Wednesday, March 8, 2017

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Ciara Poses Topless and Opens Up About Her Second Pregnancy. Ciara is showing off her "Goodies" for HarpersBazaar.com. The 31-year-old singer, who is expecting a child with husband Russell Wilson, bares her baby bump in a sexy photo shoot for the fashion magazine. Ciara won't reveal when she's due, but jokes she has two babies on the way. Says the "Get Up" singer, "I got this baby and my album." Since marrying the Seattle Seahawks quarterback last spring, Ciara says their relationship is "even greater" than when they began dating in early 2015. "When you know they're going to be your champion, always in the corner..." she says, trailing off. After a messy, public breakup with Future, Wilson's calm demeanor was a welcome change for Ciara. "If someone's not supporting you and your vision and your dream -- whether it's your relationship partner, your friend, whomever -- then you've got to make sure to keep it moving," the singer says. "If people aren't lifting you up, even if you're the strongest person in the world, eventually it does chip away at you. You don't even realize that you're losing yourself. And that's the scariest place to be in life. "I don't want to lose myself. I love myself too much," Ciara adds. "I love life too much." "Once you're able to really be truly truthful with yourself, it's life-changing," the pop star admits. "You have way more compassion than you imagine, you're sensitive to the right things." Welcoming son Future Jr. in May 2014 taught her patience, "above all." Ciara's 2-year-old son can't wait to welcome a sibling. "He'll randomly pull my shirt up and be like, 'I want to see the baby. Hello, baby. How you doing, baby? I love you, baby. OK, talk to you later, baby. Bye, bye,'" she gushes. "Then he'll kiss me on my belly and put my shirt back down." Throughout her pregnancy, Ciara has been craving oranges and ice water (and Japanese green tea if she needs caffeine). As her due date approaches, the singer says, "I'm just super excited about this time in my life. Like, Oh my gosh, I can see my son running around, and soon it's going to be two of these creatures running around! Our hands will be full of non-stop action." (Eonline)

Chrissy Teigen opens up about her postpartum depression. "I didn't think it could happen to me. I have a great life." Chrissy Teigen has revealed she suffered with postnatal depression after the birth of her baby girl, Luna Simone. The Sports Illustrated model and author, who is married to John Legend, wrote about her experience in an open letter to US GLAMOUR, admitting, "I didn't think it could happen to me. I have a great life. I have all the help I could need. But postpartum does not discriminate." The symptoms which diagnosed her depression included feeling irritable, a lack of appetite, and having no energy to leave the house. "Before the holidays I went to my GP for a physical. John sat next to me. I looked at my doctor, and my eyes welled up because I was so tired of being in pain. Of sleeping on the couch. Of waking up throughout the night. Of throwing up. Of taking things out on the wrong people. Of not enjoying life. Of not seeing my friends. Of not having the energy to take my baby for a stroll. My doctor pulled out a book and started listing symptoms. And I was like, 'Yep, yep, yep.' I got my diagnosis: postpartum depression and anxiety. (The anxiety explains some of my physical symptoms.)" She also said the cutest thing about her husband, in the most Chrissy Teigen way possible. "To a lot of you, I think, I seem like the happiest person on the planet. I have an incredible husband -- John and I have been together for over 10 years. He has seen my successes and failures; I've seen his. He has seen me at my worst, but I will say I don't think I have ever seen him at his. He's exactly as compassionate, patient, loving, and understanding as he seems. And I hate it. OK, I don't hate it. But it can certainly drive you nuts sometimes when you're as cynical as I am. If I weren't me, I would politely excuse myself to make the most epic eye roll of all time if a woman talked to me about her significant other the way I just did to you." Chrissy is now taking medication and in therapy to treat her depression. Hopefully by speaking out she will encourage other women suffering to get help and feel less alone. Chrissy Teigen, we salute you. (British Glamour)

The Kardashian genes are strong with this little bundle of joy. Proud dad Rob Kardashian gushed about 16-week-old Dream on Instagram Monday with a series of father-daughter selfies. "Smile on pretty mama," he captioned one of three photos. And Dream definitely has a knack for the camera. Though her dad doesn't appear in any of the shots, she unknowingly posed and gave an adorable smile. "Drool on my baby lol ... Look how long her eye lashes are ... I will never say no this Woman lol," Rob, 29, wrote. He also posted a video of nephew Reign Disick giving a sweet smooch to Dream, along with the caption: "Dream's big cousin Reign is the sweetest ... children are the greatest!!" The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star has been documenting his daddy-daughter dates on social media as of late, most recently expressing his love for Dream as the pair said goodbye. "He is spending time with Dream, but never alone," said a source of Kardashian and his daughter, whom he welcomed with ex-fiance Blac Chyna in November. "He is not in a state to care for her by himself." These days, the father of one, who has struggled with depression and weight gain in recent years, hasn't been taking the appropriate measures to manage his type 2 diabetes. "He remains very unhealthy -- both physically and emotionally," the source explained. "He has had a very difficult time since splitting from Chyna. As much as they fought, Chyna has been the only one to keep him in check." (People)

Lily Collins Pens Forgiving Letter to Dad Phil Collins: It's Not Too Late. Lily Collins is speaking her piece. After 27 years spent handling her famous father's limelight -- and all the personal challenges that came with it -- the Golden Globe-nominated actress is telling Phil Collins exactly how she feels about him today. In a letter written in her new memoir, Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me, with excerpts published by The Daily Mail, the star puts it all out on the table. "We all make choices and, although I don't excuse some of yours, at the end of the day we can't rewrite the past," she penned. "I'm learning how to accept your actions and vocalise how they made me feel. I accept and honour the sadness and anger I felt toward the things you did or didn't do, did or didn't give me." The Grammy-winning musician, who was married three times and fathered five children, welcomed Lily with his second wife, Jill Tavelman, in 1989, and the two divorced a few years later. During their 12-year marriage, Phil was unfaithful and reflected on the infidelity in his 2016 memoir, Not Dead Yet. At a point, she addresses her father's divorce from his third wife, Orianne Cevey, and how the split influenced her battle with eating disorders. "Not only did I start viewing myself differently physically, but I began limiting my happiness by controlling my eating habits," she revealed. "I couldn't handle the pain and confusion surrounding my dad's divorce, and I was having a hard time balancing being a teenager with pursuing two different grown-up careers." "Many of my deepest insecurities stem from these issues with my dad," the actress admitted in the book. Despite the singer's personal blunders and the toll they took on his daughter, Lily looks forward to their future and all the possibility it holds. "I forgive you for not always being there when I needed and for not being the dad I expected," she wrote. "I forgive the mistakes you made. And although it may seem like it's too late, it's not. There's still so much time to move forward." (Eonline)

Meg Ryan clearly doesn't hate her ex John Mellencamp that much. The rocker appeared on Howard Stern's SiriusXM show and told the shock jock, "she hates me to death," but the exes were photographed together in NYC on the same day the interview aired. "An eagle-eyed fan shot them together. I don't even think he knows the photo exists. He hasn't said one word about it," a source close to Mellencamp told us. They were dressed in similar dark clothes, but the fan wrote: "They didn't seem lovey dovey .?.?. chumey [sic] or coupley." Mellencamp confessed his love for Ryan to Stern. "I loved Meg Ryan. She hates me to death .?.?. I think it's because I'm a child. I throw fits, I gripe, I complain. I'm moody. Every bad thing that a fella can be, that's me," he said. "She just doesn't want anything to do with me. And I can't blame her." Ryan and Mellencamp ended their relationship in 2014 after dating for three years. He later moved on with Christie Brinkley, but they split in 2016. Mellencamp performed at Brinkley's ex-husband Billy Joel's Madison Square Garden concert last week. Reps for Ryan and Mellencamp didn't comment. (Page Six)

