Monday, August 21, 2017

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott, Dave Haywood Are Both Expecting Babies: Their Joint Announcement! How about that! Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood are both expecting babies. The bandmates announced the news with a cute Instagram photo of their children playing together on Thursday, August 17. "Well, #BabyBellum round 2 is on the way!" the band, which also includes Charles Kelley, captioned the pic on their official account. "We're thrilled to announce the Haywoods are welcoming a girl this December, AND the Tyrrells are expecting in February 2018!" Scott, 31, and her husband, Chris Tyrrell, are already parents of 4-year-old daughter, Eisele. In June 2016, Scott tearfully revealed during a Good Morning America appearance that she had a miscarriage the previous fall. "This is something that is still not talked about very often. I also feel like there's this pressure that you're just supposed to be able to snap your fingers and continue to walk through life like it never happened," she said at the time. "I'm a different mom to [Eisele] now. I hug her a lot tighter." Haywood, 35, and his wife, Kelli Cashiola, are parents of son Cash, 2. The new additions will have more than just Eisele and Cash to play with. Kelley, 35, and his wife, Cassie, share 18-month-old son, Ward Charles. (US Weekly)

Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott Is Pregnant With Twins. This news is as sweet as "American Honey!" Hillary Scott of country music trio Lady Antebellum took to social media on Friday with one incredible announcement: She's pregnant with twins! Scott shared a series of heartwarming photos with husband Chris Tyrell and their daughter Eisele Kaye, including a video of the moment they told the 4-year-old. "God has answered our family's countless prayers! Our family is growing... Chris, Eisele, and I wanted to share our DOUBLE portion of joy with you all!" she wrote. "We appreciate all the love and prayers in the coming weeks as we wait (somewhat patiently if you're Chris and I, and impatiently if you're Eisele) for these precious BABIES to arrive. Yep, babies! We are having TWINS!" Just yesterday, the musicians behind "You Look Good" revealed that in addition to Scott's pregnancy, member Dave Haywood and his wife Kelli Cashiola are also expecting their second child. Scott then reflected on the heartbreak her family endured when she suffered a miscarriage in 2015. "It's truly a miracle," the Nashville native added. "Because we've been so open about our last pregnancy loss and journey, I want to be fully transparent with you that this happened naturally. Chris nor I have any family history of twins that we can find and are just resting in the profound gift this truly is." She continued, "My heart still grieves for our loss and all who are struggling with pregnancy and infant loss and infertility. God hears every prayer and I will continue to share our story to point to the Source of all life, peace and comfort in the best and most difficult of times. Don't lose hope!" Lady Antebellum is scheduled to conclude their You Look Good tour, which kicked off in May, in South Africa in mid-October. Congratulations to the entire band! (Eonline)

Big month for Derek Jeter -- first he gets the Marlins and now HIS FIRST KID! Jeter's wife Hannah Davis gave birth to Bella Raine Jeter on Thursday, August 17, Jeter's media outlet The Player's Tribute confirmed. The Yankees tweeted a message to Jeter ... saying, "Congrats to Derek & Hannah Jeter on the birth of their daughter, Bella Raine Jeter. We can't wait to meet her!" Question is ... with Jeter buying the Marlins, will the kid grow up rooting for Miami or New York!??! Jeter and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover model started dating back in 2011. They got engaged in 2015 and finally tied the knot last year in Napa, California. She's 27. He's 43. Bella is their first child. Back when Jeter retired from baseball back in 2014, he said he wanted to star a family. Mission accomplished. Congrats! (TMZ)

Bachelor in Paradise's Jade Roper and Tanner Tolbert Welcome First Child. It's another Bachelor baby! E! News can exclusively reveal that married Bachelor in Paradise couple Jade Roper Tolbert and Tanner Tolbert have welcomed their first child. Jade, 30, gave birth to a healthy baby girl on August 17, 2017 at 10:03 a.m. Jade and Tanner tell E! News in a statement, "She's here, our little sweetheart! Tanner and I are very proud to announce the arrival of our baby girl this Thursday morning. There's truly no words to describe the feeling holding you in our arms for the first time and looking into your eyes. We love you, precious girl." The proud mama's water broke earlier this morning, an entire month before her due date. Their daughter weighed in at 6 lbs., 8.8 oz. and 20 inches long. She's doing "great so far," a rep adds. The former Bachelor contestant, and Tanner, who is also 30 and previously starred on The Bachelorette, met and got engaged on the set of Bachelor in Paradise season two in 2015. They wed in January 2016 and their wedding was documented on The Bachelor season 20. The couple revealed this past May that Jade was pregnant with a baby girl. She had used the Ava cycle tracker to figure out her best days to get pregnant and is convinced that using Ava to see the beginning of her fertile window, in real time, is why she conceived her daughter so quickly. Jade had documented her pregnancy on Instagram, which showed she and Tanner went on a babymoon in Hawaii in July. Later that month, she and her besties, including many Bachelor Nation peeps, celebrated her upcoming arrival with a baby shower. Jade and Tanner are among several Bachelor Nation couples who met on the same show, married and had children. The Bachelorette season one's Trista Rehn Sutter and Ryan Sutter share two children, as do season seven's Ashley Hebert Rosenbaum and J.P. Rosenbaum. The Bachelor season 17's Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudice Lowe are parents to a son. In addition, Bachelor in Paradise season three stars Carly Waddell and Evan Bass, who wed this past June, announced earlier this month they are expecting their first child. Congratulations, you two! (Eonline)

Robin Thicke's Girlfriend April Love Geary Is Pregnant -- And Her Due Date Is Alan Thicke's Birthday. Robin Thicke is going to be a dad again! His girlfriend of more than two years, April Love Geary, revealed she is pregnant with their first child in a heartwarming Instagram post shared Thursday. According to TMZ, the 22-year-old model is three months along and expecting a little girl. "Robin and I are very excited to share with you all that we're having a baby!" Geary wrote alongside a sonogram photo. And in a sweet twist of coincidence, their little one's due date comes on what would have been Alan Thicke's 71st birthday. "The due date is March 1st, Alan's birthday!" Robin's father passed away suddenly on December 13, 2016 after suffering a heart attack while playing hockey with his 20-year-old son Carter Thicke. In the wake of the Growing Pains star's death, Robin took to Instagram with a touching tribute. "My father passed away today. He was the best man I ever knew. The best friend I ever had," he wrote on social media. "Let's all rejoice and celebrate the joy he brought to every room he was in. We love you Alan Thicke. Thank you for your love. Love, your grateful son." Robin and April made their first public appearance as a couple in May 2015 at a party in Cannes. They've been practically inseparable ever since, and often exchange sweet messages to each other on Instagram. Alan gave April his stamp of approval in a 2015 E! News interview, sharing, "She's lovely. [He has an] album coming out and April is there and supportive... We like her a lot." When asked about their age difference, Alan's wife Tanya chimed in, "The apple doesn't fall far from the tree... She's a very mature young lady. A very beautiful, smart, mature young lady." The 40-year-old singer co-parents 7-year-old Julian Thicke with his ex, Paula Patton. Congratulations to the entire family! (Eonline)

Star Trek's Terry Farrell Engaged to Leonard Nimoy's Son Adam Nimoy. Okay, Trekkies, get ready to geek out at this beautiful news... Don't tell Worf, but Terry Farrell, who played fan-favorite character Jadzia Dax on the '90s series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, is engaged to Adam Nimoy, the son of late Star Trek legend Leonard Nimoy, aka Spock. Film critic and Trekkie Scott Mantz first reported the news on Twitter Friday. Terry confirmed it Saturday. "Serious? Not fake news? Baby will be 1/16 Vulcan," wrote Twitter user @sepulrah, to which the 53-year-old actress responded, "Lol nope Not Fake news!" "It's for real," she added. Terry, who is also known for her past role on Becker, and Adam, a 61-year-old director who helmed a couple of episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation as well as the documentary For the Love of Spock, made their public debut as a couple last year. The two also appeared together at the Star Trek Las Vegas convention earlier this month. This will mark the second marriage for both Terry, who has a son from a previous marriage, and Adam, who has a son and daughter with his ex-wife. Gene Roddenberry would be pleased. The Star Trek creator, who died in 1991, would have turned 96 Saturday. Congrats to the happy couple and may they Live Long and Prosper! (Eonline)

