Monday, March 6, 2017

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Adele Confirms She Is "Married Now" to Simon Konecki. Okay, for realsies this time: Adele has confirmed that yes, she is married. At the 2017 Grammys last month, the Grammy winner had thanked her "husband" in an acceptance speech, fueling longtime speculation that she and Simon Konecki, with whom she shares 4-year-old son Angelo, had quietly gotten married. Many fans pondered whether or not Adele had officially tied the knot. Speculation was also fueled when she and Konecki were seen wearing what appeared to be wedding rings. At a concert in Brisbane, Australia this weekend, Adele said she is "married now." Adele, known for her haunting breakup songs, made her comments while introducing her ballad "Someone Like You." "I was trying to remember how it was I felt at the beginning of the relationship that inspired that record, because as bad as a break up can be, as bitter and horrible and messy as it can be, that feeling when you first fall for someone is the best feeling on earth and I am addicted to that feeling," she said. "Obviously I can't go through with those feelings because I'm married now. I've found my next person." Adele and Konecki have been together for more than five years. "Being in such an amazing relationship with someone that's so there for me and so loyal and is really part of my core now," the singer told 60 Minutes Australia in 2015. "That's what made me write about everything I've ever done because I've got his love." (Eonline)

Natalie Portman Gives Birth to Daughter Amalia Millepied. And baby makes four for Natalie Portman! The 35-year-old Oscar-winning actress has given birth to her second child with husband Benjamin Millepied. E! news can exclusively reveal that the couple welcomed a baby girl, Amalia Millepied, on Feb. 22. Portman and her husband, a choreographer who worked with her on Black Swan and the former dance director of the Paris Opera Ballet, are also parents to 5-year-old son Aleph. Portman largely kept a low profile during her pregnancy and has rarely talked about it publicly. Unlike many celebs, she did not document her pregnancy on social media and does not even maintain public accounts. Due to the birth of her daughter, she was unable to attend the 2017 Independent Spirit Awards or the 2017 Oscars. At the time, she told E! News, "I feel so lucky to be honored among my fellow nominees and wish them the most beautiful of weekends." She has emerged in recent months to attend award shows and events promoting her newest film, Jackie, in which she plays Jackie Kennedy. In November, she appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and was asked about her pregnancy. "It's weird because I'm a small person in general, so you show a lot faster and a lot more when you're small," the 5-foot-3 star said. "Everyone thinks I'm about to pop and about to give birth any minute, and I have months to go...I went to the store the other day to buy water and the guy at the checkout counter was like, 'Almost, huh?' I was like, 'No! Not at all!'" Portman recently showcased her baby bump in a loose-fitting, mustard yellow, 3/4-sleeve, empire waist, embroidered Prada gown at the 2017 Golden Globes, which she attended with Millipied. She was nominated for her role in Jackie but did not take home a Golden Globe. Portman and her husband will likely raise their new baby in Los Angeles. They had lived in Paris for about two years before they moved to L.A. in July, Marie Claire U.K. reported on Jan. 11. Portman plans to return to work "as soon as possible" after giving birth, the magazine quoted her as saying. (Eonline)

Tori Spelling Gives Birth to Fifth Child With Dean McDermott, a Baby Boy Named Beau Dean McDermott. It's a true sTORI: Actress Tori Spelling has given birth! The reality star and former Beverly Hills, 90210 star has welcomed her fifth child with husband Dean McDermott...a baby boy! According to People magazine, their son Beau Dean McDermott was born at 1:48 p.m. on Thursday, March 2, weighing 5 lbs., 12 oz. He measured 181/2 inches long. "We are over the moon in love with baby Beau," the couple told the magazine. "He is a true blessing and his brothers and sisters were overjoyed to meet him! We are all truly grateful for our big beautiful and healthy family." She also took to Twitter to express the family's excitement over their new addition. "We are so excited to announce the birth of the newest member of the McDermott family!" She wrote beside a photo of his hand. "Please join us in welcoming Beau Dean McDermott." The announcement comes just a few short weeks after Tori was treated to a lavish baby shower at the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles. Event planner to the stars Mindy Weiss helped execute the private weekend celebration. "Such an honor to host @torispelling baby shower. Tori's fifth!" guest Candy Spelling wrote on Instagram. "#babyshowers #candygram #torispelling #family #grandkids." Back In October, E! News confirmed that Tori and Dean were expanding their family after recently celebrating 10 years of marriage. While the pregnancy may not have been planned, the couple couldn't be more excited about their newest family member. "Although it was unexpected we are thrilled to be adding a little bundle of pure love to our beautiful family!" Tori wrote on her website. "Can't wait to share this journey with all of you." That journey included revealing the sex of baby No. 5 with E! News exclusively. "Well, it's a tie-breaker, boys win!" Tori announced with a huge smile on her face. "We're just going to have to have one more then." "With Liam and Stella, we found out at the doctor's office. Hattie and Finn, we didn't find out, we didn't know until they were born," Tori continued. "So this is the first reveal. We really wanted to do it with the kids because they were so excited, and we wanted to do it as a family!" Congratulations Tori and Dean on your party of five. (Eonline)

Reggie Bush's Wife Lilit Avagyan Bush Pregnant With Baby No. 3. Congrats to Reggie Bush and Lilit Avagyan Bush! The Buffalo Bills running back and his wife are expecting their third child together. She revealed the news on her private Instagram, posting a baby bottle emoji while wishing her husband a happy 32nd birthday. A source told E! News exclusively that Lilit, 29, is in her second trimester and that the two are looking forward having another baby together. Lilit was recently photographed showcasing her baby bump while wearing a tight black T-shirt and printed leggings working out with Reggie in a park in Los Angeles. The two are parents to daughter Brisels, 3, and son Uriah, 1. "They both always wanted a big family," a source told E! News in 2015. (Eonline)

Maksim Chmerkovskiy Takes Baby Boy Shai Out Dancing: "Been Waiting for This for the Longest Time." Maksim Chmerkovskiy has got a future dancing champion on his hands. And he knows it's never too early to begin his training. Maks posted on his Instagram page Saturday a sweet video, filmed by fiancee and Dancing With the Stars co-star Peta Murgatroyd, that shows him wearing their 2-month-old baby Shai Chmerkovskiy in a baby carrier and dancing with him down a winding road in the Hollywood Hills. "Been waiting for this for the longest time. Happy first two months of life, son. Here's to you dancing happily through the rest of it! #babyBirthdays #babyChmerkovskiy #DadyTime," Maks wrote. Shai is his and Peta's first child. Two weeks ago, the baby made his television debut, on Good Morning America, which like Dancing With the Stars, airs on ABC. His appearance marked the first time Maks and Peta showed his face publicly. They have since posted several front-facing photos and videos of their little man. "It's nerve-racking because I specifically wanted to keep him very private from the beginning because we just want to keep him for ourselves," Peta told GMA. "There's going to come a time where he's going to be with us walking hand-in-hand down the street and everyone's going to be able to see him," she said. "There's so many moments and opportunities that are gonna come up very soon where you just, you can't hide him any longer." Peta and Maks welcomed their baby in New York City and recently moved back to Los Angeles to compete on Dancing With the Stars' upcoming 24th season, which begins on March 20. (Eonline)

