter Britt McHenry was suspended by the network after a video of her ripping a parking attendant was released, but it turns out the video was edited. Sources say the tape has been edited to make it look like she had gone on a one-way tirade as opposed to being in a two-way verbal spat with someone. And the sources say the towing company refuses to put out the entire tapebecause it will make them look bad. In the video released it shows McHenry saying "I'm in the news, sweetheart" and "I will f-king sue this place." But the sources say she wasn’t bragging about her job and what she really said was “I'm in the news, I know that there are lawsuits against you."  BTW…the towing company doesn’t want her to lose her job. 


The first teaser trailer for Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice is here!


Zayn, formerly of One Direction, got an Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music at the Asian Awards ceremony, he is an Ambassador for the British Asian Trust He said: “I’d like to thank my mum and dad, and I’d also like to take this moment to thank four of the best guys I’ve ever met, everything I’ve done with them will stay with me for the rest of my life.”

BBobby Brown told his audience during a concert Saturday night, "Bobbi is awake.  She's watching me."  It's unclear if Brown was saying his daughter’s out of the coma she's been in since January 31st, or if he’s referring to her spiritual presence.  When Bobby says, "She's watching me," it makes it sound like something other than consciousness.  Bobby made the comment at a show in Grand Prairie, Texas.

 


About two weeks after getting foot surgery, Usher took the stage for Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day on the National Mall. He brought a gold crutch onstage. He also danced in his boot.
 
Prayers for Calvin Harris …he’s allergic to Taylor Swift’s cats and is not a fan of her sleeping in her bed.  A source said: ''When he stayed over at Taylor's LA house last week, Calvin says he was up all night blowing his nose and complaining he couldn't breathe. Apparently he's allergic to the long fluffy hair on Taylor's cats and they usually sleep in the bed so it's everywhere.'' The source told heat magazine: ''He left really early the next morning - I think it's caused a bit of tension because now Calvin wants to meet up in hotel rooms or at his place in LA, but not at Taylor's house.''
 
Michael Bublé issued an apology after being accused of body-shaming a woman while on a vacation in Miami. He posted a photograph on Instagram which features an unidentified woman's backside in the background with the taglines: “#myhumps #babygotback #hungryshorts #onlyinmiami.  He was slammed by many who said he was body-shaming the woman.  Bublé issued an apology saying the photo was meant to be complimentary and lighthearted. He added that it hurts him deeply that anyone would think that he would disrespect women or be insulting to any human being and that wasn’t his intention at all. 

After doing the opening parts of Kanye West’s “Heartless,” Weeknd was interrupted by the familiar na-na-na-na’s of “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” as Yeezy stormed the stage.  Fans caught sections of the surprise performance on their Instagrams.  It’s NSFW.
 
 
Paparazzi: What does Madonna taste like?  Drake: Like candy.

Speaking of Drake, he has recorded two new songs for his upcoming album and one of them will feature Beyonce. Drake admitted he is making slow progress on the album, “Views From The 6” which will be out later this year. The album is expected to shock his fans because of its tone. The new direction is compared to Kanye West’s albums “808s” and “Heartbreak.”

 


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ESPN suspended reporter Britt McHenry for a week after video leaked online showing her belittling a parking-lot attendant.  McHenry was angry about having her car towed and the video shows her telling the attendant that she has no education and no skillset. McHenry adds that she has a brain, and the woman doesn’t.  As she leaves she tells the attendant to “lose some weight, baby girl.”  McHenry apologized a few hours after the video was posted online saying in a statement:  “I allowed my emotions to get the best of me.” WARNING: NSFW LANGUAGE!

Avril Lavigne opened up about her struggle with Lyme disease yesterday on “Good Morning America.” The singer spent eight months visiting doctors until she found one who had experience with the disease, and could treat it.  She has been put on a strict diet, exercises and is resting during her recovery.  She also debuted her first new song since 2013 called “Fly.” The song is dedicated to the Special Olympics and features some of the event’s athletes.

Britney Spears called a heckler a “f**king a**hole” during her show in Las Vegas.  The dude in the audience shouted “fat b*tch” at the singer during her Piece Of Me show at Planet Hollywood. She replied “F**king a**hole” without breaking her stride and launched into the next song as if nothing had happened.  More HERE.
 
