Wednesday, March 22, 2017

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Megan Hilty Gives Birth! Actress Welcomes Second Child With Brian Gallagher. And a baby makes four! Megan Hilty is kicking off the spring season with some exciting family news. As it turns out, the Smash star and Tony-nominated Broadway star has welcomed her second child, E! News confirms. "We are overjoyed with the new addition to our little family," Megan shared with People who first broke the news. "It's incredible how much love you can feel for someone you've just met." Megan along with husband Brian Gallagher named their son Ronan Laine Gallagher. He was born last Monday in Los Angeles at 3:30 p.m. Baby Ronan joins older sister Viola Philomena. Close to one month ago, the Wicked and Annie Get Your Gun star celebrated her baby boy's arrival with a baby shower. She documented some of the tasty treats and thoughtful presents on social media. "Thank you @carlyt101 and @ericatuchman for joining forces again to throw me another kick-ass shower with all my favorite people and all my favorite things!" she wrote on Instagram. "@mcconnellsicecreams @bakedbymelissa @pebblescereal @adenandanais #HRCmugs". Ultimately, Megan's second pregnancy journey appeared to be a smooth one. When talking to Fit Pregnancy, the actress revealed how she was feeling months before her due date. "I didn't have morning sickness either time -- knock on wood. Viola, I thought it was going to be weird to feel a baby moving," she shared with the publication. "But I love it -- even the kicking and punching. Near the end of my last pregnancy, my mom said, 'You'll miss her when she's not in your tummy anymore.' She was so right." And while there is no doubt that Megan will hit the stage again soon, there's something about parenting that bring a whole new level of joy. "I never thought there would be anything better than what I do for a living," she once shared. "Getting applause is awesome, but nothing compares to when I'm playing with my daughter and she's happy. That's just the best." (Eonline)

Gal Gadot has given birth to her second child-a baby girl named Maya. The "Wonder Woman" star announced the happy news on Instagram on Monday, sharing an adorable black and white snap from the hospital. In the picture, the back of Gadot, her husband Yaron Versano and their five-year-old daughter Alma can be seen heading down the hospital corridor, with their daughter pushing her baby sister in the pram. With two balloons fastened to it, the new parents tenderly held hands as they guided their children out of the medical center. She captioned the shot: "And then we were four... She is here, Maya. I feel so complete, blessed and thankful for all the Wonders in my life #family #newborn #greatfull [sic]." The 31-year-old made reference to her upcoming alter ego in the post, as she's set to star in the standalone Wonder Woman film as the title character later this year. Having made her debut in last year's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," the new mom has an action-packed year ahead of herself, having to promote the movie and raise her two children. Gadot recently spoke about her pride in her character, saying: "First of all, she doesn't see that difference between any gender. It's not even an issue. She comes from this world where men and women are equal and it's not a thing to be a man or to be a woman. She feels that she can do everything and she will go for it. She's a peace seeker; she wouldn't go and look to start a battle or a fight. She would try to solve it in any other different way, but I think that's what's beautiful about Wonder Woman." (Page Six)

How Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Jason Statham Are Preparing for Parenthood. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Jason Statham are getting ready to earn one of the greatest titles of them all: Parents. More than a month after the British model announced her pregnancy on Instagram, E! News is learning more about how the mom-to-be and her fiance are preparing for their roles as mom and dad. "Rosie and Jason are looking forward to becoming parents," a source shared with E! News exclusively. "They are starting to get their nursery together. They are just such a lovely couple and really in love." According to our insider, the pair even knows the sex of their baby. And yes, they are keeping it under wraps for now. While the pair stepped out for the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party last month, both Rosie and Jason appear to be keeping relatively low profiles in the spotlight. Their diversion from red carpets, however, doesn't mean they aren't madly in love. "They know each other so well and at this point after over seven years of being together, they can finish each other sentences," our source shared with E! News. "Jason is very close with his family and they all adore Rosie." Through her pregnancy, Rosie continues to work out and stay active by doing a variety of activities including cardio, yoga, Pilates and weights. According to our source, the model and Jason also take walks together. "Rosie and Jason both still stay very active because fitness is important to them both," our insider explained. "She feel good overall." Creating a family of her own is something Rosie has previously spoken about before. In a 2015 interview with Esquire magazine, the model opened up about her future plans. "Having a family is something I think about for sure, and whether I'd live here in America or in England," she explained to the publication. "But it's not always as simple as that... I have no idea what will happen, but it'll be interesting to find out, right? And nothing will be perfect, I'm sure." Safe to say someone has a lot to look forward to. (Eonline)

Mel B Files for Divorce From Stephen Belafonte After Nearly 10 Years of Marriage. Mel B has put an end to her marriage with Stephen Belafonte. E! News has obtained court documents that reveal the Spice Girls songstress and America's Got Talent judge has filed for divorce after nearly 10 years with the film producer. Mel B (real name Melanie Brown) cited "irreconcilable differences" for the breakup and is asking the court to terminate spousal support to Stephen. Mel B and Belafonte secretly tied the knot in June 2007 in Las Vegas after five months of dating. Three years after renewing their vows in front of family and friends in Egypt, the couple welcomed daughter Madison Belafonte in 2011. The singer is requesting joint custody for their 6-year-old. According to the official papers, Mel B filed for separation on December 28, 2016. Things appeared to be just fine between the pair as late as February 2017, when Mel B shared a heartfelt tribute to Belafonte on his birthday. "My baby boo @stephenthinks11 we have been through everything that would normally tear couples apart and we have come out on the other side stronger," she wrote alongside a PDA snapshot. "you loved me before I even new how to really love myself, you are my world honey and let's not forget you are abit of a dickhead too xxxx" Mel B added in hashtags, "#tenyearsmarried #fightfortheineyoulove #theysaiditwouldntlast #bitcheswishtheyhadthis #nowtalkaboutme" The 41-year-old Brit was previously married to Jimmy Gulzar, between 1998 and 2000. She shares daughter Phoenix Chi Gulzar, 18, with her former backup dancer, as well as Angel Iris Murphy Brown, 9, with Eddy Murphy. Belafonte, 41, has a 12-year-old daughter from a previous relationship. (Eonline)

Are Cara Delevingne & St. Vincent back together? They've been spotted out 'n' about together... Cara Delevingne has sent the rumor mill in to overdrive. The supermodel turned actress has been spotted out and about with her former 'fiancee' St Vincent. The pair were spotted enjoying a Broadway show in New York over the weekend. According to eyewitnesses, she lead her former flame to the stage door of the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. You can see the pictures on the Daily Mail. Cara and St Vincent split last year but we're hoping that this means reconciliation is on the cards. Apparently the model-turned-actress ended her relationship with the musician during her promotional tour for Suicide Squad after a year-and-a-half of dating. At the time, a source told The Sun on Sunday newspaper: "Cara and Annie still care about each other, but pressures of the long-distance romance just became too much. "The cracks were beginning to show on Cara's birthday in August when Annie wasn't there for her party. "They decided to call it a day but remain pals and are hoping they can work things out as it's no doubt they really love each other." The report comes shortly after Cara revealed how "in love" she was with the 33-year-old musician. She previously said: "I'm completely in love. Before, I didn't know what love was - real love. I didn't understand the depth of it. I always used to think it was you against the world. "Now I know the meaning of life is love. Whether that's for yourself or for the world or your partner." The 24-year-old actress, who has previously dated Hollywood star Michelle Rodriguez, also opened up about her sexuality. She explained: "As a child I used gay as a bad word, as in, 'That's so gay.' All my friends did. "[My parents] have been so, so supportive. I'm obviously in love, so if people want to say I'm gay, that's great. But we're all liquid - we change, we grow." Cara has had a string of high profile relationships, including Harry Styles and Michelle Rodriguez but Annie has been her most serious relationship. The pair started dating in December 2014, and were first seen together at the Universal BRITs after-party in February 2015. She claimed she's always been "open" about being bi-sexual and is delighted that attitudes are starting to change. She told the Daily Mail: "I've been pretty open about myself from the beginning. I think it's wonderful that you know, it's being accepted more and more. And I think everyone has a right to be whoever they want to be. So I'm just very happy." "The thing is," the actress says, "if I ever found a guy I could fall in love with, I'd want to marry him and have his children. And that scares me to death because I think I'm a whole bunch of crazy, and I always worry that a guy will walk away once he really, truly knows me." Fans were very excited by the pairing, and even referred to them as Cannie on fan sites. And if that's not a sign of a serious relationship, how about a tattoo? Cara Delevingne had the initials AC tattooed on her finger. When asked during an interview with Rolling Stone whether she identified as gay or straight, Clark responded, "I don't think about those words. I believe in gender fluidity and sexual fluidity. I don't really identify as anything... I think you can fall in love with anybody. I don't have anything to hide but I'd rather the emphasis be on music." Since their break-up Annie was spotted with Kristen Stewart, and Cara Delevingne has been kept busy working. (British Glamour)

