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Tuesday, February 7, 2017


Jessa (Duggar) Seewald Welcomes Baby No. 2! Party of four, please! Jessa (Duggar) Seewald and husband Ben have welcomed the newest member of their family -- a baby boy! "We are so happy to announce the arrival of our sweet second son," the couple exclusively tells PEOPLE. "He was born at 4:26 a.m. this morning, weighing 8 lbs. and 11 oz., and measuring 21 3/4 in. long." Mom and baby are both doing well. We are so thankful to God for this precious new gift of life and are excited to be a family of four! Thanks to everyone for your prayers and well wishes!" The couple previously said in an exclusive statement to PEOPLE: "We are overjoyed to announce that Spurgeon has a new title in life as 'big brother!' We are so thankful that God is adding to our family." They added in their statement that "2017 is shaping up to be a wonderful year already, and we know Spurgeon will do a great job in his new role. Having Spurgeon has been such a wonderful blessing, and we cannot wait to see the face of this sweet new baby (or babies!)." Nearly four months after the Seewalds announced their pregnancy news, Jessa's older sister Jill (Duggar) Dillard and her husband, Derick, announced they are expecting their second baby as well. "We are so excited to be expecting Dillard baby No. 2!" Jill and Derick previously told PEOPLE exclusively. "Children really are a wonderful blessing from God. Having Israel has been such a delight to us that we know a second sweet baby will only continue to add joy to our family. We are thankful to God for this sweet child and we cannot wait to see her or him face to face!" Jessa, 24, and Ben, 21 -- who got married in November 2014 -- have also expressed their desire to adopt so we can likely expect an appropriately Duggar-sized family to come in the future. Counting On airs Mondays (9 p.m. ET) on TLC. (People)

Erin Andrews & Jarret Stoll Plan to Welcome New Family Member Before Wedding. Erin Andrews and fiance Jarret Stoll are busy preparing for their wedding but they also have another important task to accomplish this year: Adding a family member. "We want to get our Golden Retriever!" the Dancing With the Stars co-host and Fox Sports commentator told E! News' Miriam Isa exclusively at the LIFEWTR: Art After Dark pre-Super Bowl LI party at Club Nomadic in Houston Friday, two days before she'll take the sidelines to report on the 2017 Super Bowl. "We're supposed to get him in May," Andrews continued. "We'll get our dog before the wedding" Andrews confirmed in December she and the NHL player got engaged after he proposed at the members-only Club 33 in Disneyland. She also flashed a sparkling engagement ring. "We knocked out two things today," Andrews said, talking about wedding planning. "We got the DJ, the photographer," Stoll said. "Well, the DJ doesn't know," Andrews explained. "I'm sure he'll say yes." This marked Andrews' first celebrity event since she revealed last month she had battled cervical cancer. She talked about how her loved ones have helped her through the experience, saying, "by just being there, just helping me through it, righting with me, telling me I shouldn't be doing football and [instead] taking care of myself and supporting me and coming to the games." "I've never gotten to bring him to a Super Bowl before so this is his first time," Andrews said about Stoll, who has been dating the TV personality for more than four years. He revealed his rooting for the New England Patriots to beat the Atlanta Falcons during Sunday's big game. (Eonline)

Mark Wahlberg's big Super Bowl day out with his family was cut short after he had to leave because his son got sick. The die-hard New England Patriots fan was excited to be attending the game with his wife, Reah Durham, and their two sons, Michael and Brendan. But sadly the Boston-born actor, 45, had to bail before he witnessed his team's epic comeback and eventual win. "I had to leave the game early because my youngest son wasn't feeling well," he wrote alongside a photo of the foursome next to the field before the event started. "Trust me, I would have loved to be at the stadium - but family first. Doesn't mean I don't love my Patriots too!" Before their departure, he'd posted several photos to social media excitedly gearing up to the game. Although he had to leave early, he caught up with the event from the comfort of his home where he shared a snapshot of his family celebrating the win. Wahlberg also shared some fun screenshots from his video calls to friends Usher and Ludacris, who were supporting the losing team, the Atlanta Falcons. "Trying to console my guy @usher," he captioned the photo of the singer, with his head in his hands. "All love!" The Patriots won 34 to 28. It was the first time a Super Bowl game has gone to overtime. (US Weekly)

Jamie Lynn Spears' 8-Year-Old Daughter Hospitalized After ATV Accident: Report. An off-roading accident left Jamie Lynn Spears' daughter Maddie Aldridge seriously injured on Sunday night, according to a report. The 8-year-old was riding in a Polaris off-road vehicle, more commonly called an ATV, in Kentwood, La., when it flipped over into a pond. TMZ reported Aldrige was submerged under water for several minutes and unconscious before being airlifted to a nearby hospital. According to the website, Jamie Lynn was not with her daughter at the time of the accident, which reportedly occurred amidst a hunting expedition. Spears co-parents Maddie with her ex-fiance, Casey Aldrige. Late Sunday night, Spears' rep told E! News, "The details the media are reporting surrounding the incident regarding Jamie Lynn's daughter Maddie are incorrect. Right now the Spears family asks that everyone respect their privacy during this time and appreciates all the prayers and support for their family." Spears has not issued further comment via her social media accounts. (Eonline)

Maddie Aldridge, the 8-year-old daughter of Jamie Lynn Spears, is in critical but stable condition after her ATV accident ... sources connected with the family tell TMZ. As we reported, Maddie was on a Polaris off-road vehicle Sunday when it flipped over, sending her into a lake where she was submerged for several minutes. We're told Maddie was unconscious and taken to a local hospital, where she was airlifted to a New Orleans hospital. Our sources say Maddie, the niece of Britney Spears, was seriously injured but doctors say she's critical but stable. (TMZ)

A furious Katherine Jenkins has hit back at unflattering comments allegedly made by David Beckham concerning the OBE she received in 2014, which he called "a f***ing joke". Emails apparently written by Beckham to his agent Simon Oliveira in December 2013 were leaked on the Football Leaks website over the weekend, and showed how angry Beckham was at not receiving a knighthood in the 2014 New Year's Honours List. He had been so hotly tipped to receive the honor that bookmakers had stopped taking bets. In an email to said of the honors committee, "They're a bunch of c**** I expected nothing less. It's a disgrace, to be honest and if I was American I would [have] got something like this 10 years ago." Instead, he hit out at the award the singer received that year, saying: "Katherine Jenkins OBE for what? Singing at the rugby and going to see the troops plus taking coke. F***ing joke." Her manager, Professor Jonathan Shalit, told The Sun, "I say Katherine was awarded an OBE?for her services to music and charity. "With regards to the taking of coke which Katherine has courageously publicly admitted with great honesty -- this was when she was in her early 20s still studying, over a decade before she was awarded her OBE and started her recording career." Her staff also issued a "fact sheet" to the Mirror, listing her achievements for charity, including trips to sing for the troops in active war zones, her trusteeships for various military charities, and her singing success. Beckham, who was made OBE in 2003, has remained silent since news of the emails broke. His photographer son Brooklyn subsequently posted a sweet Instagram picture of his father holding sister Harper. (British Glamour)

Russell Simmons and his ex-Kimora Lee first announced their split back in 2006 -- but Simmons says he "just got her foot off of my neck." Simmons was being honored at a National CARES Mentoring Movement gala, and further said of his ex when we asked about their past relationship, "Kimora is very strict... She restricted me for many years... I just got her foot off of my neck." But since their split, Simmons and Kimora have remained closer than ever. He revealed in 2015 that she'd married banker Tim Leissner, and that he is godfather to their son. Simmons posted on Instagram, "I feel incredibly close to my best friend Kimora... and her amazing spouse and now my business partner, Tim Leissner." The 8-year-old daughter of Jamie-Lynn Spears was reportedly in critical condition Sunday after suffering injuries in an ATV accident in Louisiana. TMZ reported that Spears' daughter, Maddie Briann Aldridge, was underwater for several minutes after an ATV that she was riding flipped over. The girl was airlifted to a local hospital, according to the report. Spears was not with her daughter at the time of the accident. The girl was reportedly on a hunting expedition. Spears' father asked the public to keep his daughter and granddaughter in their prayers, according to E! News. Spears was 16 when she announced she was pregnant. At the time she was engaged to the father Casey Aldridge, but is now married to Jamie Winston. She is the younger sister of pop superstar Britney Spears. (Page Six) UPDATE: Spears' family released a statement amid the reports. "The details the media are reporting surrounding the incident regarding Jamie Lynn's daughter Maddie are incorrect," the family's rep tells Us Weekly in a statement. "Right now the Spears family asks that everyone respect their privacy during this time and appreciates all the prayers and support for their family." Spears' father, Jamie Spears, told ET: "All I can say is pray for our baby Maddie." (US Weekly)

