Thursday, October 26, 2017

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Ne-Yo's Wife Crystal Smith Is Pregnant! The Platinum Life Stars ''So Excited'' to Be Expecting Second Child Together. The Platinum Life is getting even sweeter for Ne-Yo and Crystal Smith! E! News can exclusively confirm that the 38-year-old singer and his wife Crystal, star of E!'s new series The Platinum Life, are expecting their second child together. "We are so excited!" the pregnant businesswoman tells E! News. "This definitely wasn't in the plan and we weren't trying at all!" Ne-Yo, real name Shaffer Chimere Smith, and Crystal welcomed their first child together, son Shaffer Chimere Smith Jr., back in May 2016, just one month after they got married in L.A. The duo is also parents to son Mason Evan and daughter Madilyn Grace from Ne-Yo's previous relationship. The lovebirds tells us their kids are "going to be so excited" once they find out they're getting a fourth sibling. "Maddie has asked a few times for a little sister since having SJ so fingers crossed," they said. Ne-Yo and Crystal have yet to find out the sex of their child. "This gender reveal party is going to be epic," they said. And as for baby names, they added, "We have had names for our angels since before Shaffer Jr. was born so, yes, we are all set on baby names." Crystal says she's managed to avoid any morning sickness during her first trimester. "Actually I haven't really been sick at all but the cravings are real!" she says. "All I want are raw oysters and steak! Which since becoming vegan has totally messed up my diet but as long as our miracle gets the nutrition it needs I will eat all the meat in the world!" So will Ne-Yo and Crystal be done expanding their family after she gives birth? "That completely depends on the gender of this one," they said. "If it's a girl then the shop is closed but if it's a boy then we have to do it again! I've been dreaming of the same little girl since I was a little girl and we won't stop until we get her!" (Eonline)

Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton Are Focused on 'Getting Pregnant'. Of all Blake Shelton's roles, there are few he relishes more than Oklahoma tourist guide. Introducing girlfriend Gwen Stefani and her boys -- Kingston, 11, Zuma, 9, and Apollo, 3 -- to his home state is thrilling, he recently told Entertainment Tonight. "It's been a lot of fun for me to be the one to get to expose them to this," he said of bringing everyone to the September 30 opening of his Tishomingo eatery, Ole Red. "They love it so much, her entire family." Everyone from her sons to her parents are enamored with the country life, insists Shelton: "There's times when we've had holiday gatherings, and I'm talking about 30-plus family members from her side, from my side." Come Christmas 2018, they're hoping to make room for one more. Blissful two years into their surprising romance, the country music sensation, 41, and the 48-year-old rocker turned fashion mogul are eager to expand their family, multiple sources reveal in the new issue of Us Weekly. The divorcees -- he announced the end of his marriage to Miranda Lambert in July 2015; she split with her husband of 13 years, Gavin Rossdale, a month later -- "will get married one day," says a Shelton insider, "but right now they are hyper-focused on getting pregnant." Noting the No Doubt front woman learned she was expecting Apollo at the age of 43, the source says she and the nine-time Country Music Association Award winner are confident they'll have a child together. "They believe there is still a chance for Gwen," says the Shelton insider. "They are incredibly hopeful." Becoming a dad has long been on Shelton's wish list. His urge to start a family was a factor in his split with Lambert, says a friend. So when his romance with Stefani became serious, he was upfront about his future plans. "Blake told Gwen he does want kids of his own," says a Shelton source, "and Gwen was willing to try. With her, Blake has the exact relationship and family life he'd hoped to have with Miranda. Gwen's everything he wants." A child of their own would be the icing on the proverbial cake. "Gwen and Blake started talking quickly about having a baby," says a close Shelton confidante. But so far that dream has been elusive, says the Shelton insider. Though the couple first began trying for a baby last year, "starting a family has not been easy for them," says the insider. "It's something that they really want and it's just not working out the way they wanted it to." Despite the hardship, the pair are rock solid. "They struggle they're facing is making them stronger," says the Shelton insider. "They are so committed to one another and protective of one another." (US Weekly)

Michael Phelps is keeping busy. The 23-time Olympic gold medalist opened up to Us Weekly about his son's personality, expecting baby No. 2, and his past battle with depression. The 32-year-old spoke candidly to Us about his role in a new documentary titled Angst, where he speaks out about his anxiety and depression: "For me, it was all about being vulnerable. I think it's scary for a lot of people to think about that word. I just wanted to change. I was to the point where I didn't like who I was. I didn't like looking at myself like seeing the reflection that you see in the mirror. I kind of just tackled it head-on." As previously reported, the retired swimmer has been open about his struggles in the past, which have included DUIs and a stint in rehab. "For me it's like, I always make a joke like, 'Yeah, I learned how to communicate like two years ago.' It made my life a hell of a lot easier, but also understanding your emotions is something that is so big," Phelps said. "There are a lot of different things that we have going on and you're starting to see more, whether it's athletes or celebrities who are opening up and talking about depression and anxiety more. I think they're understanding that it is OK to not be OK." "When I went into depression, I went into the darkest part of my life by far and I didn't want to be alive. Hopefully, we can lower the suicide rate and continue to open up and probably get people to talk about the mental health disorders that they're going through and to communicate more," he says of his battle with depression. When it comes to his son, 17-month-old Boomer, Phelps can't stop snapping photos and creating hilarious captions for an Instagram page dedicated to the tot: "We're trying to process some of the things that are going on in his head. I mean, the photos lately just with his long hair. He loves being in a hat. He'll reach for his sunglasses every time we get in the car, so it is a treat seeing more and more of his personality come out daily." Phelps shares Boomer with wife Nicole Johnson, whom he secretly married in June 2016 after dating on and off for eight years. The couple is now expecting their second child and Phelps tells Us exclusively, "I kind of had an idea that she could be pregnant ... I could tell she was acting, not different or funny, but I could tell that she wanted to say something. Nicole had made this little journal for me of photos of just Boomer and I and photos of Nicole and I and experiences, and we just put like special moments in that little journal. I woke up [one] morning and she handed me the journal and said open it. I opened to the photo of them in the backyard with the pregnancy test. I was pumped!" Another positive place in his life is his work as the global ambassador for Colgate's Save Water campaign, he tells Us: "For me, water is such an intricate part of my life. Now, having a family and now growing a family, there are so many things that we can all do to that can really help the world. There are so many people who don't have the opportunity to have clean drinking water. I think that this is simple to turn the faucet off when you're brushing your teeth. It's simple to kind of not take a 30-minute shower or ... so many little small things that we can all do together to save precious water. Every drop really does count. I think we can do this together." (US Weekly)

Dynasty star Catherine Oxenberg is desperately fighting to save her 26-year-old daughter, India, from a controversial group she alleges has "brainwashed" her oldest daughter. In 2011, Oxenberg saw an opportunity to bond with her then 20-year-old daughter after she learned from a friend about a self-improvement program called Nxivm (pronounced NEX-I-um) and they decided to attend a meeting together. For nearly 20 years, an estimated 16,000 people have paid as much as $3,400 for an executive-coaching workshop offered by the Albany, N.Y.-based organization, whose leader, Keith Raniere, 57, is known as Vanguard to his followers. With locations in New York, San Francisco and Mexico, the group claims to take people on a journey of personal discovery and development. Oxenberg, 56, initially found the program to be "weird and creepy," she says. But India -- "the sweetest, most no confrontational, easiest child of all my children" -- was intrigued. She threw herself into the organization over the next few years, attending more and more of its costly classes, recruiting friends and emptying her bank account of her inheritance, her mother says. Oxenberg initially resisted interference and judgment. Then her fears were confirmed last April, in a conversation with a friend, Bonnie Piesse, 34, who'd recently left the group herself and detailed India's role in what Oxenberg calls a "secret sisterhood" within Nxivm. "You need to save your daughter," Piesse told her. "You need to save India." Insiders who've left Nxivm paint an even darker picture. "It was the most painful, traumatic moment of my life," says Sarah Edmondson, 40, who, after being recruited for Nxivm's secret sisterhood, says she was branded last March below her hip with what she later learned were Raniere's initials, shortly before quitting the group. The group's leaders did not respond to PEOPLE's request for comment. Nxivm responded to a recent New York Times article about the group with a statement that called the story "a criminal product of criminal minds." Yet allegations about the group have prompted the New York State Governor's Counsel to launch a review into the matter. Prior to Nxivm, Raniere founded a discount-buying club that he later shut down after 23 states and two federal agencies launched investigations into allegations that it was a pyramid scheme. Raniere admitted to no wrongdoing but agreed to pay a monetary settlement. Edmondson says she met women in the secret sisterhood in which Oxenberg says India is a member who told her they weren't allowed to eat more than 800 calories per day. Piesse, who last saw India in the days before she left Nxivm in January 2017, says, "India was in a bad situation. One time she told me that she wasn't going to eat for three days [out of] penance to try and correct her behavior." Not long after talking to Piesse in April, Oxenberg reached out to India, who moved from L.A. to Albany in 2016, and invited her home for her birthday. Before hanging up, Oxenberg says her daughter told her, "'Mom, my hair has been falling out, and I haven't had a period in a year. Maybe I should see a doctor?' " When she arrived home later in May, an alarmed Oxenberg says she confronted her "super skinny" daughter, begging her to get help. She says India dismissed her concerns, returned to Albany then next day and then stopped communicating with her. Now the mother to five daughters has turned to the media: "I'm helpless. I've lost my child and will do whatever I can to get her back. (People)

