Monday, November 13, 2017

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Carrie Underwood Suffers Broken Wrist and Other Injuries After Fall. Carrie Underwood is on the mend after breaking her wrist and suffering other injuries from a "hard fall" outside her house. The 34-year-old singer's accident took place on Friday, two days after she co-hosted the 2017 CMA Awards. "On Friday night, Carrie Underwood took a hard fall on some steps outside her home," her rep said in a statement to E! News. "While there were no life-threatening injuries, she was taken to the hospital to be treated. She sustained multiple injuries including a broken wrist and some cuts and abrasions from the fall." The rep added that Underwood's husband Mike Fisher, 37, "was able to make it back into town that night to be with her and she was released from the hospital." "Her recovery will take some time and she appreciates all prayers and well wishes," the rep said. Due to her injuries, Underwood is unable to play the Country Rising benefit concert at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Sunday night, The Tennessean reported. Underwood took to Twitter on Sunday morning to give fans an update on her recovery. "Thanks so much for all the well wishes everybody...I'll be alright...might just take some time..." she wrote. "Glad I've got the best hubby in the world to take care of me." (Eonline)

Mandy Moore Says She's Planning an "Intimate" Wedding to Taylor Goldsmith...and Soon! Watch out, Tinder! Instagram may be the way to find a hubby these days; just ask Mandy Moore. In an exclusive interview with E! News' Kristin Dos Santos, the This is Us star dished about meeting her now-fiance, Taylor Goldsmith, through the popular social media app and even had some advice for the rest of us. "I mean, I guess don't be afraid to put yourself out there? Because that's kind of what I did," said the actress at the Fall for Friendsgiving lunch presented by the Blue Cash Everyday Card from American Express. "I didn't know the rules of social media. I didn't tag him, you know, as you do in a photograph now. I didn't do any of those things and lo and behold, like, he happened to find what I said about him and his band and that's what led us to meeting one other." E! News confirmed in September that the Dawes musician had proposed after two years of dating. She later rocked her sophisticated diamond ring at a 2017 pre-Emmys bash. With a wedding coming up, Moore revealed that she doesn't want a "lavish" wedding, but rather something more "simple," "intimate"... and soon! "It'll happen sooner rather than later. I'm not in any rush, but also I'm like, 'I wanna do it,'" she said. "I don't need to wait, I don't need to have a long engagement. I'm not planning some giant, lavish affair. So, I might as well just do it." And as for whether these lovebirds have babies on the brain? (Eonline)

Chris Evans and Jenny Slate Are Officially Back Together. We've been playing the guessing game about these two since last month, but now all signs seem to point to Chris Evans and Jenny Slate's rekindling. Yes, the talented duo -- who split in February after nine months -- participated in a flirty Twitter exchange in October, and now thanks to a few new tweets, it's safe to say things are officially back on. Evans turned the rumor mill once again on Tuesday when he shared a video of his adorable dog, Dodger, barking along to a Lion King song. Despite the cuteness, the dog wasn't the one to catch our attention. Rather, we were busy dissecting a woman's laughter that resounded in the background. Could the contagious giggle belong to Slate? It sure sounds like it! Our speculation was seemingly confirmed this when Slate took to Twitter to share a long tweet about how much she adores her "boyfriend" for supporting her love for shopping. "My boyfriend does many dreamy & generous things," she began. "But number 1 in my mind right now is how he celebrates my new turtlenecks/let's me show him my online shopping spoils&cheers me on." If that doesn't clarify things, we don't know what does! Meanwhile, Slate and Evans dated for nine months and split in February of this year -- a breakup that a source described to E! News as "amicable." A little over a month later, Slate opened up in a March issue of New York magazine about falling for Evans and what led to their split. She admitted she didn't "feel like his type," but she eventually learned they actually had a lot in common. "Chris is truly one of the kindest people I've ever met, to the point where sometimes I would look at him and it would kind of break my heart," she explained. "He's really vulnerable, and he's really straightforward. He's like primary colors. He has beautiful, big, strong emotions, and he's really sure of them. It's just wonderful to be around. His heart is probably golden-colored, if you could paint it." She said his immense fame and her recent divorce from Dean Fleischer-Camp had a lot to do with their breakup. "When Chris and I started dating, my husband and I had only been separated for a couple of months," she explained. "Even though we had an amicable divorce, I think that's still something that you need to mourn. When you get separated from somebody that you actually care about, it is the destruction of a belief system. That is really, really sad. I just didn't have the tools. And I didn't think very hard about that, to be honest." After they split, she admitted they decided not to speak, but she hoped that would change. "I'd love to be his friend one day," she confessed. "But we threw down pretty hard. No regrets, though. Ever." (Eonline)

Jason Momoa Talks About "Finally" Marrying Lisa Bonet. When Jason Momoa appeared on CBS' The Late Late Show Thursday to promote Warner Bros.' Justice League, host James Corden felt compelled to congratulate the actor on his recent marriage to Lisa Bonet. As the audience cheered, Momoa waved his hands and joked, "Stop it!" Momoa confirmed he "finally" took the plunge last month: "Finally, man." He also showed off what "may be" a wedding gift. "My friend Judicael made these skulls," Momoa said, directing the camera to his Talisman necklace, "but it took about four years to carve this. It's beautiful." For Momoa, it was "more than" love at first sight with Bonet, whom he "married" in 2007 (though it was not legal). "Ever since I was 8 years old and I saw her on TV, I was like, 'Mommy, I want that one!' I'm like, 'I'm going to stalk you for the rest of my life and I'm going to get you.' I am a full-fledged stalker. I didn't tell her that until we had two babies [Lola, 10, and Nakoa-Wolf, 8]; otherwise, I'd be creepy and weird. I've always wanted to meet her. She was a queen." The couple was introduced more than a decade ago, through mutual friends, at a jazz club. "We just happened to be in the right place at the right time," Momoa recalled. "I actually had dreaded my hair just for her. I had huge dreadlocks, she had dreadlocks, and I literally turned around and I see her and I'm just [in shock]. She's like, 'I'm Lisa.' I turned around to my friend and I [pretended to scream]. I had f--king fireworks going off inside, man. I convinced her to take me home, because I was living in a hotel." After a shared meal at Cafe 101, "We sat down, She ordered a Guinness -- and that was it. We had Guinness and grits, and the rest is history." (Eonline)

Here's Proof That Jesse Tyler Ferguson Is Basically a Professional Wedding Guest. We all know how busy weekends can get, but no one more so than Jesse Tyler Ferguson. While most know him for his portrayal of Mitchell Pritchett on ABC's sitcom, Modern Family, true fans know that Jesse doubles as a near-professional level wedding attendee. According to his Instagram account, the actor is at a wedding almost every weekend, sometimes attending multiple in the span of one weekend! Often alongside husband of four years, Justin Mikita, Jesse dawns his best suit and celebrates various friends' weddings, which he then posts about on social media. All the posts have one common thread: the caption. As a married man himself, Jesse always accompanies his posts with some play on the term "married club." Most recently, Jesse posted a sweet message to celebrate his sister, Kelly Ferguson's wedding. Fans even started to comment things like "are you at a wedding every weekend??" His secret side hustle is apparently out. Halloween weekend was a big one for Jesse, as he attended two separate wedding celebrations! We hope they at least had trick or treating alongside the cakes. Some of these weddings are bound to be celebrity clad events, like the wedding of Hamilton star Phillipa Soo and Rescue Me actor Steven Pasquale. Although, Jesse doesn't discriminate with his appearances in terms of celebrity. He's just a well-liked guy and love is in the air! But, let's be real. We should all be so lucky to have either Mitchell or Jesse at our weddings. Nobody can rock the red hair and suit look better, but the poor guy probably doesn't have any vacation days left. Maybe he'll slow down now that wedding season is dwindling, but to be honest, we hope not because we are loving the loving content! (Eonline)

Aaron Carter Feels ''Amazing'' After Gaining 45-lbs. in Rehab. Aaron Carter is proud of the progress he's made in rehab. The pop star, who checked back into a treatment center for a second time last month, shared a before and after photo of his 45-lb. weight gain to Instagram on Friday. "I went from 115 to 160 pounds in two months," Carter wrote. "I feel amazing. 2018 I'm ready for you!!" A source tells E! News Carter is still currently in rehab and on a "special" protein-heavy diet, which has enabled him to put on the weight so quickly. In early October, Carter shared a similar side-by-side image showcasing his 30-lb. weight gain. Carter, 29, initially entered rehab in September "to improve his health and work on his overall wellness," according to his rep. He later left the facility as "several legal and personal matters arose that required his immediate in person attention," only to return a week later. "He is still very much committed to his wellness and will be continually working toward being the best possible person," Carter's rep added at the time. In September, Carter received three welfare visits from authorities within 24 hours after an anonymous caller claimed the child star had attempted to buy a gun and made threats of harm against family members and others. Florida police also responded to an anonymous suicide threat involving Carter, but did not make contact with the singer and found no signs of distress. Two months prior, he was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence and pot possession. Congratulations to Carter on a job well done. (Eonline)

