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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Bobby Cannavale Gushes Over Life With a Third Son: I'd Be a Dad "Full-Time." Bobby Cannavale is a dad times three -- and life couldn't be better. The Ferdinand star recently welcomed a third little one in November, E! News previously confirmed. While catching up with the famous dad at the premiere of his latest animated film, Cannavale confirmed he and his off-screen leading lady, Rose Byrne, welcomed a son, adding that having three boys is "just great." "I love being a dad," he gushed. "I'd do it full-time if I didn't have to make a living." He also gave us an update on the new mom, adding Byrne is "doing great. She's doing wonderful." The star is the proud dad of 22-year-old Jake, whom he shares with ex-wife Jenny Lumet, as well as 1-year-old son, Rocco, whom Byrne gave birth to in February 2016. As for the third little one's secret moniker, it has recently been revealed. As The New York Times reported this week, the little one's name is Rafa. In the midst of raising three kids, Cannavale hopes Ferdinand's message of not conforming will resonate with his youngsters. "I like that message for my own children that you don't have to go with the flow, go with the crowd. That you can be your own person. You can be an individual and that's valid and that's important," he explained. With Rafa's first holidays ahead, how will the family celebrate? "We're in Los Angeles for the first time," Cannavale said. "We're just going to stay together as a family and take it easy." Sounds perfect! (Eonline)

Here's Why Brooklynn Prince Is the Kid to Watch Out for This Award Season. There's just something about the young Hollywood stars who always steal the spotlight during award season. Jacob Tremblay brought smiles to our face while he celebrated the success of Room. And Quvenzhane Wallis certainly deserved plenty of attention for her Beasts of the Southern Wild performance. But with the 2018 Golden Globes nominations being announced, moviegoers have a prediction as to who may be the "it" kid during this year's award season. May we introduce you to Brooklynn Prince? The 7-year-old breakout child star has earned rave reviews for her performance in The Florida Project. In the movie, Brooklynn plays a young girl named Moonee who lives with her mother (newcomer Bria Vinaite) at a low-cost motel near Disney World. In the project, director Sean Baker focuses on the joys in Moonee's life including free ice cream and the opportunities to mess with the motel's goodhearted handyman (Willem Dafoe). "My mom got a call for me to audition and I auditioned with Christopher Rivera and Valeria Cotto because they brought in groups of kids. And we just really got together and then a couple days later I found out I booked it and the reason I wanted to do this was I wanted to tell Moonee's story," Brooklynn told Vulture when recalling the audition process. "[I wanted to show] how her life is, and about her struggling mom and how she struggles. And like, you think the motel's all fun and games, you kind of think that in the movie." While her experience under the big lights is a bit limited -- she did have a photo shoot for Parenting Magazine at just two -- Brooklynn always knew she wanted to be part of movies. It also helped that she had the support of her family including her mom who serves as an acting agent. Since her latest film was released, the 7-year-old has already had the opportunity to meet one of her idols by the name of Gal Gadot. The event that brought them together? Oh, just the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Governors Awards. "Star Wars and Wonder Woman just rock," Brooklynn told Entertainment Weekly before the unexpected reunion. Perhaps this is the first of many run-ins during award show season. After all, this young actress knows her pop culture and has a few actresses she can't wait to say hello to. "I want to work with Elle Fanning, Dakota Fanning, Emma Watson, Daisy Ridley, Gal Gadot, Millie Bobby Brown, Ariana Grande, even if she's not an actress," Brooklynn shared with Variety. Something tells us they will know all about Brooklynn in no time. (Eonline)

Simone Biles Makes Her Debut as First Honorary Houston Texans Cheerleader. It's official -- Simone Biles is a bonafide NFL cheerleader. After being granted a pair of the legendary Houston Texans red boots on Friday, the Olympic gymnast temporarily traded in the balance beam for a spot on the NFL field as the first honorary member of the team. Her chance came on Sunday when the Texas team faced off against the San Francisco 49ers. While the Texans were not triumphant -- falling 10 points behind the 49ers -- the gold medalist was every bit a winner as she beamed from the sidelines in the signature red and black uniform with red pom-poms in hand. "Game day feels," the athlete gushed on social media ahead of the game. "So excited to dance at the Houston Texans Game!" The 20-year-old star had a special fan rooting for her -- her boyfriend, Stacey Ervin Jr. "Welcoming the newest Houston Texans Cheerleader," her beau quipped on social media along with photos with his famous girlfriend from the sidelines. "Thank you for a dope experience at my first Texans game!" Biles also managed to make fans laugh thanks to a photo with retired basketball pro Hakeem Olajuwon. "Just another short / tall picture," she joked. The Houston native has previously honored her hometown team by announcing their pick at the 2016 NGL Draft and then made a grand entrance on the field before kickoff. As always, job well done, Simone! (Eonline)

Armie Hammer apologized on Friday for commenting on Casey Affleck's sexual harassment cases while attempting to call out Hollywood's double standard in an interview last month. During a Hollywood Reporter interview last month, Hammer questioned why Casey Affleck, who faced two sexual harassment cases, won an Oscar for best actor when Nate Parker was placed in "director's jail" after allegations of sexual assault resurfaced. In a statement released by his PR firm, Hammer said he "misspoke" when comparing the cases. "I would like to sincerely apologize to Casey and his family for my recent comments about him in my THR interview. Without knowing the facts about the civil lawsuits at issue (which I now understand were settled), I misspoke," Hammer said in an email statement to Fox News. "I conflated sexual harassment cases with a criminal case involving sexual assault charges. The cases in which Casey was involved were not criminal and instead involved civil claims from his 2010 movie "I'm Still Here," the 31-year-old actor said. Affleck was sued in 2010 for allegedly sexually harassing two female crew members on the set of "I'm Still Here." The two cases were settled out of court and dismissed, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Hammer said he intended to make a "social comment about double standards in general," but instead made a poor comparison that he "deeply regrets making." "I also didn't mean to insinuate, nor do I believe, that Casey or anyone from his camp had anything to do with leaked information that took place during the press for 'Birth of a Nation,'" Hammer said. Hammer added, "I respect Casey's work, and I've learned a valuable lesson about the need to be more accurate with disseminating information, especially in this age of instantaneous, unchecked communication. While attempting to be part of the solution, I unintentionally made myself part of the problem, for which I am truly sorry." Hammer said in the initial Hollywood Reporter interview that Parker's "Birth of a Nation" was up for an Oscar last year before the director's 1999 rape allegation was brought up. Parker and Jean Celestin, Parker's college roommate from Penn State and the co-writer of "Birth of a Nation," were accused of raping a student when they attended the university in 1999. Celestin was found guilty of sexual assault, but it was overturned when the student did not testify. She reportedly killed herself in 2012. Parker was acquitted of the crime, but was later accused of exposing himself to a female student trainer. (Page Six)

