Tuesday, March 14, 2017

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Not so fast! Jennifer Lopez teased fans by posting a selfie with Alex Rodriguez on Sunday, March 12, but then quickly deleted it. The singer, 47, who was vacationing in the Bahamas with her rumored new beau, shared a grainy photo on her Instagram story in which she appeared to be lying down next to the MLB pro, 41. Although her hair just so happened to obscure her cozy companion's face, it certainly looked like the shaved headed athlete. His hand was placed gently on Lopez's long locks and he was nuzzling into her ear. As Us Weekly previously reported, the mom-of-two flew to Miami on March 10 with her 9-year-old twins, Emme and Max. Then, according to the New York Post's Page Six, Lopez and Rodriguez jetted to Marsh Harbor on a private plane arriving at 9.30pm. They were snapped cuddling up on a small boat, that the publication says took them to the exclusive, owners-only Bakers Bay Golf & Ocean Club. Before their weekend getaway, a source confirmed to Us that the pair were dating, revealing: "They started hanging out a couple of weeks ago," but added: "It's been really secretive." Just like Lopez, who shares custody of her children with ex-husband Marc Anthony, Rodriguez has two daughters, Natasha, 12, and Ella, 8, with ex-wife Cynthia Scurtis. The pair's budding relationship comes hot on the heels of Lopez's brief romance with rapper Drake. Rodriguez also called things off with his last girlfriend, entrepreneur Anne Wojcicki, several months ago. (US Weekly)

Gillian Anderson Recalls Mental Health Struggles: Sometimes I Didn't Want to Leave the House. Gillian Anderson has decided now is the time to make her private mental health challenges known to the benefit of fellow women. "There were times when it was really bad," the X-Files star recalled in an interview with The Guardian. "There have been times in my life where I haven't wanted to leave the house." While the 48-year-old kept mostly mum about the details of her personal struggles, the actress has recently co-written We: A Manifesto For Women Everywhere, a manual filled with advice she would have given her younger, less confident self. "I have struggled with self-esteem myself and in looking at the ways that I have dealt with overcoming those things, I started to think that maybe some of it might be potentially useful for other people of all ages," Anderson previously said. With the help of years of therapy and meditation, the star has been able to find her inner joy. "The things that we might be critical of ourselves about actually don't matter. The only thing that really matters in terms of our peace of mind is our peace of mind itself, and how we react to things," she continued. "All I know is that when I meditate, one goes beyond the physical, and it is possible to tap into a sense of absolute contentment and joy in that place." Having admitted to being "intolerant" of herself, the Golden Globe winner now encourages all women to find their own acceptance and face reality head on. "There's an opportunity for fear around every corner, fear of the future, fear of what if," the mother of three continued. "But the acceptance of wherever we are, whoever we are, is freedom. So, you know, I can sit and bemoan the fact that I don't get the same roles, or bemoan the fact that my skin is starting to look like chicken skin, or bemoan whatever it is. But that's not reality. That's fighting reality." "We're all okay exactly as we are," Anderson reiterated on The View Monday. "I refuse to conform to those societal pressures because actually I feel better being as I am." "Part of what We is about [is] joining together with other women to start circles, to start that conversation on a wider level." (Eonline)

This Is Us' Chrissy Metz Becomes a Pin-Up Girl in a Retro Swimsuit. Chrissy Metz can't believe she has becoming a groundbreaking figure in Hollywood, but she's using her platform to inspire others as best she can. "It's a daily lesson for all of us," she explains to Harper'sBazaar.com. "I'm paving the way for other women and men who know they're destined for greatness but they don't believe it yet." The This Is Us actress poses in a sexy photo shoot for the magazine in which she dresses up as a retro pin-up girl. Metz alternates between a blue Trashy Lingerie corset, a blue Unique Vintage dress, a black halter dress and a bright red swimsuit, and looks absolutely stunning in each look. Growing up, Metz didn't have the most self-confidence, but over time she has learned to love herself. "When I first heard Harper's Bazaar wanted me to be sexy, I was like, 'Who, me?'" she recalls. "I knew y'all were edgy but this is incredible -- it's validation. I can get into this now because I finally have the confidence." When it comes to photo shoots, red carpets and other public appearances, the NBC star credits her stylist, Jordan Grossman, for helping her break out of her black-uniform box. "I want to wear something because I love it, not because it follows the rules," Metz explains. But she still thinks it's "still slim pickings for plus-size women, especially for formal wear." At the end of the day, however, Metz sees more than just fun to her time on set photo shoots, her hit show and other events; she sees every part of her jam-packed schedule as an opportunity to promote self-love. "I'm on this journey to inspire people, and to encourage them. We are all deserving of true happiness, so it's much more than just acting," Metz tells the magazine. "It's like, forget you're on this amazing television show, you're changing lives and opening discussion." (Eonline)

