Thursday, June 22, 2017

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Landon Donovan Welcomes Second Child -- a Boy! Landon Donovan is a father again! The retired soccer player, 35, and his wife, Hannah Bartell, welcomed their second child together and announced the birth Tuesday on social media. "Introducing Slate Bartell Donovan! Everyone is healthy and happy," Donovan captioned a photo of his newborn son. The couple is already parents to 16-month-old son Talon. In June, Donovan shared the happy news that he would become a father of two. "Preparations for the 2038 World Cup continue... baby boy Donovan #2 arriving this June," the former LA Galaxy player and U.S. National Team legend wrote on Instagram. Donovan and Bartell married in San Diego, California in May 2015. (Eonline)

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Hire a Surrogate to Carry Baby No. 3. Let the name game begin. Multiple sources tell E! News that Kim Kardashian has decided to have another baby with husband Kanye West. The E! reality star and the Grammy-winning musician are already parents to daughter North West, 4, and son Saint West, 18 months. Because Kim has placenta accreta, making a third pregnancy potentially life-threatening, they used an agency to hire a surrogate. The question of whether to have another child is one Kim has been public about in the past. In the Nov. 13, 2016 episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Kim -- who celebrated her third wedding anniversary May 2 -- said she "would love to maybe" have another baby. So, she talked to OB/GYN Dr. Paul Crane to weigh her options, given her complicated pregnancies and deliveries. Because she suffered from toxemia and a retained placenta, which was "traumatic" on her body, the odds of her having another difficult pregnancy are higher, Dr. Crane explained. "We're always worried about the next serious complication...You're always taking a little bit of a chance. There are situations where retained placenta could be life and death," Dr. Crane told Kim. At her big sister Kourtney Kardashian's recommendation, Kim met with fertility specialist Dr. Huang to get a second opinion. He, too, said she'd likely experience a "high-risk pregnancy." Kim has spoken often about her fertility issues. In fact, as she admitted to E! News in 2015, "Every medical issue that you could probably have, I feel like I get, and I worry so much about it." And though she didn't "think it was possible" to get pregnant a second time, she had a "miserable" time carrying Saint. "That's my experience and I'm not gonna pretend that it's not." The E! reality star added, "I just don't think pregnancy and me really agree with each other." In the Apr. 2 episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Kim spoke to Kourtney again about her surrogacy plans. "I'm definitely leaning more towards I want to try," she said. "After talking to Kanye, I think I always knew that surrogacy was an option, but I didn't think it was that realistic of an option, and now I feel like that's my reality. I feel like surrogacy really is the only other option for me." Either way, Kim would remain hopeful: "Whatever's meant to be will be." Kim previously blogged about the hardships of her first pregnancy, when she was diagnosed with early-onset preeclampsia and had to deliver North at just 34 weeks (about six weeks early). At her doctor's insistence, her labor was induced. Kim's labor didn't come out, as it should have, and "stayed attached inside my uterus, which is a condition called placenta accreta," she wrote. "This is a high-risk condition that happens when the placenta grows too deeply into the uterine wall. My doctor had to stick his entire arm in me and detach the placenta with his hand, scraping it away from my uterus with his fingernails. How disgusting and painful!!! My mom was crying; she had never seen anything like this before. My delivery was fairly easy, but then going through that -- it was the most painful experience of my life! They gave me a second epidural but we were racing against time, so I just had to deal." Kim later had to have surgery to remove a piece of the placenta, followed by a second surgery to remove the remaining scar tissue. "This was all preventing me from getting pregnant the second time around," she wrote. "I have amazing doctors that helped me through the entire process and I'm so grateful I was able to conceive again!" Even so, if she were to get pregnant a third time, her risk of having preclampsia and placenta accreta will be higher than it was before. Given her upbringing, is it any wonder Kim wants a big family? "I grew up with siblings," she explained on Today in 2014. "If I could just snap my fingers and have four, I would have four." Neither Kim nor Kanye has publicly commented on the surrogacy news. (Eonline)

Courteney Cox is ready to become a mom of two. In the 2017 issue of NewBeauty Summer-Fall, the Friends alum reveals that she "would love to have a baby now" with her boyfriend, Johnny McDaid. "I mean, I could carry someone else's egg. I may be one of the older people doing it, but I would love to, with Johnny that is," Cox, 53, told the mag. "I know it's crazy, but I would." Cox and the Snow Patrol rocker, 40, called off their engagement in December 2015 before rekindling their romance. The Cougar Town alum, who previously called their split "brutal," revealed that looks aren't important to McDaid or his family. "External beauty isn't even on his radar. I used to worry about the age difference, but I don't think it matters," she added. "He appreciates beauty, but it's deeper than that. It's deeper than that for me too, but luckily I find him gorgeous and extremely sexy." Cox was previously married to David Arquette (the pair ended their 11-year marriage in 2010) and the exes amicably coparent daughter Coco, 13. Cox revealed that Coco "loves makeup" and RuPaul's Drag Race. "She thinks it's beautiful artistry and she's really good at it. Luckily, at school she can only wear mascara, but on the weekends you would think she's going out to a rager at 2 a.m.-eyeliner, mascara, highlighter on her cheeks ... I know some people think I should rein her in with the makeup, but it's a form of self-expression," Cox explained. "As long as she's not sexualizing herself, it's really just what makes her feel good. Sometimes I do wish her shorts were longer -- I'm not going to lie. But I want to keep an open relationship with her. I care more about what she's watching than what she's putting on her face." For Cox, she likes to live by the less is more theory. "I've had all my fillers dissolved. I'm as natural as I can be," she told NewBeauty. "I feel better because I look like myself. I think that I now look more like the person that I was. I hope I do. Things are going to change. Everything's going to drop. I was trying to make it not drop, but that made me look fake." Her favorite products? Kirkland Body Lotion and sheer organic coconut oil for her skin. Cox, who started dry brushing and uses a body roller for her "problem areas," believes that it's best to work on your body early in age -- like 25 or 30. Drinking plenty of water and eating healthy, which she does, also helps. "I'm a really good eater," she said. "About four years ago, I found out I have something called a MTHFR gene mutation, which dictates how my body methylates. I suffered miscarriages, my dad died of a really rare cancer, and depression runs in my family, which made my doctor think I should get this gene checked out. I discovered that I have the worst version of the mutation and my body doesn't methylate the way it's supposed to. Once I found out how I could absorb nutrients and protect myself from toxins, my whole life shifted." The NewBeauty Summer-Fall 2017 issue hits stands on Tuesday, June 17. (US Weekly)

Are Jon Hamm & Jenny Slate getting to know one another? We hope so. Rumor has it Jon Hamm and Jenny Slate have been spending some quality time together and we are so here for it. The pair, who are co-starring in the film Aardvark, were spotted going to the cinema together in Los Angeles. They're both single so obviously that means they're dating, right? Right? We hope so. 35-year-old Slate broke up from Chris Evans back in February having been together since June 2016. Hamm has been single since splitting with his partner of 18 years, Jennifer Westfeldt, in 2015. In an interview with a US publication, the 46-year-old opened up about life after the split. "It's fine. It's hard. It's hard to be single after being together for a long time. It's really hard. It sucks," he said. He also talked about the issues he has. "I may be a narcissist in the way that most actors are, but I think it's not to the detriment of those in my life. I try to be a good friend, a good partner, and all that stuff. "I'm not perfect, and it hurts when you hurt other people. But the hope is to find the right balance so you can care about your own stuff enough to live your life and do your job well while also not being a monster." Things may be looking up for you Jon... (British Glamour)

Miley Cyrus has been through many ups and downs during her 12-year Hollywood career. Now, her sister Noah Cyrus, 17, is making it big in the music industry, and no one is more protective of her than her 24-year-old big sister. "When you're in this industry, adults treat kids like adults," Miley told Elvis Duran during the inaugural podcast of iHeartRadio's Label Defiers with ZICO Coconut Water. "I think the way people judge you or people would write articles on me when I was a kid going through the times of having crazy breakouts or going through break ups or whatever I was going through, people would treat me like I could handle those comments as an adult, like I had this thick skin," she continued. As Noah navigates the industry, Miley revealed that she hopes her little sister remains her authentic self. "I think it makes you jaded, it makes you guarded, and I don't ever want her to get like that. Or your style or the way that you think because you want to please people," she said. "I really hope that she never feels those pressures and I hope other people respect her and don't actually make her something she's not." Specifically, The Voice coach has given Noah some sage advice about social media. "I always tell Noah, keep your Instagram comments turned off. Never read anything that anyone says about you. Don't Google yourself," Miley shared. More than ever, Noah and Miley's careers and lives have paralleled, so much so that the siblings have formed a new bond. "Now with Noah being on the road, she kind of understands, more than ever, how I feel of how draining it is. She kind of understands how hard it is now," the fiancee of Liam Hemsworth explained about life on tour. "Now having someone that really understands how hard it can be when you're away from home for a month, me and my little sister have a new bond over that." Even joking, "She loves me more now that she knows I do something. She always thought I do nothing and that I went to put two wigs on." And Noah is so much more than just being Miley's younger sister. "She didn't even tell me that this was really happening all of a sudden, which I think she wanted to really do it on her own," the former Disney Channel star said of Noah's rapid rise to stardom. "So I'm really proud of her that she did. I think she really didn't involve me as much ... I think she just wanted to get out on her own two feet without this having anything to do with me." (People)

