Thursday, March 2, 2017

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Surprise! Tyrese Gibson Announces He Got Married During Valentine's Day Ceremony. Tyrese Gibson is officially off the market. The Fast and the Furious star tied the knot during an intimate ceremony held on Valentine's Day. Tyrese made the exciting announcement on Tuesday, sharing to Instagram a romantic montage featuring photos from his wedding day to a mystery woman we can't wait to meet. In the slideshow, "They say a happy wife equals a happy life" plays out alongside photos of Gibson in a black and white tuxedo and his blushing bride in a light pink halter gown with an elaborate diamond crown perched on her head. He captioned the moment, "Mark 10:8 And the two will become #OneFlesh Mr & Mrs Gibson......." If Tyrese tying the knot comes as a surprise, you're not alone. The actor singer's romance appears to have blossomed relatively recently, as the lovebirds were first photographed publicly in December 2016 at a charity event in Atlanta. As for the nuptials, Gibson pulled out all the stops with a lavish venue decorated in shades of gold and massive, crème-colored floral displays. The newlyweds also showed off their wedding bling, two uniquely stunning rings each encrusted with plenty of diamonds. And although Mrs. Gibson's identity has yet to be revealed, it's clear Tyrese is happier than ever with the lucky lady by his side. Last April, Tyrese penned a lengthy message to his "future wife" on Instagram, asking that her "voice is so soft and she has the energy and presence of grace and regal sophistication." Looks like he found the one! Tyrese was previously married to Norma Gibson for two years up until 2009. The two co-parent an 8-year-old daughter together. (Eonline)

Christian Serratos is pregnant! The actress and David Boyd are expecting their first child together, a source confirms to PEOPLE. "They're extremely happy and have been looking forward to starting a family," the source says of The Walking Dead star and the New Politics singer, who have been together for three years. Serratos -- who stars as no-nonsense Rosita on AMC's zombie apocalypse series -- won't be the only new mom on set after she gives birth in the spring. Alanna Masterson, who plays Tara, welcomed daughter Marlowe with boyfriend Brick Stowell in November 2015 and Sonequa Martin-Green welcomed son Kenric Justin with her husband in January 2015. Masterson opened up last December about being a new mom on set and the body-shaming she faced from viewers when she returned to filming after giving birth. In a caption to an Instagram photo of her daughter, Masterson wrote that "pumping in a van between takes, in the dead of summer in Georgia" is "a lot of work, determination, and scheduling." And despite the negativity from some fans, Marlowe "got the best start to life." (People)

Andy Grammer to Become a Dad: Wife Aijia Is Pregnant. Congrats to Andy Grammer and wife Aijia! The 33-year-old "Honey, I'm Good" singer and his wife are expecting their first child together, a baby girl. The two have been married since 2012. Aijia is about five months pregnant, People magazine reported Wednesday. "It's been really exciting because on both sides of our family it's the first girl, so it's fun because it's happy news to everyone," she told the outlet. "I feel like if you told me I would be having a son, I would be like, 'Yeah, I'm gonna be a parent -- I get that.' But when the doctor was like, 'You're gonna have a girl,' I was like, 'What? Who am I?' It's the craziest piece of information that changes who you are," Grammer said. "It's sweet." On the Today show last year, Grammer talked about the possibility of having kids. "I'm not against it but we're just taking our time," he said. "Slow down. Everybody chill for a second. We're young, I'm heading out on tour for like three months. We're easing into it. We're slow." Fatherhood will definitely look great on Grammer and Aijia had teased the look last month when she posted on her Instagram page a photo of the singer holding their baby nephew. "Guys. My nephew is everything. #onyxlloyd," she wrote. Naturally, fans' hearts just about melted. "Andy holding a baby HELP," one person wrote. (Eonline)

Kate Hudson and Diplo Spark Romance Rumors During 2017 Oscars After-Party. Kate Hudson has always had a thing for musicians. Over 2017 Oscars weekend, the actress sparked romance rumors with Diplo after The Hollywood Reporter spotted the duo holding hands at Vanity Fair's star-studded after-party. A source tells E! News of the possible romance that Kate and the famous DJ are "hanging out," adding that their relationship is "casual and fun." This isn't the first time Hudson and Diplo have fielded speculation they're more than friends. Over the summer, Kate enjoyed a girls' trip to Ibiza where she reportedly met up with the "Express Yourself" artist in between concert dates. The could-be lovebirds were photographed leaving the 2016 Met Gala together last May. Kate and a group of her closest gal pals also enjoyed a weekend in Sin City prior to the Met Gala, where they attended a nightclub where Diplo was playing that night. Neither Kate or Diplo has commented publicly on the status of their relationship, but we can't help but picture these two working out perfectly. Diplo (real name Wesley Pentz) was previously linked to Katy Perry throughout 2014 and 2015. Hudson, on the other hand, was spotted getting flirty with Nick Jonas on multiple occasions last year. The 37-year-old mother of two recently stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where she discussed the ups and downs of dating in the digital age. Kate said she "can't imagine" using dating apps, explaining, "I just think: Why don't you just meet a guy in Starbucks? Why don't you just go up to someone, and why doesn't a guy have the guts to come up and say, 'Hey, I'm so-and-so. How about we hang out?' Maybe I'm old school." "Maybe if I'm older and I'm single still. I don't know. It's weird!" she responded to possibly reconsidering the technology. (Eonline)

Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom Break Up After Less Than a Year. Say it ain't so! Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom have gone their separate ways after about 10 months together, E! News has learned. In a statement from Perry and Bloom's reps they share, "Before rumors or falsifications get out of hand we can confirm that Orlando and Katy are taking respectful, loving space at this time." The now-exes posed for a photo during Vanity Fair's 2017 Oscars After-Party, though did not walk the red carpet by each other's side. In mid-January, the "Chained to the Rhythm" songstress hosted a surprise 40th birthday bash for Bloom, which his mom attended. Additionally, the British actor joined Perry's family over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Last March, E! News confirmed the lovebirds had become an "official couple" after taking their romance public at the 2016 Golden Globes. In the months that followed, it appeared Orlando and Katy were enjoying getting to know each other as they traveled abroad, enjoyed steamy makeout sessions and hit the campaign trails ahead of the presidential election. (Not to mention those infamous Halloween costumes...) Over the summer, a source told E! News the duo had even discussed marriage and children, revealing, "They are in love and happier than ever. [Orlando] would like to get engaged to [Katy] before the year is up." As for Perry's mindset, our insider shared, "[Marriage and children] is something Katy has always wanted when she met the man she was ready to settle down with." And during the 2016 UNICEF Snowflake Ball in November, she had nothing but kind words to say about Orlando, sharing with E! News, "He's just got the most kind heart, ever." Perhaps both stars' demanding schedules are to blame for the surprise split as Katy is in the midst of promoting her upcoming fourth studio album with multiple award show performances and press appearances. Bloom, on the other hand, has dedicated much of his recent time to ongoing charity efforts with UNICEF. (Eonline)

Orlando Bloom Snuggled With Katy Perry's Dog One Day Before Their Split. Well, things just went from 0 to 60. After fans were shocked to learn Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom broke up after two months shy of a year together, it seems the signs in hindsight are equally puzzling. Just a day before the split was confirmed, the actor shared a photo of himself snuggling with his pop star girlfriend's adorable pup, Nugget. The cryptic phrase "A Mighty Heart" was typed over the photo, begging the question -- what does it all mean? While the confusion mounts, the two showed little sign of trouble in paradise when they posed for a photo together inside Vanity Fair's 2017 Oscars after-party. However, they did not walk the red carpet together, a moment that may now indicate problems brewing. As for the reason behind their split, reps for both stars told E! News, "Before rumors or falsifications get out of hand, we can confirm that Orlando and Katy are taking respectful, loving space at this time." The stars have seemed inseparable since they were first spotted canoodling at a Golden Globes after-party in late January 2016. By early March of last year, the two headed off to Bloom's native England and later got hot and heavy on a grassy knoll at the San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, Perry's hometown. They were each other's date to stylist Jamie Schneider's wedding in Aspen in April and finished off the summer on a yacht in the land of amore -- southern Italy. They spent the fall on the presidential campaign trail with frequent joint appearances in support of Hillary Clinton and wrapped up the year by spending the holidays together with Perry's family. In January, the Grammy nominee threw a star-studded 40th birthday bash for her beau. Now, it seems this hot relationship and gone cold -- for now, at least. (Eonline)

Erm, do Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik have something to tell us? Is it something to do with being engaged?! Well, we can't be sure but Gigi Hadid *was* wearing a ring on that finger while attending a Tommy Hilfiger Paris Fashion Week party with her beau Zayn Malik. Her left hand was sporting an emerald sparkler and the model looked pretty pleased about it. They are in the city of luuuuurve, after all. The pair have been dating since the end of 2015 - is this the next step? Just Tuesday, Gigi called Zayn the 'love of her life' on Instagram stories, and now this? It's all adding up... Rumors began back in January when Gigi was spotted wearing a gold band on the same finger. (British Glamour)