Cheers! Julianne Hough's Bachelorette Weekend--or Should We Say ''Beachlorette''--Is Underway With Nina Dobrev and More. When E! News caught up with the happy couple at the Emmys last September, Julianne Hough told us that she and Brooks Laich weren't in any big rush to the altar. The two-time Dancing with the Stars champ and her hockey player fiance announced their engagement over a year ago, and as far as we knew, there hadn't been any major changes. "We kind of started to plan and we're like, eh! Let's just enjoy it instead and not feel pressured to start planning already. So we're just picking up little tidbits here and there but not really focusing on it too hardcore," Hough said about the big day. Now it looks like those "tidbits" are really adding up -- in fact, are those wedding bells we hear? Well, apparently sometime soon, but for now, what we're really hearing is the sound of shot glasses clinking! The Footloose star may have been quiet on the wedding planning details, but now that she's celebrating her final days as a single gal, she's not being shy about sharing pics from her bachelorette party. Julianne and her bestie Nina Dobrev have been posting the deets on their already underway weekend getaway on Snapchat, and we couldn't be more jealous. Too soon to say who else is in attendance (that looks like a little too much tequila for two people!), but we can tell it's going to be an awesome time. The beachfront bachelorette party has even spawned its own hashtags: #TheFinalHoughrrah and #JulesBEACHelorette. As a source told E! News, the whole thing is going down at a resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (seriously? TFTI.) The bride-to-be can be seen soaking up the sun in a strappy white bikini, but the matching veil has got us thinking ahead to the wedding. When asked if she'd already picked out her dress, the singer-dancer told us, "I have to find the location first, and then I feel like then you can figure out what kind of dress and style and everything else too." A tropical wedding in Cabo sounds pretty good to us, just saying. As amazing as this bachelorette weekend is turning out, we can't wait to see what's in store for her wedding day! Hough shared that when she met her soon-to-be-husband at the end of 2013, she knew almost right way that they would end up together. "When I met him it was kind of like, 'Yeah', I knew and I think he knew too," she revealed, adding, "We kind of knew it was going to happen." Congrats on your engagement, Julianne and Brooks! We're looking forward to the big day! (Eonline)

Milo Ventimiglia Admits He's a "Magnificent" Lover. Milo Ventimiglia is "not uncomfortable" being called a sex symbol. And why should he be? "I think what I try to do is best represent what men could be, which is kind, which is giving, which is not a pushover," the actor, 39, said on SiriusXM's Bevelations Thursday. "Don't mistake that." So, what does that mean to the actor exactly? "Just be a strong man, a good man, contribute to the world instead of taking away from it. I think in [doing] that, you're going to attract a good mate," Ventimiglia explained to host Bevy Smith. "You're going to attract someone who is going to admire you for who you are, maybe not for how your nose is placed in relation to your chin." There are "advantages" to being desired, but perhaps not for the reasons one might assume. "Sometimes I'll be out, and a guy will be like, 'My wife just loves you!' You can tell there's a little animosity in how much the wife loves me. I'll say, 'Let's get her on the phone. Let's call her. But she needs to know that you delivered me, so the glory goes back to you. It's not about me; it's about you. You did the good thing for your girl,'" Ventimiglia added. "So, that's my advantage." Starring in NBC's This Is Us as Jack Pearson has only made Ventimiglia's star shine brighter since his days as Peter Petrelli on Heroes. "I get people smiling and approaching me and loving what I'm a part of. If I can just kind of give back to them and make them feel as important...as they're making me feel in saying, 'I appreciate what you do,' well, 'I appreciate that you appreciate what I do, and I appreciate you just a person sitting in front of me,'" he told Smith. "Hell, man!'" Smith predicted Ventimiglia is a "magnificent lover," telling him, "You probably are very giving." "Yes," the actor confessed. "I love very deeply." (Eonline)

Emma Watson Jokes She's "Peaking at 26" at Beauty and the Beast Premiere. "It's never gonna get better than this!" Emma Watson looked gorgeous at Thursday's L.A. premiere of Beauty and the Beast! The actress rocked a stunning Oscar de la Renta pantsuit on the red carpet, but before we gush over her premiere style, there's another outfit that everyone wants to know about... Belle's dress! Watson dished to E! News Sibley Scoles in an exclusive interview at the premiere about putting on Belle's gown! "It was kind of nerve-wracking," she admitted. "That yellow dress is beloved in the imagination of girls all over the world you want it to be perfect." Watson also dished on the romance in the movie, joking, "I was like, 'I am probably never in my life gonna have a more romantic moment than this! I'm peaking at 26! My most romantic moment! It's never gonna get better than this!'" (Eonline)

This bull rider almost died and now he's ready to dance. After an accident that left him paralyzed for 24 hours, professional bull rider Bonner Bolton thought he wouldn't make it out of the hospital alive -- let alone compete on the upcoming season of "Dancing with the Stars." "I'm thinking, 'This might be my last day on this Earth,'" the 29-year-old told V Magazine of his thoughts after a near-fatal fall in January 2016. "I was counting my blessings and getting ready for it, praying to God, 'If this is it, I'm ready to go, but I don't want to.'" Bolton was bucked off a bull during the second day of the Professional Bull Riders' Chicago Invitational, an event he thought would keep his career's momentum in motion. "I was really rising as a rookie on tour the year before and I was looking to destroy 2016," he said. But that all changed once he rode on a bull that had a reputation for being temperamental. "I looked to launch out and dismount from the bull, and I just mistimed it. Instead of shooting out to the side, I get rolled out the back, first suspended high in the air before coming straight down onto my head." It wasn't until a day later that Bolton regained feeling in his lower body, remembering that his "stomach turned like a wave" -- which he first mistook for internal bleeding. "But then I realized it was the first feeling I had below my neck," he said, and was walking three days later. And soon enough, "Dancing with the Stars" viewers will see the cowboy do way more than that on the upcoming season starting March 20 on ABC. Bolton is partnered with Sharna Burgess for the dancing competition. "Obviously, everyone is telling me how great of a partner I have," the contestant told People. "But I think it's pretty easy to see -- she's not hard on the eyes!" (PageSix)

Lily Collins hints that father Phil was absent during her childhood. Having a famous father isn't always easy -- just ask Lily Collins. The 27-year-old, who has made a name for herself as a successful actress and model, hinted to Modern Luxury that her father, English singer/songwriter Phil Collins, may not have always been around during her childhood. "I couldn't not talk about my parents in this story, obviously," said the cover girl for the March 2017 issue. "It's hard when that person isn't around a lot. I have amazing memories of being able to travel and being able to have family all over the world. Were there things that would have been nice probably to experience as a family? Of course. But it didn't happen that way. And I'm me for a reason. I mean, everything that happened made me who I am." Collins, who's releasing her first book, titled "Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me," on March 7, addressed those feelings in a letter addressed to her father. "That was a hard chapter to write because he is public," she explained to the publication. "It's a weird situation to be in, to be writing about someone that people already know, but they don't know my experience with [him]. I am just a daughter talking to her dad, and I think that a letter felt appropriate because it can be translated to any relationship with daughters and dads. "As a girl, you always want them to see you as their little girl, and you're always going to need them and want them. And even if you say you don't, you really do." Collins also seemed to be looking forward to starting a family of her own one day, but she is currently busy enjoying her single life. "I'm in a relationship with myself," she said. "I think a lot of young girls should do that. I think it's important to figure out you and to have fun and to be dating and to figure out what you like and what you don't like. It's what growing up is all about." (PageSix)

Drunk-Ed Sheeran Hit Justin Bieber in the Head With a Golf Club. Ouch! Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber once took their fun a little too far. While vacationing in Japan, the musicians hit up a dive bar where the British singer imbibed some alcohol while Bieber sipped water all night. Afterward, they decided to hit up a golf course. "We were in Japan. We'd been out to a dive bar. He just drank water and I got hammered," Sheeran shared with The Guardian. "Then we went to a golf course, and he lay on the floor and put a golf ball in his mouth and told me to hit it out of his mouth." Even though Bieber was sober, it didn't seem like he was of sound mind with that recommendation! Inebriated, Sheeran really had to focus on the mission at hand. "I was like, 'F--k, I need to aim this properly,' and I swung. And you know in films when someone gets punched, and you hear that fake sound, like a slap? But in real life when someone gets punched, you hear that dull thud, a bit sickening? I heard a sound like the last one, and saw his security guard looking at me like.... "I'd cracked Justin Bieber right in the cheek with a golf club. That was, one of those 'What the f--k?' moments." Fortunately, Bieber -- and his face -- were just fine, but perhaps it served as a lesson not to combine alcohol and sports! Earlier this year, Sheeran got into a bit of trouble with another musician when Princess Beatrice pretended to "knight" singer James Blunt but ended up cutting Sheeran's face. Be careful, you guys! (Eonline)