Casey Affleck Got Into a Car Accident -- and Brought the Cop to Jimmy Kimmel Live! Well, this is one way to be prepared. During a sit-down on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Tuesday night, Casey Affleck revealed he had recently been in a car accident. Now, he is taking special measures to ensure help is close by. "A couple days ago I was in a car accident -- the first car accident I've ever been in my life," the Oscar winner divulged to Jimmy Kimmel. "Officer Bivens showed up there. He responded. He was amazing. He took care of the situation." In fact, Bivens was sitting right there in the studio audience. "I thought it would be nice to have him along," Affleck explained. "He makes me feel comfortable now in scary situations...When he's there, I know everything's ok. While they are clearly pals now, the policeman didn't exactly know who the actor was when they initially met. "At first I knew it was somebody who was famous, but I couldn't put my finger on it," Bivens admitted. "I had to google him later and I thought, 'Holy mackerel -- this guy's really famous." The admission may have landed the officer in some hot water with the star. "We're not going anywhere else together now," Affleck quipped. In the officer's defense, Affleck's face was covered in facial hair up until recently. "It takes me about a year to grow a single whisker, so I felt like once I had it, I was going to hold onto it," he joked about his longtime beard. During the interview, the actor also revealed where his first Oscar statue ended up after he accepted it in February -- in one of his kids' bedrooms under a wet towel. As Affleck explained, he felt so bad for forgetting to thank his two sons in his acceptance speech that he went home after the ceremony and gave them the statue. However, he later went into one of their bedrooms where he spotted the Oscar in a corner covered with clothes. "I was like, 'You know what? I'm going to hang on to it, guys. It's still yours, but I'm going to hang on to it.'" (Eonline)

Here's Why Halle Berry Decided to Relaunch Her ''Hallewood'' Fansite 13 Years Later. Halle Berry is bringing back her fan website. The 50-year-old actress originally launched her "Hallewood" fansite in 2000 -- before the age of social media -- as a way to connect more closely with her fans. But despite the fact that it seems we have more access to celebrities today than ever before, Berry believes that power can sometimes be "misused." Speaking on a panel with Interpublic's Michael Roth and Mastercard's Raja Rajamannar at the 2017 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity today, she discussed the relaunch to a greater extent. "In the year 2000, I had the idea of creating a fan website," she said (via The Hollywood Reporter). "I knew back then, almost 18 years ago, that the future for artists like myself was to find ways we could connect one-on-one with our fans. To have a real conversation for them to get to know me in a different way than the media was presenting me." She continued by explaining how the upkeep of the website essentially became too much, so she shut it down after four years. However, she recently had a change of mind as she seeks more control over her "brand" and what's being circulated on social media. "Social media is empowering in many ways, but the part that is concerning for me, especially with my personal brand, is that that power can be misused," she said. "It can be a brand killer." She continued, "If I am having dinner with a friend, and a man comes up and asks to take a picture, most times I will always say, 'Of course!'... But then that person posts the picture on the social media as if I am dating that person, and suddenly I am dating, like, 100 people." While she acknowledged that this may seem "silly," she makes a solid point. "People actually have the power to affect your brand in this day and age, and I have little control over it," she said. "And that's the frustrating part." Berry hopes the site will be a way for her to control that narrative. She will work hand-in-hand with the media management company, Braintrust, to maintain the content, which will span across fashion, beauty, home and parenting. "What makes America great is that we have the right to have an opinion, we have the right to agree to disagree," she said before referencing how people have grown apart since the 2016 presidential election. "But I think we do need a place today for people to come together and have real conversation. Based on where we are now with this great divide in our country, it's my obligation as an artist, to start providing that forum for people to talk things out and bring us a little bit closer." She continued, "It will be a new way for me to connect with people around the world, to connect with the youth of today... There are things I want to say and things I want to share...I realized my celebrity could be used for good, and I think tech is a fun interactive way to do that." Berry also joked that she wants to make sure she's a cool mom. "My daughter is nine years old and I don't want to be the mom that doesn't know anything about social media," she laughed. She noted the site will include virtual reality videos -- which she said she's "obsessed" with -- and referenced an app, but she did not say whether there will be an e-commerce aspect to it like many other celebrities lifestyle sites. (Eonline)

Prince Philip Hospitalized in London Due to an Infection. Prince Philip has been hospitalized, Buckingham Palace said Wednesday. Queen Elizabeth II's husband was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London Tuesday night "as a precautionary measure" to treat an infection "arising from a pre-existing condition." Prince Charles will fill in for the Duke of Edinburgh at the State Opening of Parliament Wednesday, where he will join the Queen. "Prince Philip is in good spirits and is disappointed to be missing the State Opening of Parliament and Royal Ascot," Buckingham Palace said, adding, "Her Majesty is being kept informed and will attend Royal Ascot as planned this afternoon." The Queen is expected to outline the government's legislative agenda in Wednesday's speech. The 96-year-old Duke of Edinburgh has missed the State Opening of Parliament 11 times since 1956, while Charles has accompanied the Queen at the annual event twice -- in 1994 and 1996. Philip, 96, recently said he was retiring from public events, though he plans to finish out his pre-scheduled engagements through August. On Tuesday, he attended Royal Ascot in Berkshire alongside Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Lady Jane Fellowes, Lord Robert Fellowes, Kate Middleton, Camilla Parker-Bowles, Peter Phillips, Autumn Phillips and Prince William. On Saturday, he participated in Trooping the Colour, appearing on the Buckingham Palace balcony. Buckingham Palace said in May that going forward, "The Duke will not be accepting new invitations for visits and engagements, although he may still choose to attend certain public events from time to time." (Eonline)

Jesse Williams Fights for Joint Physical Custody Amid Divorce From Aryn Drake-Lee. Jesse Williams wants to make sure he has plenty of time with his children. Almost two months after the Grey's Anatomy star and his wife Aryn Drake-Lee called it quits on their private relationship, E! News is learning more about the couple's custody situation. In court documents, Jesse and his attorney's allege that Aryn has refused his request for more time with the two children they share. "Aryn restricts my time with the children and decides when, and for how long I may have them. She has rejected, without any reason, each and every request I have made to have the children sleepover at my residence," Jesse alleges in documents. "On the few days that I have the children, Aryn has insisted that my time with the children be limited during the week to approximately two and half hours per day, despite my requests for more time, including overnights with the children." He added, "I am therefore requesting a court order for a joint physical custody parenting plan... " Jesse later goes on to proclaim that he has "always been an active, involved, 'hands-on' dad" to his two children. Aryn's lawyer released the following statement to E! News: "Protecting the privacy and well-being of their children is of paramount importance to Aryn Drake-Lee Williams. It is unfortunate that Mr. Williams has chosen to draw public attention to this difficult time and transition for their family. Aryn is solely interested in the best interests of their children, supporting a healthy relationship with both parents, and protecting the children's privacy. Therefore, she will not comment any further on Mr. Williams' unilateral and unfortunate public allegations." "They are working together on this custody arrangement and staying as civil with each other as they can. They just want it to be seamless," a source later shared with E! News. "They both want joint custody, so no fighting is involved whatsoever." Back in April, E! News confirmed that Jesse filed for divorce. At the time, he requested joint legal and physical custody of their kids, and to terminate Aryn's spousal support. The former couple, who dated for more than five years before saying "I Do," first met when the actor was working as a New York schoolteacher. And while the duo tried to keep their relationship out of the Hollywood spotlight, Jesse couldn't help but talk about his leading lady in a few interviews. "I was a teacher when I met her, so she's been with me through all different facets of my career. She's stuck with me through thick and thick and thick and thin," he previously told USA Today. "We know each other in and out." (Eonline)