Saturday Night Live's Pete Davidson Reveals He Is ''Happy and Sober'' for the First Time in Eight Years. Pete Davidson is back on social media with an update about his personal life. The Saturday Night Live star returned to Instagram on Monday to announce he is "happy and sober" for the first time since 2009. "Just wanted to let you guys know I'm okay. I know I've kinda been missing, on social media and on the show. I quit drugs and am happy and sober for the first time in 8 years," Davidson captioned a photo of himself. He continued, "It wasn't easy, but I got a great girl, great friends and I consider myself a lucky man. I'll always be here for you guys, I promise. Remember to never give up hope because sometimes that's all we got. We are a family and I appreciate all your love and support. It's nice to be back in action." The 23-year-old comedian joined the cast of the NBC sketch series in 2014 to become the youngest member of the current SNL cast. Pete has spoken candidly about his health struggles before, most recently crediting Kid Cudi with saving him from committing suicide. "I would've killed myself," he shared in an October 2016 radio interview, referencing the rapper's music. When asked about Cudi checking himself into rehab, he added, "It's kind of comforting to know your hero goes through the same stuff you do." Around that same time, Davidson revealed to High Times that without medical marijuana, a treatment for Crohn's disease he was prescribed after being diagnosed at 18, he couldn't perform on SNL. "My stomach would be in pain all day and I wouldn't be able to eat, but then I'd smoke and I can eat and do my shows," he recalled. "I wouldn't be able to do SNL if I didn't smoke weed. I wouldn't be able to do anything, really. Me performing not high has gone awful. It's awful for me, because I don't feel well." Congratulations, Pete. (Eonline)

Tom Hiddleston Snaps Back When Asked Again About Taylor Swift! Leave Tommy alone! Tom Hiddleston is done talking about his short-lived romance with Taylor Swift and you can all stop asking him about it. During a recent interview with The Telegraph, the actor got visibly annoyed when the interviewer brought up T.Swizzle and those few months in 2016 when Tom and the singer were romantically linked. Who can forget the infamous I Heart T.S. t-shirt??? When asked if he has any regrets, Tom snapped: "What should I regret, in your mind? I would rather not talk about this, if that's alright." Fair enough! We suppose he already addressed it sufficiently in GQ, anyway. He later went on to expound on privacy, saying: "I'm just thinking about this. Everyone is entitled to a private life. I love what I do and I dedicate myself with absolute commitment to making great art and great entertainment, and in my mind I don't conflict the two. My work is in the public sphere and I have a private life. And those two things are separate." It's hard to keep things private when you're frolicking on the beach with one of the biggest names in entertainment, though! Something to keep in mind for his next relationship. We think the Kong: Skull Island star has learned his lesson though. (Perez Hilton)

The paparazzo who Louis Tomlinson allegedly attacked has gloated that he sometimes berates and incites celebrities and then watches them unravel on camera. Karl Larsen -- the photog who says Louis smashed his head on the floor at LAX Friday -- went on 'Howard Stern' back in 2010 and boasted about his super aggressive tactics ... in particular his confrontation with Mel Gibson. At the beginning you hear Larsen say, "We're gonna be rich." Larsen told Stern ... he sometimes lets celebs "dig their own hole." Gloria Allred tells TMZ she now reps Larsen, though she wouldn't disclose the nature of the representation. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out a civil suit is on the horizon. As we reported, Tomlinson was arrested and we're told the cops are going to refer the misdemeanor battery investigation to the L.A. City Attorney for possible prosecution. As for Larsen, he made a name for himself shooting the now-famous photo of Paris Hilton being returned to jail after her DUI/probation violation case back in 2007. (TMZ)

Richard Simmons' Rep SLAMS Claims From The Missing Richard Simmons Podcast That The Fitness Guru Is Being Held Captive By His Housekeeper! Conspiracy theorists are getting quite a workout over Richard Simmons' whereabouts. So much, that the most popular podcast in America centers around the beloved fitness guru's sudden disappearance from life outside his home. Simmons has not been seen in public in nearly 1,100 days -- and friends of the cardio king made some unnerving claims as to where he's been. In episode three of Missing Richard Simmons, which aired last week, Simmons' longtime friend Mauro Oliveira repeated his startling allegations that the 68-year-old is being held captive by his housekeeper, Teresa Reveles. Oliveira recalled his last face-to-face meeting with Simmons was in May 2014, three months after Richard stopped teaching his fitness classes and cut off contact: "It was 6 p.m., and I went into his house. He was sitting in the living room, and he was very weakly, physically and mentally. He was trembling. He said, 'Mauro. I called you here because we cannot see each other anymore. I'm just going to stay here.' I thought of the worst. I thought the worst was going to happen. I thought he was suicidal." The former masseuse says he tried to get Simmons to go upstairs to his massage room so they could continue their chat, but the housekeeper stopped him. He continued: "She realized that I was in the house, she started screaming like a witch, 'No no no no, get out, get out! I don't want him here!' Richard looked at me and said, 'You got to go.' I said, 'Really? Is she controlling your life now?' and he said yes. And that I have to leave." Oliveira hasn't seen Simmons since that fateful day, and neither have any of the TV personality's former friends. Dan Taberski, who created the podcast as one of the many former friends who grew concerned over his disappearance, spoke with several of Simmons' friends to hear a similar story; all of them said they couldn't get past Reveles to see the fitness instructor. However, Simmons' rep Tom Estey says the claims on the podcast are a "complete load of crap," and that the workout star simply decided to step back from the spotlight and live a more private life. Estey says the allegations against Reveles are completely false, telling People: "Theresa has been working with him for, since I've been working with him [27 years]. So, holding him hostage is the biggest, I mean ... Theresa is the housekeeper, she's the caretaker, she is extraordinary, she is amazing, she takes impeccable care of Richard and she has for as long as I have been working with Richard, so that is a complete load of crap." He also noted that Richard's escape from the spotlight didn't happen overnight, adding: "Richard made a choice. To live a more private life. If he decides to come back, he'll come back ... People claim that it happened overnight. It really didn't. We were turning down stuff for years and just kind of quieting down, and when he decides that he wants to come back, that's when he'll come back, and when that will be, I have no idea or if he will at all. There really isn't anything to report." Taberski, however, maintains that Oliveira's re-telling holds up -- except for his insisting that Reveles is using Mexican witchcraft to keep Simmons locked up in his home -- noting that all he wants is "for Richard to get help, and be a happier person." There you have it, y'all. Richard Simmons is supposedly being held captive by his black magic-practicing housekeeper. (Perez Hilton)

Judge issues warrant for Azealia Banks in boob-biting drama. A Manhattan judge issued a bench warrant Monday for bad-girl rapper Azealia Banks after she failed to show up in court for biting the boob of a security guard who tossed her from 1Oak. The combustible Harlemite, 25, called her lawyer and supplied him with a message for Judge Kathryn Paek. Her lawyer read her note in Manhattan Criminal Court: "I can be back tomorrow if the court needs it." The attorney said Banks was out of the country. The judge was not satisfied with the terse statement and ordered a bench warrant for her arrest. She faces assault and harassment raps for allegedly chomping on the breast of a security guard who threw her out of the Meatpacking District club Dec. 16, 2015. The troubled rapstress was recently assigned a free lawyer after her private attorney requested the change. (PageSix)

Robin Thicke and Paula Patton have decided it's better to get along than wage war, and that's why they are on the verge of settling the mega custody war. Sources familiar with the situation tell us, Robin and Paula are far along in working out the details of their custody arrangement. TMZ broke the story ... Paula got a restraining order against Robin after their 6-year-old son, Julian, complained to school officials his dad was using excessive physical force. Robin was limited to 3 visits a week with a court-appointed monitor present. Cops have been called and accusations hurled, including Paula's claim Robin was trying to influence the monitor by giving him free sushi ... something Robin denied. They were scheduled to continue their legal battle Monday, but the case was taken off calendar. Neither side would comment, but we're told they're now very close to resolving custody. (TMZ)

Tyga was just ordered to pay the steepest cover charge EVER for club-hopping in Vegas ... all because he flaked on a lawsuit. Tyga got hit for nearly $65,000 in a case where a promoter sued him for allegedly breaking a performance contract. It wasn't hard for the promoter to win ... Tyga never showed up in court. We broke the story ... Z Entertainment claimed Tyga had signed on with them in 2015 to perform at a show in Vegas, also promising not to perform at competing clubs around the same time frame. Lo and behold they say Tyga did just that ... not to mention screwing them by being a no-show the year before at another gig. Seems Tyga has even bigger legal fish to fry in 2017. (TMZ)

Louis Tomlinson is in for a legal battle with the paparazzo he allegedly attacked ... because the guy has sued in the past for a similar incident. TMZ broke the story ... Karl Larsen -- the photog who says Tomlinson smashed his head on the floor Friday at LAX -- sued a company that produced a Lana Del Rey music vid in 2014, claiming 3 of its employees roughed him up for snapping pics of the shoot. Larsen was taking photos of LDR near the LA river when 3 men from Black Hand Cinema allegedly accosted him. As you can see from the video ... things got pretty intense. Larsen claimed the men shoved and jerked him and used a box cutter to slice his finger and take his camera ... then made him erase the memory card. He sued for $1 million, but the case was later dismissed ... which is generally code for settlement. As we reported, Larsen has already lawyered up in the Tomlinson case, hiring Gloria Allred. We're guessing Tomlinson's legal team will do what it takes to get Larsen's Howard Stern interview before the jury. (TMZ)

