Wednesday, November 29, 2017

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Pick a Date and Venue for Their Royal Wedding. Now that Meghan Markle has accepted Prince Harry's proposal, the wedding planning has officially begun! Of course, no nuptials can take place without a date and location. Fortunately, the future bride and groom already have those sorted out. The royal and his American leading lady will tie the knot at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle this May. The 14th century chapel has been home to a long line of royal weddings beginning in 1863 and continuing into 2005, where Prince Harry's father, Prince Charles, and his stepmother, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, received a blessing on their wedding day. According to Kensington Palace, the Royal Family will pay for the wedding. Meanwhile, the wedding also seems to avoid any timing conflict with the birth of Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton's third child, due in April 2018. "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are extremely grateful for the warm public response following yesterday's announcement of their engagement," his communications secretary said Tuesday. "In a happy moment in their lives, it means a great deal to them that so many people throughout the U.K., the Commonwealth, and around the world are celebrating with them." Windsor "is a very special place" for Harry, as he and Markle "regularly spent time there over the last year and a half. They are grateful to The Queen for granting permission for the use of the Chapel. The Chapel itself has centuries of Royal tradition and hosted the weddings of many members of The Royal Family. Prince Harry and Ms. Markle are delighted that the beautiful grounds of Windsor Castle will be where they begin their lives together as a married couple." "The couple, of course, want the day to be a special, celebratory moment for their friends and family," Harry's communications secretary continued. "They also want the day to be shaped so as to allow members of the public to feel part of the celebrations too and are currently working through ideas for how this might be achieved. This wedding, like all weddings, will be a moment of fun and joy that will reflect the characters of the bride and groom." To no one's surprise, Harry and his bride-to-be will be "leading the planning process for all aspects of the wedding." Though no specific date for the vows in May has been announced just yet, Markle is busy adapting to her future life as a member of the royal family. During a briefing by Kensington Palace on Tuesday, it was confirmed that the actress intends to become a citizen of the United Kingdom and wants to travel around the country and learn about her new home. Additionally, she will become a patron of The Royal Foundation along with Prince William, Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton and Prince Harry and will be baptized and confirmed at some point before the wedding. While there are currently no plans for Prince Harry to visit the United States, Markle will be heading back to America to visit with family and friends in the coming months. Though the couple has a great deal on their royal plates right now, fans of the pair are already wondering when they will start a family. However, the two made it clear they must focus on the first task at hand -- getting down the aisle. As Prince Harry said during their first joint interview on Monday, "I think one step at a time and hopefully we'll start a family in the near future." We can already hear the wedding bells! (Eonline)

What's so funny? Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could hardly contain their laughter on the set of their first joint interview on Monday, November 27. The BBC released behind-the-scenes outtakes from the newly engaged couple's conversation with journalist Mishal Husain. Unfortunately, the video doesn't contain any audio -- which, in a way, makes it even funnier to watch the lovebirds goofing around. The prince, 33, and the Suits actress, 36, make funny faces and laugh together on a couch inside Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace in London. At one point, she rests her chin on her hand and stares lovingly into her husband-to-be's eyes as he smirks. Later on, he makes her laugh so hard that her shoulders bounce up and down. The couple sat down for the interview just hours after announcing their engagement. They told Husain that they were introduced by a mutual friend and went on two dates first in London in early July 2016. Fast-forward to a year and a half later, and Harry popped the question during a cozy date night at their cottage. "It was just an amazing surprise," Markle gushed of the proposal. "It was just so sweet and natural and very romantic. He got on one knee. As a matter of fact, I could barely let [him] finish proposing. I was like, 'Can I say 'yes' now?'" Harry and Markle made their first joint appearance in September at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto. She moved to London earlier this month after wrapping up her seventh and final season of Suits. She announced her retirement from acting later on Monday. The couple's wedding is set for spring 2018. (US Weekly)

Kate Middleton "Absolutely Thrilled" About Prince Harry's Engagement to Meghan Markle. Kate Middleton has a lot to look forward to in the spring of 2018. In addition to welcoming her third child with Prince William, she will also attend Prince Harry's wedding to Meghan Markle. (Whether she will be involved is, at this point, a mystery). During an appearance at the Foundling Museum in London Tuesday, Kate spoke about her brother-in-law's recent engagement, which Clarence House announced a day prior. "William and I are absolutely thrilled," the Duchess of Cambridge said. "It's such exciting news. It's a really happy time for any couple, and we wish them all the best and hope they enjoy this happy moment." Kate's comments echoed the joint statement she released with her husband Monday. "We are very excited for Harry and Meghan," the royal couple said (via Kensington Palace). "It has been wonderful getting to know Meghan and to see how happy she and Harry are together." Harry and Meghan sat down for an interview with BBC News Monday, in which they spoke about how the TV star ingratiated herself into the royal family. Harry kept his romance under wraps for some time, but his brother and sister-in-law were "longing" to meet the Suits actress. "I'd been seeing her for a period of time when I literally didn't tell anybody at all," Harry said. "And then William was longing to meet her, and so was Catherine..." Meghan added that Kate, who married into the royal family in April 2011, has "been wonderful" over the last 18 months. Harry agreed that both Kate and William have been "amazing" and offered "fantastic support." Regarding Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Harry joked, "They've known for quite some time, so how they haven't told anybody is again a miracle in itself." His grandmother's corgis took to Meghan "straight away," Harry added. "I've spent the last 33 years being barked at. This one walks in -- absolutely nothing!" Meghan, who has rescued a Labrador-Shepherd and a Beagle, admitted some of the corgis were "just laying on my feet during tea. It was very sweet." (Eonline)

