Tuesday, October 3, 2017

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt Welcome Son Gunner Stone. Speidi's son has arrived! Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt have announced the birth of their son, named Gunner Stone. Born at 3:06 p.m. Sunday, the newborn weighed in at 6 lbs., 12 oz., and measured 19 inches long. "Heidi and Spencer are proud parents of a healthy baby boy as of this afternoon," the couple's rep confirmed to E! News, adding that the Hills couple's firstborn has blond hair and blue eyes. Just days ago, Montag shared a picture from her maternity shoot on Instagram, writing, "What a blessed journey pregnancy has been. It's hard to believe in such a short time I will be holding my son! I have been dreaming of this my whole life. Precious little miracle. So filled with love." Montag, who eloped with Pratt in 2008, announced her pregnancy in April 2017. A month later, Montag told E! News' Sibley Scoles she wanted to become the "ultimate mom" for her son. As for her husband? "Spencer is going to bring a lot of strength. I think he's very loving. He's very loyal. He has a great heart. He's very genuine. He's smart. Everything," she said. "Spencer's going to be a really great model. He's going to be very active in our son's life." Montag had prayed for a boy, but her husband had hoped for a little girl. "I thought he'd be more excited to have the boy," the MTV star explained. "He said, 'But I did want a little Heidi.'" In August, Montag told E! News' Zuri Hall she and Pratt had settled on a name for their son. She called it "very original," though Pratt admitted it wasn't "as flashy" as he would have liked. "We came to a common ground," he explained. "I definitely wanted Speidi. At least a middle name!" Us Weekly was the first to report the news of Gunner Stone's arrival. (Eonline)

Khloe Kardashian's boyfriend is going to be her baby daddy now ... so he's stepping up his real estate game for the sake of his family. Our Kardashian sources tell us ... Tristan Thompson's plan to simply rent a place in L.A. went out the window as soon as the couple found out she was pregnant. Now we're told he's looking to buy a pad in Bel Air, Bev Hills or the Hollywood Hills. As we reported ... Khloe and Tristan were out hunting for a rental for him in July, looking for places in the $60k a month range. Our sources say now that he's planning to become an L.A. homeowner ... his budget's around $20 million. We're told Tristan wants his own place in the city so they don't have to drive back to Khloe's house in Calabasas ... which is about an hour away. And he probably wants to design his own baby room, too. (TMZ)

Tish and Billy Ray Cyrus Build Miley Cyrus a ''Spunky'' Guest Barn Fit for a Hippie Queen. What can't she do?! In addition to being a television and film producer, Tish Cyrus is also the wife to country superstar Billy Ray Cyrus and mother to five, including chart-topping singers Miley Cyrus and Noah Cyrus. Lately the mom-on-the-go has taken on a new role as the host of Bravo's Cyrus vs. Cyrus: Design and Conquer, an interior design competition reality show with her oldest daughter Brandi Cyrus. The southern queen with the flair for design invited ArchitecturalDigest.com into the family's newly renovated home in Nashville, TN., and let fans into their country chic world. The house has been entirely redone. In addition to redoing their home, the couple also renovated an old barn into a guest barn for their superstar daughter Miley on the occasions she comes home from Los Angeles. The duo had actually purchased a sprawling 500-acre property outside the city over a decade ago but never really lived in it. However, about a year ago they got their hands on a 1,200-square-foot 1940s home in Nashville that needed a lot of work. In the sitdown, Tish said that the previous owners tried to flip the house but, "it was not done well at all." Tish explained that, "Most everything, every material, needed to be replaced," including the kitchen backsplash, the kitchen island, and the hardware throughout the house. The house is now a 3,000 square feet and five-bedroom home that includes Miley's completely renovated guest barn. The deck has been turned into a screened-in porch that has a huge tile wall which Tish personally designed. "People walk up and are like 'Whoa, that is so cool!'" she said. Out of all the improvements, Tish explained Miley's barn was by far the most difficult undertaking. "When my husband suggested redoing it, I was like, there is no way!" Tish said. "The floors were dirt; there was no flooring at all; and I thought the contractors were going to say we had to tear it down. But we ran the plumbing and we ran the electrical." Tish also said that things became even more difficult when the city of Nashville then told the family that any property with electrical and plumbing would need to be attached to the main house. The barn had to be physically picked up and moved -- in the dead of winter. "I was watching on Facetime because I had to be in L.A. for The Voice with Miley, and they couldn't even guarantee it was going to work. But as much of a pain in the butt it was to move, it actually turned out amazing with the breezeway you can walk through." The industrious lady said she designed the guesthouse to be "spunky," just like her daughter. Guest rooms are out and so are guest houses -- these days, it's all about the guest barn! (Eonline)

Hugh Hefner's Walk of Fame star vandalized. Someone paid tribute to Hugh Hefner in the wrong way. An unknown person vandalized the Playboy founder's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this weekend, drawing a blue crown above his name. No arrests have been made. Because the star is a registered state landmark, the vandal would have to pay restitution to have the star cleaned up and polished again, a spokesperson for the Walk of Fame told Page Six on Monday. The spokesperson added that the Walk of Fame believes there was no "malintent" in the graffiti, saying the scrawler likely wanted to "pay tribute" to the iconic publisher, who died last week at age 91. The vandal opted to use an "oil pastel-like crayon" instead of spray paint. Hefner's family held a private memorial Saturday, attended by a select few of his closest friends and family members, TMZ reported. His four children, wife Crystal Harris and some key Playboy staffers also paid their respects at LA's Westwood Village Memorial Park. (PageSix)

