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Thursday, November 2, 2017


Sterling K. Brown Opens Up About the 'Unexpected' Home Birth of His First Child. Sterling K. Brown is revealing a bit of himself after Tuesday night's episode of This Is Us. Spoiler Alert. The actor, 41, tweeted during an emotional scene in which his character, Randall, helps his wife, Beth, played by Susan Kelechi Watson, give birth at home to their first daughter. He shared his own story on Twitter, writing, "An unexpected home delivery is something my wife and I went through ourselves with our first born, so this was round 2 for me! #ThisIsUs." Brown has two sons with wife Ryan Michelle Bathe: Andrew, 6, and Amare, 2. He told E! News in September that his kids were a handful, saying, "The 6-year-old is in first grade, and he's got a lot of personality. Any time you turn the camera on to this child, he shows up." "He wants to be a scientist, so we're really hoping the scientist thing happens," Bathe added. "Because he wants to be better than Einstein. But then he goes, 'Sexy dance, sexy dance, sexy dance.'" Joked Brown: "He's going to be a weird scientist." Brown's character, Randall, is facing an emotional adoption storyline in the second season of the hit NBC show. The actor told PEOPLE's Editor-in-Chief Jess Cagle in August that Randall wanted "to sort of fulfill the legacy of his parents Jack and Rebecca, honor William's [Randall's birth father (Ron Cephas Jones)] memory, by adopting. Beth [played by Kelechi Watson] doesn't quite see it exactly the same way as Randall does, so they're having a conversation, if you will, around this whole adoption issue." (People)

Cardi B's walking around with a fortune on her left hand ... because Offset definitely didn't skimp when he put a ring on it. The Migos rapper dropped $550k on Cardi's engagement ring, which took a month and a half to make ... according to the owner of NYC's Pristine Jewelers. It came together just in time for Offset's live onstage proposal, but means he really must have been sweating during their brief breakup. Cardi's shiny 8-carat stone's surrounded by 2 half-carat pear diamonds and 2 carats worth of pink and white stones. The ring's totally custom made in the raindrop shape Offset wanted. It also worked out perfectly -- we're told the ring was finished by the day of the Philly Powerhouse concert and he picked it up just hours before he proposed. As we reported ... Offset could get a big chunk of his ring money back -- he and Cardi B are wanted for a TV wedding special that could land the couple one million bucks. (TMZ)

New couple alert?? Late Saturday night, 43-year-old Ryan Phillippe was photographed arriving at 25-year-old Demi Lovato's "Haunted Carnival Bash" around midnight after guests had already left. But get this... the Shooter actor was seen leaving the singer's pad at 5 a.m., smoking a vaporizer and getting into a black Cadillac. Sounds like a booty call to us! However, this isn't the first time the two have been linked. In 2011, Miz Lovato and Phillippe were rumored to be dating around the time Reese Witherspoon's baby daddy welcomed daughter Kai with ex-girlfriend Alexis Knapp. Get it, you two! (Perez Hilton)

The Weeknd is the one who ended his relationship with Selena Gomez -- not vice versa -- and it had nothing to do with Justin Bieber ... TMZ has learned. Multiple sources connected to The Weeknd and Selena tell us, their relationship had been fizzling out since Summer. They had rarely seen each other because of his touring schedule and her shooting schedule. They started talking less frequently on the phone. We're told Abel enjoyed being single before he met Selena and felt unfairly tied down in a relationship that had lost its passion. Our sources say several weeks ago Abel called Selena, explained how the relationship was no longer working for him and then ended it. Our sources say the 2 remain friendly and have even talked several times since the breakup. As for Justin Bieber ... we're told he was not a factor in the breakup. Justin's apparent reignited relationship with Selena didn't start until after she and The Weeknd went their separate ways. (TMZ)

Wendy Williams' staffers are worried about her health. There are fears for Wendy Williams' health after she fainted on live TV on Tuesday. The host -- dressed in a Statue of Liberty costume for Halloween -- was seen on her show looking disoriented and having trouble reading her teleprompter. Then, a look of terror crossed her face and she staggered backward and collapsed. The show cut to a long commercial break before Williams came back on the air and told the audience, "That was not a stunt. I'm overheated in my costume and I did pass out. But you know what? I'm a champ and I'm back." She continued the show, and before signing off she asked, "Is that the end of the show? Was I passed out that long?!" A show insider said staffers are worried about Williams, following a report that her husband, Kevin Hunter, cheated on her with 32-year-old massage therapist Sharina Hudson, which they both strongly denied. The insider said, "Wendy has become very thin recently, and the show staff wonders if she is under a lot of personal stress." A September report claimed that Hunter and Hudson have been hooking up for a decade, and that Hunter moved her into a secluded $765,000 home just miles away from his home with Williams. She addressed the rumors on her show, telling the audience, "It's weird being a hot topic. In a weird kind of way .?.?. I love the attention .?.?. You can believe what you want. I stand by my guy. We commuted together this morning. The paparazzi were outside catching me in the cutest negligee." Her rep Ronn Torossian said at the time, "One plus one does not equal three." As for her medical scare, Torossian insisted she was suffering from the ubiquitous showbiz affliction "dehydration." He said in a statement, "Ms. Williams fainted on-air this morning. She is dehydrated and is on her way home for a good day and night of sleep. She has been examined by medical professionals and is well. She is OK, and will continue shows as planned. She will address this on-air tomorrow." He added, "She has never missed a day of work." (PageSix)

Dustin Hoffman "Sexually Harassed Me When I Was 17," Woman Says. A woman says Dustin Hoffman sexually harassed her when she was 17 years old and working as an intern on one of his projects. The allegations come amid a rise of public accusations of sexual misconduct against several Hollywood celebs and power players, notably producer Harvey Weinstein, who has denied taking part in non-consensual sex. "I have the utmost respect for women and feel terrible that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation. I am sorry. It is not reflective of who I am," Hoffman told The Hollywood Reporter in response to the accusations against him, which are detailed in a Hollywood Reporter op-ed posted on November 1 and titled "Dustin Hoffman Sexually Harassed Me When I Was 17." Anna Graham Hunter, now 49, says that when she was 17 and a senior in high school, she interned as a production assistant on Death of a Salesman, a 1985 TV movie that earned Hoffman his first and only Emmy. Hunter feels conflicted about the actor. She said in her op-ed, "I loved the attention from Dustin Hoffman. Until I didn't." "He asked me to give him a foot massage my first day on set; I did," she wrote. "He was openly flirtatious, he grabbed my ass, he talked about sex to me and in front of me. One morning I went to his dressing room to take his breakfast order; he looked at me and grinned, taking his time. Then he said, 'I'll have a hard-boiled egg...and a soft-boiled clitoris.' His entourage burst out laughing. I left, speechless. Then I went to the bathroom and cried." She said she wrote her sister letters detailing her encounters with the actor and made copies of them for herself. In one letter, she wrote that on week two, Hoffman asked her, "So, did you have sex over the weekend like I told you?" "Today, when I was walking Dustin to his limo, he felt my ass four times," she wrote days later. "I hit him each time, hard, and told him he was a dirty old man. He took off his hat and pointed to his head (shaved for the part) and said, 'No, I'm a dirty young man, I have a full head of hair.'" She wrote that after about two weeks, she told the actor that she "didn't appreciate his wandering hands or his comments" and that "he apologized and said he would stop." However, she said that a few days later, after she got to meet Warren Beatty when he visited the studio, Hoffman told her, "You might as well have undressed yourself. You were saying, 'F--k me, f--k me, Warren.'" After more than a month, she wrote, "No one is 100 percent good or bad. Dustin's a pig, but I like him a lot." "Yes, he was gross," she said. "But he could also be sweet and wanted me to like him. Which I did...Not long ago I watched All the President's Men for the first time in years and then texted my sister: Is it weird that I find him kind of sexy in this after what he did?" "At 49, I understand what Dustin Hoffman did as it fits into the larger pattern of what women experience in Hollywood and everywhere," she said. "He was a predator, I was a child, and this was sexual harassment. As to how it fits into my own pattern, I imagine I'll be figuring that out for years to come." (Eonline)