Listen Up, Arrangement Fans: Michael Vartan's on Tinder! "I'm Like the Creepy Old Grandfather." Listen up, ladies: the next time you're on a dating app, you might want to look out for Michael Vartan! "I'm on Tinder. I like to look," The Arrangement star told E! News exclusively at yesterday's NBC Summer Press Day in Beverly Hills. "I'm like the creepy old grandfather," Vartan joked. "I swipe left a lot." Vartan's Arrangement co-star Josh Henderson laughed, "That's funny!" Vartan added more seriously of looking for love, "No, I think that when you date people it happens naturally. I think I'm a relatively good judge of character so you get a sense about someone quite quickly. By the way, if they're dating me for my money they picked the wrong guy!" As for Henderson, he added, "I'm single! I'm single, yes. I'm sad and lonely." So is Henderson on Tinder or any other dating apps? Watch our interview for yourself to find out! Plus, Henderson and Vartan sound off on all the positive fan reactions to their new hit E! series. (Eonline)

J.Lo ate 'one piece of pizza every day' before big break. Jennifer Lopez is returning to the judging chair once again after five seasons with "American Idol." In her newest show, "World of Dance," Lopez serves as an executive producer and judge and told reporters at the NBC Summer press day that a show about dance is a great fit for her. "I always consider myself as a dancer first. I became a singer and actress after dancing. For me, it's so part of who I am." The show follows dancers of all ages as they compete for a $1 million prize. Lopez said she wants to give dancers an opportunity to score their big break. "To create an opportunity for dancers was the best thing I could have ever done," she said. "It just reminded me of all the reasons why I love dance." The "Shades of Blue" actress revealed that she struggled in the early days as a dancer making no money whatsoever. "I remember only getting to have one piece of pizza every day when I was a dancer," she said. "That's how I lived. I did that for a couple of years before I got my first big job. I wouldn't trade it for the world. For me, coming from that struggle this is a dream come true for me. I don't say that lightly." The 47-year-old singer, actress, and dancer alluded to her time on "American Idol" for allowing her to prepare herself well for "World of Dance." "When I did 'American Idol,' I learned so many people can sing, but not everyone can make you get up and dance or make you cry," she explained. "That makes you an artist." The show also stars Ne-Yo, Derek Hough and Jenna Dewan-Tatum. "World of Dance" premieres May 8th on NBC. (PageSix)

Selena Gomez Reveals the Candid Advice She'd Give Her 15-Year-Old Self in Vogue's "73 Questions." Selena Gomez is opening her heart -- and her doors -- to you. As the latest star of Vogue's "73 Questions" series, the April issue cover girl took fans inside her house while answering dozens of questions ranging from her biggest pet peeve ("people who are rude") to her spirit animal (Meryl Streep, of course). However, in the mix of listing her fashion regrets ("shoulder pads") and her must-have dessert ("chocolate cake"), Gomez got a touch sentimental. When asked what she would tell her 15-year-old self, she quipped, "Go ahead and do it because you're going to do it anyway." Where does she see herself in 10 years? "Hopefully happy." The star continued her trail of candid responses, revealing a "romantic dinner on a rooftop" was the biggest surprise she's had thus far and a jewelry box was the best gift she's ever received. As for the thing people would be surprised to learn about her, it's how much she loves "depressing things." In fact, her sad moments also make for her most creative. Just like the rest of us, if life were a song, Gomez would title it, "I'm Still Figuring It All Out." (Eonline)

Ryan Reynolds Says He's Living in the ''Dog House'' After Admitting Jake Gyllenhaal Is a Better Cook Than Blake Lively. Ryan Reynolds' love life has gone to the dogs. Dog house, that is. The Hollywood hunk and co-star Jake Gyllenhaal recently sat down with E! News' Sibley Scoles while promoting their new flick Life, where he dished about the aftermath of a Good Morning America interview in which he admit that Jake "might just be a little bit better" in the kitchen than wife Blake Lively. "Funny enough, I'm actually living right now in an actual dog house," Reynolds teased. "Baxter is usually staying in there, but he's moved out for now. He's been upgraded to the main bed." The proud father of two little girls then clarified, "I wasn't totally in the dog house because they get competitive with the cooking. They're both incredibly accomplished chefs." Gyllenhaal chimed in, "It's exactly like Chopped." But instead of praising Blake's culinary skills, Reynolds couldn't help but gush about his close friend's specialties. "You do simple stuff, really," he told Jake. "I'm serious. You've made salmon and steak. Those things are really good. I'm simple; like bowls of cereal I'll do really well. He's very good at the staples. As for whether or not Gyllenhaal wanted to reciprocate the kind words, he told us, "What's super frustrating to me, I've been asked this a couple times, then someone throws me out in the deep water. 'Just say something nice about him!' First of all, no matter what I say I'm going to sound like I'm not telling the truth." He finally settled one a compliment we think most Reynolds fans can agree with: "Have you seen the guy's calves? His Achilles and his calves are unmatched." Life hits theaters March 24. (Eonline)

The real reason Woody Harrelson stopped smoking pot. Many might imagine that Woody Harrelson and a joint could be two inseparable entities, and for 30 years, it looks like that was indeed possibly the case. However, the actor has revealed that he stopped smoking "that good herb" almost a year ago because he felt "it was keeping (him) from being emotionally available." "The effect of it is euphoria. But when you're doing it all the time, it just becomes ... Well, you know," Harrelson said somewhat cryptically in an interview with Vulture. Despite his recent decision to leave his joints at the door, Harrelson confessed that he still considers himself to be a "party animal," just an "extremely moderate" one. The actor was supposed to be promoting his latest movie "Wilson," a comedy about a lonely, neurotic man who reunites with his estranged wife, played by Laura Dern, but the conversation turned to the side-effects of smoking pot. "It messes with my head," the interviewer prompted, and Harrelson agreed. "Yeah, that was a little bit of my issue. Just 30 solid years of just partying too f -- ing hard," Harrelson said. Harrelson was also keen to stress that this didn't mean a sudden change in heart against the use of marijuana. After all, Harrelson has been one of Hollywood's most vocal proponents of recreational marijuana use, and once even applied for a license to turn his Hawaii home into a weed dispensary. "I don't have a problem at all with smoking. I think it's great. I think it's a great drug, in terms of ... Even cops say that the side effect is euphoria," he said. (PageSix)

Paris Jackson Reveals How Zac Efron Broke Her Heart. You never forget your first heartbreak. Paris Jackson made her first appearance on NBC's The Tonight Show Monday, so it was only appropriate that she shared a bunch of "firsts" with host Jimmy Fallon. After revealing that her first vinyl was The Beatles' 1967 classic Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band -- and her first CDs were the both of The Lion King soundtracks -- the teen shared the first time she was star-struck. "The first time was Alice Cooper, last October," Paris said. "He played on Halloween with [Johnny Depp] and Butch Walker and I got to meet him backstage. I was sitting probably this close -- like, where you are at is where he was at -- and I was like, 'I love you so much. I've always listened to you. I grew up loving you.' I was close to tears. I started watering up, like, 'Oh, my gosh!'" she said. "I'm crying thinking about it. He's amazing." While Paris "weirded him out," she said Alice was "really nice" about her enthusiasm. "I was like, 'Yeah! Right on, dude.'" Paris called the rocker "total bae," which made Fallon feel "so old." Next, the 18-year-old revealed the first time she attended a concert was during Michael Jackson's Invincible Tour in 2001. "The first one that I actively wanted to see was High School Musical Live," she said. But star Zac Efron wasn't involved in the North American tour, which "bummed" her out. "He wasn't there. He was filming that movie with the horses. Wasn't he in a movie with horses or something? He was busy filming it when the tour was going on," she said. "That was the most depressing part. He wasn't there! I was like this heartbroken 10-year-old." "Did he look like Zac Efron?" Jimmy asked. "No? What a nightmare." During her first-ever late-night appearance, Paris also played a game of Egg Russian Roulette. (Eonline)

