Wednesday, March 29, 2017

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Scarlett Johansson Talks Importance of Leaving ''Work Stuff Behind'' to Be ''Present'' for Her Daughter. Scarlett Johansson knows life as a working mom isn't always the easiest. E! News caught up with the actress while promoting her new film Ghost in the Shell, where she dished on the importance of prioritizing her 3-year-old daughter Dorothy Dauriac over work-related commitments and stresses. "Even when I was shooting [Ghost in the Shell] I was still nursing," she shared. "That is a very grounding [thing.] If you ever needed to return to yourself, that is a pretty wonderful way to come back to yourself when you go home." Scarlett, who co-parents her little girl with recent ex Romain Dauriac, "You have to leave all that work stuff behind and be able to present with your kid. I am very thankful that's my reality at the end of the day." In addition to balancing motherhood with an extremely demanding schedule, Scarlett was tasked with shaping her already incredible physique into that of crime-fighting cyborg. But as an action movie veteran, the 32-year-old embraced the strict fitness and diet routine. Johansson explained, "Getting up, going to the gym, eating clean and working a long day and then going to bed and sleeping well and getting up and doing it again the next day. You kind of fall into this routine." "I actually appreciate that discipline," she added. "It helps me focus on my job. I think when you're that disciplined, the cheat doesn't really exist. You're like, 'I earned this piece of chocolate cake. I'm going to go for it.' You don't even think about it." Ghost in the Shell hits theaters March 31. (Eonline)

Michelle Pfeiffer Explains Her Disappearance From Hollywood. Where has Michelle Pfeiffer been? It turns out the answer is pretty simple. "I've never lost my love for acting. I feel really at home on the movie set. I'm a more balanced person honestly when I'm working," says Pfeiffer, who last appeared onscreen in 2013's The Family (opposite Robert De Niro). "But I was pretty careful about where I shot, how long I was away, whether or not it worked out with the kids' schedule. And I got so picky that I was unhirable. And then...I don't know, time just went on." "When the student is ready," she adds, "the teacher appears." The actress, who has three movies in post-production, marks her return to Hollywood by appearing on the cover of Interview's April issue. "I'm more open now, my frame of mind, because I really want to work now, because I can," she tells director Darren Aronfosky. "And these last few years I've had some really interesting opportunities. And I have this weird synchronicity with Annette Bening. I was supposed to do Bugsy; I fell out of that. She did it, so she met Warren [Beatty]. That wouldn't have happened. And then she was supposed to do Batman Returns; She fell out of that. I replaced her. So, we're always kind of tag-teaming." Although Pfeiffer "disappeared" for a few years, she never lost her passion for movie making. "What's interesting is, there's always a lot of talk to young people about finding their passion, following their passion. But I remember reading somewhere that a lot of people don't have a passion. And there's this pressure to have one. It's perfectly fine not to have one," the actress explains. "But to be lucky enough to know what that is at such a young age is really a blessing." Surprisingly, Pfeiffer didn't always see herself as an actress. "I'm from Orange County, Southern California, and couldn't have been more removed from the entertainment business," the actress says. "In fact, I didn't really even go to the movies much. My mother didn't drive. My father couldn't be bothered. So, I didn't really go anywhere. But what I did do is I would stay up really late watching old movies on television. I can't even tell you what they were because I was so young. But I remember watching what they were doing and saying to myself, 'I can do that.'" After a stint in stenography school, Pfeiffer worked as a cashier at a supermarket. It didn't take long before the job made her "frustrated" and she searched for a career with more purpose. "I remember distinctly standing in the check stand in a fit of desperation and wanting to tell one of these customers where they could shove this cantaloupe. I thought to myself, 'What do you want to do with the rest of your life?'" the 58-year-old Scarface star recalls. "And it was acting." But in the back of her mind, Pfeiffer must have known she was destined to be an actress -- right? "I guess I did. I must have been a very dramatic child. Because my mother used to call me 'my little actress.' And maybe that's it," she concedes. "I'm discovering this for the first time." Pfeiffer -- who next appears in The Wizard of Lies, Mother! and Murder on the Orient Express -- also took theater classes in high school, which gave her the assurance to pursue acting as a full-time profession years later. "To be lucky enough to know what that is at such a young age is really a blessing. I actually got some really positive feedback from my teacher in high school. She said that I should take it seriously. It gave me just that little bit of confidence that acting was something that I innately knew how to do," the Grease 2 star says in Interview. "It tapped into that part of me that somehow knew when I was watching those movies on television." In the beginning of her career, Pfeiffer rarely felt ready. "I didn't have any formal training. I didn't come from Juilliard. I was just getting by and learning in front of the world," she admits. "I've always had this feeling that one day they're going to find out I'm really a fraud that I really don't know what I'm doing. I've taken a lot of workshops, worked with some really masterful teachers, and I don't know that my method has actually changed from the beginning. I still work pretty instinctually -- it's a little bit like hearing the rhythm of the character in your head." What did those years of internal struggle teach Pfeiffer? "It's OK to fail. You try different things. Like a designer with Post-it notes, you throw out bad idea after bad idea until you stumble upon the good one. It's by accident. And that's what I did," Pfeiffer says. "I was young enough to think, 'OK, well, I have this safe job at Vons, a good job I can make a living at, with benefits, but what I really want to do is be an actor. And I'm young enough that, if I fail, I can do something else.' Somehow I had the courage to do that." (Eonline)

The Arrangement's Josh Henderson Felt Sparks Between Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan During Step Up: ''I Saw It Coming." Just call him Cupid! During a break from his Rogue magazine cover shoot (on stands June 1) at SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills, E! News' Zuri Hall chatted with The Arrangement star Josh Henderson about his role in 2006's breakout hit Step Up alongside Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum. If you remember in the movie, Josh portrayed Brett Nolan, the boyfriend of Jenna's character, Nora Clark. That is, until she was literally swept of her feet by her now-husband's character, Tyler Gage. But even back then, almost 10 years ago, the 35-year-old actor already had a feeling the costars would go on to become one of Hollywood's cutest It couples. "From them meeting, they were just so good together," Josh recalled. "They had so much fun together and there's no surprise. I saw it coming." But, would Josh, who still keeps in touch with both Channing and Jenna, ever be game for a Step Up reunion? "Why not? Of course!" Josh replied. "People love that movie. It was good to be a part of it." You heard it here first, dance fans! And, with a career in the business spanning over a decade, the Dallas native has also worked with a lot more famous faces, including Oscar winner Emma Stone. (Eonline)

Dynasty's Linda Evans Was 'Disturbed' Watching Dash Cam Footage of Her Own DUI Arrest: 'I Saw the Pain in My Eyes'. After dash cam footage of her 2014 DUI arrest surfaced last week, Dynasty legend Linda Evans is clearing the air on speculations of whether or not the beloved former actress was suffering from a addiction problem. "When I saw the footage, I was surprised because I don't remember myself that way," Evans exclusively tells PEOPLE. "That's not the way I perceive myself. To see it, it was disturbing. I saw the pain in my eyes. It just took me right back to the moment." In May 2014, the 74-year-old was pulled over in her home state of Washington for driving erratically. According to the incident report obtained by PEOPLE, Evans was drifting from lane to lane and, at one point, drifted into oncoming traffic. When asked to do a field sobriety test, Evans demonstrated "sluggish behavior, lack of coordination, inability to stand without falling over" and her movements were "slow and lethargic." Evans contributed this behavior to a dislocated disc in her back and had admitted to taking an unknown pain pill earlier that morning. "That day was pivotal for me because in hindsight, I wished I had made better judgment," she admits. "I drove to water therapy, but should have stayed home because I felt so weak from back pain." Evans continues, "When I saw the brutal coverage in the pop news story, it actually showed me how far I've come. It's easy to love ourselves when we look beautiful and feel perfect. But when we feel vulnerable to our own criticism, and other people's criticism, these moments define us. This opportunity helped me learn to stand by myself, in my journey of recovery. And now I feel liberated from my own critical mind. Life can be messy, and a little compassion for ourselves is what self-love is about." Best known for her role as Krystle Carrington on the 1980s ABC prime time soap opera Dynasty, Evans says she doesn't yearn for the glitz and glam of Hollywood anymore. "I don't miss it at all," she admits. "It was beautiful. What a ride Dynasty was. It was phenomenal in terms of what a beautiful experience. I loved it, but thank God I could do whatever I wanted to do." Now, Evans says her back pain has been healed due to multiple laser surgeries and maintains a healthy lifestyle while traveling the country, giving motivational speeches to women. "Every morning I say, 'Thank you God I am well!' You only have to lose it to appreciate it," she says. "I'm very grateful I still have a lot to do!" (People)

