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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Is Margot Robbie pregnant with her first child? An Australian publication has claimed that Margot Robbie is pregnant. This would be her and her husband's, Tom Ackerley, first child. The 26-year-old tied the knot in Byron Bay back in December, and NW Magazine has said that she could even have been pregnant back then. According to the magazine, a source said: "It's so exciting - although she's not really showing yet, so not many people have cottoned onto the news." 'Given how far along we think she is, there's definitely a chance she was [pregnant] at the wedding. We're expecting an announcement any day now." In the past, the actress has voiced her desire to start a family: "I want tons of children. I grew up in a family of four [kids], so that sounds like a good number." Maybe this is the start... (British Glamour)

Mel B needed a push to leave Stephen Belafonte for good, and she got it from fellow 'AGT' judge Simon Cowell. Sources connected to Mel tell TMZ about the time Mel moved out of the family home earlier this year. He saw plenty of Belafonte over the years, from 'X Factor' to 'AGT.' We're told Simon and others felt something was seriously wrong but Mel B would never own up ... she would make excuses for various injuries and no one was sure what was real. Simon stepped up and told her Belafonte was "a bad guy" and "bad news" and pushed her to leave him. The big thing for Mel B ... she has left him before, but she came back ... until now, and we're told she gives some of the credit to Simon. (TMZ)

Selena Gomez and the Cast of 13 Reasons Why Get Matching Tattoos: What Their Semicolons Mean. A piece of 13 Reasons Why will live on Selena Gomez forever. The pop star, who executive produced the hit Netflix series, took to Instagram Stories on Sunday to reveal she and co-stars Alisha Boe and Tommy Dorfman received matching tattoos on their forearms. The trio opted for a subtle black semicolon, which has come to represent and symbolize mental health awareness and suicide prevention. The tattoo surely hits close to home for Gomez and the teen drama's cast, as 13 Reasons Why grapples with the aftermath of high school student Hannah Baker's (Katherine Langford) suicide. Baker leaves 13 tapes for her classmates explaining her decision, and the series goes on to tackle a variety of heavy subjects such as rape, bullying, drug-use and violence. 13 Reasons Why debuted to rave reviews, and during its premiere, the "Good For You" songstress opened up about why the project meant so much to her. "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 told reporters. "Everybody has gone through this, and more than ever it should be talked about today." Last October, just as production for 13 Reasons Why began, Gomez sought professional treatment for issues related to her Lupus diagnosis and battle with depression, and has since opened up about the "really difficult time" she endured prior to entering rehab. Selena, Alisha and Tommy later showed off their new ink on Instagram, writing, "Wish the rest of the crew was with us today. Overwhelmed with the response and love @13reasonswhy is receiving. Thank you to each beautiful person who has watched and talked about the message of our show." All 13 episodes of 13 Reasons Why are now streaming on Netflix. (Eonline)

Mariah Carey is done with Bryan Tanaka and vice versa, and we're told it's over 2 things ... his insane jealousy and her shutting the cash register drawer on his fingers. Our sources say Bryan had unbridled fury over Mariah's relationship with ex-hubby Nick Cannon. She's been chummy with him for sure, mostly for the benefit of their twins. They vacation as a family and go to dinner and parties together, sometimes without the kids. We're told it drove Bryan insane. We're told Bryan would lash back at her by flirting and even coming onto women in plain view of Mariah. The last straw came at the Kids' Choice Awards last month, when Nick and Mariah took the twins. We're told Bryan felt the display "disrespected" him and during the event he demanded she come home. As for the cash register part, we're told Mariah got sick of footing the bills for her BF ... for things like Gucci and Balmain and super expensive shoes. Bryan also loves jewelry, and we're told he was always in the market for expensive watches and chains ... and guess who footed the bills? She also felt Bryan slid in after she broke up with James Packer, and his endgame was fame. They haven't seen or spoken to each other since they went to Cabo together at the end of March. They were together for a little over 5 months. And we though this one was gonna last. (TMZ)

Ashton Kutcher says his highly publicized split from Demi Moore helped shape who he is today. The 39-year-old actor received the Robert D. Ray Pillar of Character Award at the Ron Pearson Center in West Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday and was sure to credit some of his not-so-pretty moments for his good character. "I'm also probably the first person to get this award for character who had, like, his name splashed across every gossip magazine as an adulterer like five years ago," he said, alluding to his and Moore's 2013 divorce. "Character comes when those magazines tear you apart for something you may or may not have done and you gotta go out and perform tomorrow -- with everyone looking at you like you might be an adulterer." Kutcher and Moore, 54, wed in 2005 and parted ways six years later. Kutcher later married his fellow That '70s Show alum Mila Kunis in 2015 and the couple have two children, daughter Wyatt, 2, and 4-month-old son Dimitri. Along with some controversial moments, Kutcher also credited his family for helping shape his character -- he said Kunis "kicks my a– on character every day." He called his young children "the greatest, greatest lesson in character in my life." "When my wife and I had these kids and we got to share that amazing, amazing, amazing honor, my first response was, I wanted to call my parents and say, 'I'm sorry, because I never knew how much you loved me,' " Kutcher quipped. (People)

Busy Philipps: "I Was Almost Murdered by a Random Dude in an Uber." Busy Philipps had one hell of an Uber trip this weekend. The 37-year-old Cougar Town alum and Vice Principals star recalled on Instagram Stories Saturday night and again on Sunday morning a scary encounter she and husband Marc Silverstein had after leaving a restaurant. She posted a photo of herself on her normal feed, writing, "Seconds before I was almost murdered by a random dude in an Uber..." Philipps said in a series of almost 50 videos that they called a single Uber, not a shared ride. She said a driver in an SUV pulled up farther away from them and they got inside. She said she immediately felt uncomfortable. "I say [to Marc], 'What's going on, are we about to get murdered?' Philipps recalled. "A man that we didn't know existed in the back seat pops up...and he was like, 'I promise that's not going to happen.' It was very creepy the way he chose to say it, even though he wasn't going to murder us, he made it seem like he might." "I started screaming, 'I'm not going to be killed today! I will not f--king be killed today!'...'No! You cannot kill us! F--k no!'" Phillips continued. The actress said the two then jumped out of the car. An Uber source told E! News that the couple provided feedback about their experience, saying they had a second rider with them in a single ride they had ordered, which is a violation of the company's terms of servicem and did not report any safety incident. Meanwhile, the company is looking into the incident. "People think that I should've called the police maybe, but I feel like...we're in L.A., guys. It would have taken them easily an hour to get there," Philipps said. "Also, what are my charges? 'There was a creepy guy?' I don't think that's illegal." Her husband said it was the "weirdest thing" that has ever happened to him. "I'm done with Uber. Never again. Never again!" Philipps said. "That was legitimately the scariest, weirdest, worst thing that's ever happened in a car situation for me." (Eonline)

