Thursday, October 12, 2017

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

She knew the drill. While Meghan Markle has enjoyed keeping her 15-month romance with Prince Harry "just ours," as she told Vanity Fair, she realized dating an heir to the British throne meant embracing a life of public appearances and formal proclamations. "I'm sure there will be a time when we will have to come forward," she explained, "and present ourselves." She may want to start practicing her royal wave. Multiple sources are convinced the 33-year-old royal quietly proposed to the Toronto-based Suits actress, 36. And though the pair are keeping their bliss private -- a Harry source says he always planned to share the news only with parents at first "so he could enjoy it before word spread" -- a Markle insider reveals in the new issue of Us Weekly that they'll make an official announcement "soon." As in next month, potentially. Sources predict the proclamation will come after Markle wraps her seventh and final season of her USA Network show in November. "It'd be a security nightmare to do it sooner," explains a Markle pal. "She'd be followed everywhere!" By the time Markle flashes her sparkler, she'll be behind Kensington Palace's protective walls. Post-filming, says the pal, "she'll relocate to London for sure." There, she'll be on hand to help plan what one insider calls "a detailed media rollout." Much like Prince William and Duchess Kate, who announced their 2010 betrothal in a series of interviews a month after William proposed in Kenya, Harry and Markle "will most likely hold a small photo call at Kensington Palace, with just one photographer and journalist invited," says the insider. "On the same day, they'll do a TV interview that will be syndicated around the world." And though palace aides are being kept in the dark on the duo's news, they've already started quietly making preparations, says a source: "These things are planned early in advance." (US Weekly)

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth Make Rare Red Carpet Appearance at Thor: Ragnarok Premiere. All eyes were on Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth Tuesday night. The private pair made a surprise appearance at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood to celebrate the world premiere of Chris Hemsworth's Thor: Ragnarok (in theaters Nov. 3). Indeed, it was a rare red carpet outing for the couple, who last attended the L.A. premiere of Liam's Paranoia on Aug. 8, 2013 -- just six days before Miley and Liam ended their engagement. Miley and Liam got back together in 2016, and they were inseparable as they posed for photos at Tuesday's premiere. Chris and Liam's brother Luke Hemsworth and sister-in-law Samantha Hemsworth were also at event, as were Chris' wife Elsa Pataky and the three brothers' parents. The night was really about Chris, who spent time posing for photos with director Taika Waititi and actors Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo and Tessa Thompson. E! News' Zuri Hall was on the red carpet, where she asked Chris how it felt to have Liam and Miley show their support. "It's nice to have them together," the 34-year-old actor said. "They are busy, and any time they can get together is nice." E! News' Sibley Scoles had talked to him Monday about a possible wedding, but Chris played coy about his brother's relationship status. "I don't know if they're engaged," the actor said. "I love them both." Sibley also talked to Chris about bringing his three children to the set of Thor: Ragnarok. "They were wildly unimpressed," he confessed. "They were like, 'This is so boring. We thought you fight monsters for a living and you don't. You pretend. And so, we're going to wreck stuff.'" Suffice to say, they won't be dressing up as Thor for Halloween. "They want to be Wonder Woman. It's true, both my sons and my daughter," he said. "It's alright; I love Wonder Woman." (Eonline)

Dakota Johnson & Jon Hamm are reportedly dating on the low. We're loving the idea of a Anastasia Steele and Don Draper coupling. Dakota Johnson and Jon Hamm are rumored to be Hollywood's latest surprise couple and we're totally into it. The Fifty Shades star and the actor/director were spotted enjoying what appeared to be a date at New York City's Kingside restaurant on Thursday, following Hamm's hosting gig at the Brooklyn Black Tie Ball. According to a Page Six source, "they seemed to really be enjoying each other's company." However, the dating rumors aren't just based on this. Back in April, the pair were photographed together at Elton John's 70th birthday party. But in June, Hamm was linked to comedian Jenny Slate following his 2015 split from actress Jennifer Westfeldt, whom he was with for 18 years. Johnson on the other hand, hasn't been linked to anyone since her relationship with Matthew Hitt. The pair dated for two years before calling it quits in 2016. (British Glamour)

Bella Hadid didn't react well at first to the news that her ex-boyfriend The Weeknd (nee Abel Tesfaye) had moved on to a new relationship with Selena Gomez, unfollowing the "Same Old Love" singer on Instagram after he and Gomez were spotted kissing while on a date in L.A. and later posting a photo of herself flipping the bird. But that was back in January. And 10 months later, Bella's mom Yolanda Hadid assures fans that the supermodel has moved on. During an appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen on Wednesday, the former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star was asked a series of questions about Bella -- including whether the brunette beauty "cares that The Weeknd is with Selena Gomez." Yolanda's response? "Not anymore, I think." That could be because Bella has reportedly moved on to "Hotline Bling" rapper Drake, who threw Bella a 21st birthday party in New York City on Monday night -- though Yolanda played coy about their relationship. "Are you kidding! What are we [doing] here? This is like ... " she stumbled when Cohen asked her point-blank whether the two are dating. "He threw her a big 21st birthday party last night!" Cohen insisted. "You were there!" That didn't sway Yolanda. "He did? Really?" she said, smiling. "Oh, I didn't know that." Although she wouldn't confirm whether Bella and Drake are together, she admitted, "I mean, they're friends!" Bella and The Weeknd, 27, split in November 2016 after a year and a half together. "Their schedules have been too hard to coordinate and he is focusing on finishing and promoting his album," a source exclusively told PEOPLE at the time. "They still have a great deal of love for one another and will remain friends." As The Weeknd and Gomez, 25, began dating, a source told PEOPLE that Bella was upset. "Bella and Abel's split wasn't dramatic, but of course she's hurt and pissed that he's moved on so quickly with Selena," the insider explained, adding that it was Hadid who ultimately pulled the plug on the duo's romance. Multiple sources also told PEOPLE at the time that Gomez and Hadid were never close friends and there was no betrayal involved. "They've always been friendly, but they're not best friends," one Gomez source said. Added another Gomez pal: "Selena knows Bella through Taylor [Swift] and her squad, but they've never been close." Bella Hadid Is 'Hurt' Selena Gomez and the Weeknd Are Dating: Multiple sources tell PEOPLE that Gomez and Hadid were never close friends and there was no betrayal involved Gomez and The Weeknd's romance continues to remain strong. He was a source of support for the actress and singer amid her kidney transplant this summer, scheduling performances around her medical emergency to be by her side. The two were joined at the hip in September at the Harper's Bazaar celebration of Icons By Carine Roitfeld inside New York City's The Plaza Hotel, where The Weeknd was honored (and performed). They publicly confirmed their romance by stepping out together in their black-tie best and huge smiles at fashion prom, a.k.a. the Met Gala in May. Meanwhile, Yolanda didn't just have to answer questions about Bella's dating life on WWHL. She was also grilled about daughter Gigi Hadid and her boyfriend Zayn Malik. "What do you and Zayn talk about when you get together?" Cohen asked Yolanda. "We have a lot to talk about!" Yolanda said, laughing. Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen airs Sundays through Thursdays (11 p.m. ET) on Bravo. (People)