Here's Why Milo Ventimiglia Quit Using Instagram More Than Four Years Ago. It seems Milo Ventimiglia is everywhere these days. Everywhere, except Instagram. The This Is Us star has remained noticeably absent from Instagram since early 2013, and despite having 590,000 followers, don't expect him to return any time soon. In an interview with the Associated Press, Ventimiglia addressed the reason why he quit the social media platform more than four years ago. "I got into Instagram because I had always been into photography. Since I was a kid, I had a camera in my hand from vacations to family stuff. I always was shooting," he explained. Milo continued, "Instagram started as a place, a collective group of photographers and artists, to just kind of share their work and their lives. And at a certain point, after doing it for three years, I saw it change... Nobody was looking at the photos, they were asking me about my acting jobs, and I kind of went, 'Oh man.'" "It felt like it had lost what I had grown to love about it as a photographer and I just randomly stopped," he revealed. Milo's account is still active, and his most recent photo is a picturesque skyline he captioned, "Finito." This too has significant meaning to the actor, as he shared, "I don't need to open it back up to promote the work. I felt like an artist who had a series and he just finished." There is a caveat to Milo's masterpiece, though. Sometime after he stopped using the app, Instagram pulled one of his photos for violating its standards, bringing Milo's number of posts from 1,200 to 1,199. He teased, "I had a nice, round number, Instagram. Why did you knock me down? So now if I want to get that 1,200 back, I'd kick it back on and then all of a sudden I'd probably be back on Instagram." Fret not, Milo fans. He's a loyal Twitter user and many of his tweets are next-level adorable. (Eonline)

Mel B made her first public appearance since filing for divorce from estranged husband Stephen Belafonte after 10 years of marriage The former Spice Girl member, 41, showed up at the season 12 kickoff of America's Got Talent in Pasadena, California. The singer opted for a plunging metallic gold and silver Nadine Merabi jumpsuit with pointed black heels and hoop earrings. Noticeably missing was her wedding band on her left ring finger. Mel B was joined by fellow AGT judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel as well as host Tyra Banks. PEOPLE confirmed on Mar. 20 that she filed for divorce from Belafonte, 41, just months shy of their 10-year wedding anniversary. The couple secretly married in June 2007 in Las Vegas after five months of dating and renewed their vows over a year later in November 2008. In divorce papers obtained by PEOPLE, Mel B listed the date of separation as December 28, 2016 and asked for joint legal and physical custody of their daughter, Madison Brown Belafonte, 5. In addition, she has requested to terminate the court's ability to award spousal support. Earlier this month, the mother of three announced that her father died after a five-year battle with cancer. America's Got Talent reportedly canceled filming on Mar. 5-6 due to the family death, adding another hurdle to the show's new season after Nick Cannon quit as host. Season 12 of America's Got Talent premieres on NBC on May 30. (People)

DWTS' Peta Murgatroyd Reveals She Wanted to Put Wedding to Maksim Chmerkovskiy 'on Hold'. Between caring for her 2-month-old baby boy Shai and training The Bachelor's Nick Viall on Dancing with the Stars, Peta Murgatroyd is a busy woman. In fact, she hasn't had much time to plan her upcoming wedding to fellow DWTS pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy. "I tried to put it on hold, to be honest with you," Murgatoryd, 30, told PEOPLE after Monday's episode of the ABC reality dance competition. "I said, 'Baby, lets just drop it for a second. We have a child already. Lets just maybe call it quits at engaged.'" But Chmerkovskiy -- who proposed in late 2015 -- wasn't having it. "He was, like, 'No! I want to marry you,'" says Murgatoryd. "It was really funny, actually. He had to sort of coax me back into being ready to get married and do all of this stuff because there is so much to do!" But their summer wedding now appears to be on track. "I'm doing it from over here in LA so it's a little more stressful, but I do have someone helping," she continued. "I hope it all comes together in time!" Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays (at 8p.m. ET) on ABC. (People)

Flower power! Billie Lourd and Taylor Lautner escaped the hustle and bustle of city life on Monday, March 27, when they enjoyed a date in a poppy field. The pair got back to nature by visiting the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve, where they shared some fun photos with their Instagram followers. As well as some snaps of them cuddling up, Lourd also showed off her silly side with an amusing picture of her wearing a kimono sitting on some dead grass. "I went to the poppy reserve and all I got was this bizarre pic of me in a kimono making a mildly awkward face surrounded by 4ish dying poppies," she wrote. "#findingthefunny" The Scream Queens couple's decision to get out of Los Angeles may have also had to do with the fact a public memorial was held in the city for Lourd's mom, Carrie Fisher and grandmother Debbie Reynolds over the weekend. The 24-year-old's uncle Todd Fisher recently opened up to Entertainment Tonight about how she's coping with their deaths. "She's dealing with two gigantic losses," he said "These two girls -- my girls, my mother and my sister, were big, big personalities [with a] big influence on Billie, myself, many people. ... There's a vacuum in the room and she's feeling it and we're all feeling it. It's just that I'm 59 and I have no choice but to step up and put this stuff forward," he added of his sister's daughter. "I'm letting [Billie] breathe, you know? She needs to breathe. She needs to step back from all of this loss." (US Weekly)

Michael Jackson's former business partners tried to get a multi-million dollar slice of the pie after MJ's death, but a judge just told them to kick rocks ... TMZ has learned. Three of the 4 plaintiffs claim they had a meeting with Michael in a Tokyo hotel room on June 1, 2006, and MJ promised them shares of his company. They claim Michael wanted to reward them for their loyalty at a time when the music biz had turned its back on him. The plaintiffs include MJ's former publicist Raymone Bain and Quadree el-Amin -- a former manager for Boyz II Men -- but they have a big problem. According to docs, there was no written contract, it was an oral agreement. Monday in L.A. the judge said their story lacked credibility, and they were too damn late. They didn't file their claim until 2014 -- 5 years after Michael's death. The judge said if they really did strike this mega deal -- 1.6% each for 3 of them, and 10% for the 4th -- why not try to get it while Michael was still alive? Not to mention the deadline for such a claim was 2010. In other words: Too Bad. (TMZ)

Burt Bacharach's being sued by a dog sitter who claims the mutt chewed off 2 of his fingers, requiring surgery using a skin graft from his groin. Joel Gayner says he volunteered to take care of Alfie -- a Portuguese Water Dog like the ones the Obamas have. The 73-year-old sitter says one early morning he woke up to Alfie gasping for air, urinating all over the place with its eyes rolling back. Joel says he dislodged a plastic bone on which Alfie was choking by pressing on his chest, massaging his esophagus and up the windpipe before broken pieces of a plastic bone came out of Alfie's mouth -- along with thick mucus and saliva. He says this saved Alfie's life but minutes later, when he went to pet him, Joel says the dog snapped and mauled his left hand. The bite was so bad, Joel says his middle finger needed to be surgically reattached. What's more ... he says his index finger was also bitten off and he needed a skin graft from his groin area to reattach the missing chunks. Joel says his fingers now have dead zones -- no feeling in multiple areas. He's suing for medical expenses and unspecified damages. We've reached out to Burt, so far no word back. (TMZ)

