Thursday, September 7, 2017

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Dancing With the Stars' Anna Trebunskaya Welcomes Baby No. 2 With Nevin Millan. Anna Trebunskaya's family just got bigger! The Dancing With the Stars pro and actor Nevin Millan welcomed their second child together, according to Us Weekly. Anna gave birth to a son they named Kaspyan Millan just days ago, and as she explained to the outlet, mom and dad couldn't be more overjoyed. "Nevin and I would like to announce the birth of our beautiful, healthy baby boy, Kaspyan Millan," Trebunskaya shared in a statement. "He was born Saturday, September 2, 2017, over the Labor Day weekend at our home via water birth. Mama, baby, and family are all doing great. We couldn't have asked for a more perfect birth experience. We are all so excited to get to know the new addition to our family and so grateful and blessed for this lovely gift!" Little Kaspayn weighed in at 6 lbs. 14 oz., and measured 19.5 inches long. Anna and Nevin also share 3-year-old daughter Amalya Millan. The new mama first announced her pregnancy in mid-March. Anna's since documented much of her journey to welcoming baby No. 2 on Instagram, sharing plenty of baby bump photos and sweet family moments. Prior to giving birth, Trebunskaya gathered her closest family and friends for a tea party-themed baby shower held at the star's dance studio, You Can Dance, in Hermosa Beach, Calif. She told Us of her longtime partner's excitement, "Nevin is excited to have another man, another little guy in the house, he can't wait to take him sporting events and sports games and all of that boy stuff. We're all so thrilled, we don't know how it's going to be, we're waiting to for the moment of the arrival and see what he looks and seems like." Trebunskaya joined the cast of Dancing With the Stars as a pro during season 2, where she was partnered with Jerry Rice. She's gone onto compete in 10 seasons total, most recently with Gary Busey in 2015. Her past partners have included Carson Kressley, Drew Lachey and Olympian Evan Lysacek. Congratulations to the entire family! (Eonline)

North and Saint are getting a little sibling! The surrogate whom Kanye West and wife Kim Kardashian West hired to carry their third child is pregnant, sources confirm to PEOPLE. "The entire family is over the moon. Kim had been looking for a surrogate for months until recently when she found the perfect candidate," a source tells PEOPLE. "Given her health scares in the past, Kim felt the need to hire a surrogacy agency that helped serve as the liaison in finding a healthy woman who would be a great surrogate option for her and Kanye. Both of them have been super involved in the process." The source continues, "They want everything to be perfect and for the baby to be extremely healthy. They don't want any complications and Kim is providing an ideal eating regimen and diet so everyone knows what the baby is consuming before it's born." Kardashian West, 36, and West, 40, were married in May 2014. Son Saint is 21 months old, while daughter North turned 4 in June. Kim Kardashian West Warmed to Surrogacy Because 'She Really Misses Having a Baby in the Family': Source A Source tells PEOPLE "Kim and Kanye will use a surrogate to carry their third baby" A source confirmed to PEOPLE in June that the couple had hired a surrogate to help them expand their family. The news came sometime after Kardashian West was advised of the risks of carrying another child on her own due to her struggles with placenta accrete during both her previous pregnancies. "I'd just love nothing more than to expand my family and just know that I have this world at home that's safe," the soon-to-be mom of three said on an April episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians. She added, "And if for some reason I left this earth sooner than I really wanted to, then my kids would have a support system at home so that I know that they would be okay if I wasn't here." A source close to Kardashian West told PEOPLE in June that while she "was never going to let herself get pregnant again" and initially "felt two healthy kids were enough," she eventually had a change of heart. "As Saint got bigger though, she talked more and more about a third baby," the source said, adding, "She thinks her kids have grown up too fast." "She really misses having a baby in the family. They looked for a while before they found the perfect surrogate." The spouses' decision to turn to surrogacy is no surprise, considering what the reality star, makeup guru and Kimoji creator went through as a result of placenta accrete. "My doctor had to stick his entire arm in me and detach the placenta with his hand, scraping it away from my uterus with his fingernails. How disgusting and painful!!!" she blogged about her experience in giving birth to North. "My mom was crying; she had never seen anything like this before," Kardashian West continued. "My delivery was fairly easy, but then going through that -- it was the most painful experience of my life! They gave me a second epidural but we were racing against time, so I just had to deal." I Worried My Dad Lamar Odom's Addiction Was My Fault, Destiny Odom Says The former NBA star's daughter reveals how her father's addiction impacted her, and how she raises awareness for other families in pain. Though the baby on the way will be the couple's third child, it may not necessarily be the last. Shortly following the news that the spouses had hired a surrogate, a source told PEOPLE that West "would want a family of five or six if it was up to him" -- but that his wife took a little while to come around. "She would make funny comments like, 'Who knows what will happen ... Kanye will probably convince me [to have more kids]!'" the source explained of Kardashian West. "And she did warm to the idea!" (People)

Why Anna Faris Feels Like ''Leaving the Country'' After Release of Her ''Intimate'' Memoir. Ready or not, Anna Faris is about to become an open book. The actress addressed her upcoming memoir, Unqualified, on the latest episode of her podcast of the same name, where she described feeling concern for its release. "I feel really, really nervous because it feels intimate," Faris, who recently separated from husband Chris Pratt, explained. "I'm excited and when I first got the book deal, I thought, 'What a great adventure this is going to be,' and now that it's getting closer, I feel nervous in a sense that I've been able to always hide behind characters." "And now it's like, this is me," she added. "It feels a little scary." Anna's foray into the literary world is being described as "part memoir, part humorous, unflinching advice" on relationships and "finding love." And as E! News previously reported, Chris penned the foreword for Unqualified. So just how much of her since-failed relationship with Pratt will Faris discuss? According to her co-host Sim Sarna, even he was surprised by the celeb's vulnerability. "I couldn't believe how revealing you were," he shared, "because there was so much that you hadn't told me personally that I read in the book for the first time." Faris continued, "It's just my experiences. It's just sort of how I felt as a really quiet kid with headgear, and then suddenly being an actress in L.A. and basically how I haven't felt comfortable in my own skin." Anna is so apprehensive about fans reading the memoir that she plans to escape for a bit. "Dear listeners," she shared, "I would love it so much if you picked up my book. But please know, I am so scared. I feel like leaving the country for a while. I'm breaking into a sweat as we talk about it." The House Bunny star later joked, "It definitely confirms that I have no idea what the f--k I'm talking about." The beloved Hollywood couple (who share a 5-year-old Jack Pratt) announced their separation after eight years together exactly one month ago. "We tried hard for a long time, and we're really disappointed. Our son has two parents who love him very much and for his sake we want to keep this situation as private as possible moving forward," they wrote on social media. "We still have love for each other, will always cherish our time together and continue to have the deepest respect for one another." Pratt made his first public appearance post-breakup at the 2017 Teen Choice Awards in mid-August, where he accepted the award for Choice Sci-Fi Movie Actor. Likewise, Faris took to her podcast with a message of appreciation for the fan love and support following their announcement. Unqualified is set to be released Oct. 24. (Eonline)

Anna Faris Admits Chris Pratt Wasn't Exactly Her ''Best Friend." Anna Faris is not sold on the fact that your partner should be your "best friend." In fact, the 40-year-old actress penned an essay for Cosmopolitan in which she admitted being a "guys' girl" is totally overrated, noting that having a group of close girlfriends is extremely valuable. "In my 20s, I thought it was cool to say I was a guys' girl," she began. "I didn't realize until later how lame I sounded, bragging as though having a lot of girlfriends was a bad thing...I touted my male friends as if my association with them spoke to how cool I really was. I was selling my own gender down the river, and I wasn't even getting any fulfillment from the relationships with those dudes." Faris admitted that she often hung out around guys due to her jealousy over other women and her lack of trust stemming from high school bullying. "Growing up, I fell victim to plenty of mean girls who would sneak up on me and snap my bra strap," she recalled. "It may sound like a small thing, but when you're a quiet teenager trying to get through high school unnoticed, that kind of unwanted attention is rough. One day, I went to my locker, and the words 'f--k you, bitch' were written across it. It was humiliating and confusing. I didn't think I was worthy of that kind of hatred." She continued, "That's why it took me longer than it should have to realize just how important female relationships are. It takes vulnerability of spirit to open yourself up to other women in a way that isn't competitive, and that's especially hard in Hollywood, where competition is built into almost every interaction." Faris also admitted that she didn't necessarily consider her ex Chris Pratt -- from whom she separated last month -- her singular "best friend." She explained, "I was once told that I didn't need a tight group of girlfriends because Chris should be my best friend. But I never bought that. The idea of your mate being your best friend -- it's overhyped. I really believe that your partner serves one purpose and each friend serves another." She continued, "Today, I'm lucky to have a handful of women I count as confidantes. Among them, Allison Janney, my costar on Mom, Meghan, a friend from my hometown of Edmonds, Washington, and Kate, a dear childhood friend who I probably have nothing in common with anymore -- at least from an outsider's perspective -- but who totally gets me because ... history. However, you won't catch Faris ranking those women among each other. "To be honest, I think the notion of best friends in general is messed up though," she concluded. "It puts so much pressure on any one person, when I truly believe it's okay to have intimacy with different people in different ways. And ranking your friends? It just shouldn't happen, at least not beyond grade school." (Eonline)

