Thursday, May 11, 2017

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt Are Expecting a Baby Boy. Oh, boy! Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt have a son on the way. The announcement was made in Us Weekly's May 22 issue, on newsstands now. Montag, who is 17 weeks along in her pregnancy, received the call not too long ago, "started screaming" after getting the call from her doctor's office. "It was in my heart to have a boy," the former star of MTV's The Hills said. "I thought Spencer really used to want a boy, and then a few months ago we had a conversation where he said, 'Let's just make sure it's healthy. Boy or girl, I don't care.'" Pratt, 33, is "really excited" to have a mini-me, Montag added. "I hope to have a little girl one day, but for my first child, I really wanted a son. I'm hoping to God that we don't just have one, but if we do, I wanted a son. I thought it'd be a more natural bond for Spencer since he and his dad are so close." The mom-to-be, meanwhile, is "really excited" to see her son's "little smile." "I'm excited to take him to Disneyland and to see if he's into dinosaurs, Mickey Mouse or ballerinas -- it can be anything," the MTV star told Us Weekly. "Maybe he'll be the best dancer!" Since announcing her pregnancy in April, Montag has heard from Hills co-stars Kristin Cavallari and Audrina Patridge. "I obviously asked both of them for advice," Montag said. "Kristin sent me a whole list of baby things you need in the first few months, which has been really helpful." Montag also revealed that her baby boy is due in October. Previously, Pratt told the magazine, "Heidi has wanted to be a mom since the day I met her. She has planned for and thought about this." His wife added, "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." (Eonline)

Goldie Hawn first fell for Kurt Russell 34 years ago while they were making the movie Swing Shift -- and it was the beginning of one of Hollywood's most enduring love stories. "He was so good-looking, but he had no pretense about him. I could tell right away he wasn't a womanizer," Hawn says of her first impressions of Russell. At the time, Hawn was already a mother of two -- to Kate and Oliver Hudson, her children with second husband Bill Hudson -- and she says it was Russell's interaction with her kids that made her fall for him. "What really got me was when I watched my kids when they'd come to the set and how he was with them. He was amazing with them. He was such a natural," says Hawn. Today, Hawn and Russell, 66, happily unmarried, love spending time at home with their blended family, which includes kids Oliver, 40, Kate, 38, Boston, 37, and Wyatt, 30, along with their five grandchildren. Hawn says she has learned the secrets to a long-lasting relationship. "Love, gratitude, compassion, because sometimes every man or every woman will drive their partner crazy. Family. Fun. Laughs. Sex," Hawn says. "If you don't nurture that, and remember, you're done." Asked about the challenges of monogamy, she also has some practical advice. "Monogamy is a very tough order," she says. "You're in the prime of your life, you are attracted to other people, potentially, you have fantasies about that. It really runs the risk, if you will, if you're not aware that you could maybe screw up a really good thing by doing that." The key, she says, is how couples deal with those feelings. "I'm sure I've been party to it, and Kurt's been -- we're all normal this way. It's like, 'You really liked that guy, didn't you?' Or the woman says, 'You were looking at her.' My answer would be, 'Of course. Why not? She's beautiful.' Would you want a man who doesn't look? Who doesn't feel inspired by the beauty or the curves of a woman's body? Or the way she is? I mean, come on. We're human beings. There is, I guess, an elasticity to the relationship. Otherwise it's going to break, just like a rubber band." The couple recently received side-by-side stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and Hawn says Russell's remarks moved her the most that day. "It turned out to be a lovefest," she says. "The last thing he said was, 'I'll always cherish you.' I didn't expect him to say those things. I had no idea he was going to be so beautiful." Snatched hits theaters May 12. (People)

Goldie Hawn Says Son Oliver Hudson Nearly Died at 1 Day Old: 'I Asked God ... Heal My Son'. At home with Goldie! Goldie Hawn opens up about motherhood, her 34-year romance with Kurt Russell, and her hilarious return to the big screen in Snatched. Subscribe now for a look inside her extraordinary life -- only in PEOPLE! The arrival of Goldie Hawn's first son, Oliver Hudson, turned into a frightening ordeal when he nearly died at 1 day old from birth complications. For PEOPLE's new cover story, the Snatched star, 71, sat down at her L.A. home with Editor-in-Chief Jess Cagle for a wide-ranging interview about her remarkable rise to fame, her 34-year romance with Kurt Russell and her life as a mom. Immediately after Oliver's birth, Hawn (who was then married to her second husband, musician Bill Hudson) was suffering from toxemia and recalls being wheeled upstairs to the ICU to see her struggling newborn son. "Oh my God, was he beautiful. Eleven pounds of a hunk of love," Hawn tells PEOPLE. "I stood up and I just connected to the universe. I put my hand on him, and I asked God, I said, 'Come through me, use me to heal my son.'" Miraculously, she watched his heart rate go up. "I don't think there's any question that prayer can work. I'm a very spiritual person," says Hawn. "I'm not a religious person, although I was raised Jewish and I like my tribe, but that was a beautiful thing. It was phenomenal. I just emptied myself. I don't know how to explain it." Today, Hawn, is so proud of Oliver, 40, who is a successful actor and father of three children. "He's the greatest, most handsome, amazing father, actor, comedian, human, son," says Hawn, who's also mom to actress Kate Hudson, 38, and actor Wyatt Russell, 30. "I mean, he's such a gift. They're all gifts, all my children." (People)

Tom Holland's Mom Tricks Him Into Staying Close to Home. Who can blame Tom Holland's mom for wanting to keep him close to home? The Spider-Man: Homecoming actor makes his American talk show debut on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Wednesday and opens up about learning to live on his own -- well, sort of. "I have just gone through the stressful process of buying my first apartment, which I am over the moon with. The funny story is I'd been looking for an apartment for nearly two years. My mom rang me up, actually, while I was shooting re-shoots here on this lot. She was like, 'Tom, I've found the most amazing apartment. It's two bedrooms. It's lovely. You'll love it. It's brilliant,'" Holland tells Ellen DeGeneres. "I was like, 'Mom that sounds amazing. Where is it?'" Closer than he ever imagined, it turns out. "You could literally throw a stone from my house is where it is," Holland says. "It's like down the street from where I live in London. I was kind of planning to move out here to L.A., but now I'm only just moving five minutes away from my mom. It sounded great. I was like, 'Mom, you should do it! Just put the offer in! It sounds great!' She was like, 'Oh, I've already done it.' Thanks mom. But I love it. I'm so happy she did." Living on his own is a "big thing," Holland adds. "I can't believe how much you have to think about kitting out a house. Like, it's just an empty room. You don't think about buying beds and stuff. Like, I've always just had a bed because my parents got it for me. Now I'm like, 'Ugh, I have to go out and get this and that and all sorts.' It's a little stressful, but I'm happy doing it." DeGeneres also asks Holland about the five-month audition process to play Spider-Man in 2016's Captain America: Civil War. The casting news was announced via Marvel's Instagram, much to his surprise. "I just found out online," he recalls. "They didn't call me up or anything." Holland was "going ballistic" -- so much so that he scared his dog. While his brother feared Marvel had been hacked, Holland called his agents to confirm the booking. "Then Kevin Feige finally called me and said, 'I've got some great news. You're going to be Spider-Man.' I was like, 'I know Kevin. You put it on Instagram.' Like, I'm 20. You really think I'm not going to find it?" A little later, DeGeneres surprises Holland with some items from her home collection. "You don't have to worry about anything," she tells her guest. "Everything is going to come to you." "No way! That's so cool!" Holland says. "That's amazing!" Spider-Man: Homecoming swings into theaters July 5. (Eonline)

Fresh ink! Brad Pitt stepped out in Los Angeles on Tuesday, May 9. The Allied actor, 53, showed off a hint of his new arm tattoo in a white T-Shirt and denim jeans as he emerged from the art studio he's been working out of in Los Angeles' Frogtown neighborhood. Pitt debuted the new tattoo, which is located on his left bicep, in his GQ Style cover shoot. The new ink is of the front of a motorcycle, with focus on the wheel. As previously reported, Pitt talked candidly about his divorce from Angelina Jolie in the interview. He also shared that his new sculpting hobby has helped him concentrate during the difficult time. "I'm making everything. I'm working with clay, plaster, rebar, wood. Just trying to learn the materials," he told the magazine. "You know, I surprise myself. ... I find vernacular in what you can make, rather than giving a speech. I find voice there, that I need." (US Weekly)

