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Friday, April 21, 2017


Serena Williams Going on Maternity Leave and Taking a Break From Tennis After Confirming Pregnancy. Serena Williams will go on maternity leave after she welcomes her baby and will take some time off from tennis until 2018, her rep told reporters. The 35-year-old 23-time Grand Slam champion and world's highest paid female athlete, who is engaged to the social network's co-founder Alexis Ohanian, posted on her Snapchat Wednesday a selfie of her showcasing a baby bump, with the caption "20 weeks." Her rep confirmed to E! News Serena is pregnant and due to give birth this fall. Her rep told Reuters and Press Association Sport Serena would sit out the remainder of the 2017 tennis season and will return to the court in 2018. For Serena, who commands nearly $29 million in salary and sponsorship earnings, becoming pregnant makes her all the more attractive to corporate sponsors, Reuters quoted industry executives as saying. Serena has not competed since she beat sister Venus Williams to win the Women's Singles Match at the 2017 Australian Open in January, nabbing her record 23rd grand slam title, while she was two months pregnant. Last month, she withdrew from the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California and the Miami Open, citing a knee injury she suffered in 2016, which had also sidelined her for four months in late 2016 -- part of which marked the start of her first trimester of pregnancy. Serena has also taken breaks from tennis in past years, such as in 2010, when she injured her foot twice, and in 2011, when she was hospitalized for a blood clot in her lungs. Other female pro tennis stars have left the tour to have children and then successfully resumed their careers, but all have been younger than Serena. Kim Clijsters, who was 26 when she returned after her maternity leave in 2009. Belarus' Victoria Azarenka, 27, missed most of the 2016 season to have a baby and is set to resume her career this summer. (Eonline)

Celine Dion Finds It "Very Difficult" to Picture Her Life With Another Man After Rene Angelil's Death. Celine Dion isn't looking to find a new love interest anytime soon. More than a year after losing husband Rene Angelil to throat cancer, the "My Heart Will Go On" singer is sharing her perspective about getting back in the dating world. In her first U.K. interview in nearly seven years, Celine was asked about finding a new love. As of now, it's far "too soon" to even think about. "Now it is definitely too soon for me. I am definitely in love with him, married to him," Celine shared with Bizarre's Dan Wootton. "He's the love of my life. It's very difficult for me to see myself with another person." "The love that I have for him, I live it every day," she continued. "And as a woman, we do have emotions and feelings that come and go. And it's always with him. When I sing, it's with him. When I hug my kids, it's for him and it's with him. I took time to grieve and I'm still grieving." In fact, Celine believes that she will grieve for the rest of her life. As fans of the singer know, Rene is the only man she has ever kissed. In addition, Celine was just 12 years old when she was introduced to Rene by her mother. What started off as a professional relationship -- he served as Celine's manager -- later turned romantic leading to a lavish wedding in 1994. "I proved to Rene that he was there for me and I'm going to be there for him -- and I'm still there for him," Celine shared in her latest interview. "I took care of him the best way I could." As Celine continues to get used to her new normal, the Grammy winner is revealing some of the final words she shared with her husband. "When he passed, I stand by his side and I said, 'You know what, it's OK, you know you didn't deserve to suffer that much.' He was cold. I said, 'It's enough, it's enough of suffering. You gave so much, you don't deserve that,'" she explained. "I said, 'I'm fine, the kids are fine, OK, everything is going to be OK. You taught me, you taught me well. I'm going to use it.' And that's what I do every day -- so Rene will never die." (Eonline)

Family ties. Jennifer Lopez shared a happy snap on Instagram on Tuesday, April 18, of her daughter, Emme, hanging out with Alex Rodriguez's daughter Natasha. "Tashi and lulu," the Shades of Blue star, 47, captioned the pic of her 9-year-old getting a piggyback ride from the former MLB player's 12-year-old. The pic was posted a day after the "Ain't Your Mama" singer and the former Yankees player, 41, visited a nonprofit organization in the Dominican Republic, where they donated backpacks and school supplies. Lopez was in the Caribbean for a joint concert with ex-husband Marc Anthony -- her first ever show in the Dominican Republic -- on Saturday, April 15, and the new couple later visited a local nightclub where they were spotted dancing with Anthony, whose divorce from Lopez was finalized in 2014. The show of family togetherness comes a little over a month after Us Weekly broke the news that the Grammy nominee and A-Rod were dating. As previously reported, the pair were quietly seeing each other for a few weeks before their relationship made headlines in early March. Since then, the lovebirds -- who first met back in May 2005 -- have taken multiple trips together including getaways to Miami, the Bahamas and California. An insider previously told Us that Lopez and Rodriquez have clicked because "they are in the same place in their lives; they both have kids around the same age." The former American Idol judge shares twins Emme and Max with Anthony, while Rodriguez has two daughters, Natasha and Ella, 8, with his ex-wife Cynthia Scurtis. (US Weekly) Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez went on a romantic date to the ritzy Prime 112 steakhouse in Miami on Tuesday. The couple, who have been seeing each other for more than two months, was seated in the private room, which has curtains to shut out prying eyes, although they did get a visit from Lopez's friend Loren Ridinger. "It's a way more serious relationship than most people think," says a source. "He was being a gentleman. He wanted to walk in front of her on the way out to protect her." (Page Six)

Jessica Chastain's kick-ass campaign to fight the Hollywood gender paygap. "The power of 'no' means you're educating people in how to treat you". Ever since the Sony emails leak revealed the chronic pay divide between Hollywood's male and female stars, their pay has been a hot topic-now Jessica Chastain has politely but firmly made it clear that she won't take a job unless she knows what her male co-star is making. She told Variety that enough was enough. "I'm not taking jobs anymore where I'm getting paid a quarter of what the male co-star is being paid. I'm not allowing that in my life." Chastain, who became a blockbuster star following her role in Jurassic World, and has also starred in critically-acclaimed films such as Zero Dark Thirty, said that it was the Sony leak that inspired her to really look at the situation. "I remember watching Amy Pascal -- it was after the Sony hack, and she was giving a talk somewhere. She said part of the reason women don't get paid equal to men is they don't ask for more; actresses need to stop being so grateful. That really hit me. At first, I was really pissed off. And then I thought, 'She's touching on something here.' Women need to step forward and demand they're fairly compensated for their work." The Miss Sloane star said that she will not take a role unless she is told what her male co-star is being paid. She also revealed that until she changed her stance, films would only offer her what they had left over once they had paid out for the big male name. "I don't care about how much I get paid; I'm in an industry where we're overcompensated for the work we do. But I don't want to be on a set where I'm doing the same work as someone else and they're getting five times what I'm getting." "Now, if someone comes to me and has an offer but wants to wait, I'm like, 'Goodbye'. If you want me in your film, do a favored-nation clause. Don't determine my worth based on what's left over." She said that her stance had resulted in her losing out on a role in a major film, because they refused to tell her what her co-star's pay would be. "For me, it wasn't about the money; it was an old-fashioned problem of the wage gap. I turned it down, and they didn't come back. I remember afterwards I was like, 'What did I do? Maybe it was a mistake.' But it wasn't, because everyone in the studio system heard what I did. So what you're doing is creating a reputation: Don't bring Jessica something where she's not being fairly compensated compared to the male actor. Even though I lost that film, I've created a boundary. I drew a line in the sand. "The power of 'no' means you're educating people in how to treat you." (British Glamour)

