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Thursday, April 13, 2017


Heidi Montag Is Pregnant, Expecting First Child With Spencer Pratt. The Hills are alive with the sound of lullabies. Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt are expecting their first child together. Montag, 30, and Pratt, 33, announced her pregnancy on the cover of Us Weekly's Apr. 24 issue. "Heidi has wanted to be a mom since the day I met her," says Pratt, who sells crystals online. "She has planned for and thought about this." Montag adds, "The reality is sinking in that we are going to have a child! I've read every pregnancy book, and now I realize I don't know anything." The couple's road to parenthood has been a long one. "I wanted a baby three years ago. Spencer was a little hesitant," Montag says. "Then one thing after another came up. We had work obligations, like Celebrity Big Brother in the U.K., which I did not want to be pregnant for. I'm actually really thankful we waited. I thought I was ready in my 20s, but with everything we had going on, it just wouldn't have been a good situation for us." "It might never be the perfect time, so we said, 'Let's move forward.' We had all these conversations," the mom-to-be adds "We're older, we have more life experience. Nothing is holding us back." It only took a month for Montag to conceive a child. "I've had really bad morning sickness since the beginning, but I've never been so happy to feel so sick! Every time I feel awful, I remember why and I'm just euphoric. It's so fulfilling, and I'm mostly just grateful," she tells Us Weekly. "I've been with the love of my life for 10 years, and now we're starting our own family." During the fourth season of The Hills, the duo eloped in Mexico on Nov. 20, 2008. The couple -- known as Speidi -- had a more traditional wedding in Pasadena, Calif. on Apr. 25, 2009, which served as the Season 5 finale -- as well as Lauren Conrad's exit and Kristin Cavallari's entrance. Montag's baby news comes just months after The Hills' Conrad and Whitney Port announced their pregnancies. Cavallari and Audrina Partridge, meanwhile, are both married with children. It's been a wild few years for Montag and Pratt. Midway through The Hills' sixth and final season in 2010, cameras stopped documenting the couple's lives. "In the last few months I have discovered a new passion and new purpose to my life," Pratt told People at the time. "With this in mind, I have decided to take a break from my obligations to MTV's The Hills and discontinue filming any more episodes for this current season." (A source countered that Pratt had threatened one of the show's producers, who had him fired.) Since then, the admittedly fame-obsessed couple has continued to appear on reality TV, both separately and together, on Vh1's Famous Food, Channel 5's Celebrity Big Brother, ABC's Celebrity Wife Swap and WE tv's Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars 2, just to name a few. The couple -- who blew their millions on healing crystals and Montag's failed music career -- currently live in Pratt's parents' beach house. In December 2013, he received a political science degree from the University of Southern California, though he hasn't put it to use. Instead, he's continued to play a reality TV villain (most recently in Channel 5's Celebrity Big Brother: All Stars vs. New Stars) and hosts a podcast. His wife, meanwhile, has stayed busy blogging for Faithwire. In fact, after Conrad announced she's expecting her first child with husband William Tell, Montag filmed a Faithwire video blog, joking, "It seems like 2017 is the year to get pregnant." At the time, Montag said she was "excited" to become a mom herself, but the "timing" hadn't been right. "As excited as I am for them, I'm also excited for me that it hasn't happened yet," she shared. "I think it's important to keep moving forward in the direction that God has for us." "It's great when other people get things, and I think it's important to truly be happy for them and not to compare yourself," Montag added. "2017's going to be a great year -- the best year!" (Eonline)

We don't doubt that Cheryl and Liam have a whole host of people queuing up to be godparents to their newborn baby and it looks like Harry Styles is among those crossing his fingers for the gig. The One Direction star, who released his debut solo singer last week, revealed that he would be "honored" to be chosen as the godfather to his bandmate's first child. However, he explained that the new parents, who have yet to announce the name of their baby, have "a lot of people" in mind for the job. Talking to the Metro about the possibilities of becoming a godparent, Harry said: "I think it's a roll of the dice, there are a lot of people Liam has in mind. I'm not going to add any extra pressure. If it came my way I would be honored." Since welcoming their son, Cheryl and Liam have been showered with lavish gifts from their A-list pals. But we have a feeling Khloe Kardashian has topped the lot with her gift to the new parents. Khloe, who has been a good friend of Cheryl's since the pair met at a Kanye concert back in 2013, reportedly sent her pal a £5,000 Harrods gift hamper. The reality TV star was also among the first to send her well wishes to the former X Factor judge when she announced that she had given birth to a "healthy baby boy" on Instagram last weekend. She uploaded the photo to Instagram, and captioned the adorable shot: "On Wednesday 22nd March Liam and I became parents to an incredibly beautiful, healthy baby boy, weighing 7lb 9 and looking like a dream. Although he still doesn't have a name he is already stealing hearts. We are all madly in love and overwhelmingly happy with our little arrival. Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers around the world. A day that now has a different meaning to me forever ??". Khloe was quick to comment on the post, writing: "Congratulations doll!!!!! God bless your family!!!!! I couldn't be happier for you love!" Liam posted the same picture, captioning it: "My close friends and family know there are very few times when I'm left speechless... wow! I'm incredibly happy to welcome our new baby boy into the world, it's a moment that I will never forget for the rest of my life and my favorite memory I have so far. I'm completely in awe of his incredible mother and how she has been the whole way through this, she's really made my dreams come true. We haven't named him yet but he's already capturing hearts including mine. I feel very blessed. Happy Mother's Day everyone!" Now, all talk is on the baby name. Will they name their little boy Simon? William Hill have paid out on the Cheryl baby boy, taking the first hit on the market after some 80% of bets were for a boy. Now the big question is what they will call the young man, with Alfie the current 4/1 favorite, although Harry (10/1) and Simon (14/1) have both been very popular. "In previous interviews Cheryl has suggested that Alfie is her favorite name, but with their joint connection to Simon Cowell there has to be a great chance they will go with that," said William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams. It's also reported that Cheryl and Liam turned down a huge money offer for the first official photos. An insider also revealed to The Mirror that the couple won't share any further baby pictures with fans as they want their child to have a life away from the limelight. "They've always been a very private couple," says a source. "And they want their son to remain private as well. They don't want him to be in the spotlight at all. "They want him to grow up away from the cameras." Last week Liam Payne opened up for the first time about his relationship with Cheryl, admitting she was his teenage crush. Aww! "In a non-cliche way, it's weird waking up every day and literally living out your dream," he told Rollacoaster magazine. "This is the thing. You wake up in the most beautiful places. Obviously I have the most beautiful girlfriend in the world and she's absolutely amazing. She's been my dream girl since I was younger. She's so ace. "She is a wonderful, wonderful person and it's amazing to have someone who can relate to so much of things -- someone who's taken greater steps than me. Her solo career was -- amazing. She's been in the industry for 14 years now. She fully supports me. We're super happy. It's a very personal, precious time for us. I'm still -- learning. I'm only 23." The couple first met when Liam auditioned for the X Factor in 2008. He was 14 and Cheryl was 24. Nine years on and now they are parents to their first child. Congratulations #Chiam. Cheryl FINALLY confirmed her pregnancy with boyfriend Liam Payne by showing off her baby bump in a new L'Oreal campaign. Cheryl shared the photo on Instagram, writing: "I am proud to announce that I am one of fifteen ambassadors working with @PrincesTrust & LOreal Paris UK to help thousands of young people turn self-doubt into self-worth. The "All Worth It" Confidence training program starts now! Link in my bio???? #ALLWORTHIT #PRINCESTRUSTLOREAL". Cheryl, 33, kept us guessing for months, covering her stomach in chunky knits and busy prints, but there was no hiding the bump when she wore her bodycon ribbed khaki dress by Alexander Wang. Cheryl and Liam, 23, went public with their romance in February 2016 after being spotted together in a supermarket in Surrey. (British Glamour)

Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott say welcoming their baby boy Beau Dean on March 2 was like coming full circle in their relationship. The couple, who married in 2006, had their relationship rocked nearly three years ago when Spelling, 43, discovered that McDermott, 50, had been unfaithful. The emotional damage done by the affair played out on her reality show, True Tori, and many friends and fans thought the former Beverly Hills, 90210 star would leave her husband. Actually, Spelling says she "never for a moment" wanted to end things. "Everyone was saying, 'Divorce him! Why is she staying with him? That is weak,'" she tells PEOPLE exclusively. "But my gut instincts just shut it all out, and I said, 'I love this man. If there is a way to work it out, I want to try to do that.' " The couple underwent intense marriage counseling and McDermott entered rehab for sex addiction. "We worked on everything," says Spelling. "The relationship as we knew it died. We had to bury that and start new." For the couple, who are already parents to Liam, 10, Stella, 8, Hattie, 5, and Finn, 4 -- McDermott is also dad to Jack, 18, from his previous marriage -- welcoming baby No. 5 has come to symbolize a fresh start. "Rebuilding our marriage took time," she tells PEOPLE. "And now, having a new baby, it makes sense. It's like a new baby in a new relationship." McDermott fights back tears talking about it. "I am so blessed and lucky that she never walked away, because now we have this incredible relationship," he says. "And I can't imagine life without Beau." (People)

Khloe Kardashian Is Ready to Marry Tristan Thompson. Khloe Kardashian feels like Tristan Thompson could be The One. The 32-year-old reality star covers the latest issue of ES Magazine, looking sexy in a one of her Good American denim jackets with no pants and a pair of sparkly heels. Inside the publication, she opened up about her relationship with the 26-year-old Cleveland Cavaliers player and where she sees their future going. Though she admitted there are no immediate plans for a wedding just yet, it's definitely on her radar. She said she's "never been in this type of love," and thus, if he proposed tomorrow, she'd accept. "Yes, I would," she told ES.

Charlize Theron Explains How Having Kids Actually Helps Her OCD. Motherhood changed Charlize Theron in ways she never imagined. The Fate of the Furious actress -- mom to son Jackson Theron, 5, and daughter August Theron, 1, -- stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show Wednesday (check your local listings), where she joked about her messy household. "My kids are for more glitter," Charlize, 41, told host Ellen DeGeneres. "There is way too much of it in the house. I don't buy it, but it's on those costume dresses. A lot of times I'm walking through my house thinking I'm going senile, because I have a little OCD thing. I'm like, 'Where is this glitter coming from?' And It's those princess dresses." Since first becoming a mom in 2012, "I've gotten a little bit better," Charlize continued. "My kids definitely help me be less anxious about a lot of that stuff. There are certain rooms that I let go and I've given up on, [but] they're allowed everywhere! Really, I am very lucky to live in our house, and they are just very nice to have me there." Realizing her kids were watching the show backstage, Charlize told Jackson and August, "You guys are very good, and I appreciate it." Though she's a single mom, Charlize said she has "an incredible village" of people who help her raise "these two beautiful kids." As most moms would agree, it "just takes a moment" to get things in order sometimes. "In the mornings I have them alone and they kind of work against each other sometimes. It's like one decides to freak out and then both decide to freak out. I don't know why they'd do that," Charlize told Ellen. "You'd think they'd stand there and be considerate and go, 'That one's freaking out right now; I'm not going to freak out. I'm going to be nice. I'm just going to chill out and have my mom deal with that.' But they don't do that." Ellen joked, "You really don't know anything about children." As an only child in South Africa, the Oscar winner said she "didn't know the beauty that siblings have with each other" until she adopted August in July 2015. "It really is one of the most incredible things I've ever witnessed, to see how much they love each other and how much they're excited to see each other. They're just so in love with each other. It's really beautiful." Given her responsibilities at home and on set, Charlize doesn't have much time for dating. So, earlier this year, her friend Chelsea Handler encouraged her sign up for a celebrity dating app. "I knew nothing about this world. We were at the Women's March in Park City and she was on her phone and she showed it to me, and she explained it to me in that Chelsea Handler way, which is just like, 'Yeah, everybody's doing this. What's wrong with you? Where have you been, under a rock?" Charlize recalled. "So, I took a real interest and I was like, 'OK, well, tell me: How does it work?' And she's swiping all these faces of guys in all sorts of different variations of no clothes. And then they know that you've just said, 'No, I don't like you.' And then you have to text them. And then the flirting starts, and it's kind of awkward because you don't know the person, and they're trying to be cute and they say weird things, like, 'What's up, sexy?'" "It's just awkward," said Charlize, joking that she's an 80-year-old. "This is why I'm still single! I just like a good old friend hooking up you or introducing you. I'm so old school." As for her pal, she joked, "I hope she meets the man of her dreams -- or men of her dreams, knowing Chelsea." (Eonline)

Nelly Furtado Secretly Split From Demacio Castellon After 8 Years of Marriage. Nelly Furtado turned off the light on this relationship. After eight years of marriage, the Grammy winner split from Demacio Castellon, the sound engineer she married in 2008. However, fans failed to realize the songstress was going through a rough patch in her personal life (or her missing wedding ring) because the star kept a rather low profile in the last few years. However, the 38-year-old confirmed the news during an interview on ITV's Loose Women on Wednesday. "I am single now," she declared during a chat with the women. "Someone here needs to update my Wikipedia -- it's not helping my dating life!" While the singer kept details about the private breakup to a minimum, she did mention that the split happened in the summer of 2016. "I went through an emotionally difficult time last summer and I actually wrote and sung myself songs to get through it," the star recalled. "I would sing to myself while I drove on these long drives and I thought to myself, 'I'm so lucky that I can write songs because I can soothe myself with them.'" The former pair married in similar fashion when they tied the knot very secretly in July 2008 and didn't announce the nuptials until the following October. Nearly a year after the split, Furtado has emerged with her sixth studio album, The Ride, and continues to focus on the most important person in her life -- her 13-year-old daughter, Nevis, who she shares with ex Jasper Gahunia. In the process of juggling it all, she makes sure personal wellness is a top priority. "Sometimes you just want to sit home and bake some muffins for your daughter," she explained of managing the pressures of fame and family life. "I need to stay mentally and emotionally and physically well for my daughter." (Eonline)

Stranger Things star Shannon Purser opened up to her fans on Tuesday, April 11 when she revealed in a series of heartfelt tweets that she's suffered "anxiety" over her sexuality. The actress, who played Barb on the hit show, and is now a star on Riverdale, got candid about her feelings admitting she was scared about discovering who she is. "Getting comfortable with your sexuality is a process." she wrote. "It's going to be ok. I wish I'd known that sooner." The breakout beauty continued. "Another thing I wish I'd known about sexuality is to take it slow. It can define you as much as you want it to." She then added: "Either way, I know what it's like to have anxiety about it. Especially trying to come to terms with it and my faith. It can be really scary." But she signed off by assuring her fans and anyone else going through the same struggles that it they'd be alright. "But it's gonna be ok. You're going to be ok. No, you're going to be great." Purser, 19, previously spoke to Us Weekly about battling self-harming, depression and anxiety and how she dealt with suicidal thoughts. "I felt so isolated and so unworthy of love," she told Us in an exclusive interview. "I just had to go to my parents and say, 'I think I really need help or I'm going to continue to fall apart.'" Purser revealed she turned to self-harm because she felt alone but luckily through therapy and her strong religious faith she was able to recover and hasn't self-harmed since she was 15. "The most evil and insidious thing about mental illness is that it isolates us and makes us feel so different that we think no one can possibly relate," declared Purser. "In the end, that can be how it destroys us if we don't let people into our struggle. And as cliche as it sounds, if you really make the effort, you can get better and you can live not just a hard life, but a beautiful life." (US Weekly)

Loved up! Justin Theroux posted a sweet picture with Jennifer Aniston to his Instagram on Tuesday, April 11, and the couple looked happier than ever. The arty selfie was snapped in Paris, where the pair were guests of honor at a fashion event to celebrate the collaboration of fashion house Louis Vuitton and artist Jeff Koons. Theroux, 45, cutely captioned the photo: "In Louvre. ??????????????" playing on the name of the museum where the star-studded dinner was held. Their trip to the city of love comes days after Theroux gushed about his wife in an interview with Rhapsody magazine for United Airlines. "Marriage makes the small things much smaller and the big things small," he said, revealing he's excited to get a break from work to spend time with Aniston. "You have an ally. It's good to have someone have your back." The Friends alum, 48, married The Leftovers star in August 2015 after three years together and he's spoken openly about their no-fuss nuptials that took place at their L.A home. "It's so much more special when it's just your closest friends and family and it's lovely," he explained to Entertainment Tonight at CinemaCon 2017 in March. "[Aniston and I] wanted it to be a peaceful environment, you don't want it to be hectic." (US Weekly)

