Wednesday, February 22, 2017

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Today's Hoda Kotb Adopts a Baby Girl Named Haley Joy. Hoda Kotb has breaking news -- she is a mom! The Today co-anchor announced Tuesday that she adopted a baby girl named Haley Joy Kotb. "She's a Valentine's baby," the proud new parent said while phoning into the show. "She is the love of my life." "How hard it has been to keep this secret," her on-screen partner, Kathie Lee Gifford said. "I have the biggest mouth in the world and I've said zilch." However, if fans have been paying close attention to the journalist's Instagram account, Kotb has been giving everyone a few subtle signs of her secret news by posting inspirational mantras like, "May the new few months of your life be a period of magnificent transformations." Kotb, who has been dating financier Joel Schiffman for several years, celebrated the happy news by taking to -- you guessed it! -- Instagram to commemorate the newest member of her family. "And then my soul saw you and it kind of went, 'Oh there you are. I've been looking for you,'" a photo she posted read. Meanwhile, her colleagues were elated to hear the surprise news. "This little girl Haley is the luckiest girl in the world," Matt Lauer said. "You were made to be a mom," Gifford added. Congratulations to the new mama! (Eonline)

Why Hoda Kotb Named Her Baby Girl Haley Joy. New mom Hoda Kotb can't help but gush about her adorable baby girl Haley Joy Kotb! The Today co-anchor introduced the newest member of her family Tuesday on the morning show but then returned in the fourth hour to dish a little more about her daughter. Talking to her best friend, Kathie Lee Gifford, and Jenna Bush Hager, Hoda explained how she decided name her newborn after Halley's comet, which can be seen from Earth every seven years. "It was one of those things. I just picture her sailing through the sky," Hoda gushed. Haley's name also continues an alliteration Hoda shares with her sister, Hala, and a niece, Hannah. As for her middle name, Hoda said it's all about the emotion she and boyfriend Joel Schiffman feel about her. "She brings us joy," Hoda cooed. "She's got a beautiful way about her." Naturally, KLG and Jenna (and us!) were brought to the happiest of tears. Shortly after Hoda shared her wonderful news, she posted a quote on Instagram. "And then my soul saw you and it kind of went 'Oh there you are. I've been looking for you.'" Hoda's colleagues couldn't contain their excitement after the news went wide. "This little girl Haley is the luckiest girl in the world," Matt Lauer said. "You were made to be a mom," Gifford added. Congratulations to Hoda and Joel! (Eonline)

George Clooney Opens Up About Amal Clooney's Pregnancy for the First Time: ''It's Going to Be an Adventure!" George Clooney is finally speaking out about Amal Clooney's pregnancy! The couple is expecting twins -- an announcement that made massive headlines earlier this month -- and now the 55-year-old actor is finally, officially confirming the news himself. During an interview on the French program Rencontres de Cinema with film journalist Laurent Weil on Sunday, George -- who was honored at The Caesar Awards in France over the weekend -- couldn't stop smiling when asked about the news. "We are really happy and really excited. It's going to be an adventure," he gushed, later adding, "We've sort of embraced it all... with arms wide open." George also dished on how his "supportive" pals reacted when he told them the news. "It got really quiet," he recalled. "And they all just started making baby crying noises, and the whole table just busted up laughing." Of course, the jokes come into play regarding George's age (most of his friends have kids who are grown up and off to college). However, the actor brushes them off and looks to people like 89-year-old Jean-Paul Belmondo for inspiration. The French actor welcomed a child with his second wife, Nathalie Tardivel, in 2003 when he was 70-years-old. "So, I'm feeling a little better about being 56 by the time [the twins come]," Clooney laughed. Meanwhile, George's mother, Nina Clooney, is so excited about her soon-to-be grandbabies that she accidentally revealed the twins' sexes. "It will be one of each! Yes, a boy and a girl. That's what I've been told," she told Vogue magazine last weekend, in an interview that was shared on Thursday. "How marvelous!" she added. "My husband and I are extremely excited." Congrats again to the expecting couple! (Eonline)

Angelina Jolie Addresses Brad Pitt Divorce: "We Will Be Stronger When We Come Out of This." Angelina Jolie still believes Brad Pitt is a great father. The First They Killed My Father director appeared on Good Morning America Tuesday morning and opened up about her headline-making divorce from the actor. Co-host George Stephanopolous brought up Jolie's statement about filing for divorce for the "health" of her family and asked her flat out if she felt it was healthier post-split. "We are focusing on the health of our family, and so we will be stronger when we come out of this because that's what we're determined to do as a family," she said in the pre-taped interview. While Jolie and Pitt were together, the Tomb Raider actress often spoke about how great of a father Pitt was to their children, and the Ocean's 13 star would gush about his now ex-wife. Despite their divorce, Jolie said Pitt is still a great dad. "Of course, of course," she answered when Stephanopolous asked if she still thought he was a good parent. "We will always be a family. Always." Shortly after Jolie filed for divorce, Pitt came under investigation for an alleged incident involving one of his children on a private plane. Ultimately, the FBI closed its case and didn't file any charges. Pitt was also cleared of child abuse allegations by the Los Angeles Country Department of Children and Family Services. Over the weekend, Jolie opened up about her split for the first time with BBC World News. "I don't want to say very much about that, except to say it was a very difficult time," Jolie shared. "We are a family and we will always be a family, and we will get through this time and hopefully be a stronger family for it." During her interview with GMA, Jolie also opened up about that viral video of her and her kids eating bugs in Cambodia while working on First They Killed My Father. "They're used to eating scorpions, especially Shiloh [Jolie-Pitt]," she said. "Loves a tarantula, loves a bug. They can eat a bag of crickets like a bag of chips." More importantly, however, was the "extraordinary" bonding she got to do with sons Maddox, whom she adopted from Cambodia, and Pax on set. "I talked to Maddox about this film and doing it, and it was him in the final hour that said he was ready and that he wanted to understand more," she shared. "He wanted me to make it." She added, "[Pax] did the still photography." (Eonline)

