Tuesday, September 26, 2017

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Broadway Stars Phillipa Soo and Steven Pasquale Are Married. Steven Pasquale and Phillipa Soo have officially said "I do." The Broadway stars were the main event Sunday night as they became husband and wife. After getting engaged last February, the Tony-nominated Hamilton star and her actor beau tied the knot surrounded by loved ones, including TV star Jesse Tyler Ferguson. "A TOAST TO THE GROOM, TO THE BRIDE! congrats to our beautiful friends @phillipasoo & @stevepasquale," the Modern Family actor wrote to the new Mr. and Mrs. on Instagram. "welcome to the married club! #onabicyclebuiltforsoo." The People v. O. J. Simpson actor popped the question to the Amelie actress in early February 2016 and subtly announced the news on social media. "Oh just some spicy Chinese noodles with my bride to be," Pasquale wrote at the time. "We're engaged! In love with this man. I will enjoy spicy noodle soup with him for the rest of my days," Soo added on her own social media. The Six Feet Under actor was previously married to fellow Broadway star Laura Benanti for six years. Congratulations to the new husband and wife! (Eonline)

Oops! Jeffrey Dean Morgan Just Let It Slip That Hilarie Burton Is Pregnant With a Girl. Someone just let the cat out of the bag and that someone is definitely Jeffrey Dean Morgan. The Walking Dead actor, who is notoriously private, had quite the slip-up of secret information when he accidentally informed an entire crowd of people at the Supernatural convention in New Jersey earlier that he and his lady love Hilarie Burton were expecting a baby girl. After his gaff, the star, who shares a 7-year-old son named Gus with his partner, threw in the towel and just fessed up ASAP. Right after the slip of the tongue, the deep-voiced star took to his Instagram to out himself -- before the rest of the world could. The not-so-smooth former Grey's Anatomy star (RIP Denny) had a good attitude when he shared a fan photo showing the exact moment when he realized he'd messed up. The 51-year-old wrote, "Whoever took this picture?? Caught a moment... thank you. We shall cherish.... I texted @hilarieburton right after I spilled the little girl beans...and, as usual...she was a rockstar. After all these years she's come to expect me to be a dope... thank god she gets it, and loves me regardless." He may have made a mistake but he clearly made up for it in the sweetest of ways... Last week at the 2017 Emmys, Morgan basically outed/hard-core hinted at the fact that the quiet couple was having baby No. 2. The clearly excited actor couldn't help but put his hands on his longtime love's barely there baby bump while on the red carpet, which essentially let the world know there was a bun in the former One Tree Hill star's oven. After the Internet went crazy last Sunday night, a rep for Morgan confirmed the baby news on Monday morning. Morgan needed no rep -- only Instagram. The lovebirds may not be a red carpet staple, but the under-the-radar twosome have been together since 2009, shortly after The CW star split from assistant director Ian Prange. They secretly welcomed their son in March 2010. Congratulations to the expanding family! (Eonline)

Scott Disick and Sofia Richie are no longer hiding their love. On Saturday night, the newly minted couple, 34 and 19 respectively, celebrated their love with a sweet treat at a Miami restaurant. Instagram footage shows Disick passionately kissing Richie, who is the youngest daughter of Lionel Richie, while a group cheers them on. They were also presented a dessert with "Congratulations Scott and Sophia!" written on the plate. Despite the misspelled name, the new pair seemed happy together. Earlier this year, Richie shot down rumors she was dating the infamous party boy, father of three and ex-lover of Kourtney Kardashian. Richie jumped on Twitter in May 2017 to say, "Just so everyone can get their panties out of their asses, Scott and I are just homies. #Relax." Clearly, she's had a change of heart. (Page Six)

Heidi Klum and Vito Schnabel End Three-Year Relationship. Heidi Klum and Vito Schnabel are no longer together. The supermodel confirmed the news to People, telling the magazine "I believe that it is important to take time to pause and reflect." There had been trouble in paradise for the former couple for a while. Daily Mail posted pictures of Schnabel kissing a mysterious brunette woman in the back of a cab in June. The outlet reported that the duo had left a restaurant in London around 3:30 a.m. kissed in the street before continuing to kiss in the taxi and then went their separate ways. However, Schnabel seemed to shrug it off. "The claims that have been made are a misinterpretation of an entirely innocent situation," Schnabel told People at the time. "There is nothing more to this than I was simply saying goodnight to a family friend and we went on our separate ways." Klum and Schnabel started dating in 2014. Rumors of their budding romance sparked after the two were spotted at L.A.'s LAX Airport together. Their relationship was then confirmed after the two were seen kissing at an Academy Awards after-party at 1OAK nightclub in Hollywood. They continued to show many public displays of affection throughout their relationship. They were photographed holding hands while vacationing in Paris at the beginning of their relationship in 2014. Klum had also wished her then boyfriend a happy birthday on Instagram, captioning the photo "I love you my V...HAPPY BIRTHDAY." Then, of course, there was also this awkward photo of them kissing. Before dating Schnabel, the America's Got Talent judge dated bodyguard Martin Kristen and was previously married to Seal. Seal and Klum's divorce was made official in 2014. People was first to break the story about Klum and Schnabel's breakup. (Eonline)