Melanie Martinez Denies Timothy Heller's Rape Accusations Again. Melanie Martinez says she "would never be intimate with someone without their absolute consent," marking her second public denial to an accusation of rape. Last week, singer Timothy Heller alleged that the former Voice contestant, musician and her former friend sexually assaulted her. Since then, many fans have expressed support for the accuser and have condemned Martinez. Others have stood by her side. "I understand how hard it could be to see my side of the story, considering no one with a heart would want to invalidate anyone speaking up about this topic," Martinez wrote on Twitter on Saturday evening. "I want to thank my fans who took the time to research the timeline, analyze past Instagram photos, and question the story being told, which reveal her false statements." "I trusted so many people in my life who took advantage of that trust for their own personal gain," she said. "Please know that my intentions with everything that I do in my life are always pure and I would never be intimate with someone without their absolute consent." Heller did not respond directly to Martinez's remarks. About an hour after the tweet was posted, Heller wrote on her Twitter page, "This is why victims don't speak up. I wouldn't wish this upon anyone." After Heller had made her accusation on Twitter, Martinez had soon responded, saying, "I am horrified and saddened by the statements and story" and that "What she and I shared was a close friendship for a period of time. We came into each other's lives as we were both starting our careers as artists, and we tried to help each other. We both had pain in dealing with our individual demons and the new paths we were forging, but I truly felt we were trying to lift each other up." She also stated, "She never said no to what we chose to do together. And although we parted ways, I am sending her love and light always." In an interview with Newsweek published the following day, Heller said Martinez pressured her into sexual contact in 2015 and that because of their friendship, she was wracked with guilt for years after that night. "We remained friends for a while, but it was strange, obviously. I think I was invalidating my own experience for so long because she's not a man," Heller said. "Plus, she was my friend, and I sat with what happened in silence because I didn't want to be malicious." Martinez's fans "see her as this angel who understands them" and that she assumed no one would take her seriously she she "explained what she did," adding, "I've been reading all the #metoo stories, and though I'm obviously in support of the people coming forward, I wasn't sure if my story of being assaulted fit." "People don't really talk about this," Heller said. "But I know now that assault happens this way all the time. I loved her even after it happened, and I had this sick need to protect her, which I've learned is very common for victims of assault, especially those hurt by their family or friends." In an interview with TheFreshCommittee.com, posted a day later, Heller said, "I was in denial for a long time that my friend did this to me. I really loved her! So part of me was still protecting her. I didn't do this to hurt her. But I decided to name her based on what her fanbase is like. These are young children, who were looking up to her as someone who is there for them with their struggles with mental illness and depression. As someone who struggles with mental illness first hand, I felt that I could no longer stay quiet about this. I know that now a lot of them are in denial and are choosing to not believe me, but I was in the same type of denial. I loved her too." (Eonline)

Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme -- who once called an audience member a homophobic slur during a concert -- was shown on video kicking a photographer who stood near the stage at his Saturday night performance in Inglewood, California. The photographer, Chelsea Lauren, shared the disturbing video gone viral on Instagram, captioning: "I now get to spend my night in the ER. Seriously, WHO DOES THAT?!?" Lauren said she was snapping the 44-year-old "Ginger Elvis" rocker nicknamed for her photo service employer, Shutterstock. "Josh was coming over and I was pretty excited, I've never actually photographed Queens Of The Stone Age before, I was really looking forward to it. I saw him coming over and I was shooting away... ," she told Variety. "The next thing I know his foot connects with my camera and my camera connects with my face, really hard. He looked straight at me, swung his leg back pretty hard and full-blown kicked me in the face. He continued performing, I was startled, I kind of stopped looking at him, I just got down and was holding my face because it hurt so badly." Homme released a statement Sunday, apologizing. "I did not mean for that to happen and I am very sorry," the statement posted to the band's social media accounts read. "I would never intentionally cause harm to anyone working at or attending one of our shows and I hope Chelsea will accept my sincere apology." Lauren said that she was hospitalized as a result of the injuries and that she planned to file a police report. "It was obviously intentional," she said. After the incident, Homme continued to strut aggressively on stage and reportedly brought out a knife, cut his head open and let the blood drip on his shirt. At one point the singer called the audience "retards." (Page Six)

Stand-up comedian Hannibal Buress was booked Saturday night-in Miami jail. The funny man, known for roles on TV's "Broad City" and "Eric Andre Show," was arrested on disorderly intoxication charges around 10:30 p.m., the Miami Police Department said in a tweet. A video of the collar posted to YouTube shows the yuckster handcuffed and leaning against a squad car as he tries to convince cops not to haul him in. "What am I detained for? Explain what I am detained for," Buress repeatedly shouts, occasionally stumbling over his words, in a video posted to YouTube by user Mitchell Wiggs. "You don't have probable cause for anything and you look hella stupid right now," Buress continues. "You know y'all are goofy as f–k." Officers accuse him of trespassing, but refuse to say where he was trespassing or who is pressing charges against him, video shows. Meanwhile a crowd of onlookers can be heard heckling cops and trying to defend the comedian. "Yo, don't hurt my man," one-person shouts. "Free Hannibal Buress," another hollers. The comedian was booked into Miami-Dade jail at 1:57 am on Sunday and posted bail of $500 shortly before 6 a.m., court records show. Buress is credited with helping to take down pervy comedian Bill Cosby after a 2014 bit calling the elder comedian racist renewed scrutiny over long-standing allegations that Cosby had drugged and raped women. A case charging Cosby with drugging and raping Andrea Constand, a former Temple University basketball manager, ended in a mistrial last summer, but the comedian has nonetheless become a pariah. Prosecutors are planning to mount a retrial in April. Buress has become a regular in the hip Wynwood section of Miami in recent years, though it is unclear what he was doing in the area Saturday night, the Miami New Times reports. (Page Six)

Mario Batali is stepping away from his eatery empire, as well as ABC's "The Chew," following several allegations of sexual misconduct. Four women have accused Batali, 57, of sexual harassment and assault spanning nearly 20 years, Eater reported Monday. A female chef alleged that an intoxicated Batali offered her a job, then groped her breasts. Two of Batali's female former employees accused him of grabbing and groping them, with one accusing the celebrated chef of ordering her to straddle him. A third former employee claimed that Batali groped her breasts at a party, though she noted the incident allegedly occurred when she was no longer working for him. A representative for Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group confirmed to Eater that the company received its first formal complaint about Batali's conduct in October. Batali didn't deny the allegations. "I apologize to the people I have mistreated and hurt. Although the identities of most of the individuals mentioned in these stories have not been revealed to me, much of the behavior described does, in fact, match up with ways I have acted," he said in a statement to Eater. "That behavior was wrong and there are no excuses. I take full responsibility and am deeply sorry for any pain, humiliation or discomfort I have caused to my peers, employees, customers, friends and family." "I have work to do to try to regain the trust of those I have hurt and disappointed. For this reason, I am going to step away from day-to-day operations of my businesses," Batali continued. "We built these restaurants so that our guests could have fun and indulge, but I took that too far in my own behavior. I won't make that mistake again. I want any place I am associated with to feel comfortable and safe for the people who work or dine there." His statement concluded, "I know my actions have disappointed many people. The successes I have enjoyed are owned by everyone on my team. The failures are mine alone. To the people who have been at my side during this time -- my family, my partners, my employees, my friends, my fans -- I am grateful for your support and hopeful that I can regain your respect and trust. I will spend the next period of time trying to do that." (Page Six)

Harvey Weinstein is under investigation for allegedly raping Paz de la Huerta on 2 occasions, but law enforcement sources tell TMZ a prosecution is highly unlikely. De la Huerta says in November 2010, Weinstein went to her apartment, pushed her on the bed, lifted her skirt and raped her. She says in late December, Weinstein showed up again in her hotel lobby, she asked him to leave but he ended up in her apartment and he raped her again. Law enforcement sources tell us there are problems with the case. The fact that it's more than 7 years old creates issues, including memory of events. Our sources say the case is made even more difficult by the fact that the actress had repeated interactions with Weinstein between the first and second alleged rape. De la Huerta has said she told her therapist about the rapes, but our law enforcement sources say it's not as clear as that. Law enforcement is aware of a correspondence in which the therapist recollects the 2010 session this way: "I recall you reporting to me a sexual encounter with Harvey Weinstein involving intercourse in your apartment in 2010 that resulted in you feeling victimized. I recall you telling me that it felt coercive to you and that you didn't want to have sex with him, but felt you had to as he was a man of power and rank and you couldn't say no to his sexual advances." Our law enforcement sources say the therapist's recollections do not show a lack of consent sufficient to prove rape. One source said the weaknesses in the case don't mean she wasn't raped, but the standard of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt is extremely high and prosecutors don't want to take a case to trial if the proof doesn't meet the legal standard. (TMZ)

THE OTHER STUFF . . .