Jessica St. Clair Opens Up About Her Secret Breast Cancer Battle and How She "Kicked Its Ass." Jessica St. Clair is ready to call herself a breast cancer survivor. On Tuesday afternoon, the Playing House star took to Twitter with a very personal message to her fans. As it turns out, the Hollywood actress recently battled breast cancer in private. "Guys, surprise, I had the big C and then I kicked it's ass," she shared online. "So proud to share my story on @SU2C #loveu #f--kyeslife." In her message, fans were able to read a personal essay from Jessica where she detailed the day she was diagnosed to the moment she learned she was going to be a-okay. "On September 15, 2015, I was diagnosed with stage 2b estrogen positive breast cancer. I was 38 years old, with no family history (that I knew of at the time)," she wrote. [Dr. Leslie Memsic], along with my genius plastic surgeon, Dr. Lisa Cassileth, perform a great way of doing a mastectomy called a 'one-step reconstruction,' in which, in one surgery, the breast tissue is removed and the new implants are put in. For women who don't have medical restrictions, it allows them to go to sleep with breasts and wake up with their new breasts intact." Jessica continued, "It does away with the need for the multiple surgeries, painful tissue expanders or visible scarring that's involved in a traditional mastectomy. Ten days after my one-step reconstruction, I was on the beach with my daughter. No joke." As evident in her essay, Jessica still has a sense of humor about the scary ordeal. In fact, the actress was quick to crack a few jokes about her "new boobs." "I am so proud of my new boobs that I take them out whenever I can. I cannot tell you how many women I have pulled into closets in order to show them the results, just so that they can get the word out about this approach to surgery," she explained. "All I'm saying is: if we bump into each other and there's a closet nearby, be prepared to see my new boobs." After recovering from surgery, Jessica underwent 16 rounds of chemo. Through it all, she tested out "chemo hacks" that made it possible for the actress to "fake it enough that my daughter never knew I was sick, so she was never afraid." Amid 12 weeks of radiation, Jessica returned to work on the third season of Playing House. And as it turns out, her character Emma will get diagnosed with breast cancer on the small screen. "We hope that by sharing my experience -- our experience, Lennon and I -- that somebody who is going through this process or helping their loved one through it might feel less alone, and might even have some better information for their cancer care," Jessica explained. "Because that's really all that matters at the end of the day, right? That we try and be that bridge for each other." Playing House begins a new season June 23 at 11 p.m. only on USA. (Eonline)

Ben Affleck Has Officially Moved Out Of His Home With Jennifer Garner -- Learn How He's Making It Work With The Kids! Ben Affleck has completely moved out of the guesthouse of the home he shared with ex Jennifer Garner, and the kids have already visited him at his new place! A source told People: "The family house is for Jen and the kids now, Ben won't have any things at the house. The kids are doing well. They have been to Ben's new house." Moving trucks were also seen outside the family home over the weekend. The most important thing during the divorce has been to make the transition smooth and "comfortable" for the children, Violet, 11, Seraphina, 8, and Samuel, 5. Another source added: "He's doing well and together they are taking steps to make sure this transition is as easy as it can be on the family." One thing that will not change, however, is Sunday family time. The first source explained: "Sundays have always been a special family day with church and dinner." What a cute tradition! We're sure they'll do everything to maintain it. (Perez Hilton)

Rob Dyrdek is grieving the loss of his friend and former Rob & Big costar Christopher "Big Black" Boykin. The 42-year-old professional skateboarder took to Twitter to address the loss, writing a series of tweets that began with, "My heart is broken. I don't want to write this post. I don't want to believe that this is reality. I am so thankful for you." In a second tweet, Dyrdek continued, writing, "We truly were brothers that lived an unexpected unforgettable adventure. I just can't fathom that it would end so suddenly." A third tweet from Dyrdek read, "You will forever be in my heart." Boykin passed away on Tuesday morning from a heart attack, a rep for Boykin confirmed to PEOPLE. The 6' 6," 375-lb. reality star appeared as Dyrdek's bodyguard on 19 episodes of the MTV show from 2006-08, according to his IMDb profile, before the show abruptly ended following friction between the duo. Boykin, 45, is survived by his daughter, 9-year-old Isis Rae Boykin. (People)

Patti LuPone Calls Madonna a "Movie Killer," Says She's "Dead Behind the Eyes." How do you really feel, Patti LuPone? The 68-year-old Broadway legend appeared as a guest on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Tuesday when a fan called in with a question. "Did you and Madonna ever have a conversation about your two iconic performances as Evita?" the viewer asked LuPone. (LuPone played Argentinian First Lady Eva Perón in the original 1979 Broadway production of Evita, winning the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. Madonna starred in the 1996 film adaptation, winning the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy.) "No," LuPone said. "But she was downstairs at the Mitzi Newhouse when I was upstairs doing Anything Goes in the Vivian Beaumont, and a press agent actually put a sign up that there was only one diva allowed in this theater at a time. It wasn't me! It was the press agent that did it. I don't know whether she ever found out about it. I did meet her after her opening night party, and the only thing that Madonna has ever said to me was, 'I'm taller than you.' Bada-bing!" Egging her on, Andy Cohen asked, "What did you think of her role in Evita?" And that's when things got shady AF. "I was on the treadmill. You know when MTV used to have music videos, right? I saw, I believe it was 'Buenos Aires,' and I thought it was a piece of s--t," she said. "Madonna is a movie killer. She's dead behind the eyes. She cannot act her way out of a paper bag. She should not be in film or on stage. She's a wonderful performer for what she does, but she's not an actress. Bing!" In fairness to Madonna, LuPone isn't generally a fan of movie adaptations of stage musicals. When Cohen asked what she thought of 2012's Les Miserables, starring Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman and Amanda Seyfried, LuPone replied, "I only saw a little bit of it." LuPone played Fantine in the original London production of Les Miserables, winning the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical. Hathaway played the role onscreen decades later, winning the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. "I'll tell you -- I'm going to be honest -- I think the only people who know how to do movie musicals on camera is Rachel Bloom in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. She is the only one that understands how to go from dialogue to song so that it makes sense. Her camera department knows how to shoot these rather large production numbers," Lupone told Cohen and fellow guest Christopher Meloni. "And what I saw in Les Mis... I didn't see Les Mis after I left it. I'm too involved in it to go see it. But what I did see, I wondered why the hell they were doing close-ups of these people so that you were seeing the snot, you were seeing down their throat. You were not seeing the scene that perpetuated this emption in this song." "I just...I don't know why people assume they can do musicals or make movie musicals without ever having been involved with the process of making a musical," the living legend continued. "That's the thing I don't understand. So, what I see on camera...I can't believe that it looks like this. Like I said, Rachel Bloom is the only one in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. If you guys haven't watched that, you should. She just...boom! And now you're into a musical number and it makes sense." Cohen wanted to know definitely whether LuPone liked director Tim Hooper's Les Miserables, and it became clear she's not a fan of the film. "I didn't see all of it," she said, "but what I saw..." (Eonline)

Cops investigate break-in at 50 Cent's Connecticut mansion. A man tried to get rich by breaking into rapper 50 Cent's mansion Tuesday, but was busted tryin', according to reports. Cops arrested Elwin Joyce, 34, after he allegedly broke into Fiddy's 50,000-square foot home in Farmington, Conn., around 12:30 pm, CBS reports. It doesn't seem like he managed to swipe anything, the network reports. Police charged Joyce with second degree burglary, trespassing, criminal mischief and attempted larceny, TMZ adds. The musician, whose real name is Curtis Jackson III, bought the 17-acre property for $4.1 million from Mike Tyson in 2003. The ritzy digs boast 25 bathrooms, a nightclub, a recording studio, and a helicopter landing, NBC reports. Jackson doesn't live at the estate, and has been trying to unload it for $6 million for a year, according to CBS. (PageSix)