Quentin Tarantino and his fiancee Daniella Pick celebrated their engagement at a starry party in New York hosted by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. The party became a "Pulp Fiction" reunion as guests who came to toast the iconic writer/director and his beautiful bride-to-be included "Kill Bill" stars Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson and Bruce Willis. Also there at Saturday's intimate party at Socialista in Soho were Tarantino actors Harvey Keitel and Diane Kruger. Tarantino, 54, first met the stunning Israeli singer, actress and model Pick, 33, when he was promoting his 2009 movie "Inglorious Basterds" in Israel. They reconnected in 2016, and he proposed in Los Angeles this summer. Weinstein-who hosted the party with his Marchesa designer wife Georgina Chapman-told Tarantino during the toast, "When you make a movie like 'Inglourious Bastards' not only did you get an Oscar but you got Daniella." His movie mogul brother Bob Weinstein added, "I've known Quentin for 26 years-In 26 years Quentin has never once returned my phone call. He met Daniella and finally gave me a call and I'm sure she was sitting right next to him telling him to call me." Tarantino muse Thurman also gave a moving toast, saying how generous he had been to her, and how delighted she was to see him happy with Daniella. Keitel also spoke, saying of playing Mr. White in "Reservoir Dogs," Winston Wolf in "Pulp Fiction" and Jacob Fuller in "From Dusk Till Dawn," "I feel like I can't get rid of Quentin." Harvey and Bob gave the couple a Leica 35mm camera with an engraved camera case that reads "Mr. And Mrs. Tarantino" with plenty of 35mm film to capture their happy moments together. Georgina also gave Daniella a diamond 'T bracelet' from Tiffany's to represent her soon-to-be new initial. While Tarantino and Pick flew in from Los Angeles, her sister Sharona-with whom Daniella launched a singing career as a duo in the early 2000s-travelled from Israel to join the party. Their father Svika Pick is a legendary musical figure in Israel, having written and performed countless hit songs. He even took part in the Eurovision Song Contest-a quirky live televised singing competition between European countries, plus a few other nations that aren't even in Europe-seven times, but never won. But his song "Diva" performed by Dana International won in 1998. The couple has already celebrated their engagement at a party with her extended family in Israel. Svika has said about the upcoming nuptuals, "There is joy in our family." Tarantino's engagement to Pick surprised some of his fans after he told GQ in 2009, "Here's the thing, when I'm doing a movie, I'm not doing anything else. It's all about the movie. I don't have a wife. I don't have a kid. Nothing can get in my way. The whole f–king world can go to hell and burst into flames. I don't care. This is my life. It's Mount Everest." But Pick has clearly changed Tarantino's mind. He is currently writing his next movie, his ninth, and has said he would retire after his tenth film, although those who know Tarantino well say they don't believe he'll never stop writing, and he would focus on theater, books and TV. A source added the wedding is expected to take place next year, and while no location has yet been decided on, it would have to be somewhere sweepingly cinematic or uniquely eccentric for Tarantino. (Page Six)

Kylie Jenner "Not Confirming" Pregnancy Rumors, Kris Tells Ryan Seacrest. To quote Ryan Seacrest, "Two days go by and the world can change." When Seacrest returned to tape Live With Kelly and Ryan in New York City Monday, he and co-host Kelly Ripa were glued to his iPhone as they anxiously awaited a text from Kris Jenner. "The reason we're looking at the bubbles is because there was news over the weekend that Kylie Jenner is pregnant," he said. Ripa first heard about the rumors from her daughter, and she immediately texted Seacrest, who was busy hosting the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas. "Thankfully, your daughter reached me to tell me," Seacrest, who is an executive producer of E!'s Keeping Up With the Kardashians and all of its spinoffs, joked with her. "It was in the news." Seacrest "had not spoken with the family over the weekend," he added. Kylie did, however, attend the festival with Travis Scott, which was "so cool. We're taking you behind the scenes." Just before 9 o'clock, Seacrest noticed he received some text "bubbles" from Kylie's momager. "As we were walking out on the air! Bubbles!" Ripa said. "We're still waiting. Bubbles! Bubbles!" "We don't have any news," Seacrest told viewers, "but we'll call [your daughter] in a little bit." Moments later, Kris replied to Seacrest's text. "Kris says Kylie's not confirming anything," he informed fans. "That's the news from the family this morning. Kylie is not confirming anything." On Saturday, Booth Moore, style and fashion director for The Hollywood Reporter, tweeted that Kris was "was surprised" to wake up to the pregnancy rumors. Asked to comment on the reports, Kris responded, "It wouldn't be the family if something didn't happen every single day." (Eonline)

Little Mix Singer Perrie Edwards Released From the Hospital. Perrie Edwards is on the mend. The Little Mix singer was hospitalized over the weekend in Las Vegas and was unable to perform with her bandmates Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall on Saturday at the iHeartRadio Music Festival. "Perrie was taken ill overnight and had to go to hospital with gastric problem. She saw a doctor and was sadly unable to perform," a rep for the band told the Daily Mail. On Monday, Edwards took to Instagram to let her followers know she's out of the hospital. "Hello beautiful babas... I'm out of hospital... in my own bed, and on the mend. Thanks to mother goose, nurse sam, and doctor hatchi I should be fine in no time," Edwards' message read. "Sorry to have to let you all down, I obv would never want to miss anything but sometimes you have to listen to those who know best and I wasn't fit to perform." Edwards continued, "Thank you to the lovely doctors and nurses at sunrise hospital in Vegas for looking after me! My babas I love you all to the moon and back." We hope you feel better soon Perrie! (Eonline)

THE OTHER STUFF . . .

