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Monday, October 2, 2017


Tori Kelly Is Engaged to Basketball Player Andre Murillo. Surprise! Tori Kelly is a bride-to-be. The 24-year-old singer-songwriter revealed to fans on Instagram Friday that she is engaged to her boyfriend Andre Murillo. Kelly shared an adorable black and white snapshot of herself and Murillo basking in their engagement bliss. "i love you," she captioned the image, which also featured her diamond engagement sparkler front and center. Tori has kept most details of her relationship with Andre under tight lock and key, but it appears they've been an item since at least December 2016. So what is there to know about the "I Was Made for Loving You" singer's mystery man? Murillo is 27-years-old and despite hailing from Southern California, played basketball in Germany for the Hamburg Towers and the Rostock Seawolves. He reportedly suffered a career-stalling ankle injury earlier this year, and according to his social media, has spent the last few months in the states with family, friends, and of course, his future wife! As for Kelly, she's expanding her musical repertoire thanks to a newly released country collab with Chris Lane. Titled "Take Back Home Girl," the singer-songwriter told ET, "I've always loved country music. [But I] never actually did anything in the country world, so this was huge for me." "I think I just write about normal life, whatever I'm going through and lately I've been inspired by other people's stories," Kelly continued. "I think I got to a point where I was like, 'I'm bored of writing about myself all the time. So, what's your story? Tell me about your life.' And I'll kind of try to see through their perspective." Well with a wedding to plan, looks like Tori will have plenty of her own experiences to draw from! Congratulations, you two! (Eonline)

Brooklyn Decker Steps Out After Andy Roddick Reveals She's Pregnant With Baby No. 2. The countdown to baby No. 2 is on! Just two months after Andy Roddick revealed his wife is pregnant with baby No. 2, Brooklyn Decker was spotted around town with a visible baby bump. The actress was seen wearing a salmon colored maxi dress with a denim jacket and comfy sneakers. An eyewitness spotted Brooklyn texting on her phone before hailing a yellow cab to the airport. Back in July, fans knew Andy was being inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. What they didn't expect, however, was some big family news to be revealed during his heartfelt acceptance speech. "Brook, I don't know how you juggle it all... You hear a lot of guys find it very tough to walk away from professional sports, but you are the reason my personal transition into a quasi-everyday life has been gratifying and full," he shared. "[Our son] Hank will someday realize how lucky he is, and our daughter that's coming will also realize she has the best mother on Earth." Ever since the news broke, Brooklyn has been keeping much of her pregnancy journey private. At the same time, the proud mom has also taken part in events important to her. Recently, Brooklyn joined Whitney Casey of The Finery at Create & Cultivate on the Microsoft Campus in Seattle. She also joined Andy to support hurricane relief at the "Texas Strong: Hurricane Harvey Can't Mess With Texas" benefit at The Frank Erwin Center. As the couple eagerly waits for the arrival of their second child, both parents are loving life with their son Hank Roddick. In fact, Brooklyn recently documented her first-born's first day of daycare. "Hank's first day of daycare was the WORST For me. It was the worst for me," she wrote on Instagram. "He was completely thrilled. He didn't even turn to say bye. 'Peace out, mom.'" Gotta love the parenthood journey! (Eonline)

'I Dream of Jeannie' star says she doesn't feel like an icon. "I Dream of Jeannie" star Barbara Eden, 86 -- who was on the show from 1965 to 1970 -- says she kept her famous costume from the show. "I love the Jeannie outfit -- I still have it in my closet. I do not wear it in the house, though," she told us at the Giants of Broadcasting & Electronic Arts Luncheon at Gotham Hall. "I have worn it for the past three years for charity .?.?. That is important for me to do that." She says despite being a classic TV icon, "I do not feel like an icon. I am just a working actor." She was recently a guest voice on animated show, "Shimmer and Shine." (PageSix)

As quickly as Hugh Hefner said "I Do," he rolled out a plan to make sure his wife would be provided for when he dies ... a plan that included a sick pad and MILLIONS. TMZ obtained the deed to a Hollywood Hills home that is held in trust ... a trust controlled by Crystal Harris. Hef bought the 5,900 square foot house for her back in 2013. And get this ... sources familiar with Hef's estate plan tell us he also left Crystal $5 million. Based on what we know, the deal is part of a prenup Hef and Crystal signed before they got hitched in 2012. As for the house ... it's got 4 bedrooms, 5 baths and an infinity pool. Hef died peacefully in his L.A. home Wednesday. He was 91. (TMZ)

Scooter Braun Talks Justin Bieber's Breakdown in 2014: ''It Was Worse Than People Realized." Justin Bieber didn't just have his fans worrying about him after his DUI arrest in January 2014, he also had his longtime and trusted manager, Scooter Braun, fearing for his well-being during those dark and troubled times. The manager, who famously discovered the multi-talented star at the age of 12, recently spoke with the Wall Street Journal about dealing with his most famous client, whose relationship he says goes much further than business. In the candid interview, Braun, who also manages Kanye West, Ariana Grande are other big-name performers, discussed Bieber's meltdown back in 2014, when his behavior became increasingly erratic and dangerous. "It was worse than people realized," Braun admitted. "I failed him day after day. We were living in hell because he was in such a dark place." He continued, "I have inconveniences, and other people have problems. Mine feel important, but they're not. They're not life or death. Justin's stuff got to a point where it was a problem." Clearly some big changes were made. In April, Bieber posted a photo of his mug shot on his Instagram and wrote to his fans, "Thank God I am not where I used to be." Braun seems to feel the same way... In the interview, Braun also confessed that while many industry bigwigs had lost faith in the chart-topping wunderkind and told him to fire the "Sorry" singer, he never did. "Some of the biggest people in the industry, people invested in Justin's career, told me, 'It's over. Focus on something else. That kid is done,'" he said. Braun also said that it was his years-old pledge that kept him loyal to his deteriorating client. The reason? "I made a promise to him when he was 13 that I would never give up on him. I plan on keeping that promise," he said. Braun also admitted he attended Al-Anon meetings to help him deal with his struggling pal. According to an Al-Anon website, Al-Anon is, "a worldwide fellowship that offers a program of recovery for the families and friends of alcoholics, whether or not the alcoholic recognizes the existence of a drinking problem or seeks help." Braun said, "When the time came and Justin needed the resources to get back on track, I wanted to make sure I was a rock and someone he could turn to." And that's just what happened. Their relationship has been repaired and is seemingly better than ever. The 36-year-old said, "He's family. I think the relationship is more like a big brother, especially because he's become a man." The mover-and-shaker also said he thinks Beiber's finally come out the other side. "I think he's seen the worst of himself, and to watch him rise out of it was amazing." (Eonline)

