Tuesday, June 20, 2017

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Tina Knowles Larson is so far keeping mum about her new grandchildren, but one thing's clear: She's really happy. Beyonce's mom even posted a short video to Instagram Saturday night that proved it. "Hi, I'm in New York having a ball," she says in the clip before flashing a wide smile and waving at the camera. She captioned the video "In New York for my friends son's wedding! God lets things happen in his time not ours! Don't try to rush him!" She posted around the same time that a source confirmed to PEOPLE that Beyonce and Jay Z welcomed their twins. Lawson, 63, was clearly in a celebratory mood this weekend. On Friday night she and her husband of two years, Richard Lawson, enjoyed a night out on Friday, donning '70s duds for a disco-themed bash to celebrate friend A.C. Collins' birthday. In April, Lawson told reporters she was "so excited" for the twins' arrival: "I can't wait." She also praised Beyonce for the way she's parented daughter Blue Ivy, 5. "She's a really good mom," Lawson said at the time. "Really patient and kind." While Laweson hasn't commented on the twins' arrival, her ex-husband (and Beyonce's father) Mathew Knowles shared the news on Twitter on Sunday. "They're here! #beyonce #twins #jayz #happybirthday," he wrote on Twitter. He included a shot of a photo of balloons that was signed "love, granddad." (People)

Kirsten Dunst reveals how Jesse Plemons proposed. Kirsten Dunst has opened up about her engagement to Jesse Plemons who plays her husband in crime drama Fargo. The 34-year-old actress appeared on Jimmy Fallon's show and revealed the proposal was very "low key". "I was a little sick when [he proposed], which was funny," Kirsten told the host. "But that's good. Sickness and in health, you know... I was in sweats." The couple play married high school sweethearts Peggy and Ed in the FX show. Kirsten couldn't help joking with Fallon about what she'll name her future child: "I'll name my kid 'Fargo season two'!" A while back, sources revealed to Page Six that the couple got engaged over Golden Globes weekend. Cute! The pair are rumored to have been dating since May 2016, and they first took their romance public in September when they were spotted kissing at an Emmys party for Fargo. You might also recognize Jesse from Breaking Bad or Bridge of Spies. We can't wait to see Kristen's wedding dress. It's going to be dreamy - we wonder if she's already in talks with designer pals, Rodarte, or perhaps she's given Karl a call - she's a regular on the Chanel front row, after all. (British Glamour)

Kevin Federline Gets Real About Co-Parenting With Britney Spears. At long last, Kevin Federline is in a good place with his exes. The full-time father and part-time DJ, 39, shares custody of his son Kaleb Federline, 12, and daughter Kori Federline, 14, with his ex-fiancee Shar Jackson, 40; he also co-parents sons Jayden Federline, 10, and Preston Federline, 11, with his pop star ex-wife Britney Spears, 35. K-Fed -- who has another two daughters with wife Victoria Prince -- recently said he has great relationship with Britney and Shar. "You fall into your routine and it's really easy now," the wannabe rapper told Bravo's Personal Space. "It wasn't always easy, but it's a lot easier now." Kevin would like to spend more time with his four eldest children, of course, but he also wants them to have good relationships with their mothers. Case in point: Britney is currently on tour, and she brought her boys along for the ride, meaning they would miss celebrating Father's Day. "I'm used to not having all my kids, and this is gonna be one of those years. When you are co-parenting, you have to be willing to give up some of the things you would really like to do. My boys will be gone; their mom's off in Asia on tour. They are with me until the 15th, and then they are gone for the rest of the month. I won't have the boys for Father's Day," said Kevin, who remarried in August 2013. "I'm doing a vacation with some of the kids and my nephew." And when he does get to spend time with his children, Kevin makes the most of every moment. For example, he's currently (and carefully) nurturing one of his sons' budding talents. "Preston kind of knows how to DJ. He wants to learn more. I got him Ableton on his laptop, so he kind of messes with that. He hasn't completely dived into it, and I don't want to force him. I want to make sure it's something he really wants to do. He's really big in to the EDM trap music scene," the proud dad said. "He'll come to me, 'Have you heard this?' Looking for music for me to play." With so many kids fighting for his attention, how does Kevin manage to do it all? "Having six, it feels like you're trying to control a basketball team. But it's worth it. All my kids are great; they get along. By the time you have six, you are so well seasoned," the "PopoZão" rapper shared. "I can probably change a diaper with one hand and feed a kid at the same time." (Eonline)

Hanson has slammed Justin Bieber, comparing both the pop star and his music to a sexually transmitted disease. Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson took the music world by storm 20 years ago when their song "MMMBop" went to number one in 27 different countries. But in an interview with Hit107 FM in Adelaide, they made it quite clear they're not fans of current chart-topping artist, Bieber, who has three out of the top five singles on the ARIA charts. The brothers, who are now in their 30s, took part in a game called Whose Song is it Anyway? with breakfast radio hosts Amos Gill, Cat Lynch and Angus O'Loughlin. "Here's the deal with this game," one of the brothers said, "we're gonna lose." Admitting they don't listen to much "modern" music, it wasn't surprising that none of the Hanson members knew the title or artist of the biggest song in the country right now, "Despacito." When the breakfast hosts told them it was by Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber, the Hanson members couldn't hide their disdain. "Can I just say I'm glad I didn't know what that was," one of the brothers said. "I prefer not to get any venereal diseases so whenever Justin Bieber gets near me or near my ears ... it's just ear infections, they're terrible." Hanson, who seemed amused throughout the interview by the fact most Koala's have chlamydia, then compared Bieber to one of the furry creatures. "It's like hanging out with a koala," one of them said, "Chlamydia of the ear, it sucks." Hanson is currently touring Australia and will be performing at the Enmore Theatre in Sydney on June 21, The Star on the Gold Coast on June 24 and The Tivoli in Brisbane on June 25. Oh, and for the record, they lost the game of Whose Song is it Anyway? (Page Six)

