Wednesday, July 12, 2017

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Melrose Place Star Josie Bissett Is Married. A big congratulations are in order for Josie Bissett! The Melrose Place star, 46, took to social media to reveal that she recently got married. She shared the photo to Instagram, holding her man's hand while wearing a gorgeous, strapless wedding gown with a long veil as she carried pale pink and white flowers. She captioned picture, "Happily Ever After," alongside the hastags, "#love #family #wedding #blessed." The wedding appeared to have been held at DeLille Cellars, which is a winery near Woodinville, Washington, where she tagged the picture. Bissett was previously married to her Melrose Place co-star Rob Estes. However, after 13 years of marriage, they got divorced in 2006. They have two children together, Mason, 17, and Maya, 15, who was tagged in the wedding photo on Instagram. But Bissett's real-life wedding isn't the only wedding that's been on her mind lately. The actress has been busy promoting her Hallmark Channel Original Movie Wedding March 2 alongside Jack Wagner. (Eonline)

Nina Dobrev and Glen Powell Are Dating. Rumors no more! Nina Dobrev and Glen Powell are officially an item. E! News has learned The Vampire Diaries star is dating the Scream Queens actor after months (and months) of romance speculation. "Nina and Glen are dating. They were friends and it turned into something more a little while ago," a source tells E! News. "They like each other and are seeing where it goes. Nina was just in a serious relationship so she's being careful, but Glen is the best to her and treats her so well." After spending last year's holiday season with each other, plus all those oh-so-telling social media posts and a super coupley moment captured at Dobrev's La La Land-themed birthday bash, the cat is finally out of the bag. So what all but confirmed Nina and Glen are more than just "good friends," as a rep previously told E! News? Over the weekend, the couple couldn't help but indulge in a little photo booth PDA at Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich's wedding in Idaho. A couple of snapshots that made their way to Twitter feature the pair flashing their pearly whites and sharing a silly kiss. "They laugh all the time!" the source adds. "They are enjoying each other's company and the summer together so far. Both Glen and Nina are relationship kind of people." Back in January, multiple sources told E! News Dobrev and Powell were dating, with one insider explaining what makes them work so well together. "They have a similar group of friends and have been seeing each other on the low for a little while," one source shared. "Glen really likes Nina. She is completely his type of gal. They know and have met each other's families. Glen is a very family oriented guy and Nina loves that about him." "All of their friends like them together," a separate insider told us. "They both feel pretty comfortable around each other." The actress, 28, last dated Austin Stowell. The former couple ended things in early 2016 after less than a year of dating. Nina and Glen have yet to comment on the nature of their relationship. People was first to report the news. (Eonline)

Jay-Z Admits His Marriage to Beyonce Wasn't ''Totally Built'' on the Truth. In Jay-Z and Beyonce's world, not everything is as it seems. Of course, this came to light thanks to 2016's Lemonade and again in the rapper's latest studio album, 4:44, which documents the A-list couple's marital troubles (including infidelity accusations, raising children and more) in great detail. After tackling race issues in the U.S. for his Footnotes for "The Story of O.J." mini-documentary, Jay-Z released yet another personal piece pegged to the album's title track. Released by Tidal on Monday, the father of three is joined by celebrities including Chris Rock, Jesse Williams, Will Smith, Kendrick Lamar, Anthony Anderson, Aziz Ansari and more for a candid discussion on relationships, love and the pressure that comes with dating in the public eye. Reflecting on his nearly decade-long marriage to Bey, Jay-Z shared, "This is my real life. I just ran into this place and we built this big, beautiful mansion of a relationship that wasn't totally built on the 100 percent truth and it starts cracking." "Things start happening that the public can see," he recalled. "Then we had to get to a point of 'OK, tear this down and let's start from the beginning.' It's the hardest thing I've ever done." A possible catalyst for Jay-Z and Beyonce to re-evaluate their marriage, among other widely-speculated issues? His infamous elevator fight with Solange Knowles following the 2014 Met Gala, which prompted the famous family to release a rare statement pulling the curtain back on their private affairs. The 21-time Grammy winner also shared an anecdote from a time he swallowed his pride and begged Beyonce to stay by his side after feeling a new kind of emotion for the pop star. "I was on a boat, and I had the best time," Jay described without mentioning Bey's name. "I was like, 'Man, this is great.' Then she had to leave. I was, like, crushed. 'Man, I don't even feel like this. What is happening to my body right now?' I don't even feel like this. Did I just say, 'Don't leave?'" Jay-Z also said he came to the realization that honesty was critical for the survival of their marriage. So much honesty, he admitted, that Beyonce listened to the entire album long before its release. He explained, "We've been in that space where we just got to the place that in order for this to work, it can't be fake -- not once. I'm not saying it wasn't uncomfortable because obviously it was, but because we've been doing it for so long it was less uncomfortable." 4:44 and its accompanying Footnotes are streaming exclusively on Tidal. (Eonline)

Jennifer Garner confronted Ben Affleck's girlfriend Lindsay Shookus in person after she found out about their affair in 2015, sources tell PEOPLE. Garner was on a work trip to New York City when she approached Shookus about the fling. "Lindsay refused to back down or quit the affair," says a source. Responds a source close to Shookus: "Jennifer and Lindsay do not have any relationship." Multiple sources have told PEOPLE that Affleck and Shookus started having an affair in 2013, two years before the actor and Garner announced their separation. Shookus was also still with her husband Kevin Miller, then a fellow SNL producer. The two split in 2014. However, other sources close to Affleck and Shookus maintain that the two were just friends and didn't date before their respective separations. Sources also say Garner spoke to Shookus' ex about the affair. After appearing on an episode of Late Night with Seth Meyers, where Miller is now a supervising producer, Garner sought him out for a conversation. The first source says she showed him text messages between Affleck and Shookus, adding, "she had proof." (Miller and Shookus were already split at the time.) Affleck and Shookus have been spending time together in L.A. since going public with their relationship last week. Affleck and Garner announced their separation in 2015 after over a decade of marriage and filed for divorce this past April. They have continued to closely co-parent their three children -- Violet, 11, Seraphina, 8, and Samuel, 5. "Ben and Jen continue to be dedicated to their family and kids," says a source who knows Affleck and Garner. "They have been separated for two years now and have never strayed from that dedication. They do it better than anyone." Shookus married Kevin Miller in 2010 and the two share a daughter. "They're both really good friends still," says a source close to the situation. "They're both good, devoted parents. Lindsay and Kevin's marriage didn't end over infidelity. There were issues they couldn't resolve and they realized they were better as friends than together." Garner is handling her ex's public relationship fine, sources have said. "Nothing is new for her here," says one insider. "She's in mama-bear mode." (People)

Demi Lovato Sends a Message to Her Haters With "Sorry Not Sorry." Demi Lovato is as confident as she ever was. In honor of Amazon Prime Day, Lovato released "Sorry Not Sorry," the lead single from her forthcoming sixth studio album. "Sorry Not Sorry' is a song to the haters that is basically saying, 'You know what? I'm good now. And sorry I'm not sorry that you may not be loving where your life is at the moment,'" she tells Amazon Music. "A lot of people hear the song and they think it's about an ex-boyfriend or something like that, but it's actually just a song about the haters." The music video features cameos from Paris Hilton and Wiz Khalifa, among others. "It's not as intense as you think it is. It's a lighthearted song, and so the video is going to be lighthearted, too. You don't want it to seem angsty. You don't want it to seem angry by any means," she says. "So, the video is going to be a giant house party. I threw a house party a couple months ago, and it ended up being so random and so much fun, and we want to recreate that for the video." Lovato is currently putting the finishing touches on her untitled album, a follow-up to 2015's Confident. Though she recently teamed up with Cheat Codes ("No Promises") and Jax Jones ("Instruction"), Lovato says her album won't be as dance-focused. "I would love to collaborate with Eminem. He's gone through a lot and he raps about recovery, which is something that I'm passionate about," she tells Amazon Music. "I feel like we can make something great together." Will Lovato's fans get a chance to see her perform "Sorry Not Sorry" at some point? "Maybe," she says. "It's not set in stone right now, but I'm always going to end up touring a some point." Before the release of "Sorry Not Sorry," Lovato shared an open letter to fans on Instagram. "Thank you for allowing me to take the time I needed at the end of last year to step away from all the craziness. I'll admit, I was worried that people would get upset with me. But what I saw was that instead of getting upset, literally every single one of you wrapped your arms around me and showed me how unwavering your love and support is," she wrote. "I'm so happy that I was able to come back to writing music more energized and inspired than ever, and to be able to give my all and more, to this new chapter. 'Sorry Not Sorry' is the first of many songs that I've been working on, and I can't wait for you guys to hear all of them. I hope this song makes you get off your seat and dance like you never have before. This is an anthem for anyone who's ever been hated on and has risen above it and come out from the other side like a f--king savage!!!" (Eonline)