Jeremy Piven Denies Sexual Assault Allegations From Ariane Bellamar. Jeremy Piven denies recent accusations of sexual assault. Actress and former reality TV star Ariane Bellamar claimed in a series of tweets posted Monday that the 52-year-old actor engaged in non-consensual touch with Bellamar on two separate occasions. She alleged Piven "cornered" her and "forcefully fondled" her breasts and backside on the set of Entourage and again at the Playboy mansion. Piven told E! News in a statement, "I unequivocally deny the appalling allegations being peddled about me. It did not happen. It takes a great deal of courage for victims to come forward with their histories, and my hope is that the allegations about me that didn't happen, do not detract from stories that should be heard." "Hey @jeremypiven! 'Member when you cornered me in your trailer on the #Entourage set? 'Member grabbing my boobies on the [couch emoji] without asking??" the Beverly Hills Nannies star wrote. "'Member when I tried to leave; you grabbed me by the ass, looked at yourself in the mirror, & said what a 'beautiful couple' we made? #MeToo." She continued by claiming Piven sent her "abusive, explicit" messages and that HBO has tapes of them together. "And, don't try to deny it, sir," Bellamar added. Later, Ariane recalled the alleged incident on the set of Entourage. "I was led to @jeremypiven's trailer by a young, blonde woman w/a clipboard (I presumed a PA) to discuss my 'career'. My 'potential,'" she tweeted, continuing, "These shamers. JFC. I was there. There are [phone] records. What say you, Mr. Piven? I stand FULLY behind my statements & can prove them. #MeToo" According to her IMDb page, Bellamar had a "small role" on the Piven's series. She's also appeared in Suicide Squad, The Hangover Part III and Million Dollar Matchmaker. Meanwhile, HBO released the following statement to E! News in response: "Today, via the press reports, is the first we are hearing about Ariane Bellamar's allegations concerning Jeremy Piven. Everyone at HBO and our productions is aware that zero tolerance for sexual harassment is our policy. Anyone experiencing an unsafe working environment has several avenues for making complaints that we take very seriously." (Eonline)

Beverly Hills Police Department Investigating 'Multiple Complaints' Involving Harvey Weinstein and James Toback. Harvey Weinstein and James Toback are both being investigated after Beverly Hills Police received multiple complaints against the two men. The police department confirmed it was investigating Weinstein, 65, and Toback, 72, in two separate statements released in unison late Tuesday night. "The Beverly Hills Police Department has recently received multiple complaints involving Harvey Weinstein. These cases are under investigation and no further information will be released at this time," the statement read. The department issued an identically worded press release referring to director Toback. Toback has been accused of acting inappropriately-including masturbating in front of women, touching them and propositioning them during business meetings-by over 300 women, according to the Los Angeles Times. On Tuesday, Grey's Anatomy actress Caterina Scorsone joined numerous women, including actresses Selma Blair, Rachel McAdams, and Julianne Moore, in making such claims against the filmmaker. The Oscar-nominated writer and director denied the allegations made against him in a profanity-laced interview with Rolling Stone on Friday. "Lemme be really clear about this," Toback told Rolling Stone over the phone. "I don't want to get a pat on the back, but I've struggled seriously to make movies with very little money, that I write, that I direct, that mean my life to me. The idea that I would offer a part to anyone for any other reason than that he or she was gonna be the best of anyone I could find is so disgusting to me. "And anyone who says it is a lying c -- -- -- or c -- or both. Can I be any clearer than that? Anyone who says that, I just want to spit in his or her f -- -- face," he said. Weinstein meanwhile is currently bring investigated by the LAPD, NYPD and also U.K. police. The Oscar-winning producer has been accused of sexual misconduct by over 50 women since The New York Times and The New Yorker documented decades of alleged sexual misconduct and sexual assault involving a number of women in detailed articles earlier this month. A spokesperson for Weinstein previously told PEOPLE in a statement that "any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein. Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances." (People)

CBS 'Looking Into' Jeremy Piven Sexual Harassment Allegations. The Emmy winner has been accused of groping a woman on the set of "Entourage." Jeremy Piven is the latest Hollywood figure to be accused of sexual harassment. In a series of tweets Tuesday (Oct. 31), actress Ariane Bellamar alleged that the actor groped her on the set of Entourage. Piven is currently starring on the CBS drama Wisdom of the Crowd. The network said Tuesday in a statement, "We are aware of the media reports and are looking into the matter." HBO also issued a statement Tuesday: "Today, via the press reports, is the first we are hearing about Ariane Bellamar's allegations concerning Jeremy Piven. Everyone at HBO and our productions is aware that zero tolerance for sexual harassment is our policy. Anyone experiencing an unsafe working environment has several avenues for making complaints that we take very seriously." Bellamar made the allegations in a series of tweets. It's unclear whether the incident(s) occurred on the set of the Entourage TV show or the subsequent movie released in 2015. The TV series ran for eight seasons from 2004-2011. Bellamar's credits do not include an appearance on Entourage, but list her work on series including Beverly Hills Nannies and Millionaire Matchmaker, as well as movies like Suicide Squad and the third Hangover film. In a statement sent to The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday evening, Piven denied the "appalling allegations." "I unequivocally deny the appalling allegations being peddled about me. It did not happen," the actor said in the statement. "It takes a great deal of courage for victims to come forward with their histories, and my hope is that the allegations about me that didn't happen, do not detract from stories that should be heard." Wisdom of the Crowd launched earlier this month and is five episodes into its run. CBS TV Studios also co-produces the crowd-sourcing drama with Universal TV. Prior to Wisdom of the Crowd, Piven spent four years headlining the ITV/Masterpiece co-production Mr. Selfridge, which aired Stateside on PBS. The accusations made against Piven come after similar allegations have been made in recent weeks against Hollywood figures like film mogul Harvey Weinstein, director James Toback and most recently actor Kevin Spacey. Netflix suspended production indefinitely on the sixth and final season of Spacey's political drama House of Cards on Tuesday after Star Trek actor Anthony Rapp alleged Sunday that Spacey made sexual advances towards him in 1986 when Rapp was 14 and Spacey was 26. Spacey offered his "sincerest apology" to Rapp via a statement Sunday on Twitter. The following day, Netflix and House of Cards producer Media Rights Capital also weighed in, saying they were "deeply troubled" by the accusation made against Spacey. (Billboard)

Keith Wilder, the lead singer of the '70s funk band Heatwave, has died. Wilder's had several massive hits, including "Always and Forever," "Boogie Nights" and "The Groove Line." Wilder had been suffering from serious health problems recently and died in his sleep Sunday, according to his cousin and bandmate, Billy Jones. "Always and Forever" was the group's biggest hit ... as it went platinum. "Boogie Nights" broke the top 10. Keith summed up his band simply ... "We just kept it real and kept it pure." The group was nominated for 2 Grammys but didn't win. Wilder was 65. RIP. (TMZ)


Charlize Theron and Geoffrey Zakarian auction off private dinner for $25K. Charlize Theron and celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian hosted a starry dinner to celebrate the 10th anniversary of her Africa Outreach Program. At Zakarian's Montage Beverly Hills eatery Georgie, Theron's close pal Seth MacFarlane bid $25,000 during an auction for a private dinner with the two hosts. Guests also included uberagent Ari Emanuel and Aisha Tyler. "It was an incredible cause," said a spy, "the room burst into laughter when Charlize called Geoffrey her sous-chef." (PageSix)