The Weeknd shares first loved-up pic with Selena on Instagram. The Weeknd took to Instagram to share a photo with his girl and of course, it's adorable . . . This is it you guys, if you had any doubt that Selena Gomez and The Weeknd were really an item, they just went Instagram official. Abel took to Instagram to share a captionless shot of the couple all love-up. Although, this is not the first time the couple turned to social media to share their new relationship with fans, it is the first time the post was kept on our feed for longer than five minutes. Back in January, Selena shared a video of them vacationing in Italy, but quickly delete it. The post comes weeks after they were spotted in South America, giving us serious relationship goals. First when The Weeknd performed in Brazil and Selena was adorably gazing at him from backstage: And after in the streets of Argentina where they were all smiles posing for the paps: Selena and The Weeknd have been dating since January 2017, and it's believed they met at the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. Selena Gomez's last long-term relationship was with Justin Bieber, and The Weeknd previously dated supermodel Bella Hadid for over one year. (British Glamour)

Kendall Jenner is staying out of the spotlight while the controversy surrounding her protest-themed Pepsi commercial, which was retracted by the brand following backlash, dies down. After returning to Los Angeles from Paris on Friday, the 21-year-old model is taking it easy and leaning on her family. "Kendall is still not happy about the controversy," a source tells PEOPLE. "She plans on laying low until things calm down. She still talks about it a lot and has support from her family. She is spending a quiet weekend with her family." Jenner was working abroad when the ad was released and immediately met with a firestorm on social media, with many calling the commercial "tone deaf." "[Kendall] has been in constant communication with her mom and sisters," a Keeping Up with the Kardashians source previously told PEOPLE. "Everyone is being very supportive and ready to give advice. Kendall is young and certainly not used to being involved in such controversy." The source continued, "She has been very upset. She feels terrible. She loves being a model. To get a Pepsi gig was a big deal. She was very excited. She never expected it to receive such backlash. She hopes people understand that she wasn't involved in the creative process." In the advertisement, titled "Live for Now Moments Anthem," Jenner ditched a photo shoot to join a group of attractive protesters in the street. The ad culminates with Jenner handing a Pepsi can to a police officer, who pops the top, takes a swig, and is met with inexplicable roars of approval from the demonstrators. The Pepsi ad has drawn criticism for minimizing the Black Lives Matter message across the country. "Kendall loves modeling," the source said. "She just wants to do a good job. She has no desire to be a part of something controversial. She is very aware of the backlash and [is] not happy. They are coming up with a plan on how to deal with it. She has been talking to [her mother Kris Jenner] about it." (People)

Ryan Phillippe Slams Katy Perry Dating Rumors: Stop Flying Helicopters Over My House. Let Ryan Phillippe set the record straight: He is not dating Katy Perry. Now weeks after tabloid reports claimed the actor and pop star were spotted getting cozy at Elton John's birthday bash, Ryan took to Twitter on Sunday with a strongly-worded message to the pot-stirrers. "I AM NOT DATING KATY PERRY," he tweeted in all caps. "BARELY KNOW HER. PLEASE STOP FLYING HELICOPTERS OVER MY HOUSE. SHE IS NOT HERE. thx". When responding to a fan who said they wished to be linked romantically to Perry, Phillippe added, "don't mind 'people' thinking that. don't want low flying pervs hovering periodically." Perry has yet to respond publicly to the celeb's admission, nor to the romance speculation. The "Chained to the Rhythm" songstress split from Orlando Bloom in late February after less than a year together, and as a source explained exclusively to E! News, "Katy pulled the plug. It was a few events that happened over the past few months. They both still love each other very much, though, and getting back together could happen once they have some space." And in the aftermath of their surprise breakup, a separate source assured that the former lovebirds "still talk and text" and have even hung out. Phillippe was last romantically linked to fiancee Paulina Slagter, but called it quits on their five-year relationship last November. He co-parents two children, 17-year-old Ava and 13-year-old Deacon, with ex-wife Reese Witherspoon. Looks like this was another Hollywood love story that just wasn't meant to be. (Eonline)

THE OTHER STUFF . . .

Prince William and Prince Harry Join Forces With Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Honor Fallen Soldiers. Prince William, Prince Harry and Justin Trudeau came together Sunday to remember the armed forces who sacrificed their lives at the 1917 Battle of Vimy Ridge. The royal duo and the Canadian Prime Minister gathered with Prince Charles at the Vimy Memorial Park in northern France for the historic event's 100th anniversary, where the Prince of Wales as well as Trudeau delivered a speech honoring the fallen service members. Both William and Harry laid a pair of boots and poppies of remembrance at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial site during the ceremony, which was attended by an estimated 25,000. Now only a few days into the start of April, the famous Brits have already been hard at work on their various service projects. Last week, Prince Harry delivered the keynote address at a reception for Landmine Free World 2025 in which he asked for help in maintaining a promise his mother, Princess Diana, made to two victims of landmines that the explosive device would cease to exist by 2025. He also attended Invictus Games trials for the Unite Kingdom teams. Additionally, Prince Harry stepped out with Prince William and Kate Middleton for a multi-faith Service of Hope held for the four people killed during the London terror attack on March 22. Later this evening, the trio will reconvene for a reception celebrating Canadian athletes that have competed in the royal redhead's annual Invictus Games and other military personnel. (Eonline)

