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Friday, October 6, 2017


Jason Biggs Welcomes Son Lazlo With Wife Jenny Mollen. And another baby makes four! Jenny Mollen has given birth to a baby boy! The actress and New York Times best-selling author and her husband, actor Jason Biggs, have welcomed their second child together. Lazlo Biggs was born Monday at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, weighing in at 7 lbs., 1 oz., and measuring 20 inches long. "Mom, dad and big brother Sid are doing great!" her rep tells E! News. The couple, who tied the knot in 2008, welcomed their first child, a son named Sid Biggs, together in Feb. 2014. Back in April 2017, the couple announced they were expecting their second child on Instagram. "This is how I told my son babies are made. #numbertwo #nosefrida @fridababy #teetsreincarnated," Mollen captioned a photo of herself and Biggs in bed. Later that month, Mollen revealed in an Instagram post that they were expecting a boy. The actress posted a photo of herself holding her baby bump with the caption, "To quote Beyonce, "I have two penises" (not twins. Just mine and the one inside me.) #Itsaboy @fillyboo." Since then, Mollen continued to document her pregnancy on social media, even posting nude and topless photos of herself and her baby bump. On Oct. 1, a day before she went into labor, Mollen shared a topless photo of herself with someone covering her breasts with the caption, "#cooked #39weeks." Congratulations to the couple! Us Weekly was the first to report news of Lazlo's birth. (Eonline)

Dwyane Wade Calls Wife Gabrielle Union 'One Strong Individual' Following Revelation She Had '8 or 9 Miscarriages'. Dwyane Wade could not help but praise his wife after she opening up about her fertility struggle. The NBA star, 35, wrote a tweet in support of his wife, actress Gabrielle Union, 44, who revealed that she had experienced "eight or nine miscarriages." "My wife is one strong individual!!!" Wade tweeted on Wednesday. The Being Mary Jane star opened up about her struggles with infertility in her new book, We're Going to Need More Wine -- excerpted exclusively in the new issue of PEOPLE. "I have had eight or nine miscarriages," Union writes in the book. "For three years, my body has been a prisoner of trying to get pregnant -- I've either been about to go into an IVF cycle, in the middle of an IVF cycle, or coming out of an IVF cycle." But even after enduring three years of failed IVF cycles and being constantly bloated from the hormones, Union writes that she and Wade "remain bursting with love and ready to do anything to meet the child we've both dreamed of." Gabrielle Union's Heartbreaking Struggle With Infertility: 'I've Had 8 or 9 Miscarriages' Gabrielle Union Talks Infertility, Racism & Self-Acceptance In Her New Memoir, "We're Going to Need More Wine" The couple married in August 2014, and she quickly got the hang of raising three boys: Wade's nephew Dahveon Morris, 16, and sons from a previous marriage Zaire, 15, and Zion, 10 (Wade's third son Xavier, 3, conceived with another woman while Wade and Union were broken up, lives with his mother). "I never wanted kids," she tells PEOPLE. "Then I became a stepmom, and there was no place I'd rather be than with them." "For so many women, and not just women in the spotlight, people feel very entitled to know, 'Do you want kids?'" she says. "A lot of people, especially people that have fertility issues, just say 'no' because that's a lot easier than being honest about whatever is actually going on. People mean so well, but they have no idea the harm or frustration it can cause." (People)

Selena Gomez's BFF Francia Raisa Proudly Shows Off Her Scar in Stunning Look at PEOPLE's Ones to Watch Party. She is one of the bravest women in showbiz and, it seems, also one of the most stylish. Francia Raisa stepped out at PEOPLE's Ones to Watch Party on Wednesday night wearing a stunning all-white glittery pantsuit ensemble. Styled by Lo VonRumpf, the actress, 29, looked chic in cream-colored pants and a see-through diamond-encrusted bodysuit with a scoop neck as she chatted with Auli'i Cravalho at NeueHouse Hollywood. She completed the look with a long-sleeved cream jacket with diamond patterns, nude heels and sleeked-back hair. Raisa's sheer bodysuit showed off her figure and her surgical scar from where she had a kidney removed and donated to best friend Selena Gomez. Raisa made headlines in September when the "Fetish" singer, 25, revealed Raisa had been her donor. The singer shared a photo of the longtime friends holding hands from their hospital beds, writing in the caption, "There aren't words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa." "She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me," Gomez continued. "I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis." In a 2013 interview with Latina, Raisa shared that she met Gomez six years before when Disney and ABC Family (now Freeform) had the stars of their shows visit a children's hospital. "Selena and I were in the same group and we just clicked," Raisa said. Raisa has recently appeared in episodes of The Mindy Project, the Netflix show Dear White People, Black-ish and will appear in its spin-off Grown-ish in 2018. (People)

They may not be a couple anymore, but Lamar Odom still wants the best for Khloe Kardashian. "I wish her well," the NBA star, 37, told Complex's Everyday Struggle on Wednesday, October 4, of his ex-wife, 33, who Us Weekly exclusively reported last month is pregnant and expecting her first child with her boyfriend, Tristan Thompson. "Still got love for her." The basketball champ added that he and the Good American designer are cordial "from a distance." Odom also weighed in on his friendship with Kanye West, who is married to his ex-wife's sister, Kim Kardashian. "Kanye is a good dude. He was there for me when I was in a coma, he was there for me when I woke up," he recalled. "I would say [our relationship] probably deteriorated with all the other relationships that were built. But it's like that sometimes. It'd probably be weird [to contact Kanye now-. But I would have no problem with it." The former Lakers player and the Revenge Body host married in September 2009 after one month of dating. Kardashian filed for divorce in December 2013 following Odom's cheating scandal and drug addiction relapse, but called it off in July 2015 following his hospitalization and near-death experience. She filed for divorce for a second time in May 2016 and the proceedings were finalized that December. Fans speculated that Odom moved on with Haitian model MaddyMorebucks after the duo were spotted cozying up during a lunch date in Los Angeles on Monday, October 2. "He isn't dating her," a source exclusively clarified to Us Weekly. "She is just a friend." As for Kardashian's boyfriend, Thompson? "He's very humble and generous. He has an incredible sense of humor. Khloe is more outgoing that he is but he has a great sense of humor and great group of friends," a source told Us. "He is very mature and career-focus and very family-focused." Added another insider: "Anyone who spends time around them, you can tell their feelings toward each other. It's infections. They are madly in love with each other. They are so happy and want to spend all their time together." (US Weekly)

