Tuesday, November 14, 2017

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

The Bachelorette's Emily Maynard Johnson Gives Birth to Baby No. 4. Emily Maynard's happily ever after continues with... The former Bachelorette has given birth to her fourth child, her third one under three. The reality star's husband Tyler Johnson revealed the happy news on social media on Sunday. The proud papa took to Instagram stories to document the happy day filled with family and lots of love. Johnson posted several pics of Maynard at the hospital throughout the day, showing images of his wife before giving birth, then holding her newborn and eventually the baby meeting her older sister. In addition to the newest wee one, Maynard, has 12-year-old daughter Ricki, from a previous relationship. Maynard and her husband also share two sons Jennings Tyler, 2, and Gibson Kyle, 1. Followers of the reality star started to speculate in August the Bachelorette alum was with child when Emily's husband documented her family outing in Charlotte, North Carolina. "@emilygmaynard,"Johnson shared on Instagram with video of his wife who appeared to be hiding a bump in a blue and white checkered tunic. After much pregnancy speculation, Maynard confirmed her pregnancy news to fans. "Way too many tacos at lunch," she wrote on Instagram. "Seriously though, as scared as I am to have 3 under 3, I'm so grateful God picked me to be the mommy to my kids and we can't wait for number 4 to get here! This pregnancy has been filled with lots of hot wings, ranch dressing, an emergency appendix surgery at 6 months, and swollen ankles all day every day but I wouldn't change it for the world. My little tribe can't wait to meet their new brother or sister (it's a surprise!) in the next couple of weeks!" "It is crazy at our house all the time," Emily previously shared with Good Morning America. "But it's a lot of fun." She added, "I just think God knew I could not handle a lot so he gave me three super easy babies and three super easy kids." For those who may not be proud members of Bachelor Nation, Emily first appeared on The Bachelor where Brad Womack picked her on the season finale. When they decided to call it quits on their romance, Emily made the decision to give love another chance by appearing on season 8 of The Bachelorette where Jef Holm received the final rose. Alas things did not work out with Jef with one F -- but she did with Tyler! Congrats to the family of six! (Eonline)

Cristiano Ronaldo's Girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez Gives Birth to His 4th Baby. Cristiano Ronaldo is a dad again. The 32-year-old soccer star's 22-year-old model girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez on Sunday gave birth to their first child together, daughter Alana Martina. This is Ronaldo's fourth child. "Alana Martina was just born! Both Geo and Alana are doing great! We are all very happy!" he wrote in Portuguese on Instagram, alongside a photo of him and 7-year-old son Cristiano Ronaldo Jr. wearing scrubs and appearing beside Georgina and the baby on a hospital bed. Spanish news outlets reported earlier that Georgina was admitted to a Madrid hospital to give birth. The Real Madrid star and the model had announced their daughter's name in late October during an Instagram Live session. The soccer star and Georgina have been dating for more than a year. Her pregnancy was made public in July, a month after he confirmed the arrival of his twin son and daughter, reportedly named Mateo and Eva, who were born via surrogate. The athlete has never revealed the identity of his eldest child's mother. (Eonline)

Daisy Ridley Thinks She Did a Bad Job in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. No one felt the pressure to top Star Wars: The Force Awakens more than Daisy Ridley. The actress reprises her role as Rey in Star Wars: The Last Jedi (in theaters Dec. 15), and making the sequel proved to be more difficult than the rebooting the franchise. "I didn't think I was good in the first film," she insists in ELLE U.K.'s December issue, "and I was struggling with that." (Some history: J.J. Abrams called her performance "wooden" on the first day of filming. "I honestly wanted to die," Ridley told Glamour. "I thought I was gonna cry. I couldn't breathe.") But the 25-year-old actress, much like her character, isn't one to shy away from a challenge. Ridley spends much of the next chapter acting opposite franchise veteran Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), whereas in the first movie, most of her scenes were with fellow newcomer John Boyega (Finn). In The Last Jedi, Ridley says, "It's not this big adventure that I'm on with John. I was thinking I did the first one because I didn't really know what I was getting myself into and I was having loads of fun, and suddenly I'm realizing what this actually is, and I can't f--king do this. I'm highly dramatic, so it's all, 'Oh, my God!'... Finally, I was like 'Oh, yeah. This is working.'" Having someone like the late Carrie Fisher to turn to for advice boosted Ridley's confidence; it was Fisher who told her to not shrink away from success, but to enjoy it. "That was wonderful," the actress admits. "At work, you're normal. You're not the anomaly, unlike in other situations." Abrams warned Ridley about feeling like the "anomaly" before she signed on for the role of a lifetime. "Understand the scale. This is not a role in a movie. This is a religion for people. It changes things on a level that is inconceivable," Ridley recalled him saying in the November issue of Vogue. But, until it happens, she admitted, "You don't know what you're getting into." Read the full interview with Ridley in the December issue of ELLE U.K., on sale Nov. 14. (Eonline)

Gal Gadot threatens to leave the Wonder Woman franchise if Brett Ratner is still involved. "They can't have a movie rooted in women's empowerment being part-financed by a man -- accused of sexual misconduct against women" GLAMOUR cover star Gal Gadot has reportedly threatened to leave the Wonder Woman franchise if executive producer Brett Ratner is still connected to the D.C. movie in any way. Page Six reports that Gadot is refusing to sign for a sequel unless the producer is completely disconnected from the franchise. Ratner, who helped financed Wonder Woman through his production company, has been recently accused by six different women of sexual harassment and misconduct, and he has vehemently denied the allegations against him. An insider from Warner Bros explained to the website: "Brett made a lot of money from the success of 'Wonder Woman' thanks to his company having helped finance the first movie. Now Gadot is saying she won't sign for the sequel unless Warner Bros. buys Brett out [of his financing deal] and gets rid of him." The blockbuster movie has grossed more than $400 million (approximately £305,880,000) internationally - and the actress is also starring in the soon-to-be released 'Justice League'. Last month, Gal also refused to attend a dinner honoring Brett Ratner, where she was due to present him with an award. The source finished by telling the publication: "She's tough and stands by her principles. She also knows the best way to hit people like Brett Ratner is in the wallet. She also knows that Warner Bros. has to side with her on this issue as it develops. They can't have a movie rooted in women's empowerment being part-financed by a man -- accused of sexual misconduct against women." (British Glamour)

David Hasselhoff claims he's busted his ex-wife lying about being too injured to get a job, and there's video to prove it ... TMZ has learned. The Hoff filed docs in his spousal support battle with Pamela Bach, and says her claim that a 2003 motorcycle accident is limiting her ability to find work is total BS. According to the docs, Pamela's been posting tons of social media showing herself getting very physical. For instance, David says a Facebook video Pamela posted in April shows her running around on a basketball court, taking shot after shot. Worth noting ... she's not very good, so it's debatable if this helps or hurts the Hoff's case. David says there's more video evidence -- a February post shows her smoking hookah and dancing in a nightclub with young men. Another shows her moving boxes of clothing, and maneuvering around mannequins. His point? Pamela doesn't have any physical injuries stopping her from getting a J-O-B ... and therefore, he shouldn't have to continue paying her spousal support. (TMZ)