Oscar Isaac used Shakespeare as a method of processing grief after his mother died in February. For Isaac, 38, Shakespeare was a way of bonding with his mother and sister, he told The New York Times in a recent interview. He spent the majority of fall and winter at a hospital in Florida taking care of his mother, Eugenia. As her health worsened, Isaac began reading to her from "Hamlet." "I would just read the play all the time, do bits for her," the man behind Poe Dameron in Star Wars: The Force Awakens said. "I didn't know how to process any of it, but this I knew how to do." "I know it happens to everybody, but it'd never happened to me," he explained. "I know people's mothers have died, but this was mine." When she passed away in February, Isaac threw himself into his work on "Hamlet," which is currently playing at the Public Theater in New York City. While grieving his mother, the actor also welcomed his first child in April, 2-month-old son Eugene, with documentary filmmaker Elvira Lind. "It's for my mom that I'm doing it," he said of the play. "It's to honor her life, but also her death, which was so awful." It's not all sad thoughts when he's playing Hamlet, however. He thinks of Eugene (who was named after his mother) when he acts, and of how his son has inherited his grandmother's lips and hands. "You have a child," he said. "And you must– you must for their sake -- you must say yes to life." (People)

L. L Cool J reached out to fans to help find his '90s "In the House" co-star Maia Campbell after a video of her asking for crack surfaced over the weekend. "If anyone has a contact on Maia pls let me know .?.?." he posted on Instagram. Campbell appears in the video wearing a bra and panties while pumping an Atlanta rapper's gas. "I want some crack," she says as the rapper films. The troubled star, who struggles with bipolar disorder, also goes into detail about a guy raping her "like Cosby." The video went viral, causing LL to condemn the shooter. "Instead of pulling out your phone and filming someone who's obviously having trouble. Maybe lend a helping hand? A kind word?" he tweeted. (Page Six)

The family of Nelsan Ellis says the "True Blood" star died of heart failure stemming from symptoms of alcohol withdrawal. Speaking out two days after Ellis' untimely death at the age of 39, the family revealed on Monday that the actor had battled alcohol and drug abuse for years before recently attempting to stop using booze on his own. "After many stints in rehab, Nelsan attempted to withdraw from alcohol on his own," the family said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, through his manager Emily Gerson Saines. "According to his father, during his withdrawal from alcohol he had a blood infection, his kidneys shut down, his liver was swollen, his blood pressure plummeted, and his dear sweet heart raced out of control." Ellis spent four days in Woodhull Hospital in Brooklyn before he passed away on Saturday. Remembering Ellis as a "gentle, generous and kind soul," the family said Ellis would have wanted others to learn from his addiction. "Nelsan was ashamed of his addiction and thus was reluctant to talk about it during his life. His family, however, believes that in death he would want his life to serve as a cautionary tale in an attempt to help others," the statement continued. Tributes poured in over the weekend from co-stars who were heartbroken to learn of Ellis' death. "Crushed today by the loss of my friend and castmate Nelsan Ellis. He was a wonderful person, a pioneer, and a one of a kind artist," Joe Manganiello, who worked with Ellis on HBO's "True Blood," wrote on Twitter. Octavia Spencer, who shared the screen with Ellis in "The Help" and "The Soloist," said they became "instant friends" after meeting on the set of the latter. Of their first encounter on set she wrote, "Needless to say, he was gorgeous, sexy. But his talent had me speechless ... I miss him." (Page Six)

Shia LaBeouf unleashed an epic drunken rant at Savannah, GA police as they took him into custody -- and bodycam footage shows him repeatedly calling one cop a "dumb f**k" and a "stupid bitch." As we reported ... cops tracked down Shia at his hotel and arrested him in the lobby, but he did not go quietly. He yelled at the officer, "I have rights! I'm an American. You got me in my hotel, arresting me in my hotel for doing what, Sir?" The rant got worse once he was in the police cruiser -- "I'm a f**king American, I pay my taxes, get these s**ts off my f**king arm." He also got racial, telling the black officer ... the President "doesn't give a f**k about you, and you wanna do what? Arrest white people?" After unsuccessfully begging the cops to let him go ... he turned to threats, saying ... "I got more millionaire lawyers than you know what to do with, you stupid bitch!" As we reported, Shia was booked for public intoxication, disorderly conduct and obstruction. (TMZ)

Blac Chyna's firing a warning shot at her former side piece -- telling him if he rips a page out of Rob Kardashian's playbook ... it's gonna cost him dearly. Powerhouse attorney Lisa Bloom sent Ferrari a letter -- obtained by TMZ -- warning him not to sell or post any nude pics or images he might have of her. Bloom says, "Posting online or distributing photos of Ms. White's intimate body parts is a crime punishable by fines and jail time." And for good measure ... she also brought up California's revenge porn law. Remember, Ferrari already came within a nipple or so of semi-nudes ... when he posted pics of himself and Chyna in bed. This comes on the heels of BC getting a restraining order against Rob ... who now says he regrets plastering BC's nudes on social media. Ferrari -- who already bounced out of BC's picture and returned a bunch of jewelry he bought for her -- is officially on notice. (TMZ)

Skrillex wants a fan who's suing him to undergo a second psychiatric evaluation, but she's telling him to take a hike. Jennifer Fraissl sued the DJ back in February 2014 after he jumped from the stage during a performance in Downtown L.A. Jennifer says Skrillex landed on top of her and she suffered a stroke as a result of the trauma. The suit's been going back-and-forth, and now Skrillex wants Jennifer to undergo an independent psychiatric evaluation to determine the emotional impact caused by her alleged injuries. But in docs, obtained by TMZ, Jennifer says she's refusing to go through the exam ... especially because she already has with her own doctors. The judge will decide if she has to submit to further testing. (TMZ)

Jim Carrey Challenges Mother of Late Girlfriend Cathriona White Over Wrongful Death Lawsuit. UPDATE: Earlier Monday, Brigid Sweetman, the mother of Jim Carrey's late Irish girlfriend Cathriona White, and Mark Burton, White's estranged ex-husband, have filed a formal amended, consolidated complaint against the actor for the wrongful death of his ex-girlfriend. In documents obtained by E! News, Sweetman's second amended complaint against the 55-year-old actor calls for Burton and Sweetman's separate lawsuits to be combined into one joint wrongful death lawsuit. White's mother and her estranged husband are listed as co-petitioners against the star. Michael Avenatti, attorney for Sweetman and Burton, told E! News: "We look forward to Mr. Carrey being required to explain to a Los Angeles jury why he gave Ms. White three STD's, lied to her about it, demeaned her and then ultimately provided her with the drugs she used to take her own life." Avenatti says the legal team anticipates the trial, which is slated for April 26, 2018, lasting 20 days. The lawyer said that the next big event in the Truman Show actor's case will be his deposition in August. His video-taped deposition will take place in Los Angeles attorney's office.

THE OTHER STUFF . . .

Chef Ayesha Curry celebrated her daughter's 2nd birthday on Monday alongside her husband, NBA star Stephen Curry. The two posted to their respective Instagram accounts, commemorating the birth of their daughter Ryan. Ayesha, 28, posted several adorable photos of Ryan, with the caption, "Happy 2nd birthday my beautiful baby girl Ryan. I love you so much. Your vibrant, content and hilarious personality is contagious. I just want to cuddle you forever and ever. My chookas. I can't take how quickly the past two years have gone by. Not enough time in a day." Stephen, 29, posted a hilarious photo of his family walking together while Ryan sat in a stroller, hiding her face from the camera. ""I'm sorry daddy. No pics on the bday for me please. Just let me live!" -Baby Ryan! Happy 2nd birthday my princess!" he wrote in the caption. Earlier in the day, Ayesha posted an emotional post of Ryan's room, decorated with balloons and a light up sign that reads "Believe." "I can't believe that my baby girl will be two. TWO!!" she gushed. "When we wake in the morning I hope that she'll be surprised with the forest of balloons awaiting her around her bed. Most importantly I hope she continues to be her bright, beautiful sled and that she continues to 'believe' just as the sign illuminated above her head says as she dreams and grows each night." The proud mom, who also shares 4-year-old daughter Riley with Stephen, continued writing her tribute post. "At some point in most people's lives I feel like we stop believing," she wrote. "Whether it be in our hopes, dreams, wants, faith, endeavors. It is my hope as her mama that as she grows, she never stops believing and keeps God at her forefront. I hope to set an example for both my girls believing in God and myself first and knowing that we can do anything we put our minds to! Until tomorrow... super emotional mommy out! #alwaysbelieve." (People)