Jerry Lee Lewis suing his daughter for alleged abuse. Jerry Lee Lewis is suing his daughter, claiming she isolated and abused him by giving him a diet of drug cocktails, reports TMZ. According to court documents the "Great Balls of Fire" singer says that his daughter, Phoebe, took advantage while she managed her father's career from 2000 to 2012, and conspired to spend his fortune with her husband, Ezekiel Loftin. The documents allege that Phoebe forced Lewis, 81, to embark on grueling tours despite his fragile health. When he wasn't forced to play piano she had him cooped up in a home that was so moldy he was forced to wear an oxygen mask. The documents also claim that she fed her father a "heavy cocktail of psychotropic drugs" to keep him under her domain. Last week the rock and roll legend sued his son-in-law Loftin for allegedly blowing through $5 million of his fortune on real estate, plastic surgery and cars. But now he's added his daughter to the suit. Lewis wants to get his money back and bar the couple from using his name or likeness. (PageSix)

Louis Tomlinson wanted a photog out of his face at LAX, and the altercation ended with the photog smashing his head on the floor and Louis ended up in cuffs. It went down Friday night at LAX baggage claim. We're told the 25-year-old singer was with his girlfriend and the photog was too close for Louis' comfort, so he allegedly pulled the photog to the floor by his legs. The photog fell backward and struck his back and head on the floor. It didn't end there. A female witness started recording Louis' GF as she tried to leave. The 2 women allegedly then got into a physical altercation. The witness and the photog both made citizens' arrests. Tomlinson was arrested for simple battery and booked at a nearby LAPD jail. Unclear if the girlfriend was also arrested. UPDATE: Louis' team tells TMZ, "The paparazzi provoked and caused the altercation that occurred with Louis. It's not the first time that a paparazzi has created an altercation with a celebrity. While the altercation was going on with the paparazzi, three other individuals were attacking his girlfriend during this incident and he came to her defense." (TMZ)

Danny Masterson strenuously denies old rape allegations against him ... and he's claiming Leah Remini played a part in the cases coming to light. A rep for the "That '70s Show" star tells TMZ ... they're aware of 16-year-old allegations made by one of Danny's ex-girlfriend's, and 2 other women. The ex-went to police, and we've confirmed there is an open investigation. That investigation was the subject of a blog post accusing the Church of Scientology of covering up multiple rape claims. Danny's calling BS and says Leah is just trying to boost ratings for her show, 'Scientology and the Aftermath.' Danny's rep claims Leah spoke to the ex-girlfriend, and after Leah's show aired ... the other 2 women contacted Leah too. The rep goes on to say, "The alleged incident occurred in the middle of their 6-year relationship, after which she continued to be his longtime girlfriend." Danny's rep also says the woman continued to pursue him after he ended the relationship. He believes the case has no merit. We've reached out to Leah's camp, but nothing back yet. (TMZ)

Tommy Page, Singer and Music Exec, Dies at 46. The singer, best known for his No. 1 single "I'll Be Your Everything," was found dead Friday. Singer-songwriter and music industry executive Tommy Page, best known for his No. 1 single "I'll Be Your Everything," was found dead Friday. The cause of death was unclear at press time, but according to reports from several friends, it was an apparent suicide. He was 46. Page started his career as a recording artist for Sire Records -- as he told it, he was working as a coat-checker at the New York nightclub Nell's and gave his demo to label head Seymour Stein -- and topped the Billboard Hot 100 with his single, "I'll Be Your Everything" in April 1990. The song was written by Page, along with Jordan Knight and Danny Wood of Page's tourmates New Kids on the Block. The group's Donnie Wahlberg, along with Knight, also had a hand in producing the track. Page later returned to NYU's Stern School of Business to pursue his career as a music executive. He recorded nine studio albums and continued to tour throughout his career. "My whole life I dreamed of having a No. 1 record, ever since I could remember getting into music. I wanted to be on top of the Billboard charts," Page remembered in 2011. Page later joined Warner Bros./Reprise Records, where he served as an A&R executive and vice president of top 40 promotion. During that time, he helped shape the careers of many successful artists, including Michael Buble, Alanis Morissette, Josh Groban, David Foster and Green Day. In 2011, Page left Warner Bros./Reprise to join Billboard as associate publisher. The following year he was promoted to publisher. "Ever since childhood, I've had big aspirations for my music career," Page said at the time. "In the inscription below my senior picture in my high school yearbook, I actually wrote 'Billboard charts, here I come!' -- a hopeful pipe dream from an ordinary Jersey kid." In 2013, Page left Billboard to become Pandora's vp of artist and brand partnerships, where his history as a recording artist helped him play a significant role in the company's recent outreach to the artist and music-business community after years of criticism over its royalty rates. In 2015, Page joined Cumulus Media as senior vice president of brand partnerships. Page most recently served as VP of music partnerships at the Village Voice. He continued to record and perform regularly, particularly in Asia. "We are all mourning the loss of our friend and colleague Tommy Page," said Billboard Entertainment Group President John Amato. "He was a magnetic soul and a true entertainer. Our thoughts are with his family." He is survived by his partner, Charlie, and their three children. This article originally appeared on Billboard.com. (Hollywood Reporter)

"America's Got Talent" is off to a rough start ... filming has been canceled next week because of the death of Mel B's dad. Martin Brown died Saturday after a 5-year battle with Myeloma. He was 63. Producers have canceled filming Monday and Tuesday, but even when it's back there's a big challenge ahead, because the show is host-less ... this after Nick Cannon quit. Mel B said she and her sister were by their dad's side when he passed. RIP. (TMZ)

THE OTHER STUFF . . .

How the Queen uses her handbag to send secret signals to her staff. Luckily for Queen Elizabeth II, she has no need for house keys. And we bet you would never catch her running around her house looking for her misplaced phone. Which begs the question: What does she keep in those famous Launer purses she carries around every day anyway? Well, royal biographer, Sally Bedell Smith, got the scoop. Back in 2012, Smith revealed that the Queen always keeps a mirror, lipstick, a pen, some mint lozenges and reading glasses on hand. And on Sundays, she brings a few small bills "precisely folded" to give as a church donation. But apparently, her purse is more often used as a way to send signals to her staff than anything else. "It would be very worrying if you were talking to the Queen and saw the handbag move from one hand to the other," royal historian Hugo Vickers told People. You see, this is a signal the Queen uses to indicate to her staff that she's ready to wrap up her current conversation. However, you might not even know it's happening - they're that discreet. "It would be done very nicely," Vickers says. "Someone would come along and say, 'Sir, the Archbishop of Canterbury would very much like to meet you.'" Other cues Queen Elizabeth uses? According to the Telegraph, if she puts her handbag on the table at dinner, it means she wants the event to end in the next five minutes. And if she puts her bag on the floor, it shows she's not enjoying the conversation and wants to be rescued by her lady-in-waiting. But Vickers says the most dramatic gesture of all is spinning her ring, which tells her staff she needs to be rescued immediately. Fingers crossed this never happens to us. (MSN)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Rendezvous in Jamaica for His Best Friend's Wedding. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle take the Caribbean! The two lovebirds met up in Montego Bay, Jamaica, on Thursday after taking separate flights. It appears Harry brought Meghan as his date to his best friend Tom Inskip's wedding to Lara Hughes-Young this weekend, which gave the Suits actress a chance to get to know her beau's inner circle just a bit better. The couple was photographed looking quite happy together while enjoying a conversation at their assigned table. Meghan looked chic and glowing in a navy, floral maxi dress, while the red-headed royal opted for a white shirt and dark slacks. Harry and Tom have been friends since they were students at Eton College boarding school. Tom was reportedly present when the prince was famously photographed naked and standing in front of a nude woman inside a hotel suite in Las Vegas. Grainy photos leaked online and marked one of the biggest scandals for Harry, then known for his love of partying. Meanwhile, Kensington Palace confirmed Harry and Meghan's relationship last November. The two have spent time together in various places around the world. Markle has visited Harry in London and he has spent time with her in Toronto, where she films Suits. In January, they took a trip to Norway, where they enjoyed whale-watching in the remote town of Tromso and spent the night under the Aurora Borealis. "Harry is truly in love," a source told E! News in January. "They're very serious." The insider added that people close to Harry and Meghan wouldn't be surprised if there will be an engagement announcement later this year. Harry had last visited Jamaica, alone, in 2012. Markle has been to the country before as well; She married Trevor Engelson there in 2011. They divorced two years later. (Eonline)