Corinne Olympios' Legal Team Moving Forward With Independent Bachelor in Paradise Investigation. Corinne Olympios' fight is far from over. Hours after Warner Bros. cleared Bachelor in Paradise of misconduct allegations brought against the ABC reality series, Corinne -- the woman at the center of the alleged incident -- and her legal team say they'll pursue an investigation on their own. In a statement released to E! News by Corinne's attorney Marty Singer, he shares, "It needs to be made crystal clear that production of Bachelor in Paradise was shut down because of multiple complaints received from 'BIP' producers and crew members on the set. It was not shut down due to any complaint filed by Corinne against anyone." The high-profile entertainment lawyer continues, "It comes as no surprise that Warner Bros., as a result of its own internal investigation, would state that no wrongdoing had occurred. Our own investigation will continue based on multiple new witnesses coming forward revealing what they saw and heard." Production on Bachelor in Paradise's fourth season is set to resume, though it's unclear if Olympios will return to Mexico with her castmates or participate in the series at all. An insider tells E! News, "There is no way she is going back." ABC has yet to announce an updated list of contestants, which originally included nine Bachelorettes and seven Bachelors. Our source says Olympios feels "really taken aback" by the public's reaction to the scandal because "she never made a complaint or said anything for production to shut down." We're told the BIP production team kept Corinne in the dark over what happened for two days, and it wasn't until a "number" of crew members and production staff said "something terrible happened" that she found out. The source adds, "People are saying she cried wolf and is a disgrace to women, but others came forward on their own... She's sick to her stomach [and] would never lie about something like this, especially in the public eye." "It's eating her alive," our insider shares, "and it hurts her so much that people even think [she's lying.] She never said anything about Demario. This is all people coming forward from the crew. This is not Corinne making a complaint or crying wolf. Warner Bros. released the following statement Tuesday morning confirming that a conclusion had been reached nine days after filming suddenly halted over a complaint filed by producers claiming on-set misconduct. An alleged sexual encounter between Demario Jackson and Olympios led producers to question whether consent could have been given. "As we previously stated, we recently became aware of allegations regarding an incident on the set of Bachelor in Paradise in Mexico. We take all such allegations seriously," the statement read. "The safety, security and well-being of the cast and crew is our number one concern, and we suspended filming so that the allegations could be investigated immediately and thoroughly." "Our internal investigation, conducted with the assistance of an outside law firm, has now been completed. Out of respect for the privacy interests of those involved, we do not intend to release the videotape of the incident. We can say, however, that the tape does not support any charge of misconduct by a cast member. Nor does the tape show, contrary to many press reports that the safety of any cast member was ever in jeopardy." "Production on this season of Bachelor in Paradise will be resuming, and we plan to implement certain changes to the show's policies and procedures to enhance and further ensure the safety and security of all participants," it concluded. Jackson has yet to address the ongoing controversy, though plenty members of Bachelor Nation have spoken out in support of the wildly popular franchise. Host Chris Harrison tweeted, "Thank you for your patience, trust and loyalty #BachelorNation and to our entire Bachelor family." In Corinne's initial statement following the incident, the 24-year-old Miami-native said that despite having "little memory of that night," she believed "something bad obviously took place." Olympios shared with us, "I am a victim and have spent the last week trying to make sense of what happened on June 4. Although I have little memory of that night, something bad obviously took place, which I understand is why production on the show has now been suspended and a producer on the show has filed a complaint against the production." DeMario reacted shortly thereafter in an exclusive statement released to E! News, in which he denied any wrongdoing. "It's unfortunate that my character and family name has been assassinated this past week with false claims and malicious allegations," Jackson said. "I will be taking swift and appropriate legal action until my name is cleared and, per the advice of legal counsel, will be seeking all available remedies entitled to me under the laws." Bachelor in Paradise will air this summer on ABC. (Eonline)

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Prince Harry Says Time in Afghanistan Triggered Him to Get Help Dealing With His Mother's Death. Prince Harry, who served on two front-line tours of duty in Afghanistan with the British Army, had a compelling and very revealing conversation for Forces TV with Paralympic medal winner and former Invictus Games captain Dave Henson, in which he opened up about a topic he's mostly steered clear of: the 1997 death of his mother, Princess Diana of Wales. "I've got plenty of issues but none of them really relate to Afghanistan, but Afghanistan was the thing that triggered everything else, said the Royal. "Not to get too personal, if you lose your mum at the age of 12 then you've got to deal with it and the idea that....15, 17 years later I still hadn't dealt with it, Afghan was the moment. I was like 'right -- deal with it.'" In 2014, after his second tour, Prince Harry, who served one tour of duty in 2008 and another 20-week tour of duty from September 2012 to January 2013, created the Invictus Games, an annual, international Paralympic-style multi-sport event, in which wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel and their associated veterans compete. In the interview, Harry says that he's found healing in the games, which include a wide array of sports including wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, and indoor rowing. "Going through Invictus and speaking to all the guys about their issues has really healed me and helped me," admitted the high-profile Brit. Princess Diana was well known for her humanitarian and charity work. It appears as if Harry has taken on his mother's notable trait of helping others. The Prince told Henson: "For me, Invictus has been a sort of cure for myself...There was many times in my early life and also many times in Afghan and coming back from Afghan when you actually feel helpless." He added: "Once I plucked my head out of the sand, post-Afghan...It had a huge, life changing moment for me as well -- 'Right, you are Prince Harry, you can do this, as long as you're not a complete tit, then you're gonna be able to get that support, because you've got the credibility of 10 years' service and therefore, you can really make a difference'." In the interview, the Prince, who is dating American actress Meghan Markle, describes another love in his life -- the armed forces. "The military was the university of life. Afghanistan was the experience of your life," said Harry. "I've never met anyone now who can't speak positively of their time in the military. Of course we had bad days but the good days far outweigh that." Prince Harry: My Journey will be broadcast in the UK on Wednesday, June 21 at 8 p.m. on Forces TV. (Eonline)

Kim Kardashian revealed during a candid appearance on The View on Tuesday, June 20, that she was pregnant when she took that now-infamous naked mirror bathroom selfie in March 2016. "I was actually pregnant in that photo," she said on the talk show, referring to her second pregnancy with son Saint, 18 months. "I just found out I was pregnant and so I had to dye my hair back. I thought, 'You know what this is my one last shot of a good photo before my body is done,' so I took a pic." The picture -- which showed Kardashian's naked body covered only by black bars -- caused a frenzy on the internet, resulting in Kardashian receiving backlash from stars such as Chloe Grace Moretz and Bette Midler. "[I] truly was baffled when people still cared," Kardashian added. "They have seen me naked 500 times." The reality star was on the talk show to promote her upcoming Kontour Kits, which drop on Wednesday, June 21. The Crème Contour and Highlight Kits -- which cost $48 each -- will be available starting at 12 p.m. ET. "I'm so excited about it," she shared of the makeup. "I've worked so hard in the factories getting the formulas and the packaging. I'm the boss now." The Selfish author previously explained that her line won't overshadow sister Kylie Jenner's booming makeup line. "A lot of my stuff is going to be for skin.... I'm] trying to mirror skin care with makeup," Kardashian told WWD. "It's going to be a different vibe; it's not going to be a full color cosmetics [range] with shadows and all of that to start. I will probably do some kits here and there of specific [makeup] looks I've done and keep it within the looks." (US Weekly)

After we reported last month that rock royal Kelly Osbourne was dating Mario Cuomo -- the lead singer of the Orwells who's no relation to the late New York pol -- we're told she spent Monday night making out with pro skateboarder Boo Johnson. Osbourne was introduced to Johnson -- a spokesman for stoner app Weedmaps -- by PR whiz Kelly Cutrone at Lucky Strike in Soho. The duo was then spotted smooching. Osbourne's in town for her new book, "There Is No F?-?-?king Secret." (Page Six)

Once again, models are speaking out against the unrealistic standards set by the fashion industry. On Monday, supermodel Karlie Kloss spoke with Hearst global chief content officer Joanna Coles at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity where she opened up about getting body shamed by casting agents throughout her career. Taylor Swift's friend revealed to the audience: "I was called both too fat and too thin by a casting agent on the same day." The 24-year-old believes there is no perfect body type, and wishes designers would produce clothes for a diverse range of female shapes and sizes. Despite the criticism, Kloss made a commitment to focus on health and nutrition, as opposed to a number on the scale. She added: "I don't want to please anyone but myself." This isn't the first time a model has spoken up about the abuses of the fashion world. As we reported in May, Danish model Ulrikke Hoyer claims she was fired from Louis Vuitton's Cruise show in Japan for being "too big" despite being a size 2 with a 24-inch waist. Hopefully, the fashion world will pay attention to Karlie's statement, and will change the way it treats models. (Perez Hilton)

First, she was hacked, now her home's been attacked! Beth Shak -- the pro poker queen known for her $1 million stiletto collection -- says she fled New York City in fear for her safety after she was targeted by a hacker. But after retreating to the leafy Philadelphia suburb of Wayne, Pa. Shak says her home was broken into last week. But rather than boost her shoe and handbag collections, a thief targeted her personal information and even hacked her home's alarm. "I left New York because I feared for my safety," said Shak when reached for comment. It's unclear who's behind the break-in. Sources said that Shak's home was broken into on June 15. But she didn't even realize anything was missing until she looked for a diary she was using to record a timeline of recent hacking incidents that included the stealing of private topless photos and other personal details, plus breaches of her bank account, e-mail, cellphone and social-media accounts. Even her dog Mila's Instagram was invaded and passwords were changed. This time, the journal and a book of passwords were stolen and the codes on her home alarm system were changed. Sources said that the intruder was even able to disable her security cameras to evade detection. Shak called local cops on June 17, a source said, and they've visited her home numerous times. Shak's mother's cellphone account has also been compromised, we're told. The Upper Merion Township Police Department did not provide a police report or comment on Tuesday. Shak's also gathered a team of security pros and lawyers to investigate. Page Six reported in April that Shak and Fox News correspondent Rick Leventhal filed for divorce after less than a year of marriage. Friends of Shak and Leventhal have commented that they don't know who's trying to hack the stunning card shark or why. But Shak defiantly told Page Six of whoever's been after her private info, "I will not be bullied." (Page Six)