Richard Simmons isn't anti-LGBT by suing "National Enquirer" over a story claiming he's been transitioning to a woman ... at least not according to transgender model Carmen Carrera. 'Enquirer' claims Simmons isn't pro-LGBT because his suit claims defamation and that suggests being transgender is a bad thing. Carrera says that's just BS. Zion Moreno -- a trans model who is vying for a shot in the next Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition -- says it doesn't matter if Simmons is transitioning ... there's a bigger issue the Enquirer is missing. (TMZ)

Rob & Big Star Christopher ''Big Black'' Boykin Dead at 45. Rob & Big star Christopher "Big Black" Boykin has passed away, E! News has learned. TMZ, who was first to break the news, reports the MTV personality died Tuesday morning at the age of 45. No other information was readily available. Big Black rose to fame as professional skateboarder Rob Dyrdek's bodyguard on the wildly popular series, which ran for three seasons from 2006-2008. Their onscreen antics, which included breaking multiple Guinness world records, captivated viewers and led to the spin-off series, Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory. Co-star and fellow MTV fixture Chanel West Coast confirmed the news on Twitter: "RIP @BigBlack. My heart is crushed. I'll remember all the times you made me laugh and my prayers go out to your family." Boykin would go on to make multiple appearance on Factory Factory as well as other MTV programs including Ridiculousness, Guy Code and Snack Off. He also launched a plus-sized clothing lines called Big Man Network and Big Dime Pieces. The Mississippi native was recently in Los Angeles, and reflected on his Rob & Black days with a heartwarming tribute shared to Instagram just over a month ago. "Whenever I have dinner at Lemonade in Studio City, I always cross the street to a look at one of my accomplishments, 'the Ventura Blvd walk of fame' not bad for a fat black kid from Wiggins Ms....#godisgood #allthetime," he captioned a photo of his and Dyrdek's movie reel placard. Prior to his career in entertainment, Big Black served in the United States Navy. Boykin is survived by his 9-year-old daughter, Isis Rea Boykin. Our thoughts go out to his loved ones at this time. (Eonline)

Greek actress Mary Tsoni, one of the stars of Yorgos Lanthimos' Oscar-nominated title "Dogtooth," died on Monday according to reports in Greece. She was 30 years old. Tsoni was found dead at her Athens apartment on Monday after calling the police, according to Greek newspaper Espresso. Her cause of death has not yet been confirmed. Tsoni played the younger daughter in Lanthimos' cinematic black comedy "Dogtooth," which examined the bizarre brainwashing rituals of a family and was nominated for the 2011 Best Foreign Language Oscar and premiered at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. Tsono and her co-star Angeliki Papoulia picked up the best actress prize for their roles in the Sarajevo Film Festival. She also stared in 2010 drama "Artherapy," 2009 comedy "Evil in the Time of Heroes" and, most recently, "The Fruit Trees of Athens." Before becoming an actress, Tsoni was a singer in the punk band Mary and the Boy. (Page Six)

The wife of ESPN legend Chris Berman was killed in a bad crash in Connecticut on Tuesday ... when her car slammed into another vehicle, killing both drivers. According to the police report obtained by TMZ Sports, 67-year-old Katherine Berman was driving her 2003 Lexus around 2:15 PM when she slammed into the back of a Ford Escape. Officials say Katherine's car veered off the roadway and overturned into a small body of water, as seen in a photo from the scene, obtained by NBC Connecticut. The other car collided with a utility pole and landed on its roof. The driver of the other car -- an 87-year-old man -- was transported to a nearby hospital but did not survive. In a photo of the crash scene obtained by WTNH, you can see the other driver's car (behind the red Ford) was completely totaled. Chris and Katherine have been married since 1983 and have 2 kids together. Chris was reportedly at the Giants vs. Mets game at Citi Field when he was notified of the crash by NYPD officers. ESPN President John Skipper issued a statement saying, "This is a devastating tragedy and difficult to comprehend." "Chris is beloved by all his ESPN colleagues and for good reason: he has a huge heart and has given so much to so many over the years. We know how much his family means to him and all we can do at a moment like this is give him the love and support he will surely need at this hour." "Our thoughts and prayers are with Chris, Meredith, Doug and the entire family." (TMZ)

THE OTHER STUFF . . .

Diddy Tops Forbes' List of Richest Hip-Hop Artists for 7th Year and Is Not Far Away From Becoming a Billionaire. Damn, Diddy. The rapper needs just $200 million to become a billionaire and if he continues at the pace he's going, he'll probably get there in less than five years. Sean "Diddy" Combs was ranked No. 1 on Forbes' recent list of the five richest hip-hop artists for 2017 and the financial news outlet estimates his net worth to be $820 million, marking his seventh consecutive year on top of the list. Forbes notes how the rapper, who has also gone by the names Puff Daddy and P. Diddy, makes much of his money from endorsement deals with Diageo's Ciroc, the alkaline water brand Aquahydrate and DeLeon tequila, as well as his stakes in the Revolt digital cable TV network that he founded in 2013. Diddy has topped Forbes' list since 2011, when his net worth was estimated to be $500 million. In 2016, the rapper ranked No. 22 on Forbes list of all highest-paid celebrities, with estimated annual earnings of $62 million. Jay Z came in at No. 2 this year with $810 million. Forbes noted the rapper's Tidal streaming service, which is valued to be $600 million -- more than 10 times what he paid for it in 2015, as well as his Roc Nation entertainment company, which recently signed CNN commentator Van Jones, and his Armand de Brignac Champagne. Dr. Dre placed third with $740 million. Forbes attributed most of his earnings from his cut from the sale of his Beats Electronics company to Apple for $3 billion in 2014. Both rappers have swapped spots for No. 2 and No. 3 on Forbes' list of wealthiest hip-hop artists over the past seven years. Birdman came in at No. 4 with $110 million, while Drake placed fifth with $90 million. (Eonline)

Angry John Lennon letter up for auction. Paul and Linda McCartney weren't the only ones John Lennon had harsh words for in letter form. An angry letter that Lennon wrote concerning the distribution of his and Yoko Ono's experimental album "Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins" is being auctioned off by Boston-based RR Auction. In the handwritten piece of correspondence, addressed to Martin George of Rock Ink & Roll Ink, the rock icon expresses frustration with difficulty in getting the 1968 record out to the masses. "Yoko and I got Two Virgins out in spite of being past owners of Apple [the Beatles' record label]. We made it in May and they f–ked us about till November! Then E.M.I. (who have the real control) wrote warning letters to all their puppets around the world telling them not handle it in any way," the letter reads. The album was the first music released by Lennon following the breakup of the Beatles. E.M.I., Apple's parent company, refused to distribute it due to the fully nude photo of John and Yoko that adorned its front and back. "Two Virgins" was eventually released six months later by Track Records in the United Kingdom and by Tetragrammaton Records in the United States. Both labels sold the record in a brown paper bag packaging that hid the supposedly offensive artwork. Dated September 12, 1971, and featuring annotations from Lennon in red ink (along with a typed-up transcript), the letter includes a certificate of authenticity from Beatles expert Perry Cox. "Letters of this nature are incredibly rare and historic, lending the readers clear insight into John's mindset at the time," he wrote of the correspondence. The letter is expected to go for more than $20,000. Late last year, an angry letter Lennon wrote to Paul and Linda McCartney went for $30,000 at auction. (PageSix)

Dwayne ''The Rock'' Johnson Admits He's Seriously Considering a Run for President. Is The Rock going to rock the vote in 2020? Sounds like a hard maybe. Dwayne Johnson, whom you may know as the highest paid movie star on the planet and a pretty rad dad, is getting serious with GQ about a possible desire to run for President of the United States. "I think that it's a real possibility," confessed the Baywatch actor. "A year ago, it started coming up more and more. There was a real sense of earnestness, which made me go home and think 'Let me really rethink my answer and make sure I am giving an answer that is truthful and also respectful.'" In the no-holds-barred interview, the 45-year-old actor, who did not publicly endorse any candidate in 2016, also tackles the topic of the controversial travel ban proposed by President Donald Trump. "I completely disagree with it," he said without hesitation. "I believe in our national security to the core, but I don't believe in a 'ban' that bans immigrants. I believe in inclusion. Our country was built on that, and it continues to be made strong by that." As for how he thinks our current president is doing so far? "I'd like to see a better leadership. I'd like to see a greater leadership. When there's a disagreement, and you have a large group of people that you're in a disagreement with -- for example, the media -- I feel like it informs me that I could be better," said Johnson. "We all have issues, and we all gotta work our s--t out. And I feel like one of the qualities of a great leader is not shutting people out. I miss that part. Even if we disagree, we've got to figure it out." If Johnson does run, you'd better believe he'll get the big-wig backing of some serious Hollywood heavyweights. Ron Meyer, the NBCUniversal Vice Chairman, said: "If [becoming the president] is something he focused on...he probably would accomplish it. I think there's nothing that he couldn't do." When asked if he'd vote for the superstar when it came to Election Day, Meyer, whose studio produces the Fast & the Furious franchise, said, "I would vote for him without a question." Talk about a ringing endorsement! The June issue of GQ will be on newsstands in New York and LA May 16 and nationwide May 23. (Eonline)