Lamar Odom Says He Is "Doing Great" at Kids' Choice Awards While Walking First Carpet After Years of Turmoil. Lamar Odom was in great spirits while chatting with E! News on the orange carpet at the 2017 Kids' Choice Awards with his children, marking his first carpet appearance following years of turmoil. It also marked the first official celebrity appearance for the basketball star, who rarely attends public events, in more than a year and his first since he began a month-long rehab stint in December. "I'm doing great," he told E! News at the Kids' Choice Awards Saturday, while standing with his daughter Destiny Odom, 18, and son Lamar Odom Jr., 14. "Just chilling, relaxing, just here with my kids." None of Khloe's family members attended the ceremony. However, Blac Chyna, who shares baby daughter Dream with Khloe's brother Rob Kardashian, brought her son King Cairo. She and Lamar did not interact. The former NBA player is continuing on his road to recovery after his near-fatal drug overdose in October 2015. His road to sobriety had been marred by setbacks and he has also been dealing with the official end of his 2009 marriage to Khloe Kardashian -- their divorce was finalized just after he began his recent rehab stint. Lamar is occasionally spotted at celebrity events, he tends to avoid making a big entrance. Before Saturday, he last walked an arrivals carpet in July 2012, when he appeared with Caitlyn Jenner at the ESPYs. Two months prior, he walked an orange carpet with Khloe at the annual Race to Erase MS Event and a blue carpet with her, her sisters Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner and her mother Kris Jenner at Cody Simpson's album preview party, just after his and his then-wife's reality show Khloe & Lamar ended its two-season run. Around that time, Lamar was going through some professional turmoil -- adapting after a trade from the Dallas Mavericks to the Los Angeles Clippers, then being let go in 2013 as a free agent. He underwent rehab for substance abuse and his relationship with Khloe suffered. She ultimately filed for divorce that year. Lamar's NBA career came to an end in 2014 after joining the New York Knicks for three months. In October 2015, Lamar was hospitalized for a drug overdose at a Las Vegas brothel, which prompted Khloe to rush to his side and suspend divorce proceedings. In February 2016, he joined her and her family to make a rare appearance at Kanye West's Yeezy Season 3 fashion show, which also marked his and Khloe's first joint appearance in years. She refiled the papers last May. "There will always be a deep affection there for one another, but both of them have moved on,"a source told E! News. "This divorce provides a natural end to that chapter in their life." Lamar has not detailed what he plans to do next in his career. He has expressed interest in assuming a coaching position with the Los Angeles Lakers, the team that made him famous. Former teammate Luke Walton, who now serves as the team's head coach, said in January Lamar had reached out to him in the past to talk about the possibility. In December, multiple reports said he was set to star in a reality show about his recovery. A source told E! News at the time that nothing is confirmed and no deal has been made. (Eonline)

The smoke and mirrors behind David Copperfield's world-famous illusions will be revealed in open court if a Manhattan lawyer has his way. A British tourist is suing Copperfield, saying he suffered brain damage during a stunt gone awry, and his lawyer is threatening to finally lift the curtain on the magician's secrets at trial. "I'm going to have a good time questioning Mr. Copperfield, because he may try, but I'm not going into any box," quipped the lawyer, Benedict Morelli. "I do believe that certain secrets are going to come out." According to the lawsuit, Morelli's client, Gavin Cox, 57, had gone to see his illusionist "idol" at the MGM Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas for his birthday in 2013. When Copperfield plucked him out of the audience for a disappearing act, Cox said he was thrilled. But then Copperfield's assistants hustled Cox and other participating audience members through a dark secret passageway as part of the stunt, and the plaintiff tripped and fell on construction debris, slamming his head on the ground, the suit says. "People were saying to him, 'Mr. Copperfield, this man's been hurt,'?" Cox told The Post. "And Mr. Copperfield looked at me and smirked. He just walked away. He never showed any concern for me." Cox, who once cooked for British royalty, said he can't even bake a muffin now. "It's turned my life upside-down," he tearfully said of the incident. "I have pretty much constant pain, and my difficulty is my short-term memory. "I have a ventilator,'' Cox added. "Otherwise, I stop breathing at night." According to Forbes, Copperfield conjured up $64?million in earnings in 2016 alone. "He supposedly is the most successful magician in the world," Morelli said. And he claimed he has a few tricks up his sleeve -- and plans to use Copperfield's "own words" to show that he's more of a trickster than a magician. Copperfield's lawyer, Theodore Blumberg, told The Post that the illusion at issue "has been performed successfully for over 15 years with over 100,000 audience participants. The history of the show speaks for itself." He declined to comment on specific allegations or Morelli's threat to expose the magician at trial in October. For now, the conjurer's methods are protected, as a judge sealed documents related to the illusions after finding that they were proprietary information. (Page Six)

THE OTHER STUFF . . .