It's time to call a truce! Andy Grammer stopped by Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen on Tuesday, October 3, and shared that he thinks it's time for the feud between Taylor Swift and Katy Perry to be over. When Cohen asked the singer if he thinks reconciliation between the two pop stars will happen, Grammer remained hopeful. He said: "Man, I hope so. There's no reason for all that. I mean, I'm sure there's a reason for it, but at this point, let it go!" Back in July 2015, Swift kicked off the first of two sold-out 1989 World Tour dates at Chicago's Soldier Field and invited Grammer to perform a duet of his song "Honey, I'm Good" with her on stage. Grammer told Cohen although it was a major moment for him, it doesn't automatically qualify him as a member of Swift's squad. "I don't think I'm in her squad per se but she's been really sweet to me," Grammer said of the "Look What You Made Me Do" singer. "She's tweeted my songs and brought me on stage at her arena shows." Meanwhile, Perry seems to be over the fight and is ready to put it all behind them. "Listen, I'd love for the beef to end. I'd love to take it off the BBQ," the "Swish "Swish" singer, 32, said on SiriusXM's The Morning Mash Up in August. "I'm down, but I haven't heard anything of it." During an appearance on Australia's Today show in July, Perry also said: "I love her, I always have. We've had our differences but I just continue to say, 'God bless her on her journey.'" Swift has yet to publicly comment on the current status of her relationship with Perry. Back in 2014, the Grammy winner told Rolling Stone that her feud with an unnamed pop star began over a conflict about their backup dancers. "She basically tried to sabotage an entire arena tour," Swift said. A source told Us Weekly in May that the "Wildest Dreams" songstress is tired of the drama: "She honestly wants no part of this, that's why she avoids talking about it. She doesn't want to engage." (US Weekly)

Is Niall Horan dating Neighbours actress Olympia Valance? The pair have been enjoying a string of dates since last year... Niall Horan fans brace yourselves - it looks like the Irish heartthrob has got himself a new girlfriend. Yep, the star has been spotted hanging out with Neighbours actress Olympia Valance and they've even gone Insta official(ish). In a recent interview, the 24-year-old Australian revealed that she and Niall had known each other for "a couple of years now" and that they'd spent a lot of time together both in the UK and in Australia. "We are quite close," she said. "We just met in Australia and we've been messaging ever since and yeah we have hung out together a bit.' "I see him when I come to London and he sees me when he's in Oz," she added. In September, Olympia shared a cute picture of herself and Niall via Instagram stories wishing him a happy birthday. And last year, the pair were spotted together at a cricket match together in Melbourne. Could it be love? Despite their string of dates, the actress has insisted that she still considers herself single. But we reckon that's bound to change soon. (British Glamour)

Lil Wayne has missed 15 important birthdays if you believe the woman who claims her son was fathered by the rapper. Keiotia Watson claims in legal docs she had a sexual relationship with Wayne back in June 2001 and he got her pregnant. She says their son -- named Dwayne, Weezy's government name -- was born in February 2002. Watson went to court 2 years ago to establish paternity and get child support. A Louisiana judge ruled in her favor and ordered Wayne to fork over $5k a month, but he hasn't paid a dime. Our Wayne sources say he hasn't paid because he was never served with legal papers or notified he's legally the father. One source close to Wayne says the rapper plans to take a paternity test and if he's the dad he'll take full responsibility and pay the piper. Weezy has 4 other children (3 sons and a daughter) with 4 different baby mamas ... the list may well grow by 1. (TMZ)

Lance Bass is making an impassioned plea to the FDA to end its longstanding restrictions on gay men donating blood ... saying his blood is no different from that of straight donors. Lance told us it's a travesty gay men can't donate if they've had sex within 12 months -- especially after tragedies like the Las Vegas massacre. He added ... there's clearly a need, and the only possible reason to stick with the policy is to discriminate against the gay community. He said so with much fewer words though. Two letters to be exact. Lance says if America won't come to its senses on gun control, maybe it can at least remove the stigma about gay blood. He's not mincing words either, and directly calls out the American Red Cross. (TMZ)


Luann de Lesseps is helping with hurricane relief at the same time her divorce case is winding down. The reality star was seen at Kiki on the River in Miami this week before heading to the Keys to volunteer with the Red Cross. On Wednesday, Lesseps and Tom D'Agostino Jr. settled their divorce case, sources told us, to end a disastrous seven-month marriage. We hear that it's close to being finalized. Her "Real Housewives of New York" co-star Bethenny Frankel has been helping Puerto Rico. (Page Six)

Lourdes Leon's ex-boyfriend is about to become really famous. Page Six reported back in 2013 that Madonna's daughter, then 16, was dating classmate Timothee Chalamet at the La Guardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. At the time, he was known for a small part on "Homeland," and by 2014 he was spotted smooching another girl at a downtown nightclub signaling an end to the romance. These days, Chalamet's filming Woody Allen's latest as-yet-untitled movie with Selena Gomez. He's also been the talk of the fall film-festival circuit for three movies with Oscar buzz -- including Greta Gerwig's "Lady Bird," the Christian Bale epic "Hostiles" and another drama, "Call Me by Your Name" in which he shares a racy gay love scene with Armie Hammer. He's also starring as Steve Carell's son in the druggie drama "Beautiful Boy." Sources say that when Allen cast Chalamet, the director had no clue how hot the star was. (Page Six)