Brad Pitt is reconnecting with his past. Amid the 53-year-old's bitter divorce from Angelina Jolie, he has "been texting" with ex-wife Jennifer Aniston, a source close to the Mother's Day star reveals in the new issue of Us Weekly. Pitt, who didn't have Aniston's cell phone number (they divorced in 2005 after five years of marriage), tracked it down through "a tangled web" of contacts so he could send well wishes for her 48th birthday February 11, explains the insider. "They started talking once he wished her a happy birthday." The Allied star -- currently battling Jolie, 41, for joint custody of Maddox, 15, Pax, 13, Zahara, 12, Shiloh, 10, and 8-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne -- "has confided in Jen," reveals the source. "Brad told her he's having a hard time with his split and they exchanged a few texts reminiscing about the past." While the Oscar-winning actor's personal life has been troubled since Jolie filed for divorce in September after an alleged child abuse incident that month involving Maddox (the FBI cleared the star in November), Aniston is happily settled. The 48-year-old actress, who married Justin Theroux in 2015, spent her birthday in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, with her love of six years after he whisked her away on a private jet for a romantic six-night birthday and Valentine's Day escape. And for his part, the Leftovers star, 45, wasn't rattled by his wife's phone time with her ex. "Justin is OK with them being friends," notes the insider. Besides, the source adds, he knows "Jen just wants to be nice." (US Weekly)

Catherine Zeta-Jones' Kids Want to Go Into Show Business. Catherine Zeta-Jones didn't attend the 2017 Oscars, but like millions of viewers, she watched Jimmy Kimmel entertain the audience from the comfort of her own home. "You did a fantastic job," the Feud star said on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Tuesday. "From the moment you opened, I felt like I was part of the party -- and it continued right up to the end when everyone starts to cry!" The actress won an Academy Award for her role in Chicago in 2003. "I think I hold the record of carrying the biggest jugs to the Oscars," Catherine joked while gazing at photo of her pregnant self at the ceremony. "I was 10 days before I gave birth to our daughter...It was a special night." "When I was less pregnant, they invited me to sing live with Queen Latifah -- one of the original songs. I thought it was a wonderful idea and a real honor, until 10 days before I was just about to give birth, I'm on a hydraulic lift going up, going, 'What the [heck] was I thinking?' I got through it, though. It's nerve-wracking," Catherine, 47, admitted. "I've got to say, it's terrifying." Catherine and Michael Douglas' children, Dylan Douglas, 16, and Carys Douglas, 13, want to become actors, too. "You know, I know it's going to be hard for them, because they've got their grandfather, Kirk [Douglas], they've got me, they have Michael, but they so inherently love it and they're good!" the New York-based actress raved. "They go to summer camp every year -- they do like three musicals and straight plays -- and they love it. I've had a wonderful life in this business, so if they want to do it, they know the hardships and the percentages of who makes it and who doesn't, so I just think that they've got the talent and I know that they have the drive." Of course, the nature of show business has changed over the years. Before Catherine joined the cast of Feud, which explores the rivalry between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, she spoke to her father-in-law about what it was like to make movies back in the day. Kirk said Bette "was a real broad" who "didn't give a hoot what people though," while Joan was "f--king out of her mind." To be fair, both actresses were under a lot of pressure. "You think of the Hollywood system back then -- boy, it was tough. It's tough for women today, but it was really tough then. All those women -- and men; it was tough for Kirk -- were thrown into this stable. They're all pitted against each other to see who would get the role of the season. You did what you were told. There were strict rules. Sometimes you dated who they said because you had to feed the gossip columnists. It was tough," she recalled. "These women were tough." And Kirk would know. As Catherine said, "I really could sit there for hours with him." (Eonline)

Katie Holmes Talks About Putting Suri Cruise First, Wants Her to Have a "Stable, Innocent Childhood." Katie Holmes says her and ex Tom Cruise's 10-year-old daughter Suri is the most important person in her life and she is determined to give the child a "stable, innocent childhood" despite her growing up under media scrutiny. The world first got a glimpse of the girl, the star's only child, five months after she was born in 2006, when Vanity Fair ran a cover story and pictorial featuring the family together. Over the years, including before and after Holmes and Cruise's 2012 divorce, paparazzi have often followed the actress and her daughter. "My child is the most important person to me, and her upbringing is paramount to my work right now," Holmes told Town & Country magazine, which features her on the cover of its April 2017 issue. "It's very important that I'm present and she has a stable, innocent childhood. I feel so blessed to do what I do, but there's nothing in the world better than watching your child succeed." "Every day, kids get a little further away from you," she added. "That's a positive thing. They should be becoming more independent, but it's heartbreaking. You want them to stay with you forever, but they're these amazing beings, and you have to do everything you can to give them what they need -- and then they're going to go. And that's going to be very, very sad for me." Holmes also talked to Town & Country about her newest acting project, the mini-series The Kennedys After Camelot, in which she plays Jackie Kennedy for the second time onscreen. It deals with late former President John F. Kennedy's wife's life as a widow and single mother to teens and shows how she raises them in the public eye. With regard to the former aspect, Holmes can certainly relate. "To experience something publicly and privately is a lot for a person to go through," she said. "In today's world a lot of celebrities probably shield their children from the tabloids; in my household we know what they print isn't true, so we don't pay attention. There are more important things. But it's very relatable to me; if people know who you are, they might write about you, and you can't control that." (Eonline)

Kristen Stewart Is V Magazine's "Most Beautiful" Cover Girl. If it wasn't official before, it is now: Kristen Stewart is the fairest of them all. We hardly recognized the actress thanks to the fierce platinum crop she's sporting for the cover of V Magazine's "Most Beautiful" Issue, which takes the liberty of highlighting the most gorgeous people in the world. But there's no mistaking that famous face. Stewart posed for photographer Mario Testino in a bright purple and blue Chanel ensemble against a fiery backdrop, the headline reading, "Free Spirit." Of course, her spotlight-demanding appeal is no secret to Chanel mastermind Karl Lagerfeld, who's counted Stewart as a muse for years now. "Karl has always, from the very beginning, made me feel like being myself was the right thing to do. And in [the fashion] world, that is a rarity," Stewart tells V. "He's a compulsive and obsessive artist and it's contagious. And he's kind. He is who he is for a reason. I feel so lucky to be in his space so often." A tech-inspired backdrop in another photo seems to be referencing Stewart's latest film, the very-modern thriller Personal Shopper, which is in theaters March 10 and has to do with our relationship with new forms of communication. "When you speak to someone on the phone, that is a decipherable, understandable exchange," says Stewart. "But with text and social media, it's essentially a dialogue with yourself and your interpretation of a shadow. It's not invalid; it's a new language." And in real life, the reluctantly public figure (though not quite as reluctant, lately) tries to maintain her distance from the more invasive forms of media, while also keeping her end of the I'm-a-celebrity-but-please-just-let-me-make-movies bargain. "I was in front of 500 cameras promoting my films, but not the one. Not the intimate one. Not the one that I really care about," she also tells V cryptically. Last month Stewart won raves for her Saturday Night Live hosting debut, having told Jimmy Fallon beforehand that she had always been too nervous to take the gig but ultimately felt she needed to just go for it. "For six years, I've just been being a total wuss about it and then I finally was like, at some point, you just have to bite the bullet, you know?" Stewart said, adding jokingly, "And just fail. It will make you stronger, man." She may be stronger, but she in no way failed. V's "Most Beautiful" Issue hits newsstands March 9. (Eonline)

Ariana Grande "Loved" Mac Miller-Long Before They Dated. As The Supremes sang in 1966, "You Can't Hurry Love" -- and Ariana Grande and Mac Miller are proof that the song's message still rings true. The 23-year-old "Everyday" singer graces the cover of Cosmopolitan's April issue, in which she discusses her six-month relationship with the rapper. "I met him when I was 19," says Grande, who first collaborated with Miller on "The Way" in 2013 before teaming up for the duet "My Favorite Part" in 2016. "We have loved and adored and respected each other since the beginning, since before we even met, just because we were fans of each other's talent." Four years ago, Grande was dating YouTube comedian Jai Brooks. Subsequent romances with Nathan Sykes and Big Sean followed before her relationship with Miller turned romantic. "We weren't ready at all...to be together. It's just timing," she tells Cosmopolitan (on stands March 7). "We both needed to experience some things, but the love has been there the whole time." The turn of events took Grande by surprise. "I've never looked at love as something that I need to complete me," says the singer, who kicked off her Dangerous Woman Tour Feb. 3. "I would like to be complete on my own first and fall in love with somebody who is also complete." "You can still celebrate and be totally obsessed with each other," the pop singer tells the magazine, "but I want to feel a hundred percent myself so that I can love that person better." It's obvious Grande has come into her own since her days a Nickelodeon star, and she's not afraid to speak out when she feels under attack. "A lot of times, women are labeled as a bitch or a diva for having a vision and being strong and using their voice, and it's just not the case," the musician argues. "You can be strong and be friendly. [We] don't have to be just one thing." When times get tough, Grande looks to trailblazers like Madonna for hope. "I have the utmost respect for that woman. I love her with every ounce of my being, and not just because I'm obsessed with her entire discography," the "Side to Side" singer says of the Material Girl. "I'm so inspired by her bravery and her strength. I can look at her and not be scared to be strong." (Eonline)

