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Monday, January 29, 2018

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Chrissy Teigen Reveals She's Pregnant With a Baby Boy. It's a boy! Chrissy Teigen and John Legend are on their way to an amazing 2018. The couple who revealed late last year that they were expecting their first child, just announced on Instagram that they are expecting a baby boy to join big sister Luna Stephens. "Mama and her baby boy," Chrissy announced via Instagram. The couple attended the 2018 Grammy awards together in New York City earlier in the evening and Chrissy and her bump looked amazing on the red carpet. Even though they ended up leaving the event early to get some much deserved rest. Congrats to the happy parents! (Eonline)

Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott due to give birth any day now. Dave Haywood and bandmate Charles Kelley were at Sunday's Grammys without their third member, Hillary Scott, who stayed home as she awaits the birth of twin girls. The guys wore white roses in her honor. Haywood says, "Our leading lady is not here." He says they have always considered Scott an amazing and strong woman, and they wanted to support her. Kelley says, "If the phone rings and we have to leave the show, you know what it's about." He says Scott is due any day now, and they are excited to meet her daughters. Lady Antebellum has won five Grammys and this year was up for two: Best country group or duo performance for "You Look Good" and best country album for "Heart Break." (PageSix)

Reba McEntire brings new boyfriend to the Grammys. Reba McEntire's got a new man. The country icon brought her new beau Anthony "Skeeter" Lasuzzo to the Grammys on Sunday night. "We've been having fun," the nominated singer told Entertainment Tonight on the red carpet outside of New York City's Madison Square Garden. The new couple -- who are Instagram official -- have made the most of their time in New York and took in three plays including "Waitress" and "Come From Away." And as for how Lasuzzo is hanging on the red carpet? "I'm doing great," he said. "I'm just following her and enjoying the night with her." McEntire was awarded the Grammy for best roots gospel album before the ceremony. (PageSix)

James Franco has been on the outs in Hollywood after several women have accused him of sexual misconduct, but his girlfriend is clearly sticking by his side. Franco and Isabel Pakzad hit up the Soho House Sunday in Malibu on a sunny day -- in fact, a blazing hot day. Pakzad also accompanied him to the Screen Actors Guild Awards last week. Franco had been nominated for "The Disaster Artist," but didn't win. As you know, he didn't get nominated for an Oscar. You win some, you lose some. (TMZ)

The Crown's Claire Foy reveals husband's terrifying battle with a brain tumor. She worried she'd be a widow. The Crown's Claire Foy has spoken candidly about her husband's terrifying battle with a brain tumor as she filmed the second season of the hit show last year. The new mother, who recently welcomed her first child, admitted she even worried she'd be left a widow during husband Stephen Campbell's illness. Claire, who won a Golden Globe for her turn as the Queen in the hit Netflix show, told The Sun: "My daughter didn't know what was going on at all. But my family did and I could see it in them. "You realize you're not the most important person anymore." Claire's husband was diagnosed with the benign tumor on his pituitary gland at the base of the brain at the end of 2016. He successfully pulled through after an operation. She added: "You write a letter. But it's all very much on the off chance that something did go wrong, because every part of you is saying that nothing will." Claire Foy, 33, won a Golden Globe for her portrait of Elizabeth II in the first ten episodes of the series and finished shooting season two last spring. Olivia Coleman, 43, will replace her and is set to start filming ten episodes this year, and her scenes will be aired in 2019 but she needn't get comfortable because producers will be looking for a third actress to play HRH, aged 60-90. Claire joined Hollywood royalty, including Oprah and Reese Witherspoon, on Vanity Fair's cover this month. (British Glamour)

Meryl Streep is getting territorial at 68, because she's just applied for legal protection so no one can use her name to hawk anything entertainment related. Streep filed an application with the U.S. Trademark Office, asking for a monopoly on the use of her name when it comes to entertainment services, including "live, televised, and movie appearances by a professional actress and entertainer." The application goes on to cover public speaking engagements, autograph signings and websites related to motion pictures. She says in her application her name was first associated with entertainment back in 1975, when she did voice-over work for a movie, "Everybody Rides the Carousel." Meryl plunked down $275 for the application. She can swing it. (TMZ)

Tyga seems to be back to his old tricks of refusing to pay money he owes, and this time he might get arrested for it ... TMZ has learned. There's a bench warrant out for the rapper after he failed to show up to a court hearing. Tyga was supposed to give the judge a rundown of his available assets to satisfy a $236k judgment against him. TMZ broke the story ... Shyanne Riekena sued Tyga's company and won, claiming she sustained serious head injuries when a light stand came crashing down on her during one of his concerts. Tyga's company was eventually ordered to pony up, but she still hasn't been paid and the judgment has swelled to more than $250k. We've reached out to Tyga, so far no word back. (TMZ)

A TMZ story that a clerk in the courthouse asked Meek Mill for money during his probation violation hearing has triggered a formal court investigation ... TMZ has learned. Sources familiar with the matter tell us, judges and other personnel are now investigating the circumstances surrounding a note that court clerk Wanda Chavarria gave Meek, telling him she has bad credit and needs money for her son's college tuition. The clerk told TMZ she did indeed give Meek the note ... she says because they are both from Philly and they take care of their own. Chavarria says the judge in the case was not aware of the note. The judge -- Genece Brinkley -- is herself in the hot seat. Meek's lawyers say she was trying to strong-arm Meek into changing managers to a friend of hers. Meek says she also asked him to rerecord a Boyz II Men song and give her a shout-out. (TMZ)

Meek Mill's legal team just suffered a big setback ... because TMZ just obtained a copy of the court transcript which Meek's lawyers claim proves the judge was trying to get him to dump Roc Nation for one of her friends ... but the transcript does not bear that out. Meek's team claimed Judge Genece Brinkley was trying to get Meek to fire Roc Nation and hire her friend, Charlie Mack, as his manager. If that were true it would be wholly inappropriate, but it's not the case. It was Meek's probation officer -- not the judge -- who was pushing during the in-chambers hearing for Meek to embrace Mack, arguing Mack was a good influence on Meek and was turning his life around ... this according to the transcript. The probation officer said, "What I like about Charlie, he is not invested in Meek Mills. He is invested in Robert Williams [Meek's real name]." Judge Brinkley did not advocate for Mack. To the contrary, she tried distancing herself, saying she was not going to get involved in terms of who should manage or advise him. The judge said, "I don't want the record to suggest who your management is or is not." Meek's lawyers had argued the judge was inappropriate and therefore Meek's 2 to 4 year prison sentence was tainted and should be thrown out. There is, however, another issue. TMZ broke the story ... a court clerk slipped Meek a note asking for money for her son's tuition, and our story has triggered a formal court investigation. (TMZ)

"Basketball Wives" star Jennifer Williams has fired back at her ex-boyfriend, claiming he's violent and she's deathly afraid of him. Jennifer was in court Monday AM asking a judge for a domestic violence restraining order against James "Tim" Norman. He obtained a restraining order against her last month, claiming she slashed his tires in a rage. Jennifer says in her new legal docs Norman is lying "purely to harass and stalk me, and possibly to drum up attention for himself and his own television show." He has a show called "Welcome to Sweetie Pie's," which is on Oprah's OWN network. Jennifer says she did not slash Norman's tires ... she has an alibi, claiming she was at a friend's birthday brunch. She says in her legal docs Norman has a long history of abusing her. She says in Sept 2016 at a Drake concert he verbally abused her and threatened to beat up a guy who was looking at her. Jennifer says Norman sent her a text message afterward, saying, "I'm not really the type of bitch n**** you obviously think I am for you to stand there next to me eyeing that sand n****." Jennifer says there were other instances ... he went on her phone, confronted her and threw the phone at her, calling her a lying bitch. She says he accused her of sleeping with other men. She says she ended the relationship last September, and since then he has been hounding her friends, asking them to get in touch with her on his behalf. She's currently in court and has a witness ... fellow "Basketball Wives" star Evelyn Lozada. Evelyn filed a declaration saying Jennifer called her on December 17 and said she was extremely afraid of Norman because he could be very violent. (TMZ)

THE OTHER STUFF . . .