Fetty Wap's crew fired off the only bullets that landed in the shootout after he was robbed -- including a possible self-inflicted gunshot wound ... TMZ has learned. Eyewitnesses at the scene tell us a member of Fetty's crew fired first at Raheem Thomas' crew in retaliation Sunday morning ... and then that same person allegedly accidentally shot himself in the thigh. We're told the shooting started after Fuzz and his Muscle Team boys followed Fetty and co. into a Paterson, NJ deli, where things got violent fast. Sources say Fuzz pistol whipped someone in Fetty's camp, and then he and his guys proceeded to jump/rob Fetty and his crew on the spot. That's when a second gun was taken out and shots were fired back and forth ... 2 of which landed on 2 of Raheem's guys. At some point after the initial bloodbath ... we're told the original shooter tried escaping and the gun fired in his waistband, striking him in the thigh. That account roughly matches up with what cops have told us. As we reported ... 2 men were found in the immediate area of the shootout and were transported to hospitals. A 3rd guy thought to be involved hospital soon after. Raheem's already been booked for gun possession and assault -- but it's unclear if he actually fired in the gun battle, despite being seen with a firearm. Prosecutors in court Monday said they did not believe Raheem had personally fired. We've reached out to Fetty's camp ... so far, no word back. (TMZ)

'What's Eating Gilbert Grape' Mother Darlene Cates Dies at 69. Cates played the housebound mother to Johnny Depp's Gilbert Grape in the 1993 film. Darlene Cates, the actress best known for her role as Bonnie Grape in What's Eating Gilbert Grape, died Sunday morning, her daughter Sheri Cates Morgan announced on Facebook. She was 69. "It is with a bitter-sweet heart that we share that our precious wife, mother, and Gaga, Darlene Guthrie Cates, was called Home, somewhat unexpectedly, peacefully in her sleep Sunday morning, March 26th," wrote Morgan in a post along with two photos of Cates. "We take comfort in knowing that she is no longer in pain and is in the arms of our Heavenly Father, breaking away only to dance with our Savior, Jesus." She added, "Dancing was something she talked about loving to do 'back in the day'!)" Cates played the housebound, morbidly obese mother to Johnny Depp's Gilbert Grape and Leonardo DiCaprio's Arnie Grape in the 1993 film. DiCaprio earned a best supporting actor Oscar nomination, at age 19, for his role as the developmentally disabled teen. "I'm not really the best in expressing my words in writing but you are the most special person I have ever [met]," DiCaprio wrote Cates after the film. "I'll always remember you as the best acting mamma I ever had. You triumphed in your role." Cates had been bedridden and weighed 500 pounds when she was discovered and cast in the role as the Grape matriarch. Peter Hedges, who wrote the book of the same name that evolved into the screenplay, saw Cates on a 1992 episode of Sally Jessy Raphael, titled "Too Heavy to Leave the House." On the show, Texas-native Cates spoke about her obesity and a pelvic infection that caused her to gain nearly 150 pounds. After Gilbert Grape, Cates appeared on TV in 1992's Picket Fences, 1994's Touched by an Angel and in the made-for-TV movie Wolf Girl in 2001. In 2012, Cates had lost nearly 250 pounds and spoke to The Dallas Morning News about being optimistic about acting again. She had been housebound at the time and was recovering from a series of surgeries that had kept her in the hospital for nearly a year. "I can always tell when [Gilbert Grape has] been on TV," she said, "because there'll be a rush of 'friend' requests." Cates is survived by husband Robert Cates and children Sheri, Mark and Chris. Celebration arrangements are pending. (Hollywood Reporter)

THE OTHER STUFF . . .

Madonna's Son Rocco Ritchie Makes His Modeling Debut With Adidas. Rocco Ritchie has just made his way onto the ever-growing list of celebrity kids who model. Madonna's 16-year-old son signed on for this very first campaign this spring, modeling Adidas Originals athletic-wear by Alexander Wang. In the campaign, Rocco showcases his posing skills in two different, street-inspired photos. In the first, he models a green collared sweater with blue sweats and grey shoes, sitting in a chair with his hands folded across his lap. In the second photo, he gives the camera a smize while posing in a long, black jacket with maroon shoes and holding a bunch of matching Adidas bags. As expressed in these photos, the Originals collection by Wang is an 84-piece unisex apparel and footwear collection that "subverts to the boundaries between fashion and streetwear" and "overturns commonly accepted rules." The collection hits stores April 1st through April 15th. Meanwhile, it's been a bit of a roller-coaster couple of years for Rocco. In 2015, it became public knowledge that the teenager refused to return home to New York City to live with his mother, staying in London with his father, Guy Ritchie. After a year-long legal battle, Madonna and Guy reached an agreement, and though the terms were kept private, we have not seen the singer and her son together in public since. A few weeks after the court drama ended, Rocco was reportedly arrested on Sept. 28, 2016, in London for possessing cannabis. News of his weed bust made headlines about a month later to which Madonna released the following response: "I love my son very much. I will do whatever I can to give him the support that he needs, and I ask that you respect our privacy at this time." (Eonline)

Now this is the story all about how... The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air cast reunited! Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Carlton Banks on the '90s classic, shared an Instagram photo of the Banks family and their quirky Philadelphia cousin. "Always amazing to spend an afternoon with my Fresh Prince family," Ribeiro, 45, wrote in the caption. For the photo, Ribeiro stood in between on-screen sisters Tatyana Ali and Karyn Parsons, who posed next to the fresh prince himself, Will Smith. Rounding out the group were Daphne Maxwell Reid and Joseph Marcell a.k.a. everyone's favorite butler Geoffrey. Noticeably missing was actor James Avery who played Uncle Phil. "Wishing that James Avery was still with us to make this complete," Ribeiro concluded his post. Avery died from complications during open heart surgery in December 2013 at the age of 68. In May 2016, Fresh Prince celebrated its 20th anniversary since the series finale aired. Most recently, Smith unknowingly gave fans a major Bel-Air throwback when many social media users noticed that he resembled Uncle Phil in his recent bungee jumping video. The actor made a surprise visit to Zimbabwe's Victoria Falls while on vacation in Africa and fulfilled what he said was a 20-year dream to bungee jump off the bridge. (People)

Carrie Fisher's beloved French bulldog Gary -- the one that was supposed to live with her daughter Billie Lourd after she died -- does not have the dog. We've learned Carrie's assistant, Corby McCoin took Gary almost immediately and is now the outright owner. Days after the actress died in December, Carrie's family said Billie would get the dog for several reasons ... not the least of which was that Gary was best friends with Billie's bulldog, Tina. As for why things changed, as everyone knows Gary was Carrie's constant companion, and Corby was a fixture in Carrie's life ... always around the dog. It ultimately made more sense for Gary to live with the person -- not the dog -- with whom he felt a connection. We're told Corby's not cashing in by taking Gary ... she just feels taking Gary is the right thing to do. (TMZ)

Oscar-nominated veteran film producer Brian Oliver, who has produced projects including "Black Swan" and "The Ides of March," was thrown out of Hollywood hot spot the Tower Bar on Friday night after a public fight with his wife, Amira. In front of fellow diners at the Sunset Tower Hotel's exclusive eatery, which included Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Allison Williams, Oliver began shouting at his wife. A witness told us, "There were so many profanities coming out of his mouth, and it was really ugly. Brian called her a 'f?-?-?king whore,' just because she didn't want to leave. Lionel Richie heard it and looked like he was horrified that anyone could talk to a woman like that. Lionel nearly got up to intervene. Brian appeared to be wasted, and he was forcibly thrown out by two security guards who told him, 'You have to leave now,' and walked him out of the building." The source said it is likely that Oliver, co-founder of Cross Creek Pictures, which most recently produced "Hacksaw Ridge," would be permanently banned from the celebrity hangout. Hotelier Jeff Klein didn't comment. Oliver didn't return multiple calls for comment Monday night. (Page Six)