James Harden Sounds Off on Ex Khloe Kardashian: "I Didn't Like All the Attention." He just didn't want to keep up with the Kardashians. James Harden and Khloe Kardashian dated for eight months before calling it quits, and now the NBA player is explaining his side of the story. In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Harden revealed he didn't like the spotlight that came with dating Khloe. "I feel like it was for no reason," the Houston Rockets player said of the media frenzy that came with dating Khloe, although he didn't say her name. "I wasn't getting anything out of it except my name out there and my face out there, and I don't need that. It wasn't uncomfortable, but it wasn't me." Harden couldn't understand why fans wanted to know everything about him. "I don't need pictures of myself when I'm driving my car. Who cares? What shoes am I wearing? Who cares? Where am I eating? Who cares? It was unnecessary stuff that I think trickled down to my teammates," he continued. "I had to eliminate that." Khloe and Harden broke up in February 2016, and on her former talk show Kocktails With Khloe, the E! star hinted that it was because he was unfaithful. "I've always said, 'We don't need to be monogamous,'" Khloe said on the show. "'There's a lot of s--t going on in both of our lives. You live in Houston, I live in L.A. Let's just see each other when we see each other.' Why wouldn't you say, 'OK, that's great'? He sought me out, wanted to be committed, then wasn't committed." She added, "[I] found out he wasn't, and I got the receipts to prove it." Khloe has since found happiness with Tristan Thompson, with whom she has admitted she loves. They recently took a romantic vacation to Jamaica, where she and the Cleveland Cavaliers player hit local hotspots and went zip-lining. Harden, on the other hand, has been focusing on his basketball game. "I'm not worried about anything but hooping," Harden said. "And that may be why I'm having this kind of success." (Eonline)

Savannah Chrisley Shades Bella Thorne and Chandler Parsons. Well, this just got more confusing. Last week, Savannah Chrisley and Chandler Parsons sparked romance rumors when she appeared on Access Hollywood Live and opened up about her relationship with the Memphis Grizzlies player. "We're friends, like we met, I've gone to a game. We hang out. He's a fun person to hang out with," Savannah shared while sitting next to her dad. "He's sweet, we have fun. So we'll see where it goes!" That sounds pretty reasonable, but then her dad, Todd Chrisley weighed in on their friendship. "Listen, he's got a great personality. But, you know, he's an NBA player," the reality TV patriarch said. "I think in the NBA, you know, they're hoe hounds." Fans immediately wondered if they were dating, so the Chrisley Knows Best star clarified the rumors on social media. In an Instagram posted last Thursday afternoon, Savannah shared a quote with the wording, "Let's Get One Thing Straight. I'm Not." She then captioned the photo, "@chandlerparsons who?" But in a twist of events, now Bella Thorne is involved. The Disney starlet posted videos and photos of Parson's basketball game on Snapchat Tuesday night. She painted his jersey number on her face and wore fishnet stockings underneath his jersey and donned a purple wig. In one video, she zoomed on his socks and referred to him as "babe." Could they be dating? While Thorne was sharing her Memphis adventures, Savannah was using Instagram Live to seemingly throw some shade at Thorne. She talked about how she doesn't know if fishnets should be making a comeback unless it's for a Halloween costume. She also shared a quote on Instagram that read, "Self-absorbed people only think about what makes them feel good at the moment -- they don't have any respect or regards for anyone else. Then they wonder why their relationships fail." She captioned the quote, "Wow!!" It since has been deleted. Do you think Savannah is throwing shade? (Eonline)

Andrew Garfield's Grandmother Thought He'd Go to Clown College. Andrew Garfield has certainly proven he has a silly side. Just check out the interview I did with him back in December and you'll know what I'm talking about. Well, now his father Richard Garfield confirms this isn't anything new. I talked to Andrew's dad as he walked the Oscars red carpet with his nominee son. "He was a complete ham," Richard recalled of Andrew's childhood. "His grandmother predicted he would go to clown college." The Silence cracked, "She was correct. She was right." Andrew insisted he didn't prepare an acceptance speech for Sunday. He was up for best actor for his work in Hacksaw Ridge, a real-life drama about a pacifist soldier who refused to use any weapons while in battle. "I'm going to be sitting down and applauding whoever wins," Andrew said. "And having a nice time getting secretly drunk off the whiskey that my dad is going to be sneaking into the ceremonies." The funny apple doesn't fall far from the tree because Richard quipped, "I have one of those [beer] hats with straws on the side with whiskey in them." Garfield flew back to London the morning after the Oscars to continue rehearsals for the National Theatre's revival of Angels in America. The 25th-anniversary production of Tony Kushner's play also stars Russell Tovey, Nathan Lane and Denise Gough. Previews begin April 11 with an official opening scheduled for May 4. The play runs through August. A 2003 HBO adaptation starred Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Patrick Wilson and Emma Thompson. (Eonline)

Casey Affleck Speaks Out About Sexual Harassment Allegations Following 2017 Oscars Win. Casey Affleck is aware that not everyone was excited about his 2017 Oscars win. On Sunday night, Hollywood applauded the actor's performance in Manchester by the Sea. At the same time, some viewers couldn't help but express their disappointment at the Best Actor win. "Can we check Best Actor again," actor B.J. Novak tweeted during the show. Constance Wu added, "Boys! BUY ur way out of trouble by settling out of court! Just do a good acting job, that's all that matters! bc Art isn't about humanity, right?" In a new interview with the Boston Globe Tuesday, Casey decided to speak out about the sentiments. "I believe that any kind of mistreatment of anyone for any reason is unacceptable and abhorrent, and everyone deserves to be treated with respect in the workplace and anywhere else," he shared with the publication. "There's really nothing I can do about it. Other than live my life the way I know I live it and to speak to what my own values are and how I try to live by them all the time." In the weeks leading up to Sunday's award show, several articles brought up claims of sexual harassment stemming from a 2010 lawsuit filed by two women who worked with Casey on the film I'm Still Here. The suit was ultimately settled out of court and Casey has continuously denied the allegations. Casey's team even called the lawsuits "preposterous and without merit." During his Boston Globe interview, Casey also said both sides in the case are prohibited from commenting on the matter, and none of the people who are condemning him online know what happened. Ultimately, Casey chose to focus on nothing but positive things Sunday evening during his acceptance speech. "I wish I had something bigger and more meaningful to say, but I'm just really proud to be a part of this community and I look out at all of you and I have this whole year," he shared inside the Dolby Theatre. "I'm just dumb founded that I'm included. And it means a lot to me." Casey concluded, "Of course, my mother and my father for mostly, usually believing in me in doing this. And Ben Affleck, I love you. You ain't heavy. Thank you all very much." (Eonline)

Lance Bass Has the Best Nurses Ever While Recovering From Emergency Surgery. Lance Bass' Oscars Sunday didn't exactly go as he had originally planned. The former *NSYNC star took to Instagram to reveal that he underwent emergency surgery to remove his appendix after suffering from stomach pain. "Well this day took a turn," Bass opened up by explaining a few days ago alongside a photo of himself in a hospital bed. "I woke up with the worst stomach pains. A few hours later, I'm one appendix lighter! Oscar viewing party in my room! PS-my husband is amazing. It is so nice to have a partner in crime in these situations." Earlier Tuesday, the singer shared a snapshot from his bed at home and joked about his two handy nurses (who just so happen to be adorable as well!). "I think I'll heal very nicely with these two as my nurses. I'm home safe and sound. Thank you all so much for the well wishes. You guys are the sweetest. Love you all," Bass concluded. We're glad to see he's on the mend and has two four-legged friends helping him with the journey back to full health! (Eonline)

