Friday, October 13, 2017

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Chris Martin and Dakota Johnson are getting to know each other. Martin, 40, and Johnson, 28, were spotted grabbing dinner together at a sushi restaurant in Los Angeles on Tuesday night, a source tells PEOPLE. They were "cozy, laughing and affectionate," says the source, adding that it was just the two of them at dinner. Martin and Johnson's reps have not responded to PEOPLE's request for comment. The Coldplay singer was last linked to British actress Annabelle Wallis. The two began dating in August 2015, and were often spotted together as the singer toured with his band. Martin was married for 10 years to Gwyneth Paltrow before they "consciously uncoupled" in March of 2014. The two have remained close, often spending time with their children, Apple, 13, and Moses, 11, together. Johnson previously dated model/rocker Matthew Hitt. The two have been on and off for years, but were last seen together in 2016. The actress next reprises her role as Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades Freed, which opens Feb. 8, 2018. (People)

Mary-Kate Olsen and Husband Olivier Sarkozy Attend Art Auction in Rare Public Sighting. This celebrity sighting is giving us '90s nostalgia. Mary-Kate Olsen was spotted making a rare public appearance with her hubby Olivier Sarkozy at the "Take Home A Nude Annual Auction" at Sotheby's in New York. Olsen wore a black ensemble with lace detailing at the bottom, as well as white shoes. Her husband donned a grey suit, a light blue shirt and a tie. The event was hosted by the New York Academy of Art and honored the painter John Alexander. According to the organization's website, the event offered cocktails and an auction followed by dinner. Olsen wasn't the only celebrity in attendance. Naomi Watts also made an appearance and wore a black dress with colorful lines from the Christian Dior Resort 2018 collection. Olsen and Sarkozy tied the knot in November 2015. With a family and fashion empire, the former actress has a lot to juggle. "I have a husband, two step-kids and a life; I have to go home and cook dinner," the designer told NET-A-PORTER.com'sitalazine, The EDIT. "I run on the weekend. You find the thing that helps you relax and if you don't have it, you have to look for it. Or you get burned out and then you're not productive." In addition to making limited public appearances, Olsen has yet to make an appearance on Fuller House, the remake of the '90s sitcom Full House in which she and Ashley Olsen played Michelle Tanner. And while fans have expressed hope that she would make a return, Jeff Franklin, the creator of Full House and Fuller House, doesn't seem to be holding his breath. "Personally, I've given up asking them," Franklin told TVLine. "The door is open, but I'm not going to be calling them anymore to invite them. They just don't seem interested in coming. It's been three years of invitations, so they know the door is open. It's up to them to decide if they want to come play or not." For more celebrity news, watch E! News at 7 and 11 p.m. (Eonline)

Robert Pattinson and FKA Twigs have split. The couple have called it quits after three years together... Robert Pattinson and FKA Twigs have ended their three year relationship after "drifting apart". The couple, who announced their engagement in April 2015, are said to have ended on good terms. However according to reports, the actor ended things as he had "grown tired" of the relationship. "They were almost inseparable for their first two years together," a source told The Sun. "Rob is tired of it, has called off their engagement and told friends they have split. With so much -- history between them, though, there are still strong feelings there," the source continued. "It's a difficult situation but things have become tough between them for some time and they both know they were no longer working as a couple." Speculations about the couple's split began in August when Pattinson was spotted not wearing his engagement ring during London Fashion Week. Both Pattinson and FKA Twig have yet to comment on their split. (British Glamour)

Demi Lovato Totally Gets Butterflies Reliving Her First Kiss With Camp Rock Co-Star Joe Jonas. Watching Demi Lovato relive her Camp Rock days is exactly where we're supposed to be. In anticipation of her upcoming Netflix documentary, Simply Complicated, the Disney Channel sensation-turned-pop star proved she'll never forget her first love, Joe Jonas, in a recent video that's giving us all the feels. The "Confident" songstress and two of her besties came together for a vintage Demi viewing party, watching footage from her days as a child beauty queen in Texas and you guessed it, Camp Rock's Mitchie Torres. Of course, Lovato couldn't help but admit she had a major crush on the Jonas Brothers frontman while filming the 2008 Disney flick. "Oh my God, wait," Demi dished while watching a scene opposite Joe. "This moment I freakin' fell in love with him in real life!" The co-stars briefly dated in 2010 after filming Camp Rock 2, but have remained close friends in the years following their split. So close, in fact, that Demi had no problem reminiscing over their first kiss, which just so happened in front of an entire film crew. "We had our first kiss on camera," she recalled, visibly blushing as the then-rising stars locked lips. Jonas, 28, referred to Demi as "family" in a 2016 interview with E! News, noting, "We've known Demi for so many years. We're performed with her, toured with her. She's just incredible." The rocker continued, "It's not always the case. Sometimes you have to know when to fold the cards. I don't think of her as an ex. We're really good friends. We've gone through so much together and we're really close now." Don't ya love when that happens? (Eonline)

Ryan Phillippe is back to walking the walk -- with some assistance -- but he's definitely not talking the talk when it comes to his legal battle with ex-gf, Elsie Hewitt. We got Ryan Wednesday at LAX, where he was expertly speed crutching his way to TSA -- and giving us an update on his recovery from what he initially called a "freak accident." You'll recall, TMZ later found out Ryan's leg was crushed by a UTV. He's still not saying much about the domestic violence allegations Hewitt made in a lawsuit against him. Can't really blame him. As we reported, Ryan plans to countersue for defamation. (TMZ)