And now this . . . "Last Week Tonight" funnyman John Oliver has joined the upcoming live-action remake of Disney's hit "The Lion King." Oliver -- who has voiced characters for the Smurfs movies, "The Simpsons," "Rick and Morty" and "Bob's Burgers" -- will voice "Lion King" character Zazu, the uptight red-billed hornbill who is royal adviser to lead characters Mufasa and Simba, according to the Wrap. Reps for Oliver did not comment. Jon Favreau, who worked on 2016's live-action version of "The Jungle Book," will oversee the CGI project, which also stars Donald Glover, Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner. James Earl Jones will reprise his role in the 1994 original as Mufasa. (Page Six)

Brooklyn Beckham debuts new tattoo on Instagram (and it's not his first)... His dad David has 40 plus inkings, and now Brooklyn Beckham is following suit... Brooklyn Beckham had his first tattoo done back in March this year and then another one soon after, and it seems he's seriously caught the bug as he's just gone back for more. The Beckham's eldest son has just had a large, intricate compass tattooed onto his forearm. Showing off his new ink on Instagram, the 18-year-old wrote: "Thanks mate..." while tagging in the tattoo artist Doctor Woo. Brooklyn also has two other tattoos: a large camera on his left arm, and a Native American war bonnet on his right. We wonder how long it'll take for Brooklyn to reach his father David's 40 tattoo record... And what's the betting Romeo and Cruz will be begging mum and dad for one next? (British Glamour)

Fresh off her spat with President Donald Trump, Mika Brzezinski has landed new a three-book deal with Weinstein Books, which published her 2011 book "Knowing Your Value." The "Morning Joe" anchor has signed a deal with Harvey and Bob Weinstein's publishing imprint said to be worth "in the high six figures," sources exclusively tell Page Six. The newly closed deal will include a revised edition of "Knowing Your Value: Women, Money, and Getting What You're Worth," which will be released next spring with fresh interviews from female trailblazers about getting recognition in the business space and in personal relationships. Brzezinski is, of course, engaged to her fellow MSNBC anchor Joe Scarborough, exclusively revealed by Page Six in May. The updated book will also tie into Brzezinski's 2018 "Know Your Value" conference series for career-oriented women. We're told that Brzezinski plans to follow up with two more books in fall 2018, one titled "Comeback Careers" and a currently untitled book for millennials entering the job market. The deal comes after Brzezinski was attacked by President Trump on Twitter, who blasted her as "low IQ Crazy Mika" and claimed she "was bleeding badly from a face-lift" when she and Scarborough came to Mar-a-Lago -- the president's private club in Palm Beach, Fla. -- late last year. The shocking June 29 tweets created an uproar, but Brzezinski shrugged them off, questioning the president's mental state. A source close to the book deal told us, "This was being discussed before the Trump remarks were made, and that incident did not have any effect on the deal itself or the subject matter for the books." However, it is hoped that Brzezinski could tackle her clash with the president in a new chapter for "Knowing Your Value." Meanwhile, Brzezinski and Scarborough spent time over the July Fourth holiday looking at pricey homes on Nantucket in Massachusetts, where he has vacationed for many years, the Boston Globe reported. (Page Six)

TMZ Sports has obtained an audio recording of the alleged domestic dispute involving Alberto Del Rio and Paige -- in which an emotional Paige screams out, "Stay out of my life. Leave me the f*ck alone." The person who recorded the audio -- a huge wrestling fan -- says she recognized the couple while they were arguing Sunday in the middle of Orlando International Airport in Florida. The witness says she recorded the incident as evidence. You can hear Alberto and Paige yelling -- clearly upset -- with Alberto saying, "Call the cops. Let's do it. Get the cops." It sounds like he's talking to Paige ... who yells back, "Just stay out of my life. Leave me the f*ck alone. I'm trying to get away from you." Moments later, Alberto says, "I'm pressing charges against you." Witnesses tell TMZ Sports it was clear Alberto and Paige were arguing with each other and Paige stormed off at the end of the exchange. We're told a police officer responded to the scene and spoke with Alberto -- though he was not arrested. The twist ... Paige issued a statement on Twitter insisting both she and ADR called police on a 3rd party, a female fan, who she claims threw a drink on Alberto when he refused to take a picture with her. We spoke with law enforcement -- but they made no reference to a 3rd party and told us they were investigating the matter as a domestic violence issue. We made calls to reps for Alberto and Paige -- so far, no word back. (TMZ)

The Fiery Side of Celebrity Fandom: Why the BeyHive and Little Monsters Really Attack. When Little Monsters bite or the BeyHive stings, you feel it. Lady Gaga and Beyonce's particularly passionate fanbases have both made headlines recently for "going after" an individual in defense of their idol. Gaga actually issued a kind but stern reprimand to her fans asking them not to bully Ed Sheeran online -- which some of them had done after they assumed he'd taken a dig at the Super Bowl halftime show performer in an interview earlier this year. Beyonce, on the other hand, has yet to comment (nor does she make a habit of commenting) on her fans' outrage at dad Matthew Knowles for announcing the birth of her and Jay-Z's twins before she could share the news herself. Suffice it to say, the BeyHive is still buzzing. (Thought it's not as if Grandpa spilled the beans on the names or anything...) It's really not uncommon, though, that when a select group of fans take up a position on social media, their particular viewpoint becomes attributed to the group as a whole. Matteo, the creator of the fansite Lady Gaga Now, tells E! News that even though most Little Monsters never bullied Sheeran, the fact that even some of them did still "gives us fans a bad look." "Today even the smallest tweet can generate a big mess and get right to the artist," Matteo explains. "Words are transformed, changed and sometimes invented. Gaga knows this, and she intervened to support Ed. This isn't surprising. She will always be front row when it comes to this." Gaga has a history of asking her fans to be nice rather than nasty -- even when she's the target of Internet hate. In a 2013 post on her Born This Way Foundation's Tumblr page, she made an impassioned plea to fans to stop their online attacks of her critics. "... [By] engaging in this negativity you are allowing it to spread," she wrote. "I ask you to take a pledge with me to continue the change toward positivity, and to recognize that this behavior is wrong." The singer's request seems to come from a personal place. But if Gaga were to just sit by and watch as her Little Monsters trolled their way around the web, it's unlikely that her career would suffer. According to Sara Linden, a lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London, and the co-author of Fans and Fan Cultures: Tourism, Consumerism and Social Media, a bit of unfettered fan fury on an artist's behalf might actually pay off on a professional level. Just look at Beyonce, Jay Z and "Becky with the good hair": When Bey touched on her hubby's alleged infidelity with this so-called Becky on the Lemonade track "Sorry," the BeyHive swarmed Rachel Roy (the woman widely assumed but never explicitly proven to be Becky) and filled the comment sections of her social media pages with Lemonade-inspired vitriol. Beyonce didn't ask her BeyHive to back her up. But, as Linden says, Bey also "never asked her fans to stop harassing women they thought might be 'Becky.'" Linden also points out that Jay Z "just released a new album [4:44] where he is also referencing 'Becky,' so we can assume that in this particular case the attention has benefited them both." Some members of the BeyHive arguably went too far when they made cruel comments about Roy's children. Beyonce in no way encouraged any behavior that crossed the line, but that didn't stop her ride-or-die fans from going there. The BeyHive will sting for a lot less than an alleged cheating scandal, too. As Klaudia, the creator of the fansite BeyonceOnline.org tells E! News, "There were often cases where the BeyHive started attacking someone because of a misunderstanding. One wrong word can lead to war." Another self-proclaimed member of the BeyHive, a 25-year-old music producer who goes by the name of Bones, says she's not as "easily triggered" as "some of the younger BeyHive [members]." For Bones to "drag someone" in the name of Bey, "it takes blatant disrespect," she tells E! News. "Things that attack her personal life more so will trigger me than things concerning her music career... when you've grown up alongside someone's career and they've shown you their personal side, you don't tolerate people attacking their personal life." A dig at Beyonce is a dig at her entire fanbase -- and although the BeyHive is one of the best known current-day fandoms, they're not the only people who take perceived slights against their idols very personally. Katherine Larsen, who teaches at George Washington University and is the co-author of Fangasm, tells us, "The idea of sort of going after somebody who is threatening your idol I think happens a lot." "If you are so deeply devoted to a particular sort of fan idol or television show or particular singer or actor, there's a sense of identity that comes along with that, and a sense of being part of a community," Larsen explains. "So when that community and that identity are threatened by something that's coming from outside... I think there is sort of a sense of, 'No. We like things the way they are... We want them to stay the way they are.' We don't want these incursions in this kind of sort of idea of ourselves and what these people represent to us to [be] interfered with." Larsen says mass media coverage often "strays into, 'Oh, look at the things that they're doing in their corners of the internet,'" and ultimately "[misses] the point of what fans do and the joy that fandom can bring." And it's true -- many members of the different fan groups we talked to have formed great friendships within their fandoms and come together to raise thousands of dollars for charitable causes. As Matteo, the creator of a Lady Gaga fansite, tells E! News, "We were never just a fanbase. We are a family." The different families, so to speak, have had and will likely continue to have the occasional petty feud. But at the core of all different fan groups is a network of support. This was never truer than in the wake of the Manchester bombing at the Ariana Grande concert that tragically claimed the lives of 22 of her fans. Not only did Ariana's Arianators rally to support the victims and their families, but the BeyHive, Little Monsters, Beliebers, Selenators, Lovatics, Harmonizers, the Mendes Army and countless other fandoms came together. The One Love Manchester benefit concert headlined by Grande, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Little Mix, Niall Horan, Coldplay, Marcus Mumford, Liam Gallagher and Pharrell raised an estimated $9 million from around the world in relief funds for victims. Sergio, an Ariana Grande fan who runs the @ArianatorRain Twitter account, was moved by the international display of kindness and unity in a deeply troubling time. "I've seen so much support from many groups and I'm very proud of it," he tells E! News. "I'm really glad because there are still good people with good hearts... Ari has taught us to be strong, so that's what we're doing. Hate won't win this battle. Love will." (Eonline)