Rob Lowe Calls Bill Paxton His ''Closest Friend in the Industry'' in Emotional Tribute. Like all of Hollywood, Rob Lowe is mourning the loss of Bill Paxton. The Big Love star passed unexpectedly on Feb. 25 following complications from a surgery, and as Lowe relayed to The Hollywood Reporter in an essay published Tuesday, he'll never forget the impact Paxton made on his personal and professional life. Lowe and Paxton met in 1991, and years later, the close friends co-starred in heist comedy Frank and Jesse. What followed for Rob and Bill was many years of memory-making, both in front of and behind the camera. He wrote, "The first time I ever took my kids fishing was with Bill and his son... fast-forward to 20 years later my son still fishes every weekend and that's because of Bill.What made Bill really special to me was that we both lived outside of L.A. I've lived in Santa Barbara for 25 years. He lived in Ojai for 30 years." "He's one of the reasons I moved out of L.A. because I saw a really similar marriage, a really solid man who is building a life not completely centered around the business in spite of the fact that he grew up in the business," Lowe added. After kick-starting his career with roles in The Terminator and Weird Science, Paxton earned his big break with acclaimed performances in Aliens, Twister and Titanic. While filming Titanic in the late 90s, Lowe revealed Bill "sent his closest friends a book of sketches that he made of his three and a half weeks on the North Atlantic, going to dive the Titanic." "Bill is very old-school chivalrous, understood grace notes, the importance of a handwritten letter, the grand gesture. He was very much a man out of his time in a way," Rob explained. He continued, "Bill was the most loyal, old-school friend. The type that showed for every single occasion, no matter how small -- Bill would be there. If it was, you know, my kid's Bar Mitzvah, Bill's there. If it was my mother's funeral, Bill's there. If it was my book launch party, Bill's there." Lowe also opened up about leaning on Paxton in a business that doesn't necessarily lend itself to genuine relationships. "Bill was not only one of my closest friends, but he was without a question my closest friend in the industry," Rob shared. He went on, "To have someone with a common experience, that's really hard in this business, because we get to a place if we're lucky that very few people get to go, so the numbers are small to begin with and then to find somebody in that small group of people who have experienced this life, to find somebody who you're so simpatico with is a rarity. There will be no replacement for me. There will not be." (Eonline)

After seven months, Christina Grimmie's family received the slain singer's posthumous 2016 Teen Choice award for Choice Web Star: Music. "Your commitment to Christina's legacy and making your voice heard online is a blessing to us. We also acknowledge those who supported behind the scenes to make this a reality-The Grimmie's," the message read along with three photos of the surfboard prize. Over one month before the awards telecast, the 22-year-old YouTube star and Voice alum was fatally shot by a deranged fan while signing autographs during a meet and greet after her Orlando concert in June. The 2016 Teen Choice Awards, which were dedicated to ending gun violence, were criticized for the July 31 broadcast after Grimmie was omitted from a special segment honoring victims of gun violence. Host Jessica Alba invited victims from the San Bernardino, Newtown, and Orlando shootings to the stage, and they collectively asked fans and viewers to raise awareness with the hashtag #StoptheViolence. However, many noticed there was no mention or acknowledgment of Grimmie, and social media erupted in anger. In February, one of Grimmie's lifelong dreams came true when Republic Records released the lyric video to the late singer's new posthumous single, "Invisible." Her family is Her family is donating proceeds from the purchase of the single to establish a memorial fund in her name. (People)

Ricki Lake Recalls Her Ex-Husband's Battle With Bipolar Disorder Before Committing Suicide. After her ex-husband committed suicide in early February, Ricki Lake is opening up about his personal battle behind closed doors. Following her marriage to Christian Evans in 2012, the star and mother of two thought she had found the man she was going to spend the rest of her life with. However, after he was discovered with a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his car, the actress has since revealed that her ex-husband was living with bipolar disorder and endured bouts of "mania" that she described as "horrific." While Evans had been upfront with Lake about his diagnosis since the start of their relationship, his symptoms did not affect their relationship from the start. "We never fought, we never had an argument. He showed up for my kids," Lake told People of her teenage sons Milo and Owen from her first marriage to Rob Sussman. "He was this quiet force that was just all about love and goodness and wanting to help people." Still, Lake said "he had a lot of self-esteem issues and a lot of demons...but I understood him, and he was someone that I think a lot of people misunderstood." Then, two years into their marriage, she experienced one of Evans' "episodes." "I didn't know what it looked like, so I didn't see it coming," she explained to the magazine. "For me, someone who has lived with him for four years and seen how hard it was for him to get out of bed and be excited for things, I saw him starting to be happy. It presented initially as him being motivated." As the symptoms escalated, Evans "thought he could fly. He thought he could cure cancer with his hands," she recalled. "It was horrific. He just wasn't the person I had been with for four years." A therapist soon suggested Lake cut off contact with her husband and she filed for divorce, while her ex-was subsequently admitted to the hospital on a 5150 hold and later placed in a treatment center. Though their divorce had been finalized by 2015, the two moved back in together after Evans' release. "He wasn't stable, and he was so fragile," Lake explained. "But I was still in love with him, so there was something romantic about it. I wanted to save him." The living arrangement wouldn't last. This September, the symptoms returned and the two lived separately again. "I knew he was having an episode, and there was nothing I could do," Lake told People. A few months later, Lake was in London when Evans' sister texted her to say he had emailed out a suicide letter. Evans was found dead in his car two days later. "Christian didn't want to be labeled as bipolar, but he admitted he was in the note he left. That was him finally owning it. That was him giving me permission to tell his story," Lake told People. As she mourns the great loss, Lake plans to scatter some of his ashes on their favorite beach in Ibiza and will honor his memory by spreading the word about bipolar disorder and forging ahead as a self-described optimist. As she frequently writes on social media, they are "eternal soulmates." (Eonline)

The ESPN tennis announcer who was fired after using the word "guerilla" during a Venus Williams match has suffered a heart attack ... and claims it was brought on by the stress surrounding the incident. Doug Adler spoke with Clay Travis from "Outkick The Coverage" and said he was rushed to a hospital Tuesday and is still there today. Adler says his doctors are largely blaming the heart attack on stress -- and Adler says it's because he was branded a racist by people who incorrectly believe he was referring to Williams as a "gorilla" during the Australian Open. Travis mentions that Adler had previous heart conditions. As we previously reported, Adler is suing ESPN for wrongful termination. He previously told TMZ Sports he's "anything but a racist." (TMZ)

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How Britney Spears Is Helping Women Feel ''Sexy, Strong and Confident'' With Her Newest Fragrance. Want Britney Spears' killer confidence? Just spritz on a splash of her newest fragrance and hit the town. E! News spoke exclusively to the pop star about the latest addition to her perfume collection, Fantasy In Bloom, and why she's so invested in helping her fans feel good about themselves. "I love creating fragrances, and find inspiration everywhere," Spears shared. "I love helping women feel sexy, strong and confident, and I think my fragrances really reflect that. Each scent is a way for me to connect with my fans." As for the inspiration behind In Bloom, Brit shared it's a passion for anything floral that steered her toward the sweet scent. She explained, "I love flowers, they always brighten my day and make it feel special. Fantasy in Bloom makes me feel like I'm smelling a gorgeous bouquet." In Bloom, which comes packaged in a hot pink bottle decorated with white and gold cherry blossoms, brings out a different side of Spears than her first and ultra-popular fragrance, Fantasy. Spears told us, "For me, the original Fantasy is special because it expresses my feminine side, as well as my fun side. Fantasy makes women feel empowered, flirtatious and sexy." Regardless of whether she's choosing a scent fit for day or nighttime, Britney also revealed spraying on perfume is a vital step in her beauty regimen. "I love wearing perfume! I'm always changing up my scents, depending on how I'm feeling. I like to choose the fragrance that matches my mood and whatever vibe I want to give," she added. And speaking of her rules to live by when it comes to getting ready for the day, Brit shared this: "My beauty routine is super simple. I'm always outside running around with my boys, so I make sure to protect my skin with sunscreen. I never forget perfume before I run out the door." E! News also dished with Brit about how she maintains such a stunning physique. Spears attributes her concert-ready bod to one popular workout routine, explaining, "I love yoga. It's a full body workout and I always feel so relaxed when I'm done." When it comes to nutrition, Spears said, "I usually go with slices of lean turkey to keep me going through a busy day." Fantasy in Bloom by Britney Spears is available on Kohls.com. (Eonline)

Hollywood insiders say that feuding between Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway may have helped bungle the Best Picture presentation at the Oscars well before the awards show even started. The "Bonnie and Clyde" stars already had a beef ahead of the rehearsals, leading up to the epic Sunday snafu. A source says that Beatty was not pleased to be presenting with Dunaway in the first place, and that "he refused to let his rehearsal be filmed, which they needed to block out the entire show properly." The source said that Beatty took off, "leaving Dunaway to do the entire rehearsal herself .?.?. He left once he was told it was to be televised for studio blocking and other telecast needs." During the rehearsals, both Dunaway and Beatty wanted to announce the winner and bickered over it, the source said. "It is no secret that there is no love lost there," continued the insider. "Both nearly balked at doing it together at all." In the end, Beatty was tasked with opening the card (the wrong one, as it turned out), and then duly passed it to Dunaway to read out the wrong winner, "La La Land." The move sparked some speculation that Beatty set Dunaway up to read out the incorrect film. PricewaterhouseCoopers, the firm responsible for the ballots, has taken the blame for the error that wrongly crowned "La La Land" Best Picture before "Moonlight" rightfully won. "The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, [it] was immediately corrected," the firm said. Page Six reported that after the show Beatty refused to hand over the envelopes in question to the firm, which is investigating what happened. Dunaway was reportedly overheard saying, "I really f?-?-?ked that up," at the Vanity Fair after-party. When reached by phone on Tuesday night, the feisty Dunaway immediately hung up. Reps for both Beatty and Dunaway didn't get back to us. (Page Six)