Madeline and Celeste together again! Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman had a mini Big Little Lies reunion on Monday at the 2017 Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York City, where Kidman, 50, was honored with the Actress Tribute. Witherspoon presented her good friend and colleague Kidman with the Actress Tribute Award-and her introduction was full of love. "I've been one of her biggest fans since I saw one of her very first movies, Dead Calm," Witherspoon revealed in her speech, describing Kidman in that film as "simultaneously so vulnerable and so badass." "I saw this movie when I was a girl and I thought, 'That is my hero, that is the kind of woman I want to be,' " she added. Fortunately for Witherspoon, she got to work with her heroine. "So last year, I was really lucky, I got the chance to work with her finally," she said. "She'd come to set... and she became this woman, Celeste Wright, who was the mother of two, the wife to a wealthy man, who seemingly has it all together, but she holds a secret in her heart, a dark secret." "This powerful performance showed the intricacies of what so many women are going through in abusive relationships, and I truly believe this helped open up the conversation that so many people are having now about people who are facing the same struggle with abuse and harassment in their own lives. I truly believe that," Witherspoon stated. Before beginning her acceptance speech, Kidman adoringly told Witherspoon: "To know you is to love you, baby, so thank you." Both actresses sparkled in their sequined ensembles with Witherspoon, 41, wearing an Oscar de la Renta dress and Tiffany & Co. jewelry while Kidman opted for an Altuzarra dress, Fred Leighton jewels and an Omega watch. Missing from the Gotham Awards event were costars Shailene Woodley, Zoë Kravitz and Laura Dern. The last time the ladies were together was at the 69th annual Emmy Awards in September when the Big Little Lies cast and crew won best limited series and Kidman won lead actress in a limited series or movie. And there may be more mommy drama to explore in Monterey, California. HBO is reportedly considering starting production on a second season of Big Little Lies in Spring 2018, according to TVLine. The network has yet to officially confirm if there will be a season 2 of the series based on Liane Moriarty's 2014 novel. "We don't know yet. We're kicking it around" showrunner David E. Kelley told Entertainment Weekly in August. "If we feel that the material warrants it, we'll do it. Everybody's game for getting the band back together, but we want to make sure that we've got the music to justify it. That decision hasn't been made yet, and it'll be story-driven when it is." (People)

Legendary actress Angela Lansbury said Monday that women are partly to blame for being subjected to sexual harassment. The 92-year-old "Murder, She Wrote" star insisted that women who go "out of their way to make themselves attractive" must take some responsibility when men prey on them, in an interview with Britain's Radio Times. "We must sometimes take blame, women," Lansbury said. "We have to own up to the fact that women, since time immemorial, have gone out of their way to make themselves attractive." (Page Six)

David Otunga is back in business with his son, because he's now the primary custodial parent ... TMZ has learned. Sources tell TMZ Jennifer Hudson and David reached a temporary custody agreement which gives him custody of 8-year-old David Jr. the majority of the time. Jennifer is currently in London shooting "The Voice UK" and she's committed to significant travel to Los Angeles to do "The Voice." As we reported, David has said he's been his son's primary caregiver since birth because of Jennifer's travel schedule. Apparently, they both now acknowledge that he will again become the primary custodial parent, at least until a formal custody agreement is worked out. We're also told Jennifer also voluntarily dropped her order of protection, which prohibited David from having contact with their son or her. As for the family home, we're told David will not be moving back. (TMZ)

Nick Lachey is doing his part to support his bar employee after she was shot in the face early Thanksgiving morning. Ellie Richardson, a bartender at Lachey's Cincinnati sports bar, was walking across the street when she was nearly hit by a van, a spokesperson for the Cincinnati Police Department confirmed to PEOPLE. Richardson, 27, and the driver got into a verbal argument before she was shot in the head by the driver at about 3 a.m. According to Fox 19, Richardson's wound was non-life-threatening. The spokesperson told PEOPLE authorities were still searching for the suspect, and identified the vehicle he was driving as a maroon Chevrolet Express 1500 conversion van. The suspect is an African-American man of medium build with a slight beard and wearing glasses, the spokesperson said. Lachey and his brother, Drew, have asked the public for help in donating to her medical expenses on YouCaring, which has so far raised $46,000. "Ellie is the brightest light and she will find a way to shine through this darkness," Lachey tweeted on Friday. "Anyone with any information, help us find some justice." Drew tweeted, "As some of you may have heard, Ellie was the victim of a vicious assault. If u have any info about it please contact the authorities or u can help her on her recovery by donating. Thank you and please keep her in your prayers." According to her YouCaring page, Richardson "sustained injuries to her face and jaw" but is in stable condition. "It's still unclear how long she'll be in the hospital and what her recovery process will entail," the page read. "Funds from this campaign will go toward her medical expenses and help support her and her family until she's back on her feet. Any amount is sincerely appreciated, and we want this to reach as many people as possible so please feel free to share!" Anyone with information about the crime or suspects can call CRIMESTOPPERS at 513-352-3040. (People)