Ashton Kutcher Pays Tribute to Mila Kunis and Their Kids in Emotional Speech. Ashton Kutcher says wife Mila Kunis "kicks his ass on character" every day and that their two children provided him with the "greatest lesson" on it. The 39-year-old actor made his comments in an emotional speech at the Ron Pearson Center in West Des Moines in his native Iowa, where he received the Robert D. Ray Pilliar of Character Award Saturday for demonstrating "good character as a role model." The actor is known for his work with local schools and also co-founded the Native Fund, which helps Iowans affected by disasters. He began his speech by joking that he is probably the first person to receive the honor who had been arrested at age 18 for "felony burglary for trying to break into his high school," for which he was given a deferred judgment, got "pulled over by a state trooper while tripping on mushrooms," which led to no charges, and had had his "name splashed across every gossip magazine as an adulterer like five years ago." Ashton said that the impact of character is that "it's not whether you win or lose, it's how you learn from the mistakes that you make and how you perceive the world that's coming at you." "Because life doesn't happen to you, it happens for you. Every. Single. Time," he said. "And as long as you have love and kindness and optimism and a pursuit of something greater in your heart, you're the lucky one. So this award is for you. It is for my family, it's for all four of my parents, it's for my wife, who kicks my ass on character every day." "I mean, I'm telling you, this morning, I woke up and she kicked my ass on character," the actor continued. "I thought I was awesome because I got up early and helped with the kids before she woke up and I let her sleep a little bit and then she's like, 'Well, now you're gonna act tired? I do it every day.' But it was a character moment, right? Because she's right!" Ashton and Mila are parents to 2 and 1/2-year-old daughter Wyatt and four-month-old son Dimitri. "But the greatest, greatest lesson in character in my life are my kids," Ashton said in his speech. "When I had these kids, my wife and I had these kids and we got to share that amazing, amazing, amazing honor, my first response was, I wanted to call my parents and say, 'I'm sorry, because I never knew how much you loved me.'" Ashton paid tribute to his parents, saying how he was "lucky" after they got divorced, because they married "amazing" people. He also talked about his own 2013 divorce from Demi Moore. "I had the great fortune of getting a divorce because I felt the impact of it and I felt how much loss is in there and how much love is in there and that it's not neat or clean or messy," Ashton said. "And I understood, finally, my parents' divorce in a whole different way." He also paid tribute to his twin brother Michael Kutcher. "I was born a twin and from the moment I came into this world I had to share it with someone," the actor said. "I shared every birthday, every Christmas, I shared my bedroom, I shared my clothes, I shared everything I had in this world and I didn't know that there was another way because I always had my brother with me." He then paused for several seconds as he appeared to fight back tears. "My brother was born with cerebral palsy and it taught me that loving people isn't a choice and that people aren't actually all created equal," Ashton said. "The Constitution lies to us. we're not all created equal. We're all created incredibly inequal to one another, in our capabilities and what we can do and how we think and what we see. But we all have the equal capacity to love one another, and my brother taught me that." "When I got older, I spent years and years feeling bad about it, our inequalities," the actor said. "He also taught me that he had gifts that I didn't have. Extraordinary gifts that I didn't have, and that every time I felt sorry for him in life, I made him less. He taught me that and he gave that to me." (Eonline)

Ryan Lochte's Fiancee Kayla Rae Reid Celebrates Baby Shower With Lavish Party. Baby Lochte is almost here! Ryan Lochte's fiancee Kayla Rae Reid was surrounded by the couple's closest family and friends on Sunday as they gathered to celebrate the upcoming arrival of their newborn son. Kayla, who announced she and the Olympic gold medalist were expecting their first child last December, documented the fun-filled afternoon on Snapchat. "I had such a great time, it was so nice to have my family and close friends together," the mom-to-be told E! News exclusively. "The shower itself exceeded my expectations. It was beautiful." Held at the Doheny Room in West Hollywood, the entire venue was extravagantly decorated with blue and white, baby-themed decor. An entire table was dedicated solely to sweet treats, covered with cupcakes, cookies and other desserts touting "Baby Lochte" in frosting. The party, which was also sponsored by GuGu Guru and Babybjörn, also featured a crown cake by Cake Studio LA. Guests also decorated onesies for Kayla and Ryan's bundle of joy to be, and noshed on the celeb-loved restaurant's specialty menu items. And while it's unclear if the professional swimmer and Dancing With the Stars alum made it to the festivities, his ladylove was in high spirits surrounded by a number of gal pals. The Playboy model has shared much of her pregnancy journey with fans on social media, and from the looks of it, is enjoying every step of the way with maternity photoshoots, movie date nights and some well-deserved R&R. Lochte too has been preparing to become a first-time father, sharing with his Instagram followers his go-to reads for parenting advice and ultrasounds of his mini-me. A few weeks prior to announcing their pregnancy, Ryan proposed to Kayla around nine months after meeting the lovebirds first crossed paths. "From the very first time I met her, everything has like clicked,'' Ryan shared with USA Today Sports. He added, "That's why I know I can propose to her because everything that's happened and she's been keeping me so positive. She doesn't care about my fame. She doesn't care about anything. All she cares about is me being happy. Let the countdown begin! (Eonline)

Forever grateful! Kendra Wilkinson posted a heartfelt tribute to Hugh Hefner on his 91st birthday on Sunday, April 9. The former centerfold thanked the Playboy magazine founder with an emotional Instagram message. "Happy birthday Hef!!" she wrote. "Thank you for EVERYTHING. People might not understand you but that's because they've never had the chance to know you like I do. I'll celebrate you forever!!!" Wilkinson became a household name when she was just 18-years-old and moved into the Playboy mansion to star in The Girls Next Door. She appeared on the reality series alongside Hefner's other girlfriends, Holly Madison and Bridget Marquardt. Wilkinson left the mansion and moved in with her now husband Hank Baskett in 2009, but when on to land two other reality shows, Kendra followed by Kendra on Top. The 31-year-old maintains a good relationship with Hefner and has described him as "family" and an "angel." To celebrate Hefner's milestone Us Weekly rounded up some of his best -- and most ridiculous -- life lessons. (US Weekly)

Woman Gives Birth Mid-Flight, and This Cabin Crew Helped Deliver the Baby Like Total Bosses. Talk about making a grand entrance! The cabin crew aboard a recent Turkish Airlines flight deserves one hefty round of applause after they helped successfully deliver one pregnant passenger's newborn daughter. The Boeing 737 had already taken off from Guinea's capital Conakry to Istanbul, when the woman (who was 28-weeks pregnant) began experiencing labor pains, according to reports. That's when a team of flight attendants and fellow passengers stepped in to assist the mother-to-be in welcoming the little girl, who was named Kadiju. Photos shared by the airline to their official social media accounts see crew members gathered around the woman and her baby. "Welcome on board Princess! Applause goes to our cabin crew!" Turkish Airlines tweeted. The unforgettable moment has since taken the internet by storm, and after being transported to a Burkina Faso hospital upon landing, both mother and child are said to be in good health. Per its website, Turkish Airlines permits pregnant passengers to fly up until their 28th week of pregnancy. Any jetsetting past the 28-week mark requires a doctor's note approving the expectant mother is fit to fly. Congratulations on a happy and healthy arrival! What a story this little one will be able to tell. (Eonline)