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel plan to raise their newborn baby boy, Silas, far away from the Hollywood limelight.  They have already prepared an estate in Big Sky, Montana, where they plan to raise their son.  Baby Silas will spend at least part of his first months in the Hollywood Hills while Biel works to open her kids' restaurant, Au Fudge, near L.A. in five months.

Gwyneth Paltrow lasted just 4 days on her (7-day) $29 Food Stamp Challenge.  She wrote, "As I suspected, we only made it through about four days, when I personally broke and had some chicken and fresh vegetables ( and in full transparency, half a bag of black licorice). "My perspective has been forever altered by how difficult it was to eat wholesome, nutritious food on that budget, even for just a few days-a challenge that 47 million Americans face every day, week, and year. "After trying to complete this challenge (I would give myself a C-), I am even more outraged that there is still not equal pay in the workplace."   
 

A new trailer for “Star Wars: Episode VII- The Force Awakens” was released yesterday at Star Wars Celebration 2015 in Anaheim, California. The trailer featured the return of Han Solo and Chewbacca in the Millenium Falcon, Darth Vader’s crushed helmet and less CGI than the prequels. Mark Hamill and Carrie Fischer were in attendance at the event. The new “Star Wars” is in theaters December 18th.
 
 Ryan Gosling is in negotiations to star opposite Harrison Ford in the long-awaited sequel to Blade Runner. Ridley Scott will not direct the sequel to his 1982 sci-fi classic, but is on board as an executive producer. The idea for the sequel is said to be set several decades after the conclusion of the original. Scott has previously revealed that Ford's character Rick Deckard will not appear in the entirety of Blade Runner 2, saying: "Harrison is very much part of this one, but really it's about finding him; he comes in in the third act." Further plot details and the identity of Gosling's character are being kept under wraps. Shooting is due to start next summer.

Comedian Sarah Silverman was forced to apologize after she was caught exaggerating a story about being paid less than a man for a job.  She recalled an incident at a comedy club in New York City when she claimed she was paid less than a guy for a piece she recorded for a wage-discrimination-activism video.  But Silverman apologized after the club owner said the story was false because she had been paid less purely since she appeared as a guest on the show, and wasn't meant to receive anything at all.  

Time magazine has released its list of 100 most influential people--  Kanye West is topping the list and featured on one of the magazine covers. Tesla CEO Elon Musk points out in Time's cover story, Kanye "would be the first person to tell you he belongs on this list." Musk wrote, “The dude doesn’t believe in false modesty, and he shouldn’t.” He added, “Kanye’s belief in himself and his incredible tenacity -- he performed his first single with his jaw wired shut -- got him to where he is today. And he fought for his place in the cultural pantheon with a purpose.” Other celebs who made the list include Bradley Cooper, Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Reese Witherspoon, Tim McGraw, Julianne Moore, Kevin Hart, Laverne Cox, Chris Pratt, Amy Schumer, Lee Daniels, Emma Watson and Julianna Margulies.
 
Someone posing as Nicki Minaj's ex, Safaree Samuels, is tweeting out extremely NSFW pics of Minaj, but her ex says he's got nothing to do with it.  A rep for Safaree tells TMZ he'd never do anything like this, and he's doing everything he can to shut down the tweeter behind it. The photos -- some in highly sexual situations -- started going out on Wednesday ... from a Twitter handle extremely similar to Safaree's.  As for whether the pics are legit, Safaree's rep says he doesn't know.  Safaree's moved on after the difficult break up with Nicki, and now just says ... it is what it is.  More HERE.

Rob Kardashian is reportedly suing his mom, Kris Jenner, along with his sisters for exploiting his issues on their E! reality show. A tabloid report says Rob is hooked on crystal meth, he’s refused several intervention attempts by his family, and he’s becoming more and more cut off from his relatives.  Rob’s mental and physical states have been a topic of debate on “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” though he has not appeared on the show in a while.  He’s said to be angry about being left out of the Kardashian family’s $100 million deal with E!, while his relatives keep airing his dirty laundry without his permission.  Rob’s rumored to be demanding $50 million from the Kardashian clan.

 

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