Jane Fonda Celebrates Her 80th Birthday Early by Raising $1.3 Million for Charity. Jane Fonda received a special 80th birthday gift early. Ahead of her forthcoming special day on December 21, the soon-to-be octogenarian stepped out at her organization, GCAPP's fundraiser on Saturday night in Atlanta. The evening, dubbed "Eight Decades of Jane," was held in honor of the famous founder's milestone birthday. With celebrity attendees like actress Rosanna Arquette, musician Carole King and Fonda's ex-husband, Ted Turner, guests bid during a live auction featuring items like lunch with Fonda and her co-star Lily Tomlin and a visit to the set of Grace & Frankie as well as a dinner at the star's new Los Angeles house. As for the evening's entertainment, James Taylor and King serenaded attendees with hits like "So Far Away" and "You've Got A Friend." While Fonda got a chance to blow out candles on a birthday cake, we have a feeling one of her wishes was already answered when the event raised $1.3 million for GCAPP, which focuses on teen pregnancy prevention, nutrition and healthy adolescent relationships. An early birthday celebration indeed! (Eonline)

With the indomitable spirit of Spartacus himself, Kirk Douglas celebrated his 101st birthday with family and friends on Saturday. Douglas' Oscar winning son Michael flew in from New York just to be with his dad on the special day, and then was flying right back to where his eldest son Cameron is about to make him a grandfather-and Kirk a great-grandfather-with the imminent arrival of a baby girl. Daughter-in-law Catherine Zeta-Jones couldn't be at Douglas' Beverly Hills home in person but, via FaceTime, sang what I am told was an Oscar-worthy rendition of "Happy Birthday." Kirk's son Joel drove in from the desert and posed for a photo with Michael and Kirk, spelling out 101 with their fingers. Among other family members there, in addition of course to wife Anne, was granddaughter Kelsey Douglas, who is about to turn 25 and is the latest of the clan to follow grandpa into the acting profession. Three generations of Douglas thesps (Kirk, Michael, Cameron) memorably appeared together in MGM's "It Runs In The Family" (2003), which remains to date the last studio film of Kirk's career, although I'm told another guest at the party, CAA's Fred Specktor, still considers himself the legendary star's agent should the actor ever decide to go back to work. Douglas is still very active, and his latest book, "Kirk And Anne: Letters Of Love, Laughter, And A Lifetime In Hollywood, "written with Anne, was released in May. Jeffrey Katzenberg, who has cited Kirk as his model for philanthropy, was there. It was just two years ago that I reported, on the occasion of his 99th birthday, that Douglas' donation of $15 million was made toward building a new Alzheimer's facility. The Kirk Douglas Care Pavilion will be located at the Motion Picture and Television Fund's Woodland Hills Campus (Katzenberg chairs the fund). Universal Chairman Ron Meyer also came by the lunchtime event and I hear got the same question he always gets: Is he keeping Kirk Douglas Way on the Universal lot free of potholes? The "Spartacus" set is still a staple on the studio tour. Among others at the small gathering were producer George Schlatter and wife Jolene, Neile McQueen Toffel, producer David Permut, writer David Bender, and director Jeff Kanew, who made 1986's "Tough Guys," the last teaming of Kirk and good friend Burt Lancaster. Kanew also directed Douglas' autobiographical piece "Before I Forget" at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. And perhaps the most important guest was Douglas' cardiologist Dr. P.K. Shah, who per tradition at these annual birthday gatherings brought along the vodka for the one drink a year he allows Kirk to have. Everyone vowed to be back next year to do it all again for the 102nd. (Page Six)

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi Evacuate Pets From Home Under Threat From California Fire. Ellen DeGeneres says she and wife Portia De Rossi had to evacuate their pets from their California home due to the threat of a raging wildfire that has destroyed and damaged hundreds of properties over the past week. The two have several cats and dogs. This past October, the couple bought an $18.6 million beachfront home in Carpinteria, located near Santa Barbara. The Thomas Fire, one of a few wildfires raging in California, has prompted thousands of evacuations, road closures and unhealthy air quality warnings in Santa Barbara County and as well as neighboring Ventura County. "Our house is under threat of being burned. We just had to evacuate our pets," DeGeneres tweeted on Sunday. "I'm praying for everyone in our community and thankful to all the incredible firefighters." "Everyone in the Montecito area is checking up on each other and helping to get people and animals to safety," the daytime host added. "I'm proud to be a part of this community. I'm sending lots of love and gratitude to the fire department and sheriffs. Thank you all. #ThomasFire." According to the CAL FIRE website, the Thomas fire began on December 4 and has so far burned through 173,000 acres, destroying more than 750 structures and damaging more than 160. On Sunday morning, mandatory evacuations have been ordered in areas around DeGenerous and de Rossi's home. Evacuations have also been ordered for parts of the Montecito area -- home to other celebs such as Oprah Winfrey. If it unclear if they have been affected. DeGeneres and de Rossi also own a massive Italian-style villa in the Santa Barbara area that they have been trying to sell since early this year. It remains for sale for $39.5 million. The Thomas Fire was 15 percent contained on Sunday morning and smoke could be seen dozens of miles away in Los Angeles County. Last week, many people who live in the area, including celebs such as Paris Hilton and Lea Michele, evacuated their homes amid the threat of another wildfire that raged near hillside homes alongside the 405 freeway, one of the busiest highways in the U.S. (Eonline)

Millie Bobby Brown and Justin Bieber support bullied schoolboy Keaton Jones. His emotional video has gone viral. A heartbreaking video of a schoolboy talking about his experience of bullying has gone viral. Keaton Jones, 11, from Tennessee in the US has received support from all over the world since his mum shared the video on Facebook. It's now had over 19 million views and been shared over 400,000 times. "Just out of curiosity, why do they bully?" Keaton says. "What's the point of it? Why do they find joy in taking innocent people and finding a way to be mean to them? It's not ok." "For the record, Keaton asked to do this AFTER he had me pick him up AGAIN because he was afraid to go to lunch," his mother, Kimberly Jones, wrote. The video has sparked a huge online reaction from celebrities, with stars including Victoria Beckham, Millie Bobby Brown, Justin Bieber and Rihanna coming forward to offer their support on social media. (British Glamour)