David Foster's Daughters Erin and Sara Dish on Him and Katharine McPhee. Would Erin Foster and sister Sara Foster be OK with their dad David Foster dating Katharine McPhee? While the two have not confirmed a relationship, the 33-year-old Scorpion actress Smash and American Idol alum and the 68-year-old record producer and songwriter sparked romance rumors several months ago after a PDA-filled dinner. They have since been spotted together in public a few times. "We are really happy if our dad is happy," Sara, 36, told E! News on Thursday. "I love her on Scorpion," added Erin, 35. "We love Katharine McPhee. We love our dad. We want our dad to be happy. We don't care who he dates...don't really care how old they are, Sara said, adding, "We don't know if it's her." Erin said their father is a "very young-at-heart kind of guy." "Honestly, our friends in their twenties are trying to date him, so we're just proud of him for not doing that," she said. "He's like, 'I draw the line there.' I think thirties, forties is like a respectable age for a man in his sixties." Sara and Erin made their comments at the Words With Friends 2 mobile game launch party, where they hung out with the hosts, Hilary Duff and sister Haylie Duff. Katharine addressed the romance rumors about her and David in an interview with Health magazine that was published this week. "We're very close friends, and we've been friends for a long time," she said. "I'm really, really fond of him, and I think he's an incredible person. I've known him since I was 21 years old, you know? He produced my first single. So he's been really good to me. People can say whatever they want." She also said she's "pretty single" and that she hasn't had a "anything super serious" since she and her Scorpion co-star Elyes Gabel broke up in 2016 after a two-year relationship. The split came four months after Katharine finalized her divorce from husband Nick Cokas, 52. This past October, David finalized his own divorce from former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Yolanda Hadid, his 53-year-old fourth wife. Erin and Sara are two of his five children and their mother is his second wife, Rebecca Dyer, 65. (Eonline)

Sofia Richie Shares How Lionel Richie Feels About Her Dating Scott Disick. Is there family drama in the Richie household? Sofia Richie and her Grammy-winning father Lionel Richie made a joint red-carpet appearance at SAG-AFTRA Patron of the Artists Awards held at the Wallis Annenberg Performing Arts Center in Beverly Hills, Calif. The "All Night Long" singer's girlfriend Lisa Parigi also joined them. Everything seemed to be going well. Lionel put his arms around both ladies as they posed for pictures, and Sofia looked stunning donning a white blazer, diamond chandelier earrings and slicked-back bun. "I'm so excited," Sofia told E! News' Sibley Scoles. "The fact that I got to get dressed up and go walk a carpet with him is so exciting for me. I love to go places with him." But things took a turn when Scoles asked Sofia about her dad's reaction to her dating life. Sofia has been romantically linked to Kourtney Kardashian's ex Scott Disick. "He's good. He's been very nice. He's been very cool. He's very supportive, whatever that means," Richie said as her father made a hand gesture that looked like a gun pointing at his head. Maybe her new man hasn't gotten dad's stamp of approval after all. After the two entered the theater, an eyewitness saw Sofia teasing her father about his hand gesture, jokingly saying "Did you have to do that?" Clearly, Lionel is a protective father. "I am into her business, and she's trying to keep me out of her business," he said during E!'s right carpet interview. "The fact is, I don't know, how can you sneak when everything is on Instagram?" "Well, I'm not hiding anything from you," Sofia quipped back. (Eonline)

George Takei Responds to Sexual Assault Allegation. George Takei denies a claim that he sexually assaulted a former model-actor in 1981. On Friday, The Hollywood Reporter published an interview with Scott R. Brunton, who was 23-years-old when he said the Star Trek actor took advantage of him following a dinner date. "Friends, I'm writing to respond to the accusations made by Scott R. Bruton. I want to assure you all that I am as shocked and bewildered at these claims as you must feel reading them," he tweeted on Saturday. "The events he describes back in the 1980s simply did not occur, and I do not know why he has claimed them now. I have wracked my brain to ask if I remember Mr. Brunton, and I cannot say I do." "But I do take these claims very seriously, and I wanted to provide my response thoughtfully and not out of the moment," he added. "Right now it is a he said / he said situation, over alleged events nearly 40 years ago. But those that know me understand that non-consensual acts are so antithetical to my values and my practices, the very idea that someone would accuse me of this is quite personally painful." Brunton said he was just starting a career in show business when he struck up a friendship with Takei, then 43, after meeting at a bar. After his romantic relationship soured, Brunton recalled Takei being "very good at consoling me and understanding that I was upset and still in love with my boyfriend." According to Brunton, Takei invited him to dinner one evening, and the two went back to the actor's condo for a drink. After finishing one drink, Brunton told THR Takei offered him another one, which he drank. Brunton recalled suddenly "feeling very disoriented and dizzy," adding, "I said I need to sit down and he said sit over here and he had the giant yellow beanbag chair. So I sat down in that and leaned my head back and I must have passed out." When he woke up, Brunton said his pants were pulled down around his ankles and Takei was groping his crotch and trying to remove his underwear. He said, "I came to and said, 'What are you doing?!' I said, 'I don't want to do this.' He goes, 'You need to relax. I am just trying to make you comfortable. Get comfortable.' And I said, 'No. I don't want to do this.' And I pushed him off and he said, 'OK, fine.' And I said I am going to go and he said, 'If you feel you must. You're in no condition to drive.'" Brunton, who described himself as "shocked," then went to his car and drove home after feeling better. Brunton that years later, he contacted Takei during his book tour and the two met up for coffee. "I wanted to see him," he shared. "I always wanted to ask him -- I just felt really betrayed. I thought I was a friend and here I am later, just another piece of meat... We met for coffee, and I just couldn't bring myself to do it. It was just too uncomfortable." As for why he's coming forward now, Brunton initially thought Takei's star power outweighed the validity of his claims. "Who's going to believe me? It's my word against his," he said. It wasn't until Takei condemned Kevin Spacey's alleged misconduct against Anthony Rapp, that Brunton reconsidered his options. As Takei said in a statement to THR regarding the scorned House of Cards actor, "When power is used in a non-consensual situation, it is a wrong. For Anthony Rapp, he has had to live with the memory of this experience of decades ago. For Kevin Spacey, who claims not to remember the incident, he was the older, dominant one who had his way. Men who improperly harass or assault do not do so because they are gay or straight -- that is a deflection. They do so because they have the power, and they chose to abuse it." (Eonline)

Rebel Wilson Accuses Male Star of Sexual Harassment. Rebel Wilson opened up on Saturday about two experiences of sexual harassment, including one involving an unnamed male star. The Australian Pitch Perfect star joins scores of people, including celebrities, who have spoken out online and in the press about alleged sexual harassment and assault experiences in recent weeks. The increased discourse comes after dozens of accusations were made last month against producer Harvey Weinstein, who has denied taking part in non-consensual sex. "A male star, in a position of power asked me to go into a room with him and then asked me repeatedly to stick my finger up his ass. All whilst his male 'friends' tried to film the incident on their iPhones and laughed. I repeatedly said no and eventually got out of the room," Wilson tweeted. "I called my agent immediately and my lawyer made a complaint with the studio -- basically to protect myself that in the event something similar ever occurred I'd be able to walk out of the job and not obliged to return." "Later I was threatened by one of the star's representatives to be nice and support the male star. I refused. The whole thing was disgusting. I've told hundreds of people in the industry the story in more graphic detail basically to warn them off this individual," Wilson continued. The actress said that earlier in her career, she had a "'hotel room' encounter with a top director." "I thought we were there to talk comedy. Nothing physical happened because the guy's wife called and started abusing him over the phone for sleeping with actresses and luckily she was yelling so loud...that I could hear her and I bolted out of there immediately," she tweeted. " I was so naive the thought of anything happening apart from 'work talk' didn't even cross my mind." "I feel lucky that I grew up in a pro-female environment, going to an all-girls high school, and that I have such a strong sense of self and have taken self-defense classes. I had the ability to escape both incidents. I realize not everyone is as lucky," Wilson said. "To hear how prevalent sexual harassment and assault is, is just so saddening. I know my stories aren't as horrific as other women and men have described -- but if you've ever experienced anything like this I feel for you and can relate on some level." "I know, moving forward, that if I witness this behavior, whether it happens to me or someone I know, I will no longer be POLITE," she said. "Interpret that as you will." (Eonline)