Ellen DeGeneres Hospitalized After Wine-Related Accident. It turns out laughter really is the best medicine. Ellen DeGeneres welcomed Claire Danes on her eponymous daytime talk show Tuesday, but before she sat down to chat with the Homeland actress, she had an announcement to make. "I have something to show you -- it's that right here. Can you see it?" DeGeneres asked, directing the camera to show her splint. "I broke my finger. I know what you're thinking: 'How can you host a show without the tip of my ring finger?' I am not gonna let this thing beat me. I am not." "So, you know how in gymnastics when you do a one-handed cartwheel and you have to spread the weight evenly between all your fingers? Well, I had two glasses of wine and fell into a door," DeGeneres continued, adding that she and wife Portia De Rossi "were coming home from a dinner party" and were "almost at the front door" when the accident occurred. "The dogs were so excited to see us and I caught the lip of the top step. I was a foot away from the door and I fell into the door and it did something to my finger, I knew something was wrong." To her audience's surprise, DeGeneres showed a photo of her dislocated finger. "I should have warned you. Don't look at that. If you're squeamish, don't look at it," she told them. "I'm sorry." "My first thought was, 'No big deal; Obama Care will cover this.' So, Portia drove me to the hospital -- to the emergency room -- and when I got there, of course, the receptionist had so many things for me to sign: a picture for her nephew, a T-shirt for her," DeGeneres joked. "No, they were wonderful. UCLA, thank you so much...There was a lot of people who were helpful, but Tammy, thank you so much. Tammy was my nurse who was taking care of me." DeGeneres then showed an X-ray of her finger. "Don't worry -- this isn't as bad as the last one I showed you," she said. On second thought, she said, "Maybe it is. I was wrong. It's worse. I'm so sorry." Fortunately, DeGeneres didn't break her finger after all. "I dislocated my finger. That's what they call it, which is an incorrect term because I knew where it was located. It was just wrongly located is what it was," she joked. "So, do you know what they do when you dislocate your finger? It's very technical. What they do is they take the part that's dislocated and then they just snap it right back into place. Yeah, you can see why they have to go to eight years of medical school. Before they did it, I was in incredible pain and Tammy said, 'Do you want a shot?' And I said, 'No, I had two glasses of wine -- that's what got me into this mess in the first place, Tammy.' She meant a shot to numb my finger. She said, 'You're gonna feel a little prick.' This is a daytime show -- you make up your own joke there." "She said, 'You're going to feel a little prick and then sme burning.' There was burning, all right," DeGeneres recalled. "So, the stuff -- whatever that numbs you -- they should make that different, because oh my God. Burning followed by cursing is what happened. Think of any curse word -- just think of any curse word -- and I said that. I invented three new ones, actually." "It was a hard weekend for me, but I put on a brave face and I made it through. Luckily, my friends from Shutterfly heard my story and they love helping people out in need, so they wanted to present me with this check for $10,000, which is so nice," she said. "Thank you so much. I'm no hero, but I deserve this. I'm gonna watch my steps very carefully as I dance." After taking her seat, DeGeneres shared a few more details from her hospital visit. "When I was leaving, I went through the emergency room and tons of people -- the people who were conscious, anyway -- were looking at me. There was this one cute couple...They came up to me and he was like, 'Can we get a selfie with you?' I was like, 'Yeah, sure.' It's like 12:30 now. So, he and his girlfriend are sitting there getting a selfie and he says, 'I hope you're going to be OK.' And I said, 'I just dislocated my finger. What happened to you?' And he goes, 'I got hit by a bus'... I said, 'Are you OK?' He said, 'Yeah, I think so...I don't know. I may have a concussion.'" "He won," DeGeneres told Stephen "tWitch" Boss. "He won the story." (Eonline)

Jaime Pressly lost more than $30k in jewelry when burglars broke into her home over the weekend ... we've learned they also made off with a .38 caliber revolver. The gun raises the stakes in the latest celebrity break-in. The burglars, who entered by breaking a window, got the gun because they stole the safe in which it was stored. It's unclear if they knew a gun was inside. This is the second safe that was stolen by a celebrity. Nick Young also lost his safe when he was hit last month. And we've now learned why Jamie's security alarm wasn't on ... she was unsure how to work it. (TMZ)

Chance the Rapper isn't just hip-hop's favorite new artist ... he owns up to his responsibility in the child support department too. Chance struck an agreement with Kirsten Corley over how much he'll ante up in child support for their 17-month-old daughter. Apparently, the case was open and shut Monday when they both walked into court. A lawyer for Chance's ex told the Chicago Tribune ... "This case ended quickly because of the unusually high level of cooperation between the parents putting their child's best interest first." Chance's own lawyer, Tanya Stanish, said they had come to a fair resolution. Chance said in an interview last week that he's considering moving back in with his parents ... despite winning 3 Grammy awards this year and riding a HUGE wave of success following his free 2016 mixtape, "Coloring Book." He also publicly announced a $1 million donation to Chicago Public Schools earlier this month. (TMZ)

Young Thug's former personal manager says his reputation has been ruined by Thug's finance guys who trashed him to cover their own incompetence. The manager, Manny Halley -- who's repped a bunch of stars including Keyshia Cole and Gucci Mane -- has filed a $50 million defamation suit against David Weise & Associates. It all started when Weise's company sent an email in December to a bunch of people, claiming Manny had racked up more than $200k in unauthorized charges. The email got picked up by various urban blogs, and Manny says it's ruined his rep in the community. Manny says the $200k was for YT's private jets for his concert tour. Manny says he knows what's up ... claiming the Weise company bungled YT's financial affairs to the point his cell phone service and the lights in his home were shut off. And Manny says before he got trashed he tried to get the Weise company fired, so that's when they used the email as a preemptive strike. (TMZ)

Wyclef Jean Handcuffed in Los Angeles, Claims LAPD Have Wrong Man. Wyclef Jean was in handcuffs. The three-time Grammy winner took to social media early Tuesday with videos of himself being held on the street in Los Angeles. As police stood next to him, the musician said in front of a nearby camera, "The police have handcuffs on me. They just took off my Haitian bandana. That's whats going on right now with Wyclef in L.A. right now. The L.A.P.D. have me in cuffs for absolutely nothing." The video was shared on social media. The star said he was working in the studio before he was handcuffed and did not know why he was being detained. "LAPD another case of mistaken identity," he tweeted. "Black man with red bandana robbed a gas station as I was in the studio working but im in handcuffs?" "Why am I in Handcuffs!!!!!????? This is what I said to the LAPD after they put me in Handcuffs for mistaken identity!!!!!!!" he continued on Instagram. "I was asked by the police to Put my hands up. Then I was told do not move. I was instantly hand cuffed before being asked to identify myself nor was I told why I was being cuffed. In the process I said my name and told them they have wrong person." Jean wrote on Twitter after the incident. "They proceeded to ignore me and I was treated like a criminal until other police showed up and pointed out they had wrong person. I am sure no father wants his sons or daughters to see him in Handcuffs especially if he is innocent." According to the West Hollywood sheriff, a robbery occurred in the area and a description of the suspect matched Jean down to a bandana he was wearing and the car he was in. He was also in the car with a female driver, just like the reported suspect. The Sheriff confirmed to E! News that police detained the rapper in the field and released him on the scene without charges upon further investigation. Authorities did not bring him to the police station. Meanwhile, the actual suspect was located and arrested four blocks away. According to a local CBS report, the robbery took place at a nearby gas station in West Hollywood. Upon arresting the right suspect, authorities also recovered a stolen wallet and found the gun that was used at the scene. (Eonline)

Vince McMahon's having a rough Tuesday ... he was in a car accident less than a mile from WWE headquarters in Stamford, CT that left his Bentley banged up. Multiple law enforcement sources confirm McMahon was driving his black Bentley when something went wrong. Another car was involved in the crash though it's unclear exactly what happened. Vince was seen walking around after the incident. Our sources say the whole thing was a "minor accident and everyone is okay." As for the Bentley ... Vince can afford the repairs. (TMZ)