Zsa Zsa Gabor sold her Bel-Air home long before she died, but her husband and conservator Frederic Prinz Von Anhalt isn't ready to move out, and now will have to pay rent to stay. Zsa Zsa sold the estate for $11 million in 2013. Under the agreement, she was allowed to stay there until she died, at which point the home would be turned over to the new owner within 4 months. Zsa Zsa died Dec. 18 of a fatal heart attack, which means The Prince would have to be out by April 17, but he claims in new court docs it's simply not enough time to orchestrate a move. Since he's the conservator of her estate, he's struck a deal with the new owners for a 6-month extension. The original selling price of the house gets slashed by $300k and The Prince will pay rent ... a much-discounted $1000 a month. You can't get a studio in WeHo for $1k a month. (TMZ)

Johnny Depp is in such financial turmoil that he fired his longtime Hollywood agent, saying he couldn't pay her any more commissions on his movie deals and made a deal with a rival agency. Last October, Depp walked away from UTA's Tracey Jacobs, the famed agent who in 1988 took him from TV's "21 Jump Street" and made him into an international movie superstar. A Hollywood source said, "Depp told Jacobs and UTA he no longer wanted to pay their commissions. But they pushed back." So the "Pirates of the Caribbean" star jumped ship to CAA, which gave him a sweeter deal. About CAA's lower commissions, another source said, "They don't do blue-light specials." But as far as Depp's finances, the agency was "sensitive to it when he signed." On Depp leaving UTA, the insider added, "He was with Tracey Jacobs for a gajillion years -- their relationship had run its course. He was looking for a change." CAA and UTA declined to comment. Last week, it was revealed in documents filed by Depp's business managers that he spends an astonishing $2 million a month. Among the examples of his excess were $75 million spent on 14 homes, $18 million on a luxury yacht, and $30,000 per month on wine. Plus, he blew $3 million on shooting the ashes of his hero, author Hunter S. Thompson, out of a cannon over Aspen, Colo. The claims were made in a countersuit filed by The Management Group, who acted as Depp's legal, tax and accounting advisers from 1999 until he fired them last year. Depp sued TMG in January, claiming they collected $28 million in fees he never agreed to and tried to foreclose on his home. TMG insists they handled his money responsibly, warned him he was overspending, and "Depp, and Depp alone, is fully responsible for any financial turmoil he finds himself in today," said TMG's attorney Michael Kump in the cross-complaint. On Thursday, Depp's attorney Adam Waldman said in a statement that TMG had "chosen to employ a reprehensible 'blame the victim' strategy in a transparent attempt to . . . deflect away from their malfeasance." Depp's rep didn't get back to us. (Page Six)

Nic Cage's son, Weston Cage, was arrested for DUI after fleeing cops, taking down some mailboxes and a street sign and losing a tire. Weston was driving in the San Fernando Valley at around noon Saturday when he got in a minor car accident. He exchanged info with the other driver, but then thought cops were about to arrive so he booked it. Law enforcement tells us about a mile from the crash, Cage lost control of his car, veered onto a lawn, and took out a row of mailboxes. He wasn't done ... he went across the lawn and took out a street sign. Cage stopped with the help of a tree he hit, losing a tire in the process. He was arrested and booked for DUI, but en route he went to the hospital to get checked out. (TMZ)

The Game struck a plea deal that will keep him out of jail after punching an off-duty LAPD officer during a pickup basketball game. Game pled no contest to misdemeanor battery and criminal threats ... and was sentenced to 3 years' probation. He also got 120 days community service, 26 anger management classes and 180 days jail time ... which was suspended. He'll now have to keep his nose clean for the 3 years or those 180 days in jail could come back to bite him. You'll recall ... Game socked Onyebuchi Awaji during the March 2015 game in an L.A. gym. The Game also pled to felony grand theft. That was for jacking a photographer's camera while he was being served a lawsuit from Awaji. He settled that case with a $100k payout to the cop. (TMZ)

One of the most powerful men in Texas is calling in the big guns to bring back Tom Brady's allegedly stolen Super Bowl jersey ... with the Lt. Gov. of Texas reaching out to the TEXAS RANGERS! Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick -- the 2nd highest ranking politician in Texas -- just issued a statement vowing to use every resource he can to recover the jersey. "In Texas, we place a very high value on hospitality and football. Tom Brady's jersey has great historical value and is already being called 'the most valuable NFL collectible ever,'" Patrick said. "It is important that history does not record that it was stolen in Texas. I've called Colonel Steve McCraw to ask that the Texas Rangers work with the Houston Police Department in this case." He added, "I'm a Texans and Cowboys fan first, but the unquestionable success of the Super Bowl in Houston last night was a big win for our entire state and I don't want anything to mar that victory. Whoever took this jersey should turn it in. The Texas Rangers are on the trail." Giddyup!!! (TMZ)


Queen Elizabeth II Glistens in Diamonds and Sapphires for Jubilee Portrait. Queen Elizabeth II is ringing in her sapphire jubilee with the most fitting accessories. On the 65th anniversary of her accession to the British throne, the 90-year-old monarch appears in a newly released portrait in honor of the special anniversary. It would not be a sapphire jubilee without a few actual sapphires, so the queen is sporting diamond-encrusted blue stones gifted to her by her father, King George VI, for her wedding to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in 1947. After George's death in 1952, a then-25-year-old Elizabeth assumed the throne. Following with the color scheme, the royal also dons a blue dress with complementary floral beading while silver curls frame her face. The portrait was originally taken in 2014. In honor of the occasion, Westminster Abbey rang in the day with a series of bells to recognize the queen's 65 years of service and the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery fired a 41-gun salute in London. Meanwhile, the queen remained in private at her Sandringham Estate in Norfolk. Queen Elizabeth II is England's first monarch to achieve a sapphire jubilee. She also became Britain's longest reigning living monarch to date in September 2015. While the royal has been at work for six decades, she has lightened her work load in recent months after announcing plans to stand down from 25 of her patronages by the end of 2016. Not to fret, she still remains a patron of roughly 600 organizations. Meanwhile, the queen fell ill with a heavy cold over the winter holidays, sparking a touch of concern before publicly reemerging just in time for the new year. "Most Britains alive today don't remember any other monarch," royal expert Victoria Arbiter said of the queen on Today. "I think they all assume the Queen is just going to live forever. She's like the Energizer Bunny." (Eonline)

Patriots Owner Bob Kraft Reveals Tom Brady's Mom Has Been Undergoing Chemo. Tom Brady's fifth Super Bowl win was made a bit sweeter by the presence of his mother, who hasn't attended any of her son's games this season due to an illness. The New England Patriots quarterback remained mum regarding Galynn Brady's health problems since revealing the news last week, but owner Robert Kraft told NESN following the Patriots stunning come-back victory Sunday night that she had undergone chemotherapy and radiation throughout the 2016 season. "I spoke to [Brady] in the locker room before the game, and I said, 'We gotta win this one for your mom,' because I know how important his mom is," Kraft said. "She's been going through chemotherapy and radiation, and this is the first game she's been to. She came here, and I just saw her, and it was really cool." The 39-year-old athlete broke multiple records, including most Super Bowl appearances for a player, in a game that he told Jim Gray of Westwood One he dedicated to his mother. The Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime after trailing 28-3 until the third quarter. Brady addressed reports that his mother is too ill to attend Super Bowl LI during a press conference on Wednesday, admitting that this year has been "tough" on his family. "Yeah, it's personal with my family," the quarterback told reporters Wednesday in a news conference. "I'm just hoping everyone is here on Sunday to share a great experience. It has been a tough year. Every family goes through different things. My family has always been a great support system for me." Brady shared a sweet snap with his parents on Instagram earlier in the week in which he and his father, Tom Brady, Sr., kiss Galynn on each cheek on the field at NRG Stadium. "Sandwich kiss for Mom at Picture Day!!! Go Pats!!!!" he captioned the photo, with the whole family rocking Patriots gear. (People)

