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Wednesday, June 14, 2017


Diane Keaton Reveals Which Celebrities Are Not Her Friends. "A friend to all is a friend to none." Everyone in Hollywood loves Diane Keaton -- and the feeling is mutual. But that doesn't mean she's actually friends with everyone in show business. The 71-year-old actress recently received the AFI Life Achievement Award, where dozens of celebrities showed up to pay their respects to the Annie Hall star. And while Keaton appreciated the outpouring of support, she said on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Monday she doesn't consider her co-stars lifelong pals: "They've worked with me." Keaton then began to review the list of attendees and presenters from her AFI ceremony. "Some are important, you know? Like Meryl Streep!" she said. "That's an important person." Host Jimmy Kimmel asked, "Is she not your friend, Meryl?" "I love her. But I don't see her very often," Keaton said. "She doesn't call. But I love her!" Sarah Silverman "was funny," Keaton said. Unaware that Silverman had once dated Kimmel, she gushed, "I thought she was very funny and very attractive." That tickled Kimmel, who joked, "I guess you didn't go too deep into that Wikipedia, and you skipped the personal life part of it." "Reese Witherspoon was there," Keaton said, returning to her list. "That was a nice thing." "Not a friend?" Kimmel wondered. "You know, I met Reese when she was 14 and I directed her in a TV movie," Keaton recalled. "She was just a kid. There was no question [she'd be a movie star]. Great looking. Great talent." "And yet still not a friend? Kimmel asked. Keaton replied, "No, not a friend." At that moment, Keaton realized, "I don't really have any friends." Earlier in the interview, Keaton gave Kimmel grief for not returning her calls to speak on her behalf at the AFI Award ceremony. "It made me feel very bad inside my heart," she said. "Your representatives -- no, I'm serious! This is not OK! Your representatives told me that you were doing a dog voiceover of a basset hound. It's for a very good cause: Purina dog food. That hurt my feelings -- inside of my heart. Like I told you, I have it, and it hurt them. I have two hearts." "That's not true," Kimmel said, later confessing he's "dazzled" by Keaton "in a number of ways." Keaton said she "wanted more men to come" to her AFI Award ceremony, though a few former lovers "from a long time ago" did show up, like Woody Allen and Warren Beatty. "Now I'm a single woman," she said. "I was never married. Nobody ever asked me to marry them. I don't know why. It seems like, you would think... " Kimmel said that if he were single, he would've proposed. "I think we should finish this bottle of wine and see where it takes us," he laughed. Though Keaton counts Steve Martin and Martin Short as friends, she was most excited to see Allen, as he gave her "everything." And yet, in spite of the love and affection Hollywood has shown her, the actress still feels alone. "I don't really have any friends," she insisted. "Not one." (Eonline)

Elle Macpherson splits from billionaire husband. Elle Macpherson and her billionaire husband, Jeff Soffer, have split, sources in Miami exclusively tell Page Six. "Elle and Jeff are definitely over," a source said of the couple, who were married in 2013, after a notoriously on-again, off-again romance. "She has left their house at Indian Creek in Miami with her kids, and is looking for her own house in Miami. He has been linked to some other women, but insists they are just friends." Macpherson has two teenage sons, Flynn and Aurelius Cy, from her relationship with hedge funder Arpad Busson. She was also previously married to fashion photographer Gilles Bensimon. The Australian supermodel -- nicknamed "The Body" -- and Soffer dated for two years and split for eight months before getting engaged in 2012. At the time, Page Six reported that Soffer -- whose father, Donald, is also a real estate mogul -- had a change of heart about the relationship after he cheated death in a chopper crash in which his best friend, Lance Valdez, died. They eloped in 2013, marrying in Fiji in what was described as an "intimate ceremony" with just a few family members and friends present. Reps for both Soffer and Macpherson declined to comment. (PageSix)

Scarlett Johansson and "SNL Weekend Update" star Colin Jost kept it "chill" on their Upper East Side date Saturday night. The new couple were spotted having dinner at the East Pole. "They were really chill and super nice. They were holding hands and having drinks," a spy told us. Johansson downed a couple of Manhattans and he ordered one of the restaurant's specialty cocktails. Their date was a bit more tame than when Page Six first reported them making out last month at a "SNL" after-party. (Page Six)

Oprah Winfrey Talks Politics: "I Will Never Run for Public Office." Oprah Winfrey has zero political ambitions. The TV titan host denied any speculation to the contrary in an interview on The Hollywood Reporter's "Awards Chatter" podcast. "I will never run for public office," said Winfrey, who was promoting HBO's drama The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. "That's a pretty definitive thing." Theoretically, does Winfrey think she could defeat President Donald Trump if he sought a second term in 2020? "I don't know. I don't the answer to that," the 63-year-old talk show host said. "But I'll never have to know the answer to that, because I will never run for public office." Trump said in 2009 that Winfrey would be his ideal running mate, predicting that the hypothetical ticket would "win easily." Winfrey supported Trump's opponent, Hillary Clinton. At the current moment, Winfrey is focused on her acting career. "I love this acting thing," she told Scott Feinberg. "I find that it opens me up and stimulates me in a way that absolutely nothing else does, because you get to not just read about a character -- you actually get to explore the nature of another human being. So, that's really fascinating. But I haven't had the training. You know, you just get better with stuff when you do it, whether you're sweeping a floor or playing basketball or learning to play pool or Scrabble. Whatever you do and you do more of it, you get better at it. How many films have I done? Five? Six, including The Color Purple. Every time I do it there's a level of anxiety and fear I have to wrestle with for myself." She's also crossed one item off her to-do list. "I'm not feeling Broadway anymore. I went to see Bette Midler and I realized I can't do that," Winfrey revealed. "Eight shows a week, that's a lot." Many years ago, Winfrey's late friend Maya Angelou told her, "You have no idea what your legacy will be, because your legacy is every life you touch." That may be true, but Winfrey has some idea of her impact on the world. "I learned early on, in the process of interviewing other people, that what really connects you to another human being is your willingness to open up and be vulnerable. Before people researched it and studied it, I had come to know that naturally, that vulnerability is your greatest power. I would say that that's been my greatest gift in connecting to the audience," she said. "Just being open and willing to continually be myself." (Eonline)