Rich the Kid turned up a little too much on his flight to LAX, which pissed off the airline crew ... and got the rapper a police escort off the plane. Rich's Delta flight touched down Monday morning and sources close to him tell us he started playing music on his phone ... no headphones. We're told the volume was too high for a flight attendant, who told him to turn it down. Rich refused and she immediately called cops to handle the situation. When the door opened, LAX officers walked on and took him off the plane. Rich shot some video while he was standing in the jetway and cops lectured him about having respect for fellow passengers. He was not arrested. For his part, Rich seems to think he was the victim of a "rusty, dirty" flight attendant. (Eonline)

'China Doll' actress Li Li-hua dies at age 92. Veteran Chinese actress Li Li-hua, who starred in more than 120 movies between the 1940s and 1970s, including the Hollywood romance "China Doll," died in Hong Kong on Sunday. She was 92. Born in 1924 to parents who performed in Peking opera, Li achieved instant popularity with her first film, "Three Smiles," in 1940. Her lengthy career as an onscreen beauty, which ran till 1978, earned her the nickname "China's Evergreen Tree." She moved from mainland China to Hong Kong in 1948 and made many of her films for the dominant Hong Kong studio Shaw Brothers. Among her starring roles were costume dramas "Yang Gui Fei," which won the technical prize in Cannes in 1962, and "Empress Wu," released the following year. In 1958, she became one of the first Chinese actresses to star in a Hollywood film. "China Doll" starred Victor Mature as an American pilot fighting the Japanese in China who falls in love with his housekeeper, played by Li. In the 1970s, with her acting career slowing down, Li emigrated to the U.S., though she is also reported as having since lived in Hong Kong and Singapore. Li also collected Golden Horse acting prizes in Taiwan for her roles in "Between Tears and Smiles" in 1965 and "Storm Over the Yangtze River" in 1969. The Golden Horse organizing committee, which announced her death, also presented her a lifetime achievement award in 2015. The Hong Kong Film Awards gave her a lifetime honor in 2016. She married three times, including once when she was 80. (PageSix)

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Tish Cyrus Would Be Open to Designing Miley Cyrus' Wedding "If and When That Day Comes." Designers may have some stiff competition when it comes to executing Miley Cyrus' wedding day. As fans eagerly wait for any and all updates about the singer's big day with fiance Liam Hemsworth, one family member is willing to help in the planning department. During NBCUniversal Summer Press Day, Tish Cyrus helped celebrate the announcement of her upcoming Bravo show titled Cyrus vs. Cyrus: Design and Conquer. At the same time, she was asked about the possibility of designing Miley's special ceremony. "Oh my gosh," she told reporters. "If and when that day comes, I'm sure." Based on her new show with daughter Brandi Cyrus, it's clear Tish knows the fashion and design side of things. Perhaps it makes total sense. "Oh, well, if that day ever comes, of course," she explained. "I am her mom." Cyrus vs. Cyrus includes several episodes where the mother-daughter duo present competing ideas for rooms that are in design distress. Once the client chooses a renovation plan, they must work together to turn that vision into a reality. The latest family adventure comes just a couple of weeks after several Cyrus members attended the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards to support Noah Cyrus' musical performance. That family bond is felt behind-the-scenes of the Tish and Brandi's new project on the small screen. "I think one of the things with the show, even though we didn't make it a family thing, I think that all of our family wanting to be a part of it was so amazing," Tish explained. "We have supported them in everything they have done, and for the tables to turn and for me and Brandi to be doing a show, and to see them support us just as much, it's pretty insane. Very special." Cyrus vs. Cyrus: Design and Conquer premieres May 25 at 10 p.m. only on Bravo. (Eonline)

Gwyneth Paltrow Will NEVER Eat This Animal Because It's 'Too Smart' To Be Food! This might be hard to swallow. Gwyneth Paltrow has always been one to recommend her annoyingly restrictive diet to others -- but there's one food she won't eat, even on a cheat day! On Sunday, the Goop founder revealed that she will NEVER be caught eating octopus because she considers the creature "too smart to be food." The topic apparently came up when the 44-year-old and her staff were swapping restaurant recommendations in their L.A. office Slack group. One Goop staffer suggested ordering the BBQ octopus from Cliff's Edge in Silver Lake, causing Paltrow to go off on an Instagram tirade about the majestic cephalopod. The Mortdecai actress admitted she couldn't stomach eating octopus after learning about their astounding cognitive activity, writing: "They have more neurons in their brains than we do. I had to stop eating them because I was so freaked out by it. They can escape from sea world and shit by unscrewing drains and going out to sea. #tangent." Sure, it's well documented that octopi are incredibly intelligent animals (at least according to Finding Dory), but the actress' claim isn't totally accurate. The eight-armed mollusks actually have about 500 million neurons -- mostly in their arms -- while humans have about 100 billion. Though her claim about them escaping from aquariums is completely true! Goop commentators were shocked over their overlord's statement, with one gooper even questioning if she needed to "stop eating calamari" as well. Thankfully, squid isn't smart enough for Paltrow to give it a pass -- she responded: "No. Squid is the dumb cousin, apparently." (Perez Hilton)

Peta Murgatroyd rocked it out on the dance floor with Bachelor star Nick Viall on Monday night's premiere of Dancing with the Stars, but the pro dancer still doesn't think she's as good as she could have been. "I still feel like I'm carrying a little bit of weight and it's coming off really slowly," the 30-year-old, who gave birth to her son Shai just over two months ago, told reporters after Monday's show. "I feel like my body is getting stronger. It's getting more flexible. I'm faster every day. I think it's going to take another month or so probably to just fully be back into Peta mode." Returning to the ABC reality dance competition after taking a season off while pregnant has been an adjustment for Murgatroyd -- who blogs -- but she's quickly learning the importance of keeping a tight schedule. Murgatoryd shared a photo of her post-pregnancy body a few weeks after giving birth PETA MURGATROYD/INSTAGRAM "I really have to know my schedule the day before, so I can plan out feeds for every four hours and make sure I can go home. Once we finish [rehearsals] I take off and go to get home, but it's working out well. I just try to spend as much time with Shai as possible." she says of her "perfect" and "happy" son with fiance Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays (at 8 p.m. ET) on ABC. (People)

Sharna Burgess, Bonner Bolton Are Both "Speechless" About the Reaction to Their Dancing With the Stars Chemistry. Could there be a Dancing With the Stars romance already blossoming during week one of competition on season 24? Professional bull rider Bonner Bolton and his dance partner Sharna Burgess ignited the dance floor with their Cha-cha-cha to "Move" by Luke Bryan, receiving a 22 out of 40 from the judges. While the dance moves may need some work, there was no denying their chemistry (even when they weren't dancing the two were grabbing eyeballs). "I think everyone made such a big deal out of it tonight that both of us were a little bit speechless... I've never blushed on this show, ever in my life, and I legit blushed tonight because I didn't know what to say," Sharna told E! News' Sibley Scoles after the performance. "Obviously we have chemistry. We're not going to stand here and lie and say we don't, but everyone made such a big deal tonight that I didn't really know what to say to it," Sharna continued. To add a little fuel to the fire, the partners confirmed they are both single. "The dance was fun," Bonner told us. "It was exciting and obviously a sexy dance." Next up? More romantic moves on the dance floor. "I think every cowboy has a little bit of a romantic side, so I'm looking forward to showing that as well," he said. Bonner broke his neck a year ago and was paralyzed from the neck down for 24-hours after the bull riding accident, so he has to work twice as hard to get the moves down. "He's teaching his body to be coordinated again," Sharna said. "He does everything he can to take care of it." "Long story short, I'm having to do extra therapy so I can go into practice each day and feel good and try to keep up with this beautiful young lady," Bonner said. While stepping into the ballroom isn't as dangerous as climbing atop a bull, there were still nerves involved before the performance, Bonner admitted. "It was some of the most fun I've had since i got to compete last and everything I expected. It was just a sheer adrenaline rush out there," he said. "It's definitely not as dangerous, obviously, and she doesn't have horns and hooves, although I was definitely as intimidated by this whole experience just because it's totally out of my element, totally new experience and it was great though. She made it amazing for me." Dancing With the Stars airs Mondays, 8 p.m. on ABC. (Eonline)