Until now, seeing Jamie Foxx and Katie Holmes out together as a couple was as common as a Bigfoot sighting or riding a unicorn ... but not anymore!!! It took 4 years, but Hollywood's most top secret couple finally packed on the PDA Monday in Malibu ... hand in hand in the sand. Though they've allegedly been together since 2013 -- about a year after her split from Tom Cruise -- this is the first time they've been seen doing what lovebirds do. As we reported ... Katie was seen with a ring on her finger in March 2016, but Foxx's rep said it wasn't from him. A year before that, Jamie denied they were even a thing. Still, the relationship was no secret to most in Hollywood -- JamKat just never let on in public. JamKat? Can we slap a ™ on that ... just in case? (TMZ)

Amal Clooney's Maternity Leave Is Coming to an End. Looks like Amal Clooney will be heading back to work soon! George Clooney and his wife have been enjoying the first few months of parenthood after Amal gave birth to their twins, Alexander and Ella, in June. Now, E! News can confirm the human rights attorney is getting ready to get back in the office. "Amal Clooney is heading back to work this week," a source told us, noting she will be attending a meeting, which marks her first work engagement since giving birth. Still, we're told she plans to "go back slowly." Another source explained that it's a bittersweet time for Amal. "She has mixed emotions about going back," the source said. "She has loved every minute of the summer with the twins and will miss them immensely, but she is also is looking forward to resuming her career work and getting back to it." And George is obviously right by her side through it all. "George is very supportive of everything she does and knows she is passionate about her work," the insider said. "He is excited for her and knows she will be able to find the right balance between being a mom and a working professional." Speaking of returning to work, George and Amal took their 3-month-old twins to Venice -- where they got married in 2014 -- to attend the 2017 Venice Film Festival, during which the 56-year-old actor premiered his new film Suburbicon. The trip comes after a fun summer for the new parents, spending all the time they can with their little ones. "Amal is not working, and they both have the summer off and are enjoying Lake Como," an insider told us in July. "They are very happy to be in Italy." The source added, "Everything is going great with the babies. [George and Amal] are happier than they have ever been and really enjoying being parents...They are truly in love and just want to be with the babies and not do much else." (Eonline)

They've come so far! Khloe Kardashian reflected on the past 10 years of filming Keeping Up With the Kardashians and its spinoffs in an essay for Glamour. The Good American denim designer, 33, recalled that she and Kourtney Kardashian were reluctant to sign on for the reality show. "At my mom's house, we'd always have these big family dinners. Ryan Seacrest came to one and was like, 'You guys are crazy. You need to be on TV.' My mom and my sister Kim wanted to do the show, but Kourtney and I were really against it," she wrote. "We were like, 'No -- we love our little life. We love what we're doing.' But Ryan said, 'We need the whole family or nobody at all.' So my mom kind of sold it to us as a great commercial for our stores. We were like, 'Ugh, fine.'" At the beginning, they didn't have glam teams or stylists. "I'd still go to the Fantastic Sams across the street from my store a few times a week to get a blow-dry for $25. I did my own makeup," Khloe continued. "Occasionally I'll catch an old episode and notice how we all talked in these baby voices. It's crazy if you listen to it now. I think maybe we did it because we were nervous." Now, it's a whole other story. "We film six days a week, 12 to 18 hours a day, every single day," Khloe explained. "When you compile that much footage into 13 or 14 44-minute episodes, you can find a lot of drama. Not every episode is juicy to us; it's only juicy to the audience." The Revenge Body star has some regrets, though, about letting the cameras into certain intimate moments. "Things like Kim's robbery or Caitlyn's transition? That's the kind of stuff we wish we had never filmed," she revealed. "We aren't ever like, 'Oooh! Let's do this for season nine.' This is our life, and these are the things that happen. And it's funny -- when we decide not to shoot things, people feel slighted. But when we film too much, they're like, 'Oh, you never should have filmed that.' It's a catch-22." (In October, Kim was held at gunpoint, gagged and bound in the bathroom of her Paris apartment while assailants stole more than $10 million worth of jewelry.) Khloe added that she didn't start realizing the power and reach of KUWTK until the fourth or fifth season. "I was young, and I didn't care as much. The truth is that I was heavier then too, so not a lot of endorsements were coming my way. Brands would prefer to align themselves with Kim or Kourtney, which I was totally fine with because I was still along for the ride. But it's also a very sad thing to realize that most brands are interested only in pretty, cute, in-shape girls," she wrote. "When I started getting in shape and when I first got married [to now-ex Lamar Odom], a different amount of attention came my way. Because I had already seen my sisters go through it, I was able to be pickier about my opportunities." Despite the scrutiny that comes along with life in the spotlight, the Kardashian-Jenner family stick together. "When it comes to our drama, we are a large, blended family. If you put a microscope over any family for 10 years, you're bound to find cracks in the foundation," she shared. "That's just the name of the game, and we're strong enough to endure it." (US Weekly)

Lili Reinhart may play sweet and soft-spoken Betty Cooper on the CW's Riverdale, but she definitely is not afraid to speak her mind. The actress, 20, took to Twitter Monday to confront a fan who claimed Reinhart's Riverdale costar Cole Sprouse not nice to her. The fan tweeted that she approached Sprouse, 25, "in a friendly way as if I knew him," but that his response to her was "so rude." "Basically moral of the story downtown Vancouver is trash and the cast of @CW_Riverdale are disgusting and rude [sic]," the fan tweeted. "i just wanna say F -- RUDE PEOPLE, don't become a celeb if u want privacy, u get paid for having fans so respect them or be nice at least [sic]." Reinhart didn't let the comment slide, and took to Twitter to address the situation, replying to the fan with, "You do not have the right to approach STRANGER and throw your arms around us like you know us. What you did was not cool and inappropriate." The actress continued with two more tweets, explaining that Sprouse's response was civil even after the fan "rudely invaded our space and got in our faces." "It's easy to make us look like the bad guys because you think there's no chance in hell we would ever call you out on it," Reinhart concluded. Her defense of Sprouse comes after rumors the two are dating, which seemed likely as the two were spotted holding hands and kissing in July while at Entertainment Weekly's Comic-Con Bash in San Diego, California. The two have yet to go public with their relationship, but eagle-eyed fans of the two stars began speculating of a romance in May when Sprouse shared a photo of Reinhart on his Instagram. Since then, Reinhart herself has taken to Instagram to post a photo of the former Disney Channel actor, albeit wishing him a happy birthday. "To the man who has showed me more beautiful places in this past year than I have ever seen in my whole life," she wrote. "Happy birthday, Cole. Thank you for all of the adventures and here's too many more." (People)