Kendall Jenner Befriends Paris Jackson: How the Hollywood Stars Developed a Relationship in Private. Keeping up with Kendall Jenner or Paris Jackson is no easy task. Whether posing in world-famous magazines or traveling the world for once in a lifetime opportunities, both young ladies live a life many people could only dream of. But in between work commitments and different social circles, the pair has created an unlikely friendship many didn't see coming. Over the weekend, both Paris and Kendall were spotted at the Melrose Trading Post in Los Angeles shopping for antiques, vintage goods and other flea market items together. According to a source, the pair stopped by around 2 p.m. where they were joined by Kylie Jenner's friend Jordyn Woods. At one point during the shopping trip, Kendall tried on a cowboy hat while donning a neon green top with jeans. While some may think this outing came out of nowhere, another source says that they were introduced during Paris Fashion Week that occurred between February 28 and March 8. They have been in touch ever since then. "They've become friends," our insider explained. In fact, Paris is following both Kendall and Kylie on Instagram. Perhaps this new friendship shouldn't be a total surprise to fans. After all, both parties are very close to their siblings and share strong family bonds. In addition, Paris just recently signed a contract with IMG Models who rep the likes of Gigi Hadid, Alessandra Ambrosio and Hailey Baldwin. With Kendall's experience on the runway and in campaigns, perhaps these two have a bit more in common than fans first thought. Time to keep up! (Eonline)

Mel B's latest breakup is with her $9M home. Talk about moving on in a hurry! In one short week, ex-Spice Girl and CTV personality Mel B (aka Melanie Brown) filed for divorce from her husband, producer Stephen Belafonte, and put their recently remodeled home on the market for $9 million. The couple bought the four-story Hollywood Hills home in 2014 for $4.3 million, and then embarked on an extensive renovation. It's unlikely that Belafonte will receive a part of the probable profit from the home sale, as the couple reportedly signed an iron-clad pre-nuptial agreement. After almost 10 years of marriage, Belafonte will walk away with about $5 million, according to The Sun. The former Scary Spice is said to be worth about $50 million. The popular "America's Got Talent" judge is in such a rush to get out, she's throwing in the posh designer furniture. "This gracious home, with nearly 6,000 square feet of living space, will be delivered fully furnished with gorgeous, custom-built furniture designed to perfectly accommodate the scale and dimensions of each room," says listing agent Ann Dashiell of Douglas Elliman. The home features floor-to-ceiling walls of glass, light wood paneling, and floating staircases. The master suite has luxe built-ins, a sitting room and his-and-her baths and closets. There's also a recording studio, home theater, pool and spa and gym. The house has four bedrooms and 5.5 baths. In addition to her judging duties on "America's Got Talent," Brown is also hosting "Lip Sync Battle UK" and serving as a mentor and judge on "The X Factor Australia." (PageSix)

Nina Dobrev Expresses Her Heartbreak After Her 18-Year-Old Cat Dies: ''My Longest Relationship, My Rock, My Best Friend." After 18 years, Nina Dobrev had to say goodbye to her cat Lynx over the weekend. The actress took to Instagram Saturday to share a cryptic post about having the greatest friends even in the "darkest of times." Then, on Monday, she revealed her cat had passed away when she wrote a heartfelt post to honor her "best friend." "To my sweet sweet angel," she began. "As I look back on the last 18 years together, I smile through my tears. You brought me so much joy, love, unlimited cuddles and so many sandpaper kisses. I still remember the first day I brought you home, the size of a tea cup purring as I held you in my hands. You were so fragile and furry, as soft as the worlds tiniest cashmere blanket. I knew in that moment you were my soulmate." She continued, "From there our long journey began and we were inseparable. We grew up together in Toronto, then you followed me to Atlanta, from there we road tripped across the United States through New Orleans, Austin City, Amarillo Texas, Santa Fe, Las Vegas, we even saw the Grand Canyon for our first time together. Our final chapter and destination together was here in Los Angeles. I hope I was able to give you a beautiful happy life filled with love, because that's what you gave me." In fact, Dobrev says her cat's death has been on of the hardest things she's ever experienced. "Saying goodbye to you on Saturday was the most difficult thing I have had to do in my life. It was bittersweet, but I'm so happy I got to hold you in my arms one last time," she continued. "My heart hurts, I miss you more than I words can explain but I can still feel your presence, energy and light. I know you're still with me and will always be a part of me, no matter where I go." She concluded, "In sickness and in health until death do us part. My longest relationship, my rock, my best friend. I love you." Her cat's passing comes just a few days after she shouted out to her feline friend for National Puppy Day. "You hear people say 'dogs are a man's best friend.' She might not be one, but she's my best friend so today on #NationalPuppyDay I celebrate my main squeeze," Dobrev wrote beside a photo of Lynx. "She may not bark, but she fits the criteria in every other way. She follows me everywhere I go, she loves me unconditionally, she sleeps with me (often on me), she licks me, she constantly begs for food, I pick up her poop. I love you, you furry little critter." We're sending our love your way, Nina! (Eonline)

"Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Teresa Giudice may have declared that she was bankrupt -- but her family still tips big. Giudice, who was sent to prison for 11 months for fraud, was spotted out at Molos restaurant in Weehawken, NJ, on Saturday with her brother and fellow reality star Joe Gorga and his wife, Melissa, who was celebrating her 38th birthday. We're told after the group dined on a seafood plateau, strip steak and lobster ravioli, Joe gave the waiter a $500 tip that "brought tears to his eyes," says a spy. "It's nice to see a reward for your effort," waiter Pete Mascrokalos tells us. "I haven't figured out yet [what to do with the money]. I have two kids I support and I am sure they will find a good use [for it]." (Page Six)

No birthday blues here! Mariah Carey rang in her 47th anniversary - as she prefers to call it - with a tropical getaway, and her boyfriend Bryan Tanaka was right by her side. The pair lapped up the sun during a luxury vacation to Cabo San Lucas, where both the dancer and Mimi posted photos of the celebrations on Monday, March 27. "Starting the anniversary festivities in a relaxing chic environment," Tanaka, 33, captioned a shot of them lounging by a fire pit overlooking the ocean. "#HappyAnniversary." He added another in which he's taking in the stunning view and wrote: "Everyone can use a little zen time. Soaking in the moment and recalibrating my spirit. #MuchLove#BlessingsOnBlessings" Carey is clearly being spoiled and shared a snap of herself holding some gifts too. "Let the anniversary festivities begin," she captioned the Instagram photo. The pop diva only subtly confirmed Tanaka was her "boyfriend" in February, despite dating him since just after her engagement to James Packer ended in October. She told the Associated Press: "I'm just going to be like, 'I really don't talk about my personal life' because that's what I used to do and it really worked for a minute, back a while ago," she said, laughing. "I just don't feel comfortable talking about my personal life. Can we just keep that private between us? Me and my boyfriend don't want to do that." (US Weekly)

Music

Adele Says She May Never Tour Again (and the Entire World Cries). Say it ain't so, Adele... During the middle of her final sold-out show in New Zealand, the Grammy winner opened up to the audience about her personal struggles with touring around the globe. Even though the singer has no problem filling up stadium arenas for months on end, it seems as though the newlywed isn't too fond of the grueling gig. "Touring isn't something I'm good at," she shared with the audience. "Applause makes me feel a bit vulnerable." The always-candid star never shies away from wearing her heart on her sleeve whether she's onstage or being interviewed by countless magazines over the years. So her latest revelation comes as a slight shock for those who eagerly await to see the "Hello" crooner in person. "I don't know if I will ever tour again," she added before concluding with one heartfelt thought. "The only reason I've toured is you. I'm not sure if touring is my bag." So, was it a coincidence that the sky opened up at Mt. Smart Stadium during Adele's announcement and rained down on the understandably distraught crowd? No, absolutely not. That's heaven's way of sobbing at the mere thought of never seeing Adele perform around the world ever again. While we'll have to wait and see if her thoughts become a sad, sad reality, a lucky few (ha, few thousand) will be on hand to witness Adele at Wembley Stadium for the final leg of her 15-month tour. Adele Live will conclude in the first week of July and let's all hope it's not the last we see of her. After all, who else is going to give us life after a bat crashes the stage, or a Spice Girls cover or even a speech on her love of all things Brangelina? No one but Adele. (Eonline)