Hugh Hefner's most prized asset -- his ownership of Playboy -- could be in flux for a full year. Hef sold his company, Playboy Enterprises, back in March 2011, but retained a 35% minority ownership in the company. Our Playboy sources tell us there were strings attached to Hef's shares in the company ... strings that affect his children. We're told under the deal, Playboy Enterprises has one year from the time of Hef's death to buy back his shares, assuming his estate and Playboy can reach an agreement. If they can't, after one year Hef's 35% interest is up for grabs -- the highest bidder gets it. Our sources say proceeds from the sale will go to Hefner's kids. Playboy insiders say Hef's shares should fetch around $45 million. And our sources say ... it's likely Playboy Enterprises will make the deal sometime in the next year, because the shares aren't that attractive to an outsider, who would not have majority control nor would they have the power and influence wielded by Hef. Gotta say ... $45 million's a lot of moola, but you'd think the guy who founded a globally iconic brand would reap a bigger payday. (TMZ)

Rob Kardashian is broke and the money he's paying Blac Chyna for child support is being fronted largely by the Kardashian family, but Chyna's gravy train may be leaving the station ... TMZ has learned. TMZ broke the story, Rob has agreed to pay Chyna $20k a month in support, although some of the money is going directly to nannies. We're told Rob's primary motivation -- he loves baby Dream and wanted to make sure he'd get 50/50 custody. Chyna was holding a domestic violence restraining order over his head -- which could ruin his chances of getting 50/50 custody -- and part of the deal was that she'd drop it in return for getting the cash. The Kardashians felt all along Chyna's motivation was money. So the question ... how's Rob paying $20k a month? We're told his family is totally invested in Dream, and they want to make sure they have a strong relationship with her. They also worry about Chyna and her ability to care for the child, and that's another motivation to front Rob the money. Rob is making no money now ... his days on the reality show are over, and his sock business is hardly turning a profit. Here's the wild card -- Rob can always go back to court and ask for a modification of child support based on his income or lack thereof, so Chyna's days getting $20k a month may already be numbered. (TMZ)

OJ Simpson tried something new on for size early Sunday morning ... freedom. Simpson signed his exit papers and was then released from the Nevada Correctional Center just after midnight ... minutes after he was eligible to be paroled. The release was stealth, because prison officials wanted to avoid a media crush. As he walked out, he was told by prison staff, "Don't come back" ... it's a standard issue farewell. The 70-year-old convict replied, "I don't intend to." A driver was waiting to whisk Simpson away. For now he'll be staying somewhere in Nevada ... he wants to live in Florida but the paperwork hasn't been processed. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is trying to block the move. Simpson, who served 9 years for a kidnapping conviction, wore standard prison issue on his way out ... blue jeans, a denim jacket and white tennis shoes. (TMZ)

Tori Spelling and Benihana put out the fire in their legal battle ... and all signs point to the restaurant chain paying her some cash. According to new docs ... Tori and Benihana reached a settlement in her lawsuit, in which she alleged she slipped and fell on one of their hibachi grills at the Encino, CA location and suffered deep second and third-degree burn injuries. Spelling sued in 2015 for medical expenses and pain and suffering, and even if she didn't get her pound of flesh, she at least got an 8-ounce steak from the chain. Hopefully the settlement included some gift certificates ... that place is delicious. (TMZ)

Jim Carrey Countersues After Cathriona White Wrongful Death Suit as iPad Note Is Releases. Jim Carrey is not backing down in the wrongful death lawsuit filed against him by Cathriona White's family and has counter-sued. Meanwhile, attorneys representing White's family recently released to the press a 2013 iPad note White allegedly wrote to Carrey, in which she accuses him of introducing her to "cocaine, prostitutes, mental abuse and disease." White -- an Irish hair and makeup artist who dated Carrey on and off since 2012 -- committed suicide in 2016. That September, White's mother, Bridgid Sweetman, and her estranged husband, Mark Burton, sued Carrey, accusing him of giving White the drugs that ultimately caused her to overdose and die. They also claimed he "knowingly" gave her three sexually transmitted diseases "without warning her." On Friday, Carrey filed a countersuit against White's family and attorney. "Today I filed a cross-complaint against Filippo Marchino, The X Law Group, Mark Burton and Bridgid Sweetman," Carrey tweeted. "Unfortunately, I made the mistake three years ago and giving in and settling false claims made against me by Mr. Marchino, on behalf of Cat, as mounting public defense is a very costly and painful process." He continued, "At the time I felt Cat was being exploited by Marchino. Since this new case was filed, I have discovered the depth of deception behind those false claims, the kind of deception decent people fall for, because to us, such behavior is unimaginable." According to The Hollywood Reporter, in the cross-complaint, Carrey claimed White threatened to "go to the press" with false claims that the actor had given her STDs -- an idea, Carrey said, was curated "with the participation and assistance" of Marchino. Carrey went on to explain that White and the attorney allegedly supported their claims with records that were filed under an alias, "purportedly" showing she did not have the STDs prior to meeting Carrey. The iPad note released by White's family's attorney also states, "This is what I want, you gave me hsv and hpv, I want you to apologize for it because you care enough to." Carrey states that White and Marchino "knew the claim was false," but they allegedly threatened to push forward with them, knowing the "mere allegations would impact" the actor's career. Therefore, Carrey "succumbed to the demands and privately resolved the issue." The countersuit also claims White and her attorney knew she had herpes before meeting Carrey in 2012 and unlawfully extorting him. Carrey is suing Marchino and The X-Law Group for extortion and implied indemnity and suing Sweetman for implied indemnity, alleging that White suffered from depression as a result of her traumatic childhood. "Jim Carrey is so desperate to avoid the public knowing the truth about his own outrageous conduct, that he has now resorted to outlandish accusations against innocent people," Sweetman and Burton's attorney Michael Avenetti said in a statement to E! News. "As his red carpet interview from a few weeks ago shows, the guy is incoherent and unhinged. He needs help." Carrey said in his statement, "I will not give in a second time to these same fraudulent charges initiated by Cat's husband in name but not substance Mark Burton, and her estranged mother. Nor am I responsible for what these desperate characters have inadvertently unearthed about the woman I adored. I was clearly blinded by my affection. Regardless, I will hold a place of empathy and forgiveness for Cat and continue to focus on many blessing in this life." (Eonline)

Cher is going after a biopharmaceutical company, claiming officials there screwed her by luring her to sell her stock while it was on the cusp of a medical breakthrough that made the company's value soar. Cher says she bought 300,000 shares of Altor in 2013 ... but 2 years later a company official spoke to her directly and offered to buy her shares back. However, according to the docs, he withheld key info about successful clinical trials of the drugs they were working on for cancer and HIV research. The singer claims essentially what the guy didn't tell her was that they had made an incredible breakthrough in both cancer and HIV treatments. Cher sold the stock and soon after ... the price went through the ceiling. She's suing for unspecified damages. We reached out to Altor ... so far, no word back. (TMZ)


