Monday, March 13, 2017

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Johnny Manziel popped the question ... and she said yes! The 24-year-old QB tells TMZ Sports he is officially engaged to GF Bre Tiesi ... the girl he's been dating since late 2016. The two have been inseparable over the last few months -- and seemed to have really hit it off after a December trip to Miami. Johnny tells us, "When you find a girl as amazing as I did that saved me from where I was in my life, you absolutely put a ring on it." Manziel popped the question during a romantic trip to Paris -- with a MASSIVE diamond ring -- and a bouquet of roses. Bre says, "I'm in shock. I couldn't imagine a day without [Johnny]. I'm so glad I never have to." Tiesi is a model who also appeared as one of the hot chicks on the MTV show "Wild'n Out." Congrats! (TMZ)

Robert Blake to marry a third time 12 years after murder acquittal. Robert Blake reportedly will marry for the third time, some 12 years after he was acquitted of murdering his second wife. TMZ identified the bride to be as 55-year-old Pamela Hudak, an old flame of her 83-year-old -- fiance. The two have known each other for decades and in the past had dated, the Web site said. Blake who starred in the 1970s TV detective show "Baretta," and his second wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, had just finished dining in a California restaurant in May 2001, when she was shot dead in his car. The jury bought his story that he returned to the restaurant to retrieve his gun -- and when he returned to the car, she was dead. Prosecutors accused him of hiring a hit man for $10,000. Blacke and Hudak applied for a marriage license in Beverly Hills on Thursday, TMZ said. (PageSix)

Eva Mendes Accompanies Ryan Gosling at SXSW But Avoids the Red Carpet Again. Eva Mendes made a rare appearance at the 2017 South by Southwest film festival Friday to support her longtime beau Ryan Gosling but went incognito. The actress posted on her Instagram page a photo of the Paramount Theatre in Austin, where the actor walked the red carpet with co-stars Michael Fassbender, Berenice Marlohe and Rooney Mara at the premiere of their film Song to Song. Mendes was not spotted. She posted a heart emoji in her caption. The actress has largely stayed away from the spotlight since the birth of her and Gosling's daughters, Esmeralda, 2, and Amada, 11 months. "What people don't know about me is that I love being home," Mendes told Shape magazine, which features her on its April 2017 cover. "Instead of hitting the red carpet, I'd rather be with our girls." Mendes and Gosling have been together for about six years. They have mostly kept their relationship and family life private and are rarely photographed together. In fact, they have been snapped together at celebrity events only twice -- at the 2015 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival in Austin and at the Toronto premiere of his film The Place Beyond the Pines in 2012. Mendes hasn't acted for more than three years, instead focusing on her various businesses ventures, such as Circa Beauty, in which she serves as a spokesmodel and creative director, and New York & Company, for whom she has launched branded collections. (Eonline)

Peter Krause admittedly had a hard time gauging romantic interest from his girlfriend Lauren Graham when the duo first met years ago. Speaking with Kelly Ripa on Live with Kelly on Thursday, the Parenthood star admitted that he has known Graham for "a long time" and gushed, "she's great." Graham, 49, and Krause, 51, both starred on the family drama series Parenthood as sister (Sarah Braverman) and brother (Adam Braverman) from 2010-15, during which their relationship bloomed. "We kept things pretty quiet," Krause said about keeping their relationship hush hush at the beginning. But before their days on the dramedy, the couple first met and worked alongside one another back in the '90s. "We had met on a show called Caroline in the City -- a Lea Thompson show back in the day," explained Krause. "We were guest-starring. ... She had me move some furniture into her apartment for her back then. She had got something. I didn't catch the signal." In November, Graham -- who reprised her role as Lorelai Gilmore in Netflix's Gilmore Girls revival A Year in the Life last fall -- opened up to PEOPLE about finding love with her costar. "I mean, he's really my favorite person to talk to," she told PEOPLE about Krause. "And he always makes me laugh. He's really, really funny." She added: "It's hard to explain to people when you have a fancy job like being an actor what is challenging about it. So we just kind of have that shorthand, a shared language, which is helpful." (People)

Lisa Marie Presley did not rejoin the Church of Scientology. Lisa Marie Presley has not rejoined the Church of Scientology, contrary to reports earlier this month that she had. "To the best of my information, Lisa Marie Presley is not back in [the church]," Scientology expert Tony Ortega told me. "She is going through a lot of trouble in her life right now. But she has not rejoined." Presley, 49, made a clean break with the cult-like religion in 2014. But her daughter Riley Keough, a Golden Globe-nominated actress, is still a devout follower and fighting to get her mom back in the fold, according to Ortega. Presley checked into drug rehab in 2016 and is in the midst of a bitter divorce with Michael Lockwood, who recently claimed in court that Presley was getting $500,000 a month from her father's estate. Presley said she was collecting just $100,000 a month. Elvis himself wanted nothing to do with Scientology. According to the book "Elvis Aaron Presley: Revelations From the Memphis Mafia," co-written by Elvis' friend Marty Lacker, after a visit to the Scientology center in Los Angeles, Elvis said, "F?-?-?k those people! There's no way I'll ever get involved with that son-of-a-bitchin' group. All they want is my money." In Memphis, Tenn., it's rumored that Scientology is getting his money. Some believe that Elvis' ex-wife, Priscilla Presley, who has been and may still be affiliated with the church, gave the group a share of his estate. It's thought that Scientology financed the $45 million "Elvis Presley's Memphis" entertainment complex that just opened at Graceland as an investment. Lisa Marie's reps did not respond to requests for comment. (PageSix)

Floyd Mayweather had made it loud and clear -- he's willing to step out of retirement to fight Conor McGregor ... if they can just hammer out a deal. Floyd made the official announcement Saturday, saying "for Conor McGregor, I'm coming out of retirement ... just to fight Conor McGregor." He added ... "I don't want to hear no more excuses about the money, about the UFC. Sign the paper with the UFC so you can fight me in June. Simple and plain. Let's fight in June. You're the B-side, I'm the A side." Here's the problem ... Dana White has already said the fight isn't likely to happen because negotiations aren't coming together for the mega fight. They seem to be worlds apart on money ... and there's simply no deal as of February. Floyd's been back and forth about being willing to fight Conor, but seems to be taking a firm position now ... he's willing if a deal can be struck. Your move, Dana. (TMZ)

Criss Angel Hospitalized and Las Vegas Show Halted After Stunt Goes Wrong: "He Stopped Moving." Criss Angel was hospitalized and his Mindfreak Live! show in Las Vegas was cut short Friday after he appeared to lose consciousness in the middle of a dangerous stunt. Scores of his fans expressed shock and support for the star online. "During Friday evening's performance, while attempting his famed upside-down straitjacket escape while suspended by his feet, he lost consciousness," a rep for the illusionist told People Saturday. "He was lowered to the stage and rushed to the hospital where he was evaluated and released early this morning. He is undergoing additional testing today and while it is not yet certain, it is his hope to return to the stage in his hit show Mindfreak Live! at Luxor Las Vegas. He is grateful for the outpouring of love and concern from his fans around the world." The rep also said that "Due to Friday's events, Criss and his son Johnny Christopher were unable to attend a previously scheduled appearance at a fundraiser for Make-A-Wish of Southern Nevada Saturday morning. In his absence, a representative of HELP, the non-profit Criss created to find a cure for pediatric cancer, presented Make-A-Wish with a $100,000 donation." Witnesses had described the incident on social media. "10 mins into the show, Criss Angel was doing his upside-down straitjacket stunt and was almost out after spinning for 2 mins and then they let him down," Peter Sehl wrote on Facebook. "He stopped moving, curtain down. Break for 15 mins. Now show canceled. Hope he is ok!! Didn't appreciated peoples comments as they were leaving." "Went to a @CrissAngel show and I think he almost died," one user wrote on Twitter. "They had to cancel the show after like 15 mins. hope he's cool though." "At the Criss Angel Show. Something went wrong when he tried to escape from a jacket while suspended," Ryan Perez tweeted. "Show has been canceled." He said that after customers complained, full refunds were issued. In 2013, Angel severely injured his shoulder and bicep while performing a similar stunt in Times Square in New York City. His Cirque du Soleil show "Believe" at the Luxor was halted temporarily for months while he recovered. (Eonline)

Criss Angel Returns to the Stage and Performs the Same Stunt That Sent Him to the Hospital. Criss Angel fans agree: That man is a badass. The 49-year-old illusionist was rushed to a hospital Friday after he lost consciousness during his Mindfreak Live! show in Las Vegas while performing a stunt in which he escapes from a straitjacket while hanging upside down. He checked out of the medical center after several hours and returned to the stage Saturday night and performed the very same stunt, with no problems. "Magician @CrissAngel returned to stage tonight in #LasVegas, and successfully did his straight jacket escape," local NBC reporter Craig Fiegener tweeted. "In hospital from last night's show, @CrissAngel played sold out show tonight & 10 minutes in, proves he is a bad mofo," wrote Greg Garrison. "Awesome return Criss!" "Got my mind freaked by @CrissAngel tonight at the Luxor in Las Vegas!" tweeted Laura Ware. "Wow! We all left the show quiet and in awe, no words." Another fan posted a photo taken of her with Angel. "@CrissAngel Thank you for the MINDFREAKING Show tonight!" she wrote. "Good to see you again! Thank you for the Birthday shout & pic!" "During Friday evening's performance, while attempting his famed upside-down straitjacket escape while suspended by his feet, he lost consciousness," a rep for the illusionist had told E! News Saturday. "He was lowered to the stage and rushed to the hospital where he was evaluated and released early this morning." The rep said Angel was undergoing additional testing at the time and that it was not certain he would return to the stage that evening. "He is grateful for the outpouring of love and concern from his fans around the world," the rep added. (Eonline)