Are Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield Giving Love Another Chance? Hot couples alert! The world wept when news of Anna Faris and Chris Pratt's separation was made public, but put down those tissues because another beloved celeb couple may be giving love another try. Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield have reportedly been spending a lot of time together internationally. The duo broke up in 2015 but were reportedly spotted getting cozy in London recently. Maybe love isn't dead after all! London must be lucky in love because they weren't the only celebs sharing a romantic getaway! Rihanna and her billionaire (yes, billionaire) businessman boyfriend Hassan Jameel were spending time across the pond as well. "Rihanna has been recording new music and is in a happy place," a source revealed to E! News. "She's really into Hassan and they've been spending lots of time together." (Eonline)

Olivia Newton-John Says She's "Feeling Great" 3 Months After Revealing Breast Cancer Relapse. Olivia Newton-John looks and feels great about three months after she revealed she had suffered a relapse of breast cancer. The 68-year-old Grease alum and singer gave her health update this week in a Facebook video message to promote the new "We Go Together" new fundraising campaign for the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre in Melbourne. "Hello everyone, Olivia Newton John here," she says in the clip. "Personally, I'd like express my gratitude to all of you who sent such kind and loving messages of support over the past few months. Your prayers and well-wishes have truly helped me and continued to lift my spirits. I'm feeling great and so look forward to seeing you soon." Newton-John had announced in late May that she was diagnosed with breast cancer that had metastasized to the sacrum, a bone in the lower back, would undergo a short course of photon radiation therapy and natural wellness therapies. She said she is "reluctantly" postponing the remainder of her North America tour dates. She is set to resume touring on Thursday, starting with a show in Indiana. "During this healing time, recovering from my breast cancer relapse, I've had time to reflect on how proud I am of the center and the important contribution it makes to the lives of communities it serves," she said in her video message. "The success of our supportive care programs, plus the groundbreaking and exciting cancer research programs makes us set the bar even higher this year," she continued. "We need to raise $1 million for the center, so it can continue to grow our critical research, pioneer trials and deliver holistic care to all who are in need. So I'm delighted to launch our new, national campaign, 'We Go Together.'" The actress was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992 on the same weekend her father died of cancer. She underwent chemotherapy and had a partial mastectomy and breast reconstruction. In 2008, she built the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre in Melbourne, Australia. (Eonline)

Why Kerry Washington's Football Star Husband Nnamdi Asomugha Pursued Acting. There are likely two SAG cards in Kerry Washington's household; One for her and one for her husband. For a decade, Nnamdi Asomugha, who has been married to the actress for four years and shares two children her, has focused primarily on his NFL career. The 36-year-old was drafted in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders. The cornerback later played for the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers before he signed a one-day contract with the Raiders in 2013 and retired as a member of his first team. He did dabble in acting during his time as a football player, making appearances on shows such as The Game, Friday Night Lights and Leverage. He has concentrated on acting since his retirement from the NFL and stars in his most prominent role in the new biographical drama film Crown Heights, which won the Audience Award for U.S. Dramatic Film at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. He plays the best friend of a man who was wrongfully convicted of murder. In an interview with sports and culture website The Undefeated, posted Thursday, Asomugha talks about how he pursued a full-time career in entertainment after his NFL retirement. "I went to the Los Angeles Kings game," he said, "and the national anthem started playing. Anytime the anthem comes on...I was fresh off of leaving football, and was just really taken by the moment. There was this [feeling] of, 'I'm not going to be able to hear that and be ready to go on the field anymore.'" Asomugha said he later told one of his former teammates, Charles Woodson, "I need that feeling again, of getting ready to go out on the field. With the crowd and all of that." He said Woodson told him he needed to find something that would give him a similar feeling. A few months later, Asomugha did a reading for a play at a Broadway theater. He said he "felt the rush" and "loved every bit of it." Asomugha said playing football gave him confidence to perform in front of people. It also runs in his blood. "I come from a performing family," Asomugha told The Undefeated. "My parents are Nigerian, and their parents and their parents -- and it's all about performance in their culture, you know. The music. The dancing...you're told to stand out at family gatherings and perform in some sort of way. You're just kind of born into it." Crown Heights was released in theaters Friday. (Eonline)

Sarah Hyland and Dominic Sherwood Break Up. It's over for Sarah Hyland and Dominic Sherwood. The 26-year-old Modern Family actress and the 27-year-old British Shadowhunters actor have called it quits after dating for more than two years. The breakup was mutual, two sources told E! News Friday. "It's genuinely mutual and amicable and they truly remain friends," one of them said. Hyland, who recently made her debut on Shadowhunters, and Sherwood met on the set of the 2014 movie Vampire Academy and began dating that winter, a few months after she split from Matt Prokop, who she had dated for five years. In February 2015, Hyland and Sherwood were photographed kissing outside a Hollywood nightclub and spent Valentine's Day in Disneyland. "He's amazing. He's an amazing person," Hyland told E! News the following April. That October, she and Sherwood adopted a puppy together, a chocolate lab named Boo, who joined her dog Barkley. Sherwood shared a photo of Hyland hugging a grown up Boo on Instagram this past Valentine's Day. "Happy Valentine's Day!" he wrote. "My girls together here!!(I was holding my boy Barkley!) love you all xx." During their time together, Hyland has brought Sherwood as her date to many high-profile celebrity events, including movie premieres, the SAG Awards, the Teen Choice Awards and Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe parties. (Eonline)

Savannah Chrisley and Boyfriend Luke Kennard Split: ''It Was Best to Part as Friends.'' Savannah Chrisley and Luke Kennard have ended their relationship, E! News has exclusively learned. The Chrisley Knows Best star shares in a statement, "The last 4 months I've been dating Luke have been great but as a young woman of faith I made the decision that with where Luke and I both are in our careers, it was best to part as friends rather than deal with the pressures of wondering if you are the only one." "I was brought up to know my worth," she continues. "I'm 20 now and so excited to live my life as beautifully as God intended. I will forever love the Kennard family." Savannah first went public with her relationship in late June when she supported the basketball player as he was drafted into the NBA by the Detroit Pistons. Her protective pops Todd Chrisley sang the new couple's praises shortly thereafter in an interview with E! News' Jason Kennedy, gushing, "We love him. He's a good, decent, honest, honorable young man. He's very strong and committed to his faith. His family are quality, good, decent people." The Chrisley patriarch also added, "They're young. Whether the relationship turns into a full-fledged, lifelong commitment, who knows! As of right now, if the relationship ended tomorrow, she would walk away a better woman because of the impact he has had on her." Savannah herself opened up about how seamless Luke's introduction into her family went, stopping by Daily Pop to share, "Honestly, I wasn't [afraid] because, for the first time, he's an awesome human being. There was no hesitation about it. It started off very pure and right." And just prior to Savannah's birthday less than a week ago, the now-exes traveled to the Cayman Islands for a celebratory family vacation. According to photos shared by Chrisley, the NBA rookie organized a private dinner on the beach and surprised her with many presents, including a Cartier Love bracelet. Savannah alluded to a possible split in a series of cryptic tweets shared hours ago. "Nothing but a lot of wasted time and energy!" she wrote, adding, "When someone treats you bad just remember that there is something wrong with them...not u. Normal people don't go around destroying others." The Faith Over Fear designer was last romantically linked to NBA star Chandler Parsons. In early 2017, she and longtime boyfriend Blaire Hanks went their separate ways after two years together. Chrisley Knows Best returns to the USA Network with all new episodes this fall. (Eonline)

Revenge's Emily VanCamp and Josh Bowman Give Rescue Dog a Forever Home. Forever their girl! Hollywood couple and former Revenge stars Emily VanCamp and Josh Bowman, who got engaged in May, just gave an adorable Rescue dog a forever home. On Friday, the 31-year-old actress hopped on her Instagram to share the news with the world that they added a four-legged friend named Frankie B. to their fam. "Meet Frankie B. our sweet little rescue pup who has stolen our hearts! Thanks @wagsandwalks for helping this little girl find her forever home. We couldn't be happier ?????? #rescuedog #happiness #FrankieB," gushed the blonde. According to the rescue's Instagram, Wags and Walks is, "A 501c3 dog rescue in Los Angeles. We save family friendly dogs from high kill shelters & place them in loving forever homes. Bringing Happiness Home!" That's exactly what it looks like Josh and Emily have given the little fur ball! In an interview with InStyle Australia, the Revenge star spoke about her hunky British beau by stating, "I have a wonderful love in my life." "Trust is the most important thing in any relationship, because everything falls into place after that," she added. While the two met on set, Emily explained in a separate interview that she does try to keep her professional life apart from her personal life. "Josh and I keep it all very separate. I barely talk about him in interviews, to be honest," she explained to Elle Canada. "It's just really funny in the moments when we're playing these absolutely absurd things. I call him 'wife-beater Daniel.' It's hard for my family to watch -- it's also hard for them to see me in that light. But we're actors. None of that lives in any of us. Thank God!" (Eonline)