One Tree Hill Star Hilarie Burton Claims Ben Affleck Groped Her on TRL: 'I Was a Kid'. Just hours after Ben Affleck condemned the sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein -- saying he was "saddened and angered" by claims of alleged sexual harassment and assault made against the movie mogul by some of the biggest stars in Hollywood -- Hilarie Burton claimed Affleck groped her when she was a host of MTV's TRL. After a fan suggested that Affleck should have "kept quiet," another Twitter user wrote, "He also grabbed Hilarie Burton's breasts on TRL once. Everyone forgot though." The 35-year-old actress then bluntly responded about the alleged 2003 incident, "I didn't forget." "I'm so sorry that happened to you," the fan wrote back. "It's infuriating that people never bring up all the gross, predatory things he's done." "Seriously, thank you for that. I was a kid," Burton said. A rep for Affleck did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday. The One Tree Hill alum then shared a clip of TRL outtakes in which she says, "He comes over and tweaks my left boob," apparently speaking about Affleck. Later in the video, the actor is shown asking her, "How old are you -- 19?" "Girls. I'm so impressed with you brave ones," Burton, who is expecting her second child with The Walking Dead star Jeffrey Dean Morgan, wrote in the tweet. "I had to laugh back then so I wouldn't cry. Sending love." Following Affleck's statement on the Weinstein accusations, actress Rose McGowan -- whose $100,000 settlement involving the movie mogul was revealed by the New York Times -- slammed the Argo star. "Ben Affleck f -- off," she tweeted. McGowan, who starred in 1998's Phantoms with Affleck, added, "'GODDAMNIT! I TOLD HIM TO STOP DOING THAT" you said that to my face. The press conf I was made to go to after assault. You lie." Harvey Weinstein's Wife Georgina Chapman Is Leaving Him: 'My Heart Breaks for All the Women Who Have Suffered' Harvey Weinstein's wife, Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman, is leaving him -- as more women continue to step forward to accuse the movie mogul of decades of sexual harassment and assault On Sunday, Weinstein, 65, was removed from his powerhouse film studio in the wake of the publication of the allegations in a New York Times report. In the Times article, eight women -- including actress Ashley Judd -- spoke out against Weinstein, accusing him of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior. The Times also reported that Weinstein reached private settlements with eight women, including actress Rose McGowan. On Tuesday, a new expose in The New Yorker revealed -- among 13 different women's accounts of alleged sexual harassment, assault and rape -- that the mogul allegedly forcibly performed oral sex on Italian actress Asia Argento two decades ago. Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie also came forward to accuse Weinstein of sexual harassment, and actresses Mira Sorvino and Rosanna Arquette also claimed that after rejecting Weinstein's unwanted advances, they were removed from or kept from being hired for projects. Weinstein's wife, Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman, announced Tuesday amid the allegations that she was leaving him. "My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions. I have chosen to leave my husband. Caring for my young children is my first priority and I ask the media for privacy at this time," Chapman says in a statement to PEOPLE. (People)

Georgina Chapman Announces She Is Leaving Husband Harvey Weinstein. Georgina Chapman has had enough. After staying quiet for several days, the Marchesa designer released a statement where she announced she was leaving husband Harvey Weinstein as he continues to face sexual harassment allegations. "My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions," Georgina said in a statement to People. "I have chosen to leave my husband." She continued, "Caring for my young children is my first priority and I ask the media for privacy at this time." The couple, who married in 2007, have two children together. Georgina's announcement comes after the New York Times first went public with their investigation where several women came forward and claimed sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey. While his lawyer called the allegations in the Times article "false and defamatory," Harvey released his own statement to outlets. "I came of age in the 60's and 70's, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different. That was the culture then," he explained. "I have since learned it's not an excuse, in the office -- or out of it. To anyone. I realized some time ago that I needed to be a better person and my interactions with the people I work with have changed." Harvey continued, "I appreciate the way I've behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it. Though I'm trying to do better, I know I have a long way to go. That is my commitment." When the first allegations surfaced, Harvey expressed that his wife was standing by him. "She stands 100 percent behind me. Georgina and I have talked about this at length. We went out with Lisa Bloom last night when we knew the article was coming out," he shared with the New York Post. "Georgina will be with Lisa and others kicking my ass to be a better human being and to apologize to people for my bad behavior, to say I'm sorry, and to absolutely mean it." Recently, Lisa announced her resignation as advisor to Harvey. As Hollywood continues to distance themselves from the famous producer, Harvey is facing consequences for the allegations surrounding him. Most recently, he was fired from The Weinstein Company. (Eonline)

Harvey Weinstein knew his wife of 10 years, Georgina Chapman, was going to leave him because they had a heart-to-heart about breaking up in the days after his scandal broke. Weinstein says, "Over the last week, there has been a lot of pain for my family that I take responsibility for. I sat down with my wife Georgina, who I love more than anything, and we discussed what was best for our family. We discussed the possibility of a separation and I encouraged her to do what was in her heart. In the end, she made the decision to separate." As his sexual harassment scandal grows, Weinstein somehow sounds optimistic he'll be able to patch things up with Georgina ... saying, "I understand, I love her and I love our children and hopefully, when I am better, I will be in their lives again. I support her decision, I am in counseling and perhaps, when I am better, we can rebuild." High hopes. (TMZ)

Alyssa Milano Didn't Comment on Harvey Weinstein Allegations Because of Her Friendship With Georgina Chapman. Despite seeing her Charmed co-star Rose McGowan and other actors speak out against the Harvey Weinstein allegations, Alyssa Milano remained silent. But in a recent post on her website Patriot Not Partisan, the TV host released a statement and attributed her lack of response to her friendship with Weinstein's now-ex Georgina Chapman. "Even with these strong feelings -- not just about Weinstein but about workplace sexism in general -- this statement is complicated for me for personal reasons," her post read. "Harvey has a wife, who I have had the privilege of working with for the last 5 years on Project Runway All Stars. Georgina Chapman is my friend. She is one of the most special humans I have ever met." "Harvey and Georgina also have two very young children who my children have known their entire lives," her statement continued. "It is because of my love for Georgina, India and Dashiell that I haven't publicly commented on this until now. Please don't confuse my silence for anything other than respect for a dear friend and her beautiful children." In addition to explaining her silence, Milano expressed her feelings about the Weinstein allegations. "While I am sickened and angered over the disturbing accusations of Weinstein's sexual predation and abuse of power, I'm happy -- ecstatic even -- that it has opened a dialogue around the continued sexual harassment, objectification and degradation of women," she stated. "To the women who have suffered any form of abuse of power, I stand beside you. To the women who have come forward against a system that is designed to keep you silent, I stand in awe of you and appreciate you and our fortitude." Milano's Charmed co-star McGowan was mentioned in The New York Times expose detailing Weinstein's sexual misconduct allegations for a $100,000 settlement she reached with Weinstein in 1997 "after "after an episode in a hotel room during the Sundance Film Festival." Weinstein's attorney told Page Six the article's claims are "false and defamatory." McGowan has continued to speak about the Weinstein Company and sexual harassment on social media. Milano also wrote about the sexism behind the word "actress" -- calling it "a feminized, watered down name for the same profession our male colleagues have dominated" -- and detailed the harassment women face not just in Hollywood, but everywhere. "In any -- and every -- profession, women are continuously mistreated," she wrote. "This is not an uncommon occurrence. This is a sick culture. Men like Harvey Weinstein are around every corner. Men who undermine women and their strength, ability and intelligence exist everywhere." Visit Patriot Not Partisan to read the full post. (Eonline)