Lo Bosworth is opening up about her severe depression and anxiety. The Laguna Beach and The Hills alum shared on her personal blog, The Lo Down, and an accompanying YouTube video that she's been quietly battling mental health issues for the past year. "2016 wasn't only just the worst year ever, it was also the year I turned 30, founded my own feminine wellness company, and brought an amazing puppy home. So not all bad," she wrote in a post titled "2016: The Year of My Great Depression." "Light does find way of shining through the darkness. And what is the darkness I'm referring to? Crippling anxiety and depression at the hands of a severe vitamin deficiency that went undiscovered for 16 months." Bosworth, 30, explained that starting in the fall of 2015, she started feeling "very off," dealing with insomnia and a constantly racing mind. "That all developed into a feeling of anxiety that lasted for almost 2 months without any relief," she recalled. "I mean, can you imagine having a 60 day long panic attack? I can now-I lived it. On top of all of this, imagine that you have no idea why your body is turning itself inside out, your brain feels like it's on Pluto, and your sweet boyfriend is wondering what the f -- is going on. The unknown is certainly a terrifying place." When therapy and medication failed to provide steady relief, it was discovered that the reality TV star was actually suffering from severe deficiencies of vitamins B12 and vitamin D. Genetic testing revealed that her "body doesn't process B12 and D in the way that other people can." Bosworth explained that people with these deficiencies can develop fatigue, headaches, dizziness and the mental health symptoms that she experienced. She also shared that if the problems aren't fixed, they can become permanent. "During my struggle I could barely process my emotions, let alone work a full 9-5 on YouTube videos, Love Wellness, or TheLoDown," Bosworth said. "I've lost so much, and gained so much on the other side too. I've grown as a human in ways I didn't think possible. I dealt with all the ickiness inside of me that could at times make me behave badly, treat others poorly, and not take great emotional care of myself (therapy, man). Depression and anxiety can be both emotional and physical, and having lived through it, all I can say is that the struggle is worth it. I resent it, I hate it, it's f -- ed up my world -- but I also see it for what it is, and that's quite beautiful." She continued, "Life happens, and if it happens to you -- how will you handle it? I'm living proof that you should fight, you should explore, you should take your health into your own hands and be your own advocate, and that you CAN come out the other side with some serious scars, but feeling like a brand new human being." (People)

Contrary to popular belief, meeting Oprah Winfrey is not like "meeting the queen," according to "Wild" author Cheryl Strayed. "The moment I met Oprah, she was restarting her book club with 'Wild.' I went to her house in Montecito near Santa Barbara [California]. I was brought to this little guest house which was nicer than any of our houses," she told podcaster Tim Ferriss at South by Southwest on Saturday. "She's interviewing me on the show. It's this big kinda moment. They tell me to go down this path through these Redwood trees. At the end of this path, there's Oprah," Strayed, 48, said. "She's like 'Cheryl!' and she hugs me." In June 2012, Winfrey selected "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail" as her first pick for Oprah's Book Club 2.0. The film adaptation of the best-selling memoir hit theaters in December 2014 with Reese Witherspoon playing Strayed. "The thing that struck me ... this is why Oprah is successful, is that ... the look on her face and what I could see in her eyes is her vulnerability," she continued. "I was meeting Oprah and I wanted her to like me. Oprah was meeting me and she wanted me to like her." "She was still this incredibly humble human who was really looking to have an authentic human connection with me. This what's driven her success -- her genuine desire to connect with people and be open. That kind of curiosity has driven her to these great heights," she explained. "To me, the mark of success is staying open in this whole way." (Page Six)

Princess Diana's ex denies he's Prince Harry's father. Princess Diana's reclusive former lover, James Hewitt, says in a new interview that the pair were like an old married couple -- but continues to deny that he is Prince Harry's father. Asked by the Australian TV show "Sunday Night'' if he is Harry's biological dad, Hewitt, 58, firmly replied, "No, I'm not." The former calvary officer added that the persistent rumor is "worse for [Harry], probably, poor chap." During the interview, Hewitt described the illicit couple's steady slide into romance after he became Di's horse-riding instructor in 1986. "It's a gradual period and then, you know, suddenly you can't get enough of each other or see each other as much as you want," he told the show in a segment that aired Sunday, five months before the 20th anniversary of Di's death. Hewitt said the pair eventually settled into a routine during secret getaways at his farm in Devon, where he now lives with his widowed mom. "I'd cook, and [Diana] would wash up. Just dinner and relaxing and laughing," he said. Hewitt had a five-year affair with the late royal as her marriage to Britain's Prince Charles fell apart. Hewitt has denied siring Harry in the past, and Diana's former butler, Paul Burrell, has said his royal boss didn't meet the handsome army captain until Harry was a toddler. Hewitt speculated that the rumor persists because "it sells papers." He has never married or had children. (Eonline)