David Beckham Headed Back to the U.S. -- Without His Family. David Beckham is leaving London -- temporarily, at least. The retired soccer player announced Monday that he is officially launching a Major League Soccer team in Florida. "Everyone knows that we did the announcement for Miami four years ago, and then we've had a lot of bumps along the road, and that's been frustrating," he told Adrienne Bankert on Good Morning America Monday. "But now we're in such a positive place." David, who retired five years ago, credited his four children -- Brooklyn Beckham, 18, Romeo Beckham, 15, Cruz Beckham, 12, and Harper Beckham, 6 -- with inspiring him to start a new team. "People turn around to me after my career and say, 'What, are you going to go sit on the beach? You're going to go relax? You don't have to work anymore.' And I'm like, 'No,' because the lesson that I want to teach my kids is, 'Yes, Daddy worked hard as a footballer for the last 22 years, but now I'm working on hard on the business side." As he worked overtime to launch the team in Miami, he said, "They've seen daddy fly to Miami. They've seen him come back. They've seen him smile from talking about Miami. They've seen me frustrated. The way of teaching them is by saying, 'It's not all smooth sailing; there's going to be difficult times. It's [about] how you react when you go through difficult times.' That's what I've always tried to teach the kids." Calling his kids "amazing" and "polite," David said, "They're passionate about everything they do...I'm working hard for them. I want them to say, you know, 'Daddy works really hard for us.'" David said he plans on "spending a huge amount of time" in Miami to deal with the business side of things -- but his family will not be relocating the U.S., as they did when he joined the L.A. Galaxy in 2007 (after he signed a five-year, $250 million contract). Now that his children are older, he wants them to maintain a sense of "normality" and continue their education in the U.K. "Whenever they can," the athlete assured Adrienne, "they will be coming over [to Miami]." (Brooklyn, meanwhile, is currently a freshman at Parsons School of Design in New York City.) David added that he is "so proud of all the kids," especially his youngest. "She's running the family. She's running the household. She's the boss," he said of Harper. "And I'm more than happy to let her be that person. I can't say no to her on any level, which obviously pleases my wife, as you can imagine." Compared to fashion designer Victoria Beckham, he admitted, "I'm definitely a little softer with the kids. I let them get away with a little more than Victoria does." (Eonline)

Tom Brady says he's considering ENDING his weekly appearance on WEEI radio in Boston after one of the station's hosts called his daughter an "annoying little pissant." WEEI has suspended the radio host ... but Brady's still pissed. Brady has been doing the weekly segment on "Kirk & Callahan" for years -- chopping it up about football and other light topics in his life. But Monday morning, Brady told the guys he's considering never coming back over comments another WEEI host, Alex Reimer, made on a different show on Thursday. Reimer was discussing Tom's new Facebook show, "Tom vs. Time" -- which is essentially a docuseries following Tom and his family -- and he put the crosshairs on Tom's 5-year-old daughter. WEEI suspended Reimer on Friday -- but when Brady appeared on "Kirk & Callahan" on Monday, he made it clear he's not over it. "I've tried to come on this show for many years and showed you guys a lot of respect ... I've always tried to come on and do a good job for you guys. It's very disappointing when you hear that, certainly. My daughter, or any child, they certainly don't deserve that." Brady says he's still considering if he'll end the relationship with the station for good. (TMZ)

Celebs now want consolation puppies. James Corden just set the bar for losing. At Sunday night's Grammys, host Corden handed out puppies to comedians who lost the award for best comedy album, and jealous celebrities sounded off on social media. "I mean, what the hell @JKCorden and @RecordingAcad I didn't get my puppy consolation prize?!" ranted Kelly Clarkson on Twitter. "I'm calling bullst. Y'all owe me a puppy." Comedians that got puppies in turn for losing in the category were: Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Gaffigan, Sarah Silverman, and Kevin Hart. Even Natasha Beddingfield took to Twitter wanting a consolation puppy for her Grammy loss in 2007. "Best consolation prize ever," she wrote. "Wish they gave me a puppy when i didn't win best pop vocal nomination." (PageSix)

Victoria Beckham shows her playful side as she enjoys a night out with her boys. VB showed some preeeetty impressive bowling skills. We love the Beckhams here at the GLAMOUR HQ! From Posh and Becks' red-carpet PDA, to the cute family moments we (luckily) get to see through social media - we simply can't get enough. And this weekend, mother-of-four VB had an adorable bonding night with her boys and showed a super playful side on her Instagram Stories. The fashion designer took Romeo and Cruz out for a night of bowling and movies. She shared a snap of their night on her social media, which she captioned 'Movies with my boys!' and added 'We miss u @brooklynbeckham' - Brooklyn is currently in New York, where he studies at the renowned Parsons School of Design. The heart-warming family photo was followed by a little video of Victoria bowling with her boys, which she captioned 'Fun day with my babies (bowling)'. And in case you're wondering, yes, she hit an epic strike. The fun-loving fashionista then raised her hands in the air to celebrate... go get them VB! (British Glamour)

James Corden's Best Moments Hosting the 2018 Grammy Awards. James Corden knows exactly how to give the people what they want. For the second year in a row, the Late Late Show star served as host for the 2018 Grammy Awards where he reminded fans that he loves music. Before bringing the laughs and creative segments to the show, James kicked off the evening by addressing a matter important to many people. "This year, we don't just have the most diverse group of nominees in Grammys history," he explained during his short but sweet opening. "We also have, for the second year in a row, the least diverse host in Grammys history." Okay, the jokes kicked off early. Let's start the show, shall we? For the first time, James brought his popular carpool karaoke segment to the New York City subway. Joined by Sting and Shaggy, the trio tried their best to impress strangers with their sounds and guitar skills. Ultimately, their segment proved to be LOL-worthy thanks to the reactions of passengers who just wanted them to "shut the f--k up." Soon after, James decided to acknowledge the losers of Sunday night's show. Can you think of something that always brings a smile to people's faces? Puppies! "I don't want anybody to be upset tonight," he told the audience including Jerry Seinfeld. "So the good news is nobody goes home empty handed, because all night we'll be handing out consolation puppies. OK so if you didn't get a Grammy, you get a puppy!" And during the show, James wasn't afraid to take risks such as when he had celebrities participate in Fire and Fury Spoken Word auditions. His pick to read the infamous book by Michael Wolff? Hillary Clinton, of course! What was never taken for granted during the three and a half hour -- that featured James' mom and dad as special guests after checking out Hamilton on Broadway -- was the simple fact that the host was a fan of music. After Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee performed "Despacito," James delivered a joke so many viewers can relate to. "All right, that is, that is a catchy song. I have not heard that song before," he shared. "If they could just get that song on the radio, they might have a hit on their hands." And when spotting Jay-Z and his family out in the audience, James couldn't help but freak the freak out. "On a personal note, I've been in New York for a week now so I pretty much know this place by the back of my hand now so if you need me to show you around... We could go down to Brooklyn or down to Tribeca. Right next to Deniro, but guys like us will be hood forever," James explained when quoting "Empire State of Mind" lyrics. "We could go to my stash spot, 560 State Street. You know, whatever you want. We can take a yellow cab, a gypsy cab... Just holla back." James just gets it and we love him for it. (Eonline)

It's official ... Ronda Rousey is a WWE superstar! The UFC legend flew back from shooting a movie in Colombia to make a surprise (not really a surprise) appearance at the end of the Royal Rumble in Philly on Sunday night ... and the crowd went wild. Rousey didn't participate in the 30-woman tourney -- but entered the ring after the Rumble to a wild ovation and pointed to a Wrestlemania sign. Clearly the plan is to have her in either the main event or a very prominent match during the biggest WWE event of the year in April. As TMZ Sports previously reported, Rousey had been in talks with WWE for a while -- with Triple H flying in to meet her in California earlier this month to seal the deal. Obviously, he got the deal done -- we're told she's a full time WWE superstar now. Rousey told ESPN the deal is for several years -- and she passed on other opportunities that could have paid more because she realized wrestling in the WWE would make her the happiest. "This is my life now." GET 'EM, ROUSEY!!! (TMZ)