Lindsay Lohan Defends Harvey Weinstein, Thinks Georgina Chapman Needs to "Be There for Her Husband." Lindsay Lohan is speaking out in defense of Harvey Weinstein. In two Instagram Story videos that have since been deleted, the actress decided to share her perspective on the allegations surrounding the Hollywood producer. "I feel very bad for Harvey Weinstein right now, I don't think it's right what's going on," Lindsay explained. "I think Georgina needs to take a stand and be there for her husband." She continued, "He's never harmed me or did anything to me -- we've done several movies together. I think everyone needs to stop -- I think it's wrong. So stand up." Earlier Tuesday, Georgina Chapman announced that she was leaving her husband as he continues to face sexual harassment allegations. "My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions," the Marchesa designer said in a statement to People. "I have chosen to leave my husband." She continued, "Caring for my young children is my first priority and I ask the media for privacy at this time." Last week, the New York Times first went public with their investigation where several women came forward and claimed sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey. His lawyer called the allegations made in the publication "false and defamatory." As for Harvey, he also reacted to the accusations with his own statement. "I came of age in the 60's and 70's, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different. That was the culture then," he explained. "I have since learned it's not an excuse, in the office -- or out of it. To anyone. I realized some time ago that I needed to be a better person and my interactions with the people I work with have changed." Harvey continued, "I appreciate the way I've behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it. Though I'm trying to do better, I know I have a long way to go. That is my commitment." (Eonline)

Harvey Weinstein boarded a private jet Tuesday night, bound for a rehab center in Europe for sex addiction ... sources connected with the former mogul tell TMZ. We're told Harvey has decided to take the advice of the people around him and leave immediately. We're told he will enter a live-in facility and will deal both with sex and other behavioral issues. Our sources say Weinstein is surprisingly calm, considering the PR nightmare engulfing him. As one source put it, "He has his moments where there are bursts, but for the most part he's pretty calm." We're told Weinstein still believes he can get help, come back and make a fresh start. As a source close to Weinstein put it, "He wants to come back with fresh, new ideas." As we reported, he and his team are in settlement discussions with The Weinstein Co. and the idea of him serving in some outside capacity is still on the table. (TMZ)

Usher Fights to Get Genital Herpes Case Dismissed, Claims Georgia Accuser Knew the Risks of Sex. Usher continues to fight back against accusations that he allegedly gave genital herpes to Laura Helm. In court documents obtained by E! News, the Grammy winner's attorney has asked the court to dismiss Laura's $20 million lawsuit in part because the plaintiff assumed her own risk when sleeping with a partner. "With a one in six chance that any given partner could have genital herpes, plaintiff assumed the risk of contracting an STD each and every time she chose to have unprotected sex with a casual, consensual party," Usher's attorney Steve Sadow stated. "To be perfectly clear, [Usher] is not asking the court to pass moral or societal judgment on plaintiff," the documents state. "[Usher] is only seeking the correct application of the legal doctrine of assumption of risk as interpreted and construed in Georgia's appellate decisions." In Laura's verified tape, she alleges to being a participant in two casual, consensual sexual encounters with a celebrity. According to Usher's attorney, Laura "made the free choice to engage in unprotected sexual activity. In doing so, she failed to exercise ordinary care for her own safety." Usher has never confirmed that he has an STD or had sex with Laura. And when three accusers came forward in August claiming the "Yeah" singer had sexual relations with them in the past without telling them he had the herpes virus, his legal team denied the allegations. Usher "general and specifically denies each and every allegation contained in the complaint and the entirety thereof, including each purported cause of action contained therein," his lawyers said in a statement. TMZ was first to report the legal development. (Eonline)

Kim Zolciak Hires High-Powered Lawyer Marty Singer After NeNe Leakes' 'Racist' Claims. Kim Zolciak has hired high-powered lawyer Marty Singer in the wake of NeNe Leakes calling her "racist" in a bitter social media feud, a source tells Us Weekly. The mother of six's move came days after Leakes, 49, slammed her Real Housewives of Atlanta costar and Zolciak's daughter Brielle Biermann on Instagram. "Kim hired Marty to represent her and handle NeNe in light of Nene's defamatory comments about Kim," the source tells Us Weekly exclusively. "Marty and his team are advising Kim about what actions she can take." "I've hired legal counsel at this point. It's just that bad," Zolciak confirmed on Larry King Now on Tuesday, October 10. As Us previously reported, the trouble began on Thursday, October 5, when a Snapchat video previously recorded by Biermann, 20, surfaced, showing roaches on the floor of Leakes' bathroom. Leakes posted the video to her Instagram account, writing, "We don't have roaches! If you found 1, u brought it with u or it fell outta yo funky p---y! Please know I will get You all the way together when you start f--king wit me and mine! Go somewhere and let the air outta those fake lips, fake titties and fake ass because you will never be @kylejenner [sic] Yo trashy mama should have taught you better! My home is Brand New but you guys were so jealous of it, you couldn't even give a compliment. "You had to stoop so low and be so disgusting #racisttrash #jealous #KKK #thirsty," she added. "You better run yo ass back to a child's place #youwannaactgrown?" The Don't Be Tardy star responded with an Instagram post of her own, writing, "Everyone in my life knows that I am far from racist and unfortunately NeNe Leakes has tried for the last 10 years to paint that picture because that's her last resort. (It's convenient that I'm not racist when we are getting along.)" "In a day and age where racism is very much alive and people are actually dying because of real racists, it's heartbreaking that NeNe would cry wolf like this only because she's upset," she continued. "I think everyone including Nene needs to spend some time uplifting people instead of tearing them down. Nene should be embracing love instead of making up lies. There is absolutely no credibility to anything that she has said. I will NOT stand for these slanderous comments!" The news comes one day after Leakes apologized for making a controversial comment about a heckler at her recent stand-up comedy show. At the show in Oakland, California, on Saturday, October 7, Leakes told the woman that she hoped her Uber driver would rape her on the way home. "I truly regret and apologize for what I said," Leakes wrote on Facebook on Monday, October 9. "As a woman and someone who has survived abuse, I regret the words that I used. I made a mistake and I should have known better. I hope people accept my deepest and sincerest apologies. I am sorry." (US Weekly)