Christopher Plummer Receives Golden Globe Nomination for Kevin Spacey Role. After replacing Kevin Spacey in the eleventh hour, Christopher Plummer has received a Golden Globe nomination for his role in All the Money in the World; Plummer is competing in the Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture category against The Florida Project's Willem Dafoe, Call Me by Your Name's Armie Hammer, The Shape of Water's Richard Jenkins and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri's Sam Rockwell. Spacey had completed filming the historical drama months before he was accused of sexual misconduct in October; director Ridley Scott recast the role of the role of J. Paul Getty in November and completed re-shooting in nine days total. Ridley's re-shoots cost millions -- but he did so with the blessing of Sony Pictures Entertainment. As promised, All the Money in the World is still on track for its Dec. 25 release. Scott received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Director, competing with Guillermo del Torro (The Shape of Water), Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk) and Steven Spielberg (The Post). Michelle Williams, who plays Gail Harris in All the Money in the World, received a Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama nomination alongside Jessica Chastain (Molly's Game), Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water), Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) and Meryl Streep (The Post). Spacey has denied some of the accusations against him, adding that he will seek unspecified "treatment." Netflix has since fired the actor from the popular political drama House of Cards. Many in Hollywood have been distancing themselves from Spacey in recent months. "This doesn't do anything to ease the suffering of people who were all too personally affected by Kevin Spacey, but it is our little act of trying to right a wrong," Williams told Entertainment Weekly of his recasting. "And it sends a message to predators: You can't get away with this anymore. Something will be done." The actress, 37, added, "I'm so very proud to be a part of this; we're all here for Ridley. When this idea was hatched I immediately started to feel better." Ridley could hear the clock ticking, so he didn't waste a moment. "There's no time for pondering," he said with a smile. Sometimes you've got to lay down the law. You have to!" NBC will broadcast the 2018 Golden Globes live, coast-to-coast, on Jan. 7, 2018, at 8 p.m. ET. (Eonline)

Music

The heart wants what it wants: new Selena Gomez music! During a recent interview with BBC's The Radio 1 Breakfast Show With Nick Grimshaw, Gomez revealed, "There is no might, there is an album." "And I think it's fair to say that people know the year I've had, and I've poured my heart into my music and I wanted it to be fresh," continued the 25-year-old. "It wasn't really about charts for me or numbers. It was more just about what I could creatively do for my music. So, yes, I can successfully say that my inspiration for this next album is in full motion and it will be very soon." Gomez revealed earlier this year that, due to lupus complications, she'd received a kidney transplant from her best friend Francia Raisa over the summer. The singer returned to the stage for the first time just last month, performing during the American Music Awards. The staging of her single "Wolves" marked Gomez's first live performance in over a year as she had stepped away from the spotlight to deal with her health crisis. On her new music, Gomez also told Radio 1, "It's exciting to be in a place where I love surprising people and creating new areas of music I can explore. And I'll get to be present, you know? I was taking some time off for my health and it was good, but now I get to be here." The star posted a photo of herself in what appeared to be a studio on Instagram, Sunday, writing, "Currently. Until the next year. Here's where I'll be." Gomez put out several new tracks throughout 2017, including "Fetish" and "Bad Liar," and lent her voice to two collaborations: "Wolves" with EDM DJ Marshmello and chart-topper "It Ain't Me" with Norwegian DJ Kygo. However, her last album came in 2015's Revival. She's also previously teased that she's ready to make her career top priority -- and already has plenty of new sounds ready to go. "I'm ready. I want to get back in and re-focus on all of my music," she told Apple Music's Zane Lowe in October. "To be honest, I feel like I have two albums already completed, but I'm wanting to figure it out. So it's a lot sooner than I think people anticipate. I want to call the shots, I want it to be good, I want to be ready, I don't want to do anything that's forced. It will be soon." (People)

Sheryl Crow thought something was going to change after 26 children and staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School lost their lives nearly five years ago in Newtown, Connecticut. Two months ago, on Oct. 1, Crow watched the news along with the rest of the country as the details surrounding the deaths of 58 people at the Route 91 Harvest Music festival in Las Vegas began to unfold. "I have the same experience everyone does -- complete and total devastation and disillusionment," Crow tells PEOPLE in an exclusive interview about the release of her new song, "The Dreaming Kind." Crow, a nine-time Grammy winner, is working in conjunction with Sandy Hook Promise -- a nonprofit group co-founded by Mark Barden, whose son Daniel was killed in the Sandy Hook Tragedy. "The work of Sandy Hook Promise focuses on preventing gun violence before it starts," he said in a statement. The singer says her new track came together when she decided to work with Sandy Hook Promise to raise awareness and push forward gun regulation in regard to mental stability. "It seemed to give purpose to my writing," Crow reveals. After the tragedy nearly five years ago -- the anniversary is on Thursday -- Crow believes people live in fear of talking about the controversial topic of gun control. She urges everyone to step away from social media and have meaningful discussions about ways to prevent future tragedies. "When Sandy Hook happened, we knew it was a life-changing moment where we were going to address the idea that not everyone should be approved to own a gun, especially military-style weaponry and yet, nothing happened," she says. "At some point, the alarm clock has to go off and we have to wake up." Despite the heated topic, creating the song became a family affair. Crow's niece, Ava Crow, 12, appears on the song and innocently asks, "Could you imagine it/if love was blind/If on this earth everybody was kind." "She's still very innocent and very wide-eyed. Her voice is pure and very touching," Crow says of her niece, who also appears in the video, which is available as a name-your-price download at sherylcrow.bandcamp.com. "She came over, she sang it four times and it was perfect." Her nephews Bradley and Chase Crow, ages 19 and 17 respectively, also joined and sang on the chorus. She says she will have to have a difficult conversation with her own children -- Levi, 7, and Wyatt, 10 -- and explain why she wrote the song. "I'm going to have to explain to them that at school, before this, it was place you went that was safe," she says, adding. "I'm sure it will be a conversation that we will continue to have for as long as this is happening." (People)

Phil Lesh and Bob Weir Announce First Ever Duo Tour. The three-city, six-show run will be promoted by Brooklyn Bowl founder Peter Shapiro. What is Phil Lesh planning for his surprise duo tour with Grateful Dead co-founder Bob Weir? "We're going to play everything we can think of," Lesh tells Billboard. "We're going to do his stuff, we're going to do my stuff, we're going to play Jerry's stuff, we'll do Grateful Dead stuff and we'll do covers. We're going to try and play everything we've ever played together and maybe some new stuff too." After a successful headlining set at Peter Shapiro's Lockn' Festival in Arrington, Virginia, Weir and Lesh are embarking on a three-city, six show tour produced by Shapiro, the Brooklyn Bowl founder and Relix Magazine publisher who promoted the 2015 Fare Thee Well shows for Lesh, Weir, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, joined by Trey Anastasio, Bruce Hornsby and Jeff Chimenti, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead. "During these turbulent times it's reassuring to have the music of the Grateful Dead, which has been part of the foundation of American music over the past half-century," Shapiro tells Billboard. "The Dead's music and the improvisation they inspire are timeless, but one of the reasons for that is people keep reinventing the songs. To have the guys that originally created the music keep reinventing it themselves uplifts people. I think Bobby and Phil performing together for the first time as a duo will elevate people's spirits. And we can probably use some of that right now." Lesh says performing as a duo and ditching the backing band leaves him and Weir exposed, but says the upside is a singular focus on musically weaving around and through Weir's improvisational style. "I can hear him so clearly and is so easy to respond and work through him, it's really delightful," Lesh tells Billboard. "When it's just the two of us, it takes us to a different level because there's nobody else that we have to have to compensate for or work with." The Bobby and Phil duo tour kicks off March 2 and 3 at Radio City Music Hall in New York, then heads to Boston's Wang Theater (March 7-8) and then Chicago Theatre (March 10-11). Tickets will be available to the public on Dec. 15 at 10 a.m. local time at Ticketmaster. This new project came about as Weir and Lesh celebrated the 40-year anniversary of the Grateful Dead's 1977 studio album Terrapin Station. Earlier this year, the two performed at Lesh's own Terrapin Crossroads music venue and restaurant in San Rafael, California, as well as Lockn' Festival and Sound Summit on Mount Tamalpais, each time with a backing band filling in the set. "I think it will be more stimulating than the recent performances we've done together." Less says. "It's just easier to hear and easier to respond to Bob when it's just us two. It heightens the focus on the totality of the music. It becomes an unconscious mental state -- just Bobby and I up there reacting to each other and exploring our musical boundaries." (Billboard)