James Van Der Beek Reveals He Was Sexually Harassed by "Older, Powerful Men." Amid sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein, stars across Hollywood are taking their own personal experiences with sexual harassment public -- now including James Van Der Beek. The Dawson's Creek alum took to Twitter early Thursday to denounce the Hollywood producer's alleged behavior, applaud those who have spoken out and add his story to the growing mix. "I've had my ass grabbed by older, powerful men, I've had them corner me in inappropriate sexual conversations when I was much younger," he shared with his thousands of followers. "I understand the unwarranted shame, powerlessness & inability to blow the whistle. There's a power dynamic that feels impossible to overcome." He is one of a few famous men who have taken to public forums to reveal their previously secret stories. Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Terry Crews spoke earlier in the week about his own inappropriate experience with a "high-level Hollywood executive" at a function he attended with his wife, Rebecca King-Crews. "This whole thing with Harvey Weinstein is giving me PTSD. Why? Because this kind of thing happened to ME," Crews began on Twitter. "My wife n I were at a Hollywood function last year n a high level Hollywood executive came over 2 me and groped my privates." He wrote, "Jumping back I said What are you doing?! My wife saw everything n we looked at him like he was crazy. He just grinned like a jerk." "I was going to kick his ass right then -- but I thought twice about how the whole thing would appear... '240 lbs. Black Man stomps out Hollywood Honcho' would be the headline the next day," Crews recalled. "Only I probably wouldn't have been able to read it because I WOULD HAVE BEEN IN JAIL. So we left." While he told the executive's colleagues about what allegedly had happened and eventually got an apology from the executive, he was apprehensive about coming forward with the story publicly. "I decided not 2 take it further becuz I didn't want 2b ostracized -- par 4 the course when the predator has power n influence.... I let it go. And I understand why many women who this happens to let it go," he wrote. "Who's going 2 believe you? (few) What r the repercussions?(many) Do u want 2 work again? (Yes) R you prepared 2b ostracized? (No)," he continued. "I love what I do," the father-of-five said. "But it's a shame and the height of disappointment when someone tries to takes advantage of that." Meanwhile, comedian Rob Schneider recently discussed an experience he allegedly had with a since-deceased director in a hotel room just before he was famous. "The next thing I know, I'm in a room with this guy. He's in a chair. He comes out in a bathrobe and sits in this chair," he recalled to TMZ. "The next thing I know, he's asking me to crawl on the ground and then to crawl toward him." "He was a pig," Schneider told the website. "It happens to actors -- young actors who are in a position of no power where they can be abused." (Eonline)

TV Host Anne-Marie Losique Defends Ben Affleck After Controversial Video Resurfaces. Anne-Marie Losique is coming to Ben Affleck's defense. The Oscar winner has been put in the hot seat after a 2004 interview resurfaced on the Internet. In the Box-Office clip, Ben was seen flirting with the TV host and complimenting her physical appearance. "You usually show a lot more cleavage than this," he explained before Anne-Marie explained that it was Sunday morning. "That never stopped you before from getting them titties out. Who are you trying to fool? Sunday morning. You could be in church and have that rack on display... Usually it's a bikini and the whole, you should work at Fox here in LA." Ultimately, Anne-Marie is speaking out and providing a bit more context to the video going viral. "We have this game to play for the cameras between Ben and I where he would imitate my accents and then it would just go on. And yes, I sat on his lap but it was all fun and games for the cameras. Nothing improper ever happened," she explained to E! News exclusively. "As soon as the cameras stopped rolling, we would [walk] out because you know on junket days where they do interviews after interviews after interviews, so it was just a little fun moment." Anne-Marie continued, "Very honestly, I never felt at one point uncomfortable and I never felt at any point that it was improper, and if I had felt that, very honestly I wouldn't have continued. I would've said, I would like to do a serious interview, but I knew people loved them. I've always done all the interviews without editing anything out and I just let it [run] as is because as I said it makes for great TV." The TV host explained that the interview occurred at a junket where her outlet typically receives only three to five minutes with each actor. As a result, it's rare she's participating in an in-depth interview. And in a separate interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Anne-Marie shared that there were 20 people in the room at the time of the interview. "In a way, I feel a bit bad because I think he was more, I think he was doing more a parody of our French culture. In many of the other interviews that you haven't seen because we just see that one, he'd actually do a lot of parody on our Quebec politics -- the fact that we want to separate and that we're different than everybody else," Anne-Marie explained. "I think [the resurfaced video] was more a parody on us and I think we got the joke and people really enjoyed it." And for those wondering, Anne-Marie has not spoken to Ben since her last interview with him "years and years" ago. (Eonline)

NeNe Leakes will no longer be hosting the Xscape reunion tour after dropping a disgusting rape clapback at a heckler during one of her stand-up gigs. Xscape released a statement Thursday morning saying they were "dismayed" by NeNe's remarks. Although NeNe apologized, Xscape emphasized they came to the decision as supporters of all women, and stand by all female rape victims. They added, "This tour is for and about our fans and we want to provide an entertaining and enjoyable experience for every single person who attends." They also wished NeNe the best as she "navigates this very difficult period." NeNe got booed last weekend in Oakland when she said she hoped a heckler got raped by their Uber driver. The 'Real Housewives' star apologized later saying she regretted uttering the words, especially as she is an abuse victim herself. (TMZ)

Rose McGowan's Twitter Account Suspended for Violating Rules: 'There Are Powerful Forces at Work'. Rose McGowan took to Instagram Wednesday after she says her Twitter account was suspended for violating the social media sites' rules. Sharing a photo of a Twitter notice on her Instagram account, the former Charmed actress wrote in the caption, "TWITTER HAS SUSPENDED ME. THERE ARE POWERFUL FORCES AT WORK. BE MY VOICE. #ROSEARMY." Her account's suspension follows her vocal statements against Harvey Weinstein and the sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations against him. McGowan has also been vocal about Ben Affleck, telling the Argo actor and director to "f -- off" in tweet. Her comment came after Affleck slammed Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual harassment and assault. According to the notice McGowan shared, Twitter has denied her access to her account for 12 hours. The notice did not provide specific reasons for her violation, but said she can regain access faster if she deleted tweets that violated their rules. PEOPLE has reached out to Twitter to confirm the suspension but a representative has not yet replied to the request. According to Twitter's online terms, it can suspend accounts if tweets have "been reported to us as violating our Rules surrounding abuse. When an account engages in abusive behavior, like sending threats to others or impersonating other accounts, we may suspend it temporarily or, in some cases, permanently." In a New York Times article published last week, it was revealed McGowan was part of a settlement with Weinstein in 1997 following an encounter in a hotel room with the executive producer during the Sundance Film Festival. On Tuesday, Paltrow and Jolie told of their own accounts of alleged mistreatment. Paltrow told the NYT that Weinstein sexually harassed her in a hotel room when she was 22. The encounter allegedly ended with Weinstein placing his hands on her and suggesting a massage. Jolie also told the outlet that she had a "bad experience" with Weinstein in a hotel room during the release of Playing by Heart in the late '90s. Also on Tuesday, The New Yorker revealed -- among 13 different women's accounts of alleged sexual harassment, assault or rape -- that the mogul allegedly forcibly performed oral sex on Italian actress Asia Argento two decades ago. 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. In response to the lengthy allegations made against Weinstein in the New Yorker piece, a spokesperson for Weinstein said, "Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein." (People)

