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Thursday, January 25, 2018

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Surprise! Cher Lloyd Is 5 Months Pregnant. Cheryl Lloyd has been keeping a secret: She's pregnant! The British pop star shared a picture of her growing baby bump on Instagram Wednesday and apologized for her social media absence. "I know it seems like I've been quiet for a while, but I wanted to take this opportunity to bring you all up to speed on what I've been up to over the last year. I decided to take some time away from the public eye to focus on what really matters and get back to what I truly love doing," she wrote. "As you all know, making music and singing is where it all began for me, it's what makes me truly happy, and I wanted to get back to that happy place once again, enter the studio and focus on simply making great music for you all." Lloyd, who married hairdresser Craig Monk in 2013, said she "cannot wait" to share her "amazing new songs" with fans. Her last hit, "Activated," was released in the summer of 2016. Lloyd couldn't talk about her career plans without also announcing her pregnancy, of course. "There's another reason why I'm writing to you today and that's because I am beyond thrilled to inform you all that my husband Craig and I are also expecting our first child in May!!! We are absolutely over the moon to share this news with you all," Lloyd said. "I am so excited to enter this new chapter in my life, surrounded by family I love, a supportive team around me and with music I've worked super hard on and am so excited and proud to reveal to you later in the year. And now we're going to have a little baby to enjoy this experience with us along the way!" The 24-year-old "Want U Back" singer concluded by thanking her followers for their patience. "As you now know, I've been a busy little bee but I promise it'll be worth the wait!" Lloyd told fans. "I'm excited for all that 2018 has in store for me and I can't wait to see you all very soon!" (Eonline)

Pam Anderson has jettisoned her American roots, and not because of Trump ... because she's in love. Pam is living in Marseille, France with her boyfriend, soccer player Adil Rami. They met at the Grand Prix in Monaco last May and they have been inseparable ever since. Pam literally packed a suitcase, hopped on a plane and left her life in L.A. to be with Adil. 50-year-old Pam and 32-year-old Adil are sharing a house with her Golden Retriever, Zuzu. And here's how serious it's gotten ... we found out she was shopping for engagement rings last month at Chrome Hearts jewelry store. Pam is in regular contact with her 2 adult sons ... they visit her often. As for Adil, who plays for the Olympique de Marseille soccer team ... he has twins who live with their mom. TMZ broke the story ... Pam is leasing her Malibu estate for $40k and she's gunning for a long term lease. We're told she has no plans to move back to the U.S. Vive la France! (TMZ)

The Chainsmokers' Alex Pall Says He's "Miserable" Amid Cheating Allegations. In just a few weeks, The Chainsmokers' Alex Pall would have been celebrating his fourth anniversary with Tori Woodward. Instead, the Grammy nominee finds himself suddenly single. Last week, Woodward accused Pall of cheating on her with multiple women. She even shared grainy security cam footage of a man, purported to be Pall, making out with a mystery woman. At the time, Pall's rep did not return E! News' requests for comment. While Woodward has not said anything else about their breakup or Pall's alleged infidelities, on Tuesday, TMZ cameras stopped the producer as he was walking through LAX. Asked how he's been holding up since Woodward publicly shamed him, he said, "It's been a little rough. It's all right. Ya know, it's life." Pall added that he's been feeling "miserable" and is looking forward to The Chainsmokers' gig in Doha, Qatar. "It'll be good to get out of the country." As for Woodward, he said, "She deserves the best. I wish nothing but the best for her. She deserves a better guy than me." If he's learned one thing from the experience, it's to "be a better person and take care of those who love you." Meanwhile, The Chainsmokers and Chris Martin's hit song, "Something Just Like This," is nominated in the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance category at the 2018 Grammys. It will compete against Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Despacito (feat. Justin Bieber)," Imagine Dragons' "Thunder," Portugal. The Man's "Feel It Still," and Zedd and Alessia Cara's "Stay." Pall has not said whether he plans to attend the award show with his EDM partner Andrew Taggart. (Eonline)

Did Millie Bobby Brown just confirm she has a boyfriend with this adorable Instagram snap? We remember our Year 9 relationships... Rumors that Millie Bobby Brown is dating Jacob Sartorius have been swirling for weeks, and now it looks like the Stranger Things star and the singer have made it Instagram official. The star sent her fans wild when she shared a seemingly loved-up picture cuddling up to Jacob, accompanied by love heart emojis and a New Year's Eve timestamp. It's easy to forget she's just 13-years-old, but they're definitely cute together. Jacob, 15, rose to fame on social media, posting lip syncing videos on musical.ly. He released his first single Sweatshirt in 2016 and was the 9th most-searched music artist that year. He now has 2.8 million subscribers on his YouTube channel. Earlier this month, Millie posted a picture of herself with a huge cuddly toy, captioned: "Thanks for the bear ??". Fans were quick to notice Jacob commented: "Course. Awww. (British Glamour)

Jesse Williams' estranged wife has several new beefs with him -- the biggest being introducing the kids to his new girlfriend and showing a complete lack of cupcake etiquette ... according to new legal docs. First, the gf issues. Aryn Drake-Lee says the "Grey's Anatomy" star has been taking their 2 kids to his new chick's house since October -- and the kids even call her "Mama C." She also claims he took them on a mini-vacay to Big Bear Mtn. with the unnamed gf. Aryn says this is a clear violation of the custody agreement which requires both of them to wait 6 months into a new relationship before introducing the children. According to the docs, obtained by TMZ, Jesse also broke a golden rule at their daughter's school last month. Aryn says Jesse brought cupcakes to celebrate 4-year-old Sadie's birthday -- a big no-no because the school picks one day each month to celebrate all students' bdays together. She claims Jesse also screwed her with Sadie. In the docs, Aryn says Sadie tearfully said, "she was mad at me for not attending her birthday party" at school. She says there are other issues ... mostly caused by Jesse's erratic schedule, and lack of notice before he picks up the kids. Aryn's asking the judge to set a more rigid and consistent schedule for his visits. A source close to the former couple claims Aryn is making up lies because she's obsessed with being seen as a victim, and she can't do that if people see Jesse as the fun, caring, good person he is. (Eonline)

Kaya Scodelario Opens Up About Suffering ''Horrific" Sexual Assault at Age 12. Kaya Scodelario is a sexual assault survivor, but she's not letting that label define her. In October 2017, the British actress -- known for her roles in The Maze Runner series and Pirates of the Caribbean -- further amplified the #MeToo movement by sharing her own account of being assaulted at only 12-years-old. She accused "family members in Brazil" of protecting the individual and claimed on Twitter that they've "sold lies to papers to try to silence me." Now months later, Kaya opened up to Metro U.K. about the downsides she didn't expect to face by coming forward publicly. "The response was wonderful, it was a relief but I am still dealing with it, and I am now dealing with a new side of it, which is this,' she shared. "I will be asked about it forever now," Kaya continued. "I hope it doesn't define me but it will always be under my name and I accept that -- but I am proud I was brave enough to do it and I am grateful for the support I had from friends." Scodelario said she was motivated to come forward because of her 1-year-old son, who she shares with husband Benjamin Walker. "I do this for my son," she tweeted at the time. "So that he will see one day that we all have a voice. And that this behavior cannot be tolerated any longer." Additionally, Kaya told Metro her experience may help others in a similar position to not feel ashamed. She explained. "And I remember thinking that if I was 12-years-old and I had this horrific thing happen to me but I saw a woman I admired speaking up about it, it would have made me feel less guilty, and it would have inspired me to think, 'This won't hold me back, this is something that has happened but I am not a victim.'" "So I thought if I can do that for one person then I owe it to my 12-year-old self," Kaya concluded. (Eonline)

