Tuesday, October 10, 2017

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Laguna Beach's Talan Torriero and Wife Danielle Welcome a Baby Boy. The Laguna Beach/Hills baby boom is in full effect! Laguna Beach star Talan Torriero and his wife, Danielle Torriero, welcomed their first child, a son named Bronson, on Sunday. Soon after his son's birth, the former reality star hopped on Instagram to share some images of the newborn. Along with the sweet photos, the proud papa and loving husband wrote, "Bronson Leonardo Torriero. Born on Oct. 8th, 2017 at 3:26pm and weighing 7.7 pounds. I fell in love with @danielletorriero all over again today." The new mom also Instagramed a photo with the new family of three and wrote, "Happiest moment of our lives!!! Our baby boy, Bronson Torriero entered the world today." Talan, who was formerly dubbed a "ladies' man" on the MTV reality show, took to Instagram in June to announce the gender of the couple's first child with an adorable video, filled with exploding confetti. Along with the cute clip, Talan wrote, "@danielletorriero and I are thrilled to announce that we are having a boy in Oct!" Back in April, the duo told the world they were welcoming their first child by posting a video of an ultrasound and their expected due date. Danielle captioned the post, "Baby Torriero coming mid-October." She added: "@talantorriero #13weeks." The proud papa-to-be reposted the same video and caption on his own account. The 30-year-old married Danielle in June of 2014, but the couple have been together for more than eight years. Earlier this year, Talan shared a throwback photo of the couple with the caption, "The moment I knew I loved her 8 years ago. I met her 8 years ago today -- happy birthday to @danielletorriero." The one-time MTV star may have grown up in SoCal but it appears as if he's made a big move to the Midwest, giving up the sandy beaches for fields of corn. He and his wife live in Nebraska now. His Instagram profile says, "Laguna raised Nebraska braised." Yeehaw! Talan joins the list of Laguna Beach/Hills alums who welcomed babies this year. Lauren Conrad and William Tell announced they had a baby in June. Jason Wahler and his wife, Ashley Slack, had a baby girl in August. Whitney Port recently announced that she'd welcomed a son named Sonny on July 27, Tim Rosenman. Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt welcomed son Gunner Stone on Oct. 1. (Eonline)

Janet Jackson's Dancers -- Including Jenna Dewan-Tatum! -- Reunite at L.A. Concert. "Together Again," indeed. During her sold-out show at the Hollywood Bowl Sunday, Janet Jackson hosted a family reunion of sorts. The 51-year-old pop music icon took a moment to bring many of her former backup dancers onstage. Jenna Dewan Tatum, who was part of the All for You Tour in 2001 and 2002, had been looking forward to their get-together all weekend. Before the 7:30 p.m. start time, Dewan-Tatum shared several photos from her pre-acting days with Jackson. After she reunited with her friends, she shared some "backstage" footage with fans via Instagram Stories. "This is crazy," she said as Jackson performed "R&B Junkie" onstage. After three songs, Jackson stood onstage while everyone applauded for several minutes. "Are you ready to party?" she asked fans. "I said, are you ready to party?!" Dewan-Tatum was busy bonding backstage with tour-mate Alison Faulk, who just so happened to choreograph Channing Tatum's Magic Mike Live revue. As she joked in one Instagram Story, she and Faulk went from "roommates to male strippers to being back onstage with Janet Jackson." It was a full circle moment for Dewan-Tatum, who talked about how Jackson helped make her dreams come true during a May appearance on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen. "I kind of owe everything to Janet -- my entire life. She was my dream job, my first big dance job. Because of her I met certain people who then led me to others, then led me to acting, then led me to here," the World of Dance host recalled. "All roads lead back to Janet!" Jackson was thrilled to have everyone back together. "My solo career took off when I was 19 years old. I decided to create a family of my own. I became very close to those who danced with me, but even closer to those who danced on tour with me," she said. "I spent time with their families. I would stay with them; they would stay with me. I called them the 'kids.'" In the middle of introducing her dancers, she joked, "Y'all better help me. I'm 51...and I have a baby!" After Dewan-Tatum's name was announced, she twirled several times before giving her a hug. Dewan-Tatum and Faulk weren't the only ones excited to relive the past, of course. "Back on stage with my beautiful friend & absolute favourite @janetjackson my heart feels so full it could burst! There is nothing like sharing a stage with you, nothing compares AT ALL! Couldn't be more grateful & honoured to be back with you performing and with EVERY Dancer from EVERY tour she has ever done!" British dancer James Collins wrote on Instagram. "WTF!!! This has been beyond & I will cherish it for the rest of my life! Feel so honoured to be apart of it all & this HISTORY!!! J, your The most loyal, genuine, kind, generous person I've ever met & the fact we stay in contact & hang out after all these years warms my heart & you brought my little family out too. Love you long time and I'll ALWAYS drop anything and everything for you!!!" Emmanuelle Chriqui, Erin Foster, Heidi Klum, Nicole Richie and Raven-Symone were also spotted in the audience. A concertgoer tells E! News, "Janet's mom was wheeled in before the show started and was escorted to the front area of the stage. She had a huge smile on her face and looked proud." Raven-Symone, who received concert tickets as a 30th birthday gift on The View in 2015, was equally ecstatic; she met Jackson after the concert and shared a picture on Instagram. "Let me just say..@janetjackson I did not run away, I kept my verbal cool, I did fall out after I left the empresses presence. She smelled amazing, looked spectacular, and was just perfect. @theviewabc thank you for helping me get these tickets, and thank you to #Janet Jackson for being an amazing role model for me," the Raven's Home star wrote. "Since she was 7 she has been working in this industry and she continues to slay the masses with just a smile." Jackson celebrated the L.A. stop of her State of the World tour with an after-party at Lure. Tatum joined his wife at the club, and other guests included Ja'net Dubois and Randy Jackson. Over the weekend, E! News spoke to Jackson's creative director, Gil Duldulao, who summed up their vision for the tour: "I think that was the main point is for the group and mass of people to come together and try to be positive in such a world we live in now," he explained, adding that his personal goal was to make Jackson's audience "remember who she is and to celebrate her." "She's such a legend," Duldulao added. "And I think I did well." (Eonline)

Rachel Bilson's in the market for some new shoes, and handbags ... and jewelry -- after burglars hit her L.A. home ... TMZ has learned. According to law enforcement Rachel left her L.A. home at around 10 AM Friday, and returned about 4 hours later to find the place had been ransacked. It appears the thieves entered through a sliding glass door ... which might have been unlocked. We're told Rachel's still tallying up the damage, but so far it looks like they made off with somewhere between $40,000 and $50,000 in property. Rachel joins the long list of burglary victims this year -- including Alanis Morissette, Michael B. Jordan, Kendall Jenner, Jason Derulo, David Spade and Scott Disick. Tough couple weeks for Rachel, who just split from longtime bf Hayden Christensen. (TMZ)