Demi Moore Is Missing Her Two Front Teeth. All she wants for Christmas is her two front teeth. When Demi Moore popped by NBC's The Tonight Show Monday to promote her new movie, Rough Night, she shared a selfie with Jimmy Fallon that nearly rendered him speechless. "You sent us a photo and it's the most insane thing I've ever seen," he said. "How did this happen?" Before sharing the photo with the studio audience, the 54-year-old actress explained, "I sheared off my front teeth. I'd love to say it was skateboarding or something really kind of cool, but I think I think it's something that's important to share, because I think it's literally, probably after heart disease, one of the biggest killers in in America, which is stress. Stress sheared off my front teeth. But, in an effort to get ready for you, I wanted to make sure my teeth were in." Moore said she is missing "both" of her front teeth, "but the picture is only minus one." The actress joked that her daughters "love" her toothless look. "They love seeing me without my teeth," she said, "because they think it makes me look more vulnerable and more human." In all seriousness, and without going into detail, Moore said she "literally knocked it out" not too long ago. "It was almost like it fell out and my warranty was up. I swear!" she said. "Thank God for modern dentistry. All of you who go out and practice modern dentistry -- thank God!" Moore then shared a video of herself acting silly on Snapchat, filmed at her dentist's office. "People have a hard time at the dentist," she told the host, "and I think it can be a lot of fun." Seeing Moore use a Snapchat filter that altered her voice gave Fallon an idea. "You have that one-of-a-kind beautiful voice, and I was thinking it would be kind of fun to hear your voice that high in real life. So, if you don't mind..." he said. Moore replied, "Oh, it would be my pleasure!" The two proceeded to discuss the premise of Rough Night while sucking helium from a balloon. A little later, the two stars played a game of charades with Leslie Jones and Demetrius Shipp Jr. Rough Night is in theaters Friday. (Eonline)

Alison Brie says she was asked to take her top off during 'Entourage' audition. Alison Brie was asked to take her shirt off while auditioning for "Entourage," she revealed during the ATX Television Festival in Austin on Sunday. She told the crowd the audition process for women "has not changed that much," according to E! News. "I auditioned for three lines on an episode of 'Entourage' that I had to go on in a bikini!" she said. "Or like shorts and the tiniest shorts. And they were like, 'OK, can you take your top off now?'" Brie clarified in a tweet on Monday that she was wearing a bikini top under her shirt and did not bare all during the audition. The actress stated during the panel that there are not as many roles for women in Hollywood. "I've gone through auditions for Marvel movies and auditioned a million times for roles with three lines and you are begging for them," she said, according to E! "And I'd be glad to get them! It's brutal, it just is." Brie was at the ATX Festival to promote her new series, "GLOW" about the 1980s show "Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling." (Fox News)

Bill Cosby's own words were thrown back in his face Monday as prosecutors told jurors the fallen funnyman was guilty of drugging and molesting a younger woman years ago. "Look very, very closely at his words. They are all that matter," said Montgomery County DA Kevin Steele in his closing arguments. "He knows the effect of what he gave her. We know it out of his mouth and that is the case that you are here to decide." The prosecutor told the jury panel -- seven men and five women -- that the case hinges on whether victim Andrea Constand gave her consent in January 2004, when she conked out after taking three blue pills and awoke to Cosby fondling her. Cosby referred to the pills as "three friends" and later claimed they were Benadryl. "She couldn't say no," Steele said. "By doing what he did on that night, he took away her ability. He gave her no choice in this matter. Why? Because of what he wanted." At times, Cosby hung his head or held his face in his hand as prosecutors detailed the case they put up against him over the course of five days. Steele said Cosby preyed on Constand and a second victim, Kelly Johnson, who testified that Cosby also drugged and sexually assaulted her, by ingratiating himself with their families and serving as a "mentor" to the women. The comedian "administered the pills, telling them to relax," the prosecutor said. "So to suggest that they're somehow getting together on their testimony belies the evidence." Cosby's wife of 53 years, Camille, who showed up to court for the first time Monday to sit through defense closings, left the courtroom before the prosecution's turn. (Page Six)

A standout contestant on "America's Got Talent" has died just weeks before his episode was scheduled to air ... TMZ has learned. Sources close to the production tell us 29-year-old Dr. Brandon Rogers died over the weekend in a car accident. We're told the crash occurred in Maryland Saturday. Brandon was taken to a hospital where he died Sunday. Brandon was a fantastic singer who was discovered by 'AGT' producers who saw him on Instagram covering Boyz II Men's hit song, "On Bended Knee." The band even shouted him out on social media, asking fans if they thought they should bring him on tour with them. Sure enough ... they did. Production sources tell us no decision has been made on whether or not to run the episode. It's scheduled to air next month. The family tells TMZ they would love for the episode to air. (TMZ)


Sports fans have suggested that Tristan Thompson's lackluster performance for the Cavaliers make him the latest victim of the "Kardashian kurse." But former Knicks star Allan Houston says Thompson can't blame girlfriend Khloe Kardashian. At the PowHERful Foundation gala, Houston told us, "To me, my job was to compete and that is what I focused on -- it doesn't matter about who you're dating." Fans claim the "kurse" previously struck Khloe ex Lamar Odom and sister Kim's ex Kris Humphries. (Page Six)

