Monday, July 17, 2017

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Shameless Star Noel Fisher Marries Layla Alizada in 'Magical' and Intimate Wedding. Shameless actor Noel Fisher married his longtime girlfriend, actress Layla Alizada, on Saturday evening, PEOPLE exclusively reports. The couple, who met on the TV series Godiva's in 2005, exchanged heartfelt vows in front of 60 close friends and family. "We always wanted a wedding that was small and intimate. It was a magical day and even more special having so much of it put together with the help of our loved ones," Fisher and Alizada tell PEOPLE. "So grateful for the people in our lives, and that everyone was able to share this day with us." Fisher, in Kenneth Cole, and Alizada, wearing a dress by Morilee, celebrated their big day with a Mediterranean-inspired menu and white wine from Patricius at the reception. While the two first met briefly in the make-up trailer on the set of Godiva's, it wasn't until the wrap party when sparks flew. They shared their first kiss later that night. Fisher and Alizada, who starred in the 2016 Academy Award-nominated short film Day One, live in Los Angeles. (People)

Scott Porter and Wife Kelsey Mayfield Expecting Baby Girl. A little girl is on the way for Scott Porter and Kelsey Mayfield! The Friday Night Lights alum and his wife of four years just revealed the sex of the newest little one joining their team with the help of two cheerleading outfits. "Our baby girl is going to have a tough time deciding who to cheer for...but we'll love her no matter what school she chooses...right, @kiwiporter?" he joked to Mayfield on Instagram. The adorable pint-sized uniforms are emblazoned with the symbols for University of Texas and University of Nebraska. While the actor is from Nebraska, we can assume his leading lady has special ties to Texas. Of course, Friday Night Lights was also set in the state. The couple first announced they were expecting their second child on Easter in April. "Happy Easter from our growing family," the actor wrote on Instagram along with a photo of his wife cupping her baby bump with him and their son, McCoy Lee Porter. The couple, who met on the set of the hit NBC show in 2008, married in 2013 and welcomed their son two years later. As one fan jokingly pointed out on Twitter at the time of the initial reveal, "That's some egg the Easter bunny brought for you this year!" The only question that remains is -- are you ready to be a big brother, McCoy? Congratulations to the future mom and dad of two! (Eonline)

Jason Kidd could have a new nickname -- Octodad -- 'cause the Milwaukee Bucks coach's ex-wife says he's expecting his 8th child!! We spoke with Joumana Kidd outside Delilah in West Hollywood -- where the TV host broke the baby news to TMZ Sports ... and said she couldn't be happier for J and his wife, Porschla. Kidd's oldest son -- Jason Kidd Jr. -- was also out that night (in more ways than one) ... telling TMZ Sports he's just wants to keep the crown as the "gay son" in the family. It's the first time Kidd Jr.'s gone public with his sexuality -- and told us in a statement, "My sexuality doesn't change me, it only makes me the pink glittery sheep of the family. And I own it." We reached out to Kidd about the baby news -- but so far, no word back. If it's true though ... congrats! (TMZ)

Beyonce Revealed the Twins and the Internet Lost Its Mind: All the Best Reactions. Beyonce finally shared the first photo of her and Jay-Z's twins Sir Carter and Rumi Carter Thursday night, a month after she gave birth. The picture showed her holding the babies while wearing a colorful, silk organza, floral and ruffled Palomo Spain spring 2017 coat open to reveal blue underwear, paired with an aqua veil, posing in front of a flower display with an ocean backdrop. The photo was reminiscent of her Feb. 1 pregnancy announcement, which showed her in front of a similar display, wearing burgundy and blue lingerie and a yellow veil. In the caption of her photo with the twins, the singer also confirmed their names, following their reveal last month by E! News and other outlets, based on trademark filings by her company. Naturally, the Internet went crazy. Beyonce and Jay-Z's twins join big sister Blue Ivy, 5. Now that the singer has officially revealed the babies, mama Tina Knowles Lawson has also broken her silence about them. "So Happy my baby shared a photo of her babies with the world ??????proud grandma hello Sir Carter and Rumi Carter...7/13/2017," she wrote on Instagram. "Boy and girl what a blessing," (Eonline)

Serena Williams Addresses ''Secret Wedding'' Rumors and Admits She Might Not Return to The Court As Soon As She Thought. Serena Williams has been making headlines left and right lately following her engagement and subsequent pregnancy news with fiance Alexis Ohanian. However, not everything you read is true! E! News sat down with the tennis GOAT as a part of her Tempur-Pedic Sleep Is Power campaign during which she answered all of our burning questions about her wedding, her pregnancy, her health and whether she'll really return to the court in January (like she told Vanity Fair magazine last month). Acknowledging that some women have a difficult time with their pregnancies -- especially their first -- Williams told us she's been experiencing the opposite. "I have been really fortunate and I have had a really good pregnancy, and everything has just been really good," she said. "Sometimes I am walking in my house, and I'm like, 'I really like being pregnant.' I never thought I would say that. I am definitely [the type] that enjoys it." She hasn't even experienced any unusual pregnancy cravings, which is something she's actually kind of bummed about. "I don't have the cravings," she revealed. "So I am a little disappointed with that. But I am OK with it because I feel like, maybe if I had the cravings, I would have a tougher pregnancy." In fact, she's been eating healthier than before her pregnancy. "I have just been trying to eat healthy and stay fit and definitely eating healthier than I normally do. Its pretty backwards," she said, noting that her diet includes "lots of greens, lots of vegetables" and getting proteins through "either fish or different types of nuts and seeds." Another important facet of her healthy lifestyle is getting a good night's sleep, which she said is all due to the Tempur-Pedic she's owned for 10 years. "I have always taken it for granted because I have always gotten really good sleep, high-quality sleep," she told us, recounting a story about staying in a hotel recently and getting only a couple hours of shut-eye. "That's when I realized how fortunate I was to have my Tempur-Pedic at home because it contours to my body it just keeps me comfortable," she said. "It's like a pregnancy angel. I think ten years ago I was preparing for this without knowing it...Obviously when I do have the baby and I want to get back to training, I really want to have that quality sleep I need because I want to come back at some point -- hopefully sooner than later." Still, Williams said there's "no rush" to getting back on the court and even admitted that she may have been a little overzealous when she told Vanity Fair she would return in January. "If you know me, you know that I have the most unrealistic goals," she admitted. "I'm having a baby in the fall, and I am talking about playing in January. That is ridiculous! But who knows. If it happens, great, but if it doesn't happen, it's not the end of the world. I am OK with that, too. Big deal, I will just keep going until the next goal!" Though there was speculation that Williams might be expecting a baby girl, she told us they don't know the sex yet. However, if she does have a daughter, she promises to help her combat sexism like she's so gracefully done, especially lately amid comments from John McEnroe. "It's something we have to deal with in our lives, and I think if it is a girl, mommy is probably one of the best people that has been dealing with it, so we will have a lot of talk about!" Other than tennis and baby updates, there's another very big moment coming up for Williams: Her wedding! The all-star athlete got engaged to Ohanian in December, but even amid rumors of a "secret wedding," Williams promises she hasn't tied the knot with the Reddit co-founder just yet. "It hasn't happened yet, not that I am aware of!" she joked. "No, we are still waiting. There was a bridal shower, and after the bridal comes the bachelorette [party]," she laughed while looking at her belly, "Which is not gonna happen right now!" (Eonline)

Spider-Man: Homecoming Co-Stars Tom Holland and Zendaya Are Dating. With great power comes great responsibility and a great chance of finding love. Less than a week after Spider-Man: Homecoming hit theatres across the country, a source tells E! News co-stars Tom Holland and Zendaya are dating. "They got to know each other while on set. They became friends and started getting romantic a few months ago," an insider shared with us. "They both are such great people. It's cool they got together. Everyone gets along with them. They are very well liked on set. Tom is the most down to earth actor." While the pair has been careful about keeping their relationship private -- the twosome hasn't made things Instagram official -- the talented stars have posed on some Spider-Man red carpet events next to each other giving fans some serious feels. In addition, a source says Zendaya was with Tom when he got his Spider-Man-themed tattoo at Bang Bang Tattoo a few months ago. While the pair has yet to confirm the romance, they did poke fun at the rumors on Twitter earlier Thursday. "Wait wait...my favorite is when it says we go on vacations together HA! I haven't been on a vacation in years!hbu @TomHolland1996 ???," Zendaya wrote when showcasing an article about their romance. Tom responded, "Does the press tour count?" As to what made this duo go from co-stars to more than friends, it appears both admire the other's sense of humor. "They're both really ambitious and they challenge each other -- but, most importantly, they make each other crack up," an insider shared with People. "They seem to have a really similar sense of humor and love joking around together. They have great banter back and forth." Back in June, some social media followers were whispering about a possible romance. In fact, Zendaya had to sound off on the speculation when responding to a fan. "Zendaya and Tom Holland, someone is cooking some sweet romance on Twitter today," our user wrote. The actress later replied, "Right, cause nothing says 'sweet romance' like dragging each other for filth on twitter." Way to throw the Spider-Man fans off you two! Life & Style was first to report the romance. (Eonline)