Viola Davis is Harvard's Artist of the Year. Fresh from her best-supporting-actress Oscar win for her role in "Fences," Viola Davis is set to receive the Harvard Foundation 2017 Artist of the Year Award. Davis will accept her arts medal at a ceremony Saturday at Harvard's Cultural Rhythms Festival. In addition to the Oscar, Davis received the Critics' Choice, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, and British Academy of Films and Television Arts awards for her portrayal of Rose Maxson in the film adaptation of "Fences," an August Wilson play. Davis co-starred in the play's 2010 Broadway revival with Denzel Washington. Her performance in the play earned her a Tony award. Davis currently stars in the television show, "How to Get Away with Murder." Previous winners include Quincy Jones, Andy Garcia, Matt Damon, Salma Hayek and Shakira. (PageSix)

Savannah Guthrie Introduces Son Charley Feldman to the World on Today. It's nice to meet you, Charley! Savannah Guthrie surprised viewers Friday morning when her husband Mike Feldman stopped by the Today show to introduce their nearly three-month-old son to the co-anchors and viewers. Their daughter, Vale, was also in tow, and ran to her mama as soon as she saw her. Before Charley, Vale and Mike were announced, Carson Daly gave viewers a few clues to help them try and figure out who the surprise guest was. He's losing his hair and he hits the bottle were two of them, which led Matt Lauer to joke that it was him LOL. Charles Max Feldman entered the world at 9 lbs., 8 oz. and measured 21.5 inches long. "The proud parents are doing great!" Today tweeted when he was born. "We are so grateful. Blessings overflow. Along with tears of joy," Savannah tweeted. Savannah returned to Today Monday morning, four days before her originally announced return date, Friday, March 3. "Hey, little one, you're not the *only* good reason to wake up early!!" Guthrie wrote on Instagram last Wednesday, alongside a selfie with her son. "I'm headed back to @TODAYshow March 3! Excited to see you all!" "Yay! Savannah announced she's returning on March 3rd! (Baby Charley is welcome to join)," read a message posted on the show's Instagram page. Clearly, she took the show's message literally! Baby fever hit the Today show hard, as Dylan Dreyer also gave birth around the same time as Savannah, and Hoda Kotb adopted a baby girl named Haley Joy a couple of weeks ago. Hopefully, we'll be able to meet those babies, too! (Eonline)

Ivanka Trump's Children Board the Marine One With Donald Trump for the First Time. Ivanka Trump's eldest children are getting the full, presidential experience! Arabella Rose Kushner, 5, and Joseph Frederick Kushner, 3, boarded the Marine One airplane for the first time alongside their grandfather, President Donald Trump. The kids matched the POTUS in navy blue ensembles, climbing the stairs to the aircraft as Donald saluted a marine -- a moment their proud mommy had to share on Instagram. "Marine One," she captioned the photo alongside a U.S. flag. This marks another big moment in the Trump family this week. On Tuesday, the newly-elected president held his first Joint Session of Congress, and while all eyes were certainly on him, we couldn't help but notice Ivanka and Melania Trump's ensembles! Ivanka showed her svelte figure in a fuchsia Roland Mouret Rawlings dress, which rings up at $2,995, pairing it with black, pointed-toe heels and wearing her hair straight behind her ears. The 35-year-old took to Instagram to share a photo of herself and her husband Jared Kushner prepping for the big night and wrote, "Getting ready to leave The White House with @RealDonaldTrump as he prepares to address Congress #JointSession." Meanwhile, FLOTUS donned an embellished, sleek black blazer from Michael Kors' spring 2017 collection, which paired with a matching skirt and belt. The jacket retails for $5,000 and the skirt goes for $4,600. (Eonline)

Arnold Schwarzenegger is calling it a one-and-done with "The Celebrity Apprentice" -- he won't be returning to host another season ... and says President Trump's to blame. Arnold says he had a great time being the face of 'Celebrity Apprentice' and thinks the show was fantastic, but it can't escape the stigma attached to it ... Trump being an executive producer. "When people found out that Trump was still involved ... and was still receiving money from the show, then half the people [started] boycotting it" ... Arnold said in an interview with Empire. Rumors began swirling that the show was not going to be renewed due to low ratings and sponsors leaving, so it seems Schwarzenegger decided to bail from the sinking ship. He says even if he was asked to return ... he'd decline. Arnold said ... "With Trump being involved in the show people have a bad taste and don't want to participate as a spectator or as a sponsor or in any other way support the show." Your (Twitter) move, Mr. President. (TMZ)

Joe Biden's son Hunter is trying to turn the tables in his bitter divorce, demanding that his estranged wife produce incriminating evidence against herself that she cheated on him. Kathleen Biden has claimed in divorce docs Hunter blew a fortune on prostitutes and other women. But in new legal docs, obtained by The Post, Hunter is asking Kathleen to turn over "letters, cards, notes and e-mails between you and any person that you had a romantic or sexual relationship with other than your husband during the marriage." As we reported, Kathleen kicked Hunter out of the family house after she claims he repeated conduct that endangered their kids. Hunter is now in a relationship with the widow of his brother Beau, who died of brain cancer 2015. (TMZ)

Danielle Bregoli, the "Cash Me Ousside" girl, wants to send her estranged dad a clear message -- you have ZERO business trying to get into MY business! Sources connected to Danielle tell us she finds it absurd her pops, Ira Peskowitz, a Palm Beach County Sheriff's deputy ... is trying to weasel his way back into her life after years of being an absentee dad. Ira started a GoFundMe page saying he needs $50k to cover legal expenses to get his daughter "proper help." He's actually raised $1300 already. We're told Danielle thinks it's just a money grab ... an attempt to get back in her life because she's now commanding $30k in appearance fees. Not to mention the multiple reality TV offers she's fielding. Mom has reportedly had primary custody since Danielle was 18 months old, and we're told "Cash Me Ousside" wants dear ole dad to know ... she doesn't need to be saved. (TMZ)

Rod Stewart says he's sorry for mocking an ISIS beheading in the desert outside Abu Dhabi, but some outraged Brits think he should pay a higher price. The video shows Rod, his wife, Penny, and friends climbing a sand dune. One of the friends gets on his knees in front of Rod ... who pretends to cut off the man's head. Penny posted the video ... but deleted it a few hours later, after the immediate backlash started. 72-year-old Rod issued an apology, saying they were "larking about pre-show" and were "spontaneously playing out Game Of Thrones." He added, "Understandably, this has been misinterpreted and I send my deepest apologies to those who have been offended." Angry British citizens have suggested online Stewart's Knighthood should be withdrawn. (TMZ)

Academy President Tells Members "Changes Will Be Implemented" After 2017 Oscars Blunder. Changes are coming to the Oscars, following the recent historic Best Picture blunder. La La Land was initially named as the winner of the top honor at 2017 Oscars this past Sunday and while its cast and producers began giving speeches, Moonlight was revealed to be the real winner, causing confusion and shock. An accountant who works for the show, one of two, had handed the presenters the wrong envelope. It marked the biggest mistake seen at the Oscars in its 89-year history. "By now, thanks to the non-stop coverage the past few days, we all know that the wrong envelope and the problems that ensued were caused by the failure of PwC's accountants to follow established protocols and their delay in immediately remedying the situation," Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which votes on the Oscars, wrote in a recent email to the group's members. "PwC has accepted full responsibility for the error," she said. "Rest assured changes will be implemented to ensure this never happens again." Isaacs had said earlier this week that the "two accountants responsible for the Best Picture mistake will not work the Oscars again." In her email, Isaacs also focuses on the positive, praising Oscars producers Jennifer Todd and Michael De Luca, host Jimmy Kimmel and the stage crew who handled "everything remarkably from the set collapsing during dress rehearsal to the rather chaotic ending of the show." Moana star Auli'i Cravalho was hit by a flag while performing onstage the Disney movie's song "How Far I'll Go." She appeared unfazed. In an interview on KCRW's The Business radio show, De Luca recalled the reactions to the Best Picture gaffe from backstage. "I heard [fellow producer] Jennifer Todd next to me. It was like the Hindenburg report," he said. He said Isaacs and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson went backstage to gather a team to answer questions. "After it was over and everyone was crowding backstage, I ran into the theater to scoop up my wife and kids and brought them back to my production office," De Luca said. "By the time I went back to the green room, Dawn was already in mid-conversation with the players, just trying to figure out what happened. Everyone was a little shaken. Everybody looked white-faced and the blood was just drained from [them]." (Eonline)