Harvey Weinstein was slapped with a civil lawsuit Monday charging him with sex trafficking tied to an alleged assault in Cannes, France. Aspiring actress Kadian Noble's lawsuit claims Weinstein first "groomed" her for the alleged assault in London, when he told her that "he had a role in mind for her and that 'it will be good for you.'" They met again in February 2014 in Cannes, where the troubled movie producer asked her to come to the Le Majestic Hotel "where he would review her reel and discuss her future." Once she was inside his hotel room, Weinstein "began massaging Kadian and then gripped her shoulders," the Manhattan federal lawsuit claimed. "He informed her that she needed to relax, and if she did, his people would have all of her details and would 'take care of everything' for her." Weinstein also asked Kadian to "walk up and down the room for him" as part of an "audition," the lawsuit said. Kadian claims that Weinstein then called an unnamed Weinstein Company producer in the US, who told Kadian "that she needed to be 'a good girl and do whatever he wished,' and if she did, then 'they would work' with her further." That's when Weinstein pulled Kadian closer and "groped her breasts," the lawsuit said. She resisted but also "felt compelled to comply because of the tangible and intangible benefits" the producer could offer, the lawsuit said. Weinstein pulled Kadian into the bathroom, where he forced himself on her, the lawsuit alleges. She "told him to stop and attempted to leave the bathroom, but (he) blocked her exit," the filing reads. The lawsuit then describes the alleged assault, including Weinstein pulling down the actress' shirt, "revealing her breasts," while unbuckling his pants and belt. Kadian also is suing Weinstein's brother, Bob, and their company The Weinstein Company, claiming that they were aware that Harvey had a reputation for forcing or coercing "aspiring young actresses" to engage in sexual activity. (Page Six)

Lil Peep's death is now the subject of a police investigation and some very troubling private messages are under the microscope ... TMZ has learned. We've learned the Tucson PD has opened an investigation into Peep's apparent OD from less than 2 weeks ago. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... police are interested in texts allegedly sent from a woman named Mariah Bons ... who we're told went to the tour bus to see Peep shortly before he died. She allegedly sent a message to a friend that reads, "GBC [Lil Peep] high af because of me and my friend lol." Bons also allegedly texted, "He passed the f*** out my brother called and I tried to get him to say hi to my brother but he wouldn't wake up ..." TMZ broke the story ... cops are also investigating whether the Xanax Peep ingested was laced with fentanyl. (TMZ)

AC/DC Guitarist Malcolm Young Laid to Rest in Private Funeral. Younger brother Angus Young placed a guitar on the casket. Late AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young was laid to rest in Sydney, Australia, on Tuesday (Nov. 28) in a private funeral attended by family, friends and band mates. According to a Reuters report, the co-founder of the iconic hard rock band was celebrated by mourners that included former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd, famed Australian concert promoter Michael Chugg and Australian rock singer Jimmy Barnes during the service at St. Mary's Cathedral. In a touching homage to the rhythm guitarist's legacy, younger brother and sole original remaining member of AC/DC Angus Young laid a guitar on the casket. Hundreds of fans lined the streets outside the cathedral, where eulogies were read by a family member and David Albert, a representative of the band's longtime catalog management company. Following the service, the funeral procession left the church as the traditional Australian ballad "Waltzing Matilda" was played by a pipe band. Young died on Nov. 18 at age 64 following years of poor health due to a diagnosis of dementia that led him to quit the band in 2014. (Billboard)

THE OTHER STUFF . . .

Alec Baldwin mixed his Emmy-winning impression of President Donald Trump and the advocacy of a serious Democratic activist Monday, headlining a state party banquet in Des Moines. The actor known lately for his recurring role on Saturday Night Live wowed more than 2,000 party faithful, at times slipping into the Trump spoof but urging them to work harder than they did in 2016, when Trump carried the state. It was much-needed humor for a party, still licking its wounds from the presidential election, and locked out of the governor's mansion and in the legislative minority after controlling both just 10 years ago. Baldwin donned his contorted faux-Trump scowl and joked about Democrats' annual Jefferson-Jackson banquets, named for past Democratic presidents, but which his character confused. "Jefferson Jackson was a great man," Baldwin blurted. In a nod to Iowa's renewable energy scene, Baldwin's Trump gave a shout out to corn-based fuel additive producers by noting "all the ethanol miners out there." That was after he took the stage, posing first as a professor at the defunct Trump University, touting course listings such as "political science fiction," and featuring members of Trump's cabinet as the faculty. "Jeff Sessions will be teaching a class. He just can't remember which one," Baldwin quipped, in a reference to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who testified this month he had forgotten about a Trump campaign meeting where an aide suggested a Trump meeting in Russia. But Baldwin, a Democratic activist for years behind the scenes, talked about his experience traveling through Massachusetts with Sen. Kennedy during his 1994 campaign against Republican Mitt Romney. More recently, Baldwin campaigned this fall for winning Virginia governor candidate Ralph Northam ahead of the Nov. 7 election. Baldwin impersonated former President Bill Clinton, less for laughs than to remind the audience of the former president's advice that the investigation into Russian connections with the Trump campaign is less advisable for the party than persuading voters to support Democrats. Baldwin called on Iowa Democrats, also still smarting over the bitter 2016 presidential caucus fight between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, to unite after the 2018 gubernatorial primary, now featuring seven candidates. "I want you to take the pledge right now and come together," Baldwin said. With one last joke, he implored Americans to "send Trump to a retirement home in Moscow where he belongs." And he brought the crowd to its feet with his final request: "Let's make America America again." (Page Six)