Prince Harry Calls Princess Diana His ''Ideal Role Model'' at Obama Foundation Summit. The globe-trotting Prince Harry hit up Chicago on Tuesday for the inaugural Obama Foundation Summit put on by his good pal, former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama. The event's YouTube page explains, "Some of the world's most thoughtful and passionate civic leaders will take the stage and lay out the challenges we face, along with the opportunities we have for engagement and transformation." For Prince Harry's segment on the first night of the two-day event, he had a candid conversation with Mellody Hobson, President of Ariel Investments, LLC, on ways that youth can be the drivers of community engagement and development. In the sit-down, the 33-year-old also spoke openly and honestly about how he's trying to use his immense privilege to help others, as well as speak about the impact that his mother, the late Princess Diana, had on his being of service to others. During the conversation, Mellody asked the service-oriented royal why Harry thought his mother was referred to as the "People's Princess." "I think she had a lot in common with everybody but also she certainly listened in a very, very short space of time," said the prince. "In society we suffer from this illusion or this reality where some problems get so big that nobody wants to get involved. She was the one that changed that." The complimentary son also added, "I will always look up to her as being my ideal role model." The Brit, who said he'd attended his first "proper royal engagement" at age 4 or 5, also spoke about his charity with brother Prince William and sister-in-law's charity, Royal Foundation. During the conversation, Harry was also asked about what inspires him, he answered, "The younger generation of the world has turned me into an optimist...they have the solutions to some of the world's biggest problems." Harry, who is dating American actress Meghan Markle, added, "We have to listen to the younger generation because they are the cure to some of the world's biggest problems -- they are the cure of many communities as well." Earlier in the day, the 44th president gave an opening session speech in which he asked the crowd of people at the summit for a number of things, including to be open minded to meeting new people, and to not ask him and his wife for selfies, so that he can have an actual conversation with the attendees, and most importantly to "have fun." The summit features around 500 speakers and performers, with grassroots leaders participating alongside big names such as the royal, Common, Jose Andres, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Chance the Rapper. In addition to session at the summit, the royal and former first lady made a surprise visit to 20 students at the Hyde Park Academy, a high school across from the future Obama Presidential Center. "Mrs. Obama and Prince Harry surprised approximately 20 students at Hyde Park Academy, a high school across from the future site of the Obama Presidential Center on the South Side of Chicago," said Caroline Adler Morales, Mrs. Obama's Communications Director, in a statement. The principal of Hyde Park Academy spoke to E! News about the surprise hour-long stop by and said the unknowing students were pretty pumped. "[The students] were extremely surprised and excited. We didn't tell them beforehand because we didn't know if we were going to be able to make the visit happen with their schedules but when they showed up we had already started the meeting with the Obama Foundation representatives and the presidential senate which will be located across the street from the school," said Principal Ross. "One of the students was in mid-sentence when they walked in and they just screamed so they were extremely, extremely excited!" "More than a building or a museum, the Obama Foundation will be a living, working center for civic engagement. The Foundation believes in every person's ability to create positive change in their local community or anywhere in the world," according to a press release. "The Foundation's initiatives inspire and empower people with the skills and tools they need to do just that -- to change their world -- and train and connect the next generation of civic leaders and active citizens. During this two-day immersive event, five hundred plus rising and established community leaders will come together to exchange ideas, explore creative solutions to common problems, and experience civic art, technology, and music from around the world." (Eonline)

Josh Groban 'Shaking' as He Recounts Harrowing NYC Terror Incident from 'Half a Block' Away. Josh Groban and his dog were just half a block away from the incident that left at least eight dead in New York City Tuesday. N.Y.C. officials announced that a truck rammed into people on a bike path before slamming into a school bus several blocks from the World Trade Center memorial Tuesday afternoon, leaving at least eight dead and more than a dozen injured. Groban, 36, was on the scene at the time and took to Twitter immediately following the incident to recount the harrowing details. "Oh my god I just heard gun shots and ran with my dog. Downtown F -- ," the Tony nominee said in the first of a series of tweets. "I hope everyone's ok. Was half a block from me, didn't see it but heard 8-19 quick rounds fired off. Be safe with your kids out there." "I'm shaking. That's the corner I was supposed to have my coffee but my dog pulled me into the park half a block away 10 min before shooting," continued Groban, who later added: "Devastated for the victims and their families tonight & inspired by the spirit of this city. Sirens and trick or treaters everywhere." Once Groban got "far enough away" to safety, he tweeted, "I took this video of the quick response from our amazing NYPD and NYFD." One person is in custody and no suspects are outstanding, according to the NYPD. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio declared the incident an "act of terror," and police sources described a suspect as a man in his early 30s. (People)

Inside Sandra Bullock's Life With Bryan Randall After Heartbreak. Seeking advice on secret weddings, Sandra Bullock turned to a pal who had been there, tried that. As Jennifer Aniston sat in the Beverly Hills home Bullock shares with boyfriend Bryan Randall earlier this year, the Oscar winner floated a plan she'd been considering, a source reveals in the new issue of Us Weekly. They'd hold a small, hush-hush ceremony for a select group of guests, the source recalls what Bullock said, and not tell them anything in advance. But the union would be more symbolic than lawful. "Sandy is a bit hesitant about getting married because of the legalities," explains a Bullock pal, noting Randall hasn't adopted her son Louis, 7, or daughter Laila, 5. "It gets complicated." Aniston was supportive of Bullock's proposal, says another insider, pointing out the fact that the duo were practically married already: "Jen was saying, 'What's the difference? He's already living here, he's already your old man.'" And he's already cemented his place as the love of Bullock's life. Coming off a turbulent first marriage -- West Coast Choppers owner James admitted on her with multiple women throughout their five-year union -- the 53-year-old Ocean's Eight actress was somewhat wary of relationships. "She went through a great deal of heartbreak after Jesse," says the friend, "and she is scarred by it to this day." But in their two-plus years together, Randall has worked hard to heal those wounds. Described by a friend as "one of the nicest guys ever," the photographer, 51, has proven himself as a partner and father figure. "Bryan has fully stepped up and embraced the dad role," says the friend. "He is 100 percent there for Louis and Laila and wonderful with them in every way. Sandy feels incredibly fortunate and blessed that she is sharing the parenting journey with Bryan." Though the Bullock pal says "most of their time revolves around the kids," Randall finds ways to squeeze in romance. Any opening in their schedule, says the friend, he'll steal Bullock away "for a late lunch or early dinner." Among their go-to spots: West Hollywood Italian joint Il Piccolino, where they dined with Aniston and her husband Justin Theroux October 21, and Mexican eatery Casa Vega in L.A.'s Sherman Oaks neighborhood. And the former model is a charming date. "He's the guy who will always get the door or get her jacket and help put it on," says the friend. "Bryan takes care of her in all of the right ways. She feels loved and appreciated all of the time." (US Weekly)

Tom Brady Is Convinced That Drinking Enough Water Will Prevent Sunburns. Spoiler alert: Tom Brady is not just like us. Yes, he's married to world-renowned supermodel Gisele Bündchen. And he's arguably one of the best quarterbacks the NFL has seen in quite some time. But perhaps what really makes Tom different from many of us is his strict diet, lifestyle and appreciation for water. In a new profile for ESPN the Magazine, fans of the New England Patriots quarterback received an inside look into his daily drinking regimen that includes a whole lot of H2O. According to the publication, Tom wakes up at 6 a.m. and immediately drinks 20 ounces of purified water amplified with TB12 electrolytes. The combination makes him so well-hydrated that "even with adequate exposure to the sun, I won't get sunburned." Tom also believes that the muscles under his skin look like "beautiful tenderloins" instead of "shriveled jerky." In other fun facts, Tom goes to bed at 9 p.m. each night in a room uncontaminated by either technology or pet dander. And yes, he keeps a glass of water by his bedside while sleeping in TB12 "bioceramic recovery wear." As he continues following The TB12 method, Tom explains that he wants "to play for a long time" In fact, he hopes that his lifestyle will lead to more Super Bowl wins in the next five years before turning 45. "I rarely get fatigued, I never get headaches and I never cramp," he explained in his new book The TB12 Method: How to Achieve a Lifetime of Peak Performance. "I can recover from Sunday's game significantly faster than players who may be 10 or 15 years younger than me." As for avoiding sunburns, we still recommend some good ole fashion sunscreen just to be safe. (Eonline)