Music

Why the Backstreet Boys' New Las Vegas Show Is Awesome--and a Little Embarrassing--for the Beloved Boy Band. Get ready to rock your body -- Backstreet's back! Your favorite boy band since the 1990s, The Backstreet Boys, kicked off their highly anticipated Las Vegas residency March 1 at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, and they did not disappoint in the nostalgia department. Their show, Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life, includes baby pictures from Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, AJ McLean and Kevin Richardson, as well as footage from past performances, and was described by one member of the group as a typical Backstreet Boys show "on steroids." We. Can't. Wait. E! News caught up with the "I Want It That Way" singers to reminisce on their early aughts style, what they're up to now and what we can expect from their Vegas show. E! News' Carissa Culiner asked the guys if there were any aspects of their style that, looking back, they're embarrassed by. The boys noted a few things: haircuts, outfits, choreography -- even hair color! "That was cool then -- not now," AJ defended the now-defunct trend. R.I.P. frosted tips. The throwback 'dos aren't the only part of the show that the timeless heartthrobs find a little cringe-worthy, however. Many of the photos included in the background of their show were actually chosen by the guys' mothers and wives, which means a whole bunch of embarrassing baby pics. As AJ told E! News, "No one ever needs to see me in tights and there's lot of me in tights." Obviously, the boys have done a lot of growing up since then. "I've got a newborn in the hotel room right now -- 10 months old, he's just walking on the floor playing with toys and stuff," Nick revealed to Carissa. Most of the guys' families are now in talks to move to Vegas, but for AJ, whose wife is due with their second daughter in just two weeks, that's not quite the case! "God willing she doesn't go into labor while I'm doing the show," AJ said of his wife. "But if she does, I'll be on the first flight out right after the encore!" The couple have already picked out a name for their daughter, but are keeping it private until the baby is born. The "As Long As You Love Me" singers also talked to E! News about the show itself, even hinting at the possibility of some surprise guests. This comes a few months after their own surprise performance at the iHeartRadio Music Festival, where they performed some of their biggest hits, joined by Florida Georgia Line for a rendition of "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)." There's also been speculation about a joint tour with The Spice Girls and New Kids On The Block, so basically, we're freaking out. The Backstreet Boys' Las Vegas residency will be running through the summer at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. We're sure the show will continue to feel larger than life. (Eonline)

Lea Michele's New Song "Love Is Alive" Is Here. Lea Michele is back with a new ballad. "Love Is Alive" was released on iTunes, Spotify and Vevo at midnight. The song is the debut single off Michele's sophomore album, Places, slated for release this spring. The 30-year-old Scream Queens actress previewed the song in January at her concerts in L.A. and New York City. Michele had been teasing "Love Is Alive" for weeks. "Oh my God. I can't believe it's FINALLY out. I'm so proud of this song... it's so special to me. No matter what you go through in life... love is a blessing and brings you so much joy," Michele tweeted Thursday. "I hope you all love this song and it's means as much to you as it does to me! #loveisalive. Let's get it trending. #loveisalive." The singer previewed "Love Is Alive" for People Wednesday, calling it "such a special song." Michele, who released her debut album Louder in 2014, explained, "I wanted a song on the album that represented where I am personally in my life right now, and this song is exactly that. [The song] is about believing in love and the power and beauty of love. 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." As for Places, Michele told the magazine, "This album is really about coming back to my roots and the music and artists that inspired me growing up. 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." (Eonline)

Lorde drops new single Green Light (& Taylor Swift is a fan) BFFs. After a week of teasing, Lorde has finally dropped her new single Green Light. First played on BBC Radio 1, the song explores heartbreak. This marks Lorde's first new material since Magnets, the song she collaborated with Disclosure on in 2015. Her second album is due out later this year (we've only had to wait three years!). Talking of her single to Radio 1 DJ, Mistajam, she said: "I really wanted to make something so different [to Royals, her first ever single]". She also revealed that her new material was inspired by David Bowie and that she made the record with Jack Antonoff - Lena Dunham's fiance and the man who collaborates frequently with Taylor Swift. Swift Instagrammed a shot of the single's cover with the caption "g2g brb just gonna make up an interpretive dance to this magnificent bop for the ages ELLA I LOVE YOU". (British Glamour)

Panic! at the Disco Joined by 'Stranger Things' Star During MSG Show. Panic! at the Disco reunited with Stranger Things star Noah Schnapp during their Madison Square Garden show on Thursday night (March 2). The actor -- who starred in the band's "L.A. Devotee" video and plays Will Byers on the Netflix series -- hopped on stage to sing along to the tune at the show. Schnapp was clearly jacked for the honor, hopping around next to Panic! singer Brendon Urie and getting a pat on the head and a big hug from the frontman as he exited the stage. The whole crew also posed for some pictures after the show. Schnapp also shared a pic from just before his big moment. "I look like I just saw the Demogorgon," he joked in character. When the "L.A. Devotee" video dropped in September Schnapp tweeted, "count me in @brendonurie for your concert in NY!" (Billboard)

Daddy Yankee Delivers New Track 'Hula Hoop' in Partnership With Zumba. Reggaeton star records a new song for the popular Latin workout. Daddy Yankee has partnered with Zumba to create another instant hit for the Latin workout franchise. It's called "Hula Hoop," and, true to its name, the choreography for the track involves a lot of hip swiveling. But there's no plastic ring required to do this dance. Yankee's "Hula Hoop"-not to be mistaken with Omi's hit song of the same name-was born out of the remix of the Puerto Rican star's "Shaky Shaky," in which the "hula hoop" lyric and dance moves were first used. The new song and choreography, coming to a Zumba class near you soon. Watch the video and get your hips warmed up now. (Billboard)

The Flaming Lips Brought a Unicorn to 'The Late Show'. If you're going to sing a song called "There Should Be Unicorns" you better have a damn unicorn. Which is why it's no surprise that Flaming Lips lead oddball Wayne Coyne was perched atop a giant one-horned psychedelic pony with a glowing LED mane when the band performed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Thursday night (March 2). Playing the woozy track from their latest album, Oczy Mlody, the band got some help from a pair of astronauts standing tall in full NASA moon gear as Coyne sang in a spacey whisper while wearing a pair of rainbow blow-up angel wings and rocking a fat gold chain with a giant brain pendant. (Billboard)