Princess Kate got personal during a Monday visit to a London school as part of her children's charity. The 35-year-old took to the Mitchell Brook Primary School in Neasden alongside husband Prince William where she spoke to a group of kids about the importance of Children's Mental Health Week -- and why the cause means so much to her. "People often ask me why I am so interested in the mental health of children and young people," the Duchess of Cambridge began. "The answer is quite simple: it is because I think that every child should have the best possible start in life." The couple took to the school early on Monday to spearhead Children's Mental Health Week, run by Place2Be. The royals attended the charity's first Big Assembly, watched a choir perform, met kids and staff and Kate awarded a Place2Be 'Kindness Cup' to a special child. The mother of two recalled her own upbringing during her address to the children, revealing that she hopes to pass the many lessons her parents taught her on to her children 1-year-old Princess Charlotte and Prince George, 3. My parents taught me about the importance of qualities like kindness, respect. and honesty. I realize how central, values like these have been to me throughout my life," she said. "That is why William and I want to teach our little children, George and Charlotte just how important these things are as they grow up." During the week, Place2Be is encouraging children to "spread a little kindness" in their schools and at home by looking out for classmates who may be having a difficult time, listening to how they feel, and if they need it, asking an adult for help. "We all know someone whose gone through a tough time, and it can be hard to know what to do to help, especially where children are involved," charity chief executive Catherine Roche tells PEOPLE. Kate became patron of the charity in 2013 and has headed up publicity for their Children's Mental Health week with video messages and visits since. Officials praised Kate for sparking, what they called, a "sea change" in how kids' mental health is being addressed. "We can see how this is becoming an issue that is being publicly discussed," the chief executive of Place2Be, Roche told PEOPLE on the eve of the campaigning week. "It is clear that [she] has a genuine passion for, and truly understands, the importance of providing early intervention mental health support to children and young people, and the positive impact this can have on a child's personal development." Place2Be is a leading UK children's mental health charity providing in-school support and expert training to improve the emotional well-being of pupils, families, teachers and school staff. It works directly with more than 282 primary and secondary schools across Wales, Scotland, and England, reaching a school population of over 116,000 pupils. Place2Be is one of the charity partners of the Heads Together campaign that the couple set up alongside Prince Harry-and the royal trio spent Sunday helping give some moral support and do some sprinting of their own at a training day for marathon runners who'll be raising money and awareness for the cause at the London race in April. (People)

Roseanne Barr Learned Who Lady Gaga Is Thanks to the 2017 Super Bowl. Lady Gaga might be one of the most well-known pop stars on the planet, but not everyone is informed. Comedienne Roseanne Barr, 64, took to Twitter during the 2017 Super Bowl to share her shock and awe about the halftime performer she claimed she had never heard of before the big event. "lady gaga rocks wow I never heard of her b4! she is great!" Barr tweeted. Of course, she is a comedienne, so her tweets could definitely be sarcastic. Confused, fans responded to the Roseanne alum asking if she was joking. Although she didn't answer them, she did continue to tweet about the "Million Reasons" songstress. Like many others before her, Barr compared Gaga to Madonna. "That lady gaga was just wonderful! She was kinda like the anti-madonna. no huge satanic imagery or anything she did beaver shot her parents tho," she tweeted. Not only did Barr think Mother Monster was a hit, Lady Gaga was also pleased with her performance! "She was so happy with her performance," a source told E! News exclusively. "It was everything and more than what she expected." While the singer had rehearsed all of those aerial flips and dives, Gaga's moment hugging a fan in the audience was entirely impromptu, the insider added. "She is so emotional now and so pleased," the source said. "She thanked everyone involved with this production. She is so kind and thankful to everyone working with her." (Eonline)

Nipplegate Strikes Again at 2017 Super Bowl: Chrissy Teigen Reacts to Her Wardrobe Malfunction. And just when the 2017 Super Bowl was going off without a hitch... Live television caught Chrissy Teigen's wardrobe malfunction while she was watching the New England Patriots take on the Atlanta Falcons with hubby John Legend. In between shots of various celebs like Mark Wahlberg and Elton John enjoying the game, the cameras panned (and subsequently didn't pan away from) the model as her nipple became briefly exposed. Teigen went braless under a fishnet keyhole top and brown duster jacket for Super Bowl LI, and in true Chrissy form, she couldn't have cared less about the nip slip. When a Twitter user zoomed in on a video of the celeb and tweeted it to her, she matter of factly responded, "boom goes the dynamite." Imagine if Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake shut down their Nipplegate scandal from the 2004 Super Bowl with such humor? Nonetheless, Chrissy can do no wrong in our eyes. Teigen and her main man enjoyed the Super Bowl to the absolute fullest, indulging in nachos and hot dogs and live-tweeting their whole experience. When Chrissy was caught on the big screen enjoying her Super Bowl feast, she responded to one fellow game attendee, "I had such big jumbo plans but god dammit I love nachos." As for Lady Gaga's epic halftime show, she didn't mince words when it came to responding to a Twitter troll who disagreed with Chrissy praising the performance. "You said from your crusty la-z-boy," she added. LOL. We've said it before and we'll say it again. Never change, girl. Never change. (Eonline)

As the Kardashian-Jenner family have made abundantly clear to us over the past year or so, nipples are having a fashion moment. While the majority of us are still trepidatious about even trying out cutouts or sheer panels, these ladies have already lapped us in trends and are onto their hundredth bra-less, sheer ensemble. And with the huge popularity of social media accounts like Free the Nipple and Genderless Nipples, it seems the fight for women's areola equality is only gaining ground. So it should come as no surprise that Sports Illustrated model and Twitter clapback queen Chrissy Teigen is pro-breast liberation and not here for any shade thrown at her own nip slip, even if it did happen in the middle of the Super Bowl. On Sunday night, in the same city where Janet Jackson suffered her infamous 2004 wardrobe malfunction, Teigen accidentally brought "nipplegate" back to the Super Bowl all over again. In the middle of the game, television cameras panned around the stadium catching the SI swimsuit star watching from a private box with her husband John Legend. One eagle-eyed fan sent Chrissy a video of that moment on Twitter, pausing the video and zooming in to point out that one of her nipples was slightly exposed through her fishnet shirt. In typical Chrissy Teigen fashion, she immediately retweeted the video, cheekily writing back "boom goes the dynamite." After all, this is hardly Teigen's first wardrobe malfunction rodeo. Just last November, she walked the red carpet at the AMAs in a black dress by Yousef Akbar with two side slits that went up to her ribcage and stayed fastened with little more than a safety pin, which understandably led her to accidentally flash the cameras. After apologizing to "anyone harmed mentally or physically by [her] hooha," however, the model then proceeded to drag any follower who dared to criticize her much to the delight of her almost 4 million followers. So basically, the moral of this story is don't come for Chrissy unless she sends for you. (People)

Swimming champ Michael Phelps does lose sometimes. Phelps took part in Super Bowl weekend's Big Game Big Give charity poker game for the Giving Back Fund at the estate of Houston entrepreneur Michael Holthouse, but his wife, Nicole Johnson, made it further than him. "She beat him," says a spy. "They both ended up busting, but she made it to the final table and in the top three." Josh Brolin hosted, David Schwimmer emceed, and Common performed at the event, which raised more than $1 million. (Page Six)

