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Thursday, May 18, 2017


Baby on the Way for Matthew Morrison. Matthew Morrison is going to be a dad – and a cool one at that, armed with some signature new gear. The Glee alum is expecting his first child with his wife Renee, he confirms to PEOPLE exclusively while discussing his and pal Zach McDuffie's new brand, Sherpapa Supply Co. "I'm so excited, and I just want to be the best father I possibly can be," Morrison, 38, tells PEOPLE in this week's issue, admitting that he's "looking forward to everything" about fatherhood. Says the actor of his new addition, due to arrive this fall, "The fact that it's half me and half the person that I love most in this world ... I'm so excited to meet our child and to see what he or she looks like, and to see what features of my beautiful wife that he or she has." The timing couldn't be better. Though he and McDuffie have been working on bringing Sherpapa to life for a while, it's May website launch allows Morrison to be a purveyor and customer. "Zach and I were on this mission to build this company and now it means so much more to me," he raves. "It's so much more relevant." Sherpapa includes a range of high-quality products, including dad-branded tees and hats, as well as custom specialty items like painted baseball bats and canoe paddles. The business partners tell PEOPLE they hope Sherpapa encourages family adventure. "In this generation, there's a lot more dual-income families and shared responsibilities of raising a kid," says McDuffie. "Dads are much more involved in raising their kids. There hasn't been any lifestyle brand geared toward those kind of dads until now." McDuffie, a photographer, and Morrison first met through their wives, becoming fast friends. As the father of a 2-year-old little girl, McDuffie realized a lot of products for new parents were geared toward mothers. "I was carrying my wife's diaper bag and I started thinking. I was like, 'There's gotta be something cooler for guys,' " he says. "Yet there was nothing for dads-and it's the best job in the world – as far as gear." Thus, Sherpapa was born. Explains McDuffie, "The name started out as a nickname my wife had for me, because when you're a dad, you carry a lot of stuff for your family." "So it's a combination of 'sherpa'- those local guides that carry all the gear for climbers at Mount Everest- and 'papa,' which is the most universal term for dad." "Our definition of Sherpapa is a modern family leader and protector of children's futures," McDuffie continues. Both men are partial to the brand's bags-the James and the Sierra-which, Morrison says, are Sherpapa's "staple pieces." "It's really a bag for all seasons of fatherhood," he says. "From a go-bag for the delivery room in the hospital to the diaper bag, to putting tools in it. Zach uses it for carrying lunch around, and it's a great car tote. I use it as a carry-on-it fits perfectly under an airplane seat." They're also selling limited-edition products, like custom painted paddles from Sanborn Canoe Co. and wooden baseball bats from Pillbox Bat Company that are painted with the word "Papa." "There are a couple stereotypes about dads that we want to break," says Morrison. "One that dads are hard to shop for. And two, that men somehow lose their style when they become fathers. And that's why we are creating these gifts and gear in a classic style that reflects the belief of quality over quantity, and durability over the disposable." Sherpapa is partnering exclusively with for the launch. Gilt will offer an exclusive curated selection of Morrison and McDuffie's favorite Sherpapa products to subscribers starting June 1. With the brand up and running, Morrison is set to focus on fatherhood. "I can't wait to share experiences and watch life through my kid's eyes," he says. (People)

Eva Longoria Talks Newlywed Bliss: 'People Get Really Annoyed with Us Because We Love Each Other So Much.' Almost a year after getting married, Eva Longoria is still in the honeymoon phase. The actress opened up to PEOPLE about newlywed life with Mexican media mogul Jose "Pepe" Antonio Bastón, and her role as stepmom, while promoting her new film, Lowriders. "My husband is the best part of life," Longoria, 42, gushes. "Like, people get really annoyed with us because we love each other so much!" Longoria and Bastón, 49, tied the knot in a gorgeous ceremony in Valle de Bravo, Mexico in 2016. Dating since 2013, Bastón popped the question in Dubai in December 2015 with a ruby and diamond engagement ring. "People always ask, 'Do you like being married?' It's not that I like marriage -- I like being married to him," Longoria says. "He's the one that makes it all special and worth it." To celebrate their upcoming anniversary on May 21, Bastón will join Longoria as she travels abroad to the Cannes Film Festival for work. "We're going to try to make it a mini-vacation," she shares. As to whether the two have learned anything new in their first year of marriage, Longoria says they're "constantly discovering things about each other." "Some days it feels like we've been together 40 years and other days it feels like we just met," she continues. "We're just so compatible. He's like, 'Let's go paddle boarding,' and I'm like, 'Great!' I'll say, 'Let's have sushi,' and he goes, 'Sure.' We love the same things -- family, friends and traveling -- so there's not a lot we've learned separately about each other, but there's a lot we learned together about life." When Longoria married Bastón, not only did she gain a new husband and home in Mexico City, but three stepkids -- Jose, Natalia and Mariana. Longoria was able to channel her real life role as stepmom to portray her character, Gloria (who is also a stepmom), in Lowriders. Lowriders is set in East Los Angeles and tells the story of a talented teenage street artist, Danny (Gabriel Chavarria), who finds himself caught in the middle of his traditional father, Miguel (Demián Bichir), and ex-con brother, Ghost (Theo Rossi), as they enter a lowrider competition. "Gloria sees her husband suffering because of his relationships with his sons, who are not my sons. So she's the voice of reason in this movie telling everybody to make peace," she says. "Nobody has pain in my real life. I'm really lucky because I have three amazing stepkids." Being a part of a blended family isn't without its challenges in Longoria's real life, though. "I think the biggest challenge is scheduling. [The kids] are at their mother's one week, and then they're with us," she says. "We love spending time with them, and we love traveling. They'll pick a place in the world and we're like, 'Let's go!'" Despite the consistent flow of pregnancy rumors, Longoria says she has her hands full right now when asked if she has any plans of expanding her family. She laughs: "Other than having a wine baby or a cheese baby, there's nothing in this belly right now!" Lowriders is in theaters now. (People)

Liam Payne and Cheryl Cole Did Not Secretly Marry: Here's Why He Calls Her His "Wife." Slow down, everybody. Liam Payne is not a married man. The One Direction singer had fans wondering whether or not he secretly tied the knot with Cheryl Cole after he referred to the British beauty as his "wife" in a recent interview. Speaking to SiriusXM's Morning Mash Up about his love for California-based fast food chain In-N-Out, he shared, "I left my wife and child at home and I was straight out to In-N-Out burger. I'm just kidding." So what's really going on here? A source confirms to E! News that the 23-year-old and Cole, 33, are not married. In fact, Liam calling the new mom his missus is a common slang term in the U.K. used when mentioning your S.O. And while Liam is not officially off the market, he's loving life with his partner of more than a year, especially now that he's a doting dad to baby Bear Payne. The couple's first child together was born in March, and in his first sit-down addressing their super private relationships, Payne called the pop star his dream girl. "This is the thing: In a non-cliche way, it's weird waking up every day and literally living out your dream...Obviously I have the most beautiful girlfriend in the world, and she's absolutely amazing," he gushed to U.K.'s Rollercoaster magazine. "She's been my dream girl since I was younger. She's so ace." Liam added, "She is a wonderful, wonderful person, and it's amazing to have someone who can relate to so much of things -- someone who's taken greater steps than me." Sounds like a trip down the aisle isn't too far off! (Eonline)