Kris Jenner Fears Her Grandchildren Will Be Bullied Because of Her Family's Fame. Kris Jenner has always promised that when she agreed to do Keeping Up With the Kardashians, the family decided they wouldn't hold anything back. While she sticks to that mantra -- even when Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner were just 9 and 11-years-old at the start -- she does admit she has some fears as society continues to change with social media. She sat down with fellow reality TV personalities RuPaul, Leah Remini, W. Kamau Bell and SallyAnn Salsano for The Hollywood Reporter's reality TV roundtable during which she discussed the various facets of her show, the successes and her fears. "I think the reason we became something of a phenomenon is because there are so many of us," she began. "Everybody can relate to somebody in my family, whether you're 7 or you're 107. And people just got emotionally attached and invested in seeing this family evolve: They're getting married, getting divorced, having babies." Kris Jenner has always promised that when she agreed to do Keeping Up With the Kardashians, the family decided they wouldn't hold anything back. While she sticks to that mantra -- even when Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner were just 9 and 11-years-old at the start -- she does admit she has some fears as society continues to change with social media. She sat down with fellow reality TV personalities RuPaul, Leah Remini, W. Kamau Bell and SallyAnn Salsano for The Hollywood Reporter's reality TV roundtable during which she discussed the various facets of her show, the successes and her fears. "I think the reason we became something of a phenomenon is because there are so many of us," she began. "Everybody can relate to somebody in my family, whether you're 7 or you're 107. And people just got emotionally attached and invested in seeing this family evolve: They're getting married, getting divorced, having babies." "Kim leads the pack, and she's the queen of thick skin. She counsels everybody else," Kris revealed. "So if something happens in the family, she's the first one you call." However, Kris said it's not the immediate Kardashian and Jenner siblings she worries about the most. "It's my grandchildren who I worry about because I have six of them," she said. "The oldest just turned 7, and my youngest is 6 months old, and they don't have a choice. And I worry, I do, because it is such a bullying environment." Moreover, following Kim's terrifying Paris robbery in which she was bound and held at gunpoint, Kris' other main concern is her family's safety. "It was really tough," she said. "It really changed all of our lives and the way that we live. Not only do we now have an enormous amount of security -- everyone is armed and licensed; it's legit companies that protect all of us -- but also the way that we deal with our lives on social media took a huge turn: what we show, what we don't show." She said they now hold off on posting photos until they leave whatever destination they're visiting, and they re-think everything. "It also gave us great pause about what to share," she continued. "There is nothing wrong with working hard and getting something wonderful for yourself if you want to or that's what you're into, but I think the way that we share it with other people really changed. You think five times about what you're going to put out there on social media." Read more of the roundtable on THR. (Eonline)

Melania Trump Goes to Washington: Inside the First Lady's New Public Life in D.C. The president and first lady are once again sharing a roof. Almost six months since her husband's inauguration, Melania Trump and son Barron Trump officially moved into the White House over the weekend -- as Melania said they would once the school year was over. Barron is the first son to live there since John F. Kennedy Jr. A helicopter deposited the family at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue on Sunday and Melania and Trump held hands as they walked across the lawn. And while it's usually Melania making the fashion headlines, 11-year-old Barron stole the spotlight with his T-shirt reading "The Expert." "Looking forward to the memories we'll make in our new home! #MovingDay," the first lady captioned a photo of her sweeping view of the Washington Monument and beyond from inside the residence. And so begins the next chapter in the domestic portion of Donald Trump's presidency. What effect Melania's more frequent presence has on her husband -- reporters kept hearing that he was on the lonely side rattling around in the White House at night -- remains to be seen, but her life is certainly about to change for the duration. Though she would venture out to Washington or Mar-a-Lago when her husband was hosting dignitaries and to make the occasional speech (and she was by his side on his nine-day trip to the Middle East and Europe last month), while living primarily in New York with Barron she at least had the opportunity to lead a private life in the margins. Aside from appearances at major society events like the Met Gala, before becoming first lady Melania was never much of an out-and-abouter. She ran her jewelry line for QVC but otherwise took pride in being a full-time mom, first and foremost. (Michelle Obama too often described herself, for starters, as Malia and Sasha's mom.) That part isn't expected to change much. Barron, who will attend St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Potomac, Md., this fall, is on summer break and surely Melania's No. 1 concern at the moment is getting him fully acclimated to life in D.C. Melania's parents, Victor and Amalija Knavs, arrived with them and are expected to be around frequently to help care for Barron -- though they will not be relocating full-time to the White House as Michelle Obama's mother, Marian Robinson, did. The Knavses reportedly split their time between the family's Trump Tower penthouse in New York, Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach and Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., along with the rest of the family. But quite like Michelle, Melania will soon have a daily public schedule mapped out for her and all the world will be watching. While moving for most people involves a lot of unpacking and getting organized, Melania's moving preparations also included adding more people to her East Wing staff and ramping up her schedule so as to make for a smoother transition upon arrival. She previously hired Lindsay Reynolds, who served as associate director of the White House's visitors office during the George W. Bush administration, as her chief of staff, and former Vogue PR manager and longtime friend Stephanie Winston Wolkoff as chief strategist. In February Anna Cristina Niceta Lloyd was appointed Melania's social secretary, which is widely considered perhaps the most important role on the FLOTUS' staff. Lloyd will oversee the planning and execution of all White House social events. Meanwhile, a source told E! News that Melania is "serious about getting started on charitable endeavors" and her team was busy setting up meetings for after her relocation. Last weekend the first couple attended a benefit gala at Ford's Theatre -- their first outing into Washington society -- and she and the president hosted a reception a week ago for Gold Star families. As far as clues as to where she'll direct her influence, before Trump was elected Melania said that she wanted to focus on women's and children's issues, as well as tackle the scourge of cyberbullying. On the home front Melania hired interior designer Tham Kannalikham to update the residence before her arrival. According to MarketWatch, presidents get $100,000 to decorate, as well as access to a trove of antiques and various items that were either on display already or in storage, but the Trumps are obviously free to dip into their own pockets as well. At this time they're the first first family in about 130 years to not have a pet, but maybe that'll change with Barron being around. In January, Melania's makeup artist Nicole Bryl told Us Weekly that the former model would definitely have her own glam room -- which may have been a fancy way of saying the first lady would be making modern use of the boudoir at her disposal off the master bedroom. Either way, there's no doubt that Melania Trump is going to be photo-ready for the endless public appearances that precedent compels her to make. Other than that... No one is expecting her to reinvent the wheel as first lady -- nor does that make her all that different from most of the spouses who came before her, all of whom took on the role as they saw fit and left their own imprint in the history books. At the same time, it's impossible to pretend that the world isn't watching to see what Melania does just a bit differently from the way it's had its eye on other first ladies. She'll have help for the day-to-day minutiae of the job. The scheduling, the planning, the correspondence, the speech-writing, the protocol, etc. will all be taken care of. As for the rest, she's on her own. Which may be how this first lady wants it. (Eonline)