Music

Jennifer Lopez Debuts Epic Music Video for "Ni Tú Ni Yo" (Feat. Gente de Zona). This music video is finally here! After releasing many behind-the-scenes pictures, stunning cover art and lyric video, Jennifer Lopez is treating fans to the official music video for "Ni Tú Ni Yo" (feat. Gente de Zona). The video is set in South Florida with a 1970s vibe. Jennifer is introduced to Khotan Fernandez (the photographer), by none other than, the singer's ex-husband Marc Anthony. As they begin the photo shoot, they start realizing they are falling, unexpectedly, in love with each other. True to J.Lo's classic style and the theme of the video, we see the star in numerous, epic wardrobe changes. Aside from completely glowing, the star is wearing a ravishing custom yellow gown from designer to the stars Michael Costello as she shows some serious leg and rocks statement earrings from Rebecca de Ravenel. The music video, directed by Emil Nava, was filmed last month in Isla Morada, Florida. Jennifer, who is one of the composers of the song along with Gente de Zona and Anthony, explains falling for someone in the Spanish hit. "Como en la vida, el amor es así, nace de la nada y se convierte en todo, nunca imagine enamorarme así" which translates to, "As in life, love is like this It is born out of nothing and becomes everything, I never imagined falling in love like this." Telemundo's Un Nuevo Dia was the first to exclusively premiere "Ni Tú Ni Yo" music video. (Eonline)

Jesse Williams Opens Up About Headline-Making Divorce in Jay-Z's Footnotes for 4:44 Video. Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words definitely hurt Jesse Williams. The 35-year-old actor, who is currently involved in a public custody dispute with estranged wife Aryn Drake-Lee, has opened up about his divorce in the very revealing Footnotes for 4:44, a new offering by Jay-Z and Tidal, released earlier. In the 11-minute video, Jesse joins Jay, Chris Rock, Will Smith, Kendrick Lamar, Anthony Anderson, Aziz Ansari and more for candid discussions on relationships, love and the pressure that comes with being in the public eye. While not referring to Aryn by name, Jesse subtly addresses cheating rumors in the visual piece and how it affects him. In the impassioned cameo, Jesse says, "I was in a relationship 13 years, 13 real years, not 5 years, not 7 years, 13 years and all of a sudden mother f--kers are writing think-pieces that I somehow threw a 13-year relationship -- like thee most painful experience I've had in my life like with a person I've loved with all of my heart -- that I threw a person and my family in the trash because a girl I work with is cute." In 2010, the Grey's Anatomy actor told USA Today, "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. We know each other in and out." But sadly, the love did not last... In June, E! News reported that Jesse and his attorney's alleged that Aryn has refused his request for more time with the two children, Maceo Williams and Sadie Williams that 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 alleged in court documents obtained by E! News. "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... " Subsequently, 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." (Eonline)

This Coldplay Superfan Got the Surprise of a Lifetime After Crowd Surfing in His Wheelchair to Chris Martin. In a sky full of stars, Chris Martin found one fan that shined brighter than the rest. As Coldplay performed their biggest hits to a sold-out crowd this weekend in Dublin, one spontaneous moment occurred that doesn't happen at every show. When Chris noticed a young man named Rob crowd surfing in his wheelchair, the Grammy winner decided to switch things up a bit and invite the stranger onstage. What came next was a special moment both Chris and Rob will never forget. In a video going viral, music fans will witness Coldplay improvise a song about Dublin. As for the special fan, he busted out his harmonica and showed off his own musical skills in front of 83,000 people. "Well here we are in Dublin, me and my friend Rob, he is 29-years-old and training is his job," Chris sang for the first verse of the new song. "Well here we are in Dublin and what an awesome crowd, I've been all over the world and I've never seen anybody so loud." Hours after the crowd erupted in applause, the lucky fan tried to wrap his head around what happened during the unforgettable night. "A lad accidentally fell on me and was extremely apologetic. He and his friends insisted on lifting me and getting me a better view," Rob told BBC News. "Chris Martin invited me up on stage so that I was on stage with Coldplay." He continued, "In a time where we're seeing the horrors of London, Manchester, and Paris, I hope this shows that if you get yourself out there, you never know what's going to happen. I would like to thank Chris for an amazing experience." Perhaps more surprises are right around the corner when it comes to Coldplay shows. The band behind huge hits including "Viva La Vida," "Yellow" and "Paradise" head to the United States this August for a few select stadium dates. Complete dates are online now. (Eonline)

Demi Lovato is back with a vengeance. Early Tuesday morning, the singer returned from her recent music hiatus with the release of the new track "Sorry Not Sorry." "Payback is a bad bitch / And baby, I'm the baddest / You f -- in' with a savage / Can't have this, can't have this," she sings before launching into the chorus, her powerhouse vocals exclaiming, "Baby, I'm sorry, I'm not sorry / Baby, I'm sorry, I'm not sorry / Bein' so bad got me feelin' so good / Showing you up like I knew that I would." In a lengthy Monday post thanking her fans for their support, Lovato teased the song, writing, "This is an anthem for anyone who's ever been hated on and has risen above it and come out from the other side like a f -- ing savage." Last October, the singer announced she was taking a "break"without providing any suggestion of the length of her time away. "So excited for 2017," she wrote on Twitter. "Taking a break from music and the spotlight.. I am not meant for this business and the media." (People)

Niall Horan is Sorry His Flicker Sessions Tour Isn't Hitting Your Town, But Says 'Bear With Me'. In this particular case, Niall Horan promises it's not Forever 21. Realizing that a number of his fans may have been disappointed when they saw the short list of cities on his upcoming Flicker Sessions World Tour announced on Monday (July 10), Horan took to Twitter on Tuesday morning (July 11) to reassure them that there's more to come. "It's been incredible to see such an amazing reaction to the Flicker Sessions," Horan said in a hand-written note. "That you so much as per usual for your love and support. For those of you wondering why I'm not stopping nearer you this time please bear with me a little longer while I plan 2018. This is just the beginning and an opportunity for me to re-learn the craft of doing shows and touring in general." Perhaps the member of on-hiatus stadium-fillers One Direction doth protest too much. While Niall's gentle acoustic singer/songwriter tunes might work better in smaller confines, surely there are plenty of fans who want to come out and see him do his solo thing. In case you missed the announcement, the tour will kick off on Aug. 29 at the 1,240-capacity Olympia Theatre in his native Ireland and hit similar-sized venues across Europe, the Far East, the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The 21-date tour will keep Horan on the road for most of late summer and fall as it moves through London, Stockholm, Sydney, Tokyo, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Rio De Janeiro, Philadelphia, New York, Toronto, Boston, Washington D.C., Miami Beach, Orlando, Atlanta, Nashville, Chicago, Dallas and Phoenix before wrapping up in San Francisco on Nov. 22. (Billboard)