Meghan Markle Arrives in London for Pippa Middleton's Wedding. Meghan Markle is wedding-bound! Pippa Middleton's, that is. Prince Harry's girlfriend arrived in London Tuesday, days before Kate Middleton's younger sister will exchange vows with fiance James Matthews in front of family and friends at St. Mark's Church in Englefield, Berkshire. After arriving at Heathrow International Airport, Meghan was driven straight to Kensington Palace, E! News has learned. Details about her evening were not made known, but the Suits actress did postpone plans to have drinks with a fashion and beauty vlogger. A Range Rover was later seen leaving the palace. Meghan's attendance at the Pippa's wedding signals how serious her relationship to Harry has become, as she has never been confirmed to have appeared at an event involving any of his family members and has never been photographed with any of them. At Pippa's wedding, Kate will be accompanied at the wedding by the prince's brother and her husband Prince William and their children Prince George, 3, and Princess Charlotte, 2. The kids are playing the parts of page boy and flower girl. Kensington Palace confirmed Harry and Meghan's relationship in November. The two made their first joint appearance at a public event earlier this month, at one of his charity polo matches. She was seen cheering him on as he played and while the two were not photographed together making an entrance or exit, they were snapped kissing in a parking lot. Over the past few months, the two have since spent time together in Toronto, where she lives and films Suits, London, Norway and Jamaica, where they attended his best friend's wedding. (Eonline)

Taylor Swift Is Reportedly Dating British Actor Joe Alwyn. Taylor Swift is back on the dating scene. The pop superstar is reportedly dating British film and theater actor Joe Alwyn, according to The Sun. Taylor has been spending plenty of time across the pond getting to know 26-year-old Joe, as an insider told the publication she's used wigs and disguises to go completely unnoticed in the U.K. Additionally, The Sun reports Swift is renting a home in North London and has traversed the globe thanks to private planes and "military-like" efforts taken by the Grammy winner' security personnel. The recently elusive "Shake It Off" songstress resurfaced over Mother's Day weekend, marking the first time photographers snapped her since January. Taylor spent the holiday in Nashville, Tenn. at her mom Andrea Swift's residence. So what exactly is known about T. Swift's possible new love interest? Well, for starters, he's an actor definitely destined for Hollywood stardom. Joe made his feature film debut opposite Kristen Stewart, Vin Diesel and Steve Martin in 2016's Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk. Around the time of its release last November, Swift was spotted at a screening for the war drama with her mom and a group of pals. If reports regarding Taylor and Joe's relationship are in fact true, we can't wait to see these lovebirds make things red carpet official! (Eonline)

Amy Schumer and Ben Hanisch Break Up. Amy Schumer and Ben Hanisch have called it quits. "Amy and Ben have ended their relationship after thoughtful consideration and remain friends," a rep for Schumer tells PEOPLE. The couple was together for nearly a year and a half, though the two were last photographed together in January and had been appearing less frequently on each other's social media. Schumer, 35, last posted a photo with Hanisch, 30, on March 12 ahead of the Golden Globes, which they attended together. The Chicago-based furniture designer did not accompany the star at the premiere of her latest film Snatched earlier this month. In an interview with Howard Stern on May 3, Schumer had said that she and Hanisch were still dating. When the host asked if they were discussing marriage, Schumer replied: "We are talking about today. I love the idea of committing to someone and making that choice and I want to have a family but right now, we are not in talks." When Stern asked how Schumer and Hanisch keep their relationship going amid their schedules, she said: "It's good to have a lot of space." The comedian and Hanisch met on a dating app around November 2015. They went public with their then-budding relationship in January 2016, when Schumer called Hanisch her "man" after a visit to the White House. "[He] is the first guy who's really been my boyfriend," she told Marie Claire in August. Schumer recounted their first meeting in her book, The Girl with The Lower Back Tattoo. "We smiled at each other and in that moment, everything felt right," she wrote. "Things were just really easy with him," Schumer told PEOPLE about their romance that summer. "There were no games, no waiting three days. It was clear and easy. He was so sweet. He didn't know who I was. He'd heard my name." Still, Schumer said she was cautious about getting ahead of herself. "I want to be [as] hopeful in love and commitment as possible," she told PEOPLE, adding, "[But] I come from parents who have each been married three times." As for her views on marriage, she said, "I can't lie about it. I don't have this blind optimism." On their year anniversary last November, both Schumer and Hanisch took to social media to celebrate. "We both weren't looking for a relationship at the time, but something felt right from the very first night we met," Hanisch wrote on Instagram. "We ended up spending six days in a row together. This pic was taken in New Orleans and was the night I knew I wanted to spend my life with her," he added. Schumer responded with her own Instagram post, writing, "A year ago today I met the love of my life. Happy anniversary f -- face. #Iwantoseeotherpeople." In the May issue of Glamour U.K., the comedian continued to gush about Hanisch, talking about how he keeps her safe from unwanted attention. "He's very protective of me," Schumer told the magazine. "Like, not overprotective, but if someone's taking pictures of me or filming in a restaurant, he'll start taking pictures of them. "He's really cool," she continued. "It's not a problem to be around any of the sorts of people who are at these events. He takes it all in his stride. But when I say, 'Shall we get out of here?' he's like, 'Yes!' I'm so lucky that I met him."

Mark Ronson and his wife of more than 5 and a half years are splitting up ... TMZ has learned. The DJ and producer's wife -- Josephine de La Baume -- filed docs Thursday for a legal separation ... citing irreconcilable differences. She lists the date of separation as April 21. The couple wed in September 2011. They don't have any kids together, and Josephine, a French actress, is asking for spousal support. Ronson had a career year in 2016, winning Grammys for Record of the Year and Best Pop Group Performance with Bruno Mars for "Uptown Funk." As she might say ... c'est la vie. (TMZ)

Scott Disick & Bella Thorne 'Dance and Get Cozy' on 'Fun Night Out': 'He Was a Total Gentleman,' Says Source. Scott Disick is having fun playing the field. On Monday, the reality star, 33, stepped out with Bella Thorne, 19, for a date night, PEOPLE confirms. "It was a real date," a source tells PEOPLE exclusively. The stars first dined at L.A. hotspot Catch and then moved on to The Peppermint Club. "They were dancing together and getting cozy, but he was a total gentleman," says an onlooker. Though Disick and Thorne may seem like a surprising pairing, the source adds that they "run in the same circles and have met before." Disick was recently spotted leaving TAO in West Hollywood with British model Ella Ross on Cinco de Mayo after grabbing lunch at Nobu Malibu with her earlier in the day. Meanwhile, his ex, Kourtney Kardashian, 38, has been casually seeing model Younes Bendjima, 23. "It was just a fun night out," says the source about Disick and Thorne's outing. "This isn't going to be some long-term relationship." (People)

Johnny Depp Is Dating Again After Divorce and Staying 'Focused' Amid Financial Crisis, Source Says. With a nasty divorce behind him, and a new management team handling his shaky finances, Johnny Depp is finally getting his life back to normal. "He is taking work seriously and seems healthy," a source close to the actor tells PEOPLE in the new issue. "He spends time with his kids and is dating a bit." Depp and Heard became embroiled in a nasty court battle last May, when the actress filed to end her 15-month marriage to Depp and accused him of domestic abuse. The divorce was finalized in January, with Depp paying Heard a $7 million settlement. Since the split, Depp, who returns to the screen on May 26 in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, appears revitalized. He's "doing much better," says the source, adding, "He's more focused and happier." Just as the divorce was being finalized, Depp filed a lawsuit against his former business managers at TMG, alleging fraud among several other claims. In the firm's counterclaim, TMG claimed Depp has been unable to control his spending. Although he earned more than $650 million over the past 13 years, TMG claimed the actor had depleted his fortune with ill-advised purchases. Expenditures like his $18 million yacht, the $30,000 he spends a month on fine wine and the $3 million he spent to shoot the ashes of his late friend Hunter S. Thompson out of a cannon, were outlined in TMG's legal documents. The firm claimed Depp's business managers advised him that his $2 million monthly expenses were unsustainable. Depp is claiming that TMG mismanaged his wealth, and his lawyer Adam Waldman has argued that some of those expenses, like the $75 million in real estate he owns around the world, are actually lucrative investments. But with new business managers taking charge of his finances, and with the lawsuit firmly in the hands of his legal team, Depp is focusing on his kids and his work. His upcoming projects include a new movie version of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express, out in November; the crime drama LAbyrinth; the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; and a recently announced dark comedy about cyber security mogul John McAfee. He's also writing new music, according to Waldman. (People)