Get All the Details on Ivanka Trump and Melania Trump's Congress Joint Session Outfits. While all eyes were on President Donald Trump's first Joint Session of Congress this evening, viewers couldn't help but notice Melania and Ivanka Trump's equally on-trend fashion choices. Both the First Lady and First Daughter donned designer duds in the Capitol building on Tuesday night and we've got a breakdown of all the details surrounding their sartorial choices. FLOTUS opted to wear an embellished, sleek black blazer from Michael Kors' spring 2017 collection, paired naturally with a matching skirt and belt. The jacket retails for $5,000 while the skirt goes for $4,600. Meanwhile, Ivanka hopped on social to share a photo of herself prepping for the big night ahead alongside her husband Jared Kushner via Twitter and wrote, "Getting ready to leave The White House with @RealDonaldTrump as he prepares to address Congress #JointSession." The 35-year-old businesswoman sported a fuchsia Roland Mouret Rawlings dress that'll cost you $2,995 to get your hands on it. However, if history repeats itself, it'll be pretty difficult to get either Melania or Ivanka's outfits by the time the Internet catches on -- their past looks have sold out at stores around the country within hours! Regardless, both women were dressed to the nines in their head-to-toe glam for the special evening. (Eonline)

Jennifer Aniston's $625 sunglasses got swiped during Oscars skit. Jennifer Aniston thought she was just being a good sport when she gave her $625 designer shades to a random tourist during an Oscars skit. She didn't know she wasn't getting them back, a source told The Post on Tuesday. "It just kind of happened -- and the woman walked off, keeping the sunnies,'' the source said. The unplanned gift-giving by the former "Friends'' star occurred when show host Jimmy Kimmel brought a busload of unsuspecting tourists into the Dolby Theater and immediately latched on to couple Gary Coe and his fiancee, Vicki Vines. When Kimmel found out the pair was engaged, he called on Aniston to reach into her purse and pull out a "wedding present'' for them. She came up with her Sama Eyewear sunglasses and gave them to Kimmel for Vines. The ecstatic Vines immediately put them on. But it was just "supposed to be some kind of skit ... [for Vines] to wear them like a movie star or something,'' the source said. "Then Denzel [Washington] did the 'marriage'" on stage, and the glasses were never returned. (PageSix)

Rihanna wants to go to college. Rihanna shines bright like a diamond onstage, but she wants to shine in the classroom, too. The Grammy-winning singer accepted Harvard's 2017 Humanitarian of the Year Award on Tuesday, and shared her desire to get a college degree. "You don't have to be rich to be a humanitarian. You don't have to be rich to help somebody," she said during a speech at the university. "You don't gotta be famous. You don't even have to be college-educated. I mean, I wish I was ... especially today." As the crowd laughed, the 29-year-old declared, "It's true, I might come back." Rihanna's Humanitarian of the Year Award is based on of her involvement with a number of charitable causes. She built a state-of-the-art center for oncology and nuclear medicine to diagnose and treat breast cancer in her home nation of Barbados. She also created the Clara Lionel Foundation scholarship program -- named for her grandmother who died from cancer -- for students from the Caribbean who attend college in the US. Rihanna also supports the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen Project, providing children with access to education in more than 60 developing countries. "When I was 5 or 6 years old, I remember watching TV and I would see these commercials and I was watching other children suffer in other parts of the world," she said on Tuesday. "You know? The commercials where you could give 25 cents and save a child's life. I would think to myself ... I wonder how many 25 cents I could save up to save all of the kids in Africa and I would say to myself, 'When I grow up and get rich, I'm going to save kids all over the world.' I just didn't know I'd be in the position to do that when I was a teenager." (PageSix)

When Jay Z and Beyonce were surprise guests the night before the Oscars at Harvey Weinstein's Montage Beverly Hills event, their attendance also amped up a VIP after-party in a suite upstairs. We hear Mick Jagger dashed over from a chic Chanel dinner nearby to hang with the iconic couple who were celebrating Weinstein's nominated movie "Lion." Spies said Weinstein made such a big room-service order for the après celebration -- where guests also included Salman Rushdie -- that the hotel shut down other room-service orders from 11?p.m. till 2?a.m., a guest told us. The order? "Sliders. Many, many sliders," a spy said. Weinstein's earlier bash was sponsored by Grey Goose. But of course Jay Z also had his Champagne Armand de Brignac for guests. Page Six reported that pregnant Beyonce was telling guests she'd know the genders of her twins in two weeks. (Page Six)

Oscar-winning actor Casey Affleck says he is "appalled" that a donation made by his production company may have contributed to helping President Donald Trump get into office. Affleck has been a vocal opponent of Trump while he campaigned for the Best Actor award he won Sunday for his performance in "Manchester by the Sea." But it turns out his company made a $5,000 donation to a non-profit intended to help a Trump transition. Federal filings revealed that the politically liberal actor's Affleck/Middleton Project gave $5,000 to Trump for America, BuzzFeed reported. Affleck told Page Six that he is "appalled that a donation may have been made in my company's name by someone I work with. I had no knowledge of it, was never asked and never would have authorized it." He added, "I will get to the bottom of it. The policies of the Trump administration, and the values they represent, are antithetical to everything I believe in." Affleck's producing partner John Powers Middleton has reportedly been a GOP backer and gave funds to a Trump super PAC. (Page Six)

President Trump's promise to get tough on marijuana is harshing the mellow at a famous cannabis festival in Las Vegas, which is suddenly abiding by federal laws -- meaning NO GETTING HIGH. Organizers for this year's HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cup -- which kicks off in March -- tell us weed is NOT allowed at the event this year, and that goes for headliners Ludacris, Chief Keef and Cypress Hill's B-Real too. Even though recreational weed is legal in Nevada, we're told the feds informed the Moapa Paiute Tribe -- who own the land where the event is going down -- that federal law prohibits transport, possession, use or distribution of marijuana. The threat seems clear: We'll be watching. Plus, White House press secretary Sean Spicer recently said point-blank they'd be cracking down on weed. HIGH TIMES reps say they're still expecting a great event, but want to comply to help the cannabis industry "continue to gain legitimacy and social acceptance." Talk about a buzzkill. (TMZ)

Businessman and self-help book author Tony Robbins is back with a new book after a five-year hiatus. At a party to celebrate his new tome, "Unshakable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook," he told Page Six, "There is so much volatility and fear. There is going to be a crash but we all need to prepare for it." The New York Times best-selling author said, "I hate writing books [so] I took a five-year break. So I wrote the book because I want people to be protected." He spoke to Page Six Monday night at a party hosted by Jason Binn at the Dream Hotel. Robbins continued, "The single most important thing to tell young people who are worried about the future is to become owners instead of consumers. If you own an Apple phone and do not own a percentage of Apple or any American business, you are crazy. If you are 19 or 20 years old on your first job, just save $300 a month. I know it sounds like a lot, but you can do it. Now if you put that money in the market with a group of friends and can get together $50,000 that money can equal up to $1 million by the time they are 28." (Page Six)

Music

Lady Gaga Set to Replace Beyonce at Coachella 2017. Mother Monster is officially headed to the desert. E! News can confirm Lady Gaga will perform two Saturdays at Coachella 2017 this coming April. "Let's party in the desert!" the "Born This Way" singer wrote on Twitter while sharing the adjusted lineup Tuesday evening. The news comes after Beyonce pulled out of her scheduled performances as she prepares to welcome twins with husband Jay Z. "Following the advice of her doctors to keep a less rigorous schedule in the coming months, Beyonce has made the decision to forgo performing at the 2017 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival," Coachella previously shared in a statement. "However, Goldenvoice and Parkwood are pleased to confirm that she will be a headliner at the 2018 festival. Thank you for your understanding." Beyonce was set to become the first female headliner in 10 years at the weekend festival held every year in Indio, Calif. The performances, however, also come at a special time for Lady Gaga whose most recent album is titled Joanne. Her Super Bowl halftime show was watched by more than 117 million people. And with so many eyeballs tuned into the fiery routine, it shouldn't come as a surprise that her music sales surged with roughly 150,000 song and album downloads on the night of the show. Gaga later impressed audiences yet again when she collaborated with Metallica at the 2017 Grammys. Radiohead and Kendrick Lamar are also set to headline the weekend festival that features performances from dozens of artists including Lorde, Future and DJ Khaled. And before you get ready to fork some cash, tickets for the festival are all sold out. (Eonline)

Three years after releasing her debut album Louder, Lea Michele is finally giving fans what they've been waiting for -- new music. The Scream Queens star, 30, has been teasing her new album, Places, over the last several weeks and even embarked on a series of intimate shows where she previewed some of her new songs. Michele's first single, "Love Is Alive," off the new album is "such a special song for me," she tells PEOPLE exclusively. "I wanted a song on the album that represented where I am personally in my life right now, and this song is exactly that." Available on iTunes on Mar. 3, the song is "about believing in love and the power and beauty of love," she says. "It made me so happy while recording it, and I hope it brings the same light and joy to everyone else as it has for me." The singer's album teaser video was shot downtown at an old theater that reminded her of her Broadway days. "This album is really about coming back to my roots and the music and artists that inspired me growing up," she says. "Being that I grew up in New York and on Broadway, I wanted this video to be shot at a theater to give the illusion of coming back home." (People)