Ex-NY Governor Eliot Spitzer threatened an ex-girlfriend and her family ... and unfortunately for him, she recorded the violent rant. Svetlana Zakharova Travis says she recorded the phone conversation shortly after a February 2016 incident where the disgraced politician allegedly choked her at The Plaza Hotel in Manhattan. Spitzer barked at her, "Go to Siberia and f**king die, a**hole!" He continued, "F**king bitch. Get out of my life. If I ever hear from you again, your parents will die." The NY Daily News first posted the audio, which Svetlana's attorney says proves prosecutors are protecting Spitzer. Spitzer was cleared in the alleged Plaza attack, and Svetlana ended up getting charged with extorting Spitzer for $400k. (TMZ)

Storm Chasers Star Joel Taylor Dead at 38. Storm Chasers' star Joel Taylor has died at the age of 38. His co-star Reed Timmer announced the news via Twitter on Tuesday. "RIP my best friend and storm chasing partner, Joel Taylor," Timmer wrote. "I am shocked and absolutely devastated by the loss of my incredible, caring friend. We chased so many intense storms, and I wish we could have just one more storm chase. I'll miss you forever, Joel. We lost a legend." Timmer also shared a series of photos of Taylor via the tweet. His cause of death is not clear at this time. Taylor was born in Elk City, Oklahoma. He went on to study meteorology at the University of Oklahoma, where he met his future co-star Timmer. The two documented their journey through Tornado Alley during the 2003 storm season for the documentary Tornado Glory. Then, in 2007, they went on to star in the hit Discovery Channel series Storm Chasers. Taylor served as meteorologist and driver, going behind the wheel of the team's storm vehicle the Dominator. According to Discovery, Timmer and Taylor's relationship "soured" when Reed decided to focus more on TornadoVideos.Net, a website dedicated to showcasing storm chasing footage and research. Taylor quit the TVN team but eventually reconnected with Timmer and his team. The two went on to create the documentary Tornado Chasers. (Eonline)

THE OTHER STUFF . . .

Harry Potter River Cruise to Set Sail This Summer. Wanna go on a truly magical cruise? American travel company Barge Lady Cruises is offering a six-day trip aboard the luxury boat Magna Carta, which will sail on the River Thames in England and take you to several locations where the Harry Potter movies were filmed. The cost? At least $4,190 per person. The river cruise boat fits up to eight passengers in four rooms and contains two decks, a spacious salon and dining room, a hot tub, under floor heating in the cabin and bathroom, a flat screen TV and DVD player and WiFi with limited availability. The itinerary includes stops at Virginia Water lake, where Harry first encounters Buckbeak in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the street that contains the house where Harry used to live with his Uncle Vernon and Petunia Dursley, and Warner Brothers Studios, where you will take part in the official Harry Potter tour. Passengers will also be taken to Oxford University's Christ Church College, whose buildings have served as sets and inspiration for sets in several Harry Potter films. In fact, its Great Hall served as the inspiration for Hogwarts' own majestic dining hall. A Downtown Abbey-themed cruise has a similar itinerary. Harry Potter cruises sail between August 5 and August 11 and between August 19 and August 25. (Eonline)

Kate Middleton Talks to Doctors About Postpartum Depression. Kate Middleton is addressing an issue that affects mothers across the globe: postpartum depression. According to a King's College London study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry earlier this year, 25% of pregnant women experience mental health issues. To learn more about the subject, the Duchess of Cambridge visited the Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute at King's College London on Wednesday. During her tour of the institute, the royal learned about challenges surrounding maternal mental health, biological factors that can influences a mother's mental health and support that is available to new mothers. She also stopped by a laboratory -- part of King's College London's Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience -- and received a briefing on perinatal research from several doctors and professors. The institute also works on new treatments to help patients affected by Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, schizophrenia and epilepsy. A lighthearted moment occurred when Kate was speaking with the scientists. One of the professionals told her about an experimental therapy that used an avatar to help people with schizophrenia deal with hearing loss. Kate replied, "as in the movie Avatar;" however, she was told the avatar didn't resemble the character from James Cameron's 2009 film. "She was interested in the fact that we look at the whole range of issues including PTSD and self-harm," said Professor Louise Howard, who teaches women's mental health. "She was interested in understanding the whole breadth of the issues and how to make people more robust." After her visit, Kate stopped by the Mother and Baby Unit at the Bethlem Royal Hospital in south-east London. According to Kensington Palace, the unit specializes in the treatment of antenatal and postnatal mental health issues, including postnatal depression and postpartum psychosis. While visiting the unit, Kate spoke with mothers who've experienced these challenges. According to the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, she also visited a sensory room where mothers were playing with their children, as well as a video room where mothers are filmed interacting with their babies to document their growing relationship with them. In addition to speaking with patients, Kate spoke with several staff members, including nurses, midwives, psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers. Per the Trust's website, the Duchess spoke to the professionals about the country's maternal mental health services, as well as the importance of turning research into clinical practices. "The arrival of a baby should be the happiest time in a woman's life, but for some women this is not the case -- our research shows that one in four women experience mental health problems during pregnancy or shortly after the baby is born," Dr. Gertrude Seneviratne, lead of Perinatal Mental Health Services, said. She then added, "Mothers often arrive here in much mental distress, feeling that they can't do things for themselves, but by keeping mother and baby together and providing a range of specialist treatment and therapy, women do recover and can bond with their child." "Today is a very special occasion for us," she concluded. "It means a great deal to staff and patients that The Duchess was able to spend some time meeting them-especially as she is a mother herself." The Mother and Baby Unit at the hospital is a 13-bed unit that helps mothers who've struggled with their mental health while pregnant or following the birth of their baby. According to the Trust, the unit offers a range of services, including medication, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), couple or family therapy, occupational therapy and parenting skills. Kate wore a baby blue coat by Seraphine for the occasion, as well as a floral dress by the same maternity designer. Kate has worn both pieces before. Royal admirers could see her growing baby bump underneath her coat. Kate and Prince William expect to welcome their third child in April. (Eonline)

The woman who plunked down $17.8 million on Kim and Kanye's Bel-Air mansion just shelled out another $2 million for some Beatles music history. Sources tell us Marina Acton -- a Ukrainian billionaire -- just bought the Abbey Road REDD .37 recording console. If the Abbey Road part of that stands out to you, it should -- the recording console is the same one used by The Beatles and Oasis, and was most recently owned by Lenny Kravitz. The device didn't come cheap ... Acton paid $1.9 million for it. As for why, sources tell us Acton -- an aspiring singer -- plans to launch a single in March ... and the console will be used to record future songs. Talk about some creative inspiration. (TMZ)