Harvey Weinstein has taken off to get treatment for behavioral issues that include sex addiction ... TMZ has learned. The fallen mogul took a private jet from Van Nuys Airport bound for Arizona. He's set to land in the city of Wickenburg near the highly respected Meadows rehab center. Our sources say some people on his team wanted Harvey to receive treatment at The Meadows facility, but we are getting conflicting information as to whether or not that is the place he will be receiving treatment. We have confirmed he will be getting treatment at an inpatient program. TMZ reported on Tuesday that Weinstein was set to leave the country for rehab. We now know the destination was Switzerland, but the plan changed and he and his team decided he would get treatment in The United States. If he is receiving treatment at The Meadows, the facility is equipped to handle behavioral issues and sex addiction. The Medows has a program called Gentle Path ... a 45-day inpatient rehab with sex addiction issues. The program includes equine therapy, expressive arts therapy, meditation, yoga and intensive counseling. (TMZ)

Alec Baldwin has drink-throwing meltdown on NYC street. Explosive actor Alec Baldwin had another epic meltdown on the streets of New York this week. A fellow pedestrian at University Place and 11th Street tells us that the "30 Rock" star was seen in a verbal exchange with a presumably reckless motorist that included insults and soft-drink throwing. "Baldwin called the driver of a big black SUV 'a meatball' and kept asking him and the passenger to get out," said the witness, who noticed the incident after it had already begun. When the people in the car wouldn't get out, "Alec got out his phone and started videotaping them. They pulled away right after, and he took a pic of their license plate and threw his extra-large drink in the street. Then he just went on his angry way." Baldwin's rep had no comment. In 2014, the actor was arrested in the same area for biking the wrong way down Fifth Avenue and reportedly becoming "belligerent and .?.?. arguing" with cops. He also went on a Twitter tirade against an Upper West Side Starbucks barista in 2011, and delivered a homophobic rant against a Post photographer in 2013. (PageSix)

Audrina Patridge and Corey Bohan Reach Custody Agreement Over 1-Year-Old Daughter. Audrina Patridge is one step closer to settling her divorce drama with Corey Bohan. The former MTV reality star and Australian BMX rider have reached a custody agreement over their 1-year-old daughter, according to court documents obtained by E! News. Patridge received full legal and physical custody of Kirra Max while Bohan has visitation rights three days per week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays. A source says they reached an agreement on their own terms, telling E! News, "Audrina and Corey came to the agreement themselves. There is still a lot to be determined, but for now Audrina has primary custody of their child and Corey is getting visits each week." Additionally, The Hills star was granted a personal conduct and stay away order from Bohan. Aside from "brief and peaceful" interactions, he has been ordered to say 100-yards away from Audrina, her home, job, vehicle and Kirra's school or childcare. As E! News previously reported, the exes appeared in court on Monday to reach an agreement over their current living situation. Bohan agreed to move out of their Orange County, Calif. home and Patridge agreed to pay her estranged husband $35,000 to finance the move. Patridge, 32, has yet to comment publicly on the developments in her divorce case, but as an insider recently explained, she's staying strong for the sake of her little girl. "Audrina is focusing on her child and really just wants this to be over with," the source said. "She's happy to be back in her house and has worked hard to create a loving home there for Kirra. She likes being in the O.C. because she's surrounded and supported by her friends and family." She filed for divorce in late September, two days after obtaining a domestic violence restraining order from her husband of 10 months. No charges were ultimately filed against Bohan due to lack of evidence, though a domestic violence case is still pending in family court. Court documents point out a hearing in the case is scheduled for February 2018. Patridge has remained active on social media throughout her personal struggles, most recently enjoying a day at the beach with her daughter and spending time with friends. (Eonline)

Mischa Barton just got sued for one of the all-time worst parking jobs, which left her U-Haul truck jammed in a carport. The homeowners' association at The Park Wellington condos in West Hollywood wants Mischa to fork over $26,991.55 for some major repairs that had to be done after her not-so-brilliant move back in February. TMZ broke the story ... Mischa slammed the truck into plaster covered support beams at the complex. According to the docs, obtained by TMZ, Mischa told the complex her then-bf, Adam Spaw, had rented the truck ... so they tried to get the dough through his insurance. The claim was denied, and according to the suit ... Mischa is actually listed in the police report as the driver -- so, the Wellington wants her to pay up. Fun fact: Spaw is one of the guys Mischa later got a restraining order against when she claimed he had a sex tape of them. (TMZ)

The guy who collided head-on with Macklemore had a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit ... TMZ has learned. Jake Pitcher's BAC was .19% according to police docs -- and that was nearly 2 hours after the accident! Pitcher was charged last week in Washington with DUI. As we've reported ... Pitcher was driving a pick-up truck on a winding road in July when he swerved across the lane and smashed into the rapper's Maybach. Incredibly, no one was seriously hurt in Macklemore's car. Pitcher suffered face and head injuries. Mack recently opened up about the experience, saying he thought he was going to die (TMZ)

Mexican soap star Eduardo Yanez is under criminal investigation for viciously slapping a reporter during a red carpet event ... TMZ has learned. Law enforcement sources tell us, Univision reporter Paco Fuentes filed a police report with the LAPD, claiming assault and battery. The slap was captured on video. Yanez lost it after Fuentes tried shaming him by saying his son had to set up a GoFundMe account to pay for car repairs because Yanez wouldn't. Yanez and his son have a strained relationship that became very public back in June after Yanez's son accused him on Twitter of being a drug addict, racist and woman abuser. We're told the investigation is not complete. If charges are filed against Yanez and he's convicted, he would face a maximum of 6 months in jail. Yanez apologized early Thursday saying, "I want to ask for a sincere apology to the public and to the person affected by my action. It was not right. My private life is not for sale." (TMZ)

The new owner of the Playboy Mansion was targeted by his former assistant in an extortion plot ... according to a new lawsuit. Daren Metropoulos is fighting back in court against the assistant he hired in 2014. According to docs, obtained by TMZ, the woman resigned in early 2017 ... and 3 months later started demanding millions. Metropoulos -- who's also heir to the Pabst Blue Ribbon fortune -- says she threatened to spread lies about him mistreating and harassing women. He says the ex-assistant targeted him on the heels of his mega-deal to purchase the Mansion. In the suit, Daren also says she lied like a rug during her interview -- failing to disclose she'd been sued for being an unlicensed contractor, or that she was once sued for fraud and fabricated portions of her resume. As he puts it in the suit ... "She is an opportunist; a scammer; and an extortionist." Metropoulos is suing her for more than $1 million. (TMZ)

THE OTHER STUFF . . .