Phaedra Parks' punishment for spreading lies on 'RHOA' should go beyond her reality show firing, she also needs to lose her license to practice law ... according to a guy who lives to challenge the 'Housewives.' Michael Lissack has filed an official grievance with the State Bar of Georgia against Phaedra for her behavior on 'Real Housewives.' He told us why he thinks Phaedra's treatment of Kandi and Porsha this past season is grounds to yank her law license. Lissack's a former Smith Barney director who famously blew the whistle on his firm in 1994 for overcharging municipalities. This also isn't his first 'Housewives' rodeo either -- he claims to have exposed Vicki Gunvalson last year for allegedly running a fake cancer charity. What's odd is ... the guy who's complaining so hard about the 'Housewives' seems to be watching them as closely as any superfan. Phaedra's rep tells us, "This is a frivolous complaint filed by an attention seeking fan. We fully expect that it will be dismissed." One more thing you're probably wondering about -- his little dog's name is Zeus. (TMZ)

Daughter of Knicks coach plays fair when asked for tickets. Just because you're dating the coach's daughter, don't expect a season pass. "I do get a lot of people bothering me for Knicks tickets," Abby Hornacek, daughter of Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek told us. "If I was dating a guy and he wanted to go to a game, it's not like I could lie and say I can't get them. Honestly, it is easy for me to get tickets." But she warns, "If a guy was using me for a ticket, I really would not care -- he may just make it to one game and the rest of the season could be offered to somebody else." (PageSix)

Lena Dunham hospitalized for four days after Met Gala. Lena Dunham has opened up about her health scare at last week's Met Gala, during which she was rushed to the hospital. "I wore a massive gingham gown like some endometriosis-battling Scarlett O'Hara," she wrote for her Lenny Letter site. "I went straight from a women's room full of supermodels and wearable art to the hospital. I was there for four days." She also called the American Health Care Act "unjust and willfully savage." Dunham's been publicly outspoken about her medical condition. (PageSix)

Sandra Lee refused to let House Speaker Paul Ryan join her cooking segment on Fox News and told him "I need you to go away." The celebrity chef and longtime girlfriend of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, was not happy after learning her segment on Tuesday's "Fox & Friends" would directly follow an interview with Ryan, and banished the Republican leader from her TV kitchen. A source told Page Six, "Paul Ryan was on the segment before Sandra, and the hosts asked him to hang around for Sandra's cooking feature to try the food. But in the break before her demo, she said to Ryan and some others there, 'I need you to go away so I can collect my thoughts, prepare, and get ready for the segment." The source continued, "It wasn't a very friendly 'Fox & Friends.' Sandra wasn't even comfortable with having Paul Ryan on the same stage as her during the commercial break, never mind on air. It was very frosty. She simply does not believe in anything Ryan believes in." The source added that Ryan remained off-camera while Lee did her "Cooking With Friends" segment with show hosts Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt and Brian Kilmeade. She prepared a Mother's Day menu of coffee cake, chocolate cupcakes and chocolate-covered bacon. Lee also discussed a Manhattan Magazine cover story in which she champions small businesses. Another source tells us, "Steve [Doocy] brought Ryan over to the kitchen to try the chocolate-covered bacon, and Sandra looked annoyed. She made a dismissive remark and looked away." Gov. Cuomo has had his share of clashes with Ryan. In March, Cuomo said congressional Republicans have "declared war on New York" with their Obamacare repeal, which will cost the state $6.9 billion if passed. He also tore into Ryan's "rabid conservative orthodoxy." But Lee, a breast cancer survivor, traditionally steers clear of Cuomo's political battles. She declined to comment on Tuesday night. Fox News also didn't comment, and a rep for Ryan didn't get back to us. (Page Six)

Hunter Biden -- son of former Vice President Joe Biden -- and his ex-wife, Kathleen, are selling their modest home on a fancy block in Northwest Washington, DC. They're asking for $1.85 million. The six-bedroom, 3,171-square-foot home is a four-level Colonial with hardwood floors, large entertaining spaces, a white chef's kitchen with built-in banquet, and a master suite with two walk-in closets. The lower level has a porch, family room and bedroom. A patio and deck look over a wooded backyard. Records show the couple bought the house in 2004 for $1.1 million. Hunter Biden made headlines in March 2015 when news broke that he had been dating his late brother's widow, Hallie, after separating from his wife. Reports also claimed Biden had spent more than $120,000 on hookers, drugs, and a dark secret life. As "His spending rarely relates to legitimate family expenses, but focuses on his own travel (at times multiple hotel rooms on the same night), gifts for other women, alcohol, strip clubs, or other personal indulgences," Kathleen Biden said of Hunter Biden in divorce papers filed in Washington, DC, Superior Court in February, as reported by The Post. The DC house came up in the divorce filing when Kathleen said they have a double mortgage on their home and owe $314,000 in taxes. The Post reported the couple's divorce was finalized in mid-April. Hunter Biden is an attorney and the younger son of the former vice president and his first wife, Neilia Hunter. His older brother, Beau, died of brain cancer in May 2015. (Page Six)

Music

Miley Cyrus Teases New Music Video "Malibu" and Will Perform Song at Billboard Music Awards 2017. Miley Cyrus is getting ready for her official music return. The singer is set to release a new single, "Malibu," and will perform it for the first time on TV at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards next weekend. The song will mark Cyrus' first new solo track in almost two years. The singer, who performed and served as a coach on The Voice last year, released a teaser clip from its music video Wednesday. The video shows the singer frolicking on a beach in Malibu, smiling and wearing a slew of white outfits, with her hair in a high ponytail. The singer's modest look marks a sharp contrast to the colorful, often revealing and even controversial outfits she had worn in recent years in her music videos and while on tour. "Miley Cyrus is and always has been an artist that makes an impact. Her incredible talent and imprint on pop culture are undeniable," Mark Bracco, executive producer of the 2017 Billboard Music Awards, said in a statement. "We are thrilled to have her debut 'Malibu' at the '2017 Billboard Music Awards' and look forward to a raw and honest performance that will likely surprise many." As Miley did not release new music last year, she is not nominated for a Billboard Music Award. The nominees include The Chainsmokers, Drake and Rihanna. The 2017 Billboard Music Awards will air live on ABC at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT from Las Vegas on May 21. (Eonline)

Calvin Harris Announces Star-Studded New Album Featuring Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj and John Legend. The stars are coming out for Calvin Harris' new album. On Tuesday afternoon, the record producer and singer took to social media with a big announcement for his fans. After much anticipation, Calvin will release a brand-new album titled Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 this summer. "ALBUM COMING JUNE 30," the DJ teased on Instagram with a video clip of all the artists featured on his upcoming project. So who is lending their voice and talents to the exciting new project? The question really is, where do we even begin? Big Sean, Nicki Minaj and Snoop Dogg are some of the rappers set to appear. Pop superstars Ariana Grande and Katy Perry are also slated to collaborate on tracks. And before fans begin to speculate that it's shade towards Taylor Swift , we have to remind you that Calvin and Katy have been friendly for years. Let us rewind to 2013 when the pair met up at the MTV EMAs in Amsterdam with Ellie Goulding and Rita Ora. In other words, the music industry is a small place after all. Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 is Calvin's first full-length album since 2014's Motion. The album featured hit songs and collaborations with artists ranging from Tinashe and Gwen Stefani to HAIM and Ellie. In January, Calvin teased the fact that he would be releasing 10 new songs in 2017. Back in February, fans got an early taste with the release of "Slide" featuring Frank Ocean and Migos. One month later and the arrival of "Heatstroke" with Ariana, Pharrell Williams and Young Thug became public. The question now remains: Will Calvin have the song of the summer? Stay tuned! (Eonline)