Harvey Weinstein Has Been Terminated From The Weinstein Company, Effective Immediately. He's out. The co-founder and CEO of The Weinstein Company Harvey Weinstein has officially been fired from the company he built. His termination comes just three days after the New York Times published a story detailing three decades of sexual misconduct and harassment by one of the most powerful men in Hollywood. On Sunday, The Weinstein Company Board of Representatives released the following statement to E! News: "In light of new information about misconduct by Harvey Weinstein that has emerged in the past few days, the directors of The Weinstein Company-Robert Weinstein, Lance Maerov, Richard Koenigsberg and Tarak Ben Ammar -- have determined, and have informed Harvey Weinstein, that his employment with The Weinstein Company is terminated, effective immediately." E! News previously reported that his brother Bob Weinstein, a co-chairman, and chief operating officer David Glasser will lead the company in his absence. The Weinstein Company is not the only one to drop the 65-year-old. After initially defending him publicly, Lisa Bloom announced on Saturday that she would no longer serve as an advisor to Weinstein. "I have resigned as an advisor to Harvey Weinstein," Bloom tweeted. "My understanding is that Mr. Weinstein and his board are moving toward an agreement." Lawyer Lanny Davis has also stepped aside. Additionally, three board members have resigned. MSNBC anchor Mika Brzezinski, who has a three-book deal with Weinstein Books, said that she would not follow through on her book contract if Weinstein stayed on as CEO. The New York Times had said that Harvey reached eight settlements with women who made allegations of past sexual harassment and unwanted physical contact. In an initial statement, Harvey said he was taking a leave of absence from his company: "I appreciate the way I've behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it." He also said, "I've brought on therapists and I plan to take a leave of absence from my company and to deal with this issue head on." Weinstein has not been charged with any crimes. (Eonline)

Nelly released from jail after rape accusations. The rapper Nelly was jailed early Saturday following a Friday night concert near Seattle after a woman reported he had sexually assaulted her, Auburn police said in a news release. A lawyer who said he was representing Nelly said Saturday morning his client had been released from jail. A woman called 911 at 3:48 a.m. Saturday to say she had been assaulted on a tour bus parked near Walmart at The Outlet Collection shopping mall in Auburn, according to the Police Department news release. Auburn officers took Nelly into custody at 4:37 a.m., booking him into the South Correctional Entity jail in Des Moines, Wash., the release said. The rapper's given name is Cornell Iral Haynes Jr. He performed Friday night at White River Amphitheatre. The rapper wasn't listed on the jail's prisoner roster as of 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Lawyer Scott Rosenblum, of St. Louis, said in an interview his client had been falsely accused. "We're in the initial stages of our investigation," Rosenblum said. "This allegation is wholly and completely without merit. I would be surprised if charges are ever issued." In a statement, Rosenblum added, "Nelly is the victim of a completely fabricated allegation. Our initial investigation clearly establishes this allegation is devoid of credibility and is motivated by greed and vindictiveness. I am confident, once this scurrilous accusation is thoroughly investigated, there will be no charges. Nelly is prepared to address and pursue all legal avenues to redress any damage caused by this clearly false allegation." (PageSix)

Usher's herpes accuser in Georgia, Laura Helm, insisted she ONLY had protected sex with him -- even though she claimed otherwise in her $20 million lawsuit ... but she had a good reason for lying, according to her attorney. TMZ obtained a recording of Helm on the phone telling a male friend she had no plans to sue Usher after finding out he allegedly has herpes. She said Usher had always worn a condom when they had sex ... so she wasn't concerned about being exposed to the virus. As she put it ... "That's why they make protection, for people who have STDs." The conversation went down July 19 ... just 2 days before Helm filed the lawsuit and changed her story. In the docs she said Usher did NOT use a condom when they had sex in New Orleans. The two different stories seem to create a huge credibility problem for Helm. However, her attorney Lisa West says Helm only lied because she thought her publicist, Dennis Byron -- the guy on the phone -- was trying to shop a story to the media about Usher having an affair. West says Helm "didn't want to be exploited and, in her attempt to deter Byron from doing so, she told him (inaccurately) that she never had protected sex with Usher and that she did not have herpes." West adds she's gone to law enforcement because Helm thinks Byron was extorting her. Worth noting -- Helm also accused Byron of stalking her, but on Friday a judge dismissed the matter for lack of evidence. (TMZ)

Tom Petty will be honored in his birthplace ... just as soon as the Mayor and citizens of Gainesville come up with a unique enough concept to honor the rock legend. Mayor Lauren Poe -- who went to the same high school as Tom -- tells TMZ he's putting together a proposal to honor their hometown hero, but says no street sign or symbolic "Tom Petty Day'' will do. Poe says if the city approves a Petty memorial, in theory, his next move will be fielding innovative and interactive suggestions from the public. He's looking for something recurring and interactive -- like an annual gathering for fans that would double as a memorial. Hizzoner will get plenty of pitches -- we're told local musicians have been covering Petty tunes nonstop since his death Monday, and tribute bands are already reaching out to the Mayor. (TMZ)

Ralphie May was found in the bedroom of a private residence, and there was no point in trying to revive him ... he was already dead. TMZ broke the story ... Ralphie May died Friday from cardiac arrest after battling pneumonia for 6 weeks. As we reported, Ralphie had performed at Harrah's the night before and afterward went to a private residence. He was in a bedroom -- presumably sleeping -- and was found Friday just after 1 PM. Paramedics showed but Ralphie wasn't taken to a hospital. He was pronounced dead at 1:28 PM. The coroner is now investigating, but by all accounts Ralphie died of a massive heart attack. (TMZ)

THE OTHER STUFF . . .

Jackie worked hard to keep JFK Jr. from flunking. John F. Kennedy Jr.'s application to Brown University -- filled out by his mother, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, because he was away in Kenya -- plus newly unearthed letters between the former first lady and his professors, reveal JFK Jr.'s academic struggles and his mother's determination that he complete college. The remarkable 1978 application and later letters, which had been kept by an administrator at Brown, show how hard Jackie worked to keep her charismatic but easily distracted son from flunking his courses. The documents also reveal how she didn't expect any special treatment for her children, despite their famous name. On the application, Jackie, writing for JFK Jr., listed his late father as being in "government." In the "autobiography" section, she wrote, "Family life: Mother, sister grew up in New York City. Spends part of the summer by the sea in New England with many cousins," she wrote, delicately avoiding dropping the family name. In a later letter to John's college dean, she wrote, "I have never asked for special consideration for my children because I feel that is harmful to them." It was widely reported that JFK Jr. had wanted to pursue a career in acting, but after he graduated from Brown, Jackie refused to let him apply to the Yale School of Drama, insisting he study law. The application and letters are up for auction by Gary Zimet of MomentsInTime.com. Zimet said, "The documents came from the estate of an administrator at Brown." The piece will sell online for $85,000. Zimet added, "The letters show how involved Jackie was with his education and his tenure at Brown." John graduated from Brown in 1983 with a bachelor's degree in American studies. In 1989, he earned a law degree from NYU. It was widely publicized that he passed the bar after his third try in July 1990. He married Carolyn Bessette in 1996, but they both died in July 1999, along with her sister, in a plane crash near Martha's Vineyard. John was 38. (PageSix)

Harry Potter's House from Godric's Hollow Is Up for Sale. It's time for a quick run to Gringott's because Harry Potter's real-life, childhood home is up for sale! Sure, this house is where Lily and James Potter were killed by The Dark Lord, where Snape found his dead love minutes too late, and where He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named made baby Harry into his last, unplanned horocrux -- but in real-life, it's simply a charming 14th-century, English cottage. The "De Vere House," as property managers call it, sits just one hour north of London, in the medieval style village of Lavenham, England. Back between the 14th and 17th-centuries, Lavenham was one of the 20 wealthiest English settlements, with the DeVere family as the second richest family next to the royal family. This piece of real and literary history can be yours for $1.3 million (about £995,000). In the movie adaptations of J.K. Rowling's famous children's books, this famous house is where Harry and Hermione get attacked by Voldemort's snake in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows - Part 1 and where Harry sees Snape's flashbacks of sobbing over Lily Potter's body in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows - Part 2. Godric's Hollow holds history for both the Potter family and Dumbledore's family. Not as wonky as portrayed in the films, this six-bedroom home is complete with two kitchens, a dining room, a sitting room, a drawing room and a big reception hall where you can greet all of your other Potterhead friends at parties. We're having our dress robes pressed already. (Eonline)