'Facts of Life' star Charlotte Rae: 'Alcohol became my drug of choice.' Charlotte Rae is best known for playing beloved housemother Edna Garrett on the 1980s hit sitcom "The Facts of Life," but things were no laughing matter off-screen before her years on set. The 90-year-old actress recently unveiled a memoir, "The Facts of My Life," and she got candid about her battle with alcoholism. "Alcohol became my drug of choice so I could get sleep at night," Rae told Fox News. "It was difficult. I was doing 'Sesame Street' [1971-1972] as Molly the Mail Lady and I had to get to sleep so I could get up for the kids and do the TV show Monday-Friday." Rae was drinking alcohol long before that, though. When she was enrolled as a student at Northwestern University in Illinois, she and classmates would go to Chicago to find alcohol because their area was "dry." "We would get a shot of whiskey and chase it with beer," she said. "That was the thing to do." After Rae graduated, she met her husband, composer John Strauss, in the Adirondack Mountains in New York, where he was an industry musician and she an entertainer at a summer resort. "He would say, 'Why don't we get a bottle instead of sitting by the bar? It's cheaper! We'll go up to your room and drink,'" she recalled. "And then I became very, very used to drinking. We were real drinking buddies." When Rae gave birth to her eldest son, Andy, doctors informed her that he was autistic and mentally disabled. That further led her to a downward spiral. It wasn't until a friend advised her to attend Alcoholics Anonymous that she ultimately decided to seek help in her 40s. "After the wrap party for 'Sesame Street,' I went over to a meeting," she said. "I was expecting to see a bunch of bums with red noses and burlap flying around. No -- I saw a lot of well dressed, beautiful people. At the end of the meeting, we all held hands and said the Lord's Prayer. And I wept. That was the beginning of my sobriety. I'm now 42 years sober." Rae's troubles wouldn't end there. Strauss ultimately got help for his own addiction after doctors told him his liver was five times the normal size. While he was getting help, he made a shocking revelation. "He confessed to his sponsor [at AA] that he had homosexual experiences and thought he was bisexual," said Rae. "The sponsor said, 'You have to tell your wife.' So he did. When he told me, I thought I was going to faint. I couldn't believe it. We were very, very close ... I drove to my friend's house and she said, 'God is opening the gate. It's good for you to know.' It was tough, but I never, never said anything about John to my children. Never. We continued to be friends. It was very painful, but because of my support system and my admiration for him, I survived and went on." The marriage ended in divorce and Rae would eventually meet Strauss' new partner. "He called me and said, 'What do you think of Lionel [Friedman]?' I said, 'Well, I think he's a very nice, fine Jewish boy!'" said Rae. Strauss died in 2011 at the age of 90 from Parkinson's disease. Rae said the two remained friends and that he was "sober for a long, long time" before his passing. These days, Rae stays busy. Not only is she still acting, but she also stays in touch with her "Facts of Life" family. Rae told Fox News that actresses Lisa Whelchel (Blair), Kim Fields (Tootie), Mindy Cohn (Natalie) and Nancy McKeon (Jo) all have children and are happily enjoying their private lives as adults with growing families. And when Fields participated on "Dancing with the Stars" in 2016, Rae was right in the studio cheering her on. Rae isn't surprised that "Facts of Life" continues to be adored by fans. "The show touched on issues that could bring parents and children together," she explained. "And people enjoyed it. When I did a book signing at Barnes and Noble, I noticed there were a lot of people who stood in line and they told me that I meant so much to them ... They were very attached to Mrs. Garrett. And they all wanted a hug from me! And I gave it to them. All of them." (PageSix)

When, not if, Carmelo or La La Anthony pull the divorce trigger, there will be a road map on how they will divide their $200 plus million fortune. Sources connected to the couple tell us they signed a prenup before getting hitched in 2010. We're told the prenup benefits Carmelo way more than La La, and for obvious reasons. He in the middle of a $124 million contract with the Knicks and has earned north of $200 in his career. Melo has a lot more in the money dept. He's been a top brand ambassador to the Jordan brand and Foot Locker. As for La La ... she was making money as an MTV VJ when they met and has continued to work through the marriage as an actress, model and producer, but obviously she's made way less than him. All that said, prenups are not necessarily airtight and are frequently challenged by the person who ends up with the short end of the stick. These challenges almost always result in a settlement where the person with the money antes up more than required under the written agreement. One other thing. Some prenups actually include "cheating clauses," which entitle the non-cheating party to more money if the spouse strayed. As we reported, a woman claims she's pregnant with Melo's kid. We don't know if this clause is included in their prenup. (TMZ)

Drake has cut one of his fans a huge break ... we've learned he's told authorities to drop a felony burglary case against the Pennsylvania woman for breaking into his house and guzzling his sodas. Sources involved in the case tell us ... Drake's lawyer has contacted the L.A. County D.A. and made it clear the rapper will not cooperate in any prosecution of the lady who somehow got into his Hidden Hills mansion, slipped on one of his hoodies and then helped herself to a Pepsi, Sprite and Fiji Water. We're told Drake believes the woman has mental issues and thinks it would be cruel to make her a felon and send her to prison for the April 3 incident where no one was hurt and little was taken. In a case like this, there's no way the D.A. would press on and prosecute without his cooperation. Break cut. (TMZ)

Flo Rida has a 7-month-old baby boy in NYC, but he's not in the child's life and he's not paying support ... according to the baby mama who's now taking him to court. Alexis Adams says in docs, obtained by TMZ, she and Flo hooked up in December 2015, and had relations into mid-January 2016. She says little Zohar Paxton was born in September. We're told Alexis is saying the child has hydrocephalus, water on the brain, and she's struggling to cover medical expenses for his treatment. According to the docs, Flo has yet to acknowledge he's the father ... despite the fact a paternity test in December 2016 showed a 99.99% chance the kid is his. Alexis included the test results in her filing. She's asking the court to grant her child support. We've reached out to Flo Rida's camp, but no word back yet. (TMZ)

Charlie Murphy's family and friends gathered in New Jersey on Wednesday evening to celebrate the late comedian's life. Dave Chappelle, George Lopez, Cedric the Entertainer and more paid their respects, one week after Murphy passed away at the age of 57after a battle with leukemia. "Tonite [sic] we joined Family n Friends to pay tribute and lay to rest our brother the Legendary #charliemurphy," Cedric captioned a group photo that also included Neal Brennan, Eddie Griffin, Affion Crockett, Donnell Rawlings and D.L. Hughley. "We love you charlie RIP keep doing it big," Rawlings captioned a different photo of the friends. Murphy, who is Eddie Murphy's older brother, died in a New York City hospital on Apr. 12. His manager said he had been battling leukemia and going through chemotherapy treatment. After learning of his death, Chris Rock, Kevin Hart, Ice Cube and many more took to social media to remember the late comedian, who rose to fame as a recurring performer on Comedy Central's Chappelle's Show from 2003-4. "Our hearts are heavy with the loss today of our son, brother, father, uncle, and friend Charlie," the Murphy family said in statement. "Charlie filled our family with love and laughter, and there won't be a day that goes by that his presence will not be missed. Thank you for the outpouring of condolences and prayers. We respectfully ask for privacy during this time of great loss for all of us." (People)


Chris Evans set to make Broadway debut. Chris Evans will make his Broadway debut in Kenneth Lonergan's play "Lobby Hero," starring opposite Michael Cera in a production that will reopen the newly renovated Helen Hayes Theater and launch the Broadway programming of the nonprofit Second Stage Theater. "Lobby Hero," set to begin in March 2018, is part of an ambitious Broadway plan for Second Stage that also encompasses a new production of Young Jean Lee's "Straight White Men," as well as the co-commissioning of new plays by top-tier playwrights including Lynn Nottage and Paula Vogel, two Pulitzer winners whose latest plays are currently running on Broadway. The kickoff next year will mark the culmination of an expansion that Second Stage has planned for a decade. The nonprofit, which produced shows including "Dear Evan Hansen" and "The 20th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" before they hit Broadway, had first announced its intentions to buy Broadway's 600-seat Helen Hayes Theater in 2008, but the purchase wasn't finalized until 2015. The company's Broadway outpost comes to fruition with an impressive slate of notable names attached, starting with Evans and Cera in a revival of the 2001 play by Lonergan ("Manchester by the Sea"). Trip Cullman, whose productions of "Six Degrees of Separation" and "Significant Other" are currently on Broadway, will direct the show about a security guard, his boss, a rookie cop and her wild-card partner. Evans' Broadway run in "Lobby Hero" will be part of his growing roster of work beyond the actor's many stints playing Captain America in Marvel's "Avengers" franchise. Evans recently starred in Marc Webb's drama "Gifted," and he directed, produced and starred in the 2014 film "Before We Go." After "Lobby Hero" comes "Straight White Men" in July 2018, by downtown favorite Lee in her Broadway debut. Anna D. Shapiro ("August: Osage County," "Fish in the Dark") will direct. Beyond that, Second Stage's Broadway house will also present new work from its the new co-commissioning program, Stage-2-Stage, in partnership with Los Angeles' Center Theater Group. Nottage, Vogel, Lee, Jon Robin Baitz ("Other Desert Cities"), Will Eno ("Wakey Wakey") and Lisa Kron ("Fun Home") make up the first batch of writers co-commissioned for the program, which will see each play get an initial production at CTG before moving to New York. (Stage-2-Stage is one of several new commissioning partnerships for CTG, which will also team with the Goodman, the Royal Court and the National Theater to develop new work.) Second Stage will also co-commission a new play from Bess Wohl (who turned heads with Off Broadway's "Small Mouth Sounds") with Williamstown Theater Festival and works by Lydia R. Diamond ("Stick Fly") and Dominique Morisseau ("Skeleton Crew"), in association with Atlanta's True Colors Theater. Second Stage has also announced a second title for the 2017-18 season at its Off Broadway space. The New York premiere of Tracy Letts' "Mary Page Marlowe" has joined the company's upcoming revival of Harvey Fierstein's "Torch Song " on the Off Broadway slate. (PageSix)