Jay-Z Opens Up About Alleged Feud With Kanye West and Reveals "What Really Hurt" him. Jay-Z says Kanye West's rant against him last year hurt him because he brought Beyonce into it. Jay made his comments on the Rap Radar podcast on the rapper's streaming service TIDAL Thursday, marking his first remarks about Kanye's rant and his first interview since the June 30 release of his album 4:44. Last November, Kanye unleashed an onstage rant about Jay-Z, with whom he has collaborated in the past, and Beyonce at a concert, pleading with Jay to call him and accusing Bey of refusing to perform at this 2016 MTV Video Music Awards unless her "Formation" video beat him and Drake to win Video of the Year, which it did. Kanye then cancelled the remainder of his Saint Pablo tour and then checked himself into a hospital to treat exhaustion. "You got hurt, because this guy was talking about you on a stage," Jay-Z said on the podcast. "But what really hurt me, you can't bring my kid or my wife into it. Like, Kanye is my little brother. He's talked about me a hundred times. He even made a song called 'Big Brother.' We've gotten past bigger issues, but you brought my family into it, now it's a problem." "You know it's a problem because me and him would have been talked about it, been resolved our issues," Jay-Z continued. "And he knows crossed the line. He knows. And I know he knows. 'Cause we've never let this much space go between one of our disagreements and we've had many. That's part of who we are." Kanye has not responded to Jay-Z's remarks. Jay-Z appears to name-drop Kanye -- and his and Kim Kardashian's toddler son -- on one of his 4:44 tracks, "Kill Jay Z." Its lyrics include the lines, "I know people backstab you, I feel bad too / But this 'f--k everybody' attitude ain't natural / But you ain't a Saint, this ain't KumbaYe / But you got hurt because you did cool by 'Ye / You gave him 20 million without blinkin' / He gave you 20 minutes on stage, f--k was he thinkin'?/ 'F--kin' wrong with everybody?' is what you sayin' / But if everybody's crazy, you're the one that's insane." "It's not even about a Kanye diss. It's not a diss, I'm talking to myself the whole time," Jay-Z said on the podcast. "I'm not talking about Kanye when I say, 'You dropped out of school / you lost your principles' -- I'm talking about me." "The $20 million thing shouldn't have been said," he added. "Sometimes, you go too far." (Eonline)

Hulk Hogan is thanking God Ric Flair seems to be doing better after his medical emergency. Hulk was at Newark Airport Friday when he told the photog his famous counterpart seems to be improving. As we reported, Ric had been placed in a medically-induced coma earlier this week and underwent surgery Monday. As far as we know Ric is still in critical condition after suffering multiple organ problems. On a much lighter note, Hulk scoffs at Stone Cold Steve Austin, who just bragged he could easily go toe-to-toe with the Hulkster. (TMZ)

Robin Thicke and Paula Patton Reach Agreement Over Custody of Son Julian. One day after the happy news that Robin Thicke is expecting a second child, his first with girlfriend April Love Geary, he and ex Paula Patton have reached an agreement over the custody of their son Julian. According to court documents obtained by E! News, the child's split schedule between his mother and father has been outlined and agreed upon in the wake of a heated custody war. The 7-year-old will stay with Robin Monday through Wednesday while he will be with Paula Wednesday through Friday. From there, the co-parents will alternate weekends. Both stars also agreed to a structured holiday and summer vacation schedule to ensure that both parties received as equal time with their child as possible. "The parties are ordered to share in all major decisions concerning the minor child's health, education and welfare are including, but without limitation, schooling, religion, medical care and enrichment activities," the documents explained. The peaceful ending to the contentious custody battle paves the way for the two to co-parent as Robin's brood grows. As previously reported, the "Blurred Lines" singer's girlfriend is currently expecting her first child. The model revealed the exciting news via Instagram and also shared that the due date happens to fall on Robin's late father Alan Thicke's birthday. Robin and Paula were married in 2005 after the two had known each other since they were teenagers. Paula gave birth to Julian on April 6, 2010. The two announced their split in October 2014. (Eonline)

Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna tried resolving their custody war Friday in a lawyer's office building, but there were clearly hard feelings at the end of the day because Chyna tried hightailing it out in Rob's whip ... so claim 2 eyewitnesses. Here's what happened. Chyna and her team of 5 lawyers, including Lisa Bloom, showed up at the Century City law offices of Laura Wasser, who reps Rob. They spent hours inside but, according to Bloom, nothing has been resolved. We're told Rob had someone call ahead to have his car pulled up to the valet stand, but he wanted to wait until Chyna left. According to witnesses, a visibly agitated Chyna came along, saw the Range Rover, got inside and prepared to hightail it away from the building. We're told one of her lawyers told her, "That's not a good idea," and with the help of a valet, they got Chyna out of Rob's whip. Bloom tells TMZ Chyna did not try to drive away in the Range Rover and did not get inside. Bloom did say, however, that Chyna was "agitated" when she saw the Ranger Rover because she had given it to Rob as a gift. Rob gave Chyna a Ferrari and a Lambo, both of which she returned to him when they broke up, but Rob kept the Rover. Bloom said Chyna had some "choice words" when she saw the Range Rover, but that was it. Bloom also said the custody hearing is full steam ahead for next month and she plans to raise allegations that Rob committed domestic violence. (TMZ)

Ex-pal: Madonna shouldn't get VIP treatment in court. The "Bitch, I'm Madonna" defense shouldn't fly in a court of law, Manhattan court papers say. The singer had sued ex-pal Darlene Lutz and the Manhattan auction house Gotta Have It! Collectibles last month to block the sale of 22 items including a pair of the singer's worn satin panties and a love letter to her from late rapper Tupac Shakur. Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Gerald Lebovits yanked the items from the auction pending the completion of the case and ordered a deposition of Madonna before September. But in an Aug. 10 letter, her attorney, Jennifer Jones, wrote to Lutz's lawyer that her superstar client didn't want to be videotaped at the scheduled Aug. 22 legal grilling. "Given the intense media interest in this case, we are concerned that a protective order would be inadequate to protect the privacy interests of the individual parties," Jones wrote. Lutz's lawyer, Judd Grossman, countered that Madonna shouldn't get red-carpet treatment in the case. "Plaintiff's celebrity status is not a legitimate basis to treat her differently than every other party who walks through these courthouse doors," Grossman said. "If Donald Trump (as recently as 2016, on the eve of his Presidency), Justin Bieber, Eminem, and Dr. Dre, to name just a few recent examples, must have their depositions videotaped, then Madonna should not be given any special treatment simply because of her celebrity status," Grossman said. He added that a videotaped deposition is essential to evaluate Madonna's "credibility." Madonna first claimed that Lutz, her former art consultant, stole the items from her Miami home during a move. The story later shifted to Madonna saying that Lutz was simply storing moving boxes on her behalf, but then tried to auction off her property without her permission, according to Grossman. "Now that it is defendants' turn to test those allegations under cross-examination, so that the truth can be revealed, for the first time Madonna wants these proceedings to be conducted in secret," Grossman said. Madonna's lawyers have said that her story has been consistent. A hearing on the matter is scheduled for Aug. 21. (PageSix)

Michael Lohan's wife called the cops on him, but ended up getting taken in herself for a psych examination. Michael tells TMZ ... Kate Major was drunk when arrived back at his Florida home around 6 PM Friday, so he left and took their kids with him. He says she was pissed and called 911 to report a kidnapping ... during the call she allegedly made threats of violence toward Michael. Lohan says when cops arrived he showed them video of the incident he recorded and cops determined he did nothing wrong. Kate, however, was taken into custody for the threats she had made. Boca Raton Police confirm ... they did respond to a domestic violence call Friday night and took Major into custody under Florida's Baker Act, which allows for an involuntary psych evaluation. We're told police took Kate to a mental health facility Friday night. Michael tells us he and Kate have been living together after a long period of estrangement ... which included her going to jail. As far as we know, Kate's still at the facility. We reached out ... no word back so far. (TMZ)

Sean Kingston's begging for mercy -- asking a judge to drop a warrant for his arrest and let him try again in a jewelry case ... instead of sending him to jail. Here's the story -- Sean was ordered to pay a Florida jeweler $44,000 in December but hasn't yet, so he's become a wanted man. According to new legal docs filed by Kingston ... he didn't know about the order, because he thought the papers he got were for another case, and he ignored them. Sean says he's regretful and ready to take responsibility ... but wants a new trial so he can tell his side of events. He's also asking the judge to throw him a bone because he's repping himself "due to financial efficiency" and has had health issues after allegedly being assaulted and robbed recently. The singer claims he's returned some of the merch in question to Haimov Jewelers and tried to set up a payment plan, but they wouldn't accept it. We reached out to Haimov ... they say Sean hasn't returned anything or even reached out to them. (TMZ)