Pregnant Ciara Involved in a Car Accident. Ciara, who is expecting her first child with husband Russell Wilson, was involved in a car accident in Los Angeles Friday. The "I Bet" singer was driving a white Mercedes SUV when she tried to make a left turn and a gray Volvo T-boned her vehicle on the passenger side, E! News confirms. Photographs at the scene show Ciara talking on the phone immediately following the accident. E! News confirmed that neither Ciara nor the other driver sustained any injuries. LAPD tells us that a traffic unit arrived on the scene to assist both parties in the exchanging of contact information. There will be no investigation. "Ciara and the baby are doing well," her rep tells E! News. "The driver was illegally in the bus lane and hit the right side of her car." According to an eyewitness, Ciara appeared "calm" while the other driver seemed way more stunned. "They shook hands and were nice to each other it looked like, no drama," our source shared. "Ciara wasn't crying or panicked or anything." Ciara hasn't revealed her due date, but she did joke to HarpersBazaar.com that she will be delivering two babies: her unborn child and an upcoming album. She is already a mom to son Future Zahir, whom she shares with ex-Future. The singer and rapper called off their engagement in a messy split, but she since has found complete bliss with her NFL hubby. "If someone's not supporting you and your vision and your dream -- whether it's your relationship partner, your friend, whoever -- then you've got to make sure to keep it moving," the singer told HarpersBazaar.com. "If people aren't lifting you up, even if you're the strongest person in the world, eventually it does chip away at you. You don't even realize that you're losing yourself. And that's the scariest place to be in life. "I don't want to lose myself. I love myself too much," Ciara adds. "I love life too much." With a newfound outlook on life and a strong relationship to boot, Ciara is ready to introduce her son to his future younger brother/sister. "He'll randomly pull my shirt up and be like, 'I want to see the baby. Hello, baby. How you doing, baby? I love you, baby. OK, talk to you later, baby. Bye, bye,'" she gushes. "Then he'll kiss me on my belly and put my shirt back down." TMZ was the first to report the news of the accident. UPDATE: Ciara is speaking out following her car accident. "Thankful For Gods Grace, and Amniotic Fluid," she shared with her Twitter followers Friday evening. (Eonline)

Atlanta Braves pitcher Mike Foltynewicz got into it with a fan at a Chick-fil-A in Florida -- allegedly telling the guy to "meet me outside" ... this according to the police report obtained by TMZ Sports. Mike -- who's in Kissimmee for Braves Spring Training -- was chillin' at the chicken joint in nearby Osceola County with his wife on March 9 when he was confronted by a man asking for an autograph. The fan says Mike cussed him out and challenged him to a fight saying, "We're gonna do this man-to-man" and "Meet me outside!" Cops were called but Mike was gone when they arrived. They spoke with employees who said Mike did cuss but didn't pose a real violent threat. Surveillance footage shows Mike trying to walk away from the fan and sit at a table in the back -- before eventually changing his order to go ... and leaving. Cops say the fan is leaving to go back to Tennessee and likely won't ever encounter Mike again ... so they're not pushing forward with a case against the MLB player. In short, no one was caught outside ... how bow dah?! (TMZ)

Chris Brown is about to get an invite ... from some top cops who are fed up with him. Law enforcement sources tell us the LAPD division that covers his San Fernando Valley neighborhood has had it with all the complaints and Chris constantly thumbing his nose at cops and civilians alike. There has been a laundry list of gripes against the singer ... noise, drugs, assaults, riding various vehicles recklessly, and on and on. We're told police want to make a last-ditch effort to get Chris in line. The brass at the division will ask him to come to the station so they can lay out the problems and see if he'll see the light. As for why police are doing this ... as one source said, "Chris is a chronic problem who takes up a tremendous amount of our resources." Chris has no obligation to come to the station for a chitchat. We reached out to his lawyer to find out if Chris would be open ... so far, no word back. (TMZ)

Dean McDermott threatened with jail if he doesn't pay child support. Dean McDermott's ex-wife will have him sent to jail if he doesn't pay half the child support that he owes her by Monday. In a dramatic hearing in LA on Thursday, Tori Spelling's husband was read his Miranda rights after being held in contempt of court for not paying thousands of dollars to ex-wife Mary Jo Eustace. Before sending him to jail, the judge gave McDermott and Eustace an opportunity to work out a deal. McDermott is due to pay Eustace half of the cash on Monday (if he can find the money). She withdrew the complaint, sparing him jail time. But insiders tell us that Eustace won't hesitate to re-file as early as Tuesday and have him sent to the slammer if he doesn't come up with the money. In court McDermott, who has an 18-year-old son, Jack, with Eustace, told the court he had "fallen on hard times." He reportedly stopped paying child support in October and faced eight counts of contempt -- which have been dismissed, for now -- one for each missed payment. Reps didn't immediately get back to us. (PageSix)

Kim Richards Could Face Jail Time If She Doesn't Complete Mandated Community Labor. Kim Richards could be behind bars if she fails to complete 450 hours of community labor by Sept. 7, 2017, E! News has exclusively learned. Richards' attorney appeared in court on behalf of her client Friday for a probation modification hearing. She stood before Commissioner Jane Godfrey who told her if the hours weren't completed at Midnight Mission by the specified date the former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star could receive jail time. She could, however, avoid a sentence based on good cause, meaning she wouldn't have all the hours completed but she'd be almost done or proving she's making an effort to finish them. At the next hearing, which will take place on September 7, Richards must show a "written progress report" from Midnight Mission outlining the hours she has completed by that date. Depending on the work she has completed, Richards will either spend time in jail or the court will set a new completion date. Richards was originally supposed to do 30 days of community labor, but Friday's hearing was held to modify the sentence, which resulted in a new ruling of 450 hours. The Bravolebrity narrowly avoided jail time in August when her attorney appeared in court and argued for a probation violation hearing that while she did miss the initial deadline for completing 20 days of community service and 52 AA meetings, she has since completed those tasks. Richards' lawyer told E! News that "Kim is up to date on all her requirements with the court and her probation was reinstated." Richards was sentenced back in October 2015 for her Target shoplifting arrest after she plead no contest to one count of petty theft. She was originally charged for stealing upwards of $600 worth of items. (Eonline)

Nic Cage's son is facing up to a year in jail for a wild car chase that ended with him smashing head-on into a tree. The L.A. City Attorney is slapping Weston Cage with 3 charges ... DUI and two counts of hit and run ... all misdemeanors. According to law enforcement, Wes' blood alcohol was .15, almost double the legal limit. As we previously reported, Wes allegedly got into a fender bender in February but booked it before cops arrived. He lost control of his car while fleeing and took down mailboxes, a street sign and then hit the tree. (TMZ)

O.J. Simpson could be released from prison as early as October, and the buzz in the reality TV industry is that some producers are getting ready to scramble to sign him. We've contacted a number of reality TV production companies, TV agents, and platforms where such a show could run, and the reactions range from recoiling in disgust to pouncing on the opportunity. None of the people to whom we spoke wanted to be quoted by name, but they all say the most likely formats are documentary or interview show. Simpson actually co-wrote a book and then in 2006 shot a TV special, 'If I Did It.' O.J.'s co-author has said O.J. confessed to the double murder in the book and we know he read that passage for the TV special. There was a public outcry and Fox killed the show and our sources say it will never air. The producers and agents with whom we spoke say they're certain someone will try to recreate the TV special that was never broadcast for several reasons ... years have passed, O.J. has done time for unrelated crimes, and 'People vs. O.J. Simpson' was a big hit. Here's the problem. Almost to a person, producers and agents said broadcast and cable networks would never air a show featuring O.J. They say the public wouldn't tolerate it and no one would advertise on it. That said, producers say there would be a home on Pay-Per-View because, as one person put it, "people could pay without being judged." As for O.J. making money off a show ... he's still is on the hook for a $33 million wrongful-death judgment, and any money he makes could be attached to satisfy the judgment. (TMZ)

Dog the Bounty Hunter and wife Beth are the latest L.A. crime victims after thieves somehow got inside their ritzy hotel suite and stole thousands in cash. Law enforcement sources tell us Dog and Beth were staying at the Luxe Hotel in Los Angeles Thursday night when they opened their safe and were shocked to find more than $5k in cash had disappeared. Cops tell us there was no sign of forced entry. It's interesting ... nothing other than the cash was taken, despite the fact that all of their luggage and jewelry were in the room. We're told cops are working with the hotel to check to see if anyone made a key card which allowed them access to the room. Translation ... they think it might be an inside job. Police are also checking hotel surveillance video. (TMZ)

Taylor Swift should be super secure in her $20 million fortified NYC penthouse, but it didn't stop an obsessed fan from wreaking some serious havoc. 29-year-old Mohammed Jaffar was hell-bent on getting a face-to-face with the singer, and according to legal docs obtained by the NY Post he was all over her building ... in the lobby and on the roof. He showed up multiple times over the last few months, hanging out on the roof one night between 10 PM and 2 AM. He rang her doorbell incessantly ... once for an hour straight. Jarffar was arrested for stalking and burglary and he's being held on $20k bond. The building is packed with celebs ... including Orlando Bloom and Steven Soderbergh. (TMZ)

Hollywood hairdresser Danielle Priano was busted at the Buffalo Int'l Airport with several containers of illegal prescription drugs. Priano -- known for working with stars like Mariah Carey and J Lo -- was detained February 12 while attempting to board a flight to NYC. We're told the Buffalo PD obtained a search warrant to check her duffel bag and purse ... and found nearly 400 Rx pills. According to court docs ... the pills included Adderall, oxycodone, hydrocodone, Xanax and a Suboxone strip commonly used to treat addiction. Priano was charged with 4 counts of possession of a controlled substance. She pled not guilty to all 4 counts. Priano recently appeared on "Mariah's World" as Carey's hairstylist. (TMZ)

THE OTHER STUFF . . .