Travis Barker opens up about getting sober. Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker struggled with drug abuse after a plane crash in 2008 that killed his close friend Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein and left him with burns over 65 percent of his body. The drummer underwent 27 surgeries, several blood transfusions and skin graft, but the trauma didn't end there: Post-traumatic stress disorder and survivor's guilt drove Barker, 41, to offer friend $1 million to end his life. After making a full physical recovery, Barker self-medicated with hard partying, not realizing he was exacerbating medical and psychological issues he didn't know he had, including Barrett's esophagus, a condition in which tissue in the esophagus changes to tissue resembling that of the intestines. The condition can eventually lead to esophageal adenocarcinoma, a potentially fatal cancer. "I was doing a lot of drugs recreationally, and I was living a very wild rockstar lifestyle before," Barker admitted on "The Doctors" in an episode that will air Wednesday (check local listing for time and network). It was his own doctors' prognosis that led him to finally get clean in an effort to prove them wrong. "[I decided to quit my prescription drugs] when the doctors had said, 'You're probably going to be on most of these drugs for the rest of your life because you went through such a horrific experience, and you're dealing with bi-polar disorder. You'll probably never play drums again, you'll never run again,'" he recalled. "Then the challenge was in my mind just to prove them wrong." But getting clean hasn't been without its difficulties. "I literally had a joint in my hand, and [my doctor] was like, 'Travis, this is your warning shot! Stop smoking right now,'" he said. "And I was like, 'Like right now?' 'Yes, right now!' And coffee was a big trigger for all the acid [in my esophagus]. I never even knew I had [Barrett's esophagus]." As for what gets the proud dad of two high now? "I like running a lot. I like running, I like boxing." (PageSix)

Halle Berry Goes Buck Naked for Instagram. Halle Berry's taking it all off! The Oscar winner dared to bare her bod' earlier and fans are digging it. So did the X-Men: Days of Future Past actress rock her birthday suit for a new PETA ad or for a new role? Nope. Lucky for all, it just looks like she wanted to inspire the masses on Instagram with her picture-perfect form and a motivational quote on this fine Tuesday. Along with the artistic image which features the mom of two's body pressed against glass, Halle wrote, "I'll tell you what freedom is to me. No fear. #NinaSimone." This isn't the first time she "took it off" for Instagram. In February, the A-lister made a splash when she posted a sensual video of herself taking off her ethereal Versace dress and jumping into her pool naked after attending the 89th Annual Academy Awards. The 50-year-old teased viewers with her long and languid walk to her pool before diving into a skinny dip. It had been four years since the newly single star had been to the Oscars and it's clear she wanted to kick up the wow factor with her glittering look. "I was choosing between five Versace dresses this year and this was the winner," she shared with Ryan Seacrest on Live From the Red Carpet on Feb 26. "It feels romantic and feminine and made me feel good." Romantic, feminine and (Eonline)

Kim Cattrall: 'I don't depend on Hollywood for jobs anymore'. Kim Cattrall found fame as the sex-crazed Samantha Jones on the hit HBO series "Sex and the City," but the real-life actress has revealed that Hollywood is still not captivated by older women. The 60-year-old English-Canadian star told BBC's Victoria Derbyshire on Tuesday that she's not interested in taking on stereotypical roles because of her age. "I'm not ready to play someone who is grotesque," said Cattrall. "Either from being thought of as a very, very older woman, at 60-61 this year, which I'm not, and I don't feel that way. That's why I don't depend on Hollywood for jobs anymore. That's why I became an executive producer." And despite having a high-profile career, Cattrall insisted she doesn't feel pressure to maintain a youthful appearance. "If I want to look a certain way then that's for my satisfaction," she explained. "I don't do it because of my work, I do it because that makes me feel good." Still, Cattrall has admitted to encountering ageism over the years, despite her success on-screen. "It starts in a little bit of a whisper," said Cattrall. "'Can she come in and have a meeting? We just want to see what she looks like. We want to see her skin, where she's at.'" She revealed that this is a common tactic used to find out how old an actress really looks. "It's a polite way of doing that," said Cattrall. But even the actress gave herself a hard time when she was initially approached to play confident, conquest-seeking Samantha. "I turned down the role three times," previously said Cattrall at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2016. "At the time I was just about to turn 41 and I was practicing ageism on myself. I felt I couldn't be the sex bomb any more. You have to understand that this was 1997. We've come a long way since then -- 40 is now the new 25, 60 is the new 40. I was just thinking: 'Who is going to believe it? And do I want to do it?'" (PageSix)

Jennifer Lawrence Not Sorry for Strip Club Fun: "My Dancing's Pretty Good." Like Beyonce, Jennifer Lawrence ain't sorry. The actress visited the Beverly Hills Club in Vienna, Austria, Apr. 27, while in town to film the spy thriller Red Sparrow. Radar Online published a video from the strip club Wednesday, with an eyewitness claiming Lawrence "seemed drunk," adding that she was "crawling on all fours around the stage." At one point in the night, she "lost her blouse" and was dancing in "just a bra." Tired of the lies, Lawrence issued a cheeky statement via Facebook Wednesday. "Look, nobody wants to be reminded that they tried to dance on a stripper pole by the internet. It was one of my best friend's birthdays and I dropped my paranoia guard for one second to have fun," the actress wrote. "I'm not going to apologize, I had a BLAST that night." Lawrence clarified that she was wearing an Alexander Wang top -- "not a bra" -- "and I'm not gonna lie, I think my dancing's pretty good. Even with no core strength." A master class in sass, courtesy of J.Law. The actress has been wary about things like this. And who can blame her? Lawrence's private photos were hacked and distributed without her consent in 2014. "Just because I'm a public figure, just because I'm an actress, does not mean that I asked for this. It does not mean that it comes with the territory," the Academy Award-winning actress told Vanity Fair a few months later. "It's my body, and it should be my choice, and the fact that it is not my choice is absolutely disgusting. I can't believe that we even live in that kind of world." The actress refused to apologize for the photos, which were meant for Nicholas Hoult's eyes only. "It is not a scandal. It is a sex crime," she argued. "It is a sexual violation. It's disgusting." Lawrence, who feared her career would be over after the hacking, added, "Anybody who looked at those pictures, you're perpetuating a sexual offense. You should cower with shame." (Eonline)

Tom Brady suffered a football-related concussion last year that nobody knew about -- and he secretly gets concussions all the time -- so says his wife, Gisele. The supermodel appeared on "CBS This Morning" on Wednesday and expressed frustration with Tom's health ... particularly the brain injuries he suffers on the field. "Football ... like he had a concussion last year," Gisele said. "I mean he has concussions pretty much every [year] ... I mean, we don't talk about. But he does have concussions." This could be a big deal ... considering Brady was not listed on the NFL injury list for a concussion once in 2016. It begs the question ... was the injury covered up to keep him on the field? In the NFL, if a player is diagnosed with a concussion during a game, he is NOT allowed to return to the field for the remainder of that game. He may return the following week at the discretion of his doctor. "I don't really think it's a healthy thing for your body to go through like, through that kind of aggression like, all the time–that cannot be healthy for you, right?" "I mean I'm planning on having him be healthy and do a lot of fun things when we're like 100, I hope." (TMZ)

The NFL Players Association is "looking into" the statements made by Gisele about Tom Brady suffering a concussion last year that was not reported in NFL injury reports. After Gisele appeared on "CBS This Morning" and told Charlie Rose about Tom's secret history of concussions ... we reached out to the NFLPA for comment. We were told, "Right now, we have no official statement, but we are looking into." Gisele's comments have sparked all sorts of questions -- with people wondering if Tom or the Patriots intentionally hid the information from the NFL so Tom wouldn't have to miss game time. We've also reached out to Tom and the Patriots for comment -- so far, no official comments from either camp. (TMZ)

