Tuesday, August 22, 2017

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Rose Byrne Is Pregnant With Her Second Child. Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale have every reason to be all smiles right now -- they're expanding their brood! The Australian actress is currently pregnant with her second child with her partner. On Sunday, the actress confirmed the news that she was expecting baby No. 2 on DavidJones.com. "I'm a little tired but feeling good," she told the site. "Everyone was very sweet on set today, and you always get a little bit more attention when you're pregnant, which is fabulous." Byrne was spotted filming in England on the set of Juliet, Naked earlier this month and seemed to be in great spirits despite the long day filming. The famous couple keeps their personal life notoriously under wraps, save for a few selfies on the actor's Instagram page, and the two did their best to conceal the exciting pregnancy news until now. Back in February 2016, the couple welcomed their first child into the world, a son named Rocco. Byrne and Cannavale began dating one another back in 2012 and largely kept their relationship out of the public eye despite working together on several projects like Spy, Annie and Adult Beginners. Back at the 2013 Emmy Awards, Cannavale couldn't help but thank his leading lady while accepting his award that night for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. The Boardwalk Empire actor called the Aussie star "the love of my life" while thanking his family and friends. Now that's cute! Congratulations to Byrne and Cannavale on their exciting pregnancy news! (Eonline)

Kristen Bell Reveals Dax Shepard Once Dumped Her for Another Girl. Don't you just hate it when your boyfriend leaves you for another woman? Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard have proven time and again that they're meant to be. But like any great celebrity couple, they've had their ups and downs. "We were dating for about three months, and I already knew that I was in love with him," Bell says in an interview with PopSugar. Despite the fact that she was ready to fully commit to Shepard, "he was hesitant because he knew he was still dating other people." Ouch. In the moment, Bell "liquefied and fell to the ground," she recalls, "but I felt incredibly respected that he had the balls to tell me we weren't in the same place." Spoiler alert! It all works out in the end. Four days later, Shepard called her up to admit that he was being foolish. "I don't know what I was thinking," he confessed, adding that he was dating another girl, but "[she's] just not as interesting as you." Aww! Does she still hold it over his head? Of course! "I still always remind him of when he broke up with me," Bell says. As for where their relationship stands now, they couldn't be happier. "It still takes a lot of work," she admits, "but we are choosing to be this happy because the other choice is, what, choosing to be unhappy? No thanks." The couple walked down the aisle in October 2013 after a vow not to marry until gay marriage was legal. They now have two daughters, Delta Bell Shepard, 2, and Lincoln Shepard, 4. The famous dad recently admitted to Ellen DeGeneres that Lincoln sort of has a potty mouth...and it may or may not be his fault. After he broke his nose on his daughter's book shelf, he let a couple "f--ks" fly around. Imagine his surprise when Lincoln pulled out the handy new word at a family function. "'This pool is f--king warm,'" he remembers her saying. Fortunately, the funnyman was able to make himself feel better about it. "We were like, 'She's nailing the syntax. She knows that she's using it as an adjective, an adverb. We were proud and she stopped saying it." (Eonline)

When it came to one particular cause -- finding a cure for muscular dystrophy -- Jerry Lewis wasn't kidding around. To generations of Americans, Lewis was equally well known for helping to raise money for people suffering from the crippling neurological disease as he was for his work with Dean Martin and those knee-buckling pratfalls. For 45 years, Lewis hosted the annual Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The legendary jokester, who also served on the charity's board, became so integral to the effort that children the group helped were nicknamed Jerry's Kids. "MDA would not be the organization it is today if it were not for Jerry's tireless efforts on behalf of 'his kids,'?" charity Chairman R. Rodney Howell said in a statement. "Jerry's love, passion and brilliance are woven throughout this organization, which he helped build from the ground up." During the 24-hour telethons, Americans tuned in to watch Lewis yuk it up with entertainment legends. Lewis would spend 21?¹/2 hours straight pleading viewers to raise "just one more dollar" and concluded the show with his personal anthem, the ballad "You'll Never Walk Alone." The comedian gave hope to people suffering from the debilitating disease, according to CUNY Vice Chancellor Christopher Rosa, who has muscular dystrophy and works with the MDA. "Knowing that Jerry was in my corner meant the world to me," Rosa said. "While MDA provided the medical care that gave me support and the research that gave me hope, Jerry radiated an energy that inspired me and so many others to keep fighting." The telethons raised more than $2.45 billion since Lewis started hosting in 1966. He ended his hosting run in 2010 but remained the group's national chairman until 2011. He died Sunday at age 91. (Page Six)

Jay-Z Finally Talks About His Elevator Fight With Solange Knowles: "She's Like My Sister." It took three years for Jay-Z to share his side of the story. In a podcast interview with Rap Radar hosts Elliott Wilson and Brian "B.Dot" Miller, the 47-year-old rapper opened up for the first time about making headlines in 2014 for his post-Met Gala elevator fight with Solange Knowles. "We had one disagreement ever. Before and after, we've been cool," the hip-hop heavyweight said during the interview, conducted last week. "She's like my sister. I will protect her. That's my sister, not my sister-in-law. My sister. Period." During Knowles' attack, Beyonce stood by silently, only intervening for a brief moment. Security footage of the family scuffle was later leaked to TMZ. "We've always had a great relationship. I fought my brothers and argued with my brothers my whole life. It just so happens, who we are, these things go into a different space," Jay-Z said. "But it ain't nothing." "It ain't nothing" seems to be the official family position. After the video went viral, a rep for the family released a statement saying they had "worked through" their issues. "Jay and Solange each assume their share of responsibility for what has occurred" and "acknowledge their role in this private matter that has played out in the public." Along with Beyonce, Jay-Z and Solange vowed to move forward "as a united family." Jay-Z stayed silent about the incident for years after the statement was released. He first referenced the fight in "Kill Jay-Z," off the album 4:44. "You egged Solange on / Knowin' all along, all you had to say you was wrong / You almost went Eric Benet," he rapped. "Let the baddest girl in the world get away / I don't even know what else to say / N---a, never go Eric Benet." Knowles, meanwhile, first spoke about the incident months after it occurred, telling the now defunct Lucky magazine, "What's important is that my family and I are all good. What we had to say collectively was in the statement that we put out, and we all feel at peace with that." Knowles has always been especially close to the 35-year-old "Sorry" singer. "You did a kickass job. You were the most patient, loving, wonderful sister ever," she told Beyonce in an Interview cover story in January 2017. "In the 30 years that we've been together, I think we've only really, like, butted heads...we can count on one hand." Beyonce, who interviewed her 31-year-old sibling for the magazine, replied, "I was expecting something funny, but I'll take it. Thank you." (Eonline)