Paris Jackson Does Not Plan to Pursue Music as a Career. There are many ways Paris Jackson carries on her famous father's legacy, but singing won't be one of them. As one of the debut cover stars for Carine Roitfeld's CR Fashion Book Issue 10, the 18-year-old eldest child of the late Michael Jackson is opening up about her own career plans, though they don't currently include a microphone -- professionally, at least. "I write music for myself. I use it as a way to get stuff out. It's not something I see myself following career-wise," she told her interviewer, Lee Daniels, for the issue. "There are so many amazing artists in my family. If I were to do it as a career, it would change how I feel about music and I don't want that to happen." While she doesn't plan to rise to the top of the charts like the late king of pop, her father is her constant motivation. "[He is] all of my inspiration. I would say 99 percent of my inspiration comes from him, because he has always been my world," she said. "He is my roots." Nearly a decade since his untimely death, Michael remains a major influence in his children's lives, including Paris who wishes she had his "strength" the most. "He was the strongest person I know and tried to do everything with as much love and kindness as possible," she told Daniels. As she returns to the spotlight as an independent adult, Paris, who has nine tattoos dedicated to her father, will always carry him with her, even if she never takes the stage like he did. "He's brought me nothing but joy," she previously told Rolling Stone. "So why not have constant reminders of joy?" (Eonline)

Rayan Seacrest Calls House Fire His 'Worst Nightmare.' Ryan Seacrest is giving new details about the terrifying fire at his Beverly Hills mansion over the weekend. "My worst nightmare happened," Seacrest said on his radio show, "On Air With Ryan Seacrest," on Tuesday. "You're so grateful no one is hurt, you're so grateful you're there to find it." Because of the heavy Los Angeles rainfall recently, Seacrest believes that an electrical box popped near the driveway, causing the nearby trash cans to catch fire and then spread to a tree and the surrounding area. The 42-year-old radio host added that his car would have also caught fire if he hadn't moved it earlier in the day. "The firefighters come and you're just so happy to see them," he said, describing how they also recently saved him from a stuck elevator on New Year's Eve. He was so happy, in fact, that he gave each of the firefighters a parting gift: wine. "I gave them wine. I was like, 'What do you give them?' ... I was like, 'Thanks, guys. When you're off, enjoy.' Who doesn't want a bottle of wine?" On Monday, Seacrest posted a photo of the damage at his home, which he bought from Ellen DeGeneres in 2012. (PageSix)

Ruby Rose has posted a heartbreaking tribute to her friend Natalie Hall on Instagram, saying news of her death has left her "defeated." "Natalie, you were one of a kind. To wake to the news that [you] won't be lighting up my phone with ridiculous texts and I won't be laughing and pointing at you when you drop the trolley and erewhon [sic] in front of everyone and try to walk away like it wasn't you," the Aussie star wrote on Instagram, alongside a pic of her friend posing in front of the ocean. "I'm defeated. I have all our last texts and conversations from a few weeks ago and you were as kind as you were funny. I adored you and I hope you know how much. I only knew you five years but you were one of my strengths in staying sober. I looked up to you in many ways. You took me under your wing." Rose added she owed her "sobriety" to Hall. "There was and will only ever be one Natalie Hall. Many people are mourning today. You were more loved than I think you could fathom my lil sis," she concluded. Rose's tribute follows a similar post from Paris Jackson, who honored her friend on social media with a new tattoo. Jackson had the words "stay north" inked behind her ear overnight, documenting the procedure on her Instagram story. "This is for you Nat," she captioned one of the photos. Later, Jackson wrote a more lengthy tribute to Hall alongside a photo of the pair together. "My sweet Natalie. You meant so much to so many people," she wrote. "It hurts me immensely to know that you're gone but with relief knowing you are in a better place and are now free of the troubles this crap world gave you. "I don't know who is going to put me in check with such brutal honesty now but I'll be lucky if they're half as dope as you. Rest in peace Nat I love and miss you so much. Please visit me in my dreams." (Page Six)

David Cassidy says it may have looked like he fell off the wagon at a concert Saturday night, but it wasn't that ... he says he has dementia. Cassidy seemed intoxicated at the concert outside L.A., falling off the stage, forgetting words and unsteady on his feet. The singer now says he was diagnosed with early-stage dementia ... first reported by People. Sources close to David tell us he has said he was not drinking before the concert. Cassidy's mom and grandfather struggled with the disease and he says he went to a clinic and was recently diagnosed. (TMZ)

Danny Bonaduce is standing by his Partridge brother David Cassidy, after he revealed he's battling dementia. "David Cassidy once had a bigger fan club than Elvis & the Beatles. If you're a fan, now is a great time to send him your love & best wishes," Bonaduce, 57, tweeted on Monday evening. He and Cassidy, 66, played siblings for nearly four years on The Partridge Family from 1970-1974. Bonaduce, who portrayed the middle child in a family of five children, was the first former Partridge costar to speak out following Cassidy's announcement. "I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming," Cassidy told PEOPLE about fighting the memory loss disease. The actor, who watched his grandfather battle the disease and witnessed his mother "disappear" into dementia until she died at age 89, made the decision to stop touring as a musician to concentrate on his health and happiness now that he's come to terms with his condition. "I want to focus on what I am, who I am and how I've been without any distractions," he said. "I want to love. I want to enjoy life." (People)

Lindsay Lohan Says She Was "Racially Profiled" While Wearing Headscarf at the Airport. Lindsay Lohan is opening up about a recent travel experience. The actress, 30, appeared on Good Morning Britain Tuesday and told the co-hosts she recently was "racially profiled" at London's Heathrow Airport because she was wearing a headscarf. "When I was flying to New York recently I was wearing a headscarf and I got stopped at the airport and was racially profiled for the first time in my life," Lohan told co-hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid. "[The agent] opened my passport and saw Lindsay Lohan and started apologizing but said, 'Take off your headscarf.'" The Mean Girls star said the entire experience left her "scared" and made her think, "how would another woman who doesn't feel comfortable taking off her headscarf feel?" She added, "That was really interesting to me. I was kind of in shock... It was strange... I'm from New York, born and raised. I was a little intimidated." Lohan was returning from a trip to Turkey where she met with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The activist posted about her visit on Instagram, giving the president and his wife a heartfelt tribute thanking them for their kindness. "What a dream it is for Mr. President Erdogan and The First Lady to invite me to their home. Their efforts in helping Syrian Refugees is truly inspiring ? #peace starts now @a_boynukalin @hilalkaplanogut @rterdogan please for peace @therealdonaldtrump Alaikum Salam #cleanslate2017 #theworldisbiggerthan5," she captioned the picture. The Freaky Friday star also said she wore a headscarf in Turkey out of "personal respect." (Eonline)