Terrence Howard's taking an "L" in his longstanding spousal support war with his ex-wife ... who just won in appeals court. According to court docs, Michelle Ghent Howard got a ruling on their spousal support overturned. Two years ago, Terrence convinced the court he'd been forced to sign their marital settlement under duress. He claimed she was threatening to go public with naked photos and videos. At the time, he'd been paying her $5,800 per month. Michelle appealed that ruling and the judges agreed with her argument -- that Terrence was NOT under duress because too much time had passed between the threat and Terrence signing the agreement. The court said it was more like Terrence had "buyer's remorse" -- and he had other options besides signing on the dotted lines. For instance, the court said he could have gone to the police if he felt Michelle was blackmailing him. The appeal victory means the marital settlement is reinstated, and Terrence will have to start paying spousal support again. It's unclear how much he'll have to pay. (TMZ)

50 Cent jacked a couple photos and plastered them on his social media to pimp himself and one of his products ... so says a photographer in a new suit. Christopher Pasatieri -- who says he's a professional photographer -- says he photographed 50 Cent and some of his shots ended up on the rapper's Instagram page, each generating over 42,000 likes. In docs, obtained by TMZ, Pasatieri submitted a screen shot of the IG posts that shows Fiddy pimping his SMS Audio headphones and TV show, "Power." Pasatieri says the rapper never licensed the photos or asked for permission to post them on IG. Pasatieri doesn't say when he shot 50 but it appears it's from a concert in June 2014 at Citi Field where he performed with G-Unit, which is also being sued. Pasatieri is suing for damages. We've reached out to 50 Cent, so far no word back. (TMZ)

THE OTHER STUFF . . .

The Oakland Raiders aren't just sending thoughts and prayers to the victims of the Vegas massacre -- they're sending money. TMZ Sports has confirmed the Raiders donated $50,000 to the Las Vegas Victims' Fund -- a GoFundMe page set up by Clark County Commission Chair Steve Sisolak. "We are raising funds to assist the victims of the tragic Las Vegas shooting. I am at Clark County's only level-one trauma center with the victims and their families as we speak," Sisolak said. "Funds will be used to provide relief and financial support to the victims and families of the horrific Las Vegas mass shooting." The Raiders are eventually moving to Vegas -- and the team has issued a statement saying, "The heart of the Raider Nation goes out to Las Vegas." (TMZ)

Kevin Hart and his wife, Eniko, carried on with their baby shower like nothing was amiss -- despite his sex tape/extortion scandal -- and announced their new baby boy's name. Kevin and Eniko hosted their shindig Sunday at the Calamigos Beach Club in Malibu, where they revealed they're naming their incoming son Kenzo. The name was plastered all over Eniko's social media, with friends showing off "Kenzo prizes" they'd won. Aside from the big name reveal ... everything else looks like business as usual for the Harts, even though Kevin's smack dab in the middle of being extorted for a sex tape in which he was secretly filmed. As we reported ... the expecting couple dropped around $118k for the safari-themed baby shower. Kenzo ... you woulda been proud of this one. (TMZ)

On Saturday, Kathy Griffin showed her neighbor Kim Kardashian West a very special gift she once got from a fan -- a portrait of herself painted by Erik Menendez, one of the Menendez Brothers who was sentenced to life in prison along with his brother Lyle for fatally shooting their parents in 1989. In true Kardashian fashion, the 36-year-old reality star documented the odd moment on her Snapchat with a cute rainbow-eared animal filter. Standing next to Griffin, who was holding her portrait, the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star said, "Alright guys, I'm here with my neighbor-" "Kathy Griffin," Griffin interrupted. "I have short hair, it's a long story. And a painting done by -- what were we watching the other night?" "The Menendez [brothers] special," Kardashian replied, zooming in on the artist's signature on the painting. "Look who painted this for her." "From prison, yeah," Griffin added. This isn't the first time the my My Life on the D List star has talked about very special portrait. In 2010, she discussed the one-of-a-kind artwork on Larry King Live. "Kathy Griffin has some unusual fans. Some even send her gifts. You brought an example with you. Give us the back story," King told Griffin. Describing the painting, Griffin said, "When you first look at it you think, oh, boy, she's one of those people who has a portrait of herself. But then take a closer look at the artist," she said, before she made the big reveal. We Found Out Where Kathy Griffin Keeps Her Emmys The comedian gives us a tour of her "grande" home, which includes a man cave and home gym The Menendez brothers fatally shot their parents in the den of their Beverly Hills mansion in 1989. Their father, Jose, a 45-year-old Hollywood executive, was shot point-blank in the back of the head. Their mother, Kitty, 47, was shot 15 times, including once in the face. At the time, Lyle was 21 and Erik was 18. The brothers were eventually convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. Asked how she reacted after receiving the painting, Griffin replied she was thrilled. "As a comedian, it's heaven for me," she said. "I mean, when I saw that painting come, I thought, OK, this is a nice painting. What the heck am I going to do with the painting of myself, that's weird. And then when I looked down and saw Erik Menendez, I thought this has to be framed." This year, the Menendez Brothers have made their way back into pop culture, becoming the source for two television programs. In January, ABC aired a 120-minute documentary special entitled Truth and Lies: The Menendez Brothers-American Sons, American Murderers. And on Tuesday, NBC premiered their new series, Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders, which airs on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET. (People)