Hollywood celebrities are being hit left and right by burglars ... but as far as the crooks are concerned they're nobody special, because high-end break-ins are out of control this year. TMZ broke the story, Dodgers star Yasiel Puig was the latest to be hit, with thieves making off with more than half a mil in jewelry. Other celebs hit include Alanis Morissette, Cesar Millan and Derek Fisher. Law enforcement tells us ... they believe the celebs were not targeted because they flaunted their jewelry and other riches on social media. The sources say these celebs all live in ritzy areas of L.A., and there has been an influx of criminals because California has recently opened the prison doors. Recent laws have addressed terrible prison overcrowding by ordering the release of a number of non-violent criminals. There are also drug offenses that have been reduced from felonies to misdemeanors. Our sources say a number of the people released are burglars, and now that they're out they're going back to what they know. As a result, there has been an explosion of burglaries in the L.A. area. And there's something else. We're told a number of people who were hit, including some of the celebs who have become victims, did not turn their alarms on because they assumed it wasn't necessary since they live in what they believed were safe areas. (TMZ)

George Michael's Cause of Death Revealed. Friends, fans and family finally have some answers. George Michael died of natural causes, the coroner reveals. "Enquires into the death of George Michael have been concluded and the final post mortem report received. As there is a confirmed natural cause of death, being Dilated Cardiomyopathy with Myocarditis and Fatty Liver, the investigation is being discontinued and there is no need for an inquest or any further enquiries, the statement from Senior Coroner for Oxfordshire reads. "No further updates will be provided and the family requests the media and public respect their privacy." The Wham! crooner passed away on Christmas at age 53, his rep confirmed. He died "peacefully at home." The statement continued, "It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed away peaceful at home over the Christmas period. The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage." After an initially inconclusive autopsy, the Thames Valley Police said the investigation into his cause of death would continue. "The cause of death is inconclusive and further tests will now be carried out," the statement read. "The results of these tests are unlikely to be known for several weeks. Thames Valley Police will prepare a file for the Oxfordshire Coroner. Mr. Michael's death is still being treated as unexplained but not suspicious." The "Freedom" crooner was found dead by his boyfriend Fadi Fawaz. "ITs a xmas i will never forget finding your partner dead peacefully in bed first thing in the morning.." Fawaz tweeted. "I will never stop missing you xx." Michael received several tributes from fellow music artists, including Coldplay's Chris Martin and longtime friend Elton John. (Eonline)

Robert Osborne of Turner Classic Movies dies at 84. Robert Osborne, the genial face of Turner Classic Movies and a walking encyclopedia of classic Hollywood, has died. He was 84. Jennifer Dorian, general manager of TCM, announced Osborne's death Monday. A publicist for the network said he passed away Monday in New York. "His calming presence, gentlemanly style, encyclopedic knowledge of film history, fervent support for film preservation and highly personal interviewing style all combined to make him a truly world-class host," said Dorian. "Robert's contributions were fundamental in shaping TCM into what it is today and we owe him a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid." A cause of death was not announced, though Osborne's waning health had forced him to miss the previous two TCM Film Festivals, which he hosted annually in Los Angeles. Osborne was there from the inception of Ted Turner's commercial-free classic movie network. To open its first broadcast on April 14, 1994, he introduced "Gone With the Wind." In the decades after, he remained Turner Classic's primary -- and often sole -- host. For TCM viewers, Osborne was a constant and comforting presence. He presented nightly films and movies packaged in series like "The Essentials" with bits of history and trivia. He also conducted interviews with stars for the network's guest programmer evenings. His intros -- always beginning "Hi, I'm Robert Osborne" -- were the warm appetizers to countless feasts of Hollywood classics. In a 2014 interview with the Associated Press, Osborne -- who previously worked as a Hollywood Reporter columnist and as host of the Movie Channel -- recalled his long-standing obsession with Hollywood. Even in college, he maintained a black book, nicknamed "Blackie," of his research into films and the details of their making. "I was ready with all that information when a job was created. I prepared for something that didn't exist," said Osborne. Born in Colfax, Washington, Osborne studied journalism at the University of Washington and spent two years in the Air Force in Seattle. He then moved to Los Angeles to make it as an actor, and was signed by Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz's Desilu Studios. Ball, who remained a mentor to him until her death in 1989, encouraged Osborne to pursue writing -- "especially after she saw me act," Osborne would recall. He joined the Hollywood Reporter in 1977 and for years wrote its "Rambling Reporter" column. But he found his home at TCM. To tape his segments, Osborne flew once a month from his New York home to TCM's Atlanta studio. With Osborne as its ambassador, the cultishly adored TCM developed into a wider-reaching mainstay of movie love, including not just the popular film festival but an annual cruise. "I get stopped on the street all the time," Osborne once told the New York Times. "People say: 'You got me through cancer last year. You got me past unemployment. You take me away from my troubles.' Exactly what movies did in the '30s and '40s." Osborne was an Academy Awards historian, too. He wrote his first history of the Oscars in 1965 ("Academy Awards Illustrated") and later became its official red-carpet greeter. He wrote several official histories of the Academy Awards, including 2008's "80 Years of the Oscar." He was unabashed about his proclivity for '30s-'50s-era Hollywood. Turner Classic has somewhat expanded beyond that heyday, and in 2003 brought in Ben Mankiewicz as a second host. But Osborne's affection for Golden Age Hollywood remained undimmed. "We don't seem to want people bigger than life. We want people who look ordinary," Osborne lamented in 2014. Growing up in a small Washington state town, he said, "there was never anybody who looked like Audrey Hepburn or Lana Turner or Hedy Lamarr ... actresses who were bigger than life." But Osborne's genuine passion for a dapper kind of film connoisseurship was unquestioned by the TCM viewers who happily watched him stride into their living room, again and again. "If I wasn't doing it (on TV), I'd be doing it as a hobby," Osborne said, "so I might as well get paid for it." (PageSix)

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Chance the Rapper to donate $1M to Chicago's public schools. Chance the Rapper is putting his money where his mouth is. On Monday, the 23-year-old emcee announced plans to donate $1 million to Chicago public schools, reports NBC Chicago. "This isn't about politics. This isn't about posturing. This is about taking care of the kids," he said during a press conference at Westcott Elementary School, on the city's South Side. Chance, whose real name is Chancellor Bennett, then presented the school with an additional check for $10,000. Last week, the rapper met with Illinois governor Bruce Rauner to discuss the district's $129 million budget deficit, the result of a bill vetoed by the politician late last year, according to DNA Info Chicago. He left the meeting frustrated, saying that the meeting did not go as it should. But he later took to Twitter to let Chicagoans know he was not defeated. "Chicago Public Schools and I did not lose today. Please don't let that become the narrative. Monday morning I'll have a plan," he tweeted. Chance's comments made clear that his views towards the governor have not changed, despite them talking again on the phone this weekend. "Our kids should not be held hostage," he said. Money for the $1 million donation will come from Chance's spring tour, set to kick off in April. The rapper also called on wealthy Chicagoans to step up and donate to the city's schools. (PageSix)

Gigi Hadid steps behind the camera for once. Gigi Hadid is stepping behind the camera. The model's shooting pics for V Magazine to give "an intimate look at her private world." An insider tells us that at the Hotel George V penthouse in Paris on Sunday, Hadid photographed Mario Testino, Sasha Lane and designer Olivier Rousteing, while V editor Stephen Gan stopped by. Karl Lagerfeld, Donatella Versace, Tommy Hilfiger and sis Bella will also appear in Gigi's May?1 spread. Gigi also shot a Versus Versace campaign with Zayn Malik. (PageSix)

Chrissy Metz's This Is Us character Kate keeps an ideal body goal in mind as she continues to try different methods of exercises, even signing up for a weight loss retreat. And off-screen, the blurring of life and art has Metz considering her own weight loss options. "I do want to lose weight. ... But not because anyone is telling me to do it," the actress, 36, told Marie Claire recently. When asked about her target weight, Metz, who wears size 18 or 20 in pants, revealed she wants "to be proportioned." "I carry a lot of my weight in my stomach," she said, adding, "I just want to have ... not even a number, but to have my body in a different shape." In fact, she's game to be a part of another hit NBC show. "I would love to go on The Biggest Loser, where it's a concentrated thing," she shared. "My father is a big guy; he's had a quadruple bypass surgery, and that's scary. Those are real things that happen in families with overweight people, and I don't want that." Metz confirmed to PEOPLE in November that she'll have to go on the same weight loss journey as her character. "It's definitely a conversation that we've had, and it's in my contract," she said, emphasizing that both she and Kate will be shaping up "in a healthy manner." She added, "I have to be aware of not losing too much weight because of the show. ... I want to do it in the right way. It's a gradual process." (People)