Kim Kardashian West is literally glowing to promote her upcoming makeup products. The Keeping Up with the Kardashians reality star, 37, shared a sneak peek of her soon-to-be-released line of shimmery highlighters and lip glosses on Instagram Monday, posing in nothing but metallic gold glitter with an equally dramatic silver tinted ponytail. Kardashian West's upcoming collection is called Ultralight Beams, which is perhaps an homage to husband Kanye West's 2016 single by the same name featuring Chance The Rapper and Kirk Franklin from his The Life of Pablo album. "Ultralight Beams highlighters & glosses launching Dec 1st on KKWBEAUTY.COM," she captioned the teaser. This comes after the successful launches of her Kits and KKW Fragrance, which sold out all three fragrances (Crystal Gardenia, Crystal Gardenia Citrus and Crystal Gardenia ) in six days for about $14 million in total. Though Kardashian West has yet to preview the products themselves, fans got a first look at the highlighters and glosses thanks to makeup artist and beauty influencer Huda Kattan, who was the first to show off the never-before-seen products from KKW Beauty on Monday. As seen in Kattan's photo, each product comes in sparkly copper, bronze, rose gold, gold and silver tones, meaning you can match lip glosses and highlighting powders. But turns out, Kardashian West was already testing out the new beauty items for months without any of us knowing. The Alexander Wang fashion show during New York Fashion Week in September was the first time she teased her newest products. And earlier this month, the Internet started speculating the star would be launching lip products when her makeup artist didn't reveal the lipstick she used at the LACMA Art + Film Gala. "It was the most satisfying feeling when friends, makeup artists, everyone was like, 'What is this lip liner?' " Kardashian West told PEOPLE recently. "Lip liners and lipsticks. I'm so excited for them to come out. It's gonna be so good." Keep an eye out for more KKW products as she's also developing concealers for KKW Beauty! (People)

Matt Harvey is back in the dating game -- after his romantic disaster earlier this year with Victoria's Secret model Adriana Lima. Sources tell Page Six that Mets hurler Harvey has been getting close with a blond bombshell named Kristina Krishka. "Instagram model" and cocktail waitress Krishka describes herself in her bio on the social-media site with just "Travel, Hospitality, Fitness, Ukrainian, Polish, Made in the USA." With 16,300 followers, she routinely posts photos from globe-trotting trips to locales such as Ibiza and Montauk. But it is believed that she worked as a cocktail waitress in the Hamptons over the summer, and sources tell us that Harvey was seen hanging with her. Harvey and Krishka have both posted images of themselves together in a Madison Square Garden suite at a Rangers game. She's seemingly a fan of the team, and she routinely posts pics of herself kitted out in Rangers gear. Harvey has previously dated another Polish blond beauty -- model Ania Cywinska -- as well as blond swimsuit and lingerie models Anne Vyalitsyna (a?k?a Anne V), Ashley Haas and Devon Windsor, to name a few. But it was raven-haired Lima who threw Harvey for a loop when pictures of his supermodel gal pal partying with her ex, NFL star Julian Edelman, led to the Mets pitcher skipping a May game over an alleged "migraine," and wound up suspended by the team. "It's completely my fault," Harvey later said without mentioning Lima. "I put myself in a bad place to be ready for showing up for a ballgame, and that is my responsibility." Since the Lima brouhaha, playboy Harvey has kept a lower profile. In June, Page Six reported that he spent time with "The Hills" third banana Lo Bosworth at a Hamptons hot spot and was "seen leaving with Bosworth hand-in-hand, shortly after midnight." But pals of Harvey insisted that the ace and Bosworth just "hang out in the same circle" and, anyway, "he's single with a new puppy he's obsessed with," they said. Since then, Harvey's Instagram feed has been filled with family-friendly images of the hound, relatives and kids, including "Stranger Things" star Gaten Matarazzo. Krishka and reps for the Mets did not get back to us. But if this thing works out, the duo can start their own Harvey-Krishka movement. (Page Six)

If you spot director Brett Ratner with a straggly 'do -- don't be surprised. As the fallout from Hollywood's ongoing sexual harassment scandals has rippled throughout LA, one insider mentioned to Page Six this week that "Brett Ratner's barber won't even take him anymore." The director was accused by multiple women in two LA Times reports this month of sexual harassment or misconduct. Ratner has denied the allegations through his power lawyer Martin Singer. But it seems that either way he'll need to find a new hairdresser? A rep for Ratner did not get back to us. (Page Six)

Although some might see the current crop of young social-media stars as a generation of Snapchat-obsessed celebrity wannabes, Paris Hilton sees "young entrepreneurs and people with dreams." The celebutante-turned-global-brand tells Ocean Drive magazine that even though her rise to fame came before the era of the "social-media influencer," she blazed the way for the entree-Instagramming hordes. "I was definitely before my time, and the beginning of a whole new era, and it started a new generation and genre of celebrity." The Hilton hotel heiress -- who gained notoriety after the 2004 release of her infamous sex tape, "1 Night in Paris," and became a household name because of her reality show, "The Simple Life" -- said, "I think it was pretty groundbreaking, and I love being a pioneer." In Ocean Drive's December issue, Hilton also said, "I'm very proud I started a whole new way for young people, young entrepreneurs and people with dreams to make a living and a very lucrative business off of it." But, she also admits that "being a businesswoman, I would've loved to capitalize on it." Paris was so ahead of the curve, she even introduced the world to Kim Kardashian back in 2006 when Kim was just her sidekick and closet organizer. (Page Six)