Prince Harry Hangs Out with the Bidens and Barack Obama at the Invictus Games. From hanging out with his lady love Meghan Markle to catching a pint-sized popcorn thief and now hanging with the United States' former president and vice president, Prince Harry has been looking like he's having the time of his life with some famous faces at this year's Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada. Earlier Saturday, the royal, who created the international paralympic, multi-sport even in 2014, caught the games' wheelchair basketball finals with former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, during the eighth and final day of the Invictus Games at Mattamy Athletics centre in the Canadian city. For the sports game, Prince Harry opted for a black Invictus Games Polo-style shirt with jeans. The Bidens, who have been married since 1977, both looked chic in black blazers. The trio were photographed chatting and laughing during the basketball finals. The day prior Harry was all smiles as he caught a wheelchair basketball game with former President Barack Obama. The two looked as if they were thick as thieves catching the sporting game together. Obama also took the opportunity to give the games and the athletes a shout out. The 44th president wrote, "Proud to cheer on Team USA at the Invictus Games with my friend Joe. You represent the best of our country." This year's Invictus Games has certainly been a headline-making event. Earlier in the week, Harry and his girlfriend made their first official public appearance together. The royal and Suits star stepped out holding hands as they made their way to the wheelchair tennis game between New Zealand and Australia. Saturday night, the fourth annual Invictus Games will have its Closing Ceremony. (Eonline)

Bella Thorne got damn near naked for her GQ, and lucky for you ... there's video of her shaking her bare ass for the photo shoot! The behind-the-scenes footage shows the 19-year-old strutting in lingerie, and searching for the perfect pose during the recent GQ Mexico cover shoot. Bella's boasted the photos won't be airbrushed at all. Based on what we're seeing in this untouched video, there'd be ZERO reasons to Photoshop a damn thing. Hope Scott Disick's happy with Sofia Richie. Like ... REALLY happy. (TMZ)

The NBA has circulated a memo warning players if they don't stand for the National Anthem they do so at their own peril. According to the memo, obtained by ESPN, "the league office will determine how to deal with any possible instance in which a player, coach, or trainer does not stand for the anthem." The memo goes on to say the rule is compulsory ... teams "do not have the discretion to waive" the rule. It's interesting ... the memo doesn't say it will discipline players who don't stand but it's clearly designed to inhibit them from breaking ranks. The memo does not address players, coaches and owners locking arms before the Anthem is played. (TMZ)


Gwen Stefani Joins Blake Shelton Onstage as He Jokes About 'Messin' Around' When They First Met. Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani have been going strong since they began dating in November 2015, and apparently their romance has been hot and heavy since the beginning! The 41-year-old country singer was joined onstage by Stefani for an intimate concert at his Ole Red Tishomingo venue in Oklahoma Friday night. The event -- which was thrown for 150 lucky fans to benefit J.C. Reaching Out, a local charity that provides assistance to family members of people battling cancer -- was a prelude to Saturday's block party, which will officially open the venue. In between songs like "Neon Light," "A Guy with a Girl," "The Baby," "Every Time I Hear That Song," and fittingly, "Ol' Red," Shelton joked about the origins of their relationship -- explaining they "started hanging out together and messing around." His admission had Stefani, whose oldest sons Zuma, 8, and Kingston, 10, were in the audience, shook. In video captured of the moment and shared online by her fans, Stefani can be seen lifting her head from Shelton's shoulder and flashing him a shocked expression. But Shelton, with the cheers of the audience behind him, quickly recovered from the apparent snafu. "You know, texting each other," he said. Shelton and Stefani, 47, met as coaches on The Voice and started dating not long after Shelton's divorce from fellow country crooner Miranda Lambert and Stefani's divorce from husband Gavin Rossdale. They've been inseparable ever since. From red carpet appearances and on-stage performances to their undying support of one another from a distance and their sweet selfies, the pair are a match made in heaven -- blending their families together, sharing holidays, and even collaborating on songs including "Go Ahead and Break My Heart" (off of Shelton's album, If I'm Honest), and "You Make It Feel Like Christmas" (the title track of Stefani's upcoming Christmas album). And Stefani has turned into Shelton's biggest fan too. On Friday, she live-streamed clips of his concert on her Instagram account -- singing along to his songs and smiling wide throughout. "I love Blake!" Stefani gushed about Shelton on Late Night With Seth Meyers earlier this year. "He is the most incredible guy. Everybody loves Blake, and that's the thing. There's no way around it. He's just a sparkly like happy, amazing person." (People)

Gwen Stefani Gets Into the Christmas Spirit Early With "Santa Baby." Christmas is nearly three months away, but Gwen Stefani got in the holiday spirit a little early this year. The singer released a cover of the Christmas hit "Santa Baby" on Thursday. The song, which debuted in 1953 and was originally sung by Eartha Kitt, is featured on Stefani's new album You Make It Feel Like Christmas, which comes out Oct. 6. The album features six original songs and six time-honored holiday favorites. This is the second song Stefani has teased from the album. Last week, the former No Doubt singer debuted the song "You Make It Feel Like Christmas," which she sings with her boyfriend Blake Shelton. The country singer also helped Stefani write the holiday tune along with busbee and Justin Tranter, who co-wrote the other five originals with the "Hollaback Girl" singer. This isn't the first year Stefani and Shelton are celebrating the holidays together. Last year, the "Honey Bee" singer spent Christmas Eve with Stefani, her father, her siblings and her three sons Kingston, Zuma and Apollo Rossdale. Shelton even entertained the couple's family and friends with a private concert. Clearly, Shelton is a pro when it comes to celebrating holidays. Back in February, Stefani told Carson Daly and Matt Lauer that Shelton sent her flowers on Valentine's Day, after teasing that her boyfriend "forgot" the holiday because they had to spend it apart. "We weren't together. I was here and he was in Oklahoma. He forgot!" she said on Today at the time. "No, just kidding. I got some beautiful flowers and lots of texts. It was fun. I mean, you know. I'm in New York and he's in Oklahoma." The couple officially started dating in November 2015. Who knows? Maybe Stefani is dropping Shelton a few hints with those "Santa Baby" lyrics, like this one: "Santa baby, forgot to mention one little thing: a ring. I don't mean on the phone." Celebrate the season a few months early and listen to the songs via the videos. (Eonline)

Justin Timberlake is headlining the Super Bowl halftime show. Justin Timberlake will headline the next Super Bowl halftime show, a source confirms to Page Six. Rumors have swirled that the "SexyBack" singer will return to the NFL gig. "It's true. He is the headliner," says our source. Reports added that Jay-Z is also being offered a slot, but, "I doubt Jay-Z will join Justin onstage," our insider adds. Either way, the controversial move to book Timberlake has already irked some Janet Jackson fans -- it will mark 14 years since their infamous "wardrobe malfunction." (PageSix)