Early on Sunday morning, CNN Anchor Don Lemon and his boyfriend Tim Malone were spotted holding hands leaving the star-studded Saturday Night Live afterparty at TAO nightclub in New York City. That same morning, Lemon, 51, also shared a sweet picture of their SNL wristbands on his Instagram captioning the photo, "#snl #jayz" The couple dressed casually for their date night out, both wearing monochrome sweaters with matching white sneakers. The two appear to have been dating since at least the summer, when Lemon shared a shirtless shot of the two out on the water. "Summer lovin'," he captioned the picture. According to LinkedIn, Malone works as a sales director for Jukin Media, a media company. Lemon appears to know SNL actress Kate McKinnon. In September, Lemon posted a picture with McKinnon from the 2017 Emmys -- after she won the award for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series -- captioned, "Congratulations #KateMcKinnon and we heart Jackie," which seems to be a reference to McKinnon's new girlfriend, Jackie Abbott. Lemon came out in his 2011 book Transparent. In an interview with The New York Times, Lemon said, "I think it would be great if everybody could be out. But it's such a personal choice." Amy Schumer Shows Off Saturday Night Live Battle Wounds: 'This Is What Happens When You Repeatedly Run Into a Fake Airplane Door'. Amy Schumer is all banged-up "People have to do it at their own speed. I respect that. I do have to say that the more people who come out, the better it is for everyone," he continued. "I think if I had seen more people like me who are out and proud, it wouldn't have taken me 45 years to say it, to walk in the truth." Lemon may have predicted that he was going to find a new relationship this year. On New Year's Eve, the CNN anchor famously kicked back a few drinks during the network's annual program and opened up about how his New Year's resolution was to find love in 2017. "I always live life to the fullest," Lemon said shortly after getting his ear pierced on live TV. "I want a little bit more balance in work life. I'm maybe open to a relationship this year, I wasn't before." After cohost Brooke Baldwin joked about him saying he was looking for a relationship, Lemon doubled down. "I'm a bad person to date," he said. "I'm not selfish ... I'll give you my last– I'm self-centered. Yeah, yeah. I'm self-centered." (People)

Jada Pinkett Smith's need for speed requires at least 3 wheels these days, which is great news for anyone who wants her old 2-wheel hog she nicknamed "Lil Beast." Jada's 2011 Yamaha Vstar 650 is for sale. Will bought it for Jada in 2011, and she put fewer than 100 miles on the black and red hog before she sold it 2 years later. She even posted a send-off on Facebook saying she was a 3-wheeler girl now and forever. As for the old bike, it's being sold by Yamaha of Cucamonga for $5k ... $1k over market value based on its previous famous owner and low mileage. The bike now has 3,000 miles. (TMZ)

The White House became a pink house Sunday to raise awareness for breast cancer ... and Melania Trump's got a great view. The First Lady tweeted a photo from inside the White House Sunday night, which was illuminated in pink lighting to kick off the start of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The timing is nothing short of uncanny ... Julia Louis-Dreyfus just announced last week that she'd been diagnosed with breast cancer shortly after her sixth Emmys win for "Veep." She didn't reveal what stage she's in ... but she did take the opportunity to call for universal health care. Breast Cancer Awareness Month runs through October. (TMZ)

Mets star Jose Reyes' baby-mama Christina Sanchez was arrested on her way to face the baseball star in court this past week -- but she -- insists she was the victim. Sanchez was arrested for weapons possession on Monday just before she was supposed to face off against Reyes in a Long Island courtroom over child support for their daughter, Liyah, 8. It was alleged that Sanchez got into a fight with two women in the parking lot of Starbucks and was brandishing "spiked brass knuckles" -- but Sanchez insists that the cops didn't realize she had a trendy "knuckle clutch" handbag and never threatened the women, who she says were -- attacking her and hurling racial insults. Sanchez, who is Puerto Rican, told us, "I drove into Starbucks to meet my attorney before court, and these women started on me for no reason, calling me a 'spic' and a 'stupid bitch.' They were banging and kicking my car, and threw a coffee on the hood. I called 911. They were cursing me out and going crazy. It was terrifying. I didn't get out of the car because I was dressed for court, and I didn't want to jeopardize getting to the hearing, nor getting home to my child." But when the cops arrived, Sanchez says, she was treated as the aggressor. "The cops treated me like a criminal, when I was the victim -- I was the one who called 911. The officers said the knuckle piece of the clutch bag was considered a weapon. I wouldn't carry a weapon, I'm a mother! I am fighting for my daughter who has been abandoned by her father. He hasn't seen her in a year." Reyes is a married father of three whom Sanchez claims cut support for their daughter. Sanchez was arrested and spent six hours in jail while the other two women went free. She added, "I was humiliated. I wasn't treated fairly. There were two white girls who attacked me and my car, but I'm the Puerto Rican girl who got -- arrested." She was charged with misdemeanor possession of a weapon, because of "the bag." Her attorney, Steven Gildin, said they were seeking CCTV footage to prove her innocence. The case with Reyes was postponed to Dec. 13. (Page Six)