Charo Is Already Starting a Dancing With the Stars "Controversy" With Judge Bruno Tonioli. The queen is in the ballroom. The queen of the cuchi-cuchi that is. Charo and professional dance partner Keo Motsepe made their Dancing With the Stars debut on the season 24 premiere and netted a 21 out of a possible 40 for their salsa to "Cuban Pete" by Mambo Companeros. "I was so proud," Keo told E! News' Sibley Scoles after the premiere. "I had never seen her dance like that." During rehearsal, Keo said Charo told him, "Keo, I need the audience. I'm a performer, I have audience all the time." "I love audiences," Charo said. "They are my oxygen. I only breathe with audience. When I'm alone, I am normally a miserable you know what." After the critiques, Charo told longtime judge Bruno Tonioli that she was watching him. She took that one step further with us. "I've got a message for Bruno: If he wants to be alive for his next birthday, you better give me bigger numbers. Bigger! I'm watching you," she said. "We already have a controversy. Because I am the queen of the cuchi-cuchi, OK? Don't mess with me because, Bruno, I look at you." Charo wasn't the lowest- scored dancer. That distinction went to Saturday Night Live veteran Chris Kattan and his partner Witney Carson, they scored a 17 out of 40. The highest shouldn't be a surprise: Olympic gymnast Simone Biles and partner Sasha Farber took home a 32 out of 40. Dancing With the Stars airs Mondays, 8 p.m. on ABC. (Eonline)

Kristin Cavallari's time in Chicago is coming to a close. The Hills alum announced in an Instagram post on Monday that she and her family will be leaving the Windy City in the very near future. "So we're moving from Chicago soon and I gotta say, I'm really gonna miss this place," Cavallari, 30, began the social media post. Cavallari, who is married to Jay Cutler and shares three children -- sons Camden, 4, Jaxon, 2, and 4-month-old daughter Saylor -- with the NFL free agent, explained that she's going to miss living there because of the many milestones and memories that she's created, including falling in love with her husband and raising her kids. "Not only we're all 3 of my babies born here, it's where it all began with Jay, it brought me closer to my mom who has become my best friend," she wrote. "I've made some amazing girlfriends, and I've really enjoyed being back here (a lot of people don't know I lived here when I was younger)." She concluded the post: "Thanks for all the good times, Chicago. This will always be a special place for us." Cutler, 33, was a member of the Chicago Bears from 2009-16, but was recently released from his eight-season quarterback career with the NFL team in early March. In January, the Laguna Beach alum celebrated her 30th birthday and thanked her husband of nearly four years for making her "feel so special and loved." "This is the only somewhat decent picture I have from last night (and we're both clearly sober) but Jay really went all out for my 30th birthday," Cavallari captioned a sweet photo of herself and Cutler kissing underneath a streamer-filled ceiling. "He threw the most amazing surprise party and made me feel so special and loved and I will forever be grateful for this man, my family, and all my amazing friends," she penned, and added, "I am the luckiest girl in the world to have such incredible people in my life." (People)

Wild side! Justin Bieber has added some fresh ink to his ever expanding tattoo collection. The "Sorry" singer debuted a giant eagle on his stomach and a bear on his chest in a shirtless selfie he posted to his Instagram story on Monday, March 20. Bieber, 23, had his arm behind his head as he lounged on a bed wearing just a pair of low-slung sweatpants, so he could show off the tats. The bear has been inked onto his torso, alongside his tattoo of a crucifix and the huge bird is sprawled across his abdomen underneath his 'Son of God' marking. Bieber is no stranger to tattoos and has 50-plus covering his body, covering his arms, chest, back and legs. In May 2016 he even got inked on his face. His tattoo artist, Jonboy, told Us Weekly the reason behind the tiny cross below Bieber's eye. "It represents his journey in finding purpose with God." In an interview with GQ magazine in early 2016 Bieber opened up about face tattoos saying he would only consider it when he's "really old, not sure old, but maybe like forties or fifties or something. I think if they're done right, they could be cool, but nothing super crazy all over the face." He also called the process of going under the needle "mad uncomfortable." (US Weekly)

Cat Deeley goes on a huge Twitter rant over terrible restaurant service. The TV presenter told fans to "avoid" an LA restaurant at "all costs" after an unpleasant experience there... Cat Deeley shared her "disgust" at the service of Los Angeles Restaurant, Tom George, and urged fans to stay away from it in a furious Twitter rant on Sunday. The British TV presenter, who's usually known for being all smiles, was left pretty angry after visiting the Italian eatery claiming that she was served "terrible" food and even called a member of staff a "moron." Taking to the social media site, the 40-year-old mother-of-one posted a series of tweets, the first one saying: "The worst featuring! Worst food! As for the manager?????? Moron!!!!!" She then added: "The most disgusting restaurant, terribly run, by a manager-who can only be described as an amateur. Avoid at all costs. #tomgeorge," alongside a picture of the entrance, before replying to a number of tweets asking why her experience was so bad... Later on, the waiter she was served by hit back in an attempt to stick up for himself, tweeting: "Cat, as your server at TomGeorge I am hurt by your response to free food. I gave you respect, and I served you with love," with a picture of her receipt attached. However, Cat was quick to bite back, revealing that her order arrived wrong five times... (British Glamour)

Spring is finally here, and it looks like Kristen Bell and Melissa McCarthy couldn't have been more ready! The starlets looked fresh in florals as they hit the red carpet for the LA premiere of CHiPs on Monday night! While Kristen supported the film's leading men AKA her husband Dax Shepard and Michael Pena in her Alberta Ferretti ensem, the actress' former costar looked happy posing in a black peplum top and pencil skirt with her hubby Ben Falcone! So sweet! (Perez Hilton)

Tomi Lahren is either a sellout who betrayed the people with whom she works or just so successful her boss is lashing out at her in envy ... these are the 2 sides of the coin in Tomi's suspension saga. TheBlaze honcho Glenn Beck benched Tomi for a week after she appeared on "The View" and proclaimed she was pro-choice. Sources at TheBlaze say the staff was "on the verge of rebellion" ... incensed at Tomi's comment, claiming it was a betrayal of the core views of the network. The sources say Glenn had to suspend her or risk mutiny. The other side ... people close to Tomi say this is about jealousy -- Glenn is threatened because she's getting the most attention of anyone on the network, including him. The real question ... is Tomi staying at TheBlaze? It's unclear how long she's under contract. Sources connected with her say her deal's up some time later this year, but Blaze sources say she's locked in for a year and a half. (TMZ)

The guy who allegedly stole 2 of Tom Brady's Super Bowl jerseys has created a big problem for anyone who may have bought stolen sports stuff from him ... if they don't turn it in, they could be prosecuted. Mauricio Ortega is the guy suspected of entering the Patriot's locker room after Super Bowl 51 and pilfering Tom's game-winning jersey. We're told, in addition to also finding Tom's Super Bowl 49 jersey and Von Miller's helmet, authorities found other items. As for what Ortega has ... it could be a lot, because he's had access to locker rooms at Super Bowls since 2005, and possibly earlier. Now here's the crazy part ... if authorities announce other items that were stolen, anyone who purchased them -- even in good faith -- has a legal duty to turn the items over to authorities. Law enforcement sources tell us, if the buyers don't fork over the stolen goods, they could be prosecuted for the crime of receiving stolen property. This kind of stuff happens with high-end collectors. Remember Nic Cage, when he learned a dinosaur skull he bought for $276,000 was stolen, he was legally required to return it and took the loss. (TMZ)

Two men found dead in a car owned by Real Housewives of New Jersey star Kim DePaola's car have been identified by police. Aaron Anderson, 27, and Antonio Vega Jr., 25, were found in a burning car after they had been reportedly shot in the head, according to the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office. Both men were from Paterson, New Jersey. Michele Ryerson, Anderson's mother, said she knew her son was dead before the police released any official information, according to CBS New York. "They did say the person [killed] had a wire in their jaw, and my son had a wire in his jaw," Ryerson told the news outlet. Vega Jr.'s sister, Esmeralda, told CBS New York her brother was a "loving, great father. He'll rip his heart out for his daughter." Debora Hernandez, the mother of Vega Jr.'s 5-year-old daughter, toldNorthJersey.com that his death was "brutal." "It's a nightmare," she said. One source told NBC the remains were so badly torched, that investigators couldn't immediately determine the race or sex of the victims, but later learned the victims were both men. The Audi belonged to Kim DePaola, although it was mostly used by her son Chris, according to TMZ. TMZ reports that Chris was out of town after a friend dropped him off at the airport in the car, though the friend was not supposed to be driving the vehicle around. No arrests have been made yet, and it is an ongoing investigation. DePoala addressed fans about the news on Sunday, assuring everyone that she and her son were safe. "I am humbled by the outpour of love and support during this very difficult time," DePoala wrote in a Notes screenshot on Instagram. "My son and I are both safe. Our deepest condolences of out to the victims' families of this truly horrific tragedy." (People)