Ashley Graham gets emotional in new body confidence video for Glamour US. The model helped four women face their body insecurities... Resident 'hygge' expert, winter enthusiast and crime doc lover. Model and body confidence advocate Ashley Graham helped four women overcome their insecurities as she directed them in a lingerie shoot for Glamour US. The four women, all of different shapes and sizes, joined the 29-year-old Glamour US July cover star in ditching their robes and proudly showing off their bodies. As the women told Ashley their stories and opened up about their body confidence struggles, she couldn't hold the tears back. Dishing out a bit of advice to one of the ladies, Ashley said: "I always feel like if I touch the part that's insecure, I look insecure, so I don't ever touch it. But the parts I love I remind myself." She then revealed that she loves her breast and her hour-glass shape and encouraged the women to state what they loved the most about their own bodies before they all worked their magic for the camera. Opening up about her own experiences in the industry, Ashley said: "Knowing one thing about yourself. Loving who you are, but then having someone say, "Oh no we need to retouch that and take that out. That is what is wrong with society." "We're not seeing or talking about insecurities that women go through. Then we're shining the light on the perfection of a woman." Shortly after, the star gets teary as one of the women tells her that she helped her realize that the way her mind thinks she looks isn't the same thing as other people see. "I'm about to cry because am thinking about all the young girls out there that are so insecure with their bodies, and then they're looking at you and saying, "If she can do it, I can do it," she said, before giving her a hug. (British Glamour)

A major human rights org is calling for the Basketball Hall of Fame to BOOT Dennis Rodman over his relationship with Kim Jong-un -- saying it's not right to publicly support a "murderer." The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation -- a non-profit org established by Congress in '94 -- is furious with The Worm over his recent visit to N. Korea and his ongoing relationship with the country's leader. VOC says KJU has "blood on his hands" for the "murder" of American citizen, Otto Warmbier, and they're demanding Rodman either condemn Jong-un ... or else. "Dennis Rodman's complacency and coddling of Kim Jong-un romanticizes and makes light of how dangerous North Korea is to its own people and Americans who travel there. Removing Rodman from the Hall of Fame will send a message that all Americans are united against this regime." The VOC has started a petition on Change.org to get Dennis out of the HOF -- and exec. Director Marion Smith is putting pressure on the NBA to essentially excommunicate him from the pro basketball community. We've reached out to Rodman's camp for comment -- so far, no word back. (TMZ)

CBS Radio honchos gave an African-American employee a warm welcome by yelling, "Obama!" when she walked in the office -- think Norm on "Cheers," but more racist ... according to her lawsuit, anyway. The woman was not flattered by the reference, and is suing CBS Radio in NYC ... claiming she was frequently harassed, intimidated and worse. In the docs, obtained by TMZ, she says other interactions were more menacing than the Presidential greeting. For instance, she claims when she asked a supervisor a question, he replied, "I'd shoot this bitch if I had a gun." According to the suit, another supervisor overheard, asked what was going on ... and the first supervisor barked, "Chicago Double tags, bitch!" She says she was confused and scared by the comment. The woman, who was fired, also describes a frat house environment. According to the suit, a male supervisor once described a massage to another manager -- while in earshot of others -- and said, "Rub-n-tugs" are the best. She says she was fired because she complained about these issues, although CBS told her she was canned for being late for work. CBS Radio tells us, "This claim is without merit." (TMZ)

Music

Simon Cowell Releases Grenfell Tower Charity Single "Bridge Over Troubled Water" Featuring Liam Payne, Rita Ora and More. Simon Cowell is doing his best to help the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire that killed at least 79 people last week and left many more injured. The former American Idol judge released the charity cover single of "Bridge Over Troubled Water" today from which all proceeds will be donated to Artists for Grenfell and will be distributed via The London Community Foundation to victims and families in need. The song -- originally sung by Simon and Garfunkel -- features several popular artists, including Rita Ora, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Jessie J, to name a few. The song's release comes exactly one week after the tragic fire and was played across BBC radio stations starting at 8 a.m. as well as featured on ITV before Coronation Street. Cowell informed his fans about the release via Twitter. He added, "As well as buying the single, we hope people can support those affected by the Grenfell fire by donating," including the link to the donation page. "Thank you to everyone for their help and support in making this happen." Several other celebrities have also stepped up to show their support for those affected by the fire. Tom Hardy launched a JustGiving fundraising page alongside a powerful letter, while Adele paid a visit to the tower itself following the incident. She also surprised a group of firefighters at the Chelsea Fire Station to thank them for their service, bringing cake and tea and partaking in a moment of silence for the victims. (Eonline)

TLC Spills on Their First Album in 15 Years: Find Out How Lisa ''Left Eye'' Lopes Will Be Included. Thanks to their fans, TLC will release their first studio album in 15 years! E! News' Sibley Scoles caught up with Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozanda "Chilli" Thomas ahead of the album's June 30 release, and they explained the motivation behind it and how their fans really made it all happen. "Timing is everything, and it just felt like the right time," T-Boz explained. "The fans were urging and asking, so we did it. We found a good avenue to do [it], and it just felt right. So we went for it. Why not?" The group's fans -- including some famous names like Katy Perry, Bette Midler and New Kids On The Block -- raised over $430,000 for the kickstarter album, appropriately named TLC. But the ladies never expected that to happen. "We had no idea," T-Boz said. "We broke records for the biggest campaign ever in two days... It was amazing because we were really skeptical about doing it in the first place, and then when our manager brought it to us and explained the freedom we could have and how we could do it in a fun way with rewards [for the fans]. We came up with some rewards and made it really cool." The 12-song album will also include the ladies' late bandmate Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, making it even more special. "It's her talking. It's from an interview," T-Boz revealed about the late singer's involvement. "We took some live music and played under it and made it a beat. It's the essence of Lisa that you remember her for -- the live, the funky, the spunky energy that she had." TLC comes out June 30, and shortly thereafter, TLC will kick off their I Love The 90s: The Party Continues Tour on July 7. (Eonline)

Jay-Z now waiting until fall tour to drop new album. Jay-Z released a date for his "4:44" album, June 30, but sources tell us he'll wait till the fall to tour. Said a source: "There is a tour to follow. It was originally planned for summer but has been moved to fall because of the kids." The rapper and Beyonce just welcomed twins, who reportedly arrived early. The insider added: "You usually tour within a month or so of the album," which was promoted with mysterious "4:44" signs around town. Jay's had a busy month: Besides the twins and the album, he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and his Roc Nation celebrated Kevin Durant's NBA Finals MVP award plus Andre Ward's Vegas boxing win. (PageSix)

John Legend releases new tour dates after postponing shows. John Legend is on the mend. After announcing that he had to cancel a few shows from his "Darkness and Light" tour `to getting sick, the singer has been keeping concert goers informed as to when he'll be back on stage. "Just saw my doctor. I'll be fine," the 38-year-old tweeted. "I just need some rest. Will see you soon!" The update follows an earlier tweet from Legend who shared a list of rescheduled tour dates. "Once again, my apologies for postponing this week's shows," he wrote along with posting a picture of the cities and their new dates. On Tuesday morning, Legend broke the news that the shows in New Jersey, Maryland were going to be postponed and later announced that his Connecticut show was also going to be rescheduled. "I want to personally apologize," he wrote. "I've gotten sick and need a few days to recover and rest my voice. I will get healthy and look forward to spending the evening with you as soon as possible." Tickets for the postponed shows will be honored on the new dates. (PageSix)

MSNBC host and part-time rocker Joe Scarborough played Prohibition bar last week, where he debuted a tune for fiancee and "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski. "I wrote this song for somebody," he said. "I don't usually write love songs. I've written 400 songs, but somebody came into my life and is very special to me and I felt like I had to open myself up, and wrote a song called 'Let's Fall in Love.'?" He then jokingly dedicated the tune to a bandmate, adding, "I wanted it to go public for a really long time." Brzezinski was in the crowd for the dedication. When she later walked out, Joe asked: "You're gonna hear your song and then leave? I'll write you another one!" She assured him she'd be right back. (Page Six)

Leo DiCaprio has landed Lenny Kravitz to perform at his annual Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Gala in St-Tropez, Page Six has exclusively learned. We hear that Madonna will make a special appearance at the July 26 event and will be a chair along with Prince Albert of Monaco, Emma Stone, Cate Blanchett, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Tom Hanks, Jared Leto, Kate Hudson, Tobey Maguire and Edward Norton. Simon de Pury will preside over an art auction curated by Lisa Schiff. (Page Six)

Snoop Dogg Hilariously Impersonates Young Thug in 'Moment I Feared' Video. Snoop Dogg recently dropped the visuals for his Rick Rock-collaborated track, "Moment I Feared," and it appears to be poking fun at Young Thug and the game's new generation of rappers. Being the legend that Snoop is, it's hard to think he would pull a Funkmaster Flex and throw shade at the younger talent, nevertheless, the video is definitely sending some kind of message. The eight-minute video opens to the GGN talk show, where host Snoop Dogg talks with Rick Rock about the state of hip hop. Despite acknowledging that the new kids are very different from the vets Snoop came up with, he saluted them for evolving the genre. "I commend the young artists for doing they thing," Snoop said. "They different. They look different, they rap different. But sh-t, that's what hip hop is supposed to be... Originality, I give them a big thumbs up." As the bass drops, the show introduces the audience to a new, fictional rapper named Fonz D-lo, who seemed to have a knack for rocking dreads and wearing purses and dresses. A particularly memorable outfit was a dress that resembled the one Young Thug wore on his Jeffery album cover. During the interview portion of the talk show, Fonz also commented on his unique fashion sense. "Personally, everybody's hating on me because they can't do what I do, the fabrics that I wear," Fonz D-lo said, which sounds a lot like what Lil Uzi Vert said about his own style following criticism on social media. The "Moment I Feared" video is coming from Snoop's Neva Left album, which dropped in May 2017. Snoop's commentary probably won't get a rise out of Thugger or Lil Uzi, but it definitely shows a veteran's comedic perspective on the direction hip hop is moving toward. (Billboard)