Bikini babes! Blac Chyna flaunted her post baby body, and her adorable daughter Dream, when she shared some poolside pictures of them on Instagram on Sunday, March 12. The makeup artist was soaking up the sun with her BFF Amber Rose, but while Chyna couldn't wipe the smile off her face, Dream looked less than impressed. Her famous mom, 28, had dressed her in a white bikini, complete with tassels and a wide brimmed hat too. Although the 4-month-old tot couldn't muster a smile for the camera, Chyna was more than happy to showcase her recent weight loss and even struck a model pose on the side of the pool to flaunt her curves. Last week Chyna revealed she's lost over 40 pounds since giving birth to Dream in November. She's dropped from 192 pounds to 148, but her goal is to hit 130 by the summer. She's been keeping her fans up to speed with her fitness goals, and says a combination of exercise, waist training and healthy eating are helping her slim down. As Us Weekly exclusively reported, Chyna and her ex-fiance, Rob Kardashian, are still living apart following their breakup in February. The volatile couple, who coparent Dream, are not back together despite reports to the contrary, and multiple sources confirmed to Us that filming of their E! reality show Rob & Chyna has been put on hold too. (US Weekly)

Regis Philbin has done A LOT of TV over the years, so we gotta cut him a break that he just forgot about one big gig. We got Rege at LAX Friday and asked about the Nick Cannon replacement for 'AGT'. The 85-year-old hosted Season 1 back in 2006. He was replaced by Jerry Springer who hosted for 2 years and then it was all Nick. Joy is there with her longtime hubby's CV at the ready! (TMZ)

The Family Equality Council's Impact Awards celebrated LGBTQ families and acknowledges those who have made a significant impact in the fight for fundamental equality Saturday at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills. This year's co-chairs included Sarah Paulson, playwright David Marshall Grant, and Growing Generations co-owner Stuart Bell, all of whom voiced their opposition toward the Trump administration's attitude in regards to LGBTQ rights in the evening's opening remarks. Given that the evening was dedicated to families of all kinds, Paulson stressed the importance of peer support throughout the next four years. "It's hard to hold on to all the positive things that come your way when you're in the middle of a very bleak moment in time," Paulson told Variety. "I think things have tipped a little bit with the new administration where they think fear is currency, almost -- but you just need to find members of your tribe or family for support." Paulson also urged LGBTQ youth to not allow the current setbacks to discourage them in the overall battle for equal rights. "Find a way to make your voice heard. Nothing is going to change until people start getting a megaphone and demanding change," said Paulson. "A new part of our culture is definitely heading to a direction where everyone is feeling the value of their own voice. There has been so much impact and motion because of that." Among this year's honorees were Target and Amazon's "Transparent," both of which have shown "an unwavering commitment to diversity and inclusivity for all people," according to the Family Equality Council. Accepting the award on behalf of "Transparent" were creator and executive producer Jill Soloway with writer Our Lady J, who became the series' first transgender writer in 2015. Though Our Lady J is grateful for the show's honor, she acknowledges that foundations such as Family Equality Council deserve greater visibility. "It's really humbling to accept this award because I feel like we should be giving Family Equality Council the award. They are the ones who are doing the work," Our Lady J told Variety. "Our team does a lot of work as well -- putting these stories onto the show and making sure that mainstream America understands and empathizes with the trans community -- but I think right now the focus should be on these organizations, especially ones that lend money to legal foundations, because that's where it all ends up and where our rights really change." Inside the gala, comedian Tig Notaro used deadpan delivery to charm the crowd as the evening's emcee. Even as the audience lulled, Notaro managed to reel them back in with her dry wit, jokingly stating, "I'm not for everyone." At one point, she even engaged in playful banter with Paulson, who was seated directly in front of the stage. The evening also honored "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" executive producer Jonathan Murray and his longtime partner, Harvey Reese. The award was presented by Kim Kardashian, who announced that moving forward, the trophy would be renamed the Murray-Reese Family Impact Award. In a moving speech, Murray began by thanking Kardashian for her abiding support toward the LGBTQ community, before recognizing those who have paved the way for LGBTQ rights. "When her step parent [Caitlyn Jenner] made the courageous choice to transition to the person she always knew she was, it was Kim who helped the rest of her family understand and accept Caitlyn's transition." Reese added: "We are always cognizant that the joyful life we've created for our family would not be possible without the great men and women who stood up for their rights of the LGBT community L.A.'s [The] Black Cat bar and New York's Stonewall [Inn] many years ago." The star-studded gala also featured appearances from "Modern Family" star Julie Bowen, "American Horror Story" actor Cheyenne Jackson and more. (Page Six)