For many, Danny Glover will be remembered for the evil that he embodied as Mister in the classic film "The Color Purple." But as an actor, he says his most recognized role "is either 'Color Purple' or 'Lethal Weapon.' I am proud to be known for those pieces. They were important movies," Glover told Page Six at a National CARES Mentoring Movement gala. "I would like to be seen as more than just an actor, but a citizen." Asked if he has a favorite line in "The Color Purple," he said, "Could be. Could be not. Who's to say." (Page Six)

After stealing the Super Bowl from the Falcons, Tom Brady told Pats owner Bob Kraft HE was hit by a thief -- accusing someone of STRAIGHT JACKING his game jersey!! Kraft was in the locker room handing out victory cigars to the players, when Brady voiced his issue to the boss. Kraft didn't seem to care too much ... saying, "Well, you better look online!" Brady smiled. BUT GOOD NEWS, THE JERSEY HAS BEEN FOUND! Leyden of FOX25 says a Patriots equipment manager took the jersey and put it in a safe place for Tom -- it wasn't stolen! Still, probably shoulda told the guy first. (TMZ)

Lady Gaga's crash pad in Houston for Super Bowl week is big enough for true Patriots ... as in the entire team! Gaga's staying in a $10,000 a night palace ... nearly 10,000 square feet, with a Renaissance-style stone spiral staircase for grand entrances, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a resort-inspired pool, and (beware of Bieber) Venetian plaster. The house is valued at $20,000,000. With 5 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms on a solid acre of land, she has room to roam. Best of all ... it's free, courtesy of Airbnb. So, which is cooler ... Gaga's, or the $50 million estate Beyonce crashed at during the last Super Bowl in San Fran? (TMZ)

Michael Chiklis' Dog is Named Tom Brady. Michael Chiklis is such a big Patriots fan, he named his dog Tom Brady. During pre-Super Bowl coverage on Fox, a number of famous Patriots fans professed their love for the quarterback -- including Chiklis and his pug. "You think any of these clowns named their dog after you?" the Lowell, Massachusetts, native said. "No, they didn't. But I did!" The little pug had the initials "TB" engraved on his silver dog tag in the video. Donnie Wahlberg, Jon Bon Jovi and Conan O'Brien were also in the funny fan video, with Bon Jovi even jokingly offering Brady a spot on tour. "What do you say you come out on the road? You could do anything, you could be Richie Sambora." O'Brien, meanwhile, just wants to be Facebook friends with the hunky athlete, crying, "It's one click, Tommy!" (PageSix)

Great scene at Super Bowl 51 ... when President George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara made a surprise appearance to do the coin toss ... less than a week after the ex-POTUS was released from the hospital. George was wheeled out on a chair. Barbara was driven out in a cart. Both had big smiles on their faces. 92-year-old George was admitted to the hospital on Jan. 14th for complications stemming from pneumonia. Barbara was discharged from the hospital a week earlier after battling health issues of her own. As for the coin flip ... tails. VP Mike Pence was there too ... giving a standing O for the Bushes. (TMZ)

Verizon Won't Stop Talking Smack About T-Mobile and Sprint on Twitter During the 2017 Super Bowl. Woah, Verizon. Tell us how you really fell about your competitors. The cellphone company didn't hold back when T-Mobile and Sprint's commercials aired during the 2017 Super Bowl, taking to Twitter with some pretty harsh words for their commercials. It all started when the actor in Sprint's commercial faked his own death (by pushing his car over a cliff, no less) to get out a Verizon contract. Consider shots absolutely fired, because Verizon followed up with its own video of a flaming care catapulting over a cliff with the caption, "Trying to do anything on @Sprint may push you over the edge. #SprintFails #SB51" Ouch. Don't think Sprint was going to go down without a fight, because they responded, this time pointing out an error in Verizon's video upload skills. "@verizon if you weren't so expensive, that mannequin would still be alive...and don't think we didn't see that video #VerizonFails," Sprint tweeted back, referencing a screenshot of a since-deleted tweet Verizon shared of the wrong smack-talking video. As they say, don't mess with a brand's social media team. The misdirected Verizon video was actually meant for T-Mobile, whose Super Bowl "Unlimited Moves" ad starring Justin Bieber and Terrell Owens also came under fire. "Here are some moves @tmobile doesn't want you to see. #UnlimitedMoves #SB51," Verizon tweeted, pointing out their competitor's different shortcomings. One thing's for sure, when it comes to shade, Verizon knows how to throw it. (Eonline)

The Ending of 84 Lumber Pro-Immigration Ad Was Deemed Too Controversial for the Super Bowl. Who would've thought the Super Bowl's most effective commercial would be for a lumber company? 84 Lumber's contribution to Commercial Bowl LI was a 90-second spot that depicted a Mexican mother-daughter duo setting off on the perilous journey across the border to the United States. The ad ends with a statement billing its original cut as "too controversial for TV" and directed viewers to a dedicated web site for the full version. However, the company was evidently unprepared for the deluge of traffic that comes with airing a controversial ad during the largest televised event of the year, and the site crashed. 84 Lumber mentioned last month that the first cut of their ad was rejected by Fox for being "too political. It -- spoiler alert -- depicted a massive wall blocking the mother and daughter's access to the U.S., before they journey on and find a set of doors allowing them entry. The tagline for the ad: "The will to succeed is always welcome here." After the ad aired, the company made its politics clear when it replied to a tweet from a Latino group for Planned Parenthood. Politics collided forcefully with the Super Bowl this year. Though Lady Gaga didn't deliver a political statement with her halftime performance, as many expected she would, Budweiser delivered an unexpectedly political ad that focused on cofounder Adolphus Busch's immigration journey to the States in the 19th century, and Google's Home ad featured a conspicuously multicultural cast. 84 Lumber's ad was deliberately political -- with its visualization of President Donald Trump's proposed wall along the Mexican border -- though Budweiser claimed they weren't deliberately making a political statement. "This is a conversation that's taking place in homes across America and so 84 Lumber was willing to be part of that conversation, to be relevant and timely," Rob Schapiro, chief creative officer of 84 Lumber's ad agency Brunner, told Business Insider. "In Part Two [of the ad] you will see what a beacon of light America is, not just within America but beyond to other countries. We are that beacon of light for people for finding success from hard work and making a contribution." (People)

Grab the Tissues! How Hyundai Reunited Troops With Their Families for This Emotional Super Bowl Surprise. Hyundai didn't promote their automobiles during the 2017 Super Bowl. Rather, the company promoted the idea of making the world a better place, bringing a first-of-its-kind live commercial to the game while simultaneously bringing tears to our eyes. The Korean automotive company used their commercial space to reunite American troops with their families for the big game, utilizing technology to create an emotional documentary shot in real-time after the Super Bowl kicked off. With the help of director Peter Berg, Hyundai filmed from a U.S. military base in Zagan, Poland, where they set up "360-degree immersive pods" for the occasion, inviting soldiers to watch the game and "feel as though they were in the NRG Stadium in Houston." For some of them, their families were at the game, waiting to surprise them. We watched as three soldiers, Sgt. Richard Morrill, Spc. Erik Guerrero and Cpl. Trista Strauch, stepped into the pods and put on virtual reality glasses, expecting to watch the game. What they didn't expect, however, was to look around and see their families on the left and right of them. Berg explained to Good Morning America, "They think that's the experience, they're watching the game. They take the glasses off, the whole pod lights up 360-degrees...they look to their left and their kids are there, look to the right and their mom's there." He added, "It's an opportunity for them to see each other and that should be a very emotional experience." Strauch is on her first deployment and said she would have been watching the game at home with her husband, Joseph, and their 16-month-old son. "Being away is pretty rough," she explained during the commercial. "I'm just worried about my son growing up and missing daily things that he does." Her husband added, "This is my first time being a single dad, so having this experience to see her was very emotional." Cue the tears! (Eonline)