Pharrell Williams was nominated for an Oscar as a producer of "Hidden Figures," and now his life's becoming a movie musical. The "Happy" singer has sold a pitch called "Atlantis" to Fox, according to the Hollywood Reporter, that's a "Romeo and Juliet" story inspired by Williams' childhood in Virginia Beach, Va. The musical project reportedly picked up interest while "La La Land" became a hit in theaters. Williams will be a producer on the film and "American Idiot" Broadway director Michael Mayer is attached. (Page Six)

Coachella won't be the only high-profile event in the desert next month -- a fully legal "Oasis" for marijuana lovers will be right down the road. WeedMaps and Talent Resources are building a compound 6 miles from the music fest to offer VIP guests a spot to chill with Cali's finest bud. Our ganja sources tell us the spot will feature 2 grow houses, a "greenhouse," and 5 geodesic domes to test different strains from GenX, Brass Knuckles and West Coast Cure. Of course, "Budologists" will be on hand to help make recommendations. It's now legal to carry up to an ounce of weed in CA, so clearly organizers are trying to entice some Coachella-goers to shop beforehand. BTW, those groovy looking domes will each offer different pot experiences -- vaping, edibles, traditional smoking, etc. -- but all will get you high. (TMZ)

Movies

Tom Holland Reveals the Only Spider-Man Injury He Suffered (and It's Pretty Embarrassing). Tom Holland had to train aggressively to film Spider-Man: Homecoming in order to assure his stamina and safety on-set. But while the training did help him fulfill that goal, there was something it did not prepare him for... Walking down the stairs with a suitcase. Yes, the 20-year-old caught up with E! News' Marc Malkin at Cinemacon in Las Vegas Monday night and revealed that the only injury he suffered had absolutely nothing to do with filming. "There was one injury, but it didn't happen on set," he recalled. "I was carrying my suitcase down the stairs when we'd finished filming, and I fell and tweaked my ACL a little bit." He further explained, laughing at himself a little bit, "We were traveling to New York for the last part of shooting... and you know when you sort of -- duh duh duh duh -- down the stairs? I did that and tweaked my leg, and it's only now just on the mend." Suitcase snafu aside, he said he was able to fulfill the actual stunts while filming due to his background. "I've always been a gymnast [since] I was a kid so that helped me a lot throughout the process," he explained. "But the training was more just getting fit and getting in shape so that I could work day-in and day-out and dangle from wires and stuff." The only thing he struggled with was his flexibility. "My stunt coordinator asked me to get flexible," he joked. "I tried, and I just wasn't successful. I can't even touch my toes!" And yet he can do a back-flip...skills. Spider-man: Homecoming hits theaters this July. (Eonline)

Ryan Gosling on Shooting Blade Runner Sequel With Harrison Ford After La La Land. From singing and dancing in La La Land to an action packed sci-fi flick with Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling is proving he can do just about anything. Gosling jetted into Las Vegas for CinemaCon to promote Blade Runner 2049, the much anticipated sequel to Ford's 1982 classic Blade Runner. Ford reprises his iconic role of Rick Deckard while Gosling plays a mysterious LAPD officer. I asked Gosling what was more nerve-racking -- making a musical or shooting his first scene with Ford? "I think the latter," Gosling said. "[Ford] is just the best as a guy, as an actor in every way. He's such a part of my childhood and he was so great how he showed up to set, just rolled up his sleeves and got to work. He was the best partner, collaborator you could have. "They created such a legacy with this film," he continued. "Time has proven its specialness. So obviously we wanted to do right by him and by the original." And then there was the time Ford accidently punched Gosling in the face during a fight scene. "Or I leaned into it," Gosling cracked. "There's a strong chance that that's what happened. You don't want to mess with Harrison Ford." Gosling, 36, was just two years old when the original Blade Runner was released. He first saw the movie when he was about 13. "Being on the [Blade Runner 2049] set was surreal," he said. "It's so baked into my subconscious as a kid that in some way it had this strange feeling of coming home. But to be walking around in that universe, a universe that had such an influence over everything I had seen growing up was really surreal." Blade Runner 2049 will be in theaters on Oct. 6. Gosling, dressed casually in a hoodie and jeans, took to the stage at CinemaCon to introduce new footage from the movie, which included a snippet of Jared Leto as a villain and Robin Wright as another police officer. CinemaCon is an annual convention for movie theater owners that kicked off and runs through Thursday. (Eonline)

Nick Jonas Reveals He's Talked With Jennifer Lopez About Starring Together in Bye Bye Birdie: "It Could Happen." Jennifer Lopez and Nick Jonas are talking about working alongside each other in Bye Bye Birdie. During an appearance on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen earlier this month, J.Lo revealed that Jonas is on her dream list of possible actors to take on the role of heartthrob Conrad Birdie in the upcoming NBC live musical adaptation of the 1963 movie. And now, the "Jealous" singer tells me that he and Lopez have actually talked about him joining the project. Lopez, who will play Secretary Rosie Alvarez, is the only actor currently attached to the project. "I don't know if it's going to happen or not," Jonas said while promoting Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. "I love Jen, but we'll see. I'm not sure. It could happen." Jonas' Jumanji co-star Jack Black joked, "I wanna know what's up with J.Lo. What's going on? Look, he's getting a little red. He's blushing a little bit." Lopez said on WWHL that she has discussed Jonas with her producers and NBC execs. (E! News and NBC are both part of the NBCUniversal family.) "His name has come up, just so you know," she said. "We're talking about a lot of different people right now." Jonas is no stranger to live musical theater. He has appeared on Broadway in Les Miserables, Beauty and the Beast and Annie Get Your Gun as well as in the 2012 revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Jonas and Black were joined on the red carpet by co-star Karen Gillan. Dwayne Johnson made a surprise to help introduce the premiere new Jumanji footage. Black told the audience that filming in Hawaii isn't as luxurious as one might think. "The truth is it was pure hell because if you go deep into the Hawaiian Islands in the nooks and crannies in between, it's pretty hellish," the funny man said. "The mosquitoes, the heat, the hellish terrain. A lot of people make a big deal about how brave it was for Leonardo DiCaprio to brace the ice-cold tundra in The Revenant but I don't wanna hear his whining. You try to make a movie in Hawaii. We got centipedes nipping at the sack." Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is in theaters on Dec. 22. (Eonline)

Times Are Changing! Jumanji Sequel Swaps Board Game for Video Game. Times certainly have changed. While the highly anticipated Jumanji sequel is underway, fans are finally getting their first crumbs of what the film will entail. More than two decades since Robin Williams swung into movie theaters as the jungle-banished Alan Parrish, the sequel's star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson unveiled the first footage of the new project at CinemaCon Monday night. Brace yourselves: the board game is not a board game anymore. As one of the most notable changes for the sequel, the teaser trailer revealed the characters fall upon an old video game, not the fold-out self-moving board game that become synonymous with the story. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the footage showed four high school students in detention who are ordered to clean out their school's basement. It is there that they uncover a video game console with the Jumanji game inside. Each student picks a character, unaware that they will be transported to the jungle as that person. The nerdy guy ends up in the muscular body of Johnson while the popular girl of the group ends up inhabiting Jack Black. "Fun to reveal our "secret plot device" last night to the crowd," Johnson tweeted after the big reveal. "We're all high school kids in bad ass avatar bodies. #acne." The adventure-packed film stars Johnson, Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas and more famous faces. During the CinemaCon appearance, the title of the film was also revealed: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. Welcome to 2017, too. (Eonline)