Cara Delevingne's novel is a coming-of-age tale for teens. Cara Delevingne's debut novel, "Mirror, Mirror," is out Tuesday and the coming-of-age tale explores "sexuality, identity, friendship and betrayal," she says. "I wanted to tell a story that gives the reader a realistic picture of the turbulent roller-coaster teenage years," she writes in the intro. "Above all, I want to tell my readers that it's OK if you don't know who you are yet. As long as you learn what it is that makes you happy, and follow your heart, everything will be OK." (PageSix)

Reese and Ryan's daughter to make her debut in Paris. Ava Phillippe, 18, the only daughter of Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe, will lead a contingent of six American debutantes to le Bal des Debutantes on Nov. 25 at the Peninsula Paris hotel. The other Americans "coming out" include Laila Blavatnik, 18, daughter of Warner Music Group owner Len Blavatnik; Lori Harvey, 20, stepdaughter of Steve Harvey; and Charlotte Bell, 17, whose father, Bradley Bell, produces the soap opera "The Bold and the Beautiful" and whose mother, Colleen, is also a producer and was the US ambassador to Hungary under President Obama. Jeanne Malle, 16, great-niece of filmmaker Louis Malle, is one of two French debs, although she was born in and lives in New York. Alice Ho, 18, daughter of Stanley Ho, who helped turn Macau into the world's top gambling mecca, is a student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology near Boston. Britain is sending Cecily Lasnet, 17, daughter of model Stella Tennant. Plus, there are royal princesses from Belgium, Portugal, Brazil and India. Le Bal, run by Ophelie Renouard, raises money for the New York-based Seleni Institute, to provide care and research for the mental health of teenage mothers. (PageSix)

On Saturday, Robin Thicke's girlfriend April Love Geary showed off her growing baby bump on Instagram in a sweet bikini selfie. "Already so in love with you," she captioned the picture. The 22-year-old model announced her pregnancy on Instagram in August, writing: "Robin and I are very excited to share with you all that we're having a baby! The due date is March 1st, [Robin's late father] Alan's birthday!" Geary shared the message alongside a photo of her sonogram, which was dated Aug. 14. Thicke, 40, is already dad to 7-year-old Julian Fuego, his son with ex-wife Paula Patton. The parents-to-be started dating in the months following Thicke's separation from Patton in February 2014, and the couple made their first public appearance together at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2015, just over a year after they started dating. Baby on the Way for Robin Thicke and April Love Geary -- Due on Alan's Birthday! Robin Thicke and April Love Geary are expecting! Patton, 41, filed for divorce from Thicke in October 2014 and in March 2015, their divorce was finalized. Earlier this year, the former couple were embroiled in a lengthy custody dispute, which has since been resolved. Earlier this summer, legal documents were filed stating Julian will spend Monday through Wednesday with Thicke and Wednesday through Friday with Patton during the school year. During the summer, they will alternate physical custody of Julian on a "week on/week off schedule." Julian will also alternate weekends between his parents, and expenses -- including fees for private school -- will be shared between the former spouses. "The parties are ordered to share in all major decisions concerning the minor child's health, education and welfare including, but without limitation, schooling, religion, medical care and enrichment activities," stated the papers (People)

You've got to see Gal Gadot's impression of Kendall Jenner. Kendall joined supermodel mates Gigi and Bella Hadid in 'Kendall's Model House'... Gal Gadot stole our hearts when she donned armour and fist cuffs as Wonder Woman earlier in the year. But now, well, it's just got even better. (Soz, Kendall). The 32-year-old parodied the supermodel on Saturday Night Live in a skit reality TV show called Kendall's Model House. In the teaser clip, Kendall, Gigi and Bella Hadid (all played by Gal) are all seen gathered in the kitchen as a narrator tells us to "Tune in as Kendall Jenner and supermodel sisters Bella and Gigi Hadid complain around a huge bowl of fruit." Donning a monotone voice and emotionless facial expression, 'Kendall' says to Gigi: "I'm under a lot of pressure, you're prettier than me." "No way! You're so much prettier than me," Gigi replies. Kendall then retorts: "Wait, which one am I?" before consulting her Amazon Alexa who confirms "You are Kendall Jenner." Ok, we cannot help but laugh. Nice job, Gal. And we're sure the girls will take it all in good humor. Right, right?! (British Glamour)

Angelina Jolie reportedly involved in plot to bust warlord Joseph Kony. The former chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court had a thing for celebrities -- once asking activist actress Angelina Jolie to play the role of a "honey trap'' in a real-life attempt to arrest a notorious African warlord, a published report said Saturday. The Sunday Times of London said loopy lawman Luis Moreno Ocampo also tried to recruit film stars George Clooney and Sean Penn in his international crusades. The startling information was leaked by the court to the French Web Site Mediapart and made available to the British newspaper. Moreno Ocampo approached Jolie about five years ago -- and even tried to cast her husband, Brad Pitt, as a co-star -- in a stranger-than-fiction plot to take Ugandan Joseph Kony into custody in the Central African Republic, where he was based. "Forget other celebrities, she is the one," Moreno Ocampo wrote in an e-mail. "She loves to arrest Kony. She is ready. Probably Brad will go also." Moreno Ocampo wanted to embed Jolie, and hopefully Pitt, with US Special Forces close to Kony's stronghold, according to the report. Jolie wrote Moreno Ocampo at one point. "Brad is being supportive. Let's discuss logistics. Much love Xxx." Moreno Ocampo claimed Jolie had suggested she could lure Kony to dinner as a ruse to arrest him, the report said. American troops, he told her, "are eager to get Kony . . . [and] after meeting you, they will do it." Moreno Ocampo had his own fixation on Jolie. The prosecutor, who won only one case in his nine-years on the court, was ultimately even less successful with Jolie. At one point he sent her an e-mail: "Dear Angie, I hope you are well. I miss you." It went unanswered. When he heard she was ill, he sent an e-mail to her assistant confessing: "I realize how much I love her." The assistant replied Jolie had changed her e-mail address. Moreno Ocampo made still less headway with Clooney and Penn. He asked Clooney for help flying spy satellites over Libya "to put pressure on Khadafy's generals.'' Moreno Ocampo also invited Penn to a New York hotel, and tried to involve the star in a potential investigation into the Palestinian conflict. The ever-flip Penn responded, "While you make the decision on Palestine, I'm embroiled in a decision weather [sic] or not to get a steam in the hotel spa.'' (PageSix)