Audrina Patridge was cool, calm and collected while meeting up with estranged husband Corey Bohan for the second time in a day -- despite accusing him of domestic violence. Paps got Audrina picking up her and Corey's 1-year-old daughter, Kirra, after a 7-hour visitation with him. She had come face-to-face with him at the drop off earlier Sunday ... but this time it looks like she actually exchanges words with Corey in close proximity. Surprisingly, she keeps it together during the exchange ... even smiling at him at one point. We broke the stories ... Audrina filed for divorce as well as a temporary restraining order against Corey after she says he shoved her while holding Kirra and called her a "f***ing c**t." She also claims he planted cameras to monitor her. He denies planting the cameras. Regardless, Audrina and Corey seem to be making it work for the sake of the kid. (TMZ)

Anthony Weiner learned his fate ... he's going to federal lockup for just under 2 years. The ex U.S. Congressman was sentenced in Manhattan for transferring obscene material to a minor. Prosecutors had recommended a 27-month sentence, and the judge could have given him as much as 10 years ... so the 21 months might be the best possible outcome for Weiner. However, the judge admonished him repeatedly during sentencing. He said Weiner "has a disease that involves sexual compulsivity; some call it a sex addiction." Weiner wept openly in court during the hearing. Weiner pled guilty in May to sexting with a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina. In court, the judge said Weiner still has a chance to contribute to society if he continues getting treatment for his illness. He will have to register as a sex offender once he gets out, and he'll be under supervised released. He'll also be under a computer Internet monitoring program. Weiner has to surrender by Nov. 6 to enter prison. (TMZ)

Music

The folks who are bringing you "American Idol" again are in conflict over racial composition of the judge's panel ... TMZ has learned. Now that Katy Perry is in place and Luke Bryan is just days from signing, ABC and Fremantle, which co-owns the show, are trying to settle on a third judge. Sources connected to the production tell us Fremantle wants Charlie Puth, but ABC believes there must be racial diversity on the panel. We're told the network continues to have its eye on Lionel Richie, who has been in play for several months. So far, we're told there's a standoff, but someone's gotta blink because they're almost ready to begin filming with the judges. And this is interesting ... we're told Fremantle has taken a meeting with Troy Carter, a super manager of performers like John Legend, Nelly, Meghan Trainor, Miguel and Gaga. He's also one of the initial, big investors in Spotify. We're told one of the reasons Carter may be appealing ... if ABC wins on the diversity issue, Carter wouldn't come with as big a price tag as Lionel, and the budget is almost blown. (TMZ)

Camila Cabello Talks Talks Transition Into Songwriting, Creative Goals: 'If You're Not Having Fun What's the Point?' "As I got older I discovered singer-songwriters and that's what made me want to pick up a guitar and try songwriting." Radio Disney's most recent "Next Big Thing" Camila Cabello is featured in a new video detailing her artistic development and it is premiering exclusively here on Billboard. In the "Journey" clip, the former Fifth Harmony member talks about her creative aspirations and her newfound love for writing: "My goals have kind of evolved," she says. "In the beginning I wanted to be a singer. I think as I got older I discovered singer-songwriters and that's what made me want to pick up a guitar and try songwriting. I just got the writing bug." The "Havana" singer goes on to talk about her time in her former girl group. Although Cabello dropped out of 5H at the end of 2016 to pursue a solo career, the Cuban-American singer thinks of her time with the group as an extremely formative experience. "Looking back, my time with Fifth Harmony was amazing," she says. "Fifth Harmony represented this confidence and this girl power. I wouldn't be the person or the artist that I feel like I've discovered so I'm definitely super grateful for that experience." (Billboard)