Music

Bruno Mars Reveals Inspiration Behind 24K Magic Live at the Apollo. Bruno Mars is getting ready to premiere his TV special. The 32-year-old singer's 24K Magic Live at the Apollo is set to air on Nov. 29, but before it premieres, Mars is dishing exclusively to E! News about what we can expect from the TV event. "You are about to see this album completely come to life in a magical setting like the Apollo Theater," he tells us. "You will see me and my band, having the time of our lives, inviting everyone to Harlem to our party. Hopefully, the viewers are going to feel like they are right there with us." And Mars explains that this show will be more intimate compared to a concert setting. "Well I have been fortunate and lucky to have been able to play all over the world," he says. "A place that has been on my bucket list forever has been the Apollo Theater. It would have been much easier for us to throw some cameras up at one of these shows on tour, you know, and collect a few-I could have picked the best performances from each city, but I don't know. That didn't feel like the right thing to do." He continues, "As far as, this is going to be on TV, what can we do to make it different and special? For me personally, just walking into the building at the Apollo for the first time in my life was already special for me. Trying to figure out how we take our show and put it in that setting, that was a challenge. We downsized it and made it more of an intimate show. It was one of the best, definitely the best reaction from the audience that we have ever got in our eyes." Mars was inspired to play at the Apollo Theater from a young age. "Some of my favorite artists in the world have played at the Apollo," he shares. "I grew up watching artists there with my family. Before American Idol and X Factor, The Voice and all these things and competitions, there was Showtime at the Apollo. It was very cut throat and it's kind of a model that I live by and stand by with my band. You get up on that stage, you give it to them and if you do it right, they are going to stand and cheer. If they don't, then they will let you know. That mentality is kind of my forever mentality and when you get up on that stage, you get ready to blow someone away." So does he have a favorite song to perform? "They are all different," he says. "There are only nine songs on the album and I wanted to give different tempos, different feelings and emotions. I wanted each song to tell a different story. Hopefully, you feel that when you watch it." And it sounds like this project is his main focus at the moment, as he tells us he's not currently working on any new music. "Absolutely not," he shares. "No. I am enjoying my time. I've worked so hard on this album. I went crazy in the studio. The fact that people are dancing and showing up to the shows, and I'm getting opportunities to do TV specials, this is like the victory lap for me. Confirms that I am not crazy. All that work that I put into the studio was well worth it. I'm going to enjoy this for a little while and then hopefully will get back into the studio again." Bruno Mars: 24K Magic Live at the Apollo will air Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 10 p.m. on CBS. (Eonline)

Why Taylor Swift Only Got Two 2018 Grammy Nominations. The 2018 Grammy nominations have just been announced! On Tuesday morning, Andra Day unveiled the nominees for the upcoming Jan. 28 award show on CBS This Morning. The full list was released online, where it was revealed that Taylor Swift only received two nominations. While we're sure any number of nominations is a huge honor for Swift, many of her fans are wondering why she wasn't nominated for more awards, considering her album Reputation is breaking records left and right. However, the answer is because of the Nov. 10 release date; the album itself wasn't eligible to be nominated this year. "For the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards, albums must be released between Oct. 1, 2016, and Sept. 30, 2017," the Grammy website states. "Recordings must be available for sale from any date within the eligibility period through at least the date of the current year's voting deadline (final ballot)." Therefore, while Swift's album wasn't eligible this year, it will be eligible for the 2019 Grammys. But because her first single "Look What You Made Me Do" was released in August, it was eligible for a nomination. The 27-year-old's song "Better Man," which she wrote for Little Big Town, also qualified, as it was released earlier this year; it's competing in the Best Country Song category. Her duet with Zayn Malik, "I Don't Wanna Live Foreer," is also in the running for Best Song Written for Visual Media. The 2018 Grammys will be held on Jan. 28 at Madison Square Garden and will air on CBS. (Eonline)

Post Malone Pays Tribute to Lil Peep With New Tattoo: 'Your Music Changed the World'. Although Post Malone only knew Lil Peep for a long period of time, the Texas artist called him an "incredible guy" and believed that Peep's "music was going to change the culture of everything." Posty made sure he would never forget his fallen friend, tattooing a portrait of the 21-year-old on his arm. In a statement to Billboard, Malone had this to say regarding his tribute to Peep: "In the short time that I knew you, you were a great friend to me and a great person. Your music changed the world and it'll never be the same. i love you bud. Forever." Last week, (Nov. 17) Malone joined the H3 Podcast and had high praise for Peep as a person and his musical talent, "I f--king love that kid, it sucks ass... he was the fucking shit. I only knew him for a little bit. But more than [the] genuine good real true person that he was, his music was going to change the culture of everything. Already shifting culture in such a short period of time. He's an incredible, talented dude and good guy." (Billboard)

Demi Lovato Teases 'Tell Me You Love Me' Video With Faux Wedding Invitation Dated Dec. 1. Save the date, Lovatics! Beginning Friday (Dec. 1), you are cordially invited to Demi Lovato's wedding -- well, at least in the form of a music video. According to a faux wedding invitation tweeted by Lovato on Monday (Nov. 27), the video for her latest single "Tell Me You Love Me" is centered around the wedding of Demi and Jesse at 10 o'clock in the morning Eastern time. Along with these logistical details, Lovato posted a photo to Instagram in which she makes for a stunning bride. "Tell Me You Love Me" is the title track of Lovato's sixth studio album, which arrived on Sept. 29. (Billboard)