Meek Mill Arrested for Alleged Reckless Endangerment in New York City. Meek Mill has been arrested. As the New York police department confirmed to E! News, the 30-year-old rapper was handcuffed Thursday night around 10 p.m. at the corner of 10th Avenue and Dyckman Street in New York. The star, whose real name is Robert Rihmeek Williams, was charged with reckless endangerment after authorities saw him allegedly riding a dirt bike in and out of traffic, doing wheelies, not wearing a helmet and not obeying traffic in footage shared online via a livestream, according to the NYPD. According to ABC, police were called to the area Wednesday night after a group was allegedly recklessly driving motorcycles and ATVs in Inwood. However, by the time authorities got to the scene, the group had left. Mill was arrested after investigators later found online footage of the star. The "Whatever You Need" rapper appeared on The Tonight Show later Thursday night in a pre-taped performance of "Young Black America" with The-Dream. "If his name was John Smith, he wouldn't have even been arrested," Mill's lawyer Joseph Tacopina told the Daily News. "You could go to 110th St. and Dyckman right now and you'll see 10 kids popping wheelies on their bikes. Nobody gets arrested." According to reports, Mill was held overnight and will appear before a judge on Friday. E! has reached out to Mill's rep for comment. (Eonline)

Dick Gregory -- comedian, actor, writer and famed civil right activist -- died Saturday night in Washington D.C. ... according to a statement from his family. Gregory began his career as a comedian while serving in the military in the '50s,'' He broke color barriers by becoming the first black performer to perform at a white club in 1961, when Hugh Hefner eyed his talent and gave him a regular gig at the Playboy Club in Chicago. He was a hit. Gregory's talent was laced with political rhetoric. He once said/joked, "Segregation isn't all bad. Have you ever heard of a collision where the people in the back of the bus got hurt?" He was invited to perform on "The Tonight Show" in the days of Jack Paar, but refused unless he was able to have a seat on the couch. Gregory became a prominent civil rights leader who was arrested a number of time during marches in the '60s. He marched in lockstep with some of the biggest civil rights leaders of the decade. Dick was also a writer known for the documentary "Joe Louis: America's Hero... Betrayed." Comedy Central named him #82 on the all-time list of greatest stand-up comedians. The comedic and civil rights legend was recently hospitalized for an unknown but serious condition. According to his rep, he died from heart failure. Dick was 84. RIP. (TMZ)

Predator and 48 Hrs. actor Sonny Landham dies at 76. Sonny Landham, the Native American actor who costarred in action films Predator and 48 Hrs., has died at the age of 76. According to his sister, Landham died from congestive heart failure in a hospital in Lexington, KY, the AP reports. Beginning his career in adult films and stunt work, Landham transitioned into acting work in the late 1970s, often drawing on his Cherokee and Seminole ancestry to portray characters of Native American descent. His mainstream movie debut was a minor role as a subway policeman in Walter Hill's 1979 film, The Warriors. Based on that performance, Hill cast him in his first major role as Billy Bear, one of the criminals being tracked by Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy in 48 Hrs. Landham's most memorable role came opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger, portraying another Billy -- Billy Sole, the Native American tracker in Predator. He continued to appear in a minor string of action films following the success of that role. In later life, he unsuccessfully tried to start a political career, announcing campaigns for the governor of Kentucky in 2003 and for Mitch McConnell's Senate seat in 2008. Landham is survived by his two children. (Entertainment Weekly)

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Beyonce Releases New Coffee Table Book. 'How to Make Lemonade' is now available for pre-order. The wonder of Beyonce's hit visual album Lemonade never stops. On Thursday it was announced that Queen Bey will release a limited edition How to Make Lemonade vinyl box set that comes with a 600-page coffee table book on the making of her visual album. The new book gives a peek behind-the-scenes of the making of such iconic videos as "Sorry," "Formation" and more, as well as never-before-seen intimate photos of Bey, husband Jay Z and daughter Blue Ivy. To make Lemonade come alive even more, the photo book includes lyrics from the record and personal essays in Beyonce's handwriting penned across the pages, a forward written by Dr. Michael Eric Dyson and poetry from Warsaw Shire. Altogether, the new release gives a comprehensive look at the themes and inspiration of the award-winning album. The entire box set includes a double vinyl version of Lemonade, downloads of both the audio and visual album and the coffee table book; it is available for pre-order Friday here. The $299.99 box set is estimated to ship later this summer. (Hollywood Reporter)

Signed Winston Churchill portrait going for almost $200K. A portrait of Winston Churchill that he signed as a gift for Joseph Stalin at the height of World War II is going on sale for $195,000. The picture of the British prime minister is inscribed by Churchill, "To Marshal & Premier Stalin, who at the head of the Russian Armies & the Soviet Government broke the main strength of the German military machine & helped us all to open paths to Peace, Justice & Freedom." The piece -- available now on the Web site of Moments in Time -- was intended to be given to the Communist leader at a conference in 1944, but was discarded and replaced when it was discovered its frame covered the inscription. (PageSix)

'House of Payne' actor had to detox after latest role. Lance Gross -- known for his clean-cut role on Tyler Perry's "House of Payne" -- plays a pimp named Dino in TV One's "When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story." "I needed to break out of the lane that I was in because I was so comfortable," Gross told Page Six. "It was one of those roles that I may need therapy for .?.?. I had to detox and I had to pray a lot. I had a very small argument with my wife. I said something that Dino would say. It was not me. I was like, 'Wait .?.?. let me chill out. This is not me!" (PageSix)

Teen Mom's Catelynn Lowell, Tyler Baltierra and Daughter Nova Reunite With Carly for First Time in 2 Years. Teen Mom stars Catelynn Baltierra and Tyler Baltierra had a heartwarming family reunion Saturday. The two 25-year-olds traveled with 2 and 1/2-year-old daughter Novalee to visit her sister and their first child Carly, who they had placed for adoption after she was born in 2009. Catelynn's pregnancy and the adoption were documented on 16 and Pregnant. "Today is the day! After 2 years we finally get to see Carly in just a couple hours," Tyler had tweeted earlier in the day. "On our way to see Carly!!! Can't wait to watch this cutie play with her birth sister #OpenAdoption #Blessed," he wrote on Instagram, alongside a Snapchat photo of Nova riding in the car. Later in the day, Tyler confirmed the joyful reunion had happened when he took to Twitter to write, "Seeing Carly & Nova playing together, Carly pushing Nova in the stroller & holding her, omg you guys!" One of the stipulations that Tyler and Catelynn made with Carlys parents is that the two wouldn't post photos of the reunion on social media. The three have visited Carly and her adoptive parents before. This past April, Tyler posted on Instagram a throwback photo of Nova and Carly's first meeting. "Sooo I get to see Carly this Aug!!!" Catelynn had tweeted earlier this month. "We are so excited and I cannot wait for nova to see her again!!! #blessed #Adoption." Catelynn had told E! News in 2015 that her family's relationship with Carly and her adoptive parents Brandon and Teresa is "really good," adding, "our relationship is still very open." (Eonline)

Madonna Unveils All 6 Kids At 59th Birthday Bash. This is the first pic we've ever seen of Madonna with her 6 kids. The photo was taken in celebration of the singer's 59th, gypsy-themed birthday party in Italy. Check out Rocco, 17, David, 11 Lourdes, 20, Mercy James 11, and 4-year-old twins Estere and Stella. The proud mama made a grand entrance, riding a horse into the party but, appropriately -- not in a Lady Godiva way. Kinda funny ... she forgets the words to the song. "B-Day Song." That's what happens when mama sings her own songs at her party. (TMZ)