Marvin Sapp Talks New Album 'Close' and Recording an R. Kelly Track. As gospel star Marvin Sapp begins the promotional push for Close, his 11th solo album arriving this week (Sept. 29), he already has another hit on his hands. Currently No. 13 on Hot Gospel Songs, the title track is poised to become the 22-time Stellar Award-winning singer/songwriter's 10th top 10 on that chart. The song is also the chief inspiration behind Sapp's new album. "It was the first song I heard for my new album and the first song I recorded," recalls Sapp, who broke through in 2007 with the mega-hit "Never Would Have Made It" (which spent a record 46 weeks at No. 1 on Hot Gospel Songs in 2007-2008). Sapp was ministering at a high school in a small town outside of Valdosta, Georgia when a young man named Solomon Edwards stood up and began singing a song he'd written called "Close." "Immediately something in me said 'You have to record this song, because he's literally singing your life,'" says the affable Sapp. "And other people need to hear this because he's also singing everybody's life." Check out the "Close" lyric video: For Sapp, it was extremely personal. After losing his wife of 20 years, MaLinda Sapp, to cancer, as well as his father and two close friends, he found himself raising three children, then 11, 13 and 16, on his own. He shared the difficult journey on TV One's popular Unsung series this summer. "I'm still a very private person," says Sapp, who initially didn't want to do the show. "When I saw the episode for the first time, I cried. It was a transformative moment; a chance to reflect on all the things that you've come through to get where you are. Many people have watched it and told me how much it has encouraged them. So the ministry moment was worth it." With "Close" as the jump-off point, Sapp and longtime collaborators Aaron Lindsey and Myron Butler sat down to craft songs to help encourage and uplift listeners facing life challenges. Beyond "Close," the 10-track project features additional standouts such as "Carried Me" ("It speaks of when I was in my worst place," says Sapp) plus first-time collaborations with Kirk Franklin, who wrote the powerful "Kind God," and Erica Campbell, who guests on the Rodney Jerkins-produced "You and Me Together." "We all go through stuff," says Sapp, who now helms Lighthouse Full Life Centers in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Muskegon, Michigan. "However, it's not about how we react to it, but how we respond to it." Which Sapp will no doubt keep in mind as his promotional tour gets underway. That's because one track in particular is sure to spark some controversial discussion: The compelling ballad "Listen," written and produced by R. Kelly. Sapp was told about the song by one of his longtime musicians, who also plays for Kelly -- a Sapp fan who has performed "Never Would Have Made It" during his concerts. "What really caught me," says Sapp, "were the first four lines: 'You tried your way/ It didn't work/ You put Him second/ And you put yourself first.' Even though God may not speak audibly, if we really pay attention we can hear that God is trying to tell us something in the midst of the challenges we face." Have a "Listen" to the song below: The song, which briefly features Kelly's voice at the beginning, was recorded before allegations about the singer's involvement in underage sex and physical abuse were recently revealed. Asked if he felt any concern or pressure about leaving the song on the album, Sapp says, "The album was completely done. My attorney, myself, and the record company did talk about possibly pulling it. Then I prayed about it. I later told the label that I'm crazy enough to believe that the message is always bigger than the messenger. I'm singing a song specifically designed to motivate, encourage and challenge people to listen to and for the voice of God." Calling Kelly a gifted songwriter and producer, Phil Thornton, senior VP/GM for Verity and RCA Inspiration, additionally notes that "Marvin's voice amplifies the heart of the song in a way that only he can. We believe the message of 'Listen' will impact people in a positive way and because of that it needed to be on this album." As for possible fallout from fans, Sapp notes, "I'm hoping that people understand my heart. Whether the allegations are true or false, my responsibility as a pastor and teacher is to pray for everybody who find themselves in bad situations and good situations. That's what I'm going to do. I'm not supposed to condemn. That' s not my job." In a statement emailed to Billboard by his representative, Kelly says, "I wrote 'Listen' because I honestly feel like God is trying to tell the world something. And there's no other voice that could deliver that message from God but Marvin Sapp." And has Sapp, who met Kelly years ago, reached out to the embattled artist since deciding to keep the song on Close? No, I didn't do that," says Sapp. "I don't think it's necessary for me to do that. He'll hear it on the radio." (Billboard)

Foo Fighters Cement Top Spot on Australia's Albums Chart With 'Concrete and Gold'. Foo Fighters have cemented a seventh No. 1 on Australia's albums chart with Concrete and Gold (on Roswell Records/RCA Records through Sony Music Entertainment Australia), which bows at the summit this week. Concrete and Gold, the American rockers' ninth album and the followup to Sonic Highways, which hit the top in November 2014, is gold-certified (35,000) after just one week on sale. It's a safe bet to shift a whole lot more units in the months ahead. The Foos return to these parts in early 2018 next for a six-city tour kicking off Jan. 20 at Perth's nib Stadium and visiting open-air venues in Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne before wrapping up Feb. 3 at Auckland's Mt Smart Stadium. The strong opening for the Foos' latest means homegrown sibling act Angus & Julia Stone settle for a No. 2 debut for Snow (EMI), their fourth album. Snow is the follow to the folk duo's 2014's self-titled release, which hit the chart peak in August 2014 (also, 2010's Down the Way hit the apex). Rising 4-3 this week is Ed Sheeran's five-time platinum Divide (Warner), while Aussie alternative rock outfit Gang of Youths' former chart-topper Go Farther In Lightness (Sony) lifts 10-4 and Melbourne-raised classical crossover star Anthony Callea sees his ARIA Number 1 Hits In Symphony (Sony) tumble 1-5. There's a strong start for South Korean boy band BTS, who make their ARIA Albums Chart debut with the EP Love Yourself: Her (IND/ORCH). It's new at No. 8. Another artist enjoying good fortune on the tally is Neil Finn, whose fourth solo album Out Of Silence (EMI) spikes 46-9, a new high in its third week on the survey. The LP, cut in a single session at the Crowded House leader's Roundhead Studios in Auckland was, until now, only available digitally. Its chart position surged after the conventional release of the CD digipak, with a vinyl edition due to drop in November. Supergroup Prophets Of Rage-featuring a lineup of Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, Brad Wilk, Chuck D, B-Real and DJ Lord -- just miss out on a spot in the top 10 with their self-titled Sony set, which starts at No. 11. On the ARIA Singles Chart, Sam Smith clocks up a second successive week at No. 1 with "Too Good At Goodbyes" (Capitol/EMI), which on release became the British singer's first chart-leader in this market. The highest new entry on the current frame comes from U.S. rapper Post Malone whose "Rockstar" (Republic/Universal), featuring 21 Savage, starts at No. 8 for his first entry in the top ten on the ARIA Singles Chart. "Rockstar easily eclipses Post Malone's previous best, a No. 30 peak last month for "Congratulations." Just three homegrown tracks appear in the top 50 of this week's singles survey: Vance Joy's "Lay It On Me" (down 18-26 via Liberation/Universal), Jessica Mauboy's "Fallin'" (down 38-43 via Sony) and Dean Lewis' "Waves (which re-enters at No. 46 via Island/Universal). (Billboard)