Three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep condemned the alleged conduct that spurred scathing sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein as "disgraceful" and "inexcusable" -- but insisted she knew nothing about the disgraced mogul's disgusting behavior, according to a statement Monday. Streep worked with the ousted movie mogul -- who was fired from his Weinstein Company Sunday night by its board of directors -- on the films "August: Osage County" and "The Iron Lady," which earned her a third Oscar in 2012. "The disgraceful news about Harvey Weinstein has appalled those of us whose work he championed, and those whose good and worthy causes he supported," Streep said in a statement to the Huffington Post. "The intrepid women who raised their voices to expose this abuse are our heroes." The 68-year-old actress denied knowing anything about Harvey's alleged horndog behavior with female actresses and underlings, which reportedly included making them watch him shower, requesting massages and even masturbating in front of a TV reporter. "One thing can be clarified. Not everybody knew. Harvey supported the work fiercely, was exasperating but respectful with me in our working relationship, and with many others with whom he worked professionally," she continued. "I didn't know about these other offenses: I did not know about his financial settlements with actresses and colleagues; I did not know about his having meetings in his hotel room, his bathroom, or other inappropriate, coercive acts." The lurid allegations, which spanned nearly three decades, were published last Thursday in an expose by the New York Times. Streep said that if "everybody knew," she didn't think the media "would have neglected for decades to write about it." "The behavior is inexcusable, but the abuse of power familiar," she concluded. "Each brave voice that is raised, heard and credited by our watchdog media will ultimately change the game." (Page Six)

Rose McGowan Calls for Immediate Resignation of Weinstein Company Board: "The Golden Swamp Must Be Drained." Shortly after Harvey Weinstein was fired from The Weinstein Company, Rose McGowan called on his board to resign. "I'm calling on the board to resign effective immediately," the actress told The Hollywood Reporter. "And for other men to stop other men when they are being disgusting." Weinstein's firing came days after The New York Times published an expose detailing decades of sexual misconduct allegations. McGowan was mentioned in the article for a $100,000 settlement she reached with the executive in 1997 "after an episode in a hotel room during the Sundance Film Festival." Weinstein's attorney told Page Six the claims are "false and defamatory" and the Hollywood executive said he intends to sue The New York Times. Now, she's holding his board accountable. His advisor Lisa Bloom already resigned. In addition to speaking with THR, the Charmed actress tweeted that "the golden swamp must be drained." She also called out Weinstein's brother and business partner Bob Weinstein on Twitter after the Weinstein Company released a statement announcing Harvey's termination. "what about Bob?" she tweeted along with the statement. At the time of this writing, Bob had not released a statement. Furthermore, McGowan referred to Harvey as a "monster" on Instagram and said it was time to "destroy the body." "ROSE ARMY DISPATCH First report from the battle field: we have the head of the monster on life support. Tomorrow I will call on you to virtually mobilize. Tonight we hold the monster of our nightmares in our hand, next we destroy the body," she wrote in the caption of a photo featuring a winged monster. McGowan isn't the only celebrity to take to social media following The New York Times piece. Lena Dunham and Amber Tamblyn posted on Twitter, and Meryl Streep told The Huffington Post that she was "appalled" over the sexual assault claims. In her interview with THR, McGowan also called for change within Hollywood. "Men in Hollywood need to change ASAP," she told THR. "Hollywood's power is dying because society has changed and grown, and yet Hollywood male behavior has not. It is so not a good look. In the way cooler than Hollywood world I live and work in, I am actually embarrassed to be associated with it." (Eonline)

Harassment allegations could hurt Harvey Weinstein's wife, too. Harvey Weinstein's troubles could cause a deep cut to his wife's fashion business. With the revelation of a string of sexual-harassment allegations against the movie mogul, and the news that he is stepping down from his film company, insiders are predicting it could hurt his wife Georgina Chapman's successful Marchesa line. "He's going to get ostracized in the [fashion] business -- at least for a while -- and Marchesa could suffer, too," one fashion exec said. "Then I wonder if she'll still back him up .?.?. if she'll even stay with him." Chapman, 41, has certainly benefited from her 65-year-old husband's power. Since the two met at a Manhattan party in 2004, the mogul, famed for aggressively promoting his films, has done for Chapman what he does best: He used his influence to get what he wanted. "Georgina always had a hard time pushing herself. For Harvey, promotion's in his blood," a fashion insider said. "[He] wasn't exactly subtle about asking Miramax's female stars to wear Marchesa on the red carpet. And if the studio chief of your movie, and potential movies, asked you to wear a certain designer, wouldn't you want to accommodate him?" Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Lopez, Halle Berry, Emma Watson, Renee Zellweger, Blake Lively and Kate Hudson all starred in projects produced by one of Weinstein's companies, and all wore Marchesa on the red carpet. And after Weinstein bought the fashion label Halston in 2007, he hired influential stylist Rachel Zoe as a consultant and creative director. She, in turn, regularly put clients, such as Keira Knightley and Nicole Richie, in Marchesa gowns. "Georgina would never have met so many celebrities without being Harvey's significant other," said a top New York film publicist. "She's lovely -- as are her gowns -- but that's true of several designers." Weinstein is also an executive producer of TV's "Project Runway." Chapman became a judge on the show in Season 12. Today, Chapman, with whom Weinstein has son, Dashiell, 4, and daughter, India, 7, is said to be worth $30 million. (PageSix)

New York magazine fumbled its own Harvey Weinstein expose. New York magazine had the Harvey Weinstein story -- or nearly had it -- a year ago but didn't run anything after the movie mogul and his team of lawyers and p.r. consultants intervened. Reporter Ben Wallace spent months interviewing dozens of people in Weinstein's world in the hope of exposing Weinstein's history of sexual aggression toward young women. "New York magazine had the story a year ago, and Harvey had it killed," one source told me. "Harvey was sweating bullets. He sat down with Editor-in-Chief Adam Moss, and they were still going ahead. Then, it suddenly went away. The reporter must be kicking himself now." Wallace declined to speak to me. "The suggestion that we killed this story due to pressure from our business side or from Harvey Weinstein is completely false," a magazine spokeswoman said. "The fact is that we couldn't get the story to the point where we had sufficient confirmation and sourcing to publish." The New York Times reported that Weinstein had secretly paid off at least eight women -- including Rose McGowan -- to remain silent after allegations of sexual harassment. "He was voracious in his appetites -- for movies, for food and for women," a former employee told me. "He had no limits and no one to stop him." (PageSix)

"I go to a football game as I go to a movie or anything else ... for escapism. Not to hear somebody's political views." -- John O'Hurley on Mike Pence's decision to leave the Colts game. The former "Seinfeld" actor didn't hold back when we asked about the Vice President walking out of the stadium Sunday to protest the players who took a knee during the anthem. "Bravo," he told TMZ Sports on his way out of Craig's in L.A. He also gave Pence a big thumbs-up. Donald Trump also praised Pence for the move -- tweeting, "I asked @VP Pence to leave stadium if any players kneeled, disrespecting our country. I am proud of him and @SecondLady Karen." (TMZ)