Kate Middleton Reveals She Felt "Lonely" in Motherhood as the Royals Use Their Private Struggles to Put Their People at Ease. The royals are reaching out. As Prince William, Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton and Prince Harry forge ahead in their quest to rid Britain of the stigmas surrounding mental health as founders of the Heads Together campaign, they are leaning on their own personal battles to bridge the gap to their people. While the wildly famous and revered mother of two can seem miles away from the rest of the country's women raising children, the 35-year-old recently assured a group of fellow mothers at West London High School on Thursday that feeling isolated after having children is not foreign to her. "Yes, it is lonely at times and you do feel quite isolated, but actually so many other mothers are going through exactly what you are going through," she opened up. "It is being brave enough, like you obviously were, to reach out to those around you." The duchess also tipped her hat to her brother-in-law, Prince Harry, for recently admitting he spent 20 years shutting down his emotions after the death of his mother, Princess Diana. "We all felt there was very much a campaign to get everyone talking and have these conversations, (so) we've got to do the same...he's been brilliant," she said while hosting runners for their 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon at Kensington Palace on Wednesday. Their willingness to open old wounds is rooted partly in Diana's legacy. "What my mother believed in is if the fact that you are in a position of privilege or a position of responsibility and if you can put your name to something that you genuinely believe in... then you can smash any stigma you want," Harry said during an interview on Bryony Gordon's Mad World. While they keep on sparking these crucial conversations both in England and across the pond (with the help of Lady Gaga here in the United States), they highlight the importance of continuing the conversation in therapy. "[Sometimes] I don't actually need your advice," Harry said during the interview. "I just need you to listen to me." You certainly have our ear, Prince Harry. (Eonline)

At 73, Lauren Hutton is modeling underwear. Calvin Klein has enlisted 73-year-old model and actress Lauren Hutton to star in its latest underwear campaign. Hutton appears in the campaign wearing an open blouse and a bra. In a video, she relates a lighthearted story about quickly walking across a courtyard to avoid advances from men. She says she finally agreed to join one for a ride in his pickup truck. The fashion house says Hutton was hand-picked for the campaign by director Sofia Coppola, who is in charge of the promotion. Calvin Klein says Hutton has been friends with Coppola's family for more than 30 years. Other participants include actresses Rashida Jones and Kirsten Dunst. (PageSix)

Erika Jayne's Unicorn Mirrorball Trophy May Be the Best Gift She Received From Dancing With the Stars. There's just something about a unicorn that gets Erika Jayne every single time. After the Dancing With the Stars contestant and her partner Gleb Savchenko were eliminated from the ABC series this week, the couple didn't walk away completely empty-handed. On Tuesday's Good Morning America, Lara Spencer gifted the pair a special unicorn mirrorball trophy. If you think the reality star gave zero f--ks about the gift, you couldn't be more wrong. As it turns out, the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star can't get enough of the personalized item. In a series of Instagram stories, Erika documented her journey through JFK Airport in New York where she tried to get her trophy safely back to Los Angeles on a Delta flight. "Oh hey, we're traveling commercial. Who knew?" she joked Wednesday morning after packing her prize in her Gucci handbag. "Thank you GMA. Thank you Lara Spencer." After getting through security with no problems, Erika couldn't help but showcase her trophy to fans and even an excited Shake Shack employee. "Let's be serious. It's all about Shake Shack in the morning," she shared while dancing through the terminal. "Yes, Shake Shack! I would like a regular cheeseburger." "And for the peanut gallery that's going to criticize my waltz in front of the Shake Shack, see this right there, that's the real winner right there baby," she continued while pointing to her mirrorball. In case there was any doubt, Erika returned home to sunny Los Angeles safe and sound with her present from ABC. The reality star even drove by The Grove and the Dancing With the Stars studios to relive a few special memories. "It felt great. We ended on a high note," Erika shared with ABC after dancing to Sia's "Unforgettable" from Finding Dory. "It was beautiful. It was emotional. We worked hard. I'm proud of us." Dancing With the Stars airs Monday nights at 8 p.m. on ABC. (Eonline)

Mariah Carey threw a surprise birthday party for her manager Stella Bulochnikov at Catch LA. The diva gifted the birthday girl, 44, a $34,000 Louis Vuitton trunk. "She wheeled it out of the back room and carried sparklers. She was followed by waitresses with more sparklers and Champagne," a spy said. Carey's tunes played for the intimate crowd that included Bulochnikov's dad. "Stella was all smiles from beginning to end. Her daughters even gave her a Balenciaga bag," the source said. "The most exquisite girl inside and out with such a beautiful and festive soul. You give life to everything you touch. #mimi #family #rideordie #f–kingloveyou @mariahcarey," the thankful birthday girl captioned a photo. (Page Six)

The Palins are celebrating a special birthday! Sarah Palin showered her son Trig with sweet messages and lots of love on Wednesday in honor of her youngest child's 9th birthday. "Happy Birthday Best Boy in the World! (Usually. Sometimes.) Love, Your Family," the former vice presidential candidate, 53, captioned a photo of Trig on Facebook. In addition, the proud mom shared a throwback video of Trig playing with the family dog. "Trig, seven months ago, looking forward to his birthday today," Palin wrote. Her eldest daughter, Bristol Palin Meyer, also posted the same video on Instagram, writing: "HAPPY 9th BIRTHDAY TO MY TRIG PAXSON VAN PALIN!!! I wish I could put into words the joy that this boy brings into our lives!" The pregnant reality star, 26, who is approximately eight months pregnant with her third child, previously honored Trig on World Down Syndrome Day in March. "Trig continues to light up our world," she wrote in a caption for a photo of her brother. "He IS the boss around here and continues to fill our days with so much laughter! He is stubborn, and knows exactly what he wants-right this second." (People)

Sharing is caring for celebrity couple Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross, especially when it comes to designer fashions. The duo both wore this $690 Saint Laurent Signature YVES collared blouse -- which begs the question, who wore it best? Simpson, 32, was the first to don the sheer top on Thursday, March 16th at the TAO Group Opening in L.A. The "La La" singer paired the top with high-waisted ripped jeans and a bold red lip. Her husband, 28, must have loved how the Saint Laurent top looked on Ashlee because on Saturday, April 15, the Hunger Games actor opted to wear the blouse to Ciroc's Coachella bash in Palm Springs. (US Weekly)

Scorned Off the Court: Athlete's Caught in Cheating Scandals. This was some red card behavior. As reports swirl around Carmelo Anthony for allegedly impregnating another woman, the sports world is also zoomed in on La La Anthony, his wife of seven years and mother to their 10-year-old son, Kiyan Carmelo Anthony. While sources around the professional basketball player deny the pregnancy allegations are accurate, another source told E! News it was all true. "They are done. He got this woman pregnant," the insider said. "La La was really upset. She knew he was messing around and they had a moment where they were going to call it quits, but Carmelo wanted to save it." While they have not formally filed for divorce, it doesn't seem like they'll be patching their relationship up anytime soon considering La La recently stepped out without her wedding ring and, according to TMZ, is living separately in New York City. The famous pair is far from the first to be plagued by a cheating scandal. A year ago, formerly engaged couple Nick Young and Iggy Azalea were at the center of controversy when a video of the Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard and his teammate D'Angelo Russell emerged. In the footage, Young was taped telling Russell about an encounter with a 19-year-old woman during the previous summer. A few months later, the Grammy nominee called it quits and revealed she had caught Young cheating on her own. At the same time, rumors began to swirl that the NBA star's ex and mother of his son, Keonna Green, was pregnant with his daughter. In late October, she gave birth to a baby girl named Navi Young. "It was 200 percent Nick's child," Green told Us Weekly in early July, just weeks after Azalea and the athlete broke off their engagement. "He's always supportive, but he was in shock. With him being in a public relationship, he didn't know how to handle it. We didn't get into [how he would tell Azalea]. I felt it was his decision how to handle it." Fellow former Los Angeles Lakers All Star Kobe Bryant's cheating scandal took him all the way to a legal court. In 2003, a hotel employee filed a sexual assault complaint against the basketball pro, who was married to longtime current wife Vanessa Bryant. While the athlete admitted to an adulterous encounter, he maintained that the act was consensual. The charges were ultimately dropped and a separate civil lawsuit was settled out of court. After the case ended, Kobe addressed the public with an emotional press conference. "I sit here in front of you guys furious at myself, disgusted at myself for making a mistake of adultery," he began with Vanessa holding his hand while seated next to him. "I love my wife with all my heart. She's my backbone. You're a blessing. You're a beat to my heart and the air I breathe...I'm so sorry for having to put you through this." Though she filed for divorce in 2011, they reconciled two years later and welcomed their third child, daughter Bianka, in December 2016. However, there was no reconciliation for golf pro Tiger Woods, who became embroiled in scandal in late 2009 when several women accused the athlete of having affairs with them while still married to Elin Nordegren, a former model and mother of their two children. "I was unfaithful. I had affairs. I cheated," he confirmed during a press conference. "What I did is not acceptable and I am the only person to blame. I stopped living by the core values that I was taught to believe in." The couple divorced six months later. (Eonline)