Chris Brown has been ordered to stay clear of ex-GF Karrueche Tran, after she filed legal docs saying he vowed to kill her and he's beaten her up before ... TMZ has learned. Karrueche claims in a sworn statement to the judge, earlier this month Chris "told a few people that he was going to kill me." She then says Chris told the friends if he can't have her than no one else can, threatening he was going to "take me out" and "threatened to shoot me." Karrueche also says several years ago Chris "punched me in my stomach twice," and "pushed me down the stairs." This would have been during the time Chris was on probation for the Rihanna beating. The legal docs also claim Chris has threatened to harm her friends and even recently threw a drink at one of them. She worries he's now putting action behind his words, and that's why she got the restraining order. A few weeks ago Chris posted this video, which tracks with Karrueche's claim Chris was telling friends if he couldn't have her no one could. The domestic violence restraining order requires Chris to stay 100 yards away from Karrueche, her mom and her brother. We reached out multiple times to Chris' rep ... so far no word back. (TMZ)

Brenda Buttner, host of the Fox News show Bulls and Bears, has died after a battle with cancer. She was 55. Fox News confirmed her passing to PEOPLE. She is survived by her two daughters. Buttner's colleague Neil Cavuto shared a heartfelt tribute to her on his show, Your World. "She took stock of life much more than any stock in life. It's what separated her from everyone else in this business. Not just dollars, you see, Brenda had depth," Cavuto said. "Let it be known that Brenda Buttner made us want to watch a business show with heart. Her heart, her spirit. She democratized dollars and just made sense." Concluding, "Business journalism is never going to be the same. I just don't know, now that she's gone, whether we'll ever be. Brenda Buttner, gone way too soon at 55." Buttner graduated with honors from Harvard University with a B.A. in social studies and went on to become a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, where she graduated with high honors in politics and economics. (People)

THE OTHER STUFF . . .

Tom Hanks to Release Collection of Short Stories. After decades spent pouring his heart out on screen, Tom Hanks is ready to do the same in the pages of a book. The two-time Oscar winner will release his debut short story collection, "Uncommon Type: Some Stories," later this year, reports Entertainment Weekly. The book, which he began working on in 2015, will reportedly consist of 17 tales all featuring typewriters (Hanks is a big fan of the machines). The stories cover everything from a man settling into life in New York City after fleeing his civil war-ravaged country to an actor trying to grappling with the boredom of the press junket circuit. "In the two years of working on the stories, I made movies in New York, Berlin, Budapest, and Atlanta and wrote in all of them," the actor said of his work. "I wrote in hotels during press tours. I wrote on vacation. I wrote on planes, at home, and in the office. When I could actually make a schedule, and keep to it, I wrote in the mornings from 9 to 1." The book won't be the first time Hanks' fiction has seen the light of day. In 2014, the New Yorker published his short story "Alan Bean Plus Four." Published by Alfred A. Knopf, "Uncommon Type: Some Stories" will be released on Oct. 24. (PageSix)

We bet Harry Styles is feeling like the cat that got the cream right now - because Jennifer Lopez revealed to Ellen DeGeneres that he would get her vote. The singer and actress sat down on The Ellen Show Tuesday and played a game of "Who'd You Rather" with Ellen. When given the choice between Harry and stars such as Brad Pitt, Nick Jonas, Zac Efron, and more, she chose Harry every time. The only time she ventured away from the One Directioner was for Lenny Kravitz and Leonardo DiCaprio (WE APPROVE!). However, by the end of the game, Ellen DeGeneres had decided Hazza was J.Lo's ultimate "boyfriend." "Oh, he's my boyfriend?!" Lopez laughed. "He's a little bit young for me!" Speaking of age, J-Lo took wanted to address the rumors that she only dates toy boys. "OK, first of all, stop! I don't date younger men. It's not like you have to be younger. It's not about that," she said. "I just meet people, and then if I go out with them, I go out with them. And if I like them, I like them. And if I don't, I don't. It's about the person. It's about who they are, it has nothing to do with age." She continued, "But there's this thing because I dated Beau [Casper Smart], and he was younger -- and he was the first guy I ever dated who was younger than me -- I got labelled right away." She promised that age is not a factor: "If there's somebody older, they're older. If they're younger, they're younger. It doesn't matter," she said. "It's just whether I'm attracted to them or not -- attracted to their spirit, their soul, their energy, whatever." (British Glamour)

Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain is dating Italian star and director Asia Argento, Page Six has confirmed. Chef Bourdain recently shot an episode of his show "Parts Unknown" in Rome with Argento -- and the Italian press has reported the two have fallen for each other. One site said they've "fallen in love," and Italian magazine Chi ran pics of the pair walking hand-in-hand and also passionately kissing after shopping at a local market. Page Six exclusively revealed last September that Bourdain was separated from his wife, Ottavia, who trains as an MMA fighter. Bourdain's ex has said of him, "My husband half-jokes that he married Sophia Loren, but ended up with Jean-Claude Van Damme." Argento is the 41-year-old daughter of iconic Italian director Dario Argento, and co-starred in "xXx" with Vin Diesel. In a December CNN post about his Rome TV episode, Bourdain wrote, it "would not have been possible -- or be anything like it is, without the truly magnificent Asia Argento." (Page Six)

It's been nearly a year since Christina El Moussa secretly split from her husband Tarek and now the HGTV star is finally opening up about what went wrong in her marriage and how she's finally found happiness. The reality couple -- who share daughter Taylor, 6, and son Braydon, 18 months -- officially separated in May 2016 following an alarming incident involving a gun at the family's home, but Christina says their marital problems started long before that. "Like any couple, we had our share of issues," she admits. "But we went through a lot in a short amount of time." When their Flip or Flop series launched in 2013, the pair was still getting adjusted to fame when Tarek was suddenly diagnosed with thyroid cancer. As he went through radiation treatment, Christina also began a grueling struggle to get pregnant via in vitro fertilization and suffered a miscarriage in 2014. After welcoming son Brayden, the mounting pressures of running their business piled up, and Christina went back to work just four weeks after giving birth. "It was too soon for me," she says. "I was overwhelmed. The tension between me and Tarek was high." "We weren't able to properly communicate anymore," she says. "It got to the point where we weren't even driving to set together." After news of their split finally became public in December, Christina says she felt relief. "I think the separation process begins long before people actually separate," she says now. "So by the time we officially did, I felt like a weight was lifted off me." Tarek officially filed for divorce on Jan. 9, but the couple has been candid about their decision to move on and date other people. "Tarek and I don't discuss each other's personal lives," she says. "It is what it is and we are going through a divorce and eventually we will be dating other people. I'm happy for him and whatever steps he takes in his life and I just hope he's happy." As for what's next for the newly single star, she has no plans to stop working with her soon-to-be ex anytime soon, though she's also pursuing her own projects. "It's invigorating to know I am starting over," she says. "It's fun to be able to create my own destiny right now." (People)