Thomas Dekker Publicly Comes Out as Gay in Emotional Essay. Thomas Dekker is proud of his sexuality. The 29-year-old actor, known for roles on The Secret Circle, Heroes and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, came out as gay in a powerful essay shared to his Twitter on Thursday. Not only is Dekker a member of the LGBT community, he also revealed he and the love of his life wed in April. In the statement, Thomas said he decided to go public with the matter after a fellow gay man seemed to "out" him during a recent award ceremony. Dekker wrote, "My sexual orientation once again came into question this week when a prominent gay man used an awards acceptance speech to 'out' me. While he did not mention me by name, the explicit details of his reference made it easy for the public and media to connect the dots." The celeb is reportedly referring to Heroes writer Bryan Fuller, who was honored at an Outfest event and alluded to Dekker onstage. Fuller made a comment about a gay Heroes star whose management team didn't want his character to come out for fear it would impact future casting decisions. Dekker continued, "While it is an odd situation, I thank him because it presents a prime opportunity for me to publicly say that I am indeed a man who proudly loves other men. In fact, this April, I married my husband and I could not be happier." "I have never lied to the press about the fluidity of my sexuality but this man claiming that I came out is not true," he added. "Because I have not 'officially' until this moment. I simply refuse to be robbed of the glorious joy that belongs to me. To say the words myself. 'I'm gay'. Those words are a badge of honor that no one can steal." "Sexuality and who you love is a deeply personal and complicated thing. For some of us, it takes to cultivate, discover and conclude. It is not something anyone should ever be ashamed of and certainly not something anyone should be rushed into." Dekker also addressed why he hadn't shared his sexuality with fans before, writing, "I agree with many who believe it is an important responsibility for LGBTQ persons with a platform to come out. It has the power to change minds, challenge beliefs and make others feel understood and supported. It can strengthen the progression of our community and help disarm those who discriminate against us." "It is a brave, powerful and important thing to do but it is also a deeply personal decision. One that should only be made when you are ready," he said. "If we are to stand strong in the gay community, our mission should be support, not exclusion; love, not shame. I choose not to look back on the past with a regretful heart but rather focus on the future with a hopeful one. A future where myself and all others can feel free to express their true selves with honor and dignity." Thomas' message concluded, "I embrace you, any of you, with open arms, kindness, faith and patience. For all of you who have supported me, before and now, I thank you from the bottom of my fledgling heart. Be proud of who you are. No matter how long it takes." Fuller has not addressed Dekker's coming out yet. (Eonline)

It looks like "Big Little Lies" actor Alexander Skarsgard and Brit model Alexa Chung have split. Sources tell us Skarsgard, who started dating Chung in 2015, was set up on a blind date with model Toni Garrn in Montauk this past weekend. "This was the first time they met," says the source. "It was a blind date set up by a mutual friend. Toni was nervous, so she brought two girlfriends. They had lunch at his house and then all hit Gurney's." This unusual setup didn't seem to go over too well. "They didn't hit it off big-time," says the insider. "There may not be a second date in the cards." Skarsgard and Chung were last spotted together in May. Garrn formerly dated Leonardo DiCaprio. Garrn's rep tells us "not true," but then admitted she didn't know whether Garrn had been with Skarsgard. (Page Six)

How a fan brought Naomi Watts closer to her late father. Naomi Watts has few memories of her late father and Pink Floyd sound engineer Peter Watts. Peter passed away from a heroin overdose in 1976 at age 31 when she was just 7 years old. Recently, a Pink Floyd fan presented Watts, 48, with a unique photo of Peter smiling. It was the first time Naomi saw her dad with such a clear view. The kind gesture pushed Naomi to tears. "You've got to understand, I've got maybe three photos of my dad, and maybe two memories," Naomi shared with The Guardian in a new interview. "And all of the photos of him are either out of focus or he's a tiny speck in the background." She also went on to describe the troubles she and her mother Myfanwy Roberts endured after his sudden death. "When he died, my dad hadn't saved money, and I guess my mum didn't have any," Naomi recalled. "So they, the band, very kindly... 'Trust fund' doesn't sound right at all. I think they gave my mum a few thousand dollars to help get things under way. A lump sum, to help. It was kind that they did that." From there, Myfanwy moved around the family from town to town. "Mum really had to find her feet, try to find a career," Naomi said. "I mean, I went to nine different schools in England," Naomi added of her childhood. "Started off in Kent. Moved to Cambridge for a little while. We lived in Norfolk, we lived in Suffolk, in Wales-that was where my grandparents were. So, a lot of moving, a lot of new schools, a lot of reinventing myself." The constant shuffling around, though difficult at the time, helped her become a better actress. Those experiences also proved to be useful in her new role as a cognitive behavioral therapist in Netflix's "Gypsy." (PageSix)

Ariel Winter defends herself: 'I'm not a whore'. Ariel Winter is tired of being labeled for her revealing attire. "Pretty annoyed about the focus on the fact that I wear shorts and the commentary that I'm 'squeezing' into them or the idea that it's not okay for me to wear shorts," the young actress ripped on Twitter recently. Her comments come within days of her posting a snap of her wearing tiny denim shorts and another snap of her wearing tiny black shorts with a lacy bra. "It's SUMMER," she added. "Get over it." The "Modern Family" star, 19, says she won't cover up to please anyone. Rather, she'll continue to do whatever she wants. And she's tired of the labels often left in the comments on her social media accounts. "I'm not a whore because I wear shorts and tank tops," she said. "I'm a normal girl. Also, I'm not 'squeezing' into anything." Winter, who is no stranger to taking on haters, had another stern message for internet bullies targeting women-"Please leave young women alone. We're just living our lives. It's really troubling that we even have to deal with this kind of stuff nowadays. Please stop criticizing everything everyone does!" (PageSix)

Judith Light's Emmy nomination clouded by grief. Judith Light's third Emmy nomination came Thursday morning, but not without a pang of grief. This will be Light's first awards season in 36 years without her manager, Herb Hamsher, who died in October. Light dedicated her nomination to him during an interview Thursday afternoon. "I think of him now because I think, 'Oh I want to call him and tell him.' We would be jumping up and down together," Light said. This is Light's second nomination for playing Shelly Pfefferman, the ex-wife of Jeffrey Tambor's character in Amazon's "Transparent." Light was nominated last year when Hamsher was sick. She said Hamsher managed to pull himself through the awards ceremony, but died a few weeks later. Hamsher was alongside for most of her career including her first Emmy nomination in 2007 for "Ugly Betty." "In a way, I feel him watching over me. That means a great deal to me," she said. After a brief pause, she continued, "Oh yeah, you guided this for so long." Light, 68, isn't new to acclaim. She's a two-time Tony Winner and a Golden-globe nominee. However, she said industry awards are often viewed too heavily as competition. She is focused on promoting the importance of arts education through her work. She said she takes great responsibility in her "very privileged position." "We are in service to the people who watch it, and we can't do this without them," she said. "We have an opportunity to do that, to give and to be out there doing our service through our art." Light is also a longtime LGBT advocate. It's also how she's celebrating her nomination. Outfest, an LGBT film festival, is hosting a screening of two episodes from "Transparent's" upcoming fourth season. Light, creator Jill Soloway and other cast members are expected to attend the screening Saturday. "If you consider that celebratory, then yes indeed. I am celebrating," Light said. "Transparent" received seven nominations on Thursday, including bids for Tambor and co-star Kathryn Hahn. (PageSix)

Ryan Lochte Cleared of Criminal Charges in Rio Robbery Scandal. E! News can confirm that Ryan Lochte has been indicted by Rio police with false report of robbery. In a police statement sent to local media, the Olympic swimmer will be notified in the United States so that he can decide whether or not he would like to seek defense council in Brazil. The formal indictment will also be sent to the International Olympic Committee's ethics commission. Lochte has apologized for his role in the Rio robbery scandal, but he hasn't fully moved on from the incident just yet. The Olympic athlete will be summoned to attend a hearing in front of the Brazilian justice, Rio civil police commissioner Clemente Braune confirmed to NBC News. A formal document will be sent to the United States asking for the cooperation of the U.S. judicial system in summoning Lochte to Brazil. If he is summoned and does not show up for the hearing, however, the process will continue without him. Per G1, who was first to report on the summons, the penalty for false communication of a crime is 1 to 6 months in prison. However, if Lochte does not appear before the Brazilian justice, he cannot be sentenced. E! News reached out to Lochte's attorney for comment but we did not receive an immediate response. UPDATE: According to USA Today, an appellate court in Brazil cleared Ryan Lochte of the criminal case brought against him stemming from last year's controversy at the 2016 Rio Olympics. (Eonline)