Don't be fooled: Blue Ivy holds the power in the Carter household. It became abundantly clear Sunday night that the 6-year-old celebspawn of Beyonce and Jay-Z is running the show, as Blue was caught on camera signaling to her parents to hold their applause during Camila Cabello's presentation. Even though the "Lemonade" songstress normally steals the show wherever she goes, it was Blue's time to shine at the awards show, where she looked adorable in her white dress and sparkly silver kitten heels. The couple's twins, Rumi and Sir, are only seven months old, so it remains to be seen if they usurp the power from their older sister. (Page Six)

The Cleveland Indians are finally retiring their controversial Chief Wahoo logo -- saying it's "no longer appropriate for on-field use." The Indians have been using the logo since 1948 -- showing a grinning Native American sporting a feather in his hair. The image has been under fire by some groups who say it's a racist depiction of Native Americans. Now, it seems the Cleveland organization agrees ... and will put the logo out to pasture after the 2018 MLB season. The logo has already been scrubbed from all stadium signage -- but the team will continue to sell merchandise with the image until the end of the season. (TMZ)

The Playboy Mansion desperately needs a fix up, and the work just got approved by the folks who will, most likely, designate Hef's old crib a city landmark ... TMZ has learned. The mansion's new owner, Daren Metropoulos, has been cleared to replace plumbing and to repair dry rot and termite damage. The city of Los Angeles issued permits for the work earlier this week, but Daren had an extra hurdle due to the push to make it an Historic-Cultural Monument. City officials tell us the Monument application is currently under consideration, which means renovations would normally be on hold. We're told the permits were approved in this case because the mansion's in a bad way, and it was critical for the work to be done ASAP. As we reported, Playboy sold the mansion to Metropoulos in 2016 for $100 million, and Hugh Hefner was allowed to live in the crib until he died in September 2017. We're told the Historic-Cultural Monument designation is almost a lock to be approved and should be decided within the next 30 days. (TMZ)

Music

Why Justin Timberlake Owes His Super Bowl LII Halftime Performance to Michael Jackson. When Justin Timberlake takes the stage in Minneapolis for the Pepsi Super Bowl LII Halftime Show, as with most things in his career, he has one very important person to thank: Michael Jackson. In fact, every music superstar who's been drafted to take the stage for what is arguably one of the biggest concerts in the entire world since the King of Pop brought the Rose Bowl to its feet on January 31 at Super Bowl XXVII owes Jackson a debt of gratitude. Why, you ask? Because 25 years ago, MJ single-handledly turned the halftime show into a thing, a spectacle capable of drawing in more viewers than the game itself. Without him, the Super Bowl would merely be an opportunity to see some neat new commercials punctuated by an arduous and entirely too long game of keep away. (We kid. Kinda.) To understand what Jackson did, we have to go back to the year prior to his paradigm-shifting performance. The year was 1992 and the Washington Redskins were facing off against the Buffalo Bills in, coincidentally, Minneapolis. The halftime show? Something called "Winter Magic," which featured a celebration to the winter season and the Winter Olympics. Dancers and the Pride of Minnesota marching band were joined by former Olympic champions Brian Boitano and Dorothy Hamill, who skated on sheets of Teflon atop platforms placed on the field. Gloria Estefan sang during the finale. It was, well, as exciting as it sounds. For the first time, another network (Fox) decided to air counter-programming to compete with the halftime show, putting a special live episode of their hit sketch comedy show In Living Color on the air. Unsurprisingly, the stunt worked and Fox managed to lure viewers away from the biggest sporting event of the year--and keep them from returning. Well, TV networks don't shell out the exorbitant sums of money they do to air the Super Bowl only to watch that promised viewership be siphoned away by someone else. Something had to be done. Enter: The King of Pop. In a move that broke with tradition -- if you thought "Winter Magic" was a fluke, the two prior years were a salute to New Orleans and the Peanuts comics, inexplicably, followed by "A Small World Salute to 25 Years of the Super Bowl" produced by Disney -- the decision was made to turn the halftime show into a pop music sensation that would lure in mainstream viewers who maybe didn't give a damn about football. It wasn't easy to land Jackson, though. His manager Sandy Gallin turned down the NFL's proposal three times, having asked for a $1 million fee at one point, before finally saying yes. While the NFL has maintained a policy to never pay appearance fees for its halftime performers, the league and Frito-Lay did agree to donate $100,000 to Jackson's Heal the World Foundation, as well as provide commercial airtime for the foundation's Heal L.A. campaign. The concessions got Jackson there, and Jackson being there did exactly what the NFL hoped he would. For the first time in Super Bowl history, the ratings actually increased once the halftime show began--and stayed up for the second half of the game. And the rest, as they say, is history. While not every performer (or combo of performers) to follow in Jackson's footsteps has been as successful as he was--The Blues Brothers and ZZ Top, anyone?--in recent years, the spectacle delivered by the A-list talent locked in by the NFL has more than lived up to his legacy. From Madonna to Beyonce Bruno Mars to Lady Gaga the Super Bowl halftime show has consistently been the year's hottest music ticket. And we're certain JT will be no exception. And we owe it all to the King of Pop. (Eonline)

Prince's estate says it's won a legal battle with the producer who's fighting to put out unreleased music ... and they're asking the court to sign off on the victory. According to docs filed by the estate ... George Boxill never responded to the estate's lawsuit. Boxill says he has unreleased tracks he worked on with Prince between 2006 and 2008. The estate sued to block him from putting out the tunes. Boxill had until Jan. 23 to respond, but the estate says he's been radio silent. If the court signs off ... Boxill will have to come up with a good excuse, or the estate will get an injunction blocking him from cashing in on Prince's music. (TMZ)

Grammy Execs on Not Letting Lorde Perform Solo: "It's Hard to Have a Balanced Show." Lorde didn't perform at the 2018 Grammys on Sunday and fans wanted to know why. After Sunday night's award show, Recording Academy President Neil Portnow and Grammys executive producer Ken Elrich spoke about why the Best Album nominee didn't take the stage. "These shows are always a matter of choices, and we know we have a box and the box gets full and filled up," Ehrlich told reporters, according to Billboard. "She had a great album, album of the year is a big honor, but there's no way we can really deal with everybody. Sometimes people get left out that shouldn't, but on the other hand, we did the best we can to make sure that it's a representative and balanced show." Portnow also said it's "hard to have a balanced show and have everybody involved." "Every year is different, we can't have a performance from every nominee -- we have over 80 categories," he said, according to Billboard. "So we have to realize that we've got to create something that has balance, and so on and so forth. And what you saw was our best judgment of how to do that." According to Variety, Lorde was approached to perform with other artists; however, her fellow male nominees were reportedly offered solo performances. The media outlet also reported that Lorde was asked to perform as part of a tribute to Tom Petty, rather than a song from her nominated album Melodrama. While Jay-Z didn't end up taking the stage, Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars and Childish Gambino all performed their own music. Variety also pointed out that Lorde's mother Sonja Yelich tweeted a New York Times article that read "Of the 899 people to be nominated for Grammy awards in the past six years, only nine per cent were women." Alongside the article, she tweeted, "this says it all." Lorde still made a powerful statement at Sunday night's award show when she wore an essay on the back of her dress. (Eonline)