Ja Rule will be the mile-high master of ceremonies for a private celeb jet bash ... just before they land at his Bahamas Fyre Festival. We're told the passenger manifest includes Victoria's Secret models Chanel Iman and Shanina Shaik, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs, models Bryana Holly and Helen Owen and actor Nick Bateman. The celebs will board the party plane in Miami and be greeted by Ja himself. They'll be served by super-hot flight attendants. A magician and comedian will be on board for entertainment. The flight's just a little over an hour ... so they'll have to pack the fun in quick. As for the music fest ... Ja Rule's the mastermind behind the pricey 2-weekend event, headlined by G.O.O.D. Music, Major Lazer, Blink 182, Rae Sremmurd and Lil Yachty. (TMZ)

Music

Ryan Tedder, Downtown Music Publishing Sign New Partnership: Exclusive. Downtown Music Publishing and Ryan Tedder announced a wide-ranging partnership that will bring all of the songwriter's compositions under one company's roof. Downtown is buying rights to the songs Tedder wrote outside his band OneRepublic, and it will now administer songs he writes for the group and compositions owned by Tedder's Patriot Games Publishing -- as well as all new material Tedder writes in the future. Tedder's songs were until now administered by other companies. In addition to being the frontman for OneRepublic, Tedder has produced and written songs for Madonna, Adele, Beyonce, U2 and a variety of other artists. Billboard called him the "Undercover King of Pop" in a 2014 cover story that said he made $2.5 million in songwriting royalties the previous year. His biggest songs include OneRepublic singles like "Apologize" and "Secrets," plus "Halo" (a hit for Beyonce), "Rumor Has It" (Adele), and "Bleeding Love" (Leona Lewis). Tedder says he developed a good feeling about Downtown while using the company's studio, which is located in its New York office. "So many studios have no natural light and theirs has a great vibe, with a fire escape and everything," Tedder tells Billboard. "But I really made the decision over a dinner -- one where we talked about everything except the music business." Tedder also had more serious reasons for his decision, of course. "I was really blown away with Downtown's film and television licensing department, which is just fantastic," he says. Synch licensing has been an important source of revenue for Tedder, whose songs have been especially popular on screen. "Faith," which he co-wrote, was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Original Song for its use in the movie Sing, where it was performed by Stevie Wonder and Ariana Grande. "It is a tremendous honor and great privilege for all of us at Downtown to announce this partnership with Ryan," says Downtown CEO Justin Kalifowitz. "He is that rare combination of creativity, drive and business acumen that has not only resulted in his own success but continues to inspire everyone invested in the future of songwriting." Downtown sees an advantage in having all of Tedder's compositions in one place. It will also manage, and work to expand, Tedder's Patriot Games Publishing, which has a roster that includes Noel Zancanella, BMI's 2015 Songwriter of the Year. Just a decade old, Downtown has emerged as an aggressive competitor in the publishing business. The New York-based company owns or administers the rights to songs by John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen and Benny Blanco, among others. In February, the company launched Downtown Music Japan to sign and develop Japanese talent, as well as represent its catalog there. Downtown declined to comment on the terms of its deal with Tedder. Tedder says that he decided to make this deal now in order to free up money to invest in real estate, which he says has become a lucrative hobby. "I spend most of my life working on songs, which don't have any physical reality," Tedder says, "So it's nice to balance that out by investing in something concrete." (Billboard)

Pearl Jam Bassist's Rock Hall Ceremony Shirt Pays Respect to Musicians Not Inducted. Pearl Jam's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was made memorable with an introduction by David Letterman, while bassist Jeff Ament's choice of attire made a statement. Ament -- and his shirt -- politely paid respect to nearly 100 musicians that have not yet been inducted into the Rock Hall, many of whom have inspired his band. Dozens of artists and bands were named on Ament's shirt: the Cars, Nine Inch Nails, Pixies, Soundgarden, the Smiths, Nina Simone and many more, including those called out in the band's induction speech at Brooklyn's Barclays Center Friday night (April 7). Over the weekend, Pearl Jam posted a photo of it on Instagram with the caption "Jeff's RRHOF shirt." (On a side note, the shirt lists Tom Waits -- but as Vulture pointed out, he was actually inducted in 2011.) "It's an honor ... to be part of a club that includes so many of our heroes -- Neil [Young], the Clash, [Led] Zeppelin, the Stooges, Cheap Trick -- but the fact is that we were affected and infected by bands that aren't here," he said during the band's humble induction speech. "So many important bands that made us want to pick up our guitars and write songs. Roxy Music, the Jam, Devo, X, Black Flag, Jane's Addiction." (Billboard)

Drake, Rihanna, Beyonce & The Weeknd Dominate First Round of 2017 Billboard Music Awards Nominees. Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz and singer/songwriter Julia Michaels dropped by Good Morning America on Monday morning (Apr. 10) to reveal the nominees for five categories at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards. Wentz was up first, announcing the Top Female Artist noms, which included: Adele, Beyonce, Ariana Grande, Rihanna and Sia. Michaels handled the list for Top Male Artist: Justin Bieber, Drake,Future, Shawn Mendes and The Weeknd. The Top Hot 100 Song competition is sure to be one of the night's most anticipated races, with the following hits in the mix: The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey, "Closer,"; The Chainsmokers feat. Daya, "Don't Let Me Down"; Drake feat. WizKid & Kyla, "One Dance"; Justin Timberlake, "Can't Stop the Feeling!" and Twenty One Pilots, "Heathens." Another exciting race is shaping up in the Top Billboard 200 Album category with the following nominees: Beyonce, Lemonade; Drake, Views; Rihanna, Anti; Twenty One Pilots, Blurryface and The Weeknd, Starboy. The nominees for Top Artist include: Adele, Beyonce, Bieber, The Chainsmokers, Drake, Grande, Mendes, Rihanna, Twenty One Pilots and The Weeknd. The 2017 Billboard Music Awards will air on ABC live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 21 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. (Billboard)

12-Year-Old Son Of Metallica's Robert Trujillo To Tour With Korn. Tye Trujillo, the 12-year old son of Metallica's Robert Trujillo, will soon be touring with Korn, Blabbermouth reports. According to a statement from Korn, bassist Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu is unable to make it to the band's upcoming tour dates in South America, and the young Trujillo, who currently plays bass in a band called the Helmets, will fill in. "We are bummed Fieldy can't join us on this run but excited to do a few gigs with a young player like Tye," Korn write on Facebook. "We look forward to welcoming our brother Fieldy back when we return to the States in May." (Billboard)