Al Gore will be conspicuously absent from the 25th anniversary celebration of the winning Clinton-Gore presidential ticket in Little Rock, Ark., in November. James Carville, who ran the pair's 1992 campaign, will moderate a program with Bill and Hillary Clinton on Nov. 18. Carville says in the invitation to the weekend at the Clinton Presidential Center, "I remember like it was yesterday, the feeling of being part of the team that put people first." Gore also skipped the 20th anniversary, when Carville, Vernon Jordan and Al From, founder of the Democratic Leadership Council, helped Clinton celebrate. The former vice president, who had a good relationship with Clinton during their two terms, is said to still harbor a grudge over his painful loss of the 2000 presidential election. Gore blamed Clinton and thought he lost because of voter disgust over the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Clinton blamed Gore for not using him more and not campaigning on their record, particularly the healthy economy. "They've had a very tense relationship, to say the least," one Democrat told me. Besides a tour of the center, the weekend features a picnic and a Sunday brunch. A spokesman for Gore said, "He is unable to attend due to a longstanding scheduling conflict." (Page Six)

Music

Fans Think Taylor Swift Teased a New Song in a UPS Commercial. Has Taylor Swift subtly released a clip of her new song? Swifites everywhere are talking about a new UPS commercial that was posted on YouTube this past Friday, Sept. 29. Swift partnered with UPS for the release of her upcoming album Reputation, and in the commercial, which shows fans talking about the Swift-UPS collaboration, a song is being played in the background that has Swifties buzzing. One Swift fan slowed down the track and came up with a possible title for this song. "GUYS.SOMEONE TOOK THE MUSIC FROM TAYLOR'S NEW UPS COMMERCIAL & SLOWED THE MUSIC DOWN. IT APPEARS TO BE A NEW SONG CALLED 'RIP OFF THE PAGE,'" Twitter user @songwriterr4 wrote. So far, Swift has released two tracks off of her upcoming album. "Look What You Made Me Do" was the first song to be released on Aug. 24, followed by "...Ready for It?" on Sept. 3. Could "Rip Off the Page" be Swift's next single? We'll have to wait and see! Reputation is set for release on Nov. 10. (Eonline)

Furious "Good Morning Britain" viewers have slammed the show's "bizarre" interview with pop diva Mariah Carey as "tasteless" and "unfair" after the star was put on the spot about the horrific shootings in Las Vegas. The "Hero" singer was due to chat to presenters Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid about her Christmas tour, and was suitably perched on her sofa alongside her huge Christmas tree. Yet the angle of their interview switched when news of the tragic incident which broke on the Las Vegas strip as a gunman fired bullets into a crowd at a music festival near Mandalay Bay, killing 50 people. Victims were seen covered in blood with others cowering in fears behind barriers and the ITV breakfast show aired live videos capturing the terror of holiday-makers as they were locked in their hotels. Currently multiple hotels in the city, including the Bellagio, are now in lockdown as the chaos ensues. Carey, 47, was completely unaware of the drama taking place as she prepared to chat from her home. Ahead of their chat, Morgan, 52, explained Carey knew the city "very well" after recently rounding off her music residency in the gambling hotspot. He asked her about her instant reaction to which she looked troubled and said: "This is horrible. I pray for the victims." As Morgan showed her live scenes of the terrifying situation unfolding she was stunned to silence. Finally, she added: "That's awful. I pray for the victims. I hope all this can stop." As she was put on the spot she continued: "This type of thing happening anyway is a huge tragedy. I hope we have an end to this as soon as possible." Viewers took to Twitter in frustration the star had been quizzed about the incident -- after not knowing it had happened. Others -- who missed the introduction to her Christmas-themed chat -- wondered why she was lying in front of the glittering festive plant. One raged at GMB producers and wrote: "So tasteless breaking the Vegas news to Mariah Carey live on TV, shame on you." Another put: "I feel sorry for Mariah, she should have been briefed about the shooting before the interview," as another put: "Someone should have spoken to Mariah off air letting her know what was going on than postponed, instead of throwing that at her." A confused viewer put: "Mariah Carey being interviewed on breakfast tv about the shootings in Vegas, where she is sat is a Christmas tree ffs," as another quizzed: "How could Mariah Carey or any of her team not know about Las Vegas b4 goin live on @GMB ?? Not fair on her or anyone to be told live on tv!" One bemused fan put: "@GMB interviews Mariah Carey reclining on couch about the live terror attack in Vegas. Tweets you never thought you'd write," as a confused viewers added: "Heartbroken for Vegas Can someone tell me why we're asking Mariah what she thinks though? And why she has a xmas tree behind her? @GMB." As it stands, 50 people are dead and more than 400 wounded after a shooter sprayed bullets into music festival crowds from a hotel balcony in Las Vegas. Police have confirmed one suspect is "down," with crowds from the Route 91 country music festival pictured fleeing the area near Mandalay Bay Resort Casino and victims seen covered in blood. Footage taken on the scene captures concert goers reacting first with confusion as the sound of automatic gunfire rings out before dashing to take cover. Taking a selfie, the woman filming the chaos says: "This is bulls -- t. People are on the ground. Security is out. S -- t just got real kids." (Page Six)