Shakira & Carlos Vives Accused of Plagiarism for 'La Bicicleta'. Cuban Artist Livam files complaint against superstars in Madrid court; composer's rights society SGAE reportedly to retain royalties for "La Bicicleta" until the case is resolved. A Cuban singer has accused Shakira and Carlos Vives of copying the chorus of one of his songs for their megahit "La Bicicleta." Livan Rafael Castellanos, known as Livam, has filed a complaint against Shakira and Vives in a court in Spain, Shakira's country of residence, according to Spanish press reports. The case has been declared admissible by court judges. In the wake of the filing in Madrid mercantile court, Spanish composer's rights society SGAE said it will retain royalties for the song until the case is resolved. Livam's complaint refers specifically to the lyrics and music of a part of the chorus of both songs, according to court documents obtained by Madrid's El Mundo newspaper. The Cuban artist and his publisher Maryla Dianik Romeu of MDRB Music Publishing accuse the artists and their representatives of plagiarizing Livam's song "Yo Te Quiero Tanto," which he wrote in 1997. The court documents state that the song was one that Livam had sent to various publishers and labels for consideration when he was looking for a publishing deal. He signed a contract with EMI Publishing Spain in 2011 for his catalog, which included "Yo Te Quiero Tanto." In his chorus, Livam sings "yo te quiero tanto" ("I love you so much") to a tropical beat, while Shakira and Vives' chorus goes "que te sueno y que te quiero tanto" ("I dream about you and I love you so much"). A music expert witness in Livam's case attested to the fact that the songs share "the same rhythm and the same melody" in the cited part of the chorus. It seems like a tenuous accusation since the alleged similarity is limited to that one line in the song. Last October, according to El Mundo representatives for the two sides met to discuss a settlement in the matter, but no agreement was reached. The complaint was filed in the Madrid court on Feb. 3, and names Vives, Shakira, producer/composer Andres Eduardo Castro, Sony Music Publishing Latino and nine other producers. "La Bicicleta" is a finalist in five Billboard Latin Music Awards song categories, including Hot Latin Song of the Year, Digital Song of the Year and Latin Pop Song of the Year. The Colombian stars' joyful duet won the Latin Grammy La Bicicleta" won both Record and Song of the Year at the 2016 Latin Grammys. It has been viewed nearly 8 million times on YouTube. Sony Music was found liable in New York court for copyright infringement in a 2014 case involving another Shakira hit, "Loca." That ruling was overturned and in the case dismissed in 2015 however, when a judge ruled that Dominican songwriter Ramon Arias Vasquez had faked a cassette tape on which he claimed to have recorded a similar song ("Loca con su Tigurere") before Shakira's. (Billboard)

Movies

'Pretty Woman' was almost a completely different movie. Before it became a classic, the film "Pretty Woman" not only had a hard time getting made, but it was almost an entirely different -- and very dark -- movie. "I can't tell you how much time was spent debating," former Disney studio head Jeffrey Katzenberg said at a Hearst Tower Q&A on Thursday. "As a script, 'Pretty Woman' was an R-rated movie about a hooker on Hollywood Boulevard. By the way, in the original version -- it's pretty dark -- I think she died of an overdose. So convincing [people] that we should make that at the Walt Disney Co., and that it's a fairy tale and a princess movie, a lot of people had a hard time seeing it. But, as they say, the rest is history." The movie mogul, who's now launching new digital media and technology investment firm WndrCo, also gave Sunday's Oscars high marks, calling the awards "one of the best produced," and chalking up the epic ending to "live TV." He added, "That's the excitement and challenge of going on the high wire .?.?. I would say as troubling as it must have been in the moment .?.?. I don't think there's been an [Oscars] as talked about the morning after for a decade." (PageSix)

Ryan Reynolds Shows His Naked Superhero Butt in Deadpool 2 Teaser. Worst superhero ever, no butts about it. A teaser for Deadpool 2 is airing before fellow Marvel movie Logan and the footage was released this week. It shows Ryan Reynolds reprising his role as the red and black badass whose good intentions just...take way too damn long. The teaser runs like a mini-movie and shows Reynolds' Wade Wilson seeing an elderly man get attacked by a mugger. He ducks into a phone booth and channels Superman as John Williams' famous theme from the 1878 film Superman: The Movie plays. But unlike the Man of Steel, he is not wearing his Deadpool costume under his clothes and it takes him forever to put it on. So we get a lengthy naked butt shot, and hey, we're not complaining about that. But he fails in his mission to help the man. The teaser also features a cameo from Marvel legend Stan Lee, posters for Firefly, Joss Whedon's cult short-lived early '00s series starring Nathan Fillion, and the words "Nathan Summers [coming]} painted on the phone booth, leading many fans to speculate that the actor is set to play the Marvel character, aka the superhero Cable, son of Cyclops, in a future project. He and the studio have not commented. Deadpool 2 is set for release in March 2018. (Eonline)

Emily Blunt Looks Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious in First Mary Poppins Returns Photo. Someone looks supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! On Friday afternoon, Walt Disney Studios gave fans their first look at Mary Poppins Returns. Production commenced last month at Shepperton Studios in Surrey, England. The film -- scheduled for release December 25, 2018 -- stars Emily Blunt in the title role. Directed by Rob Marshall, Marry Poppins Returns features an all-star cast that includes Colin Firth, Lin Manuel-Miranda, Emily Mortimer, Meryl Streep, Julie Walters and Ben Whishaw. Additionally, Pixie Davies, Joel Dawson and Nathanael Saleh star as three new Banks children. Best of all, Dick Van Dyke -- who played Bert in 1964's Mary Poppins -- stars as Mr. Dawes Jr., the chairman of Fidelity Fiduciary Bank, which is now run by William Weatherall Wilkins (Firth). Mary Poppins Returns -- a sequel to the Oscar-winning classic starring Julie Andrews -- is set in 1930s depression-era London. In a press release, the studio shared key details for the first time. "Michael (Whishaw) and Jane (Mortimer) are now grown up, with Michael, his three children and their housekeeper, Ellen (Walters), living on Cherry Tree Lane," Walt Disney Studios said. "After Michael suffers a personal loss, the enigmatic nanny Mary Poppins re-enters the lives of the Banks family, and, along with the optimistic street lamplighter Jack (Miranda), uses her unique magical skills to help the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives." Along the way, Blunt's character will also introduce the Banks children "to a new assortment of colorful and whimsical characters, including her eccentric cousin, Topsy (Streep)." John DeLuca, Marshall and Marc Platt are producing Mary Poppins Returns. David Magee wrote the screenplay, based on The Mary Poppins Stories by author PL Travers. Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman created brand new songs, while Shaiman also composed an original score. For Blunt, playing the iconic character is a "dream" come true. "She's such an iconic nostalgic figure for people. It's a gift to give to my kids that I get to be this generation's Mary Poppins." "I'm learning the songs," Blunt told E! News' Marc Malkin in October. "We did an incredible workshop of the script a few weeks back. It's so heart racing, so exciting. It's a complete different re-imagining of the whole thing. And I'm scared and thrilled to be in it and it's cool." Miranda is similarly ecstatic about continuing Mary Poppins' story. "It's incredible so I'm proud to be a part of it," the Tony winner told E! News last summer. "And could you imagine a better Mary Poppins than Emily Blunt? Are you kidding me? I'm just so thrilled to be in that room." (Eonline)

Jennifer Lopez reveals her best on-screen kiss ever. Spoiler alert: it wasn't Ben Affleck. Jennifer Lopez has had a lot of great acting jobs and within those, a fair few on-screen kisses. Ever wondered which was her all-time fave? Well, JLo has revealed that her best and most memorable on-screen kiss was surprisingly not with her ex Ben Affleck, who she starred in Gigli with. When asked on the TODAY show who she would say her best kiss was with, she said: "It was Josh Lucas... it was called An Unfinished Life, with Robert Redford and Morgan Freeman." And it appears Jennifer isn't the only one who thought that was a great kiss: "She was phenomenal in many ways in that way," say Josh Lucas in 2015. "We have a phenomenal sex scene in a car that was so good [that] I guess it was cut out. They needed to get it a rating that was a little more PG. It was fantastic." *Insert fire emoji here* (British Glamour)

'Godzilla Resurgence' Wins Big at 40th Japan Academy Prize Awards. Mega-hit anime 'Your Name' took only three awards, even missing out on best-animated feature, while Tom Hanks-starred 'Sully' won best foreign film. Godzilla Resurgence (Shin Godzilla) was the big winner, with seven victories, at the 40th Japan Academy Prize awards on Friday, beating out Makoto Shinkai's anime Your Name, which took three awards. Godzilla Resurgence won best picture, while Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi jointly took the best director award for their work together on the Toho reboot of the iconic monster franchise. In This Corner of the World (Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni), won the best-animated award in an upset win over mega-hit anime Your Name, which won technical awards and best soundtrack. Best actress went to Aoi Miyazaki for her performance opposite Ken Watanabe in Rage (Ikari), directed by Lee Sang-il. Koichi Sato won the best actor award for police drama 64 (Rokuyon) Tom Hanks-starrer Sully, released locally as Hudson-gawa no Kiseki (The Miracle of Hudson River), won best foreign film, beating out The Revenant, Zootopia, The Martian and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Lifetime awards included one for auteur Seijun Suzuki, who died last month. (Hollywood Reporter)