Las Vegas Shooter's Behavior Raised Some Red Flags, Casino Magnate Steve Wynn Says. Casino magnate Steve Wynn said Sunday that even though Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock seemed like a "rational" man, some of his actions would have raised red flags at his properties. Wynn -- the CEO of Wynn Resorts, which owns several hotels in Las Vegas -- said at his properties, an investigation is launched if someone puts "do not disturb" on a room for at least 12 hours. "The scenario that we're aware of would have indicated that he didn't let anyone in the room for two or three days, that would have triggered a whole bunch of alarms here," Wynn told Fox News' Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday. "And we would have -- on behalf of the guests, of course, investigated for safety and it would have been provocative situation. I'm sure that the same is true in other hotels but in this hotel, a 36-hour, a 24-hour, 36-hour 'Do Not Disturb' on a room is a predicate for investigation." He's also been in the process of bolstering the security measures at his properties -- a process Wynn said he started nearly two years ago when he realized Las Vegas could become a target of some kind of attack. Part of that beefed-up security protocol includes routine checks for weapons. Wynn said any visitor found carrying a gun is removed from his property. But Wynn acknowledged that Paddock did not publicly display any alarming issues, or fit the profile of a compulsive gambler -- admitting that he would not have thought to stop Paddock from staying at one of his hotels. "The most vanilla profile one could possibly imagine," Wynn said. " A modest gambler at least by our standards, you know, nothing serious, paid promptly, never owed any money anywhere in Las Vegas." On Oct. 1, 64-year-old Paddock opened fire on the crowd attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas. The shots, fired from the 32nd floor of his hotel room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, killed 58 people and injured more than 500 others. Authorities subsequently discovered more than a dozen guns in his hotel room. Las Vegas Shooting Suspect's Brother Speaks Out "It makes no sense." MGM International, which owns Mandalay Bay, lost almost $1 billion the day of the shooting after shares of the company fell nearly 5%. Authorities have yet to publicly identify a motive for Paddock's desire to open fire. Wynn, noting the discrepancy between Paddock's outward "rational" behavior and the decision to commit a mass shooting, said he thinks Paddock was either "demented" or was trying to send a message. "We don't know what that message is or if there is one, but this behavior, according to my employees, is as stunning, as unexpected as anybody, any of them have ever met," he said. How to Help Friends and family are asked to report missing people believed to be connected to the shooting using the hotline 1-800-536-9488. Anyone with photo or video evidence of the shooting is asked to call 1-800-CALL-FBI. A victims' fund has been started on GoFundMe by Steve Sisolak, the Clark County, Nevada, commission chair. Other groups providing relief include the local chapter of the American Red Cross and the National Compassion Fund. (People)

Miami Dolphins offensive line coach Chris Foerster has resigned -- less than 24 hours after video surfaced showing him blowing lines with a $20 bill. "I am resigning from my position with the Miami Dolphins and accept full responsibility for my actions," Foerster said in a statement. "I want to apologize to the organization and my sole focus is on getting the help that I need with the support of my family and medical professionals." The Dolphins also issued a statement saying, "We were made aware of the video late last night and have no tolerance for this behavior." "After speaking with Chris this morning, he accepted full responsibility and we accepted his resignation effective immediately." "Although Chris is no longer with the organization, we will work with him to get the help he needs during this time." Foerster was one of the highest paid assistant coaches in the NFL -- reportedly earning between $2.5 and $3 MILLION per year. UPDATE: Dolphins head coach, Adam Gase, just addressed Foerster's resignation with the media ... saying, "it's not a good situation. It wasn't something that you expect." "It's not fun, especially when you're close to somebody. But you gotta take the next step and move on, 'cause we're gonna play on Sunday." Gase added he never saw signs of drug issues while working with Foerster. (TMZ)

Music

Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" Viewed 1 Billion Times on YouTube. "Call Me Maybe" is the little pop song that could. Released on March 1, 2012, Carly Rae Jepsen's infectious debut became a worldwide smash. Buoyed by a viral lip dub video starring Justin Bieber, Big Time Rush, Selena Gomez and Ashley Tisdale, it hit No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, where it remained for nine consecutive weeks. And on Sunday, "Call Me Maybe" surpassed the 1 billion views mark on YouTube. The video averages about 250,000 views per day, and at its peak, it got over 1.9 million views in one day. "Call Me Maybe" was the lead single from Jepsen's 2012 album Kiss, which spawned three less popular hits: "Good Time (feat. Owl City)," "This Kiss" and "Tonight I'm Getting Over You." Jepsen released a follow-up album, E•MO•TION, in 2015. Led by the single "I Really Like You," the music video starring Tom Hanks just crossed over the 200 million views mark on YouTube. Jepsen released an EP, E•MO•TION: Side B, last year and has already written 80 songs for her next album. Though none of her singles have come close to the success of "Call Me Maybe," she's happy with her level of fame. "At the beginning [of recording E•MO•TION], whether I want to admit it or not, there was a very real pressure of having a song that was that big of a gift, this ginormous elephant in the room. Whenever I walked in it was like, 'How are we gonna top "Call Me Maybe?'" I was like, 'Stop saying that!'" she told Rookie in 2015. "I needed to at least be strong enough in my own sense that I wasn't there to talk about 'Call Me Maybe' or make another version of that. When I found people who were excited about letting that go and trying something new and letting that pressure dissipate, I knew I'd found the right people..." While E•MO•TION was critically acclaimed, it was a commercial disappointment. But Jepsen wasn't trying to chase the success of the single that made her a worldwide star. "I feel quite happy with how the record's done, to be honest," she told BuzzFeed in 2015 after its release. "I don't really compare it to Kiss or whatever I'm gonna do next. That's not where my attention goes. I feel really lucky that people have received it so well and that it has sold any amount." (Eonline)

Taylor Swift announces first 'Reputation' concert dates. It's not a real tour announcement, but Taylor Swift has scheduled two concerts for December: San Jose, Calif. radio station 99.7 Now!'s Poptopia on December 2 and Chicago's B96 Jingle Bash on December 7. While the performances are likely to be brief and only include a handful of songs -- the concerts are teen-targeted, multi-act radio station holiday shows and also feature acts like Ed Sheeran, Fifth Harmony, Backstreet Boys and Khalid -- they do represent Swift's first concerts since a special Super Bowl week show in Houston in February. A rep for the singer confirmed the concerts but did not respond to Variety's question about a time frame on a full tour announcement. The singer has been unexpectedly quiet since the late-summer release of two songs, "Look What You Made Me Do" and "Ready for It," and the announcement that her sixth studio album, "Reputation," will be released on Nov. 10. Very little information about the album has slipped out -- journalists writing advance reviews of her last album, "1989," had to listen through headphones on locked iPads under the gaze of a security guard -- although the singles were collaborations with the ubiquitious Jack Antonoff (who this year alone has also co-produced tracks for Lorde, Pink, and St. Vincent as well as his own band Bleachers) and the team of Max Martin, Shellback and Ali Payami, respectively. It's been three years since Swift debuted the mega-selling "1989," marking her longest break between albums to date. (TMZ)

Jason Aldean and Wife Brittany Head Back to Las Vegas ''to Start the Healing Process.'' A lot can change in seven days... One week after a gunman opened fire at the crowds during Jason Aldean's set during the Route 91 Harvest Festival, the country singer and his pregnant wife Brittany Aldean are back in Las Vegas. Upon landing, Brittany took to Instagram to post a photo of the couple's backs with a backdrop of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, the casino where the gunman took aim at the crowd of 22,000 people. Brittany wrote, "Feels surreal being back in Vegas today. Visiting some of the strongest people we have ever met... fighting the toughest battle of them all... for their lives. You have helped us try to begin to start the healing process by seeing the strength each one of you have. Thank you for today. We will never forget. #vegasstrong." Just Saturday night, Aldean took to the stage for the first time since the tragedy, which was the deadliest mass shooting in United States history, killing at least 58 and injuring over 500. The country boy made a surprise appearance to perform for Saturday Night Live's cold open. The solemn star said, "I'm Jason Aldean. This week we witnessed one of the worst tragedies in American history. Like everyone I am struggling to understand what happened that night and how to pick up the pieces and start to heal. So many people are hurting." He continued, "There are children, parents, brothers, sisters, friend. They are all part of our family. So I want to say to them: We hurt for you and we hurt with you. You can be sure we are going to walk through these tough times together, every step of the way." And finally, the 40-year-old said, "When America is at its best, our bond and our spirit is unbreakable." The country star then broke into Tom Petty's 1989 classic, "Won't Back Down," which served as an inspiring message to Americans, as well as a tribute to Petty, who died last Monday. The singer has been publicly calling for unity in the country ever since the attack. The day after the deadly shooting killed at least 58 people, Jason wrote an Instagram detailing his fear over what's happening in the U.S. "Over the last 24 hrs. I have gone through lots of emotions. Scared, Anger, Heartache, Compassion and many others. I truely dont understand why a person would want to take the life of another. Something has changed in this country and in this world lately that is scary to see," Aldean said. "This world is becoming the kind of place i am afraid to raise my children in." Brittany and Jason have been married since March 21, 2015. The singer has two daughters from his previous relationship with ex-wife Jessica Ussery. (Eonline)