The Bachelorette's Rachel Lindsay and Bryan Abasolo Head to Miami for ''Grandma's Approval." Talk about a high-pressure hometown date! After spending time together as a couple in Texas to be with her fam earlier this week, newly engaged Bachelorette star Rachel Lindsay hit up Miami with fiance Bryan Abasolo to get in some quality time with his family, specifically meeting the chiropractor's discerning grandmother. Bryan posted the adorable photo on his Instagram of his two loves meeting at the Anacapri Italian Kitchen. Along with the sweet image of the trio, the reality star wrote the caption, "Grandma's approval is always important...of course she passed the test w/ flying colors #Miami #familytime #grandmaslove." Looks like Rachel was a hit! Earlier, the two were also caught canoodling and showing off their fit forms at the Y100 Mack-a-Pooloza party at the Fontainebleau Hotel. On Thursday, Rachel posted a PDA-filled Instagram photo of the twosome in Florida and wrote, "Made it to Miami with mi amor #miaminights #familytime." The pair have been posting up a storm since the Bachelorette finale, and it appears as there's nothing low-key about this high-profile duo's relationship. The reality stars, who currently live in different cities, have stated they aren't sure where they are planning to live permanently, but that they're considering Los Angeles, Dallas (Rachel's hometown) or Miami (Bryan's hometown). Earlier in the week, Bryan was the one who was put to the test when he got to know Rachel's big (and we mean big!) family deep in the heart of Dallas, Texas. The twosome had an engagement bash with Rachel's extended family and even hit up a Rangers game while there. The lovebirds looked like they had some big fun in the big T! Previously, E! News caught up with the newly (publicly) engaged couple the day after the after the Bachelorette finale aired and it seemed like everything was going just great so far for the "on cloud 9" couple. "It feels so good," Rachel told E! News' Zuri Hall. "Light." "Liberating," Bryan added. As for when they're going to tie the knot? "We are waiting, but we are thinking," Rachel explained to E! News about the wedding plans. "I personally would like a winter wedding next year." Rachel also said that she's handing off the plans to somebody else. "I got my guy, so I'll have a planner do everything else," she said. (Eonline)

Tommy Lee Inducted into Mile High Club With Hot Girlfriend. Tommy Lee can vouch for American Airlines, because he definitely got something special in the air. The Motley Crue drummer and Brittany Furlan had one last hurrah as they left Nassau by slinking into the first class bathroom of an AA jet, and lingering for a long, long time ... passengers say at least 20 minutes. The passengers were pissed off, but there was clearly no pissing in the lavatory ... just a little turbulence. They tried to make a discreet exit, with Tommy walking out first and Brittany lingering inside for around 25 seconds before emerging with a s***-eating grin. Here's what makes it even better. The flight to Miami took a grand total of 65 minutes. (TMZ)

Tupac Shakur's final ride -- a 1996 Hummer he bought a month before he was killed -- has found a new owner once again ... and the buyer scored a pretty heavy discount. We broke the story ... the rapper's vehicle sold for a whopping $337,000 in May 2016 to an Ohio bidder, but got sent back to the auction block when the guy flaked. RR Auction relisted the Hummer and it sold Friday for $206,531 ... $130k less than last time. Now it's just a matter of waiting and seeing if the anonymous winning bidder pays up. All eyez on him (or her). (TMZ)

Ryan Lochte gives you another reason to loathe him. Ryan Lochte embraced the Hollywood lifestyle for his birthday this year. On Wednesday, the embattled Olympian celebrated his 33rd year with a dinner at BOA Steakhouse in Los Angeles, where he was joined by Playboy model fiancee Kayla Rae Reid and a few friends. After the group feasted on steak, tuna tartare and other scrumptious sides, Lochte's lady love presented the birthday boy with a one-of-a-kind dessert. "His friends brought him balloons and an array of presents, and his fiancee brought him a customized cake in the format of a $100 bill with his face engraved in the middle," an onlooker told Entertainment Tonight. "It was presented at the end of their meal with sparklers. His friends sang 'Happy Birthday' so loudly to the point that other restaurant-goers chimed in too." Following dinner, Lochte and friends retreated to Warwick LA, where he received another sweet surprise. "He was presented with another birthday cake and was so pleasantly surprised," an observer noted. "Ryan and Kayla shared a kiss. They never left each other's side." Lochte and Reid, 26, welcomed their first child, son Caiden Zane, in June. They announced their engagement last October. The decorated swimmer, born Aug. 3, competed in the Rio games last summer, where he and Olympic teammates Jimmy Feigen, Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger lied about being robbed at gunpoint. Lochte participated in the US Open earlier this month following a 10-month suspension. (PageSix)

NYC's most 'undateable' man is still looking for love. Billy Peck says he spent three days in bed feeling "crushed" after he was mercilessly branded "New York's Most Undateable Man" following a blind-date feature in Time Out New York that went viral. The aspiring actor -- who also works in the hospitality industry -- was lambasted online for appearing to scold his Time Out set-up, a Conde Nast employee named Alyssa Marino, with quips that she "didn't have the goods" and "annoyed the s–t out of me." Peck claims he was misquoted (Time Out stands by the story), and says social-media -users told him "to kill himself" and "I bet your mother wishes she'd aborted you" after the story appeared in June. But he says supporters -- including Andy Cohen, host of revived dating show "Love Connection" -- also reached out. "[Cohen's] like, 'If a million people saw the article, 10 or 15 million will see 'Love Connection,' and they'll see the real you,'?" Peck, 24, who appeared on the show, told us. He says he reached out to Marino online to apologize, but also because he was disappointed by her response to the brouhaha. "I said, 'You know, I think you know that the person sitting there at the table with you was not who they're portraying, and had the shoe been on the other foot I would have defended you tirelessly,'" he told us. "She didn't respond. But a few days later she sent me a video of her dancing in the club with a bunch of men with the caption, 'Sweaty AF!'" Peck says Time Out made him seem "arrogant" and "insensitive." But, "Part of going through this situation was taking a good look at myself in the mirror and realizing parts where [Time Out] were not right -- which there were many -- and saying, 'I know who I am,' and parts that I maybe had to take a look at and say, 'You know, maybe [they're true].'" Either way, Peck says, "My personal belief on love is this: We live in a world where people settle a lot. And I refuse to do that, specifically in the love category." (PageSix)

Ice Cube dished out some life lessons as the guest speaker during a Seattle Seahawks team meeting, but the gist of his speech echoed one of his hit tracks -- Do ya thang! The rapper made a surprise visit to the Seahawks' facility Saturday along with NBA legend Allen Iverson -- the 2 are in town for the BIG3 playoffs Sunday at KeyArena -- and coach Pete Caroll let Cube address his squad. Among the topics he broached was the choice to sit or stand during the National Anthem, a hot-button issue for the NFL. Ice made his stance pretty clear -- all players have the freedom to make their own decision. The team meeting changed pace afterward when a free throw contest broke out between A.I. and cornerback Richard Sherman. (TMZ)

It'll make you cry but it's also loving and sweet ... a dog with terminal cancer gets what most canines and humans say is one of life's great pleasures -- an In-N-Out burger. Maddie the lab is 13-and-a-half and was just diagnosed with a rare form of incurable spleen cancer. The dog isn't suffering yet, so her owner presented the pooch with the famous burger, sans cheese and condiments. Maddie lunged for the patty and life, at least for now, is good. (TMZ)

Music

Taylor Swift wipes social media accounts, fuels speculation. Taylor Swift sent fans into a frenzy by wiping clean her Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook accounts, which combined have approximately 250 million followers, setting the Internet alight with speculation about whether a new album is imminent. But that's not the only reason Swift's fan base is snapping into anticipatory mode. For one, more time has passed since the release of 2014's "1989" than any of her previous albums (each of which had a two-year gap). Swift is usually savvy about the cycles of media and fan attention and oversaturation and presumably calculated that, considering how much bigger her stardom has become since "1989," it was wise to wait a bit longer. For another, It's also because the singer tends to lead with new singles in August, something she's done on each of her last three albums, leading "1989" with "Shake It Off," 2012's "Red" with "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" and 2010's "Speak Now" with "Mine." Similarly, she has released four of her five studio albums thus far on October 20-something -- the only exception was her sophomore album "Fearless," which dropped on Nov. 11, 2008. In a sense, it feels like Swift began the campaign for her new album on June 9, when she suddenly returned her music to major streaming services after removing them prior to the release of "1989" (it was surely no coincidence that it was also the date that Katy Perry, with whom she's publicly sparred, released her new album). Yet a wild card was the recent "groping" trial with Denver DJ David Mueller, who'd sued her after he was fired for allegedly groping Swift during a 2013 pre-concert photo op. (Swift countersued; Mueller has continued to deny her claims.) If she'd lost that case or come out not looking good, it would have been an awkward time to launch a new album campaign. But she emerged not only triumphant but acquitted herself well on the stand -- speaking forcefully and even using a little humor -- and in the process managed to make herself into a global symbol for female opposition to sexual harassment. And considering that the aftermath of the "groping" incident went on for four years, it seems more than likely that it will be addressed in some form in the lyrics to her next album, which we'd be willing to bet will be dropping later this year. (PageSix)