Music

Natalie Portman's Bare Baby Bump Is the Star of James Blake's New Music Video. Natalie Portman turned her baby bump into the star of this show. While the Oscar winner has already given birth to her second child, daughter Amalia Millepied, James Blake's latest music video is a precious reminder to the actress of her final weeks as a pregnant lady. In the black and white visual for his track, "My Willing Heart," the Jackie star's silhouette remains the focus of the piece as she swims, sits and lays with her bare belly in full focus. While it's unclear whether her son Aleph makes a cameo in the music video, a toddler pops up for a moment to embrace Portman's bump. In another intimate shot, Portman's belly moves as her daughter seems to kick from inside. The project, directed by Anna Rose Holmer, not only serves as artistic expression, but also the perfect pregnancy memento for the mother of two. The video comes nearly a month after the actress gave birth on Feb. 22. At the time, the Oscar nominee opted out of attending the 2017 Independent Spirit Awards or the 2017 Oscars, telling E! News, "I feel so lucky to be honored among my fellow nominees and wish them the most beautiful of weekends." While a lot of her second pregnancy corresponded with a press tour and subsequent award season for Jackie, people had a hard time figuring out when exactly she was due. "It's weird because I'm a small person in general, so you show a lot faster and a lot more when you're small," the petite star told Jimmy Fallon. "Everyone thinks I'm about to pop and about to give birth any minute, and I have months to go...I went to the store the other day to buy water and the guy at the checkout counter was like, 'Almost, huh?' I was like, 'No! Not at all!'" (Eonline)

Nicki Minaj Makes History: Holds Most Billboard Hits Than Any Other Female Artist. Attention Barbz, Nicki Minaj is at the top of her game. The rapper just made history by beating Aretha Franklin's previous record for most Billboard Hot 100 hits by a woman. After releasing three songs this month, the 34-year-old earned 76 hits while the Queen of Soul's record held strong for nearly 40 years with an impressive 73 chart-toppers. Now that's impressive! All three of Minaj's most recent hits were dropped on March 10 -- "No Frauds," "Regret in Your Tears" and "Changed It." And while Ms. Minaj herself has yet to speak about the historical moment, based on her social media postings, it's clear she knew this was in the works. In fact, Nicki usually saves her inner-most thoughts for her lyrics, just like her latest in her ongoing feud with Remy Ma. Nicki posted the following message on social media directed at the 36-year-old rapper, writing, "I love my fans. Y'all the real MVP's. Been writing my own raps since I was 11. GOD knows. Next week I'll beat Aretha for the most Hot 100 hits on billboard by ANY woman in the world EVER in the history of music. Stay in your bum ass place. Jealousy gets u nowhere. She continued, "Love to all my bad btchs. Now I got a countdown of my own for Sheneneh. U got 72 hours to drop a hit and I'll give u half a million dollars if you can book ANY show or interview w/o mentioning the Queen name. On another note, my album is nothing but waves. Lol my babies, you're gonna get your complete LIFE. love u guys so fkn much. Let's go." ... and there you have it. (Eonline)

A Very Pregnant Natalie Portman Takes a Swim in James Blake's 'My Willing Heart' Video. James Blake could not have picked a more soothing, hypnotizing visual for his "My Willing Heart" clip. In the video directed by The Fits' Anna Rose Holmer we see a very pregnant Natalie Portman languidly floating in a pool just days before the actress gave birth to her daughter Amalia. The song, from the acclaimed 2016 The Colour in Anything album, opens with the lines: "The first time your name was used/ It was beauty and I knew," as Jackie star Portman lies on a bed in dramatic profile and then swims through black and white shadows underwater. All the while, she touches her swollen belly and we get to see Amalia kicking and moving around in utero. Portman and husband choreographer Benjamin Millepied, welcomed their daughter on Feb. 22, just days after the video was filmed. (Billboard)

Drake Chills With Sade, Brings Out Nicki, Skepta & Trey Songz at Final London Show. Drake was clearly in a celebratory mood on Monday night (March 20) during his final show in London, hanging with Sade and his mom before the gig and then bringing out Nicki Minaj, Skepta, Giggs and Popcaan to toast the last gig on his Boy Meets World tour. He might have been in such a good mood because his just-released More Life playlist project is crushing records all over the place, grabbing a record 89.9 million streams globally in its first 24 hours on Apple Music and another 61.3 million streams on its first full day of release on Spotify. Things got popping early, with a glam pic backstage with his mom and the reclusive "Sweetest Taboo" singer. On a tour where special guests are an almost nightly thing, Monday's featured grime rapper Skepta taking the stage for "Shutdown" and "Skepta Interlude," while Giggs hit "KMT" and Jorja Smith came out for a bit of "Blue Lights." Minaj came out for some "Truffle Butter" and Songz hit the stage for "Succesful." (Billboard)

Lorde Teases Next, 'Favourite' Song, Promises 'So Much Cool Stuff Coming'. Lorde went on a tweet spree on Tuesday morning (March 21), telling fans that the next song she's planning to release is the "favourite thing I've ever done" and teasing that "you guys have no idea there's so much cool stuff coming." The cryptic comments, a follow-up to a bit of fangirling over HBO's tense Cali private school life drama Big Little Lies -- "please inject more... DIRECTLY into my veins" she begged HBO about the limited series that features Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern and Alexander Skarsgard. But, wait, back to what she was saying about the music. When a fan responded that they needed more melodrama shot DIRECTLY into their veins, the singer said: Then she got more specific about her major plans for the year and her off-the-charts level of excitement. (Billboard)

Movies

America Ferrera: Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 3 Would Be ''Amazing.'' The third Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants movie isn't exactly in the fast lane, but that doesn't mean it won't happen...eventually. "It's an idea and a conversation," America Ferrera told me at the Human Rights Campaign gala, where the LGBT rights lobbying group honored her with the Ally For Equality Award. "I think it would be amazing. The sisterhood is still well and alive. I love my girls. We're very much a part of each other's lives and if the movie happens it would be a great thing." It certainly would. It's been more than two years since Ferrera said during an appearance on the Meredith Vieira Show that a script for a third installment was "being written." "I was 20 when I met them. I am 30 now and they are still three of my best friends and supporters," she shared. "What's wonderful about these girls in my life is, people expect girls and women to be competitive, and we made a decision to love and support each other off-screen and onscreen." And she joked with me, "We would love to get paid to hang out with each other. That would wonderful." Ferrera co-starred in the two Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants flicks with Blake Lively, Amber Tamblyn and Alexis Bledel. The first was released in 2005 followed by the sequel in 2008. During her acceptance speech, Ferrera urged Hollywood and beyond to embrace diversity. "We know that representation matters. We know this, not just in the media, but in our schools, in our hospitals, in our boardrooms, in our halls of power," she said. "We know that it makes all the difference to see ourselves reflected by culture with dignity, with humor and with compassion. It is how most of us learn what is possible for us, what our place in the world is and too often we have to spend many years unlearning what culture has taught us who we are or who we ought to be. It doesn't have to be that way. We can change that." She added, "I didn't grow up seeing a lot of examples of short brown chubby poor daughters of immigrant parents grow up to be successful actors and loud activists and I had to use my imagination most of the time. But I was extremely fortunate to come across friends, mentors, teachers who encouraged me to use my talent and my voice." Shannon Woodward, who was on stage next to present an award to Katy Perry, summed up what many people were thinking when she said, "I can't wait for the day to cast my vote for America Ferrera." #Ferrera2020, anyone? (Eonline)