We smell more bad blood. Taylor Swift's ex Calvin Harris recorded new music with Katy Perry for his upcoming album, and Swift's fans have taken to social media to call shade on their collaboration. Harris, 33, announced his fifth studio album, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1, and its star-studded list of guest artists, via social media on Tuesday, May 9. The roster includes a handful of music heavyweights such as Nicki Minaj, John Legend and Pharrell Williams. However, it was Perry's name that stuck out most to the Scottish DJ's followers, given the "Chained to the Rhythm" singer's complicated relationship with his former girlfriend Swift, 27. As Swifties and Katycats are well aware, the two superstars are not exactly BFFs. The drama began when Swift called out an unidentified mean girl in a 2014 interview with Rolling Stone. "For years, I was never sure if we were friends or not," Swift, who has never outright confirmed the feud is with 32-year-old Perry, told the magazine. "She would come up to me at awards and say something and walk away, and I would think, Are we friends, or did she just give me the harshest insult of my life?" Swift added: "She tried to hire a bunch of people out from under me. ... So now I have to avoid her. It's awkward, and I don't like it." After Swift released her celeb-filled 2015 music video for "Bad Blood," in which her bestie Selena Gomez played a villainous Perry look-alike, many assumed that the former country starlet was taking aim at the California Gurl. Perry later confirmed that she and Swift had a problem when she told a fan that she is still waiting for the Grammy winner to apologize. Asked if she would ever agree to a duet with Swift, Perry responded, "If she says sorry, sure!" For his part, Harris name-checked Perry during a heated July 2016 Twitter rant against Swift not long after their split. "I know you're off tour and you need someone new to try and bury like Katy ETC but I'm not that guy, sorry," he wrote, accusing Swift of trying to make him "look bad" after it was revealed that she helped pen his hit, "This Is What You Came For." (US Weekly)

Kelly Clarkson is shaping up to be ABC's first choice for judge on "American Idol" -- she's already clearing her schedule to start filming for auditions ... TMZ has learned. Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ ... ABC has expressed "serious interest' in Clarkson, who won Season 1 of the OG show. On Kelly's side, we're told she's not only interested, but people on her team are already looking to clear her schedule during the time the show will be filmed. TMZ broke the story ... home base for the audition shows will be Disney World and possibly Disneyland, which will make it much easier to shoot than the OG where cast and crew went from city to city. It will also be way less expensive, which is a big consideration. It's also unclear whether the show will air once or twice a week. We've heard ABC is considering a once a week format where results from voting will go down the following week. That will make it easier for the judge and the host, who will almost certainly be Ryan Seacrest. (TMZ)

Kehlani Bounces Back After Canceling Performance Due to Illness. SweetSexySavage songstress Kehlani canceled her show Monday (May 8) in Grand Rapids, Michigan, due to illness. Wearing baggy clothing and her hair pulled back in a ponytail, the artist broke down in tears on stage, hurt not only by how sick she felt, but also by her inability to give her fans the show they paid for. Earlier Tuesday (May 9), the "Distraction" singer took to Instagram to let her fans know she had the flu, but intends to continue with her show in Detroit, Michigan, May 10 as planned. She also alluded to rumors that she was speaking of mental issues when she said, "I feel crazy." "If you was there last night, you know the real," she wrote. "F**k all that noise." (Billboard)

eMusic Relaunches Indie-Centric Music Service. The service is based around an ownership model with downloads exclusively from indie labels and cloud-based storage. eMusic, one of the Internet's original music services, is today relaunching under a vastly different model than other contemporary services. The "fully overhauled and upgraded" eMusic is based around a music ownership model rather than an access streaming model and offers users free and discounted downloads, cloud-based storage, universal access on any device and a catalog of 32 million titles exclusively from independent labels. "The all-new eMusic appeals to passionate, knowledgeable music fans who are driven by discovery and take great pride in their music collections," said Tamir Koch, CEO of TriPlay, the cloud-based company that purchased eMusic in Oct. 2015, in a statement. "eMusic members have spent countless hours growing and curating their private music libraries and see value in the power of their personal cloud through eMusic." The pricing tiers for the new service range from free, which offers users unlimited cloud storage and access to one's own music collection (as well as photos, audio books and videos) and a free daily music download from emerging artists; to paid plans which range from $3.99 per month and includes unlimited access to songs at up to 55 percent off retail for downloads, and go all the way up to $29.99 per month "for the music connoisseur." The release specifically mentioned "indie, classical and jazz" music. The plans also allow for use of up to 10 devices simultaneously and works with both Android and iOS operating systems and Web based platforms. When asked what the advantages of an ownership model would be versus an access model, Koch was quick to point out to Billboard what is perhaps eMusic's biggest advantage. "Once you stop paying Apple Music, Spotify and the rest you lose everything," the CEO said. "With us you can be on a plan, buy whatever you want, bring it into your collection and say, 'You know what I'm done, I'm not paying anymore.' And still everything will be available to you, you won't lose anything." Another aspect of the new eMusic that Koch is confident in is the new service's discovery ability which he said is the "first music service that will recommend new content based on your collection and not on your purchase history." Though that discovery may be limited without any major label catalog, Koch says that shouldn't matter. "We'll still be able to point you to the correct labels, artists and albums in the indie world that cater to your music tastes," he said. The original eMusic was founded in 1998 as a digital music store and was one of the first sites to sell MP3s without what many considered to be the onerous digital rights management technology. While the service never achieved wide-spread adoption, it was beloved by its core users for its wide selection of independent music as well as its download-to-own aspect. The service eventually came to include major label fare. In 2014 eMusic launched Wondering Sound, an acclaimed music editorial vertical run by J. Edward Keyes (who is now at Bandcamp), which was cut down before the end of its first year. TriPlay acquired eMusic in September 2015 and rebuilt it using its proprietary cloud technology. The service said it expects to soon add HD & Hi-Res audio, advanced classical music search and players for connected smart TVs, smart watches and smart home devices. The new eMusic is banking on catering to underserved audience as well as its ability to pay artists more than streaming services. "The music collector market remains strong," Koch stated, "and we now offer a holistic music service with multiple value propositions that benefit the user as well as the artist, with a business model that ensures artists receive fair pay for their hard work and creativity, while enabling the company to be profitable." That scenario, much like every other music service, will depend on eMusic's ability to attract paying customers. (Billboard)

You Better Believe Father John Misty Performed an Impromptu Ode to FBI Chief James Comey's Firing. There aren't many things these days you can count on with absolute certainty. But there is one: Father John Misty will always find new ways to surprise, delight, confuse and entertain you. The latest case on point came on Tuesday night (May 9), just hours after the world learned that President Trump had abruptly fired FBI director James Comey, the man who many credit with handing the election to Trump due to his 11th hour announcement of yet another probe into Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton e-mails. Misty, chilling backstage before a show and enjoying a cocktail and some pizza, uploaded a 53-second video in which he performs a seemingly impromptu ode to Comey featuring lines such as: "James Comey was fired in the month of May/ James Comey was fired from the CIA/ Well he had Hillary's e-mails/ And there was a recipe, recipe for risotto." (Billboard)