Pharrell Williams got down on two knees as he performed at a charity concert in Charlottesville, supporting a gesture by NFL players who have started kneeling during the national anthem to draw attention to racial injustice. The 44-year-old singer, who hails from Virginia, made the statement at Dave Matthews' Concert for Charlottesville: An Evening of Music and Unity on Sunday night, held in the wake of last month's white supremacist protests and clashes in the town that left 32-year-old Heather Heyer dead and injuring 19 others. "If I want to get on my knees right now for the people of my city, for the people of my state, that's what this flag is for," Williams told the crowd, who greeted the gesture with cheers, according to Billboard. Taking place at the University of Virginia's Scott Stadium, the concert was free for members of the Charlottesville and University of Virginia communities. Justin Timberlake, Ariana Grande and Chris Stapleton were among the performers. The National Anthem Takes Center Stage Across the NFL With President Donald Trump calling for players to lose their jobs if they sat or knelt during the playing of the anthem, some players chose to take the field while some made took a stance off the field Stevie Wonder started his show at Global Citizen Festival in New York City on Saturday by taking a knee before performing hits such as "Higher Ground" and "Overjoyed." "Tonight, I'm taking a knee for America," Wonder said as he knelt with his son Kwame Morris. "Not just one knee, but I'm taking both knees. Both knees in prayer for our planet, our future, leaders of our world and our globe. Amen." On Sunday, several NFL teams showed solidarity for their fellow players. Some knelt while others linked arms with each other. The Pittsburgh Steelers did not go out onto the field to hear the national anthem play on Sunday, while several New Orleans Saints players sat on their bench as the "Star-Spangled Banner" played. During a rally speech in Alabama on Friday, Trump stated, "Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out, you're fired.'" He followed this up by pouring more gasoline on the fire with a series of tweets. "If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL, or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect... our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem," he wrote. "If not, YOU'RE FIRED. Find something else to do!" Numerous celebrities -- including Diddy -- have also joined in standing behind the players, causing a resurgence of the #TakeAKnee hashtag on social media. In August 2016, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick made headlines for refusing to stand for the national anthem. "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color," Kaepernick said at the time. "To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder." (People)

Movies

James Corden Returning to Host the 2017 Hollywood Film Awards. Who better than James Corden to host the 2017 Hollywood Film Awards? Dick Clark Productions announced Monday that the 39-year-old will emcee the event for the third consecutive year. Known as "the official launch of the awards season," the 21st Annual Hollywood Film Awards will take place at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills on Sunday, Nov. 5. This year's ceremony will benefit the Motion Picture & Television Fund, which supports the entertainment community "in living and aging well, with dignity and purpose, and in helping each other in times of need." Recipients for this year's awards will be announced at a later date. Last year, Eddie Murphy was given the Career Achievement award. A four-time Emmy winner, Corden previously hosted the 2016 Tonys and the 2017 Grammys, and he is scheduled to host the 2018 Grammys. Though he is primarily known for his work on television (particularly the BBC's Gavin & Stacey and CBS' The Late Late Show), he also has over a dozen movie credits to his name, including Begin Again, The Emoji Movie and Into the Woods. (Eonline)

Jordana Brewster Says She Wants Michelle Rodriguez to Stay in Fast and Furious Franchise. Galpals stick together! Fast and Furious franchise star Jordana Brewster caught up with E! News at the 27th Annual Environmental Media Association Awards, hosted by Jaden Smith, at Barker Hanger on Saturday night. While at the EMAs, Brewster said that the environment "is one of the most important causes." The 37-year-old, who donned a floral wrap dress, added, "I don't see taking care of the environment as a luxury anymore, it's essential and I think everyone is waking up to that now." Additionally, the Lethal Weapon star dished about what was coming up for her fast-moving and wildly popular film franchise -- and admitted that she wanted her longtime co-star Michelle Rodriguez, who threatened to walk away from the franchise over the summer, to come back. In June, Rodriguez took to Instagram to speak up about the franchise's treatment of women and admitted she may not come back. The outspoken star wrote, "F8 is out digitally today, I hope they decide to show some love to the women of the franchise on the next one. Or I just might have to say goodbye to a loved franchise. It's been a good ride & I'm grateful for the opportunity the fans & studio have provided over the years... One Love." In response to Rodriguez's controversial comments, Brewster told E! News, "I don't feel like I can speak for her, I adore her and I adore the franchise." The loyal pal did admit she wants her longtime co-star to continue on her role as bad-ass babe Letty, Brewster said, "I just hope she stays in it because I love Letty, and I love Michelle." Additionally, when asked about the possible spin-off, Brewster said, "I thought there was a spin-off happening with... I think if the franchise is successful then there can be spin-offs, that'd be great! So that's how I feel about it." In April, rumors started swirling that Universal was hoping to do a spin-off that would focus on the characters originated by Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham in The Fate of the Furious. As for the OG franchise, Fast & the Furious 9 and 10 have already been confirmed -- the first of which is scheduled for release on April 19, 2019, and the second on April 2, 2021. (Eonline)

