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Monday, April 3, 2017


Naya Rivera and David Spade Are Dating: Get the Scoop on the New Couple. It looks like there's a new romance in Hollywood... E! News has learned that Naya Rivera and David Spade are dating and the two have been doing their very best to keep their budding relationship out of the public eye. A source tells us that the former Glee actress and the longtime comedian have been seeing each other for a couple of weeks now and were trying really hard to keep things private for the time being. But now, it seems, that the cat is out of the bag as new photos of the twosome were released showing them engaging in some seriously PDA moments in a swimming pool. The 30-year-old filed for divorce from husband Ryan Dorsey in November of last year after two years of marriage. They have one child together, a son named Josey Hollis Dorsey, who is almost two-years-old. Following the divorce news, the stars released a joint statement giving some insight into their reasoning behind the split and how they'd like to move forward as exes. "After much consideration, we have made the decision to end our marriage. Our priority is and always will be our beautiful son that we share together. We will continue to be great co-parenting partners for him. We ask for respect and privacy for our family during this difficult time." Rivera requested legal and physical custody of their son with visitation rights for her ex. Meanwhile, the 52-year-old has one child from a previous relationship but has never been married. He's been linked to several famous women in the past including Heather Locklear, Julie Bowen, Lara Flynn Boyle and Pamela Anderson. (Eonline)

'N Sync's Chris Kirkpatrick and Wife Karly Expecting First Child. The next generation of 'N Sync is about to get a new member! Former member Chris Kirkpatrick's wife Karly Kirkpatrick, formerly Karly Skladany, is pregnant with their first child. They announced the news via a picture of them standing next to a photoshopped movie poster for The Boss Baby displayed over the entrance to a subway. "There is a new boss coming to town in early October......" Karly wrote on Facebook Friday. "Karly and I are over the moon excited that we are welcoming a new addition to the family," he told People. "We are both looking forward to becoming parents, and learning how much fun having a child will be." Kirkpatrick and Skladany wed in Orlando, Florida in 2013 in front of family and friends, including all four fellow 'N Sync band mates -- Justin Timberlake, Joey Fatone, Lance Bass and JC Chasez, who were all part of the wedding party. Two of the stars are already dads; Timberlake and wife Jessica Biel are parents to son Silas, who is almost 2, while Fatone and wife Kelly share daughters Brianna, 16, and Kloey, 7. (Eonline)

Brad Pitt Steps Out Looking Thinner Amid Angelina Jolie Divorce. Brad Pitt, is that you? The 53-year-old actor, who has always appeared fit, looked almost unrecognizable as he stepped out in Los Angeles Thursday, looking thinner than usual. He wore loose blue skinny jeans, a white t-shirt and a black zip-up jacket. His appearance comes more than six months after Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from him after two years of marriage and a 12-year relationship. A source close to the actor told E! News last week that "things have calmed settled between Brad and Angelina" adding, "They both have agreed to put the kids first." Both actors have since resumed their individual work and passions, while Pitt has reportedly been also focusing on his fitness. A source told People Pitt has been working out "almost daily" and had "lost a few pounds, he's in very good shape." Us Weekly reported in January Pitt had "lost a bunch of weight" and is "focusing on himself again, watching what he eats and has a chef making him healthy meals." A custody battle had following Jolie's divorce filing. The 41-year-old actress had sought physical custody of their six kids -- Maddox, 15, Pax, 13, Zahara, 12, Shiloh, 10, and 8-year-old twins Knox and Viviennne, and asked that the actor receive visitation rights. He sought joint custody. It was also revealed that the Department of Children and Family Services in Los Angeles County was investigating Pitt for allegedly being involved in an incident with a child aboard a private plane. The case was later closed. Jolie had stated in her filing that the two separated in mid-September. A source told E! News Pitt "did not want the marriage to end" and was "emotionally torn" and "devastated" by the split, adding, "He was willing to do whatever it took to save the marriage and didn't realize Angelina had already given up on it." For a month after the divorce filing, Pitt only saw the kids twice and for a total of about four hours. On Oct. 19, he reunited with Maddox in the presence of a therapist. In December, the two reached a temporary custody agreement, under which Pitt would have "therapeutic visitation" with the children and attend weekly individual therapy sessions. But the pair's custody battle got to a boiling point, with Pitt's lawyers alleging that Jolie and her attorneys had compromised the kids' privacy through court filings to try to undercut the actor. In January, they declared they "signed agreements to preserve the privacy rights of their children and family by keeping all court documents confidential." Both actors have kept busy and made rare appearances over the past few months. Pitt made a surprise appearance onstage at the 2017 Golden Globes, without walking the press-filled red carpet. He also joined performers Sting and Chris Cornell, one of his friends, onstage at a charity event in Malibu. In recent weeks, Pitt has been busy working on a sculpture, reports say. Jolie returned to her other favorite passion -- activism, penning an Op-Ed about refugees in the New York Times and attending a screening of her new film First They Killed My Father in Cambodia with their kids. And they got to spend time with Pitt there tool; E! News learned that he was in Cambodia "most of the time except when it conflicted with his own shoot schedule." The children split their time with both parents. Earlier this month, she gave a lecture about women's rights at the London School of Economics, where she is set to be a guest instructor this fall, and also took Maddox with her on a private tour of Buckingham Palace. She also spoke at the U.N. Office in Geneva. (Eonline)

The Walking Dead's Daniel Newman Publicly Comes Out as Gay. The truth has set Daniel Newman free. The actor -- who plays Daniel, a member of The Kingdom on AMC's The Walking Dead -- came out as gay on Twitter Thursday. "I'm #OUTandPROUD #LGBT. Love you guys. Be proud to be yourself," he wrote. "We need everyone just the way you are! I'll chat with you guys tonight." After receiving widespread support via social media, he filmed a video and explained it was "just time" to share the news publicly. While volunteering at a center for homeless youth, the 35-year-old actor -- who's appeared in episodes of Heroes, Homeland, One Tree Hill and The Vampire Diaries -- said a woman thanked him for supporting the LGBTQ community, presuming he was straight. Newman corrected her, but even so, he admitted, "It hit me like a gut punch. It felt like someone knocked the wind out from me." "I realized how important it is in this day and age to be visible," he said, "to let people who know you are." Newman hopes sharing his story will give others courage to do the same -- including those in the public eye who might be afraid to come out. "When you're accomplishing incredible things and you're hiding who you are," he explained, "you're hurting hundreds of millions of people." The actor also spoke to People Friday about his decision to tell his truth. "I don't want to be hidden and have to dodge the question," Newman told the magazine. "I'm proud of who I am." Newman, like many members the LGBTQ community, kept his sexual orientation a secret during his formative years. "I grew up in a very conservative southern Georgia home, and it didn't really matter what your sexuality was -- it just wasn't open conversation. It was always, 'Don't talk about your private life,' so I was so used to that," he said. While he wasn't ashamed of his identity, he said, "I didn't really think about it really as hiding. I never thought of myself as being in a closet or hidden. It just was that I didn't really feel like talking about my private life." Today, Newman is proud to say he has an "incredible" boyfriend. "He's amazing. So, yeah, I'm gay. I think it's really important in our culture, at this time that everybody is just honest about who they are. It's such an amazing community and it doesn't make sense to hide who you are." (Eonline)

Luke Bryan Opens Up About What He Learned From His Brother's Tragic Death. Luke Bryan garnered strength out of tragedy after losing his brother in 1996 -- a sense of resilience that's continued to help him throughout his life. In a clip of his upcoming interview on Sunday Today With Willie Geist, the 2017 Academy of Country Music Awards host took a moment to open up about what he learned after the sudden loss. "When Chris passed away, I was 19-years-old, fixing to chase my dream," he recalled of the day he found out his brother had been killed in a car accident. "It just totally rocked our family's world, rocked my world." However, while he will always grieve over the loss, he never let it stop him. In fact, he let it motivate him. "It makes you appreciate chasing dreams, you know," he told Geist. "You're like, 'Hey, you get one go-around at this thing called life and it's very fragile, so you better go after your dreams.'" Though he put those dreams on hold for a few years to support his mother and work in the family business, his father urged him to continue pursuing his music career and move to Nashville in 2001. Unfortunately, that was only the beginning of what would be several sad family deaths for Bryan. In 2007, his sister Kelly passed away at age 39. "My only older siblings...gone from the world, in a flash in two, two different, crazy, tragic manners, that...we'll never know, and never understand," he told ABC in an interview in 2013. However, he maintained his faith in God to get him through it and continued to stay strong, despite his heartbreak. "Losing my brother changed me tremendously and losing Kelly, even more," he told People Country in 2013. "I literally do not take one second for granted." In 2015, Bryan faced yet another tragedy when Kelly's widower, Bryan's brother-in-law Ben Lee Cheshire died suddenly at age 46, leaving three children behind. At that point, the singer and his wife Caroline, who have two young sons of their own, made the decision to take in one of their orphaned nephews, 13-year-old Til, and raise him as their own. Sadly, Bryan's family was faced with another death earlier this year. In February, his infant niece Sadie Brett passed away. Sadie had been battling an undisclosed infection that affected her liver while also suffering from heart issues. Bryan's rep confirmed to E! News that she died Feb. 21. Sadie was the daughter of Caroline's brother Bo Boyer and his wife, Ellen Boyer, who gave birth to her in the summer of 2016. Despite all the tragedy, death and heartbreak, Bryan continues maintain his optimism. "Your faith has to get you through all that," he said in the 2013 interview. "That's not saying you don't question it. But you just have to revert back to your faith in God's plan, that you'll be together again and that's what you have to go on." (Eonline)

A Look at Fear the Walking Dead's Star Danay Garcia's Incredible Journey to Hollywood. Danay Garcia always has some badass roles, but her real-life story and journey to Hollywood are just as admirable. The 32-year-old Fear the Walking Dead star was born in Havana, Cuba and after falling in love with dancing, she realized it was something else in the arts that interested her: acting. "I danced ballet and every kind of folklore dance my whole life. So I grew up dancing in the theater and then when I turned 15 I started looking at dance and realizing that it was such a short career and I began to wonder what else I could do. The difference is that in Cuba you have to know at a very young age what you're going to do for the rest of your life," she explained to E! News. "So, for instance, at 15 you have to know what you're going to do and be mature enough to make that decision. That's when a friend of mine introduced me to the theater, and that's what I began to study for two years, seven days a week, and we'd do a play every other weekend." The actress and her son made their way to the United States through Mexico. "I had my son with me, my son was like 18-month-old at the time. I went through this journey with him," she said. "It was honestly terrifying." It was a tough journey, but it was completely worth every agonizing moment. Once she reached the United States, she came face to face with another difficult challenge. "I was 20 when I came to the US, I wanted to go back to the theater, but English was my problem. I would speak to people, and they wouldn't know what I was saying, and I thought I was speaking proper English. But my accent was very, very strong," she said. "So then I started working Robert Easton, who is one of the best accent coaches that ever existed. He's the one that taught Al Pacino how to speak for his role as Tony Montana, who was a Cuban in Miami. I studied with him for over two years." Quickly she gained recognition and landed roles in various shows and movies, but it was a particular character that gave her family in Cuba a chance to see her by simply turning on the TV. "My first big role was in the movie Danika with Marisa Tomei, and then after that, I went on to do a couple of shows CSI Miami and CSI New York. But then I did Prison Break, and that's when I went to Europe and people started recognizing me. But honestly, I was just enjoying the process of making the show," Garcia explained. "Prison Break was the first show that Cuba bought and showed through national television. I found out when, my grandmother was very sick and we thought she was going to pass, so I called her and said how sorry I was because I can't go back to see her and that's when my grandmother said, 'Don't' worry, I see you on television.' And you know it wasn't that easy to call Cuba, so that's where the saying comes in that art travel and it really goes to the places that it needs to go." Off the screen, Garcia is a real-life mother to a 15-year-old boy, who is very proud of her hard work. "Having a teenage and me killing zombies is the best job that I could possibly have. I'm so cool right now," she laughed. "I'm full of fake blood every day, I send him pictures and he's like, 'You're so cool! This is my mom!'" Aside from Fear the Walking Dead, she recently produced and starred in the film Loca featuring boxer Victor Ortiz and other big names. She will also star in Sniper 7: Homeland Security, which she shot in Colombia. The film will be released later in 2017. It's safe to say, we expect big things from Garcia! (Eonline)