Lady Gaga Announces Joanne World Tour Dates. Lady Gaga seized the moment Sunday. After her show-stopping performance during the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show, the "Million Reasons" singer announced she'll be hitting the road later this year for her Joanne World Tour. The tour supports her fifth studio album, Joanne. She previously headlined the Fame Ball Tour (2009), the Monster Ball Tour (2009-2011), the Born This Way Ball (2012-2013), and ArtRave: The ARTPOP Ball in 2014. She also hit the road with Tony Bennett for the Cheek to Cheek Tour (2014-2015). Before Joanne's release in October 2016, Gaga embarked on the three-date promotional Dive Bar Tour, sponsored by Budweiser, performing shortened sets across the U.S. As Gaga told E! News last year, Joanne is about bringing people together. "The truth is I want nothing more for both myself and for other people than human connection and love," Gaga said. "I just want to be closer to not only my fans, but other people and to build a relationship with them through the music where they know that I'm their sister, know that I'm their friend." (Eonline)

Lady Gaga Burst Into Tears After Her 2017 Super Bowl Halftime Show. As the world weighs in on Lady Gaga's halftime show, there's one woman who's so happy she could cry -- the star herself. After dropping her mic, catching a football and making her grand exit from the stage by jumping off of it, the Grammy winner returned backstage where she was spotted bursting into tears. "She was so happy with her performance," a source told E! News."It was everything and more than what she expected." While the songstress had rehearsed all of those aerial flips, according to the insider, Gaga's moment hugging a fan in the audience was entirely impromptu. "She is so emotional now and so pleased," the source added. "She thanked everyone involved with this production. She is so kind and thankful to everyone working with her." While a "glowing" Gaga is now busy relishing the success of months of hard work, famous fans are showering the star with praise. "I want jumping gifs stat! Bravo @ladygaga," Katy Perry complimented."YES Gaga!!," Chrissy Teigen cheered. "I'm gagging over @ladygaga and her halftime show," Neil Patrick Harris echoed on Twitter. "She was everything. Creative and fearless and inclusive. Loved." Meanwhile, she made basketball player Dwyane Wade realize he is one of her little monsters. "I didn't realize I knew any of @ladygaga music," he tweeted. "I'm now a GAGA fan!!! You did that!" (Eonline)

Lady Gaga Takes Her 2017 Super Bowl Halftime Show to New Heights. Lady Gaga's Super Bowl halftime show was no perfect illusion -- it was the real deal. The 30-year-old songstress wasted no time taking this year's performance to new heights when she kicked off her show from the top of Houston's NRG Stadium with pitch-perfect renditions of "God Bless America" and "This Is Your Land." Above her head, drones painted the sky in the shape and colors of the American flag. However, it was one of the few mellow portions of the performance as Mother Monster quickly jumped from the edge of the stadium into the air and descended upon the Super Bowl crowd. Landing on a platform above the Texas audience, she launched into a mix of "Just Dance," "Edge of Glory" and "Poker Face" surrounded by backup dancers dressed in futuristic garb with the star in a coordinating metallic bodysuit and boots. As fire exploded around her, the songstress continued into her career hit, "Poker Face," as she flipped through the air on strings and landed just in time to transition into "Born This Way." Judging from the routine thus far, Gaga was certainly born to do this. Next up, Lady Gaga belted out "Telephone," though Beyonce ultimately did not make a cameo for the track, which she was featured on in 2010. Instead, the stage was all for Gaga as she switched into "Just Dance" while accompanying herself on a keytar. Before the grand finale, Lady Gaga slowed it down for an intimate moment with fans all around the world as she took a seat at a piano to perform her most recent hit, "Million Reasons." In between chords, she gave shoutouts to her mom and dad in the audience -- a moment that surely had everyone watching a bit teary-eyed. Of course, it would not be a Lady Gaga halftime show without an outfit change. As she kicked the routine back into high gear with "Bad Romance," she also changed into her version of football gear with a rhinestone-encrusted crop top accessorized with shoulder pads and a bedazzled pair of bikini bottoms. She reunited with her backup dancers, now sporting shoulder pads and football helmets, to perform the song's signature choreography as the audience mirrored the moves with lights in their hands. However, as the performance came to a close, there would not be a final bow but a final jump as Lady Gaga literally dropped the mic, caught a football and jumped off the stage. The milestone performance is one the Grammy winner has been working toward practically her entire life thus far. "I've been planning this since I was 4, so I know exactly what I'm going to do," the singer said in a promotional behind-the-scenes video for the show. "For me, it's all about giving to the fans and bringing people together that wouldn't normally come together. The thing is, it's such a big world stage in terms of how many people see it and it's been done so many times." But, it's never been done like that. Needless to say, fans have a million reasons to fall in love with Lady Gaga all over again. (Eonline)

Beyonce Moving Forward With Coachella Plans. Beyonce has no intention of canceling her appearances at Coachella, TMZ reports. After Queen Bey revealed last week she is pregnant with twins -- making her announcement via what is now the most "liked" Instagram post of all time -- festival-goers worried she might cancel her performances on April 15 and 22 at the multi-weekend Indio, Calif., gathering. She's already made housing arrangements for two secret guests set to join her onstage, TMZ said. Hubby Jay Z is rumored to be one of the mystery performers. (PageSix)

Jackie Evancho Lands Record Deal After Trump Inauguration. Singing for President Trump has paid off for Jackie Evancho. Fresh off her performance at last month's presidential inauguration, the -- 16-year-old songbird has a new deal with Sony after being courted by several major -- labels. Evancho's "Two Hearts" album of classical crossover songs -- with an EP attached of pop tunes she composed -- will come out March 31. (PageSix)

Luke Bryan Kicks Off 2017 Super Bowl With National Anthem. The 2017 Super Bowl is Luke Bryan's kind of night. Kicking things off from the NRG Stadium in Houston, Tex. was the country superstar, who had the honor of singing the National Anthem. Dressed casually in a pair of denim jeans, black jacket and a graphic T-shirt, Bryan nailed the performance and brought the more than 72,000 football fans in attendance to their feet. The chart-topping recording artist definitely set the tone for what is sure to be an unforgettable faceoff between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons. Not to mention Lady Gaga's upcoming halftime performance, which is set to include several outfit changes and an airbound entrance. Like Gaga, Bryan recently told Rolling Stone he's spent quite a bit of time preparing for the coveted gig. "I've kind of just been hanging around the house, singing," he dished. "Singing in the stairwell, singing in the shower, singing for my boys. I just tried to get a lot of -- I know it sounds like a sports reference -- but get a lot of reps in." As for his nerves, Bryan explained, "You have to not think about what's going on outside of the stadium. It's almost like, [you] do an unbelievable job for the people in the stadium and then it'll turn into that. It's only a little over two minutes long." "Get up there and do what I've always loved to do: sing for people. And try to take it at that -- don't overthink it," he added. Luke also shared with the outlet that he hoped to surprise football fanatics and music lovers with his performance. "I just hope that when I walk off that stage, people go, 'Man, he really did a great job capturing the anthem,' and 'He really surprised us.' I hope people go, 'Wow, we didn't really think he had that in him,'" the "Kick the Dust Up" singer explained. We'd say he did exactly that! Enjoy the rest of the game, Luke. (Eonline)

Hamilton's Original Schuyler Sisters Give Luke Bryan a Run for His Money at the 2017 Super Bowl. Luke Bryan was a bit outshone ahead of the 2017 Super Bowl. While the country singer did a fine job singing the National Anthem to kick off the big game on Sunday From the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, it was Hamilton's original trio of Schuyler sisters that made headlines. Reuniting on the field ahead of Bryan's "Star Spangled Banner," Renee Elise Goldberry, Phillipa Soo and Jasmne Cephas Jones gave the 72,000 football fans in the crowd and millions of viewers quite the surprise with their harmonious rendition of "America the Beautiful." They earned a massive applause and had coaches, players and fans of both the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots smiling with their impressive performance. In honor of their own sisterhood, they changed the lines, "God shed his grace on thee/ And crown thy good with brotherhood/ From sea to shining sea," to "God shed his grace on thee/ And crown thy good with sisterhood/ From sea to shining sea!" This, of course, had celebrities and fans taking to Twitter to applaud the singers: The combination of the Hamilton sisters' performance alongside Bryan's National Anthem certainly set the tone for another unforgettable Super Bowl. We're sure Lady Gaga's halftime show will only take the game to another level! (Eonline)