Taylor Swift's Songs Generated $400K After Returning to Streaming Services Last Week. When Taylor Swift's entire back catalog returned to streaming services including Spotify, Pandora, Tidal and Amazon on June 8 (it was already on the subscription-only Apple Music), she posted a note on her Taylor Nation Instagram account saying the move was in "celebration" of her album 1989 selling over 10 million albums worldwide and hitting the RIAA's 100 million song certification milestone. In November 2014, however, when she decided to remove her catalog from Spotify, Swift's record label Big Machine wrote in a blog post, "We believe fans should be able to listen to music wherever and whenever they want, and that artists have an absolute right to be paid for their work and protected from piracy." The issue of piracy hasn't changed since that post was written nearly three years ago but the streaming market has. At the time Spotify was paying $0.0009, or one-seventh the rate that its premium subscriber tier paid, which is $0.0063. Swift also enjoyed the benefit of physical sales, so she didn't want her album to appear on the ad-sponsored tier, but was okay with it appearing on the paid Spotify tier. That way her sales and premium plays, and thus the overall revenue and her royalties, wouldn't be cannibalized by the much lower paying ad-sponsored tier. Spotify wouldn't accommodate her and wanted the album on both tiers because they insisted that their business model was to use the free tier to attract users that they could then convert to a paid tier. Now, however, that her albums have their best sales days behind them--until perhaps a new album comes out--it makes perfect sense to let her albums appear on the streaming sites, since she doesn't have to worry about the low-paying ad-tier hurting potential sales; or potential streams from Spotify's paid tier. Another incentive in putting her catalog back on Spotify is that the paid tier is now generating much more streams than the free tier which available directional data demonstrates. Streaming services revenue in 2016 grew a massive 68.5 percent to $3.93 billion, up from $2.33 billion in 2015 and became the primary driver of recorded-music income. According to Nielsen Music, on-demand audio streams of songs from Swift's catalog totaled 51.53 million in the U.S. last week, up 608 percent from the 7.3 million streams accumulated in the prior week. That means that, according to Billboard estimates, streams of Swift's songs generated about $310,000 in revenue in their first week of availability, compared to around $44,000 in revenue the week prior, based on an average blended per-stream audio-on-demand rate of $0.0063. Although, neither estimate is discounted for whatever amount of streams are from Spotify's lower paying ad-supported tier, which nowadays has a slightly better rate of about $0.0015 per streams. How much Swift herself would receive from that $354,000 depends on her deal with her label Big Machine. Meanwhile, the publishing royalties generated from the streams would total a little more than $64,000, up from about $9,000 in the prior week. That revenue would be divided among Swift and her co-writers and their publishers depending on their pro-rata shares of the plays on the songs each writer was affiliated with. That would put Swift's catalog's total U.S. haul since releasing her five albums on June 8 to all streaming services at $418,000, which by itself is reason enough for the return. (Billboard)

All Things Go Unloads Fall Classic Lineup: Young Thug, Foster the People & More. Festival season doesn't have to end with the summer. Music discovery site All Things Go just announced the lineup for its Fall Classic festival, featuring headliners Foster the People, Young Thug and Galantis. The site's fourth annual music and food fest kicks off at Washington, D.C.'s Union Market on Friday, Oct. 6, and runs through the weekend with performances from a curated lineup of electronic, hip-hop and alternative artists. That includes Bleachers, Vince Staples, Cashmere Cat, The Knocks, Betty Who and a host of others -- along with culinary offerings from 40 food and drink vendors. The Fall Classic was born in 2014, when D.C. natives Will Suter, Adrian Maseda, Stephen Vallimarescu and Zack Friendly built on years of curating local club shows to bring the sounds from their music site to a full-blown festival. Tickets for the stacked, three-day event go on sale Wednesday (June 21). (Billboard)

Sony Music Australia's Parade Management Creates Joint Venture With Glenn Wheatley's Talentworks. Two giants of the Australian music industry, Sony Music's longtime leader Denis Handlin and Talentworks owner Glenn Wheatley, have come together for a joint venture which promises to "add substantially to the opportunities for Australian artists." Sony Music Australia's Parade Management division has united with Talentworks on the new venture Talentworks Parade, an ambitious new initiative which will sign, develop and manage artists and celebrities, and reach into the live space with touring events and a slew of other entertainment activities. "We are delighted to join forces through Talentworks Parade with Glenn," explains Denis Handlin, chairman & CEO, Australia & New Zealand and president, Asia, for Sony Music Entertainment, in a statement announcing the JV. "He is a real ideas man and is a leader in the management community in building artists' careers, such as the legendary John Farnham." The combined might and experience of both companies "will add substantially to the opportunities for Australian artists," Handlin insists. The roster represented by Talentworks and Parade for management includes Sony Music recording artists Jessica Mauboy, Samantha Jade, Dami Im, Justice Crew and Farnham. Adds Wheatley, "I am very proud to be able to bring our two companies together. Talentworks has had a long history of artist management and concert promotion in the music industry in Australia." Leading the Talentworks Parade senior team is Wheatley and Parade /Sony Music's Wayne Ringrow and Ken Outch and David Champion of Parade, the booking agency and artist management firm which was founded in 2007. Looking ahead, Talentworks Parade will also promote touring events, corporate performances, special event appearances, and develop merchandise, new media formats and other entertainment industry activities, according a statement. In Handlin, the JV can call on Australia's most accomplished and decorated major label chief (and long-time ARIA chair), and in Wheatley, one of the market's most experienced and best-known artist managers. A former bass player with revered Brisbane pop-rock The Masters Apprentices, Wheatley embarked on a career in artist management, event management and promotion when he established Talentworks in 1982. He would go on to guide the careers of Little River Band, Farnham and Ross Wilson, all of whom were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame, as was Wheatley himself when The Masters Apprentices was elevated in 1998. Wheatley also managed Australian Crawl, Pseudo Echo and Real Life, and his wards have sold more than 20 million albums. With Farnham, Wheatley has been a constant in the background of a living legend, whose 1986 hit "You're The Voice" is considered by many as the "unofficial national anthem," and the album it's lifted from, Whispering Jack, is recognized as the best-selling homegrown album of all time. Just last week, Handlin was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) for his "distinguished service to the Australian recording industry" and for his philanthropic endeavors as a founding member of the Sony Foundation of Australia. The Sydney-based exec also appeared in Billboard's latest International Power Players list. Sony Music has spread its wings into the live arena on numerous occasions. The music company has promoted or co-promoted national concert tours over the last several years for Delta Goodrem, Human Nature, One Direction, Jessica Mauboy and others, and toured Simon & Garfunkel through its Day 1 Entertainment concerts division, which launched in 2009 but was later put on ice. Sony Music Australia is also a production investor in the local production of the musical Beautiful. (Billboard)

Chris Cornell's final music video, filmed before the singer died in May, was released Tuesday. The video for "The Promise" was released to coincide with World Refugee Day. The clip was filmed in Brooklyn, New York. Eric Esrailian, who produced the video, said Cornell filmed the video shortly before he died. Esrailian added that the rock singer wanted the video to be released on World Refugee Day. Cornell and his family toured refugee camps in Greece in April, and there they decided that The Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation would focus its efforts on child refugees. Cornell was the lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave. Authorities say he killed himself following a concert in Detroit. He was 52. (Page Six)

Movies

Star Wars' Untitled Han Solo Directors Leave Film Over ''Creative Differences.'' A not-so long time ago (earlier, in fact) in a galaxy far, far away (Star Wars' official website, to be precise), Lucasfilm announced it would be moving forward on the untitled Han Solo film with a directorial change, parting ways the directorial team of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Did someone go over to the Dark Side? Nope. Just some good old-fashioned creative conflicts. In the official statement, Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, said, "Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are talented filmmakers who have assembled an incredible cast and crew, but it's become clear that we had different creative visions on this film, and we've decided to part ways. A new director will be announced soon." Lord and Miller, the duo who directed The Lego Movie and the 21 Jump Street films, also released a statement via the website, "Unfortunately, our vision and process weren't aligned with our partners on this project. We normally aren't fans of the phrase 'creative differences' but for once this cliche is true. We are really proud of the amazing and world-class work of our cast and crew." The film, written by Lawrence Kasdan and Jon Kasdan, focuses on Han Solo's early life as a thief, smuggler and scoundrel in the days before he crossed paths with Luke Skywalker. The movie also delves into how the intergalactic hottie nabbed the Millennium Falcon back in the day and how it is he first met his Wookie forever-friend, Chewbacca. "The movie will explore the duo's adventures before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, including their early encounters with that other card-playing rogue from a galaxy far, far away, Lando Calrissian," according to a statement on the film's website. Alden Ehrenreich is set to take on the role originally played by Harrison Ford. Donald Glover will suiting up as Calrissian, originated by Billy Dee Williams, in the yet-to-be titled film. "I had an audition process that went on for a long time, and I got to spend a lot of time with the guys who are directing the film," Ehrenreich told Interview magazine last year. "Getting to be around them and being around the world a little bit has been the main experience so far. I did my audition on the Millennium Falcon for one of my screen tests, which was pretty cool." Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Woody Harrelson, Michael K. Williams, Ian Kenny and Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke are all slated to star in the feature. The untitled Han Solo film remains scheduled for a May 25, 2018 release. (Eonline)