Bravo host Andy Cohen gave an impassioned speech against anti-semitic hate on his show Monday after more than 100 headstones were vandalized at the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in University City, Missouri -- a historic Jewish cemetery where his great-grandparents and other relatives are buried. On Monday night's Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, the 48-year-old St. Louis native revealed his "extremely personal" connection to the headline-grabbing attacks, saying, "We cannot allow acts of hate against anyone to become normal. We have got to do better as a country." His plea for tolerance comes as a wave of bomb threats have been reported to Jewish community centers nationwide -- threats which President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump, who is a convert to Judaism, spoke out about on Twitter Monday. "America is a nation built on the principle of religious tolerance," she tweeted. "We must protect our houses of worship & religious centers. #JCC" The FBI said Monday that federal authorities and the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division were investigating bomb threats at 10 Jewish community centers -- in Alabama, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Florida, New Mexico, Tennessee, Texas and New York, NBC News reported. In a statement, the bureau said that no one was injured -- which authorities said appeared to be hoaxes. In January, bomb threats targeted 53 Jewish community centers across 26 states and one Canadian province, NBC News reported. "Please catch the hateful, evil people who did this," Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri wrote on Twitter. "This is not normal. Or acceptable. This is not what America stands for." "We are not even two months into 2017 and already there have been 69 reported bomb threats to JCCs in 27 states, a synagogue was defaced, swastikas have been drawn on the subway here in New York City, and now this. This does not feel like a coincidence," he said. "I don't have to have a personal connection there to know that this is not who we are as Americans and this is certainly should not be where we are heading," Cohen added. The White House denounced the threats on Monday, CNN reported, citing deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters. "Hatred and hate-motivated violence of any kind have no place in a country founded on the promise of individual freedom," she said. "The President has made it abundantly clear that these actions are unacceptable." (People)

Tom Brady's Super Bowl jersey is still missing and presumed stolen, so say Houston cops, and it's valued at HALF A MILLION BUCKS ... this according to the police report obtained by TMZ Sports. The document lists the victim as 39-year-old Tom Brady -- a 6'4", 225 pound white male whose missing property is described as a "NFL New England Patriots Football Jersey" ... valued at $500k. Of course, Brady famously noticed his jersey went M.I.A. while in the Pats locker room moments after beating the ATL Falcons at Super Bowl LI. Police confirm the case is still open with no new developments. One interesting note ... the case is being investigated by a unit called Major Offenders - Police Impersona/Swindle. Cops are listing the crime as a 1st degree felony. It seems the Houston PD may be rubbing salt in the wounds of Falcons fans, because the report states Brady noticed his jersey was missing "shortly after winning the game." (TMZ)

MASSIVE SHAKE-UP with the L.A. Lakers ... Jeanie Buss just FIRED General Manager Mitch Kupchak and booted her brother, Jim Buss, from his role as Exec. Vice President of Basketball Operations. Magic Johnson is the new President of Basketball Operations. YOU HEAR THAT? MAGIC JOHNSON IS CALLING THE SHOTS!!!! Jeanie -- the Governor of the Lakers -- explains, "Today I took a series of actions I believe will return the Lakers to the heights Dr. Jerry Buss demanded and our fans rightly expect." "Effective immediately, Earvin Johnson will be in charge of all basketball operations and will report directly to me. Our search for a new General Manager to work with Earvin and Coach Luke Walton is well underway and we hope to announce a new General Manager in short order." "Together, Earvin, Luke and our new General Manager will establish the foundation for the next generation of Los Angeles Lakers greatness." (TMZ)

Flight schools in the Palm Beach area are taking a big hit because of President Trump's Southern White House ... and at least one school is concerned about terrorism. Multiple flight school staffers tell TMZ ... the FAA's airspace lockdown is killing business. Whenever Trump's at Mar-a-Lago, flight schools operating within a 10-mile radius of it are shut down. One school owner tells us he loses around $7,000 a day when Trump is in town, and he's down $56k since the inauguration. Another flight school owner says the buzz in town is that Trump will be there for most weekends through May, so they're bracing for the worst. Another school owner has an even deeper concern. He won't take his students anywhere in the vicinity of Mar-a-Lago, even though he's allowed to do it when Trump's not in town. He says he doesn't unwittingly want to help someone who is out to harm the President. You'll recall some of the 9/11 terrorists attended flight schools. (TMZ)

Music

Katy Perry's "Chained to the Rhythm" Music Video Shows the Flawed Nature of the American Dream. The American Dream isn't perfect in Katy Perry's "Chained to the Rhythm" music video. The pop star released the music video for her latest single Tuesday morning, giving fans a more in depth look at Oblivia, the theme park in which the video takes place. Perry makes her way through the "perfect" theme park, but clearly not everything is as wonderful as it seems. Roller coasters are missing large pieces of track, little houses that dangle from strings spin too fast and people run to the point of exhaustion on hamster wheels. But that doesn't stop people, who are all walking in the same step, from waiting in massive lines for the hamster wheel. The message? They're all on the same road to nowhere, which serves as one of many messages in Perry's video. Oblivia attendees also watch a 3-D movie that stars Skip Marley literally popping out of the screen, but it appears that only Perry is "waking up" to his presence. While everyone continues to act in synchrony, Perry tries to get them to snap out of it. "Chained to the Rhythm" was shot over six days at California's Six Flags Magic Mountain. (Eonline)