"American Idol" has completed the arduous and super expensive process of snagging 3 judges for the show's reboot ... and it didn't come a day too soon. Sources connected with the production tell TMZ, ABC and Fremantle, which co-owns the show with Core Media Group, will announce as early as Friday night they have signed Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie as judges #2 and 3. Luke and Lionel will join Katy Perry ... and join her fast. We're told shooting begins Tuesday. We're told although Luke and Lionel have agreed to join, there could be a delay in announcing if the lawyers start nitpicking. Production sources tell us, the show has gone way over the intended budget ... largely because Katy Perry held them up for $25 million. Ryan Seacrest's making somewhere between $10 and $15 mil, and that pretty much blew the budget sky high. We're told Luke signed for around $13 million and Lionel got close to $10 million. It's going to be difficult to turn a profit unless the show is an out-of-the-park home run. (TMZ)

Marilyn Manson knocked out by set prop mid-performance. Rocker Marilyn Manson was knocked out cold Saturday night and carried off the stage of the Hammerstein Ballroom when a piece of the set fell on him during a concert. It happened about halfway through his performance when he tried to climb a large replica of two guns, said Tim Jalbert, who was in the audience. "He had just performed his cover of `Sweet Dreams,' Jalbert said. "He was lying on the stage out cold. People were chanting, `Manson! Manson!` "The lights stayed down and they put up curtains around him as first responders worked on him.'' Jalbert said the audience waited "for maybe 15-20 minutes before the announcement came over the system saying that the show was finished 'due to injury.'" Manson was taken to a local hospital -- his spokeswoman would not say which one or comment about his condition. But Variety quoted "a source close to the situation'' saying that Manson "should be fine.'' (PageSix)

Solange is Back on Twitter. Solange returned to Twitter on Thursday (Sept. 28) after deleting her account in last month. Before she went missing on Aug. 15, the singer posted, "deleting my twitter soon, but before i dip when we gonna pull up ? & what we got to do to get my new hero Takiyah Thompson free?" Thompson, a 22-year-old student activist in Durham, N.C., had been arrested for tearing down a Confederate Soldiers Monument. Also back on Aug. 15, Solange posted a screenshot of a lengthy note she'd presumably typed in her iPhone. But to her fan's delight, Solange came back to the social media site this week to share photos from her "Cosmic Journey" performance at the Hollywood Bowl. Solange has nine live dates scheduled as of now to finish off 2017. Tickets and more information can be found here. (Billboard)

Tidal Is Helping the People of Puerto Rico and Hurricane Maria Relief Efforts in a Major Way. Tidal stepping up in a big way when it comes to helping the people of Puerto Rico, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria last week. Most of the 3.4 million people who live on the Caribbean island and U.S. territory have been without electricity and thousands have been rendered homeless due to the storm. Residents are also in dire need of drinking water, food and fuel. Cell service is scarce and hospitals struggle to operate. "Tidal, in partnership with [New York] Governor Andrew Cuomo's Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort, has announced the start of the TIDAL X: Puerto Rico initiative with the charter of a cargo plane that will bring much needed supplies to aid in the recovery and relief in Puerto Rico," the company, which is partially owned by Jay-Z, said in a statement Thursday. "Leaving on Friday, October 7th, this first plane will carry 200,000 pounds of batteries, flashlights, portable lanterns, diapers, baby wipes, cases of water and feminine hygiene products." The statement said the groups are "calling on the global community to help with the humanitarian crisis affecting Puerto Rico" and revealed 19 locations in New York where people can drop off unopened supplies. In addition, monetary donations can be made at "My heart goes out to every single individual that has suffered as a result of this hurricane," said rapper Fat Joe. "Watching from the sidelines has been heartbreaking - let's fill that plane and help our brothers and sisters! Even the smallest contribution will go a long way." Tidal's announcement comes a week after the company revealed that its annual TIDAL X: BROOKLYN benefit concert will take place on October 17 and that proceeds will go to "organizations that support relief and recovery for those affected by the unprecedented natural disasters." This includes Hurricane Maria as well as Hurricane Irma -- which hit parts of Florida, and Hurricane Harvey -- which devastated Houston, as well as the 7.1 earthquake that killed more than 325 people in Mexico on September 19. The lineup includes the likes of Jay-Z, Fat Joe, Jennifer Lopez, DJ Khaled, Chris Brown, Cardi B, Remy Ma, Daddy Yankee, Yo Gotti, Fifth Harmony, Iggy Azalea and Willow Smith. Lopez, who has family in Puerto Rico, earlier this week announced she is donating $1 million to the Hurricane Maria relief efforts. She and boyfriend Alex Rodriguez announced in late August they had donated $50,000 to victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston. Other celebs have also donated large sums of money to hurricane relief efforts and helped raise awareness for the issues. Pitbull even lent a private plane to transfer cancer patients from Puerto Rico to the United States. (Eonline)

Weezer Pay Tribute to Hugh Hefner. There was a time when getting an invite to the Playboy mansion was a bucket list item for many young Hollywood stars (or wannabes). But getting to film a music video on the grounds and snagging a cameo from Hugh Hefner himself? Get out! Weezer are well aware that they captured some special mansion magic in their 2005 "Beverly Hills" video, so on Thursday (Sept. 28) the group paid tribute to Hef, who died on Wednesday (Sept. 27) at age 91 of natural causes. In a sweet photo montage posted on Twitter, the band wrote, "Thanks for taking our phone call, Hef! R.I.P. to one of the more unlikely guest stars in a weezer video ever. #beverlyhills." The mansion was the site of decades of famous exclusive parties, one of which was caught on camera for the band's Marcos Siega-directed video, which featured a bunch of Weezer fans frolicking on the mansion's lawn. (Billboard)

Talib Kweli Shares 'Heads Up Eyes Open' Featuring Rick Ross and Yummy Bingham. Talib Kweli has released a new track from his upcoming album Radio Silence. The inspirational soul-rap tune "Heads Up Eyes Open" also features the rap-boss mogul himself, Rick Ross, as well as songstress Yummy Bingham. Kweli is known for his lyrical focus on social issues like police brutality and racial injustice, and he returns to these familiar themes in this new cut. The uplifting "Heads Up Eyes Open" touches on civil disobedience and media misinformation, while also reminding Kweli's devotees to stay positive -- and woke. Radio Silence drops on Nov. 17. (Billboard)

Cordoba Miguel/action press/REX/Shutterstock; Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Airbnb. Cardi B's week just got better. After her hit single "Bodak Yellow" reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts, the 24-year-old rapper received a slew of congratulations on social media, even flowers from the dethroned Taylor Swift herself. But on Thursday night, she shared an Instagram story video that would make any Rihanna fan jealous. "Look what I got!" she yelled off camera, showing off enviable amounts of make-up from the "Work" singer's Fenty Beauty collection. "I know you make-up artists is jealous," Cardi B added. The rapper was treated to flowers by Swift a day after she knocked down "Look What You Made Me Do" to No. 3 on the Billboard charts. Cardi B shared a picture of the gift on Instagram, writing, "Sooo beautiful and lovely. Thank you @taylorswift for the flowers ... and I freaking love your music ." "That was so beautiful; [Swift is] such a sweetheart," Cardi B told PEOPLE Tuesday in Brooklyn. "I've always been a fan. When I knew it was me and her competing for that No. 1 spot, I was like, 'Oh why it have to be Taylor Swift?!' I love her. I don't really like saying, 'Knock her off' -- she knocked everybody off!" Cardi B's "Bodak Yellow" Hot 100-topping single is only the second song by an unaccompanied female rapper to ever top the chart, joining Lauryn Hill's 1998 track, "Doo Wop (That Thing)." She's also the first female rapper of color to appear on a No. 1 hit since Lil' Kim collaborated with P!nk, Mya, and Christina Aguilera for 2001's "Lady Marmalade." (People)


Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker React to Sex and the City 3 Cancellation. Sex and the City 3 is officially dead. On Thursday, DailyMailTV reported that Warner Bros. Pictures canceled plans to soon begin production on the sequel after refusing to meet an ultimatum allegedly posed by Kim Cattrall -- to produce more films she had in development, and did not want to make Sex and the City 3 with just three out of the four main cast members. The company has not commented. Cattrall, who played Samantha Jones on the HBO series and the two previous films, responded on Twitter early Friday, writing, "Woke 2 a @MailOnline [poop emoji] storm! The only 'DEMAND' I ever made was that I didn't want to do a 3rd film....& that was back in 2016." A source also weighed in on the DailyMailTV report, telling E! News, "This is totally untrue. There have been many different rumors and this is just fiction." Sarah Jessica Parker confirmed Sex and the City 3's demise in an interview with Extra Thursday. "It's over...we're not doing it," she said. "I'm disappointed. We had this beautiful, funny, heartbreaking, joyful, very relatable script and story. It's not just disappointing that we don't get to tell the story and have that experience, but more so for that audience that has been so vocal in wanting another movie." "And that, is that," tweeted Willie Garson, who played Stanford Blatch. "And sadly, the reasons are true. Period....." Kristin Davis, who played Charlotte York, told E! News in 2015, regarding a third Sex and the City film, "I think we'd all like to do it again." Cynthia Nixon, who played Miranda Hobbes, weighed in on the idea in an interview with E! News in 2016, saying, "Where there's life, there's hope." The actresses have not commented on the Sex and the City 3 cancellation. In June 2016, the Scottish newspaper The Daily Record said the actress doubted Sex and the City would return, quoting her as saying, "I think the climate changed. To have four women talking about shopping trips and spending $400 on shoes when people are having trouble putting food on the table? It doesn't mean we don't need that but I think the pendulum swung in a different direction." "Everyone is doing their own thing and if it was going to happen, it would have happened by now," she reportedly said. "It would be a challenge to do a third installment. It could be fun though. To say goodbye completely to Samantha would be pretty hard." The following November, Cattrall took to Twitter to respond to a Wendy Williams Show segment about the possibility of a Sex and the City spinoff...starring her. ""I'm so unbelievably flattered & moved," the actress wrote, adding, "Can't WAIT 2 get back 2 the serious business of making u all laugh! Fingers x'd." (Eonline)

Kristin Davis Mourns Sex and the City 3's Death Too: "We Will Just Have Our Memories." RIP Sex and the City 3. Like Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis is also mourning the death of the previously planned sequel. "I love to look back at the pics from our LONG history of Sex and the City," the actress, who had previously expressed optimism about the film, wrote on Instagram Friday, alongside two pics of her in character as Charlotte York Goldenblatt. "I am incredibly lucky to have gotten to play Charlotte through all of her ups and downs (epitomized in one of my favorite episodes here)." "It is true that we are not going to be able to make a 3rd film. I wish that we could have made the final chapter, on our own terms, to complete the stories of our characters. It is deeply frustrating not to able to share that chapter (beautifully written by MPK [Michael Patrick King]) with all of you. So we will just have our memories, but please know that all of the love and support for us through the years is felt by us and we are so grateful for all of you! SATC forever in our hearts." Earlier this week, DailyMailTV reported that Warner Bros. Pictures canceled plans to soon begin production on the third movie after refusing to meet demands by Kim Cattrall. A source told E! News this is untrue and the actress, who played Samantha Jones on the HBO series and the two previous films, responded on Twitter, writing, "Woke 2 a @MailOnline [poop emoji] storm! The only 'DEMAND' I ever made was that I didn't want to do a 3rd film....& that was back in 2016." Many fans have tweeted their support for Cattrall. Sarah Jessica Parker, who played main character Carrie Bradshaw, recently confirmed Sex and the City 3's demise. "It's over," she told Extra. "We're not doing it. I'm disappointed. We had this beautiful, funny, heartbreaking, joyful, very relatable script and story. It's not just disappointing that we don't get to tell the story and have that experience, but more so for that audience that has been so vocal in wanting another movie." Cynthia Nixon, who played Miranda Hobbes, has not commented publicly on Sex and the City's cancellation. She previously weighed in on the idea of a third film in an interview with E! News in 2016, saying, "Where there's life, there's hope." (Eonline)

If The Original Hocus Pocus Stars Want a Sequel, Why Are We Getting a Remake?! Disney Channel is running amok, amok, amok! The Internet was in for an early Halloween surprise on Thursday morning, when Disney Channel announced it is working a remake of Hocus Pocus, the cult-favorite 1993 movie that starred Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy as three witch sisters with a penchant for sucking the lives out of little children and slapstick comedy. What a treat, right? Except, with every Halloween treat comes a trick, as the TV movie would feature a new cast, with the original film's director Kenny Ortega not attached in anyway. (David Kirschner, one of the original producers, is serving as an executive producer.) Remakes, of course, are one of the hottest trends in TV these days. We get that. Disney Channel gets that, having recently revamped Adventures in Babysitting. What is confusing us about this particular remake is that many of the original film's stars have gone on-record about how much they would love to do a sequel. So then why not do it? Especially when the head witch in charge herself, Bette Midler (Winifred), has expressed interest in reprising her iconic character. "You don't get to see women doing slapstick too much, and in the movie you can see that we're having a blast," Midler told Billboard in October 2016 about the film. "For the life of me, I can't understand why there's not a sequel." Same, sister-witch. Same. And in 2014, SJP and Kathy Najimy said they were down to join a sequel after Midler addressed the topic in a Reddit AMA. "Hocus people, Bette says it best. Listen to your elders.!," wrote Najimy, linking to an article reporting Midler's call for a sequel. And when Buzzfeed asked Parker if she would be down to participate and she responded on Twitter with a simple, "Yep I'm in." So again, we must ask: why aren't we getting a sequel? Listen, we're not even as upset as some people are over the remake news, with our childhoods firmly intact, because it's not like we don't have access to the original. It's still regarded as one of the best Halloween movies ever made. It hasn't been forgotten. Freeform is literally running an all-day marathon of the beloved movie on Halloween. "Generation after generation, it's kind of remarkable and fantastic to have something brought to the screen like that and to have it embraced generation after generation," Mick Garris, one of the original screenwriters, told Forbes on Hocus Pocus' lasting impact. "Everybody I meet, it's either their daughters or their own favorite movie and it's incredibly exciting." And when Garris addressed sequel rumors, he said it would be a mistake not to do it with the original's three bewitching leads. "If they don't do that I think it would be a big mistake because all three of them are still so incredibly potent and powerful and great performers and who else can recreate those characters?" This is going to be the remake's biggest problem: recreating the on-screen magic of Midler, Najimy and Parker, who were clearly having wicked fun in the campy roles. Another huge issue? The writer, The Royals' Scarlett Lacey, is likely going to have to tone down some elements of the original to work on Disney Channel. Sometime tells us we won't be seeing a yabbos-loving virgin lighting a candle on Disney Channel. Still, as Max one said, we guess it was time for someone to (green)light this sucker and meet the old broads once again. How do you feel about the Hocus Pocus remake news? Tweet your thoughts @tbrick2 and @eonlineTV. (Eonline)