Mahershala Ali Discusses Racial Profiling and His Muslim Faith. Fame is a funny thing. "When suddenly you go from being followed in Barneys to being fawned over, it will mess with your head," Mahershala Ali candidly reveals in GQ's July 2017 issue. The Oscar winner, who was named Best Supporting Actor for his role in Barry Jenkins' Moonlight, remembers being on subway trains and seeing people hide their rings from him. "Those experiences that you have from age 10, when you start getting these little messages that you are something to be feared." Ali has used those incidents to inform his characters, from Jim Johnson in Hidden Figures to Cottonmouth in Luke Cage. "I think I identify with characters who have to make themselves smaller. Because that's been my experience, as a large black man, to make people feel safer. Just because I always found witnessing other people's discomfort made me uncomfortable," Ali admits. "And at the end of the day, it's a lot of B.S., too. Sometimes you gotta be like, 'Eff that.'" Audiences may view Ali in a different light after his career-defining role in Moonlight, but he's not at all concerned with the opinions of others. "As long as what you're doing as an artist is resonating with people, I'm not as concerned about if that's convoluted or not by their own prejudices," Ali says, "because at the end of the day you gotta accept people on their terms." Ali credits his peaceful nature to his faith. Born Mahershalalhashbaz Gilmore, he converted to Islam in 1999 after attending a mosque with his future wife, Amatus-Sami Karim. The religion helped him to become a better actor, he explains. "It benefits me from the standpoint of really creating empathy for these characters that I try to embody, other human beings with issues as deep and personal as my own," Ali tells writer Carvell Wallace. "Because of Islam, I am acutely aware that I am a work in progress." He adds that the daily practice "puts a healthy pressure on you to be your best self, beginning with your own spirit and how that feeds into your actions." The 43-year-old actor, who next appears onscreen in Alita: Battle Angel and Roxanne Roxanne, often thinks about what it means to be an American. "I think African-Americans have a very convoluted relationship with patriotism," he says. "The fact is, we essentially were the abused child. We still love the parent, but you can't overlook the fact that we have a very convoluted relationship with the parent. I absolutely love this country, but like so many people have some real questions and concerns about how things have gone down over the years and where we're at. And that's from a place of love, because I want the country to be what it says it is on paper." "I sincerely believe we have the capacity to actually make this country great. There are enough people. There are enough believers out there. There are enough intelligent, empathetic souls out there that want good for the whole. I don't know if it'll happen in my lifetime," the SAG Award-winning actor says, "but I believe in time the pendulum will swing in the right direction." (Eonline)

Bob Barker had a nasty fall at home that scared him, so paramedics came and he took a trip to the ER. We've learned the TV legend was in the bathroom of his Hollywood Hills home last week when he slipped, fell and hit his head. He called 911 and paramedics showed up to check him out but he didn't want them taking him to the hospital by ambulance, so his housekeeper drove him. We're told there was no blood or visible injuries but Bob was pretty shaken, which is understandable after he took a nasty fall and split his head open back in October 2015. The 93-year-old spent a couple hours in the ER and underwent a bunch of tests. Good news ... he's ok. No word if Adam Sandler paid him another visit. (TMZ)

Declan Donnelly thanks fans for their support after Ant McPartlin checks in to rehab. Read Ant McPartlin's statement... GLAMOUR's resident basic bitch with an Instagram obsession (follow me: @LeanneBayley). Fluent in emojis & Gilmore Girls trivia ???????? Ant McPartlin has checked into rehab after -- tearfully -- admitting drink and drug problems to his wife, family and his working partner / friend, Declan Donnelly. The I'm A Celebrity and Britain's Got Talent presenter has confessed to his close friends and family of his addiction to substance abuse, prescription drugs and booze. The 41-year-old wept as he -- revealed to his wife Lisa Armstrong and co-star Dec, that he needed to work on his problems. On Saturday night, Ant said: "The first step is to admit to yourself you need help. "I've let people down. I'm truly sorry. "I feel like I have let a lot of people down and for that I'm truly sorry. "I want to thank my wife, family and closest friends through this really difficult time. He added to The Sun: "I have spoken out because I think it is important that people ask for help if they are going through a rough time and get the proper treatment to help their recovery." He is expected to spend at least two months in a clinic. It has been reported that a recent knee injury has led to his addiction to painkillers, and he has been depressed because he and wife Lisa have been struggling to conceive -- putting strain on their 11-year marriage. Since news broke, his work husband, Declan Donnelly has broken his silence by thanking fans for their kind messaged after news broke. "Thank you for all the kind messages and well wishes for the big fella," he wrote on Twitter. "He will be touched. Your support is, as ever, much appreciated." Ant's wife, Lisa Armstrong, has also thanked fans. Posting on her Twitter in the wake of the news, Lisa wrote that she'd been "completely overwhelmed" by the support her husband had already received from fans and the public. She said: "[Your love and support] means so much. I'm relieved he's receiving the help he needs, we just need him better." We wish Ant all the best in his recovery. (British Glamour)

Miles Teller was arrested early Sunday morning after he was literally falling down drunk and refusing to cooperate with cops ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ. Teller was partying with a group of guys in San Diego when an officer noticed the actor was having trouble standing on the sidewalk. We're told the cop walked up to Miles and started questioning him, but he quickly became uncooperative. Our sources say that's when Teller lost his balance and almost fell into a traffic lane. The cop cuffed him, and Miles had trouble standing in one spot. Now the turning point. San Diego offers a detox program where cops will take someone who is drunk to a center run by volunteers. The center has cots where someone can stay for 4 hours and sleep it off. The cop offered to take Miles there but we're told he refused. At that point Miles could have been arrested, but cops still took him to the detox center ... hoping he'd cooperate. That didn't happen. We're told he refused to follow directions so the staff rejected him. At that point, Miles was arrested for being drunk in public ... a misdemeanor. He was in jail for around 4 hours and he was released without bail. Miles' rep had no comment. (TMZ)

Gary Cole -- known for his roles on "Veep" and of course as Bill Lumbergh in "Office Space" -- is heading for divorce with his wife of 25 years. Actress Teddi Siddall filed the legal docs last week to end their marriage. The couple wed in 1992 but she lists February 8, 2015 as their date of separation. They have a 24-year-old daughter together. Siddall's asking for spousal support from Cole, as well as adult child support for their daughter, Mary, who has autism. So basically, Teddi is saying -- Gary, if you could go ahead and pay both of us some money in this divorce ... that'd be grrreat. (TMZ)