Jason Aldean turning down UFC 216 to do "Saturday Night Live" was a bad move -- so says DJ Clue, who tells TMZ Sports the country music star shoulda come through for the Vegas shooting survivors and first responders in Vegas. "He should have represented ... and said 'f**k that money,'" Clue told us outside STORY in South Beach. TMZ Sports broke the story ... Dana White was PISSED when he saw Aldean perform on SNL -- after Jason turned down Dana's offer to sing the national anthem in front of hundreds of people connected to the tragedy. Dana says Jason's reps told him he was too shaken up to play live -- and the fact that he did SNL on the same night makes him a "coward" that cares about his image more than the shooting victims. Clue isn't coming at Jason that hard ... stressing that everyone's gotta stay together in times like this. But would the hip-hop legend have made it out to Vegas? "ABSOLUTELY." (TMZ)

Austin City Limits: Red Hot Chili Peppers Honor Tom Petty, Spoon Pays Tribute to Prince, Ice Cube Talks Vegas. From the moment Tom Petty's passing was announced earlier in the week, it solidified that the 16th annual Austin City Limits Music Festival would become a monument to his massively influential songbook. It was the only natural response as the first major multi-day music event following his too-soon departure -- with so many artists present who'd drawn influence from the 66-year-old master. Tributes permeated Friday's fare and continued surfacing throughout Saturday (Oct. 7), day 2 of weekend 1. The most notable among them was an apt dedication by Red Hot Chili Peppers of Funkadelic's "What is Soul?" during their headlining set. "Tom Petty, if you're looking down, this one's for you, brother ... you did not die in vain," frontman Anthony Keidis said. Next was a cover of Petty's Full Moon Fever cut "A Face in the Crowd," with guitarist Josh Klinghoffer handling the solo. Yet the most affecting memorial by far was staged by ACL Fest organizers themselves (in partnership with Red Bull TV) around 7 p.m. when "Free Fallin'" began blaring out of every speaker on the grounds, inspiring a massive cathartic singalong as three skydivers jumped from a low-flying plane overhead, two of them trailing sparks while the third towed an enormous Texas flag in its calculated tailspin. Toward the end of a day already made exceptional by many affecting performances -- including local future-funksters Capyac, new-ish grassroots supergroup Traveller (featuring Robert Ellis, Jonny Fritz and Corey Chisel), jazz bass and neo-soul virtuoso Thundercat, plus Austin psych lords The Black Angels -- that ultra-uplifting display set the stage for what was perhaps the most exuberantly incendiary hometown set of Spoon's nearly quarter-century career. Frontman Britt Daniel has surely never appeared so jovial and Prince-like as he channeled the Purple One's otherworldly showmanship throughout a slew of hits, the group's insurmountably infectious energy further preparing fans for the outpouring of positivity during Chance the Rapper's subsequent headlining set. The Grammy-winning Chicago-bred rapper concluded his set 20 minutes before the scheduled time, but not before taking the audience to church via all-in crowd choruses and massive, feel-good handclaps on gospel-toned tunes like Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment cover "Sunday Candy" plus key Coloring Book selections "Summer Friends," "Same Drugs" and a reprise of "Blessings" for his finale. "Thank you so much for coming to my set and for supporting my music from the beginning," he said before that final track. "I'm only here by grace and mercy, and I don't believe that getting into heaven is a thing of individuality. I think we'll all be judged as a whole -- we're in it together." Such remarks were consistent with messages of love and unity offered by artists over the past two days in reaction to last weekend's mass shooting in Las Vegas, which ended the lives of 59 (including the shooter) and injured hundreds of others during a country music festival. Yet no one seized the moment as directly and affectingly as Ice Cube, whose defiant words transformed his performance -- already a surefire Weekend 1 highlight with a seemingly endless and impressively diverse sea of fans waxing nostalgic on the Los Angeles rapper's parade of hits spanning three decades -- into the exemplary anti-terror statement. "I'm so happy to be here showing the world that we aren't scared of that bullshit in Las Vegas," he said. "I'm glad y'all came ... because it's nothing but love here." (Billboard)

A Packed Florida Gators Stadium Singing Tom Petty's 'I Won't Back Down'. One of the best highlights from college football on Saturday had nothing to do with the game and everything to do with love and admiration. Between the third and fourth quarters of the Florida Gators taking on the LSU Tigers, a packed Ben Hill Griffin Stadium sang Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down" in tribute to the legendary musician, who died Monday. The stadium holds 90,000. "This one's for you, @TomPetty," the Gators' official account tweeted. Tiger Rag editor Cody Worsham told The Hollywood Reporter the singing was spontaneous. "Clearly every fan in the building knew every word," said Worsham. Petty was born in Gainesville, Florida, and briefly worked on the grounds crew at the University of Florida.Video of the tens of thousands of fans belting out the iconic song went viral on social media, with many who shared the post saying it should be done every week. Petty suffered cardiac arrest in his Malibu home last weekend. He was 66. His death rocked the world, with multiple musicians and stars paying tribute to the Heartbreakers' frontman. (Billboard)

Shania Twain Beats Miley Cyrus to Australia's Albums Chart Crown. Shania Twain has done it again. After debuting at No. 1 in the U.S. and winning a tight battle to secure top spot on this week's U.K. Albums Chart, the Canadian singer's comeback release Now (Mercury/Universal) fends off a strong challenge from Miley Cyrus' Younger Now (RCA/Sony) to secure her first No. 1 on Australia's albums chart in nearly 15 years. It's the veteran country-pop singer's third No. 1 Down Under, having previous hit the summit with Come On Over in February 1999 and with her last album Up!, which hit the top in November 2002. Cyrus' sixth and latest album Younger Now debuts at No. 2 to give the U.S. pop singer her a fourth top ten entry on the national albums survey, after hitting the summit with Breakout (in September 2008) and Bangerz (in October 2013) and reaching No. 4 with her 2010 LP Can't Be Tamed. The top five is rounded out by a trio of former chart-toppers: Ed Sheeran's Divide (up 4-3, via Warner), The Killers' Wonderful Wonderful (down 1-4, via Island/Universal) and Foo Fighters' Concrete And Gold (down 2-5, via RCA/Sony). There are some notable arrivals on the latest chart with Australian singer-songwriters Rick Price and Jack Jones' covers set California Dreaming (Sony) starting at No. 7, while Demi Lovato's Tell Me You Love Me (Island/Universal) opens at No. 8, her second top 10 in Australia. Following the passing of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Tom Petty, the American rocker's Greatest Hits (MCA/Universal) from 1993 re-enters the chart at No. 9, eclipsing its previous peak of No. 16 set in January 1994. On the ARIA Singles Chart, Post Malone locks down a second week at No. 1 with "Rockstar" (Republic/Universal), featuring 21 Savage, while Macklemore impacts the top 5 with two of the songs he performed during his controversial showcase during the NRL Grand Final in Sydney. The rapper's "Glorious" (ADA/Warner) featuring Skylar Grey rises 3-2, a new peak, while "Same Love" (Mack), the pro-LGBT anthem at the center of a storm of debate in these parts, returns to the top 50 at No. 4. With a No. 27 entry, Pink's latest "Beautiful Trauma" (RCA/Sony) is the highest arrival on this week's tally, while just two homegrown tracks make the top 50: Vance Joy's "Lay It On Me," up 24-27 (via Liberation/Universal) and Jessica Mauboy's "Fallin'" (Sony), down 45-49. (Billboard)