Kelly Clarkson: I Was Weight Shamed Even at My Skinniest. Kelly Clarkson knows people talk about her weight. "Even on American Idol I was really thin, but I was bigger than the other girls on the show, so people would say things to me," the singer -- who won the hit Fox reality singing competition in 2002 -- says in the current issue of PEOPLE. "But luckily I am super confident, so I've never had a problem with shutting people down and saying, 'Yeah, you know, that's just what I'm rocking. It's fine.' " While Clarkson, 35, says she's "never felt the need to be a certain weight," there have been moments of insecurity. In 2007 she admitted she was bulimic for a short time in her early teens because she felt she'd get better parts in her school musicals if she was thinner. And she recently told Attitude magazine, "When I was really skinny, I wanted to kill myself. I was miserable, like, inside and out, for four years of my life. But no one cared, because aesthetically you make sense." But at her recent iHeartRadio album-release party in L.A., Clarkson clarified those comments had more to do with having to smile through the "arranged marriage" of her first post-Idol record deal and the stresses of her career rather than feeling suicidal: "People are always pushing us, but we're also pushing ourselves and you don't really know your limits until it's too late sometimes." Helping Clarkson find balance is her husband, music manager Brandon Blackstock, 40, and their children -- Clarkson's stepkids Savannah and Seth, as well as daughter River Rose, 3, and18-month-old son Remington Alexander. "I feel sexy and far more intelligent and wiser," Clarkson says of life as a wife and mom. "I don't think you have to get married. I don't think you have to have children. But once I got married and had kids, my level of empowerment grew to another level." Clarkson credits her family for giving her the life experience necessary to record Meaning of Life. "A lot of these songs you have to have lived for you to be able to sing them," she says. "And I'm living!" Meaning of Life is available now. (People)

It's official: Selena Quintanilla is this year's top Halloween costume. And Kim Kardashian West became the latest celebrity to transform into the late Queen of Tejano music following in the footsteps of Lovato and America Ferrera this spooky season. "My fave Selena!" the Keeping Up with the Kardashians reality star, 37, captioned a series of three videos on Twitter Tuesday. Kardashian West paid tribute by donning a purple jumpsuit similar to the one Quintanilla wore at her final concert before her tragic death at the hands of her fan club's president, Yolanda Saldívar, in 1995. To complete her costume, the wife of Kanye West put on a black wig with bangs and wore red lipstick. It appears Kardashian West followed a music theme for her choice of Halloween outfits. She kicked off the holiday weekend by transforming into Cher with the exact custom-made replica of the icon's outfit at the 1973 Academy Awards. BFF Jonathan Cheban accompanied her as Sonny Bono. She also paid homage to Aaliyah by sporting a crystal-encrusted triangle bra, J Brand leather pants and Balenciaga booties. She ultimately received backlash from fans online. Then, a turn to old Hollywood. Kim opted for a silver sequined strapless gown, fur shawl, platinum blonde wig and a red lip to channel Madonna. Sister Kourtney emulated the late Michael Jackson in tight black curls, black gloves and a white button-up and blazer. Amor for Quintanilla seems to be at an all-time high: Madame Tussauds in New York and Los Angeles recently unveiled wax sculptures of the late singer; Google commemorated her life and legacy in a Doodle; the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is unveiling her star posthumously on the Walk of Fame come Nov. 3. (People)

NYC Votes to Repeal 91-Year-Old 'Cabaret Law' Banning Dancing In Bars. Cut loose! New York City lawmakers voted Tuesday to legalize dancing in bars, repealing a 91-year-old law that banned boogieing at most city nightspots. The anti-dancing law was first enacted in 1926 and prohibited dancing in bars and restaurants that don't have a cabaret license. Critics said the so-called cabaret law originated as a racist attempt to police Harlem's 1920s jazz clubs and continued to be enforced unfairly. "If you're Latino, if you're black, if you're from the LGBTQ community, you all have been impacted by this law," said City Councilman Rafael Espinal, a Brooklyn Democrat, who introduce the legislation to repeal the law. "It is time we right this historical wrong and remove New York's inappropriate and arbitrarily enforced dancing licensing." After the Council's 41-1 vote Tuesday to repeal the law, the measure will go to Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has said he supports it. The repeal will go into effect 30 days from when de Blasio signs it. Nightlife advocates hailed the repeal. "The Cabaret Law has decimated New York City culture for the past century and we are extremely pleased to celebrate its death. We are very proud of our city government for doing the right thing and for all the hard work and support we have received from fellow advocates and the residents of this incredible city," said John Barclay, a bar manager and a founder of the pro-repeal Dance Liberation Network. "After banning dancing for 91 years this is a great day for the city," said Greg Miller, the executive director of Dance Parade, a nonprofit that puts on an annual parade showcasing all forms of dance. "It's been 91 years but it's happening, and it's progress," said Andrew Muchmore, a bar owner whose lawsuit over the anti-dancing law is still pending in federal court. Fewer than 100 of the city's 25,000 eating and drinking establishments currently have a cabaret license, which requires approval from multiple city agencies. Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani used the law to crack down on rowdy nightclubs as part of a quality-of-life campaign 20 years ago. Enforcement has been haphazard in recent years, but bar owners say the law has continued to exert a chilling effect. "I know people that own bars that have had their livelihoods jeopardized by it," Muchmore said. Civil rights attorney Norman Siegel, whose 2005 challenge to the law in New York state court was unsuccessful, said the cabaret law never should have been on the books to begin with. "New York should be the dance capital of the world," Siegel said. "Today is a giant step in the right direction." (Billboard)

'Tis the Season to Color! Starbucks Unveils 2017 Holiday Cups. That time of the year has officially arrived! With Halloween behind us, we can officially revel in the holiday season with help from Starbucks. The chain known as much for its new Frappuccino creations as it is for its 20 years of cup designs has unveiled this year's class of holiday cups. Turns out -- Starbucks left the coloring up to customers this year as the chain has unveiled its first line of color-in containers. "This year's cup is intentionally designed to encourage our customers to add their own color and illustrations," Leanne Fremar, executive creative director for Starbucks, said. "We love the idea of everyone making this year's cup their own." For those who like a little coloring inspiration, the cups come with a sweet design by illustrator Jordan Kay. "I liked the idea of hands as the centering point, a symbol of connection, love and giving joy," Kay said in a statement. "Whether it's wrapping presents or decorating a tree, writing cards or enjoying a mug of cocoa." Meanwhile, the 2017 cup sleeve for hot beverages reads "Give Good," a precious reminder to all during the holiday season. Additionally, coffee drinkers can relish the return of some beloved holiday drinks, including the Chestnut Praline Latte, Caramel Brulee Latte and Peppermint Mocha. This year's theme picks up where last year's designs left off as Starbucks used designs created by customers to decorate 13 different 2016 cups. There you have it -- another year, another Starbucks holiday cup, except this time, the art is in your hands. (Eonline)


David Foster kept it light at a cancer fundraiser, telling the crowd his songs have a label ... "p**sy music." David was performing at the Yescarta fundraiser on the Sony lot in Culver City over the weekend, when he told the audience the label fits because his music helps produce untold numbers of babies. He's not lying ... tracks that Foster produced or wrote include Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You," Celine Dion's "Because You Loved Me," and his "Love Theme From St. Elmo's Fire." Steven Tyler and Pia Toscano also performed, but their metaphors were all above the waist. (TMZ)