George Lucas has some harsh advice for autograph seekers and compared the ones he saw Friday in NYC to beggars on a street corner. The "Star Wars" creator was immediately peeved when a few people looking for his John Hancock -- not true fans in his opinion -- approached him. Instead of blowing them off, George lectured 'em on how to make an honest living ... in the movie industry. The 'graphers didn't back down and it turned into a back-and-forth between a billionaire and a dude hustling to make a few hundred bucks. Looks like this is George's new mission. He dropped similar pearls of wisdom last month in L.A., making it clear he's derailing the autograph gravy train. (TMZ)

Shia LaBeouf is not an alcoholic, because he doesn't have an uncontrollable urge to drink ... his problem is when he starts drinking he can't stop ... this according to his lawyer. Savannah lawyer Doug Andrews tells TMZ Shia is resolved not to have another drink while he finishes shooting his movie, "The Peanut Butter Falcon." As we reported, people on the set told us Shia has been incredibly professional, reliable and sober since shooting began and they were shocked to see on TMZ Saturday that he was arrested for public intoxication and disorderly conduct. Andrews says the movie shoot will not be interrupted by the arrest or Shia's promise to get help for his addiction. It's interesting -- Shia calls it an addiction although he says he doesn't feel the need to drink. Andrews says Shia will get professional help once the movie is wrapped, but he's not in danger because he simply won't drink. The lawyer also says he and Shia want to do more than just cop a plea and pay a fine ... they want to make good to Savannah cops and the community for Shia's rant which, at times, got racist. Andrews says he and Shia haven't decided what the actor will do, but promises it will be meaningful. (TMZ)

The Weeknd has clearly learned from his famous friends, security gates are not all they're cracked up to be, so he's made his new home disappear with the help of a wall of ficus plants. Abel is planting more than 100 giant shrubs to shield his Hidden Hills home from public view. As we reported, he bought the home in May for $20 million after Kylie Jenner passed on it because she didn't think it had enough privacy. The home is in a gated community but as we know -- from intruders who got past the gates of Kris Jenner, Drake, Demi Lovato and others -- good gates still aren't enough. (TMZ)

Carmen Electra no longer feels safe in her own home after a man showed up there ... convinced he's engaged to marry her. Sources close to Carmen tell us Daniel Lablanc showed up at her house back in June. She noticed him sitting in his car outside her house, and after a while she got worried and called cops. Law enforcement sources tell us officers took Lablanc into custody for mental evaluation. According to docs, obtained by TMZ, Lablanc's friends say he has anger issues, and frequently got angry when anyone tried to convince him Carmen isn't his fiancee. Carmen got an emergency protective order forcing him to stay 100 yards away, but it expired July 7. We're told she's filing for a restraining order. (TMZ)

Aaron Carter has been arrested in Georgia on charges of DUI refusal, possession of marijuana and possession of drug related objects ... TMZ has confirmed. The singer was pulled over by Habersham County sheriffs Saturday night. We're told Aaron refused to submit to testing for a suspected DUI -- meaning he refused a breathalyzer and testing of his blood and urine to determine if he was intoxicated. Carter's girlfriend, Madison Parker, was in the car with Carter and was also arrested. Only hours before his arrest, Aaron tweeted that he would be unable to make a performance in Kansas City due to "transportation issues." (TMZ)

Mel B's bank account is gonna take a painful hit -- at least for now -- because she's been ordered to pay her estranged husband $40,000 a month. Stephen Belafonte's request for emergency spousal support was granted by a judge who agrees ... he needs help paying for food, housing and his phone, among other things. It could have been worse for Mel. According to docs, she could have been forced to pay $15k more per month -- based on income and expenses -- but the judge cut her a break. The order also includes a one-time payment of $140,000 for Stephen's legal fees. So, Mel will have to cut a check for that, plus $40k monthly, until both sides work out their final divorce settlement. As we reported ... Mel argued last month that Stephen's financial requests were ridiculous and he needed to get a job. Looks like he can afford to be picky about work ... for a while at least. (TMZ)

Justin Bieber couldn't leave his cell phone alone while he was operating a motor vehicle ... so now it's gonna cost him. JB was cruising around Beverly Hills in a Mercedes G-Wagon Saturday when a cop spotted him on his cell and pulled him over. According to law enforcement ... he was issued a citation for using his phone while driving. It's unclear if he was texting or talking. Cops tell us Justin was calm and cooperative, took his ticket and moved along without further incident. FYI -- a cell phone ticket is $162 in LA on average ... so the Biebs should have no problem paying the fine. (TMZ)

Drake's house seems to be a popular destination for uninvited guests ... this time a man was arrested for hiking into his backyard. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... a man trespassed onto the Hidden Hills property Thursday evening. A security guard patrolling the site noticed him and ordered him to leave. The intruder became aggressive. The guard wasted no time calling cops and they quickly arrived and arrested the man. We're told the intruder told cops he found Drake's house after looking up the address on a blog. He told cops he was there to meet the rapper. The man had no weapons and was booked for trespassing. Drake was not home at the time. The house is undergoing extensive renovations and Drake hasn't been living there. This isn't Drake's first uninvited guest. TMZ broke the story ... a thirsty woman broke into the crib back in April and confessed to taking Pepsi, Sprite and Fiji water. (TMZ)

The Walking Dead Stuntman John Bernecker Dies After Fall On Set. Production on the eighth season of The Walking Dead has been temporarily halted by AMC after a stuntman suffered an injury on the set in Atlanta on Wednesday, E! News has confirmed. The stuntman, John Bernecker, passed away from injuries sustained in a fall. The cause of death is blunt force trauma and it has been ruled an accidental death, according to Coweta County Medical Examiner's Office. "We are saddened to report that John Bernecker, a talented stuntman for The Walking Dead and numerous other television shows and films, suffered serious injuries from a tragic accident on set," an AMC spokesperson said in a statement provided to E! News after the fall was reported. "He was immediately transported to an Atlanta hospital and we have temporarily shut down production. We are keeping John and his family in our thoughts and prayers." On Thursday, star Lauren Cohan tweeted, "Dear Walking Dead Family, please keep John Bernecker, our stuntman and his family in your prayers today." According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bernecker was hospitalized after sustaining serious injuries when he fell more than 20 feet onto a concrete floor. Bernecker was then medevaced to Atlanta Medical Center, where he is being treated in intensive care. In addition to his work on the AMC zombie hit, the Atlanta-based Bernecker has also worked on shows such as 24:Legacy, Scream Queens and Into the Badlands. He also worked on major films, including Logan, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay films, 22 Jump Street and The Fate of the Furious, as well as the upcoming Black Panther. The cast and executive producers of The Walking Dead are set to head to San Diego Comic-Con next week for the show's annual panel, one of the Con's most anticipated events each year. Their panel is set to take place on Friday, July 21. The Walking Dead returns this October on AMC. (Eonline)

John Bernecker died when a planned fall on the set of "The Walking Dead" went horribly wrong, but there are conflicting accounts as to who, if anyone, is to blame ... TMZ has learned. Here's what we know ... John and another actor, Austin Amelio, were shooting a scene on a balcony, and the script called for John to plummet 22 feet to the ground. According to police, there was a safety cushion in place below the balcony. Assistant director Matthew Goodwin told cops he missed the cushion "just by inches." According to Goodwin ... John didn't appear to get good separation from the balcony when he started falling, and even "attempted to abort the fall by grabbing onto the railing with both hands." He told cops John's momentum slammed him into the bottom of the balcony and then he released his hands and fell ... landing on his head and neck ... right next to the cushion. Production staff placed cardboard next to the safety cushion to cover the blood left after John's fall. John's girlfriend, Jennifer Cocker -- who is a stuntwoman herself, but was not on set -- tells TMZ she's extremely upset with the production, saying, "Sets need to be safer. There has to be a prerequisite not to put a super professional stuntman with an inexperienced actor who doesn't know what he's doing." Other stunt people we spoke to tell us there was a very experienced and respected stunt coordinator for the scene and it was completely safe. According to the cops ... John even gave a thumbs-up to signal he was ready to begin filming. Amelio told cops he and Bernecker chatted before the scene and John said he'd never done a stunt fall from that height. He also said John "seemed a little nervous." We've reached out to AMC, but no word back yet. (TMZ)