John Mayer is sharing a personal milestone with his fans: he's been sober for one year. The 40-year-old singer announced Tuesday that he hasn't had a drink in 365 days. "One year ago today, I decided to give drinking a break. A very personal thing for everyone. For me, a constant return on investment," he wrote on Twitter. "I post this because I want people to know that 'that's enough for now' is on the menu, so to speak." In a New York Times profile published in March, Mayer shared that he's attended therapy to help him deal with his "attachment style" and quit drinking. "I'm actually very thoughtfully entering cannabis life," he shared. Mayer, 40, elaborated on replacing drinking with smoking weed in the summer, telling Rolling Stone, "I put it where drinking used to go, and the quality of life has gone up considerably... Drinking is a f–ing con. How much is enough? Every time I drank, I was looking for some sort of regulated amount. It always feels wrong for me. I always feel like I went overboard. 'I said two, now it's three, now we're at four?'" Mayer added that he "never had a serious issue with it," but felt like he needed to take a break: "There's never an amount that felt like I was succeeding at life. It always felt wrong." John Mayer Reveals New Song Is About Ex Katy Perry: 'Who Else Would I Be Thinking About? That Was My Only Relationship' John Mayer Is Having Trouble Finding Love On His Exclusive Dating App. The "In the Blood" singer recently spent his 40th birthday in Rio de Janeiro with pal Andy Cohen. "One final salute to @johnmayer as we put a bow around our Celebration of 40 Years of Excellence," Cohen, 49, captioned a photo of Mayer standing in a salute position on board a boat. "My heart is busting out with a whole lotta feels after an experience of a lifetime. Brazil is Magic and so are you, JM. #JM40," Cohen continued about Mayer, who got himself a diamond chain for his 40th, which featured Jeff Bridges' infamous movie character from The Big Lebowski. (People)

Famed economist Nouriel Roubini is aggressively wooing supermodel Paulina Porizkova, even though she has been married to Cars frontman Ric Ocasek for 28 years. Roubini -- nicknamed "Dr. Doom" after predicting the 2008 financial crisis -- spoke at Richard Hurowitz's hedge fund conference last week at Sotheby's New York, where he jovially announced his new moniker should be "Dr. Boom Boom," due to the lavish surroundings. However, the name seems more appropriate following Page Six's coverage of his wild hot-tub parties attended by scores of young women and models at what one outlet uncouthly called his "vagina-walled downtown loft." Witnesses at Sotheby's said that after Roubini spoke, he chatted up Czech-born Swedish model Porizkova, 52, who was in the audience. She shot to fame in the '80s as a cover star of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and went on to star in ad campaigns for Chanel, Versace and Christian Dior, among many others. She wed Ocasek in 1989, and they have two sons and are still happily married, according to friends. But that apparently didn't deter randy Roubini, 58, who is unmarried and an NYU professor. According to a source at the event, "Roubini was all over Paulina. He was very smart but really creepy, and she was a little freaked out by it. When he asked for her e-mail, she was too polite to say no, and now he's been messaging her saying, 'Come to one of my famous parties.'?" The source added, "Roubini seems sort of weird -- it's not a good look to be nearly 60 and bragging about your sexy hot-tub parties." We're told Porizkova did not respond to his invite to join one of his bacchanals, which often involve models jumping into his giant Jacuzzi on the roof of his party penthouse. Roubini once told New York magazine of the models who attend his bashes, "They love my beautiful mind," and that what makes his soirees so special are, "Beautiful girls .?.?. I look for 10 girls to one guy." Roubini didn't respond to e-mails and reps for Porizkova didn't get back to us. (Page Six)

Yolanda Hadid and David Foster Are Officially Divorced. Yolanda Hadid and David Foster are officially over. According to documents obtained by E! News, the former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star and her music producer ex finalized their divorce on Oct. 16. Based on the papers filed with the Superior Court of California County of Los Angeles, Foster and Hadid reached an agreement in terms of spousal support and attorney fees, which the Model Moms host asked for in her original filing. They also agreed on the division of their property. After being married to Foster for four years, Hadid filed for divorce in November 2015. Two weeks later, the two announced they were calling it quits in a joint statement. "Sadly we have decided to go our separate ways," the statement read. "We've shared nine beautiful and joyous years together and during that time we experienced love, friendship, and the inevitable challenges that come with managing a marriage, careers, blended families and health issues." They added, "We are grateful for the years we've spent together and believe wholeheartedly that we did our best. I hope that we can pave the road ahead of us with all we've learned and with the love and respect we will always have for one another." But when Bravo host Andy Cohen asked Hadid if she felt "blindsided" by the divorce during a Real Housewives reunion, Hadid said she did. "Yeah," she admitted. "I didn't think that was the end of the road. I would have hoped to wait until I got 100 percent well where I could really start dealing with all of the issues that we had in the marriage." Still, she told the host that it was a decision they came to together. Hadid battles with Lyme disease and has talked openly about it on the show. Throughout the show, the Grammy-winning composer seemed to support his wife as she fought for her health. At one point, Hadid even referred to Foster as her "super nurse." Still, the supermodel admitted that her illness changed their relationship. "Being chronically ill for that long, takes the life out of you but also of your caretaker. You can't underestimate how much it takes for a man to take care of somebody that's sick all of the time," she said during the reunion. "I'm sure that I haven't been the wife that I used to be, and I wasn't the mother I used to be. You know, it's like you change. David didn't change; I'm the one that changed. And, you know, I guess this is the outcome of that." Foster also issued his own statement on the breakup in 2015. "I have been by Yolanda's side over the past four years to the best of my ability as she battled with the complexities of her Lyme diagnosis," part of his statement read. "I am incredibly proud of Yolanda's determination and mission to find a cure, and how brave and open she has been by sharing her story in the hopes of changing the future for others." Although the former couple's struggles remained fairly off-camera, Hadid commented on their split in a season finale episode. "We were just two normal human beings that were going through the ups and downs of a marriage while [battling chronic illness,] business, children, step-children, life," she told fellow housewife Erika Girardi. "It was just really tough. If you stop making each other happy, you shouldn't be together." "My life has changed 180 degrees," she added. "In time, David and I are going to be great friends. Just because the marriage didn't work anymore, it didn't change the fact that I still love him." However, it appears as though the two have moved on. Since the split, Foster has been romantically linked to Katharine McPhee and Elizabeth Hurley. Hadid was previously married to Mohamed Hadid, with whom she shares three supermodel children: Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid and Anwar Hadid. Foster has also been married to Rebecca Dyer, B.J. Cook and Linda Thompson. (Eonline)

Tamar Braxton is done with her marriage ... she's filed to divorce Vincent Herbert ... TMZ has learned. Tamar filed divorce docs Tuesday in L.A. County. She and Vincent have been married for nearly 9 years -- they're one month shy of their anniversary. Tamar and the record exec have one child together -- their 4-year-old son, Logan Vincent. It's the end of a long relationship -- Tamar and Vincent started dating in 2003. Her sister, Toni Braxton, had been working with him and introduced them. The couple had a domestic dispute in August, 2016 in an Atlanta hotel. Police were called after he allegedly bit her hand during the argument. Although they stayed together after that ... sources connected to the couple tell us it's been a rollercoaster relationship, and Tamar recently moved out of the family home. Story developing ... (TMZ)

Harry Connick Jr.'s Wife Jill Goodacre Reveals Secret 5-Year Battle With Breast Cancer. After a secret five-year battle with breast cancer, Harry Connick Jr.'s wife Jill Goodacre is opening up about her fight for her health. In a new interview with People, Goodacre recalled how she went in for an annual mammogram in October 2012 and had her results come back clear. But after double-checking with a sonogram, the doctors picked up on something, which led her to have a biopsy. Shortly after, People reported, the Grammy-winning artist and his wife discovered that she had Stage 1 invasive ductal carcinoma, which required lumpectomy and radiation. During the interview, Connick Jr. admitted he was afraid of losing his wife -- he had already lost his mother to ovarian cancer at the age of 13. "I was scared I was going to lose her, absolutely," he told the magazine. "I wasn't going to let her see that, but I was. I know from losing my mom that the worst can happen. She's my best friend, and I really don't know what I would do without her." Because the lupectomy "didn't come back with clean margins," Goodacre said, she had to have another surgery the next day. She also had to undergo radiation, which she said "absolutely wiped me out;" however, did not have to have chemotherapy. For the past five years, she's also taken Tamoxifen, which People described as "an estrogen modulator taken in pill form that helps prevent the development of hormone receptor-positive breast cancers." The former model and actress admitted that the weight gain she's experienced from taking Tamoxifen, a side effect, has "taken a lot out of my self-confidence." However, her husband told People that "she will always be the most beautiful woman in the world." As difficult as her treatment was, Goodacre said having to share her diagnosis with her children -- Georgia, 21; Sara Kate (Kate), 20; and Charlotte, 15 -- "broke my heart." Thankfully, Goodacre is approaching her five-year mark in remission. As a result, she's decided to share her story. "It wasn't like we were superstitious, like if we said something about being in the clear, we'd somehow jinx it," she said. "But we wanted to be well on the other side of things before we told everybody. The doctors all say that after the five-year mark, things look optimistic, so we're starting to feel pretty good." The couple, who has been married for more than two decades, will share more about Goodacre's battle with cancer on Thursday's episode of Harry. To learn more about her journey, check out People's article. (Eonline)