Will Smith Chops Off Jaden Smith's Hair and Tries It On. Will Smith has added a new role to his resume -- barber! When his 18-year-old son, Jaden Smith, needed a chop for an upcoming new role, his famous dad took on the job and documented the moment for his droves of fans to enjoy. In a snip, Jaden bid farewell to his signature blond dreadlocks. "Getting Jaden Smith ready for the first day of filming #LifeInAYear...maybe I should've used scissors?!" the older actor wrote on Facebook. Hmm, Will...what did you use? The blockbuster star took the playful moment one step further when he posed for the camera with the leftover dreadlocks positioned atop his own head. The snap garnered thousands of likes, including the approval of fellow star Antonio Banderas. Jaden will co-star in the upcoming romantic drama alongside Cara Delevingne. The film, produced by Will's production company, Overbrook Entertainment, is about a teenager who learns his girlfriend is dying and sets out to give her their entire life together in her last year. While the cut is for the role, Will is one of the first people to encourage his son to express himself through his outer shell. "There's a really powerful internal quality as an artist that as parents we encourage. You gotta get out on the edge, you have to try things, you have to be comfortable doing things that people don't agree with, and you have to be comfortable doing things that you could fail," the proud dad once explained to BBC 1 Radio. "Jaden is 100-percent fearless, he will do anything. As a parent it's scary, it's really terrifying, but he is completely willing to live and die by his artistic decisions and he doesn't concern himself with what people think." (Eonline)

Two years after revealing her identity as a transgender women, Caitlyn Jenner has confirmed she has undergone gender reassignment surgery. "The surgery was a success, and I feel not only wonderful but liberated," she writes in her first memoir The Secrets of My Life, out later this month. The former Olympian says she is constantly asked if she's had the surgery by fans and hopes this is the first and last time she'll have to address it. "So why even consider it? Because it's just a penis. It has no special gifts or use for me," writes Caitlyn. "I just want to have all the right parts. I am also tired of tucking the damn thing in all the time." "I am going to have an enthusiasm for life that I have not had in 39 years since the Olympics," she adds. "Almost two thirds of my life." Caitlyn has previously had breast augmentation and facial feminization surgery as part of her transition. She's earned an impressive $4million advance for her tell-all book. (British Glamour)

Orlando Bloom on Katy Perry Breakup: 'We're Friends. It's Good. We're All Grown Up'. Orlando Bloom has commented on his split with Katy Perry for the first time, saying things are good and friendly between the exes. "We're friends. It's good. We're all grown up," the actor told Elle UK. "She happens to be someone who is very visible, but I don't think anybody cares about what I'm up to. Nor should they. It's between us. It's better to set an example for kids and show that [breakups] don't have to be about hate." The statement echoes a sentiment that Perry put out after the couple broke up in late February after a year of dating, when she proposed "a new way of thinking for 2017." "U can still b friends & love ur former partners! No one's a victim or a villain, get a life y'all!" she wrote to Twitter. Bloom also discussed the photos that were snapped of him while on vacation with Perry last summer, when he was paddle boarding naked and his penis was soon exposed to the world. "It was extremely surprising," he said. "I wouldn't have put myself in that position if I'd thought it would happen.... I've been photographed a million times in a million ways. I have a good radar. We'd been completely alone for five days. Nothing around us. There was no way anyone could get anything. So I had a moment of feeling free." He added, "What can I tell you? Note to self: You're never free. Ha!" (Billboard)

Janet Jackson and Wissam Al Mana plan to raise their 3-month-old son, Eissa, together despite their recent split-but experts tell PEOPLE that the pair's cultural differences may affect their co-parenting. One religious expert says that it's "not really possible" for the parents to raise Eissa as both a Jehovah's Witness and Muslim, Jackson and the Qatari business man's respective religions. "The children issue is always the biggest issue," Dr. Rita George-Tvrtkovic, a theology professor at Illinois' Benedictine University, tells PEOPLE. The pop star and Al Mana wed in 2012. News of their breakup broke earlier this month, with a source telling PEOPLE that the separation happened shortly after Eissa was born in January. George-Tvrtkovic says co-parenting would be "a lot easier" if Jackson and Al Mana decided on just one faith to raise the child under. And this could be the case, as a source told PEOPLE that Jackson often tried to adjust to her husband's culture. "For years, Janet tried to adapt to his culture. Since it's not a culture she grew up with, it's been challenging for her. She often felt she disappointed Wissam," the source previously explained. "The cultural differences between her and Wissam became even more obvious [after Eissa arrived]. They come from very different worlds." The expert adds that the fact that the family lives in London makes the religious aspect of their divorce and custody matters much simpler. "If this couple was in a Muslim country then it would be totally different, the rules of co-parenting would be different," George-Tvrtkovic says. "But in England the laws are very secular and they probably won't have many problems." One source says, however, that legal matters regarding custody may become tricky if Jackson decides to live in the U.S. "It's a tough situation when you've got somebody like Janet Jackson, her home is the United States -- ideal place to bring up a child," Paul Wright, an English barrister (who is not representing Jackson or Al Mana) tells PEOPLE. "But you don't want to harm the husband." Wright notes that the U.K. court system tries to "involve both parents on an equal as possible basis." He adds: "The courts want both of the parents involved in the child's life. The child's best interest is paramount." Wright says the matter of income could come into play in the event of a custody battle. However, that may not be a huge concern as both Al Mana and Jackson have both amassed personal fortunes. Al Mana is reportedly worth $1 billion and a celebrity estate attorney tells PEOPLE that Jackson is likely worth up to $250 million. (People)

Jennifer Lawrence is said to be "heartbroken" following the sudden death of her friend, MTV reality star Clay Adler. Hollywood actress Jennifer and Clay, who was the lead in "Newport Harbor: The Real Orange County," were teenage pals and his sudden passing has left her devastated. Clay, 27, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on March 26 and the "Hunger Games" actress is still reeling from the sad news. A source told Hollywood Life: "Clay brings Jennifer back to her humble beginnings and hearing that he took his own life really has made Jennifer feel heartbroken." "It is really sad because she remembers him fondly and never wants to hear anything like this happen to anyone, especially to someone she once knew very well." "It's a shame and she is really bummed out over it." Police sources told TMZ that Clay was with friends on March 25 when he took his own life after the group had gone into the desert to fire guns, and Clay turned the weapon on himself. He shot himself in the head and died the following day in the hospital. Police do not believe drugs or alcohol were involved but told TMZ that he had suffered from mental health issues in the past. On Saturday, his family and friends paid tribute the keen surfer with a traditional paddle out ceremony. An MTV spokesperson told Digital Spy: "We are saddened by the news of Clay Adler's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this time." The star's father Frank confirmed his son's death was suicide and admitted Clay would be happy his organs had been donated to save more lives. "[He's] already saved about four or five lives," he told People. "Clay had requested that his organs-and he did this years ago when he applied for a driver's license-that his organs be donated to people." (TMZ)

Jodie Sweetin's security team says her ex-fiance popped up outside her house AGAIN ... even though he's been ordered to stay the hell away from her. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Justin Hodak drove by Jodie's crib Monday afternoon, but was scared off by security guards, who then called police. The incident is a big no-no for Hodak because Jodie has a restraining order against him. We're told she was home at the time. Hodak was long gone when police showed up, but officers filed a report stating he'd violated the court order. LAPD's threat management unit is handling the case. We broke the story ... cops busted Jodie's ex in March for violating the restraining order when she reported him in a suspicious car outside her house. As for Monday's incident -- Hodak claims Jodie's security got it wrong. He denies being at her house. (TMZ)