Mel B Brings the Spice Girls to Broadway During Her Final Show of Chicago the Musical. Mel B couldn't say goodbye to Broadway without leaving a bit of "spice power" behind. The actress and singer performed her final show with Chicago the Musical on Sunday night and took a moment give some love to the Spice Girls. She stepped out of her character, Roxie Heart, and sang a bit from the girl group's famous song, "Wannabe." "I'm going to tell you something," she told the audience before breaking down into, "So, here's a story from A to Z..." to which the crowd responded with a roar of applause. She shared the moment on Instagram with the caption, "Here is a snippet of me last night doing my last show In @chicagomusical playing Roxie heart breaking character busting out some spice power haha #nyc #broadwaybaby." She then posted a throwback during her Scary Spice days, walking into the MTV Europe Music Awards and making a funny face on the red carpet. "Me walking off broadway last night at my last show," she wrote alongside the pic. Speaking of the '90s pop group, Mel B recently confirmed to James Corden there will be a Spice Girls reunion in our future in honor of their 20th anniversary (which was last year). Unfortunately, it won't be a complete reunion as Mel C and Victoria Beckham will not be participating. "We are going to do something us three," Mel B shared, explaining that Emma Bunton and Geri Halliwell will join together as a trio called GEM. "We're going to perform and celebrate together for the people." When Corden asked why Sporty Spice and Posh Spice are missing the festivities, Mel B joked, "The other two bitches didn't want to do it!" She then corrected herself, "My other two fellow lovely ladies." The songstress revealed that they would probably start their tour in London (because they're a British band, duh!), but there was no other details set in stone. In fact, in an interview earlier this month, she said she's still "trying" to get it all worked out, especially now that Halliwell is pregnant with her second child. "I'm so down to make this happen, you have no idea," Mel B said. "It's just a case of getting everybody else on the same page...Trying to get everyone's schedule on the same kind of situation is near impossible." We certainly hope they can work something out! (Eonline)

Calvin Harris' Latest Tease of his Frank Ocean Collabo, Now Featuring Migos' Offset. Calvin Harris has been teasing his collaboration with Frank Ocean and on Monday (Jan. 20) he upped the ante, uploading two new Snapchat videos that suggests the song also features Migos' Offset. Harris recently tweeted that he's cooking up some "joyful music" for 2017 because he feels like "it's missing from the world. And it was missing from my life. So I created it!" He noted on Valentine's Day that he's worked with "the greatest artists of our generation" and that he's currently in the mixing stages." There's no word yet on when the music will be released. The latest glimpse at the fresh tracks mixes Ocean's honeyed vocals with Offset's patented double-time bars. (Billboard)

Movies

Han Solo Star Wars Movie Cast and Plot Officially Revealed. Good news, Star Wars fans! Cameras officially have started rolling on the untitled Han Solo Star Wars story that's set to hit theaters on May 25, 2018. Even though details have been kept under wraps, Star Wars has announced, albeit vaguely, the plot of its forthcoming installment. "The movie will explore the duo's adventures before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, including their early encounters with that other card-playing rogue from a galaxy far, far away, Lando Calrissian," a statement on the film's website reads. The cast Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Woody Harrelson, Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Thandie Newton and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, with Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca. The movie is directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Walt Disney Studios announced last July Ehrenreich, 27, will play Han Solo in the new movie. Harrison Ford had originated the role of the iconic smuggler, pilot and "scoundrel," in the original Star Wars trilogy and in the 2015 sequel Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Harrelson's involvement was announced in early January. Rumors claim he will play Han Solo's mentor. Thousands auditioned for the role of Han Solo. "I had an audition process that went on for a long time, and I got to spend a lot of time with the guys who are directing the film," Ehrenreich told Interview magazine last year. "Getting to be around them and being around the world a little bit has been the main experience so far. I did my audition on the Millennium Falcon for one of my screen tests, which was pretty cool." Lawrence Kasdan and Jon Kasdan are writing the script for the Han Solo movie. Before its release, however, Walt Disney Studios and Lucasfilm will release Star Wars: The Last Jedi on Dec. 15. (Eonline)

Breaking Down the 2017 Oscars By the Numbers: All the Milestones Bound for the Big Night. When it comes to the Oscars, the numbers say it all. As the biggest night in Hollywood approaches, the industry's most esteemed stars prepare to enter the Dolby Theater on Sunday -- some for the first time in their career, others for the umpteenth time. While plenty of history is ready to be made at the 89th Academy Awards, this year's pool of nominees have already set several records. To start, the reigning queen of the silver screen, Meryl Streep, earned her 20th nomination this year for her performance in Florence Foster Jenkins. If she wins, the icon will officially tie with Katharine Hepburn's record for the most wins by an actress with four statues. However, Streep already leads the pack with the most Oscar nominations of any actor or actress ever by eight. The second most nominated stars are Hepburn and Jack Nicholson with 12 nominations each. On the other hand, seven talented actors and actresses celebrated first-time nominations this year, including Moonlight's Naomie Harris, Lion's Dev Patel and Loving's Ruth Negga. "It still hasn't fully sunk in," Patel told E!'s Giuliana Rancic of the career milestone. "I'm overwhelmingly just grateful and freaked out equally." For Hacksaw Ridge Best Director nominee Mel Gibson, this year isn't his first time at the annual ceremony, but he is celebrating a grand return since his last nomination more than two decades ago for Braveheart. If his last time is any indication of potential success this year, he took home the statues for Best Director and Best Picture in 1996. Meanwhile, esteemed playwright and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda is one step away from becoming one of the less than 20 EGOT winners -- those who have been awarded an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. While the Hamilton creator has already earned an Emmy, Grammy and Tony, he garnered his first Academy Award nod this year for his original song, "How Far I'll Go," from Moana. Though we're still days away from finding out the winners, the cast and crew of La La Land have plenty to sing and dance about since Damien Chazelle's movie musical tied for the most nominations ever received by a film at the Academy Awards with 14 -- the same as Titanic and All About Eve. Perhaps this year's ceremony will be all about the movie of stars. (Eonline)