Will & Grace Star Sean Hayes Reveals Health Scare After Recent Hospitalization. Sean Hayes managed to make an emergency room visit sound hilarious. During an appearance on Ellen DeGeneres's daytime couch Wednesday, the Will & Grace funny man revealed he was actually supposed to sit down for an interview weeks ago, but had to reschedule because of a health emergency. "I went to bed at night and all the sudden I felt this excruciating pain in my stomach," he described. "I went to the E.R. and thank God I did." Turns out Hayes' small intestine had burst open and was "poisoning" his body. Of course, Hayes made light of the scary situation. "They went in there and they clipped off the bad part and put it back together with like a chip clip, you know?" After the laparoscopic procedure, the star was heavily medicated. "They put you on so many drugs, youre like high out of your mind," he said. So, that might explain why he didn't notice his butt was out of his hospital gown as he took laps around the hospital. Oops! Fortunately for our entertainment, Hayes brought back a game for him and Ellen to play involving the breathing exercisers you've probably seen in the hospital. "Let's play the game and whoever can suck their balls the hardest wins," he instructed DeGeneres. "You suck, not blow?" she retorted. "Of course, I'd have to teach her," the actor quipped back. The entire exchange had the host laughing to the point of tears. After Hayes beat her in a round of the game, he comforted DeGeneres. "Look, it doesn't matter who won, as long as we both suck." (Eonline)

Chester Bennington kept his money close to home ... because his will leaves most of his assets to a trust for the benefit of his wife and kids. According to the will, which was filed in L.A. County and obtained by TMZ, there are certain assets -- like his retirement account -- that goes directly to his widow, Talinda. All remaining assets go into the Chester and Talinda Bennington Family Trust which was created in 2007 and amended in 2009. The couple has 3 kids. He also has 3 other children from previous relationships. The will says all 6 kids are beneficiaries. As we previously reported, Chester set aside certain funds to pay for visits among the various kids to keep their relationships strong. Talinda is named executor and has the power over all of Chester's musical rights and interests. Chester committed suicide in July. (TMZ)

Paul Walker's Daughter Meadow Settles With Porsche in Wrongful Death Lawsuit. It's been almost four years since the world lost Walker in high-speed car crash while he was a passenger in a Porsche Carrera GT. Three years and 11 months after the actor's death, his 18-year-old daughter Meadow Walker is still missing her father, but one important chapter has come to a close -- her wrongful death lawsuit against Porsche has finally been settled. According to docs obtained by E! News, the lawsuit was settled with the German car company on Oct. 16. The terms of the settlement are confidential, but the docs state that now that a settlement has been reached, both parties have requested for a dismissal of the suit. According to court documents obtained by E! News at the time, Meadow and her lawyers alleged that the Porsche Carrera GT "lacked safety features...that could have prevented the accident or, at a minimum, allowed Paul Walker to survive the crash." The suit alleged that Porsche knew that the specific car in Paul's case "had a history of instability and control issues." The company, however, reportedly "failed to install its electronic stability control system, which is specifically designed to protect against the swerving actions inherent in hyper-sensitive vehicles of this type." For those who don't recall, law enforcement ruled the cause of the crash was a result of speeding at rates between 80 and 93 MPH. However, according to the lawsuit, Paul's driver Roger Rodas may have only been going between 63 and 71 MPH when he lost control. The lawsuit alleged that a "defective" seat belt prevented Paul from escaping the vehicle before it caught on fire and that he was burned alive as a result. "The bottom line is that the Porsche Carrera GT is a dangerous car," Meadow's lawyer Jeff Milam said in a statement to E! News in 2015. "It doesn't belong on the street. And we shouldn't be without Paul Walker or his friend, Roger Rodas." Meadow was awarded $10.1 million by the estate of Rodas in 2016. At the time, Milam released the following statement on behalf of his client, "The amount paid by the estate of Roger Rodas into a trust for Meadow Walker only covers a fraction of what her father would have earned as an international movie star had his life not tragically been cut short." His statement continued, "Through his estate, Mr. Rodas, the driver of the car, took partial responsibility for the crash. Meadow's lawsuit against Porsche AG -- a $13 billion corporation -- intends to hold the company responsibly for producing a vehicle that was defective and caused Paul Walker's death." It appears as if that's just what Milam did. (Eonline)

An actress has sued The Weinstein Company, claiming what other women have alleged ... that Harvey Weinstein lured her into the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills, demanded a massage and then forced oral sex on her. Dominique Huett filed the lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, in which she says Weinstein met her in November 2010, at the hotel bar, and told her he could help her with her acting career. She says he was staring at her breasts, asked if she ever had a "boob job" and then asked her to show him her breasts. Huett says Weinstein warned her it would be beneficial to her career if she did not have breast implants. She says he invited her to his room under the guise of a business meeting. She says he went to the bathroom and emerged wearing only a robe. She says he asked her to give him a massage and when she said no he laid on the bed and demanded one. She says she ultimately complied and he then asked if he could perform oral sex on her. She says he wouldn't take no for an answer and he performed oral sex on her for several minutes, after which he masturbated until he reached orgasm. He then offered to secure her a role on "Project Runway." Her lawyer, Jeff Herman, says in the lawsuit his client is suing The Weinstein Company because it was aware of Harvey Weinstein's power to coerce and force young actresses to engage in sexual acts with him. The suit claims Weinstein would use "honeypots" -- female employees invited to the beginning of the meeting, and then dismissed -- to lure victims into a false sense of security. Herman tells TMZ he believes the suit is not barred by the statute of limitations because Huett's suing TWC and the clock on the statute of limitations doesn't start running against a company until it becomes evident the company was negligent in retaining a bad employee. Herman says it didn't become evident until the swarm of publicity in the last few weeks. (TMZ)

Fats Domino, New Orleans music legend, dies at 89. Legendary New Orleans musician Fats Domino died Tuesday at 89, the Associated Press confirms. The rock and roll pioneer died peacefully, his daughter told regional CBS affiliate WWL-TV Wednesday morning. Born in the Big Easy in 1928, Domino -- given name Antoine Domino Jr. -- was the youngest of eight children and grew up in the city's Lower Ninth Ward. A prodigiously talented piano player, Domino came of age in the post-war period and became a seminal force in the development and popularization of rock and roll. Domino began his recording career in 1949 with his first single, "The Fat Man," which sold one million copies by 1953. Many designate "The Fat Man" as rock's first million-selling single. The musician dominated the charts throughout the '50s and early '60s, catapulting nearly 40 hits into the Hot 100's top 40 during that period. Among them was Domino's biggest smash, "Blueberry Hill," which reached No. 2 on the Hot 100. Though Vincent Rose, Larry Stock, and Al Lewis wrote the song in 1940, it became Domino's defining tune. Considering the era's racially fraught politics, Domino's music took on a broader significance. A 1955 Down Beat article noted the diverse crowds Domino drew and famously proclaimed that he was "doing a job in the Deep South that even the U.S. Supreme Court hasn't been able to accomplish," referring to the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education ruling. Domino began his career a few years before white artists, like Elvis Presley, forayed into rock and roll. He was ambivalent as a pioneer of the genre, though. "What they call rock and roll is rhythm and blues," he said in a 1956 interview, "and I've been playing it for 15 years in New Orleans." Domino would continue recording through the '70s, but scaled back in the '80s; he opted to no longer leave his native New Orleans. He continued to rack up accolades, however. In 1986, Domino was a part of the first class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, which also included Chuck Berry, James Brown, and Ray Charles. In 1987, he received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and in 1998, President Bill Clinton awarded him the National Medal of Arts. (Entertainment Weekly)

Robert Guillaume -- best known for his '80s hit TV show, "Benson" -- died Tuesday at his L.A. home from complications of prostate cancer ... according to his wife, Donna. Guillaume won the Emmy for lead actor in a comedy for playing sarcastic, wise-cracking butler, Benson DuBois, on the hit ABC show. "Benson" was a spin-off from "Soap." He won a supporting actor Emmy for that show. He was also the voice of Rafiki on Disney's "The Lion King" -- and Isaac Jaffe on Aaron Sorkin's "Sports Night." Throughout his career, Guillaume defied racial stereotypes with his characters on TV and in theater. He earned a 1977 Tony nom for "Guys and Dolls" ... and was the first African-American to play the title role in "Phantom of the Opera". Robert was 89. R.I.P. (TMZ)