Las Vegas Festival Shooting: Sia, Nickelback, Mariah Carey and More React on Social Media. The mass shooting at a Las Vegas music festival late Sunday has resonated around the world. Multiple lives were lost when the rampage started. Witnesses say country singer Jason Aldean was playing near the end of the Route 91 Harvest Festival when the shots began. Aldean is safe from harm though scores among the 40,000 festival-goers were hurt or killed. At just before 5am ET, officers from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department confirmed at least 20 dead and 100 injured. The shooter -- a local -- has been confirmed dead, according to the LVMPD?. As news of the carnage spread, musicians took to social media to send love, offer condolences for the lost and injured and to condemn another senseless act of violence. (Billboard)

Future is getting ripped online for some horrifically awful timing -- his social media team just tweeted out a promo for his upcoming Las Vegas show. The Twitter post plugged his Halloween weekend show at Drai's, but seeing as how it came just 12 hours after Stephen Paddock opened fire on a Las Vegas concert ... the reaction has been scathing. More than likely it was a prescheduled tweet, but fans aren't in the mood to forgive Future or Drai's. (TMZ)

Stream Stone Temple Pilots' New Super Deluxe Reissue of 'Core'. The super-deluxe, quadruple-disc reissue of Stone Temple Pilots' breakthrough debut album, 1992's Core, is out. The package not only includes extra demos and live recordings, but also STP's MTV Unplugged set. The full set, which you can purchase here, also includes a DVD, a vinyl record, and a photo book. The band has already shared unreleased demos of "Sex Type Thing" and the scrapped The-Crow-soundtrack song "Only Dying." (Billboard)

The Eagles will team with SiriusXM for an invitation-only concert at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville on Sunday, October 29. It will mark the first time the band has performed at the iconic venue. The performance -- featuring Eagles members Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit, with Vince Gill as well as Deacon Frey filling in for his late father, Glenn Frey -- will air on SiriusXM's Eagles Channel, a limited-run channel curated by the band which will launch in Mid-November. The Grand Ole Opry show is slated to air over Thanksgiving Weekend. "One of the greatest, biggest-selling bands in history playing the storied Grand Ole Opry House for the first time ever will make for a historic event and a great evening for SiriusXM subscribers," said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer of SiriusXM. Added Eagles manager Irving Azoff: "The Eagles performing at the Grand Ole Opry House will be an unforgettable evening and SiriusXM is the perfect partner for this event." A three-song sneak peek of the Grand Ole Opry House performance will air live on Oct. 29 on SiriusXM's The Bridge, Classic Vinyl, and The Spectrum channels. This past weekend, the Eagles headlined Classic Northwest at Safeco Field in Seattle, Wash., the third in the "Classic" series which played to stadiums in Los Angeles and New York in July. (Page Six)

Movies

Sebastian Stan Apologizes for Sharing a "Take the Knee" Meme. Sebastian Stan is sorry for sharing a tone deaf "take the knee" meme. Last year, as a means to protest police violence against unarmed black people, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick decided to kneel, rather than stand, for "The Star-Spangled Banner" at a preseason game. His demonstration triggered a chain of events, culminating at a Sept. 22 rally, in which President Donald Trump called any player who kneels a "son of a bitch." In response, many athletes -- and in some cases, entire NFL teams -- decided to "take the knee." In late September, Stan shared a meme showing disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding sitting next to her rival Nancy Kerrigan, captioned, "Back when 'taking a knee' meant taking a knee." The actor, who plays Harding's ex Jeff Gillooly in Neon's I, Tonya, saw it as an opportunity to promote the film. "Exactly... Can't wait to share #itonya with you... Dec 8th - NY & LA Jan 19th - everywhere else #90slife #90shair #90shorror," he wrote. "Thank you @misterpat for this gem." After reading some negative Instagram comments, Stan cleared the air. "For anyone confused for whatever reason right now, please know that this was not meant to be offensive or make fun of a serious matter, but a lighthearted way to promote my movie, which is ALSO about a very serious subject matter," he wrote. "So before you start throwing stones at me, recognize where I come from and the kind of person that I am and what I stand for. I've been very vocal about that. Thank you." Amid backlash, Stan decided to delete the Instagram meme. In the following weeks, Stan apologized for sharing the post by commenting on fans' accounts. "Listen, guys, I'm sorry. I recognize the bad timing of my last post and I truly apologize to anyone who may have been offended by it," he said. "It was in reference to an actual event that took place in 1994 which is now depicted in the movie I'm currently promoting. Nothing more." In response to the fan account@cinnamon_stan, the 35-year-old actor wrote, "I am truly sorry to the people that I have hurt and offended. I made a stupid joke. It was ignorant and careless." "When I put up the post, I had not carefully researched the kneeling reference. In the past few days I have done the homework I should have done before absentmindedly posting that...To be clear on my values and where I stand...I am an immigrant and now an American citizen," said the actor, who was born in Romania and also lived in Austria. "My parents and I came to this country when I was 12 years old. To be an American, growing up I have learned that you agree to support and uphold the constitution and all of its amendments, the freedom of speech and the right to peacefully protest in order to ensure equality and justice for all. Like many people, I am extremely anxious and worried about the things that I see on the news and in the world these days. I wish I could take it all back but here I am. I will strive to learn from this issue." Offering his sincerest apologies, Stan continued, "I appreciate the time and thought you put into your post, and going forward I promise to do the same. Lesson learned. Thank you again!" (Eonline)