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Kristen Bell Covers Shape and Talks Diet, Fitness and How She's Setting an Example For Her Daughters. Want to look as good as Kristen Bell? The petite Veronica Mars alum and Frozen star revealed some of her diet and fitness secrets to Shape magazine, which features her on the cover of its November 2017 issue, which hits newsstands on October 17. She also talked about how she's teaching her and husband Dax Shepard's daughters Lincoln, 4, and Delta, 2, that "paying attention to your body is mandatory." Bell said she is a fan of yoga and "fast workouts," saying she incorporates sprints into her exercise routine, which take about 25 minutes. She also multi-tasks, fitting in some workouts while hanging out with her kids. "It's important to me to show my children that I care about my health and fitness enough to stay committed," she said. "So when I'm in their room with them, I'll do some squats. When they ask what I'm doing, I'll say I'm getting my physical fitness in. And because they copy everything I do, the next time they pick up a heavy bag they'll say, 'I'm getting my workout in.'" "It's a value I want to instill in my kids at an early age -- that paying attention to your body is mandatory," she said. "Whether it's putting my sunscreen on or doing push-ups, it's not just me taking care of myself but also helping me shape my daughters." Bell is a vegetarian and has to make sure she gets enough protein every day. The actress said she is a big fan of Banza pasta, made from chickpeas, and spinach and feta egg-white omelettes while working on sets. "I tell the caterer, 'Once you've added so much feta that you think, 'Oh no, I've added too much feta,' double that,'" she said. "As a snack at work, I'll grab a Chobani yogurt," she said. "At home, I'll pick things that are blooming in my garden -- mulberries, nectar plums, blackberries. Lunch is almost always a big garbage disposal salad. I start with lettuce and add a scoop of rice, a scoop of beans, a handful of nuts, tomatoes, broccoli, carrots, cucumber, strawberries, blueberries, a splash of olive oil, a squeeze of lemon and some sea salt. It's delicious." As healthy as her diet is, Bell's favorite foods reveal she is just like everyone else. "My favorite food, though, is croutons. Any and all croutons. I don't discriminate," she said. "Carbs -- I love 'em!" she told Shape. (Eonline)

Angelina Jolie Poses With Cheetahs for Glamorous Harper's Bazaar Shoot. Angelina Jolie takes a walk on the wild side in the November issue of Harper's Bazaar. In an essay in celebration of the magazine's 150 anniversary (on newsstands Oct. 24), the 42-year-old actress and director champions environmental and women's rights. She also models clothing from Atelier Versace, Rag & Bone, Ralph Lauren Collection and other labels while posing with cheetahs and locals at a nature reserve in Namibia's Namib desert. "There is a lot we can't predict about the world 150 years from now," Jolie writes. "But we do know that our great-grandchildren will be living with the consequences of decisions we make now, just as we can trace the origin of problems we are dealing with today to their roots in earlier centuries." The reserve is run by the N/a'an ku sê Foundation, led by Jolie's friends, Marlice van Vuuren and Rudie van Vuuren. Jolie's daughter, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, was born in the country, and the family "has worked with Rudie and Marlice on conservation in that country over the past decade," the actress says. "For me, Namibia represents not only ties of family and friendship but also the effort to find the balance between humans and the environment so crucial to our future. The N/a'an ku sê Foundation works with Namibia's San people, who are considered to be the world's oldest culture. They represent thousands of years of man and wildlife coexisting in harmony, but they have suffered, like other indigenous peoples, from being forced off their lands by farming, unchecked development, and the depletion of wildlife. The destruction of natural habitat and wildlife has left the San people unable to hunt and support their families." According to the actress, "the same thing is happening all across the globe -- in Africa, Latin America, Asia, and the Pacific -- and women are often the most affected." Statistically, women "make up most of the world's poor," she writes. "It often falls on them to find food, water, and fuel to cook for their families. When the environment is damaged -- for example, when fishing stocks are destroyed, wildlife is killed by poachers, or tropical forests are bulldozed -- it deepens their poverty. Women's education and health are the first things to suffer. The environment is also a crucial factor in future global stability, with 21.5 million people displaced worldwide by climate change every year, as part of the more than 65 million people displaced in total." As a Special Envoy for the UNHCR since 2012 (and a Goodwill Ambassador for 11 years), issues like these are close to Jolie's heart. "N/a'an ku sê works to preserve the natural habitat and to protect endangered species, such as elephants, rhinos, and cheetahs, like the ones pictured in this story," she writes. "I first encountered them in 2015, when they were small cubs and our family sponsored them. They'd been orphaned and nearly died. They were nursed back to health, but they cannot be returned to the wild, as they have lost their fear of humans and could be killed if they stray onto farmland. With cheetah numbers plummeting to fewer than 7,100 worldwide, the mission is to save every animal possible." Despite how glamorous the photos appear, she wants to be crystal clear: "These cheetahs are not pets, nor should any wild animal ever be kept as one. They inspire us to help preserve these unique, majestic creatures in the wild, as just one of many steps to preserve the environment for future generations." Jolie was particularly interested in highlighting these causes in Harper's Bazaar, as "fashion was once a major factor in encouraging the demand for clothes, jewelry and objects made from wildlife parts." By not featuring such items, editors can "send a different message: that wild animals belong in the wild, and that ivory is not beautiful unless on the tusk of a living animal." Jolie hopes her essay will inspire others to take a stand. "What we do, each in our own small way, matters. The hopeful thought is that it is in our hands. Over the next 150 years, technology is going to give us more and better means of communicating, fighting poverty, defending human rights, and caring for the environment. But it is what we choose to do with the freedom we have that will make all the difference. If my life experience has taught me anything," she says, "it is that what you stand for, and what you choose to stand against, is what defines you." (Eonline)

Angelina Jolie does Halloween like the Griswolds do Christmas lights because she dropped a fortune -- to most of us -- on costumes and decorations. Angie cruised the aisles of Glendale Halloween last weekend -- she only had Zahara and one of the twins in tow, but looks like they scooped up enough for the whole gang. We're told Mom spent nearly a grand in just one hour. Here's a partial list of her swag: Bleeding machete, Ninja weapon set, Big baby costume prop, Rainbow tutu, Pumpkin teeth, Straight jacket and a fake dead bird in a cage She's been busy on the Halloween store circuit -- she also loaded up last week at Hollywood Toys and Costumes. Twenty more shopping days, Angie! (TMZ)

Sting and Trudie Styler have sold their amazing duplex at the landmark Robert A.M. Stern-designed 15 Central Park West for a whopping $50 million to a mystery buyer, Page Six has exclusively confirmed. They put their stylish duplex penthouse, on the 16th and 17th floor of the storied building, on the market in May for $56 million. The couple is said to be buying a place at Stern's new limestone-clad 66-story building at 220 Central Park South, which won't be ready until next year. The new building -- nicknamed the "billionaires' bunker" -- is famed for its $200 million-plus penthouse, which sources tell Page Six was bought by hedge fund titan Ken Griffin. A source with knowledge of Sting's 15 CPW sale said, "The deal is signed, but the sale won't close until next year, which will give Sting and Trudie time to get their new apartment ready." But don't feel sorry for the former Police frontman and his film producer-and-director wife for not getting the full asking price -- he and Trudie bought the 15 CPW apartment, with stunning Central Park views, for about $27 million in 2008. The couple brought architect Lee F. Mindel of Shelton, Mindel & Associates on board to unify the previously separate apartments. He installed a floating staircase and a custom free-standing fireplace. Their apartment has 44 feet of frontage along Central Park and a nearly 400-square-foot terrace. The interior is spread out over nearly 5,500 square feet and includes three bedrooms and a home office. Other sources in the building said that despite the prestige of living at 15 CPW, Sting and Trudie found the building too stuffy, and they are believed to have sold to a foreign buyer. Famous residents of that building have included Robert De Niro, Denzel Washington, Bob Costas, Goldman CEO Lloyd Blankfein, Alex Rodriguez and hedge fund gurus Dan Loeb and Barry Rosenstein. A rep for Sting and Trudie didn't comment. (Page Six)