Jake Gyllenhaal can add another title to his resume: model! The Nocturnal Animals actor was announced as the new face of the worldwide campaign for the Eternity Calvin Klein fragrance on Thursday, October 5, and Stylish has your first look at the print ad. The 36-year-old award winning actor and producer rocks a scruffy look for the black and white ad, which also features model and advocate Liya Kebede and Leila, a four-year-old actress. The campaign was shot by acclaimed photographer Willy Vanderperre, and Jake collaborated closely with him, according to the brand behind the fragrance, Coty. And if you can't get enough Jake in your life, get excited -- the handsome star will also be coming to your TV this October in spots for the scent. Jake, Liya and Keila "will also be featured in the new Eternity Calvin Klein television campaign, debuting later this month, which will focus on Eternity Calvin Klein's longstanding ideas of romance, love, intimacy and commitment," reads a statement from the company. "Today, those values continue with the focus very much on contemporary life." Eternity was launched in 1988 by Calvin Klein, and won an award for Most Successful Women's Fragrance at the 1989 FiFi Awards. It was inducted in the Fragrance Hall of Fame in 2003. The scent has top notes of mandarin and base notes of amber and sandalwood. This collab smells like a winner to Stylish, and Jake's in good company! Past famous faces who have modeled for Calvin Klein campaigns include Mark Wahlberg, Kate Moss, Margot Robbie, Ed Burns, Christy Turlington, Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid. (US Weekly)

Rachel Bilson Buys Pasadena Mansion After Hayden Christensen. Rachel Bilson is making moves. The actress has purchased a $3.25 million mansion in Pasadena, Calif. after her split from Hayden Christensen, with whom she shares a 2-year-old daughter. E! News confirmed the breakup back in September, with a high school friend of Bilson's telling us exclusively at the time, "Yes, they are officially done within the last few weeks. It was a gradual buildup of issues and problems. They were in agreement it was time to move on as a couple." Now Bilson is starting a new journey in a stunning new house. (Eonline)

Teresa Guidice Sets the Record Straight on Her Relationship With Husband Joe: He ''Never Mistreated Me." Teresa Guidice is not your average reality star or your average housewife. The feisty mother of four may fight and cause drama like the best of them on the Real Housewives of New Jersey, but ever since she went to prison for 11 months in 2015, she's got a different perspective than most Bravolebrities. While promoting her revealing new memoir, Standing Strong, the 45-year-old sat down with E! News and opened up about her complicated relationship with husband Joe Giudice, who is currently serving a 41-month prison sentence. In the sit-down, Teresa, who has been married to the failed businessman since 1999, sets the record straight about negative reports about their marriage. She explains, "Joe never mistreated me because if he mistreated me I definitely wouldn't be with him." Teresa does admit she was angry with her husband after her mother, Antonia Gorga, passed away earlier this year on March 3. The family-focused reality star confesses to E! News that she felt like her husband's bad decisions robbed her of time with her mother. "I did get upset [with Joe] after my mother passed away and I got angry that I lost those 11.5 months...I could have had that time with my mom," she said. As for what's to come for Teresa and Joe after her husband serves his 3.4 years at New Jersey's Federal Correctional Institution at Fort Dix? She says, "[Joe] says when he comes home things are going to be different." Despite everything that their marriage has endured, Teresa says she remains hopeful on what's to come for her and Joe. "Obviously there is a lot of guilt and I know he's going to make things better when he comes home and I can't wait for that. It's going to be like we're falling in love all over again." As for whether or not her hubby's read her tell-all memoir, Teresa says he's yet to get his hands on a copy of her book since it just came out , but she says that one's in the mail! Be sure to watch what happens on the season premiere of The Real Housewives of New Jersey Thursday night on Bravo. (Eonline)

Teresa Giudice is harboring serious resentment toward her husband, Joe, for screwing up their finances and screwing her out of her final precious months with her now-deceased mother. The 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' star told us Wednesday ... although she served her 11.5 month prison sentence without bitching, her mom's death opened up old wounds. Now, Teresa has a different view of Joe's role in the bankruptcy fraud that landed them both behind bars. Mind you, Joe's still serving his 41-month sentence, but it sounds like Teresa's having a hard time forgiving him. As for whether she's waiting around for Joe until his 2019 release? Her answer might surprise you. (TMZ)

Pictures of Marilyn Monroe wet, wild and fully naked have the same going price of a nice, brand new car, according to the New York auction house that's selling them. Rare color photos of the famous blonde swimming naked are hitting the auction block next week via Heritage Auctions, who thinks they'll fetch between $25k-$35k. The pics were taken in 1962, the same year Marilyn died, by photographer Lawrence Schiller. There are 12 total, mostly of her in her birthday suit, but there are also black and white pics of the blonde bombshell with a birthday cake and sparklers. They're being auctioned off along with other rare photos of Frank Sinatra, The Beatles on Abbey Road, Bruce Springsteen and Muhammad Ali, but Heritage think the Marilyn shots will bring in the most coin. (TMZ)

Cam Newton Under Fire for Making a Sexist Comment to a Reporter. Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton came under fire Wednesday for his response to a female reporter's question at a press conference. The Charlotte Observer's Jourdan Rodrigue first pointed out that wide receiver Devin Funchess appears "to really embrace the physicality of his routes." She then asked if his progress gives Newton "enjoyment." The 38-year-old former league MVP smiled and said, "It's funny to hear a female talk about 'routes.' It's funny." Newton then answered Rodrigue's question, saying, "Fun has come along, man. This is a big game for him, because of him being from Detroit. I know he wants this win extremely bad." Praising Funchess' "growth," he called him a "completely different player" than he once was. After the Q&A ended, Rodrigue shared her frustration in Newton's comments via Twitter. "I don't think it's 'funny' to be a female and talk about routes," she tweeted. "I think it's my job." Amid backlash Wednesday night, team spokesman Steven Drummond said in a statement to the Associated Press (via NBC News) that Newton had a conversation with Rodrigue after the press conference ended, during which time the athlete "expressed regret" for his comments. Rodrigue denied that was true when she released a statement through The Observer via e-mail. "I was dismayed by his response, which not only belittled me but countless other women before me and beside me who work in similar jobs. I sought Mr. Newton out as he left the locker room a few minutes later," Rodrigue e-mailed. "He did not apologize for his comments." People offered Rodrigue their support via social media. In a statement, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said Newton's comments "are just plain wrong and disrespectful to the exceptional female reporters and all journalists who cover our league. They do not reflect the thinking of the league." Drummond insisted the Panthers "strive as a department to make the environment for media comfortable for everyone covering the team." Rodrigue's colleague, Scott Fowler, published an op-ed in The Observer Thursday to discuss the matter further and offer additional details. "I was in that room, which held about 30 media members, and there was dead silence when Newton proclaimed 'it's funny' -- because actually it wasn't funny at all. To state the obvious, this is 2017 and not 1967," he wrote. "All Rodrigue wanted to do on Wednesday was her job, and instead she found herself in the middle of a social media firestorm." According to Folwer, Rodrigue did speak to Newton after the press conference, during which time she asked him "if he really didn't think a female could understand routes." Fowler added that Newton suggested "he should have said it was funny to hear 'reporters' talk about routes and that, if she actually did know about them, then she knew more than most reporters. Then he gestured toward the locker room, still filled with her colleagues." Rodrigue ended the talk "by asking Newton -- whom she had introduced herself to on the first day of her employment with The Observer in October 2016 -- if he knew her name after she had covered the team almost every day for the past year. Newton said he did not." Newton has yet to publicly address the controversy. (Eonline)

