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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

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Toni Braxton Confirms Engagement to Birdman: See Her Massive Ring. Toni Braxton and Birdman just took their relationship to another level... They're engaged! Rumors have been swirling around the 50-year-old singer and the 49-year-old rapper for a few weeks, as Toni has been spotted wearing a ring on that finger in recent photos and videos. Well, she just confirmed the news in a teaser for the upcoming season of her WE TV show, Braxton Family Values. "I have an announcement to make," she teased her family before yelling, "I'm engaged!" She showed off a massive diamond, while her family smiled and laughed in response, seemingly approving of Toni's soon-to-be marriage to Birdman. In fact, Toni's mother, Evelyn Braxton, has praised the Cash Money Records co-founder in the past. "I think he is a nice man," she said in a radio interview in 2016. "I don't care what others say about him. He is a nice man. He is full of respect...Ever since I've been knowing that man, he's been phenomenal." Meanwhile, Birdman and Toni first started dating in May 2016, making their first public appearance as a couple at the 2016 BET Awards in June of that year. The couple first met in 2002 while working on "Baby You Can Do It" together. The "Unbreak My Heart" singer was previously married to Keri Lewis for 12 years. The exes, who have two sons together, split in 2013. (Eonline)

Quantico's Russell Tovey Is Engaged to Steve Brockman. Russell Tovey is officially going to tie the knot! The Quantico star is engaged to his beau, fitness coach and rugby player Steve Brockman, the actor confirmed Monday night. Speaking to The Daily Mail, the Being Human star said the engagement was "completely unexpected but very very happy and looking forward to having a proper party to celebrate when back in London." From the looks of social media, the two dog lovers had been enjoying a getaway together to East Hampton as recently as Saturday, when Tovey shared a photo of Brockman with their pups along the beach. While it's unclear exactly when these two first hit it off, they popped up on social media together last summer and have been together since. When asked about the prospect of marriage back in 2016, the actor embraced it entirely. "Totally, 100 per cent I will do it, when the time is right," he told the London Evening Standard at the time. As for children, "Yeah, all of it," he added to the newspaper. "But I've got my dog at the minute -- he's my everything, my sun and my moon and my mate." Looks like that time has officially arrived. Congratulations you two! (Eonline)

Katherine Heigl Reveals 14-Month Weight Loss After Giving Birth to Joshua Jr. Katherine Heigl is giving us a peek inside her 14-month weight loss journey after giving birth to her third child, Joshua Bishop Kelley Jr. The actress and her husband, Josh Kelley -- who are also parents to their two adopted daughters, Naleigh and Adalaide -- welcomed their son into the world on Dec. 20, 2016. Heigl took to Instagram to share side-by-side photos of her body after giving birth. "It's been almost 14 months since Joshua Jr was born and it has taken me about that long to really get back in shape," she captioned the photo collage. "The first pic was taken one month after he was born. The second pic was taken almost a full year later and the last pic was taken this weekend. I wish I had a few from in between the first and second so you could really see how slow my progress was but alas...I was busy covering it all up those months, not posing in my unders!" Heigl noted that she's been extra motivated recently for a few reasons -- one of them being her upcoming role on Suits. "I have a beach vacation coming up, a new job I start filming in April and my deep desire to feel fit, strong and sexy propelling me forward the last two months to finally loose the last of my baby weight and do a deep dive search for the ab muscles I knew were buried under that belly somewhere!" she explained. "I was wholly and totally inspired by Miss @rachparcell [blogger Rachel Parcell] and the before and after pics she shared after taking the #bbg challenge. I had never heard of it but she looked so damn great (she had her baby just a few months before me) that I had to check it out." Heigl said she found a workout perfectly fitting for her lifestyle. "I found a fantastic app called #sweat that features several different #bbg programs you can choose from and makes it incredibly easy to do anywhere, which for me means in my bedroom at home!" she said. "I won't lie, the workouts are real ass kickers but the progress I've made in only 5 short weeks has kept me motivated and inspired to keep going!" Heigl continued, "I am so grateful I've had a full year to find those ab muscles and get my butt back up where it belongs and wasn't forced by work to snap back into shape but it is time to make the strength, fitness and overall health of my body a priority and I am so grateful that @rachparcell shared her story and got this mama motivated!" Heigl's story comes just a few days after Blake Lively shared photos of her 14-month weight loss as well. The former Gossip Girl star took to Instagram to reveal she lost 61-pounds following the birth of her second daughter in September 2016. You go, girls! (Eonline)

Justin Theroux Cancels Late Show Appearance After Jennifer Aniston Split. Justin Theroux has backed out of his guest appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert following the announcement of his separation from Jennifer Aniston. The 46-year-old actor was scheduled to appear on Tuesday's episode of The Late Show; however, he is no longer listed as a guest. Kristen Gillibrand, Chris Gethard and Portugal. The Man are set to appear. E! News has reached out to both Theroux's rep and The Late Show for comment. Theroux and Aniston announced their separation in a joint statement last week. "In an effort to reduce any further speculation, we have decided to announce our separation. This decision was mutual and lovingly made at the end of last year. We are two best friends who have decided to part ways as a couple, but look forward to continuing our cherished friendship," the couple said. "Normally we would do this privately but given that the gossip industry cannot resist an opportunity to speculate and invent, we wanted to convey the truth directly. Whatever else is printed about us that is not directly from us, is someone else's fictional narrative. Above all, we are determined to maintain the deep respect and love that we have for one another." A source told E! News the two have been "living separately for the last several months" but that they reunited on Valentine's Day to discuss announcing their separation. "He has been in New York the last several weeks getting on with his life," the insider said. "He flew back to L.A. late on Valentine's Day and met up with Jen at a mutually-decided-on location." It seems as though the couple's different lifestyles took a toll on their marriage. "Jennifer and Justin fell in love hard and fast and yet they were never really suited to one another. He was a New York hipster that loved the alternative lifestyle and Jennifer was living a much more reclusive life when they first started to fall in love," another insider told E! News. "The initial chemistry between them made it easy for them to ignore their differences and incompatibility." Living life in the spotlight also seemed to cause a strain. "Justin didn't want to deal with the shallowness of Hollywood and be a part of her world anymore," a third source told E! News. Still, it looks like they're both moving on. "Jen is doing OK," the third source said. "She has her group of friends that are her family, and they have rallied around her. It's always sad and heartbreaking to have to move on, but she has a lot of love in her life. She will take this and learn from it and have new perspective going forward." The two called it quits after less than three years of marriage. The now-exes got engaged in August 2012 and got married in a secret wedding in August 2015. (Eonline)