Idris Elba Says Kate Winslet Was Tougher Than Him When Filming The Mountain Between Us in Subzero Temperatures. Idris Elba has played his fair share of tough characters over the course of his career, but as he admitted to PEOPLE, there's one thing even he can't handle: freezing temperatures. PEOPLE's Editor-in-Chief Jess Cagle in the latest episode of The Jess Cagle Interview sat down with handsome Brit, 45, to discuss his new film The Mountain Between Us opposite Kate Winslet. In the adventure film, the two play plane-crash survivors in the snowy Utah mountain range, which required a lot of actual time in the snow, especially since director Hany Abu-Assad refused to use any green screen. "He said, 'I want to put you guys through the test as actors,'" explained Elba. While filming near Calgary, the cast and crew took a helicopter up to the precipice, at 10,000 feet and often filmed in -38° degrees. "The snow was up to our waists.. . . It was tough," he said. Kate Winslet On Filming 'The Mountain Between Us': 'If There Is An Avalanche Where Am I Running To' Kate Winslet On How Great It Was Having Her Husband Around On Set. So who was a bigger baby about being stuck in the snow? "I don't do the cold!" Elba said, adding. "Kate is quite an outdoorsy person. She had these gloves that had a button you'd press and they'd heat up. I was like, 'Are you kidding me?'" The Mountain Between Us hits theaters Oct. 6. (People)

Tom Cruise's 'American Made' Nixed Scene With Bill Clinton Getting Lap Dance. The film draws from a conspiracy theory that implicates both Clinton and George H.W. Bush in a massive operation that involved cocaine smuggling, money laundering and illegal arms exporting. American Made, opening today, was poised to be the rare movie that could unite those on either side of the political divide. After all, it's based on the one conspiracy theory that implicates both Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush in a massive operation that involved cocaine smuggling, money laundering and illegal arms exporting. But those hoping for some Clinton dirt will ultimately be disappointed. The filmmakers decided to cut a scene showing a young Clinton getting a lap dance at an Arkansas strip club. In the script, it's the moment when the movie's real-life protagonist Barry Seal, played by Tom Cruise, hatches an idea to enlist Clinton, who was then governor of Arkansas, in the CIA-backed scheme. The scene was nixed from the Gary Spinelli-penned script because the producer and financier, Cross Creek Pictures, wanted to keep the film from being political, according to sources. Cross Creek declined comment. The Doug Liman-helmed film's original title Mena also was changed to American Made in an effort to downplay the Arkansas connections. "Mena" references the name of the town in Arkansas that contained a clandestine airfield used to smuggle guns and drugs back-and-forth to Latin America, during Clinton's watch as governor. Another scene cut from the film would also have implicated Bush, who was then Ronald Reagan's vice president, in the illegal scheme that sent arms to the Contras and even trained them on U.S. soil in Mena. The scene in the script put the former president in the same room as Seal. According to the conspiracy theorists, Bush was knee-deep in the plot dating back to his days as head of the CIA. Though he appears in the shooting script, he does not appear in the finished film (George W. Bush does make a brief appearance in the film, where he's portrayed by actor Connor Trinneer). Besides Seal, the real-life character who gets the most screen time is Oliver North (Robert Farrior), the former National Security Council staff member who was convicted in the 1980s Iran-Contra affair. He is depicted in the movie as an unambiguous criminal. Depicting real-life characters on film is always tricky, given the potential for legal action -- to say nothing of portraying two former presidents in Bush Sr. and Clinton. The filmmakers apparently had more leeway in the case of North since he was convicted, though his conviction was later vacated and reversed and all charges against him were dismissed in 1991. Universal Pictures is rolling out American Made into 3,000-plus theaters. The film has received largely positive reviews to date. The R-rated pic has an 85 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, one of the best scores of Cruise's career. THR's review did note the absence of the high-profile figures that loom large in Mena lore. "There's a sense that perhaps Liman and Spinelli had plans to make something that focused more on the politics and back-channel shenanigans of the time, a story that's yet to be told in mainstream American cinema," the review says. (Hollywood Reporter)

Weekend Box Office: Tom Cruise's 'American Made' Earns $960K in Previews. The actor stars as a pilot who smuggled cocaine for a Columbian cartel before turning CIA-informant. Doug Liman's American Made, starring Tom Cruise, launched in North American theaters Thursday night to $960,000 from 2,455 theaters. The biographical crime-drama stars Cruise as Barry Seal, the real-life TWA pilot who smuggled cocaine for the Medellin Cartel in the 1980s before turning CIA informant. Today, the Universal and Cross Creek film will up its theater count to 3,024 locations, including Imax runs. Prerelease tracking suggests American Made will open in the $15 million range, putting it at No. 2 behind holdover Kingsman: The Golden Circle, which is expected to earn $20 million or more in its second weekend. Universal is counting on American Made having a long run, thanks to strong reviews. Overseas, American Made has already earned more than $60 million. In 2016, Cruise's Jack Reacher: Never Go Back earned $1.3 million in Thursday-night previews on its way to a $23.9 million domestic debut. (That film had the advantage of being a sequel, as well as being based on a well-known book series.) Sony and Cross Creek's Flatliners remake also debuts nationwide this weekend. The movie did not hold previews. Other new offerings include the Christian pic A Question of Faith, which only goes out in 661 theaters. A Question of Faith's cast includes Richard T. Jones, Kim Fields, C. Thomas Howell, Renee O'Connor, Gregory Alan Williams, T.C. Stallings and Jaci Velasquez. (Hollywood Reporter)