The film adaptation of Stephen King's 1922 is dropping on Netflix & it looks terrifying AF. The film has already received rave reviews from critics... It's been one hell of a year for Stephen King adaptations; blockbuster hit It was officially named the highest-grossing horror film of all time, and Netflix's latest release 1922 has now similarly debuted to rave reviews. The film, which drops on the streaming service on 20 October, is based on the novel of the same name. It follows 1920s Nebraska farmer Wilfred James (played by Thomas Jane) who falls out with his wife Arlette (portrayed by House of Cards star Molly Parker) due to her determination to sell their land and move the family to the city. Things take a very dark turn when Wilfred plans to murder Arlette and forces their 15-year-old son to assist him. In true King style, a series of terrifying events soon follow. Despite 1922 launching on Netflix as opposed to the big Hollywood screen, critics have been full of praise for both the film and its director, Zak Hilditch. It has already received much more of a warm reception than previous King adaptation The Dark Tower which was heavily criticized. So to all the scary TV lovers out there, be sure to set your Netflix reminders. (British Glamour)

Pamela Adlon Jokes About Parenting: "I F -- ed Up" Until My Daughters Were 8. Teens can be a handful. Just ask Better Things co-creator and Emmy-nominated star Pamela Adlon. The mother of three daughters told THR about her fairly typical child-rearing challenges while promoting Louis C.K.'s FX comedy I Love You, Daddy at the Toronto Film Festival. "I fucked up until [they were] 8," joked Adlon about indulging her girls. "You could have spent the last year with them every day at Disneyland for a year. And the next day, you don't pick them up from school, and you get, 'You're never there for me!' They're home from school, and you're like. 'How was your day?' They're like, 'Fine Mom. Can I just close the door?' And I'm like, 'Anyone wanna come down?' That's the way they want to do it now." While the FX comedy is semi-autobiographical, I Love You, Daddy also is reminiscent of Adlon's real life. The film -- which was the toast of TIFF, scoring a distribution deal with The Orchard -- centers on a 17-year-old girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) who embarks on a semi-scandalous romance, complete with paparazzi catching her every move (Adlon plays a surrogate mother to the rudderless teen). In real life, paparazzi have had a field day catching Adlon's teen daughter Odessa's hand-holding and tender moments with new beau Jaden Smith. (Hollywood Reporter)

Arnold Schwarzenegger Says Trump Should Fight Pollution Like He Did as California Governor. The actor-turned-politician is in San Sebastian promoting 'Wonders of the Sea 3D.' Speaking at the San Sebastian International Film Festival on Monday, Arnold Schwarzenegger said President Donald Trump would be smart to follow his lead on the environment. Schwarzenegger was on hand to promote his underwater production Wonders of the Sea 3D, screening in the official section. "I think that we have in California proven that you can protect the environment and lower the greenhouse gases and go more in the green direction in terms of cars and industries and all that. We've passed the toughest laws in the United States. Everyone told us it was going to be suicidal, that our economy was going to crash and it was the worst thing for jobs," Schwarzenegger said. "We're now 10 years later and the national GDP growth is about two-and-a-quarter. The California GDP growth is at 5 percent so we are now outgrowing the rest of the U.S. and outperforming any state in the United States. We're No. 1. So I think the federal government, Republicans and Democrats and Donald Trump and his whole White House if they will be smart, then they will just copy exactly what we're doing in California." The Terminator star stuck to the script, staying focused on the environment and shying away from questions about the German election results or other political issues. But he did say that it was politics that made him decide to take a stance on fossil fuels. "I grew up in Austria, and it's one of those countries that protects its environment. But when I became governor of the state of California, I started to learn more about the dangers if we don't protect the environment, the dangers of staying with fossil fuels, I became much more passionate about the subject and realized I am in a position to really help people save lives." Schwarzenegger said he was on a "crusade" to protect the environment, which he said is not a partisan issue. "A lot of people talk about climate change, but I'm talking about pollution kills 7 million people a year. When you are talking about global warming, that's something that will happen in the future. It's very interesting and a very serious problem. But there's still people that debate whether global warming is human caused. My point is that pollution kills 7 million people a year. This is much more than from wars. Much more than people dying from traffic accidents or from suicide. All of them together doesn't come close to the 7 million people." Flanked by Wonders directors Jean-Michel Cousteau and Jean Jacques Manello, perhaps the sharpest jab Schwarzenegger took at Trump came in the form of praise for the role of the press. "A lot of people dump on the press. I'd like to thank the press," Schwarzenegger said, tracing how the press always helped him in his career from body builder to movie actor to governor, even when it wasn't always flattering or kind to him. "I wouldn't be seated here if it weren't for the press." (Hollywood Reporter)