Vanity Fair's Emily Jane Fox has been shopping a book proposal titled "Born Trump," sources tell Page Six. We hear the project's billed as the "behind-the-scenes story of the Trump children and family." A source said the book's landed at HarperCollins, although another added that no deal's been signed. Fox is a reporter for Vanity Fair site the Hive, covering "Wall Street, Silicon Valley and the .001 percent," according to her bio. Her recently posted stories include "Is Tiffany Trump Finally Joining the Family Business?" Reps for Vanity Fair and HarperCollins did not respond to requests for comment. Sources separately said that Ivana Trump was recently pitched a book project called "Raising Trumps." (Page Six)

Fresh off his Oscar for "Manchester by the Sea," actor Casey Affleck will be lending his voice to a protest intended to call attention to mistreatment of bears. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals will bring a 7-foot-tall animatronic bear with Affleck's voice to the Agriculture Department in Washington on Tuesday. The stunt is meant to highlight the treatment of captive bears in zoos and circus-style shows. PETA says the Agriculture Department should follow through on a promise to expand protections for bears under the Animal Welfare Act. Affleck says in a statement that bears shouldn't be used for "cruel tourist traps." Affleck won the Academy Award for best actor last month. (Page Six)

"Odd Mom Out" star -- and Drew Barrymore's ex-sister-in-law who penned "Momzillas" -- Jill Kargman has written an intro for another upcoming book on the challenges of parenting, "Motherhood Is a B#tch" by Lyss Stern. "I was a loner mom," Kargman says in Stern's tome, out April 18. "I had no friends with babies. I pushed the stroller solo .?.?. I always felt sloppy or weird in my black ensembles that looked like Urban Outfitters threw up on me, while the Lilly Pulitzer army was pulled together flawlessly. They had every hair in place and my non-keratin'd jewfro was frizzing to Staten Island. Their kids were counting to 10 -- in French -- and my daughter would yell something about vaginas." Kargman said she "endured raised eyebrows and dirty looks when I gave my kids something that fell on the floor (five-second rule!), and I often felt like everyone else's homes were immaculate and perfect, while mine looked like it was walloped by a Fisher-Price cyclone." But "when I met [Stern] .?.?. I knew I was in the presence of a real mother and not a fembot construct." (Page Six)

Yasiel Puig is the latest victim in a string of celeb burglaries in L.A. -- this time, crooks broke into the baseball star's L.A. home while he was in Arizona with the Dodgers for Spring Training and made off with more than half a million bucks in bling. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Sports ... burglars forced their way into the home while it was empty and made off with 3 high-end Rolex watches and other pieces of expensive jewelry. The thieves may have been inspired by the Kim Kardashian robbery, where she flaunted ultra-expensive jewelry on social media. Puig, who's almost always dripping in gold, is also a big fan of flaunting it on social media. Sources tell us Puig had tapped a relative to stay in the house while he is away -- but the crooks made their move when that person was away. Seems L.A. jewel thieves are having a helluva year -- Alanis Morissette, Derek Fisher and Cesar Millan have all been hit in 2017 and so far, no arrests have been made. (TMZ)

The first woman featured in Playboy wearing a hijab says Gigi Hadid can't bridge the Muslim world to the U.S. for one simple reason ... she's not really Muslim. We spoke with Noor Tagouri, who appeared in Playboy's October issue -- fully clothed -- and she had her own take on Gigi's veiled cover shot for Vogue Arabia. Unlike Tommy Hilfiger, who thinks Gigi could be an ambassador of sorts ... Noor's not willing to put that kinda pressure on the model. Yes, Gigi is half Palestinian, and she marched against Trump's Muslim ban and she has millions of social media followers -- but Noor says that hardly makes her a revolutionary. However, Noor -- who stars in the Newsy docu-series, "A Woman's Job" -- admits the supermodel could be a powerful voice ... IF she wants to be. Your move, Gigi. (TMZ)

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Adele Hilariously Freaks Out Over a Mosquito Mid-Concert: "It Was Sucking My Blood!" Let it be known: Adele and bugs do not mix well. The Grammy-winning songstress was performing in Australia Sunday night when a mosquito bit her. Adele immediately freaked out, screaming incoherently and running across the stage to get away from the insect. "I'm sorry, I'm not Australian, I don't like bugs! It was sucking my blood, it was sucking my blood!" she screams in a fan-recorded video. "They're everywhere," she continued, as the crowd laughed. "They're all trying to kill me!" Unfortunately, this isn't the first time a pest has crashed one of Adele's concerts. The "Hello" songstress received a visit from a bat in November at her Mexico City concert. "Welcome to Mexico," she joked at the time. "It's really good to be here, but a f--king bat?" Adele's concerts have always been eventful, even when it's not intentional. During the same concert as the mosquito incident, the British singer confirmed she and longtime love Simon Konecki were officially married. At the 2017 Grammys last month, Adele had thanked her "husband" in an acceptance speech, fueling longtime speculation that she and Simon, with whom she shares 4-year-old son Angelo, had quietly gotten married. Speculation was also fueled when she and Simon were seen wearing what appeared to be wedding rings. But at her Brisbane concert, Adele said she is "married now." "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 onstage. "Obviously I can't go through with those feelings because I'm married now. I've found my next person." Congratulations again, Adele! (Eonline)

Ed Sheeran talks new album & the meaning behind the new songs. "I wanted the whole album to feel a bit schizophrenic". Ed Sheeran launched his new album, ÷ (or 'divide'), last Friday and now he's made history. The album sold over 232,000 copies in the UK alone on its first day (bigger than any artist's 'week one' sales from the past year) and it comfortably remains at No.1 with 432,000 sales in today's official midweek's, outselling the UK Top 200 twice over, with 63% of his sales comprised of physical purchases. What's more, Ed's comeback single "Shape Of You" is on course for a 9th week at No.1 in the UK, marking seventeen consecutive weeks at #1 in the UK. Ed Sheeran did an interview with Spotify about his inspiration for the tracks on the new album. Ed Sheeran on... the new album "I've had the concept for Divide since 2010. I wanted the whole album to feel a bit schizophrenic. My first sort of music that I got into that wasn't from my parents was rap, metal, punk.. I went one day listening to Iowa, Slipknot and the next day listening to Damian Rice's 'O', It was quite a switch." Ed Sheeran on... Shape of You "Shape Of You was actually the only song that I was like 'this isn't me at all'. It took Johnny and Steve (the guys I wrote it with) probably about a month or two to convince me that should even be on the album, and probably took them another month to convince me that it should be a single. Originally, instead of 'my bedsheets' it was meant to be 'my T shirt smells of you' or something like that, but I changed it to bedsheets so it could be androgynous." Ed Sheeran on...Eraser "Eraser was a song that was very therapeutic to write. Whilst swimming I had this idea that bit should be Eraser. I don't know why but it just popped into my head and I was like 'ah, that's a cool title for a song." Ed Sheeran on...Galway Girl "Galway is a city in Ireland where my cousin and uncle live and it's a really beautiful place -it's like cobbled streets, it's quintessential Ireland. There's already a Steve Earle song called Galway Girl and I was thinking of lots of different things; Limerick Girl or Dublin Girl, Belfast Girl and none of it really fit so I just went with Galway Girl... " Ed Sheeran on... Happier "I've definitely got to a point in my life where I'm friends with all my ex-girlfriends now, like we're all cool and it's very much like I'm really happy that you're happy and with someone that you love, and they are really happy that I'm happy and with someone and there's a grown up element to it. Happier was like that coming out I guess - me writing a grown-up song" Well, don't forget - Ed Sheeran wants to be a dad to fat, chubby babies. Ed Sheeran on... How Would You Feel "I really wanted it to sound like an old school Van Morrison Song. I played a really shit guitar solo on it trying to be John Mayer and then was like 'ah I have got John Mayer's email, let me just email him see if he'll play on it'. So I sent it off to him, kind of forgot about it and then John Mayer sent it back with this fucking amazing solo on it and I was like ooh, 'wow, this sounds like a song now!'." Get your Ed Sheeran fix on Spotify. (British Glamour)