Prince Jackson's New Michael Jackson Tattoo Takes Flight. Prince Jackson honored his late father Michael Jackson Friday with a tribute tattoo that captures the King of Pop perfectly. The 20-year-old, the singer's eldest of his three children, got inked on his calf with an illustration of Michael doing one of his signature dance moves in black suspenders, a matching jacket, a red shirt, a black and red fedora and his signature white sparkling glove, as well as wings. The singer, who loved the story of Peter Pan, also dances in pixie dust. "Thanks @dermagraphink for sittin 9hrs with me for such an incredible and beautiful tattoo," Prince wrote on Instagram, alongside a video of his new ink. "#MichaelJackson #kingofpop #mj #moonwalk #anuk #wings #MichaelJacksonjr. I had so much fun @princejackson I am so pleased that I made your day braddah. #inksaddle #inkmachines #colortattoo #timelesstattoola #tattooistart #inkmaster #Hollywood #Love," wrote the tattoo artist, Justin Lewis from Timeless Tattoo in Hollywood. Both Prince, who was 11 when Michael died in 2009, and his sister Paris Jackson, 18, have many tattoos. In 2016, she got two honoring their dad. One reads "Queen of My Heart" in his handwriting and other one is the cover art for his 1991 album Dangerous. They recently got matching Yin and Yang symbols inked on their ankles. "Sometimes i feel like my big brother and i always think the same thoughts, he just doesn't have a filter and always vocalizes them," Paris wrote on Instagram. "Though total opposites, like my gooko and i, the inseparable yin and yang work together finding and causing balance within each other. matchies with my bestie @princejackson!" (Eonline)

Candace Cameron Bure Responds to Social Media Feud: 'Loving Jesus Doesn't Mean I Hate Gay People'. Candace Cameron Bure wants her fans to know that loving Jesus doesn't mean hating gay people. The 40-year-old Fuller House star recently came under attack after modeling a "Not Today Satan" T-shirt in a selfie on Instagram. The phrase was made famous by RuPaul's Drag Race champion Bianca Del Rio, who said the line during the hit show's sixth season. Del Rio (ne Roy Haylock) -- who sells "Not Today Satan" merchandise on her website and even named her latest tour after the phrase -- noticed Bure's post and regrammed it on social media. "IF ONLY, THIS HOMOPHOBIC, REPUBLICAN KNEW... ... ... ," the 41-year-old drag queen wrote, adding a series of devil faces and hearts after it. That move prompted Del Rio's fans to flood Bure's page with what she calls "horrible" comments, many pointing out that Bure should "look up where that quote comes from." "Didn't know hypocrisy was in fashion," wrote one. "The irony is thick," said another. Bure then wrote Rio. "Why do you have to be nasty to me? You don't know me or my heart." she said. "I'm not homophobic and [it's] always sad when people think otherwise. Loving Jesus doesn't mean I hate gay people or anyone. You sent a bunch of hateful people to my page writing horrible things. I hope next time you'll spread love and kindness, even when you disagree with people." She ended the comment -- which Del Rio also Instagrammed -- with a peaceful message: "Sending you love and wish you all the best. Truly." While Bure says she is a not anti-gay, she has had a history of conservative views when it comes to gay rights -- especially around the issue of gay marriage. In 2015, she grabbed headlines on The View when she clashed with cohost Raven-Symone over whether a bakery in Oregon had the right to refuse to bake a cake for a lesbian wedding. "I don't think this is discrimination at all," Bure said. "This is about freedom of association, it's about constitutional rights, it's about First Amendment rights. "[The bakery had] baked cakes for [the couple] previously," she added. "They had a problem with the actual ceremony because that -- the ceremony -- is what conflicted with their religious beliefs. They are saying that they stand for marriage between a man and a woman." Symone, an out lesbian, told Bure "I refuse to associate myself with you right now" -- though the two reportedly made up backstage afterwards. Of the fight, Bure later told The Blaze's The Church Boys podcast that her gay friends were supportive of her different views. "My favorite part were all the texts that I got from my ... very close gay friends that were saying, 'We love you and we can all have different opinions and you fight for what you believe in,' " she said. "And I'm going to fight for what I believe in." (People)

Maksim Chmerkovskiy: "I Want to Come Back and Win" Dancing With the Stars After Calf Injury. Maksim Chmerkovskiy in on the mend. The Dancing With the Stars pro underwent a procedure on his calf after sustaining an injury while rehearsing with his DWTS season 24 partner, Heather Morris of Glee fame. Chmerkovskiy sat out competition during week two. Morris performed with Alan Bersten, a professional dancer who has subbed for injured Dancing With the Stars participants in the past, and will again step into the ballroom with the substitute. Chmerkovskiy had a Skype session with Morris and Bersten during their rehearsals to inform them on the latest about his recovery. "They extracted some of my bone marrow stem cells," Chmerkovskiy explained to his partner. "Made a concentrate out of that, mixed it with my plasma-rich protein -- if that means anything to anybody out there... and they injected it back into my calf." The liquid fills in the tear he sustained and will start to regenerate tissue and facilitate the healing process. "I still feel like we have a chance and you deserve it. I want to give you 150 percent effort and be physically as active as I was at my best when nothing hurt. I want to come back and win," Chmerkovskiy told Morris. After performing with Bersten during the second week of competition, Morris told us Bersten "was very worried about me all night." "I was like, 'No, no, no,' this is about you and I both," she said. "The most important thing though is Heather gets comfortable and Maks gets better soon," Bersten told us. "It's not easy for her to transfer to a different partner at the last minute." Morris said when Chmerkovskiy initially injured himself he was "so manly and humble." "He was like, 'No, I'm fine.' And was just trying to figure it out by himself," she said. Dancing With the Stars airs Mondays, 8 p.m. on ABC. (Eonline)

OMG! Mama June Finally Debuts Her New Size 4 Figure. O-M-G! Mama June has debuted her brand-new super 4 figure for the world to see and she surely didn't disappoint. The star of Mama June: From Not to Hot has undergone countless surgeries to slim down to her smaller size and documented her entire journey on the weekly reality show. And while her famous daughter Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson was initially hesitant over her mom's weight loss mission, she came around during the night's finale. "I'm really proud of her," she told the cameras during the hit show. "She looks great." Mama June opened up about her massive transformation during a confessional, saying, "I feel like [I'm] becoming the person on the outside that I always felt like [I was] on the inside." In a clip released to E! News earlier, the 37-year-old explained the real reason behind why she wanted to lose weight. "My goal when I first started this weight loss journey was to make Sugar Bear kind of jealous. But it's no longer about revenge. Doing all the surgeries really took a toll on me -- not just physically, but emotionally." Mama June also admitted that she's still struggling with the pressure she faces from the world to lose the weight and fit into the red dress that was initially her goal to wear during her ex's wedding. "I don't want to disappoint everybody and not be the skinny Mama June that everybody is looking forward to. But if I go with something as serious as the next surgery, it can't be about making everyone happy -- it's got to be about me." After the finale aired, Mama June took to Twitter to thank fans for their ongoing support throughout her show and journey. "I've been through a long road I'm so proud of where I came from," she wrote. And the rest, as they say, is history. Mama June not only dropped the weight and went through with the surgeries to slim down, but it appears that she found happiness in her new healthier lifestyle. (Eonline)

Katherine Jackson has been stashed away from her grandchildren since returning to Los Angeles ... out of fear they'll reprogram grandma and derail her legal battle with Trent Jackson. Sources connected to the family tell us Michael's children -- Paris, Prince and Blanket -- didn't even know Katherine was coming back and as of Friday, had not seen her. Remember, she flew back from London Wednesday night, and her daughter Rebbie desperately tried to block our camera at LAX. Other family sources say rather than taking the matriarch to her own home, she was secretly taken to one of her children's homes -- and it has everything to do with the elder abuse lawsuit. Remember, the main reason Katherine even came back is to testify against her nephew, Trent. He's made it clear he believes Rebbie and Jermaine Jackson are masterminding the whole case in an effort to gain control of Katherine's money. We're told Trent's camp thinks Katherine's kids are worried Paris and Prince will encourage grandma to drop the lawsuit. You'll recall ... Paris went off on Jermaine and other siblings in 2012 when Katherine was taken to Arizona for nearly 2 weeks. She equated it to a kidnapping. Our sources point out the fact Katherine still hasn't seen her beloved grandchildren -- after being gone for 2 months -- is a strong sign someone doesn't want a repeat of 2012. (TMZ)

Tom Sizemore went off script and ran over a stuntman. Records show that actor Tom Sizemore was not supposed to drive a vehicle during the filming of a scene for the "Shooter" television series in which he ran over a stuntman, leaving him seriously injured. Multiple people working on the shoot told a safety investigator that Sizemore was not following the script when he drove the sport utility vehicle away from a shootout scene. The interviews are included in investigation records obtained by The Associated Press. They show that Sizemore attended a safety briefing and rehearsals, where he was instructed to get behind the wheel of the SUV but not move it. Yet he inexplicably drove off, running over and dragging veteran stuntman Steve de Castro. An agent for Sizemore, who has a history of substance abuse problems, declined comment. (PageSix)

Forever 21 needs to step the hell off Rihanna's coattails, and her footwear designs for that matter ... according to Puma which says the retail giant is straight ripping off RiRi. Puma is suing Forever 21 in federal court, accusing the company of illegally knocking off several shoes Rihanna helped design for Puma's "Fenty" label. According to the docs, Forever 21 has copied at least 3 of Puma and Rihanna's designs -- the Creeper, the Bow Slide and the Fur Slide. Rihanna's served as Women's Creative Director and brand ambassador for the sportswear co. since 2014. Puma openly admits in the lawsuit, it keeps volume low on her line in order to create demand for the "luxury products" -- a strategy it claims Forever 21 screws with its replica shoes. Forever 21's whole "business model is based on trading off of the established goodwill of reputable, name-brand companies, such as Puma" ... according to the suit. Translation: They're biting our style because they know it's hot. Puma points out it holds patents and copyrights for the shoe line. It's suing to immediately shut down sales of the "knocked-off" gear, and for ALL Forever 21's profits from them. (TMZ)