Torrei Hart can't believe Eniko Hart, Kevin's current wife, has forced her hand to publicly confirm Kevin cheated on her. We got the ex-wife and mother of Kevin's 2 kids Sunday outside the Laugh Factory in WeHo, and she's genuinely perplexed that Eniko went after her on social media, saying she's playing the victim. Eniko also dropped a bombshell, saying she's been with Kevin for 8 years, yet he separated from Torrei 6 years ago. Torrei is fierce but careful not to attack Kevin. It's clearly something she's dealt with privately in the past. (TMZ)

Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna Are Not in a Custody War, Her Lawyer Says. Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna are not at odds over their only daughter, according to Lisa Bloom. While a recent report alleged the exes could not resolve their "custody war" inside an office on Friday, Chyna's attorney denies such was the case. "There are many false statements in this article, which I told TMZ, but they published it anyway," she told E! News in a statement. "I was present and witnessed the entire non-event." Instead, Bloom maintained that there is no custody hearing scheduled for next month, but there is a hearing for the domestic violence restraining order she initially requested for her client in July in response to Kardashian's social media attacks against his former fiancee. While that case remains underway, Bloom insists Rob and Chyna are peacefully co-parenting their 9-month-old daughter. As for claims that the reality star got into Kardashian's Range Rover and prepared to drive away after the meeting, those are also fiction, according to Bloom. However, as her attorney explained, Chyna did express hurt after seeing the Range Rover, which she had given to Kardashian and never got back after she returned his gifted cars back to him. Though Kardashian's team did not return E!'s request for comment and a recent report from People alleges things are "tense" between the stars, it seems all is well according to Chyna's camp. In the interim, the two stars have forged ahead in their lives apart. Chyna appeared in Belly's music video for "P.O.P. (Power of P---y)" in early August, has been making public appearances at Hollywood events and has been romantically linked to rapper Mechie in recent weeks. Kardashian, however, has remained largely out of the spotlight and silent on social media since his explicit rant, aside from a photo of his daughter he shared in mid-July. While he stays hidden from the spotlight, Rob remains focused on his little girl. "There's no excuse and he is taking responsibility. He also realizes that there could be consequences and that he won't be able to see Dream. That is what's most important to him and not being able to be with her is what scares him the most," one insider told E! News. "He is trying to learn from this and move forward. He just wants to be a good dad and focus on that." (Eonline)

Abigail Breslin blindsided her assistant by canning him out of nowhere and stiffing him on his final paycheck ... according to a new suit. Michael Helms claims he worked as an assistant for the "Scream Queens" actress until she fired him on August 4. Problem is -- he'd already invoiced her for July, but was told he wasn't going to get paid for that month ... according to the docs. Sources connected to Michael tell us Abigail spoke with him shortly after firing him to find some sort of compromise. We're told her legal team promised they'd be in touch with an offer, but just blew him off ... so Helms filed suit. He's asking for $3,500 ... which he claims was a month's salary. We reached out to Breslin's team ... no word back yet. (TMZ)

THE OTHER STUFF . . .

Prince William and Princess Kate Join the Royal Family for Church Service at Balmoral -- and Look Who's Driving! Prince William and Princess Kate were spotted near the Scottish Balmoral Castle during their summer break, where they joined other members of the royal family for a Sunday church service. The royal couple was driven by Prince Andrew to the Crathie Kirk chapel -- which is located near the grand castle. In attendance at the service was Queen Elizabeth II, 91, Prince Philip, 96, Prince Charles, 68, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, 70. The summer vacation for the royal pair comes after their participation in a historic ceremony: the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele. William, 35, and Kate, 35, attended the ceremony held in Belgium last month, which paid tribute to the massive casualties suffered by England and Belgium during the World War I. Queen Mathilde and King Philippe of Belgium also arrived at the Last Post ceremony, as did British Prime Minister Theresa May. "Members of our families; our regiments; our nations; all sacrificed everything for the lives we live today," William said at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Ypres or Menin Gate Memorial, according to the BBC. "During the First World War Britain and Belgium stood shoulder to shoulder. One hundred years on, we still stand together, gathering as so many do every night, in remembrance of that sacrifice." Kate Coyne discusses how parents all over the world are taking notice of something sweet Prince William does every time he speaks to his son, Prince George. The Menin Gate is covered with the names of over 54,000 British dead who have no known grave, according to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Two hundred descendants whose ancestors are named on the Gate were also in attendance. The royal couple also took part in the Last Post ceremony, performed at the site every night at 8 p.m. since 1928. During that service, Kate wore the same Alexander McQueen ensemble she wore for Princess Charlotte's christening in 2015. (People)