"Wonder Woman" director Patty Jenkins says Cam Newton has two choices -- he can either get used to a world where women know football, or get left behind with the rest of the cavemen. We got Patty out at Craig's and asked her what she thought of Newton sticking his foot in his mouth, telling a female reporter it was "funny" she was asking him about route running. Cam's in the hot seat for the comments, and Patty told our guy it's probably best he rethink things. "I think it's a changing world. It takes people time to get used to the fact that so many things like that have changed." But she saved her most important words for last. "Everybody has to catch up or get left behind." Take the help, Cam. (TMZ)

Cam Newton Loses Yogurt Sponsorship Over Sexist Remarks. Time to hire a crisis manager? During a Carolina Panthers press conference Wednesday, quarterback Cam Newton offended The Charlotte Observer's Jourdan Rodrigue -- and feminists the world over -- when he laughed at her question, telling the reporter, "It's funny to hear a female talk about 'routes.' It's funny." Rodrigue didn't find it funny, and neither did Dannon. The athlete, who has not apologized to the reporter privately or publicly, lost his sponsorship with Oikos Greek Yogurt as a result of his remarks; the company hired Newton in 2015, and he appeared in TV commercials and other marketing campaigns. "As an athlete, I pay close attention to what I eat, whether it's between meals or after working out," he said at the time. "It's funny because I really do find myself searching the grocery store for new protein snack options. Oikos Triple Zero was quite honestly right up my alley -- not only because of its nutritional benefits, but because it tastes good, too." In a statement to E! News, a Dannon spokesperson said Thursday that the company was "shocked and disheartened" by the football player's comments, which they "perceive as sexist and disparaging to all women." Furthermore, "It is entirely inconsistent with our commitment to fostering equality and inclusion in every workplace. It's simply not OK to belittle anyone based on gender. We have shared our concerns with Cam and will no longer work with him." It's unclear how much Dannon had been paying Newton to promote its yogurt, but two years ago, the company touted his involvement as part of a "multi-million dollar media investment." (USA Today first reported the news of Dannon's decision to fire Newton Thursday.) NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said during a media briefing Thursday that "conversations" are happening within the Panthers organization regarding Newton's comments. In spite of the negative publicity he caused, he added, "I don't want to anticipate the league stepping in here." "Everyone on this call knows the level of sophistication of our sports journalists. Gender plays no role at all in that," Lockhart said, according to NBC Sports. "[Newton's] statement was just wrong, and the people on this call know it is wrong, because you have first-hand experience." (Eonline)


Pink Announces 2018 Tour and Drops New Single From Her Album All in One Day. Raise your glass because Pink is going on tour. The Grammy-winning singer announced her Beautiful Trauma World Tour 2018 Thursday morning. According to a press release, the 40-date tour will take place throughout North America. It kicks off Mar. 1 in Phoenix and comes to a grand finale June 2 in Los Angeles. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 10 a.m. local time for American Express card members and Friday, Oct. 13 for the general public. In addition to announcing her new tour, Pink released another new song: "Whatever You Want." The track is part of her seventh studio album, Beautiful Trauma, which hits store shelves Oct. 13. Fans can listen to the new track via iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play and Amazon. But Pink isn't stopping there. The "Try" singer also announced her new documentary Beautiful Trauma, which she made in partnership with Apple Music. The film will be available to stream via Apple Music Oct. 13. Pink teased her big news on Instagram and Twitter. She has also already given fans a small taste of her new album. In addition to releasing "Whatever You Want," Pink debuted her single "What About Us" Aug. 16 and "Beautiful Trauma" Sept. 28. This new album has clearly been a labor of love for Pink. "Making an album is -- it's so many moving pieces, a lot of parts," the artist said in the documentary's trailer before proceeding to detail the creation process. 2017 has also been a pretty incredible year for the artist. In addition to performing at the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Festival, she received the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards, where she made an inspiring acceptance speech. Congratulations to the singer on her new tour and her totally rockin' year. (Eonline)

American Idol Is Returning and Here's What the New Judges Have to Say About It: ''The Music Industry Has Changed'' It's almost back! Get ready American Idol fans, because the newest season is almost here. Katy Perry will be joined by Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie at the judges table, and of course, original host Ryan Seacrest. Things are going to be different this time around. "The truth of the matter is the music industry has changed," Katy shared. "If there is someone out there that just comes out shining and blazing and with a different approach, then we're gonna lift them up and give them that platform." (Eonline)

An exhibition of David Bowie's things is coming to Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Museum will mark the final stop, March 2 through July 15, of a Bowie show that was organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. On display will be more than 300 objects from the singer's life, including 60 stage costumes as well as photography, album sleeve art, excerpts from films and live performances and set designs from his "Diamond Dogs" tour in 1974. (Page Six)