Spain's Popular Paella Party Marks Tenth Year at SXSW. Spanish government-supported signature SX event cooks up latest line-up of indie bands-to-watch. Spain's annual mid-day showcase at SXSW has presented a more than 150 bands over the last decade, including discoveries Hinds and Love of Lesbian, iconic flamenco rocker Kiko Veneno and beloved singer-songwriter Nacho Vegas. But there's been one attraction which has consistently drawn crowds, bringing Sounds From Spain name recognition and a competitive edge over other events on the packed SX program: paella. Using one of Spain's tourist delights (make that two, if you count the sangria also served at the party), the government-supported promotional platform has created a captive audience of hungry music people for its annual taste of the country's indie bands. Sounds From Spain is supported by ICEX, the Spanish government's export and investment body, and counts on support from the National Institute of Performing Arts and Music, the Ministry of Culture, performing rights organization SGAE's foundation and other entities, which fund the expenses for the selected artists' travel to SXSW and the production and promotion of the daytime party (the Spanish artists are also drafted for diverse nighttime showcases.) Sounds From Spain puts the spotlight on bands who may have never performed outside of the country despite popularity in Spain, and the trip to Austin is often a starting point for fledgling gigs in other U.S. cities. But Carlos Villar, who coordinates the talent for Sounds From Spain, stresses that artists should not see the chance to perform at the Paella Party as a free lunch. Bands can apply online to be considered for Spain's half dozen slots at SX, and competition to be chosen to represent the country's currently burgeoning indie scene is fierce. "Our focus is commercial," Villar says. "Participating artists have to come to us with a solid marketing plan. It's not enough to say you're going to do a few concerts and see what happens. The band's proposal is like a business plan: we ask them to submit their latest album and document their tours, but also give us any kind of additional information that will allow us to decide if they are the right band for the market." Villar explains that this year 40 Spanish hopefuls were pre-selected by SXSW; of those, Sounds of Spain settled on six. They include Triangulo de Amor Bizarro, a Galician rock band whose latest album, Salve Discordia, was named the best album by a Spanish artist in 2016 by Spain's Music Journalists Association. Popular neo-folk singer-songwriter Joana Serrat, who sings in English and Catalan, cites Bob Dylan and Neil Young as influences, but has only performed once in the United States until now. Trap artist Yung Beef, Madrid pop-rock band Izal, Ramirez Exposure-a psychedelic pop group from Valencia -- and Galician garage rock trio Novedades Carminha complete the lineup. "Every year it's getting more difficult to choose the artists," Villar says. "There is so much talent. We had twelve years of decline in the music industry. Now we're trying to re-invent ourselves." Streaming music subscriptions passed the one million mark in Spain for the first time in 2016, with overall music sales showing an increase for the third consecutive year. Sounds From Spain, which has a roughly 400-thousand euro budget for the year, will participate in seven international events in 2007, including Womex in Katowice, Poland; New York's LAMC and Santiago de Chile's Pulsar. "We've now made it a priority to be present in events in Latin America and where there is Latin music in the broadest sense of the word," Villar says, noting that while many Spanish bands in recent years have sought international success by singing in English, they are now recognizing the potential of recording and performing in Spanish, courting a global audience that has been unified by social media. "We are focusing more on the Latin American market, thinking that the bands have a lot more possibilities there." Villar notes that this year's tenth anniversary SXSW showcase will demonstrate the current quality of the music being produced all over Spain. And of course, there will be paella and sangria. (Billboard)

Goldenvoice Confirms Hack of Coachella Website. Goldenvoice has warned Coachella.com account holders of a potentially large data breach. In a message sent to users on Tuesday, the concert promoter said it recently discovered that hackers gained access to personal information, including full names, email addresses, phone numbers and birth dates provided to Coachella by festival-goers using the website. Organizers stressed that no user passwords were stolen in the security breach, and that all "unauthorized third parties" have been blocked from further access. The hack was reported to authorities and is currently under investigation, the festival said. The promoter then advised Coachella.com account holders to "be aware that you may be targeted by phishing emails sent from people impersonating Coachella personnel. Please remember that Coachella will never solicit personal information or account information from you via email. Please exercise caution if you receive any emails or phone calls that ask for such information, or direct you to web sites where you are asked for personal or financial information." Coachella.com accounts are separate from the ticket purchasing process, and are used by fans primarily to customize their lineups, activate wristbands and to post on the festival message board. The site to register new accounts remains active, but current users are advised to change their passwords stat. Ticket purchasing accounts, which would host credit card numbers and other sensitive information, were not impacted by the hack. Goldenvoice did not immediately respond to a request for further comment on the breach. This splash of bad news for Coachella preceded the announcement late Tuesday that Lady Gaga has replaced Beyonce as one of the festival's main headliners. The booking, which Gaga confirmed on Twitter, was first reported by Billboard. (Billboard)

Jason Aldean's 'Any Ol' Barstool' Soundtracks Heartache & Barroom Brawls in New Video. Jason Aldean's single "Any Ol' Barstool" is the soundtrack of heartache and a fat lip in his new video. The Shaun Silva-directed clip follows a fighting couple, while the man is at work as a bartender and the woman is home waiting for his texts. He mixes business and pleasure through the night with some of his friends and hers before a fight breaks out at the bar and he gets injured while getting involved. The They Don't Know clip ends with the man receiving some attention for his wounds at the hands of another woman when his concerned girlfriend shows up. It's a depressing scene, as both women walk out and there's no telling what will happen next. (Billboard)

Movies

Brad Pitt Goes to Battle in Netflix's War Machine Trailer. We've seen Brad Pitt go to war before, but it's never been this funny. Netflix released the first trailer for his new satire film, War Machine, Wednesday morning. Pitt stars as U.S. general Stanley McChrystal, whose confidence is cut down by a journalist's expose. David Michôd directed the film, which Pitt produced with Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner. Inspired by the late Michael Hastings' best-selling book The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America's War in Afghanistan, War Machine was green-lit in June 2015, with principal photography slated to begin that August. "War Machine is a rip-roaring, behind-the-facade tale of modern war decision-makers, from the corridors of power to the distant regions of Americas ambitions," Netflix's chief content officer Ted Sarandos told E! News at the time. "Brad and David are a perfect team to make this timely, compelling and entertaining film." Pitt, who last starred in Allied, added, "We are so excited to be a part of the inspiring commitment by Netflix to produce cutting-edge content and to deliver it to a global audience." Michôd added, "I'm humbled to be making a big, bold movie about the whole sprawling, complex, cumbersome and crazy machinery of modern war and the many lives it touches." The star-studded cast also includes Emory Cohen, RJ Cyler, Topher Grace, Anthony Michael Hall, Ben Kingsley, John Magaro, Scoot McNairy, Will Poulter, Alan Ruck, Lakeith Stanfield, Tilda Swinton and Meg Tilly. War Machine will begin streaming exclusively on Netflix May 26. (Eonline)

At the start of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, and Groot find themselves transformed from zeroes into superheroes. Well, sort of. "They're kind of famous and they're kind of rock stars in their own mind," says executive producer Jonathan Schwartz. "They're a little bit more full of themselves, they're a little bit more confident." How exactly does that affect the group power dynamic? You'll have to wait until the film is released on May 5 to find out -- but the movie's latest trailer, which debuted Tuesday night on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, gives some hints about what is to come, including some adorable Baby Groot moments, plenty of heavy artillery, some sort of team-up between the Guardians and their former foe Nebula (Karen Gillan), and an encounter with Star-Lord's dad, Ego (Kurt Russell), all to Fleetwood Mac's 1977 hit "The Chain" (hello there, Awesome Mix Vol. 2). Written and directed by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 also stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Sean Gunn, Pom Klementieff, and Elizabeth Debicki. (People)