Chrissy Teigen is not here for your advice. The supermodel hit back at commenters on Sunday, August 20, who criticized her for posing like a ballerina in pointe shoes. In a video posted on Saturday, August 19, the mom of one wore a dressing gown as she tried to balance on tip-toe in the ballet shoes. She attempted to do a twirl with help from husband John Legend before yelling "F--k!" and dropping down to the soles of her feet. "I have been in love with watching ballet since I was young," she captioned the clip. "I was given shoes from a performance John planned for me a few years ago. Tonight, I tried them on. IT IS HARD. Shout out to the ballerinas I love, and have loved, so so much." She also shared the video on Twitter, joking, "I'm... real good." "My feet. Are. So weak. God I love real ballerinas," she added. The video prompted several responses from fans who warned her she could break something by trying to balance on her toes in those uncomfortable shoes without proper training. "Be extremely careful when on point it's very easy to break an ankle if you're not doing it correctly or if you have weak ankles!" one wrote. "Please be careful. Ballerinas do this for years to work on point," another commented. Others thought she did really well for a novice. "I think the end is especially graceful," one fan wrote. "The swanlike 'f--ck' was spot on." Teigen responded with her usual candor. "I get it," she tweeted. "I could have broken an ankle. You can stop telling me. If only you knew the other 1000 bone-breaking things I attempt daily." (US Weekly)

Lisa Vanderpump is expanding her empire, and she's counting on a couple of Toms to make it happen. Our "Vanderpump Rules" production sources tell us ... the groundwork's been laid for Lisa to open up a new dining spot in West Hollywood, the same block on which SUR and PUMP sit. We're told she's enlisted fellow show stars Tom Sandoval and Tom Schwartz to help out. It's interesting -- the Toms are best buds and tossed out the idea of opening a joint with Lisa last season called Tom & Tom ... and it looks like she's making their dream come true. Our sources say the plan is to open the new restaurant in November ... right around the same time the new season of 'VR' debuts. We're told Lisa's still working on a possible deal with Sandoval and Schwartz regarding ownership and management. (TMZ)

Mini-Me! Kate Beckinsale's 18-Year-Old Daughter Lily Looks Like Her Twin in New Bikini Photo. Kate Beckinsale has a mini-me! The British actress' 18-year-old daughter Lily Beckinsale posted a cute bikini snap on Instagram Saturday that closely resembles pictures Beckinsale has posted of herself in two-piece bathing suits. This is not the first time fans noted how similar Lily -- who is Kate's daughter with ex Michael Sheen -- looks to her mom. In April, the mother-daughter duo posted parallel pics of themselves in bikinis. The 44-year-old mom and actress recently appeared on Netflix's Chelsea with Chelsea Handler, and talked about how she discusses body positivity with Lily. "The thing that I tell her, which is something that I found really helpful probably about her age, is, I found this Susan Faludi book called Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women," she explained. "There's a moment in that where she talks about how when, politically, women make big strides, it seems to always happen that the fashion becomes very completely unattainable body type. And it's this sort of unconscious way of controlling women to distract them into a kind of self-loathing," she added. Director Michael Bay Responds to Claims He Body shamed Kate Beckinsale Kate Beckinsale revealed that she was criticized about her appearance by director Michael Bay when they worked together on the 2001 film Pearl Harbor The actress also opened up about co-parenting with Sheen, whom she dated for eight years until they split in 2003. Their relationship has remained amicable since the breakup, and Beckinsale has a good relationship with Sheen's girlfriend since 2014, Sarah Silverman. "I think the thing is, if you both really put your kid's well-being first, and share a sense of humor, you're sort of halfway there," she said. Lily will be heading off to college in the fall. (People)

Denzel Washington will return to Broadway this spring in "The Iceman Cometh," The Post has learned. A 14-week run of Eugene O'Neill's drama, to be directed by five-time Tony winner George C. Wolfe, is set to start March 22 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. "I'm very excited to come back to Broadway in this great play and to be working on it with George Wolfe," Washington told The Post. Scott Rudin, fresh off a home run with Bette Midler in "Hello, Dolly!" is producing. Washington will play Hickey, a charismatic traveling salesman with a secret who shows up at a Greenwich Village saloon to buy the drunken regulars one last round. Hickey's considered one of the most challenging roles in the American theater, along with Willy Loman in "Death of a Salesman," Stanley Kowalski ("Streetcar Named Desire") and George ("Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?") Among the distinguished actors who've played him are Jason Robards, James Earl Jones, Kevin Spacey and Nathan Lane. Sources say Washington has long been an O'Neill fan. As a student at Fordham University in the 1970s, he made his theatrical debut in "The Emperor Jones." O'Neill wrote "Iceman Cometh" in 1939, inspired by Maxim Gorky's "The Lower Depths." He based many of the characters on real-life drunks he remembered from his heavy-drinking days at Jimmy-the-Priest's waterfront saloon on Fulton Street. Fearing audiences would reject the play, which runs nearly five hours, O'Neill delayed its Broadway premiere until 1946. Reviews were mixed, but subsequent revivals cemented its reputation as an American classic. Washington, an Oscar winner for "Glory" and "Training Day," is one of Hollywood's most reliable stars. His track record on Broadway is just as enviable. Playing Brutus, he sold out a 2005 production of "Julius Caesar." The 2010 revival of August Wilson's "Fences," in which he starred alongside Viola Davis, grossed more than $1?million a week. Both reprised their Tony-winning roles in the 2016 movie. Washington's previous Broadway outing, in the 2014 revival of "A Raisin in the Sun," shattered records at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, where it opened with advance ticket sales of $12?million. (Page Six)

Justin Bieber is not only off Floyd Mayweather's Money Team, he's now one of Floyd's mortal enemies ... TMZ has learned. Sources connected to both Justin and Floyd tell us, the folks at the Hillsong Church have been counseling Justin for months on taking a hard look at his friends and pulling back from those who are bad influences. We're told church pastors did not single out Floyd as a bad influence, but Justin decided on his own he needed some distance. Our sources say Justin didn't want a clean break from Floyd, he just wanted to "reset boundaries" ... walling himself off from things like Floyd's obsession with strip clubs. Justin unfollowed Floyd in Instagram as part of the reseting of boundaries, and our sources say Floyd went "insane, nuclear." He lashed out at Justin, called him a "traitor" because Floyd had stuck with Justin during his meltdown when everyone was attacking Bieber. Sources connected with Floyd says the boxer continues to be incensed at Justin ... screaming incensed. Now it makes sense why Justin curiously told our photog last week he didn't think Floyd would knock Conor McGregor out at next Saturday's fight. We're told Justin will likely be a no-show at the fight. (TMZ)