Former O.J. Simpson prosecutor Christopher Darden says his baby mama's on a mission to destroy him, and he's turned over a slew of emails to cops to prove it. Darden told LAPD he believes Celia Smith has been firing off very threatening, and colorful emails since October 2015. One from December 2016 reads ... "You AIDS having Bitch I promise I'm coming for you and you better not come near my daughter. I will GET YOU BITCH." Another email says, "My life's mission is to destroy you bitch and I won't stop until it happens I promise you." TMZ broke the story ... Darden got a restraining order last year against Smith, with whom he has a daughter ... claiming she was unstable, threatening and in need of psychiatric treatment. In new docs, he says Smith appears to have hacked into his email account because some of the disturbing messages are coming from him. One such email was sent to Darden's current wife, and reads ... "Snatch worn out. Don't nobody want her a f**king truck stop hooker." Darden wants police to trace the emails to find out if Smith is behind the threats. (TMZ)


Stevie Nicks Releases New Song for The Book of Henry: Listen to "Your Hand I Will Never Let It Go" Now. Stand back music lovers, because we have some exciting news for you. As Stevie Nicks continues working with Fleetwood Mac, the legendary singer had some time to record a special song for an upcoming movie. E! News can exclusively reveal that the rocker recorded a new track for The Book of Henry starring Naomi Watts and Sarah Silverman. Titled "Your Hand I Will Never Let It Go," the track shows off Stevie's unforgettable voice. At the same time, fans get a sneak peek at Focus Features' new movie out in theatres this Friday. "They called the game but not for us / Drowned in thought and caught in a state, " Stevie sings. Talking to ghosts who were not there / Then you took my hand and transformation began." The Book of Henry tells the story of a single mother named Susan (Naomi) who discovers a scheme in her son's book to rescue a young girl from her abusive stepfather. As his brainstormed rescue plan takes shape in more ways than one, Susan finds herself at the center of it. Jacob Tremblay and Maddie Ziegler also star in the film directed by Colin Trevorrow. As for Stevie, her new song comes as the Grammy winner continues touring with the members of Fleetwood Mac. In fact, she has two stops planned for Dodger Stadium and Citi Field later this summer. Consider this track on our set-list wish list. (Eonline)

Ed Sheeran Appears in Emotional All-Star Tribute Video to Murdered British MP Jo Cox. As the one-year anniversary of the murder of British MP Jo Cox approaches a number of British TV/movie stars, musicians and athletes have gotten together to support Cox's memory as part of the Great Get Together event. Among them? Ed Sheeran, who appears in a video to support the event, which aims to get Brits to come out for one of the 100,000 events being organized over the weekend (June 16-18) around the nation to encourage unity. Sheeran is both lighthearted and somber in his thoughts on what brings citizens of the UK together. His first thought is tasty: fish and chips. His second, though, is more introspective: "the things that unite us as a country are the things that are meant to tear us apart, but they actually make us stronger." Cox, a British Labour Party member, was killed on June 16, 2016, after being shot and stabbed multiple times on the street while on her way to a constituent event. Though she held her office for less than a year, Cox quickly gained notice for her passionate argument that the British government should be doing more to help the victims of the Syrian civil war and her feeling that the nation should remain in the EU, a rebuke of the eventual, controversial, Brexit vote. She was known for urging her fellow citizens to consider the notion that "we are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us." Among the other stars who appear in the video in support of the Great Get Together are Stephen Fry, Bill Nighy, Helen Mirren and tennis star Andy Murray. "The Great Get Together is inspired by Jo Cox, who was killed on 16 June last year," reads a statement about the event. "We believe there is a groundswell of people who reject divisive politics and simply want to bring our communities together and celebrate all that unites us. This is our chance. As the prime minister said, when she remarked on Jo's death in her New Year's message: 2017 represents an opportunity to move forward and "bring this country together, as never before." Jo's family and friends came up with the initiative, and The Big Lunch have teamed up with us to move their annual celebration. More than one hundred organizations are now supporting us, see our partners page for the full list!" The massive effort comes in the wake of a series of terror attacks that have rocked the nation, including the May 22 suicide bombing outside of an Ariana Grande show that killed 22 people. (Billboard)

Katy Perry Changes Her Lyrics About Taylor Swift -- and Accidentally Rips Her Own Pants. As Katy Perry sings, "they know what is what." We knew it was a major moment when the Grammy nominee took the stage Monday night for a Witness fan concert presented exclusively by YouTube in downtown Los Angeles -- the finale to a four-day "Witness World Wide" livestream. Soon, it was time to perform her controversial hit, "Swish Swish," which is rumored to be about Taylor Swift , with whom she's been feuding for years. While she's repeatedly denied the track is about the "Shake It Off" singer in particular, she made a notable change to her lyrics Monday night that gave the impression it really is. In place of the usual line, "Don't you come for me," in the first verse, Perry crooned, "God bless you on your journey, oh baby girl." The remark was reminiscent of what Perry told NBC's Natalie Morales on Monday when pressed about their rift: "All I need to say to her is I love her and God bless her on her journey." After switching up her song, the songstress soon realized she had ripped a hole in the crotch of her silver sequined jumpsuit. "That's cool... I just learned I have a hole in my pants," she told the audience. "It's right near my hooha... but I'm wearing underwear, don't you worry. So, I just want everyone who's watching to brace themselves. And I probably shouldn't have said anything but I just know the Internet sees everything so I just wanna.. I just, I can't." "I was trying to be cool and I did that dance and now I realize I was not cool, especially when it comes out in pictures," she continued amid cheers. "Well, we're all human right? We all either got one or we don't or we got both. I won't let it take my power, how about that? Let's do that. Just don't look over here..." (Eonline)