Gymnast Aly Raisman Calls Team USA Doctor Larry Nassar a "Monster" After Accusing Him of Sexual Abuse. Aly Raisman thinks former Team USA doctor Larry Nassar is a "monster." Last Friday, the 23-year-old gymnast publicly accused Nassar of sexual abusing her eight years ago. Nassar currently faces 22 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, though he has previously denied the allegations against him and has pleaded not guilty to the assault charges. After Raisman made allegations against Nassar last week, E! News reached out to Nassar for a response. His attorney said he was unable to comment, due to a gag order in his criminal trial. Raisman, who wrote about the alleged abuse in her upcoming memoir Fierce, sat down with Today's Hoda Kotb for a live interview Monday to explain why she decided to finally tell her story. "From the moment that I realized that it happened to me, I wanted to talk about it. And then when I found out I was going to be writing a book, I felt like I wanted to include the best moments of my life, but also the worst moments of my life, because they both make us into who we are -- although the hardest parts are really difficult to talk about. Even right now, it's uncomfortable and it's hard for me to talk about, but it's made me into a stronger person," Raisman said. "If you're going to write a book, you have to include everything, in my opinion." At the time of the alleged abuse, Raisman explained, she thought Nassar was "weird," not predatory. "I really didn't know what was happening to me. He was a doctor and he told met that his 'treatment' would help heal all of my injuries. I was so young. I had never really worked with another doctor or trainer before, and everyone said he was the best. He would give me these gifts. So, I really thought he was my friend. He always seemed like he had my back," she said. Now that she's older and had time to process what happened, she said, "He was such a master manipulator, and I think that's what's important for people to understand. These monsters are so good at manipulating you. You're so brainwashed...I thought he was so nice." Raisman called Nasaar a "monster" and said she stands in solidarity with "other survivors." USA Gymnastics previously said it "first learned of an athlete's concern" about him on June 17, 2015. For years, she was scared to talk about the alleged abuse. "It's totally normal to be afraid of what people are going to think of you, and I think society sometimes makes it hard for people to come forward, because you always have people that victim shame," she said. "We have to stop that, because it's awful. I just wanted to do the right thing. I knew it was the right thing." Raisman first spoke out against Nassar in August, after 125 women filed a lawsuit against him in criminal court, claiming he sexually assaulted them under the guise of treatment. "I actually got a letter 36 hours after I spoke up in August. I was so nervous about speaking up. I spoke out against USA Gymnastics and the USOC, and I got a letter from a 14-year-old girl, and she said she read my statements. Because of that, she had the courage to tell her mother that her father had been sexually abusing her, and he threatened her life at times. I realized that letter is more important to me than any medal I've ever won in my life. She changed my life, because this is the right thing," Raisman said. "If I can help one person, then that's totally what it's all about." USA Gymnastics has said it is taking steps toward creating a safer environment for its athletes. It also launched an independent review of its policies in light of the claims made against Nassar. Still, Raisman doesn't believe the organization is doing enough. "They keep releasing pretty much the same, similar statement -- that they welcome to work with me. But what people don't realize is after the private investigator came to see me in 2015, I made it clear that he was touching me and making me uncomfortable," she said. At the time, she said, "I was making excuses for him, which I realized later, that's often what people do when they're manipulated." "I kept reaching out, saying I wanted to meet her again, because after I had time to process it, I realized, 'This is really bad.' I was basically told, you know, just to kind of keep it quiet and that they were handling it, and so they didn't let me help," Raisman claimed on Today. "I want to help. I want to do more. The 60-minute interview tonight, this interview, it's just the beginning. I'm just getting started and I'm not going to stop until I get what I want, which is change." Raisman made it clear she doesn't want anyone's pity -- she just wants justice. "I want people to know, one bad chapter in the book or in your life, it doesn't mean your story is over. We all have a story. Everyone has been through something. We've all got to support each other," she said. "I'm going to be OK. I'm going to be stronger. I'm going to create change." (Eonline)

Bijou Phillips Accused of Body-Shaming, Homophobic Harassment by 'Bully' Co-Star. "She body shamed me and ridiculed me about my sexuality and physically assaulted me," Daniel Franzese, known for his role in 'Mean Girls,' posted on Facebook. Daniel Franzese, an actor whose credits include Mean Girls and HBO's Looking, has accused actress-singer Bijou Phillips of body-shaming him, mocking his sexuality and physically assaulting him on the set of their movie Bully. Inspired by Ellen Page, who recently accused Brett Ratner of homophobic harassment on the set of the 2006 film X-Men: The Last Stand, Franzese alleged in a lengthy post on Facebook that Phillips "harassed [me during] the entire shoot" of their 2001 film. "She body shamed me and ridiculed me about my sexuality and physically assaulted me," Franzese, who might be best recognized for his role as Cady's (Lindsay Lohan) close friend Damian in Mean Girls. "I was scared and closeted and feared for my job. It started with a lot of eye? rolling whenever we spoke but? escalated when we did a cast shoot for the poster?. ?As we were shooting she kept loudly saying 'Are you gay?!' and laughing? while the producers? and photographer did nothing? to stop her." Franzese wrote that some of his co-stars, including Michael Pitt and the late Brad Renfro, defended him and "kept telling her to shut up," but he alleged that she didn't stop. "[S]he continued to say 'Are You Gay?!' Like 10 times making sure to be loud enough for everyone to hear I reluctantly told her i was bi," he wrote. "Which at the time was how I was choosing to? identify as 'Q' wasn't known to be an option yet and to be honest I don't know that I had many gay experiences at the time my life. I was an extremely late bloomer. She cackled and? said 'HA! He's bi!' And then when I showed up to work the next day in front of the crew she was screaming 'Oh look! The Bi guy is here!'" Reps for Phillips have not returned a request for comment. Calling the movie shoot "one of the most stressful experiences of my life on or off a set," Franzese went on to add that he was worried about losing his job, which marked his first film role, given that the character he was playing was straight. (Bully centers on a group of teenagers who conspire to murder one of their friends following years of emotional, physical and sexual abuse. It's based on real-life events and adapted from the book Bully: A True Story of High School Revenge by Jim Schutze.) Franzese added that he had a scene that required him to take his shirt off, "an extremely vulnerable moment for me," he said, calling himself "the chubby kid who wore his shirt in the pool." He claimed that when he took his shirt off, Phillips broke character, pointed at him and "at the top of her lungs yelled 'Ewwww gross!!!'" (He also was complimentary toward Renfro, whom he said comforted him afterward and tried to boost his confidence and later yelled "Someone give me a real actress!" as Phillips allegedly continued her taunting.) Franzese claimed that Bully co-star Nick Stahl, whom Phillips was dating at the time, convinced her to apologize after a long talk. He wrote that she did ultimately apologize, but he felt like it wasn't sincere. "Later she pulled me aside and said 'I'm sorry if I offended you. You actually remind me of someone.' She said Carnie Wilson who is in her sisters band Wilson Phillips at the time was well known for her weight issues in the media. It was meant to be an insult," Franzese wrote. "She then grabbed my nipple and twisted it hard through my shirt and laughed and walked away. I stopped talking to her for the rest of filming." He said during a later scene, while she was sitting behind him, she "kept rubbing her dirty feet on my neck. I kept swiveling the chair to move away from her and she kicked me as hard as she could in the back of the head. To this day I'm not even sure if she gave me a concussion because I was light headed and dizzy for a while." While acknowledging that Phillips may be "a different person" today, Franzese added that that he's encountered Phillips on random occasions "and tolerated our obligatory greetings but I can't imagine anyone who behaves that way in a work environment cares that there will be stories that are told about them later." He also said the experience resulted in "a PTSD that had me stay closeted for a long time." He said he's told his story to multiple reporters and on TV shows but that he feels like the story has either not been told properly or "never really been heard." Franzese's post comes months after the Los Angeles Police Department revealed that it was probing allegations of sexual assault against Phillips' husband, That '70s Show actor Danny Masterson. There also was a report of a possible cover-up by the Church of Scientology, but police did not address that in their statement released in March. "The Los Angeles Police Department Robbery Homicide Division, Sexual Assault Section, is conducting an investigation involving the actor Danny Masterson. Three women have come forward and disclosed that they were sexually assaulted by Masterson during the early 2000s," read a statement from LAPD's robbery-homicide division. Masterson has denied the allegations. (Billboard)