Stephen Belafonte was swarmed by federal agents Friday who served a search warrant and we're told they were on the hunt for firearms. Stephen -- who's embroiled in a divorce case with Mel B -- had just arrived at his Hollywood Hills home as agents from the Dept. of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were waiting. The agents pat him down and then enter the house with a crowbar, a mini battering ram, and other tools. Our sources say the warrant involves possible illegal possession of firearms. It appears they found nothing because the agents left without taking Belafonte into custody ... although we're told it's still an ongoing investigation. (TMZ)

Stephen Belafonte got in the crosshairs of the feds after his brother bragged Belafonte was in possession of a gun ... a gun is prohibited from owning. We're told The Department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms got wind of his brother's comments and went to a judge last week asking for a warrant because Belafonte was reportedly convicted of domestic violence in 2003. He had allegedly gotten into a drunken fight with the mother of his child. As part of the conviction, he was prohibited from possessing firearms. TMZ broke the story ... the ATF showed up to Belafonte's Hollywood Hills home Friday and waited for him to show to serve the warrant. We're told no gun was found. Belafonte's brother has told various news outlets about the couple's explosive past. He claims Stephen once punched Mel B's dog and having the gun in their home was always a point of contention between them. (TMZ)

Gilbert Baker, the man who created the rainbow flag for gay pride, has died ... according to his close friend. Gilbert was an openly gay man and civil rights activist. He created the flag for the 1978 Pride Festival in San Francisco. According to his website, Gilbert taught himself to sew at a young age after serving time in the army, and used those skills to make banners for gay and anti-war protest marches. He was heavily involved within the San Francisco gay rights movement and had a close friendship with Harvey Milk. Gilbert's friend and fellow activist, Cleve Jones, posted the news of his death, writing, "I am heartbroken. My dearest friend in the world is gone ... he gave me forty years of love and friendship. I can't stop crying. I love you forever Gilbert Baker." Cleve didn't say how Gilbert died. He was 65 years. (TMZ)


People Are Risking Their Lives To See "Hello, Dolly." After Page Six reported that a California man fainted at Bette Midler's new Broadway musical "Hello, Dolly!" -- but so much wanted to see the second act that he refused to let EMTs cart him away -- two more hearty patrons risked their health to attend the hot-ticket show. Sources told Page Six that two women in their 60s were headed to the revival on West 44th Street Thursday when they were struck by a car down the block from the Shubert Theatre. "Two old ladies got clipped by a car" on their way to see "Dolly!" but they refused medical attention, said a theater source, adding that witnesses saw them "on the ground" with cops standing around them, and that an ambulance even arrived. But the intrepid duo "refused treatment" and instead continued on to the theater. A source said the women did not file a police report on the scene. A spokesperson for the NYPD had no further information about the incident. Another source told us that one of the women was "more shaken than anything," while her pal "seemed to go unconscious for a minute," but then appeared to be OK. Thank goodness. "The accident apparently happened down the block from the show, close to Eighth Avenue," said the second source. "So the two poor ladies had to then brush themselves off and walk down the street to get to the show." The hot musical has advance ticket sales of $40 million and took in $1.67 million from just six previews last week. Opening night is April 20. Tickets for the show start at $89 for balcony seats and go up to $750 for front-row premium seating, according to Telecharge. Page Six reported that a fan fainted at the second preview, which was halted. But when he was taken to the lobby by paramedics, the man refused medical help and exclaimed instead, "I'd sooner die than miss Act 2!" Producer Scott Rudin even invited him to another performance. (PageSix)

Meghan Markle's New Photo Shoot With Vanity Fair Proves She's More Than Ready to Be a Leader. It may be too soon to call Meghan Markle a Princess. The title of leader, however, is a different story. In the April issue of Vanity Fair U.K., readers will spot a few familiar faces as the publication spotlights global leaders who attended the One Young World Summit in October 2016. One of those important names is Meghan herself. In the photo shoot just released, the Suits star poses in a classic white dress alongside former President of Ireland Mary Robinson, poet Fatima Bhutto and women's rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul. Emma Watson and Cher are also spotlighted as participants in this year's summit. In a recent post on her lifestyle blog titled The Tig, Meghan expressed her enthusiasm at being part of the philanthropic cause. "When I was asked to be a Counsellor at One Young World, my response was a resounding 'yes.' One Young World invites young adults from all over the world who are actively working to transform the socio-political landscape by being the greater good," she wrote. "They are delegates who are speaking out against human rights violations, environmental crises, gender equality issues, discrimination and injustice. They are the change." One Young World co-founder Kate Robertson believes Meghan and the other Counsellors deserve plenty of credit as well. "From countering violent extremism to campaigning for gender equality, One Young World Ambassadors are fearlessly taking on the world's biggest challenges, and we hope that this calls attention to the remarkable work young leaders are doing," she explained to the Daily Mail. "We are grateful for the support of Meghan Markle, Emma Watson, Justin Trudeau, and all of the other Counsellors who took part." Ever since Meghan's romance with Prince Harry was made public, the actress has discovered a whole new level of "celebrity." But despite all the additional eyes, Meghan has made it clear that philanthropy is one of her biggest priorities and passions in life. "With fame comes opportunity, but it also includes responsibility -- to advocate and share, to focus less on glass slippers and more on pushing through glass ceilings," Meghan wrote in a personal essay for Elle U.K. "And, if I'm lucky enough, to inspire." (Eonline)

Bee Shaffer leaving 'Late Night' for a job in theater. Newly engaged Bee Shaffer is making a "dramatic" life change. The daughter of Vogue boss Anna Wintour has exited her job at "Late Night With Seth Meyers," and sources exclusively tell us she's bound for the theater. On Thursday, Shaffer, who's engaged to Francesco Carrozzini, posted on Instagram, "Thank you @latenightseth for an unforgettable 3?¹/2 years." She seemed to hint at her next move by adding, "What an amazing opportunity to meet so many 'Hamilton' cast members." A source told us, "Bee is going to work for Ambassador Theatre Group," although details are still being hammered out. Another source said, "She has such a passion for the theater. Her experience leading to this makes sense." Shaffer's also worked for TV guru Ryan Murphy. UK-based powerhouse Ambassador has been ramping up its Broadway presence: The company owns the Lyric Theatre and new Hudson Theatre, home to the Jake Gyllenhaal musical "Sunday in the Park with George." Meyers happened to be in the audience on Sunday. Reps did not comment. (Eonline)

Evan Rachel Wood wants son to grow up somewhere 'normal'. Evan Rachel Wood had many reasons to relocate from Los Angeles to Nashville, but one stood out among the rest: her son. "LA is wonderful, and it has given me so many amazing things, but I've also got a lot of demons here. I was ready to break it up a little bit," the "Westworld" actress explained in the May issue of ELLE Canada. "I wanted to give my kid some grass to run around on. Again, he's got two actor parents. I was like, 'You don't need to live in LA full-time. Let's go somewhere a little 'normal' for a bit.'" Wood, who shares her 3-year-old son with ex-husband Jamie Bell, grew up in North Carolina. When the interviewer noted the traditional nature of the South, Wood said, "That's how I was raised too. But it's not all like that. I am in a more progressive city." The 29-year-old continued, "But there's a part of me that also believes in going where you're needed. And if I can be there, bringing something else to the table or engaging the conversation or speaking up when I need to speak up, then that's also important. I don't want to run scared." Following November's presidential election, the relatively private Wood revealed she had been raped twice. In her new interview with ELLE, she addressed the stigma out there surrounding the idea of feminism. "Some think that feminism is all about hating men, and they hate you for that. I love men. I have a son -- I actually want a world where we can all be equal and I'm not held back because of my gender," she said. "It's not a movement against men! It sucks that the word 'feminism' is so tainted. Also, I'm in the LGBT community [Wood identifies as bisexual], and you're told a lot that you're going to hell and you're a terrible person. People think that it's a movement and we're trying to destroy society. It's intense." Wood confirmed her engagement to bandmate Zach Villa in late January. (PageSix)

Shonda Rhimes' new gig: creative director for Dove campaign. Shonda Rhimes has a new soap in the works. The television power player, 47, has signed on to be the creative director for Dove's Real Beauty Productions initiative, reports People. As part of the role, the "Scandal" creator will produce a series of short films for the brand focusing on the lives of real women. "When I think about my storytelling, the shows are really about just portraying the lives of women as realistically as possible, as flawed as we are, as powerful as we can be, as ambitious and competitive [as we are], while also serving up a great story, obviously," she told the magazine. "I love the idea that their mission is about showing women as they really are, so the idea of serving as creative director for a campaign such as this felt really natural." While other brands tend to look to celebrities to hawk their wares, Dove's recent campaigns have focused on regular, everyday women. And while Rhimes' shows-which also include "How to Get Away with Murder" and "Grey's Anatomy -- aren't lacking when it comes to the extraordinary, they are built around strong and complex female characters who feel real. "I think what makes each one of those women beautiful is being powerful, working at all cylinders, loving themselves, feeling really confident," she said. "Beauty is greater than your hair or your eyes. It's a bigger picture." As with her shows, Rhimes' goal with the project is to help women find confidence within themselves. "I don't know if it is age. I don't know if it is motherhood. I don't know what it is, but at some point I just looked up and thought, 'Oh I am not worried about any of that at all,'" the producer said. "Confidence carries you through. But I don't know if any woman's ever at the point where she is 100 percent accepting it." (PageSix)

Sorry, Ladies! Jon Gosselin Didn't Actually Take His Clothes Off at His Strip Show. Jon Gosselin is no Channing Tatum, but as fans might have forgotten, he never set out be the next Magic Mike protege. The former TLC reality star celebrated his 40th birthday Saturday evening with a performance at Atlantic City hot spot, Dusk Nightclub. And while he did perform with the "Untamed Male Revue," there was no X-rated spectacle on Jon's part. Instead, he showed off his dance moves (fully clothed!) and as he told E! News after the curtain closed, "I never said I was going to strip!" The Jon and Kate Plus 8 patriarch, who first announced the cameo appearance last week, graced the stage on multiple occasions and jammed out alongside the male entertainers to Justin Timberlake's "Sexy Back," Ginuwine's "Pony" and Right Said Fred's "I'm Too Sexy." At one point, Gosselin took off his shirt, only to be wearing a tank top with a six-pack painted across it. "To my family, I apologize," Jon shared before heading into the audience and placing a Hawaiian lei around his ladylove, Colleen Conrad. The celeb's friends and family were seated in a roped off area inside the packed venue. Attendees weren't the least bit disappointed by Jon's modesty, and it didn't stop one women from unexpectedly sticking a $100 bill down his pants! He ended the show with a balloon-filled birthday extravaganza set to 50 Cent's "In Da Club," telling the audience, "I know it's not what you expected, but the guys are great." Shortly after the performance, Gosselin shared a lengthy, professionally-shot video to Facebook explaining the reason for his sudden return to the spotlight. "Everyone wants to know why I did this. I've been under media scrutiny for a good part of my life, 10 years," he said to the camera, later adding, "I wanted to give myself the best 40th birthday present ever. I wanted my family and my friends to be there and why not have a huge party with an amazing venue?" Jon then critiqued "some of the media" for assuming he would strip, when in reality were never his intentions. "What started as a great social experiment turned out to be an incredible experience, and I'm glad planet Earth still cares about me," he shared. Gosselin also revealed that a portion of the proceeds he earned from the show would be donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. (Eonline)