Why Whitney's downfall was imminent -- even before she met Bobby. It might be the greatest myth in modern pop music: Whitney Houston was America's sweetheart until Bobby Brown corrupted her -- a tragedy that ended in her drug-intoxicated drowning in 2012. But in "Whitney: Can I Be Me," the Showtime documentary film directed by Nick Broomfield and Rudi Dolezal which airs on Friday, that narrative is exposed as a construct put together by her record label and very much maintained by her protective family. "It's a fairy tale," Dolezal told The Post. "The idea that Whitney was a great girl until Bobby came along is simply not true. Whitney took drugs and smoked weed a long time before she could even spell 'Bobby Brown.'" The documentary -- comprised of previously unseen 1999 tour footage shot by Dolezal and newer interviews with Whitney's friends and family -- goes into detail about the singer's rise to fame, the rumors about her sexuality, and her slow, narcotic downfall. But the film also makes an effort to peel back the flawless image of the singer that was built up primarily during the 1980s. Whitney was born in 1963 to parents John, a theatrical management executive, and gospel singer Cissy, who also sang backup for her niece Dionne Warwick. The youngest of three kids, she was raised in and around Newark, NJ. The city had been torn apart during the race riots of 1967, sliding into a long decay of crime, poverty and segregation. "She was from the 'hood," explained Dolezal. In the film, her friends remember a Whitney who could be classy, singing in church on Sunday with her mom, but also one who knew her way around the streets. "They [Whitney and her two brothers] did drugs," recalls Ellin LaVar, Whitney's longtime friend and stylist, in the documentary. "It was the thing you do. You go out, you party, you drink, you do a little drugs. Everybody did it. And her brothers gave it to her. It was just something you do to have fun." In a 2013 interview with Oprah Winfrey, Michael Houston confessed to getting his sister started on cocaine in her late teens. "At the time, the '80s, it was acceptable .?.?. [drugs] wasn't a bad word like it is now." Whitney became a part of the entertainment industry early on, performing onstage with Cissy during the 1970s and taking on the occasional modeling gig. As word of her vocal abilities spread, Arista Records president Clive Davis went to see her perform in Manhattan in 1983 and immediately signed her. Davis unveiled his new princess' talents during a famous appearance on "The Merv Griffin Show" just weeks later. At the time, radio was still heavily segregated, and African-American artists were largely ignored by MTV. So the label made a concerted effort to make Whitney more "palatable" to white audiences. Asked by Broomfield in the film about how Whitney was marketed to white America, Arista's former vice president of R&B promotion Tony Anderson flatly replied, "put the past behind [her] and don't focus on it. And that's what we did." Any music that sounded too funky, too R&B or just too black was rejected for Whitney by the label. Her first No. 1, 1985's "Saving All My Love For You," is about as syrupy as they come; the guitar riff from 1987's "So Emotional" could have been lifted straight from a Van Halen track. The tactic worked. The singer's first two albums, "Whitney Houston" (1985) and "Whitney" (1987), both went to the top of the album charts. She racked up seven No. 1 singles in a row and won her first Grammy -- for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, not R&B. In 1986, Whitney graced the cover of People Magazine, which crowned her "America's Top New Star," while a Time article in 1987 pegged her "The Prom Queen of Soul." In that story -- which ran alongside a photo of a 23-year-old Whitney cuddling a teddy bear -- Cissy recalled her daughter's teenage rebellion as simply "staying out late, not washing the dishes." The drug experimentation was all but wiped away. But the goody-goody image began to backfire. In 1989, the singer was booed at the Soul Train Awards -- a move felt by her inner circle to be a backlash against the whitewashing of her image and music. "It was emotionally devastating -- I don't think she ever recovered from it," Kirk Whalum, her saxophonist, says in the film. But that night, something happened that would change her life: She met Bobby Brown. "Someone [was] hitting me on the back of the head, and I turned around and it was Whitney Houston," Brown told MTV in 2009. "She was trying to get my attention, because I was fly." "When they met, Bobby was the bigger star. A lot of women wanted to f-– k him, full stop," said Dolezal. The pair's chemistry was immediate, in no small part because Bobby represented a part of Whitney's life that had been brushed under the carpet for years. "Bobby was street, Bobby was 'hood, Bobby had swag," Doug Daniel, then a member of Arista's R&B promotion team, says in the film. "They came from a similar culture." The arrival of Bobby wasn't the destructive moment it has long been framed as, but it did create tension. Since Whitney's childhood, the singer's closest friend had been Robyn Crawford, whom she had known since her adolescence in New Jersey. In the 1987 Time article, Whitney referred to Crawford as the "sister I never had," and she was installed as the singer's assistant early on. "Everyone always thought that Robyn was [Whitney's] boss or manager," recalled Dolezal, who first interviewed her for Austrian TV in 1985. "Whitney trusted her with everything -- the way she looked, the lighting, the way she was sitting, everything. [Crawford] gave her security." By the end of the '80s, rumors had begun swirling in the tabloids and the music industry that Crawford and Houston's relationship may have been more than platonic. Their obvious closeness, coupled with the fact that they lived together, added fuel to the fire. "I don't think she was gay -- I think she was bisexual," LaVar states in the film. In a 2016 interview with Us Weekly, Brown appeared to confirm that Crawford and Whitney's relationship had been physical but didn't specify whether this was before his wedding to Whitney in 1992 or after. The suggestion that Houston was romantically involved with a woman rankled Cissy, who said in her 2013 book, "Remembering Whitney," that she "didn't want Robyn around my daughter." Asked by Oprah if she would have been bothered if her daughter had been gay, Cissy replied, "Absolutely." When Brown entered Whitney's life, it helped dispel rumors about her sexuality but created other problems behind the scenes. "It was obvious that there was tension between Bobby and Robyn," said Dolezal. In the film, Whitney's former head of security David Roberts recalled that the two competed for her attention -- and got into physical altercations. "There were numerous fights between Robyn and Bobby .?.?. serious fights. There were times when he wasn't always the winner!" Although Dolezal never saw violence, he did capture the tension while filming backstage on Whitney's 1999 tour. In the doc, Brown is seen putting his arm around Crawford in a show of unity. But Crawford looks painfully uncomfortable, avoiding his eyes and pulling away. One day, seemingly out of the blue, Crawford was no longer part of the tour, Dolezal recalled. "Everybody .?.?. was sad when Robyn left, because she was a very positive force." Brown has indicated that it was Cissy who forced her out of Whitney's entourage. But Dolezal has a different opinion. "In retrospect, I think [Crawford] left because she said to herself, 'Whitney has a child [daughter Bobbi Kristina was 6 years old at the time], this child needs a family, and the family needs to be the father and a mother, and so now I'm going to make space.' As hard as that probably was for her, she made that sacrifice because it was how much she loved Whitney." Over the years, Crawford had attempted to rein in Whitney's drug usage. As Cissy recalled in her book, Crawford had sounded the alarm about Whitney's taste for cocaine as far back as 1987. But with Crawford out of the picture, Whitney's descent only seemed to speed up. In early 2000, she was fired from a planned Oscars performance just hours before the broadcast, after allegedly turning up to the rehearsal high. For her last decade, Whitney was known more for her drug problems than her music. In 2006, the National Enquirer published allegations of crack use and photos of drug paraphernalia in the Atlanta house she shared with Brown. Whitney filed for divorce the same year. The only time Crawford has spoken about Whitney's death was to Esquire in 2012, when she attempted to dispel the idea that Whitney -- a mythological princess to begin with -- had been led astray by Brown's influence. "People thought they had to protect her," said Crawford. "She hated that. And that's what people don't understand .?.?. She did what she wanted to do." (PageSix)

Miley Cyrus Playfully Embraces Change in New "Younger Now" Music Video. According to Miley Cyrus, "no one stays the same." If there's anyone who can understand that mantra, it's the former Disney child star who transformed from a pop wild child into an international It Girl. The 24-year-old Grammy nominee seemed to address her metamorphic rise to stardom in a newly released single called "Younger Now" and corresponding music video. The visual, which has already accumulated more than 500,000 views on YouTube in mere hours, features the songstress in a theatrical carnival setting with touches of Elvis Presley and sock hop inspiration. In homage to the late star amid the 40th anniversary of his death, Cyrus rocks a bedazzled jumpsuit and slicked back hair akin to the legend's signature look. Cyrus also symbolically embraces her own past as she plays with a doll resembling her younger self. She later mingles with a group of older women and shares a smooch with one lady as the lyrics "I feel so much younger now" play in the background. "Feels like I just woke up -- like all this time I've been asleep," Cyrus belts out. "Even though it's not who I am, I'm not afraid of who I used to be." As the grand finale, the star gets dressed up in a '50s-style skirt and breaks out into fun choreography in front of a diner backdrop with a bevy of backup dancers. The video, directed by Diamond Martel and co-directed by Cyrus, is the second visual to be released ahead of the star's sixth studio album, Younger Now. The album will debut on September 29. Judging by the immense positive reaction to the track from Cyrus' fans, change is a thing everyone is not only counting on, but totally loving. (Eonline)