Aaron Carter Is ''Doing OK'' After Totaling His Car in ''Terrible'' Accident. Aaron Carter is recovering from a terrifying car accident that occurred Tuesday morning. The former child star and pop singer recounted the incident's details via Twitter, letting fans know that despite suffering a broken nose and injuries to his arms and legs, he is on the mend. Carter's vehicle was totaled in the accident, but his rep confirms to E! News that no one involved was seriously hurt. "Life is really so precious," he tweeted. "I just got into a terrible accident and completely totaled my BMW M4... All of my airbags went off and I'm cut up all over, at least everyone survived and we're good." The 29-year-old continued, "TBH this s--t hurts my arms hurt my legs hurt all my airbags went off I broke my nose this is f--ked up." It's unclear where the accident took place. "I never meant to get into an accident as severe as this," he then added. "I've ran into people before and honestly nothing compares to what happened today." An hour later, Aaron appeared to have shaken off the day's events, tweeting, "Everything is fine... Let's get back to my music." He also thanked his followers for their kind messages. "Thank you for all the support and love," Carter wrote. "Means a lot. Accidents happen. I'm just happy both of us were ok." By the early evening, Aaron shared another update on his recovery status: "I just want to let everyone know I'm doing ok. I'm just laying low tonight. Sorry if I scared anyone, but I'm ok." The "I Want Candy" singer has endured a particularly rough past couple of months, brought on by his DUI arrest in mid-July. Aaron was apprehended in George on suspicion of driving under the influence and pot possession, and as a source told E! News, he plans to retain an attorney in the matter. And shortly after coming out as a bisexual in an emotional letter, Aaron and his longtime girlfriend Madison Parker ended their relationship. "I had discussed it with my ex-girlfriend, and she didn't really understand it. She didn't want [to]," he said while calling into The Bert Show. "And that was it. So we left it mutual and parted ways." Meanwhile, Parker told E! News in an exclusive statement that their split had "nothing" to do with Aaron's sexuality. Carter's rep tells us that his scheduled concert in Memphis, Tenn. this coming Saturday and next Tuesday in New York City will continue as planned. Wishing Aaron a speedy recovery! (Eonline)

Ryan Phillippe's "freak" leg injury that landed him in a hospital bed was from a UTV running it over ... TMZ has learned. Sources close to the "Shooter" star tell us he was off-roading back in July when the utility task vehicle rolled over, so Ryan and a stranger tried to flip it back on its wheels. Problem was -- the parking brake wasn't on, so when they turned it upright it started rolling downhill towards a crowd. We're told Phillippe rushed to grab the UTV's steering wheel and steer it to safety, but it was moving too fast and yanked him underneath ... causing the full weight of it to run over his right leg and crush it. As we reported ... Ryan gave a thumbs-up update of his injury shortly after it happened, explaining it was a freak accident and not work-related. (TMZ)

Jesse Williams and estranged wife Aryn Drake-Lee have reached an agreement in their divorce ... at least temporarily on the subject of custody of their 2 children ... and there's an indirect connection to Minka Kelly. The warring couple will share joint legal custody ... which means all decisions made regarding the health, welfare and upbringing will be made between the 2 of them. The agreement, obtained by TMZ, provides neither parent can make derogatory remarks about the other in front of the children. They also can't use the children as messengers. And, the agreement provides that neither Jesse nor Aryn "shall introduce a person with whom he or she has a romantic relationship to the children until the relationship has endured at least 6 months." The agreement does not break down the physical custody arrangement. TMZ broke the story ... Jesse has been linked to Minka Kelly, which has become a bone of contention in the nasty divorce. (TMZ)

Selena Gomez has an obsessed fan with a twisted, perverted mind -- the man tried to order a penis-shaped bouquet before showing up to her pad to hand-deliver other goods. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the 24-year-old man showed up Friday morning at Selena's San Fernando Valley home. We're told he was loaded down with random gifts, flowers and even food items. We're told her security team intercepted the guy -- who, it turns out, they've seen before. Selena's people told the guy to beat it, then called police to report the incident ... and this is where it gets even creepier. Cops happened to have gotten a call from a flower shop earlier in the day reporting a man requesting a phallic floral arrangement for Selena Gomez. We're told an employee sensed something was amiss and immediately jock-blocked the order. Our law enforcement sources say the flower shop description matched the guy Selena's security reported, and LAPD's now on the case. (TMZ)

Serena Williams allegedly hates her stepmother so much, she ordered the woman to vacate the family home immediately ... or else she'll change the locks. At least that's the story Serena's stepmom told a judge in new docs filed in Florida ... in which she begs the court to stop Richard Williams from throwing her out on the street. As we previously reported, 75-year-old Richard filed for divorce from 38-year-old Lakeisha Juanita Williams back in June after 7 years of marriage. They have a son together. Lakeisha claims Richard has ordered her out of the Florida home where they lived -- a home she claims is owned by his daughter, Serena Williams. In the court docs, Lakeisha says Serena's legal team fired off demand letters "requesting she and the child vacate the home and threatened to change the locks." So far, Lakeisha refuses to budge. Lakeisha has also filed an emergency motion begging the court to force the sale of another property they owned together because she needs the money. She's also concerned Richard has "health issues" and could die -- and if that happens, his fortune could be tied up for years while the courts decide who gets what. She needs the cash, stat. We reached out to Serena's camp for comment -- so far, no word back. (TMZ)

Steve Harvey isn't shying away from his friendship with Bill Cosby. Despite the legal hot water Cosby, 80, has been in since being charged with drugging and molesting former Temple University basketball manager Andrea Constand in 2004, the 60-year-old talk show host credits the funnyman with helping his family out in important ways. "I haven't talked to him in a few months, but when I'm your friend, I'm your friend," Harvey told The Hollywood Reporter, "and Bill Cosby helped my sons at Morehouse [College], and he taught me how to do this business. He didn't even know me and he taught me how to do this business." As soon as the "Little Big Shots" host found out about the accusations Cosby was facing, he reached out to him. "When I heard all the trouble he was in, I called and asked him how he was doing. You know what he says to me? 'Hey man, I appreciate you calling, but just stay away from me right now. You don't need none of this on you. You're doing good. Whatever happens to me, happens to me, but don't you get none of this on you,'" Harvey recalled. "That's an amazing thing for a guy to say." Harvey also revealed how he was able to help Warren Beatty after his Best Picture mixup at last year's Oscars. (Harvey experienced his own major faux pas when he crowned the wrong winner at the 2015 Miss Universe competition.) "[Beatty] was shell-shocked. He's old Hollywood. He don't do negativity. Social media is not in his world. He couldn't believe the backlash," Harvey explained. "So I go, 'Come here, boy. I can get you through this thing. Matter of fact, if you handle it right, you can get a Super Bowl commercial out the deal like I did. And they'll pay you enough money where you'll go and say the wrong damn movie next year, too.'" (Page Six)

The woman publicly accusing Usher of exposing her to herpes claims she got the whole shebang on tape, and there's footage placing him at her hotel, too. Quantasia Sharpton told YouTube vlogger Miss Jacob Kohinoor ... she filmed the alleged sex act with Usher, and the real shocker -- she claims the singer knew he was being recorded. Quantasia also said her rep, celeb attorney Lisa Bloom, is attempting to subpoena hotel surveillance video which she claims shows Usher going to her hotel room in 2014. As we reported ... an ex-hotel staffer claims she saw Usher walk into the Days Inn lobby in Atlantic City where she says Quantasia came down and took him up to her room a little after midnight. Usher's denied this, saying he couldn't have been there 'cause he was too busy falling in love with his now-wife ... plus, Quantasia isn't his type. (TMZ)

THE OTHER STUFF . . .