Justin Timberlake Hits the Beach in Old-Timey Swimming Trunks In Trailer For Woody Allen's 'Wonder Wheel'. If you've always dreamed of seeing Justin Timberlake in old-timey lifeguard trunks then you're in luck. Thanks to the brand new trailer for director Woody Allen's latest slice of New York nostalgia, Wonder Wheel, we get to see the pop icon take center stage in what is described as a "story of four characters whose lives intertwine amid the hustle and bustle of the Coney Island amusement park in the 1950s." Timberlake, last heard as Branch in the Trolls movie, plays Mickey, whose character description sounds like pretty on-the-nose: "a handsome young lifeguard who dreams of becoming a playwright." The first trailer for the film -- which will world premiere next week at the New York Film Festival -- also stars Kate Winslet at Ginny, an emotionally fragile former actress who falls for Timberlake's Mickey. In typical Allen fashion, things get complicated when Ginny's husband, down-on-his-luck carousel operator Humpty (James Belushi), has to deal with the chaos unleashed when his estranged daughter Carolina (Juno Temple) shows up needing a place to hide from some gangsters on her tail. The clip opens with Timberlake's voiceover, which introduces us to Carolina, whose arrival drives Humpty to drink again and throws everyone's lives into a tailspin when her mob-connected husband's henchmen descend on the boardwalk looking for her. Wonder Wheel is slated to open on Dec. 1. (Billboard)

Rock Hall of Fame 2018 Nominees Revealed: Vote for Your Top 5 Now. The list of 19 finalists vying for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2018 was announced Thursday (Oct. 5) morning. Leading the first-time nominees list are Rage Against the Machine, Eurythmics, Bon Jovi, Radiohead and Judas Priest, as well as Dire Straits, Kate Bush, The Moody Blues, Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Others on the list: The Cars, Depeche Mode, J. Geils Band, LL Cool J, MC5, The Meters, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Link Wray and The Zombies. The Class of 2018 will be revealed in Dec. 2017. To be eligible for nomination, a band or artist had to have released their first commercial recording at least 25 years prior to their year of induction; 2018 nominees had to release their first official recording no later than 1992. Ballots will be sent to an international voting body of more than 900 artists, historians and music industry members who will weigh factors including musical influence on other artists, and length and depth of career and body of work, including "innovation and superiority in style and technique." Music fans will once again be given the chance to participate in the induction selection process beginning now (and continuing through 11:59 p.m. EST on Dec. 5) by voting, or going to to cast your vote for the act you believe is most deserving of induction. The top five artists, as selected by the public, will make up a "fans' ballot" that will be tallied along with the other ballots. The final list of nominees will be announced in December and the 33rd annual ceremony will take place at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland, home of the RRHOF, on April 14, 2018, to be broadcast later on HBO. (Billboard)

Dierks Bentley Debuts Music Video for 'Hold the Light' From 'Only the Brave' Soundtrack. The country singer co-wrote the song for the film, which follows a band of Arizona firefighters battling one of the deadliest wildfires in American history. Country artist Dierks Bentley premiered the new music video for his song "Hold the Light" exclusively with The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday (Oct. 5). The song, which is generating Oscar buzz, is from the upcoming film Only the Brave, starring Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Taylor Kitsch and Jennifer Connelly. The movie tells the story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a unit of Arizona firefighters who risk their lives to protect their town of Prescott from one of the worst wildfires in modern history. For Bentley, an Arizona native, the story hits close to home. "I was on the road when the fire happened back in 2013, and we went out to do a little benefit in awareness for these families and the community of Prescott," Bentley said. "So we did a concert there and got to meet some of the families, meet Brendan [McDonough], the one firefighter that survived." After his early involvement with the Granite Mountain Hotshots story, Bentley was called into an early screening of the film and asked to collaborate on the movie's original song, which had been written in an earlier form by Bon Iver's S. Carey, composer Joe Trapanese and Jon Randall. "The song is special to me because I really connected with the story and tried to put myself in their shoes a little bit, coming from not being wildfire fighters but by being part of their family or something like that," said Carey, whose brother-in-law is a firefighter. Bentley says he helped to rework the bridge and was eventually asked to record the song himself. The video incorporates scenes from the film and uses light projections because of the song's title. "I'm really happy with the way it turned out, it's probably one of my favorite recording deals that I've had to be a part of, so I'm pretty excited," the country singer said. To add to that excitement, the song is getting Oscar buzz in the category of best original song, which Bentley says is really big for him, considering the other "really good songs, like crazy artists, like crazy movies that are coming out from people that I really really respect and it's a tough list to even get near." Only the Brave marks Bentley's first foray into writing songs for films, which he says is an entirely different process but a challenge he enjoys and hopes to do again. "It messes you up, that movie is so powerful to me that for three weeks I was just physically in a daze, it hit me so hard," he said. "Trying to put yourself as a character in the movie and try to write as they would try to say it, it's a totally different way of writing, usually I just write from my own experience." Only the Brave will hit theaters Oct. 20. (Billboard)

Garth Brooks On Selling 6 Million Tickets (So Far) And Toppling His Own Record. As the RIAA's top-selling solo artist in U.S. history, Garth Brooks is no stranger to setting records. Now, with his three-year North American tour winding down, he is hitting another historic milestone: 6 million tickets sold. Brooks will achieve the feat (Oct. 5) as he and his band roll into Indianapolis for the first of five shows at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. No other artist has come close to hitting such numbers on a continuous North American tour, except for... wait for it... Brooks, who sold 5.35 million tickets during his 1996-1998 outing. That circuit consisted of 347 shows in 100 cities, according to his promoter Ben Farrell, who provided the numbers for both tours. Though Brooks, 55, does not report his concert grosses to Billboard Boxscore, the highest North American tally Boxscore could find for any other artist was U2's 2009-2011 360 tour, which sold more than 2.7 million tickets. (The 360 tour remains the highest-drawing worldwide tour ever, with 7.2 million tickets sold. Brooks' 2014-2017 run has not gone beyond North America). Brooks' arena tour, which marked his return to the road after more than a decade hiatus, kicked off in Chicago in September 2014 with 11 shows at Allstate Arena. High multiples proved to be the rule on the tour, with Brooks averaging five shows and 80,000 tickets per city, surpassing his average of 3.5 shows per city and 50,000 tickets for the 1996-1998 run. "We started this [tour] thinking if we could get 50 percent of what we did in the '90s, we'd be very proud," Brooks told Billboard in a Sept. 23 interview from Sioux Falls, S.D., where he was playing nine shows spread over two weekends. In fact, the numbers topped his last outing in every way. Of the 364 shows Brooks, along with special guest Trisha Yearwood, has played so far, he has sold more than 100,000 tickets in 20 of the 75 cities on the current tour. For his 11 shows at Minneapolis' Target Center in November 2014, he sold 205,000 tickets, his highest mark for the tour and, as was the case in 56 cities, a ticket sales record for the venue. In many cities, Brooks has played two shows a day to meet demand.