Bijou Phillips Apologizes for Gay-Shaming Mean Girls Star Daniel Franzese. Bijou Phillips has apologized to Mean Girls star Daniel Franzese for bullying him about his sexuality and body. On Friday, Franzese published a Facebook post in which he accused Phillips of harassing him about his sexuality on the set of their 2001 film Bully. In the post, he accused the Almost Famous star of loudly saying "Are you gay?" on set and then laughing at him. When he told her he was bi-sexual, she allegedly said, "Ha! He's bi!" and later said ""Oh look! The Bi guy is here!" the next day on set. "I was playing straight in the film and in life and so fearful of my job because it was my first movie," Franzese, who plays the character Damian in Mean Girls, wrote in the post. The actor also accused Phillips of body-shaming him and yelling ""Ewwww gross" when he took off his shirt for a scene. Furthermore, he said she "physically assaulted" him and accused her of allegedly rubbing her dirty feet on his neck and proceeding to kick him "as hard as she could in the back of the head" when he tried to move away. "To this day I'm not even sure if she gave me a concussion because I was light headed and dizzy for a while," he wrote in the post. On Monday, TMZ published an apology from Phillips. "I want to write to address what Daniel has said. I don't remember that time well, those years are a blur. I was a teenager and reckless in my behavior," she told the celebrity news outlet. "I know Daniel to be a trustworthy and honest person, and to find out through social media that I was not the friend I thought I was to him made me so sad." She also stated, "I am so mortified by this behavior and have contacted Daniel and apologized to him privately. I am not and never have been homophobic. I have nothing but love for the LGBTQ community and Daniel." Franzese tweeted that he received her apology and that he accepted it. He also tweeted about other incidents on set. Franzese came out as gay in an open letter to his Mean Girls alter ego in 2014. (Eonline)

Meek Mill's going after the judge he believes locked him up because of a personal vendetta ... TMZ has learned. Meek's attorney, Joe Tacopina, tells us ... he's filing a motion for the judge to remove herself from his case, and will also be filing an official complaint with the judicial conduct board. As we reported, the judge allegedly has it out for Meek because he wouldn't do a Boyz II Men song with a shout out to her in the middle. Tacopina feels the judge's bad blood led to the stiff sentence of 2 to 4 years for violating probation. Tacopina says Meek will also be applying to Pennsylvania's Board of Pardons ... but we're told that's more of a Hail Mary because it's normally a 3-year process at least. There's a petition circulating, calling for the BOP and Governor Tom Wolf to have Meek's "unjust prison sentence remedied" -- which is now 300,000 strong -- it probably won't help much. A spokesperson for Wolf says his hands are tied by state law. (TMZ)

Former New York Post gossip columnist Liz Smith, who won her own A-list status with her witty chronicling of the glitterati, died of natural causes on Sunday, her literary agent, Joni Evans, said. She was 94. An affable blonde known for pealing laughter, Smith wrote a column that celebrated her famous friends, from Tom Hanks to Liza Minnelli to Madonna, and was read around the world for more than a quarter-century. Despite her towering reputation, Smith held a lighthearted opinion of herself. "We mustn't take ourselves too seriously in this world of gossip," she said in 1987. "When you look at it realistically, what I do is pretty insignificant. Still, I'm having a lot of fun." Born in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1923, Smith graduated from the University of Texas in 1949 with a degree in journalism and, a year later, moved to the Big Apple. For nearly 30 years, Smith bounced from job to job -- publicist for singer Kaye Ballard; assistant to Mike Wallace and "Candid Camera" creator Allen Funt; ghostwriter for Igor Cassini's Cholly Knickerbocker gossip column. Smith ultimately wrote for nine New York newspapers and dozens of magazines, but it was a stint writing for Cosmopolitan that led to her big break. While establishing herself as an authority on Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Smith attracted the attention of the New York Daily News. She started her own column at the tabloid in 1976 -- and a gossip star was born. By the 1990s, she began a syndicated daily column that ran in Newsday and the New York Post. The column, which was reprinted across the country and abroad, reportedly earned her more than $1 million a year. Her scoops included Donald Trump's 1990 split from first wife, Ivana. Later, in The Post, she supported her celebrity friends, including backing Billy Bob Thornton after word got out that he and Angelina Jolie had gotten married and exchanged necklaces adorned with vials of each other's blood. Smith's 2000 memoir, "Natural Blonde," in which she admitted she was bisexual despite having married two men, was a best seller. In an interview with The New York Times this past July, Smith revealed that she was having trouble moving after suffering a minor stroke. "I can't walk. I can't talk as well as I used to, but I'm relatively healthy otherwise," she explained. She also responded to criticism that she was a little too friendly with the celebrities she covered. "I needed access to people," she said. "And you're not supposed to seek access. You're just supposed to be pure and you go to the person you're writing about and you write the truth. Nobody can do it totally." "But everybody gives up something to be able to do a job, a demanding job," she added. "And being a reporter is a demanding, dangerous job. It may be glamorous or put you in harm's way. I gave up being considered ethical and acceptable, for a while." (Page Six)

THE OTHER STUFF . . .