Derek Hough Talks Mental Health, Shares Emotional 'Hold On' Video: Exclusive Interview. Derek Hough has stepped out of the glittery haze of the mirror ball on Dancing With The Stars to shed light on men's mental health through his music career. In his latest single and video, "Hold On" Hough pushes a message he feels strongly about - the staggering statistics surrounding suicide rates and unspoken mental health struggles - into the forefront of conversation. The video for "Hold On," which Hough directed, follows the story of two individuals interacting with their own mental health struggles. Hough plays a young war vet struggling with adapting to everyday life and PTSD, alongside Kayla Elwell of The Vampire Diaries, who deals with the trauma stemming from losing her daughter at a young age. The two somehow meet at their breaking points, and are able to help each other hold on to life. Hough has teamed up with the Movember Foundation for this first single of his solo career. The organization, which aims to initiate public conversation surrounding men's mental health similar to Hough's own project, is celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2017. (Billboard)

BTS Collaborates with UNICEF on 'Love Myself' Anti-Violence Campaign. A month and a half after releasing their record-breaking Love Yourself: Her album, Korean boy band BTS announced on Tuesday night (Oct. 31) that it has joined forces with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in an anti-violence campaign dubbed LOVE MYSELF. According to the project's official Website, BTS and its label, Big Hit Entertainment, entered into a two-year-long partnership with the Korean Committee for UNICEF on Nov. 1. They joined forces to sponsor #ENDViolence, a UNICEF campaign based around making the world a safer place so that that children and teenagers will be able to live happy and healthy lives, without living in the fear of violence. Over the next two years, the septet and Big Hit Entertainment pledge 500 million KRW (just under $447,400 as of Oct. 31 rates) to the UNICEF campaign, and will also donate 3% of the Love Yourself series' physical album sales income. All the income from sales of official goods related to the LOVE MYSELF campaign and additional donations to UNICEF will also be put towards #ENDViolence. It's the latest in a long line of partnerships that Korean celebrities and UN organization have worked on. The LOVE MYSELF #ENDViolence campaign corresponds to BTS' lyrical messages, with a number of the band's songs addressing societal ills. Prior to unveiling the site, BTS' members shared selfies on their official Twitter account using "Love Myself" as a hashtag, giving fans a heads-up ahead of the announcement. Along with the official LOVE MYSELF Website, which crashed upon the campaign's unveil, the UNICEF campaign also launched accounts on several social media platforms. (Billboard)


'Ghostbusters' helped Chris Hemsworth prepare for new 'Thor' movie. Chris Hemsworth's experience on last year's "Ghostbusters" reboot helped him with some improvisation in his latest film, "Thor: Ragnarok." He told us at a Cinema Society premiere at the Whitby: "It was a bit of encouragement for this film and what we could do, and experiment -- a lot more with improvisation. I credit 'Ghostbusters,' 'Saturday Night Live,' 'Vacation' as sort of a lead-up to this film." He added, "We're shooting [the next] 'Avengers' [movie] at the moment, and we did a scene the other day with Robert Downey Jr., Jeremy Renner, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo -- and all of us were sitting there, going, 'Who knows if we're ever going to get a chance to do this again, and what a ride it's been.' Hopefully that's a friendship that will carry for a long, long time. I'm very lucky." Guests later headed to Magic Hour Rooftop at the Moxy Hotel to celebrate. (PageSix)

Bette Midler Slams Disney Channel's Hocus Pocus Remake: "It's Going to Be Cheap!" Bette Midler thinks Disney Channel's remake of Hocus Pocus will be "cheap." Back in September, E! News learned that Disney Channel is working on a remake of the classic Halloween movie. A spokesperson for Disney Channel confirmed at the time that the project is in early development and producer David Kirschner, who worked on the original 1993 movie, is set to executive produce. One person not on board with the project? Midler, who played the iconic role of Winifred Sanderson in the film. While attending the New York Restoration Project's Hulaween event on Monday, the actress shared her thoughts on the remake and whether she would be involved during an interview with People. "I know it's cheap. It's going to be cheap!" Midler said. "I'm not sure what they're going to do with my character. My character is very, very broad and I don't know who they're going to find to play that." When People asked if Midler would return if the price was right, she replied, "No, no, no!" The original film's director, Kenny Ortega, and Sanderson sisters Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy are all not attached to the remake as well. Back in 2015, Midler was asked about a likelihood of a Hocus Pocus 2 movie while answering questions on Facebook. Her response? "After all these years and all the fan demand, I do believe I can stand and firmly say an unequivocal no," she shared. What do you think about the Disney Channel remake? (Eonline)

Gary Oldman's 'Darkest Hour' to Open Whistler Film Festival. Joe Wright's latest British period piece drama joins 'I, Tonya' and 'The Disaster Artist' in fest lineup. Joe Wright's Darkest Hour, starring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill in his dramatic first few weeks as British prime minister, is to open the Whistler Film Festival, organizers said Tuesday. Wright's latest British period piece drama heads to the west coast Canadian festival from producer Working Title and Focus Features as distributor. Also booked into Whistler is Craig Gillespie's I, Tonya, which stars a foul-mouthed Margot Robbie as Tonya Harding in a dark comedy about the infamous Olympic figure skater who fell from grace after the attack on fellow competitor Nancy Kerrigan. The festival will also show Bryan Cranston as a foul-mouthed former Marine in Last Flag Flying; Richard Linklater's post-war drama; Kyra Sedgwick's directorial debut Story of a Girl, the Bill Pullman-starrer The Ballad of Lefty Brown, directed by Jared Moshe; and Eva Gardos' fifth directorial work Budapest Noir. Gardos is best known for editing Hollywood movies like Valley Girl, Barfly, Mask and Tales from the Crypt. Whistler will also play Francois Girard's Hochelaga, Land of Souls, Canada's best foreign language contender in the Oscar competition. The festival, to run from Nov. 29 to Dec. 3, will close with the world premiere of the mountain biking documentary The Moment, by Darcy Hennessey Turenne. (Hollywood Reporter)

'Lady Macbeth' Leads British Independent Film Awards Nominations. The indie hit scooped up 15 nominations at the BIFAs as first-time filmmakers dominated the proceedings. Indie period hit Lady Macbeth is leading the list of nominations for this year's British Independent Film Awards, unveiled Wednesday by Maisie Williams and Hayley Squires. Debut features dominated the list, with the first-time writers, producers and directors of Lady Macbeth, I Am Not a Witch and God's Own Country all recognized in the three newcomer categories-debut screenwriter, breakthrough producer and The Douglas Hickox Award for best debut director-as well as best screenplay, best director and best British independent film. Among Lady Macbeth's 15 nominations were ones for Florence Pugh, Naomi Ackie and Cosmo Jarvis for their performances; Ackie is nominated twice, for best supporting actress and most promising newcomer. The film has also been nominated in five technical categories, newly introduced this year. I Am Not a Witch's Margaret Mulubwa was nominated for best actress, with the film also picking up six technical category nominations. God's Own Country leads Josh O'Connor and Alec Secareanu are both nominated for best actor, and the film also got a nomination for Ian Hart for best supporting actor. Past BIFA winners Armando Iannucci and Martin McDonagh are the writer-directors of this year's other two best British independent film nominees, The Death of Stalin and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Both films have two nominees in the best supporting actor category, with The Death of Stalin's Simon Russell Beale and Steve Buscemi taking on Three Billboards' Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell. Frances McDormand is nominated for best actress for her performance in Three Billboards, and Andrea Riseborough for supporting actress for The Death of Stalin. Both films also have nominations for best director and best screenplay. Johnny Harris wrote and starred in Jawbone and has nominations for both best actor and debut screenwriter. The film's director Thomas Napper is also recognized in the best debut director category, with the film earning four technical noms, including for best music for its score by Paul Weller. Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool has four nominations, including two for past BIFA winners Jamie Bell and Julie Walters, nominated for best actor and best supporting actress. Bell won most promising newcomer for Billy Elliot in 2000. All five nominees for best actress are first-time BIFA nominees. Amongst them are Emily Beecham, nominated for Daphne and Ruth Wilson for Dark River. In best supporting actress Kelly Macdonald receives her first BIFA nomination for Goodbye Christopher Robin and Patricia Clarkson features at BIFA for the first time for her role in Sally Potter's The Party. Journeyman has three nominations, including best actor for Paddy Considine. This is Considine's sixth BIFA nomination. He won best debut director in 2011 for Tyrannosaur. "This year's nominations showcase the range and quality of British independent filmmaking," said BIFA. "It's a diverse and varied list, in terms of the teams making the films and also the kinds of stories being told. It is especially encouraging to see so much exciting work from so many new filmmakers; this points to a very bright future for British cinema and we're proud to be at the heart of it, celebrating these exceptional films." (Hollywood Reporter)