Big Ben Tolls for the Last Time Until 2021-Because It's Too Loud. The bell inside London's most famous clocktower, Big Ben, rang one last time at noon on Monday before it fell silent for essential repair works. The world famous bell was supposed to have gone unrung until 2021 to protect the ears of those carrying out works on the building, but some British politicians have complained that health and safety rules have obscured a symbol of British resilience. Steve Pound, a member of parliament (MP) for the opposition Labour Party, told one British newspaper: "They kept the bells tolling through the Blitz. The Luftwaffe could not stop it but health and safety has. There has to be a way around." Ex-minister and Conservative MP Shailesh Vara said: "I would have thought some compromise could have been reached to ensure this iconic bell's presence." British Prime Minister Theresa May urged last weekend for the restoration plans to be reviewed after saying that "it can't be right" for the famous chimes to go unheard for four years. It's likely the bell will be hauled out of retirement to sound on special occasions like New Year's Eve. Around 20 British politicians gathered outside the building, along with hundreds of tourists and Londoners, as Big Ben chimed for the last time before restorations begin. Some lawmakers in Parliament were critical of colleagues making a fuss over the bell going silent. Jess Phillips, another Labour MP, tweeted to say that she hoped her fellow lawmakers might think about "how ridiculous we look." Conor Burns, a Conservative lawmaker, told BBC Radio 4's Westminster Hour: "I think when you see the footage tomorrow of our colleagues who gather at the foot of Big Ben you will not see too many colleagues who have careers ahead of them." This article originally appeared on Time.com (People)

Inside Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus' Big Date in the Big Apple. The summer of love continues... Jet-setting new couple Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus were all over New York City on Sunday. After doing some shopping during the day time, the 45-year-old Oscar winner and his new girlfriend were spotted exiting trendy eatery Mas (farmhouse) in Manhattan on Sunday night. According to the hotspot's website, "Mas (farmhouse) is a French-American restaurant located in the heart of New York City's Greenwich Village." For their date night, a scruffy Ben donned a blue sport coat, red t-shirt and corduroy pants. Lindsay opted for a chic black top, skinny jeans and nude wedges. Earlier in the day, the pair was dressed down when they made a trip to upscale department store Barney's New York a source tells E! News and appeared to do some window shopping -- looks like Lindsay had her eye on some jewelry! While out on the streets of NYC, Ben also stopped to sign autographs and take selfies with his legion of fans. The two then made their way back to Ben's hotel. For their daytime outing, the Saturday Night Live producer was outfitted in a striped shirt and jean cut-offs which showcased her slim pins, while Ben looked more casual, wearing the same fire engine red shirt, paired with a different blue jacket. While they've yet to make an official red carpet appearance since first going public on July 6, the pair are certainly not hiding their love from the world. A source previously told E! News that the two, who met years ago during one of Ben's stints on SNL, are taking their time. "It's a new relationship. They are taking things slow," an insider said. "Lindsay is very happy. She's at a good place in her life." Back in April of this year, Jennifer Garner and Ben filed for divorce nearly two years after they announced that they were separating following 10 years of marriage. According to court documents, the exes filed for joint legal and physical custody of their three children, Violet, Seraphina and Samuel. A source at the time told E! News that the two "were co-parenting" and that the "most important thing in all of this are their kids." Ben was in Los Angeles celebrating his 45th birthday with his three kids last week -- so that seems to be true! (Eonline)

Music

Taylor Swift Shares a Mysterious Video After Her Social Media Blackout. What does it all mean?! After scrubbing her social media pages last week, 27-year-old singer-songwriter Taylor Swift returned to several platforms Monday morning to share a video with her millions of followers. The 10-second clip featured no audio or context and appeared to show a reptilian tail recoiling. Swift's last album was released in 2014 and won two Grammy Awards. Her last single, the Zayn Malik collaboration "I Don't Wanna Live Forever," appeared on Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack. On Friday, Swift erased her profile picture on all social media platforms and blacked out her official website, causing her followers to speculate that an album announcement is imminent. Swift -- who has been out of the spotlight since her world tour wrapped -- has yet to comment. (Eonline)

Katy Perry's "Swish" Music Video Is on Its Way and Packed With Stars. Another star in Katy Perry's music video basket. As fans await the songstress' visual for her hit track, "Swish Swish," Perry gave everyone a sneak peak into what's in store when she released a trailer for the music video, complete with plenty of celebrity cameos. In the basketball-themed clip, Perry stars as the Tigers team captain with Molly Shannon as her enthusiastic coach. In reference to her lyrics, the other team is a group of Sheeps with Terry Crews as coach and Thor "the Mountain" Björnsson, the team's captain. Along with the bevy of main stars, the trailer also features cameos from Jenna Ushkowitz from Glee, Gaten Matarazzo from Stranger Things and Christina Sydelko. As guides to the game, sportscasters Bill Walton and Rich Eisen serve as announcers. While she needs no introduction, Nicki Minaj also doesn't need a character as she will play herself in the long-awaited video. As for a release date, Perry can only offer the promise of "coming soon!" While this seems to be her most packed video yet, Perry is no stranger to sharing the screen with her colleagues. In her 2011 video for "Last Friday Night," she invited Rebecca Black, Darren Criss, Kevin McHale, Hanson, Kenny G, Debbie Gibson and Feldman to join her musical bonanza. While Perry has dubbed it a "countdown to catastrophe," we're calling it a countdown to cameos. (Eonline)