Sheryl Crow, Jack Johnson & The Avett Brothers to Join Willie Nelson & Friends at Farm Aid. Sheryl Crow, Jack Johnson and the Avett Brothers will join Willie Nelson and friends at the 32nd annual Farm Aid food and music festival taking place Sept. 16 at the KeyBank Pavilion in Burgettstown, Pa., outside Pittsburgh. The guiding foursome of Farm Aid -- Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews -- also will share the bill with Jamey Johnson, Blackberry Smoke, Valerie June, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real and Insects vs. Robots, with other artists to be announced. Matthews will perform an acoustic set with Tim Reynolds, as part of their summer tour. Promise of the Real backed Young on his 2015 album The Monsanto Years and a subsequent tour. Tickets for the concert go on sale June 23 via and Ticketmaster. A limited number of pre-sale tickets will be sold beginning at noon ET June 14 at Each of this year's featured headliners is a longtime supporter of Farm Aid and its efforts to support family farmers, and the Good Food Movement. Crow, who has been touring this summer with Nelson and Bob Dylan, played Farm Aid in 2003 in Columbus Ohio. The Avett Brothers previously have played benefits for organizations including the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association in their native North Carolina, and Johnson has been a frequent presence at Farm Aid (including one memorable appearance as a cow). This marks the third time Farm Aid has come to Pennsylvania, following concerts in Burgettstown in 2002 and Hersey, Pa. in 2012. Agriculture is the state's leading economic enterprise, contributing nearly $75 billion to the state's economy each year. The state is home to 58,200 farms and ranks 22nd nationally in farm sales. Pennsylvania is also considered the birthplace of organic agriculture and a leader in sustainable agriculture practices. In Pittsburgh, 30 miles east of the concert venue, urban farming has thrived. The organization Grow Pittsburgh has launched more than 60 farms to increase access to fresh food and farm training programs for young people. "Family farm agriculture is the heart of Pennsylvania," says Nelson, founder and president of Farm Aid. "What's happening in western Pennsylvania and the region shows us that we can count on family farmers to strengthen our communities and connect people. Whether we live in rural or urban places, food -- and music -- brings us all together." At the same time, western Pennsylvania has lost 2,539 farms -- a 13 percent drop -- in the past decade, an example of an economic crisis facing farmers nationwide. Farmers have faced a multiyear slump in crop and livestock prices. Since 2013, America's farmers and ranchers have weathered a 45 percent drop in net farm income, the largest three-year drop since the start of the Great Depression, Farm Aid reports. The circumstances echo the farm foreclosure crisis of the mid '80s that led Nelson to stage the first Farm Aid benefit on Sept. 22, 1985 in Champaign, Ill. The farm advocates who rose up in that era were recently profiled in a new documentary, Homeplace Under Fire. Farm Aid has been staged every year since 1985, at venues around the country, and is the longest-running concert for a cause in pop music history. Since Nelson founded the organization, it has raised $50 million for advocacy efforts and direct support of farmers. But more than an annual benefit concert, Farm Aid has been a 30-year-plus effort, led by Nelson, to fight corporate control of America's farmland, shape national farming policy, and promote the Good Food Movement. Each year, Farm Aid serves as an annual gathering of activists focused on food issues, environmentalism and social-justice battles. Many farmers and activists travel to the event to network, share strategies, listen to the music and eat family farm food on a menu that Farm Aid has trademarked "Homegrown Concessions." With composting practiced backstage and promoted to the audience, the concert aims for zero waste. Farm Aid's support of family farmers extends to its policy of accepting sponsorship only from companies that share its mission. California-based Bonterra Organic Vineyards will be a sponsor of Farm Aid 2017. Prior to this year's concert, Farm Aid is teaming up with IfOnly to sell and auction signed memorabilia and behind-the-scene tours at this year's event. Farm Aid also is encouraging festivalgoers and supporters to use the hashtags #FarmAid2017 and #Road2FarmAid to join discussions about this year's concert on social media. (Billboard)

Paul McCartney Once Punched Eddie Vedder in the Face. Paul McCartney is some kind of hitmaker. Just ask Eddie Vedder. The Beatles great once gave the Pearl Jam frontman an accidental knuckle sandwich which drew blood. It all went down in the corner of a hotel bar somewhere in Seattle where McCartney was waxing lyrical about how he belted someone. As the veteran bass player demonstrated his left jab, he inadvertently caught the local rocker in the face. "He hit me. He didn't quite pull back the punch you see," recounts Vedder in an interview aired on SiriusXM's Beatles Channel. "As I was listening I was thinking, Paul McCartney just hit me in the face and it hurt. I think I remember tasting a bit of blood, he got me right on the side...and he apologized quickly so it wouldn't get in the way of the story." Make no mistake, Vedder is proud of taking a shot to the mouth from a Beatle, describing the incident as "a fascinating story, a great time in my life actually" to be thumped by the living legend. "And I remember it hurt for a few days and I remember when it went away when the pain subsided and the swelling went down, I kinda missed it." It's not the only hit McCartney has landed of late. The Beatles' 50 anniversary edition of Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band recently returned to No. 1 in the U.K. (Billboard)