Jenna Lyons retreated into her shell at the Turtle Conservancy Fourth Annual Turtle Ball when she saw Page Six coming. "No questions about my job! No questions about J.Crew, OK!?" she declared on the "green carpet," crossing her arms and shaking her head. Guests included Owen Wilson, Naomi Watts, honoree Mark Ruffalo, Sarah Silverman, Matt Dillon, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Rashida Jones, Eric Schneiderman, Drew Barrymore and Tom Freston. Lyons was ousted as J.Crew creative director this month after 26 years with the brand. She was also the public face of J.Crew, and despite her departure she seems to have had the last word since she's featured as a model in the brand's new ad campaign on NYC subway cars. An insider explained, "the campaign features friends of J.Crew and was shot a while back." Lyons will serve as a "creative adviser" at J.Crew till December. Back at the Turtle gala, fashionable Lyons gamely answered non-J.Crew questions, and even gave us fashion tips like, "Don't be afraid, try everything, and no look has to be perfect. Perfect is boring, and I am not interested in boring .?.?. I have worn sneakers with gowns on the red carpet. I do not know if critics have made fun of me. If they did, they did not do it to my face." And as far as any future plans? "When it comes to spring cleaning, I get rid of a lot of my clothes by inviting my friends over, and they pick and choose." She said she's a fan of "Nicki Minaj's 'Beez in the Trap.' I just love her. She is just a badass. She takes nothing from no one. She is pretty ground breaking. She broke into an industry that is predominantly men, and she has come out to be so strong. The girl has just got it." (Page Six)

Utah Jazz center Jeff Withey has been accused of domestic violence in a police report filed by his Playboy Playmate of the Year ex-fiancee, Kennedy Summers ... TMZ Sports has learned. Law enforcement sources confirm the report was filed in Manhattan Beach, CA on Tuesday and references multiple alleged incidents. We're told cops are focused on one alleged incident from 2016. Our law enforcement sources tell us cops were called to an incident involving Withey and Summers last year, but no report was made at the time and nobody was arrested. Sources connected to Summers tell us she filed the report now because Withey and the Jazz are in an NBA playoff series with the L.A. Clippers and she's concerned for her safety when he's in L.A. Kennedy's rep, Zack Teperman, tells us ... "Given the ongoing circumstances, our client now needs to protect herself and come forward about everything so this doesn't happen to her or others in the future." Withey and Summers have had relationship issues for years -- they broke up back in 2016 after Summers trashed the NBA player on social media when she found out he took someone else on a movie date behind her back. They reconciled and got engaged a few months later before finally calling things off for good in October. We reached out to Withey's camp for comment. So far, no word back. (TMZ)

The Federal Trade Commission is cracking down on "influencers" -- pop stars, athletes and musicians who promote products on social media without disclosing that they are being paid for their endorsements. The FTC said Wednesday it had sent some 90 warning letters to influencers and marketers reminding them that they must "clearly and conspicuously disclose their relationship to brands" when paid to promote them on Instagram or other social media. It marked the first time the FTC has specifically warned the celebrities themselves. The warnings come in response to a complaint filed last September by Public Citizen and three affiliated watchdog organizations that asked the federal agency to investigate ties between 113 influencers and their products for possible noncompliance with disclosure regulations. "The 'influencer' industry on Instagram represents one of the most prominent and ethically egregious violations of FTC policy," said the complaint filed by the watchdog groups. Cosmetics and beauty companies appeared to be among the worst offenders, Public Citizen said in its complaint, but it also questioned fashion houses, footwear makers, alcoholic beverages and energy drinks. The targets of the complaint included such boldface names as Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian, Rihanna, Victoria Beckham, Vanessa Hudgens, Lindsay Lohan and Jenny McCarthy. The FTC would not identify the specific celebrities or the marketers who had received the warning letters. "In sending the letters, the staff did not predetermine in every instance whether the brand mention was in fact sponsored as opposed to an -- organic mention," the FTC said. But if paid, the celebrities were warned that as endorsers they must disclose to consumers that the thumbs-up amount to an advertisement. Guys also got in on the act, according to Public Citizen, which questioned product mentions by Michael Phelps, LeBron James and Louis Tomlinson. All the examples were pulled from Instagram accounts, although Public Citizen said it could not determine if all of the examples in its complaint were paid endorsements. (Page Six)

The knives are out in Hillary Clinton's camp about who leaked embarrassing information to the authors of a bombshell new book about her "doomed presidential campaign." There is a witch hunt underway among Clinton's presidential campaign staffers after the release of the autopsy book, "Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign" by journalists Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes. We're told the details in the book, which depicts the campaign as inept, "could only have come from someone in the inner circle." Dennis Cheng, the finance director of Clinton's presidential campaign, has been sending out messages to determine where the leaks come from. One source said, "The knives are out to find the people who spoke about the campaign to the authors of this book. Dennis has been texting prominent campaign staffers, asking who talked. He's on a witch hunt to find out who talked to save their own skin, throwing Hillary and her campaign manager Robby Mook under the bus." The source added, "There's some speculation that Huma Abedin cooperated to save her own reputation. However, she and Hillary are still very close." Also, Huma is writing her own book, and is said to be seeking $2 million for it. Revelations in the "Shattered" book include how Clinton apologized to President Obama on election night after losing to Donald Trump. The book also describes how Clinton had her own witch hunt in 2008 after losing the nomination to Obama. She had an aide access the campaign's server to check the e-mails from top staffers. "She believed her campaign had failed her .?.?. and she wanted to see who was talking to who, who was leaking to who." On April 27, Clinton's top aides are attending a "thank-you party" at the apartment of Charles Myers. The source added, "Everybody will be eyeing everyone else suspiciously." A rep for Clinton said, "It was our campaign. We lived it. So we don't need a book to know what really happened, and what's in there that's flat-out made up. Huma didn't talk to them." (Page Six)


MTV Video Music Awards Returning to L.A. in 2017. MTV is shaking things up again. After the network recently added TV categories to the MTV Movie Awards, it announced Thursday that the 2017 MTV VMAs will return to L.A. after New York City played host in 2016. "MTV, at 35 years old, has been around almost as long as the Forum. Together, we're 85 and enjoy lifetimes of music history," Shelli Azoff, Managing Partner for the Forum, said in a statement. "This year is sure to be another epic show with many incredible memories for MTV, the award winners, and especially the fans. The entire Forum family is thrilled to welcome back the VMAs!" Mayor James Butts also issued a statement, telling E! News, "The City of Inglewood welcomes the return of the MTV VMAs to the No. 1 concert venue in California, the Forum. Once again, Madison Square Garden set the standard for both East and West Coasts." Last year's MTV Video Music Awards drew 6.5 million viewers, down 34 percent from 9.8 million for 2015's L.A.-based show. It was simulcast on 11 cable networks owned by MTV's parent company Viacom, including CMT, Comedy Central, Logo, MTV2, Spike, TV Land and Vh1. Jesse Ignjatovic returns as this year's executive producer. The event airs Aug. 27 at 8 p.m. ET. L.A. and New York aren't the only cities to host the annual show; Miami had the honors in 2005. Nominees for this year's VMAs will be announced at a later date. (Eonline)

Lea Michele Gets Behind the Wheel of "Getaway Car": Why Her New Love Song Is One of Her "Absolute" Favorites. As Lea Michele awaits the release of her second studio album, Places, there's one particular track that will drive right through your heart. It's called "Getaway Car," a love song the 30-year-old considers one of her "absolute" favorites on the record and one that is sure to conjure up those high school memories of cruising around town with your crush. "This song is so special to me," she told E! News exclusively. "I remember being in love for the first time when I was in high school and we would drive around in his car. It was the first time I remember feeling so in love. Even now as an adult, I have memories of riding in cars with past relationships and thinking about what life would be like if we just packed all our bags and drove away together." The track has fans thinking of Corey Monteith, Michele's co-star and boyfriend before his untimely death in 2013. As she told an audience during one of her shows, "We used to just get in the car and drive sometimes. Me and the tall guy and it was like our getaway and it was so great." "It reminds me of 'Fast Car' by Tracy Chapman," the singer told E! News recently. "It's one of my absolute favorite songs on the record and it's a really beautiful song about love." She gave fans a taste of the track last week when she got behind the mic with her longtime friend and Glee co-star, Darren Criss. "I had the best time singing with Darren last week," she said. "This cast goes beyond friends. They are my family and we will be in each others' lives forever." Having grown up in the theater community, the Broadway star also fostered deep roots with one of her past Spring Awakening castmates, Jonathan Groff, who is always welcome to escape with her. "I could go with him to anywhere in the world and be happy, whether it was a deserted island or a palace somewhere or a tiny apartment -- I could get in the car and drive away with him to anywhere and be so happy." If we had to guess, Groff will most likely be in the audience of one of her shows during her ongoing tour. A familiar face may be comforting to Michele, who admitted she gets "really nervous" before stepping into her spotlight. "I do get really nervous before I perform, but once I'm on the stage I feel great," she explained. "I try to prepare as much as possible, but at some point you just have to take the stage and let go of the nerves and leave all of the practicing behind and go with your heart and just perform." Before she hits the stage, the songstress typically gets a little help from Pink. "I warm up a lot before I perform on stage and I listen to music that's inspiring to me. I have certain songs that really motivate and pump me up before I go on stage and I have to listen to them -- one [in] particular is 'Glitter in the Air' by Pink. It always makes me feel so good and relaxes me before a show." As Pink sings, just "close your eyes and trust it," Lea! (Eonline)