Jay-Z Dedicates "Numb/Encore" Performance to Chester Bennington. Jay-Z paid tribute to Chester Bennington at the U.K.'s Virgin V Festival Sunday night. It was the first time the 47-year-old rapper had publicly mentioned the Linkin Park singer since Bennington committed suicide on July 20. "Can you guys light it up tonight for Chester?" Jay-Z asked fans at Hylands Park, where he rapped songs from 4:44 for the first time. "Linkin Park, one time -- tonight. Please make some noise so he can hear you all the way in heaven tonight!" After the performance ended, Jay-Z shouted, "Peace and love!" Jay-Z's history with Bennington goes way back, as the hip-hop artist teamed up with the nu metal band for Collision Course, a six-song EP released in 2004. It debuted at No. 1 and went double platinum, and "Numb/Encore" won Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the 2006 Grammys. In the wake of Bennington's death, Linkin Park canceled its tour so the group can grieve. "Your absence leaves a void that can never be filled -- a boisterous, funny, ambitious, creative, kind, generous voice in the room is missing. We're trying to remind ourselves that the demons who took you away from us were always part of the deal. After all, it was the way you sang about those demons that made everyone fall in love with you in the first place. You fearlessly put them on display, and in doing so, brought us together and taught us to be more human," Bennington's bandmates Rob Bourdon, Brad Delson, Dave Farrell, Joe Hahn and Mike Shinoda wrote on Facebook in July. "You had the biggest heart, and managed to wear it on your sleeve." "Our love for making and performing music is inextinguishable. While we don't know what path our future may take, we know that each of our lives was made better by you," Bourdon, Delson, Farrell, Hahn and Shinoda added. "Thank you for that gift. We love you, and miss you so much." (Eonline)

Britney Spears Covers Bonnie Raitt's "Something to Talk About" After Lip-Syncing Rumors. Lip-syncing? What lip-syncing? Britney Spears certainly gave fans and critics something to talk about at her Piece of Me residency show in Las Vegas Saturday, deviating from her usual setlist and singing a rare cover -- of Bonnie Raitt's "Something to Talk About." Man fans were impressed by her vocals as she performed the song, which has a wider range than most of her own. "OH. MY. GOD. I live for Britney's live vocals!" tweeted user @JakobZwolle. "Please continue doing this @britneyspears. Sounds awesome!" "Britney f--king Spears is singing COMPLETELY LIVE and she sounds INCREDIBLE," tweeted user @GodneyIsBritney. "IM CRYING OMG." The performance comes almost two months after Spears shut down rumors that she lip-syncs in concerts. Speaking to Israel's Channel 2 News, she said, "A lot of people think that I don't do live...It really pisses me off because I am busting my ass out there and singing at the same time and nobody ever really gives me credit for it." Days later, the pop star showed off her vocal chops without backup music or vocals in a concert in Singapore, singing "Happy Birthday" to her longtime bodyguard Jacob. During her Saturday concert, Spears spoke from the heart before launching into her "Something to Talk About" performance. "I've been doing a lot of thinking lately, right, OK," she said. "This morning, I woke up and I was like listening to the news and there's a lot of things going on in the world and stuff, but basically, I looked and I was like, 'You know what, the press and the media, my whole life, you know, it's really crazy 'cause one minute, they tear you down and it was really horrible and the next minute, you're on top of the world, you know." "I've never really spoke about it, you know, and I'm a Southern girl, I'm from Louisiana, I'm from the South," she said. "And I have to keep it real so I just want to make sure I keep having you motherf--kers something to talk about, OK?" (Eonline)

Young Thug Wraps Hot 100 Set With Some Dance Assistance From Bella Thorne. Young Thug closed out the Sun Stage at Billboard Hot 100 Fest 2017, and for his last few songs, he made it count. Lil Yachty joined him onstage for "Peek A Boo," and Disney Channel vet Bella Thorne joined him onstage during final song "Best Friend." Wearing a bikini and mesh bottom, Thorne flaunted some effortless dance moves while Thugger wrapped his set. Thorne was present for the first day of Hot 100 Fest, too, dancing during Blackbear's set and posing for a few pics with fans around the festival. But Sunday (Aug. 20) night, she made her festival stage performance debut-and judging by the enthusiasm she brought to Young Thug's stage, she's an unscripted dancefloor MVP. As she danced around, she had her phone at the ready-so keep an eye on her SnapChat for evidence of her Billboard Hot 100 performance. (Billboard)

Paul Kelly, Pink Rule Australia's Charts. Paul Kelly's agonizingly long wait for a No. 1 album in his homeland is finally over with Life Is Fine (EMI), his 23rd studio album, snatching top spot on the national survey, while Pink claims a ninth Australian singles chart crown with "What About Us" (RCA/Sony). Kelly, revered as one of Australia's greatest songwriters, has won just about all the prizes on offer. Earlier this year he was recognized in the Australia Day honors, he's a member of the ARIA Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Ted Albert Award For Outstanding Services to Australian Music, one of the highest accolades in this market's music biz. Over a 40 year career he's won numerous ARIA Awards and clocked up multi-platinum sales. But he's never claimed an albums chart title, until now. Life Is Fine breaks the spell by debuting at No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart, eclipsing the No. 2 peak of his 1997 compilation Songs From The South as his highest charting LP (his highest charting studio set was Nothing But A Dream, which reached No. 7 in 2001). Homegrown singer-songwriter Jen Cloher starts at No. 5 with her self-titled fourth album (via Inertia), while another Australian act, The Preatures, earn a second career top 20 with Girlhood (Island/Universal), new at No. 13. It's the follow-up to the Sydney group's ARIA-nominated debut Blue Planet Eyes, which reached No. 4 in 2014. Also new this week is Avicii's Avici EP (Universal) at No. 14, which gives the returning Swedish DJ and producer (real name Tim Bergling) his first appearance on the ARIA Albums Chart since Stories climbed to No. 10 in October 2015. On the ARIA Singles Chart, Pink's "What About Us" topples Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Despacito" (Republic/Universal), featuring Justin Bieber, to earn the superstar singer her ninth No. 1. The track, written by Pink, Johnny McDaid of Snow Patrol and Steve Mac and produced by Mac, is the first lifted from her forthcoming seventh album Beautiful Trauma, due in October. With her latest stint at the top, Pink is in familiar turf. Aside from her nine singles chart leaders, Pink has had four albums top the album chart with combined sales in excess of 3.6 million units, according to Sony Music. (Billboard)