Chris Soules might have just saved himself from showing his face in court for a while -- he entered a plea of not guilty on paper, instead of in person. Chris filed a written plea Tuesday, waiving his right to an arraignment in open court. He pleaded not guilty to one charge of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death. Chris was arrested in Iowa last month after he left the scene of the fatal crash with a farm tractor. Prosecutors say he bought booze before the crash. Interesting delay tactic, but one way or another Soules WILL eventually have to show up in court. (TMZ)

Elle King's husband was arrested after they had a violent altercation about a month ago -- when we had no idea they were married -- but she chose to let him off the hook, criminally. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ the incident went down April 23 at Elle and Andrew Ferguson's L.A. home. We're told they were arguing when Ferguson grabbed her by the throat with both hands, tossed her on a bed ... and said, "I'm gonna f***ing kill you." We're told cops found scratches on Elle's neck and marks on her arm. Ferguson was arrested and booked for felony domestic violence. We're told his side of the story was that he threw Elle to stop her from hitting her head on a wall. Elle later told cops things just got out of hand while they were partying, and she did not wish to press charges. The D.A. ultimately declined to move forward with the case ... however, the arrest adds context to the singer's surprise breakup announcement. Elle posted a pic Monday, revealing they'd secretly married back in March 2016, and were going to have a big ceremony on April 15. Elle admitted skipping that to go to a Eagles of Death Metal concert instead. It's unclear if the fight, 8 days later, was related. We've reached out to Elle, but no word back. (TMZ)

Taylor Swift's accused stalker indicted for loitering outside her pad. The man accused of stalking pop star Taylor Swift was indicted for loitering outside her Tribeca pad -- for three months, prosecutors announced Tuesday in Manhattan court. Mohammed Jaffar, who is being held on $20,000 bond, did not appear for the brief hearing. His unwanted campaign began in December 2016, and continued for several months, according to prosecutors. Jaffar, 29, allegedly went to extreme measures to meet the pop princess, even sneaking onto the roof of the luxury condo, court papers state. And surveillance video captured the obsessed fan ringing the doorbell of her $20 million penthouse for an hour straight. In addition to the unwelcome visits, he allegedly called her management company 59 times insisting that he be connected to her. He was busted March 6 on burglary and stalking charges. His defense lawyer, Liz Beal, declined to comment. He is due back in court June 12. (PageSix)

A$AP Rocky's crib got rolled Tuesday night by armed robbers ... TMZ has learned. The incident went down around 11:30 PM and, according to law enforcement sources, 3 male suspects knocked on the door to his L.A. home. When a woman answered, they pulled a gun and forced their way into the house. We're told the men grabbed the woman and took her around the house while they scooped up a ton of loot -- about $1.5 million in jewelry and other property. They also took a safe, but left it on the sidewalk for some reason before bolting in their getaway vehicle. We're told the woman is a relative of A$AP, who was not home at the time. She was not tied up and it appears she was not injured. Our sources say it looks like this was not a random hit, but rather the suspects targeted the rapper. To that point ... late Tuesday, A$AP posted a video showing one of his buddies dropping a ton of cash into a bill counter. (TMZ)


The night Jimi Hendrix famously lit up his guitar at the Monterey Pop Festival, Hendrix had another one that survived the show, and it's about to be up for grabs ... if you're a serious baller. A private collector from the UK is finally unloading Jimi's Black Pepper Fender Stratocaster from that iconic 1967 concert -- perfect timing, with this being the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. Heritage Auctions is handling the bidding, which starts June 17 in Beverly Hills at $500k. Organizers estimate the final bid could reach $750k! Makes sense -- Jimi used it to play "Hey Joe," "The Wind Cries Mary" and several other classics during the festival ... before trading it out for the one he burned and smashed on stage. We're told it still has his southpaw stringing, scratches from his belt, and bonus ... Pepper still shreds. (TMZ)

Billy Joel donated money to rebuild Sag Harbor Cinema. He's going from "Piano Man" to popcorn man. Page Six has exclusively learned that rocker Billy Joel has donated funds to rebuild the Hamptons' beloved Sag Harbor Cinema after it was burned in a fire, and the popcorn stand will be named after him out of gratitude. Meanwhile, we're told that Harvey Weinstein and Martin Scorsese have also chipped in to help the Sag Harbor Partnership raise the $8 million it needs to complete the project. Headed by artist April Gornik -- wife of painter Eric Fischl -- the partnership is buying the damaged theater from its owner of 38 years with the aim of raising funds privately from donors to launch a Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center with year-round "education, outreach and programming." Plans include the preservation of the large, historic "curved scope" screen, plus two others, and the addition of a "locally owned and sourced cafe." The group says it still needs to pull together $6 million in donations by July 1 to "protect current donations." A "Big Tent Party" is scheduled for July 16. It seems that the guest list, at least, will be starry. (PageSix)

Japanese Princess Is Renouncing Her Title to Marry a Commoner. This princess has found her prince -- sort of. In a real-life story that could pass for a modern Disney tale, Japan's 25-year-old Princess Mako of Akishino is planning to get engaged to 25-year-old Kei Komuro, a law firm employee and graduate student. While she may be renouncing her royal status in order to marry Komuro, he's still a prince -- by some commercial standards. According to CNN, Komuro once starred in a tourism campaign as "Prince of the Sea." As Japan's national broadcaster NHK reported, the princess and her non-royal beau met as students at the International Christian University in Tokyo five years ago. As the oldest grandchild of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, Princess Mako must leave the imperial family and give up her royal status per Japanese law. However, she is not alone as several women in her family before her have given up their royal ties in the name of love. Most recently, the princess' aunt, Sayako Kuroda, had to cut ties with the family after marrying commoner Yoshiki Kuroda in 2005. Meanwhile, Komuro is keeping his lips sealed about popping the question. As he told reporters, "I would like to talk about it when the time comes." (Eonline)

Pippa Middleton Is Building a Glass Palace in Her Backyard for Her Wedding Reception. People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones, but people who hang out in a glass house at Pippa Middleton and James Matthews' upcoming wedding on Saturday probably should be having the time of their lives. E! News can report that Kate Middleton's younger sister is having a glass house built in the backyard of their parents' 18-acre home in Bucklebery, England. The glass "palace" is believed to house Pippa and James' 300-person wedding reception on May 20. Our insider says that the glass-roofed structure took three days to build and will have no problem fitting all of the wedding's guests. Next to the glass palace, two other tents have been erected -- one for catering and another for a row of luxury porta-bathrooms for the well-heeled attendees. A team of workers will have access to inside the glass palace on Thursday in order to erect scaffolding around the pillars so that a high-end floral company named Lavender Green can decorate the pillars with flower arrangements. Another insider tells E! News that Lavender Green will be decking out the glass palace with spring blooms on Friday. Flowers are expected to be hanging from the ceiling with a strong "spring" theme. "It's going to be magical," the local tells E! News. "There will be floral arrangements from top to bottom, it's going to be magnificent." Sources can also confirm that earlier, the bride-to-be drove from London to the $6 million, seven-bedroom estate to check out the pre-wedding set up. The couple is set to marry at the altar of St. Mark's Church under a beautiful stained glass window. After the ceremony, guests will be attending a champagne reception at Englefield House, which is a short two minute walk from the church. E! News first reported that Pippa and James were engaged last July in the Lake District in northwest England. He proposed with a 3.5-carat Asscher-cut diamond engagement ring from London jeweler Robinson Pelham. The couple first started dating in 2012 before calling it quits. Ultimately, the duo reunited in 2015 and have been together ever since. "James has always been on the scene," a source shared with E! News at the time. "He is super charismatic and charming, good looking and always held a torch for Pippa. They have always had insane chemistry, but Pippa was always in a relationship." Looks like Pippa's the one that didn't get away... (Eonline)