Ouch! Kate Upton falls during topless photo shoot. Kate Upton proves that modeling can be a hazardous gig. The 25-year-old bombshell took a tumble while striking a sexy pose during a Sports Illustrated photoshoot in Aruba this week. Upton was standing on a rock, wearing nothing more than a tiered tulle skirt, before she painfully toppled into the water. The crew quickly came to her aid and helped her up. But being the SI veteran that she is, Upton was photographed laughing off the incident while wrapped in a towel. The fiance of Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander also posed in a skimpy black swimsuit during the shoot. (PageSix)

Harvey Weinstein's wife is leaning on Huma Abedin. Harvey Weinstein's estranged wife, Georgina Chapman, is leaning on fellow scorned spouse Huma Abedin after announcing that she is leaving the movie mogul. A well-placed source tells Page Six that Marchesa co-founder Chapman reached out to Abedin, the soon-to-be ex-wife of convicted sex offender Anthony Weiner, as the scandal engulfing her movie-mogul husband intensified and more women -- including Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow -- came forward with allegations that Weinstein had sexually assaulted or harassed them. Chapman and Abedin, Hillary Clinton's top aide, have known each other for some time because of Weinstein's numerous fund-raising events for the former presidential hopeful. Plus, the Clintons rented a Hamptons house next door to Weinstein and Chapman's Amagansett estate for three summers. A source close to Chapman said, "One of the people Georgina has reached out to is Huma, who has been through this kind of scandal and media storm, and survived with her dignity intact. They are both mothers, they have both been in a situation where their husbands turned out to be a different person than the man they thought they knew." The source added that while they first met through Weinstein, Abedin did go to Chapman's daughter's birthday party in the Hamptons this summer, and they have remained in contact. A separate source told Page Six that Chapman had reached out to a number of crisis advisers and p.r. pros, as well as Abedin, over the weekend for advice. On Tuesday, Chapman announced that she was leaving her husband of 10 years and that her children were her "first priority." "My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions," said Chapman after three women accused her husband of rape. Reps for Chapman and Abedin didn't get back to us by Wednesday night. Weinstein told Page Six of his wife leaving him, "I am profoundly devastated. I have lost my wife and kids, whom I love more than anything else." (PageSix)

Anthony Bourdain Slams Hillary Clinton's Interview About Harvey Weinstein Calling It 'Shameful' and 'Disingenuous'. One day after Anthony Bourdain expressed his support for girlfriend Asia Argento after she claimed Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted her, he took aim at Hillary Clinton. Bourdain tweeted his disappointment and anger toward the former Secretary of State, who said during a CNN interview on Wednesday that the sexual assault and harassment allegations made against Weinstein were "intolerable." Despite starring on CNN in his show Parts Unknown, the celebrity chef did not hold back. "I was -- I was just sick," she told Fareed Zakaria. "I was shocked. I was appalled. And, you know, like so many people who've come forward and spoken out, this was a different side of a person who I and many others had known in the past." Weinstein donated toward Clinton's political campaigns. Clinton said that while it wasn't possible to return the money, she would donate it to charity. "What other people are saying, what my former colleagues are saying, is they're going to donate it to charity, and of course I will do that," she said. Bourdain tweeted out his thoughts, writing, "And I have to say, Hillary's interview with Fareed Zakaria was shameful in its deflection and its disingenuousness." He continued, adding, "know what Hillary Clinton is NOT? She's not stupid. Or unsophisticated about the world. The Weinstein stories had been out there for years... Secretary Clinton was one of the most intelligent, well prepared, well briefed politicians ever. So, yes. I'd hoped for a better response." Bourdain wrote that Clinton's response to the Weinstein allegations was "terrible," while also calling her interview a "real disappointment." Bourdain was also quick to tweet that Clinton was "CLEARLY not responsible for anything Weinstein. That's screamingly obvious." Bourdain showed his unwavering support for Weinstein's alleged victims, including Argento, with whom he's in a relationship. He tweeted on Monday, "I am proud and honored to know you." He tweeted against on Tuesday morning, "You just did the hardest thing in the world." Zakaria noted that many in the entertainment industry claimed Weinstein's actions were a well-known fact, yet unspoken. Clinton asserted she "certainly didn't" know. "I don't know who did, but I can only speak for myself, and I think speak for many others who knew him primarily through politics," she said. Clinton added, "But the courage of these women coming forward now is really important because it can't just end with one person's disgraceful behavior and the consequences that he is now facing." In a New Yorker article released Tuesday morning, Argento, 42, claims that Weinstein sexually assaulted her in 1997 by forcibly performing oral sex on her. Harvey Weinstein and Daughter's 'Yelling Argument' Prompts 'Family Dispute' Call to Police Harvey Weinstein and his 22-year-old daughter Remy got into an argument so heated that the police were called. She alleged that she was invited to what was supposed to be a Miramax party at a hotel in France, but arrived to find Weinstein alone in his hotel room. "He asks me to give a massage. I was, like, 'Look man, I am no f -- –g fool,'" Argento told writer Ronan Farrow of her experience. "But, looking back, I am a f -- –g fool. And I am still trying to come to grips with what happened." She later added: "It wouldn't stop. It was a nightmare." Argento also acknowledged that she eventually had a consensual relationship with Weinstein in the five years following the incident. She added that she had been hesitant to come forward due to the studio executive's power in the industry. "I know he has crushed a lot of people before," she said. "That's why this story -- in my case, it's twenty years old, some of them are older -- has never come out." In response to the lengthy allegations issued against Weinstein in the piece, a spokesperson for Weinstein said, "Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein. (People)

Makeup Artist Annamarie Tendler, Wife of Comedian John Mulaney, Claims Ben Affleck Groped Her at Hollywood Party. Annamarie Tendler, who is married to comedian John Mulaney, claims she was groped by actor Ben Affleck. "I would also love to get an apology from Ben Affleck who grabbed my ass at a Golden Globes party in 2014," Tendler, a makeup artist, tweeted on Wednesday. Tendler's tweet came after Affleck, 45, apologized to actress Hilarie Burton for acting "inappropriately" toward her when she was a host of MTV's TRL in 2003. "He walked by me, cupped my butt and pressed his finger into my crack," Tendler said in a follow-up tweet. "I guess he tried to play it like he was politely moving me out of the way and oops touched my butt instead of my lower back?" "Like most women in these situations I didn't say anything but I have thought a lot about what I'd say if I ever saw him again." A representative for Affleck has not commented on Tendler's claims. One Tree Hill alum's incident with Affleck on TRL was resurfaced after the actor condemned the sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein. "I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologize," Affleck tweeted on Wednesday. Social media users commented on how the TRL incident was reminiscent of another interview with Affleck conducted in 2004 by Montreal TV host Anne-Marie Losique. In the clip, he pulls Losique into his lap, suggests she take her top off, and compliments her on her "firm breasts." The interaction was filmed while Affleck was dating Jennifer Lopez. On Wednesday, Losique defended Affleck's conduct, telling The Hollywood Reporter that the actor "never touched me in any improper way." "It has been blown out of proportion," Losique told THR. "I know that people like fishing for anything, but this is completely out of context. I would like this to not have any negative impact on him. I find it sad." (People)