Time flies! Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik are already celebrating their two-year anniversary together. The model gushed over her beau in an Instagram Story on Sunday, November 12. "2 yrs. w my favorite human," she captioned a video of the two kissing. Us Weekly exclusively confirmed in November 2015 that the stars were dating. "It's a very new thing. They're just seeing where it goes," a source told Us at the time. Hadid, 22, opened up about how their relationship began during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. "We actually met at a friend's birthday party a few years ago, and then he was in New York to come to the Victoria's Secret show and ended up not coming. I was like, 'I'll play it cool. I'll go to the afterparty.' He wasn't there," she recalled in February. The two would go on their first date later that week, though. "We played it cool for about 10 minutes, and then I was like, 'You're really cute,'" she gushed. "We connected really quickly." Hadid has previously dated Joe Jonas and Cody Simpson. The former One Direction singer, 24, was once engaged to Little Mix singer Perrie Edwards. They got engaged in August 2013 but split in summer 2015. "She's devastated and torn up," a source told Us at the time. "He just wanted to move on and start over in all ways." (US Weekly)

Warren G's new catering company will soon be open for business and everyone's welcome ... including President Donald Trump. That's right ... the rapper appeared on "Raq Rants" and said his new Sniffin Griffins BBQ joint ain't leaving the Prez out in the cold if he came a callin' for some beef. Our fearless interviewer, Raquel, straight-up asked the legendary rapper if he'd cater for Trump ... and without hesitation Warren said, "Hell yeah!" Check it out ... he's adamant about serving the Prez because if his business thrives, his neighborhood thrives. (TMZ)

Intimate soiree for Ivana Trump's new book. Ivana Trump celebrated her book "Raising Trump" at a private Park Avenue apartment, where guests included Denise Rich, Clive Davis, Dennis Basso, Nikki Haskell, Rosanna Scotto and Vogue contributor Jonathan Van Meter. Sources said, "It was a very Upper East Side crowd, and it was just very close friends." The swanky bash was organized by celebrity event planner Lawrence Scott. In the book about raising her three kids, Ivana revealed that Donald Trump "did not know how to speak the children's language. He was not able to do it until the kids were in university." (Eonline)

Ashley Judd has been pitching publishers an outline for a book that will talk frankly about the sexual assaults she suffered at the hands of Harvey Weinstein and others from the time she was in second grade. The actress' first memoir, "All That Is Bitter & Sweet" -- about her dysfunctional Kentucky childhood with mom Naomi and sister Wynonna -- was a best seller. The new manuscript has sparked a bidding war, and insiders say she could get an advance of more than $1 million. At Audrey Gruss' recent Hope for Depression Research Foundation luncheon, where Judd was honored for her courage, she said, "I am in recovery from depression. About that I have no shame. I am a living example of why there is hope." Guests, including Hilary Geary Ross, Karen LeFrak, Susan Gutfreund and Jamee Gregory, left the Plaza with a bottle of Hope perfume, profits of which are dedicated to depression research. (Page Six)

Guacamole is not going to cost extra next time for this actor. "Supergirl" star Jeremy Jordan said he was hospitalized Thursday and "almost died" after eating Chipotle, People reported. Jordan, 32, told his fans of the food experience on an Instagram story Thursday from the hospital bed. "I know I've advocated for them in the past, but they're terrible," Jordan said. "I, as you can see, am in the hospital and I have fluids in my arm because the food did not agree with me and I almost died." The Broadway star continued to thank his wife and his "Supergirl" co-star Chris Wood for helping him through the ordeal. "I just want to thank my wife for being amazing and talking me off the ledge when I was on the phone about to die and Chris Wood for holding my hair back metaphorically," he said. "I love all of you; thank you so much. It's been a night." Chipotle sent a statement to People regarding the incident. "We are sorry to hear that Jeremy is sick and have attempted to get in touch with him directly regarding where and when he ate so we can look into this. We take all claims seriously, but at this time we can't confirm any link to Chipotle. We are always committed to making things right for our guests and will do the same for Jeremy when we are able to reach him," the statement read. This is not the first time the fast-food Mexican grill has been accused of sickening customers. In July, some 135-people reported becoming ill after eating at Chipotle restaurants in Virginia. In 2015, an E. coli outbreak affected Chipotle restaurants in several states. (Page Six)

The #MeToo Movement takes on Hollywood. In the wake of recent allegations, thousands marched in LA to support victims of sexual abuse "Whatever we wear, wherever we go, 'yes' means 'yes' and 'no' means 'no'." That was one of the many chants heard as thousands of men, women and children gathered outside the Dolby Theater in Hollywood for the #MeToo Survivors March to support victims of sexual abuse and harassment. The march took a poignant route: starting outside the venue for the Academy Awards, down the walk of fame and onto LA's famous Sunset Boulevard-all venues associated with the entertainment industry. "It's really symbolic to have this march happen, not with Hollywood stars, but in Hollywood," said Tarana Burke, the activist and creator of the #MeToo Movement. "For every Harvey Weinstein, there's a hundred more men in the neighbourhood who are doing the exact same thing," she continued. "The conversation around harassment in Hollywood will broaden to include other industries if we force it to. It's not going to do it on its own." The #MeToo Movement was founded by Tarana Burke to reach sexual assault victims in underprivileged countries. This comes after the recent accusations of sexual abuse and mistreatment against powerful figures in the entertainment industry, which led to the viral #MeToo social media campaign, which was launched by actor Alyssa Milano to expose the extent of this kind of abuse in everyday life: Last week, comedian Louis C.K. became the latest Hollywood star to be accused of sexual misconduct, following producer Harvey Weinstein, actor Kevin Spacey, producer-director Brett Ratner and writer-director James Toback. Sunday's march saw protesters hold up signs with slogans such as 'My body, my rules', T-shirts emblazoned with 'Take back the workplace' and chants including, "Not in pots, not in plants, keep your junk inside your pants" and "Harvey Weinstein is a joke, women workers just got woke." The #MeToo March ended in a rally, including speeches from sexual abuse survivors, activists and TV journalist Lauren Sivan-one of the women who accused Harvey Weinstein of making unwanted sexual advances. "We want our daughters and sons to be able to go to a workplace and never have to take a meeting with a dude in a bathrobe," she said. "They will never have to choose to put out or keep their job." Oscar-winning producer Cathy Schulman also made a speech, calling for more diversity in the workplace and the reformation of HR departments to help tackle the issue of harassment and abuse: "Do not let them destroy us. We can win this war. It's a game. It's a game of power that we can win." (British Glamour)

Music

Michael Buble Announces First Performance Since Son's Cancer Diagnosis. Michael Buble is set to return to the stage for his first performance since his son Noah's cancer diagnosis. The "Feeling Good" singer will headline the British Summer Time in Hyde Park in July 2018. This will be the Grammy-winning artist's only performance in the U.K. this year. Buble and his wife Lusiana Lopilato announced their son's diagnosis in Nov. 2016 via a Facebook post, saying they were "devastated" by the news. The couple revealed the then three-year-old tot, now 4, was undergoing treatment in the U.S. and that they would be dedicating all of their time to taking care of their son. "We've always talked a lot about the importance of the family and the love we have for our children," part of the statement read. "Luisana and I are going to spend all our time and attention to help Noah to get better, by suspending our professional activities for now." Shortly after making the announcement, Buble withdrew from hosting the 2017 Brit Awards, as well as from the BBC Music Awards and 2017 Juno Wards. The couple continued to update fans on their son's health. In February, they revealed Noah was "progressing well during his treatment" and that his doctors were "very optimistic about the future of our little boy." Then in April, Lopilato confirmed their son was doing "well" at a press conference in Argentina. "Thank God, my son is well. When things like those that happened to us occur, your take on life changes," she said. "It happened to us. Now I value life much more, the now and the today. I would like to thank people for their support, for the prayers they said, for their love, and I want them to know that they reached us and that it helped us a lot to come through this." Still, Lopilato described her son's recovery as "a long process." "My son's recovery is a long process as you all know and he has to continue with check-ups," she said at the time. "But we are very happy. We are looking forward to thinking about the future, to seeing our children grow. Seeing Noah grow and being happy gave me the strength to return and finish this film." Buble re-entered the spotlight in January when he accepted the National Arts Centre Award in Ottawa from the Governor General of Canada. He conveyed his love for his family during his acceptance speech. "My entire life has been inspired by how my family has made me feel -- my wife, my children, my parents, my sisters," he said at the time. "There are no words to describe how I feel about you. Sometimes 'I love you' just isn't enough." Buble and Lopilato celebrated Noah's fourth birthday with a Spider Man-themed party. They are also the proud parents to Elias Buble, 1. (Eonline)