"American Idol" will not be coming back in 2018, despite the fact that both NBC and FOX made offers to put it back on the air, because a tug of war between co-owners of the show torpedoed the deals. TMZ broke the story, both NBC and FOX made dueling offers to bring the show back as early as summer, 2018. We were told NBC Idol" with 2 other shows -- "America's Got Talent" and "The Voice." Our sources say the owners of "Idol" -- Fremantle and Core -- never anted up a counter offer to either network. As for why, Fremantle also owns "AGT" and we're told the company was pushing hard to pressure Core into agreeing to accept the NBC offer. We're told honchos at Core felt Fremantle had a conflict of interest and was pushing "Idol" to make "AGT" the cornerstone of a year-round talent competition. The Core execs felt Fremantle was trying to diminish the unique value of Idol and the two companies could not see eye to eye and we're told all the negotiations have been shelved. They don't call it show business for nothing. (TMZ)

Cirque du Soleil Performer Suffers Frightening Fall During Swing Stunt. Cirque du Soleil performers typically stun audiences, but this show left fans gasping for a different reason. During the opening night performance of Cirque du Soleil's LUZIA in Redmond, Wash., a female performer was in the middle of completing a swing-to-swing stunt when she fell and landed on her back, according to a report from Komo News. The injured performer was taken away on a gurney and the act restarted. According to the report, Cirque du Soleil officials said the performer was not taken to the hospital and is currently stable and conscious. "All safety protocols were respected and the artist was immediately assisted by the emergency intervention team of LUZIA," the company said in a statement. Meanwhile, the show went on. "Thanks #Seattle! What a great #Premiere!" the Cirque du Soleil Twitter account read. "#LUZIA is here until May 21: make sure you catch it while it's in town!" This is not the first time a performer has fallen during a Cirque du Soleil act. In 2013, Sarah Guyard-Guillot fell nearly 90 feet after her harness slipped from its security wire. The mother of two died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. (Eonline)

Wendy's Has Beef With McDonald's and Its Frozen Patties. Did it get dark? Because Wendy's just threw some major shade at McDonald's. The Golden Arches fast food company announced on Twitter Thursday that it would be using fresh beef in all quarter pounders at most of their restaurants by mid-2018. Wendy's, famous for its "fresh, never frozen" take on beef, saw the announcement and responded with an incredibly savage, but hilarious tweet. ".@McDonalds So you'll still use frozen beef in MOST of your burgers in ALL of your restaurants? Asking for a friend," the social account for Wendy's replied. Burn. Wendy's always separated itself from the rest of the fast food industry by only offering fresh beef, so it's no surprise that the company called out McDonald's for what appears to be a half-promise. But Wendy's didn't stop there. A fan replied to Wendy's comment, asking, "Can you ask them if they still sell McFlurries." Once again, Wendy's responded with a sick burn. "Only when the ice cream machine isn't broken." Boom. Roasted. Wendy's Chief Concept and Marketing Officer Kurt Kane weighed in on McDonald's new promise. "McDonald's announcement today is basically saying that in about a year or so, only one of their hamburgers will be made with fresh beef and not even in all of their restaurants," Kane said to People. "So if you're in the wrong McDonald's or order the wrong burger, you're stuck with frozen meat. Don't bother -- come to Wendy's for fresh never frozen beef on all of our hamburgers, every single restaurant and every day." What do you think about the feud between Wendy's and McDonald's? (Eonline)

Candy Crush's creators say a competitor is trying to hook players by stealing all the addictive stuff that made them top dog in mobile gaming ... so now they're out to crush 'em in court., the maker of the wildly popular Candy Crush and Bubble Witch mobile games, is suing JoyFox, the makers of the similarly-named Cookie Crush and Bubble Mania, for having "slavishly copied the creative combination of elements that King selected to create a unique and engaging experience." According to the lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, Cookie came out 2 years after Candy with nearly identical fantasy worlds where players collect points and complete tasks by aligning candies into rows of 3 matching sets. JoyFox pulled the same crap, according to the suit, with its Bubbly Mania -- a not-so-cleverly named "blatant clone" of King's Bubble Witch ... which has nearly identical "wand-wielding female protagonists" with cat sidekicks. King wants JoyFox to stop selling the games and fork over every tasty penny it's made off them. You just want to get back to your game. We know. (TMZ)


Selena Gomez Releases Emotional Cover of ''Only You." Selena Gomez has graced the world with more music. The 24-year-old just dropped an emotional cover of Yaz's 1982 electropop hit "Only You." The ballad is featured as one of the songs on the new Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, which Gomez helped executive produce alongside her mom Mandy Teefey, creator Brian Yorkey and Oscar-winner Tom McCarthy. The singer transformed the song from an '80s dance tune into an airy, tender ballad with undertones of heartbreak -- a more fitting remix for the tone of the series overall. 13 Reasons Why is based upon the 2007 young adult novel written by Jay Asher. It follows a high school student named Clay Jensen on his quest to uncover the story behind his classmate and crush, Hannah, and why she decided to end her life. The cast and crew hit the red carpet on Thursday night for the premiere of the series (which came out on Netflix), where Gomez opened up about being "nervous" to finally release it. The singer worked on the project for seven years, and although she poured her heart into it, she admitted to reporters, "You don't know if people are going to like something." Still, Gomez really believes people will relate to it on many levels. "I think the message, how I felt when I first read the book, I felt like Hannah, and now, seven years later, I still felt like Hannah even more than I ever did. So I think the message and people, no matter what age you are, can relate to the story," Gomez said on the red carpet. "Everybody has gone through this, and more than ever it should be talked about today." Well, we certainly can't wait to tune in. All 13 episodes of 13 Reasons Why are now streaming on Netflix. (Eonline)

Harry Styles Teases Debut Solo Single "Sign of the Times." Harry Styles is such a tease. The 23-year-old singer announced the name of his debut solo single, "Sign of the Times," via Instagram Friday. Styles also shared the cover art for the song, which will be released Apr. 7. Styles announced new music was on the way when a mysterious commercial aired during The Voice semi-finals last week. "It has been a very clever and calculated campaign so far -- he has deliberately given little away on social media," a source tells The Sun, adding that his record label Sony, "is "seriously excited about his music and have made his solo career a top priority." The singer is the fourth member of One Direction to go solo since the band went on hiatus in 2016. Zayn Malik, who quit the group, was the first to make a name for himself in the music industry, followed by Niall Horan ("This Town") and Louis Tomlinson ("Just Hold On"). Liam Payne, who welcomed his first child last week, will release his solo single later this year. Styles, who is making his feature film debut in Dunkirk in July, is raring to go. And, as a source reveals, "There is bound to be mayhem among 1D fans when his song is finally released next week." Styles has been writing songs with Snow Patrol's Johnny McDaid, among others, and he registered "5378 Miles," "Already Home," "Coco" and "Endlessly" with ASCAP in 2015. "The nice thing for me is that I'm not coming away from the band feeling like I wasn't able to do what I wanted to do. I loved it and it was what I wanted but I'm enjoying writing at the moment; trying new things," he told AnOther Man in 2016. "I've been asking myself, 'What do I want to say?'" Fans will find out in seven days. In February, Sony Music CEO Rob Stringer told Billboard Styles' music will blow One Direction fans out of the water. "We have a record we're incredibly excited about and it's not far away from being ready. We obviously want everything to be beautifully done, because we think he's here to stay," Stringer said. "Harry has stepped up with the vision of someone who's authentic." Styles will perform "Sign of the Times" on Saturday Night Live Apr. 15. (Eonline)

Selena Gomez Releases Emotional Cover of ''Only You." Selena Gomez has graced the world with more music. The 24-year-old just dropped an emotional cover of Yaz's 1982 electropop hit "Only You." The ballad is featured as one of the songs on the new Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, which Gomez helped executive produce alongside her mom Mandy Teefey, creator Brian Yorkey and Oscar-winner Tom McCarthy. The singer transformed the song from an '80s dance tune into an airy, tender ballad with undertones of heartbreak -- a more fitting remix for the tone of the series overall. 13 Reasons Why is based upon the 2007 young adult novel written by Jay Asher. It follows a high school student named Clay Jensen on his quest to uncover the story behind his classmate and crush, Hannah, and why she decided to end her life. The cast and crew hit the red carpet on Thursday night for the premiere of the series (which came out on Netflix), where Gomez opened up about being "nervous" to finally release it. The singer worked on the project for seven years, and although she poured her heart into it, she admitted to reporters, "You don't know if people are going to like something." Still, Gomez really believes people will relate to it on many levels. "I think the message, how I felt when I first read the book, I felt like Hannah, and now, seven years later, I still felt like Hannah even more than I ever did. So I think the message and people, no matter what age you are, can relate to the story," Gomez said on the red carpet. "Everybody has gone through this, and more than ever it should be talked about today." Well, we certainly can't wait to tune in. All 13 episodes of 13 Reasons Why are now streaming on Netflix. (Eonline)

Boosie Badazz's concert ended before it began Saturday night after someone fired off shots ... and he's pissed off for himself and his fans. Boosie was supposed to headline at Virginia Motorsports Park for the 2nd Annual Spring Fest, but before he could take the stage ... gunfire erupted. The shots created a mass panic, and 2 victims hospitalized with non-lethal injuries. Cops from 5 different cities responded, but no suspects were arrested and it's unclear how many shooters were involved. Boosie isn't taking the news well, and posted a video to share his feelings with fans ... especially the ladies. (TMZ)


Hayden Christensen Returning to Star Wars...Celebration: But Will He Appear in New Film? Will Hayden Christensen return to the big screen as Anakin Skywalker / Darth Vader? The famed masked villain made an appearance in last winter's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, a spinoff film sandwiched in between the timelines of the old and original trilogies. On Friday, it was announced Christensen, who played Anakin in the former series and appeared as a ghost version of him in a re-edited release of Star Wars: Episode VI -- Return of the Jedi, would appear at the annual Star Wars Celebration fan convention in Orlando this month. He last appeared there in 2002, the year his second film as Anakin, Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones, was released. Many fans speculate Christensen's rare appearance at Celebration means an upcoming announcement will be made for his participation in a future film. Disney, which owns production company Lucasfilm, has never commented on fan speculation. Producers are currently focusing on the third trilogy, whose second installment, Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters this December, as well as a standalone Han Solo movie. Many fans are hoping for a Darth Vader spinoff. Star Wars and pop culture conventions such as Comic-Con have long been favorite venues to make announcements about new projects and release new teasers and trailers, which are often posted online afterwards. Disney has yet to release its first sneak peek video of Star Wars: The Last Jedi or the Han Solo film publicly. Christensen is set to speak at the 40 Years of Star Wars panel, joining the likes of original stars Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels and Peter Mayhew, who all reprised their roles as Luke Skywalker, C-3PO and Chewbacca in Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015, the start of the new trilogy. (Eonline)