Carson Daly's Stepfather Richard Caruso Passes Away One Month After Mom's Death. Carson Daly has experienced another heartbreaking loss in his family. The Voice and Today show host revealed on Instagram Tuesday afternoon that his step-father Richard Caruso has died after battling bone cancer. "Pops passed away today with absolute dignity & pride. The greatest man we ever knew. Our hero," Carson wrote on Instagram. "He exemplified great faith, loyalty to family & hard work. He provided us all with so much. We're grateful." He continued, "His legacy lives on in all of us & anyone who had the pleasure of meeting him. He's reunited with mom now. Our faith remains strong. Thanks for your continued thoughts and prayers." When the news was announced, several Today colleagues and friends expressed their well wishes on social media. "He had so much to be proud of in his family. And you poured your heart out for him. Love and prayers," Savannah Guthrie shared in the comments section. Jenna Bush Hager added, "I am so sorry @CarsonDaly. Sending so much love." The news comes more than a month after Carson's mom Pattie Daly Caruso passed away after suffering a heart attack at her Palm Desert, Calif., home. When returning to work, Carson shared fond memories of his mom and revealed the news was unexpected. "She died at 73, but she lived a life passionately twice as much," he explained. "I'm healing -- still in shock, really rough loss. I've learned it's a process. I have great faith, great family, incredible friends. You guy have been unbelievable." As Carson takes time to grieve in private, fans are remembering the kind things he said about his family in various Today show segments. "I remember hearing his dress shoes hit our wood floor in Santa Monica as he would be leaving to work at about 5:00 in the morning. Every day, I would wake up and go, 'Wow, there's Dad, going to work,'" he said. "But family meant everything to him and he worked hard to provide for us." Our thoughts and prayers go out to Carson and his family during this difficult time. (Eonline)

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Why You'll Never Catch Kate Middleton Wearing Red Nail Polish. Kate Middleton is known for chocolate brown tresses and her classically chic style, but there's one thing she's not known for -- her nail polish. That's because she doesn't wear any. Who knew?! That's right, the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge isn't going to be hopping on any nail art trends, chrome claws or cat-eye talons because the pregnant mom of two goes completely bare when it comes to her hands. According to Marie Claire, Middleton has only been photographed once with a manicure and that was on the day 24 million people watched her as she wed Prince William, which was also the day she wore Essie's pale pink Allure. So why does one of the most fashionable women in the world, whose style is sought out by fans near and far, skimp on the nail primp? According to Marie Claire UK, the royal dress code dictates that bright nail colors are strictly forbidden for royals and they are instructed to only have natural-looking colors for official events. Apparently, the dutiful duchess prefers to play it safe by going au natural. So you might see the future queen in an Avant garde fascinator at upcoming events but don't ever expect to see her tips dipped in Big Apple Red. Interestingly enough, Queen Elizabeth II is a fan of polish and prefers to wear Essie's Ballet Slippers and has been doing so for almost three decades. According to Beauty Crew, in 1989 the Queen's hairdresser wrote to nail polish mogul Essie Weingarten of the brand Essie requesting a bottle of the classic light pink shade for her royal client and ever since then her majesty has been hooked on the neutral shade for the last 28 years. Consistency is queen! (Eonline)

The Bachelorette's Kaitlyn Bristowe Lands Role On Broadway. Kaitlyn Bristowe is heading to Broadway! The Bachelorette star told listeners the exciting news on her Off the Vine podcast this week. "I have an announcement to make!" Bristowe said Monday. "Kaitlyn Bristowe is going to Broadway." Bristowe continued, "Yeah so exciting news, I mean I've known about this for a while now. It was originally supposed to be in Vegas, I was gonna host the show, but they moved it to New York over the holidays. It's called Home for the Holidays and it's on Broadway with yours truly, Kaitlyn Bristowe, I'll be the host." Home for the Holidays will take place at the August Wilson Theatre in NYC from Nov. 17 to Dec. 30. In addition to hosting, Bristowe will also be singing with the cast during a couple of songs! On Tuesday, the 32-year-old star tweeted a poster for the show to her followers. "Hosting and joining the cast for a couple songs!!!" Bristowe wrote. Congratulations to Bristowe on the new gig! (Eonline)

Samuel L. Jackson to teach online acting class. Actor Samuel L. Jackson is prepping an online class, in which the thespian will deliver wisdom and pointers culled from playing more than 100 roles over his 45-year film career. The course, available for a one-time $90 fee, is being offered exclusively through MasterClass, adding to its lineup of celebrity instructors who includes Martin Scorsese, Shonda Rhimes, Dustin Hoffman, Kevin Spacey and Steve Martin. Jackson's class is slated to premiere sometime this winter. In the class, Jackson will share lessons about how to break down a script, leverage their voice, embody their characters, improve their auditioning skills, and collaborate in the industry. The course will include more than 20 video lessons, a downloadable workbook, and the chance for students to ask Jackson questions (which he'll answer selectively). Jackson, 68, broke out in Spike Lee's "Jungle Fever" in 1991, winning the Cannes Film Festival award for best supporting actor for his performance. He then teamed up with Quentin Tarantino for perhaps his most legendary role: the f-bomb-dropping Jules Winnfield in "Pulp Fiction." Since then, Jackson has starred in another five Tarantino films including "The Hateful Eight," and has starred in films including "Shaft," "A Time to Kill," "Unbreakable," "Die Hard with A Vengeance," and Marvel's "The Avengers." "In my MasterClass, I hope students learn that there's no limit to what they can make-believe," Jackson said in a statement. "By the end, they'll be able to walk into a room, present their best self, and be happy with the result." "As one of the most successful actors of all time, Samuel L. Jackson has a tremendous amount to teach not only about the craft of acting, but also the practical side of building your acting career," said MasterClass CEO and co-founder David Rogier. MasterClass, founded in 2015, has released more than a dozen celebrity-led online courses to date. Investors include IVP, New Enterprise Associates, Javelin Venture Partners, Michael Bloomberg's Bloomberg Beta, and Advancit Capital. (PageSix)

Paris Jackson and Prince Jackson Make Rare Red Carpet Appearance Together. It was a sibling outing for Paris Jackson and Prince Jackson. The brother-sister duo made a rare public appearance together on Tuesday and attended the Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation and mother2mother dinner at Ron Burke's Green Acres estate in Beverly Hills, Calif. Paris, 19, and Prince, 20, held hands as they posed for pictures. The daughter of the legendary pop singer Michael Jackson wore a long, off-the-shoulder dress from Zac Posen Resort 2018 and accessorized her look with layered bracelets and necklaces. She was styled by Sonia Young. Her brother wore a sharp black blazer, crisp white button-down and jeans. The two weren't the only celebrities in attendance. America's Got Talent judge and Project Runway host Heidi Klum was also there. Klum wore a pink and red floral ensemble with a red belt from Johanna Ortiz Fall 2017. The two siblings are obviously close. In September, Prince posted a picture of him and his big sister linking arms at the wedding of family member Siggy Jackson, the son of their uncle Jackie Jackson who was a member of the Jackson 5. He also posted another picture of Paris on the back of his motorcycle and referred to her as his "ride or die." In addition, the two got matching tattoos earlier this year. This August, Paris honored what would have been her father's 59th birthday by sharing a picture of the two of them together from when she was a child. "I will never feel love again the way I did with you," part of the photo's caption read. "You are always with me and I am always with you." We hope the two siblings enjoyed their evening. (Eonline)

A-Listers Flock to Rio de Janeiro for Guy Oseary and Michelle Alves' Vow Renewal. Guy Oseary and Michelle Alves may be throwing one of the most star-studded vow renewals of all time. The talent manager -- who works with celebs like Madonna and U2 -- and the Brazilian model tied the knot again in Rio de Janeiro, according to social media posts from guests. The vow renewals come 11 years after they first said "I do" in 2006. Oseary confirmed the festivities himself, writing on Instagram, "Today is a special day in my life.. My marriage to my Brazilian princess.. A new and exciting chapter begins in just a few hours.. RIO-October 24-2017 #Luckyguy #LOVE #Family #ONE" We're told the couple rented out the entire Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro, which was needed for their massive, celebrity-filled guest that included stars like Ashton Kutcher, Dakota Johnson, Sacha Baron Cohen, Soleil Moon Frye, Chris Rock, Matthew McConuaghey, David Arquette, Owen Wilson, Madonna and many more. "The wedding took place at 5 p.m. at the arms of the Christ the Redeemer statue. Chairs were set up at the top of a staircase for guests and the aisle was lined with pink rose petals on each side," an eyewitness shared with us. "It was a Kabbalah wedding and they said their vows under a chuppah." Dakota Johnson, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Cassie and more were photographed in front of the landmark. "After the ceremony, a wedding feast was held at the home of Luciano Huck," our eyewitness added. "Guests were shuttled from the ceremony to the reception in vans. Demi shared a van with Owen Wilson and Spike Jonze." Our source continued, "The reception was held outside underneath twinkling lanterns strung across the lawn. A separate area had red lounge furniture including sofas and chairs, which overlooked the pool. There was also a big stage for U2 to perform." The ceremony and events leading up to it were all captured by the celeb attendees. Madonna was spotted riding horses on the beach ahead of the big day. She also took to her Instagram story to share videos of herself getting primped with a facial mask so she "glowed" like the bride ahead of the wedding, and she shared a photo with three of her children once they were all done up and ready for "wedding bells." U2's Bono also shared a video from behind-the-scenes of the big day. Celebrity jeweler Jen Meyer even managed to capture an awesome, A-list group pic! Meanwhile, Guy and Michelle have been together since 2004. They originally wed in 2006 and have four children together. Congratulations to the happy couple and their family! (Eonline)