Kyra Sedgwick Reveals Why Ten Days in the Valley Drew Her Back to Series Regular TV. After seven long years, Kyra Sedgwick is finally making her grand return to series regular TV. But her new character is no Brenda Leigh Johnson. In ABC's new twisty thriller Ten Days in the Valley, premiering Sunday, Oct. 1, Sedgwick stars as Jane Sadler, an overworked television producer and single mother going through a contentious separation, whose life is turned upside down when her young daughter Lake goes missing in the middle of the night -- while Jane's in her writing studio in the backyard, out of earshot and not entirely sober. As everyone in her life becomes a suspect and the Robbery-Homicide Division of the LAPD, who aren't exactly Jane's biggest fans thanks her barely fictionalized depiction of corruption within the ranks, take the case, Jane's world begins to unravel over the course of the titular ten days. And it's that unraveling that drew Sedgwick back to TV. "I love how complicated she is. I love how provocative she is. i think she'll have people talking," the former The Closer star told E! News about her new gig. "I love how real the story felt to me. I love the idea of a mystery-thriller, but that very much is about character. I think one of the great things about the show is we're unpacking the mystery of Jane and her daughter and the family, but we're also unpacking the mystery of Jane and why she's the way she is." Along the way, expect to unpack the mysteries of the people in Jane's life, as well -- including her half-sister Ali (Erika Christensen), her recovering addict ex Pete (Kick Gurry), and her beleaguered head writer Matt (Malcolm-Jamal Warner). "I think the thing that'll surprise them the most is that they'll think they're just in for a mystery-thriller about this thing that happens in the first episode, and then they'll realize it's this deep-sea dive into all of these characters, why they are how they are," Sedgwick told us. "This psychological intrigue about people and where they come from." Ten Days in the Valley debuted Sunday, Oct. 1 at 10 p.m. on ABC. (Eonline)

Ryan Gosling Kicks Off Saturday Night Live's 43rd Season With a Jazzy Number. Hey girl, it's fall...which means it's time for pumpkin spice lattes, wool sweaters that can't warm you the way I can and the season premiere of Saturday Night Live, hosted by yours truly, Ryan Gosling... That's right -- the most meme-able hunk on the planet was the host with the most for Saturday night's 43rd season premiere of SNL with musical guest Jay-Z. The Blade Runner 2049 star made sure the season started off with a bang -- or a jazz number. During his opening monologue, the LaLa Land actor told the audience he was thrilled to be there and that, "I haven't been this excited since I saved jazz," a fact which the self-proclaimed white guy from Canada reiterated again and again. Soon his Oscar-winning co-star Emma Stone surprises the crowd when she comes out to let the hunky star know that he did NOT in fact save jazz, and that's because -- she explained, "We saved jazz." The show's opening sketch featured Emmy winner Alec Baldwin as President Donald Trump, Kate McKinnon as Jeff Sessions and Aidy Bryant as Sarah Huckabee Sanders. The political sketch poked fun at Trump's tweets and his timing on responding to the crisis in Puerto Rico. Saturday night, Gosling went for the jazz and Baldwin went for the jugular. The sketch comedy show is hoping to build off the fervor of last season, which was the long-standing show's most-watched season in more than two decades. Both Baldwin, who has hit on the premiere with his President Donald Trump impression, and Melissa McCarthy, who knocked it out of the park last season with her impression of former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, were awarded for their work on the show at the Emmys earlier this month. McKinnon also nabbed an Emmy for her performance on the sketch show. Bobby Moynihan, Vanessa Bayer, and Sasheer Zamata left Saturday Night Live last season. Earlier this week the network announced that Chris Redd, Heidi Gardner and Luke Null had signed on as the season 43's new featured players. (Eonline)

How Hawaii Five-0 Addressed Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park's Exits. Mahalo, Kelly and Kono. Hawaii Five-0 made waves this summer when it was announced that original series stars Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park would not be returning to the show for its upcoming eighth season after salary disputes. Soon after, Ian Anthony Dale, Meaghan Rath and Beulah Koale were recruited to join the CBS action-drama, all joining the team to make up for the departures of Kelly (Kim) and Kono (Park). (Dale has recurred as Adam Noshimuri, Kono's husband, since season two.) So how did the season eight premiere address their exits on Friday night? Early in the episode, it was explained to viewers that Chin had moved to San Francisco and is running his own task force, an offer he was made in the season seven finale. Easy enough! As for Kono, the reveal of why she was no longer on the team took a little longer. In last season's finale, her future was left up in the air after she left on her own to go take down a human trafficking ring in Carson City...without authorization. And in the premiere, we learn via Danny (Caan) that Kono is on the mainland to work with a task force to shut down that very sex trafficking network. "You remind me a lot of Kono, by the way," he told Rath's new character Tani Rey, who they want to join the team. "That's a compliment." He then continued, "Things are changing, and we would all like you to be a part of that." After their exits were reported, along with details of the salary disputes, with Kim and Park looking to reach salary equality with costars Scott Caan and Alex O'Loughlin, Kim took to his Facebook to share his side of the story. I will not be returning to Hawaii Five-0 when production starts next week. Though I made myself available to come back, CBS and I weren't able to agree to terms on a new contract, so I made the difficult choice not to continue," he said. "I'll end by saying that though transitions can be difficult, I encourage us all to look beyond the disappointment of this moment to the bigger picture. The path to equality is rarely easy." After Kim's Facebook post, Hawaii Five-0 executive producer Peter Lenkov and CBS responded with the following statement. "Daniel and Grace have been important and valued members of Hawaii Five-0 for seven seasons. We did not want to lose them and tried very hard to keep them with offers for large and significant salary increases. While we could not reach an agreement, we part ways with tremendous respect for their talents on screen, as well as their roles as ambassadors for the show off screen, and with hopes to work with them again in the near future." What did you think of how H50 handled Kono and Kelly's departures from the team? Hawaii Five-0 airs Fridays at 9 p.m. on CBS. (Eonline)

Disney Channel Is Giving Freaky Friday the Musical Treatment. Disney Channel's remake game is strong. Just a day after the network announced that they'd be remaking the beloved Halloween film Hocus Pocus, they're making more news by putting a musical version of another classic film -- Freaky Friday, this time -- into production. Based on the Disney Theatrical Productions' stage adaptation of the celebrated novel by Mary Rodgers and Disney's popular feature films of the same name, Freaky Friday will debut on the network in 2018 as a part of the Disney Channel Original Movie franchise. Stepping into the roles of mom Katherine and daughter Ellie are Broadway actress Heidi Blickenstaff -- who originated the role when it debuted at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA in 2016 -- and Dolphin Tale star Cozi Zuehlsdorff, respectively. The story follows an overworked mother and her teenage daughter who magically swap bodies and begin a musical journey of self-discovery and empathy neither one could have ever imagined. "A classic story like Freaky Friday has a magical capacity to engage multiple generations-whether it's in the form of a book, a theatrical film, a stage show-or all of the above!" said Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide. "Working with our partners at Disney Live Theatrical, we're thrilled to bring this classic story to life in a whole new form-a music-driven movie for television-that will be enjoyed by tens of millions of kids and families around the world." Joining Blickenstaff and Zuehlsdorff in the cast are Ricky He as Ellie's friend, Adam, Alex Desert as Katherine's fiance, Mike, Jason Maybaum as Ellie's little brother, Fletcher, and Kahyun Kim as Torrey, Katherine's high-strung business associate. Additional cast members include Dara R. Moss, Jennifer LaPorte, Isaiah Lehtinen, and Sarah Willey. Freaky Friday was first adapted for the screen in 1976 with stars Barbara Harris and Jodie Foster In 1995, Shelley Long and Gaby Hoffman stepped into the lead roles in a Disney Family Movie made for ABC. And in 2003, it returned to the big screen for a Walt Disney Pictures feature film starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan. Are you looking forward to a musical version of Freaky Friday? (Eonline)