The Alarm's Mike Peters on New Doc, 'Man In The Camo Jacket,' Beating Cancer and The Warped Tour. For more than 35 years, The Alarm frontman Mike Peters has delivered emotionally vibrant rock songs that have resonated with fans for their passionate authenticity and urgency. But as new documentary Man in the Camo Jacket reveals, Peters may have needed the healing the band's music provided more than anyone. Directed by Russ Kendall, the film not only chronicles the band's fractured and then resurrected career, it follows Peters through his ongoing 20-year battle with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. It's clear that as much as modern medicine has kept his disease at bay, music has played an equal if not greater role. In fact, when he was first diagnosed, instead of starting treatment, the Welsh Peters carried on with a planned U.S. tour. Throughout the inspiring film, he returns to the road over and over again despite grueling chemotherapy treatments. The film takes its name from the combat fatigues Peters wore as he began his triumphant fight with cancer. "Music has 100 percent kept me alive," Peters tells Billboard. "Medicine would have kept me alive in 1995 if I'd had the transplant [which his doctors recommended], but I would have been in isolation for a year, might not have had children, I might not have had the strength or will to reform The Alarm in 2000." Peters has taken the same drive he applies to his music and applied it to Love Hope Strength Foundation, an organization founded by Peters and James Chippendale that is devoted to hosting marrow donor drives at concerts and festivals via its Get on the List campaign, as well as raises awareness and funds for cancer treatment. Its efforts, including hosting the world's highest concert on Mt. Everest, were chronicled in the documentary Everest Rocks Man in the Camo Jacket was released on VOD and iTunes on July 4 by XLrator Media. The film was produced by Jonathan McHugh and Jonathan Platt of J-2 Films and James Chippendale of Johnny Lama Productions. Alex Coletti executive produced. On July 17, a Washington, D.C. screening will be followed by a performance by Peters at the Gibson Showroom. On Aug. 3, the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles will host a screening, as well as an acoustic performance and Q&A with Peters. Kendall trailed Peters for eight years, on stage and off. "He wanted to tell the story of The Alarm, as well as my own story and how everything flows into one," Peters says. "I [knew] everyone who had a part to play was in safe hands and he would tell it with dignity and care and tell it truthfully, warts and all." Peters had served as the band's archivist since he bought a video camera in the early '80s and he turned that footage over to Kendall to use as well -- even though some of the film was a shade personal. "I forgot I sent him all my home videos that I sent to [my wife] Jules from the road. I wasn't expecting to see myself in my underwear," Peters says with a laugh. Peters had no say over the final edit and, in fact, the first time he saw the finished film was at a public screening. "I thought Russ got a really good handle on it and told it brilliantly," he says, even though he admits that he wishes some of his behavior had been better. Specifically, the film shows the 1991 concert when Peters quit The Alarm on stage without telling his bandmates in advance. Amazingly, the band goes right into the next song without missing a beat. "They'd stopped listening to me at that point," Peter says, as he states what is obvious in hindsight: "We weren't very good at communicating." Music continues to propel Peters. Last Friday (July 7), The Alarm kicked off 13 dates on the Warped tour. The group will cycle on and off the festival throughout the summer while playing 32 headlining dates. As he promotes the film between gigs, Peters hopes the doc draws fans far beyond the group's base. "It's not so much a film for Alarm aficionados. It's about so much more," he says. "It's introducing the whole story of who Mike Peters is. Who is this guy who wears his heart on his sleeve, maybe too much at times." (Billboard)

Haim Holds Advantage in Race to U.K. Albums Chart Title. Haim has something to tell you: they're on pace for another U.K No. 1 album. The sister act is ruling the midweek albums chart with their sophomore album Something to Tell You (Polydor), the followup to 2013's Days Are Gone. The sibling trio won't be popping champagne just yet. Their album is less than 1,000 combined units ahead of Ed Sheeran's blockbuster Divide (Asylum), which is at No. 2 on the Official U.K. Albums Chart Update. If Something hold firm at the summit when the Official Albums Chart is published this Friday, the American group will have a perfect two-for-two after their debut Days Are Gone opened at No. 1 four years ago. Londoners Public Service Broadcasting are on the verge of their best chart performance with Every Valley (PIAS), their third album which starts at No. 3 on the Chart Update. There's a touch of synchronicity about JAY-Z's much hyped 14th album 4:44 (Roc Nation), which sits at No. 4 on the midweek chart. The hip-hop star's new album soars from outside the top 100 after it was made available on Apple Music last Friday (July 7) at the conclusion of its week-long exclusive on his own streaming service Tidal. On the midweek singles chart, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Despacito" (Def Jam/RBMG/ Republic/UMLE), featuring Justin Bieber, has the edge over DJ Khaled's "Wild Thoughts" (Black Butter/We The Best), featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, in the race to No. 1 If "Despacito" holds on until Friday (July 14), it will become just the 20th single to log at least nine weeks at No. 1, according to the Official Charts Company. (Billboard)

Spotify Reaches Deal With Sony Music: Sources. After months of negotiations, Sony Music Entertainment has reached a licensing agreement with Spotify, sources tell Billboard, becoming the second major label to do so this year and paving the way for the streaming service to go public. The deal, expected to close imminently, comes on the heels of Spotify's multi-year licensing agreement with Universal Music Group announced in April. The terms of Sony's deal with Spotify weren't clear. Spokespeople for Sony and Spotify declined to comment. UMG's deal gives Spotify a break on the percentage of revenue that it must pays UMG in royalties as its subscriber base grows, going down to about 52 percent of revenue from 55 percent, sources have told Billboard. UMG's deal also gives its artists the ability to limit their albums to Spotify's paid tier for two weeks after release -- though no big acts have yet taken advantage of that freedom to date. JAY-Z, whose Roc Nation label is distributed by UMG, hasn't released his new 4:44 album on Spotify at all, despite making it available on other paid streaming services such as Apple Music and Amazon Music Unlimited after a week-long exclusive run on his own service, Tidal. Spotify remains in licensing talks with Warner Music Group. The terms of Spotify's new deals with the labels could better position the streaming service to become profitable once it reaches a certain scale. At that point, Spotify will longer have to spend as much on marketing, though the company has never specified how many subscribers "scale" constitutes. Spotify's net loss doubled last year to about $568 million on $3.1 billion in revenue, according to its latest filings. It now counts more than 50 million paying subscribers and more than 140 million total users. Apple Music, by comparison, announced it had 27 million subscribers last month. Spotify is under pressure to offer its shares to the public due to the terms of the $1 billion in debt it raised last year, which gets more expensive the longer Spotify waits. Spotify is considering a "direct listing" instead of a traditional IPO, an unusual move that could cut its interest payments, but could also mute investor buzz and appetite for shares, music executives tell Billboard. Announcing his company's deal in an April release, UMG's chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge noted that "working hand in hand with these digital services brought us the industry's first real growth in nearly two decades. (Billboard)

Movies

Ryan Reynolds Has the Best Response to Wonder Woman Beating Deadpool. Deadpool isn't known for his humility. But, now that Wonder Woman surpassed Deadpool with a record-breaking box office gross, Ryan Reynolds decided to write a celebratory post yesterday in honor of the "#BoxOfficeBoss." "The Merc May Be Filthier, but Her B.O. is Stronger," he joked. "Congrats #WonderWoman." In the graphic, Deadpool's gloved hands made a heart shape around a Wonder Woman necklace. Directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot in the titular role, Wonder Woman has earned more than $368 million in North America since its June 2 release, moving past Deadpool's $363 million in 2016. Still, Deadpool leads the worldwide box office with $783 million to $746 million. Many box office analysts predict Wonder Woman will beat Deadpool at the global box office before the month is over. "Historically, an origin superhero film does big business domestically," Warner Bros. distribution chief Jeff Goldstein told The Hollywood Reporter last month. And, box office analyst Paul Dergarabedian added, "Wonder Woman has been a welcome outlier on so many fronts, but particularly the near 50-50 split between the North American and international box office is a departure from what we have been accustomed to seeing...There are likely a number of reasons for this, but often lesser-known characters in the international territories require at least one installment to get their sea legs so to speak (much like the first Captain America) -- and this could bode well for the next Wonder Woman." Wonder Woman is the highest-grossing live-action film directed by a woman, the highest-grossing film domestically of Warner Bros.' DC Extended Universe, and the second-highest-grossing DCEU film worldwide, behind Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (released in 2016). Reynolds, meanwhile, is currently filming Deadpool 2 with director David Leitch. The Marvel sequel -- set for release on June 1, 2018 -- stars Morena Baccarin, Zazie Beetz, Josh Brolin, Julian Dennison, Brianna Hildebrand, Stefan Kapicic, Jack Kesy, T.J. Miller and Leslie Uggams. (Eonline)