Movies

Dwayne Johnson Surprises Disney World Tourists and Commandeers Jungle Cruise Ride. It's a jungle out there, all right. Amid his global press tour for Universal Pictures' The Fate of The Furious, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson managed to find the time to plug another project that's close to his heart. "Surprise! Once I committed to our Disney partners to make JUNGLE CRUISE, I wanted to dive head first into the research," the 44-year-old actor wrote in an Instagram caption Monday. "So I headed to Walt Disney World and surprised tourists by commandeering the JUNGLE CRUISE ride." Johnson, whose visit took place in early April, had a "GREAT day on the river." He "learned a lot," too. "For example, it takes approximately 12.6 minutes for all the passengers to get over the shock of me jumping on the boat and thinking I'm a DJ look-a-like. One passenger even said, 'Oh, the real Rock is much smaller than this guy,'" the actor wrote. "I threw his ass off the boat." "Jokes aside (and yes, with me as the Cruise Skipper there will be plenty of puns) this is such an amazing, fantastical and cool world to build out. Best part about this surprise research day was knowing how FUN of an experience we're gonna work hard to create for families around the world," Johnson told his 82.5 million followers. "That's the part that gets my excited the most." Johnson has been attached to star in the theme park-inspired film since 2015. Production is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2018, with a wide release tentatively slated for 2019. "Next step, is finding our visionary director to help build this world. The movie. The ride. The experience. It's the cruise of a lifetime. And trust me, you'll want me as your Skipper," said Johnson, who voiced Maui in the studio's megahit Moana. "Just don't forget to bring my beer." Before Johnson begins production on Jungle Cruise, he'll shoot New Line's video game adaptation of Rampage later this spring -- around the same time Paramount's Baywatch reboot surfs into theaters. Later this summer, Johnson will begin filming Skyscraper in China, which will wrap in the fall. His next film, Columbia Pictures' Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, is out Dec. 22. (Eonline)

Thor: Ragnarok Teaser Trailer Debuts, Superhero Has to Face Off Against The Hulk. Thor is in trouble. The teaser trailer for Thor: Ragnarok dropped Monday morning, and it's clear Chris Hemsworth's character is in trouble. Imprisoned without his hammer on the planet Sakaar, Thor finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok -- the destruction of his home world and the end of Asgardian civilization -- at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela (Cate Blanchett). Unfortunately, Thor must first survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger the Incredible Hulk. In order to save his people, Thor has to defeat the Hulk. Directed by Taika Waititi, Thor: Ragnarok takes place after the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Thor: Ragnarok also stars Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban and Anthony Hopkins. Also expected to appear is Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange. 2017 is a big year for Marvel, as the comic book company is also set to release Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 in May and Spider-Man: Homecoming later this year. Black Panther debuts on Feb. 16, 2018, while Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on May 4, 2018. Looking even farther ahead, Ant-Man and the Wasp is slated for July 6, 2018, followed by Captain Marvel on March 8, 2019. Thor: Ragnarok will be released in theaters Nov. 3. (Eonline)

Box Office: 'Going in Style' Offers Another Reminder That Older Moviegoers Exist. The movie -- starring Morgan Freeman, Alan Arkin and Michael Caine -- opened ahead of expectations and also played strongly in areas where retirees congregate. As it turned out, Going in Style served as a reminder of the buying power of baby boomers. Heading into this past weekend, prereleasing tracking predicted that director Zach Braff's heist comedy Going in Style -- a remake of the 1979 film that caters to a decidedly older audience -- would be lucky to gross $8 million in its North American box-office debut. Going in Style, starring Morgan Freeman, 79, Alan Arkin, 83, and Michael Caine, 84, surprised in almost matching family film Smurfs: The Lost Village when launching to $12.5 million for New Line and Village Roadshow. The secret? More than 70 percent of the audience was over the age of 50, an ignored demo. (Put another way, just 5 percent of ticket buyers were under the age of 25.) The story, about a trio of former factory workers who decide to rob a bank after losing their pensions, captivated older demos in America's heartland in particular, in addition to snowbird-favored cities in Florida and Arizona. While a $12.5 million opening wouldn't normally prompt studio executives to organize a champagne toast, Going in Style reminded Hollywood why "older" audiences shouldn't be ignored in the great age of superhero showdowns and other mega-event pics. "With the industry on the verge of entering the heavily youth-centric summer movie season, Going in Style was a nice gift to the over-50 crowd who often feel left out of the Hollywood box-office equation," says box-office analyst Paul Dergarabedian of comScore. "Perhaps over time this enthusiastic group of oft-marginalized moviegoers will see Hollywood creating more films like this and follow up on the success of other such films like Last Vegas and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel." In 2012, Fox Searchlight's Marigold Hotel struck gold, grossing $137 million worldwide against a $10 million budget. The film's ensemble cast included Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith and Bill Nighy (the 2015 sequel didn't fare as well when topping out at $86 million). A year later in 2013, CBS Flims' Last Vegas, starring Freeman alongside Michael Douglas, Robert DeNiro and Kevin Kline, was likewise a hit, earning $134 million against a $28 million budget. The advantage of such titles is that they can enjoy stronger multiples of their opening weekend than tentpoles that burn out quickly, because older moviegoers aren't as inclined to rush out on opening weekend and thus subsequent weekends can continue to do business. In addition to featuring aging protagonists, Going in Style, with its tale of regular folk battling corporate greed, may have also tapped into uncertainties about the future amid a new administration in Washington. Usually, the top-grossing theaters for a film are in New York City, specifically the AMC Empire 25 in Times Square, and Los Angeles. Not so in the case of Going in Style. The Moore Warren Theatre in Oklahoma City was No. 1 over opening weekend ($19,086), followed by Harkins' Superstition Springs Theatre in Phoenix ($16,450), a Warren Cinema in Wichita, Kan. ($14,848), the Old Mill Playhouse in Orlando, Fla. ($14,225) and the Harkins Arrowhead 18 in Phoenix ($13,885). The gross for the AMC Empire 25, the busiest cinema in the country, was $12,215, in comparison. It isn't uncommon to feature a younger actor in the hope of broadening the audience to some degree. Marigold Hotel, for example, also stars Dev Patel, while The Intern (2015) paired Anne Hathaway with Robert DeNiro. Going in Style, produced by Donald De Line, mirrored Last Vegas in sticking to an older cast (the youngest supporting lead was Matt Dillon, who is 53). Ann-Margret, 75, also stars. "We targeted an audience that is underserved with a film that appeals to their sensibilities," says Jeff Goldstein, president of domestic distribution for New Line's parent studio, Warner Bros. (Hollywood Reporter)