The Stockdales, the "Wife Swap" family now at the center of a double murder investigation, were headed for trouble years ago due to their parenting style ... according to the woman who swapped with them. Laurie Tonkovic recalled a specific incident with Jacob Stockdale, the son suspected of murdering his brother and mother before attempting to kill himself last week. Laurie swapped with Kathryn Stockdale in 2008, and says when she allowed Jacob and his 3 brothers to have more freedom ... Jacob freaked out. She says he was terrified his religious parents would be mad and he would "burn in hell." Laurie believes he'd finally had enough of the strict environment, and snapped on his family. As we reported ... cops say he shot and killed Kathryn and 21-year-old James. He shot himself, but survived. He's in critical condition. (TMZ)

Carrie Fisher Had Cocaine, Ecstasy, Heroin and Methadone in Her System, Autopsy Reveals. Carrie Fisher had heroin, methadone and other drugs in her system when she died suddenly at age 60 in 2016, according to a toxicology report released Monday; E! News obtained the official documents from the Los Angeles County coroner's office. "The exposure to cocaine took place sometime approximately in the last 72 hours of the sample that was obtained," the report said, which also revealed Carrie had a "remote exposure to MDMA" (commonly known as ecstasy). In addition to the illegal drugs, Carrie was taking Prozac, Abilify and Lamictal under prescription. Carrie -- the daughter of Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds -- had a history of bipolar disorder and a long history of drug use. At the time of her death, she was taking oxycodone without a prescription, pre the report. A CT scan showed "skeletal degenerative arthritis and sponylosis, mild diffuse cerebral atrophy and mild cardiomegaly with sites of coronary artery calcification." A coroner's report on Friday listed sleep apnea as Carrie's primary cause of death, with drug intake as a contributing factor. The report stated that the Star Wars star's family objected to a full autopsy, and the coroner's investigators had access to limited toxicology specimens. The conclusions were based on toxicology results and an external examination of the actress' body. Carrie died on Dec. 27, 2016 -- four days after going into cardiac arrest on an airplane arriving in L.A. from London. Though she had multiple substances in her system, it remains unclear if drugs contributed to her death. "Based on the available toxicological information, we cannot establish the significance of the multiple substances that were detected in Ms. Fisher's blood and tissue, with regard to the cause of death," the report stated. On Friday, the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office reported she had suffered from atherosclerotic heart disease and "drug use." Ultimately, the coroner said, "The manner of death has been ruled undetermined." Carrie's sole daughter, Billie Lourd, addressed the report last week. "My mom battled drug addiction and mental illness her entire life. She ultimately died of it. She was purposefully open in all of her work about the social stigmas surrounding these diseases. She talked about the shame that torments people and their families confronted by these diseases," the 24-year-old Scream Queens actress told People in an exclusive statement Friday. "I know my Mom. She'd want her death to encourage people to be open about their struggles. Seek help, fight for government funding for mental health programs. Shame and those social stigmas are the enemies of progress to solutions and ultimately a cure. Love you, Momby." (Eonline)

Bobbi Kristina Brown's grave now has her headstone in place ... between her mother and grandfather. The headstone is inscribed, "Resting Peacefully" and also has a musical note along the border. Bobbi Kristina was laid to rest in a family plot, right next to Whitney Houston. It appears loved ones have visited the New Jersey cemetery recently -- flowers and an angel-like figurine have been placed on the marker. Bobbi Kristina's headstone was installed as the investigation into her death continues. As we reported ... authorities in Georgia spoke to Nick Gordon's current girlfriend after he was arrested for assaulting her. Gordon remains a person of interest in Bobbi Kristina's death. (TMZ)

THE OTHER STUFF . . .

Paris Jackson Scores Her First Vogue Cover (and Does the Interview via Text). Paris Jackson landed her first Vogue cover -- and she did the entire interview via text message. Vogue Australia dedicated its July cover (on newsstands June 26) to the 19-year-old Hollywood scion, and world-renowned photographer Patrick Demarchelier was in charge of Paris' pictorial. Editor-in-chief Edwina McCann predicted the teen will become "the breakthrough name of 2017," and it was actually Paris who suggested a text conversation in lieu of doing a traditional print interview. While it was "something we have never before agreed to at Vogue," Edwina admitted, she realized that the medium "seemed appropriate for someone of her generation." So, Paris agreed to text with Vogue Australia's creative director at large, Alison Veness. At one point in the conversation, Alison asked Paris what she's most passionate about right now. "I have so many causes that are dear to my heart and fighting for the people, I feel, is my duty," said Paris, the only daughter of the late singer Michael Jackson. "But right now since I'm doing the fashion thing, a huge focus -- well, mostly what I'm putting a lot of effort into -- is making sure my own personal creativity shows through whatever I'm doing while I'm working." "I really want to leave a positive imprint in the fashion world, mostly regarding the media and the stereotypical beauty standard that is blasted all over every magazine you see, every article that pops up on your phone screen, every billboard you see while you're driving down the street," said Paris, who just booked a Calvin Klein campaign. "I already have many young girls looking up to me and I want to be something their parents are OK with them looking up to." Paris shared a few photos from the shoot via Instagram over the weekend, explaining that she was "so very grateful" for "this opportunity." She also called it one of the first interviews where my words haven't been twisted, and they get all the info straight from the source! So thankful." Pick up Vogue Australia's July issue to read the rest of Paris' interview. (Eonline)

Prince of Hearts: William Breaks Royal Protocol and Hugs Victim of Deadly London Fire. Prince William hugged a victim of Wednesday's deadly west London fire (which currently has a death toll of 58 people) when he made a visit to a crisis center on Friday. The prince's embrace broke with royal protocol -- touching royal members is historically reserved for handshakes -- and instead embraced the distressed woman who was reportedly desperate to locate her husband who was trapped an elevator during the time of the fire. Queen Elizabeth II, 91, and her grandson, 34, had made an emotional visit together on Friday to see the survivors, meet with victims' families and rescue workers who were affected by the inferno, which engulfed the Grenfell Tower in London. In an unannounced tour of the area, the royals went to the Westway Sports Centre close to the tower. The venue had been a focal point for efforts to support those affected by the fire which engulfed the apartment tower in a matter of minutes. During the visit, they met with first responders from the Emergency Services, as well as local residents and community representatives. William, Princess Kate, and Prince Harry had also made a donation to a fund to help the families who were made homeless by the tragedy. "The tragedy at Grenfell Tower has left a number of local people in need of urgent assistance," a spokesman for the three royals at Kensington Palace said. "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are pleased the Evening Standard's Dispossessed Fund has immediately swung into action. As residents of the local area they are keen to offer their immediate support." Meanwhile, Prime Minister Theresa May has been criticized for her slowness in visiting the victims of the fire -- her visits took place more than 48 hours after the fire broke out -- and refusal to answer questions about government oversights that might have increased the deadly nature of the blaze. On Saturday, William was back to royal business when he took part in this year's Trooping the Colour, which is the public celebration of the Queen's birthday and features a fabulous military parade. (People)