Cops called after brawl breaks out at swanky Tonys after-party. There was more drama after the Tonys than onstage. A brawl broke out at the night's hottest after-party when one expelled guest was so hell-bent on getting back in, the cops were called after he made a wild, drunken stab to breach the bash. Well-heeled guests at DKC/O&M p.r. whiz Rick Miramontez's elegant Carlyle fete after the awards included Anna Wintour, Scarlett Johansson, Bette Midler, Glenn Close, Sally Field and Olivia Wilde. Extra security was on hand to deal with crashers at the party where Cafe Caryle was transformed into "Disco Dolly!" as an homage to "Hello, Dolly!" But one guest "showed up to the party punchy and completely drunk," said a witness. "He was belligerent. He tried to force his way through and a security guard reminded him that he'd been kicked out." Dramatically the theater guy then "ran through the revolving door chased by security into the lobby at peak party," the source said. "He threw a fit. The poor bouncer had to use force to subdue the maniac because he was so wasted. He was on the ground screaming." Video viewed by Page Six captures the fracas, with high-pitched yelping, sounds of breaking glass and a chap in a tux trying to writhe on his back towards Cafe Carlyle. Cops were called. "They really were required but didn't arrest him. It was insane," said a spy. Buzz spread that, "the person in question was a Broadway producer." Inside the party, "Midler's two hunky bodyguards were seen dancing into the night while being drooled over by a gaggle of older ladies watching from the sidelines," a spy said, as various "Cats" cast members prowled the dance floor. Darren Criss and Billy Stritch entertained other guests in Bemelmans Bar. "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" star Jackie Hoffman tried to coax Kevin Spacey to sing a duet at the piano, but the Tonys host figured, "I've sung enough for one night," a spy said. Best musical actress nominees Christine Ebersole, Eva Noblezada, and Denee Benton were all hugging with winner Midler and the honor's presenter Glenn Close. "The only one missing was Patti LuPone." (PageSix)


Olaf's Frozen Adventure: The First Trailer for Disney's Animated Short. It's never too early to get in the holiday spirit. Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios are teaming up this winter for Olaf's Frozen Adventure, which opens in front the original film Coco on Nov. 22. The trailer for the featurette debuted online Tuesday and will run before Cars 3 (in theaters Friday). "I'm thrilled that Disney Animation's featurette Olaf's Frozen Adventure will be coming to theaters in November with Pixar's Coco," John Lasseter, chief creative officer for Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, told E! News in a statement Tuesday. "It's a perfect pairing -- they're both beautiful, heartfelt films about families and how people carry traditions forward. I can't wait for audiences to get to see both of these terrific projects together on the big screen." The 21-minute featurette will feature four original songs by Kate Anderson and Elyssa Samsel. After Frozen debuted in 2013 and earned more than $1.27 billion globally, the film won two Academy Awards and a Golden Globe; the original voice cast is returning for the featurette, including Kristen Bell (Anna), Josh Gad (Olaf), Jonathan Groff (Kristoff) and Idina Menzel (Elsa). In Olaf's Frozen Adventure, Olaf is on a mission to find the best holiday traditions for his friends. In a statement, Deters said he and Wermers-Skelton "were deeply honored" to "create an all-new story with these characters we love. We're thrilled to have our film play on the big screen with Coco during the holidays." Similarly, Wermers-Skelton told E! News, "We loved getting in the recording booth with these incredible actors, who know their characters inside and out..." The first short, Frozen Fever, was released in 2015 in conjunction with Cinderella. As if Olaf's Frozen Adventure weren't enough, an untitled Frozen sequel is scheduled for release in November 2019. The feature-length film reunites directors Chris Buck, Peter Del Vecho and Jennifer Lee with Grammy-winning songwriting duo Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. (Eonline)

Tom Hardy will NOT be playing Jafar in Guy Ritchie's Aladdin remake. This whole new world will not be whitewashed Enthusiastic fan of Jilly Cooper, books, horses and singing. Not a made-up person. Tom Hardy has shut down rumors that he is to play Jafar in Guy Ritchie's live-action remake of 1992's Aladdin following accusations of whitewashing and "tone deaf" casting. However, Hardy's reps have told Metro that there was "no truth" to the rumors which gained heat over the weekend when a source told The Sun that "there have been conversations" regarding Hardy's casting, which would mean a white actor playing a Middle Eastern character. "Guy is a huge fan of Tom's work and securing him would be a major coup," the source said. "There have been conversations and, although nothing is set in stone and things are subject to change, he's certainly one of Guy's favored choices." This report did not go down well on Twitter, where the atmosphere was very much "how is this happening again?", in the wake of controversies over Tilda Swinton playing a Tibetan character in Doctor Strange, and Scarlett Johansson playing a Japanese character in the live-action remake of Ghost In The Shell- especially given that Disney had specifically said they wanted the casting to be diverse. Earlier this year, Aladdin producer Dan Lin said that he wants the remake to be "diverse," and "to make a movie that's authentic to that world". "We're not here to make Prince of Persia," he said-a film which cast Jake Gyllenhaal as the Middle Eastern lead. The film director Lexi Alexander tweeted a link to a story about Ritchie's apparent plans, and added: "Just for the record, I knew those Aladdin auditions were fake. "I know a lot of MENA/Asian actors who auditioned for Aladdin. Many I sent myself. I need you to know: it's not you, it's white supremacy." Lee Madjoub, an actor on Supernatural and Prison Break, tweeted to Alexander that he hadn't auditioned because producers were "adamant" that auditionees had singing and dancing experience, which Hardy does not. In 2014, he told reporters that he was struggling with the singing while working on a biopic of Elton John called Rocketman. Casting rumors for the film, which begins shooting in the UK this summer, have also turned towards Little Mix, with Jade Thirlwall-who is of Yemeni and Egyptian descent-apparently being involved in auditions. "Jasmine is Jade's perfect role, so she's delighted to have got this far in the process. The talks have been going on for some time now," an insider has said. "The longer they go on, the better her chances are looking. All of the girls have their fingers crossed for her, as they always support each other. But they also know that it would be a huge commitment. Jade would need to film for months, and that's before promotion for the movie began." (British Glamour)