Karen Gravano got labeled as a RAT last week -- or at least her car did -- after someone spray-painted her Mercedes Benz and slashed her tires. The former "Mob Wives" star fell victim to the vandalism last Wednesday and the vehicle was towed away from her home Thursday morning. As you can see, someone wrote RAT in giant orange letters. We spoke to Karen, and she tells us all signs point to Drita D'Avanzo -- whom Karen had an epic beef with in the final season of the reality show last year. Sounds like Karen's moved on from that feud, even if Drita hasn't. A rep for Drita wouldn't comment, except to say she wishes Karen and her team a successful year. But, as for this latest swipe ... Karen and her camp seem to have a plan of action to deal with it. (TMZ)

Music

An insider has revealed how Adele secretly gets to stage every night of her tour: by hiding in a box. The singer allegedly gets wheeled along in a large black box past her fans to reach the stage which she is set to perform on. Armed with an iPad to entertain her, Adele hides inside an equipment coffin, which she emerges from covered in sweat due to the cramped and hot conditions. She recently joked with an audience that they would laugh when they found out why she arrived on stage sweating. The source who revealed the secret told The Sun: "Adele sits in the box for several minutes as she is taken from her dressing room right to the centre of the crowd. Most of her fans just assume it's a piece of kit they are moving, but it's actually their idol sitting in a pretty small box a few feet from them." (British Glamour)

Nicki Minaj Join Drake in Paris for First Live Performance of Remy Ma Diss 'No Frauds'. After waiting a minute to respond, Nicki Minaj is going all in now. Following Friday's drop of the Remy Ma diss track "No Frauds," Nicki surprised the crowd in Paris on Sunday night (March 12) when she joined Drake on stage to perform the hard-hitting track live for the first time. While the pair were not joined by the third pillar of the Young Money crew -- Lil Wayne didn't make it -- the latest date on Drizzy's Boy Meets World tour gave the crowd at the AccorHotels Arena plenty to shout about with a mini-set featuring "Truffle Butter," "Only" and "Moment 4 Life." At one point during the set, Nicki addressed the crowd and told them how much Drake means to her. "[Drake] means the world to me, and I want you guys to know that," she said. "I just want to beg you guys to chase your dreams. Don't let anyone or anything get in your motherf---ing way... You are important, and if a n---a don't know how to treat you, he got to get the f--k out your motherf---in' life." Drake posted a glam pic of the pair backstage and on stage: The Nicki guest spot came after Drake surprised The Weeknd's fans last week with an appearance at the "Starboy" singer's London show and finally revealed the March 18 release date for his long-awaited playlist project, More Life. (Billboard)

Pearl Jam Invite Snubbed Drummers to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony. Pearl Jam will be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame on April 7. But not every existent member of the long-running band was to be included in the ceremony. Of the band's five drummers employed over the years, only founding member Dave Krusen, and current drummer Matt Cameron, are listed on the Rock Hall's induction docket. Last year, when the nominations were announced, Dave Abbruzzese, the band's drummer from 1991-1994, took to Facebook to bemoan being snubbed from the soiree; he, along with drummers Jack Irons and Matt Chamberlain, were all left off the roster of inductees. "If there is still a part of that band that remembers how hard we worked, how much blood and how much sweat... They will do the right thing," Abbruzzese wrote on Facebook in October. In December, he went a step further, saying "I am personally at a loss for words for how Stone [Gossard], Mike [McCready], Jeff [Ament], Matt [Cameron], Edward [Vedder] and [manager] Kelly Curtis are accepting of such an injustice." Now, it seems the band is attempting to correct that wrong, by making sure those snubbed drummers also get their due. In a note shared to the band's Facebook page, they've made sure to point out the contributions of percussionists past, and include all five of their drummers in the Hall of Fame hoopla. (Though, the Hall of Fame made clear to Rolling Stone only Krusen and Cameron would be officially inducted.) Pearl Jam wrote: While awards and accolades are understandably subjective and a countless number of our peers have yet to be honored, we do feel fortunate to be recognized and provided the opportunity to reunite with everyone who has been part of the group. Specifically the drummers who left their distinctive mark on our band in the pre-Matt Cameron years. Dave Krusen, Matt Chamberlain, Dave Abbruzzese, and Jack Irons are each individually great players who gave their all to the early recordings and live gigs. Looking forward to seeing them and all the other musicians on the bill." Here's the full note: Neil Young, who was a long history with Pearl Jam, will induct the band into the Hall of Fame. (Billboard)

Like Miley, Britney and Selena before her... Sabrina Carpenter is doing her thing and giving us some mature Disney pop! The Girl Meets World star's newest single, Thumbs, finds her sound evolving and sounding a lot like Spears' Womanizer. And that's a great compliment! (Perez Hilton)