The Power Rangers Introduces Its First Gay Character. The Power Rangers movie is making big waves for the LGBT community. Somehow it's 2017 and the film marks the first-ever superhero movie to feature a gay protagonist character. Though small, the scene in which the character -- Trini, the Yellow Power Ranger played by Becky G -- is pivotal for the film as we watch her come to terms with her sexuality. When one character asks about her "boyfriend problems," we soon realize that she may actually be having "girlfriend problems." Director Dean Israelite tells The Hollywood Reporter, "For Trini, really she's questioning a lot about who she is. She hasn't fully figured it out yet. I think what's great about that scene and what that scene propels for the rest of the movie is, 'That's OK.' The movie is saying, 'That's OK,' and all of the kids have to own who they are and find their tribe." In the original Power Rangers series, Trini was portrayed as straight, but the change is definitely receiving positive feedback. For example, the original Blue Ranger actor David Yost was openly gay when he took on the role, but ended up leaving the series in the late '90s after facing harassment over his sexual orientation. Now, he's praising the film's twist. "They really stepped up to the plate," Yost told THR. "I think so many people in the LGBTQI community are going to be excited to see that representation." While characters like Catwoman, Harley Quinn, Wonder Woman and others are among some of the more high-profile LGBT characters in comic books, they were portrayed as straight when turned into movies. The only superhero that came even close to representing non-heterosexuality was Marvel's antihero Deadpool, who identifies as pansexual (however, he never had any non-heterosexual experiences in the film). News of the Power Rangers LGBT representation comes on the heels of Disney featuring its first-ever gay character in the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast. (Eonline)

Emma Roberts, Michael Angarano to Star in Indie Rom-Com 'In a Relationship'. The project is based on a short film with the same name that Sam Boyd also wrote and directed and starred Dakota Johnson. Scream Queens star Emma Roberts and The Knick's Michael Angarano have wrapped starring turns in the romantic comedy In a Relationship. Dree Hemingway and The OA breakout Patrick Gibson also star in the indie, which Sam Boyd wrote and directed. The project is based on a short film with the same name that Boyd also wrote and helmed and which starred Dakota Johnson. It garnered more than 800,000 views after premiering on Vogue's digital channel in 2015 and followed two couples who find themselves in opposite stages of love. Jay Ellis, Janet Montgomery, Greta Lee, Gayle Rankin, Sasha Spielberg, Andre Hyland, Domo Genesis, Luka Jones and Melora Walters round out the cast. "In my relationship and in my friends' relationships, the problems that arise are usually simple: We love each other but I'm me, and you're you," said Boyd. "It was important to me to make a film about the things that really come between young people -- what they really fight about and what they're really afraid of." Boyd is producing with Jorge Garcia Castro, David Hunter and Ross Putman alongside 2 Friends Media founders Sergio Cortes Gomez and Andres Icaza Ballesteros. Roberts is an executive producer, as is Karah Preiss. David Sweeney is a co-exec producer. CAA packaged the film and is repping sales. Roberts last starred in the thriller Nerve with James Franco, and she has several movies in the can, including The Billionaire Boys Club with Taron Egerton. The actress is repped by CAA and Sweeney Entertainment. (Hollywood Reporter)

Universal Sets Movie Based on Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" Song. The animated movie is slated for a home entertainment release this holiday season. All Universal wants for Christmas is Mariah Carey. The singer's hit holiday song "All I Want for Christmas Is You" will be the basis for a new animated movie. The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that the film is a home entertainment title slated release this holiday season. "All I Want for Christmas Is You," an original song released by Carey in 1994, makes an annual appearance on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (peaking at No. 11 in 2015) and repeatedly tops the Billboard Holiday chart. The upbeat modern classic, written by Carey and Walter Afanasieff, ushered in her fourth studio album and first seasonal album, Merry Christmas. Carey has since released new versions in 2010 and 2011 (one with Justin Bieber in tow), but the original recording remains one of Carey's best-selling single of all time. "Christmas" is additionally the best-selling holiday download (since Nielsen began tracking digital song sales in 2003), with over 3.2 million sold to-date, while Merry Christmas has sold 5.5 million copies in the U.S. Carey also released a children's book based on the track in 2015. The Universal offering will be one of a few new animated holiday titles this year -- slated for theatrical release is Sony's faith-based The Star, directed by Timothy Reckart, follows a small but brave donkey who becomes accidental heroes in the first Christmas. Other animated films hitting theaters throughout the Christmas box-office season are Pixar's Day of the Dead celebration Coco and Fox's bullfighting title Ferdinand. Carey announced the news on Twitter on Tuesday morning. (Hollywood Reporter)

Malaysia Clears Release of 'Beauty and the Beast,' With "Gay Moment" Intact. After much local controversy, the film has been cleared for release in the Muslim-majority nation on March 30 with a PG13 rating. It's a fairytale ending for Disney's Beauty and the Beast in Malaysia. According to multiple reports emerging from the country late Tuesday, the film has been cleared for local release on March 30. The film has been given a PG13 rating, but it will screen in its entirety, without cuts. Leading local movie theater chains Golden Screens Cinemas and TGV Cinemas both tweeted the news. THR has reached out to Disney for comment. Beauty and the Beast opened to a huge $350 million at the worldwide box office last weekend. But it was conspicuously absent on movie screens in Malaysia. Last Thursday, it emerged that Malaysia's censorship board -- known as the LPF -- had demanded that material be cut from the film, including a brief, three-second "gay moment" first revealed by director Bill Condon earlier this month. Disney responded by saying the film "has not been and will not be cut for Malaysia." The studio postponed the movie's release by one week, in case the Malaysians decided to reconsider their demands. Josh Gad's character in the hit film, Gaston's sidekick LeFou, is Disney's first-ever LGBTQ character. Malaysia has strict laws against homosexuality, however, with sex between men being illegal. Gay characters are allowed to be depicted on screen in the country only if they show repentance or are portrayed in a negative light. In a lengthy interview with the New Sunday Times over the weekend, Malaysia censorship board chairman Abdul Halim suggested that his organization's hand had been forced by Condon's public remarks celebrating the landmark character. "Maybe if Condon had not mentioned the 'gay element,' people wouldn't be so curious and we could let it go with a potentially minor cut," Halim said. "And this whole thing may not have been an issue." "Malaysia does not recognize the LGBT ideology," he added. "So we have to be extra cautious in our work. We have our responsibilities to the country, the people and our constitution." Malaysia's Film Appeals Committee, which has the power to overturn the censorship board's rulings, then scheduled a meeting Tuesday to screen the film. There is no official word yet on how the reversal came about. (Hollywood Reporter)

Hollywood Film Revenue in India Rises 10 Percent, Boosted by Dubbed Versions. Big hit 'The Jungle Book' made over half of its revenue in the country from local dubbed versions. Hollywood film revenue in India grew by around 10 percent in 2016, driven by dubbed versions, according to the annual entertainment industry report by KPMG India unveiled at the FICCI FRAMES conference in Mumbai Tuesday. While total revenues for Hollywood films were not disclosed, the report said that the top 10 Hollywood films in India reached $108.8 million (7.1 billion rupees) in 2016, compared with $99.5 million (6.5 billion rupees) in 2015. Last summer's The Jungle Book became the highest-grossing Hollywood film in India ever, collecting around $38.2 million (2.5 billion rupees). The report said that Hollywood's growth was helped by the increasing contribution of dubbed versions, highlighting that over the last two to three years, "nearly 40 percent of English releases are dubbed in at least one local language" in India. The Jungle Book's dubbed versions contributed 58 percent to its total revenue, compared to last year's Avengers: Age of Ultron, which saw 45 percent of its revenue from dubbed versions. The report also pointed out that another growth factor was the rising trend of Indian actors featuring in Hollywood films, such as Irrfan Khan who starred with Tom Hanks in Inferno. Hollywood's share of the Indian market is estimated at about 10 percent. Taking a broader look, the report said that overall, the Indian film industry "had a disappointing year with a near flat performance as the core revenue streams of domestic theatricals and cable and satellite TV rights declined, on the back of poor box-office performance of Bollywood and [South Indian language] Tamil films." Total film revenue in India amounted to $2.18 billion (142.3 billion rupees) in 2016, up only 3 percent compared to $2.11 billion (Rs 138.2 billion) in 2015. Moreover, the report estimated that India's unexpected currency reforms caused a drop of 20 percent-25 percent in box office collections during November and December. On Nov. 8, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi suddenly announced the demonetization drive, designed to replace old currency notes of 500 rupees and 1,000 rupees, an estimated 85 percent of the total currency in circulation, causing a serious disruption in cash supplies. The government finally lifted all cash withdrawal limits last week, signaling the official conclusion of the demonetization drive. Looking ahead, the report still sees upside for the film segment. It predicts that by 2021, total film revenue in India will reach $3.16 billion (206.6 billion rupees), for a compound annual growth rate of 7.7 percent "driven by the growing depth of regional content, expansion in overseas markets and higher contribution of digital revenue streams." Organized by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, the FICCI-FRAMES conference runs until Thursday. (Hollywood Reporter)