Anthony Edwards Claims Gary Goddard Sexually Molested Him as a Child. Anthony Edwards said on Friday that when he was a child victim of sexual molestation at the hands of producer, director and "mentor" Gary Goddard and also says the man raped his friend. A lawyer for Goddard, told news outlets that Goddard has been out of the country and "and will have a response shortly." Edwards, a 55-year-old former child actor best known for his role in ER and Top Gun, wrote in a Medium essay that he first met Goddard, a 65-year-old Hollywood executive who directed the 1987 film Masters of the Universe, produced Broadway shows and also works as a theme park designer, when he was 12. He said that two years later, his mother "opened the door for me to answer honestly about the rumors she had heard about Gary Goddard -- who was my mentor, teacher and friend -- being a pedophile." He said he "denied it through tears of complete panic," adding, "To face that truth was not an option as my sense of self was completely enmeshed in my gang of five friends who were all led by this sick father figure." "My father, who suffered from undiagnosed PTSD from WWII, was not emotionally available. Everyone has the need to bond, and I was no exception. My vulnerability was exploited," he wrote. "I was molested by Goddard, my best friend was raped by him -- and this went on for years. The group of us, the gang, stayed quiet." Edwards said that in 1995, he ran into Goddard at an airport and confronted him. "I was able to express my outrage at what he had done," he said. "He swore to his remorse and said that he had gotten help. I felt a temporary sense of relief. I say temporary because when Goddard appeared in the press four years ago for alleged sexual abuse, my rage resurfaced." In 2014, a man named Michael Egan sued X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer, claiming he raped him when he was a teen actor. He then accused three more Hollywood executives, including Goddard, of sexual abuse, claiming they were part of an underage sex ring in Hollywood. All four men denied the allegations. Egan later voluntarily dismissed the claims. A month after he filed his lawsuit, an anonymous British man sued Goddard and Singer. He accused Goddard of sexual abuse, saying that when he was 14, Goddard contacted him on social media, and that a couple of years later, he coerced him into taking part in nude webcam sessions and lay on a bed and kiss him. He said that when he was 17, Singer had sex with him in a London hotel room , despite his refusal, after the premiere of his film Superman Returns. The accuser said Goddard brought in a "large, muscle-bound man" to "smack [him] around" after he had told both men to stop grabbing him in a sexual manner. Singer and Goddard denied the allegations. The case was later voluntarily dismissed as well. Edwards is one of several stars who have made public allegations of sexual misconduct against people in recent weeks following a rise in public discourse about the issue, inspired by dozens of women, including famous actresses, who have spoken out against alleged sexual assault and harassment by producer Harvey Weinstein, who has denied taking part in non-consensual sex. Edwards said that four years ago, he sought therapy. "At 51 years old, I was directed by a group of loving friends to a therapist who specializes in this kind of abuse," Edwards wrote in his essay. "By processing my anger in a safe place with a professional, I was finally able to have the conversation that I wish I could have had with my mom when I was 14. "Right now, there are children and adults who want to talk. Right now, there are people who have witnessed this kind of abuse but don't know how to help. Right now, there are millions of victims who believe that the abuse they experienced was somehow their fault," he wrote. "I did not go from being a victim to a survivor alone. No one does. I had to ask for help, and I am so grateful that I did." (Eonline)

John Hillerman -- the co-star on "Magnum, P.I." who played Tom Selleck's condescending landlord -- has died. A spokeswoman for the family reportedly said he died Thursday at his home in Houston. The cause of death is not known. Hillerman played Jonathan Quayle Higgins III alongside Selleck in the hit 1980s TV series. Hillerman -- who also appeared on "The Love Boat," "The Betty White Show," "Murder, She Wrote," and "One Day at a Time" -- received 4 Emmy nominations for his "Magnum" role, and won for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series in 1987. He also won a Golden Globe in 1982. His death comes on the heels of CBS' announcement the network is rebooting the show. Hillerman was 84. #RIP. (TMZ)

THE OTHER STUFF . . .

Fixer Upper Star Chip Gaines Shaves His Head -- and Raises $230,092 for St. Jude. Chip Gaines is sporting a new 'do. While the HGTV star donned long red locks on Fixer Upper, a new photo posted by his wife and co-star Joanna Gaines shows a bunch of kids rubbing his now bald head. It looks like Chip shaved his head for a good cause, too. "We are leaving Memphis changed," Joanna writes. "Kiddos of @stjude we go with your faces on our minds and your stories in our hearts. Thank you for letting us be a part of your home at Target House. We are cheering you on every step of the way." Not all Fixer Upper fans loved Gaines' luscious locks. So last week, the Magnolia Market owner pledged to cut his hair if people donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. "It's come to my attention that most of you hate my current hairstyle. But how MUCH do you hate it?" Chip wrote in the caption of an Instagram photo showing someone about to cut his hair. "Now's the time to put your money where your mouth is." He also wrote, "Donate to @StJude through the link in my profile, and the more money we raise over the next FOUR days, the shorter my hair goes. That's a promise. And, who knows, maybe if you really exceed my expectations...I'll buzz it all off. #OperationHaircut." "As part of their partnership with Target, Chip and Joanna visited the St. Jude Target House Wednesday to surprise patients and their families with a remodeled dining room, just in time for the holiday season," a rep told E! News Friday. "The evening included a reveal of the new dining space, a family dinner, arts and crafts and more. Prior to their visit, Chip introduced #OperationHaircut, a four-day campaign that, in the end, raised $230,092 for St. Jude." The Target House is an apartment-style housing facility for families staying at St. Jude's hospital in Memphis for more than three months. As the name suggests, the facility is supported by Target. Chip and Joanna launched their Hearth and Hand line with the brand earlier this week. It's been a busy time for the Gaines family. In addition to launching their line and helping others, they promoted Chip's new book and finished taping the fifth and final season of Fixer Upper. The last season premieres Nov. 21. (Eonline)

What Mel Gibson's Rebound Really Says About Hollywood. About 11 years ago, the bottom began to fall out for Mel Gibson. In 2006, fans of the actor were stunned when details of his DUI arrest and subsequent anti-Semitic and misogynistic tirade were made public by TMZ, revealing that there were some serious issues bubbling just beneath the surface of the one-time People's Sexiest Man Alive winner. His marriage fell apart, some in Hollywood began writing him off, and yet his movies were still pulling respectable numbers at the box office. Apocalypto, which debuted some six months after his arrest, grossed over $120 million worldwide, which is a feat when you consider it was ultra-violent, it didn't feature a word of spoken English or a single marketable star, and was directed by the man who'd just exposed his rather ugly worldview. He wouldn't appear on screen again until 2010's Edge of Darkness, which earned $81.1 million (on an $80 million budget). It was immediately afterwards that the wheels fell all the way off. Despite his participation in a self-help program and his apology blaming his 2006 tirade on a "moment of insanity," Gibson couldn't keep what that inner rage, as he described it to Diane Sawyer, buried within -- or hidden from the world. By the time he was splitting from girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, the mother of his eighth child, in the summer of 2010, a recording of the actor surfaced in which he could be heard delivering a heinously sexist and racist rant her way. Released to the world in a six-part series via Radar, the tapes, coupled with Grigorieva's accusation of domestic violence from an incident earlier that year (just as he was preparing to promote Edge of Darkeness, no less), once again put Gibson on Hollywood's blacklist. And yet, here we are, on the opening weekend of Daddy's Home 2, with Gibson assuming a role in the Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg-fronted family comedy. And one that's awfully similar to his own at-times especially unpleasant public persona, to boot. So how did we get to the point where we're OK with him turning his dark past into a "joke"? It turns out Gibson's road to rebound was a bit like falling asleep: gradual, then all at once. It involved a handful of high-profile defenders, regardless of his actions. And it speaks volumes about Hollywood and its ability to overlook almost anything in service of a great redemptive narrative. As Gibson faced down an LAPD investigation as a result of Grigorieva's allegation, to which he ultimately plead no contest to a misdemeanor battery charge in 2011, and Hollywood at large had turned its back on a man who appeared to have become toxic beyond repair (his agency WME dropped him like a hot potato the same just as the inflammatory 2010 tapes were released), it turned out that he had a few friends who refused to leave his side. Whoopi Goldberg refused to label him as a "racist" on The View, despite his use of racist slurs, while longtime pal Jodie Foster was the first to take a chance on Gibson, professionally, casting him in her 2011 film The Beaver. The film flopped, something Foster chalked up to it being a "dramedy" ("Very often Americans are not comfortable with [that,]" she told reporters at Cannes) and not the fact that no one was really in the mood to hand over some money to watch Gibson on the big screen. During The Beaver's press tour, Foster never passed up an opportunity to defend Gibson, whom she met on the set of the 1994 film Maverick. "[The] Mel that I know, the man that I know, that I've known for a very long time as a friend, is an incredibly deep thinker," Foster told E! News in 2011. "He's somebody who's thoughtful and loyal and thinks about struggle and that's somebody who understands struggle in a very personal way. "Surely people misunderstand when they don't know him at all. I mean, they don't know him at all, and why would you know a complete stranger? You don't. I mean, the only way that people know him is his beautiful work and what he brings to his work, and they know him by his professional reputation which is stellar." "He's so incredibly loving and sensitive, he really is," she told The Hollywood Reporter the same year. "He is the most loved actor I have ever worked with on a movie. And he's not saintly, and he's got a big mouth, and he'll do gross things your nephew would do. But I knew the minute I met him that I would love him the rest of my life." Despite Foster's unwavering support, Hollywood seemed to have made its mind up about Gibson, for the most part. In the ensuing years, he could only find work in VOD release-only films he wrote and produced himself (Get the Gringo) or when producers of B-movies like Machete Kills and The Expendables 3 were looking for stunt-casting to generate headlines for their films that wouldn't get much press otherwise. And then in 2014, a sea change began. It started when, on the 10th anniversary of the release of The Passion of the Christ, journalist Allison Hope Weiner published a long op-ed on Deadline, pleading with Hollywood to take Gibson off the blacklist. "He wasn't the bad person I thought he was back when I first wrote about him, and I'm telling you, he is now not the person you think he is," she ended her remarkably long defense of the man. "As one A-list star told me recently, 'Mel has spent enough time in the penalty box." Later that year, Robert Downey Jr., a man who overcame struggles of his own to become one of Hollywood's biggest and most bankable stars, spoke candidly with Deadline about Gibson, as well. (It should be noted that when no one would hire Downey following his own troubles, Gibson helped him earn a role in the 2003 film The Singing Detective, which he was producing.) "Nobody should make a case for somebody who just wants forgiveness but hasn't changed, but he's a fundamentally different guy," Downey argued in defense of his pal. "I think it was just the very worst aspects of somebody's psyche being treated as though they were the blanket statement about a person. But honestly we are talking about a competitive business and it all comes down to this: because he is so gifted as a story teller and a director, I don't know that he requires some sort of mass forgiveness." Cut to 2016 and the man's directed award season darling Hacksaw Ridge, earning him a 10-minute standing ovation at the Venice Film Festival, gushing praise from his star Andrew Garfield, and a trip back to the Academy Awards -- his first invitation since his damning DUI arrest a decade earlier -- as Best Director nominee. (He lost out to La La Land's Damien Chazelle.) "I have nothing but love for him and pride in him not only as an artist and a filmmaker but also as a man and as a good friend," Garfield gushed to E! News earlier this year when Oscar nominations were announced. "I think it's a good sign that the Academy has acknowledged his work. It's utterly deserved, but it's a really good sign that finally the healing he's been doing internally and in his life and with the people in his life can finally be recognized on the outside as well. He's not going anywhere. He's been ready for this for a while." So what is it that's allowed the man to go from blaming Jews "for all the wars in the world" and a no contest plea on a battery charge to starring in a family comedy in just over a decade? For all the time Gibson's defenders have spent proclaiming he's a changed man, markedly different from the man who in 2006 and 2010 spoke with such viciousness, it's not as though he'd never been down this road before. In 1991, during an interview with Spanish newspaper El Pais, he shared some especially derogatory opinions of the gay community, opinions that, had social media existed then, would have probably stopped his career in its tracks. He defended his words during an appearance on Good Morning America, saying, "If someone wants my opinion, I'll give it." And during a 1995 interview with Playboy (where he also emphatically stated that men and women are not equal, while admitting he didn't understand the "point" of feminists), he said he would not apologize, as GLAAD had suggested. "I'll apologize when hell freezes over," he said. "They can f--k off." And for all of his defenders, there are still those in Hollywood who share a slightly different opinion on the man. Winona Ryder, for instance, has one hell of a story to tell about her run-in with Gibson. "I remember, like, fifteen years ago, I was at one of those big Hollywood parties. And he was really drunk. I was with my friend, who's gay. He made a really horrible gay joke," she told GQ in 2010. "And somehow it came up that I was Jewish. He said something about 'oven dodgers,' but I didn't get it. I'd never heard that before. It was just this weird, weird moment. I was like, 'He's anti-Semitic and he's homophobic.' No one believed me!" Is all it takes for the industry to overlook this laundry list of toxic behavior simply a period of time away, a few basic acts of contrition, and fellow industry leaders willing to, as in the slightly similar cases of Roman Polanski and Woody Allen, separate "the art from the artist" as they sign up to work alongside him? In an industry that spends its time celebrating perfectly-crafted narratives, is the redemption arc, no matter how unlikely or undeserved, more important than the truth? And what does it say to the victims of Gibson's abuse over the years, as they watch his industry welcome him back with open arms, all sins forgiven? It stands to reason they're not getting over it as easily as his pals who claim to know the real Gibson are. As more and more bad men are exposed on a seemingly daily basis, its how Hollywood responds to them once the furor has died down and the accused feels ready for another chance that will really speak to how this industry polices its own. If we forgive, but don't forget, should we also hand over our money, accolades, and respect, too? That question, it seems, remains more important than ever. (Eonline)