Paramount to Release Bollywood Epic 'Padmavati' in U.S., Globally Outside India. The studio will distribute its first Bollywood film, a historical drama co-produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures and director Sanjay Leela Bhansali's banner. Paramount Pictures will distribute Bollywood epic Padmavati in the U.S. and all overseas markets outside India day-and-date with the film's Dec. 1 opening in India. This is the first time Paramount will distribute a Bollywood film. The film is co-produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures and director Sanjay Leela Bhansali's banner Bhansali Productions. The film stars Deepika Padukone (xXx: Return of Xander Cage), Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh. As one of the most anticipated titles of the year, Padmavati will be released in India by Viacom18 Motion Pictures. The film revolves around the titular character of queen Padmavati (Padukone) from Rajasthan and her husband Maharawal Ratan Singh (Kapoor) who battled the Mughal invader Sultan Alauddin Khilji (Singh). Bhansali first directed Padmavati as an opera in 2008 for the Theatre Du Chatelet in Paris, which was based on the 1923 opera written by Albert Rousselan. Bhansali's production traveled to Rome and was also performed at Italy's Spoleto festival. As one of India's most acclaimed directors, Bhansali is known for his signature blockbuster productions, such as 2015's hit Bajirao Mastani, which was based on historical figures and also starred Padukone and Singh. "Padmavati has all the makings of a hit film and we are excited to bring Sanjay's incredible vision to audiences across the international market place," Paramount Pictures president worldwide distribution and marketing Megan Colligan said. "This is a first-ever such collaboration with Paramount Pictures releasing a Viacom18 Hindi feature across international markets," added Viacom18 Motion Pictures COO Ajit Andhare. "With Paramount coming on board, we will take the film to a whole new level globally." Details about the film's U.S. screen count are still awaited. Paramount's association with Viacom18 goes back to 2011 when the companies entered into an alliance for Viacom18 to handle Paramount's studio releases in India. Over the years, Viacom18 has released major Paramount titles such as Transformers Dark of the Moon, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, xXx: Return of Xander Cage and this summer's Baywatch, among others. When the alliance was announced, in an interview with THR, then Paramount Pictures International President Andrew Cripps had talked about the possibility of Paramount distributing Bollywood films, saying: "Bollywood films are gaining popularity in various international territories and the market is only growing. Viacom18 are making some very interesting movies and if there is potential in some of them we'd be happy to look at that opportunity." However, this is not the first time a major U.S. studio is releasing a Bollywood film. In 2010, Fox Searchlight handled the release of superstar Shah Rukh Khan's My Name Is Khan for the U.S. while Twentieth Century Fox International handled all territories outside India where the film was released in the country by Fox Star Studios (the local joint venture with Fox's Star India network). Paramount has been facing challenging times at the U.S. box office, with Baywatch being one of the summer's big flops. According to THR's annual studio-by-studio profitability ranking, after recording a $25 million profit for 2015, Viacom's Paramount remained at the bottom of the rankings by posting a loss of $364 million in 2016. (Hollywood Reporter)

China's Hishow Picks Up Ridley Scott's 'All the Money in the World'. A rep says the acquisition was made months ago, long before the current underage sexual harassment scandal that has engulfed the film's star, Kevin Spacey. Chinese film company Hishow Entertainment has signed a deal with STX International for the Middle Kingdom distribution rights to Ridley Scott's All the Money in the World. A rep from Hishow said the acquisition was made months ago, long before the current underage sexual harassment scandal that has engulfed the film's star, Kevin Spacey. The company declined to comment further on how Spacey's involvement might affect their plans. All the Money in the World tells the real-life story of the 1973 kidnapping of billionaire J. Paul Getty's grandson, and the subsequent ransom request and struggle to reclaim the young heir. Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Williams and Charlie Plummer are also among the cast. An emerging boutique production house and distributor, Beijing-based Hishow previously was involved in the Chinese release of The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, which earned $8.6 million there. Earlier this year the company signed a deal with Nu Image/Millennium Films co-finance and co-produce the thrillers Hunter Killer (starring Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman and Billy Bob Thornton) and Escobar (Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem and Peter Sarsgaard). (Hollywood Reporter)


This Is Us' Mandy Moore Is Delighted Everyone Now Knows the Latest Twist. We no longer have to hate Miguel! At least according to Mandy Moore , Sterling K. Brown, and Susan Kelechi Watson, we don't have to hate Miguel, all because we now know that Rebecca spent at least eight years single after Jack's death. We discovered this because Tuesday night's, This Is Us flashed back to 2008, when Beth was pregnant with Tess and Randall was panicking just a little bit. Rebecca came to help welcome the baby, and asked Beth to help her set up a Facebook account so she could keep up with baby pictures. Cue a message from Miguel, asking Rebecca how she'd been for the past eight years. "I think that's gonna come as a complete shock. It is a real revelation," Moore said during the weekly This Is Us aftershow on Facebook. "Miguel did not swoop in either before Jack's death or right after. This is ten years removed from his passing, and the feelers are just sort of being put out there." "America will love Miguel!" Watson declared, apparently determined to change the minds and hearts of all the viewers who decided they hated Miguel after it was revealed that he and Rebecca were married in 2016. We can't say we love him yet, but maybe we'll get there. Maybe. Tuesday night's episode also found late 20s Kate and Kevin struggling their way to adulthood and improv teams, while the whole family went trick or treating as kids. One of the neighbors strangely decided to tell Randall he was a replacement for a lost baby, forcing Rebecca to tell him the truth before she planned to. It was a very bad move on the neighbor's part, but you can bet it still resulted in a super heartwarming moment between little Randall and Rebecca, and a super heartwarming flashback to Rebecca introducing herself to her new son. Oh and we also learned that Tess is named after a ceiling fan. Because of course. This Is Us airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on NBC. (Eonline)

American Horror Story: Cult Opts for More Emotional Horror for Halloween. Gotta be honest here, we were expecting more from an American Horror Story episode airing on Halloween. Specifically, we were thinking there would be a little more horror, like those murderous clowns Kai's cult is so fond of. Instead Tuesday night was a lot more psychological and emotional horror, especially when it came to Ally and Ivy's now dead relationship. It's now dead because Ivy is actually dead, murdered by her own wife in the midst of their plotting to get out of Kai's horrendous gathering of blue-shirted assholes with their lives and their son intact. Ivy and Ally both admitted to each other that they wanted out of the marriage and wanted Ozzy for themselves, but Ally got her plan in motion first, poisoning Ivy's wine with arsenic after Kai's Kool-aid fakeout. Ally then put the next stage of some kind of plan into motion. Kai claimed he was the sperm donor who fathered Ozzy, so Ally went to the sperm bank, bribed the receptionist, and found out that Kai was lying. So she then forced the poor receptionist to put together a fake file stating that Kai was Ozzy's real dad, which she then gave to Kai, after confessing that Ivy's body was in her trunk. She even told him she picked him specifically, making him believe that a) he had made Ozzy's parentage real just by speaking it out loud and b) Ozzy's the messiah. This did allow Ally to reunite with Ozzy, but now Kai's intent on the three of them being a creepy cultish family together. Hopefully that's part of Ally's plan, and hopefully she's got bigger plans to demolish the whole situation. And hopefully hopefully is the right word, because Ally could be on her way to leading her own cult at this point. But maybe it would be a better cult than Kai's cult? Is there such a thing as a better cult? Anyway, we're really looking forward to the end of Kai Anderson one of these days. American Horror Story: Cult airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on FX. (Eonline)