Prince's new album won't see the light of day if his estate gets its way -- and the legal battle's already resulted in the new music getting removed from iTunes and Apple Music. The "Deliverance" album vanished from Apple's platforms Wednesday around 3:30 PM PT. When you search for it on iTunes it shows no results for Prince, and Apple Music says the album is "not available." It was #1 on the pre-order chart. Meanwhile, Prince's estate went into court Wednesday asking a judge to block the album's release ... in conjunction with a lawsuit it filed against the producer behind the EP. Apple itself wasn't named in the suit, but seems like it's waiting for the legal dust to settle. We've reached out to Apple, but haven't heard back. Google Play has also pulled it, while Amazon still has it up for pre-order, but you don't immediately get the title track ... like you previously could on Apple. (TMZ)

The Spice Girls reunion is back ON. Oh yes. The Spice Girls reunion is back on. Almost a year after Geri Horner (Ginger), Emma Bunton (Baby) and Mel (Scary) released a video on their 20th anniversary hinting that they would reform as GEM, Geri has confirmed that a reunion will happen in the near future. Initially halted when Geri found out that she was expecting her second child with husband Christian Horner, she has now confirmed the news. Speaking to The Sun, the 44-year-old said: "We're not re-forming immediately, but in the near future." Many believe this is also a result of Mel B's recent split from "controlling" husband Stephen Belafonte. Victoria Beckham, who picked up her OBE Wednesday, and Melanie Care currently not rejoining the band. However, last year Emma Bunton revealed that Victoria has always supported the band. "For a long time she has wished us the best," Bunton said of Victoria. "I was talking to her at David's birthday party and he said 'you've got to do something'. Maybe she will change her mind, she does that, who knows." Let's hope both Victoria and Mel C change their minds, eh! (British Glamour)

Chvrches' 'Down Side of Me' Video Directed by Kristen Stewart. Scottish trio Chvrches have shared a teaser for a new version of their track "Down Side of Me," and its upcoming video. The video is directed by Kristen Stewart as a collaboration for "7-inches for Planned Parenthood," a benefit compilation for the women's health provider. The single was released in 2015 with their sophomore LP Every Open Eye. The video will arrive in full on April 28. (Billboard)

Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood Prank Thom Yorke During a Concert. Radiohead had some rough technical difficulties at Coachella, so much so that it become a news item on its own. The trouble wasn't as egregious during Tuesday night's (Apr. 18) show at Berkeley's Greek Theatre, but the set wasn't perfect. Radiohead was playing through the ghostly chorus of "Giving Up the Ghost" when Thom Yorke muttered a very audible "Oh s--t." What exactly was s---ty isn't immediately clear from the footage, but he called guitarist Jonny Greenwood over to him before going on with the song. But Greenwood didn't leave the moment behind: He played back the recorded "Oh shit" as a loop during the continuation, as Consequence of Sound points out. Then, something strange happened. Yorke didn't launch into an impromptu a capella performance of "Street Spirit (Fade Out)" in a profound examination of the irredeemable human heart. He laughed. And it was genuinely charming! The sight of Yorke laughing feels as rare as a shooting star passing through the sky. (Billboard)

No Doubt-Meets-AFI Supergroup Dreamcar Make Their Network TV Debut On 'Kimmel'. Dreamcar is the new supergroup that teams all the non-Gwen Stefani members of No Doubt up with longtime AFI frontman Davey Havok. They're releasing their self-titled debut album next month, and Wednesday night, they made their network television debut, performing early singles "Kill For Candy" and "All Of The Dead Girls" on Jimmy Kimmel Live. (Billboard)


Will Smith in Talks to Play the Genie in Disney's Live-Action Reboot of Aladdin. You ain't never had a friend like Will... It may be a whole new world for Disney fans as Will Smith is reportedly in early talks to star as the Genie in a new live-action remake of the beloved 1992 animated musical classic, Aladdin, which is being directed by Guy Ritchie. The remake would mark Will's first animated movie since the 2004 film A Shark's Tale. Earlier this year, outlets were reporting that Will was circling around the lead role in the House of Mouse's revamp of Dumbo, but had to walk away from the Tim Burton-directed picture because of scheduling conflicts. The original role of the Genie was voiced by the late Robin Williams, who died in 2014. The movie was the highest grossing film of 1992, raking in over $504 million in the box office, and received two Academy Awards for Best Score and Best Song for "A Whole New World." The film retells a Middle Eastern folk tale and follows a lowly "street rat" named Aladdin as he ascends to notoriety after a magical genie trapped in a lamp grants him three wishes, but who eventually gets thwarted by a scheming sorcerer. Producer Dan Lin has promised a fresh take on the film, especially in regards to diversity in casting. In an interview with Collider, the producer said, "When I came in to make the movie, I wanted to make a diverse version of the movie." He continued, "Luckily for me Guy Ritchie has the same vision and Disney has the same vision, so we're not here to make Prince of Persia. We want to make a movie that's authentic to that world." While the Suicide Squad star may not be a diamond in the rough ('cause he's already a superstar and all), we think the actor-slash-rapper would be great in the magical role. This story was first reported by Deadline. (Eonline)

Life-Size Sequel Is Officially Happening With Tyra Banks. Eve is officially back! 17 years after Tyra Banks first starred as the doll who came to life in Disney Channel's Life-Size -- and nearly three years after announcing plans to revisit the character -- Freeform has announced that Life-Size 2 will finally be coming to TV. The only problem? We've got a bit of a wait. During its upfront presentation in New York City on Wednesday, the cable network revealed that the sequel to 2000 film will premiere in December of 2018, this time as a holiday movie. In the original film, a young girl (played by Lindsay Lohan) brought her doll Eve to life after to attempting to resurrect her mother with a magic spell. In Life-Size 2, Eve has grown up and is awoken to help a young woman learn to live and love again, and along the way, Eve herself will experience the ups and downs of real life in what Freeform is calling a fun, edgy, modern Christmas movie. No word yet on additional cast or whether Lohan will make a cameo appearance, but one can hope! When Banks first confirmed plans to have her return for the sequel in 2015, when the plan at the time was for it to return to its original network, she told Variety, "There is no one else that can play Eve but me, thank you very much! I'm just joking with you, but yes, I am going to be Eve." Are you looking forward to the return of Eve? Hoping for a LiLo cameo? Life-Size 2 will debut on Freeform in December of 2018. (Eonline)

Imax Quarterly Earnings Fall Sharply. The giant-screen exhibitor, led by CEO Richard Gelfond, saw weaker box office compared to a year-ago when 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' and 'Deadpool' played on its screens, but results met Wall Street expectations. Imax, best known for its giant movie screens, on Thursday reported sharply lower fiscal first-quarter earnings, but the results were in line with Wall Street estimates. Led by CEO Richard Gelfond, Imax reported net income attributable to shareholders of $75,000, compared with a year-ago figure of $11.3 million. The adjusted earnings per-share of 6 cents, which includes a 2 cents per-share impairment charge for a documentary title write-down, met analyst expectations. First-quarter revenue reached $68.6 million, compared with $92.1 million in the year-ago period, even as total theater signings rose slightly from 36 a year-ago to 39 screens during the latest quarter. The overall revenues included an $18.5 million contribution from its Imax China business. Gross box office from digitally-remastered movie titles on Imax screens came to $212.1 million during the first quarter, against $272 million in the prior year. The giant-screen exhibitor had a tough comparison as the year-ago quarter saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Deadpool playing on its screens. The average global per-screen average for DMR titles also fell to 189,300, compared with a year-earlier $284,000. Also down was revenue from joint revenue sharing screens and network business revenue, while Imax recorded higher marketing and sound costs for its film release slate. Gelfond was upbeat about the first-quarter results and his expectations for the full fiscal year. "Building on our record signings in 2016, our momentum in the first four months of 2017 has continued at an extremely strong pace," he said in a statement. "Not only have we witnessed record signings to date, we have also seen exceptional box office performance from titles such as The Fate of the Furious, which did $30 million in its opening weekend in Imax and broke numerous box office records, including our biggest opening weekend ever in China." Ahead of its quarterly results release, Imax reported a string of new theater signings, including expanding its ties with China's Omnijoi Cinema Development with a new 40-screen deal. The giant-screen exhibitor increased its full-year 2017 theater installation guidance to around 160 new theater systems, from 150-155 previously. Imax senior executives will hold an analyst call on Thursday morning to discuss their latest financial results. (Hollywood Reporter)