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Disney Villains Honored With USPS Forever Stamps. They admit that in the past they've been a nasty...and the U.S. Postal Service has given them a stamp of approval. Disney villains Ursula the sea witch from The Little Mermaid, Evil Queen from Snow White, Cinderella's Wicked Stepmother, Pinocchio's Honest John, the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Captain Hook, Maleficent, Cruella de Vil, Scar from The Lion King and Gaston from Beauty and the Beast live on in the form of USPS Forever Stamps. The new additions, which celebrate the "the rich legacy of the Walt Disney Studio's Ink & Paint Department," were revealed Friday and are now available to purchase. The news was announced as Disney's D23 Expo fan convention was underway in Anaheim, California. "The Postal Service is highlighting the Disney Villains and the pioneering spirit of the Ink and Paint Department that brought many of these characters to life," Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan said in a statement. "These Forever stamps are our way of saying Disney Villains will forever entertain us and serve as a tribute Disney's artistry and storytelling skill." In the past, Disney characters such as Alice, Aladdin, Nemo, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Pluto, Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, WALL-E, Dumbo, The Lion King's Simba and Mufasa, Ariel from The Little Mermaid, Belle and the Beast from Beauty and the Beast and Princess Aurora from Sleeping Beauty, as well as Star Wars' Princess Leia, C-3PO and R2D2, Darth Vader, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Han Solo, Padme Amidala, Palpatine, Darth Maul, Yoda and Boba Fett, Marvel's Captain America and the Hulk, and even Walt Disney himself were subjects of USPS stamps. (Eonline)

Tom Holland and Zendaya May Just Prove Spider-Man Co-Stars Can't Stop Dating Each Other. Our Spidey senses are feeling some serious love connections right about now. In case you missed the big couple's news in Hollywood, a source shared with E! News that Spider-Man: Homecoming stars Tom Holland and Zendaya are dating. For some, this romance may appear to be two more actors going from co-stars to couple. "They got to know each other while on set. They became friends and started getting romantic a few months ago," our source shared. "They both are such great people. It's cool they got together. Everyone gets along with them." At the same time, we couldn't help but notice a string of romances from the movie franchise. Perhaps there really is something about that Spider-Man. Rewind to 2001 when Kirsten Dunst and Tobey Maguire made quite the dynamic duo in Spider-Man. While neither of them openly expressed getting together, dating and breaking up, those around them couldn't help but admit something was going on. "They apparently began dating with each other, I think, in the middle of the first movie...although I didn't know it at the time...but definitely they eventually broke up before the second movie. I was concerned they wouldn't get the same chemistry back, but it was just me worrying," director Sam Raimi shared with the Sydney Morning-Herald back in 2007. "They really like each other, I think, very much. And that relationship probably just added to their ability to trust each other." Even James Franco admitted that Tobey and Kirsten became a couple in an interview for Playboy in 2013. "I had a crush on Kirsten, and I think I was upset about that as well," he shared. Perhaps the romance that brings the fondest memories for Spider-Man fans is the one between Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. As if the on-set smooches weren't enough to get hearts beating, we may never forget some of the ways these two described each other. "Working with Emma was like diving into a thrilling, twisting river and never holding on to the sides. From the start. To the end. Spontaneous. In the moment. Present. Terrifying. Vital," Andrew once shared with Vogue. "The only way acting with someone should be." As for Emma's reaction, it's just as romantic. "He is such a poet," the Aloha star told Interview. "But that's the way he writes in general. So I hear it and of course my heart swells up. And I also know that he writes things like that on a daily basis." Consider us totally under Spider-Man's spell. Spider-Man: Homecoming is in theatres now. (Eonline)

Thomas Rhett, Pregnant Wife Lauren Akins and Daughter Willa Appear in Stunning Maternity Shoot. Ah, baby bliss! Photos of country singer Thomas Rhett and wife Lauren Akins' family maternity photo shoot have been released and they are absolutely stunning. The two announced in February that not only is Lauren pregnant with the couple's first biological baby, a girl, but that they were also adopting a child from Africa. In May, they introduced 1 and 1/2-year-old daughter Willa Gray, who was born in Uganda. In their family maternity shoot, taken by photographer Julie Paisley, the family of three poses together in a grassy field, with Lauren and Willa both wearing white dresses and Thomas Rhett sporting a gray T-shirt. Thomas Rhett and Lauren also pose with just their daughter, who pats her mom's baby bump. "This pic makes me so happy because we haven't done personal photos since our wedding almost 5 years ago," Lauren wrote on Instagram Friday, alongside a photo of just her and Thomas Rhett. "And I just realllyyyyy do like him a lot & we're not a dressed up on a red carpet with a bunch of fancy clothes and make up-just me and him on the farm in our happy place." "Yes @thedryhousenashville did my hair (I mean clearly) but other than that, this is us in our real life and I looooovveee it (although maybe next time we do personal photos I'd like to not be 40 lbs over my normal weight hahah)," she continued. "I love you honey! Best baby daddy a girl could ever dream of." (Eonline)

The Bachelorette's Ryan Sutter Crushes the American Ninja Warrior Course (and Trista Adorably Cheers Him On). And you thought earning the final rose was hard. The Bachelorette fans, prepare to see a familiar face on American Ninja Warrior's July 17 episode, as Ryan Sutter, the winner of the first season with Trista Sutter, is set to compete in the Denver qualifier. Of course, his wife Trista and the couple's two kids, Max and Blakesley, are also in the audience, adorably cheering Ryan on, and it looks like Trista may still have some of that old cheerleading experience in her! But will Ryan, a lieutenant firefighter with the Fire Department in Vail, Colorado, be able to finish the course? In case you were wondering if Ryan is qualified to compete on American Ninja Warrior, check out some of these quick facts: He's a former NCAA football player who was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in 1998, before an injury ended his professional career. Ryan has completed Ironmans, Go Pro's Ultimate Mountain Challenge and a Leadman Challenge, and oh yeah, he's the OG winner of The Bachelorette, and after getting married in a televised ceremony in 2003, Trista and Ryan are still together. If that doesn't prepare you for any challenge, we don't know what will. Ryan isn't the first celeb to take on the challenge, as Arrow star Stephen Amell crushed the course as part of NBC's Red Nose Day broadcast, even completing the Salmon Ladder. Other celebs that were able to complete the course included Derek Hough, Olympic athlete Ashton Eaton, and baseball player Nick Swisher. American Ninja Warrior airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on NBC. (Eonline)

Disney Just Got Amusement Park Lovers Even More Excited for Their New Star Wars-Themed Lands. Is it too early to purchase tickets for a 2019 Disneyland trip? As Disney's D23 Expo kicked off Thursday afternoon in Anaheim, Calif., Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek had a special surprise for theme park lovers. During a special preview, Bob unveiled a large-scale model for the Star Wars-themed lands being planned for the Disneyland Resort in California and Disney's Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Fla. "To say we are excited for the Star Wars-themed lands to open in 2019 is an understatement," Bob said during the announcement. "All along, we have said this will be game-changing, and through the model we can begin to see how truly epic these immersive new worlds will be." The model shows two attractions that will be the main parts of the 14-acre areas. And for those counting, this is the largest single-themed land expansion for both parks. While the model will remain on display all weekend long at the expo, Bob plans to share exciting new details about the project during the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Hall D23 presentation on Saturday. When the new lands were first announced at D23 in 2015, E! News confirmed that guests will be transported to a "different planet" where all restaurants and stores will be operated by "local inhabitants." The concept art also depicted beasts roaming the park and previewing two e-ticket rides. According to ABC7 Los Angeles, the first attraction will give visitors the chance to pilot the Millennium Falcon on a customized secret mission. The other ride will put people in the middle of a fight between the First Order and the Resistance. With construction underway at both parks, Disney hopes that everything will be complete in just two years. (Eonline)

United Airlines sends rapper's dog to wrong city. ScHoolboy Q has a bone to pick with United Airlines. The hip-hop artist tweeted Friday that the problem plagued airline put his French Bulldog puppy on the wrong flight during a layover in Denver. "You guys r idiots @united HOW U PUT MY DOG ON THE WRONG FLIGHT???? I need answers," the songsmith, whose real name is Quincy Matthew Hanley, posted at 7:36 p.m. ScHoolboy was traveling with the pup-named Yeeerndamean-from Missouri to Burbank, California when his pet was switched with another dog, CNN reported. The stranded canine was sent to Chicago instead. It's unclear which city in Missouri the musician was in. When the "Man of the Year" rapper arrived in the Sunshine State, he was delivered the wrong pooch. "My little dog been moving around since the A.M., prolly has pee and number 2 all in his cage smh," the rapper told CNN. "... I plan on suing," he added. United replied to his tweet by posting, "We want to look into this further. Please DM us the airway bill." The airline told CNN in a statement early Saturday they're "working as quickly as possible to reunite the pet with their owner later this evening." They added, "We have reached out to our customer and sincerely apologize for this mistake and are providing a refund. Pets are part of our customers' family, and their safety and wellbeing is of the upmost importance to us." (PageSix)