NFL Names Chinese Pop Star Kris Wu as Super Bowl Ambassador. Wu's experiences at the Super Bowl -- along with a pre-game performance he will give at Super Bowl LIVE on Feb. 3 -- are set to be streamed in China by local internet giant Tencent. The NFL is turning to Chinese pop star Kris Wu to build an audience for professional football in the world's most populous nation. The league has named Wu, 27, its official Super Bowl LII ambassador for China. Wu will also perform at Super Bowl LIVE presented by Verizon, a ten-day fan festival kicking off in downtown Minneapolis on Feb. 3. Wu's performance and experience attending Super Bowl LII as a fan will be covered and broadcast online in China by Tencent Sports, which became the NFL's exclusive streaming partner in the Middle Kingdom last year. "It is my pleasure to be named ambassador to one of the world's most recognizable sports and entertainment events," Wu said in a statement. "I look forward to participating in Tencent's coverage and sharing my gameday experience with fans around the world." Wu began his career as a member of South Korean-Chinese boy band EXO, but in recent years he has branched out as a solo artist, model, media personality and film and television actor. He's an especially strong draw among Chinese youth. His most recent singles have even achieved some traction in the U.S. "Deserve," released in last October and featuring Travis Scott, briefly landed at No. 1 on the U.S. iTunes charts. He has 5.6 million followers on Instagram despite the fact that the Facebook-owned service is blocked in China. Wu began appearing regularly in Chinese films in 2015, including a turn in Mr. Six opposite local icon Feng Xiaogang. Last year, he made his Hollywood debut in Vin Diesel's xXx: The Return of Xander Cage and followed it up with a role in Luc Besson's Valerian. Wu also is becoming a familiar presence at international events overseas. He represented China at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony on Sunday, and he played a similar ambassador role at the 2017 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans. The NFL has been working with Tencent to boost professional football's popularity in China, where the game has far less exposure than NBA basketball and European soccer. Tencent, which operates a leading streaming platform and China's largest social media network, says an average of 1.3 million weekly viewers tuned in to watch its live broadcasts of NFL games during the 2017 regular season. Tencent will stream Super Bowl LII live on Monday, Feb. 5 at 7:30 a.m. (China time). (Billboard)

Recording Academy President Reacts to #GrammysSoMale: Women Need to Step Up. While some of the biggest stars of the year were recognized at the 2018 Grammys, there was a noticeable lack of female winners at this year's ceremony. The shortage of female representation was clear even before the award show began as many of the categories were dominated by male nominees, including "Album of the Year," which had four male contenders and one female -- Lorde -- in the running. As the night concluded, viewers took notice as only one solo female nominee, "Best New Artist" winner Alessia Cara, ultimately accepted a gold statue during the broadcast for one of the top categories. #GrammysSoMale began to trend with fans and observers taking sides on the debate. When asked about the hashtag, Recording Academy president Neil Portnow told Variety, "It has to begin with... women who have the creativity in their hearts and souls, who want to be musicians, who want to be engineers, producers, and want to be part of the industry on the executive level... [They need] to step up because I think they would be welcome." As he continued, "I don't have personal experience of those kinds of brick walls that you face but I think it's upon us -- us as an industry -- to make the welcome mat very obvious, breeding opportunities for all people who want to be creative and paying it forward and creating that next generation of artists." Meanwhile, the debate has only continued online, with some fans acknowledging the lack of representation while others argue the best artists this year happened to be men. "Why are people getting upset over this hashtag? IT'S THE TRUTH. The shocking ratio between males and females winning in award shows has happened countless times," one observer tweeted. "This isn't something that people just made up!" "It's not that men's music wasn't good enough to be awarded, it's that women are making great music as well yet only 9% of the nominees in the last 5 years have been women," another commented. "It's always a hard thing to see things not go somebody's way," "Best Country Album" Grammy winner Chris Stapleton told Variety. "And equality is something we have to address on a lot of levels. I can't really speak to how voters voted and what happened there, but there is a lot of great music being made by a lot of great women. That is the only thing I know and the awards don't diminsh the art in any way." (Eonline)

Bruno Mars Dances His Way to Album of the Year at the 2018 Grammy Awards. Sunday night is all about Bruno Mars! When it was time to crown the final award of the night at the 2018 Grammys, U2 and the Edge had the honor of announcing Bruno as the winner for Album of the Year. "Thank you so much. First off, to the other nominees in this category -- Lorde, Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z, Childish Gambino -- you are the reasons I'm in the studio pulling my hair out because I know you guys are only going to come with the top shelf artistry and music and thank you guys for blessing the world with your music. I mean that," Bruno explained. While he admitted to drinking and celebrating throughout the night, the "24K Magic" singer also wanted to share a story where he gave credit to the people who helped inspire such a special album. "So I'm 15 years old and I'm opening up a show in Hawaii called the Magic of Polynesia... My job in that show was to entertain about 1,000 people, 1,000 tourists from all over the world. And I put together a set list like 10 to 12 songs and I will be honest, I was incredible at 15," he joked. "And later on in life, I found out that those songs that I was singing were written by either Baby Face, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis or Teddy Riley." Bruno continued, "And with those songs I remember seeing it. I remember seeing it first-hand people dancing that had never met each other from two sides of the globe, dancing with each other, toasting with each other, celebrating together. All I wanted to do with this album was that. And you know, those sings were written with nothing but joy and for one reason and for one reason only, and that's love." With songs such as "Finesse," "That's What I Like" and "Versace on the Floor," music fans and Grammy voters agree that he accomplished that and much more on 24K Magic. "That's all I wanted to bring with this album and hopefully I could feel that again and see everybody dancing and everybody moving. So I would like to dedicate this award to them, they are my heroes," Bruno shared. "They are my teachers, they laid the foundation. This album wouldn't exist if it wasn't for these guys that have written these songs. You know, I had to sprinkle a little Mars sauce on it." During the night, Bruno also walked away with Best R&B Performance, Song of the Year, Best R&B Song, Best Engineered Album, Best R&B Album and Record of the Year. (Eonline)

Ed Sheeran Is Excited About His Two Grammy Wins -- And So Is His Cat. After skipping the 2018 Grammys on Sunday, Ed Sheeran took to social media to thank his fans for his two big wins. He even recruited some help from his adorable furry feline. "Woke up to the news I won two grammys last night. Thank you !" Sheeran wrote on Monday alongside a photo of his pet cat. "This little fluff-ball is doing a bit of a celebratory dance, lots of love to everyone xx." Sheeran won Best Pop Solo Performance for his hit "Shape of You," as well as Best Pop Vocal Album for . However, not everyone was happy for the 26-year-old singer. In fact, his Best Pop Solo Performance caused a bit of an uproar on Twitter after the artist was pronounced the winner in a female-led category. Kelly Clarkson, Kesha, Lady Gaga and Pink had also been in the running. Still, others were happy for Sheeran. In fact, some had thought the "Perfect" singer had been snubbed and deserved more than two nominations. Nevertheless, Sheeran seems happy with his two wins -- and he has a lot of other things to celebrate, too. The artist recently announced his engagement to this girlfriend Cherry Seaborn. (Eonline)

Elton John and Miley Cyrus' Rock the 2018 Grammys With ''Tiny Dancer'' Duet. What do you get when a crocodile rocks the shores of Malibu? A heavenly collab with Miley Cyrus and Sir Elton John! The duo, which celebrates the old guard and the new, hit the stage together at the 2018 Grammys on Sunday night and wowed the A-list crowd. The glitter jacket-wearing piano player brought waves of nostalgia when he began tickling the ivories, playing his beloved tune "Tiny Dancer." The British singer then introduced Miley, who brought back Old Hollywood vibes with her magenta gown and loose waves. For the A-list crowd, the pair then joined together to perform a rock-meets-country update on John's classic 1971 hit. The show also included performances by Pink, Lady Gaga, Sam Smith, SZA, Sting, Childish Gambino, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee. John's duet with the "Wrecking Ball" songstress comes just days after the "Rocket Man" singer announced his 300-concert, three-year Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour. In a press conference on Wednesday, John announced he will soon embark on the farewell tour. And despite reports to the contrary, he also clarified that he is not retiring from music altogether. While on Live From the Red Carpet earlier Sunday night, John opened up to Seacrest about his final curtain call. "There's 300 shows, and it will be about three years," the icon explained. "I might do a hundred shows a year anyway when I'm working. But I'm really looking forward to it. to it -- looking forward to starting it, but it will be such a great production, and I'm looking forward to finishing it, so I can spend time with my boys." Tickets for select dates for Elton's Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour go on sale Feb. 16, with American Express pre-sales running Feb. 8 through Feb. 12, and a Ticketmaster Verified Fan presale will run from Feb. 13 through Feb. 14. (Eonline)