Beijing Film Festival: Jackie Chan, Li Bingbing Head Slate of 15 Chinese-Australian Co-Productions. The new films include upcoming features from directors Yiwei Liu and Dalei Guo. Chinese-Australian co-productions got a shot in the arm at the Beijing Film Festival on Thursday with 15 features being announced including films starring Jackie Chan and Li Bingbing, 14 of those films are part of a development slate worth $300 million that's been put together by production group Sydney Film. The fifteenth film on the slate, writer-director Yiwei Liu's At Last, has been awarded official Chinese –Australian co-production status, the seventh film to be designated as such. At Last centers on a couple from Beijing who find themselves caught in a complex art heist while on holiday in Australia. It will shoot in Queensland, Australia from July, injecting $8.1 million (AUS$10.8 million) into the local economy. Casting is currently underway. Guardians of The Tomb, starring Li Bingbing and currently in post-production is the most recent official coproduction between the two nations since the treaty was signed a decade ago. Others have included Bait 3D, and Children of The Silk Road, with My Extraordinary Wedding and Tying The Knot set to go into production. At Last is being produced by Jackie Jiao, Todd Fellman, Charles Fan and Vanessa Wu, from China's Monumental Films, Australia's Roadman Films and Story Bridge Films. Richard Harris, Head of Business and Audience at Screen Australia, which manages the official co-production program, said: "We have seen increased interest in Australian-Chinese co-productions with At Last being the fourth feature announced since late 2015. This upswing in activity is the result of seven years of engagement with the Chinese screen industry and the sustained support of the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television in China." At the same time Sydney Film, part of the Pacific Holdings Group, said it was aiming to identify 20 existing or potential co-production films with an overall investment budget of $300 million (¥2 billion). All films will be shot in both China and Australia, with several productions intending to use multiple locations across Australia. Amongst the 14 films already on the group's slate are Dalei Guo's comedies A Trip to Australia and Once Upon A Time In The Northeast- Artistic Youth, Trader Behind the Scenes, written by Dong Minghui and based on his own experiences of the China stock market crash in 2015 and Dream Reader Union, a sci-fi feature involving ancient Emperors and Dragon lore and a young hacker who discovers he is bound together with five strangers who are entrusted with saving the world from an imminent threat. The films were unveiled at an Australian event at the Beijing Film Festival held by locations marketing agency Ausfilm and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The relationship between the Chinese and Australian film industries is deepening with Jackie Chan's Bleeding Steel the biggest budget Chinese feature ever to film in Australia. Australian films including Hacksaw Ridge and Bait 3D have enjoyed Chinese box office success and the number of Chinese films released in Australian cinemas topped 30 in 2016 with The Mermaid grossing over $976,000. (Hollywood Reporter)


Kyle Gets a Gun After Stalker Breaks Into His House on The Arrangement: "The Ultimate Target Was You." "What do you think would've happened if you'd been there? Or your girlfriend?" Kyle (Josh Henderson) is getting security advice on Sunday's episode of The Arrangement. After a stalker broke into his house, Kyle is stepping up his security and is encouraged to keep a gun in his home. And after Megan (Christine Evangelista) shuts down the idea of having cameras inside the house, Kyle's new head of security Quinn (Laara Sadiq) suggests having a gun for protection. Quinn explains that the stalker disarmed his security system and didn't steal anything, which makes her think the stalker's "ultimate target" is Kyle. "Look if you're not gonna install cameras, I think you should consider this," Quinn says as she shows Kyle the weapon. "I'm assuming you had weapons training for your movies?" Kyle tells her "sure" but he's hesitant to have a gun in the house. "A gun in the house, loaded with live ammo? I don't know," he tells Quinn. "Gives you a fighting chance if this person somehow comes back," Quinn says. "You don't have enough protection without it, and I wouldn't be doing my job if I didn't tell you that." A brand-new episode of The Arrangement Sunday at 10 p.m., on E! (Eonline)

Empire's Final Five Episodes of Season 3 Look Straight-Up Insane & We're Here for It. Oh, Empire, you gloriously insane work of art. You never disappoint. As the series prepares to make its final descent into crazytown with the final five episodes of season three, they're showing no signs of holding back on the sort of unhinged theatrics we've come to know and love from Lee Daniels and Co. But don't take our word for it. Just check out this first look at the epic episodes, exclusive to E! News before airing at the end of the night's episode. And trust us when we say, this trailer has everything. There's Andre (Trai Beyers) getting up close and person with Eva Longoria's state gaming commission director. (Look away, Ghost Rhonda!) There's Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray) embarking on a threesome in his jacuzzi. There's Taye Diggs' Angelo apparently popping to question to Cookie (Taraji P. Henson). There's a glance of Demi Moore in her much buzzed about finale guest spot. There's Clair Huxtable herself, Phylicia Rashad, telling Cookie her entire family will burn to the ground. There's an explosion. There's Nia Long's Giuliana offering enough sass to Cookie to make us wonder if those rumors about friction between the actresses on the set might have an ounce of truth to them... And, of course, there's Cookie being Cookie which just never gets old. Never change, Cookie. Never. Empire airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on Fox. (Eonline)

Rashida Jones Is Bow's Reality Star Sister in Black-ish First Look. Bow Johnson's family just got even more interesting. Rashida Jones is guest starring in one of next week's two episodes of Black-ish as Bow's (Tracee Ellis Ross) sister, Santamonica. Santamonica arrives just after filming a stint on a reality show, and she's joined in her visit to the Johnson household by her brother Johan (Daveed Diggs) and mother Alicia (Anna Deavere Smith) for what looks like a super fun family reunion. Unsurprisingly, Santamonica and Bow couldn't have less in common. The photos, exclusive to E! News, provide a first look at the glamorous Santamonica's visit, including what looks like a family dance party! While Diggs has shown up multiple times throughout the season, we haven't seen Smith since season two. Jones is currently also starring in Angie Tribeca on TBS. Elsewhere in the April 26 episode, Zoey (Yara Shahidi) suggests that Dre (Anthony Anderson) spend more time with Junior (Marcus Scribner) since she's leaving for college soon, and Jack (Miles Brown) and Diane (Marsai Martin) decide to rebrand themselves. The "Sister, Sister" episode of Black-ish airs Wednesday, April 26 at 9 p.m., and will then be followed by a second new episode in the show's regular timeslot, at 9:30 p.m. on ABC. (Eonline)

Kris Jenner Is "So Angry" About Her Portrayal in Caitlyn Jenner's Memoir: "Everything She Says Is All Made Up." Enough is enough for Kris Jenner. In the clip from Sunday's all-new episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Kris reveals her frustration with ex-husband Caitlyn Jenner after reading an advance copy of her forthcoming memoir, The Secrets of My Life. "I read it and basically the only nice thing she had to say was that I was great socially at a party one time," she tells daughters Kim Kardashian and Khloe Kardashian. "But yet, he stayed married to you the longest," Kim responds. "So, it doesn't make sense." "None of it makes sense," the 61-year-old momager continues. "Everything she says is all made up. Why does everything have to be that Kris is such a bitch and an a--hole?" She then recalls talking to Caitlyn about her identity years ago during their marriage. "I was curious and said, 'What the hell is going on?' She said, 'You just would never understand,'" Kris remembers. "And then, all through the book, Kris knew. 'Kris knew before I even made love to her.' I'm like, 'What?'" From the looks of concern and disbelief on their faces, Kim and Khloe seem sympathetic toward their mother and her heartache over the situation. "My mom's been putting in so much effort trying so hard to have a good relationship for their kids together," Kim explains in her confessional. "Caitlyn has every right to feel however she feels, but why bring my mom into it one more time? I just feel so bad for my mom." "I really tried hard to improve the relationship and spend a little bit of time, thinking maybe there's something here that I'm not seeing," Kris admits. "I've done nothing but open up my home and my heart to a person who doesn't give a s--t. So, I'm done." She adds, "I've never been so angry and disappointed in somebody in my whole life." Watch a brand new episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians Sunday at 9 p.m., on E! (Eonline)