Jessica and Ashlee Simpson's Dad Joe Simpson Is Cancer-Free Following Radiation Treatments. Joe Simpson has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. People confirms that Jessica Simpson and Ashlee Simpson Ross' dad was initially diagnosed with the disease two months ago. He has since undergone prostate surgery and is heading back to work. The publication reports that Joe is feeling better and is optimistic about his future. He has also received support from family and close friends during his battle. Amid the health scares, Joe has been able to continue his new career as a photographer. This past May, the famous father had his first art show debut in Los Angeles where he received plenty of love from those closest to him. The 58-year-old also couldn't help but praise his supportive daughters who were featured in some of the photographs. "[Ashlee and Jessica are] so professional. They're so good and they know how to work a camera," Joe gushed to E! News' Erin Lim. "They know their stuff." He continued, "Their joy makes me happy. As a father, it's not what your children do. It's who your children are and are they happy? That's the question you'll always ask." Joe is reportedly heading to Japan where he will shoot the cover of Nation-Alist magazine and work on additional campaigns. We're wishing him a healthy recovery. UPDATE: The Simpson family has received some good news. Joe Simpson is cancer-free after receiving radiation treatments, a rep confirmed to People Tuesday afternoon. (Eonline)

Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx Vacation in Paris -- They're 'Very Serious'. As Katie Holmes roamed the streets of Paris' Left Bank in early May, she found herself in the mood for romance. With boyfriend Jamie Foxx filming miles away, the actress directed her driver to stop at San Francisco Book Company, a secondhand English bookstore on Rue Monsieur-le-Prince. The chauffeur popped inside, a source reveals in the new issue of Us Weekly, and picked up a selection of classics by famed American novelist Ernest Hemingway, including A Moveable Feast, the memoir he penned about his years as a struggling writer in the French capital. Explains the source, "I guess she was interested in Hemingway's Paris." Also on her wish list, says the source, the Pulitzer Prize-winning short novel The Old Man and the Sea, and the romance novel A Farewell to Arms. Holmes is writing a love story of her own. Four years after the 38-year-old actress and longtime pal Foxx, 49, embarked on a flirty summer fling, "she's head over heels for him," says a source, and ready to finally broadcast their relationship. For a while, an insider explains of the mom to 11-year-old Suri, her daughter with ex-husband Tom Cruise, 54, "she was super worried about the attention." But years in, continues the insider, "She's tired of playing this hiding game." Holmes took her first step out of the shadows April 2, joining Foxx at an NYC eatery -- and on May 7, she took a flying leap, jetting to Paris, where Foxx is filming his 2018 Robin Hood remake. The insider predicts more romantic getaways in the future: "They're talking about planning a summer trip together in Europe." The five-star Park Hyatt Vendome provided the backdrop for the couple's Parisian rendezvous. After the Logan Lucky actress landed in Paris, a driver brought her to the luxurious site -- where the nearly 1,300-square-foot Ambassador Suite costs upward of $3,500 a night -- and a waiting Foxx. Since the Oscar winner was filming for much of Holmes' four-day stay, says a source, she made it a point to visit him at the Cite du Cinemas studio complex. "She didn't really mix with the other actors and crew," says a studio insider. "We were barely aware of her. There are always hundreds of people milling around, so it would have been pretty easy for her to keep a low profile." But a source says Holmes doesn't want to keep hiding her romance. "They're going to go out to dinner more often," says a source, "and plan to start going public." For her part, the actress is finding it hard to keep her feelings inside. Says a source, "She gushes about how amazing he is. She says she loves him from the tips of her toes to the top of her head." (UsWeekly)

Why 'Housewives' are steaming that Bethenny got NBC invite. Several of the "Real Housewives of New York City" are privately complaining that Bravo is, once again, playing favorites with Bethenny Frankel. In fact, we're told that cast members from a number of the cable network's shows are steaming because Frankel was the only Bravo star -- besides former network exec and current on-air host Andy Cohen -- to be invited to parent NBC's upfront presentation at Radio City Music Hall. NBC Universal held the upfronts for several of its networks, including Bravo, E!, NBC and USA, among others -- at one event, and this year's shindig cut out the usual number of Bravo reality stars starving for exposure. Joining the "Housewives" in their outrage at not being invited this year were various members of casts of the hit "Vanderpump Rules" and the series "Below Deck," we hear. However, a network source insisted that Frankel was there not as a member of the "Real Housewives" cast but to pitch her new show with "Million Dollar Listing's" Fredrik Eklund, which has the working title of "Keeping it Real Estate With Bethenny and Fredrik." In years past, Bravo's invited a raft of stars to the upfronts, during which networks promote shows with advertisers. Last year, New York "Housewife" Luann D'Agostino, as well as "Beverly Hills' " Kyle Richards and "Atlanta's" Kenya Moore all attended, as did members of the cast of "The Shahs of Sunset." A year earlier, the cast of "Real Housewives of New Jersey" was invited. "The cast members all want to go to hobnob at the upfronts," said a source. "They always feel insulted if the networks don't want to parade them out in front of the advertisers." Added the insider, "Another sore spot is if they hear their castmates are invited and they aren't. I've witnessed that with [various shows.] Those on the West Coast love being flown in and put up at swanky hotels by the networks." Bravo declined to comment, and Frankel's rep didn't get back to us. (PageSix)

Robin Tunney's advice to Miss USA, in the wake of her controversial healthcare stance, is pretty simple ... stay in your lane, princess. "The Mentalist" star was at E Baldi Tuesday in Bev Hills when we asked her about Kara McCullough saying healthcare is a privilege, not a right. Although Kara later softened her answer ... Robin thinks it would be best if she avoided talking about the healthcare issue altogether. In not so many words, Robin told us Kara just isn't qualified to tackle such a hot button issue. The shade got even shadier when she said there's only one way for a Miss USA to have a lasting impact. (TMZ)

If Khloe Kardashian appeared to be smoking weed on Sunday night's episode of "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" ... it's only because she was ... TMZ has learned. Sources close to production tell us ... yes, that was a joint in her hand as she hugged Scott Disick. We're told producers didn't mind Khloe shooting scenes with it because it was natural -- she was having a good time with the fam in Costa Rica, and sometimes ganja happens. For the record ... cannabis is decriminalized for personal use in CR. Translation: Smoke 'em if ya got 'em. And Khloe definitely had 'em. Pura Vida! (TMZ)

McDonald's Pulls New Commercial After Accusations of Exploiting Children's Grief. Customers have a bad taste in their mouth after seeing a new ad from McDonald's. In a newly aired commercial for the fast food chain in the United Kingdom, the brand depicted a son discussing his late father with his mother on the way to lunch at McDonald's. Along the walk, the boy asks his mom questions about what his father was like. With each point, it becomes clear he doesn't share many traits with his dad -- except when he orders a Filet-O-Fish sandwich. "That was your dad's favorite, too," she quips as the spot ends. The theme of the ad sparked nearly instantaneous controversy and customers took to social media to express their discontent. "New #McDonalds advert, cynically using the story of a kid's dead dad is trashy beyond belief. Who needs 2 parents when you have McNuggets?" one discontent viewer tweeted. By Wednesday, the chain revealed they had pulled the commercial while responding to Twitter complaints. "We've listened and decided to remove our 'Dad' TV advert from today," the McDonald's UK account tweeted in response to complaints. "We apologize unreservedly for any upset caused." "It was never our intention to cause any upset," a McDonald's representative told The Washington Post in a statement Tuesday. "We are particularly sorry that the advert may have disappointed those people who are most important to us -- our customers." "We will also review our creative process to ensure this situation never occurs again," a company representative added in an email to the newspaper. (Eonline)