How Harry Styles Really Felt About Chopping Off His Hair to Make His Film Debut in Dunkirk. As if being a gifted musician and modern day fashion icon isn't enough, Harry Styles is taking his talents to the big screen in his new film Dunkirk. The former One Direction member and his co-star Fionn Whitehead sat down with E!'s Erin Lim to chat about the film. "I really loved working on this film," Styles gushed about the cast and crew, including director Christopher Nolan. "I really enjoyed the experience, it was good fun." In his movie debut he plays Alex, a hardened soldier fighting at Dunkirk. However, acting was only half the battle as Styles also had to make a few personal changes in order to play the role. Styles recounted how he chopped off his locks -- remember that now-famous photo he posted to Instagram holding his braid? -- to fit the part of a World War II soldier. He said he didn't "really think" about having to make the change because he was "very excited to be getting to set and being involved and working on [the film]." He noted that "it kind of went without saying," and joked that having shorter hair for the first time in years also had its perks. "It was a little breezy behind the ears, which was nice," he laughed. Not to mention, Styles exchanged his hair for a massive role...and a little more. In fact, both Styles and Whitehead admitted they took a couple mementos from the set to remember the experience. While Whitehead said he snagged a couple dog tags, Styles said he took a costume helmet. "How did you sneak that out?" Whitehead asked as the actor and musician coyly smiled and cleared his throat to dodge the question. Some of Styles' and Whitehead's many co-stars in the film include: Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy and Tom Hardy. Dunkirk premieres in theaters on July 21st. (Eonline)

Bertelsmann to Pay $1B to Boost Stake in 'Fifty Shades,' 'Game of Thrones' Publisher. George R. R. Martin's 'Game of Thrones' novels are among the publisher's biggest sellers. The German firm will now own 75 percent of book giant Penguin Random House in the deal with British media group Pearson. German media group Bertelsmann has signed a $1 billion deal to increase its stake in publishing group Penguin Random House by a further 22 percent, giving Bertelsmann a 75 percent stake in the book giant behind the Fifty Shades of Grey and Game of Thrones series. British media firm Pearson, the other shareholder in the publishing group, will retain a 25 percent stake in Penguin Random House following the deal, which is expected to close in September, pending regulatory approval. Penguin Random House was created in 2013 by the merger of the British and American book giants. The deal, unveiled Tuesday, puts an enterprise value of $3.55 billion on the publishing company. Pearson is set to net some $1 billion from the sale, 300 million pounds ($382.5 million) of which it will use for a share buyback program. Following closing, Pearson will have a 18-month lockup on the sale of its remaining 25 percent stake, with Bertelsmann having first rights to make an offer should the company choose to sell. The price tag was on the low end of expectations, suggesting, according to London-based Liberum Capital analyst Ian Whittaker, that Bertelsmann "has had the upper hand in negotiations." Bertelsmann CFO Bernd Hirsch suggested as much, noting that "our good operating performance and the current low-interest environment offer us ideal conditions for financing the transaction at exceedingly favorable terms." Bertelsmann CEO Thomas Rabe said the deal fit in with the German company's strategy of looking to hold strategic majorities in all of its content production companies. Bertelsmann holds a 75 percent stake in RTL Group, the TV company that controls FremantleMedia, and has full control over magazine publisher Gruner + Jahr and music label BMG. Markus Dohle, a Bertelsmann exec, will remain CEO of Penguin Random House, a position he has held since the company was formed in 2013. With its new three-quarters stake, Bertelsmann will also be able to appoint the chairman of the publishing group's board of directors. Penguin Random House is made up of some 250 individual publishers across five continents. The company publishes more than 15,000 new books ever year and its stable of authors includes best-selling machines such as John Grisham and Dan Brown as well as Noble Prize-winning writer Alice Munro and former President and First Lady of the United States, Barack and Michelle Obama. (Hollywood Reporter)

Russia Moves to Restrict Hollywood and Foreign Movies Further. The measure is expected to primarily hit independent and smaller movies. Russia has moved to introduce more box-office restrictions that are expected to hit independent movies and big Hollywood blockbusters alike. A law has been adopted in the first reading by the State Duma, the lower chamber of Russian Parliament, which dramatically increases the exhibition license fee from the currently rather symbolic figure of 3,500 rubles ($69) to at least 5 million rubles ($88,000) in a bid to give preference to homegrown films. The exhibition license is mandatory in Russia for all movies released theatrically. Russian films will also be technically subject to an increased fee, but it will later be repaid to the producer, the culture ministry, which penned the legislation, said. Meanwhile, exhibition license fees collected from foreign films will be spent to fund local film production, according to the ministry. The $88,000 figure is the minimum fee, while foreign movies grossing at least 200 million rubles ($3.5 million) will be subject to an exhibition license fee between 3 percent and 5 percent of their box-office gross, making it at least 6 million rubles ($106,000). "All of us, participants of the Russian film business, want to support local filmmakers," Natalia Sumina, marketing director at major Russian movie theater chain Karo, told The Hollywood Reporter. "But it is important to make sure that exhibition of art house and independent cinema doesn't suffer." According to Sumina, distributors of independent movies won't be able to afford to pay an increased exhibition license fee that is commensurate to a movie's expected box office gross. "Distributors may totally refuse to buy some movies for the Russian territory, not just for a theatrical release but also for online video services as a theatrical release is often a mandatory condition in a license deal," Sumina said. Anastasia Sergeyeva, executive director at Russian distributor Volga, which mostly focuses on independent Hollywood and foreign fare, was even more outspoken. "It is hard to see any logic in the actions of the culture ministry, whose new initiatives just come out of the blue, contradicting each other," she told THR, adding that the measure is set to "kill" the segment of independent Hollywood and foreign movies in Russia. "Extra expenses for distributors of independent movies will increase by 1.62 million rubles ($27.9 million) a year, which corresponds to 63 percent of their total revenue," she explained. "As a result of the measure, 20 independent distributors will exit the market, and about 300 titles a year won't get a Russian release." According to Sergeyeva, the exhibition license fee hike could technically benefit Hollywood majors rather than local filmmakers as U.S. blockbusters would take the slots earlier occupied by independent fare. But the other recent initiative, which limits the maximum number of screenings for each individual movie on any given day is set to hit big Hollywood blockbusters, which normally make up a large chunk of all screenings during the time they are in theaters. For instance, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, released in Russia on May 25, took 56 percent of all screenings, which helped the movie to gross $36 million in the country to become the year's top-grossing film to-date. So, if the measure, which is currently a proposal, gets adopted, Hollywood studios are set to see a decline in revenue from their biggest movies in Russia. "This initiative, aimed to regulate the film industry, could chase it into a corner," Sumina said, adding that the movie exhibition business should be regulated by the market itself. "Here, there is some target figure, which is difficult to explain or justify as it is not clear what it is based upon," she concluded. Hollywood majors, eOne, MPAA and IFTA have declined to comment so far. A date for considering the 35 percent initiative has not yet been set, but the lion's share of measures aimed at protecting the local film industry against Hollywood and foreign competition have not taken long to be adopted. (Hollywood Reporter)

'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets': What the Critics Are Saying. THR's Todd McCarthy writes, "The Razzies don't need to wait until the end of the year to anoint a winner for 2017," but some critics found more to like about Luc Besson's sci-fi epic. Are the reviews for Luc Besson's Valerian out of this world? The adaptation of the French comic Valerian et Laureline stars Dane DeHaan as the adventurer Valerian and Cara Delevingne as his partner Laureline, who find themselves on an enormous space station called Alpha, home to thousands of species. Valerian, which is set to open July 21 opposite Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk, is considered a big gamble for Besson, who has dreamed of making the film for decades, back to his Fifth Element days. (He has maintained the financial risk to his EuropaCorp is minimal, thanks to foreign presales.) Sizzle reels and trailers at conventions around the country over the past year have wowed with their effects, but according to reviews out Monday, the dazzling 3D isn't enough to win over many critics. The Hollywood Reporter's Todd McCarthy has a lot to say about the film, but really, the first paragraph of his review sort of says it all: "The Razzies don't need to wait until the end of the year to anoint a winner for 2017. The Golden Turkey Awards should be republished with a new cover. Euro-trash is back, while sci-fi will need to lick its wounds for a while. Dane DeHaan, who has starred in two of the most egregiously bloated misfires of the year with A Cure for Wellness and now this, should do a couple of indie films, while Cara Delevingne needs to learn there is more to acting than smirking and eye-rolling. Rihanna should pretend this never happened. And the Hollywood studio chiefs can breathe easy that, this time, at least, they'll escape blame for making a giant summer franchise picture that nobody wants to see, since this one's a French import." Things weren't any kinder at the New York Daily News, where Stephen Whitty writes, "[T]he movie itself is a big, black hole." He acknowledges Besson has fun with the effects, but, ultimately, "the movie is its own empty rocket ship, piloted by a giddy teenage boy and a crew of two sullen children, slowly creeping its way toward airless oblivion. It never stops for a minute, yet it never goes anywhere." David Ehrlich at IndieWire praises the impressive setting of Alpha, but notes that's far from being able to save the film: "Alpha is a miraculous place, a Wonderland in orbit, but this incredible world is desperately in search of a story worth its sights. Besson's film is mesmerizing as long as Valerian and Laureline keep digging towards the center, diving through massive computer circuits and stealing parasites off the backs of giant alien scallops in their quest towards the big nothing at the end of the tunnel, but the vividness of this place only underscores the lifelessness of the people leading us through it." Entertainment Weekly's Chris Nashawaty didn't pull any punches in his review, writing, "During the film's intoxicating first 30 minutes, for example, I couldn't decide whether what I was watching was brilliantly bonkers or total folly. Then, as the story went on, it came into sharper and sharper focus: Valerian is an epic mess." Nashawaty praises the film's "breathtaking" opening montage and first half-hour, but finds DeHaan's performance lacking, writing his take on Valerian has "all the charisma and energy of a narcoleptic about to nod off." For Nashawaty, DeHaan poses the biggest problem for the film. "The movie is cast badly. Both DeHaan and -- to a lesser degree -- Delevingne are all wrong," he says. And although he gives Besson credit for not playing it safe, Nashawaty writes, "Valerian and Besson strain so hard to sizzle your retinas and knock you out with the film's oddness that it eventually becomes numbing -- and then just exhausting." Not everyone was left cold by the film, however. Cinemablend's Eric Eisenberg finds that, although "some elements just don't work as they really should" -- such as the chemistry between the leads and a somewhat bloated second half -- the film is still a "spectacle of the summer." In short, he writes, "It's visually stunning, beautifully prescient in its humanist themes (alien-ist too, I suppose?), and while its reach doesn't match its grasp in some respects, you're still left respecting the hell out of the reach alone." Forbes' Scott Mendelson goes so far as to call the film "a dazzling delight." Praising the special effects, he compares the feel of Valerian to other sci-fi classics such as Star Wars and Guardians of the Galaxy. Unlike Eisenberg, Mendelson calls the chemistry between DeHaan and Delevingne "terrific," although he finds issue with the decision to separate the characters for a large portion of the film. However, he writes, "In an era of recycled and/or nostalgia-driven IP, Valerian is the sort of 'new to movies' franchise that deserves to live long and prosper." (Hollywood Reporter)