Bethenny Frankel is known for the self-deprecating and biting sense of humor she displays on The Real Housewives of New York City -- often preaching the "zero f -- " she has to give about the drama that comes her way. But on Wednesday's all-new episode, the Skinnygirl mogul wasn't laughing when a film from her past -- in which she was nude -- was brought up in the same context of her 6-year-old daughter. The conversation took place at dinner in the Hamptons. As Carole Radziwill, Dorinda Medley and Luann (de Lesseps) D'Agostino chatted about the 2016 presidential election, Ramona Singer asked Frankel a pointed question about a shocking video that circulated in the tabloids at the time -- which showed Frankel naked. "I know stuff has resurfaced from your past. And I know, one time when I was with [my daughter Avery], someone showed her an article about one of my friends who kind of had naked pictures," Singer, 60, said, seemingly referencing the nude photo scandal surrounding RHONY alum Alex McCord that prompted Singer to walk off the season 1 reunion. "Somebody in school showed it to her and she called me up, like, appalled," Singer continued. "Has anybody approached [your daughter Bryn] about it? You're in the press now being naked and doing soft-porn. Has anybody approached your daughter? Have you explained to her the situation? Kids talk, they're very sophisticated!" Frankel looked puzzled, quickly making light of the situation. "At 6? Yeah. Diane Sawyer came to her school yard and actually approached her," she snarked. "That was like 25 years ago! What am I supposed to do?" The 46-year-old then went to explain the low-budget horror film -- titled Hollywood Hills, 90028. "I was in a movie when I was trying to be an actress in L.A.," Frankel said. "I was laying topless in a scene on a rooftop -- which is great because it shows that my boobs were big, which I like." "I don't regret it at all," she continued. "I needed the money and I wanted to be an actress. I have no issue with it whatsoever ... It wasn't porn. It was a cheesy movie. I think I was a murderer. But the scene in question, which I sent to Carole, is me having sex with this guy." That didn't mean Frankel was happy about Singer bringing up the movie under the guise of whether someone had told her young daughter about it at school. "Something stupid like that? I had no idea that anyone would bring it up nor would I have cared," Frankel confessed to viewers. "If someone said, 'What about that movie with your boobs hanging out?' -- I would have laughed. I would have joked about it. But Ramona attempting to embarrass me through my daughter whose in first grade is even low for Ramona." "Ramona loves to have something on someone and then to bring it up," she said later. "Trying to 'gotcha' with my daughter in the same paragraph was disgusting. She's a bad person." While Frankel shot back at Singer about her insinuation, Singer insisted she was just trying to show interest in her friend's life. "This is something that's going on in your life," she said. "All you have to say is you didn't have a conversation with your daughter because you feels she's too young ... You're trying to make fun of me and I'm having a serious conversation with you. You're getting defensive and I really don't appreciate it. If I can't tell you what I'm thinking without you attacking me ... " "Good friends should be able to ask each other questions without it going where Bethenny's trying to take it," she told viewers. "I'm not bringing this out of the blue. This was just in the papers. Let's be honest, she's being a [bitch] ... How 'real' can you be, Bethenny, if you can't talk about what's going on in your life?" The two broke off their argument temporarily -- with Singer complaining to D'Agostino about what had just happened. Problem was, Frankel was still sitting right across from them and could hear every word. Soon, Frankel was taking on both of them. "I thought you wrote a book on etiquette? You're talking about me and I can hear every word," she told D'Agostino. "[Talking] in front of me but not to me? It's a little bit rude." "What scale do you think I care about your opinion of me? Like, zero to 10, where do you think you fall in?" she added. "Why would you waste your breath? Talk to your friend. We don't work, so just be cordial and pleasant and end it. Why am I even engaging in this? It doesn't work. Who cares, let's just be pleasant." But Singer and D'Agostino were ready to fight back. "You're so stupid sometimes, you really are," Singer snapped. "With your actions when it comes to other people. You may be good with business, but you're not really good with interacting with people ... This is a witch over here." D'Agostino agreed. "You've said obnoxious things about all of us," she said. "I know you don't care. That's the problem. That you don't care about any of us is the point. You only care about yourself. ... It's all about Bethenny. ... You can't even take a compliment. She was wicked to me." That was the final straw for Frankel. "I've just been called a witch and wicked. I'm going back to the house," she told Radziwill, leaving. "No one's going to call me a witch and wicked. That's not going to happen." On her way out, it was pointed out to Frankel how she's called D'Agostino way worse things. But Frankel's real beef was with Singer. And it appears they won't be squashing it anytime soon. "Ramona pretends to have a friendship with me -- this was bad," Frankel said. "There will be no 'I adore you' apology. I don't want to hear it." The Real Housewives of New York City airs Wednesdays (9 p.m. ET) on Bravo. (People)

Survivor Moves On After Zeke Smith Shares His Story With New Tribe Mates. Merge day is always an interesting one on Survivor, but this season's merge came on the heels of one of the nastiest, most inappropriate game moves of all time. In case you've somehow forgotten, during last week's tribal council, Jeff Varner decided to out fellow Nuku tribe member Zeke Smith as transgender in a completely misguided effort to paint him as deceitful. It backfired immediately, with all of Nuku turning on Jeff in support of Zeke, and voting wasn't even necessary to know that everyone wanted to send Jeff home. Wednesday night's episode began with a few lingering discussions about what happened at tribal. Sarah declared that she can't forgive Jeff, and she's so happy that despite her conservative background, she woke up that morning and Zeke was just Zeke. Tai cried. And Zeke, whose opinion is the only one that actually matters, said that he believed that Survivor had helped him get over his own fears and "issues and complexes and insecurities of being transgender." Nuku tribe all seemed to agree that what had happened brought them closer together, so of course, we then cut to them all arriving at what looked like a classic merge feast. It was, in fact, a classic merge feast, but this is Survivor, so there was a twist. One person from each tribe would have to voluntarily sit out of the feast. Culpepper and Tai kind of immediately raised their hands, then headed off to sit alone while Debbie pretended to be drunk to the point of mooning people without actually drinking at all, just because she's Debbie. Once the tribes actually merged, the biggest question we had was whether or not Zeke would fill the Mana players in on what Jeff had done, and we didn't have to wait for an answer. Zeke explained what went down at tribal council, and from what we saw, everyone reacted pretty respectfully. "Though it happened in a way that I wasn't crazy about, I think I, like all of you, am forever changed, and forever evolved by my experience on Survivor, and was a much stronger and more capable person in that moment," he told his new tribemates. Aubry said something or other about how she had a lot more respect for Zeke than she did for a lot of the other castaways (because he shared his story?), and then the castaways moved on to stealthily figuring out who needed to go home next. Zeke's outing was essentially forgotten about. The immunity challenge, a repeat of one used multiple times before, hurt just to watch. Each contestant had to stand on a ledge on their toes, holding a block between their head and the top of the frame above them. Our legs hurt in our reclining chair. Andrea was the last one standing, so she became the first person to win individual immunity this season, and was the first woman to ever win that challenge. After the challenge, most people seemed to be voting Michaela, but in front of Michaela, Sierra (who decided she was in charge, for some reason) claimed everyone was voting Zeke because of how his story is only going to help him in the eyes of the jury. Only Hali and Michaela ended up voting for Zeke, but it was Hali who actually went home, making her the first member of the jury. In the second half of the double episode, the tribe divided into two teams for a reward challenge that gave them a spa experience thanks to Marshalls. Debbie, Zeke, Tai, Ozzy, and Andrea won, and got to take showers and have another feast. "Marshall, that was awesome," Debbie said. Zeke wasn't ready to let his mind take a break from the game, so he took the opportunity to get Debbie and Tai to help him vote for Andrea. Whether his plan worked is unclear, since everything about Debbie is unclear. After Tai defeated Ozzy on one of his signature challenges (hanging on a poll for a really long time), Zeke continued his quest to get people to vote for Andrea, but it totally backfired. Instead, people started planning to vote for the move-making Zeke after Andrea realized the guy she thought was her friend was planning to betray her. Meanwhile, Debbie ran around telling everyone they were voting for Ozzy and planning to blindside him. At tribal council, after a whole lot of talk about everyone being cagey, Ozzy and Zeke were neck and neck in terms of votes. Then, Debbie stepped in with her extra vote, and Ozzy was voted out by that one vote, saving the tribe from a tie, which would have saved both Zeke and Ozzy from leaving. We'll miss Ozzy, but damn if that wasn't the perfect time for Debbie to use her extra vote. (Plus, we now don't have to worry about the unpredictable Debbie having an extra vote.) It might be safe to say that in every way, Survivor: Game Changers is one of the most interesting seasons the show has ever done, and it will be fascinating to see where it goes from here. Survivor airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on CBS. (Eonline)

Kim Zolciak's coming back to 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' -- she's officially signed on to return this Fall ... TMZ has learned. 'RHOA' production sources tell us Kim will shoot for season 10, although we're told it'll be a limited role. The show wanted her back as a full-time cast member, but obligations to her other show, "Don't Be Tardy," only allowed her to sign for a part-time gig. We're told NeNe Leakes hasn't signed on yet, though she's made it clear that IF she does return she should get more dough than Kim. Here's the way it could work ... since Kim will only be part-time, if producers can convince NeNe to be a full-fledged cast member, they would pay her considerably more than Kim ... problem solved. (TMZ)