Kyle Newman Offers to Direct Star Wars' Han Solo Movie -- for Free! Who will replace Phil Lord and Chris Miller? On Tuesday, Lucasfilm announced the directors have left the untitled Han Solo origin movie starring Emilia Clarke, Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton, Joonas Suotamo and Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Given that the film is five months into production, the timing of Lord and Miller's exits has confused and worried Star Wars fans. Unfortunately, our vision and process weren't aligned with our partners on this project," the duo told E! News in a statement. "We normally aren't fans of the phrase 'creative differences' but for once this cliche is true. We are really proud of the amazing and world-class work of our cast and crew." Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy called Lord and Miller "talented filmmakers who have assembled an incredible cast and crew, but it's become clear that we had different creative visions on this film, and we've decided to part ways. A new director will be announced soon." None of the cast members has commented on Lord and Miller's joint departure. Hours after the joint statements were released, The Hollywood Reporter revealed Ron Howard and Joe Johnston are being considered to replace Lord and Miller. Kyle Newman, who directed the Star Wars-inspired movie Fanboys and the live stage show Star Wars: Smuggler's Revenge, threw his hat into the ring via Twitter. Responding to a reporter in a series of tweets, he wrote, "I'm available. To be honest, I'd kill it. Was born for it. And know Solo inside out. And am free. As in I would cost zero dollars. I'm not shiny and new. But goddamn could I direct the f--k out of some Star Wars. I have my doctorate in it after all. No fear. Only adrenaline. If it's Star Wars, then I'm your guy. Period. I know Solo inside and out. You'd enjoy my Han Solo radio dramas recorded live at the past three domestic SW Celebrations. I truly feel like I'm wasting my life NOT working on Star Wars in some capacity. I would go supernova and blow people's minds." Newman added, "It could be a great film and will be a great film." As for Lord and Miller, who directed The Lego Movie, he wrote, "Those guys are great and their DNA will still be all over it." Newman also suggested Dave Filoni, an executive producer on Star Wars Rebels, as an option. A director will be announced ASAP, as the film's May 25, 2018 release date remains unchanged. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lord and Miller clashed with legendary screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, who co-wrote the script for the Han Solo film. "People need to understand that Han Solo is not a comedic personality," a source told the trade. "He's sarcastic and selfish." The problems ran deeper than that, however. Lord and Miller reportedly felt unsupported by producer Allison Shearmur, who acted as Lucasfilm's representative on set at Pinewood Studios in London, The Hollywood Reporter added. Furthermore, Lord and Miller "were said to have been blindsided by the firing," a source said, although another insider disputed that account. Filming went on a hiatus to review what's been filmed, and re-shoots are slated for this summer. (Eonline)

Carmen Ejogo Joins Denzel Washington in Legal Drama. Dan Gilroy, who helmed the Jake Gyllenhaal thriller 'Nightcrawler,' is in the director's chair for the currently untitled Sony picture. Carmen Ejogo, one of the stars of Alien: Covenant, has joined the cast of the Sony's untitled Denzel Washington thriller. The project, formerly known as Inner City, is being directed by Nightcrawler helmer Dan Gilroy. Gilroy also wrote the script, which tells of a Los Angeles attorney who is offered a job at a prestigious law firm after the death of his longtime partner and takes on a case that has life-altering repercussions. Ejogo has been cast as one of the female leads, a worker at a civil rights organization. The film is being co-produced and co-financed by Sony Pictures, Cross Creek Pictures, Charles D. King's Macro, Image Nation, Topic and Bron. Jennifer Fox and Escape Artists' Todd Black are producing. In addition to Alien: Covenant, Ejogo currently appears onscreen in the horror movie It Comes at Night and appeared in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as Seraphina Picquery. She is repped by WME. (Hollywood Reporter)

Shanghai: Chinese Theater Giant Dadi Takes Stake in Tom Cruise's 'American Made'. The Universal film stars Cruise as real-life American pilot and hustler Barry Seal, who ran drugs for Pablo Escobar and was recruited by the CIA for one of the biggest covert operations in history. Tom Cruise's next major theatrical outing is getting more support in China. Chinese exhibition giant Dadi Media Group has taken a stake in American Made, the upcoming crime thriller from Universal Pictures. Directed by Doug Liman, the film stars Cruise as real-life American pilot and hustler Barry Seal, who ran drugs in the 1980s for cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar before getting recruited by the CIA for one of the biggest covert operations in history. With over 400 cinemas and 2,500 screens across the country, Dadi is China's second-largest exhibitor, behind only real estate conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group. Leveraging its expansive theatrical footprint, Dadi will serve as a marketing and promotional partner for American Made in China. Dadi will also serve as a co-distributor of the movie in the Middle Kingdom with Jetsen Group, the Beijing-based electronics and digital media company that revealed a stake in the Universal title during the Cannes Film Festival last month. Marketing and promotion arrangements of this kind are becoming increasingly common for U.S. studio titles in the Chinese market. On Monday, Wanda revealed at the Shanghai International Film Festival that it had boarded and would promote Paramount's Transformers: The Last Knight. Previously titled Mena, American Made was formerly set for release in January, but Universal pushed back its North American opening to Sept. 22, a better position for prestige dramas. Domhnall Gleeson, Jesse Plemons, Sarah Wright, Jayma Mays, Lola Kirke and Caleb Landry Jones also star in the film. It is produced by Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Doug Davison, Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson. (Hollywood Reporter)

How Sony Learned to Cede Control to Marvel on 'Spider-Man: Homecoming'. In October 2014, Sony Pictures Entertainment's then co-chairman Amy Pascal was mulling a pitch from Marvel Entertainment CEO Ike Perlmutter: bring on Marvel Studios as a producer for a new series of Spider-Man films -- the studio's crown jewel and, at nearly $4 billion, the top-grossing comic book film franchise -- that would be full-fledged members of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The previous summer's The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the second in the Andrew Garfield films, had grossed $709 million worldwide, down from the first installment's $758 million despite the sequel's higher budget at $265 million. And perhaps most importantly, after more than a decade in the web-slinging business, Sony execs were creatively spent, struggling to find a way to retackle the 900 characters in the Spider-Man comic series covered by the deal it made with Marvel in 1999. Meanwhile, the 15 films in the MCU, beginning with 2008's Iron Man, have racked up $11.7 billion at the box office. Perlmutter was offering the services of a production company with a red-hot track record to reinvigorate a character that was getting stale -- without asking Sony to give up any profits on the film. By reuniting the web-slinging superhero with the rest of the Marvel universe, the company could begin using Spider-Man, its No. 1 character, in non-Sony movies, plus boost merchandise sales. Still, Pascal was skeptical about losing full control of her studio's most important asset. How the armies of lawyers for the two corporate behemoths, Disney-owned Marvel and Sony, ever reached an agreement in February 2015 might seem complicated. But Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige says it actually was quite simple. "It really came down to me telling Amy in her office that I think the best thing for this character is: Sony has the rights, that's not changing," Feige recalls. "Have Sony pay for the movie, distribute the movie, market the movie. Just let us make the movie and incorporate him into our universe." As it would happen, Pascal gave a thumbs-up, just as she was ousted in the aftermath of the November 2014 Sony hack. But as part of her exit package, she became a key player in the franchise, transitioning to producing. Tom Rothman, her studio successor, is now betting on Spider-Man: Homecoming to launch a fresh slate of Spider-Man-themed movies. Hopes are high for hit-starved Sony. That's in part because both Pascal and Feige pushed back on Perlmutter's original budget of $275 million, which would have eclipsed the costs on all four previous Spider-Man films, including the $258 million for Sam Raimi's third outing in 2007. Perhaps more important, Sony wants Homecoming to be embraced by fans, as was the case with Raimi's trilogy. (So far Homecoming is testing very well, scoring in the low 90s). At $175 million, Homecoming (July 7) marks a smaller gamble than the studio's previous incarnations. Directed by Jon Watts (Cop Car) and starring Tom Holland, 21, Homecoming also follows the blueprint established by Feige: Keep costs down on the first two outings and spend bigger on a third. Homecoming's budget is similar to other MCU stand-alone films like the first two Iron Man and Captain America movies. When Feige and Pascal began developing the movie, the description given to would-be directors was "a movie as if John Hughes had directed it." According to those who have seen it, Watts has delivered on that mandate. Homecoming is described as one of Marvel's youngest-skewing movies and geared to teens. Even the on-set bonding of the young cast seemed straight out of a Hughes movie: During production in Atlanta, Watts sent the actors out for a picnic in a park and to visit an aquarium. "Zendaya came up with a really interesting game that brought everyone closer together immediately, where you sit in a circle and you honestly have to tell everyone your first impression of meeting them," recalls Holland. As for the expansion plans, Tom Hardy is starring in Venom, dated for Oct. 5, 2018, which will also feature the villain Carnage. A source says Holland is only contractually obligated to Spider-Man 2 and 3, but the intention is to bring him into the spinoffs and possibly other Marvel films (he is currently shooting Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War). "Marvel is so good at [working around your schedule]," Holland told THR. "They're very respectful of your life, really. They understand that you have to work on other movies, and yeah, they try and fix it up so you can work." Meanwhile, Homecoming villain Michael Keaton has a deal to play the Vulture for just one movie. Another spinoff, Silver & Black, doesn't have a release date but is eyeing a fall shoot and features characters Silver Sable and Black Cat. Other projects will focus on Kraven the Hunter and Mysterio. The idea, says a studio source, is to build out a world gradually rather than launch one immediately, as they had been trying with Spider-Man villain ensemble Sinister Six, which has been shelved. Pascal recently hinted that Holland might pop up in Sony's spinoffs, which she said exist in an adjacent universe as Spider-Man/Peter Parker's. "There's a chance," she said in a junket interview. "I think one of the things that Kevin has done with Marvel that's so brilliant is by bringing the fans along and making each movie seem like a chapter in a book that you have to read that chapter in order to go forward, and I think the investment that the fans get to feel in being part of a larger story and understanding what's happening is something that I know Sony would want to emulate." Sony will get a to-be-determined Marvel character for Spider-Man 2 like it received for Homecoming with the box-office monster Iron Man, played by Robert Downey Jr. But sources say it won't be Iron Man next time around. Whatever happens in Spider-Man's future, there is palpable excitement on the Sony lot after a string of flops, and at Marvel, which has, for now, some control over its friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. "Suddenly this goes from being a third reincarnation and a sixth movie to a first," says Feige. "It's the first time Spider-Man gets to interact with the world in which he belongs." (Hollywood Reporter)