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's Kids Spend Time With Him Before Father's Day. Brad Pitt got an early Father's Day present -- some quality time with his kids. His ex-Angelina Jolie filed for divorce in September after two years of marriage and a 12-year relationship. The two then got involved in a custody battle over their six children -- Maddox, 15, Pax, 13, Zahara, 12, Shiloh, 11, and 8-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox -- before reaching a temporary custody agreement. It states the kids will remain in Jolie's custody while Pitt will have "therapeutic visitation" with them and also attend weekly individual therapy sessions. Several of the children spent several hours at Pitt's house in Los Angeles Saturday morning. They were seen being dropped off in a Suburban. They later returned to Jolie's home and she and all six kids then made their way to LAX, en route to a weekend trip to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where the actress adopted Zahara in 2005, E! News has learned exclusively. In May, GQ magazine featured an interview with Pitt, in which he made his most candid and detailed comments about their divorce and also owned up to his own shortcomings. The actor gave Jolie a heads up about it in order for there to be no surprises, a source had told E! News, adding, "He's committed to having a healthy relationship with her." Brad and Angelina continue to co-parent successfully, the source said. (Eonline)

Pamela Anderson writes love letter to Julian Assange. Pamela Anderson has penned an online love letter to Julian Assange, branding Theresa May the "worst prime minister in living memory" and calling for the WikiLeaks founder's release. On June 19, Assange will reportedly mark his five years of "unlawful detention" in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London with a "special announcement" from the balcony. In a post titled "Why My Heart Stands With Julian," Anderson called on world leaders, and China, to intervene and help free the Australian. The former Baywatch star said there was no longer any reason to keep Assange "trapped in a small room" now Sweden has dropped its case against him. Anderson continued: "But Theresa May -- who kept him imprisoned in the embassy for five years -- refuses to allow him to leave. Theresa May, who is on her last legs. Theresa May of the pyhrric victory (sic)." "Theresa May, who won't shake the hand of the victims of the Grenfell fire. Who doesn't care about poor people. Who doesn't care about justice or peace. Who doesn't care about Julian. The worst prime minister in living memory." Anderson also invited French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte to the July opening of her new restaurant in France, and asked him to grant Assange asylum. She also used the letter to address Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, highlighting their mutual compassion for animals, while stating that Assange should be given compensation. In the letter posted on pamelaandersonfoundation.org, the ex-playboy model gushed over how his "bravery and courage" makes Assange sexy. She signed off: "I love you, Pamela." Assange has spent five years holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy in London. He is set to make an announcement on June 19 to mark the five-year anniversary of his "unlawful detention." (PageSix)

Miley Cyrus criticized Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana's politics, and one of its co-founders clapped back at the "Malibu" singer on Instagram. On Saturday, Cyrus's 23-year-old brother Braison walked in the luxury Italian design house's fashion show in Milan -- his first runway turn -- and her post started off with congratulatory words before critique. "Congrats @braisonccyrus on walking in your 1st runway show... It's never been my little brothers dream to be a model as HE is one of the most talented musicians my ears have ever been given the gift of hearing... BUT it is a Cyrus family trait to try everything once (within reason HA) and to embrace opportunities that encourage you to step out of your comfort zone! We believe in trying something new everyday! I love you Prince Suga Bear and seriously congratulations on your experience! I am so proud of you always... From Nashville to Italy!," she posted on Saturday. Her message veered off the congratulatory course as she made a stab at the fashion house's politics. In 2015, Dolce & Gabbana co-founders Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce (who are both openly gay) took a lot of heat for statements they made about gay parenting and IVF being unnatural (to recap, Dolce told Panorama magazine, "We oppose gay adoptions. The only family is the traditional one ... No chemical offsprings and rented uterus; Life has a natural flow, there are things that should not be changed"). Following the comments, celebrities including Victoria Beckham and Elton John boycotted the brand, a top exec stepped down and the designers laid low for a while, with Dolce eventually issuing an apology in Vogue. But Cyrus appeared to still harbor ill feelings. More recently, the designers dressed First Lady Melania Trump for New Year's Eve, and for several other events, prompting criticism from people who oppose Donald Trump. The designers responded with cheeky "#boycottDolce&Gabbana" t-shirts. "PS D&G, I STRONGLY disagree with your politics... but I do support your company's effort to celebrate young artists & give them the platform to shine their light for all to see!" she concluded her post. (People)