TV

Allison Williams on the End of Girls: "How Do You Say Goodbye to Something Like That?" Everything must come to an end, including Girls. "The end of anything is always emotional especially something you been doing for the entirety of adulthood. I started Girls when I graduated college so it kind of replaced school in a lot of ways in my life and that's really tricky," Allison Williams recently told E! News at Diane von Furstenberg's 8th Annual DVF Awards at the United Nations. "How do you say goodbye to something like that? I am not sure yet I don't think I know yet and we'll see." There's just one episode left in the misadventures of Hannah (Lena Dunham), Jessa (Jemima Kirke), Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) and Marnie (Williams). When Williams wrapped, it was a scene with Dunham. "We wrapped, the two of us, so we spent a lot of time together so we were just reminiscing," Williams told us. "We were just binging on our time together over the years because we didn't know when it was going to happen next. We spoke about spending time together behind the camera. Just as hopeful that our friendship is as fruitful as our working relationship has been." And what has she learned most from filming Girls? "Almost everything about doing my job I have learned," she said. Williams made her feature film debut in Get Out, the horror-thriller from Jordan Peele. "The response has been unbelievable, and that, obviously, you have no control over. You don't even have the ability to predict it in anyway, especially a movie like this, it's impossible to imagine how it will be received, but I had the most incredible time filming it," she said. "It was the most creative and professional experience. We all moved down to Alabama together, so we all became really close and it's the kind of movie that sparks great conversation when you're working as well. It was an all-around dream project so I been lucky, and this was no exception to the lucky streak!" The final episode of Girls airs Sunday, April 16 on HBO. (Eonline)

Homeland's Season 6 Finale Just Killed Off a Beloved Character. Well we're not surprised, but we aren't happy either. After almost doing it and threatening to do it and doing it and then going back on having done it more times than we can count, Homeland just killed off Peter Quinn (Rupert Friend). Quinn died while driving Carrie (Claire Danes) and President-elect Keane (Elizabeth Marvel) through a whole bunch of bullets. He was hit multiple times, but still managed to get his passengers to safety before he died in the front seat, knowing that if he didn't, he had been set up to take the fall for Keane's assassination anyway. It turned out that he sacrificed himself to protect a woman who may not be the president everybody thought she was going to be, and to top it all off, his memorial got little more than a few lines between Saul (Mandy Patinkin) and Carrie. By the end of the night, Carrie had been offered a job as Keane's senior adviser, but Keane had also hidden herself away and was having all government officials (including Saul) arrested for possible complicity in that assassination attempt, meaning Dar Adal (F. Murray Abraham), of all people, might have been right in saying she seemed "un-American." While we'll miss Quinn deeply, we're actually shocked he even made it this long, given the number of times he's nearly died before. What did you think? Will you miss him too much to keep watching the show? Are you excited to see what season 7 has in store? Homeland airs on Showtime. (Eonline)

The Arrangement Sex Scandal! Kyle Agrees to Sleep With a Detective in Order to Protect the Institute on Shocking Episode. What just happened?! The Arrangement just took scandal to a whole new level on Sunday's episode! On the show, Kyle (Josh Henderson) was approached by Terence (Michael Vartan) to help protect the Institute for the Higher Mind. But the request was a little more than Kyle was expecting! "There's a detective with LAPD, a woman outside my influence, she has something on us," Terence told Kyle on the episode. Terence then explained that the detective (Tracy Waterhouse) could either ruin IHM with what she has on them or she can make it go away. "She has a fantasy, it's specific, it specifically involves you," Terence said. "Sex?" Kyle asked. Terence told Kyle she wants two hours with him and Kyle was completely against the idea. But Terence threatened to "end" Kyle if he didn't agree, so he eventually did...even though he's in a relationship with Megan (Christine Evangelista). The Arrangement Sunday at 10 p.m., on E! (Eonline)

Step Inside Kylie Jenner's Private World With E!'s New Docu-Series, Life of Kylie. You have been cordially invited into Kylie Jenner's private world! The 19-year-old mogul will be opening up the doors of her exclusive domain and giving fans a behind-the-scenes glimpse into her extraordinary life in her upcoming Keeping Up With the Kardashians spinoff series, Life of Kylie. If you've ever wondered what's it's really like to be Kylie, wonder no more. The new show, premiering this summer, will expose a personal, more intimate side of makeup entrepreneur as she manages her celebrity persona, multi-million dollar company and, well, just being a teenager. "These couple years have been such an incredible journey with the support of my fans," Kylie said. "This show will allow me to give them a peek inside all of the exciting things I am working on as well as some personal time with friends." Along with highlighting her relationships with her family and closest friends, including Jordyn Woods, the eight-episode docu-series hopes to reveal the real woman behind all the lip kits, fancy cars, mega mansions, glamorous Instagram photos and filtered Snapchat stories. "Kylie's beauty, business savvy and fashion icon status have made her one of the most famous and successful young women on the planet," Jeff Olde, Executive Vice President of Programming & Development at E!, said. "Kylie has achieved so much at such a young age and we know the E! audience will be thrilled now that she is ready to share an inside look at her everyday life." So, now for the real question, who's ready to keep up with Kylie Jenner?! (Eonline)

Gilmore Girls Stars Lauren Graham & Alexis Bledel Have Mixed Feelings About the Ending & Whether the Show Should Continue. The Gilmore girls themselves are just as conflicted about the revival's ending as we are. Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel addressed the long-awaited ending of Netflix's Gilmore Girls revival in front of TV academy members at an event hosted by Deadline for Emmy contenders on Sunday, and it seems that they had the same thought that a lot of fans did. "That's not an ending, that's a cliffhanger!" Graham said of the mythical four final words, which Rory (Bledel) used to tell her mom she was pregnant. "It took me a minute, but I eventually loved it...but it's not an ending." "It's certainly not the ending I expected," Bledel said. "I told Amy [Sherman-Palladino] I wanted Rory to end on a high note after all her hard work. I wanted her to succeed...so it was a hard thing for me to digest." But even though both Graham and Bledel have a hard time referring to Rory announcing her pregnancy as an ending, they can't say they'd immediately be up for a season two of the revival. "Now it's become what could we do with this story that is satisfying, that is worth continuing. I don't know if there is a need to do more," Graham said. "I would never want to make it feel like we've overstayed our welcome." "I think for me it comes down to what story we're telling," Bledel added. "I don't think we could've anticipated that this would happen so I think we're still reeling from that." However, Graham did note that she would play Lorelai Gilmore "until [her] dying day" if she could, and that the appetite is there for creators Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino, but "there's probably a way to keep these characters alive...I don't know if it's the best thing for them." In early March, Netflix president Ted Sarandos said that "very preliminary" talk were underway with the Palladinos. "We obviously loved the success of the show, fans loved how well it was done, it delivered what they hoped,' he said. "The worst thing is to wait a couple of years for your favorite show to come back and for it to disappoint you, but they sure delivered and people were really excited about more and we have been talking to them about the possibility of that." Gilmore Girls is currently streaming on Netflix. (Eonline)