Stella McCartney and a Cast of Models Pay Tribute to George Michael in Paris. The soul of George Michael, who died last year aged 53, lives on at Paris Fashion Week. In a touching tribute, the British singer's hit song "Faith" was pumped up for the finale of Stella McCartney's collection - that saw models dancing together on the runway to rousing applause. The models congregated in a circle, with arms raised in the air, repeatedly chanting "Faith. Love." It had model Natalia Vodianova dancing in her front-row seat. Michael was particularly highly regarded in fashion for supporting the industry through music videos such as "Freedom" that famously featured models Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista. (Billboard)

Jack White Talks Music Making, White Stripes History in Rare Interview. Jack White doesn't do many interviews. But when he commits, he's all in. The multihyphenate former White Stripes frontman is typically portrayed as a talented, elusive and rather perplexing character. Few get to peer in and almost no-one gains full access. In a new feature-length piece for The New Yorker, White opened his doors for a rare study of the man and his machinery. Writer Alec Wilkinson goes deep with White Stripes history lessons, and family tales (White, born John Gillis, was "very energetic, always doing something. He still has the same personality," we learn), we get insight into his obsession with detail and how three, for White, really is the magic number. On the White Stripes, White says the duo "had no business being in the mainstream." Though that's exactly where Jack and Meg White found themselves in the 2000s, when they peeled off three top 10s on the Billboard 200, (Icky Thump peaked at No. 2, Get Behind Me Satan got to No. 3 and Elephant stomped to No. 6). "We assumed the music we were making was private, in a way. We were from the scenario where there are fifty people in every town. Something about us was beyond our control, though. Now it's five hundred people, now it's a second night, what is going on? Is everybody out of their minds?" White shares, or gives up, a trove of fun facts. He reads scripts in the hope of someday directing a movie, we discover. He also collects esoterica (James Brown's Georgia driver's license from the 1980s is among his stuff), rare comics and, of course, he owns a number of pieces of taxidermy, including an elephant head. And we learn of a young White who, as a 21-year-old furniture upholsterer, opened his own store and named it Third Man Upholstery, a brand that lives on through his company Third Man Records, which has locations in Nashville and Detroit. White invited the writer to his Nashville apartment, a home away from one of his other homes which is intended for the purposes of extracting art. It's a place where White abides by a specific set of rules. "I'm going to try to write songs where I can't be heard by the next-door neighbor," White said. "And I want to write like Michael Jackson would write -- instead of writing parts on the instruments or humming melodies, you think of them. To do everything in my head and to do it in silence and use only one room." Read the full story here. (Billboard)

M.I.A. Calls Trump Administration 'Pathological Liars' Showing 'Psychopathic Behaviour'. M.I.A. thinks there may be something seriously wrong with President Donald Trump and his administration, going beyond their actions to assess their mental state. Recently, the "Paper Planes" singer spent some time on Twitter opining over mental disorder and her suspicions of Trump and his team. "Trump's office shows sign," she said. "They r pathological liars. All politicians should go through vetting for psychopathic behavior traits." From there she spoke of Trump's favorite medium (and that of her choosing at the time), Twitter, saying that the social media site should fund research on mental disorders, since it provides such a powerful platform for them to project their views. (Billboard)

Cher Asks Judge to Dismiss Lawsuit Over Album Cover Typeface. A graphic designer alleges his work was used for the singer's album, "Closer to the Truth." Typefaces are not subject to copyright, Cher's lawyers told a New York federal judge on Monday. The singer along with Warner Bros. Records, Ganesh Productions, Smog Design Inc., and Ryan Corey are facing a lawsuit from Moshik Nadav, a graphic designer who claims having his Paris Logo typography copied for Cher's 2013 album, "Closer to the Truth," which has sold about 585,000 copies since its release. Nadav's complaint states that he is a leading figure in the world of typography and that his Paris Logo features "artistic elements such as swashes having various thicknesses, end drops and unique lettering that provide... an aesthetic look and feel that Nadav's clients, graphic designers and the public at large associate with Nadav and his business, Moshik Nadav Typography LLC." In a motion to dismiss, attorney Leonard Venger and others on Cher's team point to the section of copyright code spelling out which material can't be copyrighted. Along with short phrases, typeface and variations on lettering and coloring can't be protected. The defendants also say, "Perhaps based on the inability to rely on their typefaces as the basis for their claim, Plaintiffs also allege that the Cher Logos are substantially similar to the Paris Logo and the Paris Pro Logos, for which Plaintiffs own copyright registrations. That claim fails as a matter of law due to the profound differences between Plaintiffs' Logos and allegedly infringing works." Here's a look: "The Paris and Paris Pro Logos share just one letter with the Cher Logos-an 'r,'" states the motion to dismiss. "In addition, Plaintiffs' attempts to rely on other letters included within the Paris typeface (but not in the Paris or Paris Pro Logos) to support their infringement claim is improper and unavailing." Cher isn't the first to be hauled into court over typeface. NBCUniversal, for instance, has faced many claims over the years including on Harry Potter merchandise. In those cases, the plaintiffs attempted to get around the issue of non-protection for typeface by alleging a breach of copyrighted font software. Here, Nadav's complaint stated, "Upon information and belief, Defendants Smog and Corey copied from the software on Nadav's website or a third party website and used such copied software to copy original elements in the Paris Logos," adding that a copyright application on the software has been filed. In a footnote in the motion to dismiss (read here), Cher's attorneys address this. "The Copyright Act prohibits maintenance of a copyright infringement action without an issued copyright registration, or the rejection of a copyright application by the US Copyright Office," they write. "Therefore, should this court grant Cher Defendants' motion to dismiss, Plaintiffs cannot maintain this action based on their pending software copyright applications." (Hollywood Reporter)

Movies

See Julia Roberts With Her New Smurfs Character. If anyone could give Papa Smurf a run for his money, it's Julia Roberts. And only E! News has this exclusive first look of the Oscar winner and SmurfWillow, the character she voices in the upcoming Smurfs: The Lost Village. "If Papa Smurf is the father figure of Smurfs Village then SmurfWillow is the mother figure of the Forbidden Forest," Roberts says. "She's brave, strong, regal and she's really wise. She's the Smurf you turn to if you're facing a challenge." Set for release on April 7, the new Smurfs flick also stars Demi Lovato, Joe Manganiello, Ariel Winter, Michelle Rodriguez and Danny Pudi, among others. The movie follows Smurfette (Lovato) as she and some friends go searching for a lost village before the evil Gargamel (Rainn Wilson) gets to it first. (Eonline)

Kim Kardashian Returns to the Set of Ocean's Eight in Daring Sheer Gown. She may have enjoyed a girls' trip to Palm Springs over the weekend, but Kim Kardashian was back to work on Monday morning. The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star was spotted on set of Ocean's Eight in Los Angeles, less than two months she and sister Kendall Jenner first appeared in New York City to film scenes for the upcoming female-led spin-off. Kim looked stunning in the same Givenchy-designed ensemble, which featured an extremely sheer gown with white lace detailing and a matching fur jacket. She swept her long brunette tresses down and around her shoulders and rocked smokey eye shadow. Kim and Kendall will reportedly appear in a scene set at the Met Gala, an annual event both stars are well accustomed to attending. Ocean's Eight will feature quite a star-studded lineup of cameos, as Katie Holmes and Anna Wintour both recently signed onto the project. Other celebrities expected to appear in the film include designers Alexander Wang and Zac Posen, Dakota Fanning, Olivia Munn, James Corden, Adriana Lima, Zayn Malik and more. As for the girl squad of A-listers starring in the Ocean's Eleven reboot? In case you haven't heard, it's comprised of Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Sarah Paulson and Mindy Kaling. This project is shaping up to one major movie spectacle. Ocean's Eight will hit theaters on June 8, 2018. (Eonline)