The Spice Girls are officially reforming. OH. MY. GOD. THEY'RE BACK TO SPICE UP YOUR LIFE. The 90s were a simpler time: slicking on body glitter instead of meticulous contouring, starting relationships through no-bullshit mixtapes (instead of endlessly tagging your crush in memes), and it was impossible to drunkenly text your ex. Dontcha just wish we could return? Well, it's kind of almost possible, as the wonder women behind your ultimate school disco jam are BACK. That's right, the Spice Girls have reportedly agreed to reunite in 2018 for a TV special and a WHOLE NEW ALBUM. Geri Horner (nee Haliwell) has been a driving force for a reunion for years, and told Red "I really pushed to get everyone back together. It got to the point where I just had to let it go." However, it was Mel C who campaigned to get the five back together, and a source says they have been "locked in secret talks since the summer, and finally they are all on-board for a 2018 reunion. "As it stands, they will be working together on a series of projects, which will include an album and a TV special celebrating the Spice Girls." Even Posh Spice is on board, as they added "getting Victoria to agree has been a coup for everyone involved, given she has always been the person holding back on a reunion." But the fashion designer is apparently set to join the rest of the band - now that's what we call girl power. The band reunited briefly at the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, where they performed Wannabe and Spice Up Your Life. And now we can be just a little bit excited for next year. VIVA FOREVER. (British Glamour)

Barbra Streisand and Jamie Foxx Charm in Nov. 22 Netflix Concert Special. Barbra Streisand's return to the concert stage for 16 shows in 2016 and 2017 was a rousing success, drawing more than 200,000 fans and grossing $53 million. The outing, dubbed Barbra: The Music... The Mem'ries... The Magic!, was the legend's first outing since 2012's Back to Brooklyn. Netflix captured the extravaganza in all its glory with a concert that premieres globally on the streaming service Nov. 22. In the Miami concert, Streisand strolls through her six-decade career, up to her 35th studio album, Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway. The album, released in August 2016, became Streisand's 11th No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and featured the star of stage and screen performing with a number of collaborators, including Melissa McCarthy, Anne Hathaway and Jamie Foxx. In the clip, which premieres on Billboard, Foxx and Streisand share a sweet moment as they joke before launching into "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" from The Sound of Music. They even share a few dance moves. Directed by Jim Gable and Barbra Streisand, Barbra: The Music... The Mem'ries... The Magic! is produced by Ann Kim and Ned Doyle, with Streisand and her longtime manager Marty Erlichman serving as executive producers. The film is written by Streisand, Jay Landers and Richard Jay-Alexander. (Billboard)

Disputed Led Zeppelin Track Fuels 'Battle Of The Jams' Between Jack Black & Chris Hemsworth. Hemsworth doesn't know what that even means, but he still seems into it. Jack Black is really fired up about the use of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" in the ads for the new Thor: Ragnarok movie, because he obviously holds all claims to it following its iconic use in the comedian's 2003 movie School of Rock. After seeing the superhero flick, Black has laid down the gauntlet by challenging Thor star Chris Hemsworth to a Battle of the Jams to settle the claim to the song. Since Led Zeppelin has so rarely licensed music for use in films, each time a track shows up on screen it's kind of a really big deal. Back when School of Rock was first in the creation stages, Black went as far as to beg for the band's permission to use "Immigrant Song." The lead actor took some time while filming the Battle of the Bands scene to enlist the crowd in his begging, saying to "the gods of rock" that, "This is a movie about rock and without that song this movie will crumble into smithereens. Oh no - the movie is kicka--. But dude, your song would be a hard rockin' cherry on the top of the mountain." So of course, Black was more than taken aback when he heard the track now tied with the God of Thunder in Thor, no longer having that sweet tune to claim as his own. Having already taken on King Kong and high schoolers, Black is ready to slap on some armor for this battle, as he expressed his woes on Instagram. "It's come to my attention that someone kind of stole that chunk of our movie, and put it in their movie. That's right. I'm talking about Thor: Ragnarok. Totally bit our style, totally poached our jam, and now they're parading around town like they thought of it! Well, you don't get to do that and get away with it, bro. I'm calling you out, Thor." Black isn't all talk, no game, though. The actor tapped his costars from The House With A Clock In It's Walls during a break from filming to portray the first round of this battle, including director Eli Roth. Hemsworth seemed equal parts uncomfortable and confused when he posted his response to Instagram, saying, "You're right, you got me! Guilty as charged." The mood lightens as the actor yells "Jaaack!" and begins to deal compliments to the School of Rock faux music professor, "We stole 'Immigrant Song' from you. But guess what? You stole it, too. And as Oscar Wilde once said, 'Talent borrows and genius steals.' So, we're both guilty of the same crime." Hemsworth admitted he's super unclear of what a Battle of the Jams is as he listed off his favorite types of jams - you know, the one for toast and the one fronted by Eddie Vedder. Whatever this battle turns out to be, Hemsworth is down. Stay tuned for the next round, which will hopefully feature Hemsworth screaming along to the Zeppelin classic. (Billboard)

Movies

Hollywood dreading awards season in wake of scandals. Many Hollywood insiders are secretly dreading awards season, as the industry is continually rocked by daily sexual harassment and assault scandals in the wake of Harvey Weinstein's fall. "Just think of all those speeches, oh God," one female rep says, imagining the onslaught of intense words from winners. As far as the actual awards, predictions now skew toward films about -- and made by -- women, such as Greta Gerwig's "Lady Bird," Patty Jenkins' "Wonder Woman" and Sofia Coppola's "The Beguiled," with a turn away from more masculine fare such as Christopher Nolan's "Dunkirk." Last year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invited 683 new members to join in a push to diversify. Says another industry vet of the wave of harassment revelations, "It was actually always here .?.?. but [we believed it was committed] just by a few. Now it seems like it was literally 50 percent of all men in Hollywood. That is starting to stir, and we will see the year of awards 'retribution.'" But a female exec points out, "It's sad for women in some sense -- that if this is 'their year,' it could be seen as backlash against the establishment rather than [as] deserving work. Bittersweet." Either way, "It will be interesting to see the business post-purge in Hollywood." (PageSix)

The guy replacing Kevin Spacey in a movie that's supposed to be released in about a month is surprisingly at ease about pulling off an unprecedented cinematic move. We got Christopher Plummer Sunday in NYC where he was attending the premiere of one of his own upcoming flicks, and asked if it was a difficult decision to accept the role in Ridley Scott's "All the Money in the World," after Spacey got the ax last week. From the way Chris responds, it doesn't sound like he has any qualms about taking the gig away, even though he was mum on reaching out to the beleaguered actor. As for that looming release date of December 22 -- Chris might as well have quoted OutKast ... ain't no thang. (TMZ)