Casey Affleck's Sea Change Media Signs First-Look Deal With Amazon. The two-year deal with the 'Manchester by the Sea' actor's production company covers both film and television projects. Casey Affleck's production company Sea Change Media has signed an exclusive first-look deal with Amazon Studios. The two-year deal, covering both film and television projects, repairs Affleck with Amazon, after he won the best actor Oscar for Manchester by the Sea, which Amazon nabbed out of the Sundance Film Festival. Whitaker Lader, a Sundance Institute alum, serves as head of production and development of Sea Change, which looks to develop bold, authentic, smart content, shining a light on underrepresented voices and stories, and operating with a philosophy of inclusivity and collaboration. "This deal with Casey exemplifies our focus in expanding Amazon Studios' relationships with top-notch filmmakers and content creators," said Roy Price, head of Amazon Studios, in a statement. "Our goal is to be in business with high caliber talent in order to grow our slate of quality content for our customers." Affleck's upcoming films include Light of My Life, the father-daughter drama which he wrote, directed and stars in; David Lowery's crime flick The Old Man and the Gun opposite Robert Redford; and Joe Wright's Stoner adaptation. He is represented by WME. Amazon also has exclusive first-look production deals with Bona Fide Productions, Killer Films and Le Grisbi Productions. (Hollywood Reporter)

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Here's What the Cast of This Is Us Wants Answered in Season 2. OK, you guys, we get it, you want to know how Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) died on This Is Us. We really do. And answers are coming, as Sterling K. Brown told us, but guess what? Other things are going to happen! And when E! News caught up with the cast of NBC's breakout hit at an FYC event in Hollywood on Wednesday night, they were more than happy to reveal the questions they're hoping are answered in season two, other than how the beloved Pearson family patriarch died. "I want to know how Beth and Randall met," Mandy Moore told Kristin Dos Santos of Sterling K. Brown and Susan Kelechi Watson's characters. "I'm assuming college or something, that's sort of what I've conjured up in my mind." Also wanting to know the origin of the couple's love story? Randall, himself, as Brown said, "I think that's a really interesting story. I have ideas and I've made suggestions, but I don't know 100 percent." As for Milo Ventimiglia, he said he wants more background on his on-screen daughter's beau, Toby (Chris Sullivan), like any good father would. "I think Toby's a man of mystery. I think his love for Kate is...as a father, I love that, but I want to know more about Toby as an individual man before Kate," he said, before continuing, "I want to know about Kate singing. I want to know about what happens to Kevin deciding, 'The heck with it, I'm gonna go and I'm gonna do this Ron Howard film and leave the woman I left the first time. And then Randall and Beth wanting to adopt a baby and what does that mean? And then poor Rebecca, and that moment where maybe Jack dies, where are they? So many questions!" But Chrissy Metz also admitted she wants to learn more about her fiancee. "I want to know more about, of course, Toby, and [Beth]'s backstory." Metz said. "We found out that her mom fell, like what is their backstory? And what about Miguel's kids?! Holy moly, there are so many layers, there's so much!" This Is Us season two premieres Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 9 p.m. on NBC. (Eonline)

Bobbi Adler lives on in spirit. On Saturday, during the Tribeca TV Festival, co-creators David Kohan, Max Mutchnick and the cast of "Will & Grace" opened up about working with the late Debbie Reynolds. Reynolds, who passed away in December, played Grace's mom during the first run of the series. "Debbie, may she rest in peace," Mutchnick said to an audience after a screening of the new season. "I mean, she was such an angel." Kohan jumped in and joked, "She was so not an angel." "She was a broad," Mutchnick said, correcting himself. "When we hired her, she showed up that morning, she had this lady with her. This lady was always with her and Debbie was missing one of the arms of her glasses, and she was yelling at this other woman. She walked into our office and she said, 'Tell them I'm here to meet with the guys, I'm Burt Reynold's younger sister.'" He continued, "So we sat down, Debbie Reynolds was in our office and ... I said, 'Hey ... will you let us dye your hair red? She said, 'Dye my hair red? I have two hairs on my body, one's on my head, one's on my p -- y and they're both gray.' That's who Debbie Reynolds was and she wore a beautiful red wig and I miss her." The reboot, which premieres on Sept. 28, will include a tribute to Reynolds, as well as Sydney Pollack, who played Will's dad. In December, Messing wrote on social media alongside a photo of her TV mom, "My heart is literally broken. For 8 years she was my mom. She was pure energy & light when she came on stage. She was loving, and bawdy, and playful -- a consummate pro -- old school and yet had the work ethic and investment in her craft of a new fiery up and comer." (Page Six)