Hurricane Harvey is thankfully calming down ... but J.J. Watt's relief fund for Houston is still goin' strong -- pushing past the $20 MILLION mark on Tuesday. J.J.'s crowdfunding campaign started off with a $200K goal a little over a week ago ... and quickly ran up into the multi-millions with big-name celebs like Miley Cyrus ($500K), Drake ($200K) and Chris Paul ($75K) leading the way. In case you're wondering how things are going ... Watt shared an update on social media after breaking $20 mil -- saying, "It has truly been an incredible spectacle to watch." (TMZ)

Jimmy Fallon Announces That The Tonight Show Will Donate $1 Million to Hurricane Harvey Relief. In times of great hardship, we need great acts of charity... On Tuesday night's episode of The Tonight Show, host Jimmy Fallon announced the show will be donating $1 million the Hurricane Harvey relief fund set up by Houston Texans star JJ Watts. The fund has amassed over $20 million so far. The normally funny host took a somber moment to acknowledge the tragedy that struck southern Texas last week, but also made sure to point out some remarkable acts of heroism that took place despite the tremendous circumstances. Speaking to the camera, Jimmy said, "Last week we saw the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey on the state of Texas. But in the face of this tragedy, we saw good." "We saw communities banding together. Neighbors helping neighbors. Strangers helping strangers. So many heroes -- people like Mattress Mack, who opened up his stores and showrooms for those who needed shelter... The group of people who formed a human chain to save a man from a flooded SUV... And J.J. Watt from the Houston Texans, who has raised over $18 million dollars to provide food, water, and supplies to the victims," he added. The 42-year-old New Yorker added, "I'm proud to say that our show, The Tonight Show, is donating $1 million dollars to JJ's fund. Thank you, JJ." He then welcomed Victoria White, Marquist Taylor and their Houston gospel choir to sing a moving rendition of "Lean on Me." Jimmy and The Tonight Show, which airs at 11:35pm ET/PT on NBC, gave handsomely but they aren't the only celebs who have opened up their hearts and their wallets to help the relief efforts. (Eonline)

Gucci Mane's wedding invite glistens like one of his old grills, and it also put a $50,000 dent in his wedding budget! Guwop opted for his real name, Radric Davis, on the super fancy invitation he and Keyshia Ka'oir sent out for their million dollar wedding this fall. It's being filmed for BET, and will clearly be an over-the-top event. Each invite is a mirror-inspired booklet adorned with Swarovski crystals inside ... each for a mere $1k. We're told 100 people are on the guest list with plus-ones, but only half got the fancy document. Most of them were Gucci's celeb pals and collabs like Drake, Rihanna, The Weeknd, Selena Gomez, Pharrell, Diddy, Rick Ross, Monica, Trina, Migos and Solange. If you're wondering ... it's their international guests who aren't getting the invitation, due to shipping costs. Of course, seems late for cutting corners -- the wedding's going down at the Miami Four Seasons, after all. (TMZ)

Cindy Crawford Celebrates Daughter Kaia Gerber Passing Her Driver's Test. And just like that, Kaia Gerber is 16-years-old and a licensed driver! Cindy Crawford's daughter, who is quickly making a name for herself in the modeling world thanks to campaigns with Marc Jacobs and Alexander Wang, just reached a major milestone in any teen's life by passing her driver's test only two days after her birthday. Both Cindy and Kaia shared photos of the celebratory moment on Instagram, which included the brunette beauty proudly holding up her certificate in front of the DMV. Gerber kept it comfy for the exam in a pair of camouflage-printed pants, crop top, tennis shoes and a bright red sweatshirt. She teased alongside the image, "We've got a licensed driver on our hands (STAY OFF THE ROAD)!!!" Gerber's proud mama posted her own snapshot, writing, "Baby driver. Congrats on passing your driver's test @KaiaGerber!" Over the weekend, Kaia stepped out to celebrate her sweet 16 with Crawford and dad Rande Gerber over dinner at West Hollywood hotspot, Delilah. She was also photographed attending the Malibu Chili Cook-Off and Carnival with a group of pals. No word yet on the predictably fly set of wheels her famous 'rents gifted Kaia, but it's safe to say she's now focused entirely on her debut at New York Fashion Week. The model is expected to walk in her very first show when the week-long event kicks off this Thursday, and Cindy will be there every step of the way. The veteran catwalk queen told WWD of Gerber's big moment, "Well, I'm chaperoning her. I'm not gonna be at every show, but I hope she understands how exhausting your first show season can be." Cindy continued, "My advice to her -- and it would be the same if she was going off to college or taking a job in a clothing store -- is be on time, be professional, don't be a diva, get off your phone. You're around these incredibly talented people, soak up information, listen, watch, keep your eyes open, be present and enjoy it. Have fun. It's fashion." Congrats to Kaia on getting her license and good luck at New York Fashion Week! (Eonline)

Pharrell Williams keeps looking younger and younger -- and he's revealing the secret to getting his youthful glow. In an interview Thursday with Dazed, the hitmaker revealed all about his skincare regimen that he religiously sticks to every day. "I exfoliate like a madman," the "Happy" singer, 43, said. "When you exfoliate and you drink a lot of water, that does good for you." He continued, "To me, the key is just exfoliating, like a monster. There's a lot of dead skin. All the time. Like a narcissistic madman." The Grammy Award winner also discussed his personal style and the importance of expressing one's individuality. "It's indicative of who you are and what you're feeling," he said. "Specifically, the way I look at it, it's when I get up in the morning, its how I feel, it's where I'm going, and what the weather's going to be like." "That kind of informs me of what it is that I'm wearing," he added. "When people are like, 'I don't really have any style, I don't dress up,' you kind of are. That's what your clothes are saying." Williams and his wife Helen Lasichanh are no strangers to style or taking fashion risks. The couple have walked several red carpets together, including the Met Gala in May, with Williams sporting a plaid-printed shirt and matching vest with a leather jacket decorated with enamel pins and maroon Doc Martens. Lasichanh turned heads wearing a red, pillowy, ankle-length jumpsuit by Comme des Garcons, while accessorizing the look with a pair of white-tipped black boots, stud earrings, and minimal makeup. The pair married in 2013, and welcomed triplets in early January, a rep confirmed to PEOPLE. During an interview on The Tonight Show, the singer said he sharpened his multi-tasking parenting skills after their births. "It's a full-on assembly line," he told Jimmy Fallon. "All of them are fine and healthy." He later added, "They harmonize when they cry. When one cries, two cry, then three cry. Chain reaction is a real thing at our house." (People)

Emily Blunt and John Krasinski's Brooklyn Townhouse Could Be Yours for $8 Million. Want to live in Emily Blunt and John Krasinski's townhouse? For a cool $8 million, you can. The married actors are selling their home located in the Park Slope Historic District. "We've been nomads for a while now, but that's the nature of the business," Krasinski tells The Wall Street Journal. "The house is so special -- someone who can spend every night there should have it." Krasinski tells the news outlet that he and Blunt have been traveling so much for work that they haven't been able to spend enough time at the property -- hence their reason for selling. According to the listing by The Corcoran Group, the four-story, single-family townhouse includes seven bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms. Originally built in 1909, the townhouse is loaded with charm. There are crown moldings and pocket doors in the "airy" entry of this "French Renaissance Revival," describes Corcoran, as well as pier mirror and "barrel fronted windows" in the front parlor. And because one parlor just isn't enough, there's a middle parlor that features a wood-burning fireplace and gorgeous built-in shelves -- perfect for showcasing your collection of TV episodes and films starring the couple. Need more than one fireplace? There are gas fireplaces in the wood-paneled dining room and cozy den, as well as a decorative mantel in the master bedroom. Other notable features include a large chef's kitchen and a south-facing outdoor area -- making it an ideal place to entertain. There's also an enviable marble bathroom that feels particularly luxurious. According to Curbed, the couple purchased the home for $6 million and moved into it in October 2016. (Eonline)

Jackie Evancho and her sister are moving to New York. Jackie Evancho, the teen who sang the national anthem at Donald Trump's inauguration -- and has since criticized him over transgender rights -- is moving to New York with her trans sister, Juliet. We're told the Pennsylvania sisters, who are shooting a TLC reality show "Growing Up Evancho" -- are moving in this month. Jackie, 17, is planning to work on Broadway, and Juliet, 19, is getting a modeling career underway, walking in a show for dapperQ. (PageSix)

It seems that neither Brad Pitt nor Angelina Jolie is much enjoying their newfound freedom. After Pitt gave a downcast interview to GQ about his new single life, Jolie gave a surprisingly frank assessment of her own bleak post-split state of mind. "I don't enjoy being single," the actress and director told Britain's Sunday Telegraph while promoting her new movie "First They Killed My Father." "It's not something I wanted. There's nothing nice about it. It's just hard." It has to be said that the facts speak for themselves, since, at 42, Jolie has been married three times, including her 11-year relationship with Pitt. She got married for the first time at just 21, to actor Jonny Lee Miller. The famously private Jolie told the paper that she was struggling to open up about her breakup with Pitt, which began in September 2016 when Jolie filed for divorce after two years of marriage. "This is the first time I have done this for a long time. It's not easy," she said. "I am a little shy this time, because I am not as strong inside as I have been in the past." In the May GQ article, Pitt said that now that Jolie and their six children are no longer living with him, he finds comfort in lighting a fire. "I get up every morning and I make a fire," he said. "When I go to bed, I make a fire, just because -- it makes me feel life. I just feel life in this house." Jolie revealed this week at the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado that she plans to make a return to acting -- likely in a "Maleficent" sequel -- after taking time off after her split from Pitt. (Page Six)