The Napa estate Lindsay Lohan schemed her way into "The Parent Trap" has miraculously been spared by wildfires in Northern California ... at least for now. Staglin Family Vineyards -- portrayed as Dennis Quaid's "Parker Knoll" in the movie -- is currently unscathed by any of the surrounding fires in the area ... so says the owner. Shari Staglin tells TMZ her property in the town of Rutherford hasn't been touched in the midst of raging blazes this week, despite bordering towns having been evacuated. She says the nearest fires are 3-5 miles away ... and threatening winds have started to die down. Staglin also notes the property -- comprised of a vineyard and 2 mansions -- is surrounded by streams, so she's expecting to be fine. She's also housing some evacuated employees and families there, too, through the disaster. The fires in NorCal have killed at least 15 so far, and scorched up to 100,000 acres. (TMZ)

Mark Zuckerberg admits using hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico as the backdrop to roll out Facebook's new 360-degree virtual reality technology ... was a super tone-deaf idea. No duh. Zuckerberg issued an apology for the demonstration he and other FB staffers pulled off on Tuesday. The technology is, no doubt, cool -- using VR to drop your friends into your home, your vacation ... or maybe even your decimated homeland ... in the case of millions of Puerto Ricans. The video is stunning -- make sure you wait for the high-five between Mark and his social media honcho, Rachel. Tone-deaf is a HUGE understatement. (TMZ)

BAFTA Suspends Harvey Weinstein's Membership Amid Sexual Assault Allegations. The fallout continues. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) announced Wednesday that it "has informed" Harvey Weinstein that his membership has been suspended, effective immediately. "Whilst BAFTA has previously been a beneficiary of Mr. Weinstein's support for its charitable work, it considers the reported alleged behavior completely unacceptable and incompatible with BAFTA's values. This has led to Mr. Weinstein's suspension, and it will be followed by a formal process as laid out in BAFTA's constitution," a spokesperson said in a statement. "We hope this announcement sends a clear message that such behavior has absolutely no place in our industry. BAFTA will continue to work with the film, games and television industries to improve access to rewarding and fulfilling careers in safe, professional working environments." Weinstein has not commented on his suspension. The National Organization for Women is calling for Weinstein to lose his membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. "This week The New York Times reported that Weinstein silenced numerous women who accused him of sexual harassment -- and many more came forward after the article's publication, including actors Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie. We are witnessing the downfall of a powerful man at the hands of empowered women," NOW President Toni Van Pelt said in a statement released Tuesday. "It took tremendous courage for these survivors to come forward, in spite of the looming threat of personal and legal retribution from Weinstein, and the fierce shame that so many survivors experience." On Tuesday, a spokesperson for the Robin Hood Foundation, a New York-based anti-poverty charity, said Weinstein had stepped down from the board; his rep declined to comment. According to reports, he also stepped down from amfAR, the Lebron James Family Foundation, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, Oceana and UNICEF in light of allegations that he sexually harassed multiple women over the course of several decades. Last week, The New York Times' Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey interviewed a few of alleged victims about their experiences with Weinstein. In a statement, his attorney, Charles J. Harder, said the story was "saturated with false and defamatory statements." The New York Times stands by its reporting, a rep said. Ronan Farrow published an article in The New Yorker Tuesday in which three women accused Weinstein of rape. The producer's denied the claims, saying in a statement, "Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein." In response to women who went on the record about their alleged encounters, the rep said, "Mr. Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual." According to Weinstein's rep, he is now seeing a therapist and hopes one day, "if he makes enough progress, he will be given a second chance." Weinstein's wife, fashion designer Georgina Chapman, announced she is leaving him Tuesday. (Eonline)

Music

NHL's Vegas Knights Honor Route 91 Victims & First Responders at Inaugural Home Opener. Las Vegas' first major-league team, the NHL's Vegas Golden Knights, paid tribute to the 58 victims of the Route 91 Harvest Festival mass shooting and first responders during the pregame ceremony at Tuesday night's (Oct. 10) inaugural home opener. According to ESPN.com, the victims' names were "emblazoned on the ice" before the game against the Arizona Coyotes began, along with a 58-second moment of silence for those who were killed in the worst mass shooting in modern American history. In a further tribute, the sideboards in T-Mobile Arena eschewed ads during the ceremony in favor of the message "Vegas strong." Before the game, the team's general manager, George McPhee, explained to the Las Vegas Sun. "Needless to say it's not going to be a typical opener... We'll save that for Friday. (Tonight) is not about us, it's about honoring and remembering the victims, and supporting the families and recognizing the first responders." As part of the ceremony, some of those first responders escorted the players onto the ice before the Knights' 5-2 victory before a packed house, with the teams lining up together as a sign of unity for the National Anthem. Defenseman and Las Vegas resident Deryk Engelland addressed the crowd following a video showing images of first responders. "To all the brave first responders who have worked timelessly and courageously throughout this whole tragedy, we thank you," he said. "To the families and friends of the victims, know that we'll do everything that we can to help you and our city heal. We are Vegas Strong." (Billboard)

Louis Tomlinson Teases Surprise Single 'Just Like You'. Louis Tomlinson just couldn't hold it in any longer, so early on Wednesday morning (Oct. 11) he took to Twitter to let fans know that soon -- real soon -- they'll be able to hear a new single titled "Just Like You." "So I wrote a song called 'Just Like You' a few months ago," Tomlinson tweeted. "After a few conversations with the label I told them that I wanted to release it." He continued to peel back the details of the song in a series of tweets: "My next single will be a bit later this year but I wanted to share this with you now. This is for you lot ! #JustLikeYou The song will go live on the usual platforms at midnight local time. NZ and Aus be ready. This is one of my favorites from the album. Conceptually I think it's sums me up! This song is for you :) #JustLikeYou." (Billboard)

Pink Reveals That a Love Letter and 'A Lot of Wine' Led To Eminem 'Revenge' Collaboration. Pink sat down with UK TV to chat about her anticipated collabo with legendary rapper Eminem on a track called "Revenge" from her upcoming album Beautiful Trauma, due out on Friday (Oct. 13). The interviewer started out the convo by acknowledging that it's impressive how long the singer has been able to keep the song a secret, with Pink jumping in right away to answer to obvious question on his mind. "I reached out to him in this case," Pink said. "I love him. I've always loved him. I think he's a lyrical genius, and I just wrote him a love letter. I had written this song. I had went to the studio and drank a lot of wine, I wrote 'Revenge.' "And then, I went home and drank more wine because that's what you do when you've already drank a lot of wine -- you think more wine is a good idea -- and I wrote him an email and I said, 'I love you. I've always loved you. I've loved you since you gave me your autograph at the 2001 MTV Music Video Awards. I love that you always work with the same people.' I just wrote this love letter, and he just wrote back, 'OK.'" As for the song itself, Pink said, "it's a funny song. It's funny. It's fun. There's nothing serious about it. It's fun. My mom loves it. We're good." Eminem made noise on Tuesday (Oct. 10) when during the night's BET Hip Hop Awards, the slashing lyricist unleashed a freestyle, "The Storm," that took vicious aim at Pres. Trump -- referencing Colin Kaepernick and the continued NFL protests about racial injustice as well as Trump's focusing on that instead of tragedies such as "Puerto Rico or gun reform for Nevada." (Billboard)