Beyonce freaked out a dance troupe in L.A. when she popped in backstage after their show and gave 'em some huge props. Bey and mom Tina Knowles hit up the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater show Saturday night at the L.A. Music Center -- with Tina's Angels in tow. The group of girls are part of a mentorship program set up by Mama Knowles herself. After the show, Beyonce went backstage, which sent some of the dancers to their knees, and we can't blame 'em. It's also not everyday Beyonce thanks you for your talent. BTW ... Bey looked great for a someone carrying 2 kids. (TMZ)

Jenni Rivera's brother doesn't wanna go head-to-head with the Kardashians now that he's got a reality show, and it's simple -- HE KNOWS HE CAN'T!!! Grammy-winning singer Lupillo Rivera -- an icon in Mexico and among Latinos around the world -- tells us why he dares not compare himself to the Kardashians ... he says just look at 'em. Really, look at them and then look at him. Lupillo -- whose album, "El Malo," dropped Friday -- also tells us he's obviously still coping with his sister's death in the plane crash back in 2012. The reality show -- slated for 15 episodes this fall on Univision -- will also center around his wife's biz and family drama ... because of course. (TMZ)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus Is the Proudest Mom as She Cheers on Son Charlie Hall at Northwestern Basketball Game. That's her boy! With a recording cellphone in hand, Julia Louis-Dreyfus cheered on her youngest child, 19-year-old son Charlie Hall, as he helped lead the Northwestern University Wildcats basketball team to victory over Rutgers University's Scarlet Knights in their Big 10 tournament second-round game in Washington D.C., with a score of 83-61. The Veep and Seinfeld star was accompanied by equally proud husband Brad Hall. In addition to the 6'5" sophomore forward, who inherited his height from his father, the couple also has a 23-year-old son Henry Hall, a singer-songwriter. Julia and Brad, a comedy actor and writer, had met in the early '80s while attending Northwestern University. They later starred on SNL together and wed in 1987. In January, Julia told the Chicago Tribune that she and Brad try to travel to watch Charlie play basketball as much as they can. "We do not miss a game -- either physically or on TV -- and we have BTN2GO on our phones," she said. "It's just a matter of our production schedule. If we can be there, we are." "We think he is outstanding in every regard," she added. "We're his biggest fans." Charlie spoke to the newspaper about how he deals with being the son of famous parents. "They're associated with Hollywood, but they are so not that," he said. "To me, they're Mom and Dad. But you hear them mentioned on campus and people ask you about them, and that's fun. Obviously, I love them. But I don't feel like I have the tag all the time of being their son." Charlie also said a few of his fellow students have asked him to do the "Elaine Dance." "We'll see. We'll see," he said. "Maybe if we win the Big Ten tournament." (Eonline)

Zachary Levi Reveals a Disneyland Food Secret That's Definitely a "Shocker." Zachary Levi loved Disney even before he started working for the Mouse House. But now that he's officially employed by Disney, he has received some added perks such as unlimited trips to Disneyland with friends and family, so it would probably come as no surprise that he's made friends with some of the Disneyland employees. And thanks to those friendships, Levi has learned some shocking secrets about the park, specifically in regards to the food. "The turkey legs at Disneyland, I've come to find out, are not actually turkey," the Tangled: Before Ever After star spilled on Conan Thursday. "They're emu legs. Shocker right? No I swear." Host Conan O'Brien couldn't believe what he was hearing, so Levi continued to explain how he came to find out this surprising information. "I have friends that have worked for Disneyland, and I was talking about how the turkey legs tasted more like ham than they tasted like turkey, which is already befuddling, and they said, 'Well, they're actually emu. Those are big, big old emu legs.' So if you've had a turkey leg at Disneyland, you've eaten an emu, folks." Say what?! We're going to need some more explanation. Even the redheaded host couldn't wrap his mind about the information Levi was doling out. "This sounds like an urban myth," Conan said. Emu information aside, Conan couldn't help but worry about Levi's future with Disney after doling out what could be classified information. "They're not going to be thrilled with you cracking the big case that is emu legs," Conan joked before imitating someone getting hit with a Taser. "This is what I heard on very good authority from former employees of Disneyland," Levi said. We may never know the truth. (Eonline)

Lindsay Lohan putting out a new fashion line. Lindsay Lohan is working on her own fashion line. The actress shared a picture of herself wearing a jeweled scarf around her head. She captioned the photo, "New Fashion Line coming soon." Lohan recently made news when she claimed she was "racially profiled" while wearing a headscarf at London's Heathrow Airport. The "Mean Girls" star said an airport worker "opened my passport and saw 'Lindsay Lohan' and started immediately apologizing, but then said: 'Please take off your headscarf.'" Lohan was returning from Turkey, where she recently met President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. She said she wore a headscarf in Turkey out of "personal respect." Lohan, who has been photographed carrying a Quran, says she finds "solace" studying the Muslim holy book and other religious texts. (PageSix)

Blac Chyna Gets Her Own Doll -- and Baby Dream Plays a Part Too. Wanna play with Blac Chyna? The reality star, glamor model and mother of Rob Kardashian's daughter just got a doll made in her likeness. It shows her sporting a blue wig and skintight tight black outfit, as well as a baby bump. Chyna gave birth to Dream, her second child and Rob's first, four months ago. The doll is made by My3DNA, which specializes in making custom mini-me dolls, and four different sizes are available. The smallest, which is five inches long, costs $99.99, while the largest, which 11 inches, costs $399.99. Refunds are not accepted. The company plans to release three more Chyna dolls in the future. The reality star posted on her Instagram page Wednesday pics and videos of her posing for the project, wearing a skintight salmon pink cropped halter jumpsuit and a short blond wig as well as a slinky pale pink plunging dress with a long, wavy blond wig. A man walks around her with a flashing scanner. "Working on something for my Chyna Dolls," she wrote. My3DNA uses CGI and 3d printing technology to make mini replicas of people. The company has also released dolls forged from the likenesses of Drake, the cast of black-ish, Steve Aoki and the late Tupac Shakur. (Eonline)

Bill Murray kisses five women at Midtown steakhouse. When Bill Murray stopped in for steak at a Midtown meat mecca, he ended up getting kisses for dessert. The eccentric "Groundhog Day" star was at Benjamin Steak House this week and "there was a group of five smitten women who summoned Murray to their table in the back," said a source, adding that "all of the women wanted to give him kisses, so he complied with a kiss for each -- on the lips. On his way back from their table, another female diner requested a kiss from him as well." (PageSix)

Why Nicki Minaj Called Selena Gomez and Ariana Grande "Low Key Savages" Amid Remy Ma Drama. Nicki Minaj's new track is catching some attention from people other than Remy Ma. Hours after the rapper dropped fresh music with Drake and Lil Wayne titled "No Frauds," several familiar faces in the industry can't help but show their love for the song. Thanks to social media, Nicki witnessed Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Tinashe and Jhene Aiko listening to her new track. As a result, she couldn't help but express gratitude in her own unique way. "#SelenaGomez #JheneAiko #Tinashe #ArianaGrande what's funny about this, is that all 4 of them look so sweet & innocent to me but they're all low key savages I guess Lol," Nicki shared on Instagram Friday afternoon. "Didn't expect this but love u girls so much for reppin." She added, "Pretty Girls Let Your Light Shine BRIGHT #BadBtchsLinkUp #TheyDontWantNoFrauds." For those who aren't aware of how significant the song is, "No Frauds" symbolizes a response to Remy Ma's diss track that has made headlines since February 25. In Remy's song titled "Shether," fans listened to the rapper accuse Nicki of everything from plastic surgery to infidelity. Meanwhile, Nicki mocked her enemy's single with the lyrics: "You can't be Pablo if your work ain't sellin' / What the f--k is this bitch inhalin'? / I would've helped you out that pit you fell in / I am the generous Queen! Ask Ms. Ellen," she rapped. "Tried to drop 'Another One,' you was itchin' to scrap / You exposed your ghostwriter, now you wish it was scrapped." In fairness, Selena, Jhene, Tinashe and Ariana could all be totally out of the loop in regards to Nicki and Remy's drama. In fact, they could just be appreciating a hot new track that has already climbed the charts. "Broke another record today b/c of u guys," Nicki wrote on Instagram after learning "No Frauds" is the first song by a female rapper to reach the No. 1 spot on iTunes. (Eonline)

Amal Clooney Wraps Up UN Visit With Nadia Murad, a Victim of ISIS. Amal Clooney just wrapped up a visit to New York, where she and client Nadia Murad, a human rights activist who survived being raped and enslaved by ISIS terrorists, made more urgent pleas to the United Nations. The human rights attorney and the pregnant wife of George Clooney was spotted at JFK International Airport in New York City, possibly traveling back to her native Britain. Amal and Nadia have been pushing for justice for the victims of ISIS and last year spoke at the U.N. and criticized it for not doing enough. They spoke there again Thursday. Amal wants Iraq to allow a U.N. investigation into crimes by the group, which has targeted scores of members of Nadia's Yazidi faith in the country. Amal said the Iraqi government must send a formal letter requesting the inquiry before the 15-member U.N. Security Council can vote on an U.N. investigation that Britain is drafting. "But months have passed, deadlines set by the UK have come and gone, and the Iraqi government has declined to send the letter," she said at the U.N. "So there has been no vote, no resolution, no investigation." "My words, tears and my testimony have not made you act. I wonder whether there is any point in continuing my campaign at all," Nadia said. "I cannot understand what is taking so long. I cannot understand why you are letting ISIS get away with it, or what more you need to hear before you will act. So today I ask the Iraqi government and the UN to establish an investigation and give all victims of ISIS the justice they deserve." Amal said the U.N. could act without Iraq's content and could refer the case to the International Criminal Court, for which she has long advocated. "But none of this has happened yet. Instead, mass graves in Iraq still lie unprotected and un-exhumed," she said. Amal told Reuters, "Nadia knows where her mother is buried. There are mass graves whose locations are known and for all of this time, they're just laying there unprotected and evidence is being damaged." Amal and Nadia met with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Friday. On Wednesday, Amal attended the "Fight against Impunity for Atrocities: Bringing Da'esh to Justice" event at the U.N. Amal's pregnancy has put her -- and her high-profile work and causes -- even more in the spotlight. She and George are expecting twins, who will be their first children. "I think if there are more people who now understand what's happening about the Yazidis and ISIS, and if there can be some action that results from that, that can help those clients, then I think it's a really good thing to give that case the extra publicity that it may get," Amal recently told BBC News. (Eonline)