First look at Alicia Vikander looking BADASS in Tomb Raider. The intrepid video game heroine, Lara Croft, is getting a reboot, and here's the first look at Alicia Vikander in the role Here's the first picture of Alicia Vikander in the iconic role of Lara Croft and she looks INCRED. The original Tomb Raider video game was released in 1996 with the franchise selling over 45 million copies worldwide. Paramount Pictures then released two movies starring Angelina Jolie as Croft in 2001 and 2003. Now, 16 March 2018 will see Oscar-winning Vikander take on the role of the kickass British character in Lara's origins story. The new film, which is going to be directed by Roar Uthaug, will focus on Lara at 21, when she's refusing to take on her father's legacy following his disappearance seven years before. Instead, she's a bike courier in east London, until she has enough and decides to try and track down his last-known location. Your plot spiel: "Going explicitly against his final wishes, she leaves everything she knows behind in search of her dad's last-known destination: a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan." There have been two fantastic Tomb Raider games in the past four years which have given Lara her origins story-and restrained the gigantic boy-pleasing bosom that she was gifted in 1996. This film promises to be awesome. (British Glamour)

GLAAD President: 'Beauty and the Beast,' 'Power Rangers' LBGTQ Characters Are "a Good Place to Start". Sarah Kate Ellis says that the public is "hungry for this content." Just one week apart, Beauty and the Beast and Power Rangers broke big-screen ground. The two studio films have sparked conversations around the inclusion of LGBTQ characters in film, with LeFou (played by Josh Gad) being Disney's first LGBTQ character and Trini (played by Becky G) becoming the first LGBTQ big-screen superhero. GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis tells Heat Vision that it is crucial to have LGBTQ representation in major studio films, particularly when the films are geared toward youth. "LGBTQ youth deserve a happily ever after just like everyone else," says Ellis. She says that young LGBTQ children being able to see these images in a film can be "a lifeline" for a lot of children, and this is especially important in countries where LGBTQ acceptance has not become the norm. GLAAD releases an annual Studio Responsibility Index, looking at LGBTQ representation in film. The 2016 report found that only 17.5 percent of films released from the major studios included LGBTQ characters. "Major motion pictures have lapsed between television and streaming content," says Ellis, adding that it has been "very exciting and inspiring" to see two major releases in two weeks include LGBTQ characters. "They are small inclusions," she says. "It appears that they are testing the waters and it is a step absolutely in the right direction. This is not the end game. We want to see better and more inclusion than we are seeing now. We have to start somewhere and this is a good place to start." She adds that it's also heartening to see that "anti-LGBTQ extremists are getting no traction in terms of boycotting the films," referring to calls to boycott the Beauty and the Beast live-action film because of LeFou's storyline. The film set records on opening weekend and is the biggest ever opening for a PG title. Ellis says that the studios are now "owning these storylines" and standing by LGBTQ inclusion. She says GLAAD has been lobbying Hollywood for 30 years, and that five years ago when they started reporting on the lack of inclusion they had evidence to back up their requests. For one, LGBTQ advocacy group asked studios to stop "using LGBTQ people as props in movies, as punching bags and punchlines," and to start being inclusive. The challenge they had with major studio films was the importance of how the film performed in the international box office. Ellis says studio heads worried that because being LGBTQ is still criminalized in so many countries, including LGBTQ characters could hurt the international box offices' success. But Disney didn't edit out LaFou's storyline in Russia and Malaysia, a move Ellis praises. Ellis says the public has been pressuring Hollywood as well. "They are hungry for this content," she says, adding that this is evident in the online campaigns to give Elsa from Frozen a girlfriend or Captain America a boyfriend. "That's kind of the public outcry saying, 'We are ready for this.'" While Beauty and the Beast and Power Rangers have taken a step in the right direction, Ellis says she looks forward to continuing to see LGBTQ characters advance on film, as they have on television and in streaming content, where it is more prevalent. "What we want to build to is having a protagonist with a dimensional story about their LGBTQ life integrated into a movie as if it were anybody else's life," says Ellis. "We're not there yet." (Hollywood Reporter)

Dance Drama 'Polina' Picked Up for Release by Oscilloscope Laboratories. The film, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival, will open in theaters in July. Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired North American rights to Valerie Muller's and Angelin Preljocaj's Polina, a drama about a Russian ballerina who moves to Paris to pursue her dream of becoming a modern dancer. Preljocaj, a dancer and choreographer himself, co-directed the film with Muller, who also wrote the screenplay based on the graphic novel by Bastien Vives. Anastasia Shevtsova stars as the title character, while Juliette Binoche co-stars as a famous choreographer. The film, which had its world premiere at the 2016 Venice Film Festival, will be released theatrically in July. O-Scope's Dan Berger said of the distributor's latest acquisition, "Polina showcases the great talent that Angelin Preljocaj displays beyond his work on stage. With the brilliant Valerie Muller, he has created a wonderfully told tale for the screen with as much mastery as he brings to his live performances. We are very proud to introduce the work of Angelin and Valerie to a wider audience; they are incredible talents to watch." The film was produced by Didier Creste and Gaelle Bayssiere for Everybody on Deck, and the deal was brokered by TF1 Studio handling the international sales. (Hollywood Reporter)

'A Ghost Story' Trailer: Casey Affleck Is Stuck Under a White Sheet With Eyeholes. A24 releases David Lowery's supernatural film on July 7. Casey Affleck is longing for Rooney Mara in the trailer for A Ghost Story. David Lowery directs the poetic meditation on time, memory and spiritual connection, in which the Oscar winner is a recently deceased, white-sheeted ghost who returns to his suburban home to console his bereft wife, played by Mara. However, he discovers that he's become unstuck in time and is forced to watch passively as the life he knew and the woman he loves slowly slip away. He then embarks on a cosmic journey through memory and history, confronting life's ineffable questions and the enormity of existence. A24 releases A Ghost Story on July 7. (Hollywood Reporter)

'Power Rangers': Original Green Ranger on Whether Tommy Should Be Female in Sequel. Jason David Frank also reveals he was kicked out of the reboot's premiere -- so he missed the much-talked-about post-credits scene. [Warning: This story contains spoilers from Power Rangers.] Go, go, Power Rangers. Haim Saban's new Power Rangers has hit the box office full force, earning nearly $60 million worldwide in its first weekend. And that's not all. The new Power Rangers: Legacy Wars game has surged to the number one app on iTunes (currently beating Snapchat), and there's already chatter on social media from fans of the teenage superheroes hoping they'll get to morph again for a sequel. "I remember when Haim told me when I was 18 years old in his office, 'I'm going to make Power Rangers a household name,' " original cast member Jason David Frank -- also famously known as Tommy Oliver -- tells Heat Vision. "I still believe in what he's doing." And it's clear Saban still believes in the 43-year-old actor, along with director Dean Israelite and producer Brian Casentini. The new film wouldn't be the same without a few nods to the original '90s series, including a cameo from Frank and original Pink Ranger Amy Jo Johnson.