Meet the 'staunch feminist' doing PR for Harvey Weinstein. There's at least one woman in America still willing to star in a Harvey Weinstein production. Public relations specialist Sallie Hofmeister, a former journalist once nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, is unwavering in her role as the public face of the embattled Hollywood producer. Friends who described Hofmeister as a staunch feminist, generous friend and promoter of young professional women, say they are disappointed that she has become the public "apologist" for Weinstein. "All I can say is how much are they paying her to be Harvey's mouthpiece?" said a Hollywood insider who has known Hofmeister for more than 20 years. "I hope she's making a fortune because this is really embarrassing." Hofmeister would not disclose her salary. "That's confidential, of course," she said in an email. Hofmeister, 60, a senior executive for powerhouse PR firm Sitrick & Company, is part of an elite coterie of spin doctors and legal muscle that Weinstein has assembled to defend himself against a deluge of abuse allegations, including possible criminal charges that he raped "Boardwalk Empire" star Paz de la Huerta in 2010. Hofmeister arrived on the scene shortly after Hollywood actresses Rose McGowan and Ashley Judd came forward in a bombshell Oct. 5 report in The New York Times that accused Weinstein of alleged sexual abuse. Two days after the report, Weinstein's lawyer Lisa Bloom resigned, calling her defense of Weinstein "a colossal mistake." Hofmeister began to appear in news stories as the producer's spokeswoman beginning on Oct. 10. Michael Sitrick, who founded the high-powered firm that hired Hofmeister in 2013, told us that Weinstein's lawyers contacted him Oct. 7, but that he wasn't able to take the account personally because he was dealing with "a serious family illness issue when the call came in." Sitrick, once called "the Ninja Master of the Dark Art of Spin" by Gawker, immediately called Hofmeister, who he described as "highly principled and highly ethical." He said his decision to assign her the Weinstein account had nothing to do with the fact that she is a woman. She was simply the first person who came to mind, he said, adding that if she hadn't picked up the phone, he would have reached out to a number of male executives at his firm, which has represented Johnny Depp, Hulk Hogan and companies such as Exxon and American Apparel when they were mired in controversy. Following last week's New Yorker story that detailed how Weinstein used former Mossad agents and high-powered lawyers to investigate his accusers, Hofmeister denied the accusations and called them a "fiction." "Sallie Hofmeister ... stop," wrote a woman on her Facebook page. "Please stop. You are selling your soul for a paycheck and raping the victims with your words. We, as women, must do better than that." Another Facebook friend asked last week, "how does Sallie Hofmeister live with herself defending this predator piece of s–t? Based in Los Angeles, Hofmeister -- who said she has "a long standing partner," and was described by one pal as having a "heart of gold" -- grew up in upstate New York. She held various high-profile reporting and editing positions. For 17 years, beginning in 1995, she covered Hollywood power players as a business reporter and then business editor -- the first woman to hold the position -- for the LA Times. In 1996, she was nominated for a Pulitzer for leading the paper's coverage of Disney's $19 billion purchase of Capital Cities/ABC Inc., which created the largest entertainment company in the world at the time. But she grew disenchanted with journalism when she saw colleagues getting laid off, a friend told us. Hofmeister left the LA Times in 2012 just as incoming editor-in-chief and publisher Davan Maharaj began another purge at the paper. A year later she joined Sitrick & Company. Why take Weinstein on as a client? "The firm has known Mr. Weinstein's attorneys for some time and worked with one of them for more than two decades. We greatly respect these lawyers and they asked for our help in making sure the coverage is as fair and accurate as possible," Hofmeister said. Sitrick added that all statements on the Weinstein matter are cleared by Weinstein's elite team of lawyers before they are issued to the press. He repeated Weinstein's assertions that "any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied." Sitrick dismissed the hate he and his colleague have had to face lately. "It's easy to criticize someone when you don't know the facts," he said. (PageSix)

Louis C.K. Apologizes for Sexual Harassment: Read His Full Statement. Louis C.K. has broken his silence after five women accused him of sexual misconduct in a New York Times expose. The comedian released the following statement on Friday: "I want to address the stories told to the New York Times by five women named Abby, Rebecca, Dana, Julia who felt able to name themselves and one who did not," the statement sent via the comedian's rep read. "These stories are true. At the time, I said to myself that what I did was okay because I never showed a woman my dick without asking first, which is also true. But what I learned later in life, too late, is that when you have power over another person, asking them to look at your dick isn't a question. It's a predicament for them. The power I had over these women is that they admired me. And I wielded that power irresponsibly." The statement continued, "I have been remorseful of my actions. And I've tried to learn from them. And run from them. Now I'm aware of the extent of the impact of my actions. I learned yesterday the extent to which I left these women who admired me feeling badly about themselves and cautious around other men who would never have put them in that position. I also took advantage of the fact that I was widely admired in my and their community, which disabled them from sharing their story and brought hardship to them when they tried because people who look up to me didn't want to hear it. I didn't think that I was doing any of that because my position allowed me not to think about it. There is nothing about this that I forgive myself for. And I have to reconcile it with who I am. Which is nothing compared to the task I left them with." "I wish I had reacted to their admiration of me by being a good example to them as a man and given them some guidance as a comedian, including because I admired their work." He also stated, "The hardest regret to live with is what you've done to hurt someone else. And I can hardly wrap my head around the scope of hurt I brought on them. I'd be remiss to exclude the hurt that I've brought on people who I work with and have worked with who's professional and personal lives have been impacted by all of this, including projects currently in production: the cast and crew of Better Things, Baskets, The Cops, One Mississippi, and I Love You Daddy. I deeply regret that this has brought negative attention to my manager Dave Becky who only tried to mediate a situation that I caused. I've brought anguish and hardship to the people at FX who have given me so much The Orchard who took a chance on my movie. and every other entity that has bet on me through the years." "I've brought pain to my family, my friends, my children and their mother." "I have spent my long and lucky career talking and saying anything I want. I will now step back and take a long time to listen." "Thank you for reading." After the New York Times ran the expose, the comedian's film I Love You Daddy was indefinitely shelved. (Eonline)