Movies

Zurich: 'Pop Aye' Wins Best Feature Film Award. Kirsten Tan's comedic drama follows the travels of a disheartened architect across Thailand with the elephant he adopts along the way. Pop Aye, a comedic drama from Singapore filmmaker Kirsten Tan, has won the top prize of best international feature film at the 13th Zurich International Film Festival. The feature is an unconventional road trip that follows a disheartened architect who leaves the city and travels across the country, accompanied by an elephant (called Popeye) he adopts along the way. Pop Aye premiered in the World Drama section at Sundance and was selected by Singapore to represent the country in the foreign language category of the 2018 Oscars. Rahul Jain's Machines, an astounding look at life in a textile factory in India's Gujarat region, and the workers who spend 12-hour shifts earning the equivalent of $3 a day there, took the prize for best documentary in Zurich, while Lisa Bruhlmann's Blue My Mind, a surreal take on the coming-of-age story, won honors for the best German-language title in this year's competition. The Emerging Swiss Talent Award for a Swiss film went to Before Summer Ends from Maryam Goormaghtigh. The rambling road movie, about a trio of beer-guzzling Iranian immigrants meandering through the south of France, premiered in Cannes, where it opened the festival's Acid sidebar. Mark Grieco's Sundance documentary A River Below, which looks at the fight to save the pink river dolphin, indigenous to the Amazon river, took Zurich's Audience Award. The festival's kids jury gave their top prize for best feature to Peter Lennstrand's Swedish yarn Up in the Sky, which premiered in Toronto, with the kids audience award going to animated feature Rabbit School-Guardians of the Golden Egg by Germany's Ute von Munchow-Pohl. Zurich's treatment competition award, handed out to the best pitch for a new feature film, went to Swiss filmmaker Marie Leuenberger for Secondo, a family comedy centered on the Selfie culture. Zurich Festival co-directors Nadja Schildknecht and Karl Spoerri noted that "all three main awards in the competition section went to debut films" and that "the majority of awards went to female directors," highlighting Zurich's focus on women filmmakers. It's also notable that Swiss cinema took pride of place at the awards ceremony, held in Zurich on Saturday. The festival hit new heights in public acceptance as well, with attendance figures jumping 8.5 percent to around 98,300. The 13th Zurich Festival was a particularly star-studded affair, with the likes of Glenn Close, Alicia Vikander, Andrew Garfield, Jake Gyllenhaal, Rob Reiner, Aaron Sorkin and former Vice President Al Gore gracing the festival's idiomatic green carpet. The 14th Zurich Film Festival runs Sept. 27-Oct. 7, 2018. (Hollywood Reporter)

'Blade Runner 2049' Secures China Release Date. A disappointing North American debut has placed added pressure on the major Asian territories where the film has yet to open, led by the massive China market. Blade Runner 2049 has locked down a release date in China, the world's second-largest film market. The Denis Villeneuve-directed sequel will open across the Middle Kingdom on Nov. 10, sources close to state distributor Chain Film Group tell THR. Co-financed by Alcon Entertainment and Sony, Blade Runner 2049 disappointed during its North American debut, despite strong reviews and an A- CinemaScore. The film finished first but grossed just $31.5 million -- a shaky start for a movie that cost $150 million to make after tax rebates and incentives. Internationally, the picture performed better, taking a solid, if unspectacular, $50.2 million. All of which places extra pressure on the major Asia territories where the film has yet to open, including China, Japan and South Korea. The film is set for Oct. 12 in South Korea and Oct. 27 in Japan, but an opening in the highly regulated China market was previously unknown. To get a save from China, Blade Runner will have to perform more like Christopher Nolan's Interstellar ($122 million) than Villeneuve's Arrival ($15.8 million). Sci-fi is a hard-to-gauge genre in the Middle Kingdom. Some titles -- such as The Martian ($94.9 million) and Pacific Rim ($111.9 million) -- have over performed, while others, notably fantasy sequels with heavy backstories (think Star Wars and Star Trek), have done less well. Sony's Passengers made only $45.2 million in China earlier this year, but had a particularly bad pre-holiday release date working against it. Ridley Scott's original Blade Runner, although an incomparably influential cult classic, never got a theatrical release in China, as all foreign films were barred from import back in 1982. The film does have a high 8.1 rating on local movie buff reviews site Douban, but it's hard to predict how that will translate across the full commercial landscape. The sequel's long runtime -- 163 minutes -- and slow pacing could be causes for concern. One point of encouragement: The Nov. 10 release date places Blade Runner's opening one day prior to Singles Day, China's nationwide anti-Valentine's Day, when single young people celebrate their solo status by treating themselves with online shopping and social outings with friends. The Nov. 11 holiday -- named for its "lone sticks" numeral look (11.11) -- has also come to be known as "Bachelors Day," due to China's gender imbalance and the preponderance of single young men. Given that Blade Runner 2049 has been skewing heavily male (71 percent in North America), the Bachelor's Day bow could be something of a boon. (Hollywood Reporter)

MIPCOM: StudioCanal to Launch 'Paddington' Animated Series. StudioCanal's live-action feature film 'Paddington 2' hits theaters in Europe later this year. Britain's favorite marmalade-loving bear is coming back to television, courtesy of a new animated series from France's StudioCanal. StudioCanal said Monday that it has commissioned Paddington, a 52 x 11-minute animated series based on Michael Bond's beloved Paddington Bear character. The series, which will be pitched to networks at the MIPCOM TV market in Cannes next week, will target preschool audiences. StudioCanal scored a big-screen hit with 2014's Paddington, Paul King's reboot of the classic kids' franchise. The film, produced by David Heyman and starring Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters and Nicole Kidman, along with Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington, grossed more than $270 million at the worldwide box office. Paddington 2, also helmed by King, and with Hugh Grant and Brendan Gleeson added to the all-star British cast, rolls out across Europe and most of the world in November and December. The Weinstein Company will bow Paddington 2 in North America on Jan. 12. Bond's Paddington stories have been adapted for television before, including for a long-running BBC series in the 1970s and 1980s and a shorter-lived version produced by Hanna-Barbera in 1989-1990. The new series marks the latest effort by StudioCanal parent Vivendi to expand the Paddington franchise. The French media giant controls all intellectual property rights to Paddington Bear outside of classic publishing rights, via licensing agent Copyrights Group. In addition to the feature films, Vivendi's gaming subsidiary Gameloft recently announced a mobile game, Paddington Run, produced together with Copyrights Group. (Hollywood Reporter)