U.K. Indie Festivals Call for Government Action Over Live Nation Dominance: 'It Should Ring Alarm Bells'. Live Nation's Deal for the Isle of Wight Festival is currently being investigated by regulators. U.K. industry body the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF), representing over 60 festival owners and operators, is calling for the British government to investigate Live Nation's growing dominance of the U.K. live music sector. According to research carried out by AIF, Live Nation currently controls around 23 percent of the U.K. festival market for events with a capacity of 5,000-plus. Included among the 20-plus U.K. festivals owned, co-owned or operated by Live Nation are Download, Parklife, Creamfields, Latitude, Wireless, Lovebox and the dual site V Festival and Reading/Leeds events. Live Nation's nearest competitor in the U.K. festival market is Global, which AIF says controls an 8 percent share. The remainder of the market is largely made up of independently owned festivals such as Bestival or Glastonbury, while AEG claims under 2 percent of the market through their London-based British Summer Time Hyde Park showcase event, according to AIF research. Earlier this year, Live Nation announced that it had it become the majority shareholder in the Isle of Wight Festival, partnering with the festival's modern day founder John Giddings and his Solo Music Agency to lead the event. That acquisition is currently being investigated by U.K. regulatory body the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) over concerns that the deal would lead to a "substantial lessening of competition." A first phase decision is due Sept. 14. If approved, AIF says Live Nation's control of the sector will tip towards 25 percent and is now calling for the CMA to widen its investigation beyond the Isle of Wight deal. "It's vital that the festival and live music scene remains open and competitive as a market," AIF general manager Paul Reed tells Billboard. "There is genuine and fundamental concern amongst our membership and, dare I say it, the wider music industry about Live Nation's position." "As they increase their network and tentacles across all areas of the business they make an environment in which it is far easier for them to acquire independent festivals or push them out of the market entirely. That's not a healthy or diverse market and it should ring alarm bells within the CMA that we have a single corporation heading towards a wide spread dominance within the market that increasingly has a stranglehold on talent." Reed says that Live Nation's growing hold over the U.K. festival business and wider live music scene "has serious consequences for everybody in the business," and points to its vertical integration across ticketing, artist management, sponsorship, event security and venue ownership, as evidence of the company's ever-expanding influence. One of the key concerns for AIF members surrounds the growth in exclusivity deals tied to Live Nation events, not just for headline acts or big name artists, but increasingly also for lower level and upcoming acts, says Reed. "We're hearing a growing level of complaints regarding this," he states, quoting an anonymous British promoter, who AIF say approached over 40 acts to play an independent festival this year, only to be told by booking agents that they were locked into 'unofficial' Live Nation exclusivity deals. "An as independent music festival under 10,000 capacity, we come up against huge challenges as a result of the exclusivity clauses put in place by Live Nation," said the promoter in a statement provided by AIF. "The majority of artists booked by Live Nation for their festivals are on some sort of exclusivity clause," the promoter went on to claim, adding that such clauses have "a detrimental effect on up and coming artists and independent festivals alike." Another promoter, who also wished to remain anonymous, told AIF the problem was not just limited to the U.K. "We have repeatedly come up against problems where artistes and their agents have been told that if they want to play Live Nation's festivals X and Y, then they need to play Live Nation's festival Z in our territory and not us," AIF quotes them saying. "Live Nation are careful not to put this in contracts and thus they avoid giving hostages to fortune; agents are frightened to pass on verbal evidence of such verbal strong-arming, but frequently do so as they find it very restrictive," the promoter went on to say claiming that because of Live Nation's "extensive and ever expanding network of festivals in the U.K. and abroad ... no agent or artiste can afford to fall out with them." "Clearly this has a knock on effect on up and coming artists who want to play as diverse a range of events as possible. Festivals are a great incubator for emerging talent, but if you have one company locking them down to exclusivity deals, at increasingly lower levels of artist and fee, then that's very worrying and restricting," says Reed, who has submitted AIF's findings to the CMA. Live Nation declined to comment when contacted by Billboard. The Competition & Markets Authority would only confirm that it was investigating Live Nation's deal with the Isle of Wight Festival and that its inquiry was ongoing. (Billboard)

Movies

Margot Robbie Looks Unrecognizable as Queen Elizabeth I on the Set of Mary, Queen of Scots. Great Scott! With flame red hair and a blotchy complexion, Margot Robbie got into character as Queen Elizabeth I for Focus Features' Mary, Queen of Scots in Goldthorpe, England, over the weekend. Robbie, who was photographed in and out of costume on the set of the movie, also appeared to be wearing a prosthetic nose to resemble the Virgin Queen, who ruled from 1558 to 1603; John Mathieson officially photographed Robbie's co-star, Saoirse Ronan, in costume last week. Production on the Working Title Films production, directed by Josie Rourke, began late last week in the U.K. Starring Ronan in the titular role, Joe Alwyn, Martin Compston, Brendan Coyle, Jack Lowden, Guy Pearce and David Tennant round out the cast. The period drama is based on John Guy's popular biography My Heart Is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots. Beau Willimon wrote the adapted screenplay. "Mary, Queen of Scots explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart. Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I," the studio said in a press release. "Each young Queen beholds her 'sister' in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence. Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth's sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both thrones -- and change the course of history." Working Title co-chairs Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are producing the film with Debra Hayward. In addition to Rourke and Willimon, the behind-the-scenes team working on the film includes costume designer Alexandra Byrne; Editor Chris Dickens; director of photography John Mathieson; production designer James Merifield; and makeup/hair designer Jenny Shircore. "We are privileged to be collaborating with our partners at Working Title on this stellar production, and with Josie as she makes the exciting move from stage to screen work," Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski said. "With two of today's most vital actresses bringing to life two female titans, Mary, Queen of Scots will be one of the movie events of 2018." (Eonline)