Music

CMT Artists of the Year Special Set to Become Night of Hope and Healing With Jason Aldean and More. Country music is coming together to prove once again that there is power in songs. E! News has learned this year's "CMT Artists of the Year" special will be transformed into a night of hope and healing. Chris Stapleton, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban and Luke Bryan are set to be honored at the eighth-annual special airing live from Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center. The changes follow the devastating hurricanes and mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas. Andra Day and Little Big Town will help kick off the evening with a performance of "Rise Up." They will later join Lee Ann Womack and Common for a rendition of "Stand Up For Something." "Given the devastation of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and the mass shootings in Las Vegas, we feel a commitment to our fans to address all of the tragedies not in one somber and solemn moment or segment, but rather devote the entire evening to uplifting the fans through high-spirited music," said Frank Tanki, General Manager of CMT and TV Land. "Both 'Rise Up' and 'Stand Up for Something' are inspirational anthems that perfectly sum the message for the evening." Frank added, "The special has always been a place where artists from different genres can stand side-by-side, and now more than ever, we want to showcase the power of unity and resilience through music." This year's ceremony will not include formal presentations of awards and speeches. Instead, honorees will deliver heartfelt messages directly to the fans. Watch it all unfold when the 90-minute special airs Wednesday, October 18 at 8 p.m. on CMT. (Eonline)

Two sisters and heirs of the late rock superstar Prince said Wednesday they're angered that the contents of his vault, including master tapes of unreleased music, have been removed from his Paisley Park studio complex and shipped to California. Sharon and Norrine Nelson, Prince's half-sisters, told The Associated Press they are prepared to take legal action to bring the music back to Minnesota. The company running the estate, Comerica Bank & Trust, said the recordings are safe at a reputable storage company in Los Angeles. "We want the music back home in Paisley Park where it belongs," Sharon Nelson said. Norrine Nelson called it "extraordinary and unconscionable." The recordings are regarded as among the most valuable pieces of an estate that court papers have suggested is worth around $200 million. Sharon Nelson said she was told Sept. 29 by a "Paisley Park representative," whom she wouldn't identify, that around four trucks pulled up to the studio-turned-museum in the Minneapolis suburb of Chanhassen in early September and removed the contents of the vault. "It's just as though Prince passed away again," she said. "That's how I felt. I was really devastated by that." Norrine Nelson said the music had been safe in Minnesota for more than 40 years and would be again if it's returned. The sisters said Comerica, which is serving as the personal representative, or executor, of Prince's estate, hasn't told them exactly where the music was taken or why. They said they believe Comerica was obligated to notify them and give them a say under orders earlier this year by Carver County District Judge Kevin Eide, who is overseeing the estate case. Comerica defended its decision in a statement. "In an effort to ensure the preservation of Prince's audio and visual content, Comerica selected the premier entertainment storage and archive company, Iron Mountain Entertainment Services," the statement said. "On four separate occasions, Comerica discussed the process with the heirs and any suggestion otherwise is not accurate." Prince left no will when he died in April 2016 of an accidental overdose of painkillers. The judge this May declared Prince's six surviving siblings his heirs, but they've split into two camps during the legal wrangling. Sharon and Norrine Nelson and their brother, John R. Nelson, are on one side and Prince's full sister, Tyka Nelson, and his half-brothers Omarr Baker and Alfred Jackson on the other. An attorney for Tyka Nelson and Baker did not immediately return a call seeking comment. Eide's orders putting Comerica in charge give the company considerable authority over how to run the estate and exploit its assets to benefit the heirs, and don't require it to notify or seek approval from them for routine matters. But one order does require Comerica to give them 14 business days of notice before entering into transactions worth more than $2 million to give them a chance to object. The sisters said they believe that language should apply to such a major step as moving the music out of Prince's vault. If the reason for moving the tapes was to put them closer to the recording industry to prepare for more releases of Prince music, the sisters said there was no need. They pointed out that Prince's studios at Paisley Park remain state-of-the art. But Comerica said the recordings are safer with Iron Mountain. "After reviewing the storage conditions at Paisley Park and out of concern regarding the consequences of a fire or other loss at the facility, Comerica determined that it was necessary to transfer the audio and visual content to a secure location where all of the original content could be securely stored and digitized as a safeguard against the destruction or loss of any original content," the company said. (Page Six)

Miley Cyrus' Carpool Karaoke is here & her voice is amazing. The star reflects on her controversial era in between her EPIC duets with James Corden... Resident 'hygge' expert, winter enthusiast ?? ?? and crime doc lover. If you already love Miley Cyrus be prepared to love her even more. The 24-year-old star appeared on the latest episode of Carpool Karaoke with James Corden where she belted out her biggest hits and she sounded AH-MAZING. In betweens singing chart-toppers like 'Party In The USA', 'We Can't Stop' and 'Malibu', Miley reflects on how she transitioned from her controversial VMAs 'twerking era' to become the mature activist she is today. "I think the first VMAs in 2013 - the twerking Robin Thicke VMAs - led me to being the activist I am now," she says. "Because I realized if that many people were gonna talk about something that I did, then I should make it a good thing, I should make it something that can change people's lives rather than be a controversial conversation that becomes a fun Halloween costume for some people." She adds: "I think there was something when I first, you know, kind of stopped doing Hannah Montana...saying, I'm not that, I want you to know who I really am, but I love that that was me and is me and is a part of me. And I think I've allowed that childhood self to shine through a little more because I'm not trying to run away from it, I'm trying to embrace it. I think that's good for everybody should embrace who they used to be because it's made you who you are now." However, it wasn't all serious chatter. Corden made Miley rate her level of high from a scale of 1 to 10 in various moments in her life. She admitted that why she was at zero during the infamous VMA performance (she's too scared to smoke before a show), she was at a 10 during her video shoot for 'Wrecking Ball'. Somehow, that doesn't shock us... (British Glamour)