Sylvester Stallone out on 'The Expendables' franchise. In a crushing blow to fans of "The Expendables," Sylvester Stallone has washed his hands of the franchise. He has withdrawn from taking part in the fourth installment, even though, sources said, it would have meant the biggest upfront payday in his career at north of $20 million. The reason? He and Nu Image/Millennium chief Avi Lerner could not find common ground on a new director, on the script and on certain qualitative elements of the film. That went right down to the selection of the CGI house to handle visual effects. The franchise has used Lerner's own VFX house, Nu Boyana in Bulgaria. Sources said that Stallone -- who set a high bar for himself reprising Rocky Balboa with Michael B Jordan and director Ryan Coogler in Creed -- was concerned about potentially underwhelming results of another franchise with which he is indelibly linked. Stallone wrote the first script with Dave Callaham, co-wrote all the sequels, and directed the first film. But knowledgeable sources said that "Expendables" team leader Barney Ross has led his last mission. One who knows the dynamic of the long Stallone-Lerner relationship suggested they often disagree and eventually work it out over a couple of cigars, but it doesn't sound like that's going to happen this time. Lerner acknowledged the differences he has had with Stallone, but wasn't willing to concede a divorce just yet. "We've got disagreements with Sly, but we've had them for over a year and a half," he told Deadline. "Right now, each one has an opinion. We agreed on 95% of things, but there are certain things in production we don't agree on. I don't think it's over, but write whatever you want. In my opinion, it's not dead." It is unclear how Stallone's exit impacts the film or its beefcake action hero cast. The last film co-starred action stalwarts Jason Statham, Harrison Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, and added Mel Gibson, Wesley Snipes and Ronda Rousey. Stallone has no shortage of films he can do, and he's looking to team on something with Jackie Chan, I hear. (PageSix)

Amber Heard Claims She's a Victim of Film Sexploitation Due to Allegedly Unauthorized Nude and Sex Scenes. If Amber Heard's latest film is ever released, you may get to see her in her most explicit sex scene yet. Only the woman in them isn't actually the actress, because she never shot it. In fact, she claims she didn't even know it was filmed. Now she's gone to court to try to make sure you'll never see it. Amber had filmed the thriller London Fields, in which she plays a femme fatale. In 2016, producer Christopher Hanley from the movie's production company Nicola Six Limited, named after her character, sued the actress for alleged breach of contract and tortious interference, acknowledging a dispute between them over nude scenes. Amber and her attorney responded in court Thursday against both Handley and the movie's screenwriter, his wife Roberta Handley. "Amber Heard is the latest victim of this lascivious and sexploitive couple," the actress' lawyer said in a cross-complaint. "After reading the script, she insisted on specific restrictions about nudity and sex scenes in the film as a condition to agreeing to appear in the Movie. [Christopher]...expressly agreed to Heard's terms, and they were memorialized in the Nudity Rider to her contract." "The Hanleys...caused to be filmed secretly several additional nude and sex scenes with a body double for Heard and included them in the 'Producer's Cut' -- also in violation of the Nudity Rider," states a cross-complaint. "The secret filming of this body double footage was not on the schedule that had been provided to Heard and was shot with a skeleton crew only after Heard had completed filming and had left the set. The body double footage included an explicit pornographic sex scene that Heard would never have agreed to do herself...the body double footage was designed and intended to leave anyone who saw the images with the distinct impression that it was Heard." The scene in question, Amber said, involved a woman police officer, a woman detainee on the hood of a car and a police baton. The actress, who has been depicted nude or semi-nude in five past films, is counter-suing the production company for the same claims made of her and is also seeking a permanent injunction to prohibit distribution of the version of London Fields that allegedly violates her rights. "The cross-complaint is a work of fiction, worthy of Ms. Heard's London Fields' character Nicola Six," Christopher's lawyer told E! News. "It is nothing more than a meritless smear tactic designed to distract from her own misconduct. Seeking the limelight, Ms. Heard excitedly signed onto the starring role in London Fields, co-written by Roberta Hanley and esteemed novelist Martin Amis, and then for her own reasons, she illicitly tried to change the role and hijack the movie." "Chris Hanley has an established track record as a supportive, talent-friendly producer, which makes the allegations all-the-more absurd," he added. "We look forward to taking Ms. Heard's deposition shortly, when she will have to account, under oath, for her claims and misconduct." Christopher's 2016 lawsuit followed a lawsuit director Mathew Cullen had filed against Nicola Six Limited for alleged fraud, in which he claimed producers hijacked the final cut of London Fields, The Hollywood Reporter said. In his countersuit, Christopher claimed that Amber's rep had told producers the actress agreed to the inclusion of nudity and that in 2013, they sent her a Nudity Rider that provides that she "shall have the right to view the nude and sex scenes and approve such scenes, which contain straight-on nipple or below-the-waist frontal nudity once the final cut of the picture has been completed and prior to any public viewing of the picture." The producer said Cullen "secretly made unauthorized changes to certain of the screenplay's more provocative scenes, including scenes containing nudity." He also accused Amber of aiding and "conspiring" with the director "to make unauthorized, material changes" to the script. The actress said Thursday she conferred with Cullen about the sex scenes and that a "Director's Cut" was complied. Because of Cullen's alleged "breaches and misconduct," the production company began to assemble a "Producer's Cut" of the film, Christopher's lawsuit states, adding that Amber refused to support it despite being contractually obligated to accept it. Amber also says in her counter-suit that during production, Christopher demanded "continuity photos" of her. Such pics, the lawsuit states, "can include various states of undress during wardrobe changes," adding, "there is no legitimate business purpose for Hanley to have such photographs after filming was concluded and the Hanleys had and have no rights to use such photographs for any proper purpose after filming ended." In his lawsuit, the producer also claims Amber also broke contract by refusing to attend the movie's premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and other promotional events. He said that she was married at the time to Johnny Depp and that as a result, her presence at the festival would have "significantly" enhanced the movie's "marketability and salability" at the event. Amber and Johnny finalized a divorce in January. (Eonline)

Orlando Bloom Appears in New Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Trailer. Welcome back, Orlando Bloom! Disney released a new promo for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the fifth installment of the franchise, and in it Bloom resurfaces as his William Turner. Fans last saw him at the end of the third movie where he was forced to become the captain of the Flying Dutchman after his heart was cut out and placed in the Dead Man's Chest. The rest of the trailer features Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, as well as Javier Bardem's Captain Salazar looking to exterminate as many pirates as he possibly can. No wonder the new tagline reads, "All pirates must die." A previous trailer explained why Salazar is out for revenge. "Pirates had infected the seas for generation, so I vowed to eliminate them all. Jack Sparrow cursed me. I will have my revenge," Salarazar said. Dead Men Tell No Tales follows Jack fleeing from Salazar and his deadly ghost sailors that have escaped from the Devil's Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea. His only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it, he must team up with scientist Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario) and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. Another teaser confirmed Henry to be Henry Turner, William (Bloom's) onscreen son. Dead Men Tell No Tales also stars Geoffrey Rush, David Wenham, Kevin McNally and Golshifteh Farahani. It hits theaters May 29. (Eonline)

Chris Evans Taking Care of a Little Girl in His New Movie Will Make You Swoon More Than Ever. Chris Evans is pulling on our heartstrings. The actor in the upcoming drama Gifted as a boat mechanic who is raising his 10-year-old math prodigy niece, played by the crazy talented Mckenna Grace, 10. And only E! News has this exclusive sneak peek of the movie that features Evans and Grace arguing over his insistence that she go to school. Until then, Evans was homeschooling the genius child. The Captain America star did recently confess to E! News that he's yearning to have kids of his own. "Chris does want to be a daddy at some point," Evans, 35, told me while promoting the movie earlier this month. He's already an uncle in real life. He said, "I have a big family, a lot of little nieces and nephews, and cousins, and a lot of people in my life that I care about." Gifted is in theaters on April 7. (Eonline)

Selena Gomez Reveals What Made Her "Nervous" Stepping Behind the Camera for 13 Reasons Why. 13 Reasons Why is a special show, especially for executive producer Selena Gomez. Gomez, who serves as an EP alongside others including her mom Mandy Teefey, creator Brian Yorkey, Oscar-winner Tom McCarthy, had the rights to the books by Jay Asher for years before the series came together. Just don't call her the boss lady. "Well, I know that I'm not the boss. I think for me, when we first started working on this, I told my mom that it was definitely harder [being a producer] because I was more defensive. I was like, 'Why is this person saying this? How come they just got on this project now?' I was very loyal to the project for seven years, and I think, if anything I was like [Laughs.] a little bully, and I was like, 'Why do we have to listen to anybody else?'" she told reporters at the 13 Reasons Why premiere on Thursday, March 30. "I wanted Jay Asher to be happy, and I think that is why we had Brian Yorkey and it made me feel a lot better," she continued. "But you get nervous, you don't know if people are going to like something." It's safe to say people like 13 Reasons Why. The series, which debuted all episodes on Friday, March 31, has been met with rave reviews. The drama tells the story of Hannah Baker (played by Katherine Langford) and her death. She kills herself, with seemingly no explanation. That is until 13 cassette tapes, her 13 reasons why she killed herself, make their way around her high school. The show is told from Hannah's and Clay Jensen's (Dylan Minnette) perspectives as Clay listens to Hannah's tapes. Through the course of the series, viewers learn how the actions (like stalking, bullying and more dramatic experiences) of others impacted Hannah, each tape focusing on a specific person and incident. So, what was it about the project the kept Gomez's interest for so long? There are "a lot of reasons," she said. "I think the message, how I felt when I first read the book, I felt like Hannah, and now, seven years later, I still felt like Hannah even more than I ever did. So I think the message and people, no matter what age you are, can relate to the story," Gomez said on the red carpet. "Everybody has gone through this, and more than ever it should be talked about today." While she may have felt like a bully at times on the set, her stars had nothing but good things to say about working with the singer-actress. "I think she just let the people who were physically making this, make it, and she just really put a lot of trust in us in that way," Minnette told E! News in February. "She came at the end, and as soon as she came was so warm and so welcoming and passionate about it, and made us feel so at home. She really just made us feel really special and welcome. She's amazing." Justin Prentice, Bryce on the series, said he worked with Teefey and Gomez on developing his character. "We got together several times, just different dinners and whatnot to kind of flesh out the story, how it worked, the characters, who we thought they were and how she kind of saw them. And just kind of working together to build spherical characters in a sense," he said. Devin Druid, the photographer Tyler in 13 Reasons Why, said when Gomez came at the end of production it was "bittersweet" because "we didn't want to leave each other." "It was also so good to say, 'Look at what we've made, look at the people whose project we've made into a reality.' It was so cool for her to come at the end and just talk like friends because we didn't really have to do anything at that point," Druid said. "We talked about the show but then we talked and it was like, 'So what's next? How are you doing? What are you looking forward to doing? What kind of music do you like? What are you watching? What do are you listening to?'... It was really cool and really heartwarming and relaxing at the end to do all that." Gomez took to Instagram when the show officially dropped on Netflix and posted the photo of her on set. "Our show [13 Reasons Why] came out tonight and I couldn't be more overwhelmed with pride and joy. After [seven] years of holding onto this book, I couldn't of picked a better time for this message to exist," she wrote. "Jay Asher wrote a beautifully tragic, compelling story and we were lucky to have brought it to life. Thank you to every single soul that put their heart into this passion project." All 13 episodes of 13 Reasons Why are now streaming on Netflix. (Eonline)