Kim Kardashian West Shares NSFW Photo Days After Sharon Osbourne Slams the KUWTK Star's Nude Selfies. Kim Kardashian West is proudly showing off her fit physique -- and subtly clapping back at the critics while at it. Days after Sharon Osbourne slammed the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star in an interview with The Telegraph for posting nude or semi-nude selfies in the name of feminism, the mother of two shared a censored photo of her naked body to social media on Tuesday. "So honored to have been photographed by Mert and Marcus for their book new book! 20 years in the making! It's out on Sept 7th in NYC #mertandmarcus @mertalas @macpiggott #taschen," Kardashian West, 36, captioned the Instagram picture, which showcased her standing naked in a tree and only sporting black boots. The reality star also took to Twitter to share the black-and-white image that was captured by photographers Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, who have photographed Kardashian West in the past. In her interview with the publication published Sept. 2, Osbourne, 64, criticized the reality star's reasoning for posting revealing photos: "Kim says she's doing everything in the name of feminism, but that's not feminism!" "Those girls live off their bodies, half of L.A. has been through them and everything they do from the sex tape to the plastic see-through dresses and the gym wear is about sex, not female progress. And listen: God bless them," Osbourne continued. Osbourne admitted that Kardashian West has the freedom to show off her body on social media but said she shouldn't be praised as a feminist for exposing herself. "If Kim wants to show off her body, fine. But that's not feminism, that's being a ho," Osbourne added. "And there's nothing wrong with being a ho, but always remember what you are." Last August, the Kimoji creator posted a personal essay on her website and app titled "Why I Don't Label Myself a Feminist." "For me, feminist is someone who advocates for the civil and social rights and liberties of all people, regardless of their gender; anyone who believes that women should have the same choices and opportunities as men when it comes to education and employment, their bodies and their lifestyles," Kardashian West wrote. "Of course I want these things! I'm all about empowering and uplifting women." Throughout the past year, though, her perspective seems to have changed. "I said once before that I'm not really a feminist," Kardashian West said in a recent interview with Harper's Bazaar Arabia. "But I feel I do a lot more than people that claim that they're feminist," she continued. "To clarify what I said before: I feel in my soul I'm a feminist. I just don't need labels to make me feel or know what I am inside." (People)

Kim Kardashian West is proudly showing off her fit physique -- and subtly clapping back at the critics while at it. Days after Sharon Osbourne slammed the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star in an interview with The Telegraph for posting nude or semi-nude selfies in the name of feminism, the mother of two shared a censored photo of her naked body to social media on Tuesday. "So honored to have been photographed by Mert and Marcus for their book new book! 20 years in the making! It's out on Sept 7th in NYC #mertandmarcus @mertalas @macpiggott #taschen," Kardashian West, 36, captioned the Instagram picture, which showcased her standing naked in a tree and only sporting black boots. The reality star also took to Twitter to share the black-and-white image that was captured by photographers Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, who have photographed Kardashian West in the past. In her interview with the publication published Sept. 2, Osbourne, 64, criticized the reality star's reasoning for posting revealing photos: "Kim says she's doing everything in the name of feminism, but that's not feminism!" "Those girls live off their bodies, half of L.A. has been through them and everything they do from the sex tape to the plastic see-through dresses and the gym wear is about sex, not female progress. And listen: God bless them," Osbourne continued. Osbourne admitted that Kardashian West has the freedom to show off her body on social media but said she shouldn't be praised as a feminist for exposing herself. "If Kim wants to show off her body, fine. But that's not feminism, that's being a ho," Osbourne added. "And there's nothing wrong with being a ho, but always remember what you are." Kim Kardashian West Gets Oiled Up for Another Racy Snapchat Session The 35-year-old reality star and mother-of-two got oiled up in a strapless nude two-piece bikini, showing off her famous curves for the camera Last August, the Kimoji creator posted a personal essay on her website and app titled "Why I Don't Label Myself a Feminist." "For me, feminist is someone who advocates for the civil and social rights and liberties of all people, regardless of their gender; anyone who believes that women should have the same choices and opportunities as men when it comes to education and employment, their bodies and their lifestyles," Kardashian West wrote. "Of course I want these things! I'm all about empowering and uplifting women." Throughout the past year, though, her perspective seems to have changed. "I said once before that I'm not really a feminist," Kardashian West said in a recent interview with Harper's Bazaar Arabia. "But I feel I do a lot more than people that claim that they're feminist," she continued. "To clarify what I said before: I feel in my soul I'm a feminist. I just don't need labels to make me feel or know what I am inside." (People)

Bikini-Clad Ashley Graham Posts Sexy Snap of Herself And Husband Justin Ervin Enjoying 'Married Life'. Ashley Graham is not afraid of public displays of affection. The model and body activist, 29, shared a steamy photo of herself and her husband, Justin Ervin, on Tuesday. In the snap, the pair are sharing a kiss while in the pool during Labor Day weekend in the East Hamptons, New York. "No caption necessary #marriedlife," Graham wrote. The model spent the holiday with friends and she didn't shy away from posing in her black bikini either, striking a pose while lounging on a chaise near the pool. Graham revealed in her book A New Model: What Confidence, Beauty, and Power Really Look Like, that her family didn't take kindly to Graham's interracial relationship with then-boyfriend Ervin. She described meeting the filmmaker while volunteering at her church in New York City, and introducing him to her family in Nebraska. "I never told my grandparents that the man I was bringing home was black," wrote Graham. "I naively hoped everyone would be color-blind -- which is not what happened. When my grandparents met Justin, my grandmother was cordial but cold. She greeted him and immediately walked away. When it came time for them to leave, my grandparents didn't even acknowledge him. I had never seen my loving, hardworking and wonderful grandma be so hurtful and so racist. I was in shock." Fortunately, Ervin took the interaction in stride, and eventually won Graham's grandmother over by calling her to wish her a happy sixtieth wedding anniversary. "He's not a texter or an emailer; he's a pick-up-the-phone-and-call-you -- person, and anniversaries are a big deal to him," she wrote. "Afterward Grandma called my mom and said, 'You'll never guess who called me.' And from then on out, she loved him." Graham married Ervin in 2010. (People)

Taylor Swift came, saw -- made things awkward -- but ultimately conquered ... so she's done sharing corner space with Kylie Jenner. Taylor and Kylie's billboard turf war on Santa Monica Blvd. in WeHo proved to be short-lived ... Taylor's billboard pimping her single "Look What You Made Me Do" has been replaced by Sam Smith, whose new music drops Friday. It's unclear when the billboard was replaced ... but it makes sense after Taylor easily shot up to No. 1 on Spotify's global chart with over 44 MILLION streams. For what it's worth, "Life of Kylie" has struggled in TV ratings. Take it away, Sammy! (TMZ)

British billionaire and adventurer Sir Richard Branson will stay on his private Caribbean island, Necker, for the potentially devastating arrival of Hurricane Irma, the founder of the Virgin group of companies said on Tuesday. Packing 185 mph winds, Hurricane Irma is due to reach the British Virgin Islands on Wednesday before grinding west across Haiti and Cuba then heading for the southern United States. The storm is classified as a Category 5 hurricane, the highest level on the scale used by the National Hurricane Center to measure strength. "We had some lovely guests staying on Necker Island who have cut their trip short for safety reasons, and another group of guests have also postponed," Branson said in a statement on the Virgin Group website. "I will be on Necker alongside our team, as I have been on the three times we have had hurricanes over the past 30 years." Necker, which has a large main house and several small Balinese-style houses that can accommodate about 34 people in total, is rented to private groups for $80,000 a night, according to its website. The island has more than 100 staff and two infinity pools. Branson said Necker boasts "really strong" buildings with hurricane blinds "that should be able to handle extreme weather pretty well." He said their main concern was for British Virgin Islanders, who should make themselves as prepared as possible. "Whatever happens, keep inside, away from the ocean and away from flying debris," Branson wrote. Recalling seeing two powerful hurricanes, Earl and Otto, strike the British Virgin Islands in 2010, Branson said he had beheld nature "at its most ferocious." And he noted the damage done in Texas and Louisiana by Hurricane Harvey, which came ashore as the second-strongest Category 4 storm and destroyed thousands of homes and businesses, killed an estimated 60 people and displaced more than 1 million more. Harvey was a "tragic and costly reminder" that society is not doing enough to tackle climate change, Branson wrote. "If Irma is any indication, we must brace ourselves for more of these catastrophic weather events." (Page Six)