Teen Mom 2's Briana DeJesus Is Officially Dating Javi Marroquin. Love is in the air for Teen Mom 2 stars Briana DeJesus and Javi Marroquin. In a recent interview with People, Marroquin revealed that he and DeJesus are dating. "We are dating," Marroquin told the magazine. "We've been friends for a while and we weren't in a rush." Neither DeJesus nor MTV responded to People's request for comment. However, DeJesus and Marroquin have been giving off coupley vibes via their social media accounts. Marroquin even used the hashtag #Bae in a picture of him and DeJesus and the mother of two used the same term of endearment on Twitter. It looks like their romance has been building for a while. In September, Marroquin posted a picture of him and DeJesus at Tao Downtown Restaurant and Nightclub. And as People pointed out, the proud father took his kids to Florida to visit DeJesus and her sister Brittney, and it looks like they squeezed in some fun time at the water park. Marroquin was previously married to Teen Mom 2 star Kailyn Lowry. The two share a son, Lincoln, and Marroquin served as stepfather to Lowry's son Isaac, whom she shares with the child's biological father Jo Rivera. Lowry gave birth to a third child this summer. The child's father is Chris Lopez. Lowry and Marroquin tied the knot in 2012 but divorced a few years later. The former couple are currently starring on Marriage Bootcamp: Reality Stars and are figuring out how to co-parent after their divorce. There were also rumors that Lowry cheated on Marroquin while they were together; however, she previously told E! News that those rumors were a "misconception" and just "good TV." DeJesus, who is the newest Teen Mom 2 star and previously starred on Teen Mom 3, has two daughters: Nova and Stella. To learn more about Marroquin and DeJesus' relationship, check out People's article. (Eonline)

Katie Holmes' Reveals the Inspiration Behind Her New 'Feminine but Kickass' Pixie Haircut. Katie Holmes has debuted her most dramatic haircut in nearly a decade. The actress, 38, made her first public appearance with her new pixie at the FAO Schwarz pop up store in New York City's Bergdorf Goodman on Tuesday. "It's for a role. I'm getting ready to play a woman in a movie called The Doorman," Holmes told PEOPLE about her hair transformation. "She's an ex-Marine and she's a warrior. I'm excited. I'm training. I'm sore." Holmes recently teamed up with stylist to the stars DJ Quintero to channel her on-screen alter ego. "We were trying to find a balance between something feminine but kickass cause she's working really hard -- her body looks incredible," Quintero told PEOPLE. "She really wanted it to move on camera so it was actually like three haircuts. We did it over the weekend and it kind got shorter and shorter and shorter," said Quintero, who also works with actresses Sophia Bush, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Sofia Vergara and Hailee Steinfeld. Holmes was first spotted sporting a shorter haircut last week when she was catching a flight at New York's John F. Kennedy airport. Holmes went from a wavy lob to a pixie that was parted down the center with long bangs. This isn't the first time the style star has cut her hair into a pixie. She had a similar pixie 'do almost 10 years ago in 2008. Holmes and Quintero have often worked together to create different looks in the past, including many faux bobs and bangs. But it appears, this pixie is here to stay! (People)

Most rappers dream of flying in a private plane, 21 Savage is one step closer to flying his own someday after completing his first-ever solo flight with the goal of getting his pilot's license. We're told the ATL rapper has been taking flying lessons for 5 months and Tuesday he grabbed the controls for an hour-long flight between Miami and the Florida Keys in a one-prop Cirrus SR20. Amber Rose was on board and documented the whole thing, while his BFF Shy D sat in the back and an instructor sat shotgun. Fun Fact: 21 Savage has always dreamed of being a pilot, but getting a license ain't cheap ... it usually costs about $10k. We're told the rapper decided to put some of his hard-earned guap towards finally making his dream come true this year, but he's still got a ways to go before he's flying cross-country by himself. (TMZ)

Wonder Woman's Gal Gadot tells GLAMOUR that she nearly quit acting. She's our new girl crush... GLAMOUR's resident basic bitch with an Instagram obsession (follow me: @LeanneBayley). Fluent in emojis & Gilmore Girls trivia ???????? Gal Gadot is your brand new GLAMOUR cover star, and in the December issue, the Wonder Woman actress shockingly admits that she nearly quit acting. She told GLAMOUR: "Before I got Wonder Woman, I was thinking about never coming back to Los Angeles, [I thought I'd] stay in Israel, work as an actress here and there, go back to university and do something else. Because there had been so many 'no's. You go to the audition and you have a callback, then another callback and then a camera set-up, and people are telling you your life will change if you get this part. And then you don't get it. I reached a place where I didn't want to do that anymore. My husband has a lot of work in Tel Aviv, and we had a daughter, so taking them to LA to fish for work put a lot of pressure on me. I was like, 'Why am I doing this?' Hearing no, over and over, I was thinking, 'What am I good for?' And that's when I got Wonder Woman." If that's not proof that 'everything happens for a reason', we don't know what is! The 32-year-old, who shares two children with husband Yaron Versano, also revealed to GLAMOUR that she felt relief when her law career didn't pan out the way she had intended it to. "You convince yourself to do these things... 'I'll be a lawyer so I can make peace and people will be able to reach agreements. Whereas, in real life, lawyers deal with conflict non-stop. Conflicts are not good for me. I'm all about harmony and Zen. So I'm happy it didn't work out. I would be the sh*ttiest lawyer." See Gal's full photoshoot in the December issue of British Glamour, out Monday 30th October. (British Glamour)

Former WWE Wrestler Stops Suicidal Woman From Jumping Off a Bridge: "I'm Really Glad I Saved a Life." You never know when you're about to save a life. Just ask professional wrestler Davey Boy Smith Jr. The former WWE competitor and Canadian native took to Facebook this week after stopping a stranger from jumping off of a bridge in Calgary. As he explained on his social media page, "I saw a girl crying and hanging off the bridge with someone trying to talk to her. I stopped and jumped the barricade and tried talking to the girl. And she was crying and an emotional mess and threatening to jump if I got closer. With people on the ground waving her not to jump I decided to grab a hold of her and not take any chances." As he explained online, Smith used his experience in grappling to pull her up from where she was hanging off. "She was crying and said she just wanted a hug," he described. However, her gun made him apprehensive. "As much as I wanted to hug her, I told her I couldn't hug her because she said she had a gun and then she squirmed and demanded I get off her." He continued, "I told her, 'Miss your not going to move unless I want you to. I'm an expert grappler and your not going to shoot me. We will get you help. Life is a precious thing and I'm here to help to help you." According to the wrestling pro, police eventually arrived and thanked him for his help. Police confirmed Smith's account and said they took the woman to a hospital. "I'm really glad I saved a life. Life is a precious thing folks. Never take it for granted," he concluded in his post. "I'm glad I was at service to help somebody today and my years of grappling came into play. I really believe if I wasn't there and been able to grab her she would have jumped." (Eonline)

Megyn Kelly despises her former Fox News colleague Bill O'Reilly so much, she even refused to be represented by the same agency as her nemesis. She fired UTA as she couldn't bear to share an agent, Carole Cooper, with her former fellow Fox News co-anchor. One insider told us, "Bill and Megyn were very competitive with each other, they were always fighting over guests, stories or bookings. Megyn felt the agent advocated more for the bigger paying client [O'Reilly]." Plus, Kelly just revealed she'd previously complained to Fox News bosses about O'Reilly's behavior of shaming women into silence over his alleged sexual harassment. Sometime after leaving UTA in 2015, she then switched to CAA, and UTA went after Kelly over alleged nonpayment of its commission for her big move to primetime on Fox News in 2013. Kelly responded by accusing Beinstock, her original agency which was acquired by UTA in 2014, of breach of contract and fiduciary duty. They are still in arbitration. Now O'Reilly's has just been told by UTA that the agency will no longer rep him, following a report that he'd personally paid over $32 million to a former Fox News analyst to settle a claim against him. UTA apparently had come under pressure from its liberal clients to dump the fired Fox News host. Meanwhile, O'Reilly, who strongly denies any wrongdoing at Fox News, is now saying he's "mad at God" over the sexual harassment claims and, "I wish I had more protection." Reps for all sides didn't comment. (Page Six)