Michael Jackson used to go undercover at the Apollo. Michael Jackson used to sneak into the Apollo in elaborate disguises, reveals Fat Joe. "I can't confirm, but I can tell you a story I heard from a credible person .?.?. I used to record at the Hit Factory, and there was an engineer who said, 'Michael Jackson would wear disguises. Movie people would actually come and make his face up, and he would sneak into the Apollo like a regular person and watch amateur night,'" Fat Joe revealed at the theater's pre-Grammys luncheon on Friday. Anthony Hamilton, Doug E. Fresh, Dapper Dan and Patti Austin were there. (PageSix)

The Internet Is Losing Its Mind Over Jay-Z Getting Snubbed at the 2018 Grammys. Many Jay-Z fans are taking to social media after the 2018 Grammys. At Sunday's ceremony, the "Family Feud" rapper was nominated for eight awards, but unfortunately he ended up losing the awards in every category. Jay-Z actually had the most nominations at the 2018 show out of all of the artists. "Jay z deserved to go home with 8 Grammys. I'm sick to my stomach," Twitter user @lique_44 wrote after the show. While one fan even suggested a boycott of the award show. "Wow #JayZ did not win not one #Grammy tonight. When we starting the Boycott?" @MzKane0107 tweeted. Win or lose, Jay-Z seemed to have a great time at the show with Beyonce and their daughter Blue Ivy. He also was spotted talking with Lorde, Cardi B and Sting and more stars at the show. What's your reaction to the 2018 Grammys? (Eonline)

Bruno Mars' Mystery Guest Onstage at the 2018 Grammys Explained. Bruno Mars swept the 2018 Grammys, but it was one woman (with an epic set of pearl necklaces) whose presence piqued the internet's curiosity. The pop superstar took the Madison Square Garden stage several times Sunday night, often backed by an entourage of hitmakers that helped him win a total of seven awards. Representing late sound engineer Tom Coyne was his wife Mary-Kay Coyne, who joined Mars onstage as he accepted Album of the Year. Coyne succumbed to a battle with cancer earlier this year and is credited as the master engineer on Mars' album 24K Magic. He won past Grammys for his work with Adele, Taylor Swift and Sam Smith. Jonah Hill was just one of many viewers at home with an interest in Bruno's no-longer mystery guest. He tweeted, "This woman for sure wrote 'Uptown Funk.'" The "Versace on the Floor" singer went seven for seven this evening, with wins for Album of the Year, Best R&B Performance, Song of the Year, Best R&B Song, Best Engineered Album, Best R&B Album and Record of the Year. His first live performance of "Finesse" alongside Cardi B was also a major Grammys highlight. Mars dedicated his win to artists and song writers that inspired him as a child, sharing on stage, "That's all I wanted to bring with this album and hopefully I could feel that again and see everybody dancing and everybody moving. So I would like to dedicate this award to them, they are my heroes. They are my teachers, they laid the foundation. This album wouldn't exist if it wasn't for these guys that have written these songs. You know, I had to sprinkle a little Mars sauce on it." Congrats Bruno on a Grammys domination well-deserved! (Eonline)

Kesha Gets Emotional During Star-Studded Grammys Performance of "Praying." Kesha got emotional as she took to the 2018 Grammy Awards stage on Sunday to perform her hit "Praying," a song dear to her heart amid years of personal and legal turmoil. Dressed in a white pantsuit with floral sequined designs, Kesha was joined onstage by Cyndi Lauper, Bebe Rexha, Andra Day, Camila Cabello and Julia Michaels, as well as members of the Resistance Revival Chorus, all dressed in white. She and the other women had a tearful group hug at the end. Janelle Mone had presented Kesha's group performance by saying she was "proud to stand in solidarity as not just an artist, but a young woman with my fellow sisters in this room who make up the music industry" and mentioned the Time's Up Movement to help victims of sexual harassment. She called Kesha a "fearless" two-time Grammy nominee who had inspired many "when she spoke her truth on her album, Rainbow." Kesha's new music was released amid a more than three-year legal battle with producer Dr. Luke (real name: Lukasz Gottwald), in which she claimed sexual assault and battery and sought to invalidate her recording contracts with him. He filed a countersuit for defamation and in 2016, she dropped her sexual abuse claims. "Thank you to the @RecordingAcad, the women on stage with me tonight, and everyone who has supported me through this whole journey," Kesha tweeted after her performance. Rainbow, Kesha's first major record in five years, was nominated for a Grammy, while "Praying" was nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance. They marked the first Grammy nominations for the singer. A day before the Grammys, Kesha took to Twitter to reflect on her personal journey to healing. "When I wrote 'Praying,' with Ben Abraham and Ryan Lewis, I just felt as if I had gotten a huge weight off of my shoulders," Kesha said. "It felt like an emotional raw victory for myself, one step closer to healing. I never could have known what would've happened these past few years." "I just want to say that I needed this song in a very real way," she said. "I'm so proud and nervous and overwhelmed to be performing it at the Grammys on Sunday, and if you need it, I hope this song finds you." Kesha had said on Good Morning America last year, "I think this record has quite literally saved my life. And I hope you guys like it and I hope you can hear it and I hope it helps people." (Eonline)

Maren Morris and More Country Stars Honor Las Vegas and Manchester Attack Victims at 2018 Grammys. Maren Morris, Eric Church and Brothers Osborne performed a moving tribute to the victims of the Las Vegas shooting massacre and Manchester bombing at Sunday night's 2018 Grammy Awards. Madison Square Garden was brought to tears over the collaboration, as they sang a cover of the Grammy-winning song "If I Saw You in Heaven" by Eric Clapton. Each country music star took the stage during last October's Route 91 Harvest Festival, where a gunman opened fire on the crowd from inside a 32nd-floor suite at the Mandalay Bay Hotel. At least 58 were killed and hundreds more injured, making it the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. In May 2017, more than 20 lives were lost following an Ariana Grande concert after a suicide bomber detonated an explosive in the foyer of the Manchester Arena. Names of the victims were displayed in the background. "The most important thing is honoring all the victims and everyone affected by the Manchester bombing and Vegas shootings," Brothers Osborne told E! News on the Grammys red carpet. "I think the focus should be more on that than us. We're hoping we can make music, make people smile, just relax and feel some peace." All three Grammy performers have released songs in response to the tragedy, and Church has said he knew some of the victims personally. He told The Associated Press, per CBS News, that "there's not a day that goes by since that day that I have not thought of it and thought of the people and the victims." Maren agrees, but said their Grammys tribute is a testament to the country music world's commitment to each other. "It reinforces even more the strength of music and the community that we all share together, artists and fans alike," the 27-year-old shared, also adding, "As an artist and a performer, I don't want to be afraid to walk out on a stage each night. I know that we've all been reckoning with that for the last several months." Meanwhile, at the 2017 CMA Awards last November, Carrie Underwood had the honor of recognizing those that lost their lives in the shooting during an emotional in memoriam segment. (Eonline)

Ed Sheeran Skips 2018 Grammys, Wins Best Pop Solo Performance. Ed Sheeran wasn't at the 2018 Grammys on Sunday. The singer won the award for Best Pop Solo Performance at Sunday's ceremony for his song "Shape of You," but he wasn't there to accept his award at the show. Ed was up against Kelly Clarkson's "Love So Soft," Kesha's, "Praying," Lady Gaga's "Million Reasons" and Pink's "What About Us" for the award. Ed's manager shared on Twitter back in December that he wouldn't be attending the show. "No, you wont see us there," he tweeted. It's been an exciting couple of months for him. He recently announced on Instagram that he's engaged to his longtime girlfriend Cherry Seaborn. "Got myself a fiance just before new year. We are very happy and in love, and our cats are chuffed as well xx," he shared with his Instagram followers. Days later, Cherry was photographed wearing her engagement ring while in London. Congratulations to Ed! (Eonline)