Ex-MLB star Josh Beckett was arrested after allegedly going full NFL linebacker on a country band ... completely laying out the singer and causing injuries, TMZ Sports has learned. We're told the 37-year-old -- who won World Series MVP with the Marlins in 2003 -- was at an open mic night at a country club in Texas with some friends when he jumped on to the stage mid-performance and tackled the singer. Cops were called to the scene and Beckett was arrested for public intoxication -- the officer said he determined Beckett was "a danger to himself and others." According to the police report, obtained by TMZ Sports, Beckett admitted to stage diving and said he hit his leg on the speaker during the incident. The worst part ... the singer of the band told cops he suffered serious injuries to his arm, neck and shoulder from the incident ... including a torn rotator cuff and dislocated shoulder. Cops say the incident is still under investigation. Beckett's lawyer tells TMZ Josh claims it was an act of horseplay and he didn't mean to hurt him. He's apologized since the incident, and is trying to do what he can to make amends. (TMZ)

Loan firm wants its $45M back from Weinstein. The sexual harassment scandal swarming Harvey Weinstein has made his money lender nervous. AI International Holdings wants immediate repayment of a $45 million loan it gave Weinstein and his namesake company last year because of the scandal that ousted the movie mogul from his company, according to a lawsuit. When the portly producer was fired from his position as co-chairman of the company on Oct. 3 because of rape and sexual harassment allegations, the loan became due by default, the company contends. Weinstein's ouster from his namesake company is considered an "adverse" change, the company said in its Manhattan Supreme Court papers. AI International demanded immediate repayment last month, but when the money didn't materialize, it ran to court. (PageSix)

Music

Elton John stopped his concert dead in its tracks Saturday night, after his piano failed miserably. The OG Rocket Man was pissed when the instrument seemed to freeze up during his hit, "Philadelphia Freedom." Elton dropped an f-bomb or 2 and the crowd at Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana loved it. Elton wasn't going to budge until the ivories did him justice ... and with the help of a tech who tinkered for 10 minutes, the piano was back on track and the show went on. (TMZ)

Taylor Swift Curses for the First Time on an Album and It Might Be About Ex Calvin Harris. Apparently the new Taylor Swift curses! Taylor's highly anticipated album is out and its like nothing she's done before. She warned us that Reputation would show a whole new Taylor, and she wasn't lying. What's something the old Taylor wouldn't have done? Use swear words in her music. On her song "I Did Something Bad," which is allegedly about her ex Calvin Harris, Taylor uses the word s--t. "If a man talks s--t, then I owe him nothing," Taylor sings in the song. What else did the new Taylor do? (Eonline)

Sam Smith Surprises Two Brides By Performing at Their Wedding. Sam Smith gave two brides a wedding present they'll never forget. As seen on his recent TV special Sam Smith at the BBC, the "Stay With Me" singer made a surprise appearance at the wedding of same-sex couple Bec Baran and Lisa Best. Well, it was a surprise for almost everybody; Lisa's niece and best woman, Katie, had secretly arranged for Smith to perform at the reception. "So, Lisa and Bec, it is time for the surprise of your married lives. With a little bit of help from Lisa's best woman, we have been keeping a big secret from you," the DJ announced. "Please welcome Sam Smith!" The singer stepped into the ballroom with a great big smile and hugged both brides at once as guests applauded. Smith performed his ballad "Latch." He then congratulated the brides, saying, "I saw the ceremony in London and it moves my heart so much to see you guys do this today. I truly hope you have a wonderful, wonderful life together. Thank you for having me here." "When he walked through the door, I just thought, 'Wow, that is actually Sam Smith!' This does not happen to us," Best said. "All of my friends and Bec's friends and family were really shocked," she said. "It was just another level." Smith said on the special, "Just being a part of someone's day like that means the world to me. They're so in love. It's just incredible. They're so in love and it's so beautiful." (Eonline)

Jennifer Lopez Premieres Music Video For "Amor Amor Amor" (feat. Wisin). Whenever Jennifer Lopez and Wisin get on a track together -- It doesn't disappoint! On Friday, the singer premiered her track "Amor Amor Amor" and its music video featuring the reggaeton star. After seeing this video, it's apparent that only J.Lo can make subways equal parts glamours and sexy. The superstar sports several different looks from a signature Guess crop top with leather jogger pants to a signature denim jumpsuit. Don't miss the epic dance scenes on the platform and inside the subway -- They are everything! "Time to spread the love," the singer captioned the news of her music video premiere. In 2014, Lopez joined forced with Ricky Martin on Wisin's "Adrenalina," which was a huge hit and was used for the 2014 FIFA World Cup coverage. The 48-year-old New Yorker filmed the music video in the summer, and she even shared a sneak peek with fans back in August. "Preparing something big in my neighborhood," Lopez captioned a photo of herself on set. We can't wait to see what's next from Lopez's upcoming album! (Eonline)

Miranda Lambert and Anderson East Call Out Garth Brooks for Lip Syncing at 2017 CMAs. This country music couple is not impressed with Garth Brooks. Anderson East took to social media with a message expressing his disappointment in Brooks, who admitted to lip syncing during his performance at Wednesday's 2017 CMA Awards. East said he was offended by the Entertainer of the Year recipient's decision to sing with a vocal track. "I keep a lot of my opinions to myself and respect anyone making music but as a person who tries to put on the best and most honest show I can night after night," he wrote, "this truly offends me. I was told country music is three chords and the truth." Miranda Lambert, East's girlfriend of two years, responded in the comment section, "High five on this babe. If you can't sing then don't. It's better to be honest than to pretend. I think it's bulls--t. My favorite performances were live live. The truth." Anderson supported Miranda throughout the televised ceremony, who performed "To Learn Her" and won Female Vocalist of the Year. Brooks, 55, took home Entertainer of the Year for a second consecutive year and sixth time overall, and tipped his hat to Lambert and other members of the country music industry in his acceptance speech. "Miranda said it best, Little Big Town said it best -- we're a family. All you guys down here on the front row: We can all agree on one thing," Brooks shared in part. Backstage, Brooks addressed fans upset over the "Friends in Low Places" singer's performance. "We're in the middle of 12 shows in 10 days," he said. "Not 10 shows in 12 days, 12 shows in 10 days. We did a game-time call on whether to sing the track or lip-sync, and decided to lip sync." The singer added, "The voice just isn't there anymore, and you want to represent country music as best you can." He also took the opportunity to honor Lambert a second time that evening, sharing with reporters, "Let me tell you who fought the good fight tonight, in my opinion. Miranda Lambert. She's one of few females that we play, so you'd think she'd want to play it safe. She came out and she stuck country music in all of our faces, traditional country music. So, she's fighting the good fight." Brooks has not commented on East and Lambert's remarks. (Eonline)

Taylor Swift Explains Her Disappearance in Heartbreaking Poem. Taylor Swift has opened up about her hiatus from the spotlight with a heartfelt poem. The 27-year-old singer dropped her anticipated sixth studio album Reputation late on Thursday and teamed up with Target to release two album bundles, each containing the CD and a collector's edition magazines. They contain poetry and artwork by Swift, handwritten lyrics, a poster, behind-the-scene photos from her "Look What You Made Me Do" music video shoot and other pics and a prologue. A poem titled "Why She Disappeared" is included. Swift writes about what she went through over the past few months. Prior to making a comeback in August with the release of "Look What You Made Me Do" and the announcement of Reputation's release, the singer had largely kept off social media and shied away from media attention following years of scrutiny over her looks, feuds with the likes of Kanye West and Katy Perry and her love life -- which she sings about in the past and present. Swift also included a poem titled "If You're Anything Like Me," which states, "You like giving them what they want...but darling, you need to stop." "When she fell, she fell apart / Cracked her bones on the pavement she once decorated / As a child with sidewalk chalk," Swift writes in her poem. "When she crashed, her clothes disintegrated and blew away / With the winds that took all of her fair-weather friends." "When she lay there on the ground / She dreamed of time machine and revenge," she wrote. "And a love that was really something / Not just the idea of something" In her poem, Swift also writes about "Charmers, dandies and get-love-quick schemes" and notes that "in the death of her reputation / She felt truly alive." Swift also talks about showcasing one's true self in her prologue. "We think we know someone, but the truth is that we only know the version of them they have chosen to show us," she writes. (Eonline)