Rebecca Gayheart Photographed for the First Time After Filing for Divorce From Eric Dane. Rebecca Gayheart was spotted out for the first time after filing for her divorce from Eric Dane. The 46-year-old actress was photographed arriving at a friend's house in Los Angeles alongside her two daughters, Billie and Georgia, who she shares with her estranged husband. Gayheart dressed for the chilly L.A. weather in a gray sweater with jeans and a matching coat. More notable, however, was the gold band she wore on her ring finger despite her split from Dane. As we reported last week, the former Beverly Hills, 90210 actress filed for divorce from her husband of 14 years, releasing a joint statement to E! News on Friday. "After 14 years together we have decided that ending our marriage is the best decision for our family," the former couple said. "We will continue our friendship and work as a team to co-parent our two beautiful girls as they are the most important thing in the world to us. We kindly ask that you respect our privacy during this time as we navigate the next phase of our lives." Gayheart took to Instagram to thank her family, friends and fans for their support following the news. "I just wanted to say thank you to all of you that have sent me kind encouraging words ...... it means more than you will ever know," she wrote beside a quote that reads, "Today I am grateful to all the people who are loving and kind to me." According to the divorce documents obtained by E! News, Gayheart cited "irreconcilable differences" as the reason behind the split. She's also asking for joint legal and physical custody of their two daughters. In fact, Gayheart shared an Instagram post with her daughters the day she and Dane released their joint statement. "Holding onto my girls tight and loving them hard today," she captioned the photo. "So many broken hearts and shattered dreams ....... @nancyneil @sophiemonet #meandmygirls #myeverything #trulymadlydeeply #gratitude #feels." Gayheart and Dane tied the knot in August 2004, and their last red-carpet appearance as a couple was back at the Chrysalis Butterfly Ball in the summer of 2017. (Eonline)

Saturday Night Live Alum Colin Quinn ''Doing Great'' While Recovering From Heart Attack. Colin Quinn is in good spirits as he recovers from a heart attack he suffered last week. The Saturday Night Live alum went into cardiac arrest on Valentine's Day, but his rep tells E! News he's "doing great" as he continues to recover from the health scare. Quinn also took to Twitter to make light of the otherwise incredibly serious incident. "My heart broke on Valentine's Day. Literally," he wrote. "I am currently doing well although if I dropped dead you would see a funeral like al Capone! I guess this heart attack has really made me reflect. You know, we aren't guaranteed tomorrow, or u really think about it." Several of Quinn's friends, fans and followers tweeted their well wishes for the comedian who thanked them in a series of tweets. "Thanks for all the kind words and support. Starting a list of those who didn't 'check in' yet. Guarantee they'll regret the day they didn't wish me well on the road to recovery," Quinn joked, adding, "A heart attack is a serious thing. When it happens to a celeb let's double the importance. I understand some people wish me dead, it's human. I feel that way about plenty of people myself. But there's ways of doing things. 'Keep up appearances' as they say." He also thanked those who helped helped him at Mount Sinai hospital in New York. "I'd like to thank the staff @mtsinainyc which I still call Beth Israel. They saved a great man's life," he wrote. "They realized they had a precious jewel of comedy in their hands and they responded like a 47th st Hasidic appraiser with a mamezitser." We're glad to see he's using laughter to help him recover! (Eonline)

Viola Davis demands to be paid the same as top white actresses. Viola Davis says that she wants to be paid the same as Meryl Streep and other top white actresses. At the Women in the World Salon in Los Angeles, Oscar winner Davis said, "I have a career that's probably comparable to Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, Sigourney Weaver," saying that the other women have had similar training and education. "They had the same path as me, and yet I am nowhere near them," she said. "Not as far as money." Davis said she's no longer "hustling for my worth. I'm worthy. When I came out of my mother's womb, I came out worthy." (PageSix)

Dennis Rodman got sober so he could see his kids grow up. Dennis Rodman is rebounding after celebrating more than 30 days sober and told Page Six he decided to kick the booze. "I want to see my kids grow up. I just needed to stop partying, take a step back and get my life back in order." Rodman, 56, went into rehab in January after he was busted for DUI. He underwent treatment in New Jersey and said, "A lot of people connect me with partying and being a bad boy, but now I am getting up in age, so I felt it was time step back and to re-evaluate my life , , , like seeing my son, D.J., who is a high-school basketball star, play for the NBA." His daughter Trinity will soon join the US Women's World Cup soccer team. Rodman said he's attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and "taking it a day at a time." He admits sobriety may hurt his bookings "because everyone wants the crazy, entertaining Dennis, not the Dennis drinking cranberry juice." He has a production deal for a reality show with his kids and ex-wife Michelle about Rodman being a "sober hands-on dad." It is being produced with Bunim/Murray. Rodman is also waiting for government approval to go see Kim Jong-un. Rodman added, "You couldn't help asking about that one, huh? We were with him last June, and we are waiting on permission from the government to go back. I hope we can have another discussion with Kim on how to move forward." (PageSix)

Blac Chyna's Lawyers Speak Out After Alleged Sex Tape Leak. A sex tape featuring what appears to be Blac Chyna was leaked online on Monday. The alleged one-minute and 23 second video shows Chyna performing a sex act on the mystery man, whose face is never shown. The video was tweeted by an anonymous Twitter account on Monday morning. Following the video leak, Chyna's lawyer Lisa Bloom spoke to E! News, slamming the act. "Revenge porn posting explicit images without the consent of everyone in those images -- is a crime, a civil wrong, and a form of domestic abuse. It's also a cruel attempt to slut shame women for being sexual," said the lawyer, who previously represented actress Mischa Barton in a "revenge porn" trial against her ex-boyfriend. TMZ has reported that Chyna and her attorneys are going to the cops following the incident. Chyna's other attorney Walter Mosley took to Instagram following the leaked video on Monday afternoon. The lawyer wrote, "We have to change this culture of abuse and assault against women. Today's post saddens me deeply as it is an attack not only against my client but my friend. Why do we think it's acceptable to sell, or publish, or seek revenge, or blackmail women in this way and without their consent? It's not." He also made a plea to men to be better, writing, "Men ... we have to do better. I'm tired of telling my clients to not make videos because the men will put them out later. It's like I'm telling them not to wear short skirts because you're going to entice a man to rape you. #smh." The attorney continued, "And like most rapes, these betrayals often come from those most close to us. So today I'm saying, men we need to do better. We need to tell each other to do better. We need to stop sharing these videos with each other in the club, at the barbershop or (and especially) online. It is a morally corrupt action, which is (at least in California) criminal. Maybe it is time to set an example. #blacchyna." The alleged sex tape comes seven months after Chyna's ex-fiance Rob Kardashian posted several nude photos of her on Instagram and Twitter last July. Following the rant, E! News learned Rob was getting counseling to prevent any future public outbursts as well as help him be the "best dad possible" to baby Dream. In September, Rob and Chyna reached a private custody agreement over their daughter, and the Lashed salon owner dropped the additional charges against her ex, stemming from his public outburst. E! News has reached out to the LAPD for comment. (Eonline)