All the drama between the Sex and The City cast this weekend. Geez Louise! Pass the popcorn... GLAMOUR's resident basic bitch with an Instagram obsession (follow me: @LeanneBayley). Fluent in emojis & Gilmore Girls trivia ???????? Drama-rama, the Sex and The City cast are certainly airing their dirty laundry. Last week, Sarah Jessica Parker confirmed in an interview with Extra that Sex and The City 3 wasn't going ahead. "It's not halted. It's over. We're not doing it," she said. "I'm disappointed. We had this beautiful, funny, heartbreaking, joyful, very relatable script and story." SJP didn't state why but obviously the Daily Mail thought they'd wade in. The site published the story that it wasn't happening because the film producer's couldn't keep up with Kim Cattrall's "demands". She then took to Twitter to fight her corner... BUT fellow SATC actor, Willie Garson who played Stanford Blatch, then seemed to agree with the reports, tweeting that "sadly, the reasons are true." He then retweeted the Daily Mail article. Ouch. Kim then proceeded to spend the day retweeting her supporters... AND she even retweet someone saying Sex and The City 2 was terrible... BUT THEN Willie got back involved, tweeting one of Sam's fans "Huh?" He then tweeted "Disappointed for all crew holding on for negotiations to conclude for their jobs, and of course, for the fans. Leave it at that. #Truth" but has since deleted it. It's not over yet... Kristin Davis, aka Charlotte, started liking tweets from fans expressing how disappointed they are at the news, including one from Sia: She then voiced her own thoughts on Instagram saying how "deeply frustrating" it was that the film wouldn't go ahead: Cynthia Nixon aka Miranda and SJP are yet to comment on the latest. Kim Cattrall had actually expressed that she wasn't keen on a third movie last year so this shouldn't come as a total surprise. In an interview with The Daily Record, Kim said: "Everyone is doing their own thing and if it was going to happen, it would have happened by now. It would be a challenge to do a third instalment. It could be fun though. To say goodbye completely to Samantha would be pretty hard." She also made an interesting observation: "I think the climate changed. To have four women talking about shopping trips and spending $400 on shoes when people are having trouble putting food on the table? It doesn't mean we don't need that but I think the pendulum swung in a different direction." Are you gutted? We are but Kim shouldn't have to work on a project she doesn't want to, don't you think? (British Glamour)

China Box Office: Martial Arts Comedy Earns $46M, Topping Jackie Chan's 'The Foreigner'. 'Never Say Die' outperforms the U.K.-China co-production backed by STX, which earned $21.9 million on Saturday and Sunday. Martial arts comedy Never Say Die came out swinging at the Chinese box office over the weekend, opening with $46.2 million on Saturday and Sunday. The slapstick hit relegated Jackie Chan to a rare second-place finish, as his STX-produced action thriller The Foreigner opened with $21.9 million over the same two days. Sunday was the start of one of China's so-called "Golden Weeks," a lucky succession of national holidays -- the patriotic National Day and more ancient Mid-Autumn Festival -- that results in most Chinese employees getting a full seven days off work. In recent years, this reprieve has translated into brisk business at Chinese multiplexes. In response, Chinese regulators have taken to blocking Hollywood movie openings during the holiday, putting the focus on Chinese culture while giving local studios a boost. Never Say Die was produced by Beijing theater group Mahua Fun Age, the creative force behind last year's comedy smash Goodbye Mr. Loser ($226 million). Never Say Die tells the story of a boxer and a journalist who mysteriously swap bodies after they are zapped by electricity, sending them spinning through a series of slapstick misadventures. The film is an adaptation of a hit Mahua stage comedy of the same name. Directed by Song Yang and Zhang Chiyu (the director duo behind the play), the film stars Ai Lun and Ma Li, two of the leads from Mr. Loser. Directed by Martin Campbell and co-starring Pierce Brosnan, Chan's The Foreigner earned just shy of $2 million on Imax screens over the weekend. Respectable word of mouth suggests the film will hold onto second place throughout the week. A U.K.-China co-production, the film is set to open in North America on Oct. 13. The movie is based on a 1992 thriller novel by British author Stephen Leather. Chasing the Dragon, a slick martial arts drama starring Hong Kong favorites Donnie Yen and Andy Lau, landed in third place with $14.2 million. It was followed by Sky Hunter, a patriotic air force action flick directed by and starring Li Chen, which earned $13 million. Fan Bingbing, Li's real-life fiance, co-stars as the romantic lead. Although Hollywood movies are blocked from opening over National Day, one familiar international face did pop up on Chinese screens over the holiday weekend. S.M.A.R.T. Chase, a Chinese road race thriller produced by Shanghai-based Bliss Media and starring Orlando Bloom, also opened Saturday. The film debuted with a sputter, however, taking just $1.5 million for the weekend. (Hollywood Reporter)