Movies

Guy Ritchie Puts King Arthur Star Charlie Hunnam's Fitness On Blast. When it comes to fitness, Guy Ritchie thinks Charlie Hunnam is all talk. That's not to say he doesn't think he's in good shape -- anyone with a set of eyes can see that the action star is fit. However, when the Sherlock Holmes director got wind that the actor was claiming he'd done 1,000 push-ups every day to prepare for his role in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, he was not buying it. E! News' Zuri Hall caught up with the two Brits at the premiere of King Arthur: Legend of the Sword premiere at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood. As with so many other action films, the star of King Arthur had a pretty intense workout regimen to get ready for his role. The Sons of Anarchy star revealed to E! News that on a typical day during shooting, his fitness routine included 1,000 push-ups. We're worn out just thinking about it! "I mean there were some days I didn't hit the goal and I would try to recoup the next day," the actor told Zuri. "On the days where I was fighting 14-hours a day, I let myself off and went home, and said 'Okay, let's knock a zero off this equation -- 100 is good enough for today." The King Arthur director, however, is calling his bluff. "I gotta tell you, 1000 push-ups? Not so much. You'll get 50 out of him at the most! And there's like a half an hour break," Ritchie said of his leading man. But while the Pacific Rim actor may not have undergone quite the transformation he described, David Beckham, who also appears in the film, looks totally unrecognizable, donning fake teeth and scars. The professional soccer player is just one of many stars appearing in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, which includes Eric Bana, Jude Law, and Djimon Hounsou in its all-star cast. The movie follows a young Arthur, unaware of his destiny, and his rise to the throne. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword will be out in theaters everywhere Friday, May 12th. (Eonline)

Academy Award-winner Steve McQueen is set to direct a documentary about Tupac Shakur. Shakur Estate trustee Tom Whalley and Amaru Entertainment said Tuesday that the film is fully sanctioned by the late hip-hop artist's estate. McQueen is best known for directing "12 Years a Slave," which won the Best Picture Oscar in 2014 and earned him a Best Director nomination. The director said in a statement that he looks forward to working with Shakur's family to bring his unvarnished story to life. Shakur's aunt and late mother's sister Gloria Cox will serve as an executive producer. "Few, if any shined brighter than Tupac Shakur," said McQueen, who hinted there was some overlap between himself and Shakur during his time at NYU film school in 1993. Whalley hopes that the documentary will help take Shakur's legacy beyond "the refraction of the headlines, the controversy, and the tragic way his life ended." Shakur died in a still-unsolved drive-by shooting in Las Vegas in 1996, at age 25. Cox said that the genesis of the project started with Shakur himself in 1996 and was something that his mother Afeni Shakur continued pursuing until her death last year. "Our goal has always been to tell the true story, which has never been done before in such a complete way. My sister always said to me, 'We are not in the business of defending Tupac. Our job is to allow him to be seen in the most complete way, so his actions, his choices, and his words will allow him to speak for himself,'" Cox wrote in a statement. "I believe this film will do exactly that." No release date or timeline was announced for McQueen's documentary. The director hasn't released a feature film since "12 Years a Slave," but has the Gillian Flynn-penned crime drama "Widows," starring Liam Neeson, on his schedule. Shakur's legacy is having a moment in Hollywood movies. The prolific artist will also get the biopic treatment in "All Eyez on Me," which hits theaters on June 16. Newcomer Demetrius Shipp Jr. is playing Shakur. (Page Six)

Vanessa Redgrave has spent six decades in front of the camera. Now her own past and current tragedies have encouraged her to get behind it. The Academy Award-winning actress makes her directing debut with "Sea Sorrow," a highly personal documentary about the migrant crisis that is set to premiere at this month's Cannes Film Festival. "I've identified all my life with refugees," said 80-year-old Redgrave, who was one of thousands of children evacuated from London during World War II to escape German bombs. A mix of documentary and drama, "Sea Sorrow" includes Redgrave's experiences alongside interviews with current-day migrants and their supporters, including Alf Dubs, a British politician who fled Nazi-occupied Europe as a child. Also in the mix is a scene from Shakespeare's "The Tempest"-a play about shipwrecked souls- featuring Ralph Fiennes. Redgrave says her son and film-producing partner Carlo Nero persuaded her to include autobiographical material. "I got worried, of course, by not wanting the film to be about me," she told The Associated Press in a recent interview at the production office she shares with Nero and a friendly poodle-Pomeranian mix named Zep. "It's about the refugees. "But I do think that perhaps hopefully my telling the story alongside Alf Dubs and the refugees that some people will realize the thing we were all taught-and which the government, (Winston) Churchill's government, reminded people: It could happen to you." It's a lesson many people in Europe and North America have forgotten as direct memories of war have faded. These days the news often carries stories of people making dangerous journeys by sea and land to flee war or seek a more prosperous life. Redgrave says such reports can be powerful, but often turn the migrants "into a stream of images, not real people." "Once upon a time they were at university. Once upon a time she was a doctor, he was a teacher. They're real people," said Redgrave, who has been a UNICEF ambassador since 1990. "I think everybody, including myself, are in danger of losing our humanity," she added. "We have to (do) what psychiatrists or psychologists call 'work on it.'" Redgrave says she learned a huge amount about filmmaking in her first foray as director, but isn't sure she will do it again. "I just directed to tell this story," she said. "I'm not a filmmaker as such." She shows no sign of retiring from acting, with projects lined up including a role in Christoph Waltz-directed thriller "Georgetown." Redgrave is part of a British acting dynasty that includes her father Michael Redgrave, her late siblings Lynne and Corin Redgrave and her daughters Natasha Richardson, who died in a ski accident in 2009, and Joely Richardson. Nero, her son, is a director and producer. A six-time Oscar nominee, Redgrave won the supporting actress trophy in 1978 for playing an anti-Nazi activist in "Julia," at a ceremony picketed by the Jewish Defense League because of Redgrave's support for a Palestinian state. Her acceptance speech condemning "Zionist hoodlums"-to a mix of boos and applause-remains one of the most dramatic moments in Oscars history. For years, Redgrave supported small left-wing groups such as the Workers Revolutionary Party and the Peace and Progress Party, and her political intensity hasn't faded. She is furious about Brexit, withering about Prime Minister Theresa May's government and glum at the thought of a likely Conservative victory in Britain's June 8 election. You might think she'd consider celebrity-obsessed Cannes a bit silly. But she is delighted to be returning to the festival, where she won a best-actress trophy in 1966 for "Morgan-A Suitable Case for Treatment." She won a second time in 1969 for "Isadora." "I'm thrilled to bits," she said. "Still can't quite believe it's true. "In spite of the lure of Venice and Toronto and other great (festivals), it remains the special one." Redgrave has vivid memories of past visits to the French Riviera festival, including a 1967 trip with Michelangelo Antonioni's "Blow-Up." Photos of her on the beach in a striped mini-dress alongside the director and Italian actress Monica Vitti are the epitome of 1960s glamour. "I was considered to be a star then," she said. She also recalled the camaraderie of walking up the festival's famous red-carpeted steps with Emma Thompson and her other co-stars from "Howards End" in 1992. "I remember very well Emma showing me her dress, and what did I think," Redgrave said. "I thought it was very lovely, actually. I can't remember what I wore, but I remember what she wore. "It's going to be nice again, but what's really special is that our film having been accepted and welcomed by Cannes means that windows will open for the refugees all over the world, and especially in Europe." (Page Six)

Cannes to Netflix: Theatrical Releases for All Competition Films, Starting Next Year. Netflix has two films in the competition this year, but neither will be released in theaters in France. The Cannes Film Festival is facing off with Netflix over the future of cinema, in particular whether movies that screen at the world's most prestigious film festival will also have to be released in theaters in France. For the first time this year, Netflix will have two films in competition in Cannes: the sci-fi fantasy Ojka from Snowpiercer director Boon Joon-Ho and Noah Baumbach's The Meyerowitz Stories starring Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller. When Cannes announced its lineup last month, traditionalists cried foul, claiming Netflix' online-first distribution model, which bypasses the conventional method of releasing movies in theaters before streaming them online, was killing the film business. Cannes indicated that Netflix would reach an agreement to release both films theatrically, at least in France. But on Wednesday, the festival released a statement saying its efforts were "in vain." In response, Cannes has introduced a new rule: to qualify for competition, a film must have a theatrical release in France. The new rule will come into effect next year. "The festival is pleased to welcome a new operator which has decided to invest in cinema but wants to reiterate its support to the traditional mode of exhibition of cinema in France and in the world," the statement reads. "Consequently, and after consulting its members of the board, the Festival de Cannes has decided to adapt its rules to this unseen situation until now: any film that wishes to compete in competition at Cannes will have to commit itself to being distributed in French movie theaters. This new measure will apply from the 2018 edition of the Festival International du Film de Cannes onwards." The Hollywood Reporter has requested comment from Netflix. (Hollywood Reporter)