Blac Chyna's most recent sex tape partner is her ex-boyfriend, Mechie ... according to him, and even though he admits recording it himself, he's as pissed as she is about the leak. A rep for Mechie tells TMZ ... the explicit video showing a naked Chyna performing oral sex was shot back in July. We're told Mechie was the one who recorded the encounter, but it was all captured using Chyna's phone. His rep says Mechie never had his own copy of the video, so he has no clue how it got out. You'll remember -- Rob Kardashian posted naked pics of Chyna last year ... as well as an intimate video of Mechie making out with dark-haired Chyna. The sex tape is from a different session because Chyna has a platinum blonde 'do. We broke the story, Chyna's attorney, Walter Mosley, calls the new, leaked video a "criminal matter" -- while her other lawyer, Lisa Bloom, put a name on the crime ... revenge porn. Our sources say Mechie plans to go to cops, and wants the leaker found and prosecuted. We're told he and Chyna have not talked since their split in August. (TMZ)

Milo Yiannopoulos' $10 million lawsuit against Simon & Schuster is over and done ... and the publishing giant says it isn't paying him a dime. TMZ broke the story ... Milo sued his former publisher claiming they caved from mounting pressure -- from all kinds of celebs -- to put the kibosh on his book deal after allegations surfaced he condoned pedophilia. Milo's lawsuit claimed Simon & Schuster was set to publish his book, "Dangerous," but got cold feet when stars like Sarah Silverman and Leslie Jones put Milo's publishers on blast for helping Milo spread hate speech. Now both sides have filed to dismiss the lawsuit, and Milo can't refile it either. Usually that means there was some sort of settlement paid, but Simon & Schuster says "We are pleased that Mr. Yiannopoulos' lawsuit has been withdrawn, with prejudice, and with no payment. We stand by our decision to terminate the publication of Mr. Yiannopoulos' book." The only upshot for Milo is his $80,000 advance for the book. He tells us he got to keep that, and brags he's made more than $1 million from publishing the book on his own. He says he didn't want to blow that money on lawyers ... and that's why he walked away from the lawsuit. (TMZ)

THE OTHER STUFF . . .

Queen Margrethe II Weeps During Prince Henrik's Funeral. Mourners gathered at Christiansborg Palace Chapel on Tuesday for the funeral of Prince Henrik. Several officials and members of the Danish royal family attended the private ceremony to pay their respects. Queen Margrethe II wept as she grieved the loss of her husband. The royal couple's eldest son Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark also attended the services with his wife Crown Princess Mary and their children Prince Christian, Princess Josephine, Princess Isabella and Prince Vincent. At one point, Mary could be seen comforting the young royals. Hendrik's son Prince Joachim also attended the ceremony with his wife Princess Marie. During the ceremony, Henrik's coffin was draped with the Danish flag and guarded by military officials. It was then carried out of the church, where crowds of people lined the streets to pay their final respects. According to ABC News, Henrik will be cremated. As The New York Times reports, the royal previously said he did not want to be buried next to Margrethe. The decision reportedly stems from his frustration over not receiving the title of king. Henrik died Feb. 13 at the age of 83. As E! News previously reported, the royal was hospitalized with pneumonia at the end of January. At this time, doctors discovered a benign tumor in his lung. Henrik later contracted an infection. He had also been diagnosed with dementia last September. (Eonline)

Judd Apatow is just one of thousands of people who've donated to a child who was shot and critically injured during the Florida high school shooting ... TMZ has learned. Judd's rep confirmed to us that the comedian had, in fact, contributed $1,000 to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Anthony Borges, who was shot multiple times while attempting to save others last week in the mass shooting. According to the official GoFundMe page, Anthony took bullets to both legs and his back while trying to close and lock a door to a classroom full of classmates. He's alive and stable but has "a long road of recovery ahead." The fund has raised over $400k so far. There are 2 other donors who might be famous -- a Kevin Smith donated $1,000 and Eric McCormack donated $500. We haven't heard back from reps to confirm it's the filmmaker and the "Will and Grace" star. (TMZ)

Emma Watson Donates $1.4 Million to Anti-Sexual Harassment Campaign. Emma Watson has donated 1 million (approximately $1.4 million) to the Justice and Equality Fund -- a U.K.-based initiative that fights against sexual harassment, assault and discrimination. Keira Knightley and Emma Thompson have also donated to the fund. Inspired by the Time's Up and #MeToo movements started in the U.S., the fund aims to drive "personal, social, legal and policy changes that will ensure everyone can feel safe at work, at play and at home." At the time of this writing, the fund had raised more than 1.5 million. The donations come around the time more than 200 stars signed an open letter published in The Observer asking women to stand in solidarity and fight against abuse and harassment. In addition to Watson, Thompson and Knightley, Emilia Clarke, Saoirse Ronan, Carey Mulligan, Naomie Harris and Noma Dumezweni signed the letter. "This movement is bigger than just a change in our industry alone," part of the letter read. "This movement is intersectional, with conversations across race, class, community, ability and work environment, to talk about the imbalance of power." Watson shared a picture of the open letter on Instagram. "All of us are responsible for creating change, whatever industry you work in. We're asking everyone to help create a world we can be proud of -- one that is safe, just and equal. Please join us and donate to the new Justice and Equality Fund, which will support frontline organizations that are working to end a culture where harassment and abuse are commonplace," she wrote. "Together we can spread our message, support the strong people of all genders who are taking such personal risks, and make sure that this is one of those watershed moments in history where things never go back to the way they were before. This is the moment we stand together and say. #TIMESUP." Several celebrities also wore black to the 2018 BAFTA Film Awards to show support for the movement. (Eonline)