Taylor Swift Confirms Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds' Daughter Is the "Baby Intro Voice" in "Gorgeous." The rumors are true! In late October, Taylor Swift released a song titled "Gorgeous," off her sixth studio album, reputation. The track, which she co-wrote with Max Martin and Shellback, featured a child's voice saying the word "gorgeous" in the intro. Fans theorized the disembodied voice belonged to a very special 2-year-old, James Reynolds -- the daughter of Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds. Before the song was released, Taylor previewed the song on Instagram -- and Blake and Ryan "liked" it, which only fueled speculation that their elder daughter was involved. Taylor liked a fan theory about James' involvement on Tumblr, all but confirming it was true. So, when she released her album, she confirmed in the liner notes that the "baby intro voice" belongs to her. (Blake and Ryan are also parents to 13-month-old daughter Inez Reynolds.) "Gorgeous" is all about Taylor's relationship with actor Joe Alwyn -- and the demise of her relationship with Calvin Harris. "You should take it as a compliment / That I got drunk and made fun of the way you talk / You should think about the consequence / Of your magnetic field being a little too strong / And I got a boyfriend, he's older than us / He's in the club doing I don't know what," Taylor sings. "You're so cool, it makes me hate you so much / I hate you so much." The chorus, in particular, is all about her unabashed affections for Joe. "You're so gorgeous / I can't say anything to your face / 'Cause look at your face / And I'm so furious / At you for making me feel this way," the Grammy winner sings. "But what can I say? / You're gorgeous." Reputation, which includes 15 original songs, is available now. (Eonline)

Joseph Kahn "Told You" Taylor Swift's Reputation Album Is A "Monster." Now that Taylor Swift 's Reputation album is finally here, Joseph Kahn has a few choice words for her critics. "I told you. #Reputation is a monster," the music video director tweeted on Friday. In a separate tweet, he added, "I've been working with pop artists before you were an egg and sperm. This. Is. Pop. #Reputation." However, this isn't the first time, Kahn has come to Swift's defense. After the Grammy-winning artist dropped her single "Look What You Made Me Do," the director took to Twitter to respond to fans' mixed reviews. "If I plan something as a man I'm a 'genius.' If Taylor as a woman plans something she is 'manipulative,'" the director tweeted at the time. "Double standards. This is wrong." Kahn is clearly in Swift's corner. He also praised the "Shake It Off" singer after she released her "... Ready for It?" music video, which he also directed. "Such a pleasure to collaborate with both a powerful creative artist and fantastic human being," he wrote on Instagram last month. Even though Swift's music continued to receive mixed reviews as she dropped one single after another, the artist also received quite a bit of praise. After debuting the new album (even though it leaked a little early), Swift posted a series of positive reviews from different media outlets on Instagram, captioning each one "Thank you" with a heart emoji. Kahn and Swift have collaborated for years. Not only did he direct the videos for "Look What You Made Me Do" and "... Ready for It? "but he also directed the music videos for her 1989 hits "Blank Space," "Bad Blood" "Wildest Dreams" and "Out of the Woods." (Eonline)

Taylor Swift Slams Kanye West on New Song 'This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things'. Taylor Swift was accused of being a snake and a liar after Kim Kardashian West leaked an edited phone call between the Grammy winner and her husband last summer, but now the singer is telling her side of the story. In a biting new track off her album Reputation titled "This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things," Swift slams West for being two-faced. "It was so nice being friends again / There I was giving you a second chance / But you stabbed me in the back while shaking my hand," she sings on the song. Directly addressing the infamous leaked call over the lyrics to his song "Famous," Swift calls out West -- whom she's had a rocky relationship with since 2009 after he interrupted her MTV VMAs acceptance speech -- for getting her on the phone only to "mind-twist" her. The star, 27, also appears to touch upon West's strained relationship with JAY-Z, who opened up about his own feud with the rapper, 40, last summer. "But I'm not the only friend you've lost lately / Mm mm / If only you weren't so shady," sings Swift. Swift also reveals her boyfriend Joe Alwyn "ain't readin' what they call me lately" and that her mom Andrea Swift "had to listen to all this drama." As for any chance of a reconciliation between the pair? Sounds like it's never going to happen. "'Cause forgiveness is a nice thing to do / I can't even say it with a straight face," sings Swift, laughing. (People)

Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively's eldest child, James, is officially credited on a Taylor Swift song! After rampant speculation about the baby voice opening the track "Gorgeous," it was confirmed in Reputation's album booklet: "Baby intro voice by James Reynolds." Only a few hundred lucky Swifties previously knew the identity of the child's voice after the singer wrote on Tumblr she had shared the info at one of her private "secret sessions" before the album's release. Eagle-eyed fans previously noted that Reynolds and Lively liked Swift's Instagram post previewing the song featuring the 2-year-old's voice cameo. The couple is also parents to 13-month-old daughter Inez. Swift and Lively cemented their BFF status in late 2015 when they posted a series of Instagram posts from their fun day at a Queensland theme park in Australia. They also celebrated the Fourth of July at Swift's Rhode Island home last year when Swift was dating actor Tom Hiddleston. In addition, the pop star dressed as Reynolds' superhero character Deadpool for Halloween last year. Swift recently confirmed that Reynolds and Lively are still active members of her squad when she featured their names in the "Look What You Made Me Do" music video. In "Gorgeous," the third song off her album, Swift sings all about her romance with boyfriend Joe Alwyn. PEOPLE confirmed in May that Swift, 27, and Alwyn, 26, were dating. She had been largely out of the spotlight since February, and it turns out she had been secretly seeing Alwyn. And in late August, a source close to the singer told PEOPLE exclusively that the couple is still "very happy together" and continuing to spend time together out of the spotlight. (People)

The Chainsmokers' Alex Pall, Shaun Frank & More Guest Star in Young Bombs' 'Stranger Things' Spoof. Now that we've all had the proper time to form first, second and third opinions of Stranger Things second season, it's time to embrace the first waves of artist spoofs with open arms. Enter Young Bombs, the Vancouver-based dance duo who have presented, Stranger Bombs. The seven minute mini-movie hits all the marks it needs to: drone shots over a nondescript suburbia, nods to the most iconic moments of the first season and one very self-aware Eleven/Eggo joke. The group's over-the-top impressions and one-liners ("We're DJs now, we don't have time to play games!") make an enjoyable late-evening distraction and introduction to their playful personas in episode one of this series. Young Bombs are in good company, too. The video's cameos range from The Chainsmokers' Alex Pall to Shaun Frank to videographer Rory Kramer, who has worked with some of the biggest names in music including Justin Bieber. As the drama reaches its peak -- will Dustin save Mike in time for the show? -- Young Bombs sneak in their sleek remix of Alan Walker's "Faded." (Billboard)

Stream Wiz Khalifa's New Mixtape 'Laugh Now, Fly Later'. Earlier in the week, Wiz Khalifa shared details on his new mixtape, Laugh Now, Fly Later. The Pittsburgh hip-hop artist has now shared the album in full, just in time for the weekend. The new 10-track project will reportedly precede the album Rolling Papers 2 and it features just the one guest, Casey Veggies, who assists on the opener, "Royal Highness." (Billboard)

As Ticket Bundles Become a Go-To Chart Boost, Not Everyone Is Celebrating. Packaging albums with concert seats can bump artists' chart positions, but promoters sweat higher ticket prices and premature tour sales. This week, Kenny Chesney's new concert album, Live in No Shoes Nation, became the first live album to top the Billboard 200 in seven years and the biggest-selling live album since Paul McCartney's Back in the U.S.: Live 2002. The reason: The country star bundled it into the price of tickets for his upcoming tour, a decade-old tactic that artists are now using with increasing success as the concert business booms and labels become savvier about getting fans to redeem their offers for CDs and digital albums. The album's cost, which is baked into the ticket price, isn't visible to fans. In October, P!nk's new album, Beautiful Trauma, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, with two-thirds of her 384,000 albums sold tied to ticket sales, while about 80,000 of the 134,000 copies of Shania Twain's Now album sold in its first week came from ticket bundling, according to Nielsen Music. Katy Perry, Arcade Fire and The Chainsmokers all topped the chart with bundles, too. "Every couple days, I get a new request," says One Live Media's Andy Martel, who helps artists create ticket bundles. Ticketmaster began regularly bundling albums with tickets about a decade ago, and Warner Music Group was the first label to embrace the strategy, says David Marcus, Ticketmaster executive vp/head of music. For a bundled album to be eligible for the Billboard 200, the ticket purchaser has to download or redeem it. Kevin Leflar with Official Community, which helps artists bundle, says he recommends artists bundle one album with every pair of tickets, because trying to deliver an album for every single ticket sold can be cost prohibitive and a logistical nightmare. About 20 percent to 30 percent of fans tend to redeem their album offers, with most favoring CDs or vinyl over downloads, though nudges on email and social media can drive better results. When Metallica bundled its 2016 Hardwired... to Self-Destruct album with tickets to its North American stadium tour earlier this year, the band worked with WMG to remind fans to download the album, pushing it back up to No. 2 on the Billboard 200. Maroon 5 recently announced its Red Pill Blues Tour and issued a rare call to action on Twitter, noting: "Each bundle purchase comes with our album, so redeem our record as well."