The Flash Welcomes a New Superhero & 1 Very Scary Dad. Team Flash has got a new member! Barry (Grant Gustin) and co. officially welcomed Ralph Dibny (Hartley Sawyer), AKA the Elongated Man (though that's not yet his name) to the team after a bit of an admittedly rocky start. Ralph was a former cop with the CCPD, but was fired in disgrace after Barry caught him planting evidence to get a guy arrested. So he started working as a private detective, occasionally blackmailing the mayor to make some quick cash. Then, he took that bus that got exposed to Barry's dark matter and ended up with super stretchy cells that made his face melt when he sneezed. With some help from Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker), he gained the ability to control the stretch, and thus a superpower was born. But unlike the other bus passengers we've met so far, Ralph is not just a passing bad guy. At the end of the night's episode, Barry offered to train him, and according to executive producer Andrew Kreisberg, Ralph and his powers are going to come in very handy later this season. "There's a couple of big things coming," Kreisberg told reporters after a screening of the episode. "There's a reason we chose Ralph this season, and some of the things he's able to do, you'll look back and go 'Oh.'" Much of Ralph's journey this season will be similar to Barry's in season one, where he's learning to use his powers. "We have an episode coming up where Ralph gets hurt and like, he didn't know he could die," Kreisberg teased. "It's interesting because it's different. As opposed to a speedster like Jesse and Wally, where they were both going on very similar trajectories to Barry, Ralph's problems and his hero's journey has different facets to it, which make it feel fresh." Comic book fans will know Ralph as a bit lighter and less morally questionable than he is so far, and Kreisberg says that version of the character is something to work up to. "We thought it would be interesting, like what if you had a little bit of a murkier backstory and by the time we got to season whatever, he's the Ralph Dibny that everybody knows and loves from the comics," he said. (Eonline)

Metallica Mashup with Dave Grohl. This is a version of Frozen parents can totally jam out to. Kristen Bell ditched a Princess Anna costume to dress up as Tom Selleck's Thomas Magnum from the hit '80s TV series Magnum P.I. for her appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live Tuesday. However, the actress, 37, didn't leave her Disney alter-ego at home completely as she channeled her popular character for a one-of-a-kind cover with none other than Dave Grohl, who filled in for Jimmy Kimmel as guest host. "Me being here with you is kind of the biggest deal to my kids," said the father of three daughters, who transformed into late-night legend David Letterman. "If I were to jam a song with you, I would become the coolest dad ever." What followed was a mashup of "Do You Wanna Build a Snowman" with the rock group's 1991 classic "Enter Sandman." With Grohl on the drums and Cleto and the Cletones as backup, Bell rocked out as she began with lyrics from the 2013 Frozen song and concluded with a lyric change from sandman to snowman in Metallica's song. And what better way to bookend Grohl's guest hosting duties than for his band, the Foo Fighters, to collaborate with another rock legend, Alice Cooper! A Bad Moms Christmas hits theaters Nov. 1. (People)

Millie Bobby Brown rap an entire synopsis of Stranger Things season one. It's official. Millie Bobby Brown is LEGENDARY. Millie Bobby Brown is no stranger to the mic. I mean, who could forget her epic performance of Nicki Minaj's 'Monster' on The Tonight Show last year? This year, however, the Stranger Things star has upped her game (MAJORLY) as she returned to the show with her very own rap about the hit Netflix series. Millie, 13, wowed both the crowd and host Jimmy Fallon (who acted as her hype man) as she performed a slick recap rap of Stranger Things season one. Taking flow inspiration from Cardi B's hip hop anthem 'Bodak Yellow', the young actress dropped some impressive bars as she summed up the show's plot for fans. Oh, and then she dropped the mic, of course. LEGENDARY. Millie first appeared on The Tonight Show last year with her co-stars Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin and Finn Wolfhard, where she rapped an entire verse of Monster by Nicki Minaj. Earlier in the show, Jimmy and co acted in their own scene of Stranger Things in which they brought back the show's unsung hero, Barb. In the skit, in which Barb was played by The Tonight Show writer A.D. Miles and Jimmy played cool guy Steve Harrington, Barb asked the guys why they didn't bother to rescue her from The Upside Down. Awks. It's totally hilarious so give it a watch here: Stranger Things season 2 is now on Netflix. (British Glamour)

This Is Us Edits Out Kevin Spacey Reference From Tuesday Night's Episode. This Is Us had to make a change to its Halloween episode Tuesday night. In the version of the hour given to press, a 20-something Kevin's roommate comes home and tells him that he has been cast in a Kevin Spacey movie, and has been invited to a party with the cast. According to a statement from 20th Century Fox Television, line had been edited in light of the allegations against Spacey that came to light this weekend, and will be different when the show actually aired Tuesday night. "In light of recent events, the producers have decided to remove the brief reference to Kevin Spacey," reads the statement, which was sent to everyone given access to the episode beforehand. In an interview with Buzzfeed, Stark Trek: Discovery star Anthony Rapp said that Spacey made untoward sexual advances towards him when Rapp was 14 years old. Spacey later issued a somewhat controversial statement. This week, Netflix announced that the next season of House of Cards, which stars Spacey, would be its last, and then, they announced that production on the show was suspended all together to give Netflix and the production company time to review the "current situation." The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has also announced that Spacey will no longer be honored with the 2017 International Emmy Founders Award, after it was announced in June that he would be receiving it. This Is Us airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on NBC. (Eonline)

House of Cards Production Suspended Indefinitely to "Review the Current Situation." House of Cards is on hold. In a statement, Netflix and producer Media Rights Capital announced that production on the sixth and final season of the series starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright has been suspended indefinitely. "MRC and Netflix have decided to suspend production on House of Cards season six, until further notice, to give us time to review the current situation and to address any concerns of our cast and crew," the two companies said in a joint statement to E! News. The "current situation" refers to allegations made about Kevin Spacey by Star Trek: Discovery star Anthony Rapp. In an interview, Rapp said Spacey made untoward sexual advances toward him when he was 14 years old. Spacey apologized for the incident and noted he did not remember it. Netflix and MRC announced on Monday, Oct. 30 that they "are deeply troubled by last night's news concerning Kevin Spacey. In response to last night's revelations, executives from both of our companies arrived in Baltimore this afternoon to meet with our cast and crew to ensure that they continue to feel safe and supported. As previously scheduled, Kevin Spacey is not working on set at this time." Season six -- if production does continue -- might not be the last of the House of Cards universe. There are reports Netflix could continue the stories of some characters in a spinoff. Although nothing is official, a spinoff idea being mulled revolves around Michael Kelly's character Doug Stamper. (Eonline)