Box-Office: After Awful Summer, 'It' Fuels Record September in U.S. The R-rated horror blockbuster is the first September release to ever cross $200 million, much less approach $300 million. Hollywood and theater owners are collectively breathing a sigh of relief after September revenue reached records highs in North America, following a wretched summer. The recovery is thanks in large measure to New Line and Warner Bros.' It. To date, the horror blockbuster has grossed $291.2 million domestically, becoming the first September title in history to cross $200 million, much less approach $300 million. The previous record-holder was Hotel Transylvania 2 ($169.7 million). Domestic revenue between Sept. 1-30 clocked in at an estimated $700 million or more, up a hefty 19 percent from September 2016 ($616 million) and 14 percent from the previous record set in 2014 ($616 million), according to preliminary estimates from comScore. It continued to defy expectations over the weekend. In its fourth outing, the film adaptation of Stephen King's novel is estimated to have narrowly edged out American Made -- headlining one of the biggest stars in the world, Tom Cruise -- and holdover Kingsman: The Golden Circle. (The final order will be determined Monday morning.) After It, the Kingsman sequel, from 20th Century Fox, is the second-biggest September earner in North America with $66.7 million to date. When summer revenue plummeted 14.6 percent to $3.83 billion, gains made earlier in the year were reversed, leaving 2017 domestic revenue lagging. Now, that gap is closing. (The international box office is up year-to-date by nearly 2 percent.) "On Labor Day Monday, the year-over-year deficit was 6.5 percent domestically. Now it is 4.7 percent. That's what a record September can do for you," says comScore box-office analyst Paul Dergarabedian. The question now is whether the box office can recover enough to match last year's record $11.4 billion in domestic revenue. Wall Street analyst Eric Handler of MKM Partners says the fourth quarter will need to be up by about 12 percent from last year for 2017 to end on par with 2016. "I think that depends on how big Star Wars: The Last Jedi is going to be, while Justice League and Coco need to deliver. A strong opening for Blade Runner 2049 would help, too," he continues. Other event films set to open between now and the New Year include Thor: Ragnarok, Murder on the Orient Express and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. (Hollywood Reporter)

TV

Kendall Jenner Says She ''Felt So F--king Stupid'' After Her First Big Controversy: ''I Would Never Purposely Hurt Someone, Ever." Kendall Jenner is coming clean about her first big controversy. On Sunday night's Keeping Up With the Kardashians, the 21-year-old upper model confided in sister Kim Kardashian after experiencing backlash over one of her work projects. "I just feel really, really bad," Kendall tells Kim. "I feel really bad that anyone was ever offended. I feel really bad that this was taken such a wrong way and I genuinely feel like s--t. I have no idea how I'm gonna bounce back from it." "This is the first time you've had a scandal," Kim tells Kendall. "This is your first real experience with something like this." "Yeah, but it's a very bad one," Kendall mourns. "This is just gonna be the biggest lesson learned for you," Kim consoles. "I know you're so sensitive and I know you're the last person to want to hurt someone or be insensitive... it should affect you in a way where you grow from it and you're like, 'Okay I'm a better person from it.' You know? But I just wish that you could see that there is light at the end of the tunnel and that it will be OK if you're just like honest." In Kendall's confessional, she sobs while talking about the experience. "I would never purposely hurt someone ever," she says wiping away tears. "I would, obviously, if I knew this was gonna be the outcome I would have never done something like this. But you don't know when you're in the moment, and like, it was the most... like it was... like it was so... like I just felt so f--king stupid. The fact that I would offend other people or hurt other people was definitely not my intent and that's what got me the most, is that I would ever make anyone else upset." (Eonline)

Kenya Moore's husband is still MIA for the filming of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," and it's cost her a lot of moola, a trip to Spain and maybe her gig itself. 'RHOA' production sources tell us, the cast is on its annual trip for the show -- this time in Barcelona -- except for Kenya. We're told she was invited initially and in the lead up to the trip even participated in scenes where the cast was talking about it. But then ... producers yanked her invite. Why? Our sources say Bravo told Kenya she needed to film scenes leading up to the trip with hubby Marc Daly, but he wasn't down. Producers felt she was just making more excuses for Marc's lack of participation, so the invite got yanked. 'Housewives' get paid per episode, and now Kenya will miss out on some big paychecks. As we reported ... producers gave Kenya an ultimatum -- get your hubby on 'RHOA' or get phased out. It seems the latter is happening. (TMZ)