Lady Gaga Poses as 'Santa's Naughty Elf' Alongside Sister in Adorable Costumed Holiday Pics. Lady Gaga posed for an adorable holiday photo with sister Natali Germanotta early Monday (Dec. 11) and the siblings are clearly getting way into the seasonal spirit. The singer, dressed as an elf -- complete with pointy ears -- smiled alongside her sister, dressed in full Mrs. Claus garb. Gaga jokingly captioned the phoot, "Happy Holidays from the Germanotta sisters and the #HausOfGaga. Mrs Claus and Mistress Claus. Can't we all just get along." In a post on Instagram, Gaga explained that she was dressed as "Santa's naughty elf. Mistress Claus." Gaga posted many more fun pics from the evening to her Instagram, including adorable group photos with her Haus of Gaga squad. She captioned the photo set, "We love you and wish you lots of cheers and no tears!" Her stylist, Tom Eerebout, dressed up as her elf counterpart. (Billboard)

Neil Young's Model Trains Went for Nearly $300,000 in Recent Auction. Neil Young is a long-time collector of rare model trains and at a recent auction, the songwriter sold off more than 230 pieces from his collection, raising nearly $300,000 in the process. According to a report from Reuters, Young's recent appearance at Julien's Auctions in Los Angeles helped him sell off some of the rarest pieces in his collection, like a "custom-painted Commodore Vanderbilt 4-6-4 locomotive," which sold for $10,000. Other items up for auction included some rare cars and music gear, including guitars, amplifiers, and microphones from the folk singer. Young's 1953 Buick code 76 Roadmaster Skylark convertible -- complete with an embossed steering wheel hub that reads "Customized for Neil Young" -- was auctioned for $400,000. According to Reuters, a portion of the proceeds will go to the Bridge School in California, which was co-founded by Young's ex-wife Pegi Young as a school for children with disabilities. Young started collecting model trains in the '90s as a way of bonding with his son Ben, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy in 1978. (Billboard)

Alison Krauss Shares Video for Soulful Cover of Willie Nelson's 'I Never Cared For You': Premiere. The most awarded female artist in Grammy history just keeps on truckin'. Following the news of her two 2018 nominations, Alison Krauss shares the visuals for "I Never Cared For You," her Willie Nelson cover nominated for best American roots performance, exclusively with Billboard. Earlier this year, Krauss released her fifth studio album Windy City, her first solo release in nearly two decades. The album - which peaked at No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart back in March - is comprised of ten covers of classic tunes, from the likes of The Osborne Brothers, Glen Campbell, and more. Krauss is also nominated in the category of best country performance for her cover of Brenda Lee's "Losing You." (Billboard)

Ed Sheeran's 'Perfect' Climbs to the Chart Summit in Australia. After 20 weeks, Ed Sheeran "Perfect" (Atlantic/Warner) has finally ascended the chart throne in Australia. Sheeran's triple-platinum certified single (210,000 units), which has been revamped and now features vocals from Beyonce, rises 4-1 to match its chart-climbing efforts in the U.K. It's Sheeran's fourth No. 1 single in Australia and follows "Sing" (from 2014), "Thinking Out Loud" (also from 2014) and his 2017 Divide smash "Shape of You," which stayed at the top spot for a record 15 week. On the ARIA Singles Chart, Sheeran's "Perfect" dethrones Camila Cabello's No. 2-ranked "Havana" (Epic/Sony) feat. Young Thug, while Post Malone snags Nos. 3 and 4 with "Rockstar" (Republic/Universal) and "I Fall Apart" (Universal), respectively, as Marshmello x Khalid's "Silence" (RCA/Sony) improves one place to No. 5. It's another solid week for Post Malone who enjoys a top 40 berth with "Candy Paint" lifted from The Fate of the Furious. "Candy Paint" makes its debut at No. 24 for the highest new arrival of the week. On the ARIA Albums Chart, Pink's Beautiful Trauma (RCA/Sony) holds top spot for a sixth non-consecutive week, ahead of Sheeran's six-times platinum Divide in second place. There's a festive feel to the current charts as Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" (Columbia/Sony) reenters at No. 18 (the single peaked at No. 2 after its release in 1994) on the singles survey while Michael Buble's double-diamond (one million units) certified Christmas improves 4-3 on the ARIA Albums Chart, John Farnham & Olivia Newton-John Friends For Christmas (Sony) improves 8-6, Sia's Everyday is Christmas (Atlantic/Warner) is up 14-10, Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra dips 10-11 and Carey's six-times platinum Merry Christmas reenters at No. 13. Christmas-themed albums by Pentatonix, Human Nature, The Wiggles and Chris Isaak also impact the top 50. This week's highest debut belongs to U2's Songs Of Experience(Island/Universal), which bows at No. 5 for the Irish rockers' 17th Top 10 album in Australia. Songs Of Experience eclipses the No. 7 peak of its companion piece, 2014's Songs of Innocence. (Billboard)

Movies

Daisy Ridley On How Her Star Wars Character Has Changed Her -- and Becoming a Role Model. Daisy Ridley's life has changed in more ways than one since she first stepped into the role of Star Wars heroine Rey. Speaking with PEOPLE on Saturday at the Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi premiere at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, the 25-year-old actress revealed that playing a character many young girls look up to has definitely had an impact. "Somebody told me that you're the sum of the five people you spend most of your time with," she said. "The five people I spend most of my time with are awesome. I think it's quite a nice way to think about things." Asked what she wanted to say to all those who admire Rey, Ridley said, "I would say, 'Have hope kids, it always may not be as it seems,' " before adding a second message: "I'd say, thank you very much." The Murder on the Orient Express star went on to say that she "really hope[s] that [in] this film, people continue to enjoy [Rey's] story." Ridley -- who is protective of her privacy -- had previously opened up about how she hoped her refusal to answer certain questions pertaining to her personal life didn't make her come off as "ungrateful" to people who might look up to her. "It's not good for me, personally. I'm just not equipped for it. I'm super sensitive -- not too sensitive -- but I really feel things," she recently told Glamour. "Also, there is also a sense that I'm asked who I'm dating a lot more than John [Boyega] is. I don't answer, because I have things in my life that are private." "There is certainly a personal thing of, 'Will people think I'm ungrateful?' Someone literally said to me, 'So-and-so didn't answer questions about that, and they came across really cold,'" she added. "But I have to come first, because if I am not healthy -- I was struggling with anxiety last year -- if I'm not mentally healthy, or I'm depleted from sharing so much, I won't have anything left for when people approach me." Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters Dec. 15. (People)