Caitlyn Jenner spent Father's Day with her daughters Kendall and Kylie Jenner in L.A. on Sunday, June 18. The trio, along with Caitlyn's new puppy, Bertha, hung out at the Rodeo Drive Concours d'Elegance car show in Beverly Hills, California. The former I Am Cait star, 67, won an award at the show for her classic Austin-Healey Sprite convertible, picking up a crystal trophy for Most Fashionable car, and shared a photo on Instagram of Bertha posing with the Batmobile from the 1960s TV series. While Kendall, 21, and Kylie, 19, enjoyed hanging out with their dad, their mom, Kris Jenner, was not quite as friendly towards her ex, snubbing the former Olympian in a Father's Day pic she posted on Instagram on Sunday. The momager -- who has been vocal in her condemnation of Caitlyn's claims about their relationship and decision to transition in her memoir, The Secrets of My Life -- paid tribute to her late ex-husband, Robert Kardashian, as well as her son, Rob Kardashian, son-in-law, Kanye West, and daughter Kourtney Kardashian's baby daddy, Scott Disick, in her post, but made no mention of her husband of 22 years. "To all the fathers out there who love unconditionally, who put their children first above all, we love you!!" the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star wrote. "To my son, Rob, on your first Father's Day... I am so so proud of you!! I've watched you grow into the most loving, caring father to our precious angel, Dream. Your father would be so proud of you. I love you and I'm proud of you Kanye and Scott. You amaze me every single day and all of my grandchildren are so very blessed to have all of you as fathers. To all the amazing dads out there, Happy Father's Day!!!" As Us Weekly previously reported, Kris, 61, and her daughters, Kourtney, Kim and Khloe Kardashian were "upset" about the memoir, which was released in late April. "Everything she says is all made up," Kris ranted on an episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. "Why does everything have to be that Kris is such a bitch and an a--hole?" Caitlyn subsequently admitted that she hasn't spoken to Khloe for a couple of years, and hadn't talked to Kim "in a long time." That left Kendall and Kylie stuck in the middle of the family feud, but an insider told Us last month that the pair were trying to remain neutral. "Kylie and Kendall love their dad but understand why their larger family would feel the way they feel. They see both sides of it," the source said. "They're adults, they have their own homes, so they have their own separate relationships with Caitlyn. Kris wants her daughters to have a relationship with their father." (US Weekly)

Remember Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna had a kid together? We almost forgot too ... until we saw they'd all resurfaced at Disneyland for Father's Day. Rob and BC worked out their differences to come together Sunday with their 7-month-old daughter, Dream, for a day at the Happiest Place on Earth. Eyewitnesses spotted them getting on and off It's a Small World -- with Chyna and Dream both rockin' Mouse ears ... and Rob opting for his go-to outfit, of course. As we reported ... Rob and Chyna have had some bumps in the road ever since Dream was born back in November. And yet, time and time again they reunite for sweet moments like this. From the looks of their stroller couple action, you'd never guess anything was amiss. Happy Dad Day, Rob! (TMZ)

Rob Gronkowski proved he's shaved from head to toe -- ripping off his shirt and partying with Flo Rida at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut ... and we got the pics. The New England Patriots TE showed with a party crew and went H.A.M. when Flo started performing -- doing his usual dancing, boozing, removing clothing thing. Gronk and Flo have been friends for a while -- the rapper was a special guest on Gronk's legendary party cruise last off-season. Per usual with Gronk, the guy goes on a party tear before the season begins ... and Tom Brady has previously said he doesn't care as long as the guy shows up ready to play when it counts. No word on if anyone ever found Gronk's shirt. (TMZ)

Music

Jay Z Teases His 4:44 Album With "Adnis." Will this be Jay Z's Lemonade? Late Sunday night, Sprint released a teaser for the rapper's next project, 4:44, featuring a snippet of a new song titled "Adnis." Jay Z cast Mahershala Ali as a boxer and Danny Glover as a trainer. Set to footage of the actors, the 47-year-old superstar -- who just welcomed twins with Beyonce -- raps, "Letter to my dad that I never wrote / Speeches I prepared that I never spoke / Words on a paper that I never read / Proses never penned / They stayed in my head." According to the teaser, 4:44 also stars Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o. The project -- widely presumed to be a visual album -- debuts June 30 via Sprint and TIDAL. It is rated NC-17. "Today is an exciting day to be a Sprint customer," Marcelo Claure, Sprint's president and CEO, said Sunday. (Sprint took part ownership of TIDAL in January). "Jay Z is a global icon and we're giving customers an incredible opportunity to be among the first to experience his new album." Existing Sprint customers and people who switch to the service can experience the album exclusively and access a complimentary six-month trial of TIDAL HiFi, Claure said in a statement. Earlier this month, billboards with the message "4:44" started appearing in New York City, leading fans to speculate about a new project from Jay Z. As part of the U.S. campaign, Sprint and TIDAL have pledged support to the 1Million Project, an educational initiative that will assist 1 million low-income U.S. high school students who are not connected to the internet at home. Jay Z's last studio album, Magna Carta...Holy Grail, was released on July 10, 2013. In a similar fashion, the rapper debuted his album by partnering with a telecommunications service; Samsung subscribers downloaded the album July 8, four days before the general public could. The rapper will likely perform his new material during the Made in America Festival in Philadelphia Sept. 2-3, as well as the Meadows Music & Arts Festival in New York City Sept. 15. Last week, Jay Z was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, becoming the first rapper to achieve the honor. He was unable to attend the event due the birth of his twins, so he took to Twitter to list many of the musicians who've inspired him since his formative years in Brooklyn. (Eonline)

"American Idol" has its sights set on judge #2 for the reboot ... and we're told it's Lionel Richie. 'A.I.' sources tell TMZ ... producers think Richie's legendary music career makes him a perfect pick ... credibility and a knack for honing in on what will become popular. Richie is also extremely outgoing, which makes for good TV. We don't know if the 'A.I.' folks have formally reached out to Richie. We contacted Richie's people, but so far they're mum. The question ... how much can producers afford to pay Richie, or for that matter any judge who fills the vacant seats? They paid a queen's ransom to Katy Perry -- $25 million -- which essentially blew their intended judge's budget. As we reported ... Ryan Seacrest is about to sign a deal to host the new version for somewhere between $10M and $15M. (TMZ)

Akon fell for Canada ... and he really struggled to get up. The singer was in the middle of a performance Sunday night at The Ranch Roadhouse in Edmonton when he decided to do a little crowd surfing. No big deal ... it's what artists do -- but when Akon hopped up on the shoulders of a couple fans things started going downhill fast. We can laugh now, because he eventually resurfaced ... unscathed. We think. And his reaction to getting swallowed up by the crowd was the best -- Akon just tried to catch another wave! If at first you don't succeed ... eh? Still way safer than XXXTentacion's crowd interaction ... (TMZ)

Metallica vs. Napster, Slash vs. Axl, Pearl Jam vs. Ticketmaster ... and now there's Twenty One Pilots vs Coachella after the rap rock duo blasted the desert festival over the weekend onstage in front of thousands. The band was headlining Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware Friday night when frontman Tyler Joseph gave Coachella a scathing review: "It's not that we don't like Coachella, it's just that we can't stand it." It's unclear if Tyler was just pumping up the crowd, but Coachella gets a bad rep for being an overcrowded cash cow where people care more about their outfits than the music onstage. Twenty One Pilots has never played the festival, but interestingly enough, both Coachella and Firefly are produced by promoter Goldenvoice. So, if anything, it seems the diss was aimed at the type of crowd Coachella draws. We will say this ... the Firefly crowd and Twenty One Pilots set looked lit AF! (TMZ)