Warner Bros. Eyes Slimmed-Down Movie Budgets Under Toby Emmerich. Insiders are predicting that the film studio's new president (a 'Goldfinch' movie is his first greenlight) could slash budgets and exert tighter control on non-tentpole pictures. Toby Emmerich was announced as president of the Warner Bros. film studio in December, and Hollywood has been watching since with interest, not to say wariness, for signs of how he will run the place. Industry insiders are hoping some light will be shed June 22 when executives gather at the Montage Laguna Beach for an off-site retreat. Emmerich, 54, has yet to greenlight a movie that truly bears his stamp. But sources say that first project will be The Goldfinch, an ambitious project based on the Donna Tartt novel, with John Crowley (Brooklyn) directing. That should stir some excitement. It may also soothe some who have business with Warners and who have been concerned that Emmerich could reveal plans for what one important producer calls the "New Line-ization" of the studio. That would mean on projects that don't fit into the Warners silos -- Lego animated movies, Harry Potter spinoffs and D.C. Comics films -- the studio would look to slash costs and avoid auteur directors who want final cut. There would be exceptions -- notably Clint Eastwood and Chris Nolan. Emmerich ran Warners' New Line label for eight years, overseeing such moderately budgeted hits as The Conjuring and We're The Millers, and was an executive there for many more. "Toby has a real strong loyalty to New Line," says one film agent. "Those are his boys that he's worked with for 20 years. He may be funneling more projects to New Line. He definitely knows New Line's development like the back of his hand." So far, he notes, Emmerich has yet to move out of his offices at New Line. (He has spent considerable time planning a reconfiguration of the Warners offices with the aim of creating more communal spaces but has yet to pull the trigger.) But a source familiar with Emmerich's thinking says he not only hopes to foster a collegial spirit but to tackle the big questions hanging over the industry, such as whether there is a way to succeed at making movies outside the franchise tentpole world -- romantic comedies, thrillers, Westerns, who knows? Further, this source says Emmerich was offered the opportunity to merge New Line with the Warners studio and passed because he prefers to keep pipelines representing different sensibilities. As for remaining in his old offices, this source says Emmerich had hoped to bring the various elements of the studio -- animation, DC and live action -- into closer proximity, but his original vision proved too costly to implement. A thriftier version attempting to achieve the same goal is in the works. An executive with longstanding ties to Warners praises "the refreshing pragmatism and personality of Toby," but sees Emmerich placing his feet carefully because of the impending AT&T acquisition of Time Warner. With that $85.4 billion deal looming, this executive and others believes Warners chairman CEO Kevin Tsujihara is anxious about his own future and delegating more power to Emmerich than he did to the previous top film executive, Greg Silverman, in the hope that the studio's performance will improve and the new bosses will be placated. Previously Tsujihara was "trying to be Barry Meyer and Alan Horn, rather than just being Barry Meyer," one veteran involved with Warners says. (This is an allusion to the previous regime, in which Meyer was chairman of Warners overseeing all its businesses and Horn was president, overseeing the film studio.) Still, Emmerich faces some constraints, such as the fact that Sue Kroll, the president of worldwide marketing and distribution, does not report to him. Whether that creates tension that must be addressed is a subject of speculation among Hollywood observers. (Industry sources say Kroll has been building her own relationship with AT&T global marketing officer Lori Lee recently.) While the executive with ties to Warners thinks it is an overreaction to predict that Emmerich will preside over the total "New Line-ization" of the studio, he does expect some key elements of New Line culture to be incorporated: Budgets are likely to be slimmed down and final-cut directors may be avoided. He believes the studio can hold on to control of final cut and still hire A-list filmmakers. As for budgets, he says, "Outside the silos, there has been a big waste of money on projects that don't make sense." Under Emmerich's leadership, he adds, "they're not going to make a movie like The Judge with Robert Downey Jr. for $60 million. For $35 million -- maybe." (Hollywood Reporter)

'All Eyez on Me's' Success Bodes Well for Other Tupac Projects. Despite mixed reviews, the biopic's $27 million opening weekend is a positive sign for other productions about the late rapper that are currently in the works, including USA's drama 'Unsolved' and Steve McQueen's upcoming documentary. With All Eyez on Me's surprise $26.4 million opening, all eyes should be on the savvy deal that put distributor Lionsgate in the black two days after the film's June 16 release and the onslaught of Tupac Shakur projects on the horizon. In January, Lionsgate picked up the film in a prints-and-advertising deal backstopped by producer Morgan Creek. Any opening in the mid- to high-teen millions would have made it profitable for Lionsgate, according to sources. Jeff Clanagan, president of Codeblack, the urban-focused Lionsgate division that released All Eyez, says social media was key to the film's marketing strategy: "The real feedback is from Twitter. On Rotten Tomatoes, the reviews are bad, but consumer feedback is 80 percent positive." Despite the pans (and a thumbs down from Jada Pinkett Smith, who is portrayed in the film), director Benny Boom (ICM, Principato Young, Del Shaw) has quickly parlayed the film's opening into a deal to helm indie LAPD thriller The Shave, based on a 2015 Black List script. Boom thinks that there's plenty left in Shakur's story to be explored onscreen. "There could be an entire movie just on Tupac as a child, him and his mother, or just a movie about Tupac and Jada, period," he says. All Eyez's opening bodes well for the projects on deck about the late rapper and his rival Christopher "Notorious B.I.G." Wallace. In LAbyrinth, Johnny Depp stars as an LAPD detective investigating a possible connection in Shakur and Wallace's still-unsolved murders in the late 1990s. Open Road has not yet dated that film, which wrapped in February. And Steve McQueen is directing a documentary that, unlike All Eyez, has the blessing of Shakur's estate. On TV, USA is shooting the drama Unsolved, and A&E will air the doc Biggie: The Life of Notorious B.I.G., the first project in its relaunched Biography franchise, and the undated six-part nonfiction series Who Killed Tupac? Says A&E programming head Elaine Frontain Bryant, "Both artists were gone too soon and are still resonating with a [new] generation. This is the first time someone has really dissected the conspiracy theories surrounding Tupac's death." (Hollywood Reporter)

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This New Game of Thrones Season 7 Trailer Is Full of Dragons, Battles and Ominous Messages. It's summer, but everybody's looking forward to winter and this new Game of Thrones trailer makes one thing clear: Winter is here. The new Game of Thrones season seven trailer opens on Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) and one chilling -- and sort of empowering -- voiceover: "Don't fight in the North. Or the South. Fight every battle, everywhere. Always in your mind." If you thought last season was bloody, just wait. The battle for Westeros has never been fiercer. The new trailer gives a brand-new look at your favorite Game of Thrones characters preparing for battle. Foe will become friend, friend will become foe. It's summer, but everybody's looking forward to winter and this new Game of Thrones trailer makes one thing clear: Winter is here. The new Game of Thrones season seven trailer opens on Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) and one chilling -- and sort of empowering -- voiceover: "Don't fight in the North. Or the South. Fight every battle, everywhere. Always in your mind." If you thought last season was bloody, just wait. The battle for Westeros has never been fiercer. The new trailer gives a brand-new look at your favorite Game of Thrones characters preparing for battle. Foe will become friend, friend will become foe. So. Many. Dragons. And ravens. And bows and arrows. And ships. And spears. And fire. So much everything. Look at those dragon teeth! OK, now go watch it again and obsess over every detail. If that trailer doesn't clue you into what kind of season is ahead, remember Maisie Williams' tweet: "Just finished reading season 7," she tweeted. "S -- t gets REAL... I'd start preparing yourselves now... Scratch that, nothing will prepare you for this." The official Game of Thrones Twitter account shared the trailer to mark the first day of summer. "It may be the first day of #Summer, but #WinterIsHere on 7.16 on @HBO. Watch the new #GameofThrones Season 7 trailer," the tweet read. The end is near for Game of Thrones, but that doesn't necessarily mean that's the end for Westeros. HBO and George R.R. Martin are working on several spinoffs, but those plans are still coming together (and will be kept under the shroud of secrecy you've come to expect from HBO). Game of Thrones season seven debuts on Sunday, July 16 on HBO. (Eonline)