Serena Williams is ready to compete again! For the first time in more than a year, Williams will be returning to competitive tennis for the Fed Cup, the U.S. Tennis Association announced on Tuesday. The February tournament will be her first official game since welcoming daughter Alexis Olympia on Sept. 1. The 23-time Grand Slam champion will play in the first-round matches against the Netherlands in Asheville, North Carolina, on Feb. 10-11. Helping her defend the country's Fed Cup championship is her sister Venus Williams. It will be the first time in two years that either Williams sister has been on the team. The mother of one was previously scheduled to compete in the Australian Open to defend her title this month but withdrew just 12 days before the start of the tournament. (She lost an exhibition match against French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko on Dec. 30.) "After performing in my first match after giving birth I realized that although I am super close I'm not where I personally want to be," Williams announced on Jan. 4. "My coach and team always said, 'Only go to tournaments when you are prepared to go all the way.' With that being said I am disappointed to say I've decided not to compete in The Australian Open this year," she said. In the cover story of Vogue's February issue, Williams revealed that she had a medical scare following the birth of her baby girl, developing several small blood clots in her lungs. Though the surgery went well, she battled a pulmonary embolism for six days that led to multiple surgeries and a handful of additional medical troubles. Famously, Williams nearly broke the Internet with news that she and her now-husband Alexis Ohanian were expecting their first child, noting that she was "20 weeks" along. Fans quickly did the math, and learned that she would have been about eight weeks pregnant when she won her 23rd Grand Slam singles title at the Australian Open last January. (People)

Lisa Rinna Swaps Her Signature Shag for Longer Hair After 19 Years. Lisa Rinna is sporting a new 'do. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star swapped her famous shag for longer locks on Tuesday's episode of Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen. According to People, which spoke to Rinna exclusively before the show, the reality star hadn't sported long hair in nearly two decades. "The last time I grew my hair out was when I had [my daughter] Delilah Belle. So 19 years ago!" Rinna told the magazine. "It was time, what the hell!" Because she couldn't grow her hair out in one day, Rinna worked with celebrity stylist Julius Michaels and added 14 inches of Hidden Crown Hair clip-in extensions, People reported. Michaels has styled other women in the Real Housewives franchise, including Melissa Gorga, Margaret Josephs, Danielle Staub and Ramona Singer. However, Rinna attributes her hair inspiration to fellow cast member Erika Girardi (a.k.a Erika Jayne). "I think spending the last two years with Erika Janye has rubbed off on me. It really has," Rinna told People. "She has the most fabulous hairdos. And in September, Julius and I did my hair off my face and it was really fun. This seemed like the next thing to try!" Rinna isn't the only one to change over the past few years. During Watch What Happens Live, host Andy Cohen asked her how other housewives have changed since season one. The actress threw a little shade when asked about Lisa Vanderpump. "Who's that?" she said, when shown Vanderpump's picture. She also wouldn't comment on former co-star Kim Richards. She did, however, share her thoughts on how Camille Grammer. "Oh, I like Camille in season one. Where is that girl? Bring her back," Rinna said. "I want her back. Oh, I loved it." Fans can watch The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Tuesdays at 9:00 p.m. EST. (Eonline)

The industrial space was massive and crowded. But for about two minutes on January 17, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel acted as if they were the only two people at Skylight Clarkson Square studios in New York City. Slow dancing at his Man of the Woods album listening party, "Jessica had her arms wrapped around him and he was whispering in her ear," shares a witness. "They kissed and their heads were very close together. There was a lot of nuzzling." It's just one way the couple -- together for 11 years and married for five -- are showing the world they're stronger than ever. Now a Biel insider shares their marriage secrets in the new issue of Us Weekly. "Jessica and Justin are true best friends and that's why they work so well," says the insider. "They love spending time together. They don't have to be doing much, but they are still laughing and having a good time." Both L.A. Dodgers fans and political activists, Timberlake, 37, and the Sinner actress, 35, enjoy being active and trying new things," says the insider. That includes plenty of sports. "They are always outside playing golf together, going hiking or snowboarding," adds the insider. "She's up for anything and so is he." They also love spending time out of the spotlight on their estate in Big Sky, Montana's tony Yellowstone Club. Before the holidays, Biel even stocked up on family sweaters. "She chose a few items that were similar for men and women so that they could match," confides a pal. Their main shared interest, however, is their 2-year-old son Silas. "They are obsessed with him," says another source. "They think being parents is the best thing ever." Timberlake has even said his new album title is derived from the meaning of his son's name! The couple have had their share of ups and downs over the years -- including a brief split prior to their engagement in 2011 -- but parenting has brought them closer together. And they revel in nesting. Says the insider, "They do a lot of entertaining and board game nights. She's a great wife and homemaker." But the biggest evolution occurred in the once infamous playboy. Having a child -- who, incidentally, "is a total daddy's boy," the source notes -- "really changed Justin," says the source. "He loves being a dad and a family man more than he ever thought." So much so that even as Timberlake prepares to embark on his 35-date Man of the Woods tour in March, the spouses are eyeing a domestic future. "They want to have more kids for sure," says the source. If it were up to the Grammy winner, they'd have a whole bunch. "I want to have as many kids as we can, if I'm being honest," he recently said. (US Weekly)

There's a Mean Girls themed brunch coming to London & it's so fetch. Get in loser. We're going brunching! Londoners, there's a Mean Girls themed brunch coming to Shoreditch and it sounds SO FETCH. You'll be able to order Glenn Coco and Carb-less Butter cocktails - so make sure your stomach is full (with Klteen bars preferably) so things don't get out of hand. But most likely they will - because the bartenders will be ready to shout 'that's so... ' and the first person to shout back 'fetch' gets a free cocktail. Yeah, we'll be all pretty tipsy by noon. They will also be crowning the Spring Fling King or Queen AND there will be free condoms for everyone so nobody has sex, gets pregnant, and dies. If the Regina Georges among you want even more Mean Girls fun, there will be a Burn Book circulating to ensure you can let off some steam and call someone a fugly s***. The one-off event will be held in Shoreditch's Floripa from 12pm to 5pm on the 3 February, you can get your tickets here and start planning your all pink look ASAP otherwise you know what happens... (British Glamour)

Dylan Farrow Fires Back at Justin Timberlake in Time's Up Tweet. Dylan Farrow is calling out Justin Timberlake for his support of the Time's Up movement. The 32-year-old adoptive daughter of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow has previously shared allegations that Woody sexually abused her when she was a child. In recent weeks, Dylan has called out actors like Blake Lively and Cate Blanchett on social media who have worked with the director and are supporting the Time's Up movement. On Tuesday, Dylan responded to a tweet by Justin, who recently worked with Woody on the 2017 film Wonder Wheel. "Random question: Can someone please explain the saying, 'You just want your cake and to eat it too.' What else am I about to do with a cake??" Justin asked. He also shared, "Also... I prefer pie, I think." In response to Justin's question, Dylan replied, "The saying means, for example, you can't support #TIMESUP and praise sexual predators at the same time. You can't retain your credibility as an activist (i.e. - retain the cake) and, at the same time, praise a sexual predator (i.e. - eating the cake)." Justin recently attended the 2018 Golden Globes wearing a Time's Up pin. He posted a photo of himself and Jessica Biel before the ceremony on Jan. 7 with the caption, "Here we come!! And DAMN, my wife is hot! #TIMESUP #whywewearblack." Justin also showed his support for the Time's Up movement with an Instagram post on Jan. 1 that read, "No more accepting sexual harassment and inequality at work as normal. It's NOT normal. #TIMESUP - Link up top in bio." The "Supplies" singer has yet to respond to Dylan's tweet, but he did respond to another Twitter user's explanation of the saying. "it's actually, you can't have your cake & eat it too. Meaning you can't have 2 good things at once. If you eat it you don't have it anymore!" @ggianaaddeliaa wrote. Justin replied, "THANK YOU! Day changed. #StillPieOverCake." (Eonline)