Hip hop mogul Master P says there ain't nothing wrong with LaVar Ball's hustle ... telling TMZ Sports he respects the man's game so much he's gonna buy a pair of those $500 ZO2s to support the cause. P sat down with us and talked about what it's like to be the father of a basketball phenom -- his son, Hercy, is one of the best 8th graders in America -- and wanted his thoughts on LaVar's parenting. Obviously, LaVar's gotten his fair share of controversy, but P's not on board with that, saying that he believes LaVar has a clear vision for his family, and is willing to support it with his substantial wallet. Are you listening, LaVar? A No Limit edition shoe might be on the horizon. (TMZ)

Peter Criss, Founding Drummer with Kiss, Is Retiring From Touring. Goodbye Kitty: Peter Criss can finally come home. No longer playing with the boys, the co-founder of the Kiss and co-author of its hit single, "Beth," is retiring from the concert stage with a show to let him say goodbye on his own terms. It's his way to purge the bad taste left in his mouth by a series of unhappy endings with Kiss, including the band's 2014 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, where quarreling over which lineup would perform at the ceremony ended up with Kiss not playing at all. On Saturday, Criss will play what he says is his last U.S. concert at The Cutting Room, an intimate venue in Manhattan where he promises a mix of Kiss classics, his own solo material, and covers he always wanted to perform live but was told by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, "We don't do that; it's not Kiss." "I want to leave the stage happy," Criss said. "I got onto the stage not thinking about making a buck. It was just pure: Play drums, have a good time, meet girls, travel and get out of Brooklyn." Criss, 71, formed Kiss with Stanley and Simmons and guitarist Ace Frehley in 1973. Within two years the album "Alive!" captured the essence of the makeup and costume-wearing, bomb-detonating, blood spitting musical circus that was Kiss, and spawned one of rock's all-time classic anthems, "Rock and Roll All Nite." But drugs and alcohol helped cut short Criss and Frehley's tenure with the band until a 1996 reunion that was the year's highest-grossing tour. By the end of a co-headlining tour with Aerosmith in 2003, Criss said, "There was bad blood with us again." The morning after the last tour date in California, Criss said Simmons, Stanley and guitarist Tommy Thayer, who replaced Frehley, "were leaving on our jet, a G-5, and they booked me on a commercial jet at 7 o'clock the next morning. And I hit the ceiling." His wife Gigi booked Criss his own jet for the trip home to the New Jersey shore, where bad feelings festered for more than a decade. Even Kiss' long-awaited induction into the Rock Hall in 2014 couldn't end on a harmonious note. "I wanted to play so bad that night, and I know Ace did," he said. "And we didn't ... I didn't get to end my career the way I wanted to end it. So now I'm doing it my way, kind of like Sinatra." While nothing is scheduled, Criss holds out the possibility of similar farewell one-offs in other countries, following a successful show in Melbourne, Australia last month. He's got plenty of plans, including a half-finished rock album he started before developing (and overcoming) breast cancer; a jazz album; a children's' book; and even a comedy screenplay he hopes will interest actor Ben Stiller. But touring is over. "I've been around the world 10 times," Criss said. "I can tell you what's on pretty much every menu in every hotel in all the world." (Billboard)

Ariana Grande Wraps European Tour, Thanks Fans for 'Wiping My Tears Away'. After wrapping an emotion-packed European tour in the wake of May 22nd devastating attack on her show at Manchester Arena that took the lives of 22 fans, Ariana Grande was feeling thankful and blessed. In a note posted on Sunday (June 18) Grande thanked her fans for lifting her up in the wake of the terror attack that also injured more than 100. "At the close of this European leg of my Dangerous Woman tour, I just wanted to thank you properly for the overwhelming love and support you've shown me, my crew, and each other during this challenging time. Spending this time with you this month has been so very healing and special! Thank you for being here," Grande wrote a day after wrapping the tour on Saturday (June 17) with a show in Turin, Italy. "Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your generosity in supporting One Love Manchester and for helping the families as much as you possibly could," she added about the all-star concert she staged earlier this month that raised more than $12 million for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund and Red Cross in support of those killed and injured in the attack. "Thank you for bringing your absolute brightest, most passionate, contagious energy to these shows and for wiping my tears away. ? I'm immensely grateful!!!!" She also thanked her dancers and crew for their love and support. Grande has a few weeks off before the tour resumes with a June 29 gig in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Billboard)

Duran Duran frontman Simon Le Bon opened Cannes Lions on a strong note by asking the audience to participate in the recording of an original song. The British singer described from the Cannes stage how he has been working on a song called "Closer To Your Bed," which started as an idea taped on an iPhone in the US, was developed in Tokyo, he added his vocals in London, then he brought it to Cannes to demonstrate how group collaboration works in making music. Le Bon and his business partner Nick Wood co-founded music venture Syn Music nearly 30 years ago to work on ideas the singer cannot do with Duran Duran, which includes music partnerships with the advertising world. He and Wood invited the Cannes Lions audience to contribute to the song by taping themselves on their iPhones singing along and snapping fingers. Audience members were asked to email their recording, which would be incorporated into the final song, and released online next week. Le Bon and Wood appeared at a session called "Beyond An Ordinary World-How Collaboration Inspires Ordinary to Extraordinary" and discussed their music partnership with global agency BBDO. Talking about what inspires him, Le Bon added, "The music is always the pure thing that comes first, and if I am looking for inspiration its usually the music that tells me a story... Almost all the music I've written for Duran Duran, and on my own, it happens that way... and I am quite happy to let it be like that." (Page Six)

Remember when top-notch talent used to shun corporate affairs? Well, those days have gone the way of the public pay phones. These days A-Listers are banging down the door to get onto the Cannes Lions list of invited guests. Over the weekend, whispers were exchanged that concert promoter Live Nation is expected to bring down a big, as yet, unnamed act. Stay tuned. Music streamer Spotify, down on the Riviera in force, just announced in a blog post on Thursday that its ad revenue jumped 50 percent year-on-year in 2016. It now counts 140 million global monthly active users. "Spotify's streaming intelligence provides psychographic and behavioral audience insights which go beyond traditional demographics," Brian Benedik, the company's global head of sales, boasted. (Page Six)