Stephen Belafonte went to the LAPD several days ago and told cops a former girlfriend was extorting him ... threatening to make up stories he abused her, unless he paid her a large sum of cash. Law enforcement sources tell us Stephen told cops the woman contacted him with false claims but said people would believe her given Mel B's domestic violence allegations. The woman threatened her statements would make everyone believe Mel B was telling the truth. She wanted money, but Belafonte didn't bite, and went to the police station. As we reported, Mel B claims Stephen extorted her with sex tapes, allegedly saying he would ruin her if she ever left him or tried to fire their nanny. (TMZ)

Mel B made a beeline for the police station Tuesday after the folks at Public Storage refused to let her in a unit she believes contains her sex tapes and Spice Girls memorabilia. The singer showed up at the Hollywood Police Station after getting a restraining order against her former nanny, Lorraine Gilles. Mel B claims Gilles -- whom she says estranged husband, Stephen Belafonte, got pregnant -- has a storage locker with 12 to 15 boxes of Mel B's stuff. Mel B believes the sex tapes are there and claims Gilles and Belafonte have extorted her, threatening to release them. We're told for some reason Public Storage would not allow Mel B and her lawyers to enter the unit, so they went to the cops for help. She was mum on the way out. UPDATE: Mel B and her lawyers went to the storage locker which they believe contained the boxes with sex tapes and Spice Girls memorabilia, but nothing was there and they left empty-handed. (TMZ)

Mel B Granted Temporary Restraining Order Against Former Nanny Amid Stephen Belafonte Divorce Drama. One week after Mel B was granted a temporary restraining order against her estranged husband, Stephen Belafonte, E! News can confirm that the Spice Girls filed a TRO against the couple's former nanny, Lorraine Gilles. Per her attorney, the judge granted the order, "preventing Ms. Gilles from annoying, harassing, molesting and coming within 100 yards of [his] client." Mel, who is also in a nasty custody battle with her ex, claims that in addition to having an affair with Belafonte during their marriage and getting pregnant with his child, her ex child-care giver is now extorting the pop star. Reports claim that Mel's lawyers got the court order so that they could be granted access to a storage locker rented by Lorraine, which the 41-year-old alleges contains a slew of very personal items that she doesn't want to get out, including sex tapes of the couple, photos that Stephen threatened to make public against the singer, Spice Girls memorabilia and photos of Mel's father, who died in March. But that's not the only shocking claim waged -- Mel directly accuses Lorraine and Stephen of extortion in the documents. She alleges that when she tried to fire the nanny back in January 2015, Stephen flipped out and called Lorraine his "ride or die bitch." The Brit then said that her husband threatened to release the risque tapes of the couple if Mel didn't agree to rehire Lorraine and give her a raise. Mel also claims that Lorraine knew all about the videos and the threats, but that and she'd agreed to help Stephen. The Los Angeles judge ordered Lorraine not to harass the singer and to stay 100 yards away from her. We can also confirm that the judge ordered the former nanny to not remove anything from the Public Storage locker in question. This story was first reported by TMZ. (Eonline)

Tyga Arrested After Leaving Avenue Nightclub in Hollywood. Tyga was arrested overnight in Hollywood, E! News has learned. The 27-year-old musician, born Michael Ray Stevenson, was driving his custom Mercedes G-Series after a night out at Avenue Nightclub. He was pulled over on the corner of 1600 North and Cherokee Avenue for running a stop sign and having no license plates. After talking to several officers, Tyga voluntarily left his car. He was then handcuffed and put into a police car. Asked why he was being arrested, the rapper told the paparazzi, "Because I have paper plates." According to the "Make It Nasty" rapper, it's a new vehicle. "I just bought it," Tyga said. Earlier that afternoon, Tyga shared two pictures of his new set of wheels via Instagram. E! News has reached out to the L.A.P.D. and Tyga's attorney for further comment. This isn't the first time Tyga has been in trouble with the law. Last year, he skipped a court hearing over a $480,000 judgment his former landlord had won for back rent and damage to the Malibu home Tyga had rented. The case was settled and his arrest warrant was recalled. Legal issues aside, Tyga just released "Act Ghetto" with Lil Wayne and "100s" with Chief Keef from his mixtape. As he promised E! News in March, "People are about to see a crazy T-Raww!" (Eonline)

Charlie Murphy Dies: Actor, Comedian and Brother of Eddie Murphy Was 57. Actor, comedy writer and comic Charlie Murphy, the older brother of Eddie Murphy, has died at age 57. Charlie passed away after battling leukemia, his rep told E! News Wednesday. The performer was known for his appearances on Chappelle's Show, in which he played characters such as Buc Nasty and Rodney "Quills" Dinkin and also narrated the Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories segment. In one, he recalled a story about Prince, played by Dave Chappelle. Another featured Dave as Rick James and is considered one of the most iconic Chappelle's Show moments and made the series extremely popular. Charlie also starred on shows such as Are We There Yet?, Black Jesus and most recently, the Starz series Power. He was also known for his standup comedy and toured last year with Eddie Griffin, D. L. Hughley, George Lopez and Cedric the Entertainer. Charlie and Eddie, 56, worked together several times on Eddie's movies. They co-wrote the screenplay to the 2007 comedy film Norbit as well as the script to the 1995 movie Vampire in Brooklyn, along with their brother Vernon Lynch, Jr. Charlie also had a part in Eddie's 1989 film Harlem Nights. Many of Charlie's friends and fellow comics and comedy writers took to Twitter to express their condolences. "This is a text message that Charlie sent us from a recent @comedygetdown Show @realdlhughley @cedtheentertainer. 'Great seeing you guys and living the magic last night. Great show brothers!!!!!'" George wrote, adding, "I'm heartbroken at the passing of our brother Charlie . In relationships you never want to leave anything unsaid, our conversations before shows and after shows we all told each other and Charlie how we felt ! Keep his family in your thoughts and in your prayers and keep a space for Charlie in you're heart #Chingon I love you Charlie .#CHARLIEMURPHY." "Terribly saddened ... Charlie," wrote Paul Mooney, writing partner of famed late comedian Richard Pryor, who starred with Charlie on Chappelle's Show and has also worked with Eddie in the past. "Just came out of meditation and learned that one of my friends and my biggest comedy idol passed," Russell Simmons tweeted. "Damn I loved Charlie Murphy." "We just lost one of the funniest most real brothers of all time," Chris Rock wrote. "Charlie Murphy RIP." (Eonline)

John Warren Geils Jr, founder of The J. Geils Band, was found dead in his home Tuesday in Massachusetts. John's body was found in his home in Groton. Police say the death is not suspicious. John founded his namesake band in 1970. Their first big hit was "Love Stinks" in 1980, but they scored a number one hit with "Centerfold" in 1981. The album it came from, "Freeze Frame," was number one for 4 weeks and stayed on the charts for 70 weeks. Geils was 71 years old. (TMZ)

Dorothy Mengering, the mother of longtime late-night host David Letterman and a recurring guest on his programs over the years, has died at age 95. A representative for Letterman confirmed the news to EW. Known simply as "Dave's mom" to loyal viewers of Late Show With David Letterman, Mengering was a charming, diminutive, white-haired every mom who helped with her son's top 10 lists, served as an Olympic correspondent, and filed segments from the kitchen of her Indiana home. In 1996, Mengering published a cookbook, Home Cookin' with Dave's Mom, written with EW editorial director Jess Cagle. Speaking to the New York Times about the book and her burgeoning TV stardom, she said, "I couldn't believe how it all took off. I think it's about the idea of mom and of a family. People are eager for families to be like they used to be. Even though there are lots of working moms and single-parent families now, you can still be a family in spite of the size and form it takes." (People)