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Stranger Things Season 2 Premiere Date, Huge Monster Threat Revealed. The year? 1984. The sunset? Monster-filled. Netflix released the official release date for Stranger Things season two -- October 27, just in time for Halloween -- and with it a brand-new poster giving a look at what's happening in Hawkins, Indiana. You'll recall this many-legged being from the Stranger Things trailer that debuted during the Super Bowl. Details about the new season are being kept under wraps, but we do know a few choice details about what's to come for your favorite band of evil-stomping nerds. Season two kicks off a year after the events of season one and will feature many new faces. "I do think that this season's going to be a lot darker, and a lot bigger, and a lot faster-paced, and there's a lot of scares, and there's a lot of humor, so it's just a very different flavor," David Harbour, told E! News recently. Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) will return -- Hopper didn't leave those Eggos in the woods for nothing! -- and the characters will explore the effects of the Upside Down. "They'll get more into Will's storyline and they'll talk about how the Upside Down affected him," Noah Schnapp, who plays Will, told us. "I have a lot of emotionally challenging scenes this year too." And about that monster in the trailer and the poster above, "I think it's more than just a monster," Finn Wolfhard teased. In addition to returning cast members like Wynona Ryder, Caleb McLaughlin and Gaten Matarazzo, the new season will feature Sean Astin, Paul Reiser, Dacre Montgomery and Sadie Sink. The official description from Netflix: "It's 1984 and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana are still reeling from the horrors of the Demogorgan and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived." Stranger Things returns Friday, Oct. 27 on Netflix. (Eonline)

The L Word Sequel Series Is in Development at Showtime. Who's ready for more The L Word? Showtime is reportedly readying a return to the groundbreaking lesbian drama eight years after the series went off the air, with a sequel series in development. THR reports that creator Ilene Chaiken (who's currently working as showrunner on Empire) is attached to the project as an executive producer, alongside original stars Jennifer Beals (Bette), Kate Moenig (Shane) and Leisha Hailey (Alice). Should the sequel move forward, the trio of characters would appear to help introduce fans to a new ensemble of women, with the series following their lives, loves and tribulations. With Chaiken tied up at Empire, a search is underway for a new writer to serve as showrunner. The network is reportedly keen on finding someone with ties to the lesbian community to document how their relationships, lives and experiences have evolved since the drama first launched in 2004. Other characters from the original series may appear in the sequel, though none are attached just yet. The L Word also starred Mia Kirshner, Laurel Holloman, Pam Grier, Erin Daniels, Sarah Shahi, Daniela Sea and Marlee Matlin, among others, over the course of its six-season run. A spin-off featuring Hailey's imprisoned Alice, entitled The Farm, was developed by the network in 2008, but was ultimately passed over. Showtime did extend the life of the franchise, however, with reality series The Real L Word, which documented the lives of a group of lesbians living in Los Angeles. Debuting in 2010, the series ran for three seasons. Would you be interested in a sequel to The L Word if only to finally get some resolution on that massively open-ended series finale? (Eonline)

Raven's Home's New Opening Credits Are Here and the Theme Song Is Super Catchy. She's home and she's singing! We're less than two weeks away from the premiere of Raven's Home, Disney Channel's highly anticipated sequel series to That's So Raven. And ahead of the series' July 21 debut, the network has released the opening title video, complete with a theme song that will be stuck in your head for the next few days. Don't say we didn't warn ya! Fans will get to hear the catchy AF theme song in the opening credits below, with the entire cast, including Raven-Symone, Navia Robinson, Issac Ryan Brown, Jason Maybaum, Sky Katz and Anneliese van der Pol, performing the song, which was written and produced by Andy Love, Joacim Persson and Johan Alkenäs. Raven's Home picks up years after That's So Raven with the titular character now a single mom to two kids, 11-year-old twins Booker (Brown) and Nia (Robinson), living with her best friend Chelsea and Chelsea's 9-year-old son Levi (Maybaum). And in true sitcom fashion, there's a best friend/neighbor, Tess (Katz). In a fun twist, one of Raven's kids seems to have inherited her ability to see the future. And as E! News exclusively reported, the father of Raven's kids is none other than Devon Carter, with Jonathan McDaniel reprising his role as Raven's BF in seasons two-four of the original series. In the premiere episode, Booker asks Levi and Tess for help in convincing his sister Nia of his newfound abilities to see the future. Meanwhile, Raven's latest vision involves a family disagreement that leads her to meddle in her kids' life at school. Raven's Home premieres Friday, July 21 at 10 p.m. ET on Disney Channel. New episodes of Raven's Home air Fridays, 8 p.m. on Disney starting July 28. (Eonline)

Real Housewives of Orange County's Shannon Beador Addresses Weight Gain Ahead of Season 12 Premiere. Shannon Beador is taking control of her life. Hours away from the season 12 premiere of The Real Housewives of Orange County (Monday night), the Bravolebrity shared a lengthy message addressing her suddenly fuller figure. In the first trailer of the series, Shannon attributes gaining 40 lbs. to the fall-out of her friendship with Vicki Gunvalson, exclaiming, "All I want to do is eat. I just don't understand how I let myself go. This is stress, and that is Vicki Gunvalson." Taking to Instagram on Monday, Beador wastes no time coming clean. She wrote, "So let's just get to it. Yes, I have gained weight. A lot of weight. About 40 pounds to be exact." "I have not had plastic surgery or fillers, it's just plain and simple weight gain. There are multiple factors that have contributed to my size and it will be addressed this season on the show," the mom of three added. Shannon said she hopes her hardship resonates with viewers watching at home, but won't tolerate criticism online. "To those people who intend to write cruel or derogatory comments to me, I want to let you know you will be blocked and the comment deleted," she shared. "Gaining weight and trying to take it off is a struggle that most women will face at some point in their lives. I am hopeful that my fans and viewers of the show will be supportive of my journey." "I am very grateful and thankful to those people that have already reached out to me with their kind thoughts. Let the season begin..." the reality star concluded. This isn't the first time Shannon has spoken candidly about her health, and recently highlighted her fluctuating size by posting a before-and-after shot taken years apart. "Five years ago almost to the day," the blond reflected. "Same cabana. Same amazing friend. Not the same body. #goals #workingonit #itsslow #coverupnotcomingoff #nextyear #myfriendstilllooksincredible." So just how is Beador making nutrition and fitness a priority again? It appears she's spending plenty of time in the gym and avoiding tempting desserts while eating out with her family. The Real Housewives of Orange County returned for season 12 on Monday (July 10) on Bravo. (Eonline)