Alessia Cara Wins Best New Artist Grammy After Pretending to Win Awards in Her Shower. Alessia Cara won the 2018 Grammy Award for Best New Artist on Sunday, marking her first Grammy win. Now she won't have to pretend to win them in the shower! The 21-year-old Canadian R&B singer beat Khalid, Lil Uzi Vert, Julia Michaels and SZA. "I've been, like, pretending-winning Grammys since I was kid, like in my shower," Cara said. "So you'd think I'd have, like, the speech thing down, but I absolutely don't." Cara thanked her parents, her brother, her music team, the Grammys and her fans. "This is for you and you guys are the reason I won't have to win Grammys in my shower anymore," she said. Cara was nominated for her first four Grammys on Sunday. The singer rose to fame in 2015 with the single "Here" and her debut album, Know-It-All. In 2017, she released the hit single "Stay," featuring Zedd. The song was nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance but lost to Portugal. The Man. Cara is also featured with fellow Best New Artist nominee Khalid on Logic's 2017 single "1-800-273-8255," which was also nominated for Song of the Year and Best Music Video. They lost the latter award to Kendrick Lamar. The 2018 Grammy Awards were hosted by James Corden and aired live from Madison Square Garden in New York City on CBS on Sunday. (Eonline)

Lady Gaga Performs Powerful and Heartbreaking Rendition of "Joanne" and "Million Reasons" During 2018 Grammys. Lady Gaga brought the room to tears! Lady Gaga always finds a way to bring the house down whenever she performs, and this year was no exception. The musician belted out her song "Joanne" which was dedicated to her father's late sister Joanne who died at the age of 19 from lupus. "This is for love and compassion. Even when you can't understand," the musician said before performing alongside co-writer Mark Ronson. After a few verses of "Joanne," she transitioned into her Grammy nominated track "Million Reasons." This year she had two nominations for Best Pop Vocal Album for Joanne and Best Pop Solo Performance for "Million Reasons." Gaga tweeted about the emotional performance before the show and explained the importance of this performance for her. "After ten years with you I still get nervous about the Grammys," she tweeted. "But I know I have an angel with me. #Joanne." After the performance, Gaga was spotted backstage sharing a celebratory smooch with her boyfriend Christian Carino. It has definitely been a night to remember for this star! (Eonline)

Little Big Town Has a Special Message for Taylor Swift After Their Big 2018 Grammys Win. The 2018 Grammys haven't even aired yet and Little Big Town is already celebrating. On Live From the Red Carpet, the country music group found out that they won Best Country Duo/Group Performance for their hit "Better Man." Lucky for us, we got their reaction soon after the news broke. "It means everything. I don't want to put too much on awards, but it really means a lot when your peers and the community recognizes your music," Phillip Sweet explained to E! News' Giuliana Rancic. "We're so happy and thankful for Taylor Swift for sending us the song 'Better Man.' It's amazing." As fans know, Taylor deserves credit for writing the lyrics to the hit song. As it turns out, the "Shake It Off" singer and Little Big Town go way back. "We've known her since she was a baby and she used to hang out in the dressing room and play video games with us," Karen Fairchild shared with us. "One day she e-mailed us and said, 'Hey, are you guys in the studio making a record? I have a song in my back pocket that I've loved for a long time and I hear your harmonies on it.' So she sent it to us and we were like 'Holy cow, this is a big song.'" As they like to say, and the rest is history. While on the red carpet, all four members of Little Big Town were wearing white roses in support of the Time's Up movement. "We have children at home and we want to raise them to know that they can always speak out and take care of themselves and stick up for themselves," Kimberly Schlapman explained. "It's so important." As for all the up and coming musicians who hope to find success, the band had a special message and advice. "Love and respect. We've been together for a really long time and that's what our relationship is based on," Jimi Westbrook shared with us. "Men and women: equal and respect. That's the main thing. We have to respect and love each other. That's what being a human being is about." Congratulations Little Big Town! (Eonline)

Shakira Makes History With 2018 Grammy Win for Best Latin Pop Album. Shakira just made history! Although the Colombian superstar didn't attend this year's Grammy Awards, she just changed in the game in a big way. The 40-year-old singer is officially the first female artist to win twice in the Best Latin Pop Album category at Grammys. The star took to Instagram to thank all of her fans and shared even shared two video messages in English and Spanish. "Wow, I just heard that we won the Best Latin Pop Album of the Year, and this is unbelievable. Thank you so much for your support with this album and to my entire career," Shak proudly says. "I love you so much!" "Shakira's El Dorado is among the nominees for Best Latin Pop Album. Shakira won in that category 17 years ago for Shakira--MTV Unplugged. She is vying to become the first female artists to win twice in this category," the Recording Academy shared in a tweet. Just this past Friday the superstar released the sultry music video for her song "Trap" featuring Maluma. "We worked on this song almost a year ago when we were working the "Chantaje" song in Barcelona, and I told her that there was a genre that is happening in the streets and the underground world," Maluma tells E! News. This kicks off an exciting week for the star, who just celebrated her son Milan Pique's 5th birthday and tomorrow her youngest son Sasha Pique turns three. At the end of the week on Friday, both Shakira and her longtime beau will be celebrating their birthdays. That's right, aside from being absolutely adorable, these two also share birthdays, Shak will be turning 41 and Pique will turn 31. Congrats to Shakira for this incredible accomplishment! (Eonline)

Lorde Just Pulled a Rihanna by Bringing a Flask Into the Grammy Awards. Clutches are nice, earrings are lovely and heels are eye-catching. But what about a good ole-fashioned flask? During Sunday night's 2018 Grammy Awards, viewers caught Album of the Year nominee Lorde enjoying the show next to Jack Antonoff. And while some eyes went straight to her red dress and matching lips, others went to what was in her right hand. Perhaps Lorde's best accessory of the night is her red-hot flask? While nobody really knows what's inside, we couldn't help but be reminded of Rihanna's special object she brought along for the Grammys in Los Angeles just one short year ago. In 2017, Rihanna kept her flask hidden until the actual show when the camera just so happened to pan over to her section. And when audience members enjoyed that Carpool Karaoke bit, the "Diamonds" singer found it to be the perfect time to refresh and have a little sip. While we wish we knew what these ladies' drink of choice was, we will just have to speculate from afar. Besides, with a three and a half hour show on the horizon, perhaps they have more than one beverage on their wish list. Cheers ladies! (Eonline)

Sorry Jonas Brothers Fans! Nick Jonas Confirms There's No Jonas Brothers Reunion in The Works -- For Now. Don't get too excited Jonas Brothers fans, Nick Jonas just confirmed that there is no Jo Bros reunion in the works, for now anyway. Nick stopped and chatted with Ryan Seacrest on Live From the Red Carpet at the 2018 Grammys where he dished on the reunion that had social media buzzing. "We hung out for a weekend all together then I guess our Instagram is restarted or reopened. But I can tell you there's no reunion planned, but I can never say never. You never know what's going to happen," Nick revealed. Nick's still making music though. When asked about being recognized for his work on the track "Home" from the animated film, Ferdinand, Nick said he'd love to make more music for film. "That was an amazing experience. Getting nominated for a globe was a very special moment for me. I was talking to Diane Warren about it last night at one of the parties, just the brilliance of being able to build a song specifically for a film and tell a story in addition to the story on the screen, it's really unique and I hope I get to do more of it," the Jonas brother gushed. Like many of the stars on the red carpet, Nick was sporting a white rose in support of the #TimesUp movement, an issue he called incredibly important. "As a man I think it's important to listen and to be ready to listen and to do our part where we can, when we can to raise awareness and stand in solidarity on an incredibly important issue. It's affecting so many people's lives. And if we can do our part here tonight, it's a good thing," Nick said. You can catch Nick as a presenter at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards. (Eonline)