George H. W. Bush Apologizes to Actress After She Claims He 'Sexually Assaulted' Her During a Photo Shoot. George H. W. Bush has apologized to an actress who accused him of sexually assaulting her while they posed for a photograph together four years ago. The actress, Heather Lind, wrote in a now-deleted Instagram post that she was standing next to the former president when he "touched me from behind from his wheelchair with his wife Barbara Bush by his side." Lind also alleges Bush told her a "dirty joke." The 93-year-old apologized to Lind in a statement obtained by PEOPLE. The former president's spokesman Jim McGrath said in the statement, "President Bush would never -- under any circumstance -- intentionally cause anyone distress, and he most sincerely apologizes if his attempt at humor offended Ms. Lind." Lind, who starred in AMC's TURN: Washington's Spies, wrote in the caption of her Instagram which featured a photo of former Presidents Barack Obama and Bush shaking hands in a gathering of other former presidents, that this image had "disturbed" her. "I found it disturbing because I recognize the respect ex-presidents are given for having served," she wrote. "And I feel pride and reverence toward many of the men in the photo. But when I got the chance to meet George H. W. Bush four years ago to promote a historical television show I was working on, he sexually assaulted me while I was posing for a similar photo. "He didn't shake my hand. He touched me from behind from his wheelchair with his wife Barbara Bush by his side. He told me a dirty joke. And then, all the while being photographed, touched me again." Lind continued, writing, "Barbara [Bush] rolled her eyes as if to say "not again." His security guard told me I shouldn't have stood next to him for the photo. We were instructed to call him Mr. President. It seems to me a President's power is in his or her capacity to enact positive change, actually help people, and serve as a symbol of our democracy." "What comforts me is that I too can use my power, which isn't so different from a President really," she added. "I can enact positive change. I can actually help people. I can be a symbol of my democracy. I can refuse to call him President, and call out other abuses of power when I see them. I can vote for a President, in part, by the nature of his or her character, knowing that his or her political decisions must necessarily stem from that character." She wrote that her AMC castmates knew about the alleged assault because she told them, and that she decided to come forward because of "the bravery of other women who have spoken up and written about their experiences." The accusation comes as a slew of women have accused Hollywood power producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault and harassment, as well as similar claims against other actors, producers, directors and studio executives. A spokesperson for Weinstein previously told PEOPLE in a statement that "any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein." (People)

Music

Gloria Gaynor performed her hit "I Will Survive" at the Angel Ball -- hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer Research founded by Denise Rich -- and the disco diva told Page Six she feels responsible for a lot of breakups. "I have always said I sang that song for the ladies and the good men," Gaynor said. "There are a lot of men out there that are not bad -- but they just don't know how to treat a lady. So we end up with these breakups because we need to be treated right." She said of the anthem, "I don't think that my song is any more important today -- but it just seems that way because women are more outspoken .?.?. we feel empowered to speak. That song gave women a voice in a man's world. I never get tired of singing that song -- I love it. I have used it in my own difficulties .?.?. When I need a pick-me up, that is my go-to song." They raised $3.8 million at the bash. (Page Six)

Coachella organizers are working on a new UK festival. BRB just off to buy a bucket load of glitter... Dust off your flower crowns, the UK's answer to Coachella is coming London this summer. A brand-new festival named All Points East promises to be THE must-have ticket of the summer. From the festival extraordinaire behind the celebs' favorite Californian-based shindig, the event will be take place in Victoria Park from May 25 to June 3. This all new festival will take the place of Field Day and Lovebox which won't be taking place in the Hackney park. Headliners for the three-day festival include The xx, The National and War on Drugs as well as three standalone concerts in the interim days. Tickets go on sale on Friday October 27 but get your skates on as they are bound to sell out straight away. (British Glamour)

Drake Holds a Star-Studded 'Re-Bar Mitzvah' For His 31st Birthday. Leo and Tobey Maguire were there, of course. Drake's alter ego Champagne Papi really came out to play Tuesday night (Oct. 24) for his 31st birthday, which the rapper decided to celebrate properly with not just a party but a "re-bar mitzvah." Leading up to the event, Drake hinted at the impending theme by posting to Instagram a photo of his original bar mitzvah board from when he was 13 years-old -- the traditional age when the Jewish rite of passage takes place and, not coincidentally, the inverse of his current age. According to E!, Drizzy and his guests dined at Catch before going to the Poppy nightclub in Los Angeles. His guest list included Leonardo DiCaprio, Hailey Baldwin, Madison Beer, Jamie Foxx, Tobey Maguire, Kelly Rowland and more. Drake's right-hand man, his father, Dennis Graham, was also in attendance. October's Very Own birthday boy provided red solo cups with "Aubrey's Re-Bar Mitzvah" inscribed on the side (his birth name is Aubrey Drake Graham). (Billboard)

Jaden Smith Reveals Surprise 'SYRE' Project on Instagram. After a series of textbook-Jaden-Smith tweets, the singer/actor has revealed a host of teasers for his new SYRE project on Instagram. On Oct. 21 and Oct. 24, Smith cryptically tweeted "More Is Coming, I Promise I Won't Let You Down," and "I'm Coming For Everyone," which hardly gave away anything about the upcoming news, other than Smith's mention of the phrase "SYRE" in tweets that teased the surprise. Late on Tuesday night (Oct. 24), Smith finally unveiled the secret, tweeting, "I Cordially Invite You To Visit SYRE Land Via My Instagram. 3 Years In The Making Thank You #LongLiveSyre" Smith posted twelve visuals, including seven videos, to Instagram, forming the project's artwork when the thumbnails are viewed together. Similar to the artwork of his 2017 single "Batman," Smith is back on a hilltop with a gorgeous pink-purple sunset behind him. The center post is a video captioned, "The Syre Movie Trailer. Score By Ricky Eat Acid," and the other six videos are song teasers that conclude with title cards featuring the track names. The last two tracks posted, "The Passion" and "Lost Boy," are captioned with the date Nov. 17, the expected release date for the entire project. Six tracks are posted in total, including titles "I Don't Wanna Cry," "Jimi Hendrix," and "Icon." One track, "George Jefferson" makes reference to Billboard in the lyrics. Smith raps, "I just talked to Billboard records/ They said I'm phenomenal." Fair. Apart from the video clips, a portrait of Smith, overlaid in text, is hidden in a photoset by an all-pink cover photo. The text reads, "SYRE, the story of a boy who chased the sunset till it chased him, never quite sure about his placement in this pink world or why nothing ever made sense, all he knew is everyday he woke up bleeding with amnesia and a case of new memories that he had tendencies to mistake for fiction." (Billboard)

Metallica Playing Hometown Benefit Show for Victims of California Wildfires. Dave Matthews, G-Eazy and others will also perform at AT&T Park. Metallica are putting on a massive benefit show to help fellow Northern Californians impacted by the recent deadly wildfires. The iconic metal act has announced the Band Together Bay Area show, a benefit taking place at AT&T Park in San Francisco on Nov. 9 that will also feature the Dave Matthews Band, G-Eazy and other acts to be announced. "Earlier this month Northern California, the community that we have called home for over 34 years, suffered devastating wildfires that have destroyed homes and displaced over 100,000 of our neighbors in Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake and other counties in the North Bay," they wrote on their site in an announcement of the gig. "We're extremely saddened by the suffering that so many are feeling in the Bay Area, but are also inspired by the enormous outpouring of love and support from all around the country and want to jump in and help in the way we know how to- through music!" The show aimed at helping families impacted by the fires and thanking first responders will donate all funds from ticket sales to Tipping Point Community, which has set up an Emergency Relief Fund for low-income and vulnerable communities impacted by the fires, including "vineyard workers, immigrants, displaced young people and students." A pre-sale for Fifth Members fan club members will take place on Oct. 26 beginning at 10 a.m. PT through 10 p.m. PT; check your personal presale code on your Metallica.com profile for details. A public on-sale will begin on Oct. 27 at 10 a.m. PT through Ticketmaster. Fans who can't attend can make a donation directly to Tipping Point here or the Metallica All Within My Hands Foundation. The devastating fires that have hit California's wine country have destroyed more than 8,400 structures and caused at least 42 deaths, with losses estimated to be north of $4.6 billion. (Billboard)

Marilyn Manson Splits With Bassist Twiggy Ramirez After Rape Accusations. Marilyn Manson has dismissed his longtime bassist Twiggy Ramirez. Although the veteran shock-rocker didn't delve into details surrounding the split, the decision follows Jack Off Jill singer Jessicka Addams' accusations of sexual and psychological abuse against Ramirez (real name Jeordie White). "I have decided to part ways with Jeordie White as a member of Marilyn Manson," Manson wrote. "He will be replaced for the upcoming tour. I wish him well."