Pam Anderson can't get enough of 'sexy' Julian Assange. It was love at first leak! "Baywatch" star Pamela Anderson has gone from slow motion runs on the beach to mysterious late night visits to the embassy where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is holed up. Anderson was most recently spotted entering the Ecuadorian safe space in London Thursday night wearing a camel overcoat, snug black top -- and either a really short skirt, or no pants at all. Anderson, 49, is a regular at the facility, coyly smiling for photographers as she struts inside to see Assange, 45, whose rogue outfit has dumped some of the US government's most closely guarded secrets. She refused to deny the dating rumors -- saying he intellectually stimulates her more than all her "ex-husbands and lovers combined." "I think he's quite sexy," she wrote in a blog post on Thursday. "He has tremendous strength and stamina -- though vulnerable. Hard to imagine him that way -- as capable as he is. But, he is up against the biggest super powers in the world." In early January, Anderson penned a letter to then-President Barack Obama -- urging him to consider "pardoning" Assange after the hack of Democratic emails in the months before the 2016 election. Speaking to John Bishop on The Nightly Show this week, she described meeting Assange last year through British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood. "We started seeing each other every month, and now we see each other a lot more regularly," she said, according to The Sun. "I do really think he's one of the most important people in the world, and I think what he does is historic. It's very important," Anderson added. "He's very brave and he sacrificed a lot for all of us." Assange, who has been living in the embassy for four years after he was granted political asylum by Ecuador, came under fire this week after a 8,000-plus-file dump of CIA secrets was posted on WikiLeaks. Vice President Pence Thursday vowed to go after the web site, saying the leak was "one of the most significant compromises of national security in recent memory." "Trafficking in national security information, as is alleged WikiLeaks has done, is a serious offense," Pence said during a "Special Report" appearance on Thursday night. "This president and this administration will take it very seriously and use the full force of the law, and the resources of the United States, to hold all of those to account that were involved." In her blog post this week, Anderson defended the Australian-born Assange -- saying he had "ruffled a few very powerful feathers -- who will stop at nothing to discredit him, or worse." "He is on the side of every civilian. And, he is exposing corruption in governments we elect," she said. "People need to understand that." Anderson also spoke about Assange's sexual assault allegations in Sweden, saying they were "embarrassing for all involved." "There is no rape -- it is a case of condom or not," she said. "It is ridiculous." (PageSix)

Arnold Schwarzenegger has shot down a move inside the GOP to get the former California Guv to make a run for U.S. Senate. Arnold just said, "I'm deeply flattered by all of the people who have approached me about running for Senate, but my mission right now is to bring sanity to Washington through redistricting reform like we passed here in California." Schwarzenegger, the former "Celebrity Apprentice" host, and the former-former host, Donald Trump, have been going at each other for weeks, and a Schwarzenegger run would put Trump in an awkward position. The senator he would have run against, Dianne Feinstein, is a Democratic leader and strong opponent of the Prez. The Senatorial election isn't for a year-and-a-half, so who knows ... things tend to change. (TMZ)

Rob Kardashian wants to stop living under Kylie Jenner's roof, and start real estate ballin' like her instead ... which is why he's eyeing a sweet mansion. We got a shot of Rob walking out of a 7700 sq. ft. crib Friday in Encino, and it's a major step-up for him. Not only does it have 8 beds, 5 baths, an enormous pool and hot tub, but it also has a guest home ... and that alone is an additional 2600 sq. feet! The Encino pad's listed for $6.9 million, and besides its obvious charms -- we're told Rob's also interested because it's a short drive from Blac Chyna and baby Dream. He's currently renting one of Kylie's many homes and trying to sell his Calabasas house. This spread would seriously up Rob's real estate mogul game. Look out, KJ. (TMZ)

Starbucks to Release Limited Edition Pastel Cups for Spring. Move over, red cup. There's a new Starbucks cup in town. The international coffee chain surprised its customers Thursday when it announced a first-ever spring line of hot beverage cups; however, they won't be around for long. The pastel-colored cups will debut March 16 and will be available in participating Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada for just a few days. Customers will be able to sip their lattes in pastel green, yellow and blue cups with white dots and hand-drawn designs including a sun and umbrella. Coffee cups never looked so bright! Starbucks first introduced its now-iconic holiday cup 20 years ago and has slowly introduced more seasonal cups ever since celebrating fall and summer. Fans took to social media to sound off on the colorful cups, and it appears they're receiving rave reviews! "Forget the Starbucks holiday cups, I think the spring ones are much prettier!" wrote one Twitter user. "@Starbucks new spring cups are bringing simple joy to my life," commented another. What do you think about Starbucks' latest cup? Do you think they'll put a little spring in your step? (Eonline)

Lyft touting it's serious about safety is a load of BS, because the company hires dangerous, threatening drivers ... according to a new lawsuit. A New York man says he was visiting Miami with his girlfriend when they ordered a Lyft ride to the airport to return home. He claims his driver was combative about following the suggested route because it included a toll. According to the docs ... the driver swerved dangerously across the highway to pull onto the shoulder and aggressively demanded extra money to stay on course. The passenger claims he refused at first, but when the driver threatened to kick him and his GF out of his car, he handed over a $20 bill. The passenger says he gave the driver 1 star and reported the incident to Lyft ... but the responses he received from customer service were lame. Lyft declined to comment. (TMZ)

Music

Liam Payne working nights to finish album before baby arrives. Liam Payne is already having sleepless nights but it's not why you'd think. As the One Direction singer awaits the arrival of his first child with girlfriend Cheryl any day now, he's been working through the nights to ensure his upcoming solo album is complete so he's free for nappy changing, lullaby singing and L'oreal hair care shopping while mum recovers. In fact the dad to be has been spotted several times now working through the night at Sound Tracks studio in north London from 9pm until 4 or 5am. Considering that's more than an hour's drive each way from his Surrey mansion he now shares with Cheryl, that's quite an effort. A source said: "Liam is in a real rush to get as much done before Cheryl goes into labor. "He did as much work on his music in LA as he could but obviously he will be a father any day now so he's in London and has his phone on loud so he can rush to her side immediately if he has to. "But until that happens he will continue spending as much time in the studio as he can. It's not ideal right now but it will mean he's completely free to dote on mum and baby when the time quickly comes. "But it's fair to say he's already completely knackered due to this schedule. People at the studio only see him at night and he locks himself away from 9pm until 4 or 5 in the morning, only taking an occasional cigarette break." On the bright side the baby will have some banging new tunes to fall to sleep to. (PageSix)

Camila Cabello Joins Pitbull & J Balvin in "Hey Ma" Music Video for The Fate of the Furious. It's finally here! We've followed along on social media and Pitbull, J Balvin and Camila Cabello have released their song "Hey Ma." They also simultaneously released the music video for it too! The song will be featured in The Fate of the Furious, which is the eighth installment of the Fast and the Furious movie franchise. The film partially takes place in Cuba, which connects two of these artists. The former Fifth Harmony member was born in Cojímar, Cuba, and Pitbull was born to Cuban parents. As the music video begins, you realize that it's all a nod to their roots and the setting of the movie. "Working with Pitbull and J Balvin was a huge honor," said Cabello in a statement. "I'm so excited to be a part of this incredible franchise, especially with it being filmed in my original home of Cuba." E! News sat with Balvin to talk about "Hey Ma", the Colombian singer explained how they teamed up for this project. "I think the universe works perfectly. I wasn't looking for a feature like this because you know, everyone is just working really hard. They called me like, 'We want you on this song.' Of course, with no hesitations. Camila Cabello, she's great. Pitbull has always been great -- he represents Latinos," Balvin said to E! News. "We did two versions, the Spanish and the English one. I can't wait for the English one because Spanish is my market. So for the English one, I want to see how people react to it." The singer admitted that they did not film the music video in Cuba due to scheduling issues. "It was in Miami [referring to the set location of the music video], you know, it was supposed to be Cuba, but for our agendas, it was hard to go there. But we did this, and it was great." The team leveraged Espanola Way in Miami Beach, which is a South Beach secret gem for locals. The English version of the song and music video will premiere on Friday, April 14, the release day for both the album and The Fate of the Furious film. "It was amazing to put all of these forces together and to represent Latinos," Balvin said. (Eonline)

Lionel Richie Reschedules Tour With Mariah Carey. Fans will have to wait to dance on the ceiling with Lionel Richie. Weeks ahead of the scheduled start to his All the Hits Tour, which will feature special guest Mariah Carey, the legendary musician has postponed the project. "When you have been performing as long as I have, it takes a toll on your body," he said in a statement to E! News. "Unfortunately my recovery from a knee procedure will not have me 100% ready to start the tour next month. I don't want to disappoint my fans and I look forward to being back on stage so we can all be 'Dancing on the Ceiling' together again." According to the star's rep, the tour has been pushed back until the summer and new dates will soon be announced. All tickets for rescheduled dates will be honored. The shows were previously slated to kick off in Baltimore on March 15 with more than 30 shows all over the country and Canada. Originally, the concerts were meant to end in late May in Florida. Richie had even taken to Twitter as recently as Wednesday to gush about hitting the stage. "Can't believe we're less than a month away already till my new tour starts! See you soon," he wrote. While it's not the best news for dedicated fans, Richie has been moving and grooving on the road nonstop in recent years, including his All the Hits All Night Long tour from 2013 to 2015 and his Las Vegas residency through 2016. Perhaps it's time for a well-deserved break. Get better soon, Lionel! UPDATE: "To all the fans who have purchased tickets for my All the Hits Tour with very special guest, Mariah Carey, the tour has been rescheduled for this summer starting July 21," Lionel Richie said in a statement Friday. "Tickets for rescheduled dates for will be honored at the new date. We did our best to reschedule as many original shows as we could. Refunds are available at point of purchase." Fans can visit his website for the new tour schedule and info. (Eonline)