Elon Musk delivered a serious warning to the United Nations that essentially goes like this ... BEWARE THE KILLER ROBOTS!!! The genius behind Tesla, SpaceX and don't forget PayPal signed an open letter to the U.N. Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons ... the body is taking up autonomous weapons, including drones, tanks and machine guns. Musk, who has warned about the dangers of A.I. before, said, "Lethal autonomous weapons threaten to become the third revolution in warfare. Once developed, they will permit armed conflict to be fought at a scale greater than ever, and at timescales faster than humans can comprehend." Sounds like Musk doesn't want a SkyNet-style situation -- where the artificial intelligence programs become self-aware and angry ... and then humanity has to wage war with T-1000s, HK-Aeriels, etc. "These can be weapons of terror, weapons that despots and terrorists use against innocent populations, and weapons hacked to behave in undesirable ways," Musk says. He calls the autonomous arms race a Pandora's Box which, once opened, will be tough to close. Musk was not alone in his concern ... 89 leaders around the world signed the open letter. (TMZ)

Oscars: Nepal Selects 'White Sun' for Foreign-Language Category. The family drama's executive producers include Danny Glover, while the film's honors include a win at Venice. White Sun (Seto Surya) has been selected as Nepal's entry for the 90th Academy Awards in the best foreign-language film race. The second feature from writer-director Deepak Rauniyar revolves around a family divided by bloody war who must come together to put their father to rest. The film is set against the backdrop of the Himalayas and the violent history of Nepal, during which a war between royalists and Maoists cost 16,000 lives between 1996 and 2006. The film kicks off with the sudden death of Chitra (Prakash Ghimire), the former mayor of a small mountain village. According to local tradition, his body must be carried down the mountain to be cremated near a river. His estranged son, Chandra (Dayahang Rai), who left to fight with the Maoists, returns to find old battles still simmering under the surface. White Sun premiered at the Venice film festival and was considered one of the sleeper hits out of the festival picking up the Interfilm award. Its other honors included a new voices/new visions grand jury prize at the Palm Springs festival, while the film traveled widely on the festival circuit, covering Toronto, Busan, Singapore and Mumbai, among others. White Sun was picked up for international distribution by The Match Factory. The film was co-produced with Qatar, the Netherlands and the U.S., with Danny Glover among its executive producers via Louverture Films. In its Venice review, The Hollywood Reporter predicted the film's shot at being a player in the foreign-language Oscar race, saying that White Sun "is a delicately-observed, multi-generational story which will prove awards-bait at festivals across the world over the coming months...and could plausibly go a fair distance" if submitted). Nepal has only scored one nomination at the Oscars with 1999's Caravan, the country's first submission in the foreign-language category. Since then, Nepal has submitted seven other films, including last year's The Black Hen. The 90th Academy Awards will be held March 4, 2018. (Hollywood Reporter)

Oliver Stone to Head Jury of Troubled Busan Film Festival. The filmmaker is no stranger to controversy in South Korea, where he had joined local anti-militarism protests in 2013. Director Oliver Stone will lead the jury of the Busan International Film Festival's main competition, New Currents, this coming October, organizers of the South Korean event announced Monday. The 22nd edition of the festival will run Oct. 12-21 in the port city of Busan. New Currents is a competition that is designed to introduce up-and-coming Asian directors. Other members of this year's jury include Bahman Ghobadi, the Iranian filmmaker known for Cannes-winning No One Knows About Persian Cats among others; Agnes Godard, the French cinematographer who has long collaborated with filmmakers such as Claire Denis and Wim Wenders; Lav Diaz, the Filipino auteur of Venice Golden Lion-winning The Woman Who Left; and 1990s Korean New Wave director Jang Sun-woo (A Petal, Lies). Stone, the Oscar-winning director of films including Platoon and Born on the Fourth of July, visited South Korea four years ago. Anti-militarism leaflets handed out during the 2013 Busan festival featured Stone among protestors opposing the construction of a U.S. naval base on South Korea's Jeju Island. The American filmmaker's visit to Busan is a timely one, as the South Korean festival struggles to get back on its feet. Since fighting a censorship battle against local authorities in 2014, the fest has seen the local film community divided and torn. Two of its founding members have since been ousted while another, its former head programmer, met an untimely death during the Cannes film festival in May. Another founding member, Kim Dong-ho, who had retired in 2010, returned to help last year by stepping in as chairman, but recently announced that he will be leaving along with current fest director Kang Soo-youn after this year's edition comes to a close. (Hollywood Reporter)

TV

American Horror Story: Cult Opening Credits Revealed! American Horror Story: Cult's opening credits are here! This is not a drill. And there are bees, Donald Trump masks, clowns, Hillary Clinton masks, political figures and lots of blood involved. Even the music invokes politics. Seriously, watch at your own risk. There's a dead dog involved too. Sarah Paulson gets first billing in the AHS: Cult opening. In the series, she plays Ally Mayfair-Richards, wife to Alison Pill's Ivy Mayfair-Richards. The two are married, but there may be another love story in the works. Ryan Murphy previously teased a "love story for the ages" between Paulson's character and Evan Peters'. So what's the deal? "I think it's going to reveal itself in surprising ways," Paulson teased at the 2017 TCA summer press tour. Peters, Pill, Billie Lourd and Cheyenne Jackson are the only other listed actors in the credits, but we know Colton Haynes, Billy Eichner, Adina Porter and Leslie Grossman also star in the new season. Lena Dunham, Frances Conroy and Mare Winningham will also appear. At TCA, executive producer Alexis Martin Woodall said the 2016 election, which opens the show, is a way for the series to comment "more about what's going on in the world around us...[a] streak of paranoia." The plot, aside from the whole cult with bees and clowns involved, has been guarded. "We've got bloody tension, a well-cooked meal, an exciting trip to a grocery store. I just think it is true to our brand, which is you're going to be in a whole new world all over again and fall in love with these really special characters and hate yourself for watching it right before you go to bed and love yourself in the morning for making it through the night," Martin Woodall said. (Eonline)