The highlights for Brooks, who is up for his sixth Entertainer of the Year award at this year's Country Music Assn. Awards (he holds the record at five wins and is the reigning champ) have been too many to recall, he says, but tops among them is "how much the band and the crew have stayed focused. "This is our third world tour and all three of the world tours have been three years. The middle year is such a hard thing to get through. People are missing their families and in the middle, it's like crossing the ocean: to go forward or backward, it's still going to take the same amount of time. There was never that lag in this group. That's because you had the right people in the right position." Another highlight came in Cincinnati in January when the audience sang his current single, "Ask Me How I Know" back to him. The song, which stands at No. 13 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart this week, is his highest charting song in 10 years. Brooks' energetic, passionate shows have become his greatest selling point, drawing almost universally rave reviews and multiple generations. According to Ticketmaster, 48% of attendees were 10 years old or younger the last time Brooks toured in the '90s. The last tour took 100 cities to get to 5 million, whereas Brooks hit that mark at 60 cities this outing. "Where did those people come from? It came from the next generation," he says. "That has nothing to do with the artist. It has everything to do with the music and lore of what the show is." Brooks' ticket price, excluding fees and service charges, is around $60, with all seats the same price regardless of location at each venue. Though in many markets, every show went clean, Brooks has tried to add enough shows to sate demand and stave off scalpers. Brooks has always adhered to a low ticket price -- for the 1996-1998 tour, tickets averaged $25. He says it helps that he is not a newer act with a 360-degree deal, where the label takes a share of the ticket sales. "I bet you 10-to-1 this artist is taking home more of the ticket price than other artists are taking at a cost of three times as much because of the 360 deals. I don't think it's the artist's choice to have [that high] a ticket price." The tour will end in December in Nashville with estimates that he will sell around 6.5 million tickets by the last date. Brooks announces one city at a time, rolling out the dates about six weeks before the run starts. Coming up are Atlanta (one of the few stadium dates on the tour), Lincoln, Neb.; Tacoma, Wash.; and Spokane, Wash., with more cities to be announced before Nashville. As the final dates approach, Brooks admits, "We're exhausted, but this thing has gotten to a frenzied state where every time you take the stage, it's such a freaking buzz. Every player, when those lights come up and the crowd comes up, they look fresh as daisies. I don't think we've ever had more fun or sounded better." While the days of 3-year tours may be over -- "I'm just not sure I can pound this grind like this again," he says -- Brooks already has several dates on his calendar for 2018, including the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and Stagecoach. Plus, he's looking at heading to Australia and Europe. "I'm having the best time," he says. "My retiring days are behind me." (Billboard)


Gotham Awards to honor Dustin Hoffman, Sofia Coppola. Dustin Hoffman and Sofia Coppola will be honored at the 2017 Gotham Awards, joining a lineup of tribute recipients that already includes Nicole Kidman and Al Gore, among others. Handed out annual by the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), the Gothams dole out a handful of pre-announced tribute awards as part of a ceremony that focuses on indie films. Hoffman, whose career includes films such as "The Graduate," "Kramer Vs. Kramer," "Tootsie" and "Rain Man," has a movie out this awards season with "The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)." Coppola, meanwhile, get the tribute for director. Her latest, the well-received "The Beguiled" (with a cast that includes Kidman), was released in June after previous credits that include "Lost in Translation," "Somewhere," "The Virgin Suicides" and "The Bling Ring." Hoffman and Coppola join a lineup of tributees that also includes honorees for actress (Kidman), humanitarian (Gore), cinematographer (Ed Lachman) and industry achievement (Jason Blum). Prior years have seen tributes go to Helen Mirren, Tilda Swinton, Todd Haynes and Ted Sarandos, among others. Nominees for the Gothams' round of competitive awards will be announced Oct. 19, in categories that include feature, screenplay and breakthrough director, as well as honors for long form and short form series. The 2017 ceremony is set for Nov. 27 at Cipriani Wall Street in downtown Manhattan. (PageSix)

Pink to release short film. In anticipation of her seventh studio album "Beautiful Trauma," Pink is releasing a short film on Apple Music called "On the Record: P!nk -- Beautiful Trauma." According to a press release, the film finds the singer "baring it all through candid interviews and behind-the-scenes footage, reflecting on her art and her career, on motherhood and the world we live in -- all with the sort of honesty and sense of humor we've come to love and expect." The film also includes performance footage taken during an intimate performance at The Theater at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, where the singer premiered tracks from the new album to a room full of specially invited fans. It will be available on Apple Music starting on Oct. 13, the same day the album is released. The album is her first in more than five years. Along with Antonoff and Snow Patrol's Johnny McDaid and Steve Mac (who worked with her on the album's first single, "What About Us"), collaborators include Max Martin, Shellback, Julia Michaels and Greg Kurstin, among others. She released the title track last week. (PageSix)

Lionsgate to Remake Russian Horror Film 'The Bride,' 'Conjuring' Writers to Produce. Chad Hayes and Carey Hayes will produce alongside Vlad Severtsev. Lionsgate has acquired the remake rights to the Russian horror movie Nevesta (The Bride). The studio landed the rights thanks to its alliance with Globalgate Entertainement, a Lionsgate rep told The Hollywood Reporter. Globalgate Entertainment is Lionsgate's alliance with entrepreneurs William Pfeiffer, Clifford Werber and Paul Presburger. Vlad Severtsev, the producer of the original movie, told THR that Chad Hayes and Carey Hayes, known for writing The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2, will produce the remake alongside him. The original film centers on a turn-of-the-century bride who returns from the dead to terrify a modern-day bride and her family. It was written and directed by Svyatoslav Podgayevsky, also known for Queen of Spades: The Dark Rite. The film was released in Russia in January and grossed $3.1 million and subsequently was released in several other territories. Lionsgate partnered with Pfeiffer, Werber and Presburger to form Globalgate in 2016. Globalgate curates intellectual property from around the world for local-language film production, co-financed with its consortium partners. Local-language productions account for well over 50 percent of box office in many major territories. The Bride deal is consistent with Globalgate's operating model and focus on identifying, securing and leveraging IP, an industry source told THR. (Hollywood Reporter)