One of the Las Vegas shooting victims has filed the first lawsuit against Stephen Paddock's estate along with MGM Resorts and Live Nation, claiming they're all to blame for her life-threatening injuries. Paige Gasper, a 21-year-old from CA, filed the suit in Clark County, Nevada ... and in the docs she says the venue and promoter are just as responsible as Paddock because they failed to properly protect concertgoers from mortal danger. Gasper says she was struck by a bullet that entered her right underarm, cut across her right breast, shattered her ribs and lacerated her liver before exiting her body. She says the bullet incapacitated her, and fleeing concertgoers ended up trampling her, which she partly blames on Live Nation for having an inadequate exit plan. A Good Samaritan eventually picked her up and put her on a flatbed truck with other victims, and they were raced to a hospital. Gasper is also suing the manufacturers of bump stocks, which helped turn Paddock's semi-automatic rifle into a near fully-automatic weapon. We've reached out to MGM and Live Nation, so far no word back. (TMZ)

Movies

Colin Firth Says He Felt "Nausea" Reading About Harvey Weinstein Accusations. "He was a powerful and frightening man to stand up to," the actor says. Colin Firth has joined the chorus of celebrities criticizing Harvey Weinstein amid accusations of sexual harassment and rape. "It's with a feeling of nausea that I read what was going on while I was benefiting from Harvey Weinstein's support," the actor said in a statement to The Guardian. "He was a powerful and frightening man to stand up to," Firth continued. "It must have been terrifying for these women to step up and call him out. And horrifying to be subjected to that kind of harassment. I applaud their courage." Concluded the star: "By coming forward they've provided a jolting wake up throughout our industry. I hope it's going to be a help to others, both in our own industry and elsewhere." Firth starred in the Weinstein-produced The King's Speech, which won a best picture Oscar in 2011. Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie on Tuesday went on the record to allege that Weinstein sexually harassed them. They spoke to the New York Times, which published a bombshell Oct. 5 report detailing decades of sexual harassment allegations leveled at the mogul. The New Yorker in a story on Tuesday featured three women accusing Weinstein of rape. "Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein," a representative for the mogul said. Weinstein Co. Promises to Assist "in All Criminal or Other Investigations" As more allegations about Harvey Weinstein's behavior have come forward, the TWC board says it is "shocked and dismayed." As allegations about sexual abuses committed by Harvey Weinstein grow, the board of The Weinstein Co. distanced itself further from the ousted co-chairman on Tuesday and promised to fully assist "in all criminal or other investigations." Its statement read: "The Weinstein Company's Board of Representatives -- Bob Weinstein, Lance Maerov, Richard Koenigsberg and Tarak Ben Ammar -- are shocked and dismayed by the recently emerged allegations of extreme sexual misconduct and sexual assault by Harvey Weinstein. These alleged actions are antithetical to human decency. These allegations come as an utter surprise to the Board. Any suggestion that the Board had knowledge of this conduct is false." It concluded: "We are committed to assisting with our full energies in all criminal or other investigations of these alleged acts, while pursuing justice for the victims and a full and independent investigation of our own." Nearly 48 hours after the company's board terminated Harvey from his role at the company, The New Yorker published its on-the-record report by NBC's Ronan Farrow alleging that the film mogul had sexually assaulted women, including actress Asia Argento and model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez. The report included audio of Weinstein admitting to groping Gutierrez. Weinstein had defended himself to the magazine in a statement from his spokesperson: "Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein. Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances." Also on Tuesday, Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow went on the record to The New York Times claiming harassment by Weinstein in a new story by Jodi Kantor and Rachel Abrams. "I had a bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth, and as a result, chose never to work with him again," Jolie told the paper. The story followed last Thursday's bombshell investigation by the Times which claimed, citing two sources, that Weinstein had "reached at least eight settlements with women" over the course of several decades. In that report, actress Ashley Judd spoke out and said she was harassed by Weinstein. Meanwhile on Tuesday, lawyer Gloria Allred held a press conference with former actress and screenwriter Louisette Geiss, during which Geiss alleged abuse and harassment by Weinstein at the Sundance Film Festival in 2008. The allegations arrive as Weinstein Co. execs are scrambling to come up with a plan to move the company forward. On Monday, a source told The Hollywood Reporter, TWC co-chairman Bob Weinstein and president/COO David Glasser met with ad agencies about potential rebranding, including a new name. The company's forthcoming film slate includes The Current War, Paddington 2, The Upside and Mary Magdalene. (Hollywood Reporter)

Director Ryan Coogler Speaks Out on Harvey Weinstein Allegations: "I Am Disturbed and Saddened". "I am disturbed and saddened at the news that several women have been victimized by a person I had come to know through the purchase of my first feature film," wrote the 'Fruitvale Station' helmer. Director Ryan Coogler, whose feature debut Fruitvale Station was released by The Weinstein Co., is saying that minding one's own business isn't enough when it comes to sexual harassment and assault. Joining a chorus of men and women in Hollywood who are denouncing Harvey Weinstein in light of the multiple searing allegations made since The New York Times first published its report on the movie executive, Coogler released a statement Tuesday addressing his brief involvement with the mogul. Saying he was "disturbed and saddened at the news," Coogler felt he had a responsibility to speak up on the issues raised by the allegations. He also called on the men who "sit in positions of privilege" because of their gender to do more. Coogler continued: "It goes without saying, but I will state it now: Sexual harassment is a human rights violation, sexual assault is a human rights violation, rape is a human rights violation." Earlier on Tuesday, a New Yorker report was published detailing multiple allegations of rape against Weinstein. Released days after the initial Times expose, the new allegations on Tuesday morning were joined by a new Times article in which Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie accused Weinstein of harassing them. Following the new allegations, Disney's Bob Iger, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Affleck and several more Hollywood figures who have worked with The Weinstein Co. in the past spoke out against his behavior. Coogler went on in his statement to call for men in Hollywood to be "allies" for women: "It is our responsibility to leverage our position, and be allies to the women in our industry. We need to do everything we can to make sure violations like these don't continue to happen. The first step is to listen. Salute to the brave women who came forward. I could never imagine how difficult that must be." Read the full statement below. I am disturbed and saddened at the news that several women have been victimized by a person I had come to know through the purchase of my first feature film. While I had no further business dealings with Harvey Weinstein, and no knowledge of this predatory behavior, my career did benefit from this brief involvement. Because of that, I feel a responsibility to speak up on this issue. I love working as a storyteller. But I work in an industry that too many times has proven to not be a safe space for women. I make it a priority to ensure that there is gender equity and an inclusive work environment on every project I am involved with. However, just minding our business sometimes isn't enough. It goes without saying, but I will state it now: Sexual harassment is a human rights violation, sexual assault is a human rights violation, rape is a human rights violation. The entertainment industry, like many others, has a historic imbalance of power among gender that allows these violations to run rampant. As men we sit in positions of privilege. It is our responsibility to leverage our position, and be allies to the women in our industry. We need to do everything we can to make sure violations like these don't continue to happen. The first step is to listen. Salute to the brave women who came forward. I could never imagine how difficult that must be.(Hollywood Reporter)