Box Office: With 'Daddy's Home 2,' Mel Gibson Is Once Again Family-Friendly. The movie is Gibson's first major studio film in 15 years and his first comedy since 'What Women Want' in 2000. Last year, Mel Gibson busted out of director's jail with Hacksaw Ridge, the acclaimed war drama that earned $175.3 million at the worldwide box office and scored key Oscar nominations, including best picture and best director. Over the weekend, Gibson made another comeback -- this time as an actor -- with the better-than-expected $30 million debut of Daddy's Home 2. The Paramount movie is Gibson's first major Hollywood studio film since Signs in 2002, and his first studio comedy since What Women Want in 2000. Daddy's Home 2 boasts the second-best opening of the year to date for a comedy after Girls Trip ($31.7 million). Families turned out in force to see the PG-13 romp, making up 37 percent of the audience. Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg reprise their roles as dueling dads in the holiday-themed sequel, which introduces Gibson and John Lithgow as their fathers. The first Daddy's Home debuted to $38 million, but had the advantage of opening over Christmas weekend. Box-office analyst Paul Dergarbedian says Gibson's appearance in the movie didn't prove a deterrent, and may have even raised its profile. "If Gibson can stay the course, his prospects as an actor seem bright -- something unimaginable just a few short years ago," Degarabedian says. Gibson was ostracized by Hollywood for the better part of a decade after he made scathing anti-Semitic statements during a second DUI arrest in summer 2006. The popular actor and Oscar-winning Braveheart director quickly apologized, but the damage was done. In an open letter, uber agent Ari Emanuel, then at Endeavor, said the industry couldn't let Gibson get away with "such tragically inflammatory statements." (He later dumped Gibson as an agency client.) Gibson didn't play a leading role again until Edge of Darkness in 2010. The political thriller, financed and produced independently by GK Films and BBC Films, topped out at $81 million globally against an $80 million budget. Warner Bros. released the film in North America, but it was a straight distribution deal via the studio's relationship with GK Films. Not long after Edge of Darkness played in theaters, Gibson was once again the subject of scrutiny when tapes were leaked of him making racist and misogynist comments to his former partner. Gibson next starred in Jodie Foster's independent film The Beaver, which flopped following its release in May 2011, grossing $7.2 million against a $20 million budget. He played a small role in Machete Kills in 2013 before joining the ensemble cast of Millennium's The Expendables 3 (2014). It wasn't until the success of Hacksaw Ridge that the major studios began courting Gibson for acting roles. He landed the part in Daddy's Home 2 in late January after Oscar noms were announced. Sources close to the film say Wahlberg, who is represented by Emanuel, pressed for Gibson to be cast. Gibson has two films in postproduction, including The Professor and the Madman, which has been derailed by a legal battle between various parties, including Gibson's production company Icon, and producer Voltage Pictures. Gibson stars in the film opposite Sean Penn. The other movie is Lionsgate/Summit's Dragged Against Concrete, a gritty crime-thriller from Bone Tomahawk filmmaker S. Craig Zahler that co-stars Vince Vaughn. Not everyone in Hollywood is ready to forgive Gibson. Filmmaker Mark Duplass tweeted Nov. 8 that he would be boycotting Daddy's Home 2. "I like so many of the people involved so I hate to do this but I must say NOPE NO WAY to Daddy's Home 2 bc it stars Mel Gibson and it's 2017 and there are plenty of great movies to see this weekend in theaters," Duplass tweeted. (Hollywood Reporter)