12 Camels Disqualified From Beauty Pageant in Saudi Arabia for Receiving Botox Injections. Happy Hump Day? 12 camels have been disqualified from a beauty pageant in Saudi Arabia after getting Botox injections. Yes, you read that right. According to The National, the animals were disqualified from the King Abdulaziz Camel Festival after receiving the cosmetic enhancements. "They use Botox for the lips, the nose, the upper lips, the lower lips and even the jaw," Ali Al Mazrouei, son of a top Emirati breeder, told the publication. "It makes the head more inflated so when the camel comes it's like, 'Oh look at how big is that head is. It has big lips, a big nose.'" According to the festival's website, "The King Abdulaziz Camel Beauty Contest has been eagerly looked forward to each year since they were launched in the year 2000. The Contest attracts not only direct participants, including those who make their livelihood from the events, but also those who enjoy the increasing number of activities associated with the King Abdulaziz Camel Festival." The National reports that before the festival began in Al Dhana a veterinarian was caught "performing plastic surgery" on camels, giving them Botox and reducing the size of their ears. There's a desperate desire to win the competition because the prize money for the festival totals $57 million, with $31.8 million reserved just for the pageants. 30,000 camels have already arrived at the festival, which will take place throughout the rest of the month. (Eonline)

Charles Manson's still on ice, but the battle's heating up for his body -- and the 3 lucky finalists in line for the corpse all have some issues, which have now fallen in a judge's lap. According to docs, obtained by TMZ and filed by the Kern County Coroner, 3 men are claiming Manson's bod. The first is Michael Channels, who submitted the first will from Manson -- but it's only partially legible. Plus, Channels is listed as a witness, which casts doubt on the will's validity. Contestant #2 is Matthew Robert Lentz, who claims to be Manson's son and also filed a will, but his only has 1 witness -- at least 2 are required -- so it's incomplete. Last up ... Jason Freeman -- who says he's Manson's grandson -- filed legal docs to prove he's Charles Manson Jr.'s son ... seemingly making him the murderer's next of kin. The problem here is, before his death, Manson told prison officials he had no family. In other words ... it's legal helter skelter. Good luck sorting it out, your honor! (TMZ)

Former USA Gymnastics Doctor Larry Nassar Sentenced to 40 to 175 Years in Prison for Sexual Abuse. After pleading guilty to seven counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in November, former U.S.A Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor Larry Nassar has learned his fate in this case. The disgraced doctor was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for sexually abusing girls under the guise of medical treatment. The sentence was handed down by Judge Rosemarie Aquilina in Ingham County Circuit Court in Lansing, Mich. on Wednesday after a week of emotional testimony from his victims in court. "It is my honor and privilege to sentence you because, sir, you do not deserve to walk outside of a prison ever again," Judge Aquilina told Nassar. "I've just signed your death warrant." The judge additionally awarded restitution to survivors for an amount to be determined. Additionally, she asked him not to treat people in prison as he no longer has a license. As Nassar exited the court room, applause broke out from attendees as many in the court hugged. Prior to the sentencing, more than 150 survivors came forward to personally deliver impact statements or have them read in court, including one from McKayla Maroney, who came forward publicly in October 2017 to say Nassar had molested her from the time she was 13 years old. "As it turns out, much to my demise, Dr. Nassar was not a doctor. He in fact was, and forever shall be, a child molester, and a monster of a human being. End of story! He abused my trust, he abused my body and he left scars on my psyche that may never go away," her statement, presented in court by a prosecutor, read. "Larry Nassar deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison. Not only because of what he did to me, my teammates and so many other little girls -- He needs to be behind bars so he will never prey upon another child. I urge you to impose the maximum sentence upon him." Maroney's "Fierce Five" teammate Aly Raisman, who also publicly named Nassar as her abuser, initially said she would not be attending the sentencing because of trauma, but ultimately decided to appear in person. Addressing Nassar directly, the 23-year-old declared, "The tables have turned, Larry. We are here, we have our voices and we are not going anywhere." Before learning the sentence, Nassar addressed the court, telling survivors, "Your words these past several days...have had a significant emotional effect on myself and have shaken me to my core." As he continued, attempting to turn around and address those sitting behind him, "I also recognize that what I am feeling pales in comparison to the pain trauma and emotional destruction that all of you are feeling. There are no words to describe the depth and breadth of how sorry I am for what has occurred. An acceptable apology to all of you is impossible to write and convey. I will carry your words with me for the rest of my days." "Sir, I hope that's true," Judge Aquilina responded. "I hope you are shaken to your core because your victims are shaken to their core." The judge, who read excerpts from a letter sent by Nassar in court, also called for further investigation. Earlier in the week, Nassar expressed concern over having to sit and listen to dozens of the survivors' statements in court in a six page single-spaced letter, claiming the judge had turned the sentencing into a "media circus." "Spending four or five days listening to them is significantly minor considering the hours of pleasure you had at their expense and ruining their lives," Judge Aquilina retorted, per NBC News. "I pray the rosary every day for forgiveness," Nassar said at one point in court during his November plea. "I want them to heal. I want this community to heal. I have no animosity towards anyone." "I agree that now is a time of healing," Judge Aquilina retorted, "but it may take them a lifetime of healing while you spend your lifetime behind bars -- thinking about what you did in taking away their childhood, which you were trained as a healer and what you did is harm them. You violated an oath that you took, which is to do no harm, and you harmed them, selfishly." Gold medalist Simone Biles recently came forward as one of the survivors. In a lengthy social media letter, she addressed her followers, writing, "I too am one of the many survivors that was sexually abused by Larry Nassar. Please believe me when I say it was a lot harder to first speak those words out loud than it is now to put them on paper. There are many reasons that I have been reluctant to share my story, but I know now it is not my fault." "After hearing the brave stories of my friends and other survivors, I know that this horrific experience does not define me. I am much more than this," she penned. "I am unique, smart, talented, motivated and passionate. I have promised myself that my story will be much greater than this and I promise all of you that I will never give up. I will compete with all of my heart and soul every time I step into the gym. I love this sport too much and I have never been a quitter. I won't let one man and the others that enabled him to steal my love and joy." In addition to this sentencing, Nassar was also given 60 years in prison after pleading guilty to three federal child pornography charges. Nassar awaits sentencing after he also pleaded guilty to three additional counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in Eaton County. That sentencing is expected to take place on Jan. 31. (Eonline)