'Great British Bake Off' Channel 4 Finale Draws 7.7M Viewers, Judge Reveals Winner Early. The ratings gave the U.K. network its biggest overnight audience in five years. The final episode of the first season of The Great British Bake Off on U.K. network Channel 4 on Tuesday night pulled in the channel's biggest audience of the season with an average 7.7 million viewers in the overnight ratings. That made it Channel 4's biggest overnight performance in five years, namely since the Paralympic Games opening ceremony in 2012. The audience peaked with 8.9 million viewers. The overnight season average of 6.2 million viewers is Channel 4's biggest in more than six years for all viewers, as well as people aged 16-34. "Taking account of time-shifted viewing on a television over a seven-day period, the series is currently attracting a consolidated audience of 8.9 million viewers and a 33.4 percent share of audience per episode-rising to 10.4 million viewers with the addition of linear repeats," Channel 4 said. "Bake Off has become the biggest series for young audiences on any channel this year, averaging 2.5 million viewers/54.3 percent share of audience per episode." Alex Mahon, CEO of Channel 4, also lauded the ratings. "It's testament to the phenomenal appeal of The Great British Bake Off that almost nine million people watched Sophie triumph as Channel 4's first-ever Bake Off winner-a fitting finale to the most watched series for young viewers on any channel this year," she said. "[Producer] Love Productions, along with Paul, Prue, Noel and Sandi, have served up a showstopper of a series, and I'm delighted that they'll all be back in the tent on Channel 4 next year." But Bake Off judge Prue Leith was forced to delete a tweet on Tuesday, in which she named the winner of this season before the final episode aired. Leith apologized in a follow-up tweet, saying: "I am so sorry to the fans of the show for my mistake this morning, I am in a different time zone and mortified by my error." She later also told the Press Association that she was overseas and confused by the time difference. "I'm in Bhutan," she said. "The time difference is massive. I thought that they got [the show] six hours ago. I'm in too much of a state to talk about it. I fucked up." (Hollywood Reporter)

Marvel's 'New Warriors' Won't Air on Freeform, Series Will be Shopped Elsewhere. Sources say the comedy, starring Derek Theler and Milana Vayntrub (as fan-favorite Squirrel Girl), could land on Disney's forthcoming streaming service though that seems like a longshot. Marvel's highly anticipated take on New Warriors is on the move. The half-hour scripted comedy, picked up straight to series at Freeform in April, will no longer air on the younger-skewing, Disney-owned cable network. Instead, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Marvel will shop the live-action comedy to other outlets. Sources say there has been some talk that the 10-episode series from Kevin Biegel (Enlisted) could be taken to Disney's forthcoming subscription streaming service, though insiders stress that's a longshot. The pilot -- which stars Baby Daddy grad Derek Theler as Mister Immortal and This Is Us' Milana Vayntrub as fan-favorite Squirrel Girl -- is said to have tested through the roof and caught the attention of high-level Disney executives. Insiders note that Freeform -- which is expanding original programming to four nights a week in 2018 -- could not find a slot for the show next year as it had originally intended. Marvel then asked for New Warriors back as the comic book powerhouse wants it to premiere in the New Year. Freeform obliged. We are extremely excited about Marvel's New Warriors and look forward to finding the perfect partner to launch the series with in 2018," said Dan Buckley, president of Marvel Entertainment. Sources suggest Disney-owned Marvel -- which has a multiple-show deal at Netflix that includes Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, The Defenders and upcoming Punisher -- is no longer able to sell to outside companies. If true, that would seemingly limit the potential new homes for New Warriors. That would indicate that New Warriors could wind up on Disney's SVOD service that will be home to the studio's hits like Finding Dory, Marvel features like Captain America and Lucasfilm titles including Star Wars. Disney's streaming service is being eyed to launch in late 2019, which could also eliminate that as a destination unless the platform is jump-started early as Marvel is keen on the show airing in 2018. Sources say New Warriors could also be taken out to other streaming services, with the comic book giant eyeing a two-season pickup. Production is rumored to resume in January should the show find a quick new home. New Warriors is about six young people learning to cope with their abilities in a world where bad guys can be as terrifying as bad dates. Joining Vayntrub and Theler are Jeremy Tardy as Night Thrasher, Calum Worthy as Speedball, Matthew Moy as Microbe and Kate Comer as Debrii. New Warriors hails from Marvel Television and ABC Studios' cable arm ABC Signature. Marvel head of TV Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory executive produce alongside Biegel, who serves as showrunner. New Warriors, sources say, could be Marvel TV 2.0, with the ability to feature multiple spinoffs similar to the company's Netflix arrangement. In picking up the series in April, Freeform exec vp programming and development Karey Burke noted the process was "super competitive," and that the cabler had been longtime fans of the franchise and "chased Squirrel Girl" before landing Marvel's Cloak and Dagger with a straight to series order. The cable network is shifting to four nights of originals in 2018 -- three of them scripted -- with an hour of programming on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The Tom Ascheim-led network recently doubled down on forthcoming comedy Alone Together, renewing the Lonely Island-produced series for a second season ahead of its premiere. Its roster also includes Black-ish spinoff Grown-ish, Cloak and Dagger, The Siren, The Bold Type, Shadowhunters, The Fosters, Young & Hungry, Beyond and Famous in Love. For Marvel, meanwhile, the comic book giant has a large roster of television programming that includes the Netflix roster, ABC's Agents of SHIELD and Inhumans; Hulu's The Runaways; FX's Legion and animated Deadpool; and Fox's The Gifted. (Hollywood Reporter)

Just 4.8 Percent of TV Writers Are Black, Study Finds. Color of Change's new report examines the relationship between black representation in the writers room and portrayal of black characters and storylines onscreen. The presence of black writers in the room directly affects how television shows handle racial subjects, including the criminal justice system, a new study has found. Racial justice organization Color of Change has commissioned UCLA dean of social sciences and professor of sociology and African American studies Darnell Hunt to write Race in the Writers' Room: How Hollywood Whitewashes the Stories That Shape America. The report examined 234 broadcast, cable and streaming scripted series from the 2016-17 season and found that two-thirds of the shows had no black writers in their rooms. In all, black writers accounted for just 4.8 percent of the 3,817 staffed scribes. Those writers were predominantly staffed on shows led by black showrunners, who represented just 5.1 percent of the pool. Two-thirds of those series had five or more black writers in their rooms, although all had multiple white writers as well. By contrast, 69.1 percent of white-led writers rooms had no black writers at all. No Hulu series employed a black writer, while every show on AMC, Showtime and TBS had zero or just one black writer, as did 23 of 25 CBS series and 14 of 15 CW series. According to the report, having just one black writer in the room is seldom enough to affect change. Hunt interviewed five such writers, who said they felt alienated or unsupported in the workplace. "I don't think it's appropriate or healthy for a non-white person to discuss race in normal writers' rooms because you're just too outnumbered, and people get too defensive," said one black writer. Added another: "The worst thing in the world is making your boss feel like a racist... and most of these people are liberals." The report also criticized network diversity writing programs, which subsidize a staff positions for underrepresented writers on each of their shows in hopes of incentivizing showrunners to diversify their rooms and give emerging talent their big break. In reality, however, "anecdotal evidence suggests that the lower-level writers of color who fulfill this function are rarely integrated into the creative process in any meaningful way," Hunt writes. "It appears as if some showrunners exploit the free position as little more than temporary 'window dressing' to mask what would otherwise be racially homogenous rooms." One black writer corroborated Hunt's assertion that "diversity slots" may be "dead-end positions for entry-level black writers." His former showrunner said he "was actually going to start costing the production money [now that he had been on staff for two seasons] and they needed to find another person of color who will be cheaper," according to the writer. In contrast to these writers rooms that the report calls "isolated," rooms that are "included" --- at least three writers of color -- and "liberated" -- black showrunners with five or more black writers -- produced more complex or nuanced black characters and storylines. These shows also were more likely acknowledge the continued existence of racial inequality and structural racism. "Just to cite one example, crime procedurals greatly influence the public 'truth' about crime, the official public story and our common reference points. We know this shapes both what people think about black people in real life and the public policies and political rhetoric they do or do not support," writes Color of Change executive director Rashad Robinson in his foreword to the report. "Presently, however, there are no incentives within the industry -- and not nearly enough leverage outside of it -- to change the storytelling practices that lead to so much harm. It all comes down to changing the conditions that presently sustain those practices, i.e., the balance of power in writers' rooms." (Hollywood Reporter)

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