How Vanessa Hudgens Lost 10 Lbs. in One Month, and Dropped 20 More By Doing This Exercise Twice a Day. When Vanessa Hudgens commits, she goes all in. The Powerless star appears on the cover of Women's Health magazine's May issue, where she detailed the exact steps it took to shed a good amount of weight in a small amount of time. Hudgens credits a low carb, high fat diet for helping her drop 10 lbs. in only a month, and sticking to a high intensity fitness regimen when losing the 20 lbs. she gained for her role in 2013's Gimme Shelter. "When I ate carbs, I would get that dip in the afternoon, where I felt really sluggish," the actress described to the mag. "When I'm off them, my energy stays consistent throughout the day." Vanessa breaks down her meal plan as well, which includes an avocado a day; eggs and bacon for breakfast; a salad with dark meat chicken for lunch; almonds for a snack; and grilled salmon or steak with a salad or sauteed veggies for dinner. She added, "Since I got back to eating like this the last month or so, I've lost 10 pounds. That's a lot for my [5'1"] height." When it came to reaching her pre-Gimme Shelter size, Hudgens revealed it was practicing yoga and attending SoulCycle classes twice a day that did the trick. "I looked in the mirror and was like, 'Who am I?' It was definitely a journey back to myself, and yoga helped," she recalled, explaining that in a perfect world she hits the yoga studio three times a week. "I don't consider it fitness," Hudgens explained. "It's more like therapy for me." She feels similarly about the super popular, indoor cycling class. "Put me on a bike in a room with loud music, and I'm happy," the 28-year-old told Women's Health. "It's like dancing without the stress of worrying if you look good," Vanessa continued. The brunette bombshell is especially keen on group classes, mostly because of her "extra competitive" nature. "I tend to ride for the teachers. I'm such a performer," Hudgens teased. "I love being in front, because I'll push myself harder and I'll give the class energy too. So it's a win-win." So who's ready to start sweating? Vanessa's issue of Women's Health is on newsstands now. (Eonline)

Chris Brown is angry, feeling like he was stabbed in the back by Quavo from Migos... a man he thought was a good friend until he started dating Karrueche Tran. Our CB sources say ... Chris had both a business and personal relationship with Quavo ... inviting him to his home, collaborating on songs before Migos hit big, and supporting the group by attending multiple promotional parties. Chris is livid that he actually helped promote Migos' recent hit album, "Culture," at the same time Quavo was secretly seeing his ex-girlfriend. Chris believes it's no coincidence Karrueche got a restraining order against him at the very time she started getting tight with the Migos rapper. He believes this was orchestrated by both Karrueche and Quavo to clear the decks so they could date, without caring they would make him look like a chump. Before Chris found out the 2 were dating, he did an interview with Billboard and called Migos "my real friends and brothers" and said, "I will never hate on you ni**as." Well, now he does. (TMZ)

Tupac Shakur was arrested for felony assault with a deadly weapon just last month in a case that's downright bizarre ... for obvious reasons. Conspiracy theorists should probably sit down, but yes ... cops booked a 45-year-old man named Tupac Amaru Shakur. It's NOT the rapper, but everything from his middle name to date of birth -- June 16, 1971 -- is dead on, pardon the phrase. Law enforcement tells us the suspect's real name is Clarence Campbell, but he uses 'Pac as an alias. He's also used the name during multiple previous arrests -- including one for battery -- so cops are hip to the game. Docs show Campbell's real name is attached to his arrest records. Tupac ... the name gets around. (TMZ)

Sending him love! Bob Harper revealed the surprising star that reached out to him following his heart attack during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen on Tuesday, April 11. "Howard Stern. Him and [his wife] Beth, they reached out to me," Harper, 51, told host Cohen, 48, and fellow guest Rachel Dratch. "Then Howard sent me a video of naked men doing yoga. Beth was like, 'You're gonna give him another heart attack!' I love him." When asked if he received well-wishes from any Biggest Loser stars, he added: "I heard from almost everyone." As previously reported, the personal trainer stopped breathing after he finished a workout with friends at the gym on February 12. He was given CPR and was rushed to a nearby hospital. "When I heard that you had cardiac arrest I didn't know that meant that you technically died," Cohen said on Tuesday night. "I technically died," Harper replied. "There was a piece of paper from the doctor that said, 'Cause of death: cardiac arrest.' That's a wakeup call!" Earlier this month, Harper said on the Today show that he had a "6 percent survival rate" and that he didn't take prior warning signs seriously enough. "I fainted one time in the gym, I started having these dizzy spells and I just kind of overlooked them," he recalled to Cohen. "[I] just adapted, which was just the dumbest [thing to do]. I kicked myself over and over again about that." (US Weekly)


Tool Announce Massive Summer Concert With Primus, the Melvins & the Crystal Method. Last week, Tool shared a mysterious teaser image with the date "6-24," which many assumed might be related to a new album. It is, instead, the day that Tool will be performing in a star-studded concert featuring Primus and TheMelvins, with The Crystal Method DJing. According to a statement, the concert will be "the unparalleled sonic and visual experience," so adjust your expectations. That aerial view seems to be of the Glen Helen Amphitheater (formerly the San Manuel Amphitheater) in San Bernardino, which known for being the largest outdoor venue in the United States: On their site, the band hints that they will be performing with "an additional SPECIAL GUEST to be announced soon." Place your bets, folks. The description continues: "Quite simply, fans of TOOL will not want to miss this SUMMER HAPPENING featuring critically acclaimed bands (and friends) on a stage where anything can happen." The band is reportedly working on a new album, their first since 2006's 10,000 Days. (Billboard)

Foxygen's Jonathan Rado Covering Springsteen's 'Born to Run' Album, Listen to 'Thunder Road'. Foxygen's Jonathan Rado is recording a full-album cover of Bruce Springsteen's 1975 classic Born To Run for Turntable Kitchen's Sounds Delicious, the vinyl subscription service that's already given us Yumi Zouma's take on Oasis' (What's The Story) Morning Glory?. "I'm recording Born To Run by the Boss, one of my favorite records of all time -- also one of the highest grossing records of all time," Rado says about the project. "I've always wondered though, what it would sound like if Bruce had recorded this deep into his Nebraska home-recording phase. Like, what would it sound like if he made Born To Run at home & played all the instruments? I'm gearing up to find out (on this week's diners drive-ins and dives)." Pre-order it here. (Billboard)

James Corden's 'Carpool Karaoke' Gets Second Primetime Special. The hour-long telecast will air May 22 on CBS. James Corden's "Carpool Karaoke" is returning to primetime. The hugely popular Late Late Show segment will be the subject of a second primetime special set to air in May. The hour-long telecast will feature new "Carpool Karaoke" and "Toddlerography" segments, as well as highlight Corden's favorite clips from his CBS late-night show. Featured guests and additional details will be announced closer to the special's May 22 airdate. The installment comes roughly a year after the first Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special, which featured special guest Jennifer Lopez. The special drew a 0.9 rating among adults 18-49 in live numbers and won an Emmy for outstanding variety special. The 2017 edition also comes as Apple Music, in conjunction with producer CBS TV Studios, prepares to launch a Carpool Karaoke series that will feature a revolving group of guest hosts in place of Corden. Corden's other popular Late Late Show segment, "Drop the Mic," is also getting its own series on TBS later this year. "Carpool Karaoke" isn't the only late-night segment receiving the primetime treatment. NBC is set to roll out several Weekend Update specials based on the long-running Saturday Night Live segment in August. The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special 2017 airs Monday, May 22, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. (Billboard)