Massachusetts museum to sell 2 Norman Rockwell works. A Massachusetts museum plans to sell two works by Norman Rockwell as part of an effort to refocus its mission and solidify its future. The Rockwell pieces are among 40 works the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield plans to auction within the next six months. The auction will include Rockwell's "Shuffleton's Barbershop" and "Shaftsbury Blacksmith Shop" as well as Impressionist, modern and contemporary pieces. Executive Director Van Shields tells The Berkshire Eagle the move is part of a $60 million "reinvention plan," which includes the creation of a $40 million endowment and an extensive renovation. Shields says the museum, founded in 1903, will place a heightened emphasis on science and history and lend contemporary relevance to its historical artifacts. The art was considered "not essential to the museum's refreshed mission." (PageSix)

Ashley Madison got caught with its pants down, and now to make up for it the extramarital affairs website agreed to fork over a pretty penny. The website will pony up $11.2 million to settle a class action lawsuit against the site after it was hacked back in 2015 ... exposing sensitive information about its 32 million registered users. In docs, obtained by TMZ, affected users can sign up to claim their piece of the pie. Ashley Madison will pay up to $3,500 to those with multiple accounts, and whatever's not claimed will be donated to charity. TMZ broke the story ... a horny guy sued the site after a breach revealed the site actually had a tiny fraction of real women as users. The judge still has to sign off on the proposed settlement. (TMZ)

Wrigley is suing a Chicago e-cigarette company for using its Juicy Fruit and Doublemint gums to double smokers' pleasure. In their lawsuit, Wrigley says Chi-Town Vapors has been selling vape juices that copy the packaging of its 100+ year-old gum. Wrigley says it contacted Chi-Town Vapors in July 2014, telling the company to stop selling the products and Vapors backed off, but only for a few months. Wrigley says the company then resumed its operation in November 2015, copying the gum's green double arrow design on the packaging but abbreviating the e-liquid's name to Dbl Mint. Wrigley sent another cease and desist letter it went ignored. Then Chi-Town Vapors began selling a Joosy Fruit e-liquid flavor. Wrigley wants Chi-Town Vapors to stop all sales of the e-liquid products and to collect any profits it's made off them. We reached out to Chi-Town Vapors ... so far no word back. (TMZ)

Music

Shania Twain to headline opening night at US Open. Shania Twain will headline the opening-night ceremony at the US Open. She will perform Aug. 28 at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The top-selling country artist will sing some of her biggest hits and songs from her upcoming album "NOW." King and US Tennis Association chair Katrina Adams will kick off the 20th anniversary celebration of Arthur Ashe Stadium, which opened in 1997. Twain's album will be released Sept. 29. (PageSix)

Stream Coldplay's 'Kaleidoscope' EP. Of course Coldplay's song with Big Sean is called "Miracles (Someone Special)," a song title so quintessentially Coldplay that they've actually used it once before. What's more surprising is that the song is actually pretty good, continuing the hot streak Coldplay have been on with the tracks we've heard from their Kaleidoscope EP, including "Hypnotised," "All I Can Think About Is You," and the Brian Eno collab "Aliens." (Not including "Something Just Like This," the track they did with the Chainsmokers, though.) The dancey cut features an inspirational verse from Big Sean. The Kaleidoscope EP arrived Friday (July 14) on Parlophone. (Billboard)

Stream French Montana's 'Jungle Rules'. The Bronx's French Montana has finally dropped Jungle Rules, his first album since his 2013 debut Excuse My French. MC4 was intended to be his sophomore album last year, but it leaked and Montana instead opted to release it as a mixtape. Jungle Rules comes following the success of the Swae Lee-featuring "Unforgettable," French's highest charting single as a lead artist, peaking at No. 10 on the Hot 100. Jungle Rules has features on all but five of its 18 tracks. The late Chinx, Max B, the Weeknd, Future, Quavo and Young Thug all make appearances on this stacked release. (Billboard)

Movies

Carrie Fisher's Star Wars: The Last Jedi Character Poster Revealed. May the Force be with her, always. Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Studios have released new character posters for Star Wars: The Last Jedi for Carrie Fisher's General Leia, Mark Hamill's Luke Skywalker, Daisy Ridley's Rey, Adam Driver's Kylo Ren, Oscar Isaac's Poe and John's Finn, with all of them wearing red outfits to match the movie's logo. The top parts of their faces are cut off on purpose. The images were posted on the Star Wars' official social media pages after Disney's presentation at the D23 Expo Saturday, during which they also unveiled new footage of the film via a behind-the-scenes montage. "Little Rey'd Riding Hood. #TheLastJedi," Ridley wrote on Facebook. Fisher had reprised her original trilogy role in the 2015 film Star Wars: The Force Awakens alongside newcomers Ridley and Boyega. She joined them again in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and completed filming her part in summer 2016, a few months before her death in December at age 60.

Emily Blunt Is Practically Perfect in New Mary Poppins Returns Footage. Here's Emily Blunt as the new Mary Poppins again -- and a lovely thing she is, too! Disney debuted the first teaser trailer for the film during the D23 Expo Saturday, as an orchestra played, and also unveiled a new sneak peek animated poster for its upcoming musical film Mary Poppins Returns, showing the actress wearing a cobalt blue coat and red hat and smiling knowingly while clutching her signature umbrella. Unlike the image, the video was not posted online after the presentation but here's what it shows; Kids fly their kite and Mary emerges from the clouds as the wind pinks up. She is also shown inside a house, pulling an umbrella out of a sink and appearing with flying objects. Lin-Manuel Miranda is seen dancing with a ladder as a chimney sweep. Emily Mortimer of The Newsroom fame plays an adult Jane Banks. In the teaser, her character says, "Those things didn't really happen." The movie takes place about 25 years after the original film. The first photo of Blunt in costume was released in March. "I needed to try to pay homage to Julie Andrews but carve out a new space for myself. And we were very loyal to the books," said Blunt. Emily told the crowd she was a huge fan of Mary Poppins the person growing up and found the idea of her very comforting. She said it was "eerie" stepped onto the Cherry Tree Lane set. Director Rob Marshall said the actress is "stunning" and was "born to play this part." Mary Poppins Returns also stars Meryl Streep as Mary's cousin, Angela Lansbury as a balloon lady and original cast member Dick Van Dyke as a banker. Streep said that Mary Poppins Returns was a "gift to the world." Van Dyke said being on the set felt the same as it did in the '60s -- the "highest level of joy." Mary Poppins Returns is set for release on Christmas Day 2018. (Eonline)

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Footage Debuts at Disney's D23 Expo. "I only know one truth: It's time for the Jedi...to end." Say what?! Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) has been M.I.A. for quite a while, and in Star Wars The Last Jedi (in theaters Dec. 15, 2017), moviegoers will finally figure out why -- and what he's been up to since his mysterious disappearance. A behind-the-scenes video featuring new footage from the blockbuster, including scenes with late actress Carrie Fisher's Princess Leia, was shown as part of Disney's D23 Expo in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, following the first trailer's April debut. The footage also shows Hamill and Fisher on set, Daisy Ridley rehearsing fight scenes, Laura Dern with purple hair and a slew of new creatures. Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman produced the movie, which Rian Johnson directed. The film's cast also includes Adam Driver, Gwendoline Christie, Anthony Daniels, Benicio Del Toro, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Peter Mayhew, Lupita Nyong'o, Simon Pegg, Timothy M. Rose, Andy Serkis, Kelly Marie Tran and Jimmy Vee, as well as Fisher's daughter Billie Lourd, who is also featured in the behind-the-scenes footage. "It's about family and that's what's so powerful about it," Fisher says in the video. Hamill, who was made a Disney Legend Friday, has kept his character's whereabouts a secret. "I might be one of the most valuable characters to Lucasfilm -- not because I'm a legacy character, but thanks to short term memory loss, I don't remember what I had for breakfast," he said at the Star Wars Celebration in April in Orlando. "I'm joking, but even when I went in and did ADR and saw this footage, it was like an out of body experience. It's so contained in its own world." After The Last Jedi, Star Wars: Episode IX, the final installment of the current trilogy, is slated for release on May 24, 2019. Director Colin Trevorrow is writing the script with Derek Connolly. (Eonline)