George and Amal Clooney Donate $500,000 to Support March for Our Lives. Five students who survived a school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas in Parkland, Fla., announced Sunday that there will be a march on Washington, D.C., to call for stricter gun laws. Organized by classmates Jacqueline Coren, Emma Gonzalez, Cameron Kasky, David Hogg and Alex Wind, March for Our Lives is scheduled to take place March 24. On that morning, they said, students and their supporters will take to the streets "to demand that their lives and safety become a priority," and to finally "end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools." In a show of support, George Clooney and his family made a donation to their cause. "Amal and I are so inspired by the courage and eloquence of these young men and women from Stoneman Douglas High School," the Suburbicon director, 56, told E! News in a statement Tuesday. "Our family will be there on March 24 to stand side by side with this incredible generation of young people from all over the country, and in the name of our children Ella and Alexander, we're donating $500,000 to help pay for this groundbreaking event. Our children's lives depend on it." Other celebrities, including Lady Gaga, have pledged their support via Twitter. "School safety is not a political issue. There cannot be two sides to doing everything in our power to ensure the lives and futures of children who are at risk of dying when they should be learning, playing, and growing. The mission and focus of March for Our Lives is to demand that a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address these gun issues. No special interest group, no political agenda is more critical than timely passage of legislation to effectively address the gun violence issues that are rampant in our country. Every kid in this country now goes to school wondering if this day might be their last. We live in fear," the students wrote in their mission statement. "It doesn't have to be this way. Change is coming..." Seventeen students were killed last week after a 19-year-old gunman walked into school, armed with what police said was a military-style semi-automatic rifle and countless magazines. March for Our Lives was "inspired by and led by the kids who are our hope for the future." Rest assured, as the teens vowed in their mission statement, "Their young voices will be heard." (Eonline)

Liza Minnelli auctioning off iconic pieces of history. Liza Minnelli is auctioning off her "Cabaret" costume, her Halston gowns and items belonging to her mother, Judy Garland, as she works to "downsize her life." Minnelli is selling off her signature costume from the movie "Cabaret," including the iconic bowler hat, boots and halter top, as well as her original script with her handwritten notes. The items will be sold by Southern California auction house Profiles in History in May, following an exhibition of the items at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills on April 4-29. Minnelli said, "Throughout my long career I have collected wonderful possessions and memorabilia, and now I've reached a point in my life where I want to simplify and share with my fans who have always been there for me ... I hope my fans will be thrilled to not only have a chance to own a piece of my history, but also that of my mother and father." Garland items on sale include an MGM paycheck and a green tailcoat she was photographed in by Richard Avedon in 1956. (Eonline)

Prince William ain't exactly the "Easy Rider" type, but he's trying his damnedest to look the part. The Duke of Cambridge suited up Tuesday, hopped on a Triumph motorbike, popped the clutch and zoomed off -- but not too far. This was mostly a photo op, after all. Wills visited Triumph Motorcycles and MIRA Technology Park in England -- and took a tour to celebrate the British company's world-class facilities. Really though ... it was an awesome excuse for the father of 2 to live in the fast lane again. William used to own a Ducati back in his youth and seemed to recapture some of that while test riding a Triumph Tiger 1200 around the factory's private track. He got an up-close look at the assembly line and the slick machines they're producing -- but, let's be honest, he's got baby number 3 on the way. Probably best if William sticks to this kind of racing. (TMZ)

Queen Elizabeth Sits Front Row at London Fashion Week Next to Anna Wintour. Queen Elizabeth II was front row at London Fashion Week earlier Tuesday! The 91-year-old royal surprised attendees as she was seated next to Vogue's editor-in-chief Anna Wintour at the Richard Quinn show in London on Tuesday. Looking very stylish in a pale blue Angela Kelly tweed jacket and matching dress, Queen Elizabeth was seen chatting with Wintour and smiling as the models walked the runway during the show. "Her Majesty The Queen is visiting London Fashion Week today to present the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design," the Royal Family Twitter account shared with its followers on Tuesday. "The Award, initiated in recognition of the role the fashion industry plays in society & diplomacy, will be awarded annually to an emerging British fashion designer who shows talent and originality, whilst demonstrating value to the community and/or sustainable policies," a second tweet read. Designer Richard Quinn is the first recipient of the Queen's award, which he received after the show on Tuesday. Queen Elizabeth also met with other designers during her London Fashion Week appearance and toured showrooms. The Richard Quinn show reunited Queen Elizabeth with Wintour, who was made a Dame by the monarch just months ago in May 2017. What do you think about Queen Elizabeth's royal fashion week surprise? (Eonline)

Tom Hanks couldn't help himself -- like most of us this time of year, he caved when the Girl Scouts hit him up to buy some cookies, and he's clearly got a fave. We got these pics of Tom going on a cookie spree Monday in Brentwood. You know the kids must have been pumped when they hooked the famous guy who sounds just like Woody from "Toy Story." We're told Tom didn't go hog wild though ... purchasing a mere 4 boxes. Gotta admire that kinda will power. Final tally -- 1 box of Thin Mints, and 3 boxes of Samoas. The lesson here? Life isn't ONLY like a box of chocolates. Ya gotta have some coconut, too! (TMZ)

Josh Duhamel knows Fergie sings "Big Girls Don't Cry," but he also knows she could definitely use a little pick-me-up after her national anthem debacle -- and Josh delivered. Fergie's ex showed up at her house Monday with a bouquet of roses and their 4-year-old son, Axl ... pretty much what the doctor ordered. The uproar over her All-Star Game 'Star-Spangled Banner' has been so intense, the singer felt the need to apologize. Apparently, he dropped off Axl to cheer up Fergie ... Josh left the house after just a few minutes, according to photogs. The flowers, btw, came with a note from Axl to his mom. Pretty classy move on Josh's part. As Fergie said in her apology ... she tried her best. Ditto for Axl and Josh, we think. (TMZ)