Record labels like the practice because they collect money for every ticket bundle sold whether fans redeem the album or not. But some promoters are wary of scaring off fans with high prices. "It's just a flat-out scam," says indie concert promoter Seth Hurwitz, who owns and operates Washington, D.C.'s Anthem venue. Hurwitz says bundling forces people to buy music so acts "can jack up first-week album sales," but in doing so "people are putting tours on sale way before they ought to." "The tour on sales are suffering greatly, and then those shows' momentum is gone forever. It becomes a house that's on the market too long," says Hurwitz. Meanwhile, "it adds to the ticket price without adding anything to the gross," says Emporium Presents promoter Dan Steinberg. Taylor Swift flipped the script this fall, telling fans to buy her merch and pre-order her new album to improve their chances of scoring her concert tickets after the album is released Nov. 10. Ticketmaster notes that "participation does not guarantee access to purchase tickets or the ability to purchase tickets," but at least Swift's model allows fans to opt in. "We'll have a much better idea if her launch was successful after tickets for the tour go on sale," says Marcus. (Billboard)

Tom Petty's Last Tour Sold 637,671 Tickets Across 44 Shows, Earned $61 Million. More than 49,000 saw Petty at this final shows at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. The late rock legend Tom Petty wrapped his 40th anniversary tour with the Heartbreakers at the Hollywood Bowl in late September, just days before his untimely death on Oct. 2. His final stand of three concerts at the Los Angeles amphitheater -- recently reported to Billboard Boxscore -- capped a five-month trek through 36 North American cities that grossed more than $61 million during its run. The tour commemorating the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member's four-decade career drew a total of 637,671 fans to 44 headlining performances at arenas, amphitheaters and stadiums in the U.S. and Canada. It debuted on April 20 with a crowd of 12,893 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. The Hollywood Bowl stint was ultimately the highest-grossing date on the jaunt, with a $5.3 million take from 49,217 sold seats on Sept. 21, 22 and 25. The only other three-show run was in Berkeley, California, in late August at the Hearst Greek Theatre. The 40th anniversary tour also included three stadium shows including a sold out June 29 concert at Chicago's Wrigley Field. With more than 40,000 tickets sold at the venue, sales surpassed $4.1 million. Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center logged the highest gross among the arenas on the trek. The tour played the venue on July 1 and again on July 29, earning $2.7 million from 25,189 sold seats. Petty also made a handful of festival appearances during the summer, among them a headlining slot on the final night of British Summer Time, a six-night festival at London's Hyde Park. It was his only European event this year, and marked only his second performance in the U.K. in two decades. The band is on track to potentially rank among the year's top 25 tours for the first time since 2010 when it ended the year at No. 14 based on $45 million in sales from that year's summertime trek through North American markets. Petty also landed on the top 25 tours list three other times in the past two decades: 1999, 2005 and 2008. (Billboard)

American Music Awards: Imagine Dragons, Khalid, Niall Horan to Perform. Meanwhile, the music awards show revealed the hosts for its red-carpet preshow. Imagine Dragons, Khalid and Niall Horan are all confirmed to take the stage at the 2017 American Music Awards, it was announced on Friday (Nov. 10). Khalid will join Imagine Dragons to perform together for the first time during the fan-voted award show. The 45th AMAs will mark the Khalid's first appearance on the show. He is nominated for favorite song in the Soul/R&B category for his breakout hit "Location." Imagine Dragons made their first performance on the award show in 2013 with the songs "Demons" and "Radioactive." The rock band returned the following year to perform "I Bet My Life." They won the favorite alternative rock artist category in 2013 and 2014 and are also nominated in the same category this year, as well as favorite duo/group in the pop/rock category. Niall Horan will perform the second single "Slow Hands" off of his debut solo album Flicker. The album, which was released in October, landed at the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart. Horan made his debut performance at the AMAs as a member of One Direction in 2013 with the song "Story of My Life." The band returned the following year to perform "Night Changes" and again in 2015 with a performance of "Perfect." The boy band won a total of seven AMAs throughout their career, including artist of the year in 2014 and 2015. In 2016, Horan took the AMAs stage for the first time as a solo artist to perform the ballad "This Town." He is currently nominated in the new artist of the year category. It was previously announced that Diana Ross will make a rare performance and will be honored with the American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement. Christina Aguilera is also set to perform a tribute to Whitney Houston with songs from The Bodyguard in honor of the film's 25th anniversary. Other performers set to take the AMAs stage include Selena Gomez, BTS, Kelly Clarkson, Demi Lovato and P!nk. Nominations for the 2017 AMAs were announced in October. Bruno Mars has the most with eight; Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran, Drake, The Chainsmokers and The Weeknd each earned five nominations. It was also announced early Friday that AJ Gibson, Marc Malkin, Laura Marano and Oliver Trevena will host a red-carpet preshow sponsored by Security Benefit. The two-hour livestream will begin at 6 p.m. ET and can be watched on Twitter through the AMAs' official account. The fan-voted award show will be broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on ABC at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, Nov. 19. (Hollywood Reporter)

Movies

Mel Gibson Makes His Major Onscreen Comeback in Daddy's Home 2: Inside His Return from Scandal. After making a comeback with his Oscar-winning directorial effort Hacksaw Ridge last year, Mel Gibson is now stepping back in front of the camera for the new comedy, Daddy's Home 2. The film tells the story of a father and stepfather, played by Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, whose cozy relationship is put to the test when their fathers come to visit for Christmas. Gibson stars as Wahlberg's old school, tough-guy dad, who is the exact opposite of Ferrel's overly affectionate dad, played by John Lithgow. Gibson's character in the comedy, his first family film in over a decade (his last movie was the 2016 action thriller Blood Father), seems to be a nod to the actor's past reputation as a Hollywood bad boy. Ferrell told the NY Daily News he believes the new comedy will help Gibson become a regular onscreen appearance once again. "I think this was kind of a fun thing for him to step outside, be on camera after having an absence for a while, and also (doing) a family, PG-13 comedy was something he hasn't really done," the Saturday Night Live alum said. "I think if he chooses to do more of that, he's going to be more than back." While promoting Hacksaw Ridge last year, Gibson's old controversies came back to light, and in interviews, he talked about getting sober and refocusing himself after past scandals. "Mel has showed some remorse over his past behavior," a source previously told PEOPLE. "He was very stubborn about it for a long time. He now realizes that it was a distraction from his work. Mel wants to be remembered for his work. He has worked on his issues and has definitely shaped up." Gibson, now 61, faced intense scrutiny and public outrage in the wake of his 2006 arrest for drunk driving and a subsequent anti-Semitic rant. He also made headlines four years later after an audio recording surfaced in which he can be heard going on a profanity-laced tirade against then-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, amid claims that he had assaulted her. (The actor admitted to slapping Grigorieva, but said it was done in order to stop her from shaking their then-1-year-old baby, Lucia.) His response to past indiscretions have drawn criticism over the years. While promoting Hacksaw Ridge, Gibson told Variety of his 2006 arrest, "I was loaded and angry and arrested. I was recorded illegally by an unscrupulous police officer who was never prosecuted for that crime. And then it was made public by him for profit, and by members of -- we'll call it the press. So, not fair. I guess as who I am, I'm not allowed to have a nervous breakdown, ever." Similarly, during an appearance on The Tonight Show, when host Steven Colbert accused Gibson of going through some "rough patches," the actor corrected him to "rough patch." He added, "It's a pity that one has to be defined with a label from, you know, having a nervous breakdown in the back of a police car from a bunch of double tequilas, but that's what it is. Now, you know, this is not -- that moment shouldn't define the rest of my life." Later in the show, Gibson did acknowledge that if he had to give his younger self advice, he would say "to shut the f -- up." He also expressed remorse over his behavior towards Grigorieva with Deadline about a year after the incident. In his first public comments since the tapes leaked, Gibson said he regretted his remarks, but added, "Who anticipates being recorded? Who anticipates that? Who could anticipate such a personal betrayal?" During an interview with Australian media last year, Gibson revealed that he's been sober for a decade now. "I am a member of [the] 12-step program and I achieved sobriety like that," Gibson said. "I've got 10 years of sobriety under my belt." He also opened up to Variety about his past controversies at the time, saying on its "Playback" podcast: "10 years have gone by. I'm feeling good. I'm sober, all that kind of stuff, and for me it's a dim thing in the past." In March, Zane Buzby, the founder of the Survivor Mitzvah Project, revealed that Gibson had been quietly working with the charity and was making a large impact. "Mel Gibson is helping Holocaust survivors in eight countries, it's remarkable," she told Extra. "I have a great respect for people who turn their lives around, and I think that everyone makes mistakes in life, and I think the real proof of what kind of human being you are is what you do with that mistake." In addition to his new movie, Gibson has been busy raising his ninth child, Lars, born in January, with his girlfriend Rosalind Ross. "Mel seems genuinely excited about the baby. It was a surprise, but Mel seems very happy," a source told PEOPLE last year. "He says having kids is making him to stay young. He loves being a dad." The source also said that Gibson "has a good relationship" with Lucia, his 6-year-old daughter with Grigorieva. Daddy's Home 2 in theaters today. (People)

Meryl Streep Pens Amy Adams Tribute: "A Woman of Many Imaginative Gifts" (Guest Column). The actress and American Cinematheque honoree pulls off the "toughest act in show business," writes her two-time co-star. The toughest act in show business is how to maintain your core central living self while submitting yourself to not only the (sometimes) alien persona of a fictional character but to the relentless forensics that is modern showbiz promotional flogging. Amy has cannily managed this better than most, partly because of her unflagging, good-natured work ethic, but mostly because of a level-headed, uninflated sense of herself, her priorities and what is real and what is bullshit. She has a geiger counter of a bullshit meter, and for such a polite person is not afraid to hold it up to the bloated face of this business and let us all hear the ticking as loud as she does. She won't perform what is not real, and she won't say what is not true. I have seen her hold back so as not to hurt feelings, and I have seen her curtail her tongue when it could (should?) give a lashing, but she makes her point as much with what she doesn't as what she does say. She is a sturdy girl, and a woman of many imaginative gifts: The combo should take her to as long, long, long a career as she can stand to give us. (Hollywood Reporter)