Mena Massoud Cast as Aladdin in Disney's Live-Action Reboot. Your wish has been granted! Disney has finally revealed the actor who will play the title character in Guy Ritchie's live-action reboot of Aladdin. And the winner is...Canadian actor Mena Massoud. He currently stars on the new Amazon series Jack Ryan. Meanwhile, Will Smith was confirmed to play the Genie, following past reports of his talks for the role, and Power Rangers star Naomi Scott will portray Princess Jasmine, Disney announced. The news was revealed at Disney's fan convention, the D23 Expo, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, near Disneyland. Photos of the three actors were screened and fans went especially wild when Smith appeared. "So honored & grateful for the opportunity to help bring this magical story to life once again. Let's get to work! #Aladdin #Disney," Massoud tweeted. It was recently reported that the studio was having problems casting the lead character. They were looking for a man in his twenties who can sing and act and preferred someone of Middle Eastern or Indian descent. Slumdog Millionaire's Dev Patel and The Night Of's Riz Ahmed were also considered for the part. Disney originally planned to begin production in July, but pushed back filming until August due to the casting difficulties. The casting of Aladdin's love interest depended on the chemistry between the two main actors. The Hollywood Reporter said that Indian actress Tara Sutaria was also among the contenders. No release date for the Aladdin reboot has been announced. (Eonline)

Will Smith officially Disney's Genie for live-action 'Aladdin'. Disney has officially found its Aladdin, Jasmine, and Genie for the live-action "Aladdin" remake. The three cast members were announced at the D23 Expo on Saturday. The House of Mouse may have been having problems finding its titular Aladdin for the remake of the 1992 animated classic prior to D23 this weekend, but the same cannot be said for Jasmine and Genie. Naomi Scott has officially been cast as Princess Jasmine, while Will Smith will be taking on the Genie. Relative newcomer Mena Massoud has also joined the cast as Aladdin. Guy Ritchie was previously announced as director. John August, whose credits include "Big Fish," wrote the new "Aladdin" script. Dan Lin, who produced Ritchie's two "Sherlock Holmes" movies for Warner Bros., is also producing "Aladdin" through his Lin Pictures company. Jonathan Eirich is exec producing. The original animated movie was a comic take on the Arabic folk tale of a young man granted three wishes by a genie trapped in a lamp. "Aladdin" was the highest-grossing film of the year in 1992, and won Academy Awards for best score and best song for "A Whole New World." Scott was most recently seen as the Pink Ranger in Saban's "Power Rangers." Smith can be seen next in Netflix's fantasy actioner "Bright." He is repped by CAA and Overbrook Entertainment. (Eonline)

Jada Pinkett Smith Talks Reuniting With Queen Latifah 21 Years After Set It Off. More than two decades after making movie magic in heist classic Set It Off, Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah are back and better than ever. The Hollywood mainstays reunite in Girls Trip, an upcoming raunchy comedy that follows Smith and Latifah as they reunite with their lifelong girl squad (also starring Regina Hall and Tiffany Haddish) for a wild weekend. E! News' Sibley Scoles caught up with Jada as she walked the carpet at the film's premiere, and like all of us, has been anxiously waiting to team up with Queen on the big screen. "I told Queen the other day," she reflected, "'I don't know yet Queen, but it would be awesome if we waited 21 years to make another classic.'" "We had a moment where we got a little teary eyed. We got a little blinky," Jada added, wiping away her tears. The 45-year-old added, "We can't wait another 21 years to do this. We've worked together a lot. She's produced me; I've produced her, but we can't wait 21 more years before we get on the screen." Can we get an amen?! Set It Off, which also starred Vivica A. Fox and Kimberly Elise as four friends in Los Angeles who plan a bank robbery, became an instant box-office hit back in 1996. A lot has changed since Latifah and Smith started out in show biz, and that includes Jada and Will Smith creating their own super famous family. Will, Jaden Smith and Willow Smith couldn't make it to the premiere, but Jada had a playful warning for her 16-year-old daughter if she wants to see Girls Trip in theaters. She told us, "Jaden's working, daddy's working and I told Willow with a movie like this, she's going to have to do what I used to do back in the day and that's sneak in with her friends." "Because this [movie] is a hard R," she added. "I have to act like I don't know she's gonna be there. She's gonna sneak in." Girls Trip hits theaters July 21. (Eonline)

Margot Robbie has the chops and beauty to play Sharon Tate in a Quentin Tarantino movie about the Manson murders, but Jennifer Lawrence ... not so much, at least according to Sharon's sister. Debra Tate told us if the Sharon role comes down to Margot or Jennifer ... Margot's the clear choice ... and it's not ONLY because of looks. Sounds like an unkind cut, but Debra explained why she's not taking a shot at J Law. According to a report ... Tarantino's putting finishing touches on a script for the Manson project, and both actresses are in the running for roles, though it's not clear who they'd play. Debra added she's yet to hear a peep from Tarantino ... which could be a problem because she owns the rights to her sister Sharon's image and likeness. (TMZ)

Quentin Tarantino does not seem down with the sister of Sharon Tate, who told TMZ Jennifer Lawrence wasn't pretty enough to play her sibling in Quentin's rumored upcoming Manson flick. We got Quentin and his freshly ringed fiancee leaving Madeo Saturday in WeHo, and the director did not seem like he was into interacting with the small crowd that gathered outside the restaurant. He seemed even less interested in yakking about Debra Tate's comment, that Margo Robbie is the one who should play Sharon. A Tarantino movie on the Manson murders ... awesome. (TMZ)

A documentary about legendary shoe designer Manolo Blahnik is in the works. The movie, "Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards" -- which is set for release in September -- will feature interviews with Anna Wintour, Andre Leon Talley, Rihanna, Naomi Campbell, John Galliano and Rupert Everett, among others, as well as Blahnik himself. It is being directed by Blahnik's close friend Michael Roberts. It promises to be "a behind-the-scenes peek into his whimsical world." (Page Six)

Guy Ritchie is one step closer to making "Aladdin" wishes come true for almost everyone -- on the Internet, anyway ... TMZ has learned. Ritchie's directing Disney's upcoming live-action version, and while he hasn't picked a leading man yet, fans on the Internet have been clamoring for Avan Jogia ... who co-starred with Ariana Grande on "Victorious." Sources close to the actor tell us he submitted an audition tape to Guy and producers in London for the starring role. We're told the tape included Avan singing a song from the musical -- and we're told he's now in the mix to land the lead. Disney's reportedly struggling to find potential Aladdins who sing, act, dance and are of the correct ethnicity. The studio says it's only considering actors of Middle Eastern or Indian descent. Avan's millions of fans say put him in already -- his father is Indian, and bonus ... he's hot enough to have walked in a Dolce & Gabbana fashion show! He also played King Tut in the Spike miniseries "Tut." Keeping rubbing your magic lamps, fans. (TMZ)

'Dunkirk': Christopher Nolan Hails Harry Styles & Film's All-Star Ensemble at London Premiere. Prince Harry was a special guest at the event, which took place at London's Leicester Square. While it may not have quite matched Star Wars: The Force Awakens' world premiere in size, the red-carpet event for Christopher Nolan's WWII epic Dunkirk on Thursday was probably the loudest London's Leicester Square has experienced for many years. And largely due to one individual: Harry Styles. Despite the attendance of its A-list of Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh and Mark Rylance, it was the presence of the One Direction star -- making his film debut -- that saw screams echoing around central London. Styles was joined by other young actors, including Fionn Whitehead (also making his big-screen debut), Jack Lowden, Barry Keoghan and Aneurin Barnard. Speaking at the event, where Prince Harry was a special guest, Nolan hailed the ensemble of stars who helped tell the true story of trapped Allied troops being rescued from the beaches of Dunkirk in 1940. "I passionately believe that this is one of the greatest casts put together for any movie," the director said, also offering his admiration to the 13 British army veterans who were in attendance at the premiere. Nolan also revealed that he was carrying a button from a British soldier that had been found on the beach and given to him by a Frenchman while filming. "One of the things I love about the film is that it doesn't set itself up to be important," said Branagh, who plays a Navy commander, adding that it is focused mainly on ordinary lives. "And it's all the more moving for it." Styles, meanwhile, joked that Dunkirk may be his first and only film. "Maybe I've peaked too soon," he said, adding that movie had made him "better at swimming." Warner Bros.' Dunkirk is set for release on July 21. (Billboard)