Keith Urban Performs the National Anthem for the First Time Ever. Keith Urban had an "incredible" time singing the National Anthem Tuesday night. The native Australian performed before Game 3 of the Western Conference Final between the Nashville Predators and Anaheim Ducks at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. "I've lived in America for 25 years," he told NHL Network's Jon Morosi. "I've never been asked to sing the National Anthem before, so it's an honor to do it here in Nashville for the Preds." Admittedly, he was "plenty" nervous to sing. "It's a nerve-wracking experience, but above all, it's a huge honor. For me, for all the years I've lived here, it's probably one of the proudest moments ever in my life." The Predators beat the Ducks 2-1 to take a 2-1 lead in the series. Urban said the hometown "pride" is "absolutely unbelievable" to witness. "They've just gone from strengths to strengths," he said of the team. "It's phenomenal to see them come this far." Urban's wife, Nicole Kidman, was there to cheer him on -- and to cheer on her favorite team. So, who's the bigger Predators fan? "I think Nic. Nic for sure! She's the one getting us down to the games," the musician said. "I'm always ready to get in the car, too -- but she's ready to go." Carrie Underwood, wife of Predators captain Mike Fisher, live-tweeted the game and gave props to her "Fighter" collaborator. "Aaaaaaand... @KeithUrban just kicked it all off!!!" she said. Urban and Kidman, who wore matching jerseys, later recorded a video message shared it with his 3.34 million Twitter followers. "We're here at the Preds game. I've lived here in America for almost 25 years and I've never been asked to sing the National Anthem until tonight, so it's a huge honor," the 49-year-old country singer said. "Thank you, Preds, for asking me. Go Preds!" Game 4 of the NHL Finals is scheduled for Thursday at 8 p.m. ET. (Eonline)

Miley Cyrus' 'Malibu' Is A Hard-Won & Unexpected Utopia That Departs From California Pop Canon. While New York City is certainly the most storied town in American lore, no state in the union has captured the American imagination like California. Popular music, in particular, has fixated on the Sunshine State, using it as a stand-in for everything from utopia (the Mamas & the Papas' "California Dreamin'") to purgatory (the Eagles' "Hotel California") over the years. The Beach Boys served as the state's unofficial spokespeople for decades, and in 2010, Katy Perry took over the cheerleading baton. Now Miley Cyrus enters the foray in full force. After tentatively stepping off the plane at LAX as a teenager, Cyrus is 24 and in full California flag-waving mode on new single "Malibu." And while there's a long history of pop stars singing the state's praises, "Malibu" is far from familiar territory in the California pop canon. Generally speaking, most California-fetishizing artists hail from the state: The Beach Boys, the Mamas and the Papas, Katy Perry, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, etc. (sure, 2Pac was born in New York City, but he moved to Cali as a teen and spent his adult life there). Other artists who have specifically honed-in on Malibu -- Anderson .Paak, Hole -- also hail from the Golden State. Miley Cyrus, as she pointed out while speaking to Billboard for a recent cover story, is Tennessee-born and still primarily identifies as a Southern gal. So when she sings about "Malibu" as a Shangri-La for her and fiance Liam Hemsworth, it's a different type of utopia than Brian Wilson, Katy Perry or John & Michelle Phillips paint. For them, California is heaven, and the state's utopian qualities are presented as self-evident truths. Why are California gurls/girls "unforgettable" and "the cutest in the world"? In the world views of Perry and Wilson, they just are-and if you're questioning it, you probably just don't get it. In Miley's "Malibu," however, California is a hard-won Eden. And from her lyrics and her slightly weary delivery, you can tell it's an unexpected reprieve from the world's troubles at that. "I never would've believed you / If three years ago you told me /I'd be here writing this song," she sings. "And I wanna thank you with all of my heart / It's a brand new start / a dream come true / In Malibu." It might not have the unabashed glee of so many pop songs about the state, but when Miley sings about being next to you while the sky is blue in Malibu, the ache in her voice helps the song transcend the simplistic rhyme scheme and cuts into your soul a little bit. The way Miley delivers her words on "Malibu," it's clear she doesn't take the blue skies and shimmering sunsets for granted -- she understands it's a unique paradise, and a fragile one at that. With its ever-so-slightly exhausted view of California's beachy, clear-skied perfection, Miley's "Malibu" is a bit reminiscent of Lesley Gore's "California Nights," another moody pop hit about finding reprieve and romance on the Cali shores. And like Miley, Lesley was also an outsider looking in -- a Brooklyn-born pop star for who California was as theoretical and metaphorical as it was physical (equally important: "California Nights" was written by New York-born EGOT winner Marvin Hamlisch). Like that No. 16 Billboard Hot 100 hit from 1967, "Malibu" sees CA in a way only an outsider can -- as a place of romance, rest and even redemption. But unlike so many California pop songs from Californians, America's man-made desert paradise isn't taken for granted by Miley -- she knows it's not the real world and that it won't necessarily last. There's some distance between her vision of Malibu and what she sees as 'the real world.' And that's what makes "Malibu" a more interesting, nuanced listen than it might seem after one spin. (Billboard)

Selena Gomez Teases New Song 'Bad Liar'. Selena Gomez is adding to an exciting week in pop, as she teased a snippet of a new song presumed to be titled "Bad Liar." On Tuesday May 16, the singer uploaded a quick Instagram video of streaking lines running on the monitor of a 90s-style Panasonic VCR TV -- a light blinks, possibly indicating that a tape is being rewound. The background audio features a synth-pop guitar melody with rhythmic hand claps to correspond. While there's no vocals included in the teasers, Gomez captioned her TV post, "#BadLiar 5.18," insinuating that the song is coming May 18, just two days after posting the snippet. She also posted pictures of what looks like lipstick on a mirror, seemingly including lyrics to the new track, including "Trying not to think about you," "Trying to play it coy" and "Trying to distract myself." "Bad Liar" will follow up Gomez's collaboration with Kygo, "It Ain't Me," which peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. (Hollywood Reporter)

Taylor Hicks Throws Shade at Chris Daughtry's 'American Idol' Gig: A Winner Should Judge. Throwing his hat in the ring? Taylor Hicks is appearing to take a dig at Chris Daughtry's new gig on American Idol. As Us Weekly exclusively revealed, Daughtry will be a judge on the upcoming ABC reboot. "I think a winner should be [a judge], personally," Hicks, 40, said during an interview on the Domenick Nati Show on Tuesday, May 16. "Because, what you go through to win the show is a lot different than what you go through when you're third or fourth, you know, or fifth. Or tenth. If they were going to have a judge that's from the show, if they're going to have someone from the show who was actually a contestant, I would feel like a winner would be the best suited." Hicks and Daughtry, 37, both appeared on season 5 of Idol in 2006. Hicks won the competition while the rocker landed in fourth place. Hicks, who said that Idol could have waited one or two months before returning, added that he would definitely consider being a judge. So far, the only judges that have been named are Daughtry and Katy Perry. "I've got some pretty good ideas, we'll see what happens," he said. When asked if he's been approached about the gig, he replied: "I'm just gonna be tight-lipped about everything. I'm not confirming or denying it." (UsWeekly)


Zac Efron taking on the role of Ted Bundy is such dead-on casting, it could be the role Zac is ultimately remembered for ... according to the man who defended the infamous serial killer. John Henry Browne, Bundy's lawyer in the '70s and early '80s, tells TMZ ... Efron's background as a charming heartthrob gives him an edge tapping into Bundy's persona -- the smooth talking, good looking guy who seduced young women. That's the easy part, though. Browne says Zac's real challenge will be capturing the Bundy's "essence of evilness." He says if Zac can nail that, it would be such a departure ... it could make his career. The lawyer says he had meetings about turning his book, "The Devil's Defender," into a TV series ... and Efron's name also came up then. As for which Bundy flick will be better -- Efron's "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile" or Mark Harmon's 1986 TV movie, "The Deliberate Stranger" -- Browne's picking Zac. But only because Harmon's script kinda sucked. (TMZ)