IFC Midnight Snares Martin Freeman-Starring Supernatural Thriller 'Ghost Stories'. The film is having its world premiere at the London Film Festival. IFC Midnight has acquired North American rights to the supernatural thriller Ghost Stories, based on the Olivier-nominated stage production, co-written and directed by Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman and having its world premiere Thursday at the BFI London Film Festival. Nyman also leads the cast, reprising his role as Professor Goodman alongside Paul Whitehouse (The Death of Stalin, Corpse Bride, Alice in Wonderland), Alex Lawther (The Imitation Game, Goodbye Christopher Robin, Black Mirror) and Martin Freeman (The Hobbit franchise, Captain America: Civil War, Fargo and Sherlock). Professor Phillip Goodman, psychologist and arch-sceptic, has his rationality tested to the hilt when he stumbles across a long-lost file containing details of three terrifying "hauntings." Shaken by what he reads, Goodman embarks on a mission to find rational explanations for these ghostly stories. As Goodman investigates, he meets three tormented people, each with a tale more frightening, uncanny and inexplicable than the last. Night-watchman Tony Matthews had a horrifying encounter in an empty warehouse and it has haunted him for years. Teenager Simon Rifkind took a late-night drive that has rendered him unable to sleep. Mike Priddle, a brash banker, has had his worldview shaken to the core by unquiet spirits that apparently inhabit his otherwise perfect existence. As Goodman digs into their stories, his carefully maintained and rational world starts to dissolve around him. Is it a trick of the mind or are darker forces at work? Gradually Goodman is drawn towards the unearthing of a long-buried secret that will pull his life, and everything he thought he knew, apart. Dyson is best known as a member of sketch comedy team The League of Gentlemen along with Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith, which started as a stage act and went on to become a BAFTA Award-winning TV series. He also co-wrote and directed Sky Arts hit series Psychobitches, which won the 2015 Rose d'Or for best comedy. Nyman's acting career has included roles in many films including Death at a Funeral, Kick-Ass 2, Severance, Automata and Black Death. Nyman is a co-writer and director of magician and illusionist Derren Brown's TV and stage shows including Russian Roulette, Seance, and Messiah. Their collaborations have been nominated for and won both BAFTA and Olivier awards. The film is produced for Warp Films by Claire Jones (Sightseers, Kill List), and Robin Gutch ('71, Kill List) and is backed by Ultimate Pictures and Screen Yorkshire. Catalyst Global Media and Screen Yorkshire serve as executive producers. Altitude Film Sales is handling worldwide sales. Lionsgate will distribute the film in the U.K./Eire in spring 2018. The deal was negotiated by Altitude's Mike Runagall on behalf of the filmmakers with Arianna Bocco of IFC Films. (Hollywood Reporter)


The Bold Type Renewed for 2 More Seasons by Freeform (With a Major Change). Now this is news we're more than happy to print. Freeform has renewed The Bold Type for seasons two and three, the network announced on Wednesday, with each new season consisting of 10 episodes. A surprise breakout hit over the summer, the drama centers on three best friends, played by Katie Stevens, Aisha Dee and Meghann Fahy, balancing work, romance and friendship while working at a major women's magazine in New York City. But with the renewal comes a major change, as creator Sarah Watson will not be returning, with Sweet/Vicious' Amanda Lasher set to take over as showrunner. "At Freeform, we are committed to delivering shows that celebrate the power and possibility of the female voice," Karey Burke, executive VP of programming and development at Freeform, said in a statement. "Season one of The Bold Type brought culturally significant stories to the masses that not only entertain, but also empower our viewers to conquer the world -- we are excited to continue to champion these incredible women." The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news of The Bold Type's renewal and the showrunner switch-up, citing Watson's creative differences with the network as the reason behind her departure. The Bold Type is based on the life of Joanna Coles, chief content officer, Hearst and former EIC of Cosmopolitan Magazine, and became a critical darling for its tackling of social and political issues. According to Freeform, the show has garnered over 20 million viewers on the network and on digital platforms. "When we launched The Bold Type, we had no idea just how strongly it would resonate with young adult viewers who quickly saw their world of intense friendships, relationships, career ambitions, social media habits, and crazy sex and love lives reflected back at them," Joanna Coles, chief content officer for Hearst Magazines, said in a statement. "The positive response has been overwhelming we couldn't ask for better partners in Freeform and Universal TV and look forward to pushing the envelope further in Season 2 with the phenomenal women and men of Scarlet." "20 episodes!!!!!!!! AHHHH! So excited to finally be able to announce!" Stevens tweeted on Wednesday. (Eonline)