German Box Office: Top 10 Bow for 'Berlin Falling' With 'Game of Thrones' Star Tom Wlaschiha. The plot of the indie thriller about a terrorist attack in the German capital eerily echoes recent real-life events. Berlin Falling, a low-budget indie thriller about a terrorist attack in Germany, has opened in the top 10 on the German box-office charts on its first day of release. The debut feature from actor-turned-director Ken Duken grossed $24,000 across 136 theaters on Thursday, enough to squeeze into the top 10, just behind Marc Webb's Gifted, starring Chris Evans and Lindsay Duncan. Warner Bros. Germany and independent distributor NFP are giving Berlin Falling a rare limited release this weekend and will decide based on the results whether to extend the film's theatrical run. The movie was bankrolled by German pay TV group Sky and will air on one of its channels later this year. Warner Bros. is perhaps understandably nervous about the public reception of the film given its subject matter. In the movie, a terrorist, played by Game of Thrones star Tom Wlaschiha, hijacks a car and forces the driver to take him to Berlin where, in the middle of Christmas celebrations, he plans to carry out a brutal attack. The scenario is eerily close to the real-life attack in Berlin on Dec. 19, when a terrorist hijacked a truck and drove into the crowd at a Berlin Christmas Market, killing 12 people. Wlaschiha and director Duken, who also plays the blackmailed driver, are keen to downplay the synchronicity. "This isn't the film of the attack," Wlaschiha tells The Hollywood Reporter. "It really has no connection to those horrible events." Duken actually came up with the idea for the film back in 2015 inspired, he says, by the reaction to the Greek economic crisis in Germany. "There was a growing atmosphere of fear and hysteria that left a bad taste in my mouth," Duken says. "I started to develop the idea with (screenwriters) Christoph Mille and Norbert Kneissl when Charlie Hebdo happened. Then, just before we began filming, there was the second attack in Paris, at the Bataclan. The subject matter, our fiction, started looking more and more like reality. We had to really ask ourselves if we should even make the film. The general consensus was that we should make it now more than ever." For Wlaschiha, the role of the terrorist Andreas is miles away from the cool, philosophical Jaqen H'ghar, the monk cum assassin he plays in Game of Thrones. Andreas is a tightly-wound, manipulative psychopath whose true motives remain a secret until the film's go-for-broke final reel. Since getting his big break with GOT, Wlaschiha has worked mainly on English-language projects with supporting roles in Ron Howard's Rush and Mike Leigh's Mr. Turner. He has played Berlin police detective Sebastian Berger in the European crime series Crossing Lines, which co-starred Donald Sutherland and William Fichtner and ran for three seasons on Netflix. But when Duken sent him the script to Berlin Falling, Wlaschiha said he was "excited straight away because I hadn't seen anything like this in German film. This isn't a movie that aim to please - it aims to shake you up." The reviews for Berlin Falling have been mixed. "A gripping thriller with a political core," raved online review site Spielfilm.de, while Kino-Zeit.de panned Duken's directorial debut as "a fall from a great height." The director's favorite review came from Antje Wessels of Filmstarts.de, who opened her critique with the line: "Ken Duken has balls!" "It was so hard not forwarding that to all my friends," Duken jokes. "But good or bad, none of the reviews have been indifferent. People are arguing about the movie, which is exactly what I'd hoped for." (Hollywood Reporter)

Bollywood Star Saif Ali Khan to Headline Netflix's First Indian Series. The crime drama 'Sacred Games' is planned as a Hindi- and English-language series for the streaming video giant worldwide. Netflix is banking on some Bollywood star power for its first Indian original series Sacred Games which will be toplined by actor Saif Ali Khan. Khan's upcoming projects include the Bollywood remake of Jon Favreau's Chef which is slated for release later this year. Following its India launch last year, the streaming giant announced Sacred Games as its foray into Indian content production. While a release date is not yet given, Sacred Games is based on a best-selling novel by Vikram Chandra and will be a bilingual series in Hindi and English. When the project was first announced, a plot description stated that the Mumbai-set drama "delves into the city's intricate web of organized crime, corruption, politics and espionage that lie beneath India's economic renaissance." The series is a co-production with Phantom Films whose founders include acclaimed director Anurag Kashyap, director Vikramaditya Motwane and producer Madhu Mantena. Netflix's partnership with Phantom builds upon its earlier relationship with Kashyap, whose 2012 two-part epic Gangs of Wasseypur was streamed as an eight-part series on the video giant's U.S service in 2015. Netflix made the Khan announcement via a Twitter post. In a career spanning over two decades Khan, 46, has delivered such hits as 2001's Dil Chahta Hai and starred in the successful Race action franchise. He has also produced titles via his Illimunati banner including 2012 romantic caper Cocktail in which he also starred along with top actress Deepika Padukone (xXx: Return of Xander Cage). In terms of other Indian content, Netflix recently premiered its first Indian comedy special by Vir Das which will be followed by another special by female comedian Aditi Mittal premiering on July 18. (Hollywood Reporter)

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Broadchurch Star Jodie Whittaker Is Named Doctor Who's 13th and First Female Doctor. The new Doctor will see you now. It's official: For the first time in more than 50 years, a woman is taking over the starring role in Doctor Who. Broadchurch star Jodie Whittaker is replacing Peter Capaldi, BBC America announced on Sunday. Whittaker will make her debut as the series' 13th Doctor in the annual Christmas special, before fully taking over when the new season kicks off in 2018. The announcement was made after the Wimbledon's Men's Final (which was won by Roger Federer), with BBC One teasing the impending announcement in a video posted on Friday. The 2018 season will also be the first one at Doctor Who for Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall, who will now serve as showrunner. He and Whittaker have worked together on Broadchurch since 2013. The 35 year-old actress is also known for roles in series like The Assets and The Smoke. "I'm beyond excited to begin this epic journey -- with Chris and with every Whovian on this planet," Whittaker said in a statement. "It's more than an honor to play the Doctor. It means remembering everyone I used to be, while stepping forward to embrace everything the Doctor stands for: hope. I can't wait." Chibnall also weighed in on the new star, saying, "After months of lists, conversations, auditions, recalls, and a lot of secret-keeping, we're excited to welcome Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor. I always knew I wanted the Thirteenth Doctor to be a woman and we're thrilled to have secured our number one choice. Her audition for The Doctor simply blew us all away. Jodie is an in-demand, funny, inspiring, super-smart force of nature and will bring loads of wit, strength and warmth to the role. The Thirteenth Doctor is on her way." Back in January, Capaldi announced his exit. "This will be the end for me," Capaldi told BBC Radio 2's Jo Whiley. "I feel sad. I love Doctor Who, it's a fantastic program to work on. It's been a huge pleasure to work with a family. I can't praise the people I've worked with more highly, but I've always been somebody that did a lot of different things. But I've never done one job for three years. This is the first time I've done this, and I feel it's sort of time for me to move on to different challenges." His exit coincided with showrunner Steven Moffat's exit from the series as well. Just over a year ago, Moffat announced that the upcoming season 10 will be his last. Capaldi is set to attend his last Comic-Con with the Doctor Who crew on Sunday, July 23, when he and other cast members take over Hall H, and for the record, he seems to be thrilled with his successor. ""Anyone who has seen Jodie Whittaker's work will know that she is a wonderful actress of great individuality and charm. She has above all the huge heart to play this most special part," he said in a statement. "She's going to be a fantastic Doctor." (Eonline)

'Summer House' filming heads to Brooklyn. "Summer House," the embattled reality show about partying in the Hamptons, has now resorted to filming scenes in Brooklyn. The Bravo show, which is in its second season, has had numerous issues out east with local town officials and businesses banning their filming, so "this season they are filming them in the Hamptons and while they're back in NYC," says an insider. We're told that on Monday, they shot the cast drinking at Berry Park in Williamsburg. "They had to come back from the Hamptons earlier than expected," a source tells us. In May, East Hampton town officials denied a film permit to the producers of the show, who had applied to film the cast at a mansion at 90 Napeague Harbor Road. (PageSix)

The Walking Dead Shuts Down Production After Stuntman Is Hospitalized. Production on the eighth season of The Walking Dead has been temporarily halted by AMC after a stuntman suffered an injury on the set in Atlanta on Wednesday, E! News has confirmed. "We are saddened to report that John Bernecker, a talented stuntman for The Walking Dead and numerous other television shows and films, suffered serious injuries from a tragic accident on set," an AMC spokesperson said in a statement provided to E! News. "He was immediately transported to an Atlanta hospital and we have temporarily shut down production. We are keeping John and his family in our thoughts and prayers." On Thursday, star Lauren Cohan tweeted, "Dear Walking Dead Family, please keep John Bernecker, our stuntman and his family in your prayers today." According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bernecker was hospitalized after sustaining serious injuries when he fell more than 20 feet onto a concrete floor. Bernecker was then medevaced to Atlanta Medical Center, where he is being treated in intensive care. In addition to his work on the AMC zombie hit, the Atlanta-based Bernecker has also worked on shows such as 24: Legacy, Scream Queens and Into the Badlands. He also worked on major films, including Logan, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay films, 22 Jump Street and The Fate of the Furious, as well as the upcoming Black Panther. The cast and executive producers of The Walking Dead are set to head to San Diego Comic-Con next week for the show's annual panel, one of the Con's most anticipated events each year. Their panel is set to take place on Friday, July 21. The Walking Dead returns this October on AMC. (Eonline)