Ezekiel Elliott has officially taken an L with his domestic violence appeal ... as the NFL upheld the RB's 6-game suspension Tuesday following an arbitration hearing at the league's NYC headquarters. NFL-appointed arbitrator, Harold Henderson, handed down the verdict ... after hearing Elliott's case from a team led by Jeffrey Kessler -- the lawyer who's repped the NFLPA on several landmark appeals including DeflateGate. Zeke also gave his side of the story while under oath ... according to NFL insider Ian Rapoport. The league suspended Elliott earlier this month after finding "substantial evidence" he engaged in physical violence against his then-girlfriend, Tiffany Thompson -- a claim the Cowboys superstar has adamantly denied. Elliott's team was reportedly prepared for this outcome ... as Henderson denied a request to have Thompson testify at the appeal proceeding. Henderson also barred the introduction of notes and materials gathered in the NFL's interviews with Thompson. Zeke's legal team says, "We are extremely disappointed with Mr. Henderson's inability to navigate through league politics, and follow the evidence and, most importantly, his conscience." Next step is federal court, where Cowboys star will ask a judge to reduce his suspension. As his reps put it ... Zeke "is looking forward to having his day in federal court where the playing field will be level and the NFL will have to answer for its unfair and unjust practices." (TMZ)

Music

Bernadette Peters to take over for Bette Midler in 'Hello, Dolly!' Bernadette Peters will replace Bette Midler in the smash Broadway hit "Hello, Dolly!" in January -- and the news was first accidentally leaked on Instagram when the husband of another actor, who will replace David Hyde Pierce in the show, spilled the beans. Seven-time Tony nominee Peters will be joined in the show by Victor Garber ("Alias"), whose husband Rainer Andreesen accidentally dropped the top-secret theater news of Peters and Garber's casting when he commented on a famous friend's Instagram feed. The new stars were planned to be revealed in a big announcement at a later date by producer Scott Rudin. Celebrity stylist and E! "Fashion Police" star Brad Goreski posted a selfie with his partner, "Family Guy" producer Gary Janetti, over Labor Day weekend in front of the Shubert Theatre's "Hello, Dolly!" marquee, exclaiming how much they loved the show. Garber's model/painter husband Andreesen then commented on Goreski's photo: "Now you will have to come back and see Victor and Bernadette when they replace in January." Whoops! The comment was apparently deleted minutes later but didn't get past eagle-eyed Broadway fans who posted it on Reddit. Said one reader of the slip, "OMFG if that's true, whatever possessed him to say that in writing, anywhere?" Midler is scheduled to exit the show Jan. 13, and speculation has ramped up over who could replace her -- with names from Peters to Dolly Parton and Sutton Foster bandied about. Variety reported producer Rudin as coyly saying, "There's no replacement for Bette." Midler's alternate has been Donna Murphy. One perhaps overly dramatic theater source told Page Six after the Instagram casting reveal snafu that Garber could lose the job because, "the stars have to sign non-disclosure agreements, and there is a strict no-leak policy." But we hear that despite the leak, Garber will take over the role. After Page Six reached out for comment, the show sent out a press release announcing Peters will take over for Midler. Reps for Garber and Andreesen and the show did not comment. (PageSix)

Way Home Festival Taking 2018 Off to 'Reimagine' Event. Way Home, the Canadian music festival akin to Coachella, with its top-notch curated programming, art installations, Ferris wheel and choice cuisine, won't be returning in 2018. "This isn't goodbye, just see you later," organizers said on the fest's Facebook page. The message on social media about the hiatus is followed by this sentiment: "A sense of calm comes from a PAUSE. It can be a simple moment to take a much needed breath or an opportunity to reflect, reassess and reimagine. A PAUSE is equal parts necessary & important." In a statement, Eva Dunford, co-founder and partner of Republic Live, said, "After much consideration, we have made the difficult decision to push pause on the 2018 edition, to allow us to reflect, re-assess and re-imagine the event. We want to thank all of our fans, artists, staff, vendors, sponsors, suppliers, partners, and community members. We sincerely appreciate your support and participation over the last three years to create a truly special festival." Way Home was founded by Stan and Eva Dunford in 2015, making a spectacular debut at their 585-acre Burl's Creek Event Grounds with headliners Neil Young, Sam Smith and Kendrick Lamar and dozens more on multiple stages; the venue north of Toronto also accommodated on-site camping. The second year featured LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire and The Killers and drew 35,000 people, according to the release. This summer's edition included Frank Ocean, Solange, Imagine Dragons and Flume. WayHome Music and Arts was awarded a Live Music Industry Award for major festival of the year during 2017 Canadian Music Week, as well as the 2016 New Kid on the Block (best new festival) award. Founded in 2011 in Toronto, Republic Live will continue to produce concerts and events next summer and "expand on the functionality" of Burl's Creek Event Grounds venue, owned by Stan Dunford. The three day country-focused Boots and Hearts Music Festival is also staged there annually. "The custom-designed 600+ acre site is beyond comparison to others in this area. We have a huge opportunity to develop music and other events at Burl's Creek and will focus on these prospects over the next year and into the future," says David Cuddy, CFO, Republic Live. (Billboard)

U2 Drop Rocking Love Song 'You're the Best Thing About Me'. In a time of tumult and daily, almost hourly angst, U2 have done the truly unexpected. The band known for powerful message songs released a throwback, classic love song called "You're the Best Thing About Me." The track, which dropped on Wednesday morning (Sept. 6) is the first single from the band's long-promised Songs of Experience album, the follow-up to 2014's Songs of Innocence. Carried on a classic echoing guitar riff from The Edge, the tune opens with Bono singing, "When you look so good/ The pain in your face doesn't show/ When you look so good/ And baby you don't even know/ When the world is ours/ The world is not your kind of thing." As drums, tambourine and a pulsing bass ramp up Bono pushes into the keening chorus, "You're the best things about me/ The best thing that ever happened a boy/ You're the best thing about me/ I'm the kind of trouble that you enjoy." No release date has been announced yet for Experience, though the band is scheduled to perform two songs on The Tonight Show on Thursday night (Sept. 7). In addition to the warm embrace of their signature sound, longtime U2 fans will likely appreciate the slice of self-deprecation from the always vocal Bono, who sings winkingly, "Shooting off my mouth/ That's another great thing about me." (Billboard)

Justin Timberlake, Ariana Grande, Pharrell & More to Perform at Dave Matthews' 'A Concert For Charlottesville'. DMB will host the free unity show for members of the Charlottesville and Univ. of Virginia communities. The Dave Matthews Band has organized an evening of peace, music and unity in response to the deadly white supremacist nationalist that took place in their hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia, last month. "A Concert for Charlottesville" will take place on Sept. 24 at the University of Virginia's Scott Stadium and feature performances from DMB, as well as Pharrell Williams, Ariana Grande, Justin Timberlake, Chris Stapleton, Brittany Howard (Alabama Shakes), The Roots, Cage the Elephant and other special guests. The show will be free to members of the Charlottesville and UVA communities through an online request process produced by Live Nation, Starr Hill Presents and the University of Virginia - will take place on Sunday, September 24, at UVA's Scott Stadium in Charlottesville. Tickets are free, though attendees are encourage to make a donation to the "Concert for Charlottesville Fund" at the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation; donations can be made here. Funds raised will help victims of the Aug. 11-12 incident, as well as their families, first responders, and organizations devoted to the promotion of healing, unity and justice locally and nationwide. Tickets will first we made available to residents of the greater Charlottesville area, as well as to UVA students, faculty and staff; the online ticket request period is open now here and will end on Monday, Sept. 11 at noon ET. A limited number of tickets will also be available at a walk-up, no service charge box office at John Paul Jones Arena on Friday, September 15, at 10 a.m. ET. (Billboard)