Kelly Ripa demands Ryan Seacrest cancel 'GMA' appearance. The curse of Michael Strahan continues to haunt Kelly Ripa. Multiple sources revealed on "Page Six TV" Wednesday that Ripa, 47, demanded her "Live!" co-host Ryan Seacrest cancel an appearance on ABC's "Good Morning America" at the very last minute. "Ryan was scheduled to be on Wednesday's show well in advance. He's been on the show rundown for a week. Then yesterday, or maybe even as late as last night, Kelly threw a s–t fit and told him he couldn't do 'GMA,' so he pulled his appearance," a source told us. Seacrest, 42, was supposed to appear on the show to promote ABC's new "American Idol" season with judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan. Seacrest immediately pulled the plug in order to not upset Ripa -- who famously had a meltdown, stormed off and took a week off when Strahan, 45, quit her show without giving her advance warning in 2016 -- another source added. "It's very clear that Ryan wants to stay on her good side. She's an executive producer on the show, so she has a lot of pull. It's fair to say she has a lot of influence over him. He joined her show. It sounds like she still feels threatened," the source said. "There's still bad blood with Kelly and Strahan, and she doesn't want history to repeat itself and Ryan to be lured to 'GMA' too," the first source said. But ABC brass didn't bat an eye over Ripa's tantrum given that they're indebted to her after the way they handled the Strahan situation when he fled to "GMA." "Kelly isn't going to be reprimanded for this, as diva-like as it is, because it's not worth upsetting her for a three-minute hit with Ryan on 'GMA.' They had the three judges, and the big star Katy Perry, anyway," the source said. Seacrest's rep claimed the abrupt cancellation was due to his schedule on "Live!" "Ryan had wanted to appear on 'GMA' with the new 'Idol' judges ... but with the constant shifting of various schedules, we determined yesterday, along with 'GMA,' as well as ABC/Freemantle producers and publicity teams, that his schedule was too tight given his morning commitments with 'Live' and his radio show, along with 'Idol' production commitments ... To suggest any other reason for him not participating is completely false or a misunderstanding of the facts," his spokesperson said. Another insider added, "How much prep does he really need for 'Live!'? It was really odd and confusing. It's pretty obvious that she's difficult to work with." A rep for Ripa insisted, "This story is absolutely not true," but declined to comment further. (PageSix)

Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy Raise Curtain on London Film Festival. Andy Serkis' directorial debut, 'Breathe,' was the opening night film. The 61st edition of BFI London Film Festival opened its doors in the British capital on Wednesday night, with Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy on hand to add star power to the European premiere of Breathe, Andy Serkis' directorial debut. The film, telling the story of late disability rights activist Robin Cavendish (Garfield) and his determined wife Diane Blacker (Foy), first bowed in Toronto, but the full cast and crew -- including Tom Hollander (The Night Manager), Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), Serkis and his producer partner Jonathan Cavendish, Robin Cavendish's son -- helped give it a homecoming welcome in Leicester Square. "They broke the mold -- they were mavericks of their time," said Serkis of Blacker Robin Cavendish, who was diagnosed with polio in the 1950s and went on to help develop devices that would give disabled people independence and allow them to live outside hospital wards. "The risks that they took inspired millions of people." Foy, meanwhile. said she was "really pleased" that the story had been told, adding that she had spent time with Blacker to understand her character. "It never really felt like we were making a film -- it was like we were part of a magical story," she said. Garfield responded to a small protest taking place outside the cinema by staff members of the U.K. theater chain Picturehouse (one of the venues for the London Film Festival), who have been campaigning for higher wages for two years. "It's wonderful that we have a protest for the living wage," he said. "It's something I'm sure my character, Robin, would have fought for and I wish I could be with them now." The London Film Festival runs until Oct. 15 and will include gala screenings of Battle of the Sexes, Call Me By Your Name, Downsizing, The Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. (Hollywood Reporter)

TV Networks Fear O.J. Interview Might Cause Advertiser Exodus. After nine years in jail, the disgraced NFL star seeks seven figures, but traditional media won't bite. Associates of O.J. Simpson have been shopping his first post-prison interview for weeks, numerous sources tell THR. But the erstwhile NFL great, who was released from Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada a little after midnight on Oct. 1, so far has no takers. "It is treacherous," says one TV news veteran. Not with a "10-foot pole," says another. In part that's because those representing themselves as his associates -- and there are many of them -- are asking for a seven-figure payout for an interview with Simpson, who was acquitted in the 1994 murders of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman but ended up serving nine years for a botched 2007 robbery in Las Vegas. Sources at ABC, CBS and NBC all stress that they will not pay for a Simpson interview, which would violate news division standards. Multiple large cable TV groups, including A+E Networks and Discovery, also have passed. But any money paid to Simpson would be the target of debtors charged with collecting the $33.5 million civil judgment levied against Simpson in the 1997 wrongful death suit brought by the Brown and Goldman families. California attorney David Cook, who has been charged with collecting from Simpson on behalf of the Goldman family, told CNN Oct. 1, that the original judgment has now ballooned to close to $70 million due to interest on the unpaid award. But the ethical thicket for media companies goes beyond paying Simpson, 70. Even if he could be persuaded to do an interview without payment, the optics of even giving him a platform are likely to be controversial. If an interview aired as part of the lineup on a news program like Today or 48 Hours, it would not automatically lead to an advertiser exodus. But, says one media buyer, "if any anti-O.J. sentiment starts, I could see people pulling away." Similarly, a Simpson special on a broadcast or cable network would likely be a nonstarter for advertisers. "From a news perspective, it's probably a get," notes media consultant Bill Carroll. "From an advertiser's perspective, it's something that most, if not all, advertisers would stay away from." (Hollywood Reporter)

Netflix Is Raising Its Prices (Yes, Again). People aren't going to be feeling so chill when they hear Netflix's new plan prices. That's right. Your binge-watching guilty pleasure is raising prices for middle- and top-tier U.S. subscribers November 4. According to Mashable, the outlet that broke the news, those paying $9.99 per month for the standard service will pay $10.99 and those paying $11.99 per month for the premium service will pay $13.99. But there's some good news for those paying $7.99 for the basic plan. Mashable reports these subscribers won't experience a price increase -- at least not right away. The biggest differentiators between Netflix's plans are the number of screens subscribers can simultaneously stream their content on and the availability of HD and ultra HD. So if you and your roommate always watch your shows together at the same time and you're cool watching them in a lower quality, you might be OK with the basic plan. If not, you'll have to pay the extra dollar or two. In a tweeted response to CNN, Netflix confirmed that existing members will receive an email about the new prices on or after Oct. 19 (30 days before subscribers' first billing cycle with the new price). This isn't the first time Netflix has increased its prices. The company raised prices for new members by $1 back in 2014; however, it honored existing member prices until 2016. The price increase shouldn't come as a huge surprise to subscribers. Netflix has been cranking out content like crazy. In fact, Netflix received more than 90 Emmy nominations this year; although, Hulu was the big winner amongst the streaming companies and took home the top prize of Outstanding Drama Series for The Handmaid's Tale. But if you're still upset about the news, just keep telling yourself: Stranger Things 2 premieres Oct. 27. (Eonline)

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