Turning Batman Into a Business From Your Bedroom. 'Batman-News' founder Chris Begley's obsession with the Dark Knight drives millions of page views a month and even paid for his dream car -- but it's not always easy being a one-man news machine. How does a mild-mannered software developer by day transform into a superhero news vigilante by night? For Chris Begley, the 29-year-old founder of the news-driven fan site Batman-News, all it takes is obsessively consuming the news, furiously writing during his lunch break, and staying up all night after work to pump out story after story and tweet after tweet. Since launching in 2010, Batman-News averages 2 million page views a month, while its Twitter handle boasts 94,000 followers. Perhaps more impressive is the level of engagement among its readership. Articles garner hundreds of comments, while a link from Batman-News can move the needle on much larger and more established sites. Begley scours the Internet for news constantly, and has an army of readers who will tip him off for news that might be buried in long interviews on other sites. The Batman director Matt Reeves has dropped Ben Affleck's script? Batman-News surfaces that comment from Reeves' lengthy MTV podcast interview and the next day it is everywhere on more mainstream entertainment news outlets. The website's success comes from an obsessive drive that means Begley, who has a day job as a software developer in Connecticut, rarely goes anywhere without his laptop and at times turns down social invitations in favor of working on the site. Like many superheroes, he loves and believes in what he does, but feels a sense of burden as well. "This is kind of sad, but it's true. I go out to dinner, I'm freaking out about what's happening in the news world. The news is 24/7," says Begley. "I'm always on the edge. That's probably the worst part about it. It's fun, but I would like to have more free time." Begley likes to stay near his Batcave. He hasn't been on a plane since he was a kid, but he is making an exception and will be coming to Los Angeles for Monday's Justice League premiere. As part of a promotion, Gillette is capitalizing on his readership by footing the bill in exchange for coverage of the company treating him to a red carpet-worthy shave to get him ready for the premiere. He's had luck with other sponsors as well. He'll be wearing a custom Justice League suit, provided for free Fun.com, and was sent a 4K TV from TCL after saying he'd love to watch Wonder Woman that way and would give the company a plug with his readers. "I'm going to be meeting so many people for the first time that I've talked to for years in some cases," Begley says of finally making it out to Los Angeles, where he'll touch base with contacts he's made through his site. Begley's love of Batman goes back to when his cousin gave him a toy at age five. "I've never been a huge sci-fi fan and I like that Batman is just a man," says Begley. "He doesn't rely on superpowers. He's extremely smart and trained himself to be the crime fighting machine that everyone knows." When Begley first started writing about superheroes in 2010, Los Angeles Times' blog Hero Complex was the gold standard for Batman news, thanks to founder Geoff Boucher's cozy relationship with Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan, who gave him the best access of anyone. Begley had spent years frequenting message boards, devouring every scrap about those films, and felt there was no one place that tied all the news together. So he decided to build one. Batman-News launched in September 2010, and came into its own the following summer as Nolan began filming The Dark Knight Rises. Just eight months after launching, Begley marked his first 1 million page view month, courtesy of the first photo of Tom Hardy as Bane, which was juiced by Kevin Smith tweeting a link to the story. "It just snowballed from there. I was covering the Dark Knight Rises better than anyone," says Begley. "I was just posting every little piece." He remembers his success and failures vividly. In 2013, when Affleck was cast as Batman in Batman v. Superman, Begley wasn't by a computer and was 40 minutes late posting the news. "I was furious at myself," he recalls. A year later, his cousin asked him out to dinner -- and he was hesitant to go, feeling the whole time he would miss something. As soon as they left the restaurant, he saw the news that Jared Leto would be playing The Joker in Suicide Squad. (He typed up a story from his cousin's nearby home.) But the most life-altering of these disappointments came at 1 a.m. one morning in 2015, when Zack Snyder shared the first photo of Jason Momoa as Aquaman. Begley was asleep and missed it. Now he doesn't allow himself to sleep until after 2 a.m., when he feels he won't miss anything from the West Coast. Joshua McDonald, a freelance comic book reviewer for Batman-News, notes he'd often file pieces at midnight from Los Angeles, and Begley would still be up, working away. "There had to be plenty of times where it was 3, 4 a.m. his time and he'd respond right away to my emails," notes McDonald. "Even early mornings, when the studios were going to release something, he'd stay up." To build a successful following in the fan community, you usually must have one or more of the following: the ability to generate scoops, access to talent, provocative opinions or an entertainingly pugilistic online persona. "Most fan sites are about the writer shoving their opinions on people," says Nashville-based Batman-News reader Jason Castleman. "Chris really sticks to delivering news and letting the readers discuss their opinions on it. That is a breath of fresh air compared to most comic book/superhero sites." Anton Volkov, founder of the trailer-focused site Trailer-Track, notes that the Begley's solo operation allows readers to feel a greater connection to the site as a whole. On some sites, readers might be loyal to a prominent writer, but not the brand. Not so with Batman-News. "When you have a site that has this personal identity and ability to interact with everyone, it's brilliant, because this sort of engagement as a website as opposed to an individual writer is kind of rare," says Volkov. "These interactions do have this huge added benefit of building up a far more dedicated audience and a reputation for the site itself." Begley has noted that fandom has become divided since the Nolan days, when there was less turmoil behind-the-scenes in the Batman universe. Some readers publicly stated they were going to stop reading Batman-Newsafter it began covering the drama behind the DC movies last year, such as Suicide Squad's rushed production, or a THR story calling into question Ben Affleck's future as Batman, or even on-the-record quotes from Affleck's brother Casey casting doubt that the actor would play the part in a solo Batman movie. "He loves DC. He's a big Batman fan, but he knows DC fans freak out over everything. He takes advantage of that," says a Batman-News reader with ties to Hollywood, who asked to remain anonymous to avoid the ire of the superhero community. But Begley notes he's not trying to court controversy, he's just reporting the news. "There are people who 100 percent believe everything Ben Affleck says," says Begley. "'Oh, he went on the stage at Comic-Con and says he loves Batman, so he's never going to stop being Batman.' I always try to cover both sides, and of course I don't want Ben Affleck to leave, but there's been enough rumors that you have to assume it's a possibility." Begley declined to say how much money he makes from the site, but he did confirm it is profitable. He was able to purchase his dream car, a 2017 Corvette Stingray Z51 using only earnings from the site (Kelley Blue Book value: $58,000). He admits he's not a car guy, but he's always thought black Corvettes looked like the Batmobile. His vanity license plate? Bat-News, naturally. Save for a few freelancers who review the latest comic books, Begley is a one-man show, which means he is able to reap all of the rewards of that labor. Rather than pounding the pavement to sell ads on his site himself (or employing someone to do so), he uses Google AdSense, GumGum, and Share through ad networks -- which automate the process. A programmatic advertising approach seems to be working for a lean and mean operation like Batman-News, which counts on the popularity of superhero news to drive page views. When Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy ended in 2012, Begley thought Batman-News might slow down, so he launched Spider-Man News (to focus on a slew of Sony films that never materialized) and then Superhero News (to cover all things superheroes). He admits he's largely a Batman fan, and created those sites more as a way to expand his little empire rather than pure love. "Superhero News is basically a business decision. I'm not actually into superheroes, I really only love Batman," says Begley. But so far, even stories powered by all of Marvel's and DC's big-screen heroes haven't been able to top Batman-News. The spinoff site gets about 300,000 page views monthly, but Begley is going to keep at it -- and wonders if some day he could trade his day job for the sites. "One day, Superhero News could be even bigger than Batman-News," he says. "Maybe I do this full-time one day." (Hollywood Reporter)

TV

The Lord of the Rings TV Adaptation Lands at Amazon With Multi-Season Commitment & Potential Spin-Off. One series to rule them all? That's what Amazon is hoping. The streaming service announced on Monday that is has acquired the TV rights for The Lord of the Rings, based on the fantasy novels by J.R.R. Tolkien, handing out a multi-season commitment. The upcoming Amazon Prime Original will be produced in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line Cinema. Set in Middle Earth, the adaptation will explore new storylines preceding The Fellowship of the Ring. The deal also includes a potential additional spin-off series. "The Lord of the Rings is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of generations of fans through literature and the big screen," said Sharon Tal Yguado, Head of Scripted Series, Amazon Studios. "We are honored to be working with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line on this exciting collaboration for television and are thrilled to be taking The Lord of the Rings fans on a new epic journey in Middle Earth." "We are delighted that Amazon, with its longstanding commitment to literature, is the home of the first-ever multi-season television series for The Lord of the Rings," said Matt Galsor, a representative for the Tolkien Estate and Trust and Harper Collins. "Sharon and the team at Amazon Studios have exceptional ideas to bring to the screen previously unexplored stories based on J.R.R. Tolkien's original writings." The franchise's theatrical adaptations, from New Line Cinema and director Peter Jackson, earned a combined gross of nearly $6 billion worldwide and a combined 17 Academy Awards, including Best Picture. No word yet on when to expect the new adaptation to hit the streaming service, but considering the special effects that'll no doubt be involved, you can count on a bit of a wait. Are you looking forward to a new adaptation of The Lord of the Rings? Or are the movies enough for you? (Eonline)

The Walking Dead Just Said Goodbye to Another Fan Favorite. Warning: The following contains spoilers from the most recent episode of The Walking Dead. If you haven't watched yet, you may want to bookmark this page and return once you have. Proceed with caution. It's not always easy to be king. In fact, as Ezekiel (Khary Payton) found out on Sunday night's episode of The Walking Dead, sometimes it can be downright horrible. Especially when you're a self-imposed king at war with a lunatic and his relentless goons during the zombie apocalypse. Picking right up where we left off last week, Ezekiel proved to be the only person to survive from that shower of gunfire that came out of nowhere, thanks to his subjects leaping on top him, all dying in the process. As he had to fight off the people who he convinced to join the fight now that they'd reanimated as walkers, fight off a deranged Savior with a truly terrible haircut, and finally get reconnected with and rescued by Jerry (Cooper Andrews) and Carol (Melissa McBride), it was one hell of a day for the man who would be king. But the worst was far from over. With his leg injured and a pack of walkers closing in on the trio in the woods, it looked as if Ezekiel might sacrifice himself so that the other two could get to safety quickly. That is, until his trusty tiger sidekick Shiva roared into action, leaping into the middle of the walkers from nearly out of nowhere. She was the distraction our heroes needed to get the heck out of dodge. Unfortunately, that also meant she would become quite a feast for those lucky walkers. While the decision to give Shiva a hero's death shouldn't come as much of a surprise. Digitally animating a ferocious tiger would only get more and more expensive in the long haul, after all, not to mention the fact that Shiva died much in the same way in the comics. But it's a bit of a bummer. A theatrical "king" with a pet tiger was one of our favorite bonkers aspects of The Walking Dead. In the aftermath, we expect Ezekiel and his eccentricities to come back down to earth as he mourns. Were you bummed to see Shiva sacrifice herself for Ezekiel? The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on AMC. (Eonline)