Sydney Festival: Sofia Coppola's 'The Beguiled,' Raoul Peck's 'I Am Not a Negro' Line Up For Competition. Michael Haneke's 'Happy End' and Aki Kaurismäki's 'The Other Side of Hope' are amongst the twelve films competing for the 10th Sydney Film Prize. Hot on their heels of their upcoming world premieres at Cannes, Sofia Coppola's The Beguiled and Michael Haneke's Happy End, will compete for the Sydney Film Festival's top prize. Festival director Nashen Moodley announced the full lineup Wednesday for the10th-anniversary edition of the SFF, with Coppola and Haneke's films up against local hopes, Warwick Thornton's documentary, We Don't Need a Map– the opening night film - and celebrated Australian theatre director Benedict Andrews' debut feature Una, starring Ben Mendelsohn. All are competing for the $44,000 (AUS$60,000) Sydney Film Prize. Also screening in Competition are new works from acclaimed directors, Alain Gomis (Felicite), Raoul Peck (I Am Not Your Negro), Nana & Simon (My Happy Family), Ildikó Enyedi (On Body and Soul), Aki Kaurismäki (The Other Side of Hope) and Amat Escalante (The Untamed). Debut features from groundbreaking Afghan woman director Shahrbanoo Sadat (Wolf and Sheep) and Singapore's Kirsten Tan (Pop Aye) round out the 12 competition titles. The Sydney Film Prize jury for 2017 includes Australian producer Rosemary Blight, Nepali director Deepak Rauniyar, Canadian film maker Ann Marie Fleming, Australian critic Margaret Pomeranz and Korean production and distribution executive Kini S. Kim. The winner of the Sydney Film Prize will be announced on the festival's closing night, June 18. Korean master Boong Joon-ho's Okja, will be the closing night film, one of 15 big ticket features that will have their world or Australian premieres in Special Presentations at the venerable State Theatre. French comedy, Madame, from writer director Amanda Sthers and starring Toni Colette and Harvey Keitel has its world premiere as par the Special Presentations line up. Also screening in Special Presentations are local Muslim-centric comedy Ali's Wedding, David Lowerys' A Ghost Story, Terence Malick's Song To Song and pay TV company Foxtel's latest foray into feature film production, Australia Day, starring Bryan Brown. British veteran Vanessa Redgrave will be a guest of the festival, introducing her directorial debut, Sea Sorrow, while Sundance break out, Geremy Jasper's Patti Cake$ will also screen. In addition the second season of ABCTV and Sundance TV drama Cleverman will premiere in the Box Sets section of the festival. In total 288 films from 59 countries will make up the 65th edition of the Sydney Film Festival, which runs from June 7-June 18. (Hollywood Reporter)

TV

We Really Need to Talk About How Good Alexis Bledel Is in The Handmaid's Tale. We need to talk about The Handmaid's Tale, specifically Alexis Bledel. In the fifth episode of the Hulu drama Bledel's Ofglen returns from her punishment at the hands of Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd). When viewers last saw Ofglen -- or Ofsteven now -- she watched her female lover die and woke up in a surgical suite after undergoing a genital mutilation, a procedure that would still allow her to have sex and children, but not enjoy any of her lesbian urges. Her punishment should've been death, but instead it seemed to be far worse for the character. "We helped her, we saved her. We had a doctor take care of the problem. It's such a small problem, truth be told," Commander Waterford (Joseph Fiennes) said. When she reemerged in the grocery for the first time, the pain was palpable through the screen. Bledel's innocent eyes were troubled, pained. Her performance in The Handmaid's Tale, particularly this episode, will make you forget she was ever the doe-eyed Rory Gilmore in Gilmore Girls. Bledel loses herself in the role in the best way possible. Bledel's character tells Elisbaeth Moss' Offred that she's no longer part of the Mayday rebellion, Offred will have to pick up the torch. Later in the episode, Ofglen/Ofsteven interacted with her Commander's wife, who claimed to not be feeling well, again, but Ofglen/Ofsteven noted to her that she can't be sick every month to save her from having sex with the Commander. A rare moment of humanity for the more privileged citizens of Gilead. Ofglen's story ended with her in the market place... stealing a car. She told Offred to work with Mayday, hopped in a car and taunted the police before running over a guard and killing him. She was stopped and nabbed by the police. The end of Ofglen? "I think she feels at that moment that she's already gone through utter devastation, personally, and she's at a complete loss. I think she basically gets these waves of...fight that kind of charge through her. She just has an indomitable spirit. She's not going down without a fight. She sees an opportunity, kind of like when she's being escorted to her trial and she's waiting for a moment and there's a guard standing in front of her, but she sees an exit sign and she thinks, 'Maybe I'll get past this guard and escape.' It's lightning-fast thinking, and she does it," Bledel told Vulture about the moment. "She tries to arouse this guard in the hopes that he'll get distracted and she'll get past him out of desperation. I think when she sees this car door open, she doesn't give it much thought -- it's an impulse. She just jumps in and decides to make a bit of a statement having to do with her desire for freedom, and she's hoping to communicate that to the other handmaids." But going back to sex for a moment, Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski) was concerned her husband was sterile, which would be blamed on Offred, so Offred had sex with Nick (Max Minghella)... while Serena watched. But Nick isn't just a driver, Offred learns. He told her he was an Eye, a spy for the government... and they had sex again -- consensual this time. But is he really a spy? The Handmaid's Tale drops new episodes on Wednesdays on Hulu. (Eonline)

Deadpool Is Coming to TV Thanks to Donald Glover and FXX. After conquering the big screen, Deadpool is now coming to TV. FXX announced it has ordered a new animated adult comedy, currently without a title, with Donald Glover and Stephen Glover, the producers of Atlanta, serving as executive producers, showrunners and writers. "Donald Glover is an incredibly gifted and versatile artist who'll bring the untitled Marvel's Deadpool series to life with the same intense, singular vision as his breakout hit Atlanta," Nick Grad, president of original programming at FX Networks and FX Productions, said in a statement. "With the success of Legion, we're looking forward to again partnering with Marvel Television to create a series that is bold, striking and entirely original." Marvel's Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory are also executive producers. The first season of 10 episodes is scheduled to debut in 2018. "How much more fun could this be? Deadpool, Donald and FX -- the perfect fit for the Merc with the Mouth! We're thrilled that our relationship with FX that started with Legion continues with what is sure to be a groundbreaking show in adult animation," Loeb said in a statement. Deadpool first debuted in 1991. Largely associated with various members of X-Men, the "merc with a mouth" made his big screen debut in X-Men Origins: Wolverine played by Ryan Reynolds. Reynolds returned to the role in the box office hit Deadpool. A sequel is in the works. FX did not announce any voice cast for the project. This is the third X-Men-related show hitting TV screens. Fox recently ordered The Gifted, a new series set in the world of X-Men about a family on the run from an anti-mutant government starring Amy Acker and Stephen Moyer. FX also has Legion, starring Dan Stevens and Aubrey Plaza. Are you excited for the Deadpool animated series? (Eonline)

Ricky Martin went full Thespian for one of the gut-wrenching scenes of "Versace: American Crime Story" ... the moment his character discovers Gianni Versace's body right after his murder. Ricky's playing Versace's longtime partner, Antonio D'Amico ... and filmed the key scene Wednesday morning on the steps of the famed mansion in Miami. Ricky's not known for his acting, but you can tell from these pics, he brought his A-game ... the day after Darren Criss -- who's playing Andrew Cunanan -- shot the murder scene. (TMZ)