Josh Gad's LeFou Is Gay in Disney's Live-Action Beauty and the Beast. Emma Watson made some changes to Belle in Disney's live-action adaptation of the 1991 animated musical Beauty and the Beast, but she's not the only character to a new backstory. In Attitude's April issue, director Bill Condon reveals LeFou (Josh Gad) has a small but significant subplot amid all the song and dance numbers. "LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston (Luke Evans). He's confused about what he wants. It's somebody who's just realizing that he has these feelings," Condon says. "And Josh makes something really subtle and delicious out of it. And that's what has its payoff at the end, which I don't want to give away. But it is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie." Gad later tweeted that he is "beyond proud" to be making Disney history, as this is the first time an openly LGBTQ character will appear onscreen in one of the film studio's blockbusters. Lyricist Howard Ashman, who died before the 1991 animated feature premiered in theaters, saw it as a "metaphor for AIDS," Condon says. "He was cursed, and this curse had brought sorrow on all those people who loved him, and maybe there was a chance for a miracle and a way for the curse to be lifted," he adds. "It was a very, very concrete thing that he was doing." The animated film has long resonated with the LGBTQ community, and the new cast and crew hope the live-action adaptation will do the same. "It's about that sense of persecution," Dan Stevens, who plays Beast, says. "Belle is seen as a bit of a freak within her community, this girl who reads and invents things and is a bit too clever for the local Establishment. And Beast is obviously persecuted because of his appearance." Watson adds that "it was really important" for herself and Stevens to "develop and understand why each of our characters feel as if they don't fit in. I certainly felt watching the original that I wanted to know more about why Belle feels that she's different and why she wants to be different and why she's naturally different." Fans will get to see how the characters have been redeveloped when Beauty and the Beast hits theaters March 17. "It may have been a long time coming, but this is a watershed moment for Disney," Attitude's editor-in-chief Matt Cain says in the April issue. "By representing same-sex attraction in this short but explicitly gay scene, the studio is sending out a message that this is normal and natural -- and this is a message that will be heard in every country of the world, even countries where it's still socially unacceptable or even illegal to be gay. It's only a first step towards creating a cinematic world that reflects the one in which many of us are now proud to live. But it's a step in the right direction and I applaud Disney for being brave enough to make it -- and in doing so hopefully helping to change attitudes and bring about real social progress." (Eonline)

Why Martin Scorsese's Next Movie Will Cost More Than $125M. 'The Irishman,' the Oscar winner's first film for Netflix, which will star Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, is the real-life story of Frank Sheeran, a Teamsters official who confessed to killing Jimmy Hoffa. Martin Scorsese told an audience at the British Film Institute in London on Feb. 22 that watching a movie at home wasn't the "best way." How ironic then that the day before, news surfaced that the helmer was closing a deal with theater owners' nemesis Netflix to fund his new film, The Irishman. The terms may have been too sweet to resist in the wake of the ultra-expensive period piece leaving Paramount after Scorsese ally Brad Grey's departure from the studio. The streaming giant has agreed to pay $120 million for worldwide rights to the picture, expected to cost between $120 million and $150 million. The Irishman will use expensive technology to make its three stars -- Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci -- appear at ages 30, 50 and 70 to tell the real-life story of Frank Sheeran, a Teamsters official who confessed to killing Jimmy Hoffa. Before shooting gets underway, Scorsese and his reps (led by WME's Ari Emanuel and manager Rick Yorn) will have to untangle a series of foreign-sales deals that were put in place before Netflix's involvement. In 2016, STX Entertainment made a splashy $50 million deal for international rights with Mexican financier Gaston Pavlovich, one of the producers of Scorsese's last picture, Silence. STX in turn sold various rights to foreign distributors. Now STX likely will have to move aside or make a legal claim. It wouldn't be the first time Netflix has swooped in to outspend its rivals: It did much the same with Dee Rees' Mudbound, paying a festival high $12.5 million at Sundance in January. Sources say Scorsese is optimistic and has written to Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos personally to assure him everything can be resolved. (Hollywood Reporter)

China's Latest Hollywood Megadeal Leaves a $100M Open Question. 'Expendables' and 'Olympus Has Fallen' backer Avi Lerner announced a sale of 51 percent of his Millennium Films, but will it actually happen? Just a few weeks ago, Avi Lerner was poised to collect $205 million through the sale of his Millennium Films to China's Recon Holding. Then, sources say, he changed his mind, selling 51 percent for $100 million. Now it's uncertain whether the indie maverick (and backer of franchises The Expendables and Olympus Has Fallen) will get the cash at all. Several Chinese sources are skeptical that the deal will close in light of Chinese regulators' crackdown on overseas investment by local firms, part of a broad effort to stem capital outflow. While contracts have been signed, antitrust regulations have to be cleared. The heightened scrutiny may have derailed the sale of The Hurt Locker producer Voltage Pictures to Chinese metals manufacturer Anhui Xinke New Materials and delayed Dalian Wanda Group's $1 billion takeover of Dick Clark Productions. The Millennium purchase is smaller, but in doubt. "People are confused by what exactly Recon is," says one Chinese film company president. It's a subsidiary of Recon Group, headed by Tony Xia, a businessman with little public profile until he took over British soccer club Aston Villa in 2016. In a Feb. 23 news release announcing the purchase, Recon Holding described itself as being "principally involved in two categories of business": film/TV production and the manufacture of industrial wires and cables. But several Chinese entertainment executives surveyed say they've never heard of it. "If [Recon] is not fully recognized by the China Securities Regulatory Commission as an entertainment and media company," says one exec, "the deal could get rejected." One Hollywood insider, however, is optimistic: "The deal's been signed. The only hitch would be if there's an antitrust problem, which there won't be, or if the Chinese can't get the money out of China." Recon is believed to have cash in Hong Kong, which should make a money transfer easier. "If the money is already offshore, they won't need approval," says a Beijing media investor. Otherwise, "there's zero chance this deal gets done." Lerner did not respond to calls for comment. (Hollywood Reporter)

Will Disney's Bob Iger Run for President in 2020? Hollywood Friends Are Nudging. Iger told THR in June that "a lot of people have urged me to seek political office," and now he's considering the prodding for him to lead the Democratic ticket. Disney CEO Bob Iger already runs the world's most successful media company. But could his impeccable mogul credentials carry him to the Oval Office? Sources say Iger has told friends he is considering their nudges that he make a run for president in 2020 as a Democrat. There's a hitch. Any political future would hinge on Iger, 66, finding a Disney successor, of course. (Complicating matters, in February, he told financial analysts he would be "open" to remaining as CEO after his contract ends in June 2018.) Iger told THR in June that "a lot of people -- a lot -- have urged me to seek political office" but denied he would consider a run for California governor or senator, positions that historically have served as stepping stones to the White House. However, Iger didn't specifically address the prospect of a White House run at the time. Sources add that he has since consulted with former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg about making the leap from the board room to high office (Bloomberg served as mayor of the nation's largest city from 2002-12 despite no prior public service). Iger has plenty of friends in high places within the Democratic Party. Former Vice President Al Gore told THR in January that he counts fellow Apple board member Iger among his closest Hollywood friends. A number of politically plugged-in industries say they would welcome an Iger-led Democratic ticket. Others point out that President Trump, though wildly unpopular in Hollywood, has paved the way for a businessman who has never held public office to become the leader of the free world. Whoever ultimately tops the ticket -- be it Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren or Washington Gov. and rising star Jay Inslee or Iger -- Hollywood is sure to oppose a second Trump term with unprecedented unity. This past election, some heavy hitters like David Geffen sat on the sidelines rather than back Hillary Clinton, a scenario that won't likely be repeated. "Regardless of who is on the Democratic ticket in 2020, I expect Hollywood to rally around the candidate in a way that far eclipses 2016 given the industry's distaste for Trump's presidency," says Gotham Group's Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, who along with husband Jon Vein, hosted more than a dozen industry fundraisers for Clinton, including one that the former secretary of state attended last year. (Hollywood Reporter)

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T.I. and Tiny's reality show was on the brink of death -- much like their marriage -- but it's their divorce that's giving the show at least one more season ... TMZ has learned. Sources close to "T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle" tell us VH1 is bringing the series back for a sixth season that will focus on the estranged couple's efforts to co-parent in the aftermath of Tiny filing for divorce. We're told the network met with producers about canceling the show, even though Tip and Tiny wanted to keep cameras rolling. Producers convinced VH1 execs the relationship drama could bring in a huge audience, and boom -- the show was saved. While they shot most of season 5 separately, our sources say they'll be together more often next season. We're told things are still strained for sure, but Tiny's in no rush to finalize a divorce. Tip said as much Tuesday when he slipped about where he was on Feb. 14. (TMZ)

'Better Call Saul' Season 3 Will Offer First Look at Saul Goodman "It will be Saul Goodman, but not the way you know him from 'Breaking Bad'," said star Bob Odenkirk in Berlin Wednesday. After two seasons playing well-meaning, if morally compromised Jimmy McGill in Better Call Saul, Bob Odenkirk said he will be unleashing the true Saul Goodman, slime ball lawyer extraordinaire, in the upcoming season 3 of the AMC series. "For the first time we get to see Saul Goodman," Odenkirk announced at an event in Berlin Wednesday. "But not the way you think. You'll get to see Saul Goodman, but he is not what you saw in Breaking Bad. That character will appear but in a slightly different form that you've seen it." In another mini-spoiler for season 3, Odenkirk said that Giancarlo Esposito's return as revenge-bent drug kingpin Gus Fring from Breaking Bad will not just be a short cameo. "Not only is Gus back, but there is a story with him," Odenkirk said. "We get to know more about his empire building, more about Gus' empire and how he built it." Better Call Saul returns to AMC in the U.S. and on Netflix worldwide on April 10. (Hollywood Reporter)