These Fast and Furious Superfans Just Received the Drive of Their Lives During Surprise Car Chase. Never forget to buckle up Fast and Furious fans! As anticipation continues to grow for The Fate of the Furious, Xfinity decided to surprise a few lucky fans of the franchise by inviting them to a sneak peek. "I think we're here to sit in a drive-in cinema," one winner guessed. Another fan suspected, "It kind of sounds like we're gonna see some of the film, maybe that means we get to sit in the car?" As it turns out, both fans were able to recreate scenes complete with stunt drivers who worked on the film. Cameras were rolling as the unsuspecting moviegoers crashed into flower stands and movie sets. Fire explosions were experienced and somehow, someway, these two winners still held onto their popcorn. "If you're going to do a prank these days, it has to be epic," Sherri Davis, Xfinity's senior director of brand experience, told Adweek. "And we're promoting a new service with over-the-top ridiculous speed, so this made perfect sense." With more than 3.2 million views since Wednesday morning's launch, we'd say the video is a hit. The Fate of the Furious is expected to delight millions of moviegoers when it hits theatres nationwide. Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren join veterans Ludacris, Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and more famous faces for the next installment in the popular franchise arriving April 14. (Eonline)

Will Beyonce be the voice of Nala in The Lion King remake? She's been slated as the "top choice" Disney-lovers, brace yourselves! Rumors are swirling that Beyonce could be voicing Nala in the Disney remake of one of its biggest classics, The Lion King. The news comes after sources told Variety magazine that the new film's director, Jon Favreau, thinks Queen B would be the top choice. Beyonce - who is currently expecting twins - has not responded to the rumors yet but we've got our fingers crossed. The beloved movie is coming back to cinemas as a live action film. The company announced last year that the 1994's classic was one of their biggest animated films - and one of the most lucrative as well, raising nearly $969 million since its release. The Lion King made its stage debut in 1997 and is considered one of Broadway's most successful productions, winning six Tony Awards and taking more than six billion dollars in ticket sales. Favreau produced last year's The Jungle Book which made $965.8m (£743m) worldwide and is rumored to have sequel on its way. If Disney's recent reinterpretations of their classics - looking at you Beauty, Alice in Wonderland and Cinderella - are anything to go by, we reckon The Lion King is going to be pretty damn epic. (British Glamour)

YES! Joss Whedon's making a Batgirl movie. Sorry Black Widow, it's still not your turn ??After years of success making films for Marvel, Joss Whedon is set to direct a film for the opposition, DC Comics, with an adaptation of Batgirl. Batgirl's alias is Barbara Gordon-that's Commissioner Gordon's daughter-and she's one of the most popular characters in the DC universe. This means that DC, who also have Wonder Woman coming out this June, are way ahead of Marvel in terms of standalone female superhero films. Marvel just has the one, Captain Marvel starring Brie Larson, which isn't due out until 2019. Marvel's superhero films have scored the best reviews-DC's Man of Steel and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice were widely panned-but the Disney-owned studio has also been heavily criticized for failing to bring out a film based on the character Black Widow, played by Scarlett Johannsson. Black Widow has also been missing from a number of the Avengers playsets, even leading to Avengers star Mark Ruffalo to call out the studio on Twitter for failing to acknowledge both its wide female fanbase, and its starring female character. The announcement that Whedon was in line to direct and produce Batgirl led to some complaints that a woman director wasn't getting the opportunity. However, it was also pointed out that Whedon wrote and directed the ultra-feminist show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, currently celebrating its 20th anniversary with a cast reunion. We've got all fingers crossed that DC's female-led films will be a hell of a lot better than, errr, all of their other ones. And come on Marvel, when does Black Widow get her day in the sun? (British Glamour)

China's Alibaba Pictures Reports $139M Loss for 2016. The company said the losses were caused by heavy marketing for its mobile ticketing platform. Alibaba Pictures, the filmmaking arm of Jack Ma's e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, reported a widely anticipated net loss of $139 million in 2016. The company attributed the losses to heavy marketing costs for Tao Piao Piao, its mobile ticketing business. In a regulatory filing posted Thursday, Alibaba Pictures posted a net loss of 958.6 million yuan ($139 million), compared with a 466 million yuan net profit in 2015, as marketing expenses climbed to 1.1 billion yuan ($159.5 million). Revenue soared 243 percent to 904.6 million yuan ($131.2), however, up from 263.7 million yuan last year. Alibaba described Tao Piao Piao as a "key operating asset," estimating that nearly 80 percent of all movie tickets sold in China are purchased through online platforms. Alibaba Pictures raised 1.7 billion yuan in new funding for Tao Diao Piao from strategic investors last May. Alibaba Pictures also saw an increase in losses from its content production business, as several 2016 releases failed to meet expectations at the box office. Last year's output included romance film Soul Mate ($24.2 million) and See You Tomorrow ($69.3 million), the studio's first film fully developed and produced internally. The company also held stakes and served as a local marketing partner on Paramount's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows and Star Trek Beyond. In 2016, Alibaba Pictures took a strategic minority stake in Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment. Their first collaboration together was the China release of A Dog's Purpose earlier this month -- so far, the film has earned a healthy $86.4 million, well above the $63.5 million it pulled in from North America. (Hollywood Reporter)

Dreamworks Animation Secures Rights to Fantasy Series From 'How to Train Your Dragon' Author. The first installment of the upcoming 'Wizards of Once' series will be released this fall. DreamWorks Animation has acquired the fantasy novel series The Wizards of Once from Cressida Cowell, the best-selling author behind the How to Train Your Dragon series. "Cressida is part of the DreamWorks family and with The Wizards of Once she once again anchors a new franchise for us," DreamWorks Feature Animation Group president Chris DeFaria said Thursday in a statement announcing the news. The upcoming series is set in a world of magic where wizards and warriors collide. The first installment will be released this fall through Little, Brown Books for Young Readers in the U.S. and Hodder Children's Books in the U.K. How to Train Your Dragon 3 is currently in production and is set to hit theaters March 1, 2019. (Hollywood Reporter)

Warner Bros. Facing $900 Million Lawsuit Over 'The Conjuring' Franchise. Gerald Brittle, author of a 1980 book on the paranormal investigators, claims not only to have had an exclusive deal with Lorraine Warren, but that producers substantially lifted his work. The Conjuring franchise has been fraught with litigation, but the latest complaint includes a $900 million damages claim that is sure to spook producers. Gerald Brittle says the horror movies infringe on his 1980 book The Demonologist, which tells the stories of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. In a massive 355-page amended complaint filed Wednesday in Virginia federal court, he's upping the ante against Warner Bros., New Line Productions and director James Wan, among others. The author claims The Conjuring, The Conjuring 2 and Annabelle infringe on his exclusive rights to create derivative works based on the Warrens' cases. He says, in a 1978 agreement for his book, the couple agreed to a no "competing work" provision that is still in effect. Under it, Brittle says, the Warrens aren't allowed to make or contract any works based on the "same subject" as The Demonologist, specifically their "lives and experiences as paranormal investigators." "[W]hen Lorraine Warren granted the Defendants the right to use the Warren Case Files, which the Defendants themselves repeatedly state their movies are based on, she could not have done so because she had years earlier contractually granted that exclusive right to use those same Warren cases, Warren Case Files and related materials to the Plaintiff," writes attorney Patrick C. Henry II. "Lorraine Warren had nothing to convey." Had defendants done a chain-of-title search, Brittle claims, they would have found they needed his -- not Lorraine's -- permission and support to legally produce their films. Warren and Brittle initially gave their subsidiary motion picture rights to book publisher Prentice Hall, which later transferred them to Brittle with Warren's agreement. "It is very hard to believe that a large conglomerate such as Warner Brothers with their army of lawyers and who specializes in intellectual property rights deals would not have found The Demonologist book or the deals related to it, or Brittle for that matter," writes Henry, adding that the "only logical conclusion" is that defendants knew about the deals and ignored them thinking "they would never get caught." The author further claims New Line explicitly told The Conjuring screenwriters not to read his book because the studio didn't have the rights to it. "Defendants have built a billion-dollar franchise based on rights they knew they did not possess," writes Henry. "They ignored this 'inconvenient' fact and willfully proceeded anyway." Brittle is now seeking nearly a billion consisting of disgorgement of defendants' profits and trebled damages from the alleged conspiracy -- plus any profits from the stock premium that AT&T is paying Time Warner in their merger that is attributable to the franchise and an injunction to stop the release of Annabelle 2 and to prevent any other future films connected to the Warrens from being made. In a twist of fate, Brittle's amended complaint uses Warner Bros. own legal arguments for disgorgement in its screener against Innovative Artists. "Warner Brothers alleges that Innovative willfully ignored and then infringed upon its exclusive copyright protected rights (i.e., reproduction, distribution and performance) which has resulted in 'irreparable harm' to Warner Brothers," writes Henry. "Warner Brothers further alleges the appropriate remedy under the law for knowing and willful infringement is disgorgement of all of the infringer's profits derived from said infringement and an injunction to insure the pattern of infringement is stopped." According to the complaint, Brittle's attorneys sent a cease and desist to defendants before the release of The Conjuring 2, but they claimed the films weren't based on The Demonologist but instead on "historical facts." It's a common argument raised during copyright dust-ups involving true life tales. Here, though, Brittle's legal team says it has an ace in the hole: The Demonologist isn't historical fact because the Warrens lied about what happened in their stories. "Lorraine and Ed Warrens claims of what happened in their Perron Farmhouse Case File, which the Defendants freely and publicly admit their The Conjuring movie was based on, does not at all jive with the real historical facts," writes Henry. "This is a pattern of deceit that is part of a scheme that the Warrens have perpetuated for years ... There are no historical facts of a witch ever existing at the Perron farmhouse, a witch hanging herself, possession, Satanic worship or child sacrifice." Brittle says at the time he was writing The Demonologist, he believed the Warrens' accounts of their work to be true. Now believing he was duped, the author says the allegedly based on real-life films are "at best" unauthorized derivative works. "To the extent the Defendants' movies are not based on 'historical facts' they cannot claim they are protected by the 'fair use' doctrine exemption to copyright." Therefore, Henry argues, The Demonologist is entitled to "thick" copyright protection, which lowers the threshold for a finding of substantial similarity. Henry also notes that proving access is typically the most difficult aspect of succeeding in a copyright infringement case, but he says he'll have no problem showing it here. According to the complaint, Wan publicly praised Brittle's book on Twitter in 2011 -- before The Conjuring script was written. "I watch/read a lot of scary stories. But f -- , THE DEMONOLOGIST, true life account of Ed & Lorraine Warren, is the scariest book I've read," states Wan's tweet. Brittle is suing for copyright infringement, common law trespass to chattels, statutory business conspiracy, conversion and tortious interference with contract. He has also filed a notice to terminate a share of the copyright in The Demonologist that he had granted to Lorriane Warren, which will become effective Oct. 31. A Warner Bros. spokesman tells The Hollywood Reporter the studio has not yet been served with the complaint and declined further comment. A representative for Wan deferred comment to Warners. (Hollywood Reporter)