From Taylor Swift to Pink, Halsey to Kesha, female artists have really turned up in 2017 so far, releasing some of the most dynamic and empowering music the industry has seen in recent years. But while the solo acts are certainly bringing the girl power, there's a duo that is also joining the movement: Aly & AJ. Yes, we're talking the blonde sister duo that once had us singing hits like "Chemicals React" and "Rush," and were spotted all over the Disney Channel because of their affiliation with Hollywood Records. Why does it feel like it's been so long since we've heard their names? Because it's been 10 years since their last release under the moniker. After releasing their sophomore effort Insomniatic in 2007 -- which spawned their highest-charting Billboard Hot 100 hit, the top 20 jam "Potential Breakup Song" -- Aly & AJ (real names Aly and AJ Michalka) reached a point where what they were doing became more of a job than it was fun. And while it was technically was their job, at 16 and 18 respectively, AJ and Aly knew they had to take a break. Although they didn't completely go away from music right after that, changing their name to 78violet in 2009 and eventually releasing a single titled "Hothouse" under that alias in 2013, nothing ever really materialized, and the girls proceeded to pursue individual projects. That is, until Aug. 18, 2017, when Aly & AJ made their return under their original title with an '80s-esque indie pop single, "Take Me." "It just felt like the perfect reintroduction. There's something about the way the beat drops, the song makes me feel so good when I listen to it, it's one of those things that's undeniable," AJ tells Billboard of the song. "I love what the song stands for, I think it's empowering." Co-produced and co-written by Jamie Sierota (formerly of Echosmith) and Ryan Spraker, the song certainly shows a new, more mature side of the girls 10 years later, something that they'll carry into their forthcoming EP, which they hope to release in October. With so much time passed since their last release and a new chapter beginning, Billboard wanted to catch up with Aly & AJ to break down the timeline from hiatus to comeback, hear why they almost feel reborn, and find out what else they have in store. (Billboard)

Mariah Carey Shares Adorable Trailer For Animated 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' Movie. The animated film based on Carey's holiday hit will be released on November 14. It's only September, but it's never too early to start celebrating Christmas -- or at least listen to one of the absolute best holiday songs of all time, Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You." And this year, Carey is celebrating early herself by releasing a new animated movie based on the holiday classic. The animated movie tells the story of young Mariah, who wants nothing more for Christmas than a puppy and has set her eyes on a specific little pooch named Princess. Little Mariah is tasked with taking care of her uncle's dog to prove her responsibility to get the number one thing on her list, which results in her having the best Christmas ever. All I Want For Christmas Is You features a new original song by Mariah Carey and includes 2 other holiday hits besides the titular song. The movie comes out on November 14 in Blu-Ray, DVD, and online streaming. (Billboard)

Movies

Christian Bale Is Back to Transforming for a Role: See His Latest Weight Gain as Dick Cheney. When it comes to the art of transformation, Christian Bale is a bonafide pro. After all, he won an Oscar and has two more nominations in his repertoire for his shapeshifting performances on the silver screen. Now, with the lead role in a biopic about one of America's modern vice presidents, Dick Cheney, the star is once again taking on his role all the way down to his toes. The Backseat actor was recently spotted at the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado sporting a fuller figure akin to his real-life counterpart. The look was complete with noticeably lightened eyebrows. Bale is no stranger to adjusting his diet for the sake of his art. Whether it was packing on the pounds to play a 1970s con-artist in American Hustle or shriveling down 60 pounds to play Trevor Reznik in The Machinist, he's been on both sides of the weight fence. With a cast of co-stars including Amy Adams as Lynn Cheney and Steve Carell as Donald Rumsfeld, it's safe to assume Bale won't be the only one embracing a transformation for this film. (Eonline)

Angelina Jolie confirms she's back for Maleficent 2 and we're excited already. Great news for Disney fans...the dark fairy tale is back and Angie is too! Disney fans brace yourselves, Angelina Jolie has confirmed she will be back for the blockbuster sequel of Maleficent! What a day to be alive. Everyone's favorite dark Disney fairy tale will return for round two and leading lady Angelina Jolie is ready to reprise her role. Angie, who is currently promoting her new film First They Killed My Father, which debuts this Saturday on the Telluride Film Festival, spoke to Deadline about Maleficent 2: "We have been working on the script and this is going to be a really strong sequel." After stepping away from the limelight to star behind the cameras, Angelina has also spoken about her decision on reprising acting roles: "I am now the breadwinner for the family so it's time" - she said laughing. Disney's Maleficent brought in a staggering $526 million (£306,100,566) at the Box Office its first time around, and it overtook Angelina's previous biggest earner, Mr. and Mrs. Smith. (British Glamour)

Director Colin Trevorrow leaves Star Wars: Episode IX. Star Wars: Episode IX needs a new director. Lucasfilm has announced that Jurassic World filmmaker Colin Trevorrow is leaving the project. Here's the company's statement: "Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow have mutually chosen to part ways on Star Wars: Episode IX. Colin has been a wonderful collaborator throughout the development process but we have all come to the conclusion that our visions for the project differ. We wish Colin the best and will be sharing more information about the film soon." Playwright Jack Thorne, best known for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, was recently hired to do a comprehensive rewrite of the Episode IX script by Trevorrow and his Safety Not Guaranteed co-screenwriter Derek Connolly. While the nature of the disagreement with Lucasfilm isn't clear, there have been rumblings of discontent for several months. During that time, Trevorrow also suffered withering reviews for his passion project, The Book of Henry, which was a critical and commercial calamity. Although Lucasfilm's new movies have found immense success at the box office and with audiences and critics, the process of working with directors on the new saga and spin-offs has occasionally been fraught. Chronicle filmmaker Josh Trank was set to direct an unspecified stand-alone movie (believed to be a Boba Fett project) before parting ways amid chaos on the recent Fantastic Four movie. And The LEGO Movie directors Phil Miller and Chris Lord were removed from the young Han Solo film and replaced with veteran Ron Howard amid disputes over the state of that project. While there were reshoots on the spin-off Rogue One, director Gareth Edwards remained on the project through completion. Rian Johnson has had no such turmoil during the making of The Last Jedi, which hits theaters in December. And J.J. Abrams had a similarly smooth process reigniting the franchise with 2015's The Force Awakens. Depending on the turnaround necessary for a filmmaker to begin the 2019 Episode IX, either Johnson or Abrams, who has no pending directorial commitments, seem like possible fan favorites to bring the trilogy to a close. Right now, the search is on. (People)

Donald Sutherland Struggles With Alzheimer's in 'The Leisure Seeker'. Helen Mirren co-stars in the road trip dramedy, directed by Paolo Virzi. Helen Mirren is upbeat alongside Donald Sutherland in The Hollywood Reporter's exclusive clip of The Leisure Seeker. Mirren stars in the dramedy as Ella, who is dying of cancer, opposite Sutherland as John, a retired professor who is suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Rather than spending their last days in a nursing home or a hospital bed, they dust off their titular vintage RV for a final road trip from Boston to Key West. The Sony Pictures Classics release is based on Michael Zadoorian's 2009 novel, and marks the English-language debut of Italian director Paolo Virzi (Like Crazy). It made its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and screens next at the Toronto Film Festival. The Leisure Seeker hits theaters Jan. 19. (Hollywood Reporter)

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti to Make Movie Acting Debut in 'Valley Girl' Remake. When the original Valley Girl was released in 1983 starring a young Nicolas Cage, Eric Garcetti was an 11-year-old Encino kid, growing up in an era when your parent's area code was one of life's most important social determinants: "You 818? No Man! I swear, I'm 310." That nostalgia, like, totally explains why Mayor Garcetti jumped at the chance to make a cameo as the principal of the fictional high school in MGM's remake of Valley Girl that comes out next year. The remake, now in postproduction, is a period musical set in the '80s directed by Rachel Goldenberg and starring newcomers Jessica Rothe and Josh Whitehouse. "I'm a Valley Boy myself, so I felt right at home in the reboot of one of my favorite '80s classics -- even if Nic Cage's orange faux-hawk didn't make it to set," Garcetti tells THR. "I'm always ready to support an L.A.-based production that has employed more than 200 hardworking Angelenos, and was able to shoot in the creative capital of the world, thanks to the California Film Tax Credit." And while he may just be a kid from the valley, Garcetti had political tongues wagging when he showed up in New Hampshire last week to stump for a local mayoral candidate, setting off speculation that he was dipping his toe in the 2020 presidential race (New Hampshire is the first-in-the-nation primary). A few days later, he told the Sacramento Bee that he had not ruled out a run for the governorship next year, which, if successful would make him the second actor turned politician to hold the state's highest office. It's not Garcetti's first turn in front of the camera, though it is his first major movie part. He's previously been seen on such TV shows as The Closer, Angie Tribeca and Major Crimes -- all in mayoral (or mayoral security) roles. (Hollywood Reporter)