Bill O'Reilly's Exit Not Likely to Hit Fox News Hard Financially, Analysts Say. "Legal costs could be a big wildcard," said Pivotal Research Group's Brian Wieser. He was a towering figure at Fox News Channel for two decades and its most-watched personality for 15 years, but Wall Street analysts do not expect Bill O'Reilly's ouster amid sexual harassment allegations to have a long-term negative impact on the news network. While losing one of its star anchors won't go unnoticed for the network, or O'Reilly's loyal fans, analysts point out that the Fox News brand has remained a key performer and has other popular faces. "I think there will be a short-term negative impact on revenue with O'Reilly going versus what would have occurred had the [New York] Times story never been published," Pivotal Research Group analyst Brian Wieser tells The Hollywood Reporter, referring to the April 1 story that uncovered payments to women complaining of sexual harassment by O'Reilly. (The anchor has denied the allegations.) Asked about the decision to oust O'Reilly, Wieser notes though: "I think it's probably neutral to slightly positive given what is out there, and the fact that advertisers were otherwise going to restrain spending growth with Fox News so long as he was there. The growth of the news genre and Fox News in particular is more significant than any impact from O'Reilly's departure." In his latest research report updating his thoughts on entertainment companies ahead of earnings season, which was published Thursday morning, Wieser also wrote: "At Fox, the ending of Bill O'Reilly's show will not cause any noticeably meaningful impact on the company." Several observers said carriage fees would not be affected by the exit and pointed to legal and related costs as one area most likely to see an impact. "Legal costs could be a big wildcard," Wieser tells THR. "That probably depends on whatever the U.S. Attorney's office comes up with in light of the immunity deal they offered the former CFO." Avoiding bigger damage to the Fox News brand was a key driver behind the swift decision to part ways with O'Reilly. "The negative news flow for Bill O'Reilly is not affecting ad revenues or ratings to date, it appears, but it remains a brand risk longer term, we believe," FBR & Co. analyst Barton Crockett wrote in a Wednesday report. It's a brand that is not only popular with its viewers, but also has been a financial engine for 21st Century Fox, whose stock as of Wednesday's market close showed a decline of 6 percent since the New York Times report. Fox News, whose results are part of the conglomerate's cable network programming division, "had a great year with all of the political [news, with] revenue up 15 percent to $2.7 billion and cash flow up almost 20 percent to $1.8 billion" in 2016, estimates SNL Kagan research director Derek Baine. (Fox's fiscal year ends in June, but his estimates are for the calendar year.) That would mean Fox News accounted for about 10 percent of the total revenue that 21st Century Fox reported for the four quarters of calendar year 2016. Baine's cash flow estimate for Fox News may not be directly comparable to the operating income before depreciation and amortization of more than $7.1 billion that Fox's financial reports show for the whole company for 2016, but it also focuses on the underlying profitability of the business and would amount to roughly 25 percent of the figure reported for all of Fox. The analyst also notes another key Fox News financial metric. "At a 66 percent cash flow margin they are one of the most profitable in the industry," Baine says. Possible advertising fallout has in recent weeks come into the spotlight with Mercedes-Benz and Hyundai, followed by a slew of other marketers, withdrawing advertising from Fox News flagship show The O'Reilly Factor. One analyst and one media investor said at least some marketers may simply have moved ad spending to other shows on Fox News, meaning the financial impact could be limited so far. Paul Rittenberg, executive vp of advertising sales at Fox News, said in a recent statement: "We value our partners and are working with them to address their current concerns about The O'Reilly Factor. At this time, the ad buys of those clients have been re-expressed into other Fox News Channel programs." But RBC Capital Markets analyst Steven Cahall wrote in a report on Wednesday: "An independent law firm had been brought in to investigate the O'Reilly situation, but we think pressure from advertisers has pushed leadership to make a definitive decision earlier in the process." O'Reilly's show in 2015, the last full year for which data is available, generated $178.4 million in advertising revenue, according to research firm Kantar Media. SNL Kagan put Fox News' total revenue that year at $2.32 billion, meaning O'Reilly's show would have accounted for about 7.7 percent of the total. For the first nine months of 2016, Kantar estimates ad revenue reached $118.6 million, compared with $126.4 million for the same period in 2015. Kantar data suggests none of the advertisers that have withdrawn from O'Reilly's show as top marketers on it. The data shows Rosland Capital, My Pillow, Furniture Feet, Prevagen and Pfizer as the show's top five advertisers over the first nine months of 2016. What is the likely fallout of Fox News giving the time slot to a new anchor? "A new host would presumably have lower ratings, and it's possible this will impact ratings at adjacent programs," says Wieser. "But maybe ratings at whatever replaces The O'Reilly Factor will be a quarter lower-not necessarily noticeable in context of the broader growth the network is seeing." Indeed, Tucker Carlson's show at 9 p.m. was losing some of its lead-in from Bill O'Reilly, which this year is pulling in close to 4 million viewers a night. Adds Cahall: "The O'Reilly Factor is Fox News' top-rated show and often ranks as the number 1-rated cable show. Recall that Megan Kelly's replacement with Tucker Carlson has gone smoothly with adults 25-54 ratings in the 9 p.m. spot up some 30 percent in the first quarter." He concluded: "While O'Reilly is arguably a bigger deal to Fox News viewers, and Kelly had arguably fallen out of favor with some of the audience, we think Fox News' brand affinity remains unique and unchallenged in conservative political news, hence viewers are likely to tune in to O'Reilly's successor." The New York Times reported at the beginning of the month that an investigation has found that a total of five women have received payouts, worth about $13 million overall, from either O'Reilly or the company in return for agreeing not to pursue litigation. Two of the settlements came after former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes was ousted last summer amid a sexual harassment scandal. O'Reilly has denied all claims. "Just like other prominent and controversial people, I'm vulnerable to lawsuits from individuals who want me to pay them to avoid negative publicity," he said in a statement early on. "In my more than 20 years at Fox News Channel, no one has ever filed a complaint about me with the Human Resources Department, even on the anonymous hotline." (Hollywood Reporter)

Verizon Loses 13,000 FiOS Pay TV Subs in First Quarter. The telecom giant, which is led by CEO Lowell McAdam and is expected to close its acquisition of Yahoo later this quarter, reports only its second-ever pay TV user drop. Telecom giant Verizon on Thursday reported that it lost 13,000 net pay TV subscribers for its FiOS video service in the first quarter, compared with the 36,000 net additions in the year-ago period and with 21,000 in the fourth quarter. It is the second-ever FiOS pay TV subscriber loss posted by the company in any quarter since its launch in 2006. In last year's second quarter, it had lost 41,000 TV subscribers. "This is the first time they have ever lost video subscribers in what is typically a seasonally strong first quarter," said MoffettNathanson analyst Craig Moffett. Verizon ended the second quarter with a total of 4.7 million subscribers to its FiOS video service, which competes with cable and satellite TV companies. Verizon is expected to close its acquisition of Yahoo later this quarter. The two companies earlier this year revised terms for the telecom giant's acquisition of the core business of the internet company after hacks of Yahoo email accounts. The final price tag will be $350 million lower than the original $4.83 billion price tag, or around $4.48 billion. Verizon, after previously acquiring AOL and Millennial Media and last year launching millennials-focused mobile video service Go90, has said millennials remain a core focus for the company. Verizon also previously acquired a stake in AwesomenessTV, and partnered with Hearst to jointly acquire male-focused media company Complex. The company has also touted the demand for its Custom TV service, which offers "skinny" pay TV bundles. Verizon also reported Thursday that it added 35,000 net new FiOS broadband connections in the first quarter to end it with 5.7 million. Verizon has so far stayed away from big entertainment or content acquisitions similar to rival AT&T's planned $85.4 billion takeover of Time Warner. But Verizon chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam earlier this week told Bloomberg News that he was open to talks about possible mergers or other deals with such industry giants as Comcast and Walt Disney. "[AT&T chairman and CEO] Randall [Stephenson] buying into content has made people reevaluate their portfolio," McAdam said. :We're still very excited about Yahoo, bringing them into the fold with AOL. We're building a lot of millennial-focused content. There are a lot of options out there." Verizon's first-quarter earnings and revenue missed Wall Street estimates. Revenue dropped 7.3 percent, or 4.5 percent when excluding deals, to $29.8 billion, while earnings fell 19.8 percent to $3.6 billion. (Hollywood Reporter)

Viacom to Buy Majority Stake in Brazilian Comedy Producer. Porta dos Fundos is mostly known for its short-form comedy programming. Viacom's Viacom International Media Networks unit has reached a definitive agreement to acquire a majority stake in Porta dos Fundos, a Brazilian short-form comedy content producer. Financial terms of the deal, which will further expand the company's scale in Latin America and strengthen its content creation pipeline, weren't disclosed. Porta dos Fundos, founded by Fabio Porchat, Antonio Tabet, Joao Vicente de Castro, Ian SBF and Gregorio Duvivier in 2012, is known for creating short-form comedy sketches and TV programming. The Porta dos Fundos YouTube channel is among the top 10 most subscribed entertainment channels globally with more than 13 million subscribers. It recently surpassed 3 billion video views, making the company the fifth-most viewed Brazilian video producer on YouTube. Pierluigi Gazzolo, president of VIMN Americas, who will oversee the business, said: "As we continue to build scale in the Latin American region, our investment in Porta dos Fundos furthers our commitment to the Brazilian market and increases our ability to create innovative content, often native to digital platforms, which will complement our existing Viacom brands and capabilities." He added: "The talent and creativity showcased by the founding members of Porta dos Fundos in building this brand is impressive, and we are excited to join forces to expand its presence outside of Brazil via our highly successful network of brands around the world. We firmly believe that content ownership is a key driver of success and are happy to add this new dimension to our portfolio." Tereza Gonzalez, CEO of Porta dos Fundos, said: "The partnership with VIMN couldn't make us happier. The venture is a big step for the group towards expanding into the international market, with new global opportunities for our portfolio both on and offline. Additionally, the deal provides exceptional distribution channels for our content." The deal fits Viacom's strength in the comedy genre with Comedy Central. The two companies previously worked together on the co-production of Portatil, a five-part series that showcased Porta dos Fundos' theater show and aired on Comedy Central Brazil in 2016. Viacom's portfolio in Brazil now includes seven branded pay TV networks, authenticated TV Everywhere mobile applications, on-the-ground events and experiences and consumer products. VIMN has maintained a local office in Sao Paulo since 1998. VIMN has been active in terms of deals in Latin America. It recently also acquired the number 1 free-to-air channel in Argentina, Telefe. (Hollywood Reporter)

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