The Weeknd Turns to Stone in "I Feel It Coming" Music Video. Clearly, the The Weeknd didn't feel a petrifying kiss coming. At midnight Friday, the 27-year-old singer released his new music video for "I Feel It Coming," the second of two Starboy collaborations with Daft Punk. Co-starring Japanese model Kiko Mizuhara, director Warren Fu stylized the clip to have the blurry picture quality of a VHS tape. The Weeknd spends most of the video dancing around a deserted planet, waiting for the brief moment in the day where Mizuhara, entombed in stone, returns to her human form so they can finally be together. After an eclipse, she returns to her stone state. To their surprise and horror, she crumbles. A black snake emerges from the rubble, and when The Weeknd reaches for it, he also transforms into a statue. He, too, erodes before being covered by snow. Daft Punk appears at the end, as cloaked explorers who come across The Weekend's neon remains. "I Feel It Coming" is the second single off Starboy, following the album's title track. The song was recorded in Paris with Daft Punk's Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo. "I came into the session and Thomas and Guy-Man had already started a track, which was 'I Feel It Coming,' which was just the music. It was one of the tracks they were playing for me and I was freestyling over it and trying to find a vibe with it," The Weeknd told radio host Zane Lowe last year. "I was writing the lyrics to 'I Feel It Coming' and then probably finished it in about an hour, went into the booth and started recording it. Guy-Man and Thomas were kind of directing me -- they want it to sound as authentic as possible, as retro as possible." As The Weeknd was recording it, he could hear "sort of drum loop" every time he heard Bangalter say, "OK, next take." "So, I'm like, 'What the f--k is that? What is that sound?' I walk in and it's Guy-Man on his phone -- on his laptop or something -- and it's the drums of 'Starboy,'" he said. "We're like, 'What is that?' He's like, 'It's just something on my phone.' I'm like, 'Put that s--t on the f--king speaker. Let me hear that.' It's just this crazy monstrous loop, so I put 'I Feel It Coming' to the side. I'm like, 'I'm writing this.' I literally wrote 'Starboy' in 30 minutes." (Eonline)

Celine Dion Releases Beauty and the Beast Song "How Does a Moment Last Forever." What would Beauty and the Beast be without Celine Dion? The songbird contributed the 1991 animated film's soundtrack, singing the pop version of the title track with Peabo Bryson. (Angela Lansbury recorded the film version). Bryson and Dion's duet won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe, reaching No. 9 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. With the live-action version of Beauty and the Beast premiering March 17 (starring Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Dan Stevens and Emma Watson), veteran composer Alan Menken asked Dion to sing another original ballad. The song, "How Does a Moment Last Forever," plays over the end titles. "How does a moment last forever? / How can a story never die? / It is love we must hold onto / Never easy, but we try / Sometimes our happiness is captured / Somehow, our time and place stand still / Love lives on inside our hearts and always will," Dion, 48, sings. "Minutes turn to hours, days to years and gone / But when all else has been forgotten / Still our song lives on." "Maybe some moments weren't so perfect / Maybe some memories not so sweet / But we have to know some bad times / Or are lives are incomplete / Then when the shadows overtake us / Just when we feel all hope is gone / We'll hear our song and know once more / Our love lives on / How does a moment last forever? / How does our happiness endure? / Through the darkest of our troubles / Love is beauty, love is pure / Love pays no mind to desolation / It flows like a river through the soul / Protects, covers, and perseveres / And makes us whole / Minutes turn to hours, days to years and gone / But when all else has been forgotten / Still our song lives on," the superstar sings. "That's how a moment lasts forever / When our song lives on." Watson also sings a bit of "How Does a Moment Last Forever" in the movie. Ariana Grande and John Legend updated "Beauty and the Beast" for 2017, while Josh Groban also performed the new track "Evermore." The Disney film's soundtrack was released March 10. (Eonline)

Shakira Practices Sexy Bachata Dance Moves for New Music Video With Prince Royce. Is there any dance style that Shakira can't do? Probably not! The Colombian beauty was on the set of the music video for "Deja Vu," her song with Prince Royce. Given that it's a bachata song, it needed some sexy bachata moves, and she's got them! Shakira shared a clip on Instagram of herself dancing with a dance partner while on set. We've got to say, she nailed the steps! "Practicing my bachata on the video set! Get ready for it... coming soon Deja Vu the video! @princeroyce," the 40-year-old singer captioned the post. Royce recently told E! News, "I had always wanted to work with Shakira and I reached out to Sony's president. I sent her music for her to record for her album not even as a collab." He continued before adding, "I can only say that now that I know her, I admire her even more than before." The 27-year-old singer explained that he felt that this particular track was the right fit for both of them to collaborate and he was surprised and excited when she quickly responded and said yes. "She is very professional, detail-oriented and really cares, so we worked very closely on 'Deja Vu,'" he said. We can't wait for this video to premiere! (Eonline)

Starboy has gone apocalyptic. The Weeknd dropped the music video for his second Daft Punk collaboration, "I Feel It Coming," at midnight on Friday. Co-starring Japanese model Kiko Mizuhara, the singer serenades her before an apocalyptic event turns everyone turns to stone. But it is only until the end that the French robots discover a mysterious purple light emanating from the snowy ground. The Warren Fu-directed visual was teased by the singer on Thursday when he tweeted out a poster for the video. The Weeknd and Daft Punk last performed the single together at the2017 Grammys for their first live production together since the 2014 awards ceremony. (People)

"Pound the Alarm": Nicki Minaj is back with new music ... times three. On Thursday evening, the Queens MC premiered not one, but three singles with plenty of references and responses to Remy Ma's diss track, "ShETHER." And the leader of the Barbz recruited her Big 3 partners Drake and Lil Wayne for "No Frauds," in which she claps back at Remy's follow-up single, "Another One." "You can't be Pablo if your work ain't sellin' / What the f -- is this bitch inhalin'? / Tried to drop 'Another One,' you was itchin' to scrap / You exposed your ghostwriter Now you wish it was scrapped," Minaj raps. She also released "Regret In Your Tears" and "Changed It" featuring Wayne. The new singles are the first Minaj has released since her feud with Ma reached a boiling point last month. On Feb. 25, Remy dropped a seven-minute-long song in which she accused Minaj of everything from plastic surgery to infidelity. At the time, fans speculated that the song was a response to lyrics Minaj spits in two new singles -- Gucci Mane's "Make Love" and Jason Derulo's "Swalla" -- that were allegedly about her. (Others guessed that the lyrics were actually directed at another rival, Azealia Banks.) Ma, 36, rose to fame after offering a verse to the 2004 Fat Joe and Terror Squad hit "Lean Back." In 2008, she went to prison after being convicted for assault, illegal weapon possession and attempted coercion; she was released six years later in 2014 and cemented her comeback with her latest Fat Joe collab "All the Way Up," which was nominated for two Grammys this year. As it turns out, Ma's beef with Minaj, 34, began before she was behind bars. As Rolling Stone previously reported, their feud has been ongoing for years. Minaj seemingly blasted Ma on her track "Dirty Money" off a 2007 EP, in which she raps, "Tell that bitch with the crown to run it like Chris Brown" while sampling one of Ma's Terror Squad songs "Yeah Yeah Yeah." And after Ma was released from prison, she freestyled over Minaj's 2014 hit "Truffle Butter." Ma recently told Buzzfeed she was "not particularly proud" of slamming Minaj in "Shether." "I do not condone or recommend the tearing down of another female," she said in the interview. "That's not what I do. Anybody that knows me knows that I embrace females. I always want to do some girl-oriented thing. I think we work so much better when we work together and when we help each other. I just don't, especially when I know someone who's come from somewhere like I've come from, when you come from the bottom and you've actually managed to make something of yourself, it just makes me happy. It just makes me all mushy inside. However, in the event that you piss me off and we become archenemies, run for cover." (People)

Pink and Sia Team-Up With Stargate for Starry 'Waterfall' Collab. Fresh from signing a new recording deal, Stargate make a splash with "Waterfall," featuring the vocal talents of Pink and Sia. The dancehall-styled "Waterfall" dropped at midnight and marks the Norwegian songwriting and production duo's first artist release under a new deal with RCA. The pair -- Tor Erik Hermansen and Mikkel Eriksen -- are behind a slew of hits for some of the world's biggest pop stars, from Beyonce to Rihanna, Shakira,Katy Perry, Selena Gomez and Sia, who aligned the stars for the new project. Sia and Pink take turns hitting the chorus. "I've lost control/I paddle, but you're too strong/But I gotta trust your flow/'Cause boy, I'm in your waterfall," they sing. (Billboard)

Katy Perry to Appear at Human Rights Campaign Gala. Confirmed attendees at the Los Angeles event include Lena Dunham, Troye Sivan, Mayor Eric Garcetti and former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. The Human Rights Campaign has booked a pair of politically active stars to receive top honors at its upcoming Los Angeles gala dinner on March 18. Pop superstar Katy Perry will be honored with HRC's National Equality Award while actress and humanitarian America Ferrera will take home the org's Ally for Equality Award. Also as part of the announcement, it was revealed that Lena Dunham will present the latter trophy to her friend Ferrera. There's more: U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, (D-VA), will be the featured keynote speaker at the gala, out pop star Troye Sivan will perform, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa have confirmed their attendance. "We are thrilled to honor Katy Perry for using her powerful voice and international platform to speak out for LGBTQ equality," said HRC president Chad Griffin. "Her compelling advocacy, from the stage to the campaign trail, has had a profound effect on the lives of LGBTQ people - -- and, in particular, young people. Katy's message of inclusion and equality continues to inspire us and the world. ... America Ferrera has shown an unwavering commitment to advancing equality for all people and sets a stirring example for others to follow. As we continue the fight for full equality during this very uncertain time for our country, we are constantly inspired by America and our friend, Lena Dunham -- both fierce and outspoken champions of equality." The news comes on the heels of HRC's New York gala dinner in February, an event that snagged many headlines for Meryl Streep's emotional speech. With Perry, Ferrera, Dunham and Kaine already set to appear on stage, the Los Angeles event is expected to be similarly newsworthy for the HRC, which bills itself as "America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people." More than 1000 guests are expected at the dinner, held at the JW Marriott L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles. Both the National Equality Award and the Ally for Equality Award seek to recognize the outstanding efforts of those who use their voice and publicly stand up for the LGBTQ community. Perry is hot off the release of her record-breaking new single "Chained to the Rhythm," a piece of new music that follows months of political activism during which she campaigned for Hillary Clinton. Ferrera, also a strong advocate for LGBTQ and women's rights as well as immigrants' rights, spoke at the 2016 Democratic National Convention and the historic Women's March in January. (Billboard)