Jon Hamm to Play Archangel Gabriel in Neil Gaiman's Amazon Series 'Good Omens'. The 'Mad Men' alum has mostly focused on the big screen, apart from guest appearances, since the AMC series ended. Jon Hamm is joining the cast of Amazon and BBC Studios' Good Omens, a six-part TV adaptation of the best-selling novel by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. The Mad Men alum will play the archangel Gabriel, God's primary messenger, which has a fleeting role in the novel but is being further developed in the TV series, Gaiman, who's serving as showrunner for the in-production project, explained. "Once we had finished writing Good Omens, back in the dawn of prehistory, Terry Pratchett and I started plotting a sequel. There would have been a lot of angels in the sequel. When Good Omens was first published and was snapped up for the first time by Hollywood, Terry and I took joy in introducing our angels into the plot of a movie that was never made. So when, almost thirty years later, I started writing Good Omens for TV, one thing I knew was that our angels would have to be in there," Gaiman said in a statement. "The leader of these angels is Gabriel. He is everything that Aziraphale isn't: he's tall, good-looking, charismatic and impeccably dressed. We were fortunate that Jon Hamm was available, given that he is already all of these things without even having to act. We were even more fortunate that he's a fan of the books and a remarkable actor." Hamm added in his own statement, "I read Good Omens almost 20 years ago. I thought it was one of the funniest, coolest books I'd ever read. It was also, obviously, unfilmable. Two months ago Neil sent me the scripts, and I knew I had to be in it." Good Omens is currently in production and will be released on Amazon Prime Video in 2019 followed by a run on BBC Two in the U.K. The series is being produced by the comedy team at BBC Studios, Narrativia and The Blank Corporation, in association with BBC Worldwide. Hamm won an Emmy and two Golden Globes for his role as Don Draper in AMC's Mad Men. Since the acclaimed series wrapped in 2015, Hamm has mostly focused on film, with some guest-starring roles on the small screen, including as cult leader Richard Wayne Gary Wayne in Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. His post-Mad Men film credits include roles in Baby Driver, Marjorie Prime and Keeping Up with the Joneses. (Hollywood Reporter)

'Curb Your Enthusiasm' Season 9: TV Review, After six years, one of TV's greatest comedies returns. After six years of being away, HBO wasn't being coy about what had changed on Curb Your Enthusiasm. Nothing. And that's great news, as HBO's wink that Larry David was still Larry David rang ultra true in the ninth-season premiere Sunday night (which wasn't sent to critics because, well, at this point pretty much you're on board or you're not, and it's not like HBO needs to sell Curb to the uninitiated). When we last saw Larry -- and yes, it's still astonishing to think it was six years ago -- he had done a very Larry thing, as he's wont to do, and headed to Paris to avoid a charity obligation with Michael J. Fox. If there's one thing Larry likes less than dealing with other people, it's being inconvenienced in even the slightest manner. One of the great ongoing joys of Curb Your Enthusiasm, and perhaps the X-factor in its enduring success, is that Larry is mainstream awful -- he is the most awful part of us, the people at least pretending to follow the rules of society. It's not like he's a Trump voter or, worse, Trump himself, but Larry doesn't do anything he doesn't want and particularly doesn't suffer fools in that process. The meta extrapolation in Curb of the real-life Larry David is that he gets to be as politically incorrect as he wants to be, provided he suffers the consequences, which are usually swift, punitive and hilarious. On Sunday, it started with one of his patented explorations of the little things in life that annoy people -- in this instance, trying to unspin a pump handle on a bottle of shampoo, which then doesn't even work -- pivots briefly to Larry not holding the door for a lesbian and ultimately messing up her marriage, veers into how Jimmy Kimmel "foisted" (the episode's title) a gimpy and constipated assistant (Carrie Brownstein) on Larry and how he must "foist" her on someone else and then ends, obviously, with a fatwa on his life. Which, if you think about it, is perfectly in the Curb wheelhouse of what could and maybe should happen to Larry. The show didn't waste much time on what Larry has been doing in the intervening years, the whole Paris thing or stuff from seasons past, but instead presented the main story idea that after five years, Larry has finished writing a musical comedy -- Fatwa! The Musical -- about Salman Rushdie and the Ayatollah. He then goes on Kimmel and makes a bunch of jokes about the Ayatollah, does his impression and gets in a world of trouble. That's pretty much going to be season nine, and it should be, as expected, pretty, pretty good. At this point, of course, even the bits that don't work as seamlessly as you might want (not a new issue) pale in comparison to the joy that comes from watching Larry try to wriggle out of an endless amount of situations. Executive producer, director and longtime cohort Jeff Schaffer has intimated that this season, because of the six-year delay, is absolutely bursting with ideas and scenarios that David has stored up for use. And this premiere clocked in at 40 minutes (which might be a recurring situation that nobody will likely complain about except those on Twitter who seem to do this for sport). A fatwa on Larry's life is already funny just sitting on the page, so whatever comes up in the following nine episodes should be glorious for fans who have missed little gems like Leon (JB Smoove) explaining to Larry the difference between "lampin'" and "chillin'" and Larry bemusedly wondering if fist-bumps were still a thing. Other sorely missed elements of Curb include things you will laugh at after watching an episode ("Type plus distance equals no door hold"), Jeff (Jeff Garlin) yelling and Susie (Susie Essman) swearing, Larry and Richard Lewis being annoyed by each other, etc. In this episode, we even got the return of Cheryl (Cheryl Hines) who is fronting a new charity called PAM -- People Against Mutilation -- to which Larry of course tells her that's a stupid name. "That's the best you could do? It's a cooking spray." Ted Danson also stopped in and got to mutter, "Strangest man on the planet," about Larry, which might be true. But then again, he also is one of the funniest. Here's to Curb returning and, because it only seems fitting, here's to the fatwa. (Hollywood Reporter)

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