Earlier in the week, Addams shared a lengthy statement on Facebook in which she recounted a string of harrowing episodes when she and Ramirez dated in the 1990s. Addams detailed a pattern of abuse that began with jealousy and escalated into violence. White, who has also played with Nine Inch Nails and A Perfect Circle, has yet to share a statement, though Manson responded with a message to Pitchfork in which he wrote: "I knew Jessicka and Jeordie had a romantic relationship many years ago and I considered and still consider Jessicka to be a friend," he said. "I knew nothing about these allegations until very recently and am saddened by Jessicka's obvious distress." Manson now confirms Ramirez is out and won't join the band on the road in support of its recent, 10th studio album, Heaven Upside Down, dates for which are slated to kick off Nov. 5 at Ozzfest Meets Knotfest in Devore, CA. It's not the first time Ramirez and Marilyn Manson have gone separate ways. Ramirez departed in 2002, with Manson explaining his decision at the time: "Believing in yourself and making a tough, almost impossible decision can hopefully define a man. This day is far harder for me and my dear friend than it is for anyone else." (Billboard)

Ricky Martin, Luis Fonsi, Diplo & More Join 2017 iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina Lineup. Ricky Martin, Luis Fonsi and Diplo join Nacho, Gente De Zona, Don Omar, CNCO, Reik, Jessey Joy, Camila Cabello and Pepe Aguilar in the lineup for the 2017 iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina: Celebrating Our Heroes, hosted by Enrique Santos and Telemundo's Jessica Carillo, Saturday (Nov. 4). Telemundo will air this year's event live from the American Airlines Arena, as a four-hour television special, which will include special tributes to first responders and communities impacted by the natural disasters in Texas, Florida, Mexico, Puerto Rico and other Caribbean nations like Barbuda and Dominica. The event will also provide information on how attendees and viewers can support the local communities directly impacted by those events. The iHeartRadio family will also present Ricky Martin with the second annual iHeartRadio Premio Corazon Latino award, which honors an individual for "their selfless work in enhancing the lives, heritage and future of the Latin community." Martin is being feted for his efforts in providing relief and support to his native Puerto Rico, following hurricanes Irma and Maria, through the Ricky Martin Foundation. Fans can watch the festivities live at 8 p.m. EST across iHeartRadio's Spanish-Pop, Tropical, regional Mexican and Spanish Adult Hit radio stations, or livestream it on iHeartRadio's Official YouTube. (Billboard)

Movies

Thor: Ragnarok Will Feature Marvel's First LGBTQI Character in a Movie. It's confirmed! As fans prepare for the cinematic debut of Thor: Ragnarok in early November, they will also be meeting the character Valkyrie for the first time on the big screen. As the silver lining, she is also the first LGBTQI superhero character to be included in a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie. The actress behind the superhero, Tessa Thompson, confirmed the news to fans on Twitter. "She's bi. And yes, she cares very little about what men think of her. What a joy to play!" she retorted at one critic. "Val is Bi in the comics & I was faithful to that in her depiction," she elaborated in a later tweet. "But her sexuality isn't explicitly addressed in Thor: Ragnarok." Judging by Thompson's overall outlook on taking roles and the history of the comic book character, Valkyrie is bound to be a total cinematic badass. As she told Elle, "The one-dimensional girlfriend or the sassy black friend -- those weren't going to work for me." "Just to be the girlfriend or the wife... to not have your own agency is something that I just can't relate to because I don't see it in my life," she later told E!'s Zuri Hall. While it's just a matter of days until Valkyrie makes her debut and Avengers: Infinity War is already in the works, Thompson also has her heart set on an all-female Marvel film. As she confirmed to Hall, she already approached Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige to make her case. "I walked up to Kevin Feige with Black Widow Scarlett Johansson and with the Scarlet Witch [Elizabeth Olsen]," she said. "But, Brie Larson is now in the Marvel Universe. I mean, Angela Bassett is. I kind of want a movie like -- it's everybody." (Eonline)

'Awards Chatter' Podcast -- Philip Glass ('Jane'). "We were taught that modern music has to follow a certain pattern," says Philip Glass, one of the most important composers of the past century, as we sit down at Hollywood's Loew's Regency Hotel to record an episode of The Hollywood Reporter's 'Awards Chatter' podcast. "But," continues the 80-year-old, whose score for Jane, Brett Morgen's new documentary feature about primatologist Jane Goodall, would be performed live later that night at the Hollywood Bowl, "my generation said, 'You know what? We don't think so.' And we changed the argument." And, he adds in reference to "minimalism," the groundbreaking style of music he pioneered, which features similar patterns of music played over long stretches of time, "I changed it by using a radically different structure." Glass grew up around music as the son of a Baltimore record shop owner/radio repairman. A prodigious talent, initially on the flute, he enrolled at the Peabody Conservatory at the age of eight (making him its youngest student ever) and the University of Chicago at 15 before heading to Juilliard. After graduating, he went to Paris, where he studied under two masters who changed his life: Nadia Boulanger and Ravi Shankar. "That period," he says, "it seemed like I had two angels on my shoulders." Inspired by Shankar, he traveled to India, the music of which greatly influenced his own in the ensuing years. In 1967, Glass returned to New York, where he formed The Philip Glass Ensemble in 1968 and developed a following in the East Village. He didn't want to teach, and therefore had to find side jobs to enable him to both pay his rent and make music. "That went on until I was maybe 41 or 42," he says, noting that he was driving cabs even after the 1976 unveiling of his groundbreaking first opera, the five-hour Einstein on the Beach, which many now regard as his masterpiece. Not everyone did at the time, though: the American music establishment shunned him for years, dismissing the style that he introduced with Einstein -- now known as "minimalism" -- as dull repetition. "It was actually never repetition, it was mutation," Glass insists, likening it to computers' "binary language" and adding, "It was so radical that very well-educated, smart people couldn't hear it." After Glass' second opera, Satyagraha, was commissioned in 1979, he finally was able to focus full-time on making music. ("I would like Satyagraha to be the piece that people remember," he says, "but I'm not sure that that will be true.") He soon expanded beyond operas into ballets, symphonies, plays and film scores, in partnership with everyone from David Bowie to Martin Scorsese, earning him the appellation, from one journalist, of "most collaborative composer since [Igor] Stravinsky." He emphasizes, "I wasn't interested in writing the same music over and over again," adding, "I never work with the same person twice in a row." While opera is hands-down Glass' favorite medium in which to work, he, somewhat unexpectedly, suggests that film -- "an intensely collaborative form" -- isn't far behind. He's been scoring films for 35 years, dating back to Koyaanisqatsi (1982), and has picked up three best original score Oscar nominations along the way, for Kundun (1997), The Hours (2002) and Notes on a Scandal (2006); he easily could have landed others for The Truman Show (1998) and The Illusionist (2006). But he is perhaps best known for his work within the documentary genre, having scored virtually all of Juilliard-trained filmmaker Errol Morris' most important docs, dating back to 1988's The Thin Blue Line, and others, as well. Consequently, when Morgen decided he wanted "a cinematic opera" score for Jane, he didn't have to think long before realizing which composer would be the best for the job. Glass, for his part, signed on because he was amazed at the high-quality, raw, never-before-seen footage of the early work of Goodall that National Geographic had unearthed in its archives and turned over to Morgen for the film, seeing in it both the intimate [Goodall's personal life] and the epic [her endeavors in the jungle]. "I was very intrigued by this young woman that I saw," he says. Only later did it occur to him that the reason for that might be that he related to Goodall, who is roughly the same age (she's three years older) and, like him, spent -- and continues to spend -- her life doing what she loves. (Hollywood Reporter)

Tommy Lee Jones, Asian Stars Kick Off Tokyo Film Festival's 30th Edition. "Personally, Japan is very dear to my heart -- I feel at home here," Jones said about his role as jury chairman this year. A persistent drizzle and the impending arrival of Japan's second typhoon in one week couldn't dampen the enthusiasm Wednesday at the Tokyo International Film Festival's star-studded opening ceremony. Tommy Lee Jones, Chinese actress Zhao Wei and big-name talent from across the Japanese and broader Asian star firmament walked the red carpet at Tokyo's Roppongi Hills complex, where the festival rang in its 30th anniversary edition. "First of all, I would like to congratulate the Tokyo festival on its 30th anniversary," said Japanese auteur and Cannes favorite Naomi Kawase, who walked the red carpet in a shimmering black sleeveless dress. "This is an important anniversary and a wonderful achievement." "I'm also delighted that it has finally stopped raining," the director added, during a brief pause in the gentle Tokyo downpour. Jones is attending the Tokyo festival this year as chair of the event's main competition jury. He walked the carpet alongside fellow jurors, Zhao, who is one of China's most beloved actresses as well as a director; Iranian filmmaker Reza Mirkarimi; French director/writer Martin Provost and Japanese actor Masatoshi Nagase, known in the west for his role in Jim Jarmusch's Mystery Train. Addressing the crowd gathered beside the carpet, Jones said: "I am deeply proud to be a part of a film festival's jury, which is celebrating emotional and intellectual understanding between people and which stands at the heart of a beautiful filmmaking tradition." "Personally, Japan is very dear to my heart -- I feel at home here," Jones had noted in a jury chair statement in advance of the festival. The 71-year-old actor is indeed a deeply familiar figure in Japan, thanks to his decade-long endorsement of Boss Coffee, a leading local brand. In a rather ingenious pairing, Jones' stony mien has appeared in countless campaigns for the working man's canned coffee brand across Japan -- so much so that the actor has come to be seen as something of an icon of "boss-hood" and late middle-aged masculinity in the country. Various power players from the international film industry were also on hand Wednesday night. Former Senator Chris Dodd, outgoing chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America, walked the carpet, flanked by Mike Ellis, president of the MPA in Asia-Pacific. And Thierry Fremaux, director of the Cannes Film Festival, attended in support of Lumiere!, his feature documentary about the groundbreaking work of the Lumiere Brothers, the late 19th century French cinematic innovators. "I'm very happy to be here on behalf of the Lumiere Brothers, whose work first came to Japan 120 years ago, shortly after the birth of cinema," Fremaux said. "As the director of the Cannes Film Festival, I am also here to support my colleagues at this important fellow festival. It's my first time at the Tokyo festival and I'm delighted to be here." The 30th Tokyo International Film Festival runs through Nov. 3 at Roppongi Hills and other central Tokyo venues. (Hollywood Reporter)