Austin Film Festival to Honor Walter Hill and Keenen Ivory Wayans. Hill and Wayans join previously announced Distinguished Screenwriter Award recipient Kenneth Lonergan. Austin Film Festival & Writers Conference will honor Walter Hill and Keenen Ivory Wayans for their extraordinary contributions to film and television, respectively, the festival announced Wednesday. Hill, who will receive the Extraordinary Contribution to Film Award, wrote and directed notable films such as 48 Hrs., The Warriors, The Driver, Southern Comfort, Last Man Standing, Geronimo: An American Legend, Wild Bill and many others. He also co-produced the sci-fi favorite Alien. Hill has contributed to television as well, receiving both the Emmy and DGA Awards in 2005 for his work directing the HBO neo-western Deadwood. Wayans, who is also known for writing and directing several films including White Chicks and I'm Gonna Git You Sucka, will be honored with the Extraordinary Contribution to Television Award. Wayans created and hosted the variety series, In Living Color, which broke racial barriers and won the Emmy for outstanding variety, music or comedy series in 1990. Hill and Wayans join previously announced Distinguished Screenwriter Award recipient Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester By The Sea). Previously announced panelists who will speak at AFF's Screenwriters Conference include David Simon (creator, The Wire; co-creator of HBO's upcoming The Deuce) and George Pelecanos (co-creator of The Deuce), Misha Green (co-creator, Underground), Eric Heisserer (writer, Arrival), Kourtney Kang (writer, Fresh Off the Boat) and David Lowery (writer-director, A Ghost Story). The festival, which is in its 24th year, runs Oct. 26 - Nov. 2. (Hollywood Reporter)

TV

Brooke Shields Shares Behind the Scenes Photo of New Role in Law and Order: SVU. Brooke Shields is hard at work on Law and Order: SVU. The actress, 52, posted a photo on her Instagram alongside Mariska Hargitay in a behind the scenes moment. "Back to work! In deep discussion with @therealmariskahargitay #BTS," Shields wrote in the caption. Not much is known about what character Shields might play, other than the network described her as one "that will shake up Benson's (Mariska Hargitay) world this season." "I play a very different character from any I have ever played," the two-time Golden Globe nominee noted in a statement. "I'm excited to stir the SVU pot a bit." Justin Hartley Has Fake Spoilers for 'This is Us' Fans This is Us star Justin Hartley knowns the show's fans have an insatiable desire for spoilers so he is trying to help by making up some fake ones. Shields is already a part of the larger Law and Order cinematic universe. In 2006, she guested on Criminal Intent in the season 6 episode "Siren Call" as Kelly Sloane-Raines. More recently, Shields appeared on shows like Scream Queens, Nightcap, and The Middle. She'll also be seen this fall in the indie film Daisy Winters with castmates Iwan Rheon (Inhumans) and Carrie Preston (The Good Fight). Other previously announced new additions for SVU include Michael Chernuchin as showrunner and Philip Winchester in his Chicago Justice role. Season 19 premieres Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC. The Hollywood Reporter was the first to report the news. This article originally appeared on Ew.com (People)

American Horror Story: Cult: Cher's Tweets, Evan Peters' Cheetos Face and Why There's No Monster. There's nothing better than Cher on Twitter. Unless it's Cher on Twitter watching American Horror Story: Cult. Cher, who previously hung out with the cast backstage at her Las Vegas show and you're jealous, live-tweeted the premiere, which included her son, Chaz Bono, among its stars. Cher's not just a mom, she's a cool mom on Twitter. You know there were emojis involved. After all, we're talking about Cher on Twitter. And it appears she had the same reaction to the premiere that a lot of fans had. The first episode of American Horror Story: Cult featured the 2016 presidential election and the characters, including Sarah Paulson's Ally Mayfair-Richards. Paulson was on The Tonight Show and told Jimmy Fallon why there's no monster this season. "Basically every year we have a monster. You know, a rubber man, a piggy man, all kinds of monsters. Sometimes it's a supernatural element, sometimes it's not. But this year we don't have any of that," Paulson said through giggles." It's very serious because it's really about our inability to listen as individuals and as a country. And so this year, the monster on the show is the loss of communication as a nation. That's what it's about." Co-creator Ryan Murphy took to Twitter to tease what's ahead. "And pray for Ally because it only gets worse," he said. But Murphy didn't just tease the upcoming episodes, he also shared a heartfelt message about his cast, which includes Evan Peters, Billie Lourd, Billy Eichner, Leslie Grossman, Cheyenne Jackson and Adina Porter. And then there's Peters who posted a haunting portrait of himself from the episode. Yes, that's Cheetos dust all over his face. "Divine leader" he captioned the picture. American Horror Story: Cult airs Tuesdays, 10 p.m. on FX. (Eonline)

Whoopi Goldberg Reveals The View Departure Rumors Were True: ''I Wasn't Coming Back." Whoopee! The View is back for its 21st season and it looks like the gang's all here despite rumors to the contrary. After 10 years on the controversial daytime show, Whoopi Goldberg revealed to E! News earlier on the set of the ABC show that she was finally ready to call it quits -- but something, or rather someone changed her mind. The 61-year-old told E! News, "I wasn't coming back but my daughter said I think that's a mistake because we've just had a major shakeup and you need to be a part of this conversation." The outspoken personality also explained that the stress of the job and the weight of people's opinions can get to her. "I never thought I would get in as much trouble as I seem to have gotten in. You have to be prepared for half the country to hate you every day. It's a lot to carry but that's why I try not to look back," she admitted. But not looking back is hard to do when your show gives you a tribute fit for a queen... The panel, which now consists of Sara Haines, Jedidiah Bila, Paula Faris, Sunny Hostin and Whoopi, kicked off the new season with a clip that featured a look back at a decade "under the influence of Whoopi" and showed several tense moments, fun-filled spots and even flashed back to the comedy queen's first appearance as a moderator. Unfortunately for the funny lady, she's not a fan of surprises -- even if it includes a visit from music legend Chaka Khan. When asked if she enjoyed the video tribute, the Oscar winner told E! News, "I wasn't happy. I don't like surprises. I am not good with them and they do them to me anyway because they just know I am going to totally freak out." Despite her dismay over the surprise, Whoopi did admit there was a big upside at watching the past decade flash before her eyes, "It's nice to see that I stand for something and that was nice to see. I would not have seen it, had I not seen [the tribute]," she confessed. If you don't stand for something, you fall for everything! The View airs weekdays on ABC. (Eonline)

'CBS Sunday Morning' Scores First Hillary Clinton Book Interview. The former secretary of state and 2016 presidential candidate's new book, 'What Happened,' comes out Tuesday. CBS Sunday Morning scored the first interview with 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to discuss her new book. Clinton will be interviewed by anchor Jane Pauley this Sunday. Clinton's book, What Happened, comes out Sept. 12, and is published by CBS Corp's book unit Simon & Schuster, which might explain why the former secretary of state decided to go with the network for her first televised interview. The interview will be conducted later this week. The topics will include "Clinton's ill-fated White House campaign, her thoughts on President Donald Trump, Russian hacking, former FBI Director James Comey's effect on the race, her life since Election Day 2016 and her new book," CBS said. While her book hasn't hit shelves yet, excerpts from it have been leaking out for weeks, and CNN was able to purchase a copy of the book ahead of its release from a bookstore in Florida. "In a voice that swings from defiant to conciliatory to -- at rare moments -- deeply vulnerable, Clinton does assume ownership where the fault lines are obvious," CNN wrote of the book. "And in overarching terms, she admits she badly misjudged the environment in which she was running and the candidate she was running against." Her first interview will surely be parsed to see if Clinton shows remorse and admits that she made mistakes in her campaign. (Hollywood Reporter)

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