The Shins' Return With Infectious 'Heartworms'. Kick back, tune in and get infected by heartworms. The Shins' Heartworms, that is (the only good heartworms). The indie-pop faves' fifth LP dropped overnight and is the follow-up to 2012'sPort Of Morrow, which reached No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and earned a Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Album. It's a melodic jaunt, bursting with feel-good vibes and set-up by the joyful opener "Name For You." Heartworms was written entirely by frontman James Mercer and, with the exception of track "So Now What" (produced by Richard Swift), it's the first Shins album to be self-produced by the singer since Oh, Inverted World from 2001. The Shins will support Heartworms with a world tour. Mercer will hit the road with Yuuki Matthews(bass), Jon Sortland (drums), Mark Watrous (guitar, keys, vocals), Casey Foubert (guitar) and Patti King (keys). (Billboard)

Lionel Richie & Mariah Carey Announce Rescheduled Tour Dates. All the Hits tour shrunk by one-third due to tight schedule & slow ticket sales Two weeks after Lionel Richie was forced to postpone his tour with Mariah Carey because of a knee injury, the pair's All the Hits tour has been rescheduled and reduced in size. Originally slated to run mid-March to late May, the 35-date tour has been reduced to 21 dates, with show cancellations in Pittsburgh, Cleveland, St. Louis, Nashville, and Charlotte. The new tour, which kicks off July 21 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, and ends Sept. 5 at KeyArena in Seattle, was squeezed in between commitments for both artists, according to a statement from Live Nation. "We had a small window between Lionel's continued touring plans overseas in the fall," the statement reads, "and Mariah's scheduled Las Vegas residency to fit as many dates as we could route." Ticket sales for some of the dates on the original tour had been so-so, sources told Billboard, and many of the smaller markets didn't get rescheduled, instead skipped over for big cities. Two nights at the Hollywood Bowl were pared down to one. Plans to play two New York City dates were scrapped; the Madison Square Garden show was rebooked while the Nassau Coliseum date was canceled. A show at Philips Arena in Atlanta was moved to the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth, Georgia, because of a scheduling conflict. Richie was forced to postpone the tour last month after being sidelined with knee issues that required medical attention and a lengthy recovery. "When you have been performing as long as I have, it takes a toll on your body," the 67-year-old said in a tweet. "Unfortunately my recovery from a knee procedure will not have me 100 percent ready to start the tour," adding, "I look forward to being back onstage so we can all be 'Dancing on the Ceiling' together again." The All the Hits tour went on sale Dec. 17, two weeks before Carey's disastrous New Year's Eve performance on ABC. Sources tell Billboard the high-profile meltdown didn't help already-sluggish ticket sales. (Billboard)

Movies

Charlize Theron Is a Killer Queen Spy in NSFW Atomic Blonde Trailer. Charlize Theron's latest movie role is guaranteed to blow your mind. The new NSFW red band trailer for Atomic Blonde was released Friday and shows the Oscar winner playing a British spy who oozes sex appeal and is as deadly as they come. In the action thriller, Theron plays Lorraine Broughton, a top MI6 spy who is sent to Berlin on the eve of the Berlin Wall collapse in 1989 to target an espionage ring that killed an undercover agent and is suspected of smuggling double agents into the West. The trailer cuts straight to the chase: Theron's character sticks on a wire over black lingerie and cocks a handgun, steps out in a trench coat, then combats two men in a furious fight. After kicking some more butt, she takes an ice bath and sips vodka. She later gets hot and heavy with a female operative, played by Sofia Boutella, at a bar and certainly intrigues the local MI6 station chief, played by James McAvoy. There's a somewhat comedic effect to the whole montage, as Queen's campy 1974 hit "Killer Queen" plays. Other stars of Atomic Blonde include John Goodman, who plays a U.S. spy who works with them, Toby Jones and Eddie Marsan. Atomic Blonde is based on Antony Johnston's 2012 graphic novel The Coldest City, a reference to Berlin after the Cold War. The movie is set for release in July. (Eonline)

Avatar 2 Delayed Again: Christmas 2018 Release "Not Happening." James Cameron has already ruined Christmas 2018 for Avatar fans. The second sequel in the planned five-part film series has been delayed for a third time, after it was initially scheduled to hit theaters in December 2014. "Well, 2018 is not happening. We haven't announced a firm release date," Cameron tells The Toronto Star. "What people have to understand is that this is a cadence of releases. So, we're not making Avatar 2 -- we're making Avatar 2, 3, 4 and 5. It's an epic undertaking. It's not unlike building the Three Gorges dam." "So, I know where I'm going to be for the next eight years of my life. It's not an unreasonable time frame if you think about it," the 62-year-old director explained. "It took us four-and-a-half years to make one movie and now we're making four. We're full tilt boogie right now. This is my day job and pretty soon we'll be 24-7. We're pretty well designed on all our creatures and sets." Avatar 3 was previously set for a 2020 release, followed by Avatar 4 in 2022 and Avatar 5 in 2023. However, the production shift for Avatar 2 could affect the release dates of the others. "It's pretty exciting stuff. I wish I could share with the world," he said. "But we have to preserve a certain amount of showmanship and we're going to draw that curtain when the time is right." Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington signed to reprise their roles as Neytiri and Jake Sully, respectively. Sigourney Weaver will star in a different role, and Stephen Lang will also return. Cameron isn't leaving Avatar fans totally in the lurch. This spring, Pandora-The World of Avatar will open at Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom, where "you can fly on the back of a banshee, walk under floating mountains and journey down a mystical river where the forest comes alive in a brilliant bioluminescent glow." Paul Faris gave fans a sneak peek on Good Morning America Thursday, as she toured some of the attractions with Joe Rohde, Sr. VP Creative at Walt Disney Imagineering and Jon Landau, who is a producer on the Avatar films. (Eonline)

Ryan Reynolds Announces Zazie Beetz Will Play Domino in Deadpool Sequel. Ryan Reynolds is ready to announce a brand-new Deadpool co-star. On Thursday afternoon, the Hollywood actor took to Twitter where he shared a cryptic picture with the words "Domino Effect." As it turns out, Ryan was ready to announce who would be playing Domino in the upcoming Deadpool sequel. Less than two hours later, the Internet learned that Atlanta breakout star Zazie Beetz has been cast. "Zazie Beetz Effect," Ryan shared on Twitter with a hilarious graphic featuring his new co-star. For those not up to date with Marvel's comic book mythology, Domino is a mercenary who tends to work with the good guys. She is another survivor of a government program to create the ultimate soldier. In fact, her special power is that she can create "good luck" for herself and those around her. For moviegoers who are about to see Logan in theaters, they can expect a teaser for Deadpool 2 that shows Ryan reprising his role as the red and black badass whose good intentions take a little longer than expected to be revealed. Without spoiling too much, the teaser runs like a mini-movie and may even feature a lengthy naked butt shot. The teaser will also feature a cameo from Marvel legend Stan Lee, which already has fans buzzing with excitement. Deadpool 2 is set for release in March of 2018. (Eonline)

Can director-muse lightning strike twice in the same spot? Nearly three years ago, Kristen Stewart starred alongside Juliette Binoche in Gallic auteur Olivier Assayas' surreal, brilliantly unsettling drama Clouds of Sils Maria; the role earned Stewart the French equivalent of an Oscar and seemed to free her, finally, from the last of Twilight's tween shackles. The pair's second outing together feels something like a sequel, though it's really more of a sliding door: an intriguing if ultimately half-formed mash-up of supernatural horror, celebrity satire, and stylized art-house ennui. Here, Stewart once again plays a young American adrift in Europe, and still toiling in the fame-industrial complex -- not as a catchall assistant to a famous actress this time, but in the slightly more elevated post of personal shopper. By day Maureen rides her scooter through the narrow streets of Paris, picking up sequined Chanel sheaths and Cartier jewels for her employer, a spoiled, little-seen starlet. But her mind is consumed with the recent death of her twin brother; he believed he was a medium, and that she shares the same sensitivities. There are plenty of signs that she does: Ghostly figures appear; glasses shatter; foreboding texts materialize on her iPhone. Stewart, who appears in nearly every scene, is intensely watchable, a coiled spring. But the movie is too fragmented and tonally strange to register as more than one of Maureen's wispy, haunted apparitions. (People)

Why David Lynch's 'Twin Peaks' Film, 'Eraserhead' Are Getting Their First Theatrical Runs in Russia. The release of restored versions is timed to the airing of the third season of 'Twin Peaks.' Russian distributor Russian World Vision is releasing theatrically restored versions of David Lynch's Eraserhead, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me and Lost Highway, timing the cinema release to the airing of the revival of cult series Twin Peaks in May. "David Lynch has been viewed as one of the most original directors in Russia, just like elsewhere," a representative for Russian World Vision told The Hollywood Reporter, adding that the movies will be screened on about 40 screens in Moscow, St. Petersburg and other cities. This will be a limited release for Russia, but nothing even at that scale has ever been done in the past. "[T]he release of Lynch's movies in Russia is a major event as his first movies had only very few, mostly festival screenings here and television airings," the rep added. Lynch enjoys cult status in Russia, even though his earlier movies were never released in the country as communication with the West was very limited under the Communists, and later, in the 1990s, the film exhibition industry was in shambles. Still, Lynch's TV series Twin Peaks earned a cult following thanks to illegal distribution on pirated video cassettes before it was officially aired in late 1993, more than three years after the series debuted on ABC in the United States. "Russians can relate to everything that is linked to nature and forests," Anika Barto, the founder of the Twin Peaks community on the Russian social network VKontakte, told THR. "Twin Peaks also has a really fantastic atmosphere that many here like. Plus, there is mystery, enigmas and mysticism." Meanwhile, it is not yet clear, what network in Russia will air the Twin Peaks revival, considered the show's third season. Twin Peaks revival will premiere as a limited series on Showtime on May 21, 2017, nearly 26 years after the final episode of the original series aired. It will have most of the original series' characters and cast, consisting of 18 episodes. (Hollywood Reporter)