Kourtney Kardashian Reveals She Weighs 98 Lbs. -- Just 36 More Than 8-Year-Old Son Mason. It won't be long before Kourtney Kardashian's 8-year-old son Mason will be able to lift her up. In a deleted scene from Sunday's episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, the eldest of the KarJenner siblings is hanging out in sister Khloe Kardashian's kitchen. After Kourtney mixes up a salad and talks about going for a run in the heat, Khloe tells friend Simon Gebrelul, "You know she's 97 lbs.?" "Guess what? I gained a pound," Kourtney corrects her. "I'm 98 [lbs]." She adds, "You know Mason is 62 [lbs.]?" The pint-sized star, 38, has never shied away from sharing the number on the scale with her fans. After giving birth to her third child with Scott Disick, son Reign, in December 2014, she documented herself getting back into pre-baby shape. In one Instagram photo posted in April 2015, Kourtney revealed she weighed in at a svelte 116 lbs. -- and shut down her haters in the caption. "I'm 5 feet tall, so everyone relax," she wrote. "I'm on a workout kick, trying to bring some Monday motivation." The reality star is no stranger to tough workouts, even making time to squeeze in a sweat session on vacation -- and sticks to a strict organic diet, meaning sugar is out. "I always try to avoid sugar -- especially refined sugar -- for so many reasons," she shared on her website and app last year. "First, sugar is addictive and I notice that after I eat it, I need it. Sugar doesn't sustain you when you actually need energy, like for a workout. Also, when I eat sugar, I find that more cellulite appears." The mom of three also revealed that she doesn't drink soda and makes her own salad dressings at home. She's also careful about what alcohol she drinks, sticking to tequila on the rocks, beer or wine. On top of keeping her body in check, Kourtney finds keeping a clean diet is best for her and her kids' overall health. "I have always felt fine before when eating dairy and gluten, but I do believe that we have one life to live and I would like to live it feeling my best," she said in 2016. "I have noticed a great positive change in behavior with my children when we stick to a gluten-free and dairy-free diet." "I don't think everyone needs to eat this way," she added. "But we had muscle testing done, which showed we all have sensitivities to corn, gluten and dairy." (People)

Kyle Richards a Freakin' Rat Sat at My Table!!! And I Only Got 50% Off. Kyle Richards is refusing to turn rat on the NYC restaurant where an actual rat pulled up a chair and joined her for a meal! We got the 'Real Housewives' star Monday at LAX and asked about the images she posted of the hungry rodent that ruined her lunch earlier that day in Manhattan. Kyle told us the "Ratatouille" experience is by far her worst restaurant nightmare -- even though she's had some doozies -- but the crazy thing is she won't name the restaurant. And adding insult to her rat-faced injury -- the eatery didn't even comp her meal!! Maybe they have to tip the rat? (TMZ)

Jenelle Evans Admits She Used Drugs While Pregnant With Daughter Ensley. Jenelle Evans is coming clean about some of the rumors circulating her and her family. In a recent interview on Vince Russo's The Brand podcast, the Teen Mom star admitted she tested positive for THC -- a chemical found in cannabis -- in the hospital after giving birth to her daughter, Ensley, last January. "I'm not going to lie about that. I tested positive for THC, and Ensley did not test positive. I did," she explained. "So [Child Protective Services] were like -- I was in the hospital -- they said, 'Did you smoke when you were pregnant?' I said, 'I did within the past 30 days. I said I have really bad esophageal spasms and I throw up every 5 minutes, I can't even eat.' And they said, 'OK, some moms do that. We are not here to judge, we are writing down your information.'" After giving birth to her daughter, who she shares with husband David Eason, and taking her home, Jenelle said Child Protective Services carried out wellness checks and closed the case pertaining to her drug test. "After I had Ensley, they said CPS will just come by to do a [wellness] check since you tested positive," Jenelle recalled. "They came and did a checkup, and everything is fine. They closed the case." However, Jenelle says Child Protective Services have come "like 30 times" to continue checking up on her and her family, mostly stemming from online speculation about her parenting. As you may recall, the mother-of-three admitted to excessive drug use in her book Read Between the Lines: From the Diary of a Teenage Mom, in which she revealed she was shooting up heroin "four or five times a day" during the worst part of her addiction. Now, however, she promises she's not using. "If I were on drugs, I wouldn't be able to sit here in the morning and get the kids ready and eat healthily," she said on the podcast. "Or I'd be losing a lot of weight." (Eonline)

Gillian Hearst files for divorce from husband of 10 years. Gillian Hearst, the daughter of Patty Hearst and great-granddaughter of William Randolph Hearst, filed for divorce on Friday after 10 years of marriage, Page Six has exclusively learned. We're told the socialite and Town & Country contributing editor cited irreconcilable differences in her split with lawyer Christian Simonds. The pair -- who have three daughters aged 4, 3 and 1 -- will have quite the real estate portfolio to divide. They recently "upgraded" from the Sheffield -- right next door to the family HQ, Hearst Tower -- to a $10 million Upper West Side manse in 2016. The newer digs are a 4,176-square-foot, four-story townhouse on West 83rd Street, according to the Observer. Gillian is the daughter of Patty and Bernard Shaw, and the sister of actress Lydia Hearst. The past few years have presented some challenges for the couple. According to his Instagram, Simonds broke his spine and two ribs in the Bahamas over New Year's in 2016. Plus, the split comes at a time when the prominent publishing family is back in the news. CNN is screening a multipart documentary series, "The Radical Story of Patty Hearst" -- based on Jeffrey Toobin's book, "American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst" -- about her 1974 abduction from her Berkeley, Calif., apartment by a domestic terrorist group when she was 19. Patty has slammed the book, which she says cites one of her kidnappers as its main source -- as "romanticizing my rape and torture." Patty has described her 19-month ordeal as one in which she was brainwashed, raped and repeatedly threatened with death. (PageSix)

Music

Kesha Postpones Spring Tour Dates for Knee Surgery. Kesha is pressing pause on the music. On Tuesday, the Grammy nominee announced she has been forced to postpone upcoming shows for her ongoing Rainbow Tour to undergo knee surgery. During her Feb. 9 show in Dubai, the songstress fell and suffered an ACL tear in her knee. According to the announcement, the 30-year-old star is going into surgery on Tuesday and will begin rehabilitation as soon as possible so that she is ready to co-headline her North American summer tour, The Adventures of Kesha and Macklemore. As of right now, the tour is still expected to kick off as planned on June 6 in Phoenix. Meanwhile, Kesha is "sick with sadness" over delaying the remaining 11 Rainbow Tour shows in Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan and Japan. "It's my biggest joy in life to share my music with my fans all over the world, but I have to follow my doctors orders and undergo surgery so I can get ready to give it my all on my summer tour and beyond," the star said in a statement. "Moving these dates is making me sick with sadness, but I tried to will this injury away and unfortunately it didn't work. I love you all and I'll work every single day, as hard as I can, to recover and get back on stage as soon as possible. I'm so sorry and sending love always." For ticket holders to the postponed spring shows, they are "encouraged to hold onto their tickets and stay tuned for further information about rescheduled dates, which will be announced in the near future," the press release concluded. Wishing Kesha a speedy recovery! (Eonline)