Stephen Lang, Jihae, Newcomer Leila George Join Peter Jackson's 'Mortal Engines'. Jackson's protege Christian Rivers is directing the adaptation of the YA book series by Philip Reeve. Stephen Lang, best known as the villain in Avatar, South Korean singer-actress Jihae and relative newcomer Leila George have been cast in Mortal Engines, the Peter Jackson-produced adaptation of the YA book series by Philip Reeve. Jackson's protege Christian Rivers is directing the project, which is being co-financed by MRC and Universal. Universal is distributing worldwide. First published by Scholastic in 2001, the four-book series is set in a future world devastated ecologically and technologically and where certain cities including London are run by engines and move about the Earth, giving them the ability to prey on other smaller towns for resources. The story centers on a teen named Tom Natsworthy who, along with a young woman from a territory known as the Outlands, uncovers a mystery that could change the world order. The filmmakers have cast the movie with fresh faces and rising stars, with Robert Sheehan (Misfits) set to play Natsworthy. Lang's character is being kept under wraps. George will play Katharine Valentine, the daughter of one of the most powerful men in London society and one who is trying to get his hands on a weapon of mass destruction. Jihae will play Anna Fang, a member of the violent league that fights against the mobile cities. Jackson is producing with wife and partner Fran Walsh as well as Zane Weiner (The Lord of the Rings trilogy), Amanda Walker (The Hobbit) and Deborah Forte (The Golden Compass). Jackson and Walsh co-wrote the script with their collaborator Philippa Boyens. Lang will next be seen in the second season of AMC's Into the Badlands and has Hostiles, a Scott Cooper Western, in the can. He is set to reprise his character of Miles Quaritch for the next batch of James Cameron's Avatar movies. He is repped by Innovative Artists. While Jihae is known for her music, she has also made inroads into acting, and starred as a pair of twins in the National Geographic miniseries Mars, produced by Brian Grazer. She is repped by Industry Entertainment and Ziffren Brittenham. George starred in the Lifetime movie Mother, May I Sleep With Danger? She is repped by ICM Partners, Silver Lining Entertainment and the U.K.'s United Agents. UPDATED Mar 6 4:05 PM to correct Lang's character information. (Hollywood Reporter)

Conservative Russian Legislator Lauds 'Beauty and the Beast' Age Restriction "The aim of this movie is to inoculate our children with new European standards of tolerance," he says about the film, limited in the country to people 16 and over, a rare restriction for a Disney movie. Controversial Russian legislator Vitaly Milonov said Tuesday he was happy with the Russian culture ministry's decision to give Walt Disney's Beauty and the Beast a theatrical license, but ban people under the age of 16 from attending screenings. "Only adults are capable of deciding whether they are interested in looking at some perverts," he told Russian radio station Govorit Moskva. "The aim of this movie is to inoculate our children with new European standards of tolerance, so they would consider it to be normal," he went on to say. "But, thank God, the ministry took a civil, stately stand on the issue." Milonov's comments mark a step back from his tougher stance last week on the movie, which includes a gay character. Back then, he insisted on special scrutiny of the movie to make sure it was in line with a controversial local law, which he penned years ago, "against gay propaganda among minors," which, incidentally, prohibits the exposure of people under the age of 18 to any gay-themed content. He also said last week that he did not rule out a "total ban" of the movie in Russia. Meanwhile, the 16+ rating, unveiled on Monday, will keep people under 16 from attending screenings of the movie. Such restrictions are very unusual for Disney movies in Russia. Last year, none of Disney's films released in the country had a 16+ rating. For instance, Alice Through the Looking Glass and The Jungle Book were released with a 12+ age restriction, and the age restriction for Moana and Zootopia was 6+. Disney's Russian office has not yet commented on the age restriction assigned to the film. The age restriction may have a negative impact on the movie's box office in the country, as it is seen as preventing a large part of Disney live-action movies' traditional viewers from seeing it. (Hollywood Reporter)

China's iQiyi Acquires Streaming Rights to 'Moonlight,' 'La La Land'. The Netflix-like Chinese service also acquired best foreign-language film award winner 'The Salesman.' Chinese film buffs will soon get a chance to watch Barry Jenkins' best picture Oscar winner Moonlight. Beijing-based streaming video service iQiyi said Tuesday that it has acquired exclusive online rights to the film for the Chinese market. The company also picked up La La Land and best foreign-language film award winner The Salesman. iQiyi said in a statement that the acquisitions were made to "strengthen its edge" as the video platform with the "largest online library of licensed films in China." An independently operated subsidiary of Baidu, China's largest search engine, iQiyi has consistently been one of China's largest buyers of Hollywood and international content. Last year it signed exclusive licensing deals with 20th Century Fox, Lionsgate and the British Film Institute. In January, iQiyi revealed that it had raised $1.53 billion in new funds to compete with rivals and fuel investments in original content. Strict protectionism by Beijing regulators has prevented Netflix and Amazon from entering the massive Chinese market, but iQiyi is engaged in a fierce battle for market share with deep-pocketed local rivals Youku Tudou, owned by Jack Ma's Alibaba, and the video services of internet giant Tencent. All three companies are in the process of converting to a paid subscription model akin to Netflix, with each spending heavily to acquire exclusive content and produce originals. On Tuesday, iQiyi also announced that The Summer Is Gone, an art-house favorite acquired by the company last year, had been selected to screen at New York's New Directors/New Films Festival on March 15. Directed by first-time filmmaker Zhang Dalei, the black-and-white period drama won the best picture prize at the Taipei Golden Horse Awards in December, along with the best new performer prize for its 10-year-old star, Kong Weiyi. The Summer Is Gone will get a theatrical release in China on March 24. (Hollywood Reporter)

TV

Have No Fear, The Flash Fans: Iris Looks Super Cool in the Big Musical Crossover. Looks like The Flash is taking a page out of Legends of Tomorrow's book for its upcoming musical episode and going way back in time. This first look photo from the highly anticipated crossover, exclusive to E! News, features Iris (Candice Patton), Dr. Stein (Victor Garber) and Joe (Jesse L. Martin) all decked out in their 1940s best, complete with pocket squares and a lovely fur stole. Whatever is going on here, we're very into it. Obviously the best part of this picture is that it serves as proof that Iris will be a part of the musical crossover with Supergirl, though she wasn't listed as one of the stars who would be singing. That list includes Martin, Garber, Grant Gustin, Melissa Benoist, Carlos Valdes, Jeremy Jordan and John Barrowman. Supergirl's David Harewood and Chris Wood will also be appearing. Gustin and Benoist's former Glee costar Darren Criss will be taking on the role of the villain the Music Meister. According to the CW's official description of the episode, the musical crossover begins when Kara (Benoist) is put into a coma by the Music Meister. Hank (Harewood) and Mon-El (Wood) take her to Team Flash for some help and Barry (Gustin) gets hit too, sending him to join Kara in a 1940s coma world where they have no powers, but have to sing and dance their way to freedom. The event will feature both covers and original songs written by Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's Rachel Bloom and La La Land songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. And if all of that somehow doesn't sound like a good time to you, then we'll just have to enjoy the hell out of it without you. The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on the CW. The musical crossover will begin on Monday, March 20 at the end of Supergirl, and will continue on the Tuesday, March 21 episode of The Flash. (Eonline)

Fargo Has Made Ewan McGregor Completely Unrecognizable. If you heard about Ewan McGregor being cast as two brothers in the new season of Fargo and you rejoiced, thinking you were going to be looking at two guys who looked somewhat like Ewan McGregor, we've got some really interesting news for you. FX released a new teaser for season three of Fargo, and it features one of the brothers that McGregor plays. He, unfortunately, looks almost nothing like Ewan McGregor. Mary Elizabeth Winstead looks like Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Carrie Coon looks an awful lot like Carrie Coon, but if you didn't know that was McGregor with the mustache and the receding hairline, you might never know it. We don't know all that much about this season, but what we do know includes the fact that McGregor plays brothers Emmit and Ray Stussy. Ray is the one making an appearance above, and Winstead plays his girlfriend, Nikki Swango. Coon plays this season's heroine, Sheriff Gloria Burgle. Season three also stars David Thewlis (Harry Potter's Remus Lupin!), Michael Stuhlberg, Jim Gaffigan, Scoot McNairy, Shea Whigham, Karan Soni, Fred Melamed, and Thomas Mann. While this isn't the first teaser that FX has released for the season, it is the first spot that has featured actual characters. The first promo showed a giant inflatable Santa Claus being shot down, and the second one showed someone running an air conditioner in the middle of winter, which is beyond suspicious. Just a month and a half to go! Fargo returns to FX on Wednesday, April 19. (Eonline)