'Deadpool 2' Casts 'Atlanta' Breakout Zazie Beetz as Domino. Ryan Reynolds made the announcement via Twitter. Atlanta breakout Zazie Beetz will play Domino in the upcoming Deadpool sequel. Deadpool himself, Ryan Reynolds, made the announcement Thursday via Twitter, with the caption "Domino Effect." In Marvel's comic book mythology, Domino is a mercenary who mostly works on the side of the good guys. Debuting in the same issue as Deadpool himself (1991's New Mutants No. 98), she is another survivor of a government program to create the ultimate soldier. Instead of adamantium claws or hyperactive healing powers, she can affect probability itself, creating "good luck" for herself and those around her -- something she's put to use serving alongside Cable, another fan-favorite X-character who will be showing up in the new movie, but has yet to be cast. Producers were looking to specifically cast a black or Latina actress in the role of Domino, testing a variety of actresses, but appear to have landed on Beetz. Deadpool 2 will be directed by John Wick filmmaker David Leitch, with original Deadpool scripters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick returning to pen the follow-up for Fox, along with The Martian writer Drew Goddard. Simon Kinberg, Lauren Shuler Donner and Reynolds are set to produce. After its February 2016 release, Deadpool became a runaway hit (and a surprise awards contender), grossing more than $780 million at the global box office and prompting the studio to expedite production on a sequel. Beetz plays Van on Donald Glover's award-winning FX series Atlanta, where she has emerged as a fan favorite. The actress will soon be seen in Chance the Rapper's horror-comedy Slice. She is repped by Gersh. (Hollywood Reporter)

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The Vampire Diaries Series Finale: Who Lived, Who Died, and How Did It All End? Raise your hand if you're not OK. If your name is Stefan Salvatore, your hand is so raised that it's practically unattached from your body because it was poor human Stefan (Paul Wesley) who didn't quite make it to a happy ending (at least in this life) in Friday night's Vampire Diaries series finale. True to Stefan's entire journey on this show, he sacrificed himself to save his brother, and to kill Katherine, and to save everyone, and to make us cry some seriously heavy tears. Much of Friday night's finale had to be spent dealing with the rest of this season's plot instead of the goodbye. Vicki (Kayla Ewell) was still ringing the bell, threatening to rain hellfire on all of Mystic Falls, but Bonnie (Kat Graham) realized she could use the bell's energy (and help from every Bennett witch ever) to send the hellfire right back to hell and kill Katherine (Nina Dobrev) with it. Someone had to make sure Katherine actually did make it back to hell, and at first, Damon claimed the task and tried to compel Stefan to walk away. Stefan, of course, had been drinking vervain, and snuck back to give Damon his blood. He pushed him aside, stabbed Katherine, and let the fire consume both of them. Stefan then met up with Elena in an afterlife version of the high school. He was able to explain to her what happened, and give her a message for Caroline (Candice King), since he didn't really get to say goodbye. And then, he went outside to find his best friend Lexi waiting for him (so we guess he did get a happy ending, and maybe he's OK, but he's still not allowed to put his hand down). Eventually, Bonnie was able to break the spell on Elena, and she woke up. (Yeah, the waking up that was shown in the promo? That was Katherine.) She went back to med school and lived a long and happy life with Damon. Bonnie went on to travel the world and honor her promise to Enzo (Michael Malarkey) to fully live, and then after Elena told Caroline Stefan's message that he would love her forever, Caroline went on to start the Salvatore Boarding School for the Young and Gifted. She had help from Alaric (Matt Davis), the memory of her mother, Professor Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen), and a donation from Klaus -- the "beginning of another story," according to Alaric's voiceover. Then, TVD pulled a Six Feet Under and fast forwarded to Damon and Elena's deaths. Elena went first and suddenly found her entire family waiting for her on the porch of her old house, including her parents, Jenna (Sarah Canning), and even Uncle John (David Anders), all ready for a big group hug. Then, when Damon, who feared being sent straight to hell, died his human death, he showed up at the door of his house, where Stefan was waiting for him with a drink and another hug. Oh and Matt (Zach Roerig)? He got his very own bench, and thought he might run for mayor someday. We really hope he did. (Eonline)

Rachel Bilson Joins Nashville in a Comeback Move for Both. It's the Rachel Bilson comeback you've been waiting for. The O.C. and Hart of Dixie favorite has joined the cast of Nashville as a series regular. This is Bilson's first regular TV gig since her CW series Hart of Dixie wrapped its four-season run in 2015. Bilson and Empire veteran Kaitlin Doubleday have been brought on in the wake of Connie Britton's exit from the series. "Music city, here I come #nashvillecmt," Bilson said in the Instagram post. Her former O.C. costar Chris Carmack, who also appears on Nashville, took to Twitter to welcome his pal. "Can't wait to work with Rachel again... it's been a while! 'Welcome to Nashville....... darlin'!' he tweeted, referencing The O.C.'s famous line. Nasvhille aired its midseason finale on Thursday, March 9 and will return with new episodes in the summer. "We welcome Rachel and Kaitlin into our incredibly talented ensemble," Marshall Herskovitz, executive producer and showrunner, said in a statement. "We fondly anticipate the second half of the season filled with surprising twists and turns that make Nashville so beloved by the fans." Britton, Hayden Panettiere and the majority of the Nashville cast moved with the series from ABC to CMT after it was canceled. Britton's character Rayna Jaymes died after a car accident, leaving legions of fans shocked. "Thank you Rayna Jaymes. For your magic and your dignity. And thank you to all the creators of Rayna Jaymes, for there were many," Britton posted on Instagram after her character died. She also thanked the fans for their support. "You made Rayna. You supported her and loved her and gave her inspiration just as she was able to inspire you. You were the energy source, the power behind her heart and soul and life. Rayna lived for you. And, from the depths of my heart, I thank you, for her and for me. It has been an honor to be a part of that creation. And as I know she would want it, the show must, and will go on. Long live Rayna Jaymes," she wrote. Can Bilson's comeback aid in Nashville's? The series has undergone numerous creative changes and cast shifts over the years, but none as dramatic as Britton's departure. Stars departing shows isn't an uncommon act, but there are varying degrees of success in how TV shows rebound (or don't). "Shows always move forward. Grey's Anatomy moved forward. Thirtysomething moved forward after Gary died. This is such a rich cast and such a rich group of characters there's so many great stories to tell," executive producer Herskovitz told EW after Britton announced her departure. But Nashville is a unique case -- it perpetually lived on the bubble when it was on ABC and was already canceled once. Time will tell if the new blood can breathe new life into the country music series. (Eonline)

Game of Thrones Season 7 Premiere Date Is Finally Revealed. The cold front is here. Game of Thrones is set to return for its highly anticipated seventh season on Sunday, July 16, 2017, HBO finally announced on Facebook on Thursday. The network made the announcement on Facebook Live with a block of ice encasing the premiere date. Viewers were asked to type "fire" to help the ice melt faster as music from the hit fantasy drama played in the background. At one point the live broadcast had more than 160,000 viewers. Isaac Hempstead Wright, Bran Stark on the series, popped into the broadcast twice (the same message) to encourage viewers to comment "fire" to make the block melt faster. See an image of the ice block above. The live stream ended abruptly after approximately 15 minutes and the ice had still not melted, riling fans. "We will be back and ready for more fire soon. #GoTS7," the show's official Twitter account shared. When the rebroadcast started, Hempstead Wright appeared again and HBO aired a messaged from Lena Headey as well. "I know we associate fire with dragons, but we all know by now that Cersei has a bit of fire power in her too," she said, instructing viewers to comment "fire" as well. Gwendoline Christie also appeared in a taped message, teasing spoilers and encouraging comments. The broadcast ended a second time and when it returned Nikolaj Coster-Waldau encouraged some more comments. The entire thing lasted more than an hour. After the date was revealed, Liam Cunningham appeared and said, "I can personally assure you it will be worth the wait." One thing we know for sure about the eight-episode seventh season? It's going to blow our minds because even the cast couldn't deal with the craziness going down in Westeros when they read the scripts. After she read the scripts for the upcoming season she took to Twitter. "Just finished reading season 7," Maisie Williams tweeted. "S -- t gets REAL... I'd start preparing yourselves now... Scratch that, nothing will prepare you for this." Fear the winter, y'all. Game of Thrones' seventh season premieres on Sunday, July 16 on HBO. (Eonline)

In the wake of Connie Britton's departure, Nashville is adding two new actresses to its season 5 cast. The CMT musical drama is bringing aboard Rachel Bilson (The O.C., Hart of Dixie) and Kaitlin Doubleday (Empire). The news was announced along with Thursday's midseason finale. The show isn't revealing anything about the new characters, but gave some hints via the actresses' social media accounts -- Bilson posted an image of the show's Highway 65 record label and Doubleday posted an image of the Bluebird Cafe. "We welcome Rachel and Kaitlin into our incredibly talented ensemble," said showrunner Marshall Herskovitz. "We fondly anticipate the second half of the season filled with surprising twists and turns that make Nashville so beloved by the fans." After Britton's traumatic exit episode, Nashville surged to a new season high on CMT last week, delivering 2.2 million viewers and a 1.0 rating on the cable channel. The return date for the series has also not yet been announced. (EW)

Kendra Wilkinson and Farrah Abraham Are Joining Marriage Boot Camp Reality Stars Family Edition With Their Moms. Get ready to see some of your favorite reality stars get even more real this April. And they're not doing it alone. Kendra Wilkinson and Farrah Abraham are set to join Marriage Boot Camp Reality Stars Family Edition when it premieres this April on WE tv, E! News can exclusively reveal. And joining them on the new show will be their respective families, with Kendra's mother Patti Wilkinson also participating, and Farrah's parents, Michael and Debra Abraham, joining the Teen Mom star. But they aren't the only reality stars saving the drama for their mamas. The new series other stars include Jersey Shore's Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, who will be joined by his brothers Marc and Frank Jr. Sorrentino, and Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson with his mom Paula Johnson. All of the dysfunctional and famous families have had their drama play out in front of the cameras for years, so now they are trying to settle their well-documented rifts through counseling with therapists Dr. Ish Major and Dr. Venus Nicolino. But judging from our exclusive first look at MBCRSFE, it looks like some of these family ties may be severed forever, with Kendra yelling, "I cannot have this person destroying my happiness anymore!" As fans of her show, Kendra on Top, know, Kendra's relationship with Patti has been fraught for years, so could this be the final straw? As for Farrah, it looks like she might be sparring more with one of The Situation's brothers than her own parents. Marriage Boot Camp Reality Stars Family Edition premieres Friday, April 28 at 9 p.m. on WE tv. (Eonline)