Green Day to Release Greatest Hits Album: 'God's Favorite Band'. Collection features duet with Miranda Lambert on "Ordinary World." Leave it to Green Day to find a way to make a singles collection poke you in the eye. The Rock Hall of famers do it again with the upcoming (Nov. 17) 22-track compilation Greatest Hits: God's Favorite Band. The name is rooted in their Mar. 22 performance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, when God introduced the band as his favorite before they came to the stage to perform their single "Still Breathing." According to a press release, the album will feature twenty of the band's biggest songs "from the dawn of creation" in 1986 to present day, as well as the new song "Back In The USA" and a duet with country superstar Miranda Lambert on "Ordinary World." The new album comes at the close of Green Day's Revolution Radio world tour, which ends on Nov. 19 in Mexico City. The band played Global Citizen Festival on the last day of their North American leg, churning out their best protest anthems "Know Your Enemy" and "Holiday," ad-libbing "I'm not a part of dumb Trump America" during "American Idiot." All three songs are featured on the upcoming release. Green Day previously released a greatest hits album, International Superhits!, in 2001. Eight tracks from the 2001 compilation will be repeated on the new release, including such iconic singles as "Basket Case," "When I Come Around," "She" and "Warning." Physical pre-orders are available on the band's website.

Founding members of The Lovin' Spoonful didn't wait long to can guitarist Jerry Yester -- he's now officially out of the band after his arrest for child porn possession. Mark Logsdon, publicist for the band, tells TMZ ... drummer Joe Butler and bassist Steve Boone held a meeting shortly after Yester was charged, and decided he had to go. We're told they don't have a replacement yet, so they've canceled concert dates until October 27 while they search. The band says, "We are as numbed and shocked as the public is about these serious charges that have been brought against [Yester]." TMZ broke the story ... 74-year-old Yester was busted last week and faces 30 counts of possession of child porn. (TMZ)

Movies

Sean Hannity producing film because he's 'tired of Hollywood bulls?- - t'. Sean Hannity is hoping he will fare better at the box office than the major movie studios. The Fox News star is executive-producing -- i.e. financing -- "Let There Be Light," starring Kevin Sorbo as a cynical atheist who finds God after a near-death experience. The movie, directed by Sorbo and co-written by his wife, Sam Sorbo, opens wide Oct. 27. "I'm probably going to lose my shirt," Hannity said at a Police Athletic League luncheon on Tuesday attended by David Dinkins, John Catsimatidis, chairman of the New York state Republican party Ed Cox, lawyer Arthur Aidala and private eye Joe Mullen. "I have no idea what I'm doing." But he believes there is a huge churchgoing audience in America's heartland being ignored by the effete elites on both coasts. "I'm sick and tired of Hollywood bulls?-?-?t," Hannity said. "How many freaking 'Spider-Man' movies can we see?" (PageSix)

Cannes Film Festival Heads "Dismayed" by Harvey Weinstein Accusations. "These actions point to a pattern of behavior that merits only the clearest and most unequivocal condemnation," they said. Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremaux, who has a long professional and personal history with Harvey Weinstein, on Thursday spoke out about reports about the film mogul's history of sexual harassment and assault. In a joint statement published on the film festival's website and sent to The Hollywood Reporter, Fremaux and festival president Pierre Lescure wrote: "We have been dismayed to learn of the accusations of harassment and sexual violence recently leveled against Harvey Weinstein, a film professional whose activity and success are well known to all. They have led him to make frequent visits to Cannes over many years, with numerous films selected at the International Film Festival, at which he has been a familiar figure." They continued: "These actions point to a pattern of behavior that merits only the clearest and most unequivocal condemnation." The statement concluded: "Our thoughts go out to the victims, to those who have had the courage to testify and to all the others. May this case help us once again to denounce all such serious and unacceptable practices." Fremaux told THR that the festival would not be making any further statements on the issue, but their "position is clear." Fremaux's statement follows the explosive article in The New Yorker, published Tuesday, detailing multiple allegations of rape. One of those allegations, from Italian actress and director Asia Argento, took place at the famed Hotel du Cap during the Cannes Film Festival. In France, where the assault took place, rape is legally defined as "any act of penetration," including oral sex, by force or coercion. However, the statute of limitations is 10 years, or 20 years if the victim was a minor at the time. The incident Argento recounted took place 20 years ago, in 1997, when Argento was 21. (Hollywood Reporter)

'Thor: Ragnarok' Tracking for Thunderous $90M-$100M Debut. Marvel Studios and Disney's Thor: Ragnarok is tracking to open to a thunderous $90 million-$100 million in its North American debut over the Nov. 3-5 weekend. The threequel, with Chris Hemsworth returning in the titular role, is directed by acclaimed New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi. Thor: Ragnarok sees the Asgardian god team up with his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and his pal Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) to fight the goddess of death, Hela, played by Cate Blanchett. Idris Elba and Anthony Hopkins also star. If tracking is correct, Thor 3 will open ahead of the first Thor ($65.7 million) and Thor: The Dark World ($85.7 million), no small feat at a time when many franchise installments are struggling. Thor: Ragnarok is the 17th title in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Combined, the films have grossed $12.6 billion at the global box office. And in April, the debut of the first Thor: Ragnarok trailer smashed Disney and Marvel Studios' records with more than 136 million views worldwide, ahead of both Beauty and the Beast (127 million) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (112 million). (Hollywood Reporter)

Box-Office Preview: 'Happy Death Day' to Scare Off the Competition. Other new offerings include Jackie Chan's action pic 'The Foreigner,' Chadwick Boseman's "Marshall' and 'Professor Marston and the Wonder Woman.' Will horror-thriller Happy Death Day continue producer Jason Blum and Universal's winning streak at the box office following such hits as Get Out and Split? That looks to be the case, according to pre-release tracking. The pre-Halloween movie, which rolls out in 3,130 theaters this weekend, looks to open in the $15 million-$20 million range. It could even beat holdover Blade Runner 2049 and take the No. 1 spot. Directed by Christopher Landon, Happy Death Day stars Jessica Rothe as a college student who relives the day of her murder over and over until she discovers her killer's identity. Happy Death Day is rated PG-13. Among other new offerings, STX Entertainment's The Foreigner, starring Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan, is expected to open in the low- to mid-teens. The British-Chinese co-production was directed by Martin Campbell and revolves around a former Navy SEAL who comes out of retirement after his daughter is killed in what appears to be a politically motivated terrorist attack. Marshall and Professor Marston and the Wonder Woman, both adult-skewing biographical dramas, are expected to open to far more modest business, or in the $3 million to $5 million range. From director Reginald Hudlin and Open Road Films, Marshall stars Chadwick Boseman as Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American member of the Supreme Court. The film revolves around one of the first cases of his career, and also stars Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Dan Stevens, Sterling K. Brown and James Cromwell. Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, written and directed by Angela Robinson, tells the story of real-life American psychologist William Moulton Marston, who created the fictional character, Wonder Woman. Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall and Bella Heathcote star. Annapurna Pictures acquired U.S. rights from Studio 6 Films. (Hollywood Reporter)