Moscow Doc Festival Screenings Disrupted, Canceled Amid Ukraine Protests. Artdocfest, Russia's biggest documentary festival, is facing its biggest controversy in years. This year's edition of Russia's main documentary film festival Artdocfest has been marred by disruptions and cancelations of screenings over protests against films dealing with the military conflict between Russia and Ukraine. On Sunday, activists of the movement SERB disrupted the screening of Beata Bubenets' film Polyot puly (Flight of a Bullet), focused on the military conflict between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian rebels in East Ukraine, at Moscow's Oktyabr movie theater. Several members of the organization, focused on protesting against current Ukrainian authorities and supporting pro-Russian forces, broke into the screening, dispersing a toxic gas, the festival's organizers said on the event's website. As a result, the screening was stopped, and the viewers had to be evacuated. The attackers shouted that "the anti-Russia film won't be screened." The subsequent screening in the same room was also canceled because of the smell. On Monday, SERB filed a complaint with the police, demanding that charges be brought against Artdocfest organizers for screening a film that "arouses national hatred." The festival's organizers dismissed the accusations. "They are protesting against the film without even seeing it, which is absurd, as they don't understand that the film kindles nothing and basically does the opposite," Artdocfest president Vitaly Mansky said. Meanwhile, the screening of another controversial festival film, Voina radi mira (War for the Sake of Peace), was originally moved from Oktyabr to the Czech Embassy but then canceled altogether following activists' threats. The film is focused on Mustafa Dzhemilev, former leader of organization Majlis of the Crimean Tatar People, which protested against Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in March 2014. (Hollywood Reporter)

Russia's Bolshoi Theater Crew Protests Director Kirill Serebrennikov's House Arrest on Stage. The long-delayed first performance of controversial play 'Nureyev' goes ahead without the director's presence. The production team of a controversial play about the life of gay Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev, performed for the first time over the weekend at Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet, staged a bold onstage protest over the arrest and continued detention of the play's director, Kirill Serebrennikov. The protest came as the curtain fell, when members of the production team appeared onstage wearing T-shirts with images of Serebrennikov's face and the words "Free the director." Their presence, in front of an audience largely made up of Moscow's political and social elite, including President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, did nothing to stop lengthy standing ovations for the play. Alexei Kudrin, a former finance minister, later tweeted: "It is unfair that Kirill Serebrennikov was not at his own premiere." The opening of the play, which ran for two nights only, had been delayed since the summer, when its sudden postponement signaled problems for Serebrennikov, one of Russia's leading theater and film directors. Serebrennikov, who was also artistic director of Moscow's avant-garde theater Gogol Centre was subsequently charged, along with others in connection with a $1 million fraud of state funds and, in late August, placed under house arrest. The production of Nureyev, which had drawn criticism for its frank portrayal of the ballet star's gay lifestyle, was said at the time to have been postponed for "technical" reasons. The two performances over the weekend were, the Bolshoi said, staged with the assent of Serebrennikov, though authorities refused permission for the director to attend both rehearsals and performances, which came days after a Moscow court extended his house arrest through Jan. 19. Ticket sales to the public were limited for the two performances, with most tickets going to members of Russia's social and political elite. The play, which is focused around an auction of Nureyev's belongings, uses individual items to serve as ways into telling aspects of the story of the dancer -- who defected from the Soviet Union to the West while in Paris in 1961. The irony that the creative force behind the play is the victim of what supporters says are politically motivated charges was not present at the premiere was not lost on some Russian commentators. Anna Golubeva, a journalist for the Echo of Moscow radio station, said: "Serebrennikov has united the nation. A pity he sits at home and does not see for himself." (Hollywood Reporter)

Saudi Arabia announced on Monday it will allow movie theaters to open in the conservative kingdom next year, for the first time in more than 35 years, in the latest social push by the country's young crown prince. It's a stark reversal in a county where movie theaters were shut down in the 1980's during a wave of ultraconservatism in the country. Many of Saudi Arabia's clerics view Western movies and even Arabic films made in Egypt and Lebanon as sinful. Despite decades of ultraconservative dogma, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has sought to ram through a number of major social reforms with support from his father, King Salman. The crown prince is behind measures such as lifting a ban on women driving next year and bringing back concerts and other forms of entertainment to satiate the desires of the country's majority young population. The 32-year-old heir to the throne's social push is part of his so-called Vision 2030, a blueprint for the country that aims to boost local spending and create jobs amid sustained lower oil prices. The Saudi government said a resolution was passed Monday paving the way for licenses to be granted to commercial movie theaters, with the first cinemas expected to open in March 2018. Many Saudis took to Twitter to express their joy at the news, posting images of buckets of movie theater popcorn and moving graphics of people dancing, fainting and crying. "It's spectacular news. We are in a state of shock," said Saudi actor and producer, Hisham Fageeh. Fageeh starred in and co-produced the Saudi film "Barakah Meets Barakah" by director Mahmoud Sabbagh, which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in February. The movie, which has been called the kingdom's first romantic comedy, tells the story of a civil servant who falls for a Saudi girl whose Instagram posts have made her a local celebrity. "We are essentially pioneers because we all took risks to work in this industry," he said. "We were super lucky, because luck is always a factor of whether we make it or not." Even with the decades-long ban on movie theaters, Saudi filmmakers and movie buffs were able to circumvent traditional censors by streaming movies online and watching films on satellite TV. Many also traveled to neighboring countries like Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates to go to movie theaters. One Saudi Twitter on Monday user posted a picture of the causeway linking Saudi Arabia with Bahrain, writing "Good bye." It was not immediately clear if movie theaters would have family-only sections, segregating women and families from male-only audiences. Another unknown was whether most major Hollywood, Bollywood and Arabic movie releases would be shown in theaters and how heavily edited the content will be. In a statement carried on the state-run Saudi Press Agency, the Ministry of Culture and Information said that movie content "will be subject to censorship" to ensure films do not contradict Islamic law, or Shariah, and the kingdom's moral values. The government said it will announce additional regulations in the coming weeks. Fageeh said that while he's concerned with the censorship rules that might be in place, he's also concerned that scenes of violence are typically permitted on screens across the Arab world, but "any kind of intimacy and love is considered taboo and a moral violation." "It's a global conversation we need to have," he said. Despite there being no movie theaters in Saudi Arabia, young Saudi filmmakers have received government support and recognition in recent years. The government has backed a Saudi film festival that's taken place for the past few years in the eastern city of Dhahran. This year, some 60 Saudi films were screened. The film "Wadjda" made history in 2013 by becoming the first Academy Award entry for Saudi Arabia, though it wasn't nominated for the Oscars. The movie follows the story of a 10-year-old girl who dreams of having a bicycle, just like boys have in her ultraconservative neighborhood where men and women are strictly segregated and where boys and girls attend separate schools. The film was written and directed by Saudi female director Haifaa al-Mansour, who shot the film entirely in the kingdom. That film and "Barakah meets Barakah," though four years apart, tackle the issue of gender segregation in Saudi Arabia, which remains largely enforced. The Saudi government projects that the opening of movie theaters will contribute more than 90 billion riyals ($24 billion) to the economy and create more than 30,000 jobs by 2030. The kingdom says there will be 300 cinemas with around 2,000 screens built in the country by 2030. Fageeh said it's important the government provides even greater support to local filmmakers now that international films will dominate theaters. "There needs to be an effort to be cognizant and inclusive for this element of local films or we will be completely flushed out because of the nature of capitalism and will be operating in the margins," he said. (Page Six)