The Good Fight, Now Filled With Guest Stars, Suicide Attempts and Internal Strife. How do you make The Good Fight's least likable character better? Introduce his mother. Now that may sound like an odd way to go about it, but when you cast Andrea Martin as Francesca Lovatelli, the mother to Justin Bartha's Colin Morello, you're doing just that. In "Reddick vs. Boseman" viewers were treated to a new side of Colin when he and Lucca (Cush Jumbo) ran into his mother at an art gallery. Seems Colin hasn't been too forthcoming with his family about Lucca, but once they meet, Colin's family is all in... because they want him to use Lucca as prop to run for office. Does he want to do that? He said no, Lucca cried. To be continued, obviously. There are two more episodes left this season! Meanwhile, Diane (Christine Baranski) was tasked with serving an eviction notice to Paul, one of Pastor Jeremiah's halfway house residents on the grounds that he was abusing drugs again, but Paul turned around and said the pastor was trying to get rid of him because he stopped sleeping with him. What followed was a back and forth between Diane and Gabe Kovac (Fisher Stevens) with proof/no proof about the relationship between Paul and Pastor Jeremiah. Adrian (Delroy Lindo) wanted to drop the case for fear of others coming forward, but the newly returned Carl Reddick (Louis Gossett Jr.) wanted to keep defending the pastor. The friction between Carl and Adrian -- hence the name "Reddick vs. Boseman" -- caused Carl to call for a vote to remove Adrian as head partner at the firm. The vote was split down the middle. And oh yeah, thanks to Marissa (Sarah Steele) and the investigator, they discovered Gabe was being used by the alt-right to discredit the pastor and Paul's allegations were phony. In Maia (Rose Leslie) world, she discovered her dad (Paul Guilfoyle) after his botched attempt at suicide. She helped him cover up the deed -- his bail would be revoked had she not -- and Maia used his note to convince her mother (Bernadette Peters) to break off whatever it is she was doing with her uncle. The Good Fight drops new episodes Sundays on CBS All Access. (Eonline)

Author 'thrilled' Meryl Streep will narrate Netflix series. Mark Harris, author of "Five Came Back," which has been turned into a series by Netflix, said it was a dream come true to land Meryl Streep to narrate. "She was my first choice because I think that she brings a warmth, authority, -- humanity, clarity, and an empathy to what she does .?.?. I was excited by the idea of a woman narrating this documentary because that does not often happen. I was thrilled when she said yes. She captured my heart. It was like, 'Please say my words. You are the one.'" (PageSix)

Tyra Banks Removes Age Limit for America's Next Top Model: "You Just Need to Know How to Smize." Smize! Another change are coming to America's Next Top Model. For years, the age limit for contestants on Tyra Banks' reality show was 18 to 27. The supermodel, who is returning to the show as host, revealed Saturday that the restrictions have changed to allow older hopefuls to audition. "You know I've stood for diverse beauty and erasing cookie-cutters when it comes to what is deemed beautiful. There have been 23 cycles of America's Next Top Model and every single cycle, we say, you have to be 27 years old or younger. Know what I hear all the time? 'Tyra, come on! Why have an age limit?'" Banks said in an Instagram video, which shows her standing in front of a wall as her hair blows in the wind. "So you know what? I'm taking that age limit off," she said. "You want to audition for America's Next Top Model? I don't care how old you are, honey, you just need to know how to smize and be open to learning how to work the runway like a supermodel." VH1 revealed earlier this month the supermodel and longtime host would resume her original job on the show for the upcoming 24th cycle. Banks continued to serve as executive producer, while Rita Ora took over hosting duties for the most recent 23rd cycle. (Eonline)

The Wynonna Earp Season 2 Trailer Is As Badass As You Hoped It Would Be. Buckle up! The first Wynonna Earp season two trailer is here -- and it looks like we're in for another wild ride. "Oh, I like when you're scary," Waverly says to her sister in the trailer. Don't we all? The trailer features everything viewers have come to love about the show: action (lots of guns, pipes, fights) demons, humor... and dancing? The second season of the Syfy series based on Beau Smith's IDW Publishing series about Wyatt Earp's demon-fighting great-great-granddaughter Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano), who has her own mythic abilities, sees Wynonna and the gang facing an evil like they've never faced before. Expect even more paranormal beings in the Ghost Triangle. You know what that means? Even more action. Wynonna Earp also stars Tim Rozon as Doc Holliday, Dominique Provost-Chalkley as Wynonna's sister Waverly Earp, and Shamier Anderson as Xavier Dolls. Season one ended with Wynonna dealing with a possessed Waverly, Willa (Natalie Krill), the older sister to Wynonna and Waverly, dying at the hands of Dolls and Wynonna dealing with Bobo (Michael Eklund). "Let's go break a curse." Shall we? The new season kicks off Friday, June 9 at 10 p.m. on Syfy. (Eonline)

Grimm Series Finale: How Did It End? Well that was...grim. Or at least it was for a while. We just wanted to use that opening line, to be honest, but things did get really, really bad at for a while during the series finale of NBC's Grimm. Everyone but Nick and the kids died at some point, and we were torn between being impressed that they were willing to kill everybody off and being pretty damn devastated that everybody was dead. In the end, they were not all dead. In fact, nobody but the bad guy had actually bitten the dust when all was said and done, and that's about the best outcome we could have hoped for. At the beginning of the night, Nick (David Giuntoli) realized that both Wu (Reggie Lee) and Hank (Russell Hornsby) had been killed by the Zestörer, and he was goddamn devastated. He tried to use the magical stick to bring Hank back to life, but it was no use. And the casualties didn't stop. Eve (Bitsie Tulloch) also fell prey to the Zestörer, but for some reason, the demon kept leaving Nick alone. It was Diana (Hannah R. Loyd) who eventually revealed the truth: the Zestörer wanted Nick's magical stick, which was also how he kept knowing exactly where Nick was. And the Zestörer also wanted Diana. The rest of the gang worked to come up with a potion to defeat the demon, but it was only effective for about two seconds. He killed Renard (Sasha Roiz), and then he killed Adalind (Claire Coffee), and he turned his staff into a snake which then bit Monroe (Silas Weird Mitchell) and Rosalee (Bree Turner). And then he killed Trubel (Jaqueline Toboni), before revealing to Nick that if he simply gave him the stick, everyone could come back to life. He proved it by reviving Trubel. Nick was about to hand the stick over, before Trubel stopped him. They even fought each other over it, but Nick was determined to get his friends back. He stole the stick back from Trubel and went on his way to find the Zestörer, only to run into his dead mom and aunt on the way. They helped him fight and kill the Zestörer (or at least they did in his head), and told him to protect the special grimm stick at all costs. Nick and Trubel started to mourn their dead friends, until a handy dandy portal opened up, and Nick, still holding the demon's staff, got pulled in...and he crashed right into Monroe and Rosalee's living room, right back into the same scene from last week's episode, from before the Zestörer showed up. Or rather from right when the Zestörer showed up, because he came through the portal with Nick. This time, the beast was dead, so Nick came alone. Diana remarked that she got Nick back, and that Eve was fully a hexenbiest again, and Nick freaked out about everyone (including Wu and Hank) being alive again. So this wasn't the devastating bloodbath it looked like it was going to be, and in fact, was a totally happy ending. What did you think of the finale? (Eonline)

That Was the Most Confusingly Meta Episode of Dr. Ken, Thanks to Dan Harmon and Community. In case real-life medical doctor turned actor Ken Jeong's show about Ken Park, a medical doctor who also wants to be an actor, wasn't meta enough for you, Friday night's season finale of Dr. Ken really took things to a whole new level. In the episode, Ken got a call from TV producer Dan Harmon (played by the real TV producer Dan Harmon), asking him to audition for his new show about a community college. The role was supposed to be a school nurse who was only in one episode before getting hit by a bus (which is so very Community), and as expected, Ken went a little overboard with his five basic doctor lines in his audition. He basically scared the crap out of guest star Alison Brie, and while he thought he bombed the audition after lamenting how he wasn't being given an opportunity to really show off his range and then walking out, but Harmon then called him and cast him in every episode as an insane Spanish teacher. Ken had a moment of wondering if he really should take the part or stick with being a doctor, but his family and coworkers told him to go for it even though he'd immediately be replaced at the hospital, so he did. Cut to Ken in front of a classroom full of students, including Brie and Community's Garrett (Erik Charles Nielsen), just going full on Chang. It was clear the other actors and crew were not into Ken's performance and inability to stop laughing, and in fact, the season ended with Harmon and Brie joke about calling John Cho, but what happens next? We'd guess Ken will be fired, but that felt like a real scene of Chang on Community, even with the laughter. Could Ken keep the job? Has Dr. Ken secretly always been the story of how Ken Jeong became the actor he is today? Or does Ken get fired, and we get a glimpse of a reality in which John Cho played an insane Spanish teacher on Community? Is Community just starting over on ABC? Is the study group rolling dice again? What is happening?! Also, why was Seth Rogen randomly there? And why do studio lots on TV shows always feature people rolling giant set pieces around and wearing chicken costumes? Who knew an episode of Dr. Ken could bring up so many questions? Dr. Ken airs on ABC. (Eonline)

Reality show seeks parents who play while the kids are away. Could a reality show in development be the "Jersey Shore" of the stroller set? A casting notice went out looking for a group of party-ready parents, step-parents and divorcees who "take the opportunity to play while their kids are away ... at summer camp!" "From exotic destination trips to yacht parties, we will follow you as you re-live your youth all while knowing your babies are safe and happy at sleep away camp," the call reads, also imploring, "Are you ready to hang up the soccer balls and tap shoes for the season and live out your ultimate summer?" The docu-series is being put together by the producers behind Bravo's 2016 show "Summer House," the notice says, referencing the series that ticked off Hamptons residents who feared it would bring "Jersey Shore"-style antics to the tony East End. While there's no word on how wild these parents might get, last summer The Post reported on a group of New York-area parents who whooped it up after leaving their kids at camp, filling their days with drugs, group sex and all-day booze-fests. One mom even said, "Some friends have swingers parties -- I've seen group sex . . . It's no pressure, go with the flow. It's summer." At this time, a timeline for production and a network where the show could potentially air are unknown. (PageSix)