Music

Elton John Announces Three-Year Farewell Tour Starting in 2018. Elton John's future really does lie beyond the yellow brick road. In a press conference Wednesday, John announced he will soon embark on a farewell tour. Despite reports to the contrary, he also clarified that he is not retiring from music altogether. Anderson Cooper hosted a Q&A with John, a recipient of five Brit Awards and five Grammy Awards, in New York. It was live-streamed Google Cardboard or Google Daydream for VR180. John opened with a performance of "Tiny Dancer" and "I'm Still Standing." "The announcement is that I am not going to be touring anymore, apart form the last tour, which is going to start in September of this year. It'll be a global tour. And it's the last time that I will be touring and traveling the world. My priorities have changed in my life. Ten years ago, if you'd had said I have to stop touring, I'd say, 'No, no. I'm a working man,'" John said, adding, "I've had an amazing life. I've had an amazing career. I've been incredibly lucky. My life has changed. The priorities of my life have changed. My priorities now are my children, my husband and my family. I've been touring since I was 17 in various bands, and as Elton John in 1969. And I thought the time is right to say thank you to all my fans around the world globally and to say goodbye and just to have a breathe." The boys will join him for nine months with a tutor, he said. "When I stop they're going to be 10 and 8, and that's a very important time in their lives." To do it properly, John will embark on a three-year, 300-date tour all around the world. "It'll be the best production I've ever done," he promised. "It'll be a wonderful way to thank everyone." John plans to stay "creative," and despite reports to the contrary, he said, "I'm in great health." Rest assured, John said he will still be "making music" in the years to come. Gucci will outfit John with custom looks, he added. With this tour, he said, "I want to go out with a big bang." The decision was easier to make than one might assume, he added. "If you look and you're willing to accept new things, life unfolds before you. I'm always going to be creative. I'm always going to be interested inactive stuff. I think after this tour is finished, I'll take a few years off and see what happens. But creatively...who knows what's going to happen? If you let things happen for you, then that's the magic of life," John said. "I will be creative until the day I die." The 70-year-old Grammy winner has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin since 1967, and together, they have produced over 30 albums. In his five-decade career, John has sold more than 300 million records, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. He has released dozens of hits in his five-decade career, including "Bennie and the Jets," "The Bitch Is Back," "Can You Feel the Love Tonight," "Candle in the Wind," "Daniel," "Don't Go Breaking My Heart," "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me," "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues," "Levon," "Philadelphia Freedom," "Rocket Man," "Sad Songs," "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting," "Something About the Way You Look Tonight" and "Your Song." John released a compilation album, Diamonds, two months ago. After more than 200 concerts, his final performance of The Million Dollar Piano is set for May 19; the show marked John's second residency at Las Vegas' Caesars Palace, after The Red Piano, which ran from 2004-2009. An Academy Award and Golden Globe winner, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. In addition to his impressive music career, John has raised hundreds of millions of dollars for AIDS research through his namesake foundation, which he founded 26 years ago. As one of the most prominent gay men in the entertainment industry, John champions LGBTQ causes. He publicly came out as gay in 1988, entered into a civil partnership with David Furnish in 2005, and after same-sex marriage was legalized in the U.K., the couple tied the knot in 2014. John and Furnish have two sons, both born via surrogate. "Having children changed everything about my life. I've learned that the simplest things in life -- like having a minute with them -- are worth more than any painting, any photograph, any house or any hit record. Before we had the children we just had our lives and would spend money because we didn't have anything else to focus on. We have really toned things down because we have enough stuff. There is nothing else we need," John told The Mirror in 2016. "Of course I want to leave my boys in a very sound financial state. But it's terrible to give kids a silver spoon. It ruins their life. Listen, the boys live the most incredible lives -- they're not normal kids, and I'm not pretending they are. But you have to have some semblance of normality, some respect for money, some respect for work." Fatherhood changed John in other ways, too. "Years ago, I didn't have anything. I wanted to die on the stage. That's all I had," he told Rolling Stone in 2016, while promoting Wonderful Crazy Night. "Now I don't. I've got children. I want to come off the road. I want to be there. I want to take them to baseball. I want to take them to soccer games. My life is completely changed." Before his retirement begins, John will perform at the 2018 Grammys with Miley Cyrus this Sunday at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The award show will air on CBS at 8 p.m. (Eonline)

'N Sync Reunion at the Super Bowl? Joey Fatone Says to Kiss That Wish ''Bye, Bye, Bye.'' 'N Sync just keeps tearin' up our heart! Joey Fatone has once and for all squashed speculation that the early 2000s boy band would join Justin Timberlake at the 2018 Super Bowl. The singer was stopped by TMZ during a recent outing in Los Angeles, and was asked to respond to rumors that a 'N Sync reunion would take place during the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show. As he put it, "I'm here right now. If I was doing something, I'd be at rehearsals right now... There's your proof. Nothing." "And there's nothing wrong with that!" Fatone added. "S--t, he's doing his thing." Fans have been clamoring for Timblerlake, Fatone, Lance Bass, Chase and Chris Kirkpatrick to get back in sync ever since their last performance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. 'N Sync previously performed at the 2001 Super Bowl halftime show alongside Britney Spears, Aerosmith, Mary J. Blige and Nelly. And who could forget the 2004 spectacle, when J.T. accidentally exposed Janet Jackson's bare breast in a move that would go down in pop culture infamy? Speaking of Jackson and other artists letting Timberlake shine solo, E! News previously reported that the world-famous songstress would not return to the Super Bowl stage with Timberlake. Our insider explained at the time, "Justin will be playing his old stuff during his Super Bowl performance. He plans to perform the 'classic J.T.' stuff. Justin's team has really been pushing to lock in this deal and he's very excited for the opportunity." Are you disappointed by the news that an 'N Sync Super Bowl reunion won't happen after all? Let us know in the comments! Super Bowl LII will air on Sunday, Feb. 4 from the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. (Eonline)

There's a Mean Girls themed brunch coming to London & it's so fetch. Get in loser. We're going brunching! Londoners, there's a Mean Girls themed brunch coming to Shoreditch and it sounds SO FETCH. You'll be able to order Glenn Coco and Carb-less Butter cocktails - so make sure your stomach is full (with Klteen bars preferably) so things don't get out of hand. But most likely they will - because the bartenders will be ready to shout 'that's so... ' and the first person to shout back 'fetch' gets a free cocktail. Yeah, we'll be all pretty tipsy by noon. They will also be crowning the Spring Fling King or Queen AND there will be free condoms for everyone so nobody has sex, gets pregnant, and dies. If the Regina Georges among you want even more Mean Girls fun, there will be a Burn Book circulating to ensure you can let off some steam and call someone a fugly s***. The one-off event will be held in Shoreditch's Floripa from 12pm to 5pm on the 3 February, you can get your tickets here and start planning your all pink look ASAP otherwise you know what happens... (British Glamour)