Lionsgate's 'La La Land,' 'Power Rangers' Headed to Amazon Prime Video in India. The exclusive multiyear deal keeps the studio's new releases and library away from Netflix in an increasingly competitive Indian streaming market. Lionsgate is about to see top movie titles like La La Land and its upcoming Power Rangers release streamed by Indian audiences as part of an exclusive SVOD deal signed with Amazon Prime Video. Terms of the multiyear deal were not disclosed. But as Amazon battles Netflix for early dominance in an increasingly competitive Indian streaming market, the online retailer has inked an agreement to make Prime Video India the exclusive subscription streaming home for Lionsgate movies, TV series and upcoming releases. The new licensing agreement with Amazon covers streaming rights to a host of upcoming movie and TV releases and library titles. The deal will also keep Lionsgate titles like Deepwater Horizon and The Divergent Series: Allegiant away from satellite and pay TV services in India. "Our collaboration with Amazon Prime Video India is the latest example of our commitment to bring world-class, award-winning movies and television series to the Indian market and its viewers," Lionsgate president of worldwide television and digital distribution Jim Packer said in a statement. Lionsgate earlier partnered with New Regency to help broker their worldwide licensing deal with Amazon. The studio also pacted with Amazon on the domestic theatrical distribution of three movie titles, Woody Allen's Cafe Society, the Sundance acquisition The Big Sick and the home entertainment release of Amazon/Roadside Attraction's Oscar winner Manchester by the Sea. The relationship also extends to Lionsgate having an original TV series in development for Amazon, Time Out of Mind, based on the music and characters of the legendary Bob Dylan. Now Lionsgate is partnering with Amazon in India in the face of a turf war between the two biggest online video distributors. As part of its own 130-country rollout, Netflix launched in India in Jan. 2016. Amazon then followed by offering its Prime Video service in India as part of a separate global rollout in 242 countries. Lionsgate siding with Amazon in India makes its popular movie franchises like The Twilight Series and Step Up 5, and TV series like Mad Men, Nashville, The Royals and Graves available to a market of 460 million internet users, second only to China with over 721 million. "Their prestigious and prolific library of motion picture and television titles is sure to produce sizable viewership for us," Nitesh Kripalani, director and country head for Amazon Prime Video India said in his own statement. Because local content rules in India, Amazon has also struck content deals with Bollywood players like filmmaker Karan Johar's Dharma Productions banner. Besides Amazon and Netflix, local players in the fast-growing Indian streaming business include ErosNow, owned by India's Eros International film group, Hotstar, backed by 21st Century Fox's Star India network, Sony Entertainment Television's Sony Liv and Viacom18 India's Voot. (Hollywood Reporter)

An Alabama theater owner is banning "Beauty and the Beast" because he doesn't want to expose his customers to the new gay character in the film. The owner of Henagar Drive-In Theatre says Disney's decision to add its first homosexual character was the last straw for him ... and says he refuses to "compromise on what the Bible teaches." He added, "If we cannot take our 11-year-old granddaughter and 8-year-old grandson to see a movie we have no business watching it. If I can't sit through a movie with God or Jesus sitting by me then we have no business showing it." He says he only wants to show "wholesome movies" without sex, nudity, homosexuality or foul language. (TMZ)

TV

Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy Are Giving Us Serious Beauty and the Beast Vibes During DWTS Rehearsal. Introducing Team Beauty and the Beast! Or should we say... Team Booty and the Beast? That's what Dancing With the Stars partners Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy have officially dubbed themselves, as the professional dancer shared multiple videos to Instagram on Saturday of the Fifth Harmony singer hard at work during rehearsals. Val asked fans to submit their suggestions for a team name, and after initially announcing Team ValMani as the duo's moniker, he shared alongside footage of the duo dancing to Beauty and the Beast's "Tale as Old as Time," "¡¡¡ TEAM NAME ALERT !!!" adding hashtags, " #dwts #tailAsOldAsTime #Imthebooty #shesabeast #hashtag #anotherone" And from the looks of Normani's skills on the dance floor, she'll have no trouble at all competing for the Mirror Ball Trophy. Seriously, this girl is a total natural in Val's arms! And while fans of the ABC competition series might be quick to pick the 20-year-old songstress as a season 24 frontrunner, her coach still expects more. In a separate video of the pairing running through an admittedly challenging sequence, Chmerkovskiy wrote, "the process w @normanikordei #dwts #iwantthatspinfastertho #iwantthosefeetcleanertho" Meanwhile, two of Normani's competitors have shared glimpses into their own rehearsals on social media. NFL star Rashad Jennings admit he has to "step his game up" to match partner Emma Slater's moves, calling the experience so far, "Super fun, but humbling!" Professional baseball player David Ross was also busy working on his flexibility with partner Lindsay Arnold. Other stars set to compete on this season's Dancing With the Stars include Simone Biles, Bonner Bolton, Charo, Erika Jayne, Chris Kattan, Nancy Kerrigan, Heather Morris, Mr. T, David Ross and Nick Viall. Dancing With the Stars premieres Monday, March 20 at 8 p.m. on ABC. (Eonline)

Bill Paxton Honored by His CBS Drama Training Day With Episode-Opening Memorial. Training Day paid tribute to star Bill Paxton on the Thursday, March 2 episode. Paxton, who passed on Saturday, Feb. 25 at the age of 61 following complications from surgery, had completed work on the 13-episode first season of the CBS series prior to his death. The episode of Training Day opened with a dedication to the late star. The official show's Twitter account shared the tribute as well. "We will always remember you, Bill Paxton," the show tweeted. Paxton starred opposite Justin Cornwell in the TV series version of Antoine Fuqua's 2001 film. The series is set 15 years after the movie and follows Kyle Craig, a young officer who joins an LAPD squad and is partnered with morally gray Detective Frank Roarke (Paxton). Training Day will be Paxton's last TV role. His last film will be The Circle with Emma Watson. Paxton has been a TV and film force through his career. He had memorable roles in Twister, Aliens, Apollo 13 and Titanic on the big screen. On TV, Paxton recently recurred on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., starred in the miniseries Hatfields and McCoys and Texas Rising and spent five seasons on HBO's polygamist drama Big Love. He was nominated for three Golden Globes for his work in Big Love and received an Emmy nomination for Hatfields and McCoys. "It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery," a representative of his family said in statement following Paxton's death. "A loving husband and father, Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and went on to have an illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific actor and filmmaker. Bill's passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable. We ask to please respect the family's wish for privacy as they mourn the loss of their adored husband and father." Training Day airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. on CBS. (Eonline)

Jennifer Lopez Says Shades of Blue Is Upping the Ante in Season 2. If you thought Shades of Blue couldn't get crazier, Jennifer Lopez would like you to know that you're wrong. The first season of the NBC cop drama ended with Harlee (Lopez) making a new deal with Wozniak (Ray Liotta) before sending her daughter to live with her aunt, only to then have to kill her ex-husband by snapping his neck after he tries to rape her. Somehow, season two will top that! "Television is a tough thing because you've gotta keep people interested, and you gotta keep the stories exciting and you gotta keep it intense and every episode after episode has to draw people back in," Lopez told E! News at the season two premiere. "We had a great time last year doing that, and this year, we up the ante. You have to." "This year we have outside threats, and the FBI, and there's more going on, and there's a bigger conspiracy to all of it, so where they wind up at the end of this season, I can tell you, it's nutty," she says. "We pick up from right where we left off, and things get more and more intense," Ray Liotta adds. Breaking Bad's Anna Gunn will be joining the cast this season, and Liotta says she "adds a lot" to what's happening on the show. "She's a politician. She used to be with my crew, and we had a relationship in the past," he tells us. "She deals with a lot of good people and a lot of bad people, and we have to help her out." Shades of Blue premieres this Sunday at 10 p.m. on NBC. (Eonline)