Cardi B Is Credited As a Songwriter for 2018 Grammy Nominations... As 'Washpoppin'. When the 2018 Grammy nominations were revealed Tuesday morning (Nov. 28), people on social media immediately began debating who got snubbed, who deserved which honor and how the nominations stack up against previous years. Among the welcome surprises this time around was Cardi B, who was nominated for both best rap performance and best rap song for her Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hit, "Bodak Yellow." But as many began poring over the minutiae and dissecting every small detail of who was nominated for what, searching for hidden nuggets of information that others may have missed, some pointed out that in the credits for best rap song -- an award that honors songwriters -- Cardi's real name, Belcalis Almanzar, was not listed. This was pointed out in a (since-deleted) tweet by The Fader, which noted that if "Bodak Yellow" won best rap song, Cardi would not. That began to gain traction on Twitter, with some claiming that Cardi used a ghostwriter for the song, and others noting that Kodak Black (real name: Dieuson Octave) is listed as a songwriter on the credits. (Cardi named "Bodak Yellow" after Kodak, as an homage to the flow he uses on his song "No Flockin.") This is not the case, however. A rep for the Grammys told Billboard that Cardi is credited as a songwriter, just under a different name: Washpoppin. The name doubles as the title of her song "Wash Poppin" from her 2016 mixtape Gangsta Bitch Music Vol. 1. The full credits for "Bodak Yellow" are: Washpoppin (Cardi B); Dieuson Octave (Kodak Black); Klenord Raphael; Shaftizm; Jordan Thorpe; and J White. (Billboard)

Bono Will Break U2's Pledge Against Golf for AIDS Charity. When the members of the rock band U2were just young Irish lads, they made a pledge to each other that has remained steadfast throughout their decades-long run as rock stars. But frontman Bono said the band is now willing to break that promise in order to raise money for his (RED) charity in the fight against HIV/AIDS. "U2 made a pledge early on, as teenagers actually, when we formed the band that the one thing we would never ever do -- and it was a sacred pledge -- was to play golf,'' Bono said in a recent interview with The Associated Press. "We didn't think it was rock 'n' roll." The chance to play a round of mini-golf with one of the world's most popular rock bands is just one of the once-in-a-lifetime celebrity experiences that are being raffled off at Omaze.com/RED as a part of the (RED) Shopathon campaign for World AIDS Day on Dec. 1. For a $10 donation by Jan. 18, you get a chance to work out with Charlize Theron, go to a movie premiere with Reese Witherspoon, or visit Seoul with K-Pop star Taeyeon. Bono also is teaming up again this year with talk show host Jimmy Kimmel for a (RED) charity special, airing at 11:35 p.m. EST Tuesday on ABC. Kimmel and other celebrities pretend to be home shopping hosts describing specially branded (RED) products, such as clothing, tech products, cosmetics and accessories that also are available online at Amazon.com/RED. This year's special guests will include Bono, Kristen Bell, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Bryan Cranston, Ashton Kutcher, DJ Khaled and Rita Wilson. Former President Barack Obama also will appear via a taped video message. "We also have a big group song that we will be doing, which has become our annual tradition," Kimmel said. "We will gather everybody together and force people to sing whether they can or not. I am in the not category." Formed by Bono and Bobby Shriver, (RED) has raised $500 million in the last 11 years to provide testing, prevention, treatment, counseling and care services in eight sub-Saharan African countries. Bono credits the American people and its government for leading the fight against HIV/AIDS, dating back to former President George W. Bush and continued by Obama. "In a very divided America, this is one issue that left and right can take equal measures of pride in the success of the fight so far against HIV/AIDS," said Bono. But he said that the need for attention was more critical now that that treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS are at a tipping point. "There are more people now on antiretroviral drugs than are newly infected," Bono said. "Just as this is happening, right at this moment, defeat could be seized from the jaws of victory. People are talking about cutting budgets on Capitol Hill and other capitols around the world." Kimmel's (RED) Shopathon special has raised $100 million for the charity in the past two years, and he said he really likes the celebrity experiences that he's done for charity, even if they seem rather random. "Once I made grilled cheese for someone in my office and once I gave someone a piggy back ride," Kimmel said. "I always try to come up with something dumb that seems to be fun and it's fun to meet random people from who knows where." Despite the "no golf" pledge, Bono suspects that one member of U2 might be secretly excited for the chance to play the links. "Edge would say things like, 'There are some cool people who play golf, Bono. Like Iggy Pop or Willie Nelson or Jack Nicholson,'" Bono said of the U2 guitarist. "So some people might be very happy if the band is broken open in a major fight over crazy golf. We shall see." "I would hate if mini golf split this band up," Kimmel said. "That would be a real tragedy." (Billboard)

Movies

James Cameron is so over your Titanic ending theories. "I promise. I will never let go, Jack. I'll never let go." *sobs for eternity* Ok, we get it. You think that Rose was being selfish at the end of Titanic, and had she just shifted on that wooden raft, Jack would have survived and they would have lived happily ever after and everything would have been perfect. Well, don't bring up your groundbreaking theory in front of director James Cameron. He told Vanity Fair "the ending of the film would have been meaningless" if Jack survived the sinking. "I think it's all kind of silly, really, that we're having this discussion 20 years later [...] The film is about death and separation; he had to die," James explained. "Whether it was that, or whether a smoke stack fell on him, he was going down. It's called art, things happen for artistic reasons, not for physics reasons. "The answer is very simple because it says on page 147 [of the script] that Jack dies." Fair enough, James. You do probably know best, with three Academy Awards under your belt. He added "the film was effective in making Jack so endearing to the audience that it hurts them to see him die." You're telling us. Titanic celebrates its twentieth anniversary this year, and the wounds are still pretty raw. In fact, we've just got something in our eye, BRB. (British Glamour)