Brooklyn Nine-Nine Shocker: Amy's Pregnant...and the Father Is a New Girl Twist. Here's some unexpected scoop for you: Amy is pregnant on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, but Jake is not the father! That's at least what we're told in the exclusive video, in which Brooklyn Nine-Nine executive producer Dan Goor reveals the latest plot twist, with some help from cast members Melissa Fumero, Andy Samberg, and New Girl star Hannah Simone. Apparently, to make things interesting, Goor decided that instead of having Amy (Fumero) get pregnant by her long-term boyfriend Jake (Samberg), it's going to be revealed that she had an affair with none other than...Winston St. Marie Schmidt (Max Greenfield), New Girl's resident reformed douchebag and happily married man. Speaking of which, Hannah Simone, who plays his wife Cece, doesn't seem quite as thrilled as Fumero does. "When I read the script, I was completely shocked," she says. "Schmidt and Cece just got married. You would think that them having a baby was next on the books." Samberg also definitely doesn't seem thrilled with the plot twist. "Schmidt doesn't have sex!" he protests at one point (even though it's not exactly true), but Fumero is into it, just based on the gleeful look on her face. And she looks particularly gleeful when wishing us a happy April Fools Day, as everybody reveals it was all a big prank. We've been had! Maybe, however, there is a clue to a real plot point here. The synopsis for New Girl's season finale says that Cece and Schmidt receive "big news," so maybe Simone is right, and they're about to add a third to their new family? We wouldn't say no to a Schmidt offspring. We'd be a tiny bit afraid of it, but we wouldn't say no to its existence. We would, however, advise Jake and Amy to wait to bring any new people into the world. Jake may have grown up quite a lot since they got together, but he's not quite dad material just yet. New Girl's season finale airs Tuesday, April 4 at 8 p.m., and Brooklyn Nine-Nine returns Tuesday, April 11 at 8 p.m. on Fox. (Eonline)

What's a Zombie Homeland? The Stars of iZombie Explain the State of Things in Season 3. At the end of season two of iZombie, a new kind of order was rising in Seattle. Vivian (Andrea Savage) proclaimed that the city was on its way to being the new "zombie homeland," and Liv (Rose McIver) and the gang have little choice but to join this new world. But what exactly is a "zombie homeland?" We got the stars of the CW series to weigh in on exactly what we're in for when the show finally returns next week, and as you might expect, we got some useful information, and some not so useful information. "In a way, what isn't a zombie homeland?" Robert Buckley asks. "The zombie homeland sort of speaks to the fact that there are a lot more zombies in Seattle than Liv was aware of," McIver more helpfully tells us. "It becomes more of a zombie show in some ways. Our zombies still aren't exactly the zombies you've seen before, but there's a lot more of us, and so the threat of how these two communities might or might not integrate is kind of what plays out over the season." "Really what it means is that zombies would be known on a universal, national level, and it would not be a secret anymore, would not be hidden, and that you know, humans vs. zombies, that could become a thing," Aly Michalka adds. And then David Anders breaks the (fake) news: Claire Danes, of Homeland, is a season three guest star, meaning season three is literally a Zombie Homeland. And not only that: Damien Lewis appears in the finale, and Mandy Patinkin sings! This is, of course, the fakest of news, but who knows? Maybe season four? In keeping with the zombie theme, we also asked the cast to weigh in on whose brain they would eat if they could, and let's just say there's an argument over who gets to be Ashley and who gets to be Mary-Kate. iZombie returns Tuesday, April 4 at 9 p.m. on the CW. (Eonline)

The upcoming new season of I Am Jazz will address numerous, and very personal, life changes for the series' star, Jazz Jennings. When the TLC reality show returns in June for its third season, audiences will watch 16-year-old Jennings learn to drive, date and break down from the pressures of being a transgender teen. In the newly released trailer for the series, Jennings practices driving with her mom, admitting, "I really hate driving," and also reveals to a friend that she is "for sure" open to dating transgender people. But viewers will also see the teen confront numerous hardships in the new episodes. "I just really hate myself," she admits to her dad at home, and tells her mom while crying on a bed, "I just feel bad about myself." While her mother wants her to go to therapy to discuss the struggles that she's dealing with, Jennings isn't open to it: "You think some random individual who doesn't even know who I am will have the answers to my questions?" she tearfully says to her mother in the car. "You're frustrating me." The new season will also follow the reality star to the doctor's office, where she is told that "it's feasible" for her to "have bottom surgery." "I definitely want to do it," she tells the doctor with her mother by her side, admitting to cameras that she's "always dreamed about having this procedure done." Though Jennings is excited about the possibility of further transitional surgery, her parents are hesitant about it. "It should be done after you finish high school," her father suggests during a discussion in the kitchen. "It is ultimately my decision," Jennings responds. Speaking with another doctor, the physician tells her that he "can't do the type of surgery that you want," which leaves Jennings looking disappointed. The upcoming season will also document her interview with conservative The Blaze host, Tomi Lahren. I Am Jazz returns for season 3 on June 28 at 9 p.m. ET on TLC. (People)

One fewer handful of rice to clean up. Mama June Shannon's kids learn that their mother is no longer an invited guest at Mike "Sugar Bear" Thompson's wedding on Mama June: From Not to Hot's Friday, March 31, episode, as seen in Us Weekly's exclusive sneak peek. The WE tv unscripted series' preview clip shows Shannon's daughter Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson video-messaging with Sugar Bear's fiancee, Jennifer Lamb. "I don't know why Jennifer's calling me, because every time I talk to her, it causes some issue with Mama," Alana tells the camera. During their conversation, Lamb informs Alana that Shannon, 37, is not welcome to attend the nuptials. When Alana wonders why Shannon is off the guest list, Lamb explains, "Because she's been calling and leaving nasty stuff." Lamb tells the camera that she doesn't have any qualms about twisting Sugar Bear's arm when it comes to Shannon's presence. "I don't have to have his right to say who's at my house and who's at my wedding -- that's my day," Lamb explains. Meanwhile, a distraught Alana, 11, says in a testimonial, "Why does Jennifer put me in front of this adult crap? I'm too young for this. My mama's gonna take the news of being disinvited to this wedding horrible. ... Mama was so mad when I didn't tell her about dress shopping [with Jennifer]. I can't do this again." (US Weekly)

A new Game of Thrones trailer has been released & it's EPIC. Game of Thrones is back for its penultimate season this summer and the official trailer has finally been released! Earlier this month the premiere date for the first episode was announced as 16 July. Not many other details have been released, but we know that this season will consist of seven episodes instead of the usual ten, and Emilia Clarke has promised another "epic battle scene". The final season of GoT is due for release in 2018. If you can't bear to imagine life without the show, you're in luck as earlier this year HBO programming president Casey Bloys confirmed they're in talks with writers about a possible prequel. (British Glamour)

'Peppa Pig' Merchandising, TV Sales Drive Revenue Jump at Entertainment One The indie studio said pre-production has started on HBO's Gillian Flynn Drama 'Sharp Objects,' starring Amy Adams and Patricia Clarkson and Chris Messina. Entertainment One on Friday reported U.S. retail merchandise sales for its kids cartoon Peppa Pig have surpassed $200 million. That bonanza, coming on top of overall revenues for the indie studio having doubled for the year to March 31, were touted as eOne released a trading report in the U.K., where its shares trade on the London Stock Exchange, ahead of its full-year results being released on May 23. Peppa Pig airs on Nick Jr. in the U.S., and has 65 licensing partners. Year-on-year TV revenues were boosted by the acquisition of The Mark Gordon Company, which brought the ABC series Designated Survivor. eOne said discussions for a second season of Designated Survivor continue. The eOne Television pipeline includes series like Ransom, Mary Kills People and Cardinal, and new seasons of You Me Her, Private Eyes, Saving Hope and Rogue. Pre-production is also underway on Sharp Objects, starring Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson and Chris Messina, with cameras set to roll shortly. Sharp Objects centers on reporter Camille Preaker (Adams), who leaves a psychiatric hospital to return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. eOne said pre-tax profits for the full-year are expected to be up, as "performance for the year has been in line with management expectations." (Hollywood Reporter)

MIPTV: Middle East Indie Front Row Unveils First TV Project. Egyptian series 'Tough Luck' will feature a host of regional stars and is set for release during the peak Ramadan season. Netflix's Ted Sarandos, speaking at the Dubai International Film Festival in 2015, spoke of the need for localized content in the Middle East, saying that the region needed a "really great scripted series about contemporary life." While THR has learned that Netflix' promise of hosting workshops and pitching sessions with Middle East producers hasn't yet materialized, local distributors are stepping up to the mark themselves. Front Row Filmed Entertainment, one of the region's main indie distributors, has now teamed with the Kuwait National Cinema Company to produce its first local TV venture, Tough Luck, an Egyptian comedy series set to launch during Ramadan, the peak ratings season. Tough Luck, announced Thursday, is a co-production with Ehab Sergany and Ahmad Helmy's Shadow Communications banner, and will be set in a dilapidated tenement of Cairo's notorious fifth district. A number of major regional names have been announced as joining the cast, including Ahmed Helmy, Mona Zaki, Ahmad Sakka, Sharif Ramzi and Mai Selin, alongside figures from the music work such as Mohammed Fouad, Bousi and Hisham Abbas. Going against the grain of the region's TV landscape- where networks such as MBC dominate much of the output-Front Row and KNCC have struck a deal to control the sales and distribution of the show themselves. "We are currently negotiating with multiple parties and looking to break the archaic mold of traditional sales and distribution through a game-changing scenario that could eventually bring in a more competitive landscape in the region," said Gianluca Chakra, managing partner at Front Row. "It's the first time an Egyptian series comprises of over 40 of the biggest names in the Arab world positioning this as essential viewing especially at a time where family viewing is at its pinnacle (during Ramadan)," added Kuwait National Cinema Company general manager Hisham Alghanim. Tough Luck is now shooting in Cairo, with two seasons being shot back to back. Producers are hoping that first launches in May 2017 to coincide with the month of Ramadan where viewership across the region reaches its yearly peak. Both Front Row and KNCC have something of a track record in shaking things up in the Middle East, in 2015 signing a game-changing output deal with Qatar's beIN Media. (Hollywood Reporter)

'Keeping Up With the Kardashians' Producers to Develop New Formats Targeting China, South Korea. Bumin/Murray Productions has announced a co-development deal with South Korea's Signal Entertainment Group as part of its expansion into Asia's burgeoning market. Bunim/Murray Productions (BMP) and South Korea's Signal Entertainment Group announced on Thursday a joint development deal to create new formats targeting Asia. A Banijay Group company, BMP is known for producing franchises such as Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Project Runway and The Real World. Signal's show production division (formerly known as Uni-One) has produced over 60 successful TV shows including the hit music program I Can See Your Voice (Mnet) and popular cooking show Take Care of My Fridge (JTBC). Signal Entertainment Group will handle distribution of new formats coming out of the co-development deal for the South Korean, Hong Kong and Chinese markets. Banijay Rights will handle worldwide distribution for new formats outside of those territories and continue to manage global distribution for existing BMP formats. "South Korea is currently one of the hottest markets for new formats and creativity, so when we were approached about a partnership with Signal for the Asian region, we recognized the great potential of such a deal," said BMP chairman and CEO Gil Goldschein. "Signal is a creative and production powerhouse run by extremely talented CEO Michael Kim who knows the global media space extremely well. I am excited about the opportunity to share our formats that can travel to South Korea and China as well as the chance to bring local South Korean formats to the U.S. market." "As technology and new platforms bring people of the world closer to each other, there is more opportunity for great content to travel farther and cross cultural borders," said Signal Entertainment chairman and CEO Michael Kim. "I am truly excited about this partnership with Bunim/Murray and firmly believe that the exchange of creative ideas between the two companies will attract new audiences across multiple territories. I thank David Uslan for arranging this deal." Jeff Jenkins, co-president of entertainment and development at BMP, and Agnes Lee and David M. Uslan, svp of production at Uslan Entertainment, will oversee the partnership on behalf of Signal. (Hollywood Reporter)

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