Hasbro Unveils Daredevil Figure as Comic-Con Exclusive. You want articulation? How about 30 points of articulation? With San Diego Comic-Con just over two months away, the major play brands are starting to think about convention exclusives. Hasbro, Mattel, Lego and other companies use North America's largest comic convention as a showcase for their lines, and one of the focal points -- which fans plan for all year long -- are the cool toy exclusives in unique packaging that won't be found anywhere else. Hasbro, which dominates with Star Wars and Marvel licenses, has unveiled its first SDCC exclusive, a 12-inch Daredevil figure. Hailing from the company's Marvel Legends series, the figure features more than 30 points of articulation for poses and display, and comes in premium red packaging with braille on the back and artwork by Marvel's chief creative officer, Joe Quesada. There are also 12 accessories, including an alternate head (beat up Matt Murdock!), alternate hands and a baton. Plus, there are two posters. The figure will sell for $59.99. Following the convention, a limited number of figures will be available on before disappearing from the market. (Eonline)

Cannes: Common Joins Michelle Monaghan in 'Saint Judy'. Common has signed on to star in Saint Judy, joining Michelle Monaghan and Alfred Molina. The biopic is based on the true story of Judy Wood (Monaghan), a single mother who moves to Los Angeles to work in immigration law and brings a case before the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit that changed national asylum law for female refugees. Sean Hanish (Return to Zero) is directing the project, which is currently shooting. Dmitry Portnoy wrote the script. UTA Independent Film Group is handling the U.S. rights for Saint Judy in Cannes. Common, who won an Oscar for his original song for Selma, was recently seen in John Wick: Chapter 2 and Suicide Squad. His upcoming projects include Hunter Killer with Gerard Butler and he's attached to the thriller Quick Draw. He's repped by CAA and Oasis Entertainment Management Group. (Hollywood Reporter)

James Bond Fan Fights MGM's Bid to Toss Box Set Class Action. The definitions of "all" and "every" are at the center of the suit. Do Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig constitute all of the onscreen personifications of charismatic super spy James Bond, or must one include David Niven? That question is before a Washington federal judge, as he evaluates whether a class action over a 50th anniversary DVD box set should be allowed to move forward. Mary Johnson sued MGM and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment in April, claiming that she was promised all the Bond films when she bought the set but it was missing two of them: Casino Royale (1967) and Never Say Never Again (1983). Bond connoisseurs may argue that the two films are not actually true 007 flicks. The original Casino Royale is a Columbia Pictures spoof starring Niven, Peter Sellers and Woody Allen that isn't associated with Bond producer Eon Productions or MGM. Meanwhile, Never Say Never Again was made by screenwriter Kevin McClory who worked with iconic Bond author Ian Fleming to create the Thunderball story and was given the green light by a London court to make his own film after claiming co-authorship of the characters and elements. That debate aside, in a motion to dismiss MGM argued that "no reasonable purchaser would expect that a box set would contain films that are not included on the list of titles clearly printed on its packaging." Johnson's attorney Alexander Kleinberg says that argument is factually and legally defective, relying on the assumption that the customer would be able to "decipher the list of films printed in barely readable print" on the back of the box. "More importantly, it impermissibly imposes on that reasonable purchaser the obligation to be a James Bond expert who would know every single James Bond film ever produced, marketed, and sold," writes Kleinberg. He also argues that MGM is twisting the meanings of the wording it used to describe the set. "It presumes that the reasonable purchaser will interpret the all-inclusive language that Defendants chose to use to describe the Sets -- 'All of the Bond films gathered for the first time in this one-of-a-kind box set -- every gorgeous girl, nefarious villain and charismatic star from Sean Connery, the legendary actor who started it all' -- to mean that 'all' means some and that 'every' means only certain. Johnson says were it not for her belief that those two films would be included in the Bond 50 set she wouldn't have paid $106.44 to order it on "To prove that a practice is deceptive, neither intent to deceive nor actual deception is required," writes Kleinberg. "The question is whether the conduct has the capacity to deceive a substantial portion of the public." Kleinberg also argues that it would be premature for the court to determine at this stage whether MGM Holdings or 21st Century Fox should be dismissed. The parent companies are named as defendants, he argues, because Johnson claims all four of the corporations are responsible for marketing and selling the sets and each profits from them. If U.S. District Judge Ricardo Martinez denies MGM's motion to dismiss, the studio's attorney John Devlin has alternatively asked him to strike the nationwide class allegations, arguing that the class definition, which essentially includes anyone who bought the box set, is "impermissibly overbroad." Kleinberg disagrees, adding that would chill class certification in false advertising cases. A hearing on the motion to dismiss, is currently set for May 26. (Hollywood Reporter)


Midseason: New series BY THE BOOK and INSTINCT will debut later in the year, along with returning shows, Code Black, The Amazing Race and Undercover Boss. (Eonline)

Yes, Arrested Development Season 5 Is Really, Finally, Officially Confirmed. The Bluths are at it again. E! News can confirm Arrested Development will return for a fifth season Netflix. Yes, it's finally official. Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, Will Arnett, Tony Hale, Portia De Rossi, David Cross and Alia Shawkat will all return for a fifth season premiering on Netflix in 2018. Mitchell Hurwitz is back as executive producer. No episode count, nor season structure, has been announced. Producers 20th Century Fox Television and Imagine Television are back on board too. "In talks with Netflix we all felt that that stories about a narcissistic, erratically behaving family in the building business -- and their desperate abuses of power -- are really underrepresented on TV these days," Hurwitz, the show's creator, said in a statement. "I am so grateful to them and to 20th TV for making this dream of mine come true in bringing the Bluths, George Sr., Lucille and the kids; Michael, Ivanka, Don Jr., Eric, George-Michael, and who am I forgetting, oh Tiffany. Did I say Tiffany? -- back to the glorious stream of life." The return of Arrested Development wasn't exactly a secret. Bateman previously tweeted he officially signed on and producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer have periodically discussed the road to season five. Arrested Development season four premiered on Netflix in 2013, seven years after the show was canceled by Fox in 2006. "Arrested Development brings us structures, outerwear and choreography like no other comedy in history," Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement, which also noted he was "leafing through photos of the banana stand, never nudes and Chicken Dances." "Season Four marked the first foray by Netflix into original comedy programming and this time, the Bluths will collectively be spending more quality time with their millions of fans around the world," Sarandos' statement continued. New episodes will premiere in 2018. But will the characters appear more as an ensemble vs. season four's structure? These are the questions. "Whew! I can finally answer the question... Hell yes! Warming up my uncredited narrator vocal chords. Now the only thing I will have to be coy about is all the craziness the Bluths are going to face this season," Howard said in a statement. Now if you'll excuse us, we'll be looking for Gene Parmesan around every corner from now until 2018. (Eonline)

Tim Allen blasts 'Last Man Standing' cancellation. Have viewers seen the last of "Last Man Standing?" Not without a fight, at least to judge by the uproar over ABC's announcement that the Tim Allen sitcom won't be back in the fall. A warm family comedy about a man who stays addled by the females in his life while being buffeted by cultural forces he fears undermine his manliness, "Last Man Standing" has long been a quiet mainstay on ABC's Friday schedule. But apparently not much longer. "Stunned and blindsided by the network I called home for the last six years," Allen tweeted Tuesday afternoon, the same day ABC officially announced its 2017-18 lineup with "Last Man Standing" absent. The show's fate was sealed when the network decided to scrap its Friday comedies, ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey said in a teleconference Tuesday. By then the move had spurred an online petition on calling for a boycott of ABC for yanking the show and praising the show's "conservative values"-values many angry fans accuse ABC of wanting to muzzle. Dungey wouldn't specifically address a reporter's question about whether politics played any role in the show's axing. She did say the same factors that go into decisions about renewing any of the network's shows -- including ratings, financial considerations and the possibility for future artistic growth -- were considered in this case. Once ABC made the decision not to stay with comedies on Friday, "That's where we landed," she said. Fans of the show weren't convinced, and they might have reason to wonder. "Last Man Standing" ranked No. 48 in viewership among broadcast shows this season, with an average of 5.89 million viewers, the Nielsen Co. said. That's more viewers than some other ABC series that have been invited back, including "black-ish," "Shark Tank" and "The Goldbergs," which just scored a two-year renewal for a fifth and sixth season. "Your decision to cancel ("Last Man Standing") was politically motivated! The explanation of cost is a LIE!" declared a typical tweet. Other posts noted that a canceled show not infrequently finds a second life on a new channel. CMT, Hallmark and Netflix were among the networks "Last Man Standing" fans endorsed as a suitable new home for this show. (PageSix)