'Hamilton' Tour Singer Flubs Canadian National Anthem. A Broadway performer botched the Canadian national anthem before the Toronto Raptors' game in Brooklyn on Sunday, singing lyrics that aren't in "O Canada." Amber Iman, who has been cast in the national tour of "Hamilton" that will soon open, sang, "O Canada, we sing our hearts for thee." The line that ends the song is "O Canada, we stand on guard for thee." Raptors players and coaches looked around in confusion as they stood in line. "I'm going to leave that alone. But yeah, that anthem was a lot different than I've heard over the last five years. A lot different," Raptors All-Star Kyle Lowry said. "Her voice was beautiful, but the anthem, the song, the words ... have her come to Toronto, we'll come and get somebody to give her some lessons." The Raptors responded by poking fun at the Nets on Twitter , writing "For future reference" and posting the correct lyrics to the song. @MavMeyer1 I learned the melody while n 8 hr. Hamilton rehearsals. The prompter failed, I did my best, while u watched from your couch. #Bye -- Amber Iman (@amberskyez) February 5. (PageSix)

Ed Sheeran Rules Australia's Singles Chart for a Fourth Week. Ed Sheeran locks down the top two slots on Australia's singles chart for a fourth week while the Trolls soundtrack climbs back to No. 1 on the albums survey. A week after Sheeran dropped the official video for "Shape Of You" (Asylum/Warner), his gold-certified hit banks another stint at No. 1 on the ARIA Singles Chart. The second of his comeback tracks "Castle On The Hill" (also gold-certified) follows behind at No. 2. Sheeran is currently in the market for a handful of intimate promo gigs. After snagging No. 2 on the Triple J Hottest 100 with "Adore," Gold Coast singer-songwriter Amy Shark swims up the national sales chart. "Adore" (Wonderlick/Sony) rises 13-3, for her first stint inside the top ten. Another Aussie act enjoying high times is Pnau, the electronic music group whose "Chameleon" (MoS/Universal) ascends the chart 7-4 for a new peak. Zayn & Taylor Swift's "I Don't Wanna Live Forever" (Republic/Universal), from the forthcoming Fifty Shades Darker movie, holds at No. 5. German electronic act Milky Chance has one of the top climbers with "Cocoon" (Neon/Universal), up 25-10 in its 10th week on the chart, while Major Lazer featuring PARTYNEXTDOOR & Nicki Minaj has the highest debut with "Run Up," new at No. 27. It's the third track lifted from Major Lazer's forthcoming fourth album Music Is The Weapon (Mad Decent/Warner) and follows "Cold Water," which led the chart last August. A slew of entries in the Jan. 26 Hottest 100 countdown enjoy spikes on the national singles survey this week. The winner of the annual poll, Flume feat. Kai's "Never Be Like You" (Future Classic), reenters the chart at No. 18 in its 44th week while Tash Sultana swings onto the ARIA chart for the first time with "Jungle" (Lonely Lands Records), at No. 39. "Jungle" cruised into the Hottest 100 poll last month at No. 3. On the ARIA Albums Chart, the Trolls (RCA/Sony) soundtrack returns to the summit for a third successive week while last week's No. 1, Kasey Chambers' Dragonfly (Warner), slips to No. 2. The soundtrack to Moana (Walt Disney/Universal) improves 4-3, the Sing (Universal) soundtrack dips 3-4 and Train arrives with the week's highest new entry with A Girl, A Bottle, A Boat (Columbia/Sony), new at No. 5. Also dropping into the top 10 are American worship duo Brian & Jenn Johnson's After All These Years (Ind), new at No. 7, while Tash Sultana's Notion returns to the chart at No. 8, a new peak. Following its release on limited edition iridescent blue vinyl, The Avalanches' celebrated debut sample patchwork LP, Since I Left You (Modular/EMI), hits a new chart high more than 15 years after its release. The album climbs to No. 15 on the ARIA Albums Chart, eclipsing its previous high of No. 21 setback in October 2001. The recording also clocks up its 30th week in the top 50. (Billboard)


For the purveyors of the most famous erotic film franchise in history, the bosses behind blockbuster Fifty Shades Darker are oddly prudish. I can reveal that execs at Universal Pictures have banned the cast from making sexual and graphic references in their promo interviews. The BDSM film's stars including Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson have been forbidden from any kinky talk and forced to push the romantic elements of the movie instead. Oscar-winner Marcia Gay Harden, who plays the mother of Jamie's character Christian Grey, let slip the stuffy stipulations after landing herself in trouble for jokingly tweeting about sex toys. In a new, thankfully unfiltered interview, Marcia said: "We can't talk too much about nipple clamps." "I used to send out some naughty little tweets, along the lines of this 'sweater clasp' and I was told by Universal that I couldn't do it anymore, but I'll tell you one anyway." "I'm a good girl, I fell in line. Because it's supposed to be more about the 'romance'." "Maybe I went too far ... I don't know." "I sent out a picture of a sex toy and I was like, 'Dear Christian, thank you so much for that lovely bracelet under the Christmas tree. Perhaps it wasn't meant for me." 'Oh well, so pretty.' "And all the fans would write back, 'No that wasn't for you Mama Grey, oh no.' That was a lot of fun but it was shut down." "It is a love story after all -- I don't think they want us being too overtly sexual in interviews." The Sun told last week how the sequel to Fifty Shades is far raunchier, with 15 minutes of erotic action including two bondage scenes. One graphic, X-rated moment involving a sex toy lasts almost three minutes and had members of the audience at last week's LA premiere laughing and screaming in horror. Another explicit scene sees Dakota's character Anastasia Steele strapped to a stainless steel bondage bar with foot restraints for a love-making session in Christian Grey's infamous Red Room of Pain. The film's UK premiere is in London on Thursday before hitting screens here the following day. It's a clean, family-friendly, romantic flick . . . honest. (Page Six)

Miami Film Festival Announces Industry Program. Selected Latin American films in postproduction will compete for a cash prize and input from industry professionals in the Encuentros sidebar. The Miami Film Festival unveiled its industry sidebar Encuentros, a selection of Latin American feature films produced partially or entirely by Ibero-American-based production companies currently in the postproduction stage. Curated by Sandro Fiorin, from LatAm-specialty sales agent FiGa Films, the program selected the films Tigre (Argentina), directed by Silvina Schnicer and Ulises Porra Guardiola and produced by Pucara Cine (The Movement); Eugenia (Bolivia), directed by Martin Boulocq and produced by CQ; Camocim (Brazil), directed by Quentin Delaroche and produced by Ponte Producoes; and Los debiles (Mexico), directed by Raul Rico and Eduardo Giralt Brun, and produced by Mendicante. The projects will be matched with industry professionals, and a jury will award a $10,000 cash prize in completion financing, courtesy of the Knight Foundation. "None of them were seen anywhere before," said Fiorin on this year's selection. "All remarkable in their own way, they represent what is happening at this moment in Latin America. The freshness and attitude are palpable, though the similarities and politics are buried deep inside each story. A total reflection of our times here in the U.S. and elsewhere," he added. Last year, the Encuentros winner was The Candidate, directed by Uruguayan actor Daniel Hendler (Family Law, My Friend From the Park), and an international premiere at the Miami fest this year. The Festival also announced this year's Miami Encuentros jury, formed by Dana Keith (Miami Beach Film Society and Cinematheque), Molly O'Keefe (Tribeca Film Institute), and the program creator Diana Sanchez (Toronto International Film Festival). Additional prizes to be awarded include a DCP Mastering Service package valued at $5,000 presented by Madrid's Aracne Digital Services; and a poster design service valued at $5,000 presented by Buenos Aires' Boogieman Media. Presented by the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation, Miami Encuentros will be hosted March 6-7 at the Faena Hotel Miami Beach. The 34th edition of the Miami Dade College's Miami Film Festival will run March 3 –12. (Hollywood Reporter)