Paris Jackson Teases Her Star Guest Appearance. Star is about to get a visit from a member of one of music's royal families. Paris Jackson, daughter of the late King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson, will make her much-buzzed about acting debut on Lee Daniels' musical drama this week and, as she admits in the BTS video just released by Fox, she couldn't have chosen a better project to make her big debut on. "When I heard about Star, I watched the first couple episode and fell in love," she said. "I met Lee and he was kind of interested in getting me on the show." "This role is really opposite to me and, for it being my first real on-camera acting, I think it's a good way for me to show my acting capabilities," she said of Rachel Wallace, her Star character. Rachel is a young, super-chic, stylish and intimidating social media guru who oversees a publicity shoot of the girl group and deliberately goads Eva (Sharlene Taule) and Star (Jude Demorest) into pushing some boundaries. "Shooting was a lot of fun! Everybody was so nice. The girls are amazing to work with," Jackson gushed. "It was nice being welcomed so quickly." Elsewhere in Wednesday's new episode, Star and Hunter (Chad James Buchanan) take their relationship to the next level, while Rose (Naomi Campbell) returns to help Alex (Ryan Destiny) and Derek (Quincy Brown) deal with the aftermath of a traumatic experience. Carlotta (Queen Latifah) reveals her reasoning for keeping a secret to herself for all of these years, and Cotton (Amiyah Scott) does the unthinkable to the one person she trusts the most. Oh, and someone is finally arrested and charged for Otis' murder. No biggie. Star airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on Fox. (Eonline)