Leonardo DiCaprio Breaks Silence on Harvey Weinstein Claims. The actor and the mogul worked together on such films as 'The Aviator,' 'Django Unchained' and 'Gangs of New York.' Leonardo DiCaprio, who worked on several films with Harvey Weinstein as producer, is speaking out about the allegations of sexual assault levied against the studio mogul. In a Twitter statement on Tuesday, the actor wrote: "There is no excuse for sexual harassment or sexual assault -- no matter who you are and no matter what profession. I applaud the strength and courage of the women who came forward and made their voices heard." Earlier in the day, not even 48 hours after Weinstein's termination from The Weinstein Co., The New Yorker published its full report detailing rape allegations against the mogul by three women. That story comes on the heels of last Thursday's New York Times bombshell that outlined decades of sexual harassment claims leveled against Weinstein. DiCaprio starred in the films The Aviator, Django Unchained and Gangs of New York, which were produced by Weinstein. The actor joins a growing list of male industry notables offering their support to the women who have come forward. Ben Affleck, who also starred in numerous pictures under the Weinstein-founded Miramax label, including Shakespeare in Love and Good Will Hunting, said earlier on Tuesday that the reports "made [him] sick." In a statement, Affleck also said, "I am saddened and angry that a man who I worked with used his position of power to intimidate, sexually harass and manipulate many women over decades." (Hollywood Reporter)

Mark Ruffalo Accidentally Livestreams a Portion of 'Thor: Ragnarok' by Instagram Mistake. About 2,500 people were on the stream, listening and commenting with wonder about how long it would take before he turned it off. Mark Ruffalo on Tuesday night accidently streamed (audio only) a portion of Thor: Ragnarok from the Los Angeles world premiere when he forgot to turn off his Instagram live. To introduce the screening, the Bruce Banner/Hulk actor, who stars in the new film, hit the stage to huge applause at the El Capitan Theatre when he and his co-stars were announced by a recording of castmate Jeff Goldbum (in character as the Grand Master). Ruffalo was pointing his phone at the audience to capture the moment, but apparently, he put his phone in his pocket while the social media platform was still running after using it to give fans a closer look at the event. About 2,500 people were on the stream, listening and commenting over how long it would take before Ruffalo ended the broadcast. Ruffalo and the crowd could be heard laughing at scenes. Audio from the film was clearly audible. Around 8:15 p.m., Ruffalo stopped the live feed. It is unclear if someone told him it was still running or if it cut out on its own. To prevent pirating, Marvel had audience members at the premiere turn off their mobile devices and allow security staff to lock them in sealed pouches before entering the theater. After the screening was over, security unsealed the pouches for guests on their way out so they could once again use their phones. But those rules don't apply to superheroes, obviously. (Hollywood Reporter)

MIPCOM: BBC, Germany's RTL Take French Sci-Fi Series 'Missions'. The award-winning drama follows an expedition to Mars, which becomes a rescue mission to save a competitor's ship and crew. BBC Four, German network RTL Passion and Danish public broadcaster DR have boarded French sci-fi series Missions. The space series, about an expedition to Mars that turns into a rescue mission, has been snatched up by multiple European networks after its critical acclaim at television festivals this year. The BBC, RTL and DR have acquired rights for both season one and the upcoming second season of Missions. France's Empreinte Digitale produces the series and AMC Networks has come on as a co-producer for season two, with shooting set to kick off next year. The series, created by Henri Debeurme, Julien Lacombe and Ami Cohen, and directed by Lacombe, won the Discovery Prize at French festival Series Mania and took the TV Critics' best series awards at the MIP Drama Screenings in Cannes in April. VP Groupe, which is handling international sales for the show, said that for the U.K. and German market it had also closed second window deals with AMC Network's streaming platform Shudder. In Denmark, DR has exclusive all-platform rights to Missions. "To create, in France, an original sci-fi and adventure series paying tribute to great movies on the conquest of space was a childhood dream," said Debeurme. "This partnership is a source of great pride and a great reward for the ambition and the talent of every enthusiast who has made this crazy bet possible." VP Groupe will be shopping Missions to buyers at the MIPCOM TV trade fair in Cannes next week. (Hollywood Reporter)

The Weinstein Company is already feeling the heat ... a major film financier has pulled the plug on a massive loan because Harvey's no longer steering the ship. AI International Holdings fronted a $45 million loan to TWC last year. We've learned AI sent a letter to TWC and their lawyers at O'Melveny & Myers Tuesday, demanding that the money be returned pronto. AI says in its letter, "The dismissal of Harvey Weinstein from his position as co-chairman" constitutes a "material adverse change" ... allowing them to demand immediate repayment of the loan. AI's film division has financed some major movies, including "Lee Daniels' The Butler," "Hacksaw Ridge," and the soon-to-be released Miramax film, "I, Tonya." This underscores the dilemma for TWC ... it was all Harvey, and now that he's gone it's unclear how they will continue to do business. TMZ broke the story, Harvey is in settlement talks with the company and is open to some sort of outside relationship after he gets back from sex rehab in Europe. It's more than complicated ... as we reported, Harvey thinks his brother Bob is the one who fed The New York Times the information about sexual harassment. (TMZ)

The Weinstein Company is facing its first lawsuit in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal. The suit was filed by former Paramount President of Production Brad Weston and producer Michael Menchel, who claim they produced a movie for TWC called "One Chance." The suit claims they accepted a reduced fee for their work in exchange for back end profits. In return, they say TWC company promised the movie would appear on 800 screens, but only ended up on 43. The movie -- based on a true story -- starred James Corden, as a shy shop assistant who was an amateur opera singer at night and ended up winning "Britain's Got Talent." Weston and Menchel want $1.25 million. Seeing as how it was only on 43 screens, this is probably your first glimpse at the flick. (TMZ)

TV

Outlander Season 4 Adds Downton Abbey Veterans In Pivotal Roles. Outlander is adding some familiar faces to its cast for season four. The Starz drama has cast Orphan Black and Downton Abbey veteran Maria Doyle Kennedy as Jocasta, Jamie's strong-willed aunt. Ed Speleers of Wolf Hall will play Irishman Stephen Bonnet, a pirate and smuggler. Doyle Kennedy, who viewers remember as Siobhan Sadler, also played Mr. Bates' wife on Downton Abbey. Her other credits include Dexter, Albert Nobbs, The Tudors, Sing Street and The Conjuring 2. She's also an accomplished singer. Speleers played Jimmy Kent on Downton Abbey from seasons three-five. His other credits include Howl, Wolf Hall, Alice Through the Looking Glass and Eragon. Season four began filming in Scotland this week. The new season will be 13 episodes and is based on Drums of Autumn, the fourth in Diana Gabaldon's eight-book Outlander series. In a release, Starz said the "upcoming season continues the romantic adventures of Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan)." So, you know, no spoilers here unless you've read Drums of Autumn. Outlander will take a week off, but air a marathon on Sunday, Oct. 15. The fantasy series returns on Sunday, Oct. 22 with the reunion you've been waiting for. Yes, the print shop scene is coming. Claire and Jamie, together again for the first time in 20 years! What do you think of the casting? Outlander airs Sundays, 8 p.m. on Starz. (Eonline)

This Is Us Is Making Us Really Worried About Kevin (and Jack). Kevin truly is his father's son, as we learned Tuesday night on This Is Us. After Sylvester Stallone, of all people, forced him to confront his father's death, Kevin (Justin Hartley) freaked out. And when he got injured on the set of his movie, he turned to pills, and it sounds like all of our concern for the turn Kevin's taking is not unwarranted. "I think the nature he romantic adventures of Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan)." So, you know, no spoilers here unless you've read Drums of Autumn. Outlander will take a week off, but air a marathon on Sunday, Oct. 15. The fantasy series returns on Sunday, Oct. 22 with the reunion you've been waiting for. Yes, the print shop scene is coming. Claire and Jamie, together again for the first time in 20 years! What do you think of the casting? Outlander airs Sundays, 8 p.m. on Starz. (Eonline)