Hulu Adds Boy Meets World, Dinosaurs & Home Improvement to its TGIF Line-Up. Nostalgia alert! Hulu has added to its TGIF line-up. The streaming platform, which previously announced Full House, Family Matters, Perfect Strangers, Step by Step and Hangin' With Mr. Cooper would be available to stream, has now added Boy Meets World, Dinosaurs and Home Improvement to its roster. Better dust off your Tim Allen grunt impressions. All shows are available to stream on Friday, Sept. 29. So, yeah, you have your weekend plans set. The new deal between Hulu and Disney-ABC Television Group the subscription streaming home to the largest collection of shows from ABC's original TGIF line-up. Full House recently celebrated its 30th anniversary (feel old?) and Hangin' With Mr. Cooper is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its premiere. Hulu recently announced a new deal with NBCUniversal to become the streaming home of not only Will & Grace, but also 30 Rock, Parenthood and Face Off. Yeah, all your panic about 30 Rock leaving Netflix on October 1 was for nothing. Hulu's got you. The streaming platform is coming off an historic Emmys where it became the first streaming platform to win Outstanding Drama Series with The Handmaid's Tale. The series, based on Margaret Atwood's book of the same name, stars Elisabeth Moss, Samira Wiley, Alexis Bledel, Ann Dowd, Yvonne Starhvoski, Joseph Fiennes, Max Minghella, Madeline Brewer and O.T. Fagbenle. Bledel, Moss and Dowd took home Emmys for their roles and Reed Morano won in the drama directing category. Season two is now in production. (Eonline)

After a Long Week, Megyn Kelly Jokes About "Media Response" to Her Show. Kelly's new show, 'Megyn Kelly Today,' has not had the smoothest of weeks. Megyn Kelly debuted her new NBC morning show, Megyn Kelly Today, on Monday. On the same day, The Washington Post's television critic likened Kelly to NBC's "Bride of Frankenstein, using parts of Ellen DeGeneres, Kelly Ripa and whatever else it can find." A CNN media reporter, also that day, wondered why NBC decided to hire Kelly to do a morning show in the first place. Her interview with the cast of the re-booted NBC show Will & Grace was panned by show star Debra Messing on Instagram, who said she regretted the visit, and legendary actress Jane Fonda reacted negatively to an out-of-place question from Kelly about plastic surgery. There was also a production snafu and a curse word from a cameraman. So, it was a tough week for Kelly in the trade press, and at the end of Friday morning's show, she poked some fun at the tepid media industry response. "I just want to take a moment to thank all of you so much for watching this week," Kelly told her live studio audience. "It's been very exciting. It has been educational." She then made a joke: "I've just been so delighted at the media response. What? No." She got a laugh from the crowd, and then continued: "But the viewer response has been awesome, and I am so grateful to have all of you giving us a chance." Hoda Kotb, who co-hosts the 10 a.m. hour of Today, congratulated Kelly on making it through her first week on the air. "I made it!" Kelly exclaimed in response. Kelly's ratings this week have been "pretty solid," though it's hard to draw long-term conclusions about five days of data. What's clear from watching Monday's debut, and throughout the week, is that Kelly will be propped up and supported -- at least on air -- by what Matt Lauer called the Today show "family." In that vein, 9 a.m. co-host Savannah Guthrie gave Kelly's first week a glowing review in an appearance on Thursday on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. Responding to a viewer question about Kelly's show, Guthrie said, "I think it's great. I think she's got the eyes of the world upon her and I think everybody can relate to how nerve-wracking that is. But I think she's awesome, I think the show looks fantastic. I mean, it looks beautiful. And we're thrilled to have her. She's doing a lot -- she has a lot of different things she can do and I think she's awesome." Cohen then said that Kelly "got a bad rap" for asking Fonda why she isn't "proud to admit" that she's had plastic surgery. (Hollywood Reporter)

TV Ratings: 'Will & Grace' Dominates in NBC Return. The revived sitcom scores as the night's top non-football telecast. Will & Grace returned to NBC on Thursday night, 11 years after its last original episode. Since comparing any ratings to those from its original iteration would be unkind and absurd, it can really be judged by today's standards. And by those, it was pretty great. The first episode of what will be at least two more seasons of the landmark Peacock sitcom averaged a 2.9 rating among adults 18-49 and 10 million viewers. That puts it atop all other TV efforts for the night -- save CBS' Thursday Night Football. It also ranked as one of the top entertainment programs of Premiere Week, trailing only The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon and This Is Us. Thursday marked a revival of sorts of NBC's "Must-See TV moniker," with comedy back on the block after seasons of limited half-hour efforts. Slapping Will & Grace in front of comedy Great News certainly didn't hurt the sophomore effort from Tracey Wigfield. The comedy logged a series high same-day score with an average 1.3 rating among adults 18-49. Earlier in the night, Superstore returned to a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49, followed by a new The Good Place with a 1.3 rating. Chicago Fire took a 1.5 rating. Competition for the NBC comedies was stiff. CBS had its first 2017 outing of the NFL, and ABC had the season premiere of the always-formidable Grey's Anatomy. Shonda Rhimes' flagship drama, which was but a young medical drama when Will & Grace last graced the airwaves, kicked off its 14th season with a two-hour episode, a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49 and 8 million viewers. ABC had another Rhimes entry, too. How to Get Away With Murder averaged a 1.1 rating in the key demo. On Fox, Gotham earned a same-day 0.8 rating among adults 18-49 and The Orville clocked in with a 1.1 rating. (Hollywood Reporter)

Hulu Adds 'Boy Meets World,' 'Home Improvement' to "TGIF" Library. Fans of ABC's '90s primetime lineup have even more of a reason to tune in to Hulu now. The streaming service has acquired exclusive U.S. SVOD rights to more fan-favorite sitcoms that aired on ABC during the decade, including on its popular "TGIF" Friday-night block. The complete libraries of Boy Meets World, Home Improvement and Dinosaurs are all streaming on Hulu. The deal fleshes out Hulu's earlier acquisition of the libraries of a number of memorable TGIF shows, including Full House, Family Matters, Step by Step, Perfect Strangers and Hangin' With Mr. Cooper. Those series also began streaming today (Sept. 29). Home Improvement's arrival marks the first time the series has been available to stream. (Hollywood Reporter)

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