Emma Watson Puts Her Vocals on Display in One of the Most Iconic Scenes From Beauty and the Beast. If you weren't already looking forward to the upcoming live-action remake of Disney's Beauty and the Beast, this new teaser is sure to get you excited. In one of the most iconic clips from the film, Emma Watson gives us a true listen to her singing skills while performing "Belle." We watch as she makes her way through the tiny "poor provincial town," as she does every morning, grabbing rolls from the baker with his tray (like always) and skipping over the pond. She passes the boys as they head into school and women doing laundry, convinced her "head's up on some cloud," on her way to return her latest romance novel. The clip is just the latest discussion over the much-anticipated movie, which is set to be released on March 17. Most recently, Watson revealed what caused her to think twice about whether she really wanted to take on the role of Belle. "It's something I really grappled with at the beginning: the Stockholm-syndrome question," she told Entertainment Weekly in their Feb. 24/March 3 issue. "That's where a prisoner will take on the characteristics of and fall in love with the captor." She continued, "The other beautiful thing about the love story is that they form a friendship first. There is this genuine sharing, and the love builds out of that, which in many ways is more meaningful than a lot of love stories, where it was love at first sight. They are having no illusions about who the other one is. They have seen the worst of one another, and they also bring out the best." Watson has been very vocal about the changes that she made to her character with director Bill Condon -- from her costumes to her career -- wanting Belle to exude feminist characteristics as a role model for young women. In fact, Watson has previously argued she believes Belle is a better role model than Cinderella. "She remains curious, compassionate and open-minded. And that's the kind of woman I would want to embody as a role model, given the choice," Watson explained in an interview with Total Film. "There's this kind of outsider quality that Belle had, and the fact she had this really empowering defiance of what was expected of her. In a strange way, she challenges the status quo of the place she lives in, and I found that really inspiring." She continued, "She manages to keep her integrity and have a completely independent point of view. She's not easily swayed by other people's perspective -- not swayed by fear-mongering or scapegoating." (Eonline)

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New Parents Peta Murgatroyd and Maksim Chmerkovskiy Will Face Off on Dancing With the Stars. No rest for new parents Peta Murgatroyd and Maksim Chmerkovskiy. The dancing duo will be doing just that when they return for the upcoming 24th season of Dancing With the Stars. The couple, who welcomed baby Shai in January, announced their return to DWTS on Good Morning America. "It's been some time, I'm definitely a little bit nervous, but I'm very excited to get back. I've definitely missed the dance floor," Murgatroyd said. She's ready to defend her title back when she won the competition in season 22 with partner Nyle DiMarco. Chmerkovskiy returned to the show with season 23, his first season since winning with Meryl Davis in season 18. The last time they were together on the same season, Chmerkovskiy won the competition, so he's not too worried about going up against the mother of his child again. "I just want to be healthy," Murgatroyd said about getting her body back in shape post-baby, noting it's going to take some time to get it back to where she was before. "I think it's going to be OK. I'm going to take it slowly. Hopefully I have an awesome partner to go through this with," she said. The celebrities competing in Dancing With the Stars will be revealed on March 1 on Good Morning America. "This is the only difficult part about coming back on the show this time because it will just take time away from being with this dude, but like I said I just want to make her coming back and winning as difficult as possible," Chmerkovskiy said. Is Uncle Val Chmerkovskiy helping out? "No," Chmerkovskiy said. "Uncle Val is waiting for when he can use the baby as some sort of attracting leverage." Dancing With the Stars premieres Monday, March 20 at 8 p.m. on ABC. (Eonline)

Alex Trebek Rapping an Entire Jeopardy! Category Is the Only Thing You Need to See. There's really only one thing that matters on this fine Tuesday: Alex Trebek's rapping "skills." On Monday night's episode of the show, there was an entire category dedicated to "Let's Rap, Kids!" in which each clue presented a line or two of lyrics from a famous rap song. Trebek has to read these lyrics aloud, of course, and his take on the songs are pure gold. From Drake's "Started From the Bottom," to Lil Wayne's "6 Foot 7 Foot," Trebek had the audience and viewers alike giggling over his verbal reenactment of the music. But nothing was as good as him reading the lyrics to "Panda." "Panda, panda, panda, panda, panda," he said in complete monotone, not even cracking a slight chuckle. "I was just getting into this rap thing," he exclaimed as the category came to an end and they cut to a commercial. "I'm not too good at it, but I was just getting into it!" Meanwhile, Trebek has voiced his opinion about hip-hop music before. In fact, late last year, he straight up called one contestant a loser because of her love for Nerdcore hip-hop, voicing is opinion that the genre of music didn't "sound very fun." Susan Cole of Bowie, Maryland, explained, "I think it's very fun. It's called Nerdcore hip-hop. It's people who identify as nerdy, rapping about the things they love: video games, science-fiction, having a hard time meeting romantic partners." Being the savage that Trebek is, he ruthlessly shot back, "Losers, in other words!" LOL! (Eonline)

Cush Jumbo Really Wants to Know If Her The Good Fight Character Is...Gross. Cush Jumbo has a wish. A simple wish, really. The Good Fight star wants to find out more about her character's family and whether or not Lucca Quinn is, well, gross. "I would love to see more rooms than her bedroom," Jumbo told E! News during a set visit to The Good Fight. "I want to know why the inside of her car is so gross." Back when Jumbo was on The Good Wife, she joined for its final season, they had a scene that featured Lucca Quinn's car and the inside of it was dirty. But when she watched the scene on TV, they only showed the clean outside of the car. "So, I'd like to know if she's gross or not," she told us. Jumbo returns as Lucca Quinn opposite Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart in The Good Fight. Set about a year after the events of The Good Wife series finale, Jumbo's Lucca is now working at a new firm, sans her former law partner Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies). After a financial scam ruins Diane's retirement and her firm doesn't let her back in, Diane ends up joining Lucca's new firm run by Adrian Boseman (Delroy Lindo) and Barbara Kolstad (Erica Tazel). With the focus now on Diane, Lucca and Maia Rindell, played by new addition to the cast Rose Leslie, hopefully viewers will learn more about these former supporting Good Wife characters, like whether or not they have more rooms in their apartment than a bedroom. "I think that deep down she is quite an isolated person, and Alicia brought her out of herself last season," Jumbo told us. "So it's going to be interesting to see how she comes back from the blow of being isolated again, 'cause she's lost the only friend she's ever admitted to having. I think that's hard as a person, for anybody." The Good Fight premieres new episodes Sundays on CBS All Access. (Eonline)