J. Geils, the Prototypical All-Around Guitarist: An Appreciation. "I've never considered myself just a blues player or just a rock player or anything like that. I just go with whatever it feels right to play at the time." Peter Wolf might have gotten the (deserved) spotlight in the J. Geils Band. But anyone who paid attention knew that John Warren "J." Geils Jr. himself was the Boston group's secret weapon. Geils -- who was found dead on Tuesday (April 11) in his home in Groton, Massachusetts, at the age of 71 -- was a prototypical all-around guitarist, with a facile touch that made him tight as a sealed envelope playing rhythm and electrifying as a soloist. The Geils Band's broad stylistic reach reflected the Geils man's own diverse tastes during his tenure with the group through 2011. He was as comfortable, and adept, at playing the gritty rhythm & blues of "Pack Fair and Square" and "Homework" as he was the crunchy rock of "Detroit Breakdown," "Love Stinks" and "Just Can't Wait" -- with side trips into reggae, jazz, straight blues and more. "Duke Ellington said there's only two kinds of music -- good and band -- and I always adhered to that," Geils told Billboard during the mid-'90s, when he launched the band Bluestime with Geils harmonica player "Magic" Dick Salwitz. "I've never considered myself just a blues player or just a rock player or anything like that. I just go with whatever it feels right to play at the time." Ellington was, in fact, one of Geils' earliest musical touchstones. Born in New York City and raised in Far Hills, New Jersey, Geils was schooled on his father's jazz albums, listening to Ellington, Count Basie and Benny Goodman records at home and checking out Louis Armstrong in concert as a youth. He learned trumpet -- which he played in the Northeastern University marching band -- and drums first, then gravitated to guitar after hearing Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf and other blues pioneers on the radio. "That music felt very real to me -- very raw, very much from the gut," Geils said. "It really became the foundation for everything that came later." Geils also became a fan of the Boston folk scene and met the other members of the J. Geils Blues Band after he transferred from Northeastern to the Worcester Polytechnic Institute to study mechanical engineering. "The reason the band got named the J. Geils Band is J. was working with a manager who wouldn't let me or anyone else work with J. unless we kept it under that name," Wolf recalled during 2012, after Geils and the band became embroiled in a bitter legal dispute over the name. Wolf added: "By the time we got to the Fillmore by Bill Graham, he hadn't seen us. We did the show, and after the fifth encore Bill came into the dressing room, wrapped his arms around me and said, 'J. you were fantastic.' I said, 'Bill, it's a pleasure to meet you, but I'm not J.' 'You're not?' It became a ritual; Bill and I would go out and have lunch or dinner, and after the second glass of wine he'd go on this thing: 'You've got to change the name of the band. It's so confusing.' But it stuck, just like Booker T. & the MG's." The name was not an issue -- and, if anything, was an intriguing curio not unlike Jethro or Uriah Heep -- during the Geils Band's initial run to 1985 and again when the band reunited in 1999. But group manager John Baruck said in 2012 that "it was always a struggle to get J. into the fold" for the group's reunion concerts and tours. His ouster from the band started in November 2011, when Geils informed the others that he had filed for a trademark on the group name with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2008 and received it the following year. The group filed a challenge to Geils' trademark claim, citing a 1982 agreement limiting the guitarist's use of the band name or even his abbreviated J. Geils stage name outside of the group. Geils and Francesca Records, the label he co-owned, responded with the suit in U.S. District Court alleging "trademark infringement and deceptive business practices" if the other band members continued to use the J. Geils Band name. The J. Geils Band, sans Geils and with Duke Levine and Kevin Barry on guitar, continued touring despite the legalities. No details on a settlement have ever been revealed. Outside the Geils Band, the guitarist produced an album for Geils bassist Danny Klein before forming Bluestime. He was also part of the New Guitar Summit with Duke Robillard and Gerry Beaudoin and produced an album for blues rockers the Installers, Nail It!, in 2004 and occasionally joined the band onstage. During the '00s, he returned to jazz for a pair of solo albums as well as teaming with Beaudoin again for the Kings of Strings. Geils also enjoyed a lifelong passion for restoring and driving sports cars as well as racing, and he started the KTR European Motorsports shop, eventually selling it in 1996. Geils has been scarce in recent years, but he never envisioned an end to his music career. "Y'know, the music I play -- blues, jazz -- is timeless," he said. "It's not trendy. It's not always in fashion, but it's never out of fashion either, I don't think. It holds up." (Billboard)

Paramore Cover Radiohead's 'House of Cards' With Zac Farro. Returning Paramore member Zac Farro has a side project called Halfnoise, and at a recent show in Nashville, he invited his old bandmates Taylor York and Hayley Williams onstage to perform together for the first time in seven years. As NME points out, Williams and Farro duetted a cover of Radiohead's "House of Cards." (Billboard)

Grammy and Emmy award-winning entertainer Harry Connick Jr. will sing the national anthem at the Kentucky Derby next month. The jazzman, actor and former "American Idol" judge will perform the anthem in the Derby Winner's Circle at Churchill Downs on May 6. His performance before more than 160,000 fans will be broadcast live as part of NBC's coverage of the 143rd running of the Derby. Connick has performed the anthem at the Super Bowl and World Series but says it will be his first time at the Derby. He says he expects the crowd to be among the best he's performed for. Connick was born in New Orleans and lives in Connecticut. Previous Derby national anthem singers include Lady Antebellum, Mary J. Blige, Jordin Sparks, Rascal Flatts and LeAnn Rimes. (Page Six)

An exhaustive New Yorker profile on Paul Tollett -- the guru behind music fest Coachella -- has rabid fans of reclusive UK singer Kate Bush freaking. While the New Yorker piece mentions bigger acts than Bush -- reporting that headliners such as Radiohead receive up to $4?million to play -- a quote suggesting the fest turned away Bush from performing has made the most waves. WME agent Marc Geiger, who co-founded Lollapalooza, says of negotiating with Tollett to book the fest: "I'll say, 'Kate Bush!' .?.?. And he'll go, 'No! .?.?. No one is going to understand it.'?" Bush rarely performs in public: She sold out 22 dates of an elaborate live show in London in 2014 that marked her first concerts since 1979. The report that Coachella turned down what would have been Bush's first US show went viral. But Bush's rep told us, "She had no intention of playing [live] outside of the London venue [in 2014] .?.?. so no conversations or approaches were made to any festivals, including Coachella." Plus, WME does not even rep Bush. Sources said Geiger named Bush hypothetically. (Page Six)


Kathryn Bigelow's 'Detroit' Riots Trailer: John Boyega Tackles a "City of War". John Krasinski, John Boyega and Anthony Mackie star in the Annapurna drama. The first trailer for Kathryn Bigelow's new movie Detroit has been released. John Boyega, John Krasinski, Anthony Mackie, Will Poulter and Jacob Latimore are among the cast of the drama, which tells the gripping story of one of the darkest moments during the civil unrest that rocked Detroit in the summer of 1967. "I'll sleep when they stop rioting," says Boyega in the tense preview, also telling a friend. "I need you to survive the night." Annapurna Pictures releases Detroit on August 4. (Hollywood Reporter)

Lucasfilm to Bring 'Star Wars' Virtual Reality Headsets to Hospitals for Kids. Children will get to meet BB-8 in a galaxy far, far away thanks to a 'Force for Change' partnership. Young Star Wars fans in need of an adventure are going to get it with help from a new program from a galaxy far, far away. Starlight Virtual Reality, a new VR initiative launching later this year, will put 270 VR headsets into hospitals across the country, and will feature content from the Star Wars universe, as well as from Google Expeditions, Daydream, Google Earth VR and Tilt Brush. Star Wars: Force for Change is the founding sponsor of the program, which is receiving additional funding from Niagara Cares and VR technology powered by Google. "We're excited to announce the launch of Starlight VR, which we believe will be a game changer in the pediatric health care space," said Chris Helfrich, CEO of Starlight Children's Foundation. "We're excited to have Lucasfilm and Disney, Google and Niagara Cares alongside us as we harness the power of virtual reality to bring more smiles to hospitalized kids when and where they need it most." The program will also provide Starlight Brave Gowns, high-quality (and certainly more fun) garments for the children to wear -- and it will facilitate visits from celebrities. "At Lucasfilm and ILMxLAB, we strive to make the impossible, possible and to deliver stories that inspire and entertain," said Vicki Dobbs Beck, Executive in charge, ILMxLab. "We are honored to use our immersive storytelling to spark children's imaginations during the hospital stay." The Meet BB-8 experience will be available at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, Fla., this week and then will part of the Starlight VR program. "We're thrilled to support this Starlight program and use our virtual reality technology for good in hospitals around the United States," said Amit Singh, vp Virtual Reality at Google. The new initiative comes as Star Wars stars Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridley announced a new Force for Change fundraising campaign Tuesday that will see winners get a trip to the Star Wars: The Last Jedi premiere, an overnight visit to Skywalker Ranch, as well as a possible walk-on role in the young Han Solo movie. The Starlight Virtual Reality collaboration launches Wednesday at Florida Hospital for Children in Orlando, ahead of Star Wars Celebration beginning Thursday in the city. (Hollywood Reporter)