B-52's frontman, Fred Schneider, and his side project, The Superions, are suing their record label, claiming it failed to live up to any of the holly jolly obligations of their Xmas album. According to legal docs, the synth rock trio -- made up of Schneider, Noah Brodie and Dan Marshall -- dropped "Destination ... Christmas!" in 2010, stocked with nontraditional yuletide gems like "Fruitcake" and "Christmas Conga (Jungle Bells)" that led it to debut at #13 on the Billboard Comedy Album Chart. As part of their 6-year contract, The Superions claim the band was responsible for covering recording costs while Fanatic Records agreed to handle album cover costs, as well as manufacturing and promoting the LP. The band also claims the label was responsible for delivering biannual sale reports and royalties -- which Schneider and his bandmates said it failed to do. When the contract expired in September 2016, the band says Fanatic failed to turn over the remaining physical copies of the album. They're suing for a ton of cash. (TMZ)

Kanye West and fellow rapper Kid Cudi have buried the hatchet and are working on a top-secret project in Japan, Page Six has exclusively learned. West -- who's been keeping a low profile since his breakdown last year -- has been holed up in a studio with Cudi, who checked himself into rehab last fall for "depression and suicidal urges." At around the same time, West was hospitalized for a reported "nervous breakdown." According to a source, the new project is so secret, "they're going to drop some crazy collaboration out of the blue," an insider told us. "They're going to drop some surprise project on everybody. They're recording it now." They're keeping the lid so tight that "nobody knows what it is -- or what it sounds like .?.?. There are no professionals in the room. It's just Cudi, Kanye and an engineer. They're recording together in Japan." West and Cudi were in an infamous rap feud last year when Cudi -- who'd already left Kanye's G.O.O.D. Music record label -- dissed West on Twitter, and West responded on his "Saint Pablo" tour by saying, "I birthed you .?.?. I'm so hurt. I feel so disrespected. Kid Cudi, we're two black men in a racist world." But West later said, "Kid Cudi is my brother .?.?. The most influential artist of the past 10 years." A source close to West explained that the duo's feud "went away pretty quickly. It was likely something that was lingering, but not as serious as it seemed. Kanye's always airing out whatever he's thinking onstage, but they've always been close." Buzz of a collaboration began in July, when the rappers were spotted together in LA with Plain Pat, who has managed and produced for both artists. Artist Takashi Murakami posted a photo of the duo visiting his studio last week. "They're rolling together all over," said a hip-hop source. In May, Page Six reported that West was recording on a remote Wyoming mountain to find his "creative groove." He's also been seen hitting the studio with rap group Migos. Cudi just announced 27 dates for his own upcoming tour. (Page Six)

Nick Cave's Graphic Novel Biography 'Mercy On Me'. Mercy On Me is the title of a new graphic novel written by Reinhard Kleist that celebrates the life and mythology of Nick Cave. The book tells Cave's story from his early years through the time he spent performing in Birthday Party as well as the Bad Seeds. The Australian singer calls the book a "terrifying conflation of Cave songs, biographical half-truths and complete fabulations." Mercy On Me is out Sept. 7 by way of First Second/SelfMadeHero and you can preorder it here. (Billboard)

Chuck E. Cheese Is Breaking Up Its Beloved, Horrifying Animatronic Band. If you're of a certain age, you're likely to have fond-slash-permanently-scarring memories of birthday parties at Chuck E. Cheese, where the pizza is mediocre and the anthropomorphic rodents are the size of your dad. A key portion of the Chuck E. Cheese experience was the Chuck E. Cheese animatronic band, which wiggled around on a small stage in light that was either dim and ominous or florescent and searing as you nibbled at your crust and greasy pepperoni. It was... fun? Well, not anymore: Chuck E. Cheese is beginning to phase out the singing robots. Will the mascot soon appear in an elevated DJ booth, making dopey hand gestures and triggering massive dubstep drops? Time will tell. From CBS News: The kid-focused pizza chain is updating a handful of restaurants with open kitchens and toned-down colors, as well as one striking omission: the animatronic animals who play music and entertain families. Children's taste in entertainment is much more sophisticated now than when the chain started in 1977 because kids today are used to slick animations and special effects, he added. The animatronics bands may be an icon for parents and grandparents, but children today prefer dancing with Chuck E. -- a worker dressed up as the chain's icon -- or big-form video games, [chief executive Tom Leverton] added. "The animatronics became a side show," he said. In addition to breaking up the bands, the new Chuck E. Cheese will also feature an interior redesign and a menu including gluten-free pizza and wraps. To be fair, the update is only coming to seven Chuck E. Cheese locations in the San Antonio and Kansas City areas at first, but Leverton told CBS he has a "strong hypothesis" that it will extend to the rest of the franchise eventually. Fortunately, there's a shocking quantity of Chuck E. Cheese animatronic band content available on YouTube, including this truly chilling performance of LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem." Gizmodo ran an impressively lengthy story about the ouster of the animatronics, including a few moving quotes from devastated (adult?) Chuck E. Cheese fans. "Back when they had shows, the place meant something. It was a place where magic comes alive... The theme of the show reminded you that you were lucky to be born in the age, and that a good future was ahead." We couldn't have said it better. (Billboard)

Movies

Wonder Woman 2: Geena Davis wants in on the sequel. Geena Davis has her sights set on the Wonder Woman sequel. The Oscar winner, known for iconic roles in A League of Their Own and Thelma & Louise, said she approached director Patty Jenkins and told her she's both interested and available in Wonder Woman 2. "Certainly Wonder Woman needed to be made, and I'm so beyond thrilled with how it came out," Davis told Variety in a recent interview. "I met Patty Jenkins and I told her, 'I'm sure you're going to make a sequel and if you need anybody Amazonian, there's always me. I'm available.' I loved it, and I want to do more of those films. My dream goal would be to have a streaming show where I could be a bada–." Warner Bros. formally announced Wonder Woman 2 at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, and Jenkins is currently in talks to return to the director's seat. The first film had such legendary talent as Robin Wright and Connie Nielsen repping the Amazons of Themyscira, so why not Davis? It's important to note that actors are asked about potential superhero roles all the time, whether they'll actually secure them or not. Remember how Stephen Lang campaigned to play Cable in Deadpool 2 before it ultimately went to Josh Brolin? Still, with Nicole Kidman in Aquaman, Cate Blanchett in Thor: Ragnarok, and Michelle Pfeiffer now in Ant-Man and The Wasp, Davis would fit right in alongside these A-list women of the silver screen. Jenkins previously told EW of Wonder Woman 2, "The story will take place in the U.S., which I think is right. She's Wonder Woman. She's got to come to America. It's time." The filmmaker added, "I realized that Wonder Woman 2 is its own great movie. I made Wonder Woman. Now I want to make Wonder Woman 2. It's a beautiful story to tell, an important time to tell it and with people that I love." Wonder Woman 2 is scheduled for release on Dec. 13, 2019. (Entertainment Weekly)

Patty Jenkins nearing deal to direct Wonder Woman sequel. Patty Jenkins may soon pick up her shield and lasso again. According to a source with knowledge of the situation, negotiations are ongoing with Jenkins to direct a sequel to Wonder Woman and a deal could be reached soon. Representatives for Jenkins and Warner Bros. had no comment on the negotiations. Ever since Wonder Woman hit theaters earlier this summer, it's been shattering records at the box office, earning the biggest debut ever for a female director and becoming the highest-grossing live-action film ever directed by a woman. According to Deadline, which first reported on the negotiations, Jenkins should be getting a considerable pay bump for the sequel, which could reportedly make her the highest-paid female director in Hollywood. In the past, Jenkins has been cautious to say that she isn't officially signed on for the sequel yet, but she still has ideas about where she'd like to take the character (played onscreen by Gal Gadot). In April, she told EW, "The story will take place in the U.S., which I think is right. She's Wonder Woman. She's got to come to America. It's time." "I made Wonder Woman," she added at the time. "Now I want to make Wonder Woman 2. It's a beautiful story to tell, an important time to tell it and with people that I love." Wonder Woman was a revelation for Warner Bros. this summer, earning more than $800 million worldwide, revitalizing the studio's DC Comics Extended Universe franchise, and become a cultural touchstone for women in blockbuster films. At Comic-Con, Warner Bros. announced that the sequel is officially set for a Dec. 19, 2019 release date with Gadot returning to star. (Entertainment Weekly)