The Flash adds Katee Sackhoff as DC Comics villain. Katee Sackhoff has joined the cast of The Flash in a recurring role, EW has learned exclusively. The Battlestar Galactica alum will play DC Comics villain Amunet Black, a.k.a Blacksmith, a steely and badass boss of an underground black market for supervillains. Amunet uses every means possible, including the long list of metahumans under her thumb, to ensure her illicit enterprise thrives. The actress will first appear in episode 405, interestingly titled "Girls Night Out," which also serves as a mini-crossover with Arrow: Emily Bett Rickards will also pop up during the hour. Sackhoff, whose credits also include Longmire and 24, is far from the only Battlestar Galactica alum to make their way to the Berlantiverse. Aaron Douglas has appeared on The Flash, while James Callis, Tahmoh Penikett, and Rekha Sharma have appeared on Arrow. The Flash returns Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW. (Entertainment Weekly)

Game of Thrones Definitely Should Not Have Gone Beyond the Wall. Something about this week's Game of Thrones felt weird. It's not that it was a bad episode, but it just felt kinda silly, you know? Kidnapping a white walker felt like the stupidest plan in the first place, and definitely not a plan that deserved the consequences it led to. Thoros is dead, Benjen's dead, Jon Snow nearly died again, he and Dany are probably going to hook up even harder than they were going to before now that he's bent the knee, and now the white walkers have a goddamn zombie dragon!! But good for you guys, you got yourselves a snarling skeleton to prove to Cersei that s--t is bad. Congratulations! The thing (other than the zombie dragon thing) is that we just can't see Cersei reasonably looking at that zombie and going, "You guys were right, let's kill the zombies and then all go back to peacefully having sex with our relatives, shall we?" It just feels really pointless and irritating and why didn't Benjen just get on the horse with Jon Snow?! And why is this show so obsessed with Jon and Dany and their gazing and their hand holding?! And why do we care so much?! Anyway, the other storyline in the night's episode was also irritating. Arya confronted Sansa about the letter she had written to Robb back in season one, begging him to swear loyalty to Joffrey (on Cersei's orders). Arya somehow can't see that the letter was written a long time ago when things were very different, and clearly Sansa had to do it, and it didn't really mean anything, and she couldn't seem to grasp that when Sansa said she had been through more than Arya could imagine, she really meant it. Later, Sansa went to search for the letter, but found Arya's faces instead. And instead of explaining anything that could be helpful to their relationship as sisters, Arya grabbed a knife and tried to get Sansa to play a game, like some kind of sociopath who kills people and steals their faces or something. Sure, it makes sense given everything Arya has done over the past couple seasons, but it's not the Arya we want. We like our badass murderers to be cool and only murdery towards the people who deserve it! Sansa's also still got Littlefinger in her ear, putting her against her sister even more than her sister is already putting her against herself. Hopefully Arya kindly handing the knife to Sansa at the end was a sign of better things to come, but at this point, we're kinda hoping Jon comes back, gives them each a slap and tells them to stop this nonsense and talk to each other like actual sisters. He won't do that, but wouldn't it be fun if he did? At this point, don't give anybody the throne. Nobody deserves the throne, except maybe the Night King, oddly enough. Would a zombie ruler really be that bad? Game of Thrones airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO. (Eonline)

Matt LeBlanc Recalls Turning Down Offer to Play Ty Burrell's Modern Family Role. Matt LeBlanc could have told the Dunphy kids where to keep the pizza and where to keep the napkin. In a recent interview with USA Today, the actor recalled how in 2009, he was offered the role of Phil Dunphy in Modern Family. The part ultimately went to Ty Burrell, who has won two Emmys for it. LeBlanc told the newspaper that he received the offer along with the Modern Family pilot script during a hiatus following the flameout of his Friends spinoff Joey. "I remember reading it thinking, this is a really good script, [but] I'm not the guy for this," he said. "I'd be doing the project an injustice to take this. I know what I can do, I know what I can't do. Plus, I'm having too much fun laying on the couch." Modern Family casting director Jeff Greenberg had first revealed the news about LeBlanc's offer to play Phil Dunphy in an interview with E! News in 2013. He also revealed at the time that Craig T. Nelson was the original choice for the role of Jay Pritchett, which went to Ed O'Neill, who had occasionally acted with LeBlanc, who had guest-starred on Married... With Children. Oh well. It's "moo"; Modern Family is hilarious with Burrell and LeBlanc is great on Episodes. (Eonline)

Viceland Renews 'F -- , That's Delicious,' Plans Action Bronson Nightly Show. The rapper-turned-chef-turned-TV-host also stars in a new Snapchat dating show that premieres Aug. 30. Vice Media is doubling down on Action Bronson. The media company has renewed the rapper's culinary travel show, F -- , That's Delicious, for a third season on cable channel Viceland and is working with Bronson to develop a daily late night show slated to launch in late 2017. The deals come as Bronson nears the release of a new album, Blue Chips 7000, on Aug. 25, and as Vice prepares to launch dating series Hungry Hearts with Action Bronson on Snapchat on Aug. 30. F -- , That's Delicious began as a web series on Vice's food-themed Munchies channel before being spun into a series for newly created Viceland in spring 2016. The show, which wrapped its second season in January 2017, is the basis for a new cookbook, out Sept. 12, from Bronson that features an intro from FTD guest Mario Batali. The new, still untitled, show will give Bronson two time slots on the Viceland dial and will place it alongside the network's other late night series, Desus & Mero. Hungry Hearts, meanwhile, will show Bronson setting up young singles to go on curated dates. Match has signed on as the presenting sponsor for the Snapchat show. The series joins other shows on the app including A&E Networks' Second Chance and NBC's Take Two. Viceland launched in February 2016 and features a slate of edgy, youth-oriented programming such as Gaycation with Ellen Page and Huang's World with Chef Eddie Huang. Its first scripted series is What Would Diplo Do? starring James Van Der Beek. (Hollywood Reporter)

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