'The Americans' Season 5 to Feature More Family Bonding. Plus showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields reveal how far along they are in scripting the end of the Cold War drama about undercover Russian spies living in the U.S. as it begins its final two seasons. When viewers last saw the Jennings family on The Americans, dad Philip (Matthew Rhys) was walking teenage daughter Paige (Holly Taylor) back to their house, angrily insisting she avoid hanging out with Matthew, the teenage son of their FBI agent neighbor, with whom she'd gotten increasingly close. Even though Paige now knows the truth about her parents -- that they're Russian spies -- the question remains whether she'll join the family business. Still, she's already been collecting intel (and reporting back to her parents) on her minister, Pastor Tim, after revealing the family's secret identity to him. And she reported back to her parents what Matthew told her about his dad's work. So is Paige romantically interested in Matthew or just using him to get information about the FBI as a prospective spy? Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter at The Americans' season-five premiere in New York over the weekend, Taylor said "it's a little bit of both. And, as teasers for season five show Paige continuing a relationship with Matthew, perhaps knowing what she does about her parents makes her feel like she can push the boundaries as a teenager. "I think even in season one, she was attracted to Matthew Beeman, so there's definitely some of that in there," Taylor said. "But I think also she kind of sees it as like maybe I could get away with doing this because I can use him as a source and I can get my parents to support me. But they don't really see it that way, so it's very complicated for her." Meanwhile, Matthew's dad, Stan (Noah Emmerich), remains thrilled about the pairing, seeing his friends the Jennings as an upstanding American family. "I think Stan's a big fan of Paige. I think he loves the Jennings, thinks they're a great, wholesome, warm family, close by," Emmerich told THR. "Paige seems like a solid young lady. I think he had some concerns about Matthew. I don't know who Matthew's dated in the past, but Paige is marriage material. It's all good with Stan if that continues." And Paige's younger brother, Henry, who'd already been hanging out with Stan, doesn't see his sister as intruding on his turf, according to Keidrich Sellati, who plays the youngest member of the Jennings family. "Henry's kind of a playful guy so he sort of makes fun of her for it," Sellati said. "[Henry's] still close with Stan. They do even get a little bit closer. And Paige and Matthew get closer as well." Moreover, Henry, who's been out of the loop with Paige and his parents with respect to his parents' work as spies, will be more involved with his parents, but that's due to their initiative not his, Sellati said. "His parents are getting more involved with his life but not vice versa. So his parents are starting to find out more about him and how he's been doing at school, out of school, just in general," Sellati told THR. "No more just playing on the computer for him, either. He's starting to grow up." Teasers for season five suggest that Paige is still shaken by the mugging attempt at the end of season four and witnessing her mom defend the two of them by killing fighting off their attackers and killing one of them. "I think it really affects her heavily," Taylor told THR. "I mean it's not every day you see your own mother kill someone. Never mind seeing anybody dead or anything, your own mother having the capability to do that to somebody I think is so much new and scary information for her, so I think she has to get that image out of her head somehow and also carry the fear that what if someone does come up to her when she's in the parking lot and she can't protect herself, so I think it ties into a lot of her emotions." Paige also appears to be learning self-defense in the new season, something which seems to please her mom, Elizabeth (Keri Russell). "These people, so much of their life has been secret, so I think it's a huge relief to be able to show a part of herself that's been hidden and that she's proud of," Russell says of how Elizabeth feels about being able to connect with her daughter in that way. "So I think there's an incredible closeness that she feels with Paige and she's able to share that." The one mugger was far from the only person to die in season four, as The Americans also killed off characters Nina Krilova (Annet Mahendru) and Frank Gaad (Richard Thomas), events that are continuing to take their toll on Stan, Emmerich said. "I think he's feeling the pain, loss and jeopardy that he puts people in that is the world of his job," Emmerich said. "I think he is ever committed as always to capturing the illegals and protecting the security of the country. I think the accumulation of the human cost of this world is growing for Stan. He lost his first partner, he lost his lover.... It's a lot of death and destruction in the wake of this endeavor. I think that has an impact as I imagine it would for anybody who's not a sociopath. So I think he's struggling with it. It's been a hard road for Stan." Season five is the first of The Americans' final two seasons, and while castmembers on hand for this past weekend's premiere said they didn't know what would ultimately happen to their characters, showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields are close to figuring out the details of the end of the series. They've already finished writing season five, and have been for some time, Fields said, and are filming episodes 12 and 13 of that season. As for season six, Fields said, "We're pretty deep into it. We've been taking our walks and writing up a lot of story. We had a lot of story but now it's turning into detail." Weisberg added, "We're in this weird place where we're both at the beginning and we're finished. It's hard to describe. We've kind of broken the whole thing but it's very early stages so we're at the beginning of it. So it's sort of a good place to be." Earlier he explained that knowing they had two seasons to wrap up the series allowed them to figure out how they would construct the ending across those episodes. "In a way, we really figured out a lot of the story for both of these two seasons at once, which was very helpful and clarifying," Weisberg said. "Having that much of a blueprint for where you're going lets you know both plot-wise and emotionally where you need to go and what you need to accomplish. It sounds harder but it made everything easier. Even this one season was made easier." (Hollywood Reporter)

Kim Cattrall to Play U.S. President in Swedish Crime Series. The 'Sex and the City' star has joined the cast of 'Modus' for the second season. From Sex and the City to crime and the Swedish capital. Kim Cattrall has joined the cast of Swedish detective series Modus for its second season, taking on the role of the U.S. president who arrives in Stockholm for a state visit. The trip takes a turn for the worst, with "devastating consequences," according to a description in the casting announcement on Wednesday. "I am pleased to be joining the Modus production in their second season and am looking forward to spending time in Sweden, a country I have always wanted to visit," said Cattrall. "As a fan of the great Swedish director Ingmar Bergman, I look forward to my time here." An original series for Nordic streaming service C More, the first season of Modus followed psychologist and profiler Inger Johanne Vik (Melinda Kinnaman) as she found herself, and her autistic daughter, drawn into an investigation surrounding a series of disturbing and brutal deaths. The case led her to team up with detective Ingvar Nymann (Henrik Norlen), and together they set about uncovering the clues to these shocking crimes. The second season is currently in production and will air this fall. The show airs in countries including the U.K., Canada, Australia, France and Japan. Danish production firm Miso Film, in which Bertelsmann-controlled RTL Group's FremantleMedia owns a majority stake, is producing the show. "We are so proud and happy that Kim has joined the cast of Modus to play the U.S. president. It's really a dream come true," said Sandra Harms, producer at Miso. "In a time when no one can keep their eyes off U.S. politics and its implications far beyond America's borders, Modus season 2 moves into the international arena. Kim is not only a fantastic actress with great authority, but also highly engaged and informed in U.S. politics, which has already added a lot to the character and the story." (Hollywood Reporter)

Univision used Elmo, Cookie Monster and his pals to pull off a musical heist -- so claims a famous Puerto Rican singer who's suing the network. Joel Bosh is best known as Taino -- who had the 90s hit, 'Yo Soy Boricua' -- and says Univision jacked that song to promote "Sesame Amigos" ... the Spanish version of "Sesame Street." He says the commercial ran in Puerto Rico. In docs obtained by TMZ, Taino says he's very picky about letting anyone use his musical calling card. He gave boxer Felix "Tito" Trinidad and the Puerto Rican Day Parade in NYC the green light. Same for a Church's Chicken commercial, but that's about it. To be clear, 'Sesame' producers are not named in the suit -- Taino just wants Univision to pay up. (TMZ)

TV Ratings: Trump's Congress Address Falls From Comparable Obama Speech. Up from recent State of the Union addresses, the event is still off a steep 17 percent from 2009. President Donald Trump made his first big televised appearance from the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday night, addressing a joint session of Congress and blanketing the Big Four and the cable news networks for more than an hour. The event predictably topped the night's few other telecasts, grossing a 27.8 overnight rating among metered-market households on the seven most prominent networks to air it. Compared to President Barack Obama's first address in 2009, Trump's early ratings are down by 17 percent. Fox News, which the Trump audience has shown itself to be especially fond of, led coverage on cable and broadcast -- while NBC News topped among the Big Four. Never dubbed a State of the Union for a first-year, first-term president, the address to the joint sessions of congress is nevertheless a huge event -- often a bigger one than subsequent SOTUs. President Barack Obama averaged 52.4 million viewers (initially a 33.4 overnight rating) across networks when he spoke in 2009, when the country was suffering from a recession. His subsequent addresses never reached that height. Speeches of this sort tend to draw the biggest crowd in times of uncertainty, which is why President George W. Bush peaked in early 2003, on the eve of the Iraq War, with 62 million viewers. Like Obama, Bill Clinton peaked with his joint session -- pulling 66,900,000 in 1993, an audience he never came close to duplicating even when embroiled in scandal. Prior to Tuesday, Trump's biggest TV spectacle in office was his Jan. 19 inauguration. The Apprentice producer's tally of not-quite 31 million viewers fell far short of Obama's first inauguration in 2009, but it did rank as the second-most-watched since Ronald Reagan took office. His final audience for the joint sessions address will end up being slightly higher. (Hollywood Reporter)

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