Nicole Kidman to Get Lifetime Achievement Award at Los Cabos Fest. The Oscar-winning actress will be honored at the festival's closing ceremony this week. Set to visit the Hollywood playground of Los Cabos to present the acclaimed film The Killing of a Secret Deer, Nicole Kidman also will receive an achievement award for a prolific acting career spanning more than four decades. Kidman won a best actress Oscar for her performance in The Hours and she has been nominated for Academy Awards for her roles in Lion, Rabbit Hole and Moulin Rouge!. Recently, she won an Emmy for the HBO miniseries Big Little Lies. The sixth edition of Los Cabos closes Saturday night with a screening of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, best screenplay winner at this year's Venice film fest. Los Cabos also paid tribute to writer-director Paul Schrader, screenwriter of the Robert De Niro classics Taxi Driver and Raging Bull. (Hollywood Reporter)

TV

Why Grey's Anatomy's 300th Episode Was Record-Breaking in More Ways Than One. Grey's Anatomy made history Thursday night. The long-running ABC drama, now in its 14th season, aired its 300th episode, making the Shonda Rhimes-created medical soap the first series in the network's history to ever hit one of the most rarefied milestones in TV. The series now joins a selective club that counts other prolific shows such as Law & Order: SVU, NCIS and CSI among its members. (One cast member even predicts it'll be the last TV show to ever do it, too.) And as showrunner Krista Vernoff shared on Twitter following the big episode's debut, the way Grey's did it is record-breaking in its own right. "Dear Hollywood," her tweet began. "Regarding #GreysAnatomy #Greys300." Attached was an empowering note about the sheer magnitude of women running the show, while she also pointed out the differences between Grey's and those other modern shows in the 300 club. "Tonight's 300th episode of Grey's Anatomy was Written by a woman, Directed by a woman, Created by a woman, Line Produced by a woman, Edited by a woman, Showrun by women and starred a whole lot of women including the namesake lead Meredith Grey as played by Ellen Pompeo," she began. "It focuses on stories of friendship and loss and love and grief and celebration and victory and inspiration and forgiveness and grace. "There are no murders, there was no shooting, the female characters were not secondary. It was (and will be) seen by many, many millions of people worldwide. It will be discovered by 200,000 new teenagers a month on Netflix. It makes a lot of money for ABC. Do not tell me that female artists are not bankable. Do not tell me that Hollywood is as it is for any reason other than stuckness. I am SO PROUD of this show, and of this hour of television!" We couldn't have said it better ourselves. Grey's Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on ABC. (Eonline)

This Is Us Star Mandy Moore Warns "There's Darkness Coming" & Viewers Should "Be Patient." This Is Us fans better buckle up. If you thought you've got a handle on all the drama the Pearson family tackles every week, you ain't seen nothing yet. "There's darkness coming," Mandy Moore told E! news' Kristin Dos Santos at Fall for Friendsgiving presented by the Blue Cash Everyday Card from American Express. Gulp. The next three episodes of NBC's Emmy-winning drama will each revolved around one of The Big Three -- Kevin (Justin Hartley), Kate (Chrissy Metz) and Randall (Sterling K. Brown). And they're not going to be a walk in the park. "The next three episodes are sort of a trilogy of sorts and they go to some deeply darkly places," Moore warned. "I think that people are going to have a lot of opinions about [them], but I suggest that people be patient and stick with it 'cause we need to go there in order to -- there will be bigger payoffs later, down the road in this season." Double gulp. Fans have been paying extra attention to details this season, especially in the premiere episode that featured how Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) died and dropped clues about the events leading up to the house fire. "It is bizarre that a family ensemble drama would have people picking apart the minutiae of episodes... Again, I would just suggest that people be patient. It will all unfold in a spectacular way, and I don't think people will be disappointed," Moore said. This Is Us airs Tuesdays, 9 p.m. on NBC. (Eonline)

HBO Cuts Ties With Louis C.K. After Sexual Misconduct Allegations Surface, FX Investigating. HBO announced that they will no longer be working with Louis C.K., who was recently accused of sexual misconduct by five women in a New York Times expose published on Thursday, November 9. "Louis C.K. will no longer be participating in the Night of Too Many Stars America Unites for Autism Programs," which will be presented live on HBO on November 18," a spokesperson for the network told Us Weekly in a statement on Thursday. "In addition, HBO is removing Louis C.K.'s past project from its On Demand services." FX Networks also issued a statement to Us regarding the claims: "We are obviously very troubled by the allegations about Louis C.K. published in The New York Times. The network has received no allegations of misconduct by Louis C.K. related to any of our 5 shows produced tougher over the past 8 years. FX Networks and FCP take all necessary actions to protect our employees and thoroughly investigate any allegations of misconduct within our workplace. That said, the matter is currently under review." As previously reported, comedians Dana Min Goodman, Julia Wolov, Abby Schachner and a woman who spoke under the condition of anonymity told NYT that the producer masturbated directly in front of them or while they were on the phone with him. Comedian Rebecca Corry detailed an incident in which she allegedly declined C.K.'s offer to masturbate in front of her. Numerous celebrities have since spoken out against C.K. and have shown support for the victims. "This is to me one of the saddest parts of the Louis CK story in the @nytimes," Judd Apatow wrote in reference to a portion of the piece where Schachner reveals she accepted the disgraced producer's apology. "When you disrespect and sexually harass young, vulnerable people you become a dream killer." Busy Phillipps tweeted, "F -- king disgusting predatory creeps. I hope they're all terrified." C.K. joins Harvey Weinstein, James Toback, Steven Seagal, Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Piven and more males in Hollywood who have been accused of sexual harassment throughout the past month. Us Weekly has reached out to Louis C.K. for comment. (US Weekly)

BBC Won't Air Agatha Christie Adaptation With Ed Westwick Amid Sexual Assault Claims. The actor also stops filming BBC comedy 'White Gold.' The BBC said Friday it won't air Agatha Christie adaptation Ordeal by Innocence with Ed Westwick amid sexual assault allegations against the actor. "These are serious allegations, which Ed Westwick has strenuously denied," the U.K. public broadcaster said. "The BBC is not making any judgment but until these matters are resolved we will not include Ordeal by Innocence in the schedules." It added: "The independent production company making White Gold has informed us that Ed Westwick has paused from filming while he deals with these allegations." Two women have accused the Gossip Girl star of sexual assault. Former actress Aurelie Wynn posted a statement on her personal Facebook account this week, alleging that Westwick "pushed me face down" and sexually assaulted her at his home in July 2014. That came after actress Kristina Cohen's claims that Westwick raped her in February 2014 while she was visiting his home. Westwick has denied the allegations. (Hollywood Reporter)

TV Ratings: 'Thursday Night Football' Improved in NBC Return. The Seahawks' bittersweet victory is up from the mid-week game's latest showing on CBS, also slightly lifted from NBC's first 'TNF' game of 2016. The Seattle Seahawks faced the Arizona Cardinals, the first Thursday Night Football game of the middling NFL season to be aired on NBC -- in addition to streaming on Amazon and getting its regular NFL Network telecast. Thursday's game was improved in early Nielsen returns, both from its last airing on broadcast two weeks ago and the comparable outing one year ago. The Seahawks' 22-16 victory over the Cardinals scored an average 9.4 overnight rating among households in primetime. It's a 12 percent spike from the last game to air on CBS, which pulled a combined 8.4 overnight rating. (That ultimately translated to a shared 11.4 million viewers.) That game marked was a season low for Thursday Night Football, a TV franchise that hasn't seen as dramatic of year-to-year dips that it did in 2016 -- or, for that matter, this current one. And speaking of 2016, the Week 10 Thursday Night Football of that season aired on the NFL Network exclusively -- so there's no true year-over-year comparison. But, compared to NBC's first Thursday Night Football telecast of 2016, it's just a hair above the shared overnight rating the broadcaster and the NFL Network scored together on Nov. 17. Thursday Night Football, however, remains a point of real debate in sports -- and this week's game did little to help the league's argument for it. Seahawks cornerback is out for the of the season after rupturing his Achilles tendon on the field. Some critics are blaming the scant allotted recovery time from typical Sunday play. The Seahawks' Gregg Bell may be one of them. The wide receiver was quoted after the game by one sports writer as saying, "Thursday Night Football should be illegal." Elsewhere on the broadcast dial, CBS landed in No. 2 thanks to dead even episodes of The Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon. The duo led the way in the key demo, with Big Bang pulling a 2.7 rating among adults 18-49. Sheldon followed with a 2.2 rating. Its Thursday neighbors were similarly unmoved, with Mom (1.5 adults), Life in Pieces (1.2 adults) and SWAT (1.0 adults) all steady. The 300th episode of Grey's Anatomy brought a steady 1.9 rating among adults 18-49 on ABC. The drama was followed by even outings of Scandal (1.1 adults) and How to Get Away With Murder (0.9 adults). Gotham (0.9 adults) and The Orville (1.0 adults) also saw change on Fox, same as Supernatural (0.6 adults) and Arrow (0.5 adults) on the CW. (Hollywood Reporter)

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