Does Christopher Meloni Regret Leaving Law & Order: SVU? Christopher Meloni said goodbye to Detective Elliot Stabler and Law & Order: SVU in May 2011 seemingly with no regrets. Meloni, who is starring opposite Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn on the big screen in Snatched, appeared on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen and addressed his departure from the long-running drama. "Do you regret leaving SVU?" host Andy Cohen asked him. "Not for a day," Meloni said. "How did you know when it was time to leave?" Cohen followed up. "When negotiations broke down," Meloni cracked. "Isn't that the case?" fellow guest Patti Lupone said. Meloni left the cast between seasons 12 and 13. His last appearance was in the season 12 finale when his character shot a girl to stop her from shooting up the squad room. His absence was explained away as he retired after his mandatory leave following the shooting. Warren Leight took over showrunning duties from Neal Baer after Meloni's exit and when Leight left at the end of season 17 he told E! News one of his regrets was how Meloni's exit was handled. "Again, the audience deserved an arc out for Stabler. That should have been understood by everyone involved, instead I kind of walked in and he was just gone... A little out of my hands, but there's still continued ill will about it and that's unfortunate," Leight told us. Meloni's exit hasn't soured his relationship with TV partner Mariska Hargitay. The two routinely reunite (off-screen) and post the selfies to prove it. "She was always ready for anything new... There was always an unspoken shorthand to what we were doing. That makes it just so much easier, and off camera as well," Meloni told James Lipton on Inside the Actors Studio. "There's a lot to be said for that when you're working with someone for 16 hours a day, you better get along when the cameras aren't rolling as well as when it is. That was priceless, I think for both of us." Watch What Happens Live airs Sunday-Thursday, 11 p.m. on Bravo. (Eonline)

I Am Heath Ledger Is Here to Remind You What a Fantasticly Dedicated Actor Its Subject Truly Was. Get ready to gain a better understanding of Heath Ledger's devotion to his craft. When the Spike documentary I Am Heath Ledger premieres on Wednesday, May 17, fans of the late actor will not only gain access into his personal life thanks to their access to a wealth of home video footage filmed by Ledger himself, but they'll get the opportunity to hear about the way the Oscar-winning actor thoroughly threw himself into each and every character he inhabited on the screen. In this sneak peek of the film, exclusive to E! News, Lords of Dogtown director Catherine Hardwicke recounts the slavish attention to detail that Ledger brought to the role of real-life Z-Boys sponsor Skip Engblom. "Heath, he came in and talked to me how he would really get into that character and craft it," she revealed. "He decided he needed to get teeth made like Skip's teeth so that he would feel that he was Skip and talk the way that Skip talked." Emile Hirsch, who starred in the film as Jay, celebrated his co-stars total vision. "This interest in the exterior and the craft and the way the characters would look and sound and physically look on screen -- he was sort of a painter in that way," he added. "But he also had a psychological interest in his characters. If you don't have a sense of play, and if you're too serious, the odds are you're going to be too much of a tight-ass to create characters." The 90-minute documentary offers unprecedented access into the mind of an actor of astonishing talent who was taken from us too soon, courtesy of the hours and hours of home video footage Ledger shot of himself nearly every step of his career. The film also features interviews with friends and loved ones including Naomi Watts, Ben Mendelsohn, Ben Harper and director Ang Lee, as well as Ledger's parents and sisters. I Am Heath Ledger premieres Wednesday, May 17 at 10 p.m. on Spike. (Eonline)

No longer in the 90210! Tori Spelling makes an appearance in E!'s upcoming new series What Happens at The Abbey and Us Weekly has an exclusive first look! The Beverly Hills, 90210 alum stops by the infamous West Hollywood bar for a round of drinks with her pals when server and new E! star Marissa Chykirda gushes over the actress and her latest necklace endeavor. "I'm a huge fan of yours. I read all your books, like, I was obsessed ... I'm a real fan," she tells the actress. "Would it be OK if we took a selfie?" What Happens at The Abbey, which goes behind the bar and takes an inside look at the lives of the employees of the famous hot spot, premieres on Sunday, May 14 at 10 p.m. ET. (US Weekly)

'Game of Thrones' Star Joins Fox Network's Espionage Thriller 'Deep State'. Joe Dempsie will star alongside Mark Strong in the first regional scripted commission from Fox Networks Group Europe & Africa. Joe Dempsie, better known to millions as Gendry in Game of Thrones, has been cast in upcoming espionage thriller series Deep State. The British star will play a secret agent in the eight-part drama, the first regional scripted commission from Fox Networks Group Europe and Africa, playing alongside Mark Strong who was announced in March. Lyne Renee (Split) has also joined the cast. Deep State, which is set in Britain, the U.S., Iran, Lebanon and France, was written by Matthew Parkhill (Rogue), Simon Maxwell (American Odyssey) and Steve Thompson (Sherlock, Doctor Who). Robert Connolly (The Slap, Paper Planes) has signed up to direct episodes 1-4, while Parkhill, alongside his role as showrunner, will direct episodes 5-8. The show comes from Emmy-winning producer Hilary Bevan Jones' Endor Productions. Filming has begun in Morocco and will move to London later on in the year. (Billboard)

Hulu Nabs 'Cardinal' and 'Gap Year' in Multi-Series Streaming Deal with eOne Around 240 hours of Entertainment One shows are headed to the streamer as part of a licensing pact. Entertainment One and Hulu have signed a multi-series streaming deal that includes shows like the Canadian thriller Cardinal and the comedy Gap Year. In all, 240 hours of series content will stream exclusively on Hulu as part of the licensing pact. Other seasons included in the deal include Welcome to Sweden, The Dating Guy, the thriller Matador from executive producer Robert Rodriguez, and the medical drama Saving Hope. "eOne has had an incredible experience working with Hulu and I'm thrilled to broaden our partnership to include Cardinal and Gap Year, two strong U.S. premieres along with other quality series," Joey Sabella, head of U.S. and Latin America for eOne Television said in a statement. Hulu has previously streamed Canadian series like The Book of Negroes and has a current hit in the Canadian-shot series The Handmaid's Tale, an adaptation of the novel by Margaret Atwood. (Hollywood Reporter)

Jenni "JWoww" Farley is left stunned by Tyler Henry's accuracy in the upcoming episode of Hollywood Medium, and Us Weekly has an exclusive sneak peek. During their sit-down, Henry, 21, connects the Jersey Shore alum, 31, to her husband Roger Mathews' late friend. The psychic confirms that the death was an accident and occurred in early July. "There's an acknowledgement of basically an individual who did not even get to live to middle age and the feeling that is coming across is basically -- I'm viewing this as a tragedy," Henry says in the clip. "It's devastating because of the nature of how old this individual was when they died." "To my knowledge it was an accident," Farley says. "It was an accidental, unexpected death." Still, Henry goes on to suggest that something about the tragedy seems off. "I know you mentioned that this was an accident, but there seems to be a feeling -- a questioning about how this individual was found," he says. "Even if we think we know what happened there's still some elements of unknown." Hollywood Medium returns on Wednesday, May 17, on E! at 8 p.m. ET. (US Weekly)

ing pact. Entertainment One and Hulu have signed a multi-series streaming deal that includes shows like the Canadian thriller Cardinal and the comedy Gap Year. In all, 240 hours of series content will stream exclusively on Hulu as part of the licensing pact. Other seasons included in the deal include Welcome to Sweden, The Dating Guy, the thriller Matador from executive producer Robert Rodriguez, and the medical drama Saving Hope. "eOne has had an incredible experience working with Hulu and I'm thrilled to broaden our partnership to include Cardinal and Gap Year, two strong U.S. premieres along with other quality series," Joey Sabella, head of U.S. and Latin America for eOne Television said in a statement. Hulu has previously streamed Canadian series like The Book of Negroes and has a current hit in the Canadian-shot series The Handmaid's Tale, an adaptation of the novel by Margaret Atwood. (Hollywood Reporter)

Jenni "JWoww" Farley is left stunned by Tyler Henry's accuracy in the upcoming episode of Hollywood Medium, and Us Weekly has an exclusive sneak peek. During their sit-down, Henry, 21, connects the Jersey Shore alum, 31, to her husband Roger Mathews' late friend. The psychic confirms that the death was an accident and occurred in early July. "There's an acknowledgement of basically an individual who did not even get to live to middle age and the feeling that is coming across is basically -- I'm viewing this as a tragedy," Henry says in the clip. "It's devastating because of the nature of how old this individual was when they died." "To my knowledge it was an accident," Farley says. "It was an accidental, unexpected death." Still, Henry goes on to suggest that something about the tragedy seems off. "I know you mentioned that this was an accident, but there seems to be a feeling -- a questioning about how this individual was found," he says. "Even if we think we know what happened there's still some elements of unknown." Hollywood Medium returns on Wednesday, May 17, on E! at 8 p.m. ET. (US Weekly)

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