Demi Lovato's 2018 Tour to Include Free Therapy for Fans. On her upcoming Tell Me You Love Me tour, Demi Lovato will again give back to her fans in a big way -- and may even change their lives. The 25-year-old singer's concerts will be preceded by inspirational speeches and group therapy and wellness workshops by CAST Centers to promote dialogue about mental health. Lovato is an alumna and co-owner of the Los Angeles mental health and wellness treatment center and was a patient in 2011. She had offered such services during her and Nick Jonas' Future Now tour in 2016. "It's basically like a therapy session before the concerts and we have speakers from all over and we're also helping out with different charities from around the country," Lovato said on Good Morning America on Wednesday. "So it'll be an incredible, very moving and inspiring experience." "I want to do this because one, it was such an incredible experience the last time we did this on tour," Lovato said. "I've actually met people that go to CAST because they went to CAST on tours and realized they needed to get sober or they needed to better themselves in some other way and it's changed lives and I want to be able to do that again. It's a part of my whole...life, about giving back and I think it's really important that I continue to do this while I'm on tour." Lovato has in the past spoken out about her battles with bipolar disorder, eating disorders and addiction. Last March, the singer celebrated five years of sobriety. "I make it my life goal to inspire other people," Lovato said on Good Morning America. "I think that it's important for me to use my voice for more than just singing. I just know how important it is to use my platform to help others and to share my story in hopes that it inspires people to either get into recovery or better themselves. Whatever it is, I just want people to know they're not alone and I'm here for them." "I think it's really important to take away the stigma of mental illness," she added. "I actually have bipolar disorder and I'm very open about that because I think that mental health affects so many people and we need to take the stigma away from it." Lovato's Tell Me You Love Me tour, featuring DJ Khaled and Kehlani, begins on February 26 in San Diego. (Eonline)

Drake Says He's Working on a New Track Honoring LeBron James' 30,000 NBA Points. Another night, another milestone for Ohio's very own LeBron James. The King passed the 30,000-career points milestone on Tuesday night (Jan. 23) against the San Antonio Spurs, making him the youngest player to cross the threshold. James' accomplishment prompted responses from peers across all platforms. On the music front, it was October's Very Own head man Drake who sang praise of the King. Drizzy, who is basically Bron's musical counterpart, hit Twitter to congratulate James in a video via LeBron's video company The Uninterrupted. "Seems like every time we look up, you're setting another milestone or breaking another record and I always tell you that you're one of the most inspirational people in my life," Drake said. "Every time you do something like this I always try to get in the studio and make the song that would go with the moment." The OVO rapper then pulled out the most expensive bottle of wine he could find, a 1961 Petrus (around $6,000-$25,000), then promptly dropped it on the floor. Despite the disappointment of smashing the grapes, Drake said he was, "excited to go to work tonight." Other celebs also sang their praise of James' noteworthy accomplishment (he's the 7th player to reach that scoring plateau), including Diddy, Jay-Z, Nas, Kevin Hart, Jamie Foxx, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, who all hit The Uninterrupted to shout out the king. Drake and LeBron have history together as well, the two came together to executive produce The Carter Effect, a 2017 documentary highlighting the NBA career of the high-flying Vince Carter. (Billboard)

Queen Latifah is 'Filled with Joy' Over Mary J. Blige's Oscar Nominations. Timbaland congratulated Mary for making history with her double nod. On Tuesday morning (Jan. 23) the nominations for the 90th Annual Academy Awards were revealed and among the numerous nods that honor the best of the best in the film industry were two for R&B icon, Mary J. Blige. Nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Florence Jackson in the 2017 period drama Mudbound and for her work on the song "Mighty River" from the film, she made history by becoming the first person ever to be nominated for an acting performance and an original song in a single year. Blige, who referred to the double nominations as "beautiful" and "really special," wasn't the only one floored by the prestigious honor as numerous other celebrities chimed in on Twitter to share their reactions. (Billboard)

Foo Fighters Take Over Australian Hotel, Stock Pub with Foo Town Lager. Sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name. Of, in the case of the Foo Fighters, where everything is your name. In the midst of an Australian tour, the veteran Southern California rockers have taken over a city block and converted it into the Foo Fighters Hotel, complete with their name on the marquee and a special beer brewed up in their honor called Foo Town. The former Hollywood Hotel in downtown Sydney has been converted into a Foo-centric destination from Wednesday (Jan. 24) until Saturday (Jan. 27), with a full set of activities for Fooheads, who can belly up to the bar for some Foo lager and enjoy trivia nights, pop-up merch stores and an Australia Day celebration on Friday night (Jan. 26). After their gig in Sydney on Saturday night, the group will move on to Melbourne for a show on Jan. 30 and another pop-up . During their stay in Melbourne Dave Grohl and company will take over the Cherry Bar and flip it into the FooieBar (Jan. 27-30), which will feature a merch shop, trivia and a pre-and post-show party. (Billboard)

Aretha Franklin, Sting, Aerosmith, Beck on New Orleans Jazz Fest Lineup. Aretha Franklin, Sting, Aerosmith, Beck, Jack White and Lionel Richie are among the headliners for the 2018 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Organizers on Tuesday released the music lineup for the festival scheduled for two weekends this spring -- April 27-29 and May 3-6. Thousands of fans annually flock to the Fair Grounds Race Course where the festival features 13 stages and more than 500 acts. Festival producer Quint Davis notes the 2018 schedule includes "really special" performances by legendary artists such as Benson, Smokey and Jerry Lee Lewis. In addition, the festival is planning a tribute to Fats Domino and a celebration of New Orleans' 300th anniversary. (Billboard)

Movies

Daniel Day-Lewis may not be done with Hollywood just yet. Oscar nominee Daniel Day-Lewis has said that "Phantom Thread" will be his final film as an actor -- but he didn't say anything about producing. Sources exclusively tell Page Six that Day-Lewis has been meeting with studio execs about producing a future project. "He's been taking meetings about producing projects," said one insider. The source added that Day-Lewis was spotted last year at the offices of hot indie distributor A24 Films, which is behind Best Picture nominee "Lady Bird" as well as "The Florida Project" and "The Disaster Artist." A second source added of Lewis: "He is trying to help a friend get a film financed and produced." Focus Features' "Phantom Thread" received six Oscar nominations on Tuesday, including Best Picture, Director, Actor for Day-Lewis and Supporting Actress for Lesley Manville. Other sources tell us Day-Lewis -- the son of poet Cecil Day-Lewis and husband of literary scion and writer/director Rebecca Miller could potentially write a screenplay. "He's a great writer," mused a showbiz insider. Reps did not comment. (PageSix)