Says Frank, "The first cameo we did was cut. Me and Amy were filming in the Krispy Kreme. I grew a ponytail out for that. I was thinking, 'If I grow the ponytail out, I'll shock the fans when they see me.' We shot a scene there with Rita [Elizabeth Banks], and we were dressed in green and pink." With the first cameo getting cut, even after Frank grew out his hair like the hairdo Oliver rocked in the '90s, he ended up cutting it off. Don't worry, Oliver fans: the actor assures Heat Vision there's behind-the-scenes footage of him and Johnson somewhere where he's rocking the ponytail that he hopes gets released. (FYI Lionsgate, fans are now patiently waiting for this.) To the actor's surprise, although one cameo was cut, that didn't mean the duo were going to be completely thrown out of the picture. Frank says Casentini told him, "Jason, we're getting you into the movie. Your cameo was cut, but we're bringing you back." And they did. But said cameo ended up getting the actor in some trouble at the film's premiere. "I'm the guy in the movie theater who wanted to get a reaction shot of the audience reacting to Amy and me when our cameo appeared," says Frank. And when he went to capture that moment, Tommy Oliver ended up meeting a new enemy, and their name wasn't Rita Repulsa. "Right after our cameo appeared, I got escorted out by security because I had a camera in the movie. I didn't see the end of the movie, because security was arguing with me outside and I was trying to tell security, 'That's me in the movie!' And they said, 'I need your phone!' I'm like, 'You're not getting my phone!'" And the real-life battle at the film's premiere, which he says Israelite told him was "brilliant," ended up preventing him from seeing his second shout-out in the movie. "I didn't get to see the end of the movie when they called Tommy. I was so upset," he says. And he has yet to see the buzzed-about scene. Although the actor missed the moment, there was no stopping fans from the original who stayed for the post-credits scene and cheered the name Tommy Oliver as it was called out repeatedly. What Frank admits he didn't miss is hearing about the scene -- including reading Heat Vision's story about the potential for the character to be female. It all started after new Red Ranger actor Dacre Montgomery revealed to THR that the cast had been lobbying for Oliver to be female if there were to be another film. Said Montgomery: "A lot of the cast and I have discussed that we think it should be a girl. It makes it even: three girls, three boys." Frank's response? "I'm still Tommy for now! The Green Ranger is going to fill my shoes. But I still have my own shoes I'm wearing." Adding that it's no surprise to him that fans would have a heated debate on social media about the potential future of the character, he says, "The Green Ranger kicks butt. The Green Ranger has always been the most popular." If Saban and Israelite made the decision to make Oliver be female, Frank says that's solely up to them. "No matter what Haim Saban does, people are going to love it. He would not allow something that fans will not like. After watching the movie, anything is possible. It doesn't matter what color your skin is. It doesn't matter if you're female or you're male." One thing is for certain, though. "No matter what, when you're in that spandex, and in that suit you are a superhero." (Hollywood Reporter)

TV

Trading Spaces Returning to TLC After 10 Years Off the Air. The return of Trading Spaces is nigh. Everything old is new again for Discovery and TLC, with the latter reviving the popular reality home renovation show for a 2018 debut. Discovery previously announced it was bringing back Cash Cab. The announcement was made at the Discovery Communications Upfront presentation. "This is a big one," Nancy Daniels, president and general manager of TLC, told the crowd, according to Fox News. "I am excited to announce that TLC's most successful and most iconic series...Trading Spaces is coming back." TLC did not immediately respond to request for comment. Trading Spaces ran from 2000-2008 on TLC The first season was hosted by Alex McLeod with Paige Davis taking over in 2001 for the second season. The premise? Neighbors, with the help of interior designers, helped redesign a room in each other's house. The initial budget was $1,000 and two days time. The homeowners had no control over what was done to their rooms. The series helped make Genevieve Gorder, Vern Yip, Carter Ossterhouse and Ty Pennington into household names and spawned several spinoffs. It's credited with kickstarting the home design trend in America. Davis left the show in 2005 and the series was host-less, but she returned to host in 2008. She hosted the OWN series Home Made Simple in 2011 and has appeared in numerous stage productions including Beauty and the Beast, Chicago, Sweet Charity and Boeing-Boeing. Revivals are all the rage, both in reality and scripted television. Cash Cab is returning to Discovery, as is a new version of MythBusters. Netflix recently brought Gilmore Girls back with Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life and Fox is bringing Prison Break back after the successful revival of The X-Files. Get more info on remakes and revivals in our guide. (Eonline)

American Horror Story Fresh Blood Alert! Billy Eichner Tapped for Season 7 Role. American Horror Story season seven is beginning to take shape. While we've known Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters would be returning to star in the seventh installment of Ryan Murphy's hit horror anthology for some time now, who they might be acting alongside has remained a mystery. But we're finally able to add another name to the cast list and, we'll admit, this one comes a little bit from out of left field. Deadline reports that Billy on the Street comedian and Difficult People star Billy Eichner has joined the series in a heavily recurring role. While details about his character are, per usual, being kept under wraps, the report notes that he'll be playing a close confidant to Paulson's character and will "most likely be wearing mysterious tank tops," whatever that might mean. FX had no immediate comment on the report, though Eichner did share it on his own Twitter using the surprised eyes emoji as his only form of comment. Murphy has revealed that the seventh installment of AHS would be influenced by the 2016 Presidential race, using election night as a jumping off point. With that said, don't expect Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton to be the season's main characters. "I think people literally think Sarah Paulson is playing Hillary Clinton," Murphy previously told E! News. "And I wanted to clarify that that is not true. Horror Story is always about allegory, so the election is allegory. It's our jumping off point. It is about the election we just went through and what happened on that night and the fallout of that night, which to many people, from all sides of the camps is a horror story. And you know, that show is always so fun when it's about the zeitgeist and what we're doing now." Paulson backed her boss up, telling E! News over the weekend that the season most certainly won't be as straightforward as you might believe. "It's Ryan Murphy, so let's give it a little bit more credit and a little more credence to the idea," Paulson she told us. "It's probably not going to be what you think." Are you looking forward to Eichner joining the AHS world? American Horror Story is expected to return to FX this fall. (Eonline)

Law & Order: SVU Sneak Peek: Does Benson Have a New No. 2? Jimmy Cooper, how could you? The O.C. veteran Tate Donovan guest stars in "Net Worth," the Wednesday, March 29 episode of Law & Order: SVU as Eli Colton, the "king of Wall Street" and naturally, he's up to no good. In the exclusive preview, meet Donovan's Eli and Missy Peregrym's top-level investment banker. He's her billionaire client and it seems the two had a night together, but Peregrym's character remembers it differently, so she seeks out the Special Victims Unit. Lt. Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and her crew have a long history of taking on high-profile clients. You better watch out Eli! Meanwhile, is there a new sergeant for the squad? The preview also features Detective Carisi (Peter Scanavino) pestering Det. Tutuola (Ice T) about the status of his sergeant exam. Fin would be a good No. 2 for Benson... Other guest stars in "Net Worth" include Jordan Bridges, Will Brill, Kevin O'Rourke and Erika Sweany. The long-running NBC drama recently celebrated its 400th episode with Hargitay at the helm as director. "When I shot the 400th episode, I didn't download it... I was directing, so my hair was on fire, I had so much going on. I was so focused, I couldn't really take it in," Hargitay told us at the party for the 400th episode. "Last night when I thought about seeing Dick and seeing this night, it was like the floodgates opened... It's 18 years... I'm just so overwhelmed and filled with gratitude and pride with what we've accomplished... " Law & Order: SVU airs Wednesdays, 9 p.m. on NBC. (Eonline)

Charo and Bruno Tonioli's Dancing With the Stars "Feud" Is the Gift That Keeps on Giving. It's called Dancing With the Stars, but if Charo had her way it would be Deal Making With the Stars. "I was very upset that they kicked out [Chris Kattan]," Charo told E! News after week two of Dancing With the Stars. "It got to my heart. I was about to a deal... I got and he stays, but I don't think the rules allow that. He tried very hard and he's so beautiful." Saturday Night Live veteran Chris Kattan was the first celebrity booted from Dancing With the Stars, but Charo and Keo Motsepe were also in danger of being eliminated and were the last couple to be called safe. They received a 25 out of 40 for their Paso doble to Charo's own "Espana Caní," with a seven from Len Goodman and sixes from Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba and Julianne Hough. Naturally, Charo continued her feud with judge Bruno. "I'll see you next week," she said to our cameras in Italian. "Bruno, Bruno doesn't think how can an entertainer, musician that has nothing to do with what we're doing now, how hard we work," Charo said. "And I personally respect the audience, I respect the show, I respect [Keo completely], but I don't take it that personal because this is a challenge in entertainment. For Chris it means a lot, and for Mr. T it means a lot. It means a lot to me too, but I would like if they win, I would like if they had a chance." Maybe one day this (one-sided?) Charo and Bruno feud will be transformed into Feud: Charo and Bruno by Ryan Murphy. Dancing With the Stars airs Mondays, 8 p.m. on ABC. (Eonline)