The Bachelor: Women Tell All: Corinne Wins the Night. It was called The Bachelor: Women Tell All, but did the women tell all? We can't tell. We were actually a little bored. They really could have just had Corinne sitting on those couches all by herself, with occasional visits from Liz and Taylor, and we would have been pretty happy. In fact, we'd like to declare Corinne the winner of the night. We don't know how she did it, but over the course of the season, she went from being the most irritating contestant to being our favorite contestant possibly of all time, and she only made us love her more. She put Taylor in her place once again (in a feud we're so over), pointing out that she had nothing bad to say about Taylor until Taylor started attacking her, and all the other women agreed that Taylor seemed to have some sort of superiority complex. Taylor was eventually made to apologize to Corinne, and Corinne kindly forgave her. Poor Taylor apparently has struggled in her counseling career since the show aired, but maybe she should have thought of that before going on The Bachelor at all? And then Corinne got to defend both her naps and her nanny, and we found ourselves on her side once again. Naps are great (not sure why we ever questioned that in the first place), and Raquel also sounds great. She's not just Corinne's nanny, she's like her second mom, and she doesn't deserve our scorn. Corinne's also totally cool with Nick, and thanked him for the time they spent together. Thank you, Corinne, for the time we got to spend with you. You were a joy, most of the time, sometimes. We could all benefit from being a little more like you, maybe. Elsewhere, Kristina inspired all of the women to start building each other up instead of tearing each other down, which was a lovely sentiment, and a bunch of randos whose names we've already forgotten confronted Nick about why they went home. "I tried my best," he said, which is a pretty honest statement. We also heard from Liz, who was back to remind us that she was the one who had slept with Nick at Jade Roper and Tanner Tolbert's wedding. She claimed she was just on the show in order to see if there was a spark with Nick, and there wasn't. So that's cool, but we already forgot about you, girl. Bye! Finally, Rachel took the hot seat, and the room erupted in applause, especially from the many women on the couches. They were so excited about Rachel as the Bachelorette that they could not contain themselves, or stop themselves from talking over each other about how cool and smart and kind and charismatic she is. Hopefully this is all genuine love for a gal who seems to be a genuine person, and hopefully her season of The Bachelorette is going to be incredible. The Bachelor finale airs next Monday at 8 p.m. on ABC. (Eonline) "The Real Housewives of New York City" debuted a Season 9 teaser on Monday -- but sources tell Page Six the number of episodes this season could be slashed because the new cast did not provide enough heat. The trailer came with a season premiere date of April 9, and while the show wrapped filming over the weekend, we hear Bravo has yet to commit to how many episodes will run. Sources said that number could be as few as 14 -- down from 20. "They are talking about cutting down the number of episodes in the series this year," said one source familiar with the show, which added Tinsley Mortimer to the cast after Season 8 newcomer Jules Wainstein flamed out. "Nothing happens," said our source of the new season that just wrapped. "Tinsley was a dud. The other women have been doing this for years and she had no real training." (Well, besides her short-lived 2010 show "High Society.") Another source said Bravo will have "more than 14 episodes, but it's too early to tell how many." Page Six previously reported Mortimer's "storyline" would involve her search for love in New York. But she's not featured much in the trailer, which focuses more on the engagement of -- Luann de Lesseps, as well as Sonja Morgan, Dorinda Medley and Ramona Singer tipsily fighting on a trip to Mexico, Bethenny Frankel jumping naked into a pool, and Carole Radziwill opining on the presidential election. Onetime fan-favorite Jill Zarin -- who taped just one episode for the season after five years away -- is in the trailer, leading insiders to believe Bravo is testing the waters to see if she should be brought back. Either way, we hear there's not enough juicy footage to warrant the show's usual number of episodes. It hasn't had less than 20 episodes since Season 5, and last year was capped off by a three-part reunion special. We further hear the number of episodes could hit some of the "Wives" in the pocketbook because some are paid per episode rather than a fee for the season, a source said. Bravo had no comment. (Page Six) History-Making 'Bachelorette' Opens Up About Pressure to Pick a Black Man. The ABC star says she won't let race define her pursuit of love: "I'm not choosing a man for America, I'm choosing a man for me." Rachel Lindsay, the 31-year-old lawyer from Nick Viall's season of The Bachelor, will soon begin her historic journey as ABC's first black lead of the franchise. A first after 33 seasons between The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, Lindsay would be lying if she said she didn't feel the pressure. "To be the first African-American woman is a beautiful thing," she told The Hollywood Reporter three months after filming on The Bachelor has wrapped. "I'm honored and humbled to be the one chosen. Because that's how I feel: like I was chosen to be in this role." Lindsay, a civil defense litigation attorney in Texas, first made history on the franchise when she became the only black woman to ever receive the first-impression rose on Viall's premiere of The Bachelor. The early frontrunner also broke barriers by landing in Viall's final three. She was eliminated on Monday night's episode -- one week ahead of the finale. Though production has yet to begin on her season, which typically airs in the spring, Lindsay now faces the potential of breaking yet another franchise barrier if she were to pick a black man as her winner. "That is a very common question that I get from black people," she said when speaking to THR at the taping of the Women Tell All reunion special, which also aired Monday night. "Honestly, I don't want to go into this process with any preconceived notions or any pressures to do something for somebody else. I hate to sound selfish, but it's my process." She continued, "It's my journey in finding love. And whether that person is black, white, red, whatever -- it's my journey. I'm not choosing a man for America, I'm choosing a man for me." ABC's early announcement of Lindsay as the next Bachelorette came five weeks ahead of the March 13 finale, essentially spoiling part of the ending to The Bachelor. Appearing as a seasoned professional on the Women Tell All, the star of the 13th cycle said the response to her casting has been overwhelmingly supportive. "I know there are going to be people who criticize what I do no matter what, but I'm just trying to not get caught up in it," she said to THR. "I feel like it was meant to be and that outweighs any fear or pressure that I have in being the first African-American Bachelorette." Previewing what to expect from her upcoming season, Lindsay said she hopes what viewers will be tuning in to is the most diverse group of contestants seen since the franchise's 2002 launch. And while she's open to dating men of all races, she sees ABC continuing on its trajectory of including more diverse contestants year-over-year. JoJo Fletcher, the most recent Bachelorette, led a group that included 21 white and six nonwhite contestants, while the previous year, Kaitlyn Bristowe's season, featured four nonwhite men. "I'm hoping that as a black Bachelorette you're going to get to see a more diverse cast, a cast that's reflective of what America looks like," Lindsay said. "And not just Bachelor Nation or whatever else, but what America looks like." Looking back, Lindsay's casting almost didn't happen. No exception to ABC's habit of picking the next lead at the last minute, Lindsay, too, said her road to being the Bachelorette was a roller-coaster. "It wasn't official until right before the announcement [on Jimmy Kimmel Live!]," she said, remembering how heartbroken she was over her split from Viall. "I was approached not too long after I was let go, but I didn't believe it. Talks kind of ceased and then it picked up again, and I started to begin the conversation of possibly being the Bachelorette." She was actually in trial the Friday before her casting was announced, on Monday, Feb. 13. Though she plans to take a sabbatical during filming, she has the full support of her Dallas law firm, the coworkers who initially signed her up for The Bachelor, as she embarks on her very public reality dating series. "I feel very indebted to my job," she said, adding that her boss is a fan of the show. "I support the loyalty that they've given me -- it's very rare, especially in my profession, that you find people who are not just supportive of who you are as a person, but supportive of you finding love and your happiness." A believer in giving back, Lindsay said she won't stop working until the last minute, and that the firm's door remains open for her to return: "That's why I just feel like this is so meant to be. Jobs just don't do that. Not legal jobs." The University of Texas at Austin and Marquette University Law School grad also has the support of her family, including her father, who was absent on The Bachelor. While viewers were introduced to her mother, two sisters, brother-in-law, cousin and nephew, the federal judge missed the on-air meeting of Viall due to a work conflict. "My dad is very supportive about me being the Bachelorette," Lindsay said. "He realizes what an amazing experience it is. And then seeing how I was portrayed on Nick's season, I think it took away the skepticism that he had about the unknown." While Lindsay said her father's appearance on her season remains up in the air due to the timing of one of her sisters being pregnant, it's possible he would meet Lindsay's final two men off-screen, like he did with Viall. "Nick's conversation with my dad, I wasn't there for it purposely. I didn't want to see it," she said of the face-to-face, which occurred when The Bachelor's cameras were not rolling. "I just wanted them to have their moment. I talked to Nick briefly about it and he thought it went well. It was a real-life experience without the cameras. He got to talk to my dad and talk about me, the possibilities of what we could have, and I love that! No cameras involved." (Hollywood Reporter) People are annoyed with Gary Barlow & the BBC right now. And if you watched Let It Shine, you will be too... Fans of BBC talent show Let It Shine have been left fuming at Gary Barlow and the show's creators this week and they have a pretty good reason for it. If you haven't been following the show - which stars Barlow as the head judge - the whole point of it (well, what viewers were led to believe anyway) was that the winners would be playing the role of a Take That-style group in the forthcoming musical called, The Band, based on the songs of the famous boy band. However, now that the series is over and the winners have been crowned, it turns out that the premise behind the entire show had been portrayed inaccurately the whole time as it was revealed that instead of being the stars of the musical as promised, Let It Shine winners Five To Five, will only be given roles as backing singers. Understandably, this has made fans seriously annoyed at both Gary Barlow and the BBC, who explicitly advertised the auditions for the show as a casting exercise, saying: "looking for talented individuals to form a new group that exudes the charisma, showmanship and stage presence that [Take That] has become so famous for." But despite this, it is believed that Five To Five won't even get to speak in the musical... However, an official spokesperson for The Band told MailOnline: "We can assure fans of Let It Shine that AJ Bentley, Curtis T Johns, Nick Carsberg, Sario Solomon, Yazdan Qafouri will be front and centre for The Band musical singing 14 of Take That's songs." "There are lots of exciting elements to the plot of the show and when we are finally able to unveil these, everything will make sense." We hope that's true but guess we can only wait and see... (British Glamour) A fictional show about a fictional top U.S. diplomat has evoked a real response from the Philippine diplomatic service. The Philippine embassy in the U.S. is taking exception with how an upcoming episode of the CBS drama series Madam Secretary portrays a president of the country. In the trailer for an episode entitled "Break In Diplomacy," scheduled to air in the U.S. on Mar. 12, the series' eponymous Secretary of State, Elizabeth McCord (played by Tea Leoni), is seen throwing a punch at a character playing the Philippine president and bloodying his nose, after he makes sexually suggestive moves at her during a private meeting. "Elizabeth is shocked when the Philippines' unconventional new president, Datu Andrada (Joel de la Fuente), makes a pass at her during their meeting to discuss his refusal to participate in an Asia-Pacific territory treaty," according to the CBS description of the episode. However, the Philippines has strongly protested what it calls a "highly negative depiction" of its country's fictional leader, saying that it casts "doubt on the respectability" of the actual office of the Philippine presidency. "While Madam Secretary is a work of fiction, it tracks and mirrors current events. It is, therefore, inevitable that its depiction of world leaders will have an impact on how its audience views the real personages and the countries they represent," a statement from the Philippine embassy reads. The embassy further says that the fictional president's portrayal "denigrates that way our nation navigates foreign affairs" and "tarnishes the Philippines' longstanding advocacy for women's rights and gender equality." "Unconventional" has meanwhile been one of the many milder adjectives used to describe Rodrigo Duterte, the current Philippine president. His shocking comments -- including those about a high-profile rape case in one instance -- his deadly crackdown on the country's drug problems, move away from long-established diplomatic protocols and general notoriety for making offensive outbursts has earned him much criticism worldwide, as well as comparisons with Donald Trump. TIME has reached out to CBS for comment. (People) Jeff Zucker on CNN's War With Trump and the "Renaissance" of Cable News. "Doing good journalism has also been good for the bottom line," he said, noting that "viewership has never been higher, our digital reach has never been higher" than under the Trump administration. For Jeff Zucker, it's the best of times and the worst of times. As president of CNN Worldwide, Zucker has been directly, and repeatedly, attacked by President Donald Trump as a purveyor of "fake news" and, more notoriously, as a representative of "the enemy of the people." At the same time, the rise of Trump has been very good for business at CNN. Traditional cable viewership and online reach have hit all-time highs under the new regime. "It is an extraordinary and important time in American journalism," said Zucker, speaking at the INTV media conference in Jerusalem on Tuesday. "There has been a lot of talk about the death of journalism in America, but I think there has never been a more important time [to do journalism] and that many of the organizations in the United States have never done better work or more important journalism. It is really the renaissance of journalism in America because of the nature of what is going on." Zucker admitted that "doing good journalism has also been good for the bottom line," pointing to the fact that "the cable news genre in the U.S. has never been stronger -- actual viewership is at an all-time high. This is the heyday of cable news." But whatever benefits the Trump government may have brought the cable news business, Zucker warned that attacks on the media -- Trump's infamous comment referring to the press as an "enemy of the people" -- are "dangerous, unprecedented and shocking. It's an attempt to de-legitimatize aspects of the American system.... I don't know if it will undermine American democracy, [but] it certainly doesn't help." Zucker also took aim at Republican members of Congress for refusing to condemn the president's remarks. "Frankly it has been shocking to watch how many members of the political establishment have not been willing to stand up to that statement," he said, "I think many have abdicated their responsibility. With two notable exceptions, John McCain and Lindsey Graham, none of the Republican members have the courage of their convictions to stand up. It's been a complete abdication of responsibility." Speaking to his personal relationship with Trump, Zucker acknowledged that, as head of NBC at the time, he was responsible for greenlighting The Apprentice, the reality show that made Trump a TV star. "As a New Yorker, I really understood the appeal of Donald Trump in his ability to create publicity," Zucker said, "so I knew the show would get attention." Zucker also repeated an anecdote about his salary negotiations with Trump for the second season of The Apprentice, where Trump at first demanded to be paid as much as the actors on Friends, NBC's most successful series at the time. "At that time on Friends, each cast member was being paid $1 million per episode," Zucker said, "and Donald said, 'I should be paid the same as the stars of Friends. But all six combined.' " Zucker immediately rejected Trump's pitch. "We told him that day, that's not going to happen, and if that is where you are, the show is over. The next day he called and accepted our [much lower] offer." Zucker admitted to making mistakes in CNN's coverage of Trump -- he noted that CNN's airing "unfiltered and unedited" versions of Trump's election rallies "probably wasn't the right editorial call." But he argued that the network's impact on Trump's political success was minimal. And despite the boon the Trump presidency has been for CNN's ratings, Zucker said his and his network's focus remains reporting the news. "We make the majority of our money through subscriber fees, not anything to do with ratings," he said. "For us, the most important thing that we do is journalism. I wake up and think about how we are doing journalism and holding those in power accountable. Only after that do I think about attracting a larger audience and growing our digital footprint." (Hollywood Reporter) Alec Baldwin Says He Won't Be on 'SNL' as Trump Much Longer. "I don't know how much more people can take," said Baldwin of the president on screen. Alec Baldwin's President Trump impression has been a hit on Saturday Night Live this season, but the actor doesn't see it lasting very long. Baldwin told Extra's Mario Lopez that he may not do the impression much longer, because "I don't know how much more people can take." Baldwin explained that, compared with previous commanders in chief who have been impersonated on the show, "Trump just overwhelmingly lacks any sportsmanship. He remains bitter and angry, and you just want to look at him and go, 'You won!'" "I think the maliciousness of this White House has people very worried, which is why I might not do it much longer, that whole impersonation," he continued. "I don't know how much more people can take." About the White House Correspondents' Dinner, which many SNL fans want Baldwin to host in character as the president, the actor said it might not be the right venue for his Trump caricature. "I don't think that they want that," he said, though he may agree to the role in the end if asked. "If they wanted me to do it, I would probably do it, but I'm not quite sure they'll do. I think they may have a whole other idea." (Hollywood Reporter)

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