It's Official: Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright Are Getting a Vanderpump Rules Spinoff. Bravo is heading to Kentucky, y'all! Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright are getting their own Vanderpump Rules spinoff, and they're leaving Los Angeles to get it. No, not permanently, but the couple will be heading back to Brittany's homestate of Kentucky for the series, titled Vanderpump Rules: Jax and Brittany Take Kentucky, which was officially announced ahead of part two of Pump Rules' season five reunion. The half-hour series will debut this summer and find the couple heading on vacation...to a Kentucky farm that Brittany's family lives on, with Jax switching out his SUR uniform for overalls as the ultimate fish out of water tried to embrace the Southern lifestyle. Will Jax be able to survive life on the farm? In the first promo for the new show, things aren't looking too good, as Jax tells someone, "I can see myself getting bored real easily here," and later calling someone "white trash!" Yeah, he's definitely not in LA anymore! Viewers met Brittany's mom Sherri this season when she came to stay with the couple, and learned more about her possible son-in-law than she wanted to during his birthday roast. And in the spinoff, more of Brittany's family members will get screentime, including her father, grandmother and best friend. "You couldn't even accept my friends or my family," Brittany says in the teaser, with her father claiming Jax ix "trying to control" her. Rumors about a Jax and Brittany spinoff have been circling for months, and in March, Jax played coy when E! News asked him about it. "I mean, I wouldn't be opposed to it. I know they were talking about it," he coyly said. "They're talking about spin-offs all the time with all of us, so I don't know what's going on." One thing Jax wasn't afraid to sound off on? An eventual permanent move away from SUR. "No, no, I'm not staying in California," he told us. It just looks like it won't be a move to Kentucky! (Eonline)

Kendall Jenner Panics Over Vogue's Kendall + Kylie Collection Review on KUWTK: "It Could Break Us." Things are getting tense on this week's Keeping Up With the Kardashians! In the sneak peek from next Sunday's episode, Kendall Jenner panics when she learns Vogue wants to review her and Kylie Jenner's clothing line. "Vogue wants to review your collection," Kris Jenner can be heard saying in the video. The duo's clothing line Kendall + Kylie is very successful, but a review from the iconic magazine can sometimes make or break a collection. Knowing that, Kendall worries, "If this doesn't go as well as we hope, it could break us." So how does the review go? Keeping Up With the Kardashians Sunday at 9 p.m., on E! (Eonline)

Kim Kardashian West is slowly returning to the public eye, but not without issues. On Sunday's episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, the mother of two is trying her best to slowly get back into her old routine. So she decided to finally leave the house and attend Kanye's concert. Within minutes of sitting down to enjoy the concert, Kim started to get terrible anxiety and had to rush out of the auditorium. "I just want to disappear for a little bit," she said during her on-camera interview. "I have to do what makes me feel comfortable." Also taking place during the episode were Khloe's unresolved issues with Caitlyn Jenner. The 32-year-old was still angry over how her former stepdad handled her transition and it was finally coming to surface. "She hurt her children and she really devastated my mom and push come to shove I am always going to be team Kris Jenner," Khloe revealed to the cameras. Caitlyn sensed Khloe's distance and called Kris to discuss the issue and try and get the momager to talk Khloe into seeing her. "It would mean a lot to me if you reached out to her and let her know that I want to talk to her," Caitlyn said. "You have to realize, I'm a little on the sensitive side when it comes to all of the children ... I never really hear from anybody. I just miss her. That's all." When Kris finally got the chance to talk with Khloe, it seemed to have helped ease the tension between her and the 67-year-old. "She's not the stepdad I once had," Khloe told her mom. "But it's also like, I'm not complaining or holding on to some anger... but I don't know. I'll see how it goes." Khloe wound up deciding to have an intimate sit-down with Caitlyn. During their conversation, Khloe admitted that she felt protective of her mom, but also that she had her own issues to deal with. "It was very hard for me to experience a lot of new things so quickly and still feeling like I have to protect my mom and certain things that were happening where I felt like they might not have been the most positive. But then I was also like, this isn't even my fight to fight anymore," she told her former stepdad. "I have my own s -- to deal with, so why don't you guys figure that stuff out. But I don't think Caitlyn is a bad person at all." "For me, you're all I remember -- Bruce was. So not having you in my life, it's a huge blow because I'm like okay, my second dad, this guy that I've grown up with, that raised me, was taken away from me," Khloe continued, "but no one really let me have that." She then went on to say that she needed to get to know who Caitlyn is now. "It has to be authentic, you can't just push that onto someone," Khloe added. "I'm sure we both can try harder. And I love you too... I'm just about life, family and love and what makes everyone happy." "From this meeting ... we are making the right steps," Khloe told the cameras. "I really hope that this will turn into a relationship that I want to invest time and energy into. I'm excited to see where Caitlyn and I go." One of the biggest surprises on the night's show was Dream: the newest Kardashian baby finally made her debut! In the middle of the episode, Rob and Blac Chyna welcomed their first child together and the whole family, minus Kim, made their way to the hospital to meet the newest addition. Then things took a turn. Along with battling her own anxiety issues, Kim was also dealing with the stress that Kanye's tour was putting on him. She started to get a bit worried that her husband was overworking himself by adding on more tour dates just after losing his voice on stage. "Kanye had a show in Sacramento and he performed a few songs and left early," Kim revealed to the cameras. "I feel really bad for the people that missed out on that show and I know that he cares about his fans so much." After speaking with Kanye, 39, they decided it would be best for him to take some time off from touring and to cancel the remainder of his 21 shows, saying, "he knows he needs a little time off." Sadly, the time off didn't come soon enough. While in New York City for an event honoring her late father, Robert Kardashian, Kim received a phone call that something had happened to Kanye. As People previously reported, the rapper was hospitalized at the end of November after being "extremely sleep deprived" and was suffering from exhaustion. He remained in the hospital over Thanksgiving, with Kim by his side. Keeping Up with the Kardashians airs Sundays (9 p.m. ET) on E! (People)