Evie Clair and Light Balance From America's Got Talent Will Wow You With 2 Very Different Performances. Grab the tissues, you're going to need them after watching Evie Clair's America's Got Talent performance. The 13-year-old singer from Arizona took to the stage to sing "Arms" by Christina Perri, but there's more to the song for her. Evie told judges Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel that the song was dedicated to her father, who is battling Stage 4 colon cancer. Her father was diagnosed a year ago and was given a 5 percent chance of survival, yet he continued to work to support the family, she said. "Tonight, I'm here to sing for him," the teenager said through tears. "Arms," the song she picked, is pretty significant to her family. "When my dad is having rough days, I go into his room and sing him this song to help him feel better and just to give him comfort and strength to continue fighting," Evie said. "I get it," Cowell said. "Evie, you've been really unbelievably brave in what you've told us tonight." Host Tyra Banks brought some water to the teenage singer to help calm her down before she launched into the vocals that put a smile on Cowell's face and got the audience on their feet. Her mother and father stood nearby off-stage and watched the performance. How many tissues did you go through? We warned you. Light Balance, a group of dancers that received the Golden Buzzer treatment for their performance, also wowed the judges. "I'm amazed by you guys," Banks said. "Was this not incredible? Like, crazy good. It blew my mind good. I feel you guys so, so much." Then Banks hit the coveted Golden Buzzer and sent Light Balance all the way through to the live rounds. America's Got Talent airs Tuesdays, 8 p.m. on NBC. (Eonline)

Colton Haynes Joins American Horror Story Season 7. Colton Haynes has joined Ryan Murphy's troupe of actors. The Arrow and Teen Wolf fan-favorite is set to star in American Horror Story season seven, Murphy and Haynes both announced on Instagram. This will be the 28-year-old's second appearance in Murphy's TV world, as he guest-starred in a season two episode of Fox's Scream Queens. "American Horror Story season 7...Already feels like home," Haynes wrote with a smiley face, along with a picture of himself with what could either be blood or lipstick smeared all over his mouth. "So excited." Murphy shared the same photo, saying, "Welcome to American Horror Story, Colton Haynes." Haynes is set to join the FX hit for its most timely season ever, as theme will be a political one, based on the 2016 election. "It's very scary and very fun and very... topical," Murphy exclusively told E! News about season seven. "Anybody who voted in the last election will very much enjoy what it's about." "I think people literally think Sarah Paulson is playing Hillary Clinton," he recently told us. "And I wanted to clarify that that is not true. Horror Story is always about allegory, so the election is allegory. It's our jumping off point. It is about the election we just went through and what happened on that night and the fallout of that night, which to many people, from all sides of the camps is a horror story. And you know, that show is always so fun when it's about the zeitgeist and what we're doing now." While Clinton and Trump will be part of the season, actors will not be playing them. "You'll see them on television. The first 10 minutes of the season, this season, takes place in a very eerie macabre way on election night and there's something terrible that happens in the lives of our characters on election night as they're watching it all go down," Murphy said. "Which in itself was a horror story, so it's like a horror story upon a horror story." Haynes is set to join returning AHS stars Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters along with new stars Billie Lourd and Billy Eichner for the politically charged outing of the hit anthology series, which has also been renewed for seasons 8 and 9. While no premiere date for season seven has been yet, Murphy said fans can expect to see it sooner rather than later. "It's going to debut earlier than it did before -- debut around Labor Day, because I like having it done, sort of by Halloween." American Horror Story will return later this year on FX. (Eonline)

Pretty Little Liars Reveals Who Killed Charlotte in Second to Last Episode Ever. What! Really though. WHAT. In its penultimate episode, Pretty Little Liars really made us say "What?!" multiple times. Sometimes it was in awe of plot twists. Sometimes it was in anger at a disappointing reveal. And sometimes (often), it was in response to someone's very stupid decision. The stupidest decision of all was the one towards the end of the episode, when all the liars realized Dunhill's body was buried under Charles' fake grave, so they took some shovels out there to apparently remove it from its safest place yet (if we just forget about the fact that it would have made a lot more sense to call the police when he originally died). Then, just as they realized digging it up was the worst idea, Tanner showed up with a bulldozer. Lucky for all the liars (despite the fact that they could probably all use a bit of time in jail), they found Mary Drake at the police station confessing to Dunhill's murder and the murder of Jessica DiLaurentis. (What!) Tanner sent them all home. "You're not criminals, not really," she told them, which is not exactly true. (Quick question here: if Mary knew where the body was, did she put it there? If so, who helped her? Is she officially on the AD team? Still confused by whatever game she's playing.) Elsewhere, Mona was revealed to be Charlotte's killer (What?!), but she didn't exactly mean to. Turns out all of Charlotte's recovery was a lie, and she was still just as psychotic as ever when she was released from the hospital. Mona was the only one who knew the truth, and went to confront her in the bell tower. They ended up fighting after Charlotte took credit for destroying everyone's lives and announced that things were going to get much worse. During their fight, Mona pushed Charlotte up against the wall, killing her when she hit her head. In present day, Mona was a mess. She had sort of reverted to pre-makeover Mona and tried to recreate the night Charlotte died (What?), nearly killing Hanna in the process (What?!) until Spencer and Caleb saved her. While they were all learning things and nearly dying in the bell tower, AD was leaving more puzzle pieces on the car, but it appeared that the board game was over since AD probably now knew who killed Charlotte. Speaking of AD, the episode ended with him or her driving into the sunset with tiny little doll versions of the liars in a bag on the front seat. As for what this means for next week's series finale, we have literally no idea, but we're kind of OK if it just ends up being an hour and a half of AD standing there explaining how every single thing that has ever happened on this show was possible, followed by a half hour of everybody's happy endings. Also, we just have to discuss Ezra's response when Aria announced her concerns with disposing of a dead body: "I have a master's degree in American Literature. There is nothing I can't handle." If that was a joke, it was a weird time to joke. If that wasn't a joke, well, sometimes Ezra does a really good job of reminding us he's actually a bit of an obnoxious weirdo. Oh and one more thing: we finally got back to that classroom flash forward, where Ali's at the chalk board and the other girls run in and say "he's coming!" Turns out it was a nightmare Emily was having. (WHAT.) We feel a little cheated, to be honest. Pretty Little Liars' series finale airs next Tuesday at 8 p.m. on Freeform. (Eonline)

Hollywood Salivates as Apple Moves to Make TV Shows. The addition of TV veterans Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg is a sign of the tech giant's appetite for prestige, but no one outside Apple's secretive Cupertino, California, campus knows how it plans to deliver to consumers any originals it produces. Hopes that the TV Apple wants to buy is the kind of TV Hollywood likes to sell were sent soaring by the technology giant's June 16 hire of the well-regarded heads of Sony Pictures TV, Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht, to lead worldwide video programming. The marquee exec additions are seen as a signal that Eddy Cue, who's overseeing Apple's TV efforts, wants to get into the prestige drama business. The news release announcing the duo's hire emphasized their "for your consideration" caliber track record at Sony, including FX's The Shield, AMC's Breaking Bad and Netflix's The Crown. "Hopefully they pull the biggest company in the world into series programming -- and that's really exciting," WME TV lit agent Ari Greenberg tells THR. "There's no learning curve. They know performers, writers and how the system works -- unlike if Apple had hired a Silicon Valley guy." For Van Amburg and Erlicht, the opportunity takes them from an independent studio coping with a greater push for ownership at the broadcast networks to a cash-rich buyer. Still, no one outside Apple's secretive Cupertino, California, campus knows how the company plans to deliver to consumers any originals it produces. Its early efforts -- including reality competition Planet of the Apps and the upcoming Carpool Karaoke -- are being offered through Apple Music as a way to lure subscribers away from competitors like Spotify. Creative Strategies analyst Ben Bajarin suggests that as Apple bulks up on programming, it could bundle video with music for an expanded service. Regardless, talent is lining up to work for them. "Without a single series, the Apple brand is already strong with creatives," says Greenberg. "I'm sure 80 percent of clients would prefer a TBD Apple over the established top-tier networks. The trick is to capitalize on that goodwill." Apple's moves come as many in Hollywood are anxious that other deep-pocketed buyers who have fueled the TV industry -- there were 455 scripted series in 2016 -- may be pulling back. "Peak TV has another mountain to climb -- that's really what Apple is now," says one network chief. Apple also is delving into film, picking up the Sean Combs documentary Can't Stop Won't Stop at Tribeca in April. While Apple's first target has been TV, Van Amburg and Erlicht also will oversee its film strategy. Apple Music's Jimmy Iovine and his team already have moved into the format, acquiring its first festival films, Sean Combs' documentary Can't Stop Won't Stop and Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives, out of Tribeca in April. "Things that might have scared off other distributors, they were all in," says Can't Stop producer Heather Parry, president of production, film and television at Live Nation Productions. "They set no boundaries with us." The hiring of Van Amburg and Erlicht also could put a damper on Wall Street hopes that Apple plans to acquire a studio. (Analysts have floated Apple buying everything from Disney to Netflix.) "They believe in the distribution [platform] they have," says Bajarin. "I wouldn't rule out something if it became strongly strategic, but their focus is to build versus to buy." (Hollywood Reporter)

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