TV

Meghan McCain Replaces Jedediah Bila on The View. It's official: Meghan McCain has replaced Jedediah Bila on The View. Bila surprised viewers when she announced her departure Sept. 18. Meghan's name was mentioned as a possible successor, and on Monday, she officially joined moderator Whoopi Goldberg and co-hosts Joy Behar, Paula Faris, Sara Haines and Sunny Hostin for Hot Topics. Joking with Behar on-air, Meghan said, "I don't think we're going to agree on anything, Joy!" "Thank you all so much for having me. It's such a privilege to be on the show. It's such an iconic show. It's so iconic to be in this chair that [Elisabeth Hasselbeck] made so great," Meghan said at the top of the show. "I watched Elisabeth in college, and to be the conservative on this show is something I take very seriously, and I'm excited to bring a different perspective to the show." Meghan, the daughter of U.S. Senator John McCain, drove home that sentiment in a statement to E! News and other media. "I'm honored and proud to be part of such an iconic show with a diverse, smart, strong and interesting group of women," the 32-year-old pundit said. "I've been a fan of the show for many years, so taking my seat at that table is definitely a career highlight!" Megan recently served as host on Fox News' Outnumbered. She will also contribute to ABC News, where she will make appearances on shows like Good Morning America and This Week. "Meghan is smart and well-informed, with passionate opinions that will create a new and exciting dynamic at the table," The View's senior executive producer Hilary Estey McLoughlin told E! News in a statement. "She has a unique perspective and life experience that will bring a fresh, multigenerational voice to the show. We know she'll be a great addition to The View." The View airs weekdays at 11 a.m. on ABC. (Eonline)

Leo's Back! Find Out How Harry Connick Jr. Reprises His Will & Grace Role. The Will & Grace revival is welcoming back one very special guest star. PEOPLE has an exclusive sneak peek at this week's episode, in which Harry Connick Jr. is reprising his role as Grace's ex-husband Leo. In the scene, Grace (Debra Messing) wakes up in a hospital bed -- only to be shocked to learn that Leo, who is still listed as her emergency contact, happens to be standing right in front of her. "How heavy was that sedation?" she asks the nurse. "Because I feel like my ex-husband is standing right there." "I think I'm still listed as your emergency contact," he replies. "How could that be?" she demands. "I told Karen to -- oh, that's how." The original NBC sitcom, which ran for eight seasons from 1998-2006, concluded with a remarried Grace and Leo raising a daughter, Laila, while Will (Eric McCormack) shared son Ben with spouse Vincent (Bobby Cannavale). However, the reboot chose to ignore the series finale, picking back up with Will and Grace single, childless and still living in their famous New York City apartment. "We spent most of our time trying to figure out what would be the way to make the show the best version of itself coming back after 11 years," executive producer/creator Max Mutchnick told Entertainment Weekly in August. "That finale really caused us a lot of grief. You write a finale because a show is over. You never think that it's coming back again." "When the decision was made to bring the series back, we were like, well, we left them with kids, right?" added executive producer/creator David Kohan. "And if they have children, then it has to be about them being parents, 'cause presumably it would be a priority in their lives. And if it wasn't a priority in their lives, then they're still parents, they're just bad parents, right? We frankly did not want to see them being either good parents or bad parents. We wanted them to be Will and Grace." Will & Grace airs Thursdays (9 p.m. ET) on NBC. (People)

'Elena of Avalor': Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Buscemi Among Guest Stars for Season 2. Elena of Avalor is welcoming some famous faces to its voice cast for season two. The show has booked Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Buscemi, Cloris Leachman, Rosie Perez and Mario Lopez and his daughter, Gia, as guest stars for the second season, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. In addition, the season-two premiere has been set for Saturday, Oct. 14. The show will premiere at 9 p.m. ET on Disney Channel and at 11:30 a.m. ET on Disney Junior, with a special Dia de los Muertos-themed episode titled "The Jewel of Maru." Elena is visited by the ghosts of her parents on the Day of the Dead and meets another ghost named Amalay who stands watch over the powerful Jewel of Maru. In the second season, Elena takes on more responsibility as a leader and delves deeper into the magical land of the jaquins. In conjunction with the season premiere, a new shortform series, "Adventures in Vallestrella," set in the magical land of the jaquins, will debut on Disney Junior and the DisneyNOW app. Goldberg and Leachman, along with Tony Plana (Ugly Betty), are set to play a trio of sunbirds named Lama, Hool and Qapa, respectively. Buscemi will voice a shape-shifting dolphin mob boss named Saloso. Perez, Lopez, seven-year-old daughter Gia and Diane Guerrero (Orange is the New Black) will play new jaquin characters Dulce, Cruz, Estrella and Vestia, respectively. Other guest stars tapped for season two include Andrea Navedo (Jane the Virgin) as Elena's mother, Queen Lucia; Genesis Rodriguez (Disney XD's Big Hero 6 The Series) as Maruvian ghost Amalay; Danielle Brooks (Orange Is the New Black) as female rock monster Charica; Kimiko Glenn (Orange Is the New Black) as Princess Isabel's new classmate, Tomiko; Chrissie Fit (Disney's Teen Beach Movie) as Valentina, a princess from a neighboring kingdom; and Horatio Sanz (Saturday Night Live) as Armando's brother, Santos. Aimee Carrero stars the voice of Princess Elena; the other regular cast includes Jenna Ortega, Chris Parnell, Yvette Nicole Brown, Carlos Alazraqui, Emiliano Díez, Julia Vera, Christian Lanz, Jillian Rose Reed, Joseph Haro, Jorge Diaz, Keith Ferguson and Joe Nunez. The recurring guest voice cast includes Jane Fonda, Constance Marie, Lou Diamond Phillips, Justina Machado, Jaime Camil and Anthony Mendez. Latin Grammy Award winner Gaby Moreno performs the series' theme song. The series, a production of Disney Television Animation, was created and is executive produced by Craig Gerber. (Hollywood Reporter)

BAFTA Adds New Category to TV and TV Craft Awards. Both events will now celebrate shortform content from 2018. BAFTA is continuing to move with the times, introducing a new shortform category for 2018's TV and TV Craft Awards. Both events will from next year include a designated category to recognize single shorts, short form series and shorts from a strand from any genre that have been commissioned or premiered on an online or broadcast platform. "The industry is constantly evolving and it's important that BAFTA remains at the forefront of this ever-changing landscape, celebrating the very best programs and performances, and being relevant in the work that we reward," said Emma Baehr, BAFTA's director of awards and membership. "As distribution models continue to develop, stories are being told in new and innovative ways -- and this is especially evident in the growth of shortform content. Our Awards champion excellence across the British television industry and the introduction of this new category will shine a spotlight on the very best creative talent in the shortform space." The eligibility criteria has also been slightly tweaked for drama and mini-drama series. Previously, the categories had been determined by the number of episodes in their series, meaning that shorter series such as Sherlock would fall in the miniseries category. The new rules split the categories up depending on whether or not they intend to return, meaning Sherlock would be a drama series and The Night Manager, for example, would be a miniseries. Last year, BAFTA changed its rules to allow internationally funded based-in-the-U.K. series -- such as Netflix's The Crown -- to compete in the main categories. The BAFTA TV Craft Awards are due to take place April 22 2018, with the BAFTA TV Awards on May 13. (Hollywood Reporter)

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