'The Vampire Diaries' Helped Change the Perception of The CW, Network President Says. "Without 'The Vampire Diaries,' we would not be where we are today," Mark Pedowitz told THR. When Mark Pedowitz joined The CW as president in 2011, he binged two of the network's shows before starting: Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries, with the latter having then aired two seasons. Now, as TVD wraps its run after eight years, Pedowitz sees the show as having helped shape his network at a time when it wasn't particularly known for being a genre-friendly home. "A show like Vampire, which is on the air eight years and for a period of time I would say kept the lights on ... Vampire was very intrinsic to what the CW became," Pedowitz tells The Hollywood Reporter. Binging TVD gave the executive a sincere appreciation for the show that has been evident in the way he's spoken about it over the years. After his binge, "I was in awe with Julie [Plec] and Kevin [Williamson] and the whole cast and crew did in the first two years of Vampire," he said. "They took what could have been a teenage angst show and made it so much more: It was a love triangle. It was a love of two brothers. It was all of these characters that represented [so many different] things. Also, I believe at the end of year two was the introduction of Elijah's character that comes to year three for Klaus." He paused. "I'm doing this from memory, by the way." Essentially, The Vampire Diaries bridged the gap between what the CW was known for after its formation from The WB Network in 2006 -- young, teen-friendly, soapy shows a la Gossip Girl -- and the genre haven it is today with shows like iZombie, The 100 as well as a roster of DC Comics shows like The Flash and Supergirl. "This show basically captured what was working for The CW and continues somewhat. What started as a young female-skewed show with all the elements of the supernatural ... became more than just a teenage show," Pedowitz said. "It became a genre show that was appealing to an audience that worked for it. It helped us as we re-crafted [into] what The CW is today, which is a broader network. It's rooted in broadcast. It's rooted in genre. It's rooted in serialized programming. But we understand the genre works. We understand serialized programming works. Vampire did a terrific job and it sustained itself for all those eight years." Pedowitz's main mission the year after he started at The CW was to broaden the network's target demographic. "We purposely went out starting in '12 to broaden the audience base, because we realized that if we became too niche, it would be difficult for The CW to survive in its present form," he said. "Vampire was broad enough in what it did that it fit what we were trying to get to with Arrow or at the end of the day Flash, or even Jane [the Virgin], in terms of it being high in concept or genre. In this case it was genre with a little bit of high concept to it." But that doesn't mean the network didn't dabble in genre before. "It had Smallville. It had Supernatural. It had Vampire," Pedowitz pointed out. "But it also had 7th Heaven. It had Gossip Girl. CW became more defined in the early part of its 10-year history from Gossip Girl and Vampire Diaries appealing to a young female audience. It became very defined." Today, Pedowitz keeps a note on his desk that he uses to explain what the network has become. "We're a high-concept flash genre, whether it's comedy or drama, serialized programming. Some elements were procedural, but they're not the driving force. As long as we stay in that world, our shows may or may not work, but they fit us better. When we try to venture outside that world for whatever reason, we cannot bring the audience that we hope to bring on any platform." When it came time to end The Vampire Diaries, Pedowitz said the decision ultimately fell to co-creator Plec. "I believe Julie, [Warner Bros. Television president] Peter [Roth] and I had a conversation over the summer. We all sat together and we asked Julie what she thought, where we were at, how we all felt. You have the issue of actor's deals coming up and everything else that goes with it," Pedowitz said. "Julie felt -- and we support her completely -- that she had hit the end of those stories. She sadly came to that place with great remorse. But Peter and I were backing her. ... She was comfortable with ending it because she knew how she wanted to end it. We supported her." Personally, though, Pedowitz will miss TVD. "The network and myself personally will miss it tremendously. I am a fan of the show," he said. "I view the show as a fan. I have seen all the episodes." He continued, "I'll miss Damon. I will miss Stefan. Elena went away two years ago; it's good to have her come back. I will personally miss Caroline Forbes and Bonnie. It's going to be tough. I will miss all of those characters. They were fun to watch. It was fun watching them grow and play the roles. They're all really good actors and they deserve a lot. I will miss Julie Plec, a great partner -- I hope to be back in business with her in some form. I'll miss Kevin, I mean, but Julie was running the show since I've been here, pretty much. She has been terrific." As for the network, "Without The Vampire Diaries we would not be where we are today," he said. "I actually said this at the senior staff meeting [to] my team on Monday -- we owe The Vampire Diaries a deep debt of gratitude for bridging us through two different perceptions of what this network is." The Vampire Diaries series finale airs Friday on The CW. Check back to THR's The Live Feed after the episode for more coverage. (Hollywood Reporter)

BBC News Interview Gatecrashed by Guest's Children. The footage of a toddler and baby in stroller invading a serious news interview went viral on Friday morning. The off-script and unexpected nature of children is something that has been capitalized on countless times in the entertainment industry. But the BBC likely wasn't anticipating the involvement of kids in a very serious item on its BBC World News service regarding the ouster of South Korean president Park Geun-hye. During a live interview with regional expert Robert Kelly on the situation, the Pusan National University professor was suddenly interrupted by his own children. First a toddler burst into the room, performing a dance behind the suited-up interviewee, followed shortly after by a baby in a stroller. While Kelly attempted to keep his composure, the party was finally brought to a halt by a woman who grabbed the two gatecrashers and dragged them out. (Hollywood Reporter)

'Scandal' Election Night Conspiracy Will Unravel Soon, Scott Foley Promises. "Give it a few episodes. We've still got some digging to do. Each episode we'll un-fog the mirror a little bit more," Scott Foley tells THR. [This story contains spoilers from Thursday's Scandal.] Scandal has always played with time and perception, but in season six, the timeline is as tangled as the drama on its Shondaland TGIT counterpart How to Get Away With Murder. Each week has revealed another snippet of information about what was actually happening on Election Night, slowly but surely unraveling the conspiracy surrounding the murder of President-elect Frankie Vargas. In Thursday's "They All Bow Down," it was Jake's (Scott Foley) turn in the hot seat as Scandal revealed what he was up to on Election Day. Probably. Jake's true motivation has always been a mystery, and just because the show revealed he'd been working with Rowan (Joe Morton) doesn't necessarily mean it's clear what side he's on. "When do you believe anything on Scandal? It's tough," Foley told The Hollywood Reporter. "I think Jake serves a few different masters, Rowan being one. Another being Olivia Pope [Kerry Washington]. His relationship and his devotion to her is almost second to none. He would do almost anything she asks, as we can see with the marriage to Vanessa [Jessalyn Gilsig] and him joining this presidential ticket as vice president. I think the third master is himself. I think his conscience is always there. Going back as far as I can remember, everything Jake has done -- whether you consider it an evil thing or malicious -- I believe that Jake believes he's done it for the greater good. Whether it be for the benefit of B613 and power, the greater good of the republic, or to help Olivia." And Jake didn't necessarily listen to Rowan this time. "Rowan, especially in this episode, had asked Jake to get rid of Jennifer Fields, to cover this up. Jake, maybe for the first time, took it upon himself and disobeyed an order from Rowan. Instead of taking her out, faked her death and delivered her person to Olivia Pope to help with this investigation. That's pretty interesting. In this case, what he did was for the greater good, I think, of both the republic and Olivia in helping her get to the bottom of who killed Frankie Vargas." In other words, Jake is always doing what he feels is the right thing, but it's up for debate whether most people would consider Jake's version of the right thing the actual right thing. "I believe that Jake thinks he has a moral compass," Foley said. "Everything he does is for the greater good. Whether his true north is true north, that's up for debate. I think that he could make an argument for everything he's done." Plus, his faking Jennifer Fields' death for Olivia means he's trying to stay in her good graces, which means there's always hope for Jake and Olivia to get back together. "Yes, yes! There's always hope," Foley said reassuringly. "I believe that Jake is in this relationship because he believes that there is hope with him and Olivia. This is what Olivia wants. This is what Olivia thinks is important for the campaign, for Mellie, for the republic. She believes that Jake being married to Vanessa is good all around. That's why he's there." Of course, even though he agreed to marry Vanessa doesn't mean he was prepared for what it would really entail. "It's tough for Jake. I don't believe he thought it would be this hard, being in this sham of a marriage," said Foley. "He thought he would just waltz in and waltz out and it wouldn't require that much energy. Unfortunately -- or fortunately -- he found a woman who actually loves him -- or who thinks she loves him -- who married him and has no idea that he killed her father, that he is the person who he is. She is struggling with the silence and the cold shoulder that he gives her." While it has taken several weeks to unspool the thread of the Election Night narrative, Foley promises things will start coming together soon. "I think the writers are doing a really interesting thing this season that I didn't necessarily see coming. They're focusing on this, not just the election, but the assassination of Frankie. We're seeing where everybody was and what everybody was doing during the assassination and what role they played in it. As each episode plays out, we learn more about where Mellie was and what she was doing, where Abby was and how she was involved, what Olivia's doing behind the scenes. Now, what Jake is doing." He continued, "I think it's all going to slowly unravel. At a certain point, there will definitely be that aha moment. Like, 'Oh my god. This piece fits that. That's where Jake was. This is why Jennifer Fields is alive. That's what Olivia wants with Jennifer Fields.' It will all play together. When that's going to happen? Give it a few episodes. We've still got some digging to do. Each episode we'll un-fog the mirror a little bit more." Scandal airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on ABC. (Hollywood Reporter)

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