'Star Wars' Celebration: What Could Happen, What Should Happen. 'The Last Jedi' trailer is a no-brainer for when the festivities kick off Thursday, but what about third spin-off movie details or a Han Solo title? Jedi and Sith alike are about to head to sunny Orlando, Fla. Where Star Wars Celebration will kick off Thursday. Heat Vision's Aaron Couch and Graeme McMillan won't be taking the trip (follow contributor Chris Hartwell for updates from the ground), but that doesn't mean they can't speculate about what should and could be revealed at the festivities. Graeme MicMillan: Okay, start with the obvious one. The Last Jedi trailer. It's about time, right? And I say that as someone who thought that our colleague Ryan Parker was too impatient back in January. But the first Rogue One trailer came out in April last year, and a 40th anniversary celebration of the entire franchise feels like the ideal place to drop the first look at the next chapter for Luke, Rey and all our other favorites, surely. Plus, let's be honest: if Celebration goes by and there's not a glimpse at The Last Jedi, we're all going to be really bummed. Aaron Couch: This is all but guaranteed to drop Friday morning during The Last Jedi panel. We all forget that it was such a long wait for the Rogue One trailer ... but also there's no comparing the anticipation for a Skywalker Saga film (Luke's first words! Rey's parents!) to one of the standalones. This has to be the biggest film of the past 15 years to have such a short window between the first trailer and release. (Justice League gave us a teaser trailer a full 15 months before the movie's release date.) Serious question: how much more about The Last Jedi will be revealed? Could we learn something as crazy as Hayden Christensen is returning as Force ghost?" He is going to be at Thursday's opening day panel... McMillan: I'll only accept Christensen's return if Anakin's ghost just complains about sand all the time. If that's not what he's going to talk about, I'm not interested. Is it too early for announcements for new movies? There was a point before The Force Awakens when we knew about two "Star Wars Story" movies as well as the next Saga installment. With Rogue One out, is it too early to start teasing the "Star Wars Story" movie for 2020? Couch: There's quite a mystery as to what happens after 2019's Episode IX. I don't expect we'll get clarity on if there's a fourth trilogy. And we don't need that yet (watching Marvel's Age of Ultron already knowing Civil War and Infinity War were coming lowered the stakes for me), but how about a Boba Fett/Bounty Hunters announcement? Or an Obi-Wan movie? (Though I don't know how compelling Ewan McGregor moping around the desert would be.) We know Disney is already discussing what the next 15 years of movies look like, so why not at least announce a spinoff? It's unlikely it'll be anything people haven't speculated about anyway. McMillan: Celebration might also be a good place to drop some more information about the Han Solo movie, as well. Like, for example, what's the title of the damn thing? Seriously, we can't keep calling it "Untitled Han Solo solo movie," if only because it sounds like we're repeating ourselves. Hoping for a plot synopsis this far out might be unlikely, given the by-now-traditional level of secrecy surrounding any Star Wars project, but learning anything else about it would be welcome. Spoiler: I may also be excited at the very prospect of seeing Donald Glover on stage driving the fans wild. Couch: This is also the first Celebration since the passing of Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill's tribute panel will likely be a highlight of the week. McMIllan: That one is just going to make everyone an emotional wreck, I'm sure. You just know it's going to be funny and heartbreaking at the same time. Are you expecting any surprise news? I admit that I'm eyeing the Thursday morning "40 Years of Star Wars" panel and anticipating whatever lives up to the promise of "many not-to-be-missed surprises." But what could it be? Couch: Last Celebration, there was remarkably little news. What I want to happen at the 40 Years of Star Wars panel: a third spin-off movie dated for 2020, as well as who is directing it. What I think will happen: we'll get just the subject of the third spinoff. My money is on a Bounty Hunters movie set in the pre-Force Awakens "past." What would be truly surprising is if it takes place in the "present" of the Force Awakens/Last Jedi trilogy. (Hollywood Reporter)


Fear Factor Revived by MTV with Ludacris as Host. Fear Factor lives again. E! News has confirmed MTV has revived the fan-favorite NBC reality show with a 12-episode reboot hosted and executive produced by Ludacris. However, this time don't expect as many insect challenges, the new series, which premieres Tuesday, May 30 at 10 p.m. on MTV, will have segments inspired by urban legends, scary movies and everyday anxiety-inducing happenings, like rescuing personal cell phones from extreme heights. Each episode will feature eight contestants in four teams of two, like best friends, co-workers, exes, siblings, etc., according to a press release. "MTV is about celebrating youth culture, and with the reinvented Fear Factor, we are putting the power in our audience's hands to face and overcome their biggest fears," Chris McCarthy , president of MTV, VH1 and Logo, said in a statement. "We are thrilled to partner with Ludacris, one of the biggest global stars who has a rich history with MTV, to energize this franchise for a whole new generation." Original executive producers Anthony Carbone and Kevin Wehrenberg will return to the show alongside Charles Watcher, Rob Smith and Robin Feinberg. Fear Factor premiered in 2001 and ran for six seasons on NBC. This isn't the first Fear Factor revival either; NBC brought it and original host Joe Rogan back in 2011 for a season of challenges. MTV has also signed a development deal with the rapper-actor. "I am excited to kick off my partnership with MTV, starting with the relaunch of Fear Factor, which will be even more insane and ludicrous than what you remember," Ludacris said in a statement. "This will be the first of many great projects together." Fear Factor premieres Tuesday, May 30 at 10 p.m. on MTV. (Eonline)

Switched at Birth Series Finale: How Did It All End? The Kennish/Vasquez clan said their goodbyes on Tuesday night's series finale of Freeform's Switched at Birth, and it was both a beautiful ending and a beautiful beginning for the entire family. Bay (Vanessa Marano) decided that instead of moving to Japan with Travis (Ryan Lane), they would continue their relationship long distance, and her ex Emmet (Sean Berdy) would go with him in her place, which makes sense, given that Travis' vision of her in Japan mostly included meditation and temple visiting, and she was starting to make strides in the tattoo world. Daphne (Katie Leclerc), meanwhile, was totally shut down in an interview for an orthopedic surgery internship, but she reunited with Mingo (Adam Hagenbuch) and really stuck it to the jerk who kicked her out of his office for being deaf. Kathryn (Lea Thompson), while reminiscing about how it had been five years since they discovered the switch, found a second DNA test that John (D.W. Moffett) had taken alone a month before the test that they all took. For that whole month, he knew Bay wasn't his daughter, but he stayed with the family anyway. Elsewhere, Regina (Constance Marie) broke up with Luca (Michael Galante) and begged Eric (Terrell Tilford) to turn himself in so that they could eventually be together, and she decided she was getting her own place and raising Eric's son Will. And Toby (Lucas Grabeel) may have found his calling, working with people with disabilities. The series ended with the entire family lying on the grass in the front yard, staring up at a rare comet together, reminding themselves how lucky they are. What did you think of the finale? (Eonline)

Will Megyn Kelly kick off her NBC career with a news-breaking interview with Vladimir Putin? NBC News chairman Andy Lack has been in Russia this week, trying to land an interview with the Russian president for the network. The big question is, if Lack succeeds, will the "biggest get on the planet" go to Kelly to debut her Sunday night news magazine show? Or would "Today's" Matt Lauer or "Nightly News'?" Lester Holt pull rank and steal the scoop? NBC insiders say it is not yet clear. One told Page Six, "Andy Lack has been in Russia having meetings to land an interview with Putin," adding that Lack was hoping to meet with the Russian strongman's spokesman Dmitry Peskov. The source continued that Lack's Russia trip was on the back of a tour of NBC's European bureaus and meetings in Lyon, France, with Euronews -- a television network that NBC announced it had acquired a 25 percent stake of in February -- amid hopes it will compete with CNN. Euronews reaches 277 million households across Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Given the FBI investigation into possible links between the Trump campaign and Russia, plus the crisis in Syria, a hard-hitting news interview with Putin could run across all NBC and Euronews platforms, exposing Kelly to an international audience. The source added, "It is not clear who would do the Putin interview. News chiefs decide based on who would be best for the job. This isn't Megyn's interview -- yet." Kelly was finally released from her Fox News contract last week, and she is expected to launch her daytime NBC show -- at either 9 or 10?a.m. -- in the fall. But her Sunday night show is likely to start as soon as this summer, and is already staffing up. An NBC News rep declined to comment. Meanwhile, Lack will have to eat some humble pie with the Russians. In a 2015 interview, Lack claimed RT, the Russian government-sponsored news channel, was pushing the Islamic State's point of view. RT responded that it was "outraged," and, "We see this as an international scandal and demand an explanation." (Page Six)