Movies

'Kong' and the Challenge of Creating a Shared Universe Out of an Island. Is there cinematic life after the Legendary and Warner Bros. planned 2020 crossover 'Godzilla vs. Kong'? There's a certain logic to the development of Legendary's "Monsterverse" shared universe of movies. It launched with 2014's Godzilla, which was followed by Kong: Skull Island. Next up? Godzilla: King of the Monsters in 2019, and then, unsurprisingly, Godzilla vs. Kong the following year. It makes sense, looking at the titles alone -- there's an escalation leading toward the eventual confrontation of the two oversized marquee stars. (The second Godzilla movie title, in particular, feels like a dis track of a title; the other dude's name is King Kong, after all.) But there's also something finite about the progression of titles, as well. Godzilla vs. Kong feels like the logical endpoint of the series, because where can it go from there that doesn't feel like a comedown? Godzilla and Kong Go Have A Coffee, Probably Fight Another Monster Together isn't as impressive as the two biggest names fighting each other, and there's no larger property to use it as a stepping stone toward, a la Warner's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League. In many ways, it identifies one of the problems with Legendary's Monsterverse -- the lack of monsters with any kind of in-built audience recognition factor. Beyond Godzilla and Kong, who is there that non-kajira fans will be familiar with for future movies? Mothra? Mechagodzilla? On the one hand, this doesn't necessarilyneed to be a problem, assuming that the franchise builds out with quality movies -- look at the way Marvel successfully built out its empire using characters audiences were only vaguely aware of, after all. But Marvel might not be the best point of comparison, because of the second major problem facing the Monsterverse: Who cares about monsters? Or, more accurately, why care about multiple monsters? Both Godzilla and Kong: Skull Island take the point of view that the titular monsters are, essentially, unknowable beasts who have as much personality as gigantic, destructive pets (though Skull Island's Kong has quite a bit of intelligence and humanity in him, too). It's a formula that makes sense when the monsters are limited in number, because, sure, there's the giant hairy monster and there's the giant scaly monster. But the concept of building out multiple series of movies to constitute a "universe," where the central characters are all gigantic, destructive pets feels, at best, repetitive and limited. As much as people might complain about superhero movies all being the same, at least the superheroes can crack wise and complain about inner angst to try and differentiate themselves and entertain the audience. Varying the formula is a tricky proposition, as well. Could Legendary pivot to use the human characters as shared focal points and connective tissue between the movies as they deal with the various monsters, a la Marvel's SHIELD? Sure, but at what point does that cross over into territory already staked out by another Legendary property, Pacific Rim? (Note to Legendary: Pacific Rim/Godzilla is the movie audiences really want to see.) Is there even enough interest and potential to spin off the Monarch organization into non-monster-centric movies? All of these concerns might be moot, of course; perhaps Legendary's Monsterverse plans are intentionally limited, and Godzilla vs. Kong will actually be the final movie in the series, with the studio recognizing the inherently niche nature of the offering as it currently stands. If not, then it's clear what the next two movies have to do in order to earn its keep as an ongoing concern: introduce the next generation of monsters, and prove why they're memorable and not simply renamed versions of the two the audience have already accepted. Anything less than that, and even four movies in the series might end up feeling like one movie too many. (Hollywood Reporter)

TV

Is New Girl Ending With Season 6? Jake Johnson Says . . . Hey girl, whatcha doing? Hey girl, where you going, to the TV afterlife, forever to be streamed? Maybe! The future of New Girl is in question. New Girl star Jake Johnson said, "Fox won't tell us [whether the show will be renewed]. But we shot a finale where, if this was the end, the core fan base would be OK." Johnson told The Daily Beast that while promoting his new flick Win It All. When his comments picked up steam, Johnson took to Twitter. "Let's be clear. I have no idea if NG is coming back. I was doing an interview for #WinItAll & was asked my guess. We've been told it's 50/50," he said. In a statement to The Daily Beast, Fox said no decisions on the future of the show have been made. New Girl is now in its sixth season on Fox. The comedy starring Johnson, Zooey Deschanel, Max Greenfield, Hannah Simone and Lamorne Morris has slipped consistently in ratings since its premiere in 2011. The season six premiere had 2.3 million viewers. Last season averaged 3.7 million viewers and a 1.8 rating in the coveted 18-49 demographic. "I think a lot of people are watching the show later or on Hulu," creator Liz Meriwether told The Hollywood Reporter last May. "When you have a show that appeals to younger viewers, the live ratings just aren't indicative of who's watching the show. And I think Fox has been pretty savvy about that and incredibly supportive of our show." It's one of the longest-running shows currently on Fox's schedule, anchoring the Tuesday line-up. Season six is currently slated to wrap in April. As for how the last episode could look, Meriwether told THR in May that she's "never been somebody to plan everything out." "With Zooey's pregnancy, with losing Damon [Wayans Jr.], I think it's better to go into a show not saying, 'This is what's going to happen.' Because we never know. I've always tried to stay in tune with what's happening on set. I like to be open to what's working there," she said. "That said, we knew Schmidt and Cece would get engaged last season and married this season. There are always big things we're working toward. But in terms of the end of the series? I don't know. It's sort of hard to think about it. We'll figure it out when we get there, but I might sort of disappear for a month in the Canadian wilderness." New Girl airs Tuesdays, 8 p.m. on Fox. (Eonline)