Lorde Tells Fellow Acne Sufferers: 'I Feel Your Pain'. Lorde continues to be the people's celebrity. The singer took to her Instagram story Monday (Feb.19) to tackle some of the more frustrating misconceptions that come with chronic acne. With a face glowing in a red and blue acne treatment light, the 21-year-old broke down some of her least favorite stigmas about skincare. "For real though, acne sucks," she said. "You know what also sucks? When you've had acne for years and years and years, done all the drugs, tried all the things, and people are still like, 'You know what worked for me, is moisturizing!'" She continued on with a litany of all the other unsolicited advice she's received, finishing off by saying her least favorite one of all is the assumption that she's "just dirty." And this isn't the first time the singer has taken on unrealistic perceptions regarding skincare. As far back as 2014, she called out publications for blurring out her acne, posting a side-by-side of an edited and unedited photo. Lorde's parting words for those also struggling? "For everyone out there who's got bad skin -- and actual bad skin, not just the kind of bad skin you can just use a fancy cream for a few days and it will get better -- I feel your pain," she said in her Instagram story. "We'll get there; we will. I promise." (Billboard)

Trippie Redd's 'Dark Knight Dummo' video with Travis Scott is a Spooky Night Time Clash With Zombies. Trippie Redd continues to ascend the ranks of hip-hop's most impressive young acts. The Ohio rapper has dropped a slew of tunes in 2017, signed with Coach K of Quality Control's Solid Foundation management, and has had fans going crazy with songs like "Love Scars" and "Poles1469." Trippie just dropped the visual for his newest banger, "Dark Knight Dummo," which peaked at no. 72 on the Billboard Hot 100, enlisting Travis Scott for a spooky, horror movie-style zombie battle video. The clip sees the "Love Scars" singer and his crew holed up inside a shack in the woods as the song's eerie synths mix with Redd's solemn vocals, setting the perfect tone for the dark night time visual. A hoard of vicious zombies attack while Trippie and his team fight for their lives. La Flame pops up eventually to help save the day, arriving atop a monster truck and aiding in the battle with the walking dead. (Billboard)

Camila Cabello Gives Her Take on Infamous Blue Ivy Shushing Moment at the Grammys. Camila Cabello's last 6 months have catapulted her into music's spotlight, but at last month's Grammy's her onstage presenting ended up having a lot less to do with music, and a lot more to do with Blue Ivy. The singer took to BBC Radio 1 on Monday (Feb. 19) to discuss the very meme-able moment in which the six-year-old famously shushed parents Jay-Z and Beyonce during Cabello's speech. The "Havanna" singer still doesn't seem sure what to think of the moment. "I had a moment of insecurity... I was like what does that mean? I'm not gonna go into this wormhole of 'do you think she didn't like my speech?,'" Cabello said. Cabello assumed Blue didn't like her speech, but BBC host Grimmy said he took it more as a "she's not talking, she's still talking" gesture. Whatever Blue Ivy may have been getting at, Cabello went on to say that kids usually love her, so she still feels like "she would like me." (Billboard)

Movies

Desperate times call for desperate measures -- creators of for the Oscar-nominated film, "Last Men in Aleppo," are hoping party invitations will convince feds to approve their travel from Syria to the United States. If you haven't heard ... producer Kareem Abeed, director Hassan Kattan and cinematographers Fadi Al Halabi and Thaer Mohamad are from Syria, and they're barred from coming to the U.S. for the Academy Awards due to President Trump's travel ban. The filmmakers know exceptions can be made for unusual circumstances, and we're told their Hail Mary consists of securing as many Oscar party invitations as possible. They want to present the documents to local consulates Tuesday in Europe. Their argument, we're told, will be that they have legitimate business reasons to be in L.A. before, during and after the Oscars. Two of the guys, Hassan and Fadi, went through this last year when their documentary short, "The White Helmets" won an Oscar. They were not present to accept due to the travel ban. (TMZ)

Disney to Make Sequel to 'Last Knight,' Russia's Top-Grossing Local-Language Film. Released in October, the movie brought in $29.5 million in the country. Walt Disney will make a sequel to its Russian-language hit movie Posledni bogatyr (The Last Knight), the top local-language release of all time in Russia. Just like the first movie, the sequel will be produced in collaboration with Russian production company Yellow, Black and White, and the same team of writers, headed by Vitaly Shlyappo, is currently working on the script. Yellow, Black and White unveiled the news in a statement on its website. "For us, the success of The Last Knight came as a great joy," said Marina Zhigalova-Ozkan, head of Disney's Russian office. "Nearly 7.8 million people watched our fairy tale, and we are especially pleased that entire families came to see it." No further details of the sequel were announced. The Last Knight centered on Ivan, a young Muscovite who was mysteriously transported into a fairy tale world. The movie was directed by Dmitriy Dyachenko and released in Russia on Oct. 26, 2017, by Walt Disney Studios Sony Pictures Releasing, the two majors' distributor for the Russian market, grossing $29.5 million. The movie beat Fyodor Bondarchuk's Stalingrad to become Russia's highest-grossing local-language movie of all time. Disney is among the few Hollywood majors that have dared to produce local-language movies in Russia. Back in 2009, it released Kniga masterov (The Book of Masters), which grossed $10.8 million. In the mid-2000s, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Patton Media launched Monumental Pictures, a company focused on Russian-language movies, but its releases were less successful. It hasn't released anything since 2012. (Hollywood Reporter)