Reginald Hudlin to Direct Valiant's Supernatural Superhero Movie 'Shadowman'. Independent comic book company Valiant Entertainment is continuing its march towards the big screen, with Heat Vision learning that the adaptation of its Shadowman series has brought on new creative team to re-develop the property. Adam Simon, showrunner for WGN America's Salem, will rewrite a screenplay by J. Michael Straczynski based on the supernatural comic book property, sources familiar with the project revealed. Reginald Hudlin, fresh off his directorial return with this October's Thurgood Marshall thriller Marshall, is attached to direct. Shadowman is a supernatural concept based around an African-American musician in New Orleans who becomes infected by a spirit that allows him otherworldly abilities. As the latest incarnation of the titular Shadowman, a mystical defender of Earth against demonic invasion, he has to protect against threats from Master Darque and other denizens of the netherworld known as the Deadside. The character debuted in 1992's Shadowman No. 1, and currently appears in the company's current Rapture comic book series, which launched last month. For the film, Hudlin and Simon will work together on the revised story for the project, while Straczynski remains on board as executive producer. The Sean Daniel Company's Sean Daniel and Jason Brown will produce with Valiant Entertainment's Dinesh Shamdasani. As with Valiant's Archer & Armstrong, the project will be developed in-house before being shopped to studios. Although this will be Hudlin's first cinematic superhero project, he has a significant body of work in superhero comics, including a four-year run on Marvel's Black Panther, and his current work reviving the Milestone franchise for DC Entertainment. He also wrote the comic book adaptation of Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, and co-wrote the follow-up, Django/Zorro, with Matt Wagner. Shadowman is one of many Valiant properties to be developed for the big screen. Sony has a five-picture deal with the company for its Harbinger and Bloodshot characters, with Archer & Armstrong being developed by Terry Rossio and Zombieland's Ruben Fletcher. Quantum & Woody is also under development for television, with Joe and Anthony Russo as executive producers. (Hollywood Reporter)

'Orient City' Trailer: Revenge Gets Hand-Drawn. The spaghetti western short -- which mixes the wild west with feudal Japan -- is being developed into a feature film. It's time to step into Orient City. Heat Vision has the exclusive first trailer for Orient City: Ronin and the Princess, a short film from co-directors Ryan Colucci and Zsombor Huszka. The short has been acquired by Galen Christy's High Octane Pictures, which will be taking it on the festival circuit. Meanwhile, the co-directors are developing a feature-length adaptation with production company Spoke Lane. Dikran Ornekian Rylend Grant will handle scripting duties. Orient City follows an opium-addicted ronin, who must protect a small girl in Orient City, a vertical tangle of rock and skyscrapers united via cable cars and waterways. (Think the wild west from U.S. history mixed with feudal Japan). The girl eventually helps him overcome his addiction as she learns the ways of the samurai. The filmmakers previously raised more than $34,000 via Kickstarter to help get the short off the ground. They are now hoping to take the short on the festival circuit ahead of working on the feature film. (Hollywood Reporter)

China's $500M Blockbuster 'The Mermaid' Getting TV Adaptation. Beijing-based iQiyi has paid an historic $61.8 million for the exclusive streaming rights to the show, which sources in China say will be scripted and produced by Stephen Chow. China's biggest movie ever, Stephen Chow's blockbuster The Mermaid, which earned an astonishing $527 million in 2016, is set to be remade for television. Chinese production company Shanghai New Culture Media Group revealed in a regulatory filing that it has sold the exclusive online streaming rights to the forthcoming show to Beijing-based SVOD company iQiyi for $61.8 million (420 million RMB) -- a record for streaming video rights in the country. Local Chinese media sources are reporting that Chow will script and produce the TV drama adaptation himself. New Culture Media also said in a second filing that it has sold to iQiyi the exclusive broadcast and online streaming rights to another forthcoming TV drama based on a Chow blockbuster -- 2017's Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back, which was released over Chinese New Year in late January and earned $240 million in China. iQiyi paid $42.4 million (288 million RMB) for those rights, the filing said. Both of the new shows will be developed and produced by New Culture Media. A representative from iQiyi declined to comment. In early 2017, Shanghai New Culture Media Group, whose stock is listed on the Shenzhen exchange with a market capitalization of $1.3 billion, acquired a 51 percent stake in Premium Data Associates Limited, a production and rights management company founded and owned by Chow, for $195.7 million (1.33 billion RMB). Chow retained a 49 percent stake in the entity. iQiyi, a subsidiary of Chinese search giant Baidu, has been on a Netflix-like buying spree since raising $1.5 billion in February. While the company continues to beef up on high-value local content like the new Chow shows, it also has been buying prestige U.S. content aggressively. In March, iQiyi acquired exclusive Chinese online rights to 2017 Oscar favorites La La Land and Moonlight (it's unclear whether the latter will be able to clear Chinese censorship, however). And in April, iQiyi inked an output agreement with Netflix, which has been barred from setting up its service within China by Beijing's regulators. iQiyi said it hopes to import such Netflix originals as Black Mirror, Stranger Things, Mindhunter, BoJack Horseman and Ultimate Beastmaster -- as soon as the necessarily government approvals are granted. (Hollywood Reporter)