HBO Europe, Sky Germany Take 'Twin Peaks' Revival. HBO Europe will air the 18-part limited series, directed by David Lynch, in Central and Eastern Europe. HBO Europe and Sky Germany are the latest international TV companies to pick up Showtime's Twin Peaks revival in deals with CBS Corp.'s CBS Studios International. HBO Europe will air the 18-part limited series, directed by David Lynch, in Poland, Romania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Moldova, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The series also will air in its entirety exclusively on Sky in Germany and Austria. Said Marcus Ammon, senior vp film and entertainment at Sky Germany: "Twin Peaks was like no other series in the early '90s, it changed the standard of quality TV. And no return is so long-awaited." In both markets, the show, from the original series creators David Lynch and Mark Frost and executive producer Sabrina Sutherland, will kick off with the two-hour premiere May 22. About Germany and Austria, Ammon said: "For those who can't wait to see the new parts and love to get up early in the morning, Sky is offering the first two parts of the new Twin Peaks simultaneously to the Showtime U.S. premiere on the night of May 21st to May 22nd via On Demand. Starting May 25 the German dubbed version will air on Sky Atlantic HD." Both HBO Europe and Sky Germany also will make available the original series. The revival picks up 25 years after the inhabitants of a quaint town were stunned when their homecoming queen Laura Palmer was murdered. Many original castmembers are returning, including Kyle MacLachlan as FBI special agent Dale Cooper. (Hollywood Reporter)

'Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,' From 'Gilmore Girls' Creator, Gets Two-Season Pickup at Amazon. The hour-long dramedy is Amy Sherman-Palladino's follow-up to Netflix's 'Gilmore Girls' revival. Amazon has handed out a two-season order to one of its pilots. The retail giant/streaming service has handed out a two-season order for Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The hour-long pilot, one of five currently online for "viewer feedback," stars House of Cards alum Rachel Brosnahan as Miriam "Midge" Maisel, a 1958 New York City housewife who, through a series of events, winds up exploring the world of stand-up comedy. "In her onstage debut, Mrs. Maisel killed and had audiences responding overwhelmingly with digital applause," Amazon head of comedy and drama Joe Lewis said. "Like any great young stand-up, we're excited to see what she has to say next and for a long time to come. That made it an easy decision to order two seasons from Amy and her incredible cast. We can't wait to bring it to customers soon." The series is the first new venture for Sherman-Palladino following Netflix's Gilmore Girls revival. Alex Borstein and Tony Shalhoub co-star in the series from Amazon Studios. An episode count was not immediately available and a premiere date has not yet been determined. Multiple-season pickups have become increasingly rare in the Peak TV era as they are typically reserved for high-profile shows like Orange Is the New Black and The Big Bang Theory. Amazon is said to have handed out a two-season straight-to-series order for its David O. Russell package starring Robert DeNiro and Julianne Moore and previously handed an out multiple-season pickup for established comedy Catastrophe. Amazon encourages viewers to vote on its pilot offerings and is said to consider that feedback when making decisions on which pilots the streamer picks up to series, though historically that has not always been the case. Amazon, in a press release, touted Mrs. Maisel as its first multiple-season pickup for a pilot. The company recently come under fire for only handing out straight-to-series orders to male producers (see projects from Woody Allen, Matthew Weiner, Nicolas Winding Refn and Russell -- many of which did not yet have a script when they were ordered). In his reviews of the streamer's current pilot slate, THR TV critic Daniel Fienberg questioned what "reservations" Amazon could have had with Mrs. Maisel that kept the company from going straight to series on Mrs. Maisel. He called Brosnahan's performance a "star turn" and noted the Manhattan alum is a "natural fit" for Sherman-Palladino's dialogue. Mrs. Maisel comes as Netflix has left the door open for additional Gilmore Girls episodes from Sherman-Palladino, though the double Amazon order and the busy schedules for stars Lauren Graham (she's filming Fox comedy pilot Linda From HR) and Alexis Bledel (who stars in Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale) may now make that even less of a reality than it already was. Thematically, Mrs. Maisel -- written, directed and exec produced by Sherman-Palladino with her husband and producing partner Daniel Palladino and Dhana Gilbert also attached as EPs on the Amazon Studios entry -- becomes the latest scripted series to explore the world of stand-up comedy. Showtime next has its Jim Carrey-produced I'm Dying Up Here dramedy and TV Land recently launched Melissa McCarthy-produced Nobodies -- the latter of which has already been renewed for a second season. Mrs. Maisel joins an Amazon slate of original scripted series including Transparent, Sneaky Pete, Castastrophe, Man in the High Castle and more. The fate of Amazon's remaining four pilots has not yet been determined. (Hollywood Reporter)

MTV has sicced its lawyers on the author of a dishy new tell-all about its hit series "Teen Mom," Page Six has learned. We're told that after a chapter of the book "You Have No F**king Idea" -- written by Matt Baier, the fiance of one of the show's longest-standing stars, Amber Portwood -- leaked, Viacom -- attorneys pounced and demanded that its publisher slash around 15,000 words. Sources say that most of the offending copy -- which accounted for some 20 percent of the original manuscript -- was about the network itself and Portwood's nemesis, fellow cast member and sometime porn star Farrah Abraham. Baier -- who also appears on the show, which debuted in 2009 -- had agreed to let MTV review the book before publication. But when the leaked chapter began circulating online before the network had seen it, we're told that network execs "got in a tizzy and read [Baier] the riot act" -- then had a senior attorney take a red pen to the text, which is due to be published by Post Hill Press in May. Among other allegations, Baier claims in the leaked chapter that an MTV producer told Portwood and Baier to "do their research" on Abraham's boyfriend, after which Baier claims that the boyfriend had "got into a lot of trouble for -- assaulting his ex-girlfriend." He also claims that Abraham's family tried to control stories about themselves in the press "by way of threats and intimidation." Baier also claims that a former producer on "Teen Mom" told him that Abraham's father had a "history of physically assaulting people," and that Portwood had told the network that she "wasn't comfortable being the same room as Farrah" before a "reunion show" taping at which they ended up in a physical confrontation. And before the fight, "security -- who had followed us around all day long -- suddenly was nowhere to be found. Not to get into any conspiracy theories, but it was almost as if they wanted there to be an altercation." A rep for Abraham denied Baier's claims about her family and her boyfriend. Reps for MTV, Baier and Post Hill Press didn't get back to us. (Page Six)

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