Berlin: Music Box Takes Competition Entry 'In the Aisles' for U.S. The film stars Berlinale Shooting Star Franz Rogowski and 'Toni Erdmann' star Sandra Huller. Music Box Films has acquired all U.S. rights to Student Academy Award winner Thomas Stuber's In the Aisles, which is part of the Berlin film festival's competition lineup. The film stars Berlinale Shooting Star Franz Rogowski (Transit, Victoria), Toni Erdmann star and European Film Award winner Sandra Huller and Peter Kurth (Babylon Berlin). The movie will have its world premiere in the festival on Friday. The film focuses on the shy and reclusive Christian (Rogowski) who loses his job and starts to work for a wholesale market. Bruno from the beverage aisle (Kurth) takes him under his wing and quickly becomes a fatherly friend to him. In the aisles, he meets married "Sweets"-Marion (Huller) and is instantly smitten. Beta Cinema announced the deal. "Director Thomas Stuber has created a microcosm of the world populated by universally recognizable workers finding pride, meaning, friendship and love at their big box store," said Music Box Films president William Schopf. "We are proud to introduce the philosophers and workers of the United States to this unique film." (Hollywood Reporter)

TV

Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II Coming to Netflix in March 2018. Who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters! It's time to reach for your calendars because we have some Netflix movie news to report! As March approaches, E! News can exclusively reveal that Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II are heading to Netflix next month. That's right! Starting on March 1, you will be able to stream the 1984 original movie and its 1989 sequel. Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Harold Ramis and Sigourney Weaver all-star in the two films, both of which center on a group of parapsychologists who start a business to exterminate ghosts. In Ghostbusters II we see the group try to save New York City from danger on New Year's Eve. To refresh your Ghostbusters memory, you can check out the Ghostbusters trailer! Netflix will unveil its full list of upcoming film and TV titles in its newsletter Thursday. And you can see the list movies and TV shows recently added to Netflix HERE. (Eonline)

Drew Barrymore's Santa Clarita Diet Welcomes Season 2 With a Relatable Meme. Let Drew Barrymore's Sheila Hammond perfectly encapsulate that beginning of the week feeling with the Santa Clarita Diet season two premiere date announcement. In the video above, done like a meme, Barrymore's Sheila, you know, a zombie, and husband Joel Hammond (Timothy Olyphant) are nothing but laughs. Sheila is also dead inside. You understand the feeling. Season two of the Netflix comedy, which returns March 23, picks up right where season one ended: the Hammonds trying to get a handle on Sheila's now-advanced undead way of life. Murder is still happening, girl's got to eat, and the family is still searching for the source of the virus. And Sheila and Joel still keep things grounded through their unconditional love for one another. Liv Hewson and Skyler Gisondo return as Abby Hammond and Eric Bemis, respectively. Season two also features guest appearances by This Is Us' Gerald McRaney, Happy Endings veteran Zachary Knighton, Psych star Maggie Lawson and Joel McHale. Barrymore and Olyphant serve as executive producers alongside showrunner Victor Fresco, Aaron Kaplan, Tracy Katsky, Chris Miller and Ember Truesdell. Nancy Juvonen is a producer on the series. Santa Clarita Diet season two drops Friday, March 23 on Netflix. (Eonline)

Derren Brown: The Push Is a Netflix Special About Manipulating Somebody to Commit Murder (Seriously). Over the course of its popularity, there have been reality shows and specials about all sorts of things from full body makeovers (The Swan) to trick dating shows requiring straight men to play gay (Boy Meets Boy), and now Netflix's The Push is here to ask: Can somebody be manipulated into committing murder? The Push hails from Derren Brown and features a subject interacting with actors and "enmeshed in a web of lies" with one goal: "I need him to feel like there's only one way out when he's told to commit murder," Brown says in the trailer. Brown continues, "The question we're asking is simple: Can we be manipulated through social pressure to commit murder?" The subject in the trailer is put in high-stress situations and according to the trailer, does not know he's being filmed. "This show is about how readily we hand over authorship of our lives every day," Brown says. "Can social compliance be used to make someone push a living, breathing human being to their death?" Yeah, you heard and read that right. Here's how Netflix describes the special: "In The Push, Brown exposes the psychological secrets of obedience and social compliance. He expertly lifts the lid on the terrifying truth that, when confronted with authority, our natural instinct is to unflinchingly obey without question -- to such an extent that even the most moral people can be made to commit the most horrendous acts, simply because they are told to do so." According to his site, Brown has become "synonymous with the art of psychological manipulation." His other TV stunts include a playing Russian roulette on live TV, predicting the National Lottery and hypnotized a man to assassinate Stephen Fry. His latest stunt, The Push, streams on Netflix on February 27. Will you watch The Push? This is a far cry from the twists viewers are used in reality shows like Joe Millionaire. (Eonline)