Christopher Plummer is officially J. Paul Getty ... at least in the movies. Plummer is on set for the re-do of the scenes Kevin Spacey already shot for the movie "All the Money in the World." As you know, producers decided to re-cast the role in the wake of the sexual assault allegations against Spacey. This is a Herculean challenge for producers, because the flick opens in less than a month. Spacey had a big role in the movie -- he shot for about 10 days. As for the 87-year-old Plummer ... he's shooting in Tivoli, Italy, so we're guessing he'll carbo-load to keep up his stamina. (TMZ)

Batman's Alfred Finally Gets Harrowing Backstory Via 'Funny or Die'. "Because every butler has a beginning." It's about bloody time. Alfred Pennyworth, the dutifully butler to Bruce Wayne's and Batman's right arm, finally gets his own backstory thanks to Funny or Die -- and it's a doozy. In the two-minute video, Alfred: Before Batman, posted over the weekend, the audience discovers Alfred's life very much mirrors that of Oliver Twist...because, well, his childhood is footage from the 2005 version of Oliver Twist. "Because every butler has a beginning," reads one of the cards spliced in between footage from Oliver Twist and Christoper Nolan's Batman trilogy, in which Michael Caine played Alfred. The violin music playing throughout sets the perfect dreary mood for the parody. Jeremy Irons is the latest actor to portray Alfred; other actors include Michael Gough in the '90s Batman films and Alan Napier in the '60s television show starring Adam West. (Hollywood Reporter)

Shonda Rhimes to Guest-Edit Hollywood Reporter Women in Entertainment Issue. The prolific TV creator is working with THR's editorial staff on the annual special issue of the magazine, which publishes Dec. 6. Prolific television creator, entrepreneur and activist Shonda Rhimes has been named guest editor of The Hollywood Reporter's annual Women in Entertainment issue. Rhimes, creator of the hit TV series Grey's Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away With Murder, is working with THR's editorial staff on the special issue, which publishes Dec. 6. Rhimes' involvement, the first time THR has enlisted a guest editor in the 26-year history of the Women in Entertainment issue, comes on the heels of the September launch of her Shondaland.com, a digital storytelling platform that features first-person essays, interviews, reported features, advice, podcasts and videos. In addition, Rhimes announced in August that her successful production company, Shondaland, will move to Netflix in a multiyear deal to create and produce new content. Rhimes, an ardent backer of Democratic causes and advocate for women's issues, as well as a recipient of THR's Sherry Lansing Leadership Award in 2014, also uses her family foundation to support arts, education and activism, with a focus on promoting inclusion, equality and tolerance. "Shonda Rhimes is not only one of the most creative people in Hollywood, she's also one of the savviest about both the entertainment business and issues that are important to women," says Matthew Belloni, editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter. "And yes, she's also one of the busiest people in town, so we're thrilled she's allowing us to tap into her brain for the Women in Entertainment issue." The 26th annual Women in Entertainment issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine will be unveiled at a star-studded breakfast event Dec. 6 at Milk Studios in Los Angeles, where $1 million in university scholarships will be awarded to young women from disadvantaged backgrounds who have taken part in THR's Women in Entertainment Mentorship Program in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles. (Hollywood Reporter)

TV

Long Island Medium's Theresa Caputo Breaks Down in Tears Over Marital Issues: ''I Can't Do This.'' Theresa Caputo has reached her breaking point. On Monday night's episode of Long Island Medium, viewers watched as the reality TV star had to pause a reading to collect her emotions over ongoing issues with husband Larry Caputo. Theresa couldn't hold back the tears as she stepped away from her client to address the apparent heartbreak. "I really can't stop thinking about my relationship with Larry. I'm gonna say something, and I'm gonna regret it. Things happen," she shared, visibly crying before walking off camera. "I can't -- I can't do this." The celebrity medium has yet to disclose what's caused a rift in their years-long marriage, though she admitted in a previous episode that the pair is "growing apart" and they're enduring "not such great times." As Theresa explained to a close friend, "I've changed and he has changed. We're both not happy and, you know, it's hard to try to work through that. It's not easy for me to sit here and to talk about this, to talk about my feelings, to talk about how my marriage is, but you know, things do change." Caputo cast doubt on the strength of their relationship, adding in Monday's new segment, "I'm in the middle of a reading with Erin, and my own emotions about my relationship with Larry got the best of me. This is a really hard time right now with Larry and I, and I don't know what is going to happen. It's just... It's wearing on me." Meanwhile, Larry has not addressed their relationship troubles publicly and it's been almost 10 months since either appeared on each other's social media. Throughout several seasons of Long Island Medium, Theresa has opened up her life for TLC cameras. Alongside Larry and their two kids Larry Jr. and Victoria, the famous family has documented their biggest moments both in and out of their hometown of Long Island. Long Island Medium airs Monday nights at 9 p.m. only on TLC. (Eonline)