DMX gets approval to travel to Atlanta to shoot TV-movie. Accused tax-evading rapper DMX can travel to Atlanta to shoot a made-for-TV movie, a Manhattan judge ruled Friday. The rapper, born Earl Simmons, will be allowed to go to Atlanta for three days starting Monday under the condition he is accompanied by a substance-abuse monitor, said federal Judge Jed Rakoff. Days earlier, the jurist had turned down the rapper's bid to travel for five gigs -- including for an appearance on the hip-hop version of "Hollywood Squares" -- saying Simmons hadn't given him enough notice and because of concern that the travel would interfere with his substance-abuse programs. Simmons, 46, had been put on home confinement and forced to wear an ankle bracelet after he reportedly failed drug tests for cocaine and pot. (PageSix)

Seth Rogen Just Dropped Some Major Truth Bombs About Superbad. These movie confessions aren't Superbad; they're super good! As the cast celebrated the comedy's ten-year anniversary Thursday, Seth Rogen decided to surprise fans with more than a few fun facts about the big-screen project. Ladies and gentlemen, who's ready for some "Superbad trivia?" In a series of tweets Thursday evening, Seth revealed new stories about the film featuring Michael Cena and Jonah Hill. "The cast of Jersey Shore confirmed to me that the phrase 'D.T.F' or 'Down To F--k' is from Superbad," Seth wrote. Not impressed? Oh wait, there's more! "During the MPAA screenings of Superbad they said we were the first movie to say 'fingerf--k,'" he continued. Seth added, "The period blood on the leg scene in Superbad actually happened to my friend at a high school dance and we discovered it after the dance." Believe it or not, Superbad really was a huge box office hit and brought in close to $170 million in the United States alone. And if you thought some of the scenes were just unbelievable, you may want to think again. "Almost all the names in Superbad are people we went to high school with and lots of the stuff in the movie really happened to us," Seth shared with his followers. Since the film, Seth has developed even more fans thanks to his roles in Neighbors, 22 Jump Street, Pineapple Express, Step Brothers and countless others. Superbad, however, will always hold a special place in Seth's oh-so-creative mind. "Anyway, if you dig Superbad, thanks for digging it," he wrote on social media. "I wrote it with my best friend in high school and we still write together. It's lovely." Read all of Seth's fun facts about Superbad on his Twitter feed now. (Eonline)

Harvey Weinstein is launching a new animation label, called Mizchief, Page Six has exclusively learned. The first release under the new toon brand will be "Leap!" which opens on Aug. 25 and features the voices of Elle Fanning, Dane DeHaan and Carly Rae Jepsen, plus Kate McKinnon in three roles. There will be a VIP family screening of the film in East Hampton this weekend, we hear. The second movie under the banner will be "The Guardian Brothers," with Meryl Streep, Mel Brooks, Nicole Kidman, Edward Norton and Bella Thorne. The studio's also developing adaptations of "The Firework-Maker's Daughter" and beloved kids classic "The Cricket in Times Square." Weinstein explained in a statement, "I named the label Mizchief, because that's how my son pronounces mischief ... All of these films will share incredible stories that most importantly both inspire and entertain our kids." (Page Six)

Box-Office Milestone: 'Girls Trip' Crosses $100M in U.S. It's the first R-rated comedy in a year to prosper at the box office. What a journey it's been for Girls Trip. The Universal film is the first R-rated comedy to cross $100 million at the domestic box office since Bad Moms achieved the same feat in summer 2016. And it's the first live-action comedy of this year to do so far. Directed by Malcolm D. Lee, Girls Trip achieved the milestone on Thursday. Its domestic total stands at $100.1 million. Globally, it has earned $109.9 million. Generally speaking, the glory days of R-rated comedies -- think Sex and the City, The Hangover series, Magic Mike, Ted -- ended two years ago. Girls Trip and Bad Moms are the exceptions. This summer, three R-rated comedies flopped; Baywatch, The House and Rough Night. Produced by Will Packer, Girls Trip stars Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah as four friends who travel to New Orleans for a bawdy weekend of fun. Girls Trip earned a coveted A+ CinemaScore. (Hollywood Reporter)

TV

Viola Davis, Julius Tennon to Executive Produce Special About Effecting Change at U.S. High Schools. The event will air live from Los Angeles on Sept. 8 on the Big Four networks. Viola Davis and Julius Tennon will executive produce a special aimed at inspiring the public "to help rethink the future of American high schools" in order to help better prepare students for their future, and the future of the nation. The hour-long special, EIF Presents: XQ Super School Live, will air live from Los Angeles at 8 p.m. ET (tape-delayed on the West Coast) on Friday, Sept. 8, on the Big Four networks: ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC. The announcement was made Friday by XQ Institute, a group of students, parents, educators and more who are working toward improving the American high school system, and the Entertainment Industry Foundation, which generates awareness and funds for health, educational and social issues, including the Stand Up to Cancer initiative. In addition to Davis -- an Emmy nominee this year for How to Get Away With Murder -- and her husband, the star-studded event in support will be produced by Done + Dusted and directed by Hamish Hamilton. It will feature live musical performances, comedic sketches, documentary segments and more as it aims to "challenge viewers to understand that rethinking high school education is crucial for the future of our country." "We are excited to team up with EIF and XQ Institute to help bring awareness to the issue of high school education and ensure that our students are receiving an education that prepares them for the future," Davis and Tennon said in a joint statement. "As executive producers of this live special, we are honored to work alongside some incredible names in the entertainment and education space." The event, which will be broadcast live from Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport, will show how educators, parents, school administrators, entrepreneurs, business leaders and students can influence change and offer insight for viewers about how they can effect change in their own communities. "We are thrilled to be working with XQ Institute and EIF, as well as Viola and Julius, on such an incredible and powerful production," said Hamilton, director and executive producer at Done + Dusted. "It's a high honor and great privilege to work on a star-studded show that will challenge the public to reimagine what's possible when it comes to the education of our young people." Additional partners of the telecast include Anonymous Content, MACRO and Wise Entertainment. (Hollywood Reporter)

How Matt LeBlanc's Real-Life Stalker Turned Into an 'Episodes' Storyline. On the Showtime comedy, his character slept with an obsessive fan in season two after the actor fooled the creators into thinking he'd done the same in real life. We did a stalker storyline that was based on reality. David, Jeffrey and I were having dinner in London, and this woman was there watching us. I went to the bar, and she started asking me a bunch of questions. She was clearly stalking me, but harmless. I told David and Jeffrey and they got really nervous. I thought it would be funny to wind them up and tell them that I got her number and was going to go out with her. I kept it going for a few days, and they thought I was crazy: "She's going to kill you!" David and Jeffrey turned that into a woman from the Make-a-Wish Foundation who was stalking me [in season two] whom I slept with. But that was how they would take a seed of an idea and elaborate on it. After it was in the script, I told them I never went out with her. We had a good laugh about it. (Hollywood Reporter)

Porn site wants to revive Sense8 for a third season. 'We're not talking about a parody, or something less than, but an actual revival of the series,' writes xHamster's vice president. Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon could soon have new competition... from a porn site. While these streaming services have often been looked at a possible new home for recently-canceled shows with a passionate fan base, xHamster is offering itself as another option, offering to produce a third season of Sense8. In an open letter to co-creators Lilly and Lana Wachowski, the site proposed reviving the Netflix original, which is set to return for a two-hour conclusion special after being canceled in June. "We recently read that you're working on a third season of Sense8 despite the fact that Netflix has no plans to renew the series," wrote xHamster vice president Alex Hawkins. "We know it's unconventional, but we want to bring it back -- on xHamster. We're not talking about a parody, or something less than, but an actual revival of the series." Hawkins' case on behalf of his site centered on its high traffic (more daily visitors than ESPN, according to him) and the ability to focus the production budget entirely on Sense8, instead of the series having to compete for funds with other Netflix projects. "We also have the disposition," he continued. "We know that a series about polymorphous perversity is a hard sell for a mainstream network like Netflix. We have no such limitations, and also understand implicity the interconnectedness of sexualities across boundaries. In short, we are a we." Acknowledging that his site is an "unlikely home," he pointed out that the same could have been said about Netflix not that long ago. "We think that our time, like yours, has come," he concluded. (Entertainment Weekly)

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