James Franco Is ''Somewhat Relieved'' About Oscars Snub Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations. James Franco's performance in The Disaster Artist was not recognized by The Academy's 2018 Oscars nominations, a snub that has apparently left the actor with mixed emotions. "James is disappointed in not getting an Oscar nomination," a source tells E! News, "but also very understanding and somewhat relieved. He doesn't want it to look like the snub is correlated with the allegations against him." Weeks ago, five women accused the 39-year-old actor of sexual misconduct in a Los Angeles Times expose. Two of Franco's accusers have also appeared on Good Morning America to share their accounts. The claims, which allege a range of inappropriate and exploitative behavior against his former students, have been denied by Franco. The insider adds, "James is trying to get through this rocky patch and hopes everything will blow over appropriately. He is really leaning on his family right now and trying to stay under the radar as much as possible." Franco did show up to last Sunday's 2018 SAG Awards in support of his nomination in the Best Actor category, which he lost to Gary Oldman. He's won awards for The Disaster Artist at the 2018 Critics' Choice Awards and Golden Globes, where Franco's Time's Up pin drew criticism from people online. In the wake of the accusations, a source previously described Franco as "not doing well" and said his inner circle was "really worried about him." Meanwhile, a separate longtime friend of Franco's told E! News exclusively, "He is really hurt because he didn't know that we would be in a place where giving someone a voice would be giving someone a license to speak without any accountability." Franco had this to say regarding the allegations leveled against him during an interview with Late Night's Seth Meyers: "Like I said, there are stories that need to get out. There are people that need to be heard. I have my own side of this story, but I believe in these people that have been underrepresented getting their stories out enough that I will hold back things that I could say just because I believe in that much." "If I have to take a knock because I'm not going to try and actively refute things, then I will, because I believe in it that much," Franco continued. E! News has reached out to Franco's rep for comment. (Eonline)

Wonder Woman's Gal Gadot Snubbed for An Oscar?! OMG Moments From 2018 Oscar Nominations! It wouldn't be awards season without a few snubs! Tuesday was an exciting morning for many actors and actresses. The 2018 Oscar nominations were announced, and while many great names and films were recognized, a few were left off the list. Many fans were shocked to see that Gal Gadot and her film Wonder Woman were nowhere to be found. The film may have been a box office success, but unfortunately that didn't translate to an Oscar nod. Other snubs include Armie Hammer for Call Me By Your Name. Although his co-star Timothee Chalamet was nominated in the Best Actor category. (Eonline)

TV

This Is Us Details Jack's Last Day and How the Fire Started. We all knew this was coming but boy, were we not prepared for the emotions we were going to be grappling with during that fire. This Is Us spent Tuesday night's episode exploring Jack's (Milo Ventimiglia) last day before the fire started that apparently ended his life, and we're starting to understand more and more why his death was so deeply affecting for each of his kids. All Jack wanted to do was enjoy the 1998 Super Bowl with his family and their new entertainment system that he built, but all the kids had different ideas. Kate (Hannah Zeile) was struggling with her self-image as she had to submit another audition piece to get into college and didn't want Jack to film her or to keep telling her how beautiful he thought she was. She finally came around to realizing she needed him to keep seeing her that way, but she did skip the game to go watch at a friend's house. Randall (Niles Fitch) wanted to skip the game to hang out with his new girlfriend and take her on their first date to see Titanic (for her seventh time). It went well, and they shared their first kiss, and Randall got the chance to tell his dad that when he got home. Kevin (Logan Shroyer), however, had a fight with both of his parents over college, especially after finding out that Sophie got into NYU. With his own dreams dashed, he lashed out, insulting Jack's hard work on the entertainment center and yelling about how he was supposed to be in the Super Bowl, not watching it. Then he went to Sophie's, but eventually called home to tell his mom he was sorry. But of course, he'd wait to talk to Jack in the morning. Before going to bed, Jack dried some things with a dish towel, gazed at the wall where the kids' heights were recorded, and turned off the crockpot. But then we got a flashback to Jack and a pregnant Rebecca (Mandy Moore ) receiving the crockpot from a neighbor, who told them that the switch was a little wonky. So, then we watched the crockpot light go on and off, before it finally caught fire, which set the dish towel (a gift from Jack to Rebecca, wrapped around a bracelet) on fire, which eventually got to the wall with the heights, and it was actually the most emotional fire we have ever seen as it was peppered with happy family flashbacks. Thanks to last week's episode, we know that the smoke detector is out of batteries, so now all we can do is wait two weeks to find out how many tears we've even got in our bodies and if we're actually ready to have "all our questions answered." We kinda feel like we're not! This Is Us airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on NBC, but the next episode airs after the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 4. (Eonline)

How to Get Away With Murder Sneak Peek: [Spoiler] Might Be the Next Dead Body. Bodies are dropping like flies around Annalise Keating. Over the course of the two most recent How to Get Away With Murder episodes, we've watched as poor Simon (Behzad Dabu) accidentally shot himself in the head, followed by Frank (Charlie Weber) snapping Dominick's (Nicholas Gonzalez) neck. (Not like the guy didn't have it coming. He did kill Wes after all.) And it's that second death that has Annalise (Viola Davis) thinking she might know who in her life is most likely to die next. In this sneak peek of this week's new episode, exclusive to E! News, Dominick's phone continues to ring and Annalise wants her henchman to get rid of it. Immediately. "It's evidence he killed Wes," Frank says, making his case for hanging on to cell phone. It does have that voicemail from poor Wes (Alfred Enoch), after all. "It's evidence you killed Dominick," Annalise counters. As Frank sees it, the incessant calls from the same number since he killed Dominick means only one thing: Jorge (Esai Morales), Laurel's evil father, has no idea that the guy's dead. And since it's an Antares phone, he's certain it won't lead Jorge right to their doorsteps. It's almost like he doesn't know what sort of show he's on. "Get rid of it, Frank," Annalise insists. "You want to end up the next dead body around here?" "Oh, who's gonna kill me," Frank asks. "You or Jorge?" Elsewhere in the episode, Laurel (Karla Souza) struggles to come to terms with what happened on that tragic night, while Annalise and Frank continue to work together to do what they believe is best for the group. Meanwhile, details involving a past murder come to light as Annalise continues to build her class action. How to Get Away With Murder airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. on ABC. (Eonline)

Riverdale Is Officially Doing a Musical Episode With Carrie: The Musical. A Riverdale musical episode is happening, people! In an upcoming episode, the Riverdale High drama department will be presenting Carrie: The Musical, "a dark-yet-catchy cautionary tale exploring the gritty realities of small-town high school life," directed by Kevin Keller (Casey Cott) and starring Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch) as Carrie. The musical will also star Betty (Lili Reinhart), Archie (KJ Apa), Veronica (Camila Mendes), Josie (Ashleigh Murray), Reggie (Charles Melton), Toni (Vanessa Morgan), and even Alice Cooper (Madchen Amick). You might notice that Jughead (Cole Sprouse) is missing from the list, which makes sense given the fact that Sprouse has often said that he will never sing. Jughead will instead be in charge of documenting the making of the musical, and his documentary will air as the episode of Riverdale called "A Night to Remember." According to the official and extremely meta Riverdale High press release, "Future Tony Winner Kevin Keller helms as director, combining iconic elements from the novel, 1976 movie, 1988 Broadway production, 2012 Off-Broadway revival, and 2013 remake to create a retro-yet-timeless interpretation of Stephen King's horror classic." "Riverdale High's tragic heroine Cheryl Blossom leads the cast as Carrie White in this avant-garde production, where she is antagonized by mean-girl Chris Hargensen (recent transplant Veronica Lodge) and supported by golden-couple Sue Snell and Tommy Ross (Riverdale High's brightest, Betty Cooper and Archie Andrews). Special appearances by budding star Josie McCoy (playing sympathetic gym teacher Miss Gardner) and Riverdale High alum Alice Cooper (as Carrie White's mother, Margaret)." So all of this sounds absolutely nuts, and we are 100% here for it. The episode, which features 11 different songs, airs Wednesday, April 18. Riverdale airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on the CW. (Eonline)