The Weinstein Company is in financial freefall thanks to the misdeeds of Harvey Weinstein and bad management, and the company is expected to file for bankruptcy within weeks ... this according to sources who have had access to the company's financial records, but TWC says that's not the case. As one informed source put it, "There's an unstoppable meltdown and bankruptcy is inevitable." Our sources say the company is essentially without assets. TWC is leveraged to the hilt, especially the film library. Deals have fallen apart, financial backers are bailing by the boatload and, as one source put it, "The Weinstein Company can't survive this way, and bankruptcy will come in a matter of weeks." Bankruptcy will stave off creditors, but it ultimately won't help with survival ...this according to the sources who have seen the books. We're told Colony Capital, which was on the road to acquiring the company, is backing off after getting a read on the finances and the chaos within the company. A spokesperson for TWC tells us, "Any suggestion that The Weinstein Company is on the verge of imminent bankruptcy is complete fiction. Clearly, TMZ is being lied to by anonymous sources with hidden agendas." (TMZ)

TV

This Is Us' "Brothers" Twist: Nicky Looms Large in Jack's Past. This Is Us can't stop with the twists. From drug addiction to pregnancy and in the Tuesday, Oct. 24 episode another revelation: A brother. Spoilers ahead! In the appropriately titled "Brothers," Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) went camping with Kevin and Randall. While in the woods, the two boys seemed to work out their differences. But back home, Rebecca (Mandy Moore) received news she wasn't sure how to deal with: Jack's father was dying. When she finally reached Jack, he said the man was already dead to him. Throughout the episodes viewers saw flashbacks to kid Jack watching his dad in a bar while he was left in the car, only to find him talking to somebody else in the car -- his brother, Nicky. Turns out Nicky was also in Vietnam with Jack. The episode ends with adult Jack looking at a photo of his unit, Nicky right next to him. "Nicky lives large in Jack's past and it ties into Jack's psychology as we explore the issues that maybe contributed to his alcoholism," executive producer Glenn Ficarra told The Hollywood Reporter. Expect more exploration about Nicky and Jack in the future. "We're going to meat that story out. It's just going to come out in drips and drabs. What they're really getting at are the larger themes of, here's the best of the man, as manifested in his son Randall, and a courage with the Deja relationship, and then here is also the bad side of the man in his son Kevin, who is dealing with his addiction and keeping secrets and lying," executive prouder John Requa said. "The reveal at the end [of the episode] really makes the link. Here's where this comes from. This is a manifestation of this part of Jack. That's how it works in the composition of this episode." Their childhood and Nicky's seeming death in Vietnam still hold secrets about Jack, that "clearly this looms large in the person that he is," Requa told EW. "The big thing is that he keeps secrets that he has compartmentalized and hidden away this part of his life, which obviously was his brother, and it was a big part. Obviously a major thing happened, some trauma of some sort," he said. What do you think about the Nicky reveal? This Is Us airs Tuesdays, 9 p.m. on NBC. (Eonline)

How Realistic Is Grey's Anatomy? Meet the Real Doctors Behind the Scenes in New Episode of Post-Op. Despite what you may have heard, Grey's Anatomy isn't just about hot doctors learning lessons while sleeping with each other. It's also a fairly realistic medical show, according to the real doctors who work on it. E! News has your exclusive first look at this week's episode of the webseries Post-Op, which features Grey's Anatomy executive producers and real-life doctors Zoanne Clack and Fred Einesman. Clack has been with the show since the first season and has written several episodes, and Einseman joined in season 11. "We sort of make sure that all the medicine is as close to real as possible," Einesman explains of his and Clack's role behind the scenes. He says that since there are so many different kinds of doctors on the show, they have to rely on a variety of experts to make sure they're getting things right, which makes for a lot of interesting phone calls, as he describes in the clip. After a brief hiatus last week, this week's new episode of Grey's goes back in time a whole 10 years to reveal the events leading up to Megan's (Abigail Spencer) kidnapping, while present day Megan and Owen (Kevin McKidd) hash out old wounds. The full episode of Post-Op can be found on ABC.com and the ABC app at 10 a.m. PT, and Grey's Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on ABC. (Eonline)

American Horror Story: Cult Leaves Us Wondering Where We Go From Here. "This is too screwed up...even for you." It was only a matter of time before American Horror Story: Cult really embraced some weird sex stuff, so good on Winter (Billie Lourd) for standing up and saying no to the three way with the gay detective and her own brother, which was supposedly going to impregnate her with the next messiah. It was a ritual Kai The Councilman just made up, because he's truly and completely disgusting as well as terrifying. He's now got his own private cult army running security around town, because he basically owns the city council. And now, everyone on this show is either in the cult or dead. Ally's (Sarah Paulson) now a Kai follower since he cured her of all her fears. Vincent (Cheyenne Jackson), who hadn't realized what his brother had been doing, tried to reach out to Ally, but she betrayed him, and now he's dead. Winter keeps changing her mind every five minutes, defying Kai and then going along with it, killing fellow cult members (RIP Detective Samuels/Colton Haynes) and then lying, saying that Beverly (Adina Porter) did it. Beverly seems to be the only one who's figured enough things out to be disillusioned, but Kai's got her captured. So now we're just kind of left wondering what comes next. Is there anyone left to root for? Is there anyone we care about anymore? Is that even the point of this? The night's episode wasn't exactly bad, but it also wasn't fun to watch, and the taste it left in our mouths was somehow worse than any other episode so far this season. Last week felt so promising with all the women banding together against Kai, so hopefully there are some fun twists to come (in which Kai is murdered or thrown in jail). And hopefully we never have to see or think about that "Judgment House" ever again. American Horror Story: Cult airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on FX. (Eonline)

E! Network execs still know where their Kardashian bread is buttered, which is why Kim, Kourtney and Khloe are getting the lion's share of the fam's new $150 million deal ... TMZ has learned. Our sources say 50 - 60% of that 5-cycle deal will be split between the 3 oldest sisters -- despite the fact lil sis Kylie Jenner has gained immense popularity and success since their last contract. Think about it ... Kylie's the only one with a spin-off currently, and she's the only sister who rivals Kim's social media presence. Still, as one source put it, "It's called 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians'" -- and that show has a formula that works: focusing on Kourtney, Khloe and, of course, the OG ... Kim, who our network sources say still gets more than everyone else. Kylie's next in the dough line though -- thanks to her show. As for Kendall ... she's busy traveling and modeling all the time -- so less screen time translates to a smaller share. Ditto for Rob, despite no modeling or traveling. It's even worse for the next generation. We're told the young 'uns, born and soon-to-come, get zilch. As we first reported, master negotiator Kris Jenner gets her 10% managing fee ... a paltry $15 million. Job well done. (TMZ)

'Goldbergs' Hits 100: Creator Has End in Mind But Hopes It Isn't Anytime Soon. Adam F. Goldberg has his mother to thank for his primetime success. After all, it was the 1980s family videos she kept that he used to sell his semiautobiographical comedy, The Goldbergs, about a pop culture-obsessed kid and the family that doesn't quite understand him. "The pitch was my dad calling me a moron in his underpants and my mom using her Beverly Goldberg F-bombs," says Goldberg, 41, of his Sony-produced ABC half-hour, which wrapped its most recent season as broadcast's No. 3 comedy among the key 18-to-49 demo, behind only The Big Bang Theory and Modern Family. As the series celebrates its 100th episode (airing Oct. 25), with repeats airing on Nick at Nite, Pop and Tribune stations, the affable creator talks about his letters to Madonna, his dream guest star and why the Wendi McLendon-Covey starrer resonates. (Hollywood Reporter)

Jeffrey Archer's 'False Impression' Getting Chinese TV Treatment. U.K.-based Wilson Worldwide Productions and Canada's New Franchise Media are developing the action-crime novel as a drama series in China. Jeffrey Archer's novel False Impression is being adapted for China. UK-based indie producer Wilson Worldwide Productions has pacted with Canada's New Franchise Media to develop Archer's 2005 action-thriller as a high-octane Chinese TV drama. The small screen adaptation will be overseen by Susan Tang, head of WWP's Asia division based in Beijing and a former drama exec at the Shanghai Media Group. False Impression is an action-crime novel set on several continents. Jeffrey Steiner, the former Toronto bureaucrat behind Pinewood Toronto Studios, holds the worldwide film, TV and digital rights to ten thriller novels by Archer, with an eye to striking international co-productions to bring them to the screen. "The novel has the must-see elements for event television and the series is sure to be even more exciting as it is shown to a wider television audience," New Franchise Media CEO Steiner said in a statement of the adaptation for the Chinese market. Archer, a one-time British politician who turned to penning page-turning novels, was sent to jail for four years in 2001 after being found guilty of perjury and perverting the course of justice during a high-profile trial. After emerging from prison, Archer resumed press tours for his novel releases, and during two appearances in Toronto struck up a relationship with Steiner. New Franchise Media has also been adapting other Archer works like A Matter of Honor, Honor Among Thieves and The Eleventh Commandment for the big and small screen. London-based Carnaby International recently nabbed the international sales rights to A Matter of Honor, an action-packed feature spy thriller based on Archer's novel of the same title. (Hollywood Reporter)

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