Movies

How Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Pays Tribute to Robin Williams. There's no Jumanji without Robin Williams. Though the actor died at age 63 in August 2014, his character's legacy will live on in Sony Pictures' Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, premiering in theaters nationwide this Christmas. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter during a photo call at CineEurope in Barcelona, Jack Black explained how the sequel pays tribute to Williams. "We're exploring this jungle and trying to conquer the game; it's life or death," he said. "But while we're there, we find clues left behind by [Williams' character Alan Parrish]. He built up a full-blown jungle house, similar to a Swiss Family Robinson situation," he said. "It's like he's there helping us without actually being there." The original film, released in 1995, grossed $262.8 million worldwide and starred Kirsten Dunst, David Alan Grier, Bonnie Hunt, Jonathan Hyde, Bebe Neuwirth and Bradley Pierce. The follow-up's cast includes Bobby Cannavale, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson and Nick Jonas. Directed by Jake Kasdan and based on the book by Chris Van Allsburg, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle begins when four high school students discover an old video game they've never heard of: Jumanji. "They are immediately drawn into the game's jungle setting, literally becoming the avatars they chose: gamer Spencer becomes a brawny adventurer (Johnson); football jock Fridge loses (in his words) 'the top two feet of his body' and becomes an Einstein (Hart); popular girl Bethany becomes a middle-aged male professor (Black); and wallflower Martha becomes a badass warrior (Gillan)," the studio said. "What they discover is that you don't just play Jumanji -- you must survive it. To beat the game and return to the real world, they'll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, discover what Alan Parrish left 20 years ago, and change the way they think about themselves -- or they'll be stuck in the game forever." Unlike the first film, where "you never got to see the inside world," the sequel takes place inside the jungle of Jumanji. "That's the coolest part of the film," Black said. "We're able to transport the audience to that secret and wondrous land, with the danger and the beauty." Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is in theaters Dec. 20. (Eonline)

Shanghai First Look: Zhang Yimou's Martial Arts Drama 'Shadow'. The Village Roadshow Asia and Le Vision Pictures' period film will be Zhang's first film since 'The Great Wall.' After the costly, and ultimately disappointing, monster-packed Hollywood tentpole The Great Wall, Chinese cinema legend Zhang Yimou appears to be returning to more tried and tested material -- beautifully crafted martial arts period drama. Village Roadshow Pictures Asia offered Asian film fans a sneak peek of Zhang's much anticipated next project, Shadow, at the Shanghai International Film Festival on Monday. The images released feature four of the film's stars, Deng Chao, Sun Li, Zheng Kai, Guan Xiaotong, engaged in moments of poignant drama and artful combat (Qianyuan Wang, not pictured, is also attached to the project). Little is officially known about the film's plot so far, but Chinese media has reported that the film is set during China's Three Kingdom's era (AD 220–280). Zhang and Wei Li share writing credits. Zhang's long-running collaborator is lensing the picture. Unlike The Great Wall, the film will be told entirely in Zhang's native Mandarin. Shadow is co-produced by Village Roadshow Pictures Asia and Le Vision Pictures. Catherine Pang and Village Roadshow's Ellen Eliasoph produce. (Hollywood Reporter)

China Box Office: 'Alien: Covenant' Scares Up $30M Debut. The latest installment in the long-running space horror franchise came under the knife from China's censors, who cut six minutes from the film, including Michael Fassbender's gay kiss. Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant opened at the top of the Chinese box office over the weekend with $30 million. The 20th Century Fox film earned $10.2 million Friday, followed by just under $11 million Saturday and $7.5 million Sunday, according to data from Beijing box-office monitor Ent Group (the company's weekend estimate was slightly lower than Fox's at $29.1 million). The movie has pulled in $215 million worldwide as of Sunday. Prometheus, the preceding film in the Alien prequel franchise, opened on a Sunday in 2012, taking $4.4 million on its first day and $19.7 million over its first full week. Local word of mouth around Covenant was fair to middling (average scores of 7.4/10 on reviews site Douban, and 6.8/10 on ticketing platform Weying), but some horror fans took to social media to complain about the six minutes of cuts imposed by Chinese censors, who excised much of the film's scariest alien moments, along with the brief gay kiss between the two android characters played by Michael Fassbender. It was yet another Hollywood-dominated weekend up and down the charts in China, with international titles claiming the next four spots. Universal's The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise, slipped to second place with $11.1 million, a 79 percent slide from its $53 million opening frame. After 10 days in China, the film has earned $81.7 million, notably better than its underwhelming $56.6 million total in North America. Globally, the film has taken in $295.6 million. Warner Bros. global sensation Wonder Woman added $6.21 million in its third outing, lifting its China total to $83.3 million. Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, meanwhile, took $3.46 million in its fourth frame, bringing its cumulative to $170.1 million over 24 days. And India's Dangal continued its historic run in China, coming in with $3.2 million and a 45-day total of $185.3 million. The China market is now poised for the much-anticipated release of Paramount's Transformers 5 on Friday. (Hollywood Reporter)

TV

Second Wives Club Season Finale Recap: Katie Cazorla Celebrates Restaurant's Grand Opening With a Surprise for Her Fiance. Let's get this party started! Katie Cazorla crossed the finish line to celebrate the grand opening of her business Hi SocieTea on Sunday's season finale of Second Wives Club. It was finally the time for her to kick back, relax and enjoy the company of all her loved ones and friends, including Shiva Safai, Veronika Obeng, Shawna Craig and Morisa Surrey. The festive evening was almost perfect until Tania Mehra showed up to the event unannounced expecting to be granted entry after failing to RSVP. After Katie went outside to confront her at the door, the ladies' exchange quickly became a heated argument -- again. Frustrated and fed up, Katie ultimately told Tania to leave in no uncertain terms. But on a more positive note, the night was also a new beginning for Katie and her fiance Walter Afanasieff. After a six-year engagement, she announced in front of everyone (minus Tania) that she was totally ready to walk down the aisle. "Next summer, I promise you that I'm going to marry you," she told him. Aww! (Eonline)