Berlin: Grindstone Takes Bite of Shark Attack Thriller 'Cage Dive'. Odin's Eye is screening the film to buyers at the EFM. North American waters are preparing for another shark attack. Cage Dive, the upcoming thriller from Gerald Rascionato, has been picked up by Grindstone Entertainment ahead of the European Film Market, where Australia's Odin's Eye Entertainment is screening it to buyers. The film will be distributed by Lionsgate Home Entertainment, with a multiplatform release set for this summer. Elsewhere deals are being closed in Italy (Eagle Pictures), Turkey (Siyah Beyaz Film), Russia (Luxor), China (Bravos), Japan (New Select), Malaysia (Red Pictures), Middle East (Phoenicia), South Korea (Scene and Sound), Vietnam (Ram Indo), and Mexico, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and all Latin American (Gussi), Central America, Chile (Prolat), Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia (Delta). "Cage Dive lends a whole new dimension to that which scares the living hell out of us," said Grindstone's head of acquisitions Stan Wertlieb. "To be stranded in shark- infested waters with no one around to hear your screams for help. Audiences are going to be left with heart palpitations and sweaty palms." Added Odin's Eye founder Michael Favelle: "Buyers have been extremely receptive to the suspense and scares of Cage Dive with most distributors committing to theatrical releases. With a number of territories in discussions, we anticipate closing the remaining territories in Berlin." Cage Dive follows three American tourists making an audition tape of them shark cage diving to submit to an extreme reality show. But a catastrophic turn of events leaves them stranded in baited waters of South Australia, surrounded by hungry great white sharks. The film was produced by Rascionato's Just One More Productions and Charles Barsamian's Exit Strategy Productions. (Hollywood Reporter)

Cartoon Saloon, Mercury Filmworks Partner for New Animation Studio. The Ireland-based 2D animation joint venture is expected to create 140 jobs in the next three years. Kilkenny, Ireland-based animation studio Cartoon Saloon -- the studio behind Oscar-nominated animated features The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea -- and Canada-based animation studio Mercury Filmworks are partnering to create a new 2D-focused, Kilkenny-based animation studio to develop children's and family TV entertainment, for multiplatform global distribution. Dubbed Lighthouse Studios, the joint venture will have its own not-yet-announced management team, reporting to a board of directors comprising executives from both Mercury Filmworks and Cartoon Saloon. It plans to announce more information about its first development and production projects, as well as hiring details, in the coming weeks. The venture was revealed on Monday with support from Ireland's Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland and intends to create at least 140 jobs in the next three years. Both partners also continue their own TV and film operations. Mercury Filmworks' projects have included Disney's Tangled animated series, Mickey Mouse Shorts, Wander Over Yonder as well as the upcoming Netflix original series Hilda. Cartoon Saloon was founded by Tomm Moore, who directed The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea, Paul Young and Nora Twomey. Its next feature, Twomey-directed The Breadwinner, is being co-produced with Canada's Aircraft Pictures, Luxembourg's Melusine Productions and in association with Angelina Jolie's Jolie Pas Productions. It will be released by GKids later this year. "Together, we plan to make Lighthouse Studios and Kilkenny a center of excellence for animation," said Cartoon Saloon's CEO Paul Young in a statement. "Ireland enjoys a number of advantages when it comes to animation. The industry is supported by a growing number of educational programs and draws talent from all over Europe.... The Irish talent pool has been spilling over into other parts of Europe and North America for years and we look forward to welcoming a lot of that talent home." (Hollywood Reporter)

Jackie Chan's 'Kung-Fu Yoga' Slammed by Indian Critics for Perpetuating Stereotypes. The much awaited India-China coproduction has received mostly negative reviews and reportedly a less-than-stellar opening at the box office. Jackie Chan's Kung-Fu Yoga may be kicking up some serious box-office numbers in China but in India the film has opened to underwhelming numbers and mostly negative to scathing reviews, particularly for the abundant use of stereotypes. India does not officially report box-office figures, but some local reports are indicating that the film has had a less- than-stellar opening when it bowed here Feb. 3. Local media quoted an industry website Box Office Collection reporting that on opening day, the film collected about $588,000 (40 million rupees) reflecting an occupancy rate of 25 to 30 percent, considered average at best. By contrast, the film opened strongly in China with its $38.5 million haul when it bowed Jan. 28 during the Chinese New Year weekend. Since it was announced as the first India-China co-production in 2014, just months after the two Asian giants signed a co-production treaty, there has been much anticipation around Kung-Fu Yoga in how it would marry the cinematic sensibilities of both countries. Moreover, expectations were further fueled as the project reunited director Stanley Tong (Rumble in the Bronx) with Chan. But Indian critics have been far from impressed with Kung-Fu Yoga, which has received some scathing reviews. "A mangled mess" is what the Hindustan Times newspaper called the film, adding that Tong, who also wrote the script, "is big on simplicity and stereotypes. This isn't a nuanced take on either culture. It's designed as a rollercoaster ride." The sight of Chan dancing in a specially staged end-credits Bollywood dance sequence, choreographed by well-known choreographer Farah Khan, has also received a mixed response. Added the Times: "The film ends with the cast dancing vigorously...on the steps of an ancient temple. By which time, some of the reviewers in the show I saw, were laughing out loud. A sort of cinematic delirium had set in." Lambasting the film as an "overdose of cultural stereotypes," The Wire said in its review that "Tong and his crew, from the film, look like the kind of people who come to India, pay for a 'slum tour,' go back to their countries, patting themselves on the back, claiming to have understood an entire country. Or the kinds who failed cultural studies class in college." Kung-Fu Yoga revolves around Chan as a Chinese archaeologist who teams up with an Indian professor, played by Bollywood actress Disha Patani, as the duo embark on an adventure to find a lost treasure. Spanning locales in China, Tibet, India and Dubai, the film features Bollywood actor Sonu Sood as the villain. The Indian Express slammed the film as "a big yawn," adding that Kung-Fu Yoga was "a cheat title, because it has barely any yoga and a lot of jaded kung fu moves, and does nothing but put you to sleep." The film's depiction of Indian exotica seems to be its biggest flaw, as Mid-Day pointed out in its review that snake charmers and the great Indian rope trick is what "you would imagine featuring in a film with the Brit James Bond, or the American Indiana Jones, back in the eighties/nineties. Except, this is a joint Indo-Chinese production." The Mint lamented that "Kung Fu Yoga could have been a fun mash-up of Chinese martial arts and Indian acrobatics. But for that it would have needed a script, which seems to have been misplaced, and some decent performances." (Hollywood Reporter)


Ryan Murphy Lures Annette Benning to TV for Katrina: American Crime Story. Katrina: American Crime Story has its first official star and it's a big one: Annette Benning. Benning, who has been nominated for four Oscars, an Emmy and won two Golden Globes, will play Kathleen Blanco, the governor of Louisiana during and after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. The second season of FX's American Crime Story from Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson does not have a premiere date yet aside from 2018. The third season will air within six months of Katrina's debut. The series has already been renewed for a third season that will follow the Gianni Versace murder. A potential fourth season could take on Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky. The third season is based on the book Vulgar Affairs by Maureen Oarth and Murphy has already said Lady Gaga will not play Donatella Versace in the series. The fourth season could be based on Jeffrey Toobin's book, A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President, which tells the story of the Clinton sex scandal, Lewinsky and Linda Tripp's involvement. A Toobin book was the basis of the first season of the FX anthology. Katrina: American Crime Story is the follow up to the critically acclaimed The People v. O.J. Simpson. The first season starred Cuba Gooding Jr., John Travolta, Courtney B. Vance, Sterling K. Brown, David Schwimmer and Sarah Paulson. It took home nine Emmys. Benning's TV work is limited. Her few roles include a 1987 episode of Miami Vice, an episode of Wiseguy and TV movies such as Hostage and Manhunt for Claude Dallas. She was nominated for an Emmy for the 2005 TV movie Mrs. Harris. She recently starred in 20th Century Women on the big screen. (Eonline)