TV

Shemar Moore Is Returning to Guest Star on Criminal Minds for Garcia's Sake. Shemar Moore is heading back to the BAU once again. After leaving the series in early 2016, Moore is returning to Criminal Minds for a case close to his baby girl's heart. Of course, "Baby Girl" was Morgan's nickname for Penelope Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness), who's now dealing with a case that's effecting her emotionally, and Morgan is coming back to help her out for one episode, which will air Wednesday, October 25. Derek originally left the BAU after having been abducted and tortured, wanting to protect his family and be there for his newborn son. He returned once during last year's season finale to help the team with a serial killer case. At the time of his exit from the show, Moore compared Criminal Minds to college for acting, and said he wanted to move on to life after college. "I'd seen other actors out there in the business getting these opportunities that I would love a chance," he told E! News. "What I'm fighting for in my life, and more specifically in my career, is that shot. I'm very happy with what I've accomplished, but I want to take another step. I'm just hungry like that. I want to see what else I can do." That said, he admitted the door to the BAU was never totally closed. "I'm not opposed to those doors opening up again," he said. "Now, it may not be permanently, and it may not be for a full season, but if there's an opportunity to go back and dance and play, I wouldn't be opposed to that." Moore currently stars on the CBS drama S.W.A.T. Criminal Minds airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on CBS. (Eonline)

From Anxiety to Revenge: Rachel Bloom on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Season 3 & Diagnosing Rebecca Bunch. Saying your TV show is "funny Fatal Attraction" paints quiet the image, but that's what Crazy Ex-Girlfriend season three has been dubbed. The new season picks up with a jilted Rebecca Bunch, played by series co-creator Rachel Bloom, on a quest for revenge. "Rebecca, for the whole show, has tried to be people she's seen in movies and TV shows because she has no sense of who she is internally. And so she has tried to -- every time she takes on another persona it's like trying on a new costume. The same goes for this Fatal Attraction," Bloom told E! News. "She says, 'OK, you left me at the altar, you called me crazy, great. I'm crazy. I'm crazy and I'm f -- king sexy and I'm a dynamo.' She's going to come in with this persona, but again, it's the same mistake she keeps making, which is like, Rebecca, what do you really want? Who are you really?" Aline Brosh McKenna, the show's co-creator, said Rebecca Bunch will try to be the femme fatale she always saw herself as after Josh Chan (Vincent Rodriguez III) left her at the altar. "It's not really her area of expertise, as we know from previous seasons she really cares tremendously about being a good person, so it's a struggle for her. We wanted to sort of get inside the human aspects of what happens if you actually try to do something like that," Brosh McKenna said about Rebecca's quest for revenge. Some of the revenge Rebecca embarks on borders on the absurd, as one is to expect from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Sex tapes and poop are involved. "Yes, these are revenge fantasies that I've had and never done," Bloom admitted. "And I think what's interesting is, the thrill of living them out is fun, but also the imagining of what happens. It's like, 'OK, I'm glad I never did these things because this ends in disaster.'" A woman scorned... and then everything changes, Bloom said, "we're going to shatter that later in the season." "You can't. You absolutely can't," Bloom said about coming back from some of the revenge actions. "And I'm really excited to talk to you around episode seven. Like, really excited." Midway through the season is when Crazy Ex-Girlfriend tends to turn everything on its head. Is this her rock bottom? "Tentatively, yes," Bloom said. Is there redemption? "Well... I will say that when you see your life as a movie... and you see yourself as a character in a genre of a movie, things are not going to go well," she said with a laugh. Bloom has been vocal about her and Brosh McKenna's four-year plan for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. The arc for Rebecca Bunch that was planned out before the series began remains generally intact, Bloom said, aside from an extended first season that featured some more story exploration, like with Greg (Santino Fontana, who has since left the show). (Eonline)

Mariska Hargitay, Brooke Shields on the Law and Order: SVU Twist That's "Excruciating" for Benson to Navigate. Can Olivia Benson ever find happiness? Not while Brooke Shields is on Law & Order: SVU, it seems. Warning, Law & Order: SVU spoilers follow. "I'm Sheila Porter. Noah's grandmother," Shields said in character when she made her Law & Order: SVU debut on the Wednesday, Oct. 11 episode. Yes, Ellie Porter, Noah's birth mother, lied about her parents. Her mother is alive and well -- and on Olivia Benson's doorstep. Brooke Shields made her Law & Order: SVU debut as Sheila Porter, Noah's biological grandmother, on the Wednesday, Oct. 11 episode and it seems like she's ready to rip apart Benson's (Mariska Hargitay) family. "The character of Shelia Porter and I have this insanely, intense, complex storyline that is excruciating to navigate and so human with everyone having a valid point of view," Hargitay told E! News during a recent visit to the SVU set. "It just explores so much and I'm very excited. And it's definitely unknown territory." In the episode, Hargitay's Benson got the news from her adoption attorney, Trevor Langan, played by her real-life husband Peter Hermann. The two had a bit of a blame game going back and forth, but one thing is clear: Ellie Porter lied, Sheila Porter is alive and she wants to vacate Benson's adoption. "You've got these two women, whose axis on which their whole world right now is turning is Noah and it's how they navigate that, how they challenge it and what they represent to the other one," Shields said. Law & Order: SVU airs Wednesdays, 9 p.m. on NBC. (Eonline)