Outlander: How those ship scenes were shot. If only filming on the water was easy and convenient. But sticking Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan on a ship in the middle of the Indian Ocean isn't feasible. That's what made filming Outlander at Cape Town Studios in South Africa so ideal: Practical ships already existed because that's where Starz shot Black Sails. And there was more than enough room to create a whole new Jamaican world for the final five episodes of season 3. All they needed was the appearance of an ocean. That's where the green-screen technology came in -- massive partitions held up by cranes that make the appearance of water around that "bucket of sh -- e" possible. "The page count was funny [in Voyager]," executive producer Matthew B. Roberts tells EW. "I think there was 104 pages, and 6 pages are on land. When I first did the tally, a little aneurysm started in my head. I was like, I don't know how we're gonna do it. That's just so much on the water, and we want to do it great. But it just so happened that on the same network, a drama with ships! Can we use 'em? Is it okay? Do we have to revamp 'em? And it ended up working out perfectly, timing-wise. The transition really didn't take as long as you might think to move continents, hemispheres, time zones, everything you can think of." EW obtained this exclusive video and behind-the-scenes shots that demonstrate how those soggy scenes were executed. "This year was much heavier in visual effects than we've ever had," admits Roberts. "Every time you look this way or that way, you have to see ocean, so we need visual effects." The Artemis has short gunnels (or sides), which required heavy use of special effects. "We knew in these episodes that we were going to have to direct a large portion of our visual effects," says Roberts. "The difference between the Porpoise and the Artemis is the gunnels. When you are on Porpoise, the gunnels are high. So if you are standing next to them, you don't see the water. We get a free shot. But when you are on the Artemis, the gunnels are low, so every time you look out you see water. Those aren't free, so that's where the green screens come in." Massive green screens flank the Artemis, which was dolled up especially for Outlander. "I watched a lot of clips from Black Sails 'cause I didn't want to repeat anything," says Roberts. That's a mighty tall crane, or two, or six. "Normally at a shoot, we get a crane out for a day," explains Roberts. "We had 14 to 15 cranes every day. It was crazy." The production used gimbals to make it seem like the ships were rocking. "We would have to stop because there's usually 40 to 50 people on [the ship] and people get seasick. I get seasick, even when we were doing the tests on the Artemis, which actually does go from 10 degrees to 10 degrees. At first everybody up there was going, 'Oh, this is great.' Then about five seconds later, we were like, 'This is not so great.'" The resulting scenes aboard the ships continue to amaze Roberts. "You know, there was no water for miles. Even seeing this and how it's done and built and looking at mock-ups, I'm still amazed. It's truly movie magic." For more about the final episodes of Outlander this season, pick up the newest issue of EW, on newsstands now! (Entertainment Weekly)

TLC has officially severed its ties with former "Counting On" star Derick Dillard after he repeatedly made negative comments about one of the network's other stars, Jazz Jennings. On Saturday, the network released a statement on Twitter explaining that it has severed ties with Dillard after another round of comments against Jennings, who stars on her own series, "I Am Jazz," which chronicles her life following her decision at a young age to transition from a male to a female. "We want to let our viewers know that Derick Dillard has not participated in 'Counting On' for months and the network has no plans to feature him in the future. We want to reiterate that Derick's personal statements do not reflect the views of the network," the statement reads. "TLC is proud to share the story of Jazz Jennings and her family and will continue to do so." The decision from the network comes after Dillard spoke for a second time about Jennings, arguing that he doesn't believe that one can change their gender identity and refused to use feminine pronouns when discussing Jennings. "I pity Jazz, 4 those who take advantage of him in order 2 promote their agenda, including the parents who allow these kinds of decisions 2 be made by a child. It's sad that ppl would use a juvenile this way. Again, nothing against him, just unfortunate what's on tv these days," he wrote in response to another commenter who brought up his older comments about Jennings. As previously reported, Dillard, who came to fame alongside his wife Jill Duggar on TLC, previously took issue with Jennings, saying that gender is "ordained by God." "What an oxymoron... a 'reality' show which follows a non-reality. 'Transgender' is a myth. Gender is not fluid; it's ordained by God." Jennings, who hasn't directly responded to Dillard's latest comments, said at the time: "Every day I experience cyber-bullying, but I keep sharing my story. Today was no different." Dillard continued to respond to his latest statements, saying that he's just trying to have a mature discussion about his concerns as a Christian. He also speculated as to the capability of a child to make decisions about their gender identity. However, people on Twitter were mostly unimpressed with his justification, and it was enough to prompt the network to completely sever ties with him. (Page Six)

HBO Launches Stand-Alone Streaming Service in Four Central European Countries. The direct-to-consumer HBO Go service is available in Hungary, Romania, the Czech Republic and Slovakia with such hit shows as 'Game of Thrones,' 'Westworld' and 'Silicon Valley.' Time Warner's HBO said Monday it has launched direct-to-consumer services in four Central European countries. The HBO Go subscription VOD service became available as a direct-to-consumer offer online without the need for a pay TV subscription in Hungary, Romania, the Czech Republic and Slovakia on Monday. It offers HBO's entire library of original series, films and documentaries, HBO Europe's local productions, "a big selection of the best series from other premium content providers," as well as movies and kids programming. In the four countries, the direct-to-consumer offering will be offered in addition to the already established HBO channels and services, and HBO Go will also continue to be available through local distribution partners with TV and Internet packages. The HBO Go service offers all seasons of such HBO originals as Game of Thrones, Westworld and Silicon Valley, as well as popular classic series like Sex and the City, The Sopranos and The Wire. Subscribers also get access to HBO Europe's local programming, including all seasons of series like Shadows, Silent Valley (Romania), Burning Bush, Wasteland (Czech Republic) and Golden Life(Hungary), as well as a large selection of documentaries. "In addition, HBO Go premieres a long list of brand new hit movies, such as Beauty and the Beast, Trainspotting 2, Jackie and Assassin's Creed, an extensive catalogue of movies, a wide range of kids programming, as well as top series from other content providers e.g., The Handmaid's Tale, Babylon Berlin, Billions, Twin Peaks and Luther," HBO Europe said. New titles will be added weekly, with many set to premiere simultaneously with the U.S. "HBO Go via affiliates is already a huge success in Central Europe, but our goal is to make it even easier for the many series lovers in these countries to access HBO's premium content," said Herve Payan, CEO of HBO Europe. "The launch of HBO Go direct to consumers in Central Europe is a natural step for us after successful launches of HBO streaming services in Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland." The new over-the-top service will be available on computers, smartphones, tablets, Apple TV, Chromecast, Samsung Smart TVs and Sony's PlayStation. Each subscriber can add up to five devices and use two concurrent streams at the same time. (Hollywood Reporter)

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