TV

The 100 Is Finally Giving Clarke the Comforts of Home for a Quick Second. Who knew Murphy (Richard Harmon) could cook? Clarke (Eliza Taylor) certainly didn't, but she gets an oddly domestic surprise in this week's episode of The 100 when she takes a momentary break from trying to save hundreds of lives in the post-apocalyptic/pre-apocalyptic wilderness to visit Becca's island. Murphy and Emori (Luisa D'Oliveira) have shacked up in that big mansion, and it's almost like the next total disaster is not just around the corner. Murphy's got music playing, he's cooking something fancy, and he and Emori are cute as can be. In the clip, exclusive to E! News, Clarke arrives at the mansion to find herself in a whole new world. Of course, something horrible and death-related is soon bound to happen (since this is The 100, after all), but for now, can't we all just enjoy this domesticity, and the potential for people taking showers?! In "Gimme Shelter," Clarke's arrival on the island doesn't quite go as planned, and neither do any of the new plans for saving everybody's lives as that black rain starts to fall. Everything is essentially terrible, but that's not anything new for this show. The 100 airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on the CW. (Eonline)

Dancing With the Stars Fans Can't Stop Talking About Bonner Bolton and Sharna Burgess' "Incredible Chemistry" It's getting hot in the ballroom and we're only in week one. Monday night kicked off a brand-new season of ABC's popular series Dancing With the Stars. And while viewers may have come for the dancing, they left with a few eyebrows raised regarding one charming duo. As soon as professional bull rider Bonner Bolton did the cha-cha with partner Sharna Burgess, several audience members and judges liked what they saw. "I'm telling you Sharna, you're in for the ride of a lifetime," Judge Bruno Tonioli shared during his critique. "And if you're not, a lot of people are taking your place." Later on in the show, however, the Internet couldn't help but catch Bonner getting handsy with his partner while Nick Viall and Peta Murgatroyd waited for their scores. "They were hardcore flirting before their dance number," an eyewitness shared with E! News. "Watching them behind the scenes, you could see them checking each other out and Sharna was super giddy around him." Our source continued, "He was very touchy with her but she seemed to be loving it. She was laughing a lot." In the weeks leading up to premiere night, the duo appeared to be just another pair working to perfect their moves. "This cowboy has been workin his butt off in rehearsals!! #teamdenimndiamonds," Sharna shared on social media. "Y'all ain't even ready for this cowboys moves. You know I like to tell stories, and this man has an amazing one." But during Monday night's show, Bonner may have dropped the biggest hint that something special is brewing. "I'm dancing with the prettiest lady in the house so this dance could get pretty wild, right out of the gate," he shared with the audience. "Things could get spicy." Consider the DWTS viewers more than a little intrigued. Dancing With the Stars airs Monday nights at 8 p.m. on ABC. (Eonline)

Will Hollywood Writers Go on Strike? The Tricky Economics of 'Peak TV'. As the number of scripted series and TV writers surge, shorter orders stall the volume of produced episodes and staff writer earnings, while screenwriter's wages drop 21 percent. With scripted television booming -- 455 series this season, more than double the number six years ago -- it ought to be a great time to be a TV writer. And the ongoing Writers Guild negotiations should be a cakewalk, right? So you'd think, but it's actually not Easy Street at all, because, as previously unpublished data reveals, growth in the labor supply has outstripped growth in demand, while shorter series orders mean writers, who are held under option from season to season, may be working yet making less than before. That's just one of the issues that WGA and AMPTP studio negotiators are confronting as talks continue into a second week on a new three-year union deal. But it's one of the hardest on the agenda. Yes, screenwriters too are unhappy -- -- their inflation-adjusted average wages dropped by 21 percent over the 2010-15 period -- but more than twice as many writers now work in TV than features, leading to a feeling that these negotiations are TV-centric. All that economic stress has led to talk of a strike, but media reports suggesting that a walkout is likely are probably overblown. Says one management-side lawyer, "[The union doesn't] have any other leverage, so they're saber-rattling. Unless they're really crazy, I don't think a strike is going to happen." In practical terms, part of the deal -- basic wage increases and residuals -- -- is already done. That's because those portions of the new pact are almost certain to track the recent Directors Guild deal in a phenomenon called "pattern bargaining." And just as the DGA received extra-large increases for directors of certain types of product, the WGA might seek some special relief for certain classes of TV writers and screenwriters. Yet another tough issue is the guild's affiliated health plan, which has run deficits for the past two years, a fact that may trigger reductions in benefits and eligibility, and will almost certainly require an increase in employer contributions. Such increases typically come out of the wage bumps. The DGA, for instance, upped contributions to its pension plan by 0.5 percent, resulting in a first-year annual wage increase of 2.5 percent rather than 3 percent. The WGA is likely to do likewise for its health plan. But saber-rattling or not, the union discontent is real. Says one working TV writer, "It's becoming harder and harder to make a living as a middle-class writer." And that appears to be true: the intersection of annual holds with the economics of supply and demand create tough issues for writers (as well as for actors, whose negotiations are upcoming). Data -- -- and the graphic -- -- tell the story: the number of series has ballooned, but the number of episodes produced per season has scarcely budged, accordingly to previously unreported figures supplied to THR by Darnell Hunt, director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA. From 2011-12 to 2014-15, the number of series grew almost 50 percent, but the number of produced episodes grew only 6 percent, from 4,806 episodes to 5,091. The reason for the disparity? Shorter orders. Series averaged 18.8 episodes per season in 2011-12, but that number plummeted to 13.2 just three years later, dragged down not just by shorter series on digital platforms -- and a slight decline in cable series length -- but also by a startling 42 percent decline in the length of broadcast series, from 26.5 episodes per series to 15.3. In economic terms, produced episodes represent demand for writers and others. What about labor supply? Ominously for scribes, the number of working TV writers grew by 20 percent -- -- not surprisingly, since each new series needs its own writers -- -- but that was during the same period that demand grew by only 6 percent. That mismatch had an effect on wages. The average inflation-adjusted earnings per writer grew about 6 percent in that time period and just 8 percent from 2009 to 2015. That may not sound so bad, but those figures are misleading, because averages -- -- the "arithmetic mean" -- -- are disproportionately pulled up by a few high earners such as showrunners, and more series means more showrunners, pulling the average up even more over time. A better measure of affairs for the "typical writer" -- -- a rank and file staff writer -- -- would be the median, which is the earnings midpoint, where half of all TV writers made more and half made less. It's impossible to accurately calculate that figure without internal WGA data, but by making some assumptions it's possible to come up with a rough guesstimate. THR's calculations suggest flat earnings, but even that may be optimistic. That's because shorter series orders mean lower salaries for writers, notwithstanding the potentially twelve-month holds and exclusivity they are subject to. Writers get residuals too, of course, and average TV residuals have increased, per WGA data, even when inflation-adjusted. But it's hard to know the meaning of those figures, not just because they're not the median, but also because a lot of residuals relate to older, library product and don't necessarily benefit currently working TV writers. What about producing fees? Those aren't reported by the guild, but in any case, they're the purview mostly of showrunners and seasoned writer-producers, not the staff writer rank and file who are feeling the squeeze from holds, short orders and labor oversupply. It's a tough problem. The studios and producers need those annual holds in order to ensure that the writers are available if the series gets picked up for the following season. Writers are compensated for the holds, but not at the same level they're compensated for working. The result is apparently flat or declining wages -- -- and a peak TV effect that's creating a mountain of difficulty for writers, just one of the summits negotiators will have to navigate on their way to a deal. (Hollywood Reporter)

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