Riverdale's KJ Apa Reacts to Shocking Premiere Ending: "I Was Really Psyched, and Then . . ." We did not see that coming! Riverdale finally (finally finally) returned Wednesday night, and most of the premiere was not all that much of a shock. Then we got to the end, when none other than Miss Grundy (Sarah Habel) showed right back up to get murdered. She was living across the river in Greendale, still up to her predatory ways. She was working with a student in her home, then kissed him goodbye (in a sexy and disgusting way) before sending him home. And then she turned around, only to discover the masked man there ready to strangle her. She dead! No more Miss Grundy! We feel no sadness at the loss of Miss Grundy, but someone else does. "I've noticed that a lot of the fans aren't too keen on Miss Grundy and a lot of the fans really don't like the storyline between her and Archie, but I really did enjoy that storyline. I thought it was great," star KJ Apa told E! News. "So I was excited to have her back! I was really psyched, and then obviously with what happened...yeah." Obviously, what happened was her murder, and when Archie finds out about it, he's not going to take it well. "I think Archie, he loved Miss Grundy -- or he thought he loved Miss Grundy -- so with her being murdered, again, it kind of makes his quest to find revenge for his dad that much more intense." Miss Grundy's tragic (?) death was just one small part of that premiere. It started immediately after Fred's (Luke Perry) shooting, with Archie (who doesn't even have a drivers' license!) driving his dad to the hospital. Fred immediately went into surgery and Archie started calling everyone he knew, and all his friends paused their own problems to help him out. Betty (Lili Reinhart) and Jughead (Cole Sprouse) took charge of searching for Fred's wallet, which went missing during the shooting though no other money was stolen from Pop's, and while they searched, they tried to work through the reality of Jughead's new life with a motorcycle and serpent friends who will torture people in Jughead's honor to get info about who shot Fred. Veronica (Camila Mendes) did her best to comfort Archie, even when he acted like he didn't want her comfort at all, and even with the looming return of her father hanging over everything. Obviously that comforting resulted in some steamy shower sex, and while it seemed like a weird time for that, it was still fun and steamy. Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) also spent some time at the hospital, but only because that's where her mother ended up after the fire at Thornhill, which Cheryl started herself. But it was a terrible accident, of course! Cheryl went full crazy pants, hissing to her mother that after all these years of emotional abuse, it was Cheryl's turn to be in charge, but only in the creepiest way possible. "If you breathe it's only because I give you air. If you drink, it's only because I poured your cup myself. And if you move? It is quietly, and with my blessing." Such nice mother/daughter bonding! Fred spent the episode coma-dreaming about milestones in Archie's life: His graduation, proposing to Veronica, getting married to Veronica (in a kilt! Teen Outlander strikes again!), but then inside his dream, Fred would realize he was actually dead. But he wasn't dead, thank goodness. He's alive, if not well, so we can all rest easy about that one particular thing for now, even if Archie can't. He's apparently staying up all night with a baseball bat in his hand in case the guy in the hood shows up again. Meanwhile, Hiram Lodge (Mark Consuelos) finally made his arrival, and suddenly the Lodge family got a whole lot creepier than they were last season, especially when it comes to Hermione (Marisol Nichols). She seemed like kind of a cool mom in season one (at least compared to Alice, aside from forging her daughter's signature), but she's got a whole new element to her when Hiram's on his way. How dare Veronica drink the Cristal! She was saving that for Veronica's father! Hiram mostly just sat at the head of the dining room table, fully in shadows, and chastised Veronica for not being home to greet him. So far, not a fan of this man. And that's where we are! Who would want to kill both Fred and Miss Grundy? Is Cheryl going to be OK? Is Archie going to be OK? What kind of havoc is Hiram gonna wreak? Has anyone given Pop Tate a hug yet 'cause he kind of seems like he could use one. Jughead's Weirdo Line of the Week:

gravelly voice* "In times of crisis, some people lose their appetite. But me? Mine increases tenfold." Riverdale airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on the CW. (Eonline)

Phil Robertson to Star in New Show That Will "Reject Political Correctness". The former star of 'Duck Dynasty' will court controversy on conservative digital network CRTV's 'In the Woods With Phil.' Phil Robertson is getting his own show again, and it promises to be much more of a vehicle for his irreverent take on politics than Duck Dynasty ever was. Robertson is joining CRTV (Conservative Review TV), a $99-a-year digital network where its most popular shows are hosted by conservative commentators Mark Levin, Steven Crowder and Michelle Malkin. The show is dubbed In the Woods With Phil, and in a clip provided exclusively to The Hollywood Reporter the star alludes to when A&E briefly suspended him from Duck Dynasty for his offensive comments in a GQ story. "What does a man do when they try to run him out of town for quoting a Bible verse?" Robertson asks in one episode of the show. "I tell you what he does; he goes deep in the woods." In his infamous GQ profile, Robertson said: "Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men." He then paraphrased a Bible passage. Robertson says that he plans on rejecting "political correctness" with his new show: "For far too long we have been told to shut up. No more. Here's the deal, America. These are my woods. Out here, I call the shots. Out here, we reject political correctness, or as I like to say, 'pontificated crap'." Robertson is set to give a sneak-peak of his show on Friday at the Values Voters Summit in Washington, where speakers include President Donald Trump and his former chief adviser, Steve Bannon. "Our culture and values are being overrun and progressives are hell bent on purging traditional values from media," said CRTV senior vp Gaston Mooney. "Phil is a Christian and CRTV is proud to have him proclaim from our platform." Robertson and other members of his family starred in 130 episodes of A&E's Duck Dynasty over the course of five years, ending their show in January as the most-watched nonfiction series in cable. CRTV launched LevinTV 19 months ago then released the CRTV subscription product in December. It's available on mobile devices, Apple TV, Roku and via other digital outlets. The ad-free network does not share viewership data. (Hollywood Reporter)

Tony Awards Sets 2018 Dates. The annual Broadway honors ceremony will be broadcast on CBS through 2026. The 2018 Tony Awards will take place at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 10, the American Theatre Wing has announced. A new broadcast agreement will keep the annual Tonys ceremony on the CBS Television Network through 2026. The Tony Awards has aired on CBS since 1978. "CBS has been an amazing and collaborative partner in bringing the live arts we honor, to their viewers," stated Heather Hitchens, president of the American Theatre Wing and Charlotte St. Martin, president of The Broadway League. "Their continued support has helped make the Tony Awards an acclaimed television event and has allowed us to bring Broadway to homes all over America." "The Tony Awards give viewers across the country the opportunity to experience the excitement of Broadway theater from their very own living rooms," said Jack Sussman, evp, specials, music and live events, CBS Entertainment. "We're pleased to renew our commitment to the performing arts and look forward to continuing this great and long-standing partnership by bringing the best of Broadway to primetime television for many years to come." Additionally, the awards eligibility cut-off date for all Broadway productions opening in the 2017-2018 season has been set for April 26. Productions which meet all other eligibility requirements and open on or before that date are considered eligible for nominations, which will be announced live on May 1. The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. (Hollywood Reporter)

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