This Is Us Is Making Us Really Worried About Kevin (and Jack). Kevin truly is his father's son, as we learned Tuesday night on This Is Us. After Sylvester Stallone, of all people, forced him to confront his father's death, Kevin (Justin Hartley) freaked out. And when he got injured on the set of his movie, he turned to pills, and it sounds like all of our concern for the turn Kevin's taking is not unwarranted. "I think the nature t his struggles, but Kevin isn't there yet. "He's not at the stage where Jack is at right now," he said. "He's at the stage where Jack was in the earlier time period, where he kind of white knuckled and kept it all to himself." On the other hand, while we may be seeing Jack get help, he's not even close to being out of the woods. Fogelman says that letting that breath out is "why Jack's in this dark place." "We are going to reveal in the upcoming episodes--especially by episode five, there's a big other piece of what went on with this guy, why is he going down this well of darkness right now, and what is his story? That's a big story to be told as we move forward for him. Check out the after show to hear about Stallone's appearance and Kevin's relationship with Kate! This Is Us airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on NBC. (Eonline)

This Is Us Reveals How the Pearsons Got Their Family Dog (and Yes, It's Heartwarming). One mystery solved, a few more to go. This Is Us dropped multiple hints at the end of the season two premiere in regards to Jack's (Milo Ventimiglia) death, including Kevin's broken leg, Randall's possible girlfriend and Kate holding a dog. And they all factor into the larger story, creator Dan Fogelman said: "We know we're marching toward something and we now know what we're marching towards and we have these little markers that I think you'll see over the course of the season that will bring you closer to everything people want to know about Jack's death." (Warning, spoilers ahead for This Is Us' Oct. 11 episode!) In Tuesday night's episode, "Deja Vu," we learned how the Pearsons got their adorable family dog. Spoiler alert: it'll warm your heart. Just another Tuesday on NBC, right? With Jack still struggling to deal with his alcoholism and how to keep opening up to Rebecca (Mandy Moore), the couple attempts to reconnect with a date night...that doesn't go so well, after Rebecca tries to get advice from Shelly (aka her eventual husband Miguel's ex-wife) how to reignite the spark in their sex life. (Awkward!) Rebecca tries to recreate one of their earlier dates, burgers and Billy Joel, but when she makes a move on her husband, she's hurt when he asks her to "slow down." She says it was "silly to plan a thing like this," and is clearly upset. Fortunately, Jack does open up, admitting how hard this has been for him and didn't want the first time they reconnect in that way to happen when he was feeling the way he was feeling. After they make up, Rebecca tosses their bag of burgers so they can continue talking in the car. And some time later, Jack and Rebecca find a dog eating their burgers. "Do you think he's a stray?" Rebecca asks, before Jack picks him up with joy, saying, "Look at this guy!" And that's how we officially met the Pearson family dog! One of the other hints was also briefly addressed, with a quick flashback to Jack putting his necklace on Kevin, who is laying on a hospital bed with an injured leg, and another flashback of Kate finding her twin brother sleeping in car, about to break the news about their father's death to him. In the present, Kevin (Justin Hartley) hurts his knee while filming his movie with Sylvester Stallone, with Kate (Chrissy Metz) expressing serious concern when she learns it was his bad knee. After their phone call ends, Kate looks at the urn containing her father's ashes, and says, "He's just like you." Which might not be a good thing, as we see Kevin take pills to deal with his injury, making us concerned that he may have inherited his father's struggles with addiction. This Is Us airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on ABC. (Eonline)

American Horror Story: Cult Puts a Few More Puzzle Pieces in Place. Dammit, cults! Tuesday night's American Horror Story dug even deeper into the creepy and disgusting world of Kai's (Evan Peters) burgeoning cult, telling the story of how he seduced his followers, and how he's currently seducing Ally (Sarah Paulson) while alienating her at the same time. First, Meadow's (Leslie Grossman) apparent desertion of the cult was totally fake, as we suspected. She was instructed by Kai to tell Ally the entire truth about the cult, including the fact that Ivy (Alison Pill) was a part of it. And he also told her to try an assassinate him at his city council rally, which was the last step in becoming as legendary as he planned to become. So she did, but when she smoke cleared and the police arrived, Meadow had shot herself and Ally was left holding the gun. Before all that, it seemed as if a savior had arrived in the form of Mare Winningham, who planned to run against Kai and who happily listened to Ally's concerns about the cult and contributed her own knowledge of famous cults in history. But then the clowns arrived, and Mare Winningham was no more. We also saw the first time Kai sat down with Ivy and she admitted that she kind of hated Ally. Ally had always sort of acted superior about the fact that she was the one who gave birth to Ozzy, calling him "my baby" and breastfeeding him until he was three, all while not being able to get over her "entitled" phobias. Ivy claimed she only stayed with Ally because of Oz, and she'd only leave if she could take him with her. So far, this season has somehow gone exactly where we thought it would go and not where we thought it would go at all, which is kind of nice, but this is also typically the point in season of AHS where the focus gets a bit muddled. According to the title of next week's episode, we're finally going to get to see some of those cults throughout history that we heard a bit about, starting with Andy Warhol. And just based on the picture alone, it's gonna be good, so hopefully this season stays on track, because so far, it's completely winning us over. Also: Can we just talk about the fact that Harrison (Billy Eichner) and Detective Samuels (Colton Haynes) are hooking up? Do you think they're actually happy together or are they just sexy cult buddies? Does Detective Samuels like bees and Nicole Kidman too? Does Harrison even like bees and Nicole Kidman or was that just a cult thing? So many questions! American Horror Story airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on FX. (Eonline)

The numbers are in, and "Megyn Kelly Today" is dragging down the "Today" show franchise, an insider explained to Page Six. "Not only are ratings plummeting since Megyn Kelly joined the 'Today' franchise, but the numbers show Kelly's lead-in has also affected Kathie Lee [Gifford] and Hoda Kotb's show, which follows straight afterwards," a source said. "They've taken a huge hit with Megyn as their lead-in," the insider added. Kelly's hour of "Today" is down 32 percent compared to a year ago. And "Kathie Lee & Hoda" is down 26 percent. "Too many people are tuning out NBC. Hoda and Kathie Lee had been a bright spot in the mornings. People are alarmed," the source said of the slide. Another source told us that "Today" talent is concerned. "The format for Megyn's show doesn't make sense. Her show distracts from the 'Today' franchise," the second source said. Making the matter worse, Kelly split from power publicist Leslee Dart last month, and she's been dogged by controversy from her awkward Debra Messing flap and Jane Fonda interview. But an NBC insider told us things aren't all bad for Kelly. "Megyn posted her highest ratings yet in the 'key demographic' on Monday, and she had her biggest total viewer number since the premiere . . . Everyone knows that ratings fluctuate at the start of a new show, and there has been nothing but support for Megyn from all of the 'Today' show hosts. They have each taken her out to lunch -- Kathie Lee just took her to lunch today." (Page Six)

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