The Flash Kept Its Promise But We Refuse to Accept What Just Happened. Well, The Flash just did the thing it's been promising it was going to do, and it hurts just as much as we thought it would. Iris West (Candice Patton) appears to have died in the exact way the show has been telling us she was going to die since its winter finale, despite all of Barry's (Grant Gustin) attempts to save her. Savitar still kidnapped her and then stabbed her straight through the back with his arm sword, and it was still just as devastating to watch as it has been the other 14 times the show has shown us this scene, made only worse by the fact that this time, Joe was there to watch it happen. While we're very mad, it makes sense in the world of TV that Tuesday night's episode ended with Iris' death, because she had just gone on a full "I'm about to die" tour over the past few Iris-centered episodes. It was ultimately her who realized memory-free Barry wasn't good for Central City (despite how good it seemed to be for her and Barry) in last week's episode, and this week, she got to spend time singing and dancing with her dad. She even took a moment (while Barry went off searching for caviar in the middle of the night) to record the wedding vows she was sure she'd never get to say otherwise. She could really be dead, but on the other hand, this is The Flash, and there's always a twist. Simply the fact that there's another episode left in the season makes us think Iris is not actually dead, and that this fight against Savitar is not over. There's got to be something else going on, right, because we are not about to watch Barry turn into Emo Barry. Will he go back in time to try some other thing he couldn't think of before? Will they use some secret meta technology to save Iris? Was that actually a fake Iris using HR's face changer, which was so helpfully brought back into use as Barry turned into Lilah? If so, who did Savitar actually stab? And if not, how will we continue on? What are your theories? The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on the CW. (Eonline)

The Challenge: Champs vs. Pros Premiere: The First Eliminated Contestants Sound Off! It's never easy being the first to leave a reality show, but somebody's gotta do it. The Challenge: Champs vs. Pros debuted Tuesday night, pitting Challenge champs against real pro athletes in some seriously intense athletic events, all in the name of charity. In Tuesday night's first episode, the champs definitely struggled against the pros, but each team lost a member in the end. The Champs said goodbye to Veronica Portillo while the pros lost Candice Wiggins in a familiar battle against a wall that they had to punch and kick through in order to climb. E! News was on set for this season, and in the video, Veronica and Candice speak out after their eliminations, though neither one seems too upset as they look back on their one episode. "I was really happy that we weren't going up in elimination against one of the pro girls, because I'll be honest, I'm not an athlete," says Veronica, who's been away from the franchise for eight years. "I'm happy that I didn't have to compete against them, because that would be a real big embarrassment on national television." Veronica also definitely underestimated the skills of the pros she was going up against. "I know that the term "professional athlete" is very broad, so I was thinking that maybe they wouldn't be at the top of their game. I quickly learned that they were top of the game, so it's intimidating," she says. "I really don't know how a Challenger would actually take home the big W at the end, but you gotta wait and see I guess. You never really know how these games go." Candice, who's a lot less familiar with the world of The Challenge, made the big mistake of volunteering herself for elimination. "There's like a game within the game, and so I know I broke the very first rule, I broke the biggest rule, which is don't nominate yourself, so I just walked right into that," she says. "But for me it was like, as a professional athlete, and just the way that I am, I had to approach this game the way that I approach life... I was really happy with the way I was able to play it, but I also understand like if I had a second chance at this, obviously there'd be a different strategy." While they may have only lasted one episode, both women gave it their all -- and they're going to have the scars to prove it. "It was fun," Veronica says. "I came here, I competed in one competition, in one challenge, in one elimination and I literally have blisters and bruises and cracked knuckles and scabs all over the place. I don't know how long I could actually do this for, to be honest." The Challenge airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on MTV. (Eonline)

Grey's Anatomy Spin-Off Coming to ABC. Get ready for more dark and twisty goodness in Seattle, Shondaland fans! ABC Network president Channing Dungey announced during the network's big Upfronts week presentation that Grey's Anatomy would soon be getting a spin-off for the 2017-18 season that will center on firefighters in a Seattle firehouse. The characters in the spin-off will be introduced in a season 14 episode of Grey's Anatomy before joining the line-up midseason. As described by the network, the still-untitled spin-off will follow these brave men and women -- from captain to newest recruit -- as they risk their lives and their hearts both in the line of duty and off the clock. "No one can interweave the jeopardy firefighters face in the line of duty with the drama in their personal lives quite like Shonda, and 'Grey's' signature Seattle setting is the perfect backdrop for this exciting spinoff," said Dungey. This isn't the first time Shonda Rhimes and her team have spun off Grey's Anatomy. Kate Walsh's Addison Montgomery was famously sent down to Los Angeles to work at a new kind of practice for the spin-off Private Practice, which ran on ABC for six seasons. Grey's EP Stacy McKee will write the series and serve as executive producer, alongside Rhimes and Betsy Beers. Are you looking forward to another Grey's spin-off? (Eonline)

Conan O'Brien Inks New 4-Year Deal With TBS, 'Conan' to Remain Nightly (For Now). Under the new pact, he'll expand into digital, podcasting, mobile gaming and more via his Conaco banner. Conan O'Brien isn't going anywhere. Turner-owned TBS on Wednesday announced that O'Brien has signed a new four-year deal to remain with the cable network, thus extending his late-night talk show Conan for another four years through 2022. Under the new pact, Conan will remain a nightly series -- at least for now -- as well as expand into digital, branded content, podcasting, mobile gaming, premium TV and live tours. The all-encompassing pact also includes a renewal of production company Conaco -- which produces Conan, TBS scripted comedy People of Earth as well as upcoming animated space comedy Final Space. "Conan continues to prove his vibrancy night after night and his incredible command of the digital and social space has only built on his young, connected audience," said Kevin Reilly, president of TNT and TBS. "This next chapter will provide support for Conan and Jeff [Ross, Conan EP] to expand the boundaries from a 'talk show' to a range of personality-based, cross-platform experiences." Said O'Brien: "The TV landscape has changed dramatically since I inherited the traditional talk show format in 1993. In the past few years I've stumbled across many new and exciting ways of connecting with my audience, and I'm eager to evolve my show into something leaner, more agile and more unpredictable. I also want a pony." The news reaffirms that Conan will remain nightly -- at least for now -- but O'Brien's quote further indicates TBS' desire to expand the late-night host's brand and evolve the little-watched show. In January, Reilly told THR that he wanted TBS to capitalize on O'Brien's massive online following -- which has included a number of viral videos as well as specials filmed on location across the globe. "Television is going to continue to be a huge part of his presence, but you can also anticipate a series of announcements between now and the upfronts [in May] that will shed even more light on what we're talking about," Reilly said at the time. "It's is a distinct possibility that the show may evolve, but that's going to come from Conan as more of these things take shape. Between now and May, quite a few of them will be taking shape." Conan has the youngest audience of any late-night series and has an equally impressive digital presence with more than 3.4 billion video views. (Hollywood Reporter)

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