Everyone Is Screaming at Each Other in This Shahs of Sunset Season 6 Premiere Sneak Peek. Who's ready for MJ vs. Vida vs. Tommy, round 39862? In this sneak peek of the Shahs of Sunset season six premiere, exclusive to E! News, Mercedes "MJ" Javid and fiance Tommy Feight welcome MJ's mom Vida into their new condo, where the overbearing mama wastes no time criticizing her daughter for the state of the place. "Why you guys have all these boxes in the middle? What are you doing? You don't have a coffee table," she rants. "If I want to have a glass of water, where am I going to put it. On my knees or on this? You two didn't want to put 30 minutes effort and get rid of the boxes!" Who cares if they're still moving in? Mama Vida needs her a coffee table, damn it! It's all too much for Tommy, who thinks the family has some bigger fish to try at the moment, and he loses it. "Her father's sick in the hospital. This looks nuts," he shouts. "Do you hear yourself?!" (As MJ explains in her confessional, her father Shams has been hospitalized after suffering a mild stroke. "You know, God willing, we expect a full recovery," she adds.) Tommy's shouting is too much for Vida to take, prompting an explosion of her own. "You cannot control him. He has no respect, no manners," she tells her daughter. "I will never come to this apartment if he's there and shouting. Why should I come somewhere that he shouts?" Unfortunately for MJ and Tommy, Vida isn't the only person they'll be feuding with during the premiere. They'll also butt heads with a feisty new neighbor. Moving, it's so much fun! Elsewhere in the premiere, Asa Soltan reveals her "miracle" pregnancy to the gang at Mike Shouhed's housewarming party, forcing MJ and Reza Farahan to face crossroads in their own lives when it comes to starting families. Meanwhile, Golnesa "GG" Gharachedaghi puts herself on a path to Zen, trying unconventional methods to get to a healthier place. Shahs also stars Shervin Roohparvar. Shahs of Sunset returns for season six on Sunday, July 16 at 8 p.m. on Bravo. (Eonline)

Milo Ventimiglia vs. Sterling K. Brown? The This Is Us Cast Is Seriously Torn Over Their Emmy Nominations. It's father vs. son when it comes to the 2017 Emmys. As we predicted and hoped, This Is Us was nominated in multiple categories when the nominations were announced on Thursday morning. And while we initially squealed with delight when both Sterling K. Brown and Milo Ventimiglia's names were read, we soon realized that Papa Pearson and his son Randall would be competing against each other come Emmy night, as both are up for Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series. Feeling torn? So are their cast mates! E! News' Kristin Dos Santos went to the This Is Us set to help celebrate with Chrissy Metz, Ron Cephas Jones and Gerald McRaney, who all also were recognized for their individual work on the hit NBC drama, and had to know who they would be rooting for on Sept. 17: Milo or Sterling?! "I didn't even think about they were both up against each other...until [you] said something!" Chrissy said to Kristin of her onscreen dad and brother's dueling nominations. "I hate to save I'm so excited I haven't even thought of them being in competition!" And while Chrissy said it's "an honor" just to be nominated, "They're both going to win, it's fine!" And Gerald, nominated for making us cry buckets of tears as Dr. K, pointed out that there have been ties at awards ceremonies before "so you never know!" But he did admit, "I am a little prejudice because I got to work with Milo, but that's it. I mean Sterling is brilliant, just brilliant. But Milo is as well, and he's such a joy to work with." While the cast was thrilled over all the of the nominations, Chrissy did admit she was "pissed" over one snub: Mandy Moore, her TV mama, who was not nominated for Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Boo! Hiss! "I have to say I was pissed off," she said. "I was like, somebody got it wrong, somebody was asleep. I was annoyed with that, for sure. But there's time and they're going to kind of regret not nominating her." Moral of the story: Don't mess with the Pearson family! This Is Us returns Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 9 p.m. on NBC. The Emmys air Sunday, Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. on CBS. (Eonline)

Leah Remini Talks Scientology and the Aftermath Emmy Nomination: "I've Wanted It for Our Brave Storytellers" It was a good day for Leah Remini. The King of Queens vet was greeted on Thursday with news that her groundbreaking and controversial A&E docuseries Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath had received a 2017 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Informational Series or Special, putting it against the likes of Inside the Actor's Studio and Vice. The nomination is culmination of a successful year that saw Remini's deeply personal and harrowing exploration into the accounts of former members of the Church of Scientology launch as cable's No. 1 new unscripted series for 2016, eventually earning a second installment, set to air later this year. The Church of Scientology has spoken out against the series, defending itself against Remini and others' claims. "This is yet another of Leah Remini's public attempts to silence the Church of Scientology and its parishioners from exposing her A&E program as anti-religious hate and its subjects as paid liars," a spokesperson for the told E! News. "In summary, Scientologists and the Church of Scientology will continue doing good for the world." For more on the Church of Scientology's stance on Remini's series, you can visit their response website. Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath returns for season two later this year on A&E. The 2017 Emmys will air Sunday, Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. on CBS with host Stephen Colbert. As always, be sure to come back to E! News for all your Emmys needs. (Eonline)

From F-Bombs to Whale Semen: How AMC's Brit Comedy 'Loaded' Was Tweaked for U.S. TV. With the U.K. version featuring a (very) colorful script, producers had to find cunning methods to pass AMC's decency tests, with certain words swapped, entire scenes reshot and an oversized, loudly-colored dildo sourced by the props department. If you're not allowed to say "f– you," is "suck my balls" a suitable equivalent? There can't be many TV executives forced to ponder over such a question, but this was just one of the many swearing based dilemmas faced by the team behind AMC's upcoming comedy drama Loaded, which launches on Monday. A co-production with the U.K.'s Channel 4 (and itself based on an Israeli show from Keshet TV), the eight-parter follows the lives of a group of British 30-somethings (played by Jim Howick, Samuel Anderson, Nick Helm and Jonny Sweet) who become overnight multi-millionaires after selling their mobile phone game (called Cat Factory, if you're interested) to a major U.S. corporation led by its vp of acquisitions (Mary McCormack). Tapping into the U.K's love of a good swear and the sheer number of words at the average Brit's disposal, Loaded's dialog is awash in creative and colorful cursing. While this might be fine for British TV (after 9 p.m. on free-to-air channels), it creates something of a problem for your average U.S. cable network. "When we started, we got a list from AMC about what and wasn't acceptable and realized pretty early on that this was going to be tricky," admits Kate Norrish, executive producer and joint managing director at London-based producers Hillbilly Films and TV. But with no intention of toning down the U.K. version of the show for more sensitive U.S. ears, it was decided that a tweaked edition would be shipped over the Atlantic. And so, pre-production would see drafts of the script-written by Jon Brown (Veep)- emailed to AMC's Standards and Practices department, who would respond with their thoughts, thoughts that would-on the first few occasions at least- end up in Norrish's junk mail after her inbox took offense to their content. "It was basically just a list of swear words," she laughs. "We'd get it back and somewhere where it would say, 'Oh my cocking Christ' there'd be a line and it would say 'we'll need a rewrite' under, quotes, 'cocking'." While the humble f-bomb may be totally off AMC's menu, other words came with a quota. For Loaded, each episode was given an allowance of 10 uses of "shit." "And they counted words like 'arsehole' and 'dick' the same as 'shit'," adds Norrish, who says that they'd have weekly swear word-filled calls about acceptable alternatives to the foul language in the original British version. One way of getting around the issue (the quota was used up fairly quickly) was to use anatomically correct terminology. So "dick" would become "penis," and "I feel like I've eaten a gallon of whale jizz" (a line after one of the characters tries oysters for the first time) changed to "I feel like I've eaten a gallon of whale semen." When it came to shooting, every other scene featured alternative words, meaning it would have to be shot once using the original script and again with the tweaked lines. As it happens, sometimes the AMC version was actually deemed funnier, finding its way into the final cut of the U.K. edition. The "f– you"/"suck my balls" question led to one of the more complicated swaps, in which a whole scene in the first episode was re-shot rather than just a line. To give it some context, one of the newly-minted tech entrepreneurs childishly employs a barbershop quartet to announce, via the medium of song, his new success to those who previously doubted him. In the U.K. version, one such individual is greeted at his doorstep by a musical chorus of "f– you," whereby the U.S. audience watching on July 17 will hear "suck my balls" instead. The same quartet crops up again in the second episode, this time singing by a graveside (of a deceased doubter). "It did actually look much weirder [seeing] them singing 'suck my balls' this time," admits Norrish. But it wasn't only the language that faced intense scrutiny, with teams on either side of the Atlantic also forced to discuss the matter of a dildo that the characters keep at their office (for a joke). "We had long and important phone calls with AMC about what kind of dildo we could buy," laughs Norrish. "It couldn't look too real. Multi-colored was considered good. And oversized. So our prop team bought three or four, and we picked the one that we felt was the most suitable." This time, however, there wasn't any need to reshoot with different props for different TV sensitivities. So while the U.S. had "suck my balls" and the U.K. "f– you," alongside numerous other language edits, both sets of audiences will get to appreciate, in the words of Norrish, the comedy of a "giant pink dildo." (Hollywood Reporter)

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