TV

The Walking Dead's Midseason Finale Marked Its Biggest Change From the Comics Yet & It Surprised Just About Everyone. Well, we clearly didn't see that coming. Heading into The Walking Dead season eight's midseason finale, we were certain that someone with a penance to pay would settle their debts with their life (coughEUGENEcough), so imagine our surprise as we watched poor Carl (Chandler Riggs) reveal to a horrified Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Michonne (Danai Gurira) that, after single-handedly keeping the people of Alexandria out of Negan's line of fire, he'd been bitten on the ribs, all but guaranteeing the kid's death. Not only was the death incredibly unexpected, but it also marks one of the biggest departures from the source material that the producers of the AMC hit have scripted yet. With the character still alive and kicking in the comic books, even Riggs was left stunned by showrunner Scott M. Gimple's decision to kill him off. "I found out when I was doing rehearsals for episode six back in June. It was quite the shocker for me, Andy and everyone because I don't think anyone saw it coming," Riggs told The Hollywood Reporter. "Scott wanted to meet in person because it was such a big deal. We had just finished rehearsing for a scene in episode six and he wanted to meet with me and my mom and dad and talk about what's going to happen." The young actor, who just bought a house in Senoia, Ga. near where the show films, admitted that Carl still has some story left in him. (After all, he does still have to actually die.) And even though this is the end, he's happy with how the character met his demise. "He was the reason that they all got to safety -- because he stalled the Saviors and diffused them from finding any Alexandrians with his smoke grenades and he led them away from everyone and saved everyone," he said. "It was a pretty cool way to go out." Leading man Lincoln was equally stunned when he learned that he'd be outliving his on-screen son. "My first reaction was silence. Scott Gimple called me up and said, 'You're going to hate this one.' He's very good about alerting the cast when there's going to be a [character] death. I tried guessing four times and was nowhere near Chandler Riggs' name," he told THR. "Scott had to say that it was Carl. I just didn't speak for a minute. I always thought Carl was going to be the one who led the show forward; that Rick would hand over his boots and revolver when he walked off into the sunset in season 28." While Gimple hasn't defended his decision publicly yet, he did appear on Talking Dead immediately afterwards to shed some light on what happens next. "That is a bite on his side.... It will play out as bites play out on the show," he said on the aftershow. "It's very important to Carl's story and the entire story, what happens in the next episode. I'm just focused on the fact that Carl right now is alive and he has some business to attend to. That is a one-way ticket. But I'd like to think that the things we see in the next episode are so important to his life and the other characters' lives." Of course, this isn't the first time the show has wildly veered off course from the comic books. (Eonline)

Fuller House Season 3 Trailer Has So Many Spoilers: A Proposal, a Pregnancy and a Trip to Tokyo! Cute babies with dogs alert! Yes, you know what that means: Fuller House is coming back! Season three of Netflix's hit comedy returns on Dec. 22, and we have your first look at all the hugs, dance numbers and pregnancies (!) to expect from the Tanner household. "Fuller alert: Season 3 has even more hugs, original dance numbers, cute babies with dogs,", before acknowledging, "After all, it is Fuller House." But then: record-scratch! And some of the craziness in store in the second half of season three, including a trip to Tokyo, a pregnancy and possibly a proposal! "It is going to blow your mind!" It looks like it's going to be quite the dramatic run of episodes for the Tanner sisters, with DJ (Candace Cameron Bure) donning a wedding dress after seemingly saying yes to Matt's (John Brotherton) proposal...but Steve (Scott Weinger) isn't going down without a fight. "What if DJ really was going to pick me," he says. "This could be our wedding." Meanwhile, it seems like the house may need to make room for a new baby soon. "My oven is pre-heated and easy-bake. We're getting pregnant," Kimmy (Andrea Barber) tells Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin), so we're thinking Gibbler is going to be a surrogate for Steph, who revealed in season one she can't get pregnant. Fingers crossed! We also get to see some familiar faces, including Danny (Bob Saget), Jesse (John Stamos) and Joey (Dave Coulier), who are all sharing a bed together, much to Danny's surprise. "Old friends, big changes" indeed! Fuller House returns on Friday, Dec. 22 on Netflix. (Eonline)

The Walking Dead Midseason Finale Reveals a Shocking Deadly Twist. Well we did not see this one coming. When we predicted who might bite the bullet in Sunday night's midseason finale of The Walking Dead, Carl (Chandler Riggs) wasn't even on our list. And yet here we find ourselves facing a future with no Carl at all, because he's been bitten. And according to executive producer Scott M. Gimple on Talking Dead, "it will play out as bites play out on the show." Typically, 90% of the time, bites play out on this show by killing whoever is in possession of them. So bye bye Carl...eventually. Gimple explained that he was treading lightly because Carl's not dead yet. "It's very important to Carl's story and the entire story, what happens in the next episode," Gimple said. "So I'm just focused on the fact that Carl, right now, is alive, and he has some business to attend to. That is a one-way ticket, but I'd like to think the things that we see in the next episode are so important to his life and other character's lives..." So for now, Carl is still alive, and he's still got things to do. But it doesn't look like there's much hope for him, especially considering that his side can't really be amputated. Plus, Riggs told THR that "Carl is going to die." We really should have known throughout the entire episode, as Carl took charge, even offering to die to help save the others (even though it was just a clever plan to help everyone else escape) from the terror of Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), but we just really were not expecting to see that bite, or to see Carl die in that way. It's an especially big twist considering that Carl, an original member of the group from all the way back in the pilot, is still alive and well in the comics. But at least we know that if anyone ever really misses him, they'll always have the comics to go back to. So, are you shocked? The Walking Dead returns Sunday, February 25 on AMC. (Eonline)

Outlander Season 4 Teaser Is Already Here. No Droughtlander over here! Outlander were in for a surprise at the end of Sunday night's season three finale: their first look at season four. Yes, already. The Starz hit drama decided to waste no time, giving viewers a quick tease at what's in store when Outlander returns in 2018. The 20-second video features Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan), and promises, "A new land. A new journey." In Sunday night's season three finale, Claire and Jamie reunited with their nephew Ian before heading out on a ship. They found themselves going overboard in a heavy storm, but they washed up on the shore in Georgia alive, if a little worse for wear. The 13-episode fourth season, which is currently filming in Scotland, will be based on "Drums of Autumn," the fourth book in Diana Gabaldon's eight-book series, which finds Claire and Jamie attempting to make a home in America. Outlander will return for its fourth season in 2018 on Starz. (Eonline)