Dog the Bounty Hunter Reveals Beth Chapman's Latest Test Results: "No Cancer." Things are looking up health wise for Beth Chapman. Less than three months after the Dog the Bounty Star revealed that she had been diagnosed with throat cancer, fans received a bit of good news. On a new A&E special titled Dog & Beth: Fight of Their Lives, viewers watched Dog the Bounty Hunter receive a pathology report that could define the family's future forever. As it turned out, Dog revealed his wife's results showed "no cancer.' "There is a God. This could be a miracle. This could be a healing," he shared as cameras rolled. "[The doctor] said if I wasn't such a good husband it wouldn't have worked out that great. Oh I can breathe. Beth Chapman, you did it." It's great news for viewers who spent much of the special learning just how scary Beth's battle with throat cancer was. With help from an extended family and friends including Shannon Tweed, the reality star was determined to defy the odds and kick cancer's butt. "I think you go through so many emotional things that when you hear the word cancer, you just don't relate it to yourself," Beth explained. Dog added, "There's my little girl doing something that I could never do. I couldn't do this, okay? Tough woman right there, physically, emotionally and spiritually. That cancer picked on the wrong female." During her battle with squamous carcinoma, Beth was given the choice to have surgery or radiation. Dog also shared with their family that there was a 50-50 chance she could survive. According to the couple, the power of prayer proved to be a helpful force. It also brought the family even closer together. "We cannot let this experience tear us apart. We need to bring us together," Beth shared with her family. "If this is the worst of it, then all it can be is better." For more information about cancer, visit the Cancer Research Institute online now. Dog & Beth: Fight of Their Lives airs Monday night at 9 p.m. on A&E. (Eonline)

Jersey Shore Returns for Family Vacation With Original Cast. If MTV's new Floribama Shore wasn't enough to satisfy your shore cravings, you are in luck. The network just announced that almost all of the original cast is returning for an all new series called Jersey Shore Family Vacation, which we assume to be a show about all of the Jersey Shore cast members going on vacation together with their families. The new series, which will air in 2018, will star original cast members Deena Nicole Cortese, Paul "Pauly D" Delvecchio," Jenni "JWOWW" Farley, Vinny Guadagnino, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino. And that's officially all the information we have, but it's plenty to get us excited. The news was announced during tonight's premiere of MTV's latest trip to the shore, Floribama Shore, which is an eight episode "story of eight young adults who come to spend the summer in the hottest beach town on the Gulf Coast, Panama City Beach, to party it up and put the real world on hold for just a little bit longer." No word yet on why Sammi isn't participating in the Family Vacation, but we will get back to you when we find out! Jersey Shore Family Vacation will air in 2018, and Floribama Shore airs Mondays at 10 p.m. on MTV. (Eonline)

Tom Hardy Reteams With 'Peaky Blinders' Creator, BBC for Charles Dickens Series. Stephen Knight will adapt Dickens' novels, 'A Christmas Carol' being the first, with Hardy executive producing. The BBC has oiled the cartwheels of a new series of Charles Dickens adaptations, this time commissioning acclaimed Brit writer Stephen Knight (Allied, Woman Walks Ahead). Knight will adapt Dickens' classic novels over the next few years, starting with A Christmas Carol, with Ridley Scott's Scott Free London producing in association with Tom Hardy's Hardy Son & Baker outfit. Hardy and Knight are frequent collaborators, having worked together on Taboo and Peaky Blinders, which Knight also created. "Any question about narrative storytelling is answered by Dickens," said Knight. "To have the chance to revisit the text and interpret in a new way is the greatest privilege. We need luck and wisdom to do this justice." Added BBC Drama boss Piers Wenger: "Steven's unique ability to reimagine the past and to turn it into must-see drama make him the perfect writer to reinvent Dickens' most famous works for a new generation." Said Scott: "It's terrific to be continuing the creative partnership of Scott Free London with Tom and Steve that started with Taboo and continues with this exciting and ambitious anthology of British classics." A Christmas Carol, telling the iconic story of Ebenezer Scrooge, is due for broadcast on BBC One in three hour-long episodes. Alongside Scott Free London producing in association with Hardy Son & Baker, executive producers are Knight, Scott, Hardy, Wenger, Kate Crowe and Dean Baker. The new series adds to an exceptionally busy slate for Knight, whose future projects include The Girl in the Spider's Web, starring Claire Foy as Lisbeth Salander, and StudioCanal's Rio, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jake Gyllenhaal. He's also written and dirtected Serenity, starring Anne Hathaway and Matthew McConaughey, which is currently in post. The BBC's feature film arm BBC Films is already working on a big-screen Dickens adaptation, with Veep creator Armando Iannucci set to direct David Copperfield from his own script. (Hollywood Reporter)

CBS passes on more episodes of Jeremy Piven drama. CBS has made a backorder decision on its last remaining new fall series, opting not to pick up additional episodes of drama "Wisdom of the Crowd." The crime drama is slated to wrap production on its 13-episode original order in mid-December. Nine of them already have aired. For now, the plan is for the remaining four to continue to air in the series' Sunday slot. The backorder decision on "Wisdom of the Crowd," delayed almost to the last possible moment, had been being complicated by an investigation CBS recently launched into sexual harassment allegations against star Jeremy Piven. To keep the writers room open, the network had ordered three additional scripts. While Piven has vehemently denied any allegations, more and more women have come forward, most recently a former Entourage extra who claimed over the Thanksgiving break that the actor sexually assaulted her in 2009. "Wisdom of the Crowd" landed a series order by CBS in May after strong testing, with Piven's character getting high marks. The critically panned drama, which stars Piven as a tech billionaire who sells his company to launch a venture dedicated to fighting crime via crowdsourcing, was not a breakout but has been a steady modest ratings performer in the Sunday 8 PM slot where it has been getting boosts from NFL doubleheaders every other week. Sunday night Wisdom drew a 0.90 rating in adults 18-49 (Live+same day) and 6.9 million viewers, not far off from its first episode after the premiere (0.98, 7.8 million). Of the other freshmen, CBS gave a full-season pickup to comedy "Young Sheldon" and drama "S.W.A.T.," ordered three more episodes of Mark Feuerstein's multi-camera comedy series "9JKL" and no more episodes of single-camera comedy "Me, Myself & I." (PageSix)

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