Is Slaying the Savior on Once Upon a Time Going to Become a Family Affair for Gideon & Gold? The Sneak Peek Has Us Worried. "If you can't hit me, how do you expect to kill the Savior?" If Emma can find a way to get Regina and herself back from the Wish Land when Once Upon a Time finally returns from hiatus, she'll find herself facing down an even more perilous threat. Namely, the sudden arrival of an all-grown-up Gideon (Giles Matthey)--you know, Belle and Gold's previously infant son--and he's come to snuff out our beloved Swan. As alarming as that is, it's what Gold (Robert Carlyle) tells his son in this sneak peek at the midseason premiere that has us really worried. "I can help you, son," the Dark One tells his child. Not exactly the family reunion we had in mind, guys. The shocking twist in Gideon's temperament from when we last time we saw him, protecting Belle (Emilie De Ravin) from Gold in the season six premiere, was a part of the plan from the very beginning. "I think that Giles is such a talented actor that when we met him and we saw what he could do, it seemed like he was the perfect fit for what we want to do with the character," series co-creator Adam Horowitz told E! News. "And he's brought so much of his own creativity into it. The collaboration in creating this character has been really amazing. And I feel confident the best is yet to come in what we're going to see from Giles." As long as that doesn't include slaying the Savior, consider us on board. Elsewhere in the midseason premiere, David (Josh Dallas) and Hook (Colin O'Donoghue) race to stop Gideon before he can confront Emma, while Regina (Lana Parrilla) struggles with the realization that everyone, perhaps even Robin (surprise returning star Sean Maguire), is better off in the Wish Land where the Evil Queen was defeated. And when Emma (Jennifer Morrison) inspires a familiar face to help her and Regina to get home, she discovers the power needed to change her fate. Someone might want to let Gideon know... Once Upon a Time returns on Sunday, March 5 at 8 p.m. on ABC. (Eonline)

Top Chef Season 14 Crowns a Winner After the Best Finale Ever: Was It Brooke Williamson or Shirley Chung? Best. Finale. Ever. One of the best seasons of Top Chef came to a close on Thursday night, with season 14 ending in a culinary battle between Brooke Williamson and Shirley Chung, both fan-favorites from their respective seasons. But in the end, only one chef could win the title of Top Chef, and it was... Brooke Williamson! Originally eliminated in week 11, Brooke returned to the competition the following week after winning Last Chance Kitchen. Talk about a comeback! Brooke was the runner-up in season 10, while Shirley was a finalist in season 11. Brooke and Shirley actually battled it out on Top Chef Duels in 2014, with Shirley ultimately winning (though Brooke left with $20,000). Top Chef: Charleston featured eight new chefs battling it out against eight returning chefs, with the final four being made up entirely of veterans (Brooke, Shirley, Sheldon Simeon and John Tesar). Are you happy with Top Chef's season 14 winner? (Eonline)

Feud: Charles and Diana Is Not Starring Who You Think. America's next great TV obsession surely has to be Feud's just-announced second season, which taps into another massively popular story with widespread appeal: Charles and Diana. But the cast isn't as obvious as you might think. At last week's Feud premiere in Hollywood, boss Ryan Murphy shot down speculation that his two greatest muses -- Sarah Paulson and Jessica Lange -- may be playing Diana and Queen Elizabeth II respectively. "Those two [Jessica and Sarah], I love them but they will not be in those roles," Murphy tells E! News exclusively. "I think we're going to be shooting it all in England. It's going to be a very international cast... I'm just starting to meet with people. If you have a British accent, that helps you. On this show." Paulson herself deflected on whether she will be involved and joked, "I'm playing one of the Corgis!" And Catherine Zeta Jones, who is also part of the season one cast, revealed she has no interest in being a part of Charles and Diana. "No. It's way too close to home. I know all parties involved, and I will be sitting in my pajamas watching it!" Murphy explained that season two of Feud will be very different in tone and style than season one. "For me," he says, "as a very big Diana fan and all of her charitable work and how she handled herself, I was always very interested in that story of divorce and pain and I think that this show Feud can show a lot of two-hander feuds in a different way. The first season Bette and Joan is a Hollywood story. I wanted to do a different kind of feud that's about broken hearts. And I think that's what that marriage was and that's what Charles and Diana is about." Feud: Bette and Joan premieres this Sunday on FX and is stacked full of stunning performances by Oscar-winning actresses like Lange, Susan Sarandon, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Kathy Bates. It is a must watch. (Eonline)

Amy Acker Set as Female Lead in Fox's Marvel Drama. Also joining the cast of the Matt Nix drama are Emma Dumont and Percy Hynes White. Fox's Marvel drama has cast its leading lady, and diehard fanboys are going to love it. Amy Acker, a Person of Interest and Angel alum, has nabbed the female lead in the untitled Marvel drama from Matt Nix, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Also joining the cast are Bunheads grad Emma Dumont and Percy Hynes White (Between). The action-adventure project focuses on two ordinary parents who discover their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins up with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive. Acker will star as Kate Stewart, a woman who is struggling with her separation from her husband, Reed (True Blood's Stephen Moyer), and her increasingly challenging teenage children. When her family situation takes a dark turn, she finds that she's stronger than she thinks. For Acker, the casting brings her back to Fox and producers 20th Century Fox Television following her two-season run on Joss Whedon's Dollhouse. Her credits include Whedon's Angel and Much Ado About Nothing. She is fresh off her multiple-season run on CBS' Person of Interest, which wrapped its run in June, and counts CBS' MacGyver and Alias among her credits. Acker is repped by APA, Anonymous Content and Sloane Offer. Dumont, meanwhile, will take on the role of Lorna Dane/Polaris, a strong-willed, brave and loyal mutant who has the ability to manipulate magnetism. Her credits also include Aquarius and Pretty Little Liars. She is with APA, Untitled and Bloom Hergott. White will portray Andy, a sensitive kid and bit of a loner, who keeps to himself to avoid the turmoil he faces at school and at home. His credits include Between, 11.22.63 and Night at the Museum. He is with Innovative Artists and OAZ. Burn Notice grad Nix wrote the pilot, which X-Men franchise veteran Bryan Singer will direct. The duo executive produce alongside Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg, Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory. 20th Century Fox Television will produce in association with Marvel Television. The cast also includes Natalie Alyn Lind, Blair Redford, Jamie Chung and Sean Teale. (Hollywood Reporter)

'Rogue One' Star Riz Ahmed Says Lack of Diversity on TV Can Push People Towards ISIS. A lack of representation on U.K. screens could see those from minority groups "switch off and retreat to fringe narratives, to bubbles online and sometimes even off to Syria," the actor told British Parliament. Riz Ahmed, who saw his international star soar in 2016 thanks to major roles in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Jason Bourne and HBO's The Night Of, has warned that a lack of diverse voices and stories on British TV screens could push those from minority backgrounds towards fringe groups and even extremism. Delivering the annual diversity lecture from U.K. network Channel 4 in British Parliament, the actor-who has used his growing celebrity status to eloquently highlight issues concerning race and racial profiling- said that U.K. TV had so far "failed" to ensure groups felt represented. "If we fail to represent, we are in danger of losing people to extremism," he said, adding it would lead those from minority backgrounds to "switch off and retreat to fringe narratives, to bubbles online and sometimes even off to Syria." Echoing the lecture given by Idris Elba last year, Ahmed said that actors from diverse backgrounds were forced to head across the Atlantic to find decent roles. "We end up going to America to find work. I meet with producers and directors here, and they say 'we don't have anything for you, all our stories are set in Cornwall in the 1600s'." Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter last year, the actor expressed his own desire to directly address the situation, saying he was planning a series about three generations of a British-Pakistani family, which he would direct himself. "If we don't step up and tell a representative story ... we are going to start losing British teenagers to the story that the next chapter in their lives is written with ISIS in Syria," he told Parliament. "We are going to see the murder of more [members of parliament] like Jo Cox because we've been mis-sold a story that is so narrow about who we are and who we should be." Ahmed's lecture came the same day the BBC revealed the results of a staff census into diversity, showing that 14.5 percent of its workforce was from black, Asian or minority ethnic backgrounds. The public broadcaster is aiming for this figure to reach 15 percent by 2020. (Hollywood Reporter)

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