This Is Us' Randall Is Not Ready to Face the Loss of Another Father in This Sneak Peek. First it was laundry, now chess is making us cry on This Is Us. To be fair, everything on This Is Us brings the tears, but in this exclusive clip, Randall (Sterling K. Brown) finds his daughter bonding with his biological father, William (Ron Cephas Jones), over a late night game of chess, and things get unexpectedly emotional. "You said he's not gonna be around forever, so I have to play with him as much as I can now," Tess (Eris Baker) whines when her dad scolds her for being up so late, but Randall's not ready to face the death of another father. "You'll have plenty of time to play chess with William," he says, a little too quickly. But of course, she's probably right, and even William knows it. "She's right, you know. We're running out of time," he says in the clip. Eventually, Randall's going to have to accept that there's nothing that can be done to fix William's late-stage stomach cancer, and we're all probably going to have to accept that this show will never stop emotionally torturing us, in a good way. Tomorrow night's episode will focus on Randall struggling to accept his William's deteriorating health while Toby (Chris Sullivan) throws a wrench into Kate's (Chrissy Metz) weight loss plans. And back in the '70s, Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rebecca (Mandy Moore) deal with some unexpected news from Miguel (Jon Huertas) that makes them examine their relationship. We'll also get to see their wedding, which, you know, will probably not make us emotional at all. This Is Us airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on NBC. (Eonline)

Feud: Bette and Joan's Super Bowl Commercials Will Get You Excited for Old Hollywood Drama. For some, the Super Bowl is all about commercials, commercials like the ones with the first footage from Feud: Bette and Joan, FX's new drama starring Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon. Lange and Sarandon play the titular Bette and Joan -- Sarandon is Bette Davis and Lange is Joan Crawford. The new series from Ryan Murphy recounts the old Hollywood feud between the two Oscar-winning actresses while they made Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? As if Lange and Sarandon weren't a draw enough, the cast also features Kathy Bates, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Stanley Tucci, Judy Davis, Alfred Molina, Sarah Paulson (would it be a Ryan Murphy show without her?), Jackie Hoffman, Alison Wright and Kiernan Shipka. The first spot features Sarandon, Lange and Zeta-Jones and the second gives viewers a little taste of that feud between the two actresses. At the 2017 TCA Winter Press Tour, the cast and Murphy spoke about the feud at the center of the series and what drove it, including modern issues like misogyny and ageism. Murphy said he didn't want to make a campy drama, he wanted to tackle the issues at hand. "For me, what I love about the show, even though it's set in 1962, the themes and issues are so modern," he said. "We really wanted to lean into that aspect of the show... We just wanted to take it away from what people would expect and make it a little more emotional." Lange said Hollywood is a big part of the drama. "I think that's a big part of this show, which is what Hollywood does to women as they age, which is just a microcosm of what happens to women as they age -- whether they become invisible. I think with this film, we've touched on that in a very profound way," Lange said. "I mean, Joan was 10 years younger when this takes place than I am now, and yet her career was finished because of her age. I think what we've tried to do is somehow investigate what that does to a woman." Feud: Bette and Joan premieres Sunday, March 5 at 10 p.m. on FX. (Eonline)

You Have to See the Stranger Things Cast's Adorable Reaction to Their Season 2 Teaser. Forget returning to the Upside Down, it looks like our world is going to get turned upside down by Stranger Things season two. Netflix released the first teaser and announced the premiere date\ -- Halloween 2017 -- during the Super Bowl LI between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons and naturally the pint-sized stars of Stranger Things took to social media to hype the event even more. In a video posted by Noah Schnapp -- that's Will Byers, the boy who survived the Upside Down (But is he unscathed? Remember what he coughed up in the last bit of the season one finale?) -- the cast reacted to the commercial pretty much the same way fans around the country did. There's lots of screaming, gasping and hands over mouths. Schnapp posted the video with an accurate description: "Fun video of us seeing the S2 teaser!!!" The teaser features new footage, including the return of Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), who was last seen taking the Demogorgon back to the Upside Down. Hopper (David Harbour) left her Eggos, so you know she had sustenance. But how does being in the Upside Down change her? Season two takes place in 1984, a year after the events of season one. And yes, that's Will strapped to a chair. How about that giant monster? "In season one, Will is in danger," Stranger Things co-creator Matt Duffer told EW. "And season two, it's the town. The stakes escalate in that way." In addition to your season one favorites like Winona Ryder and Gaten Matarazzo, season two will feature several new faces. Sean Astin of Lord of the Rings will play Bob Newby, a former classmate of Joyce and Hopper. Mad About You star Paul Reiser is a Department of Energy executive who is put in charge of keeping the lid on the events of season one and Linnea Berthelsen will play Roman, a mysterious woman who comes to Hawkins. Viewers will also meet, Sadie Sink as Max, a young girl with a complicated history and Dacre Montgomery will play Billy, Max's older stepbrother. Stranger Things season two debuts Tuesday, Oct. 31 on Netflix. (Eonline)

TV Ratings: Historic Overtime Super Bowl Steady With 2016 in Early Numbers. Super Bowl No. 51 gives the New England Patriots another ring -- and fans some unprecedented overtime. The 51st Super Bowl capped off a mixed-bag NFL season Sunday night with expectedly high ratings. A win for the New England Patriots, the franchise's fifth with quarterback Tom Brady, the game looks steady in early numbers. Nielsen's metered markets have the game earning a 48.8 overnight rating among households. That's down only a fraction of a percent from the comparable stat of last year's game (a 49.0 rating). The outcome of Sunday's game may have been a familiar one for the Patriots, but the path to get there was anything but normal. New England came back from an incredible deficit after the Atlanta Falcons took an early and decisive lead, ultimately forcing the game into overtime -- a first, surprisingly, for a Super Bowl. It seems unlikely that the history will translate to any kind of record ratings, though it will likely mark a new high for Fox. The 2016 Super Bowl ultimately averaged 111.9 million viewers, making it the second-best game on record. That's still off from 2015, the Patriots' most recent win prior to Sunday, which stands as the all-time most-watched with a grand total of 114.5 million viewers. Ending on a high note was much-needed by the NFL. The start of 2016 brought ratings drops for the league, particularly its primetime franchises, prompting months of harsh headlines and questions about whether it had expanded to too many nights of the week. But after the presidential election, audiences perked back up and the post-season was stronger than last year's. The Super Bowl is also great news for Fox. The network, which had the 2017 rights to the rotating game, kicked off the season in last place among the Big Four networks. But the World Series helped drive it back up -- and the weight of even one night as big as Sunday will be enough to lift it again. The word is still out on how much of the Super Bowl audience stuck around for the premiere of 24: Legacy. Fox gave its new drama the prime post-game roost, a slot rarely dolled out to a new show. (Hollywood Reporter)

Russian TV Networks Join Forces to Extract Better Hollywood Content Deals. CTC Media, NMG and YuTV hope that by pacting they will negotiate lower prices from Hollywood majors. By joining forces in acquiring Hollywood content, major Russian TV networks CTC Media, National Media Group (NMG) and YuTV hope to get better deals from the likes of Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox and Paramount Pictures. The networks are creating a joint acquisition structure, which is to become the biggest in Russia, allowing them to negotiate lower prices with Hollywood majors, Russian business daily Kommersant reported Monday. Thanks to consolidation, a large package of Hollywood content will be acquired and later aired on all the networks. Since the economic downturn hit Russia in 2014, leading to a sharp devaluation of the national currency, the ruble, against the U.S. dollar, many Russian TV networks have cut back on acquisition of foreign TV content. However, competition from pay-TV is pushing major federal free-to-air networks to look for ways to air more Hollywood content. National Media Group, which is owned by President Vladimir Putin's longtime ally Yury Kovalchuk, runs REN and Channel Five networks, and CTC Media's networks include CTC, Domashny, Che and CTC Love. Russian networks don't normally disclose their spending on acquisition of foreign TV content, but, according to Kommersant, the figure ranges from $2 million to $20 million a year, depending on the size of the network. (Hollywood Reporter)

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