"Real Housewives of Orange County" star Meghan King Edmonds is leaving the show behind for a very good reason: "I must focus on my family and my pregnancy." The reality TV star announced her exit on her website on Tuesday, along with a detailed breakdown of what went into her "multi-faceted" decision. Edmonds first joined the show as a guest in Season 9, before becoming a full-fledged cast member in Season 10. "Today is a bittersweet day for me. After three seasons of the rollercoaster that is The Real Housewives of Orange County I've decided to hang up my OC Housewife hat," she wrote. "As you might suspect filming this show takes a massive emotional toll: I'm literally filming my real life in real time and engaged in situations and circumstances which can be contentious," she continued. "Then, when the show airs, we relive some trying of the most trying moments in our lives and then endure the public's reaction; we never come out as winners to every viewer. But what you might not suspect is the physical toll: filming is grueling!" During her time on the show, Edmonds struggled with fertility issues and underwent IVF. She welcomed daughter Aspen during Season 12 and is currently expecting twin boys. "As I was filming the season 12 reunion I knew in my heart I was done: this wasn't my place anymore," she continued. Though she initially planned to return for Season 13, her mind changed after filming the most recent reunion. "I was only 5 weeks pregnant when I filmed the reunion and I was already exhausted," she said. "I knew that I was going to have a long pregnancy growing the twins and it would be next to impossible to film. I could do it, but did I really want to? Twin pregnancies must be treated more delicately than a singleton pregnancy and are high-risk by default, so I also wanted to have a peaceful pregnancy with positive influences. Consistent positive influences are harder to find on RHOC!" She said Andy Cohen was "completely understanding" with her decision to exit the series and heaped praise upon the entire Bravo crew. Edmonds isn't just saying goodbye to "RHOC" though, she's leaving The OC entirely! "I wanted to spend more time with my husband during baseball season and more time with my two young step kids who live full-time in St Louis," she wrote. "So Jimmy and I have decided to dig our roots into the midwest as we begin to build our dream home for our rapidly expanding family." "I have made soul sisters in Shannon Beador and Tamra Judge and that can't be lost," she added in conclusion. "They have touched my heart and I would do anything for them and I know they feel the same way about me-what a gift to have found that on RHOC! But I guess it's time for me to become an actual real housewife of sorts. Oh, the irony!" (Too Fab)

'Waco' is coming to the small screen. The old Spike channel, now the new Paramount Network channel, is debuting its six-part series "Waco." The story is real. February 1993. Mount Carmel. Outside Waco. When the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms staged a massive raid against that small religious community -- the Branch Davidians. Its result was 51 bloody days -- 76 dead, dozens wounded. The longest gun battle in US law enforcement history. What happened and why this inexplicable FBI tragedy behind the battle against those Branch Davidians is the subject of two books by survivors. One is David Thibodeau who, at this screening with his young daughter, said: "I was there three years. Just studying. No reason. Just learning the New and Old Testaments was the best of both worlds. I wasn't into preaching. Not even religious. Happy being a drummer, I was simply interested in learning the Scriptures. Understand, it was those days of Born Again time. "As for the actual happening, writers for this TV series approached me about reliving it years ago." Camryn Manheim: "I play mothers. My son, Milo Manheim, stars in Disney's Feb. 16 movie 'Zombies.' I'm raising a straight-A student. No agent. He didn't try for this. A casting director saw him in a high school musical. So I'm now a momager. My second career's accompanying him to events. "In 'Waco,' I'm Thibodeau's mother. When she heard about the shooting and all the dead bodies she immediately left for Texas. She went to work in a nearby hotel. As a maid. She worked there 51 days just to meet her son, to see what the FBI was doing and to check whoever were the enemies." Your son Milo, he's a good boy? Sigh, then: "Listen, I have expectations." Leguizamo goes fed for 'Waco' John Leguizamo: "I actually remember this story. As a kid I knew about the Davidians. I'm looking forward to the movie. I haven't seen it yet. I play Robert Rodriguez, an FBI agent which is perfect for me because I'm the most moral ethical kind of good guy." About my not seeing his Broadway play, "Latin History for Morons," Leguizamo said: "I'll get you tickets. Call me. But whenever I give you my number you keep losing it." (PageSix)

Megyn Kelly raised eyebrows on Tuesday, causing a huge commotion by attacking Jane Fonda -- and then disappearing. On Monday's "Megyn Kelly Today," the besieged host took bizarre revenge against Fonda for making fun of Kelly's ill-fated attempt to ask Fonda about her plastic surgery during an October interview. Then, on Tuesday, NBC aired a taped episode of the show instead of the usual live hour. An NBC insider told Page Six that the network decided last week to broadcast the recorded show -- which was about sex trafficking -- because it's a sensitive topic. Meanwhile, panelists on rival morning show "The View" hammered Kelly over her monologue, in which she moaned that Fonda had happily chatted with other outlets about her surgery, and invoked Fonda's "Hanoi Jane" nickname, saying that Kelly wasn't "in the market for a lesson from Jane Fonda on what is and is not appropriate." Kelly said that she "chose to say nothing" after Fonda complained publicly about the question, but that "Fonda was at it again [complaining] last week, including here on NBC and then elsewhere, so it's time to address the 'poor me' routine." On "The View," former "Today" host Ann Curry said that journalists should "use whatever time we're given to shine a light on other stories," adding, "to take time with this -- this is not journalism." Meanwhile, "View" host Joy Behar added with trademark candor, "To drag the Vietnam War into a plastic surgery conversation is a real stretch," and said that "Jane should have just said to her, 'And how much work have you had, bitch?'" (Page Six)

Gaumont Launches German Production Operation. The French producer behind Netflix hit 'Narcos' has hired former Warner Bros. TV executive Sabine de Mardt to run the local-language production unit. Gaumont, the French producer of Netflix's Narcos, is expanding into Germany, launching a regional production operation to deliver original local-language series. Sabine de Mardt, formerly director of fiction and film at Warner Bros. International TV Production, will head up the new operation, which will be based in Cologne and launch July 1. De Mardt will report directly to Gaumont vice CEO Christophe Riandee. Riandee said the German expansion was a logical development with "today's audiences around the globe now used to watching shows in the original language, we also anticipate strong demand for these programs from our overseas partners." Netflix and Amazon have already dipped their toes in local-language production in Germany, with original series Dark and You Are Wanted, respectively. De Mardt was a co-producer on You Are Wanted. Before joining Warner Bros, she worked as managing director for production group Eyeworks Fiction Cologne and Eyeworks Film Gemini. Her production credits include the long-running German crime series Marie Brand and Wilsberg, both of which ran on public network ZDF. De Mardt said in Germany, Gaumont would "invest heavily in the development and production of premiere drama programming, working together with first-class writers, directors, actors and creative executives." Gaumont is currently in production on the fourth season of Narcos. (Hollywood Reporter)

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