Universal Germany Remaking French Hit Comedy 'Babysitting'. Rat Pack, producer of German mega-hit 'Fack Ju Gohte,' will adapt the French film for a 2018 release in Germany. Universal Germany and Munich-based producer Rat Pack are adapting the French found-footage comedy Babysitting for the German market. Granz Henman, director of German comedy Knallharte Jungs (2002), will helm the remake, which Rat Pack and Universal will produce. Universal Pictures Germany will bow the film in Germany, Austria and Switzerland in late summer 2018. Christian Becker (The Wave) will produce for Rat Pack and Universal. Henman is adapting the original French script with Michael Gantenberg, Max Benrath and Frederick Schofield. This is the second Babysitting remake in the works. Earlier this month, Universal and Focus Features announced a British adaptation, which The Inbetweeners director Iain Morris will helm. Angry Films, Moonriver Content and Entertainment One will finance and produce the British Babysitting film. Universal/ Focus Features acquired the remake rights from the original French producers Christophe Cervoni and Marc Fiszman. Philippe Lacheau and Nicolas Benamou directed the original French Babysitting, about a 30-year-old man who gets more than he bargained for when he agrees to babysit his friends' precocious son. When the boy's parents return home, they find the house wrecked and piece together the night via a video recording of the events. The French film grossed $18 million for UPI in France and spawned a sequel in 2015. (Hollywood Reporter)


Chris Harrison Speaks Out on Bachelor in Paradise Allegations of Misconduct. Chris Harrison has broken his silence on the news of Bachelor in Paradise shutting down production due to "allegations of misconduct." The long-time host of the Bachelor franchise released a statement on Good Morning America. "The safety and care of the cast and crew of our show is of the utmost importance to us. It is with this thought in mind that we made the decision to suspend filming," Harrison said in a statement to GMA. "Out of respect to all involved, there's only so much I can and will say at this time. Normally with a situation like this I would not say anything until the incident is fully resolved, but with all the rumors and misinformation being put out there I don't find that to be possible anymore." The news of Bachelor in Paradise shutting down production came out on Sunday. Filming stopped and contestants were sent home after Warner Bros. opened an internal investigation into a filmed sexual encounter between DeMario Jackson and Corinne Olympios, due to a producer's concern that consent was not able to be given. In his statement, Harrison said Warner Bros. is handling the investigation. They're moving quickly to gather all the facts, and once that's done a clear concise decision can be made about where we go from here," he said. "I know in this day and age we want and even expect immediate answers but in this case it's just not possible," Harrison's statement continued. "So again I urge you to please be patient and respect the privacy of the parties involved. I will keep you as informed and up to date as I possibly can. We're sorry for any inconvenience and disappointment this may have caused the cast, the crew and our loyal fans. It is my sincere hope that we can come to a quick resolution on this and get back to work very soon." Bachelor in Paradise was originally set to return Tuesday, August 4 on ABC. (Eonline)

Sandy Hook families lash out at Megyn Kelly over interview. Families of the Sandy Hook school shooting victims are angry at NBC's Megyn Kelly for her upcoming interview with Alex Jones, who has called the 2012 Connecticut shooting, in which 28 people died, a hoax. The family of Vicki Soto -- one of the teachers who was killed along with 20 children -- posted a letter to Kelly on Facebook. "Alex and his followers have done nothing but make our lives a living hell for the last 4?¹/2 years." Nelba Márquez-Greene tweeted a photo of her daughter who was killed, writing: "Here you go @megynkelly -- her name is Ana Grace Márquez-Greene. Say her name -- stare at this & tell me it's worth it." Kelly was due to emcee the Sandy Hook Promise Gala in DC on Wednesday, but it is now believed she won't attend. An NBC source said, "Internally, there is a growing number of people that want to pull the interview." Another insider said, "Journalists at NBC understand why it's important to challenge someone as influential as Jones on his conspiracy theories." (PageSix)

Oliver Stone's 'The Putin Interviews' to Air on State-Run Network in Russia. The four-hour Showtime program is set to air on Channel One on June 19-June 22 at 9:30 p.m. local time. The Putin Interviews, Oliver Stone's four hours of interviews with Russian president Vladimir Putin, will air on Russia's state-run television network Channel One June 19-June 22. A representative for Channel One told The Hollywood Reporter that the network purchased the rights to air the interviews from Showtime, which bought them for the U.S., but declined to comment on the price tag of the deal or competition from other Russian networks. The interviews, filmed by the Oscar-winning director on four occasions over the last two years, is to air at 9:30pm local time. Meanwhile, on Tuesday, following the premiere of the interview first part on Showtime the previous night, Russian media heavily quoted from the interview, especially from its parts related to Putin's family and private life, which is rarely mentioned in the Russian media. Putin has not yet watched the interviews and is waiting for the Russian premiere, his spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying by news agency Interfax on Tuesday. Peskov added that because of "Anti-Russian sentiment" in the United States and, partly, in Western Europe, the interviews won't be able to change Western perceptions of Putin, but it might be possible later, when the situation changes. (Hollywood Reporter)

'Game of Thrones' Favorite to Star in 'Haunting of Hill House' Series for Netflix . Michiel Huisman is headed for Netflix. The Game of Thrones favorite has been tapped to star in the streaming giant's The Haunting of Hill House reboot. Ordered straight to series, the 10-episode drama is a modern reimagining of Shirley Jackson's classic 1959 novel. The story centers on four people living in an 80-year-old mansion. Huisman will take on the role of Steven Crane, the oldest Crane sibling and a published writer of supernatural books -- including a memoir about his family's time living at Hill House. Mike Flanagan (Absentia, Oculus) will write, direct and executive produce the Paramount Television drama alongside producing partner Trevor Macy. Amblin TV's Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank will also exec produce. The Haunting of Hill House was adapted twice for the big screen, in 1963 and more recently in 1999 as The Haunting with Liam Neeson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Owen Wilson and Lili Taylor. The latter grossed more than $177 million at the box office. Huisman has become quite the in-demand leading man since his breakout role as Daario Naharis on HBO's Game of Thrones. His credits include Orphan Black, Nashville, Treme as well as feature The Age of Adaline. He's repped by UTA, Authentic Talent and Literary Management and attorney Frank Stewart. (Hollywood Reporter)

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