Lydia McLaughlin Is Already in the Thick of the Drama in This Real Housewives of Orange County Season 12 Sneak Peek. Get ready for a whole new Lydia McLaughlin! When the returning Real Housewives of Orange County star arrives back on the scene a full four years after her first season on the series, hardly any time will pass before she finds herself thrown back into the fraught drama festering among her co-stars from last season. And if this sneak peek of the new season, exclusive to E! News, is any indication, she'll be in the thick of some drama of her own pretty darn quick, too. And while Lydia may have come off as a bit mild-mannered during her first go-round, when Shannon Beador steps to her after she dares compare Shannon to her mortal enemy Vicki Gunvalson, she's not having any of it. "OK, we're not going to get a long, I feel like," she cuts off a stunned Shannon when her new frenemy won't even let her explain herself. "Wow," Shannon retorts. "Your mom said I had a bright light. Maybe you should talk to her a little bit." Lydia's response: "OK. Well, she also said you're a lost soul." Ouch. You can also catch this clip on Bravo's Sneak Week, a week-long event beginning Monday, June 19 through Friday, June 23 available across Bravo's social and digital platforms at 12pm ET each day. The event will feature never-before-seen clips from series premiering later this year, all hosted and set up by Bravo's Shahs of Sunset stars, Reza Farahan and Mike Shouhed. Are you looking forward to Lydia returning to RHOC? The Real Housewives of Orange County returns for season 12 on Monday, July 10 at 9 p.m. on Bravo. (Eonline)

'Teen Mom,' 'Geordie Shore' Stars to Look for Love in MTV Int'l Social-First Show. Farrah Abraham, Marnie Simpson, Irish pop duo Jedward, YouTuber Elliot Crawford, Australian drag star Courtney and London boy band alum Casey Johnson will star in 'Single AF.' MTV International has greenlighted Single AF, a social-first format that will help celebrities find love. It will play out across MTV's Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat accounts over two weeks in June/July before leading into an on-air series in November. "Single AF will take celebrities on a live social quest for love around the world that fans can follow and weigh in on over social," the Viacom unit said. "The catch? The singles must be up for anything and willing to play the dating game 'the MTV way'." Among the featured personalities are MTV's Teen Mom star Farrah Abraham, Irish pop duo Jedward, MTV U.K.'s Geordie Shore star Marnie Simpson, English YouTube star Elliot Crawford, Australian drag star Courtney and London boy band alum Casey Johnson. MTV International promises to dare them to look for love in unconventional ways they've never tried before. "The singles will face everything from bizarre love theories (e.g., "Can you date someone who looks like your mother?") to asking their followers to make suggestions on who to date and even participate in the game on social," it said. At the end of the two weeks of traveling the world and dating, each of the seven will take their top date to an exclusive European villa and spend time together as a group to further explore whether they have met their match. Fans can follow and weigh in on their dating journeys at @MTVsingleAF and #MTVsingleAF from June 26 to July 10. The show is produced by Gobstopper TV. (Hollywood Reporter)

Monte Carlo TV Fest: Matt Bomer, Kelsey Grammer Tout Amazon's 'Last Tycoon'. "Television's default position is to play down to people. It's always nice to see a show go the other way," Grammer said of the period piece, while Bomer also discussed politics. The Last Tycoon got its first big screen unspooling with a world premiere at the Monte Carlo TV Festival Sunday night with stars Matt Bomer and Kelsey Grammer on hand to show off the sprawling, ambitious period piece from Amazon. The one-hour pilot introduces myriad characters and storylines, which is not indicative of the general pace of the show's 10 episodes, Bomer told The Hollywood Reporter. "It is by no means an indication of all that we're doing with this show. It really is a slow burn," he said. Created by Hunger Games and Captain Phillips writer Billy Ray, the show is based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's unfinished novel of the same name. Fitzgerald's work (itself said to be inspired by the life of Irving Thalberg) serves as a guidebook to the tumultuous Hollywood of 1937 as the series is planned to run for five seasons. Self-reflective, the crux of the show is the continuous battle between art and commerce in Hollywood. Grammer plays an aging studio head out to make a buck and Bomer his more artistically minded protege. Set in the midst of the Great Depression, the show deals with big themes still relevant today, depicting inequality in the form of a camp of Dust Bowl refugees set up next to the fictional Brady American Studios that rankles Grammer's one-percenter since he wants to build a new set there. As it goes on, it also touches on the racism, sexism and classism of the time, said Bomer. "It was wild to me that we were doing this piece set in 1937 that felt more and more prescient," he said. "After the election a lot was changing in our country and around the world, and we were able to provide some commentary within a period piece." The pilot was shot over a year before the rest of the series, and in between saw the election of Donald Trump. "After the election, it changed every artist," Bomer said. "I feel like artists really shine when politics are at their most high stakes, dire. I think we all felt a profound responsibility to tell stories that really mattered and have something to say, to hold a mirror up to society." Grammer's studio head character is pit against Bomer's young creator in a father-son, love-hate dynamic. Grammer says the mogul discovers his softer side throughout the show. "He's not like most people in Hollywood," he joked. "He comes across as really, really tough but he's full of emotion and conflict and kindness, instead of the people that pretend to be kind but are really assholes." Grammer, who had the hit show Frasier two decades ago, compares the tumult caused by the rise of streaming video services to the changes in the 1990s when networks were first allowed to make their own shows. "That changed things," he said. "The studio system was put back on its heels by that because every network was making its own, I think may have hurt everybody." The move to streaming is just another game changer, but the system will find its footing eventually, he said. In his Frasier heyday, you'd "have to try to capture a big audience," Grammer said. "Now big doesn't really matter so much as long as they are consistent and loyal.... It's all about making money at the end. And they found new ways to do it, and so my hat's off to them." "I'm sure we'll be running into some stumbling blocks in the way the town works, but thus far these guys, Amazon, Netflix, are helping people make a living," he said. He chalks up Frasier's success to "playing up to the audience" and says Tycoon, though a vastly different project, is similar. "No audience likes being played down to, they don't like being told they're stupid," Grammer said. "But that's what they get. That's what television is. Television's default position is to play down to people. It's always nice to see a show go the other way." (Hollywood Reporter)

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