Outlander Season 3 Finale Lands in the Colonies After a Heck of a Fight. Oh hey, America. Claire and Jamie have officially landed in the colonies after one hell of a ride in the Outlander season three finale -- and we're not just talking about the literal boat ride that went horribly wrong there at the end. First, Jamie was on his way to being imprisoned, while Claire was having to explain herself to Geillis "Mistress Abernathy" Duncan. She was not following Geillis or trying to steal stones for a prophecy, but was in fact just trying to live her own life, protect her child, and go back to her husband. While John Grey got Jamie out of his mess with the law/the poor young captain of that ship, Claire told Geillis about her daughter, who was conceived a whole 200 years before she was born, making her a 200-year-old baby. That lined up with the prophecy stating that the new King of Scotland would rise at the death of a 200-year-old baby, so Geillis prepared for a trip to kill Brianna, with Ian in tow as her sacrifice. Claire and Jamie made it to the cave in time to rescue Ian, but Claire had to nearly decapitate Geillis (RIP, crazy lady) in the process (leaving her bones to rot for 200 years before eventually being sent to Joe Abernathy in the 1960s). There was also a slave ritual and another run-in with Reverend Campbell and his sister (who has now fallen in love with Mr. Willoughby?), and all of it was thankfully so much less weird than it was in the book. A lot of this season, in fact, was less weird than it was in the book, but there were never any times where it felt incorrectly adapted. We spent a lot of time questioning our own memories of the book, because all the changes felt like they could have not been changes at all. Most of the finale was made up of large sections of the book condensed and occasionally reordered to make them even more exhilarating. It also somehow made things even more terrifying, like that boat ride. Condensed to a minute or two, that sudden storm and subsequent shipwreck was devastating. How anyone survived that time when there was no way to travel except by boat, we may never know, especially considering that they didn't have a Jamie Fraser to dive to the depths of the sea to rescue them, like he did for Claire after she went overboard and basically drowned for a bit. Eventually they both washed up alive, somehow, on a beach in Georgia, meaning it's about time for season four! Let the droughtlander begin again. Outlander will return in 2018. (Eonline)

Kim Kardashian ''Really Thankful'' for Her Surrogate But Admits It's ''Frustrating'' She Can't Carry Baby No.3 on Her Own. Kim Kardashian is getting real about the surrogacy process. The mother of two opened up about the highs and lows of her journey to baby No. 3 on the new Keeping Up With the Kardashians, calling it a "different process" than her first two pregnancies. "I don't even feel like this is real," Kourtney Kardashian said. "Same," Kim agreed. "The fact that this is just what we can do these days, I'm like really thankful. Like I'm seriously so grateful for her and that someone is just so like selfless and kind to do this. And I definitely want to keep it private. I don't want people to find my surrogate. Like I don't want them to harass her. Like she doesn't know how to handle stuff like that, this isn't her world." "It is frustrating like to not be able to do it on your own," Kim continued. "It is a weird dynamic. Like I go to all the doctor's appointments and I try to be really present, but when you're not carrying it yourself it is such a fine balance of how much you're going to be in their lives. Of course, I want to know ever last detail that's going on with my baby and that's super frustrating, but I really trust my surrogate and I don't want to be that person that's trying to control her every move. It's going to be a long hard process but I'm going to take it one day at a time and hopefully it just gets easier." Also on Sunday night's episode, Kim and Khloe Kardashian get back at mom Kris Jenner by giving her "two cakes to the face" and Kourtney reveals if she considers Younes Bendjima her boyfriend. (Eonline)

"Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" production came to a screeching halt after one of its staffers was allegedly run over in a parking lot. Production sources tell TMZ ... the scary incident went down Wednesday at the high-end Buckhead shops where Mimi Faust and co. were preparing to shoot. But we're told things went south before cameras started rolling -- a security guard was allegedly run down by an angry mall customer. We're told security was saving a parking spot for the production, which pissed off the customer. Witnesses tell us he revved the engine and struck the security guard ... injuring his left leg. According to cops, the driver went inside a nearby golf store before fleeing. Cops spoke to staffers at the golf store to ID the driver, and got surveillance footage of the incident from another store. No arrests yet. (TMZ)

'The Crown' Stars on the Season 2 Finale and Saying Farewell to the Royal Drama. Stars Matt Smith and Vanessa Kirby reflect on the final episode of the Netflix drama's second season and their recasting for season 3. [Warning: This story contains spoilers from season two of Netflix's The Crown.] Season two of Netflix's The Crown opens with a confrontation between Queen Elizabeth (Claire Foy) and Prince Philip (Matt Smith) about discord in their marriage and the rumors that he might have been unfaithful while on a five-month royal tour around the world. And while the couple seems to work out their issues, they flare up again in a tense scene toward the end of the season finale that sees Elizabeth square off with her husband again. "I was worried about that scene," Smith tells THR. "I still have not seen that episode in its entirety. I've seen that scene, and I was pleased with it in the end. He's good at writing those scenes, Peter [Morgan]. He's good at writing those big, long epic scenes that almost feel like they could be part of a play. They're wonderful to do because you get a real journey through them." This scene in particular, however, seems to have the entirety of the royal marriage hanging on it. "It's tricky. It's the culmination of a great argument in a marriage, one that is really make or break," Smith says. "I think, at that time, [Philip] finds his wife in there, and he goes, 'God, I love this woman, I don't want to lose her.' Hopefully you see that. It's quite intriguing talking to people that have seen it, because everyone has such a different take on it. I think people find Philip quite hard to like, whereas I really like him." The season ends with the family taking a new portrait after the birth of Prince Edward. It's a happy moment, but the argument a few minutes prior stays with the viewer. "It is quite hopeful somehow because despite [problems], they are this family that is really dysfunctional but they work [through it] and then bang, Philip sort of gets soft and you see why she loves him. You see that she loves that side of him despite herself. That's what's amazing about them. There are times when I suppose she wasn't meant to love him but she does because she can't help herself, because there's something between them that is very truthful." Similarly discordant in season two is the relationship between Elizabeth and her younger sister, Princess Margaret (Vanessa Kirby). The two don't share the screen as much as they did in season one, but the tension in their relationship is a major narrative thread. "At the end of episode seven there's that scene when Margaret's asking for the final time, 'Can I please marry Tony,' and there's a point where I said to [director Benjamin Caron], 'Can I just play it where there's some sort of peace found between them, there's some kind of reconciliation?' He was like, 'You can, but I don't that will work.' I tried it, but actually it didn't work because I think there's so much history of resentment -- in our version, anyway," Kirby tells THR. "There's so much unsaid and those wounds haven't been healed that it was almost impossible to find the level of closeness that we'd had at the beginning of season one." At the end of episode 10, when Elizabeth visits Margaret at the home she and her new husband are building, there's still a distance between the two of them. "I don't know if it will ever be the same, really, because I think what happened when her father died and Elizabeth couldn't be there for her sister because she's busy with this job, a leader of a nation as well as [caring for] her children and her husband and everything she has to battle with, as well as to grieve for her father, I think Margaret felt very, very alone," she said. "In our story, it always felt like it was really hard to find reconciliation. Until they sit down and talk about it, have a good cry and maybe [see] a therapist, I don't know how they both recover from that." Neither Smith nor Kirby will be back to reprise their roles in the yet-to-be announced but highly likely season three of the Netflix drama, as the characters are being recast to cover later years in the royal family's lives, but Kirby said she's jealous of whoever steps into Princess Margaret's shoes next. "I haven't heard anything," Kirby notes of the casting to come. "They're in discussions with a few people. I don't know if they have decided on one yet. I'm just so excited about whoever gets to do it because they've definitely got the coolest stuff coming up. Bring on the drama! I would have loved to have done it. I absolutely love to do all the blazing rows and getting drunk and just all of it. But I suppose I was lucky enough to have two seasons, so I could be more grateful, really." Smith, meanwhile, says he has heard who might take on his role of Philip, but he hasn't actually spoken with the actor. "It's not confirmed yet, but there's a rumor going around among the important people who make those decisions about who it might be," he says. "Who knows? These things are always a long way off." (Hollywood Reporter)

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