No lie: "Full House," "7th Heaven" and "Step By Step" were what our '90s sitcom dreams were made of. But since everything old is new again, stars Jodie Sweetin, Beverley Mitchell and Christine Lakin have teamed up for a brand new Pop TV series "Hollywood Darlings." The improvised series features the actresses playing exaggerated versions of themselves as they poking fun at their child star pasts, missed milestones and navigate awkward fan encounters. Sweetin, Mitchell and Lakin stopped by Studio TooFab to spill on their unique upbringings, fan questions they just can't escape and career regrets. Jodie Sweetin Almost Played Jen Lindley Can you imagine "Dawson's Creek" without star Michelle Williams? While Lakin jokingly laments turning down a gig on "The Wire" during episode of "Hollywood Darlings," Sweetin considered saying 'No' to the role of Jen Lindley in real life. "I screen tested for 'Dawson's Creek,'" she told TooFab. "I remember at the time thinking, 'Oh, it shoots in North Carolina, I don't wanna go.' I was getting close enough to where it was one of those things I had to consider. I was in high school at the time. It didn't happen, but I might have been like, 'I don't wanna move.' Dumb." "7th Heaven's" Happy Is In Doggie Heaven Each of the women revealed which question they get most often from their fans. "I got asked before if I ever met anyone from 'Full House' and I wasn't sure how to answer that," Sweetin said. "I get a lot of questions about Happy the dog," added Beverley Mitchell, referencing the Camden's pet pooch. "A lot of people loved Happy." Sadly, Happy is no longer with us. "Him and Comet are off doing their sitcom right now," joked Sweetin. "Over the Rainbow Bridge," added Bev. Lakin's "Step By Step" Sis Is a Lawyer Christine said she's often asked about reuniting with her costars for a potential reboot, but the stars might be hard to nail down. "They ask me a lot about a reboot, if I'm still in touch with the cast. Most of the cast has gone on to do other things," Lakin told TooFab. "Most of the kids scattered after the show and went into different careers." "Staci Keanan is a lawyer now," she said. "Christopher Castile is a history teacher. Patrick Duffy is fishing. It would be so fun to get everyone back together. Patrick said once before, 'If it's you I'll come down to do anything. Otherwise it's bass season.'" Jodie Sweetin Drives a Minivan On the show, the ladies all play extreme versions of themselves, but "I think they took elements that are unique to us," said Mitchell. "I tend to be a little more organized and over prepared and a little more of the Type A, so we just took it all the way." "Beverly and I are at opposite ends of the spectrum [on the show]" added Sweetin, whose character complains after the other women suggest she buy a minivan. "In real life, I like my life organized. The minivan in it is actually my real minivan!" "I'm the free spirit, I'm the hippy dippy one, I'm kind of lovable goofball, which I really probably am in real life, but we of course take it to an extreme for comedic effect," added Lakin. "The friendship under all of it is something that's never going away. The three of us grew up knowing each other and having a very unique outlook on life and that's something that is always going to bond us." They Worked the Phones for Guest Stars When it came to casting a few celebrity cameos for "Hollywood Darlings," Jodie, Beverley and Christine were the ones working the phones. "These were all people that we're actually friends with in real life, we were the ones making the call, 'Hey, you want to come do an episode of our show?'" said Sweetin. "I got Patrick Duffy to come down from his ranch in Oregon," exclaimed Lakin. "I was really excited about Soleil Moon Frye coming on. She was incredible and hilarious," said Mitchell. "It was always exciting to have people come on who we knew come on and trust us because it was a little bit unnerving, nobody knew exactly what we were doing." Other '90s faces popping up: Andrew Keegan, Tamera Mowry, Heather and Nicholle Tom and Kimmy Gibbler herself, Andrea Barber. And when it comes to season two, they have their wish list: Jason Priestley, Joey McIntyre and everyone's childhood crush, Jonathan Taylor Thomas. "Hollywood Darlings" premieres Wednesday, April 12 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Pop TV. (Too Fab)

CBS, ProSieben Sign Multi-Season Renewal for 'Germany's Next Top Model'. Supermodel Heidi Klum hosts the local version, which is currently in its 12th season in Germany. Germany's ProSiebenSat.1 Group has extended the catwalk for Germany's Next Top Model, signing a multi-season renewal deal with CBS Corp.'s CBS Studios International for the local version of the hit fashion reality TV show. Germany's Next Top Model is hosted by German supermodel Heidi Klum and has been a ratings hit, and social phenomenon, since its launch in 2006. German network ProSieben is currently airing the 12th season of the show. CBS and ProSiebenSat.1 unveiled the new deal Wednesday. Financial details were not disclosed. America's Next Top Model is one of the most successful reality formats of all time. The original U.S. show is currently under license in more than 100 markets worldwide, with 20 local versions on air globally. Season 23 of America's Next Top Model premiered in December on VH1 in the U.S. The new season is presented by British singer Rita Ora, who took over from long-running host and former supermodel Tyra Banks. (Hollywood Reporter)

Bill O'Reilly Is Going On 'Vacation' Amid His Sexual Harassment Scandal -- But Will His Show Actually Return? Bill O'Reilly is taking a vacation amid his recent sexual harassment scandal... but will he be back?? On Tuesday evening, The O'Reilly Factor host announced he'd be taking some time away from the cameras for a little rest and relaxation. While this vacation may seem like the A-lister has been suspended from his popular show, the journalist was vehement that he booked the trip "last fall." Sooooo, this awkwardly timed vacation has NOTHING to do with the fact that The New York Times reported he paid $13 million to settle harassment claims?? Huh. In fact, a Fox News spokesperson even confirmed O'Reilly would be back on April 24. Bummer. Nonetheless, things still aren't looking great for the TV personality. According to NYMag, there's talk inside Fox News that Bill's most recent show will be his last. It's said the news organization has hired lawyers from renowned law firm Paul, Weiss to do a "deep dive" investigation into the 67-year-old's actions. In case you forgot,21st Century Fox brought in P,W last summer in order to investigate Roger Ailes. Apparently, the legal team is focusing on the claims made by Wendy Walsh via the company's anonymous hotline. Although Fox News co-president, Bill Shine, is reportedly eager to keep O'Reilly at the network, the Murdoch family is divided as to what to do. We have a feeling they aren't loving that around three dozen advertisers are boycotting O'Reilly. One senior staffer at Fox News noted: "It's up to the family." Specifically, it's believed that only James Murdoch is in favor of giving Bill the boot. However, James was the one who fought for Ailes' firing too and got his way. So, pretty much, O'Reilly better be sweatin' right about now. Another higher up at the news organization added: "The assumption is that he'll exit in a non-embarrassing way." Well, well! It'll be interesting to see what happens in the coming days. Stay tuned! (Perez Hilton)

A "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" background actor was picked on and refused breakfast because he was the only Asian extra on set ... at least according to the lawsuit he just filed. Kwon Kang claims he was working as extra in a cop uniform in January when he ordered an omelet from the catering truck, but an employee said he doesn't serve police officers because a cop killed his brother. According to the docs ... Kang took it as a joke and re-ordered his breakfast, and that's when all the other chefs started laughing at him. Kang claims he felt humiliated because other extras, dressed as cops, got food with no problem. He thinks the truck employees were racist. Kang says the crew eventually stopped laughing and told him he'd get his omelet -- but he never did. He claims the incident has caused him insomnia and severe emotional distress. Kang claims he filed a harassment and discrimination complaint, but was dismissed ... so now he wants NBC Universal, which owns the show, to pay him more than $500k in damages. (TMZ)

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