The Bachelor Meets the Parents & Gets One Heck of a Surprise Visitor. Ah, fair President's Day. It's a perfect Monday both for celebrating what is traditionally the most respected position in our country and for watching the Bachelor meet the parents of all four of his girlfriends within the span of two televised hours. Since it's a holiday, we're not in the office, and thus not able to GIF Corinne's truly incredible shopping spree. However, to make up for it, we had a viewing party with some alcohol. Happy President's Corinne Day indeed! First, Nick truly shocked the women once again by giving them all hometown roses after he sent home Kristina. We don't know why they're still shocked when he shows up with roses since that is the point of the show, but whatever, Vanessa! It's nice that he's so easily able to surprise you. And of course, Nick got all "this is a two way street" and asked Raven if she wanted a rose again, since she already had one. She did! Wow! First up, Raven showed Nick around Hoxie, Arkansas, and by that we mean they rode ATVs, and then she fooled him into thinking they were being arrested for climbing a grain bin. We were very, very shocked -- like, Vanessa levels of shock -- that the cop turned out to be Raven's older brother who had just come by to uphold the traditional older brother role of intimidating boyfriends. Then, they (Raven and Nick, minus the cop brother) made out in some mud, and they gave Corinne in the bounce house a run for her money. Just some quick mud-straddling before they headed over to meet her family! At Raven's house, her parents wasted no time in slowly revealing that her father was finally cancer-free. Raven cried, and we couldn't help but think it was weird to have this family moment with Nick in the room. Her parents were super sweet, and if we were Nick, we would have had trouble not also speaking in that lovely Arkansas accent. After hanging out with her family, Raven was determined to tell Nick she was in love with him, but she chickened out because she has a fear of rejection, which is totally weird for a human being. So Nick left Arkansas with no "I love you," and headed to Dallas to meet up with Rachel. In Dallas, The Bachelor started a conversation about race that the show has never had before. Rachel took Nick to a predominantly black church and introduced him to her predominantly black family (minus her dad, who had to work). They both sat down with Rachel's sister and her white husband, and had a chat about how many black women Nick had dated, and how he felt about being in an interracial relationship. Rachel's mom also sat Nick down to ask him the same questions, and Nick was adamant about all of the things he loves about Rachel that have nothing to do with race. Basically, "I don't see color." Rachel's mom was kind of like, well that's nice, but a lot of people do see color. Both Rachel and Nick kept saying that they had already had conversations about being an interracial couple, and we sort of wish they had shown those talks before now. We also sort of wish we could have seen Nick and Rachel having some silly making-out-in-the-mud-esque fun in Dallas, but we can't have it all, and The Bachelor cannot spend an entire episode just on Rachel (since, you know, they're spending an entire season on her). But for now, we can't yet see where this Nick and Rachel thing is going to fall apart. Nick then headed to Miami to hang out with Corinne, and boy was it worth the wait. We've never related to him more as he discovered that Corinne is on a first name basis with the salespeople at multiple high end stores, and as he anxiously watched Corinne spend thousands and thousands of dollars (more than $3000 in one store!) on clothes with little regard for anything at all. We also became fairly convinced that Nick has kept Corinne around this long just so we could all get this experience of seeing what life is really like for Corinne, her nanny, her credit card, and her cartoon character of a father. At first, we thought Raquel was just going to serve the family dinner and then not get her own moment in the spotlight, but she and Nick even had a talk, and she asked what his intentions with Corinne were. That seems like more of a first date, 1960s sitcom question, but we're glad Raquel got to contribute. Meanwhile, Corinne and her dad sprawled out on a bed and chatted about how Corinne likes expensive things. "He used to sell software," Corinne told her dad when he asked what Nick does for a living. "Umm..." Corinne's dad was understandably concerned about how much money Corinne and Nick might not have if they end up together, since Corinne's role in her family's business is still unclear, and Nick's current job is even more unclear. Regardless, both Nick and Corinne insisted that money was whatever and their love was real. One of them may have insisted just a bit more than the other, but could you just imagine the reality show of these two trying to make it work? We kinda want it now. In Canada, we sort of fell in love with Vanessa. She first took Nick to the school where she's a special education teacher for adults, and her students helped them create a scrapbook of all their Bachelor dates. That seemed like a weird activity for her students to do, but it was cute, and they seemed into it because they clearly really love Vanessa. That part of Vanessa's hometown date went very well, but when they visited Vanessa's mom's side of the family, everyone was a little concerned, particularly about that minor question of where the hell Vanessa and Nick would live. Would Vanessa have to move away from her students? Would Nick have to move away from his...umm? Apparently Nick and Vanessa hadn't had that big talk, or any big talk, yet. Things didn't go much better with Vanessa's dad, since Nick asked for his blessing if he proposed, and Mr. Grimaldi just couldn't give it at first. Obviously, he had asked for the blessing of several other parents (though we don't remember hearing it. Did we?), and Vanessa's dad felt a little off about it. He eventually said he would give his blessing, and then he immediately told Vanessa. Vanessa was thrilled at first, until her dad also told her that Nick had asked for blessings from everyone else, and then she understandably lost it, even though other women have also been driven to tears because the Bachelor didn't ask for their dad's blessing, because that's what you're supposed to do on the hometown date. No one can ever do it right, apparently. But it really sounds like Vanessa thought he only cared for her until she talked to her dad, and we do not feel bad for her. Girl, you are on The Bachelor. This is how this works! Everyone then headed to New York for the rose ceremony, and took their time getting ready, basically stalling until the cliffhanger of the century: Andi Dorfman arrived at Nick's door with a villainous "Hello, Nick," and "to be continued" flashed on the screen. Andi Dorfman?! Nick's ex from three seasons of The Bachelorette ago?! Why??? Knowing how this show usually works, she's just there to give him some advice or plug her book (It's Not Okay: Turning Heartbreak Into Happily Never After) and not to ask him to run away together with a dart board of Josh Murray's face in tow, but we can still hope it's the latter, right? We're gonna hope it anyway. The Bachelor airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on ABC. (Eonline)