Megyn Kelly's New Morning Show Starts on an Emotional Note. Kelly's much-anticipated new show, 'Megyn Kelly Today,' debuted Monday. Megyn Kelly, in a series of prelaunch interviews, has been very clear about the show she wants to run every day at 9 a.m. on NBC -- one that's light on politics but heavy on inspiration and fun. She followed through on that early vision with the Monday morning launch of Megyn Kelly Today, which replaces the 9 a.m. hour of Today. "As you heard, we have the entire cast of Will & Grace live, along with the show creator," Kelly told her live studio audience. "And then we'll be dissecting the latest tweet from President Trump! Oh, wait! We will not be doing that. The truth is, I'm kind of done with politics for now. I know. You know why, right? We all felt it, it's everywhere. And it's just gotten so dark." The first episode of the show felt like something of a coming-out party for the new, warmer Kelly. Her mother was in attendance, as was her husband, who came out from the audience and gave her a bouquet of roses. Kelly said her husband, unlike her, is "not a TV person" and "likes his privacy." Kelly began the show by talking about her background and telling the story of losing her father to a heart attack at the age of 15. "We didn't have a lot of money, but we did have a lot of love and a ton of honesty," the former Fox News anchor said. Kelly also received a very warm welcome from the entire Today show family. In a taped segment, she rode a tandem bike to work with Al Roker and cooked an omelet with Matt Lauer, who earnestly seemed excited to have Kelly as a colleague. "I wish you success, honey," 10 a.m. co-host Kathie Lee Gifford told her. "Mostly, I wish you joy." Later, the cast of Today came out and held a mimosa toast to Kelly, who had said in a New York Times story last week that "if you had to put a drink on my show, it would be a mimosa." Lauer led the toast, and said, "Here's the newest addition to our family. Here's to many happy mornings. Here's to Megyn Kelly Today." Kelly interviewed the entire cast of the rebooted NBC show Will & Grace, and, like a good morning show host, asked at many points, "What did that feel like?" In another dose of corporate synergy, Kelly will have the cast of This Is Us on Tuesday morning's show. (Hollywood Reporter)

Michelle Beadle and Jalen Rose Join Mike Greenberg on ESPN Morning Show. Beadle and Rose will also continue as full-time hosts of ESPN's 'NBA Countdown.' Michelle Beadle and Jalen Rose will join Mike Greenberg on ESPN's upcoming morning show, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. The new show -- the first big programming swing under the stewardship of Connor Schell, recently promoted to executive vp content by ESPN president John Skipper -- will bow in spring 2018. The program, which will air from 7 to 10 a.m., will originate from a new studio in lower Manhattan's South Street Seaport, which was devastated five years ago by Hurricane Sandy. Rose and Beadle, who will relocate from Los Angeles for the show, will continue as full-time hosts of ESPN's NBA Countdown for now. And Rose will continue to co-host the ESPN Radio show Jalen & Jacoby. ESPN declined to comment. Greenberg has already announced that his last day on his popular Mike & Mike program will be Nov. 17, the Friday before Thanksgiving. His impending split from Mike Golic has been an unfolding saga since it was first rumored more than a year ago. ESPN executives have tried over the years to broaden the popular duo. In 2015, the network announced that Mike & Mike would relocate from ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn., to the Times Square studios where ABC's Good Morning America is shot. But the network reversed course a few months later in what many assumed was a cost-saving decision. Greenberg and Golic have both insisted there is no bad blood between them. And Golic will be paired with longtime ESPN personality Trey Wingo after Greenberg's exit. Greenberg, meanwhile, will begin appearing consistently on ESPN programs after Mike & Mike wraps and in the run-up to the morning show launch. Bill Wolff is executive producer of the new program. Wolff recently returned to ESPN after several years at MSNBC (where he was executive producer of The Rachel Maddow Show); he did a stint at The View and also launched Chelsea Handler's Netflix show. Beadle returned to ESPN in 2014 after a short and unhappy stint at NBC. Earlier this year, she was promoted to a full-time spot at NBC Countdown, displacing Sage Steele. Rose shot a pilot for ABC, Jalen vs. Everybody, executive produced by Fresh Off the Boat trio Nahnatchka Khan, Melvin Mar and Jake Kasdan, but it was passed over by the network. ESPN aired it last June. Representatives for Greenberg, Beadle and Rose declined to comment; all three are repped by CAA. (Hollywood Reporter)

TV Ratings: 'Sunday Night Football' Dips in Week 3, Oprah's '60 Minutes' Debut Pops. Capping off a tumultuous weekend for the NFL, one in which the league and its players were put on the defense by incendiary comments from the U.S. president, Sunday Night Football again saw its ratings lot take a hit from that of the previous year. The NBC match-up between Oakland and Washington averaged an overnight 11.6 rating among households. The preliminary score, a low for this season, was down 11 percent from early scores the same night a year ago and 9 percent from the week before -- albeit with a lopsided score that saw Oakland scoreless well into the second half and ultimately trounced 10-27. It's not really bad news for the NFL, but it's not great timing. On Friday night, President Donald Trump chose to target the league during an Alabama rally, saying that players who don't kneel during the National Anthem should be fired. Those players, many of them black, have done so in protest of the treatment of people of color by the police. (An ad from the NFL aired in reaction during the SNF game.) The 2017 NFL season has again been suffering from year-over-year ratings declines, but none to the level to keep it from being the biggest thing on TV. Sunday Night Football alone has been averaging 22.3 million viewers in its first two weeks -- and, just as advantageously, a 8.1 rating in the key demo of adults 18-49. CBS' own late-afternoon NFL coverage propelled Sunday's other big efforts: the new season of 60 Minutes and a sampling of new CBS All Access drama Star Trek Discovery. Both scores are tentative, on account of late start times (roughly 48 minutes), but 60 Minutes led with a whopping 10.6 overnight rating. That will translate to a huge audience for the first episode featuring new contributor Oprah Winfrey. As for the latest entry in the Star Trek franchise, telling numbers will come later Sunday. Still, its premiere already drove the biggest day in sign-ups for CBS All Access. (Hollywood Reporter)

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