Celebrity Big Brother recap: More White House gossip -- and a tearful eviction. Omarosa had a lot to say during her nomination ceremony on Sunday's episode, but it was a silent action that had the houseguests talking in the aftermath. "I am worried that my own alliance is turning their backs on me," Brandi, who is nominated along Ross, says in the diary room, citing the fact that Omarosa winked at Marissa at the end of the ceremony as a reason to be paranoid. Omarosa, blindly trying to stir up drama, calls out Ross for having multiple final-four deals. He denies any final-four deals... until Brandi unwittingly outs his deal with her, Marissa, and Ariadna. Trying to figure out what is going on behind the scenes, Marissa and Ariadna recall that Mark told them Omarosa might put him on the block. They speculate that his time in the Head of Household bedroom was actually spent making a deal rather than pleading for his safety. (And, of course, they're right.) Pause for "the Twitter game," where the houseguests ask each other questions as though they were fans on Twitter. Ariadna shares her feelings about Steve Harvey, who incorrectly crowned her as Miss Universe in 2016: "I love you, Steve. I really love him." And Omarosa shares the craziest thing she experienced during her time in Trump's White House: Anthony Scaramucci's unprecedentedly short 10-day tenure as White House Communications Director. "Let's just say it was surreal," she says. "He had some very famous words for Steve Bannon." Un-pause because Brandi, as she does, takes another conversation on a left turn, asking James if he made a deal with Omarosa and Mark. James scrambles to give a non-answer while Mark actually wins the game with an actually believable denial: "Thanks for letting me know about this alliance I didn't know I was in." On Sunday's episode, James made a final-four deal with Omarosa, Mark, and Metta, but now James and his workout buddy Mark begin to question if working with Ross and Marissa would be a better game plan. James approaches Marissa to discuss a potential alliance and she's game to work with him to save Ross, but she makes it clear that leaving Ariadna behind would be hard. As punishment for her indecision, James (really awkwardly) pets Metta's stuffed owl. James had expected an immediate "yes" but Marissa reveals in the diary room that she wants to wait to hear about the Veto Competition twist before committing to anything. Here's the deal with the Veto competition twist: America voted between three twists on the traditional Golden Power of Veto. The Spotlight Veto, where the winner is forced to veto one of the nominations even if they want to keep things the same; the VIP Veto, where the winner has the power to use it twice at the Veto Meeting; or the Diamond Veto, where the winner can remove a nominated houseguest and also choose the replacement nominee. Continuing to prove he's the worst player in Big Brother history, Metta's only question after hearing the options is, "If you win the veto can you put yourself up?" Marissa, on the other hand, realizes the power of the VIP Veto -- which is what America chose -- and gets very excited at the idea of being safe, taking down Ross and Brandi and forcing Omarosa to nominate at least one person outside of her alliance. Mark, Metta, and Marissa (so many M names!) are chosen by random draw to compete in the Veto competition in addition to Ross, Brandi, and Omarosa. The competition is called "Invitation Only" and the houseguests have to collect puzzle pieces and complete their puzzle first. The game goes on for what seems like a really long time (bold of CBS to have an open-ended challenge like a puzzle during a live show) and cameras follow Omarosa as she puts in her final correct piece and hits her buzzer but then it's revealed that off-camera Ross had actually completed his puzzle first! It puts Ross in an interesting position because if he uses the full power of the VIP Veto then he and Brandi are safe -- but then Omarosa (who has repeatedly stated that her goal this week is to split up the pairs of Ross and Marissa and Brandi and Ariadna) could just nominate Marissa and Ariadna in their places. Ross chooses to use the first part of his power to take himself off the block and Omarosa replaces Ross with his buddy Marissa. Just kidding! She shockingly nominates Metta because he wants to go home to his wife. Ross decides not to use the second half of his power and leaves Brandi on the block. When the show comes back from a commercial break, the houseguests, particularly Ross, look stressed out despite it being a seemingly easy decision to honor Metta's wishes. In their pre-vote speeches, Metta thanks the houseguests for a fun experience and Brandi keeps her speech short: "I just want to say thank you Metta for wanting to go home." The House unanimously decide to vote Metta out, basically making Omarosa's tenure as HoH a lame duck reign. Interestingly, Julie does not reveal that the vote was unanimous... is CBS trying to stir up drama by creating a reason for the houseguests to speculate that someone voted to evict Brandi? If so, it didn't work. The House is too busy rewarding themselves for doing the "right thing" by honoring Metta's wishes to be sent home. Metta tells Julie he is very "cerebral" and claims to have had the houseguests on their "heels." He also let it be known that he is rooting for Ross to win but if he'd become HoH, he would have nominated James and Ross. Julie points out that Metta had lasted 20 days in the house and only had six to go but, "I could not live without my family another day," Metta replies through tears. Julie ends the episode by teasing a double eviction night coming on Friday. Wednesday's episode (8 p.m.) will feature an HoH competition and nomination ceremony. (Entertainment Weekly)

'Real Housewives of New York' stuck on a cruise from hell. There was high drama on the rough seas, we're told, after a "Real Housewives of New York City" pleasure cruise ended with the cast awash in vomit and fearing for their lives as their boat caught fire and started sinking. Seagoing sources tell Page Six that the ladies of the Bravo reality show were preparing for a day of sunning themselves on a luxury yacht during a visit to Cartagena, Colombia -- but things sank quickly into chaos after they realized they'd been booked onto an old, decrepit vessel. "Once they were ushered on board, the boat couldn't even move. The anchor got stuck, so the crew had to saw the anchor off before they could sail anywhere," said our loose-lipped landlubber. "When they got out to sea, the engine caught fire. It was a huge blaze and the crew was fighting to put it out. They didn't have a fire extinguisher, nor did they speak English," we're told. Adding to their watery woes, we're told the sea was so rough that "the seats and other things on board that weren't nailed down started flying about." The boat was taking on water, "and there were only two or three life jackets for everyone on board," including the film crew. The cast, we're told, mustered a characteristic "Real Housewife" response. "They all thought they were going to die and they were hysterical," we're told. "Bethenny [Frankel], Ramona [Singer] and Dorinda [Medley] were soaked and screaming hysterically, Carole [Radziwill] and Tinsley [Mortimer] were literally throwing up from seasickness. They were far out to sea and they thought they were going down like the Titanic." They were eventually rescued by a passing boat. But we're told the "Housewives" were all so traumatized by the experience that Bravo has offered them counseling. A Bravo rep said, "'The Real Housewives of New York City' cast was recently on a boat in South America and encountered turbulent water. Thankfully, everyone is fine and was able to continue their vacation as planned. The safety of our cast and crew is paramount and, to that end, we are doing a full investigation." (PageSix)

Berlin: Netflix Buys German 'Perfume' Series. The modern-day thriller, loosely based on Patrick Suskind's best-seller of the same name, will bow on Netflix outside German-speaking territories. Netflix has boarded Perfume, a dark German-language thriller series from producers Constantin Film and network ZDFneo loosely based on the global best-seller of the same name by Patrick Suskind. Netflix has acquired worldwide rights outside of German-speaking Europe for the crime drama, which features a laundry list of German stars, including Wotan Wilke Mohring (Valkyrie), August Diehl (Inglourious Basterds), Friederike Becht (The Reader), Christian Friedel (The White Ribbon) and Ken Duken (Inglourious Basterds). Philipp Kadelbach, a director on International Emmy-winning series Generation War and BBC espionage drama SS-GB, helmed the six-part crimes drama, currently in post-production. Netflix has also picked up second-window streaming rights for its German-language service for Perfume. Suskind's novel is set in 18th-century France and follows a serial killer with a superhuman sense of smell and an ability to manipulate people using specialized perfumes. Director Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run, Cloud Atlas) adapted the book into a 2006 feature film starring Ben Whishaw and Dustin Hoffman. The new Perfume series shifts the action to the modern day and uses the book's idea of manipulating people through scent as a springing-off point. A young profiler investigating a series of brutal murders traces events back to a small cadre of boys at a boarding school who experimented with manipulating people using human scents. Constantin Film (Look Who's Back, Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments) is producing Perfume, together with und Moovie, broadcasters ZDFneo/ZDF and ARRI Media in cooperation with Netflix. Oliver Berben of Constantin is executive producing. Gunther van Endert from ZDF and Florian Weber of ZDFneo are overseeing the project for their respective networks. Perfume will premiere on ZDFneo in Germany and on Netflix worldwide this fall. (Hollywood Reporter)

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