DJ Khaled Gushes Over Son Asahd at 2018 Grammys: ''I Love Being a Father.'' And another red carpet! It wouldn't be the 2018 Grammys without a totally twinning, red carpet appearance by super dad DJ Khaled and his mini-me son Asahd, who both rocked out in matching red velvet suits. The music man, who said he was "switching up to another suit" for his "Wild Thoughts" Grammys performance with Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, and his 1-year-old son stopped by to talk to E!'s Ryan Seacrest on Live From the Red Carpet and the too-cute pair spread some seriously positive vibes on Sunday night in New York City. "Me and Asahd have been in the studio cooking on a lot of great things and if you all know me well, I'm the king of the anthems." While on the red carpet, Seacrest posed the DJ a question from a fan, "If you weren't' a musician what your Plan B be?" DJ Khaled said, "There's never a Plan B. There's always a Plan A. I'll be great...whatever it is and I continue being great. I will be grateful." "I encourage everyone out there -- do stuff that you love to do and I love being a father, I love doing music, I love life," said the proud papa. When asked about whether or not the stylish little man is going on tour with his dad, the "I'm the One" entertainer said that Asahd "going to pop in and out of the tour" because the baby boy is doing "big things" and has "his own schedule." Of course, he is! The 1-year-old baby mogul is already a music producer! For Sunday night's show, The Late Late Show's James Corden is hosting the rockin' award show, which has moved from its home base of the Staples Center in Los Angeles to Madison Square Garden in New York City for the first time in 15 years. A-list musicians and industry stars will gather to celebrate the best work of 2017 and vie for the chance to take home a trophy in one of 84 categories. Before today, Jay-Z has already nabbed 21 Grammys over his career, but he may be adding a few more to his shelf Sunday night. With eight nods, the 4:44 rapper has the most nominations. However, rapper Kendrick Lamar and R&B singer Bruno Mars are close on his tail. The "HUMBLE." rapper has seven nomswhile the "24K Magic" singer scored six. All three are in the running for both Record of the Year and Album of the Year. But the Grammys aren't just about who takes home the golden gramophone, they're also about the star-studded performances and mind-bending collaborations. Pink, Lady Gaga, Sam Smith, Elton John, Miley Cyrus, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee are just some of the artists set to take the stage. SZA, Sting and Childish Gambino, who already won a Grammy Sunday night, are scheduled to perform, as well. To celebrate the big return to the Big Apple, there will be a special Broadway tribute honoring the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Leonard Bernstein. Broadway icon Patti LuPone and Dear Evan Hansen star Ben Platt will also perform. The 2018 Grammys aired live from Madison Square Garden in New York City on CBS on Sunday, January 28. (Eonline)

Kodak Black's inability to stay out of jail is hurting a concert promoter ... who's now suing to get his money back after paying him to perform. Corey Minniefield filed a lawsuit against the rapper claiming Kodak cashed a check for $45k even though he never bothered to show up to earn his dough ... this according to legal docs obtained by TMZ. In the docs, Corey says Kodak signed the agreement on February 28, 2017. Problem is ... that same day he was arrested for violating probation. We're told the promoter rescheduled him for a later date but he never showed again. Corey's suing to get back the money he paid Kodak. Nicholas Fitts had the same problem ... alleging in a legal letter his lawyer fired off to Kodak's team that the rapper never performed in NY on March 3 (Kodak was in jail). The concert was rescheduled for April 15 and 29 but Kodak was still in jail for violating probation again when he hit up a strip club. Fitts says he's out at least $123k on various booking fees and wants his money back ... or else. (TMZ)

Movies

Donald Glover Confirms He's Retiring the Stage Name Childish Gambino at the Grammys 2018. Despite being announced as Childish Gambino ahead of his performance at the 2018 Grammy Awards Sunday night, Donald Glover is still planning to retire his stage name. The actor and musician chatted about his moniker backstage after his soulful Grammys performance and confirmed he won't be going by Childish Gambino for much longer. "I stand by that," Glover, 34, said of his name change. "I'm making another project right now. I like endings. I think they are important to progress." He also discussed his moving performance of "Terrified" from his Grammy-nominated album Awaken My Love. "We made something that felt good," Glover said. "It's nice just to be part of a moment culturally." The performance was, in fact, pretty legendary. He was joined on-stage by JD McCrary, who will be voicing young Simba with Glover voicing adult Simba in the upcoming, highly-anticipated Lion King remake. Host James Corden perfectly summed up what everyone was feeling following their performance: "If he wasn't so talented, lovable and damn charismatic, you'd find him really annoying." LOL! (Eonline)

Jennifer Hudson to play Aretha Franklin. Jennifer Hudson has been picked by Aretha Franklin to play her in a movie. Clive Davis, who guided the careers of Franklin, as well as countless other stars, told the crowd at his gala on Saturday, "[People often ask me] where will the next Aretha, the next Whitney [Houston] come from? The one candidate right now has to be ... Jennifer Hudson. She will be cast in the biopic, to be filmed next year, of Aretha, and Aretha has chosen Jennifer to play her." Hudson then paid tribute to Franklin. (PageSix)

Cher steps into the spotlight for new look at Mammia Mia sequel. Grandma is stepping into the spotlight. The latest look at Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again aired during Sunday's Grammy Awards, unveiling an expanded look at the newest dancing queen -- Cher. The music legend and Oscar winner plays Sophie's (Amanda Seyfried) grandmother. "Let's get the party started," she announces upon making her grand arrival, leading Sophie to tell her she wasn't invited. "That's the best kind of party little girl." Cher can also briefly be seen singing "Fernando" in the spot, a performance she previously teased on social media. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, which returns the entire core cast, dances into theaters on July 20. (Entertainment Weekly)

Rotterdam Fest Unveils Streaming Service With Jim Jarmusch, Alexander Payne Titles. The platform will also feature interviews with filmmakers and access to the festival's master classes. The Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR) will on Monday unveil an art house streaming service, a Netflix-style platform that includes curated auteur features from the likes of Jim Jarmusch, Alexander Payne and Andrea Arnold. The SVOD platform, dubbed IFFR Unleashed, which had a soft launch at Rotterdam last year, features highlights from previous festival lineups, including Jarmusch's vampire drama Only Lovers Left Alive with Tilda Swinton, Payne's Oscar-nominated Nebraska and Arnold's 2011 take on the Emily Bronte classic Wuthering Heights. Rotterdam festival director Bero Beyer is pitching the platform as a filmmaker-friendly alternative to the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime, noting that revenues generated by the service, calculated by how many minutes of individual films are screened, will be split 50/50 with rights holders. The remaining 50 percent will be reinvested in the platform to improve the service. In addition to streaming films, the Rotterdam platform will give users access to the festival's master classes with film professionals and various filmmaker interviews conducted during the IFFR. Rotterdam is holding meetings with sales agents, rights holders and filmmakers this year to discuss collaborations with IFFR Unleashed. The service will be available worldwide outside the U.S., but pricing will vary according to territory. Throughout the 2018 festival, which runs until Sunday, subscribers in the Benelux territories (Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg) can subscribe to IFFR Unleashed for $75 (60 euros) a year, with the rate rising to $112 (90 euros) annually in subsequent years. Outside the Benelux markets, IFF Unleashed will be a pay-per-view platform, with films priced at $5 (4 euros) per view inside of Europe and $4 per view outside. Beyer said the service will target festivalgoers worldwide who want "access to the kind of quirky, unexpected, boundary pushing, brilliant content" Rotterdam screens every year. The move is also an attempt to create new distribution models for independent art house cinema, which has been hard hit by a decline in ancillary markets. Rotterdam is no stranger to the business of filmmaking. The festival regularly handles the release, in the Netherlands, of films backed by the IFFR's Hubert Bals Fund as well as the winners of its Tiger competition. (Hollywood Reporter)