Tyra Banks Set to Replace Nick Cannon as Host of America's Got TaLENT. Tyra Banks is smizing her way to the America's Got Talent stage. E! News has learned the veteran supermodel and former America's Next Top Model host will emcee the upcoming twelfth season of America's Got Talent. Tyra replaces Nick Cannon, who hosted the NBC competition series for eight seasons between 2009-2016. In a press release obtained by E! News, Tyra shared, "Since I was a little girl, I've been obsessed with grandiose acts and performers who make the seemingly impossible possible. I love how AGT brings that feeling into everyone's home, capturing the best of people who come out and give it their all to make those big, fierce and outrageous dreams come true." "I look forward to connecting with the dreamers, having fun and giving hugs and words of encouragement when needed. And maybe I'll get one or two performers to smize for the audience!" AGT host Howie Mandel also shared the casting update to social media on Sunday. Tyra herself echoed his excitement, tweeting, "Surprise! TyTy is the new host of #AGT @nbcagt! Can't wait 2work w/new fam @OfficialMelB @howiemandel @heidiklum & @SimonCowell" Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Simon Cowell will also return to America's Got Talent as judges. Cannon reportedly quit the series earlier this year. Expect Tyra to make her AGT debut when the upcoming season hits television sometime this summer. Are you excited for Ms. Banks to return to the hosting world? (Eonline)

Ed Sheeran Set to Guest Star on Game of Thrones Season 7. Ed Sheeranis heading to Game of Thrones. According to multiple outlets, GoT showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss announced during a panel at the South by Southwest Festival on Sunday afternoon that the British pop star is set to make a guest appearance on season 7 of the critically-acclaimed HBO show. Speaking onstage in Austin, Tex. alongside co-stars Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner, Benioff shared, "For years, we tried to get Ed Sheeran on the show to surprise Maisie, and this year we finally did it." No word yet on any details surrounding Sheeran's character or storyline, but we expect something totally epic for Game of Thrones' second to last season. Additionally, Game of Thrones fans' fears came true when it was confirmed that the eighth season will only span six episodes. Both Benioff and Weiss shared that writing duties for each episode have already been delegated, later teasing, "We argued over who got to kill Sansa." Just last week, the network announced Game of Thrones highly-anticipated seventh season would premiere Sunday, July 16. And if you're not prepared for what's to come once winter finally hits, you're not alone. After reading the script for the upcoming season, Williams tweeted, "S -- t gets REAL... I'd start preparing yourselves now... Scratch that, nothing will prepare you for this." E! News has reached out to Sheeran's rep and HBO for comment. (Eonline)

The Arrangement's Josh Henderson and Christine Evangelista Dish on Those Steamy Venice Sex Scenes: ''You Need to Smell Good!" Introducing... Kygan! The Arrangement turned up the heat in more ways than one when Kyle West (Josh Henderson) whisked new ladylove Megan Morrison (Christine Evangelista) away for an action-packed trip to Venice in Sunday night's second episode. Megan's whirlwind Cinderella story continued with a celebrity stylist-approved wardrobe makeover, red carpet appearances and a romantic boat ride in Italy with the world's biggest actor. But despite all the perks and privilege, Megan couldn't escape the downside of Kyle's fame or the demons from his past. Specifically, Megan wasn't able to avoid his famous and gorgeous ex-fiance, Lisbeth Graves (Ashley Grace), who gave her an ominous warning during an awkward bathroom encounter. "You'll see," she advised. "You're on your own." Ooh! But along with all the scandalous moments -- including Kyle punching a paparazzi -- Sunday night's episode also upped the ante on the couple's sexy time. So, what is it like shooting those steamy scenes on set? Well, Josh and Christine got real about it all in this week's exclusive Postnup recap. Spoiler alert: Hygiene is of the utmost importance. "If you're going to do a scene that's intimate, you need to be comfortable," Josh began. "And you need to smell good!" Christine added, before complimenting her handsome costar. "You smell good. That was important." LOL! (Eonline)