Odd Mom Out's Upper East Side Has Lost Its Damn Mind in This Season 3 Premiere Sneak Peek. A new season of Odd Mom Out is nearly upon us, and when we finally return to Jill Kargman's delightfully twisted Upper East Side, everything will be in utter disarray. In this sneak peek at the season three premiere, exclusive to E! News, we find our favorite UES-ers still reeling from the hilariously devastating events in the season two finale, when all Jill Weber's (Kargman) family and neighbors were hit with the news that they'd been taken for all they've got by a Ponzi scheme, effectively making Jill and Andy (Andy Buckley) the richest people in the room for a change. There's Andy's doofus brother Lex (Sean Kleier) attending grief counseling...over the loss of yacht. Poor rich ladies are being forced to assess whether they like paintings all on their own, without the aid of their art advisers. People are being made to choose between the chalet in Aspen or the horse farm in Millbrook. It's utter chaos, y'all! Although, no one's handling it quite as, um, colorfully as Jill's mother-in-law Candace (the divine Joanna Cassidy), who's shacking up with her oldest son and not wearing much of anything around the house -- despite her grandchildren's presence in the room. When a woman needs tonic, she needs tonic, are we right? This season on Odd Mom Out, Jill struggles with how fast her daughter is growing up and launching her photography career, while Andy gets involved in the kids' school committees and bites off more than he can chew. Meanwhile, Candace finds herself sequestered on a murder trial, Brooke (Abby Elliott) becomes the breadwinner in the family, Lex considers a new career that's out of this world and Vanessa (KK Glick) tries to keep the flames alive with her ex-husband Graham. Odd Mom Out returns for season three on Wednesday, July 12 at 10 p.m. on Bravo. (Eonline)

On this week's Hey It's OK podcast, GLAMOUR's editor-in-chief Jo Elvin and social media editor Kat Brown are joined by filmmaking extraordinaire Sam Taylor-Johnson to discuss three all important questions - is it OK to cull friendships? Is it OK to have a friend that slightly terrifies you? And finally, can you be good at your job but still kind of hate it? "She'd never done television really, or I don't think she's done anything significant in terms of a big meaty role like this, but she signed on immediately. Once I knew that I had her, I really knew that it was going to be something special because she just gives her heart and soul to everything. "She's really talented," she continues. On the characteristics of the show's female protagonist, Jean Holloway, Sam, who directed the first two episodes, says: "She lives this kind of immoral, mad, unpredictable life that she throws grenades into constantly and it's quite nice to create a woman anti-hero. I don't know how many of them we tend to see, they tend to be written for men." "You're really not rooting for her," she adds. "You're rooting for everyone around her hoping she doesn't touch them." On the topic of culling friendships, Jo and Sam get very candid... "I think I'd probably do it without telling anyone that I'm doing it," says Jo. "Yes, that's the best way. I did have a good friend - I won't name her - but she's a very well-known artist and she wrote a list of people she wanted to cull, the reasons why and then wrote them each a letter saying 'you are no longer my friend and I don't want you in my life'" adds Sam. Ouch! Still discussing friendships, the 50-year-old star, who is currently married to British actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson, admits that she has a friend that she is "frightened" of. "[It's] because they constantly tell me [that] I'm doing everything wrong," she explains. "I think there's something in me that obviously needs it because we're still really good friends... She's a sounding board for knowing I'm right." Moving onto to work life, Sam, Kat and Jo all agree that while they love their jobs - it's not all "glitter and unicorns" all the time. "I was interviewed by a couple of university students the other day and they were saying 'oh it must be so brilliant to just get up every day and just love your job' and it is, and I do love my job," says Jo. "But the way they were talking about it was like woodland creatures frolic behind me and I never have to go to a budget meeting or say something shitty to a staff member. "So I'd say I do love my job and I try to be good at it but there are bits of it that I do f-ing hate. I hate talking to anybody about money, I hate balancing budgets, I don't want to think about deadlines," she adds. Sam concludes with a sound bit of advice: "I think it's really great to be good at your job for everybody else but to hate it personally is the worst thing you could do for yourself." (British Glamour)

African Drama 'MTV Shuga' to Get Indian Version. The series, which has focused on issues of family planning, safe sex and HIV and which starred Lupita Nyong'o in its first two seasons, will also be localized for Egypt. MTV Shuga, the award-winning steamy African drama series from Viacom's MTV International and the MTV Staying Alive Foundation that has focused on issues of family planning, safe sex and HIV, is getting new localized versions in India and Egypt by 2020. Viacom's Viacom International Media Networks unit unveiled the news at the Family Planning 2020 summit in London on Tuesday. The move to India will mark the first time the series has been created for a country outside of sub-Saharan Africa. The company on Tuesday also said that the show will return to Nigeria for two additional seasons, "with a heavy emphasis on family planning and contraception." Viewers of the series were much more likely to go to sexual health centers to get tested, according to past research. Lupita Nyong'o starred in the first two seasons of MTV Shuga. In India, the series will be called MTV Nishedh and is expected to be aired by Indian joint venture Viacom 18 with a potential reach of 176 million young people, according to the firm. It said the show would tackle "locally relevant issues, including child sexploitation and HIV." Meanwhile, the local version of the show in Egypt will also get a local title and be produced in Arabic, making it the first MTV Shuga to be produced in a language other than English. Set to air on MTV in Egypt and via partnerships with terrestrial Arabic-language networks across the country, the Egyptian version will focus on family planning issues, including demand for contraception, gender based violence, child marriage and female genital mutilation. "We know that storytelling has the power to catalyze positive social change and have seen that first-hand in Africa with series like MTV Shuga," said Georgia Arnold, executive director of the MTV Staying Alive Foundation and senior vp of social responsibility for MTV International. "By going global with MTV Shuga and bringing this format to new countries, we are committed to challenging misconceptions and inspiring our audiences to talk openly and honestly about their sexual health, while also mobilizing them to take action to access the services they need." (Hollywood Reporter)

Great ready for another round of gym, tan, and laundry! The cast of Jersey Shore -- the hit MTV reality show which aired from 2009 to 2012 -- have been seen filming at Point Pleasant Beach and Asbury Park over the past month, the Asbury Park Press reported. "They were here [on June 16] for a couple hours and had dinner and played boardwalk games," Toby Wolf, director of marketing for Jenkinson's Boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach, told the outlet -- adding that Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Jenni "JWoww" Farley were among those filming. City officials said Bright Road Productions, who are producing the show, applied for permits with Asbury Park to film in the area -- applying under the name, "Roadtrip Reunion." It's unclear what other cast members are involved in the filming. In addition to Snooki and JWoww, Jersey Shore also starred Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Vinny Guadagnino, Pauly "DJ Pauly D" Delvecchio, Sammi "Sweatheart" Giancola, Jenni "JWoww" Farley, Dena Nicole Cortese, and Angelina Pivarnick. The Situation shared news reports of the reunion on Instagram Friday, writing, "We have a situation." On June 29, Jersey Shore's female cast members took to social media to share photos of a girls dinner at STK -- a steakhouse with locations in New York, Las Vegas, Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, Denver, Ibiza, London, Milan and more. "Reunion time!" Snooki, 29, captioned a group photo -- which was also shared by JWoww, 31, Sammi, 30, and Deena, 30 on their own accounts. A shot of the ladies at their dinner table was also shared by all -- with Snooki Snapchatting that she was "shooting an episode for Deena's wedding." (Deena and her fiance Christopher Buckner are getting married on October 28 in New Egypt, NJ -- though none of the Jersey Shore stars are listed in her wedding party on her wedding website). "Love these girls forever," Snooki wrote on Instagram -- hashtagging it "#myfamily #bestfriendsforever #rideordiebitches #truefriends #realbitches" Reps for MTV told the Asbury Park Press the filming was "not an MTV project." Bright Road Productions is a different production company the original producers of the series, 495 Productions. In honor of the Twin Peaks revival, Jessica and Toure share their picks for the revivals they'd love to see. Earlier in June, Snooki told E! News that she was down to film a reboot-"but not for a long time" because it would take time away from her kids, Giovanna, 2, and Lorenzo, 5. "Like, for a week" she said. She also mentioned that she hasn't kept in touch with The Situation since the reunion. "We're not exactly friends," she said. "I don't wish harm on him or hold a grudge. I feel terrible. Nobody wants to go to jail." (Sorrentino is currently facing 15 years in prison for criminal charges including allegedly filing false tax returns, conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government and tax evasion). Since Jersey Shore, Snooki and JWoww (who is also a mom to two: Greyson Valor, 10 months, and Meilani Alexandra, 21/2) have remained working together, starring in their own 2014 spinoff Snooki & JWoww. They continue to collaborate on a series of other projects, including an upcoming talk show tentatively titled "Snooki and JWoww: Home with Attitude." (People)

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