Kate Winslet Says She Has "Bitter Regrets" Over Working With Certain "Men of Power" The Oscar winner has made films with both Harvey Weinstein and Woody Allen. Kate Winslet has joined the growing army of actors and actresses to have spoken out against industry figures they have previously worked with, only without naming names. Speaking at the London Critics' Circle film awards Sunday night after accepting a special award, the Oscar winner said she had "bitter regrets" over the "poor decisions" she had made to work with certain filmmakers. "There are directors, producers and men of power who have for decades been awarded and applauded for their highly regarded work by both this industry and moviegoers alike," she said, adding that she decided to speak out after witnessing the Women's Marches last week. Winslet, who was honored with the Dilys Powell Award for excellence in film Sunday, has worked with Harvey Weinstein on Heavenly Creatures and The Reader, for which she won an Oscar, and recently shot Wonder Wheel with Woody Allen. "It has become clear to me that by not saying anything, I might be adding to the anguish of many courageous women and men. Sexual abuse is a crime," Winslet said. "While it rests with the rule of law to pass judgment, it lies with all of us to listen to the smallest of voices and to never stop listening." (Hollywood Reporter)

Penelope Cruz to Get Honorary Cesar Award. The Oscar winner will receive the career honor during France's Academy Awards. Oscar winner Penelope Cruz is set to receive an honorary Cesar, France's top film prize, at this year's Cesar Awards, the French Academy announced Monday. Calling her a "muse of great filmmakers, a radiant Latin beauty," academy president Alain Terzian said the Spanish star has the "ability to shine in both international productions and intimate films," citing her roles in Ridley Scott's The Counselor, Rob Marshall's Nine, Kenneth Branagh's The Orient Express and Sergio Castellitto's Don't Move, among others. Though she is currently on small screens with American Crime Story: Versace, the Spanish star has long been a muse of director Pedro Almodovar's. The two collaborated on several films, including All About My Mother and Open Your Eyes, which was remade in English as Vanilla Sky. She won the best actress prize in Cannes for his Volver. She received her Oscar for her work with Woody Allen on Vicky Cristina Barcelona. She'll next star in Asghar Farhadi's Everybody Knows, which will be released in May and is tipped for a spot in Cannes. The Cesar Awards ceremony takes place March 2 at Paris' Salle Pleyel. (Hollywood Reporter)

TV

Max Greenfield Promises a "Satisfying" Ending for New Girl. All good things must come to an end -- including TV shows. That is the fate facing New Girl, which will return for an eight-episode victory lap farewell season in April. The Fox comedy starring Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Lamorne Morris, Hannah Simone and Max Greenfield aims to wrap things up with a greatest hits approach, Greenfield told E! News. "It's 3 years in the future, Cece and Schmidt have a kid. It's great. I think [creator Liz Meriwether] and the writers did a really great job of saying we're going to have fun with these eight episodes, and we're going to kind of play the hits," he said. "We call back a lot of fan favorites. It's great. If you watch the show and you're a real fan, I think the way that we wrap it up is going to be satisfying." Earlier, viewers learned Greenfield's Schmidt would be a stay-at-home dad while Cece is working as a modeling agent. "I think he's just completely enamored with this child and wants to spend every waking minute with her," Greenfield said. As for Nick and Jess "Nick and Jess are still kind of in this... they're not married, they don't have kids, there's room for growth," Deschanel said of the pair. Greenfield is currently dipping his toes in the drama water with a role on FX's The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. He plays Ronnie, an HIV-positive junkie who meets Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss) in Miami during the killing spree. What's next for the Emmy nominee? "I don't know man, what do you think I should do?" he said with a laugh. "I'm unemployed man! [Laughs.] I don't know what I want to do." So if you're reading this and casting a project, Greenfield is available. "It's a wild thing, man. It really is," he said. "Everything with the show has been wild." New Girl returns Tuesday, April 10 at 9:30 p.m. on Fox. (Eonline)

Big Brother: Celebrity Edition Cast Revealed: Omarosa, Brandi Glanville and More Move In Next Week. This is going to be interesting. The cast of Big Brother: Celebrity Edition was announced through an ad that aired during Sunday night's Grammy's telecast, and let's just say again... it's interesting. Former Apprentice star/former Trump administration person Omarosa might be the name that sticks out most, followed by former Real Housewife Brandi Glanville, who was just recently on the UK's of Celebrity Big Brother. Other housemates include Keshia Knight Pulliam (The Cosby Show), Shannon Elizabeth (American Pie), Ross Matthews (E!), James Maslow (Big Time Rush), Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray), Marisa Jaret Winokur (Actress), Chuck Liddell (MMA star), Metta World Peace (former NBA player), and Ariadna Gutierrez (Miss Universe 2015). CBS' version of the popular UK version of the reality series kicks off next week, just ahead of the Winter Olympics, and will serve as Olympics counter-programming. 13 episodes are set to air on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, along with a couple of Thursday and Saturday specials. The finale is scheduled for Sunday, February 25, meaning we are in for an extremely intense couple of weeks of Big Brother. For those of us who plan to watch Big Brother: Celebrity Edition, The Bachelor: Winter Games, and The Olympics: Winter Edition, guess it's time to stock up on sleep now! Big Brother: Celebrity Edition premieres Wednesday, February 7 on CBS. (Eonline)

'Babylon Berlin' Takes Top Honors at German TV Awards. Tom Tykwer's period thriller, which Netflix will bow in the U.S., picked up four awards, including for best drama, at Germany's equivalent to the Emmys. Tom Tykwer's wildly ambitious and critically acclaimed period drama Babylon Berlin was the big winner of this year's German TV Awards, the local equivalent of the Emmys, winning four prizes, including the top honor for best drama series. Babylon Berlin, a crime drama set in Berlin in 1929, also snapped up honors for best cinematography, best music and best set design. A co-production of German public broadcaster ARD and pay TV network Sky, the series has been snapped up by Netflix for the U.S. and will bow there later this month. Sky premiered the first two seasons of Babylon Berlin late last year, and ARD will air them on German free TV this fall. The networks have already commissioned a third season. Close behind Babylon Berlin was the German gangster series 4 Blocks, produced by pay TV network TNT. The drama about a Lebanese crime family in Berlin's Neukolln district picked up three awards, including a best acting honor for Kida Khodr Ramadan, who plays the fiercely intelligent mafia boss Ali Hamady. "My father would be proud of me," a tearful Ramadan said as he accepted his award. The best actress honor went to Julia Jentsch (Sophie Scholl: The Final Days) for her performance in The Disappearance. Series director Hans-Christian Schmid also nabbed the best screenplay honor for the show, which follows a single mother's desperate search for her vanished daughter. (Hollywood Reporter)

Veteran Japanese Newscaster Axed Amid Sexual Assault Allegations. Junichi Tosaka is alleged to have kissed and groped a fellow newscaster at a work party in June 2011. Veteran Japanese newscaster Junichi Tosaka has been axed from Fuji TV's Prime News program after allegations of sexual assault surfaced involving a fellow newscaster at his previous employer, public broadcaster NHK. Tosaka, 46, is alleged to have invited a female colleague to leave a party with him, following a work event in Sapporo on the northern island of Hokkaido in June 2011. When the woman, then a new host for NHK, attempted to escape to the toilet, Tosaka reportedly followed her, kissing and groping her, ignoring her protestations. After the victim reported the incident to management, Tosaka was given an official warning by NHK. Commentators in local media have suggested that Tosaka's behavior and reputation for harassing women was an open industry secret and questioned whether it was possible that nobody at Fuji TV had heard the allegations. Tosaka worked at NHK for 20 years before resigning recently to go freelance. The story was broken in the Jan. 25 edition of weekly tabloid Shukan Bunshun, known for its scoops on the misdeeds of celebrities, business people and politicians. The Harvey Weinstein scandal and #MeToo movement have received a lot of media attention in Japan, though few female celebrities have come forward with stories of harassment despite a widely recognized sexist corporate culture in the country. Tosaka was due to begin work on the nightly early evening program Prime News in April. (Hollywood Reporter)

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