On Sunday's season 13 premiere of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, there's trouble in paradise as the Kardashians head to Miami. The episode started off with Kourtney, Khloe, Kim and Scott Disick hanging out in Miami, but not everything wound up going smoothly. At first, Kourtney was glad to spend time with her ex, but that was when their children were around them. "Scott and I are doing our best to be good parents and remain a family even though we aren't together," Kourtney told the cameras. "I love just being able to spend time with the kids and Scott as a family." But when it comes to being around Scott in a social setting, as in going out to dinner with their friends, Kourtney felt that he was being a bit "obnoxious" and admitted that she didn't know how to act around him because they aren't a couple anymore. Later in the episode Kourtney revealed that Kim's assistant Stephanie was having her birthday dinner in Miami, but she stated that Scott wasn't invited -- even though he was still down in Florida with her and their family. "Scott is not invited," Kourtney told Jonathan Cheban. "They don't even know each other... Why does he have to go everywhere we go? We aren't together." "It's just frustrating," she continued to tell the cameras. "I need a break from Scott. I need to prioritize myself... And go enjoy the night without him." Later in the episode, the whole family goes off to watch Kanye West perform, including Disick. "I'm glad Scott and I both can be here as individuals and have a good time," Kourtney told the cameras. "I think it's going to be a constant process figuring out how to live life as a family but not be together." Also during the episode, the sisters contemplate closing their Dash stores, all but Kourtney. But that doesn't sit well with Kim who tells her, "We are overriding you honey." While visiting the Dash store in Miami, both Kim and Khloe agree that there's nothing left to salvage at the store and that everything would have to be thrown out and changed. As for Kourtney, she just sees a few things that could use updating. "Kourtney is delusional," Kim told the cameras. A little later in the episode, a massive fight between the sisters broke out over selling the stores to a large company who wants to buy them out. "Do you want to take over Dash on your own?" Khloe snaps at her 37-year-old sister. "I don't think we should close Dash Miami," Kourtney replies. "Kourtney just can't go with the flow, I don't get it," Khloe told the cameras. "She's the last one that wants to do hard labor." The 32-year-old then explodes on Kourtney, saying, "Are you f -- -- on drugs? You complain about tile on the floor and you can't even buy the tile on time." "How dare you try to argue us on getting rid of the stores!" she continued to tell her older sister. "We are getting rid of the stores, Kourtney!" Later, Kourtney tried to explain her reasoning for wanting to save the stores. "After dad passed away, we got Dash," she told Kim. "Having Dash kept us together as sisters." "It's more to us than just our store, it's something we've all built as sisters," the 36-year-old said to both Kourtney and Khloe. "So we can figure out the deal later, but I think for now we should get rid of New York... It's a better business decision... We want to keep Miami open." "We put so much blood, sweat and tears into this," Kim continued. "At the end of the day it makes sense to close New York because it's so expensive... but keep Miami." Keeping Up with the Kardashian airs Sundays (9 p.m. ET) on E! (People)

Greek Broadcaster Antenna Names Chief Creative Officer to Focus on Co-Productions, Originals. The appointment of George Pofantis "further cements our commitment to and investment in original digital content and brands," says Antenna Group managing director Pete Smith. Antenna Television, the Greek broadcaster owned by international media company Antenna Group, has named George Pofantis to the newly created position of chief content officer as it looks to expand its original content and international co-productions. Reporting to the company's COO Johny Kalimeris, Pofantis is charged with "sourcing, developing and commissioning original scripted and entertainment content for Antenna Group's linear TV channels and digital platforms in Greece," the company said. He also will be developing "special projects with a particular focus on high-end scripted international co-productions and local scripted dramas." And he will be responsible for "creating a streamlined and coordinated approach to the creation of Antenna's digital content and cross-platform properties," which include web TV platform Netwix. Antenna Group, privately owned by the Kyriakou family, operates across Europe, with a focus on South Eastern Europe, as well as in North America and Australia. It is a key partner for Vice Media and also has teamed with Arianna Huffington's Thrive Global. "The appointment of George Pofantis further cements our commitment to and investment in original digital content and brands," said Antenna Group Managing Director Pete Smith. "We are leading the way in developing innovative and successful digital operations in Greece and as we look to further grow these brands, we will be investing in more original digital content. George will also be focused on building our slate of scripted content and international co-productions as we look to take advantage of the growing global appetite for foreign-language drama." Pofantis returns to Antenna from Greek broadcaster Alpha TV where he was program director responsible for developing local scripted content and entertainment shows. He was also founder and managing partner of digital start-up ComedyLab, a digital MCN for young Greeks featuring comedy, lifestyle and entertainment content. "Antenna has always paved the way in the region in terms of digital innovation and ratings-winning original content," said Pofantis. "I am looking forward to developing our slate of original content for digital platforms as well as realizing Antenna's growing ambitions to create high-end scripted content with local and international broadcasters." (Hollywood Reporter)

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