The Real Housewives of Potomac Returns With a Second Season Full of Rumors and Shade. The Real Housewives of Potomac is returning for a second season, and the new trailer below is a marvel. Why is it a marvel? Because the word "etiquette," a word that plagued the entire first season, is not uttered once in the trailer. Instead, the new teaser reintroduces Gizelle Bryant, Ashley Darby, Robyn Dixon, Karen Huger and Charrisse Jackson-Jordan, and gives viewers their first taste of newcomer Monique Samuels. Katie Rost is not returning. So what's everybody been up to since viewers last made a pit stop in Potomac, Maryland back in April 2016? Apparently upping their drama game. In the Housewives tradition, the trailer kicks off with scenes of merriment and friendship, but things quickly take a dramatic turn. The drama: Gizelle once again finds herself in hot water for putting Charrisse's marriage troubles on blast. Karen is on the move, in secret? Ashley's restaurant is open... but not quite a success, and that's taking a toll. "I don't need you to be the dad on Growing Pans," she tells her husband during a heated restaurant discussion. And then there's Robyn and Juan, whose financial hardships have... maybe brought them closer together? Meanwhile, newcomer Monique and her "tell it like it is" approach to life isn't going to hold anything back. She's married to Chris Samuels, a six-time Pro Bowl left tackle who played for the Washington Redskins. A mom of two, Monique manages her husband's businesses, which include a real estate venture and the Chris Samuels Foundation, and is completing her degree from the University of Alabama. As is the trend for Housewives now, Monique also has a blog titled "Not for Lazy Moms," a place for discussing natural remedies. This season it seems the rumors are flying as much as the hands. The Real Housewives of Potomac season two premieres Sunday, April 2 at 9 p.m. on Bravo. (Eonline)

Jack Daniel's Whiskey Drama From Aaron Paul in the Works at WGN America. The project is based on the book 'Blood and Whiskey: The Life and Times of Jack Daniel' by Peter Krass. WGN America is ready to down some whiskey with Aaron Paul. The cable network has put in development Blood and Whiskey, a drama based on the life of whiskey guru Jack Daniel, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Based on Peter Krass' biography Blood and Whiskey: The Life and Times of Jack Daniel, the drama tells the harrowing true tale of Jack Daniel, boy distiller, teenage moonshiner and the outlaw who built the world's biggest whiskey empire out of the ashes of the Civil War. Andrew Colville (Mad Men, Lone Star) will pen the script for the drama and exec produce alongside Stan Spry and Jeff Holland of The Cartel, Drew Brown at Fascination Street and Breaking Bad grad Paul and Zack Beckman at Lucid Road Productions. A studio is not yet attached. Colville is wrapping up his run as an EP on the fourth and final season of Turn at AMC, where he is also developing Bone Wars with Craig Silverstein. Former unscripted producer Brown (Project Runway) has multiple scripted projects in development including NBC's Jennifer Lopez drama Crispr as well as a single-camera comedy with Mila Kunis at Hulu. Jack Daniel's is the to-selling American whiskey in the world. Known for its square bottles, the company sells tens of millions of cases per year. Krass' book is the first-ever biography of Daniel and traces his life story from his childhood when he left his family to his work as a teen distiller and ultimately to becoming the king of Tennessee whiskey. For WGN America, the drama arrives as the cable network has found success on the scripted side with Underground and Outsiders after launching with since-canceled entries Salem and Manhattan. Colville is with WME and The Cartel; Brown is with CAA; Paul is with UTA. (Hollywood Reporter)

'Sherlock' Creator Says He Doesn't Know Whether Hit Show Will Return. Mark Gatiss drops the strongest hint so far that the detective show won't be returning for another series, adding that he's "very happy where we left it." Sherlock could be no more. Mark Gatiss, who co-created the hit BBC series with Stephen Moffat, has dropped the strongest hint yet that the increasingly hectic schedules of stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman-a growing thorn in the side of the detective show-could see Sherlock laid to rest. "I honestly don't know if there will be any more," he said at the WhatsOnStage awards on Sunday, according to The Sun. "It's incredibly difficult to get Benedict and Martin's diaries to align." Cumberbatch has growing commitments within the Marvel universe as Doctor Strange, alongside work with his own production outfit SunnyMarch, while Freeman, also a Marvel member as Everett K. Ross, is filming Black Panther, and has titles including Cargo-recently sold to Netflix-and Ghost Stories coming up. Sherlock's season four finale also drew the show's lowest ever overnight ratings, around 5.9 million tuning in to watch The Final Problem on January 15, down from the 8.1 million who watched the first episode on New Year's Day. Despite the falling viewing figures, Gatiss suggested that the storyline felt conclusive enough should the BBC decide to call time on its former ratings juggernaut. "And obviously we left it in a very happy place," he said. "If that's the end I'd be very happy where we left it." (Hollywood Reporter)

'Dancing With the Stars' to Get Local Version in Brazil. 'Dancing Brazil,' the first primetime adaptation of the show in the country, will air on Rede Record and be produced by its parent company and Endemol Shine Brazil in partnership with BBC Worldwide. BBC Wordwide, the commercial arm of British broadcaster BBC, said Tuesday that a local adaptation of its Dancing With the Stars franchise will launch in Brazil. RecordTV's Brazilian free-to-air network Rede Record, one of the most widely watched networks in the country, will air Dancing Brasil. The adaptation, the first primetime version of the popular show in the country, will be produced by Record and Endemol Shine Brazil in partnership with BBC Worldwide and come live from Record's Rio de Janeiro studios. Brazilian TV personality Xuxa Meneghel will host the show, which will air every Monday starting in April. It will consist of 13 episodes of 90 minutes. It will see 14 couples compete with choreographies in a variety of dance styles, judged by a panel of experts. In a grand finale, the three best teams will compete for the top spot and R$500,000, or $162,000, in prize money. "Dancing Brasil underscores our commitment to Brazil, while reflecting our strategy to bring the best BBC properties to the widest possible audiences in Latin America," said Anna Gordon, executive vp and managing director, BBC Worldwide Latin America/U.S. Hispanic. "By partnering with Rede Record to produce and air the local version of one of BBC Worldwide's most successful titles, we are now able to take Dancing With the Stars to every corner of the country." Said Marcelo Silva, artistic vp, Record TV: "We are very excited to bring one of the most prestigious titles in the planet to the Brazilian market and are confident that Dancing Brasil will reach the extraordinary audience levels it has reached globally on our network." "We are pleased to start our recently signed production agreement with BBC Worldwide with the local adaptation of a great show like Dancing With the Stars, helping the company meet the growing demand for acclaimed British titles that resonate with Brazilian audiences," said Juliana Alganaraz, managing director at Endemol Shine Brazil. BBC Worldwide says that Dancing With the Stars is "the world's leading dance entertainment brand." The format has been sold to over 50 countries. More than 300 seasons of the format have aired across the globe. (Hollywood Reporter)

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