Rihanna's Psycho Moment on Bates Motel Was So Perfectly Rihanna. We are hereby starting a petition to get Rihanna on more TV shows. We'd also be happy to see her in more horror movies, because Monday night she took an iconic horror movie moment and made it a different kind of iconic -- the only kind of iconic that can come from Rihanna stepping out of the scene with a "Screw this s--t!" That is, in fact, exactly what she did when we thought she was about to be murdered in the fashion of Psycho's most infamous scene, where Marion (originally played by Janet Leigh, now played by Rihanna) gets murdered in the shower. This time, however, Marion just takes a shower, and then she gets out of the shower, saying "screw this s--t" as she goes. Instead, Norman (Freddie Highmore) kills her cheating boyfriend Sam Loomis (Austin Nichols), and Marion gets to leave completely unharmed. So not only did Rihanna just help subvert the tropey image of the beautiful young woman dying naked in the shower, but she did it with exactly the kind of flare we'd expect Rihanna to do it with, and gave us this GIF. Literally the only thing that could have made this moment better was if Rihanna had also taken a swig from a sparkly shower flask as she got the hell out of that murder shower. Bates Motel airs Mondays at 10 p.m. on A&E. (Eonline)

American Horror Story Season 7 Might Not Be as Straightforward as You Think. Any ideas you may have about American Horror Story's upcoming election-influenced seventh installment ought to be put to the side right now. At least, that's what Sarah Paulson says. E! News caught up with the Emmy-winning star of essentially every one of Ryan Murphy's projects at FX while on the red carpet at AHS' PaleyFest event over the weekend, where she encouraged fans of the franchise to expect a little bit more from the prolific producer than a straight recreation of the turbulent 2016 presidential race. "It's Ryan Murphy, so let's give it a little bit more credit and a little more credence to the idea," Paulson insisted. "It's probably not going to be what you think." So, what do we know about the season? Well, Paulson and Evan Peters are confirmed to return as the season's leads, though who they'll be playing is anyone's guess. One character to rule out for Paulson, however? The Democrat nominee herself. "I think people literally think Sarah Paulson is playing Hillary Clinton," Murphy previously told E! News. "And I wanted to clarify that that is not true. Horror Story is always about allegory, so the election is allegory. It's our jumping off point. It is about the election we just went through and what happened on that night and the fallout of that night, which to many people, from all sides of the camps is a horror story. And you know, that show is always so fun when it's about the zeitgeist and what we're doing now." Whatever the season does wind up looking like, Cheyenne Jackson thinks there's no one better to tackle the confusing time in American's recent history than Murphy. "I think if anybody can comment on what we've all been experiencing and have experienced, it's him," he told us. "And I know personally his experience with that collective experience, so I'm very anxious to see what he brings." American Horror Story is expected to return to FX this fall. (Eonline)

Reality Show Contestants Left In Wilderness, Not Told Show Is Canceled. If this isn't the plot of a movie or a limited series we're about to get obsessed with, someone needs to fix that immediately. Eden was a reality show on Channel 4 in the UK that was supposed to chronicle a group of 23 strangers attempting to build a society from scratch in the wilderness of the Scottish Highlands, accompanied by a small camera crew. The show aired four episodes last summer, but was then shelved after ratings dropped to less than a million viewers. That's typical (remember Utopia??). What's not typical is that the contestants were not told that the show was canceled, and were left in the wild to continue the experiment. Last week, the 10 contestants who hadn't quit the show emerged from the 600 acre estate where it was filmed to discover what had happened in the last year, including Brexit, Donald Trump becoming president, and the cancellation of their show. Being canceled wasn't even Eden's only issue. By September 2016, a third of the contestants had decided to leave, saying they were too hungry, or had been bullied by other contestants, or just that the show was not what they thought it was going to be. (For instance, at one point, some of the men were forming a plan called "Operation C--t" to get the women off the show.) Channel 4 has reportedly promised that the rest of the experiment will still air, just in a less timely fashion than it originally began airing. "The appeal of Eden is that it was a real experiment, and when filming began we had no idea what the results would be and how those taking part would react to being isolated for months in a remote part of the British Isles," the channel said in a statement obtained by Variety. "That's why we did it, and the story of their time, including the highs and the lows, will be shown later this year." It's obvious that Eden wasn't quite what anyone thought it was going to be, but that makes for an even better fictionalized limited series that we are now impatiently waiting for. It's like Lost, but on purpose! And with worse men! (Eonline)

As Writers Guild Talks Stall, a Jittery Hollywood Wonders What's Next. A strike authorization vote is on tap, but SAG-AFTRA may be waiting in the wings as an intricate dance begins. The Writers Guild may or may not have deliberately set up its first two weeks of talks with AMPTP studio negotiators to fail, but fail they did, leading the union's negotiating committee to publicly call on the WGA governing boards to conduct a strike authorization vote. Whether the failure was the result of tough negotiations, bad faith, clever tactics or simply accidental, the question is: what happens now? One can be certain the committee hasn't asked for a strike authorization vote without knowing the union would heed the call, especially as guild leadership sits on the committee ex officio. The board of WGA West on Monday night reportedly approved conducting a membership vote; WGA East's governing council is set to meet on Tuesday, with approval highly likely there as well. The 2007 strike authorization vote took 18 days via mailed ballots and garnered more than 90 percent support. Assuming a similar process this time around, the parties might not return to the bargaining table until just a week before May 1, when the current contract expires. If talks don't produce a deal, the AMPTP may decide to continue negotiating with WGA at least until early June before switching to talks with SAG-AFTRA, whose contracts expire June 30. Or the studio alliance might start playing hardball. One possible move could be a "last, best and final" offer with a kicker -- an expiration date on retroactivity of wage increases. The message to the WGA could look like this: ratify our offer by, say, June 1, and the first year's wage increases will be retroactive to May 1; otherwise, your wages will stagnate until you ratify and you won't get retroactivity. Studio negotiators could then move on to start negotiations with the actors while the Writers Guild stews. There's recent precedent for retroactivity with an expiration: it's what the AMPTP offered in 2008to a then-recalcitrant Screen Actors Guild. The tactic didn't bring SAG back to the table quickly, but there's little doubt that the union lost that fight. By the time SAG made a deal, almost 12 months later, it had missed out on a year of wage increases (which it never got back), lost TV market share to AFTRA, watched its pension and health plans deteriorate, and finally merged with AFTRA in a move that -- while desired by SAG's new leadership -- may, ironically, have been made economically compelling by actions of the old guard. The situation this year is a bit different: there aren't two competing writers' unions for producers to play off against each other, and the May TV upfronts will be a fraught affair if networks can't assure major ad buyers that the fall season will happen as planned. But on the labor side of that coin, if new series are endangered, the big losers could be showrunners, and they might pull the plug on an impasse or walkout just as they did in the 1988 strike. That walkout lasted nearly six months, but its timing was significant: it started in early March and ended August 7, just in time to save what became a slightly delayed fall season. If there is a strike this year, it would probably kick off in early May, but there would be a similar pressure to agree on a deal by early August, to give the writers enough time to gin up episodes for the new season and avoid a catastrophic fallout for showrunners, staff writers, companies and networks alike. What about viewers? If there is a strike, many may just flee to YouTube, Twitch and ESPN, play video games, fiddle with apps, binge on old shows on Netflix and continue to drive up the cable news nets' Trump-assisted ratings. Meanwhile, the networks would presumably load up on reruns, specials, sports and reality, as they did during the 1988 strike and 2001 near-strike. And with TV in the doldrums, proponents of premium VOD delivery of movies might take the opportunity to move some theatrical content into homes faster. The loser in this scenario? Scripted TV. There were 455 scripted original series on the air in 2016. This year, there could be 500. Or maybe not. A kerfuffle with the writers could be the one thing that brings Peak TV crashing back to earth. (Hollywood Reporter)

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